Galveston Wharves Port Director and CEO, Rodger Rees, has been recognized as Galvestonian of the Year by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the business community, according to a press release.
Rees said: “I want to thank the chamber for this incredible recognition of the port’s economic impact on the region. I also want to recognize our dedicated port staff, visionary Wharves Board and committed port partners. This chamber award is dedicated to them. None of this would be possible without their hard work to bring our citizen-owned port to its full potential.”
Rees accepted the “Nonno” Galvestonian of the Year award at the chamber’s 178th annual meeting on January 28.
“The Port of Galveston continues to be an expanding force in the regional economy,” said Gina M. Spagnola, chamber president and chief executive officer.
“Under Rodger’s leadership, the port has experienced major accomplishments and growth in our region. His expertise and experience to building strong relationships within the industry is second to none and we are lucky to have him in our community.”
Rees assumed the role in January 2018 and thanks to his contributions, the Port of Galveston has expanded its business and developed a 20-year strategic master plan. He has also recently opened a $125 million cruise terminal through a public-private partnership with Royal Caribbean International.
Reese is currently in negotiations regarding a fourth terminal in partnership with MSC Cruises. Additionally, other projects in development include the West Port Cargo Complex and internal roadway to alleviate traffic on Harborside Drive.