Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Two New Commissioners Join Port of Oakland

Two new Port of Oakland Commissioners were sworn in by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on August 1st.

The newcomers, Cestra “Ces” Butner and Bryan Parker, were recently nominated by Quan and appointed by the Oakland City Council on July 26. They replace Pamela Calloway, who until last month had been the board’s president, and Margaret Gordon, an environmental activist who served one term on the board. Quan did not support new four-year terms on the board for either outgoing commissioner.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with Commissioners Butner and Parker to continue guiding the port toward a sustainable future,” new Board of Port Commissioners President Gilda Gonzales said in a prepared statement. “Their practical business experiences will be welcome additions as we continue our relentless focus on our core aviation, maritime and commercial real estate businesses in fulfillment of our duties under state law as trustees of state tidelands.”

Butner, who has lived in Oakland since 1981, is president, CEO and owner of Horizon Beverage Company, an Oakland-based beverage distributorship that supplies retailers in Northern Alameda County and Western Contra Costa County.

Parker is vice president of Davita, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides dialysis service and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. His experience also includes time in investment banking, operations management and law, according to the port.

Butner and Parker are expected to join the Commission at an upcoming special meeting scheduled for Aug. 16.