Georgia Ports Executive Board

The Georgia Ports Authority is governed by a board of directors consisting of 13 members appointed by the governor for four-year staggered terms. Members are appointed from throughout the state and meet bi-monthly.

Message From the Chairman


Joel Wooten, Jr.

Joel Wooten
Chairman, Columbus

The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick make opportunity accessible across the state of Georgia, driving business expansion, luring new investors and jobs to our state, and ensuring our nation’s competitiveness on the global stage.

Our ports are the central hub in a network of connections. On one side is a global system of ocean shipping routes so broad Savannah was named the most connected container port in North America. On the other are unmatched links to road and rail transit that expedite cargo to important inland markets such as Atlanta, Memphis, Chicago and beyond.

To understand the scale of the Georgia Ports Authority’s impact on the state and national economies, consider its place among top-tier U.S. ports. The Port of Savannah is the third busiest gateway for global sea trade in the U.S., after only L.A.-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey. Support from new and existing customers has made Savannah the fastest-growing container port in the nation over the past decade. Georgia is also the second busiest U.S. hub for the import-export of cars, trucks and tractors thanks to trade through the Port of Brunswick and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal.

Based on the strong foundation of Georgia’s supply chain infrastructure and GPA’s track record of success, this state’s role as a national asset for worldwide commerce is destined to grow. The expansion of our facilities and the significant progress made on the Savannah Harbor deepening are setting the stage for a new era in which GPA will move more cargo faster than ever, and expand its service area deep into the American Midwest.

The Georgia Ports Authority is constantly building for the future. Through investments in its equipment, infrastructure and people, the GPA will continue to provide the industry-leading service relied on by nearly 30,000 customers.

FY2023 BOARD MEMBERS (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)

Joel Wooten | Chairman, Columbus Kent D. Fountain | Vice Chairman, Screven
Alec L. Poitevint, II | Secretary and Treasurer, Bainbridge James L. Allgood, Jr. | Member, Dublin
Leda Chong | Member, Savannah David J. Cyr | Member, Perry
P. Kelly Farr, Jr. | Member, Atlanta Don A. Grantham, Sr. | Member, Augusta
Douglas J. Hertz | Member, Atlanta William D. McKnight | Member, Augusta
Benjamin J. Tarbutton, III | Member, Sandersville Philip Wilheit, Jr. | Member, Gainesville
Christopher C. Womack | Member, Greensboro