GALVESTON, TX (July 15, 2019) – The Port of Galveston welcomed its newest staff member today. Mr. Julio De Leon has been appointed as the Port’s first ever Mobility Director.
In this new position, De Leon will oversee planning, operations, strategic marketing and ground transportation for the Port of Galveston’s Parking Division.
As the nation’s fourth busiest cruise port, Galveston Wharves operates seven lots and 3,610-space parking operation that generated $ 7.6 million in gross revenues in 2018, and this year projected to be $ 8.6 million. This year De Leon will lead the installation of an automated payment system to make the port’s parking operation more efficient.
“We are excited to welcome Julio to our team,” said Rodger Rees, CEO and port director. “Having worked in various leadership positions in the parking industry, Julio brings a high level of experience and industry knowledge to the Galveston Wharves. He will be an invaluable asset to our hard-working management team.”
Formerly the Parking Division manager at PSX Inc., De Leon has more than 16 years of experience in operations and sales management, facility management, project management and business development. He has served as operations manager for Associated Parking and vice president of Business Development at Orion Technology Solutions.
De Leon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Incarnate World, San Antonio. He earned a parking professional certification from the National Parking Association. Additionally, he is an active member of the Texas Parking and Transportation Organization.
About the Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port currently handles over 1.9 million passenger movements annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities are comprised of a combination of an active ship and rig repair facility, a liquid bulk operation, facilities that support the offshore exploration and production business, and two parcels of undeveloped property. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility of the City of Galveston with operating revenues of approximately $43.5 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations.