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John F. Reinhart – CEO and Executive Director

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John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia’s marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.

“Fundamentally, we base the organization on values and work to focus colleague behaviors on those values each and every day. The goal is to reinvent the port and accelerate the evolution of the port in order to become a catalyst for commerce and economic development and improve competitiveness in a global marketplace.”

He leads the port with emphasis on maintaining integrity and respectfulness amongst colleagues, as well as the importance of being “a good corporate citizen to the community.” Since becoming CEO, John has worked to understand the public community in addition to the private sector in order to serve all of the constituents of the Commonwealth.

He enjoys managing a team that is building confidence within the company, the customer base, and the community. He says it is essential to communicate the challenges that the organization has overcome to achieve success in order to demonstrate the hard work of the entire company and continue raising trust and respect in the port.

“It’s very satisfying to have the opportunity to watch people grow, to see the organization mature, to create economic vitality for Virginia and to prepare for a better tomorrow.”

Prior to joining the VPA, John worked for the Maersk organization for 23 years. He served from 2000-2014 as CEO of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and a member of the board of directors. During his career with Maersk, he held the positions of President, UMS, senior vice president and regional director. After retiring from Maersk, John began his tenure with VPA in February 2014.

John currently serves on multiple regional boards including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Board, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Regional Board, Reinvent Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Greater Richmond Partnership, GO Virginia Regional Council and Nauticus Foundation.

His awards and honors include: Virginia Business Magazine’s 2016 Business Person of the Year, 2015 Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement, 2014 Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Scouter Citizen of the Year, 2009 Seafarer’s International House, Outstanding Friend of the Seafarer and the 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award.

John received his bachelor’s degree in general studies and political science from Ohio University and later earned his Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.