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Luncheon - James T. Edmonds (speaker change), Chairman, Port of Houston Authority

  • Tuesday, September 07, 2010
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • The Houston Club, 811 Rusk Ave., Houston, TX 77002


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About the speaker: **Note Speaker Change**

Jim Edmonds has been Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority since 2000. Edmonds was first appointed to the Port Commission in October 1996, representing Harris County.

Under Edmonds’ stewardship as chairman, the Port of Houston Authority has implemented some of the most innovative environmental, security and operations initiatives ever, while experiencing the most aggressive growth, capital expansion and profitability in its history.

In 2001, Edmonds led the efforts to seek Texas voters’ approval on a state constitutional amendment exempting all green coffee and raw cocoa imports stored in Harris County from ad valorem taxes. The New York Board of Trade granted the green coffee port status in early 2003.

The port authority made history in 2002, when it became the first U.S. port facility to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the rigorous parameters of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 standards. Under Edmond’s leadership, the port authority continues to set standards in environmental stewardship and security measures. Another bookmark in ISO history was recorded in 2008 when PHA became the world’s first port authority to initiate a Security Management System worthy of certification for ISO 28000:2007.

In addition, Edmonds’ leadership helped the port authority become a major player in the conception and creation of the Gulf Coast Freight Rail District – the state’s first of its kind – and of the nation’s first Ship Channel Security District that will set the standards of how public and private partnerships can co-exist to keep our community safe.

The highly anticipated Bayport Container Terminal opened in February 2007, adding to PHA’s capability to post another operating revenue record for 2008 of an estimated $196 million gross revenue and processing 1.8 million in container TEUs. For the ninth consecutive year, PHA set operating revenue and container traffic records under Edmonds’ chairmanship.

One of the highest forms of acknowledgements of PHA’s success was receiving the 2007 President’s "E Star" Award for export service in 2008, in recognition of its continuing support of export growth in the U.S. business community for the last five years and more.

Harris County stakeholders obviously agree with the course PHA has chosen while under Edmonds’ watch. In November 2007, when county voters went to the polls to decide on the largest and most diverse collection of bond proposals offered at one time in the county’s history, voters approved a $250 million PHA bond proposal to fund further expansion at Bayport as well as additional security and environmental initiatives.

The awarding of nearly $38.6 million in federal security grants to the Port of Houston Authority is credited to the port’s proactive stance to broaden public awareness of security issues along one of the world’s largest ports. In August 2004, the port authority, the U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement partners opened the Port Coordination Center, a centralized facility that serves as a communication center during crisis situations.

Under Edmonds’ leadership, the Port Authority continues to set standards for environmental management, initiatives, and compliance making Houston one of the greenest Ports in the U. S. and the world.

Additionally, Edmonds, along with his commission colleagues, has directed the port staff to strengthen relationships with local, state and federal elected officials and to develop constructive affiliations with members of the Houston-area media.

The PHA’s business opportunities with small businesses also were elevated under Edmonds’ leadership. In 2002, PHA created and implemented its Small Business Development program with 35 percent participation goal and – since its inception – the program has awarded nearly $281 million in PHA eligible contracts to registered small businesses.

In addition to his civic service with the Port of Houston, Edmonds also serves as the Chairman of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, I-69 TxDOT Advisory Committee, the Alliance for I-69 Texas and the Gulf Coast Freight Rail District. Edmonds is president of Edmonds & Company, a business consulting firm.

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