F. Brooks Royster, III currently serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). Royster is a 33-year veteran of the maritime industry with wide-ranging senior management experience in international and domestic maritime, transportation and logistics, and Port Authority arenas.

Royster began his maritime career in 1972 with Ryan-Walsh Stevedoring Incorporated. Over the course of more than two decades with the company, he rose to become Vice President of operations for South Carolina and Mississippi, responsible for multi-port and multi-terminal operations. Royster’s public sector experience includes serving as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi State Port Authority.

Royster’s senior management expertise extends to both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the MPA, Royster was Executive Officer of the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company, LLC (POMTOC) in Miami, Florida where he managed the Port of Miami’s common user marine container terminal. Royster is credited with successfully steering POMTOC through a succession of hurricanes that struck Florida in 2004 and dealing with the business ramifications caused by the storms.

Prior to his position with POMTOC, Royster served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RioMar Agencies, Inc., based in Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. He shouldered profit and loss responsibilities for the multi-national maritime corporation with activities in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and in the Caribbean. He had operational responsibility for 10 offices in the U.S., as well as 24 internationally.

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