Shane M. Williams is the Economic Development Director for the Port of Houston Authority.
Williams oversees the Port Authority’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 84, which is one of the largest FTZ’s in the United States and consists of more than 40 FTZ sites within the larger zone. Those include five sites owned and operated by the Port Authority.
Continued growth in recent years has led the value of exports from FTZ 84 to surpass $6 billion and the value of shipments from the zone to the U.S. market to top $2 billion. The zone is responsible for more than 14,000 direct full-time jobs.
As economic development director, Williams regularly interacts with brokers, site selectors and real estate professionals, forging real estate opportunities designed to bring new cargo to Port Houston. He works in tandem with the Real Estate division to offer economic incentive packages to develop successful partnerships.
Williams serves on Executive Board for Texas Association of Business as representative of the Southeast Region. Additionally, he serves as Secretary of the Board for the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones.
An acknowledged FTZ and economic development expert, Williams has addressed groups that include the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, Texas Association of Business, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and Connect Industrial.
Williams joined the Port Authority in June 2010. He is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Tulsa.