Chief HSSE Officer (Health, Safety, Security, and Emergency Management)
Port of Houston Authority
Captain Woodring retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as Captain of the Port for Houston-Galveston in 2011, and assumed his current position with the Port of Houston. He is responsible for safety, security, and emergency response at eight terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, supervising 132 people. The economic impact of the Houston Ship Channel is approximately $726 million dollars a day, providing stimulus for over one million jobs within Texas alone.
Captain Woodring is a 1983 graduate of Brown University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Geologic Sciences, and a 1995 graduate of Cornell University earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He currently serves the maritime community as a member of several committees and boards: Houston-Galveston Area Maritime Security Committee Executive Steering Group, Houston-Galveston Port Coordination Team, Texas Southern University Maritime Advisory Board, Texas Private Sector Advisory Council, Vice Chairman of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, Houston International Seafarers Center Board of Directors, and Vice Chairman of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC).