WILMINGTON, N.C. – Thomas Bradshaw has been named executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. He will assume that responsibility while continuing in his role as North Carolina’s Statewide Logistics Director.
This move is part of an ongoing effort to consolidate the states’ transportation assets under one umbrella and streamline their operations. The ports and the NC Global TransPark were brought under the Department of Transportation in 2011. Bradshaw in January 2012 was named Statewide Logistics Director to manage the operation and development activities of those facilities in relation to other NCDOT transportation infrastructure.
Bradshaw’s appointment to the ports’ leadership position came at a meeting in Wilmington of the NC State Ports Authority Board of Directors. He was appointed executive director by Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti, upon the recommendation of the Ports Authority Board.
“This is the next logical step in leveraging the state’s resources to better serve shippers and freight commerce and position North Carolina to better compete in the global economy,” Conti said.
Alex MacFadyen, vice chairman of the Ports Authority Board of Directors, said, “I’m so pleased that we have a person of Tom Bradshaw’s caliber to take this key leadership role.”
Bradshaw brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to the role of executive director. He is a former mayor of Raleigh and former North Carolina Secretary of Transportation, and he was an investment banker with First Boston, Smith Barney and Citigroup serving the transportation sector. He is a former chairman of the Triangle J Council of Governments, the NC Environmental Management Commission, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NC Chamber), and the NC Public School Forum.
Bradshaw’s first action was to appoint Jeff Strader as Deputy Executive Director. He will continue in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. Strader had served as interim Executive Director for the last eight months.
“Jeff has provided outstanding leadership to our organization by fulfilling the role of interim Executive Director while simultaneously serving as Chief Financial Officer,” Bradshaw said. “His direction and management have been central to the successful financial return of the NC Ports following the most recent recession.”
Strader assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Ports Authority in October 2001 and that of Interim Executive Director in January 2012. A native North Carolinian, Strader earned his Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina in 1987and a Bachelor of Science from Pfeiffer University in 1986. He received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1991. Prior to his employment with the NCSPA, Mr. Strader served in various capacities as CFO, Vice President and Treasurer for Industrial Truck Sales and Services, a distributor of material handling equipment in Greensboro, NC.