Rich Byrnes Keynote Speaker - Luncheon
Chief Port Infrastructure Officer
Port of Houston Authority
Rich Byrnes is the Chief Infrastructure Officer for the Port of Houston Authority. He leads a multi-functional group tasked with supporting public transportation and trade needs of the region, and enabling an efficient and effective base for Port operations. The Infrastructure team’s responsibilities include Facilities and Master Planning, Strategic Asset Management, Project & Construction Management, the non-federal role in Houston Ship Channel Development, Freight Mobility, and Environmental Affairs.
Rich’s career spans engineering, operations and consulting across transportation, oil & gas and shipbuilding industries, working with Fortune 100 corporations, State-Owned Enterprises and governments on every continent. He began his career managing supply chain and wintering over at the South Pole, Antarctica, and then as an oil field engineer in the Middle East. In Transportation he has consulted to ports and shipping companies across the US, Latin America and Australia on issues of planning and economics, and in Oil & Gas he worked with organizations across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East on issues of strategy, organization and asset development. Previously, Rich held roles as Vice President at two global oilfield services companies, responsible for business and technical consulting, and he has also been a Clinical Professor of Leadership at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.
Rich has two Master’s degrees from MIT, one in Ocean Systems Management and another in Technology and Policy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an Associate’s in mathematics from Long Beach City College and he has completed executive leadership programs at Texas A&M. Rich and his family have lived in the Houston area since 1992, and in his spare time he promotes STEM education in local schools and coaches youth baseball.