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Port of Oswego Appoints New Executive Director

The Port of Oswego Authority has announced the appointment of Zelko N. Kirincich to the position of Executive Director.  He will begin his new position on January 6, 2014.

Mr. Kirincich comes from the Port Authority of Tampa, Florida, where he worked from 1996-2013.  He most recently served there as Deputy Port Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Zelko N. Kirincich
Zelko N. Kirincich

Prior to his seventeen years at the Port of Tampa, Mr. Kirincich worked for fourteen years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he specialized in the Engineering Department, project management and facility management.

Mr. Kirincich received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Manhattan College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Manhattan College/Fordham University.  Prior to his appointment to the Port of NY/NJ, he worked as a design engineer at the Syska Hennessey Engineering Group in New York City.

In the Port of Tampa, Mr. Kirincich’s leadership resulted in increases in shipping tonnage, and the diversity of materials handled.  His team expanded the aggregate and cement business from two to five million tons in less than four years.

Mr. Kirincich also initiated a new computer communication program to improve fiscal communication within the port and between the port and customers.  He also worked closely with a burgeoning cruise line business that now includes 900,000 passengers annually.

The Port of Tampa, during 2012, had a $15.1 billion economic impact on the Tampa area (up from about $8 billion in 2006).  It is one of the country’s biggest ports in total tonnage.  Over 80,000 jobs (in all categories) were supported by the Port of Tampa, and the total port-related wages and salaries in that area were calculated at $4.2 billion.

Interim Executive Director, James Patka  said, “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to step in and steady the ship when our great port director, Jonathan Daniels, moved to the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, and to now be able to hand over the position to the next, extremely capable and accomplished new executive director, Zelko Kirincich.”

Port of Oswego Chairman, Terrence Hammill said, “We are very excited that Zelko Kirincich has agreed to be our new port director.  He comes with the most experience of any port director in our port’s history.  The recent growth in the Port of Oswego, and the new economic vision of Central New York will be enhanced by Zelko’s experience, energy level and vitality.”