A 15-year veteran of directing and managing marine cargo handling and vessel operations in North, South and Central America has taken the helm of the Port of Victoria.
Sean Stibich began as the port’s new executive director May 20, replacing Paul Kaup, who retired from the post.
Stibich, 39, also has experience at the Port of Houston and the Port of New Orleans.
“After a long executive search, the port is excited knowing it has selected a strong leader who is the right person at the right time leading the port’s efforts to continue creating great value for our communities,” said Port of Victoria Chairman Robby Burdge in a news release.
Stibich said he’s excited to lead the Port of Victoria.
“The Port of Victoria, in my opinion, has incredible opportunity for growth with its south site, and it should see major development sooner (rather) than later,” Stibich said in an email. “The main goal is to continue the work already started with finding a tenant for that site.”
Stibich said other goals include strengthening relationships with current tenants and finding other potential businesses to locate at the port.
The Port of Victoria is a shallow-draft port located on the Channel to Victoria, a tributary to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in the Crossroads. Economic reports indicate the Port of Victoria has a $7.5 billion impact on the Texas economy with direct and indirect jobs estimated at more than 25,000.
Stibich earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the State University of New York Maritime College. He moved to Texas in 2012 after working at a series of international ports. Being recruited by the Port of Victoria, he said, was a natural next step.
“The opportunity to continue my career in Texas was an ideal move for me,” Stibich said. “The people of Victoria and the port commissioners have been very welcoming, and my family and I are looking forward to joining the community.”