Norfolk -- Jeffrey D. Wassmer today was named chairman of the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners succeeding William H. Fralin Jr. Wassmer's appointment to the board's top post was given unanimous approval by his fellow commissioners.
"In this last year we have really come through some things and it has been a total team effort – there are a lot of people involved with this port," Wassmer said. "We still have a lot of work to do: we're in a great place and have a lot of advantages at the Port of Virginia and we're going to begin to focus and capitalize on those things."
Wassmer was appointed to the VPA board by Gov. Robert McDonnell on July 15, 2011 and reappointed him to an additional five-year term that ends June 2017. He served as the board's vice chairman from Nov. 27, 2012, until today's appointment.
Wassmer is president and CEO of Spectrum Comm, Inc., a company he founded in 1999. He has more than 20 years of experience in network security and program management of Department of Defense command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs. He was appointed vice chairman of the board on Nov. 27, 2012.
Fralin was appointed to the board by the governor with a term that ends June 2016. He was appointed chairman of the board on Nov. 27, 2012, to fill the unexpired term of Michael J. Quillen. Fralin is president and CEO of Roanoke-based Medical Facilities of America and also served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2004-2010, representing the 17th District of Virginia.
"The impact of William's chairmanship on the port will be felt for years," Wassmer said.
Commissioner Scott R. Bergeron was named the board's vice chairman. He is the CEO of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry. Bergeron serves as chairman of the board's finance/planning committee, vice chair of the marketing/business development committee and is a member of the executive committee, the compensation committee and investment and administrative committee. His term ends in June 2017.
The board's newest member, Martin J. Briley, was welcomed to the post today. Briley is president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and became a member of the board on July 1. He is a senior executive with 25 years of leadership experience in local, state, national and international business development and management.
Above: Fralin (left) handed over the duties as chairman of the VPA Board of Commissioners to Wassmer on Wednesday, July 31.