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HRDLICKA RETIRES FROM PORT OF PORTLAND

HRDLICKA RETIRES FROM PORT OF PORTLAND

   Bob Hrdlicka, the marine director of the port of Portland, will retire on March 1.

   He has been the marine department's most senior executive for 12 years.

   Port executive director Bill Wyatt said that Hrdlicka has made enormous contributions to the port and to Portland's maritime community.

   In 1974, Hrdlicka resigned as an international shipping manager with Diversey Chemical Co., in Wisconsin. He was hired by the port of Portland as an assistant superintendent for the terminal 1 breakbulk facility in the same year. During the ensuing years, he worked at nearly every marine terminal of the port, both in marine operations and in marketing positions, before being named marine director in August 1991.

   During his long tenure at the port, Hrdlicka served as president of the Portland Shipping Club (1991-1992), president of the Columbia Snake River Marketing Group (1993-1995), president of the Merchants Exchange of Portland (1999), and was named “Boss of the Year” in 2001 by the Women's Shipping Club.

   Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the Japan America Society, on the Portland Business Alliance's transportation subcommittee, on the local U.S. Coast Guard's Port Security Committee, and was recently nominated to the board of the Oregon Maritime Center & Museum.

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