Clyde is new Port Director
August 9, 2006
New Port Director Clyde Mathis Brings Wealth of Experience
in Maritime and Logistics Industry to Pensacola
Pensacola, Fla. – Clyde Mathis brings 25 years experience in all aspects of the port business to his new post as director of the Port of Pensacola.
Prior to the appointment as the new port director, Mathis worked for the Port of New Orleans as executive assistant, overseeing marketing and business development for one of America’s leading general cargo ports. There he worked with port staff, customers and the entire maritime community in developing short and long-term plans for the port and negotiating leases and other arrangements.
After Hurricane Katrina, Mathis spearheaded a project together with FEMA and other contractors to help solve the impending housing problem for port employees and critical workers within the port industry.
In June, the City of Pensacola contracted with Slavin Management Consultants of Norcross, Ga., to conduct a national search for candidates together with two city staffers and two local businessmen. Tom Bonfield, city manager of Pensacola, interviewed the top five candidates and said, “This was an excellent group of candidates, however Mathis’ background and experience were outstanding.” said Bonfield. “I am very excited about the appointment of Mathis. He brings a wealth of unprecedented knowledge and skills to the Port of Pensacola.”
“I appreciate the confidence the City of Pensacola has in selecting me,” said Mathis, “and I am looking forward to getting to Pensacola and getting to work.”
Mathis started his career as ship superintendent for Ryan Walsh Stevedoring Company, Inc. (now known as Stevedoring Services of America) overseeing all aspects of ship and barge loading and unloading. As he gained experience, he held different executive level positions including president of the Liberty Stevedoring Company, Inc. and president of international logistics at Cooper/T. Smith Corporation working at ports from New Orleans, La. to Panama City, Fla. His roles included all facets of the port business from corporate components such as billing, insurances, payroll and human resources – to marketing, business development and customer relations – to vessel operations.
Mathis received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. after attending programs at St. John’s College in Oxford, England and Birmingham Southern in Birmingham, Ala.