Deputy Port Director Bill Carpenter announced plans to retire in January 2019, after 40 years of service with the Port of Beaumont.

Upon graduation from Lamar University in 1974, Bill immediately stepped into the field of Maritime Transportation under the employment of Hansen & Tidemann, Inc.  Four years later Bill found himself encouraged by an employment opportunity with the Port of Beaumont – this is where it all began in September of ’78.

Along with managing the Operations Department, Bill quickly captured the responsibilities of the Maintenance Department and Police Department; as he directed these departments as well. A significant turning point in Bill’s career occurred in 2002 when asked to become the Deputy Port Director.  Bill accepted this new role without hesitation. It was in the Administrative Department where Bill recognized and shared his greatest skill –his ability to work with everyone. Since the early days of employment until the present, Bill has displayed his mindset continually of being the Port’s “utility player” while fulfilling many roles throughout his career.

“It has been a privilege to work at the Port of Beaumont for the last forty years where I have forged life-long friendships and been a part of the tremendous growth the Port has experienced,” says Bill. “Incredible changes have taken place over the decades, but one thing that has not waivered is the strength of the team we have in place. I’m thankful to have been a part of that team and that success.”

Bill has played an integral role in the success the Port has realized over the last four decades and many of the economically significant, job-creating projects the Port has completed over the years were spearheaded by his efforts.