Thursday December 6, 2018

Breaking: William Scriber Takes Command at Port

New executive director eager to make progress happen
By Lou Sorendo

    The port set a record for grain shipments in 2018.

    William Scriber is the new executive director-CEO at the Port of Oswego Authority.


    The port’s board of directors appointed Scriber earlier this week. He has been serving as acting executive director since December of 2017.


    He succeeds Zelko Kirincich, who resigned late last year citing personal and family reasons.


    “Revenues are up, customers are coming back, it’s been a record year for grain and plans are moving forward on development. We’ve done a lot in the past year,” Scriber said.


    The port had been on a downslide, according to board members, prior to Scriber taking the helm.


    “That has stopped and it is going back up again,” Scriber said.


    Scriber is quite familiar with port operations. Prior to his appointment as acting director, he served as manager of port logistics and administrative services for eight years.


    Scriber said he has done his best over the past year to make the port run effectively and efficiently.


    “I think that is the best resume point you can ever have,” said Scriber, noting his leadership style focuses on actions as opposed to words.


    “I have a good team here of people who are vested in the port and its future,” he said. “I just need to harness that and move it in the direction we need to go.”


    One significant accomplishment in 2018 was moving grain at record-breaking levels.


    The port set a record in 2018 for grain exports with more than 51,000 metric tons of soybeans shipped out to foreign markets. That is an increase of 325 percent over 2017.


    In addition, the port has received more aluminum by railcar than in the past decade while feeding imports to Novelis.


    The SUNY Oswego graduate said the board is sensitive to the need to make the port sustainable.


    “We have to invest in our own facility and move it forward, and that’s what I am doing,” Scriber said.


    The new leader said he is going to position the port at the highest operational state possible.


    “I’m not worried about profits. I’m worried about the port and sustaining the port over the long term,” he said.


    In 2017, the direct business revenue received by firms directly dependent upon cargo handled at the marine terminals located at the port was $19 million.