SAVANNAH—The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) today elected Alec L. Poitevint II of Bainbridge to serve as chairman of the Board.
Poitevint was first appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2007 by Gov. Sonny Perdue and previously served as vice chairman. He is the chairman and president of Southeastern Minerals, Inc. and its affiliated companies headquartered in Bainbridge. Poitevint will follow Stephen S. Green, who has served as GPA’s Chairman of the Board for the past three years. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia,” Poitevint said. “On your watch, Steve, we have achieved great things, and I hope to follow in your large footsteps.”
“Steve Green has been a tireless advocate for the port,” said GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. “Thanks to his leadership, the GPA is poised to strengthen its global leadership position and strengthen the long-term interests and advantages of our region.”
Poitevint currently serves as vice-chairman and director of First Port City Bank of Bainbridge. He is chairman of American Feed Industry Insurance Company and past chairman of the American Feed Industry Association and National Feed Ingredients Association. He serves as a director of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and was federal commissioner of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Water Compact. He was a former mission member of the U.S. Agricultural Trade and Development Mission to Europe in 1990 and U.S. delegate to World Food Summit in 2002.
“Clearly, our number-one priority is the deepening of the Savannah River channel,” Poitevint said. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and GPA staff to enhance our role as a major economic engine of our state.”
Other Board members elected to one-year offices were James R. Lientz Jr. of Atlanta, vice chairman, and Roy H. Fickling of Macon, secretary and treasurer. Lientz served as the state of Georgia’s chief operating officer for the last seven and a half years and will return to the private sector on June 30. Fickling is the president of Fickling and Company, Inc., a regional real estate development, brokerage, management and consulting firm.