Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ad Exec Named to Long Beach Port Governing Board

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster on Tuesday nominated advertising executive and former city planning commissioner Thomas Fields to the Port of Long Beach's Board of Harbor Commissioners.

If confirmed by the Long Beach City Council, Fields will fill the board seat vacated by retiring Commissioner James Hankla during the summer.

"I am honored to have been asked by Mayor Bob Foster to serve on the Harbor Commission," Fields said in a port news release. "This is a major responsibility and I look forward to fulfilling the trust placed in me by the Mayor."

The non-elected five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners manages the city's Harbor Department and sets policy for the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere.

Fields, a Long Beach resident for more than 30 years, has served on the city’s Redevelopment Agency Board and the Planning Commission. He is founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a marketing and advertising agency whose clients include 20th Century Fox, Hyundai, and the Long Beach Housing Development Company. Fields lives in the city’s Eighth Council District, and also serves as vice president on the board of directors for the charitable, non-profit Ronald McDonald House.

Fields' appointment will be reviewed by the Personnel and Civil Service Committee and must be confirmed by the City Council.