Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. He was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014, and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014.
As Executive Director, Seroka is responsible for managing a more than $1 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, harbor area residents and business leaders. He has been appointed to the following national committees at the federal level to enhance the speed and efficiency of cargo movement and supply chain optimization: U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness; U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group; U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee; and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team.
Seroka brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL) Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping line in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000 employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land transportation and labor activities throughout the region.
Seroka joined APL in 1988 as a sales support representative in the company’s Cincinnati office after earning an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. Over the years, he has held various positions in sales and management with increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Throughout his career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.
Seroka’s first overseas posting was in Shanghai where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for North and Central China from 1999 to 2003. He then moved to Jakarta where he was President Director of PT APL and APL Logistics in Indonesia for two years before relocating to Singapore in 2005 to become Vice President of APL Logistics’ business units in 26 countries in the company’s Asia/Middle East and South Asia regions. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President for APL and APL Logistics Emirates LLC in Dubai where he managed APL’s business in the Middle East and East Africa Region.
Jim Matzorkis has a career in the transportation industry that has spanned 38 years. He has served in executive management in both the public and private sectors. Of the 38 years, Mr. Matzorkis has spent 35 years in port operations. His experience includes domestic and international sales, marketing, and business development.
Mr. Matzorkis received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He started his career as a management consultant for Organization Enrichment. He then began his transportation career as Operations Manager for the City of Annapolis Transit Service.
From 1981-1997 Mr. Matzorkis worked for the Pasha Group, an international transportation logistics company, in the capacity of Vice President of Operations and Marketing.
He is currently the Executive Director of the Port of Richmond CA where he has served since 1998. Under his leadership the POR has undergone nearly two decades of growth and expansion of its business base. The Port recently completed more than $50 million of facility renovations and is now home of a world-class vehicle distribution facility.
Mr. Matzorkis’ professional affiliation includes serving on the San Francisco Bay Planning Commission Board of Directors and the California Association of Port Authorities Executive Advisory Committee.