Friday, June 21, 2013

Long Beach Harbor Commissioners Shuffle Roles

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday June 17, elected board member Thomas Fields as its President for a one-year term that begins July 1. He’ll succeed Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise, who served two consecutive years as President.

At the same time as Fields’ election, Commissioner Nick Sramek was elected as Vice President. Commissioner Doug Drummond was voted Secretary. Commissioners Wise and Rich Dines will serve as assistant secretaries. All terms begin July 1.

Fields, a Long Beach advertising executive and former city planning commissioner, was appointed to a six-year term on the Harbor Commission in 2009 by Mayor Bob Foster. This marks his first stint as Board President.

“I look forward to serving as Board President; this is an exciting time for the port as we look for the next executive director while at the same time proceeding with our capital improvement program,” Fields said.

Fields is the founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a Long Beach marketing and advertising agency. He launched his career as an advertising agency writer-producer in New York and Los Angeles.

As Board President, Fields will serve as chair of the commission; the duties for the post include running board meetings and representing the port to the public and shipping industry.