Port of Beaumont Newsletter- Summer 2018
Commissioner Lee Smith Named President of the Board
On May 22, 2018, Commissioner Lee Smith was named president of the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Smith is the first African American to serve as president of the Board. Commissioner Pat Anderson will assume the role of vice president and Commissioner Georgine Guillory will continue her role as secretary-treasurer. 
Port Welcomes Major General Stephen Farmen, SDDC Commanding General
Port leadership and members of the 842nd Transportation Battalion welcomed Major General Stephen Farmen, SDDC Commanding General, to the Port of Beaumont. LTC Donald Santillo, Commander of the 842nd TB, discussed the Battalion’s capabilities, throughput, and future operations.
NDTA Houston Chapter Welcomes NDTA National President, Andy Brown .
The NDTA Houston Chapter celebrated National Defense Transportation Day at a luncheon honoring professionals working in the transportation industry on May 17, 2018 at the Sheraton North at IAH in Houston, Texas. The group welcomed keynote speaker, NDTA President Andy Brown.
Regional Effort Brings State Legislators to Southeast Texas
Navigating the Neches, a three-day legislative event organized by the Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur Chambers of Commerce, made its debut April 18-20, 2018. State legislators and staff members were invited to Southeast Texas to gain a better understanding the strategic and economic significance of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, Texas.

Throughout the event, the group focused on three main topics: coastal restoration, industry and health care. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the Sabine-Neches waterway with subject matter experts who were well-versed on the impact industry in Southeast Texas has on the nation; kayak the marshes that are key links in shrimping and fishing industries; bird-watch in an area that is home to more than 350 different species; and visit Lamar University, where they were treated to a host of demonstrations including a first-hand look at the resources the region has available to deploy during catastrophic events. Approximately 25 offices and agencies were represented. 
Historic ATSF Caboose Display Joins Port's Giant Propeller
as Artifact of the Region's History
On May 18, 2018, the Port of Beaumont hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their recently completed display, a restored Atchison Topeka Santa Fe (ATSF) caboose, once used in Southeast Texas by the Santa Fe Railroad. Donated to the Port of Beaumont in 2010 by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), it is one of the last...
Port of Beaumont Teams up with BNSF for "Hope After Harvey" Volunteer Effort
On May 2, 2018, more than 20 Burlington Northern Santa Fe ( BNSF) and Port of Beaumont volunteers collaborated to assist families who are still displaced from Tropical Storm Harvey.

The team focused on two homes in the area that were hard-hit by the storm. The "Hope After Harvey" team spent the day making needed repairs to the home to include basic demolition, painting, and hanging sheetrock.

"The magnitude of the this storm is understood, but the long-lasting effects aren't as clear to the general public," says Port Director Chris Fisher, "With hundreds of families still displaced, we are grateful BNSF included us in this important
Port Partners with Lamar University on Workshop Series
The Port of Beaumont has partnered with Lamar University’s Center for Advancement in Port Management to conduct a series of workshops meant to better prepare port professionals and emergency management personnel for unanticipated challenges that may arise.

The following topics have been addressed in the series thus far: preparing for the next disaster (lessons learned, best practices, and next steps); risk analysis; physical security; emergency response planning-2018 hurricane plan review; port cyber security; and strategic asset management. The workshops have been well attended by personnel from the region's three ports, oil & gas facilities, members of the maritime industry, law enforcement, regional emergency management personnel, and elected officials.

The next workshop on the agenda, Port Terminal Management Effectiveness: Covey Based Approach, is intended for individuals who are interested in personal development and refining existing leadership skills.

The template for the workshop, FranklinCovey® "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," fosters personal and professional growth, empowers more meaningful relationships, productive collaboration, increases productivity, and results in a healthy work/life balance.

Materials included: manual, audio CD, DVD and more.

If you are interested in attending or would like additional information, please contact Candice Moore at cmcormier@lamar.edu
Port Terminal Management Effectiveness: Covey Based Approach
(2-part workshop)

Friday, July 13, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018
TIME: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days
OTHER: Collaborative effort of CAPM and Lamar University's College of Business

Lamar University
Galloway Business Building
Room 140
4400 South MLK Pkwy
Beaumont, TX 77710

Port to be Honored at United Way "Hometown Huddle"
City of Beaumont 5th Annual Trash-Off
Port of Beaumont staff participated in the City of Beaumont's 5th annual "Trash-off" by collecting unwanted items from areas surrounding Port property. Staff members collected more than 30 bags of debris over the course of the two-hour event. 
AAPA Port Person of the Year- Sen. John Cornyn
Port Director Chris Fisher presented Senator John Cornyn with the American Association of Port Authorities' "Port Person of the Year" award on March 21, 2018 at AAPA's Spring Conference in Washington D.C.

Get to know the 842nd Transportation Battalion
Texas leads nation in wind energy production- Beaumont Business Journal
Southeast Texas woman raised to give back to community- 12NewsNow
Texas Ports Invest in Infrastructure
Regional Economic Development Video- REDI 
U.S. Gulf Ports See Dynamic Business- FBJNA
Port of Beaumont appoints first black president- Beaumont Enterprise
Beaumont Plans Cargo Capacity Increase- BreakBulk
Jefferson Energy terminal's
$150 m investment to create hundreds of jobs KFDM
The Importance of Investing in Seaport Infrastructure- AAPA
Caboose display at port highlights region's history- BBJ
Top Ports- Marine Log
Port of Beaumont Magazine- Beaumont Business Journal