VANCOUVER, Wash. – After fifteen years with the Port of Vancouver USA, CEO Todd Coleman will depart the port on May 19.
Coleman, a Professional Engineer, began his career with the port in 2001, when he was hired as Facilities Manager. After three promotions, he earned the position of Deputy Executive Director in 2005. The port’s Board of Commissioners appointed him CEO in 2012.
“I believe everyone has a season,” said Coleman. “I committed to leading this amazing organization for four years, and we’ve accomplished so much in that time. We’re on a great trajectory, and we have talented people and the right assets in place to continue achieving great things for our port and community.”
“Todd is an incredible leader,” said port commission President Jerry Oliver. “He’s been a tireless advocate for the Port of Vancouver, our industry and the community. We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best.”
Throughout his career with the port, Coleman has championed responsibility, sustainability and creative solutions to the challenges facing ports and industry today. Under his leadership, the Port of Vancouver has:
- More than doubled its acreage, growing to over 2,100 acres of industrial and ecological land along the Columbia River.
- Increased its annual operating revenue from $32 million to $38 million.
- Improved the depth and breadth of cargo handled. The port now moves nearly 7 million metric tons of cargo per year, including grain, automobiles, wind energy components, fertilizer, minerals, steel and wood pulp.
- Conserved more than 500 acres on the Columbia River for migratory birds, opening up 450 acres of prime industrial land for future development.
- Constructed a new rail entrance to the port and relocated tracks to reduce congestion and keep goods moving through Vancouver. Known as the West Vancouver Freight Access project, these efforts have already garnered more than $200 million in private investment.
- Helped increase safety for all cargo traveling the regional rail system by making rail safety a key state and federal priority.
- Developed one of the only ready-to-build, light-industrial properties in Clark County: Centennial Industrial Park. The park will soon be home to Sunlight Supply Inc./National Garden Wholesale, which is building its 305,000-square-foot world headquarters on 15 acres in CIP.
- Attracted employers who have added hundreds of jobs in the community. More than 3,200 people come to work on port property every day.
- Launched redevelopment of the port’s original marine terminal – Terminal 1 – built in the 1920s in downtown Vancouver. When complete, the development could include a new hotel, restaurant, office and retail space, public market and visitor amenities.
- Attracted Vancouver Energy, a project to transload crude oil that could create 1,000 jobs annually and bring $2 billion in economic benefit to the region. The project is moving through the state energy facility siting process.
- Collaborated with the ports of Camas-Washougal, Ridgefield and Portland, Oregon, to promote regional job creation and economic benefit.
- Deepened relations with domestic and international trade partners, including states in the U.S. midcontinent and global partners such as Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Taiwan.
Coleman plans to spend some time with his family this summer before seeking a new opportunity.
The Board of Commissioners will appoint an interim CEO while the port moves through the hiring process.
The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.
Abbi Russell, Communications Manager