Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 WPPA Board President Chosen

Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Jerry Oliver will serve as president of the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) Board of Trustees for 2013.

The WPPA, which promotes the interests of public ports through government relations and advocacy programs, was formed by the Washington State Legislature in 1961. Oliver was elected president on November 30 at the association’s annual membership meeting in Seattle, Washington.

“As a true believer that the Port of Vancouver plays a critical role in the economic well-being of my own community, I am honored to serve on the board of an organization that promotes the value of public ports throughout our state,” he said.

Oliver, who was elected to the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners in 2007, has been a member of the WPPA board for three years. He’s also the incoming president of the Port of Vancouver’s three-member Commission. His current six-year term on the board expires at the end of 2013.

Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. His career includes 20 years in the medical products distribution business as well as seven years in the financial brokerage business, according to the Port of Vancouver. Oliver also was self-employed for eight years when he worked in mid-market mergers and acquisitions. He retired from business in 2008.