HOUSTON--The Greater Houston Port Bureau is pleased to announce that Janiece Longoria, Chairman of the Port Commission, Port of Houston Authority, has been named the 2017 Maritime Person of the Year. She will be recognized at the Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner on August 19, 2017.
Longoria was unanimously appointed as Chairman by the City of Houston and Harris County on January 8, 2013, and has served on the Port Commission since 2002. She is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. She chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension & Benefits Committee. Under her leadership, the Port of Houston Authority has reached a historic high of handling more than 2 million loaded container units in 2015, seen steady increases in revenues, made significant investments in infrastructure, and pursued dredging projects to keep the Houston Ship Channel deep and wide.
“The Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Port Bureau is honored to recognize Chairman Longoria’s leadership and accomplishments in the Port of Houston,” said Charles Flournoy, chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau. “Chairman Longoria’s enthusiastic dedication to advancing the port region and building for the future of maritime commerce has positioned the Port of Houston as a globally competitive port and a key economic driver for the Houston region.”
“I am honored to have been selected by the Greater Houston Port Bureau as the maritime person of the year for 2017,” said Longoria. “I consider it the highest distinction for maritime industry service.”
A catalogue of milestone achievements is recorded in Longoria’s distinguished career in Houston. Longoria has been a practicing lawyer for 35 years, with extensive experience in securities litigation, regulatory matters and commercial litigation. She is the first woman and first minority to chair the Port Commission. Her civic involvement includes serving on the CenterPoint Energy Board, the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors and the Greater Houston Partnership. She is the former vice chairman of the University Texas System Board of Regents, and a former board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company.
Recognized numerous times for her contributions and leadership, Longoria has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas, the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award For Board Excellence, the Female Executive of the Year Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, been recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman”, and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
The Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner attracts more than 700 leaders from the maritime, energy, petrochemical, and transportation industries. Attendees represent every major terminal along the Houston Ship Channel, as well as shippers, carriers, pilots, tugs, and other critical nodes of the maritime supply chain. Past honorees have included Patrick J. Studdert of Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., ExxonMobil, Ned Holmes, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
About the Greater Houston Port Bureau
The Greater Houston Port Bureau is a member-driven non-profit dedicated to promoting the maritime community, providing vessel movement information, and offering member companies premier networking and advertising opportunities to drive business and further the common goals of the regional maritime industry. Learn more about the Greater Houston Port Bureau at www.txgulf.org.
About the Port of Houston Authority
For more than 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation's largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than 1.175 million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million jobs nationwide, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $265 billion in Texas --16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product -- and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com.