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Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, Long Beach, Calif.
Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission, was elected the Port of Long Beach’s new executive director. Cordero previously served as president, and has served on the Federal Maritime Commission since 2011, with a term set to expire in June 2019. He served as chairman from April 2013 to January 2017. He was also Long Beach Harbor commissioner from 2003-2011, where he helped to spearhead the port’s Green Port Policy. He also served as president of the Harbor Commission from 2007-2008. Additionally, Cordero served on the executive board of the American Association of Port Authorities' Latin American delegation, where he led efforts to develop policies for greater cooperation, increased trade and joint growth across the combined North American and Latin American footprint. Cordero has also practiced law for more than 30 years.
American Bakers Association (ABA), Washington, D.C.
New directors to the board include Mario Somoza, president and CEO of Pan Pepin, Inc. Mike Gude, director of publishing for Sosland Publishing Co., joins as the BEMA representative, replacing Dale LeCrone, president of LeMatic, Inc. John Hellman, managing partner of McGahee, Lacy & Associates, joins as ATBI president, replacing former ATBI president Tom McCurry, managing director and COO of Cain Food Industries, Inc. After the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers’ Association merger, the following individuals from the B&CMA membership joined as new directors for the ABA board: Bill Quigg, president of Richmond Baking, and Todd Wallin, president of Ellison Bakery and Chris Wilkins, vice president and general manager of Treehouse Private Brands. Vince Tamborello, general manager of Benchmark Automation, joined as the allied at-large representative, replacing Miles Jones, co-chairman of Dawn Food Products.
Texas International Produce Association (TIPA), Mission, Texas Dante Galeazzi was elected new president and CEO, effective May 1. Galeazzi brings a vast set of experiences to the position, including previous roles in produce transportation and logistics, produce sales, operations management and grower relations. Galeazzi also served on the TIPA board of directors for nearly 10 years, including eight years on the executive committee and a 2-year term as chairman of the board. Galeazzi replaces Bret Erickson, president and CEO of the board, who announced his intention to pursue a new leadership position with an international agricultural technology firm.
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