Port Authority benefited from Black’s leadership

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority (SEOPA) has had a long history of excellent leadership with their executive directors starting with Mike Jacoby, then Terry Tamburini and then Jim Black.

As a former member of the board of directors, it’s been my pleasure to have worked with all three executive directors. Black was also a member of the board of directors of for several years before volunteering to become acting executive director after a long absence of being without an executive director after Tamburini left. Later Jim was nominated and elected as the official full-time executive director, a position he’s held the past few years until he announced this spring he was retiring effective July 1, 2017. Jim’s many accomplishments and successes have been “Commendable.”

Much of Jim’s success is contributed to his background as a former officer in the U.S. Air Force and a longtime industrial engineer for Interlake Steel and Globe Metallurgical. Jim is well known for his service on the Beverly/Waterford Rescue Squad, and he’s also an officer in the Beverly/Waterford Chamber of Commerce.

“Hats off” to Mr. Jim Black.

Jack Haessly



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