Dennis Wilmsmeyer was appointed executive director on July 1, 2010. Prior to that, he spent the previous 11 years with the Port District, six of those as general manager. Wilmsmeyer joined the Port in 1999 after 12 years in transportation planning and project management with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in St. Louis, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and a private consulting firm in Missouri. He graduated in 1988 from St. Louis University with a Bachelor’s and an Associates Degree.
His responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, developing the Port’s 1,200-acre industrial park and business campus, redeveloping a former military base, marketing the many benefits of barge transportation, the Port and its numerous tenants, and attracting new tenants to the property.
He credits the enormous success of the Port’s growth and development to a dedicated team of 30 employees and 7 board members all working toward a common goal of bringing business to southwestern Illinois. Wilmsmeyer currently serves on the boards of the National Waterways Conference, the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, the World Trade Center-St. Louis and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.
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