GULFPORT, Miss. — The state port’s board of commissioners is expected to shortly approve former Bangor, Maine, official Jonathan Daniels as the port’s new executive director.
Daniels comes to Gulfport from the Port of Oswego in New York. He said the port in Oswego moves a little more tonnage than does Gulfport, but he is very excited about what he sees as a “transformative opportunity on the Mississippi Coast.”
“Operationally, financially, this port is in a great position right now,” Daniels said. “It’s a port that is well thought of within the industry.”
Commission president Jim Simpson said the port is pleased to have hired a person with the experience and credentials Daniels brings to Gulfport.
“Jonathan has port management, international trade and economic development experience and that is the ideal combination of skillsets we need in a leader,” he said.
Daniels served as executive director at the Port of Oswego since 2007. Before that, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Eastern Maine Development Corp., where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and development efforts of the six-county economic development district.
He also was the director of the office of economic and business development for the city of Bangor, Maine, and previously served as managing director of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.
“I am looking forward to working with Jonathan toward our common goal of completing the Port of Gulfport Restoration Project and growing the port’s capacity beyond anything we have seen before,” said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, in a press release. “Given his background in economic development, I know he will provide great leadership in our efforts to bring more jobs and economic activity to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and our state as a whole.”
Daniels is scheduled to begin the job as port and executive director in mid-June. He and his wife are the parents of four children. The Daniels family will be relocate to the Coast at the end of the school year.
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