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Steering The Ship Towards Growth And Innovation

Port Freeport's Commissioners are each elected to six year terms by the voters of our navigation district. Every two years two commissioners must run for re-election, as they serve staggered terms. Over the last 15 years they have reduced taxes 15 times and increased profits to higher and higher levels. As a result, Port Freeport has an annual economic impact of 46.2 Billion dollars per year and is currently ranked 26th out of 300+ ports serving the USA.

Paul Kresta

Paul Kresta

Chairman, Precinct 2

Paul Kresta
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Paul Kresta

Chairman, Precinct 2

Paul Kresta has served on the Port Commission since 2009 and is a life-long resident of Brazoria County. Employed by Phillips 66 since 1978, Kresta holds the position of Shift Superintendent, and for 28 years has been in the private ranching business.

Kresta is a graduate of West Columbia High School and attended Brazosport College before starting his career at Phillips 66 and private ranching business.

Kresta served on the Board of the Brazoria County Fair Association for 25 years and served two terms as president. He also contributed over 20 years to the Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association as a member of the board and served as president for two years. Since 1996, Kresta has served as a member of the Houston Live Stock Rodeo.

Kresta has been married to Peggy Kresta since 1983 and they have four children and one granddaughter. He enjoys volunteering, cooking, ranching, traveling and spending time with his family.

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John Hoss

John Hoss

Vice Chairman, Precinct 1

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John Hoss

Vice Chairman, Precinct 1

Elected to the Port Commission in 2011, John Hoss is a native of Freeport, and has spent his entire life in and around the maritime industry.

His family has been a part of the local maritime industry since 1957 making him a second-generation marine business owner in Freeport. Since 1997, he has been a principle in Freeport Launch, LP delivering supplies to ships in the region and servicing the offshore oil and seismic industries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hoss is a graduate of Brazosport High School and Oklahoma State University, holding an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. While working as faculty, he pursued advanced studies in Environmental Engineering and Data Management.

As a taxpayer, employer, and citizen of Freeport he is devoted toward improving the area through economic development of the Port. Since 1999 he has been a member and past officer of Brazosport Marine Advisory Team (BMAT), a group which deals with planning emergency response activities in the Brazosport harbor area.

He is on the Board of K9S4Cops, a foundation which promotes law enforcement agencies through placement and training of K9 partners, and a member of the Brazoria County Chapter of Friends of NRA.

In his free time, he enjoys hunting, competitive shooting and traveling.

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Shane Pirtle, P.E.

Shane Pirtle, P.E.

Secretary, Precinct 1 (At Large)

Shane Pirtle, P.E.
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Shane Pirtle, P.E.

Secretary, Precinct 1 (At Large)

Elected to the Port Commission in 2011, Shane Pirtle is currently a senior consultant in Safety Instrument Systems.  Pirtle retired from The Dow Chemical Company after 30 years of service. He also has managerial and professional experience at other engineering firms. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems.

 

Pirtle is a Distinguished Alumni of Brazosport College holding an Associate of Applied Science and Associate in Engineering Science degrees.

 

Pirtle served six years as mayor for the City of Lake Jackson and one year as a city council member.  Among his many civic activities, Pirtle is an active board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County, and is member or past member Brazoria County Economic Development Alliance, Brazosport Chamber of Commerce, Brazosport Business Roundtable, Bay Area Council Boy Scouts, BACH and Brazosport Rotary.

 

Pirtle resides near Brazoria and is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church.  He and his wife of 29 years, Linda, have three children and six grandchildren. In his free time, Pirtle enjoys spending time with his grandchildren along with outdoor activities such as golf, hunting, fishing and a little ranching.

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Bill Terry

Bill Terry

Asst. Secretary, Precinct 3

Bill Terry

Bill Terry

Asst. Secretary, Precinct 3

A business leader in Brazoria County for more than 40 years, Bill Terry has served on the Port Commission since 2007. Terry, now retired, is the founder of VIT Inc. – a wholesale petroleum and lubricant business along the Old Brazos River – of which his youngest of four children, David, currently is president.

Terry served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He is a 1957 graduate of Sam Houston State University, with a degree in agriculture.

Terry has been a volunteer and president of numerous organizations, including the Brazoria County Fair Association and the Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association.

Terry, a Brazoria County resident since 1961, enjoys cooking for his family, which includes 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He also enjoys running his cattle operation in Brazoria. Other interests include reading and traveling.

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Rudy Santos

Rudy Santos

Commissioner, Precinct 4

Rudy Santos

Rudy Santos

Commissioner, Precinct 4

Rudy Santos was sworn in as the newest member in June 2015 and is proud to serve Port Freeport as Commissioner. Santos was employed by Angleton Independent School District as the Director of Maintenance and Operation for more than 25 years. He is now employed with the Alvin Independent School District, where he is a Project Manager in building programs.

Santos is a 1982 graduate of Texas A & M University.

Santos has served his community of Angleton for 22 years in the following capacities: Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor. Along with his many civic activities, Santos is active with Brazoria County 4-H as co-chair of the Horse Advisory Committee, Angleton FFA, American Quarter Horse Association and a member of the major Livestock Shows and Rodeos throughout the state.

He is a lifelong resident of Angleton, Texas. Rudy is married to Rosalie for 23 years, and they have two daughters. Jessica attends Texas A&M University on scholarship and will graduate with the class of 2019. Reanna attends Angleton High School.

Together as a family they all enjoy deer hunting and all equine related activities. Most important of all, the family enjoys spending time together.

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Ravi Singhania

Ravi K. Singhania

Commissioner, Precinct 1

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Ravi K. Singhania

Commissioner, Precinct 1

Ravi Singhania was first elected to the Port Commission in 2007 and is currently serving his second term. During his tenure, he has served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair. He has been committed towards responsible growth with a long-term vision for the Port in serving the District while reducing taxes.

He started his career in 1968 at BASF Corporation’s Freeport, Texas Site. He retired as a Senior Vice President in 2005. His 37+ year career at BASF included serving 12 years as the General Manager of the Freeport site.

Singhania holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, Ph.D. work at the University of Houston, and Executive MBA from Rice University.

Singhania has continued his passion for the community. His present or past involvement in community and educational organizations include the Brazosport Rotary Club, Brazosport College Board of Regents, University of Texas and Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Advisory Council, Board of Texas Chemical Council, Brazosport Chamber of Commerce, Brazoria County Petrochemical Producers Council, Safety Town, Project Teach, Walk for Habitat, Board of the Community Foundation of Brazoria County, Brazosport College Foundation Board, University of Houston Engineering Leadership Board, Junior Achievement, Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuge and CHI St. Luke Brazosport Regional Hospital System.

During his free time, Singhania teaches an economics class every Fall at the University of Houston.  He enjoys tennis, playing cards, walking, family travels and spending time with his two grandchildren.

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