Leading the Business of the Virginia Maritime Industry

Time: 5:30pm
Location: Town Point Club, Norfolk, VA

Kellie Miner, Mason Alumni Relations


Fact: The Virginia economy depends on the Port of Virginia

The ports in Virginia are essential to the economic health of the entire region, and are a vital import/export gateway to the world. Moreover, the ports and associated services provide the engine for jobs, taxes, while supplying greater variety and lower costs on much of what makes life better in Virginia. The international trade that this infrastructure facilitates is, quite simply, critical to the economy of the Commonwealth, and well beyond.


A sampling of the numbers:

  • Total annual cargo value is roughly 53 billion dollars
  • 38 vessels per week “called” the port
  • Access to the port catalyzed the development of 39 companies
  • Cargo arrival and departure is moved on trucks (63%), rail (33%) and barge (4%)
  • The Port is within a single day’s drive of 2/3 of the nation’s population
  • The Port provides service to more than 45 countries
  • Two Class I railroads, Norfolk Southern and CSX, serve the Port
  • 374,000 Virginia jobs are linked to The Port (~10%) generating 17.5 billion in annual compensation and 1.4 billion in state and local taxes, according to an impact study done by The Raymond A. Mason School of Business


Join us and learn about the complexities, the management and systems challenges, questions of national and international policy, security, and more from a remarkable panel of experts:


The Port of Virginia & Economic Development

Shawn Tibbetts, MBA ’13, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Virginia

Rodney Oliver ’88, MBA ’02, Chief Financial Officer, Port of Virginia

Connecting Virginia to the U.S. Through Transportation

Dr. Rob Martinez, V.P. of Business Development in Marketing, Norfolk Southern

The Importance of Manufacturing in Virginia and America

Mr. R. Murray Bishop, Manager, Export & Logistics, STIHL Inc.

Workforce Safety, Development & Environmental Responsibility

Thomas W. Godfrey, Sr., P’12, President & CEO, Colonna’s Shipyard


Thomas R. Frantz ’70, J.D. ’73, M.L.T. ’81, President & CEO, Williams Mullen



May 5, 2016

5:30pm Panel Discussion

7:00pm Reception


Town Point Club

101 West Main Street

Norfolk, VA