Council confirms Sanders as Exec. Port DirectorJul 29th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: top story
On July 25, Major General (ret.) Maynard “Sandy” Sanders signed a three year
contract with the Plaquemines Parish Port, Harbor & Terminal District, for an initial amount of $175,000 annually, to become the official Executive Director. This is a huge step for the Port, considering the fact that they have never had an Executive Director—up until now, the Port was being managed by Deputy Port Director, John Pennison.
“We went through a very exhaustive process to determine who our Executive Director would be, but one really stood out,” said Councilman Stuart Guey of District 4. “We had to pick someone who could confidently run this port in the condition it is in today, and that person is Major General Maynard “Sandy” Sanders.” “The Council has made a great decision by separating the Parish from the Port, and appointing me as Executive Director,” said Sanders.“When I saw that they were willing to take this risk I was impressed, and I knew that there was an immense potential for growth here. The Port is indicative of the Parish itself, because they are both brimming with opportunities for expansion.”
Sanders is coming to Plaquemines from the Port of Corpus Christi, where he held the title of Deputy Port Director for Operations, Communications and Business Development since 2008. He has also served as Deputy G4 for U.S. Army Reserve Component Integration at the Pentagon. Council members and Parish officials are confident that Sanders has seen what the Port and the Parish have to offer, and believe that he can help this port reach its next level of success.
“I believe your background has prepared you for this undertaking,” said Councilman P.V. Griffin when speaking to Sanders. “The Port is a baby that is waiting to be born, and you are the doctor who will deliver it.”
Sanders says that his decision to come to Plaquemines was an easy one, and that this is a great opportunity for both the Port and himself to grow.
“I want to be the Executive Director so I can run this port the right way,” said Sanders. “I want to have a major impact on not only the Port, but the Parish as well. The Port is an economic engine for an area, so by improving the Port we can improve the Parish.”
As Executive Director, Sanders has several plans in mind for the Port’s future, but says that the first thing on that list is to acquire property, and add rail lines to improve the efficiency and presence of the Port.
“You can build a strong port, but without rail you just have a good looking port
in the middle of nowhere,” said Sanders. “We need to stay connected. We’re at the mouth of the largest river basin— our opportunities for growth are endless.” Sanders will assume his full duties as Executive Director on August 5, and is excited to bring this Port to the forefront.
“I am humbled by the Council’s decision to choose me as the new Executive Director, and I take their confidence in me very seriously,” said Sanders. “I hope that I can bring this Port and this Parish to their full potential.”