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Collister "Terry" Johnson, Jr. -- Department of Transportation
Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Collister (“Terry”) Johnson, Jr. was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters on October 7, 2006 as the ninth Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). He was nominated by President George W. Bush on August 29 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2006. Mr. Johnson brings to the position three decades of experience in the transportation industry working diverse marine, rail, and air jobs that focused on capital investment, research and development, and strategic planning. As Administrator, Mr. Johnson leads the federal government corporation responsible for maintaining and operating the two U.S. Seaway locks located in Massena, N.Y., and vessel traffic control in areas of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, in collaboration with its Canadian partner, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. The SLSDC is responsible for providing safe, efficient, reliable marine services on this critical binational waterway and marketing the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. Most recently a senior consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, Inc. in Washington, D.C., he helped craft innovative solutions to financial, planning and corporate structure challenges for railroad, port, airline and shipping projects throughout the last decade. During that period President Bush appointed him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where his economic development background proved useful in mobilizing private capital for investment in developing countries. He served as chief executive officer of FastShip Atlantic, Inc., a company licensed to operate container ships designed to reduce cross-Atlantic delivery times. His maritime credentials also include service as chairman of the Virginia Port Authority, the Commonwealth’s largest economic development agency. During his eight-year tenure, the Port of Hampton Roads cargo tonnage more than tripled, vaulting it to the East Coast’s number two ranking by volume and generating thousands of new jobs for area residents. This achievement led to his selection in 1993 as Hampton Roads Maritime Association’s “Man of the Year.” Mr. Johnson began his career as an attorney, serving as an assistant county attorney in Fairfax County, Va.; a deputy public counsel of the U.S. Rail Services Planning Office in Washington, and as a partner at the Washington law firm of Lockie & Johnson. He earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. The 60 year old executive is married to Elizabeth Kelley Johnson, and the couple has two children, Kelley Muir Johnson and Collister Ward Johnson.

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