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Top Trade Exec Leaving Port of Houston to Lead Business Development at World Trade Distribution.

HOUSTON -- John P. Horan has been named Vice President of Business Development by World Trade Distribution, Inc., effective January 4, 2010, where he will oversee new customer acquisition, existing customer retention and growth, and revenue generation as well as working with the business, political and community entities in the region, announced Jeff Joachim, President.

Mr. Horan will retire January 1, 2010 from the Port of Houston after 30 years of service. As the Director of Trade Development from January 1997 through December 2008, Horan was responsible for the port's sales, market research and foreign trade zone departments. His primary objective was to increase vessel calls, cargo volume and overall commerce through Houston via Port of Houston Authority facilities.

"John is undoubtedly one of the most experienced, respected, and knowledgeable professionals in the shipping industry," said Joachim. "He has served in many crucial capacities and has been a leader in the Port of Houston's growth and success. John and I have grown up in the Houston International shipping markets. Now as partners, we look forward with excitement to the opportunities afforded by our combined strengths."

Horan had previously held the Director of Operations post. He began his career with the Port Authority in 1980, as an assistant terminal manager for the Fentress Bracewell Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Horan was named Manager of Barbours Cut in 1983. During his tenure, Barbours Cut Terminal underwent major capital expansion and tonnage increases, and is the leading gulf coast intermodal terminal.

About World Trade Distribution, Inc.

WTDI is a specialist in container freight station and U.S. Customs Central Examination site operations, offering container freight services, freight handling, bonded, secure storage and transportation. Headquartered in Houston, WTDI is the Gulf Coast's premier one-stop container freight station, encompassing 200,000 square feet of bonded warehouse and 165 loading doors. Situated on a 20-acre site, WTDI has the capacity to store more than 400 containers on its bonded concrete yard. There is an on-site truck scales and the entire facility perimeter fence is electrified. Monitored and recorded camera surveillance covers all warehouse operations and the entire property.
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