2020 State of the Ports - Maryland State of the Ports

2020 Maryland State of the Ports 2020 Maryland State of the Ports

For more than a decade WTCI, the State of Maryland, and Ports America Chesapeake have hosted the Maryland State of the Ports – a forum where senior transportation officials share an update on the latest results, major infrastructure projects, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Attendees learn about the latest developments at these key regional economic drivers and meet the many companies that help keep the people and cargo moving through our ports. In addition to the State of the Ports, this year’s virtual conference will include two breakout sessions – there is no cost to participate.

December 2, 2020
4pm Breakout Sessions
5pm State of the Ports Panel

 4PM | Breakout Sessions

E-commerce & the Port Economy

The pandemic has propelled massive growth for e-commerce, and the Port of Baltimore is at the center of this growth. Companies have had challenges meeting customer demand and massive fulfillment centers have been proliferating around the Port of Baltimore and Tradepoint Atlantic. The shifting paradigm towards a reliance on e-commerce will have a major impact, including the thousands of jobs that support operations in and around Maryland’s Ports.

Jennifer Glass

Jennifer Glass

Rob Hahn - Chief Operating Officer at Whitebox Inc

Rob Hahn

Anirban Basu

Anirban Basu

The Future of Travel

The pandemic has caused massive disruptions to the travel industry. The cruise industry has been shut down for months and air travel is down 70%. Airlines have recently announced massive layoffs, and some cruise ships have been sent to the scrapyard. How long will the industry take to recover, and what will the recovery look like? Although the future is uncertain, the industry will adapt and reach a new equilibrium. Hear from our panel of experts who have some thoughts about the new normal for travel.

Chris Forrest VP, Collins Aerospace

Christopher Forrest

David Richardson - Senior Director, Governmental Affairs at Southwest Airlines

David Richardson is Director of Governmental Affairs for Southwest Airlines. In this position, David serves as Southwest’s chief advocate and principal liaison on Capitol Hill, as well as a senior attorney before several federal government agencies. He has represented Southwest in Washington, D.C., since December 2006.
Prior to joining Southwest, David was Chief of Staff at the Maryland Aviation Administration, which owns and operates Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and an attorney at Venable LLP in Baltimore. David has focused on transportation and economic development matters for nearly 25 years.
Presently, David serves on the Board of Directors for the BWI Business Partnership and the Aero Club of Washington, DC. He is also the Chair of the Government Affairs Council of the airlines’ trade association (Airlines for America). In 2015, David was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan and confirmed by the State Senate to serve on the Maryland Port Commission, which oversees the Port of Baltimore and establishes policies toward improving the competitive position of the Port within the international maritime industry.
His previous positions in public service include stints with then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and then-Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley of Maryland.
David has an undergraduate degree from American University, a master’s degree from George Washington University, and a law degree from the Catholic University of America.

David Richardson

Cynthia Burman

Cynthia Burman

 5PM | 2020 State of the Ports Address

All new this year, the State of the Ports Address will feature a panel comprised of the leaders of our State’s ports along with Maryland’s new Secretary of Transportation. Hear about the latest developments directly from those tasked with leading the economic drivers of our region.


William (Bill) P. Doyle was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as the Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) on July 22, 2020. As Executive Director, Mr. Doyle oversees and manages the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s six state-owned, public marine terminals. The marine terminals handle autos, breakbulk, containers, cruise, farm and construction equipment, and forest products.

The Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. It handles more autos and farm and construction equipment than any other U.S. port. It is also one of a few East Coast ports with a 50-foot deep channel which allows it to accommodate some of the largest container ships in the world. The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s leading economic generators with more than 15,300 direct jobs and more than 139,000 jobs in Maryland linked to it.

Prior to his appointment to the MPA, Mr. Doyle was the CEO and Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America, a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the U.S. dredging and marine construction industry. Mr. Doyle developed the organization’s first formal continuing strategic plan and crafted legislative initiatives in conjunction with the White House and Congress which resulted in securing more than $2 billion for harbor maintenance dredging, deepening, widening, coastal restoration, and beach nourishment for the association’s membership. He also established relationships with private sector principals and the highest uniform and civilian leaders in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, U.S. Trade Representative, and the departments of transportation and commerce.

Mr. Doyle served for five years (2013 through 2018) as a Federal Maritime Commissioner. He was nominated and then re-nominated by President Barack Obama and he also served under President Donald Trump. As a Commissioner, he chaired the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Trade Consultations and co-chaired the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Port Congestion Forum in Baltimore with the late Helen Bentley which included port authorities, rail transportation, ILA labor, and trucking industry participants. He also worked with marine terminals and ports on supply chain movement solutions during the Hanjin Lines bankruptcy. During his time as Commissioner, Mr. Doyle built strong relationships with major ocean carriers and alliances in both Europe and Asia.

From 2011 through 2013, Mr. Doyle was Chief of Staff for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In that role, Mr. Doyle managed the executive staff and served as senior advisor for business development, legislative strategies, contract negotiations, and provided counsel to the board.

Prior to that, from 2008 through 2011, Mr. Doyle was Director of Permits, Scheduling, and Compliance for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. As lead negotiator for the federal government, he secured cost recovery and reimbursable agreements with multinational energy companies like Exxon, BP, and TransCanada Pipeline. He directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 25 federal agencies, numerous State of Alaska agencies, and both federal and provincial agencies of Canada.

Mr. Doyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth. He is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a cadet, he worked in the Quincy, Massachusetts shipyard breaking out vessels for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation, he began sailing as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, his shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet. While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Mr. Doyle entered law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout law school, Commissioner Doyle worked his summer and winter breaks serving aboard pre-positioning ships in South Carolina, delivering jet fuel to Haifa, Israel, and transporting liquid-sulfur between ports along the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Bill Doyle


Appointed by Governor Larry Hogan is 2015, Ricky Smith has led management and operations for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for six consecutive years. A 29-year veteran of the transportation industry, Mr. Smith has restored BWI as the busiest airport in the region and one of the Top 10 National Airports for Customer Experience. Mr. Smith established a culture of performance, safety, and innovation at the airport. He has also created a community centered around the airport. In 2015, Mr. Smith established the BWI Marshall Youth Initiative to introduce Baltimore City youths to careers in aviation and transportation. In 2017, the LaunchPad program was started to uplift minority-owned micro-businesses by creating opportunities to participate in the thriving BWI food and retail scene. Outside the airport, Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Mayor’s commission on African American Males and President of Black Professional Men, Inc

Ricky Smith

Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater

Gregory Slater was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in December 2019 after more than two decades of public service. On February 24, 2020, he was confirmed as Secretary by the Senate of Maryland.

Mr. Slater’s career has been defined by dedication, performance-driven transportation, and collaborative and creative problem-solving. With 22 years of experience at the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Mr. Slater worked his way up from where his career began in Plats and Survey operations to leadership positions on both the engineering and planning/programming offices to become Administrator in 2017.

His career growth includes nearly a decade as the MDOT SHA Director of Planning where he developed a keen understanding of the transportation system’s and MDOT’s critical role in the safety, accessibility, mobility, economic vitality and quality of life for all Marylanders. Mr. Slater describes Maryland’s transportation network as a “system of systems” and knows how each mode of transportation must function safely and efficiently for residents and businesses to thrive. He promotes the integration of smart technology and performance data to help MDOT unlock solutions to some of Maryland’s greatest transportation challenges with a focus on building the foundation of a transportation system for the next generation to thrive.

As Secretary, Mr. Slater leads a transportation department with more than 10,000 employees and an operating budget of nearly $5.4 billion. He oversees every aspect of state transportation, from its highways, roadways, transit systems/services and toll facilities to motor vehicles, the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.
Mr. Slater is a lifelong Marylander, a 1997 graduate of Towson University and leads many committees and efforts to strengthen the industry within the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Gregory Slater

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