25-year veteran of the logistics industry Bruce A. Kuzma will serve as the Georgia Ports Authority’s senior director of Trade Development for ocean carrier and non-container sales.
Kuzma most recently served as director of chemicals marketing for CSX Transportation. In his new position as senior director of Trade Development for ocean carrier and non-container sales, he will guide carrier client development and sales functions – including sales planning, sales administration, and associated service functions to be provided in addition to the sales efforts.
“We’re thrilled to be adding a person of Bruce’s calibre to our team,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “His executive experience, record of accomplishment, and commitment to this industry will make an excellent complement to Georgia’s ports.”
Over the last 25 years, Kuzma has held a variety of commercial positions in the rail industry. Starting at Burlington Northern Railroad in 1992, he held positions in logistics management, industrial development, and chemical sales.
In 1996, he joined CSX Transportation, spending time in agricultural, chemicals, metals, minerals, and paper and forest products sales and marketing. His time at CSX also included four years managing the rail provider’s International Sales and Marketing team, which focused on developing and managing relationships with port authorities, ocean carriers, port facility operators and beneficial cargo owners in Europe, South America and Asia.
“It is an exciting time to join the Georgia Ports Authority, with so many market opportunities and infrastructure improvements taking effect,” Kuzma said. “Between Savannah’s harbour deepening, a major rail expansion and the global realignment of ocean carriers, Georgia’s deepwater ports are poised to capture greater market share and win new business for the state’s economy.”
Kuzma has a B.S. in Economics and Statistics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Marketing & Logistics from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He will report to GPA Chief Commercial Officer Cliff Pyron.
“Bruce’s knowledge of logistics, and his skills in management and relationship-building will be important assets in his new position,” Pyron said. “In addition to maintaining high-level contacts with steamship lines and coordinating activities with our domestic and foreign offices, Bruce joins the GPA at a time when rail cargo is playing an ever-greater role in our business expansion. His experience in that arena will be beneficial.”
The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal has begun engineering on a $128 million rail expansion project – funded in part by a $44 million FASTLANE Grant administered by the Maritime Administration. Set for completion in 2020, the expansion will double the terminal’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year. Greater unit train capacity on terminal will build density into the system, and enable faster, more frequent rail service to markets across the American Midwest.