Decas Selected as a Top Port Director
With over a decade of professional experience in the Maritime-based Trade, Transportation and Infrastructure Industry, Decas has certainly proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, she has demonstrated success not only with the Port of Hueneme but with every position she has ever held. Since beginning her tenure with the Port of Hueneme in February 2012, the Port has seen Tonnage totals have grown every year since Decas arrived from 1.3 million tons for FY 2012 to over 1.575 million metric tons in 2015 marking the Port’s strongest sustained trade years since its inception in 1937. Decas led the first annual Port Banana Festival which drew over 10,000 visitors to the Port. Port of Hueneme related activities generate $1.5 billion in annual economic impact and created more than 13,633 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs.
Decas' prior role before serving the Port of Hueneme, she served as CEO and Port Director for the Port of New Bedford, MA, the nation’s number one value fishing port. When she obtained this position in 2007, Decas inherited a $200,000 deficit and she impressively cleaned up not only the financial problems but the physical landscape of the Port as well. Decas generated a healthy profit for the Port and also played as a key asset in developing a new terminal to support commerce and offshore wind energy projects. Under her leadership the Port of New Bedford realized significant growth in cruise and recreational boating activity.
Throughout her illustrious career, Decas has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. For 2018 she is being considered for the “Female Visionary of the Year Award” and the “Top Female Executive Award” by the International Association of Top Professionals. For 2017, she was selected as Top Port Director of the Year by IAOTP. She was recognized by the Trade Administration officials for her impressive work in promoting economic development through international trade promotion, and for her service on scores of federal level shipping and port committees. She was awarded a high profile appointment by the U.S.
Looking back, Decas attributes her success to her training, her perseverance, mentors she has had along the way, and her passion for what she does. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. For the future, she will continue to grow as a professional and continue to strive for excellence in whatever position she is in.