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Port of Houston Authority's Vice President of Public Affairs Launches New Career

Argentina James Starts New Firm HillDay Public Relations, Inc.

HOUSTON, Oct. 11, 2010 — Port of Houston Authority (Port Authority) Vice President of Public Affairs Argentina James has announced her resignation. Ms. James will be pursuing a long-desired entrepreneurial aspiration, and will continue her relationship with the Port Authority as a public relations consultant through her new firm HillDay Public Relations, Inc.

During her eight-year tenure with the organization, James served as a key strategist for the Port Authority's corporate communications, social responsibility and governmental relations efforts.

"I deeply appreciate Argentina's contributions to elevating the importance of the Port of Houston Authority and educating others regarding its mission," says Port Commission Chairman James T. Edmonds. "Argentina raised the bar of our public affairs efforts by providing strategic guidance on issues related to our community, governmental, and media relations. The Port of Houston is richer for her years of public service, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity as a consultant."

Most notably, James developed the Port Authority's highly effective, award-winning awareness branding and media campaign, "The Port Delivers the Goods." She led the Port Authority's efforts that resulted in more than $400 million in federal funds to support the environmental stewardship, transportation, security, and economic impact goals of the organization.

James also helped launch new initiatives to build educational avenues to maritime careers, helping fulfill the growing demands for a skilled maritime workforce. These initiatives culminated in Texas Southern University's new Maritime Transportation Management and Security degree program, a first for Houston and the first in the nation to be offered by a Historically Black College or University.

Under James' leadership, the Port Authority's corporate social responsibility, government relations and corporate communications departments collectively won more local, national and industry awards than at any point in the history of the organization.

"It's been such a privilege to work with the talented and committed people at the Port of Houston Authority," said James. "I am proud to have been part of telling the stories of the many ways the Port Delivers the Goods. I'm especially pleased, however, to have increased the community's sense of ownership of and pride in the Port of Houston, and look forward to continuing to work with the Port Authority in other capacities."

 
     

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