Duluth Port Exec Director Receives Distinguished Service Transportation Award

Vanta Coda (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port)

Posted by Michelle Howard

In recognition for his leadership in the freight
transportation and logistics field and contributions to
leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private
sector freight transportation, the Center for Transportation
Studies (CTS) presented its 2017 William K. Smith Distinguished
Service Award to Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth
Seaway Port Authority.

The award was presented at the CTS annual meeting and awards
luncheon on Feb. 15, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the
University of Minnesota campus. The event enables CTS to thank
individuals who volunteer their time in support of transportation
research, education and engagement activities at the University
of Minnesota and to acknowledge outstanding contributions of
professionals and students. The Distinguished Service Award,
first presented in 2002, is named in honor of William K. Smith,
who served on the initial committee that established CTS and also
on several CTS research and education councils until his death in

Coda has been the Port Authority's executive director since
October 2013, capping a career that spans more than 20 years in
multimodal transportation and logistics. He currently serves as
president for the Minnesota Ports Association and is an active
member of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Chamber
of Marine Commerce Board and the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council.
Coda also serves on the University of Wisconsin-Superior
Transportation and Logistics Advisory Board and the U.S. DOT
Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee
(MTSNAC). Throughout his career, he has worked with customers
across commodity groups including coal, aggregate, chemicals,
petroleum, steel, wind generation and the heavy-lift sector. A
graduate of the University of Kentucky, Coda began his career in
Chicago in 1993 with the Illinois Central Railroad, becoming
director of marketing and sales following its merger with CN. He
went on to management positions with the Westlake Group of
Companies, American Commercial Lines, Dynegy Inc., and served
most recently as Director of Global Logistics for Nabors
Industries in Houston.

Feb 17, 2017

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