PORT FREEPORT’S REIXACH ELECTED CHAIRMAN
OF AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PORT AUTHORITIES
FREEPORT, Texas – A.J. “Pete” Reixach Jr., Executive Port Director and Chief Executive Officer of Port Freeport, has been chosen chairman-elect of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the leading not-for-profit group representing the interests of Western Hemisphere seaports.
Reixach’s unanimous election by the AAPA board of directors came March 22nd during the AAPA spring conference in Washington. He is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 99th annual convention, set for Sept. 19-23 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Reixach is to assume the chairmanship from Michael A. Leone, port director of the Massachusetts Port Authority.
Reixach has served as Port Freeport’s executive port director since 1988. He joined the Texas Gulf Coast port in 1985 as assistant general manager and became its general manager in 1986. His industry career has spanned five decades, beginning in the New Orleans office of Greece-based Hellenic Lines Ltd., for which he assumed the position of Houston-based assistant manager for the West Gulf in 1970. Prior to joining Port Freeport, he was Houston-based vice president and general manager for F.A. Voight Inc., a Netherlands-based shipping company.
“These are critical times for the maritime industry on national and international fronts,” Reixach said. “I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to lead AAPA as we meet challenges related to issues ranging from infrastructure funding to port security to sustainability. By working collaboratively in interfacing with legislative leaders and in sharing of industry best practices, the ports of the Western Hemisphere can and will ensure ongoing enhancement of our vital role in the global economy.
“Through active involvement in AAPA, including leading the U.S. Gulf ports contingent on the association’s board of directors and, most recently, as vice chairman of its U.S. Legislative Policy Council, I have had extensive opportunities to represent crucial industry interests in Washington and beyond,” Reixach continued. “As chairman, I will be blessed with further such opportunities to advance our industry while raising the profile of Port Freeport.”
In addition to his AAPA service, Reixach has been active in numerous national, regional, state and local organizations, including having served as chairman of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, the Gulf Seaports Marine Terminal Conference, Texas Ports Association and Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Port Freeport currently ranks 16th among U.S. ports in international cargo tonnage handled. With a present channel of 45-foot depth, soon to be widened and deepened, just 3 miles from open Gulf of Mexico waters, Port Freeport offers more than 7,500 acres for future development. Port Freeport serves its customers and stakeholders through development and marketing of competitive world-class navigational capabilities, technically advanced marine and multimodal terminal services and port-related industrial facilities while achieving profits and creating jobs as a leading economic catalyst for the Texas Gulf Coast.
Founded in 1912, AAPA, based in Alexandria, VA, represents 160 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean and more than 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with interests in seaports. As a critical link for access to the global marketplace, each year, Western Hemisphere seaports generate trillions of dollars of economic activity, support the employment of millions of people and, in 2008, imported and exported more than 7.8 billion tons of cargo, valued at $8.6 trillion, including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys. The volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020, and the number of passengers traveling through our seaports will continue to grow. To meet these demands, AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.