David M. Thomas
- David M. Thomas
David M. Thomas
MDOT MPA Director of Operations
David M. Thomas was named deputy executive director of logistics and port operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) in December 2016. In this position, Mr. Thomas responsibilities include oversight of all operations, cruise, engineering, logistics, intermodal trade development, marketing and port security.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Thomas served as MDOT MPA director of operations since December 2001. He oversaw the day to day operations of the public marine terminals. The 100-person operations division managed by Mr. Thomas included facility maintenance, crane maintenance, terminal operations, cruise operations and intermodal logistics.
Mr. Thomas’ significant contributions as operations director for the MDOT MPA have included the negotiations and development of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Mid-Atlantic load center at Dundalk Marine Terminal, the facility development and operation of the South Locust Point Cruise Terminal which now supports year-round cruising in Baltimore, and the negotiation of the Seagirt Marine Terminal P3 Lease and Concession agreement with Ports America Chesapeake.
Mr. Thomas began his maritime career in 1984 with Evergreen International Corporation. In 1990, he was promoted to marine manager/port captain in Evergreen’s Baltimore office. In 1996 he was assigned as port operations manager in Evergreen’s Norfolk office prior to transferring to a logistics position with Evergreen in their corporate offices in Jersey City, NJ. In November of 1999, Mr. Thomas accepted a position as general manager of terminal operations for the MDOT MPA.
Mr. Thomas is on the board of directors of the North Atlantic Ports Association, Inc, and the Baltimore Port Alliance and is a committee chair at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. Mr. Thomas received his Bachelors of Science degree from Towson University in Business Administration. He is married with two grown children and resides in Forest Hill, Maryland.