Wade M. Battles, who has served as Managing Director of the Port of Houston Authority since 1999, has accepted the position of Vice President-Regional Manager for Halcrow, Ltd. Halcrow is an engineering firm that specializes in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development. Battles will be based in their Houston office.
Battles was appointed Acting Executive Director of the port authority following the retirement of Executive Director Tom Kornegay in February. He handled these additional duties until September 29, when Houston businessman Alec Dreyer, who does not have a maritime background, was named Executive Director.
As managing director, Battles helped oversee the port authority’s administrative and operational departments. Among other milestones, Battles was instrumental in developing the port’s environmental and security management systems. In 2002, Houston’s Barbours Cut and Central Maintenance facilities became the first in the United States to attain International Organization for Standardization 14001 environmental certification.
Last year, the port’s security management system became the world’s first by a port authority to receive ISO 28000 certification.
However, Battles says he is most proud of the relationships forged during his tenure with the port authority. “A seaport is only as good as its relationship with its customers,” Battles said in a statement issued by the port. “I value the relationships I’ve developed over the years on both a professional and personal basis and plan to maintain those relationships.
PHA Chairman James T. Edmonds applauded Battles’ achievements and contributions, especially over the past nine months. “We are appreciative of the difficult challenges he shouldered, particularly during the interim period as we searched for an executive director,” Edmonds said. “Wade has been a valuable asset for the port authority and we wish him the best of success in his future endeavors.”
Battles is active with the American Association of Port Authorities, serving on both the Security and Cruise committees, President of the Texas Ports Association, and Chairman of the Texas Port Authority Advisory Committee. He is a charter member of the Houston Galveston Area Marine Security Committee. He was recently reappointed to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC).
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