The Washington state Port of Bellingham has picked Rob Fix as its new executive director for the port.
Fix had served as interim executive director since April, when Charlie Sheldon resigned from the post. Sheldon became port director in October 2010, and "managed the port well during a challenging transitional period," said Port Commission President Scott Walker.
Fix has been with the port since 2008, serving as chief financial officer and deputy director. During the past year, Fix also managed the port’s Real Estate Division. Prior to joining the port, he was a partner and CFO for MTM Luxury Lodging & FST Asset Management. He also served as CFO for Trillium.
In addition to approving his selection, the commission signed off on Fix's compensation package, which includes a $140,000-a-year salary, a $600-a-month car allowance, 10 percent-a-year deferred compensation and a four-month separation agreement.
The port has about 100 employees and operates the Bellingham International Airport, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, the Fairhaven Station train depot, Squalicum and Blaine Marinas and the Bellingham Shipping terminal. It also manages real estate throughout the county serving about 250 business tenants large and small.
The port commission also approved its budget for 2013, which includes $38.5 million for Bellingham's airport terminal expansion and launching the in-water work for the Whatcom Waterway cleanup.