Port Director & CEO
Rodger E. Rees
Port Director & CEO, Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston
Rodger E. Rees, Galveston Wharves port director and chief executive officer, oversees one of the nation’s major cruise and cargo ports. The Port of Galveston is the fourth most popular cruise port in the United States, hosting more than 1 million cruise passengers a year. The deep-water port also is a major cargo hub, moving more than 4 million tons a year, including bulk grains, liquids, vehicles and wind turbine components.
Since Rees took the helm in January 2018, the Port of Galveston has increased net profits, developed and implemented a 20-year Strategic Master Plan, and partnered with Royal Caribbean International to build a $125 million cruise terminal complex. The port’s third cruise terminal opened in 2022.
Under Rees’s leadership, the port has developed a successful grants program, a long-term business strategy and environmental sustainability goals. In 2021, the Galveston Wharves earned its Green Marine certification, making it only the second Texas port to become accredited in the voluntary environmental program for the North American marine industry.
Rees previously served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Port Canaveral, the world’s second busiest cruise port. A certified public accountant, recognized by the State of Georgia, he was responsible for managing and safeguarding the port’s financial assets, as well as all financial functions.
Port Director and CEO, Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston, Galveston, Texas
Responsible for the successful overall management of a 100-person staff and the 840-acre port, including operations, capital projects, engineering and facilities, port security and police, all administrative functions, business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance and administrative functions.
Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Canaveral Port Authority Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Responsible for the management and safeguarding of the port's financial assets, as well as all financial functions of the 3,300-acre seaport. Rees worked with investors and banks to place more than $200 million in financing for a new cruise terminal, as well as major projects including renovations of the port's existing cruise terminals, road projects, and real estate acquisitions. He was executive sponsor for implementation of a port-wide integrated software system and managed a departmental staff of 16 professionals.
More than 25 years in executive management, including entrepreneurial founder and CEO of two successful financial services companies. In addition to financial and administrative responsibilities, Rees displayed business development talents.
East Tennessee State University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Public Accountant - State of Georgia
Port Executive Certification
Recipient, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Galvestonian of the Year for positively contributing to the betterment of the region’s business community, 2023
Recipient, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Vic Pierson C-Crewe Award for helping to strengthen the local community, 2020
Committee member, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Port Authority Advisory Committee (PAAC), 2020-Present
Board member, Galveston Economic Development Partnership, 2018-Present
Board member, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2018-Present
Rees is married with three children. He enjoys bicycling, skiing and golf.