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Third Class Of Maritime Leadership Certification Program Selected

Thursday, June 18, 2020   (0 Comments)


The Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) is proud to announce the third class of the Maritime Leadership Certification Program (MLCP). This class will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the maritime supply-chain industry, a network of key industry stakeholders, and critical leadership skills.

“This program will give participants more exposure than what is in front of them day-to-day and will help develop relationships they would not be able to normally," said David White, Executive Vice President of the VMA. "These relationships, as they become leaders in our industry, will become vital to the success of the port.”


Derek Boyles
Fairlead Boatworks
Director of Waterfront Operations

Lindsey “Clay” Magee-Gordley
Waters Law Firm

Chris Drake
PortRail Crane Service
Project Manager

Cody McMahan
T. Parker Host
Operations Manager

Sigifredo Huerta
Virginia International Terminals
Rail Operations Manager

Jay Prock
Tidewater Staffing

Ryan Kibler
Perdue AgriBusiness
Assistant Terminal Manager

Christopher Thorton
Ocean Network Express
Supervisor, Ops Planning & Support

Aaron Leftwich
Terminal Manager

Rehn West
Development Director


Participants begin with orientation on June 25th and will have one to two years to complete the requirements outlined by the MLCP Program Curriculum.The addition of this class brings the total number of MLCP participants to thirty-six in its first three years.

Here is what a few current participants have had to say about MLCP:

"I'm impressed and energized after every session," said Camille Crofton Cherry, participant of the first cohort and a MLCP steering committee member. "The combination of industry segments and leadership development means there's always something to learn!"

“Within a few sessions, the MLCP exceeded my expectations," said Amanda Robinson of McAllister Towing, and current MLCP participant. "Even though I have been in the maritime industry for over 10 years, I’ve already been exposed to a wealth of new information and am surrounded by some of the brightest around. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the MLCP.”

We appreciate everyone who applied and those who recommended them.Please keep up with our MLCP happenings on our website, social media #VMAmlcp and in Maritime Bulletins.

Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302