Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Port of Bellingham Gets New Exec. Director

Port of Bellingham Chief Financial Officer Rob Fix has been selected by the Bellingham’s three-member Board of Commissioners to become the port’s new executive director. Fix had been serving in the role on an interim basis since April.

“Given his experience, local knowledge and the great strides he has made in the last few months, particularly on waterfront negotiations, we recognized that he was the best person to serve as the next executive director,” Commission President Scott Walker said in explaining the decision.

Fix has been with the port since 2008, serving as both chief financial officer and deputy director. During the past year, Fix also managed the port’s real estate division.

Fix assumed executive director’s role effective Nov. 9. His compensation package includes a $140,000-a-year salary, a $600-a-month car allowance, 10 percent-a-year deferred compensation and a four-month separation agreement.
Prior to joining the port, he was a partner and chief financial officer for hotel management company MTM Luxury Lodging and subsidiary FST Asset Management. He is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in hotel and restaurant administration.

Fix takes the place of former executive director Charlie Sheldon, who resigned under pressure April 3 after about a year-and-a-half on the job. Sheldon had clashed with Walker, who was upset that Sheldon had authorized the port’s aviation director to take a trip to a conference in the Caribbean in 2011 without informing the board first.