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Shreveport: Caddo-Bossier Port Welcomes New Commissioner, Elects New Officers

Roy Griggs was sworn in last month as the city of Shreveport’s appointee to the Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission.

The port commission is a nine-member special purpose governing authority created by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1962 to regulate commerce and traffic in the parishes of Caddo and Bossier. Commissioners are appointed by the parish and city governments to terms of six years.

Mr. Griggs is an entrepreneur and CEO of Griggs Enterprise, Incorporated/McDonald’s, and owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Ark-La-Tex region, including nine in Shreveport and one in Bossier City. In 2009, he opened a hotel in Shreveport, Sleep Inn Suites Medical Center.

He is a member of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Board of Deacons and Secretary of the Brotherhood, and teaches Sunday school at his church, Stonewall Missionary Baptist, in Bossier City. He has received numerous honors and awards.

"We welcome Mr. Griggs to the board of commissioners at this pivotal time in the port’s development. We look forward to the contributions of our new commissioner, and I have no doubt Roy will bring meaningful ideas that will continue to help shape the port’s future as the economic engine of Northwest Louisiana," said Port Commission President Thomas Murphy.

Following the swearing in ceremony, the port commissioners elected Sam Gregorio vice president and Rick Prescott secretary/treasurer.

Roy Griggs
Photo/Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission

New York/New Jersey: Port Authority Hires New Director of World Trade Center Security

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has hired George Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), as director of World Trade Center security.

Mr. Anderson will oversee all port authority security operations at the World Trade Center site. His responsibilities include developing and implementing security programs, technology and policy solutions that will enhance the safety of the public, tenants and staff at the site.

During his 30 years with the NYPD, Mr. Anderson rose through the ranks to become an assistant chief. In his most recent assignment, Mr. Anderson served as assistant chief in the NYPD's Patrol Services Bureau, the NYPD's largest bureau encompassing almost 22,000 uniformed and civilian members of all ranks. In addition to his five years overseeing the Police Academy, Mr. Anderson also served as executive officer of the NYPD's Personnel Bureau.

After retiring from the NYPD, Mr. Anderson served as Vice President of Operations-Manhattan for Allied Barton Security Services. His responsibilities included managing the company's contract for security programs at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, as well as the World Trade Center site. Allied assumed responsibilities for the port authority's aviation facilities in September 2013, and took over the responsibilities for the WTC site in June 2014.

Mr. Anderson also is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is the current vice chairman of the New York City Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security International.

"George is a world-class professional having handled high-profile security assignments while with the NYPD, including the New York City Marathon, while also commanding the NYPD's Police Academy, where he oversaw a staff of 579 uniformed and civilian staff responsible for all of the department's training," said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore. "We welcome George to the team, and I'm confident that his training, experience and dedication will serve us well in protecting one of the nation's most important sites." 

George Anderson

Seattle: Lindsay Pulsifer Named Managing Director, Maritime Division

Lindsay Pulsifer, selected as the interim maritime division managing director at the Port of Seattle in August, has been confirmed as managing director of the Maritime Division in a full-time capacity by CEO Ted J. Fick. Ms. Pulsifer is responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of Maritime Environmental Services, Harbor Services, Marine Maintenance, Industrial Properties, and Cruise Operations.

"As the Port of Seattle undergoes tremendous growth and change, Lindsay embodies the culture and values we seek to achieve," said Port CEO Ted J. Fick. "She will provide stability and continuity to the organization, with full ownership and accountability to lead the division."

Ms. Pulsifer has been with the port more than 30 years, starting as a crane mechanic on the docks. In addition to her years of experience, she holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

Lindsay Pulsifer
Photo/Port of Seattle


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