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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 24 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.

 

Phyllis began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992.  She served as Managing Director, and then in April 2012, became the Interim Executive Port Director/CEO before joining the Port of Houston Authority in October 2012. Phyllis 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.  Phyllis returned to Port Freeport in April 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer.

 

During her prior tenure at Port Freeport, Phyllis was successful in obtaining U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to 55 feet, and in financing and initiating the development of the Port’s first container terminal.  Phyllis received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 21 consecutive years.

 

Phyllis earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is a certified public accountant and is certified as a Professional Port Manager®.

 

Phyllis was 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.

 

She served as president of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and is a former treasurer of the Texas Gulf Ports Association.  Phyllis also served on the Port Authority Advisory Council to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  She is actively engaged with industry groups such as the American Association of Port Authorities and Texas Ports Association regarding maritime transportation, regulatory and policy matters and serves on the board of directors of the Economic Alliance of Brazoria County.

 

A resident of Brazoria County since 1983, Phyllis enjoys outdoor activities including golfing and hiking.

 

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Jeff Strader

Chief Financial Officer

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Jeff Strader

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Strader began his career with Port Freeport in 2012 as the Port’s Chief Financial Officer.  Jeff’s responsibilities include oversight of the Port’s treasury management, capital funding programs, financial reporting, accounting services, business case analysis, information technology, real property acquisition, human resources, safety, security and Port policy implementation. Jeff brings more than 29 years of experience in the public as well as the private sector of accounting, finance and auditing.

 

Previously he served over an 11-year period as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for North Carolina State Ports Authority.  He was accountable for the results of the organization's financial activities, contributed to the development of business strategies and allocated resources for the achievement of the port's strategic plan.  Other responsibilities included treasury, financial and accounting services as well as property management functions.  Prior to this, Jeff served in a number of roles in the private sector.

 

Jeff earned his Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with concentrations in audit and economics and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pfeiffer University with a major emphasis in accounting and a minor in computer information systems.  He received his CPA designation in 1991.

 

Jeff serves as board member for the Brazosport Area Chamber, port representative to the Highway 36A Coalition, member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts.

 

Jeff and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for over 23 years and have two children.

 

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Jason Hull

Jason Hull

Director of Engineering

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan

Director of Protective Services

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Chris Hogan

Director of Protective Services

As the Director of Protective Services, Chris Hogan serves as the staff authority on regulatory requirements and implements the Port Facility Security Plan (FSP). He manages the Port's security contractor and the budget for Port security, safety, and cyber/information technology.

 

Chris has over 25 years of experience in emergency services which includes security, fire and rescue tactics and counter-terrorism.

 

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

 

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.

 

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Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Director of Economic Development

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Director of Economic Development

Michael Wilson has been with Port Freeport for seventeen years and currently serves as Director of Economic Development.  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 lead him through many levels of steamship and international transportation management including port operations, truck and rail terminal operations, national intermodal and manifest rail 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.

 

Michael has over 35 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.

 

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

 

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

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Dianna Kile

Dianna Kile

Director of External/Government Affairs

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Dianna Kile

Director of External/Government Affairs

Dianna Kile has been employed with Port Freeport since mid-April 2015 as Director of External/Government Affairs.  Her primary duties include communication with elected Officials in Federal, State, County and City government.  Dianna is the Port’s Liaison to the general public, media and public entities/organizations. She also supervises the media/communications and public relations staff at Port Freeport.

 

Victoria College, University of Houston, the Leadership Institute and a “Ron Paul Alumni.”

 

Member of the ACTS Community, National Federation of Republican Women, NRA, 4-H Adult Leader, Board Member of Brazoria County Junior Achievement.

 

Dianna was born and raised in Calhoun County, Texas. She retired from a 20-year career with the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Hobbies include horseback riding, reading and caring for her family.  She is excited about her new career at Port Freeport and the immense economic impact that it brings to Texans in the Gulf Coast Region and the Nation.

 

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Jason Miura

Jason Miura

Director of Business and Economic Development

Jason Miura

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 US Flagged Towing Vessels and Barges. In 2014, he was promoted to Commercial Manager and was charged with overseeing the financial well-being of all of the company’s business units.  In, 2015, Jason joined the Port Freeport team as the Director of Business and Economic Development.

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.

 

Jason serves as Treasurer of the Brazoria-Fort Bend County Rail District.

 

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

 

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Al Durel

Director of Operations

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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 operation. As Director of, maintenance of the facilities, managing the flow of vessel/truck traffic and safety. He serves as the primary point of contact for owners, agents and industry, and 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 ‘show off ‘the Port.

 

Al believes Port Freeport offers something truly unique to its customers, and that the people behind the Port make the difference. "No matter who you are or what you do, it's all about people," says Al.  "People make things happen."

 

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.

 

Graduated University of New Orleans / Business Administration in 1977.

 

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.

 

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

 

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Mary Campus

Mary Campus

Controller

Mary Campus

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 22 Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Mary is amazed at the footprint of the Port from 1993 through today on how much it has changed.

 

Mary looks forward to leading the finance department to many more successful years.

 

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

 

Mary is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and Government Treasurer’s Association of Texas.

 

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