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August 7th Luncheon

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Port Houston Infrastructure Imperatives

Rich Byrnes
Port Houston - Chief Port Infrastructure Officer

Growth in waterborne imports and exports requires continuing investments in infrastructure. Access to intermodal hubs, key roadway arteries and improvements to the Houston Ship Channel are critical for Port users. The Port works with local, state and federal agencies, neighboring communities, and industry partners to ensure that road and waterway improvements stay on the regional and national agenda. This session will provide an update on fast-moving changes and investment needs.



About Rich

Rich Byrnes is the Chief Infrastructure Officer for the Port of Houston Authority.  He leads a multi-functional group tasked with supporting public transportation and trade needs of the region and enabling an efficient and effective base for Port operations.  The Infrastructure team’s responsibilities include Facilities and Master Planning, Strategic Asset Management, Project & Construction Management, the non-federal role in Houston Ship Channel Development, Freight Mobility, and Environmental Affairs.  

Rich’s career spans engineering, operations and consulting across transportation, oil & gas and shipbuilding industries, working with Fortune 100 corporations, State-Owned Enterprises, and governments on every continent.  He began his career managing supply chain and wintering over at the South Pole, Antarctica, and then as an oil field engineer in the Middle East.  In Transportation, he has consulted to ports and shipping companies across the US, Latin America and Australia on issues of planning and economics, and in Oil & Gas, he worked with organizations across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East on issues of strategy, organization, and asset development.  Previously, Rich held roles as Vice President at two global oilfield services companies, responsible for business and technical consulting, and he has also been a Clinical Professor of Leadership at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.

Rich has two Master’s degrees from MIT, one in Ocean Systems Management and another in Technology and Policy.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an Associate’s in mathematics from Long Beach City College and he has completed executive leadership programs at Texas A&M.  Rich and his family have lived in the Houston area since 1992, and in his spare time, he promotes STEM education in local schools and coaches youth baseball.


TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
VENUE: Hyatt Regency IAH, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston


PRE-PAY (until Friday, Aug 2): BEST VALUE!
Members - USD $40
Nonmembers - USD $50

Members - USD $45.00
Nonmembers - USD $55.00

LATE RATE/WALK-INS (starting Saturday, Aug 3):
Members/Nonmembers - USD $55 

$30.00 for Educators 
$20.00 for Students 



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