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Experienced, driven, and committed to success.

Port Freeport's staff are here to help you meet your transportation goals. We have over 100 years of team experience in all types of international and domestic transportation management, regulations, engineering, and operations. We pledge to do our very best to impress you by finding out how a port fits into your business plan and filling that role. Call us today!

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Phyllis Saathoff

Executive Director/CEO

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Phyllis Saathoff

Executive Director/CEO

Phyllis Saathoff is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of service in the port industry. With a strong accounting and finance background combined with her operational leadership, Phyllis brings a proven track record to Port Freeport.
Saathoff began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992. She served as Managing Director, and then in April 2012, became the Interim Executive Director/CEO before joining the Port of Houston Authority in October 2012. Saathoff served in various capacities during her tenure at the Port of Houston Authority including, Chief People Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Affairs. She was responsible for public affairs, strategic planning, channel development, freight mobility and environmental affairs. Saathoff returned to Port Freeport in April 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer.
Under Saathoff’s leadership, the Port has been successful in obtaining U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Report to Congress to deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to 56 feet and in financing and initiating the development of the Port’s first container terminal. Being the recipient of the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 29 consecutive years demonstrates Saathoff’s commitment to public transparency and accountability.
Education
Saathoff earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is a certified public accountant and Professional Port Manager®.
Affiliations & Community Involvement
Saathoff has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in Gulf Transportation by Gulf Shipper Magazine. A recognized expert in port emergency preparedness, she is the author of the Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning Manual for Best Practices for ports.
Past president of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones and former treasurer of the Texas Gulf Ports Association, Saathoff currently serves as Chairwoman on the Port Authority Advisory Committee to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), HGAC Transportation Policy Council member, Vice President of Texas Ports Association and serves on the board of directors for the National Waterways Conference. Phyllis also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Economic Development Alliance of Brazoria County and as a member of the University of Houston – Clear Lake College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.
Personal
A resident of Brazoria County since 1983, Saathoff enjoys outdoor activities including golfing and hiking.
Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Rob Lowe

Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

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Rob Lowe

Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Rob Lowe

Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Rob Lowe joined Port Freeport in 2019 as Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with responsibility for the accounting and financial reporting, treasury, risk management, financial analysis and human resource management.

Rob brings over 20 years of managerial experience including leading multi-business unit accounting activities, financial leadership support, acquisition integrations, contract reviews, and organizational designs.   

Education

Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Personal

Rob is an active member of the local community as a volunteer board member of Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County, as well as served on the Finance Committee of Brazosport Regional Health System.  Rob, his wife, Michele, and their two children, Caroline and Cooper, have lived in Lake Jackson for 13 years.

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Rob is an active member of the local community as a volunteer board member of Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County, as well as served on the Finance Committee of Brazosport Regional Health System. Rob, his wife, Michele, and their two children, Caroline and Cooper, have lived in Lake Jackson for 13 years.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 26th in containers, and 19th in total tonnage.  The Freeport Harbor Channel serves The Dow Chemical, Phillips 66, BASF, Tenaris, Vulcan Materials Company, Mammoet, Horizon Terminal Services, Freeport LNG, Riviana Foods, Inc., Dole Fresh Fruit, Chiquita Fresh N.A., Seaway Pipeline Company and Seaway Marine Terminal, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hoegh Autoliners.  For more information about Port Freeport, please visit www.portfreeport.com.

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Jason Hull

Jason Hull

Director of Engineering

Jason Hull

Jason Hull

Director of Engineering

Jason Hull

Director of Engineering

Jason Hull has been employed with Port Freeport since 2011.  Since 2013 he has served the Port in a senior leadership role as the Director of Engineering.  As such, Jason is responsible for the design and construction of the Port’s capital and major maintenance projects including buildings, rail, roadway/paving, drainage, utilities, and environmental. His responsibilities also include estimating cost and schedules of Port projects, as well as managing department personnel needs. Jason is part of an elite group of only three chief engineers to serve at Port Freeport since 1954.

 Experience

Jason is a Licensed Professional Engineer, his focus has been on designing Civil, Structural and Electrical projects since 1998.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Jason is a member of the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. and the National Rifle Association.

Personal

Jason was born, raised and has lived every day of his life in Texas.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan

Director of Protective Services

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Chris Hogan

Director of Protective Services

Chris Hogan

Director of Protective Services

As the Director of Protective Services, Chris Hogan serves as the staff authority on MTSA compliance, Port Security, and emergency management.  He manages the Port's security program and the budget for Port security and emergency coordination.

Chris is a retired fire chief with over 30 years of experience in emergency services.  Additionally, Chris has over 20 years of experience in security and over 15 years of experience in terrorism response and counter-terrorism strategies.

Education

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from West Texas A & M.

Personal

Being raised in Angleton, it is very important to Chris that the Port helps support the local economy and provide the community with a port that they can be proud of.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com

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Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Director of Economic Development and Mobility

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Director of Economic Development and Mobility

Michael Wilson

Director of Economic Development and Mobility

Michael Wilson has been with Port Freeport for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Economic Development and Mobility.  His primary responsibilities revolve around sales, marketing, strategic planning, project acquisition and business development.

Michael’s first job in the international shipping business was as a longshoreman in Lake Charles, Louisiana working summers while in school at Northwestern State University.

Michael’s career path has to lead him through many levels of shipping and international transportation management including port operations, truck and rail terminal operations, steamship line management, customer service, documentation, sales, marketing, pricing, and administrative management.  He is a past district manager of NYK Line, past VP of Demas traffic and customer service, past VP national sales, marketing and customer service for Weco Agencies & Nordana Line.

Education

Michael has over 40 years of experience in international business and logistics.  He has certifications as a trainer of VOHMA hazardous material management, economic development, quality compliance, and is currently pursuing his PPM (Professional Port Management) certification via the American Association of Port Authorities.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Michael is currently serving as a voting member of the Houston Galveston Area Council Transportation Advisory Committee, Houston Regional Freight Committee, International Transportation Management Association, and the HGAC Transportation Policy Council.

Personal

Michael moved to Houston in 1979 along with his wife Ruth. He is the father of two Texans, Aaron 20 and Nichole 24.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Jason Miura

Jason Miura

Director of Business and Economic Development

Jason Miura

Jason Miura

Director of Business and Economic Development

Jason Miura

Director of Business and Economic Development

In 2004, Jason Miura began his career with Clipper Group, a Danish Shipowning consortium, as Assistant Operations Manager.  In 2006, Jason was promoted to Assistant Chartering Manager, and in 2007 was transferred to the company’s Stamford, Connecticut USA Headquarters. 

In 2009, Jason accepted a position as Line Manager with Caribbean Feeder Services, a German Shipowning and operating company.  He was stationed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Kingston, Jamaica.  As Line Manager, he traveled extensively and dealt directly with Global Container Lines while marketing feeder services that the company provided to the Caribbean islands and rim countries.

In 2012, Jason began working for Signet Maritime Corporation, a United States Shipowning Company, which operated U.S. Flagged Towing Vessels and Barges. In 2014, he was promoted to Commercial Manager and was charged with overseeing the financial well-being of all the company’s business units.  In, 2015, Jason joined the Port Freeport team as the Director of Business and Economic Development.

Education

Jason earned his BBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Houston in 2003.

Jason has completed the Export-Import Theory, Practices and Procedures course at Kingwood College and attended the Time Charter Master Class Workshop through the internationally recognized Baltic and Maritime International Council (BIMCO).  Miura holds Association of Ship Brokers and Agents certifications in Commercial Trade Transactions, Maritime Law for Shipbrokers and Agents and Ship Brokering and Chartered Vessel Operations.

Personal

A resident of Fort Bend County, Jason resides in Missouri City, Texas.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Al Durel

Director of Operations

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Al Durel

Director of Operations

Al Durel

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations for Port Freeport, Al Durel’s major duty is to maintain the ‘function’ of the Port. This will include but not limited to managing vessel/cargo operations, maintenance of the facilities, managing the flow of vessel/truck traffic and safety throughout the various terminals. He serves as the primary point of contact for owners, agents and industry. In addition, he also manages the financial affairs of Port Operations. On occasion, Al acts as a tour guide, which is always a lot of fun. This gives him an opportunity to ‘showcase’ the activities and abilities of the Port.  Al has been with the Port since 1999.

Al believes Port Freeport offers something truly unique to its customers, and that the people behind the Port make the difference.

The Maritime industry runs deep in Al’s family. Long before he started, Al’s Dad and brother-in-law were managers for a stevedore company in New Orleans. Their influence and training gave him the foundation to become successful in this industry. He has held various positions throughout his career, including Ship Superintendent, Vessel Agency, Terminal Operator, Terminal Manager, and Port Captain.

Education

Graduated University of New Orleans / Business Administration in 1977.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Al serves on the PCT – Port Coordination Team, BMAT – Brazosport Marine Action Team, Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, Member of the Executive Safety Committee, National Incident Management System (NIMS), AAPA Operations Committee, Member of Area Maritime Security Committee.

Personal

Al’s biggest, most important accomplishment is raising three boys with his wife Pam.  All are very successful professionals in Medicine.

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Mary Campus

Controller

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Mary Campus

Controller

Mary Campus

Controller

Employed by Port Freeport since 1993, Mary Campus currently serves as Controller. Her primary responsibilities revolve around managing the finances of the Port. She is also involved in Procedures, Risk Management, Human Resources and Treasury Management. During Mary’s tenure, Port Freeport has received 24 Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Mary looks forward to leading the finance department through the growth and expansion planned for the Port.

Education

Mary earned a Bachelor of Finance Degree from Western Governor’s University.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Government Finance Officers Association, Government Treasurer’s Association of Texas

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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Lauren McCormick

Public Affairs Manager

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Lauren McCormick

Public Affairs Manager

Lauren McCormick

Public Affairs Manager

Employed by Port Freeport since May 2017, Lauren McCormick currently serves as the Public Affairs Manager.  In this role, Lauren is responsible for managing the community and local government relations for Port Freeport.  Lauren is the Port’s liaison to the general public, media, and public entities/organization.  She also supervises the public affairs staff at Port Freeport.

Education

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and minor in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. In 2015, Lauren graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Business Administration degree and a certificate in Business Consulting.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Lauren is a 2019 Leadership Angleton alumni, member of the Public Relations Society of America, and Federal Aviation Administration certified drone pilot.  Lauren also currently serves on the American Association of Port Authorities Public Relations Committee.

Personal

Lauren and her family are life-long Texas Gulf Coast residents.  In her free time, she enjoys teaching local yoga classes, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

 

Port Freeport

Nationally, Port Freeport is ranked 10th in chemicals, 19th in total tonnage, and 26th in containers. The Freeport Harbor Channel serves BASF, Chiquita Fresh N.A., CMA CGM, Dole Fresh Fruit, The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport LNG, Hoegh Autoliners, Horizon Terminal Services, Mammoet, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Phillips 66, Riviana Foods, Inc., Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Tenaris, and Vulcan Materials Company.  You can learn more about Port Freeport at www.portfreeport.com.

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