For Immediate Release
July 2, 2003
OAKLAND, Calif, (July 3, 2003) - Each year the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners elects its top three officers. At its bi-weekly meeting, Tuesday, July 1, 2003, the board announced that Commissioner John Protopappas will serve a one-year term as President. Commissioner Patricia A. Scates was elected to serve as First Vice President. New board member Kenneth S. Katzoff will serve as Second Vice President.
Commissioner John Protopappas will replace Frank Kiang as President of the Board of Port Commissioners. Mr. Protopappas is president and chief executive officer of Madison Park REIT. Among Protopappas’ significant real estate development projects are the Tribune Tower, Telegraph Lofts, the former Sears building, and Bakery Lofts. He currently serves on the board of directors of various organizations including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Summit Bank and Holy Names College.
In congratulating the newly elected officer, outgoing President Frank Kiang reflected on a list of accomplishments over the past year including streamlining board meetings, the selection of a prime builder for the Airport Development Program and the advancement of the Ports strategic plan relative to its commercial real estate holdings. “ The most important focus has been in improving and insuring the financial viability of the port,” Kiang stated.
Board members elected Commissioner Patricia Scates to serve as First Vice President. Commissioner Scates is currently Senior Vice President and regional manager of Wells Fargo’s East Bay commercial banking office. As an Oakland native, Ms. Scates serves on a number of boards including National Corporate Advisory Board of the Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC), Corporate Advisory Board of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and YMCA of the East Bay. Scates is a receiver of the 2002 “75 Most Influential Businesswomen” by the San Francisco Business Times and 2000 Corporate Community Leadership Award from the California Black Chamber of Commerce to name a few of her many awards and recognitions.
Kenneth S. Katzoff was elected Second Vice President of the Board of Port Commissioners. As a partner in the law firm Katzoff & Riggs, Mr. Katzoff represents real estate developers, contractors, architects and various other design and creative professionals. Katzoff has served as a public official in a number of positions including Chair of the Oakland Planning Commission. He has also served as Chair of the Oakland Base Reuse Authority (OBRA) as Mayor Brown’s alternate, and he has served as a judge pro tempore and mediator for the Alameda County Courts. He is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.
The Port of Oakland is the fourth largest container port in the United States. Established in 1927, the Port oversees some 19 miles of waterfront, including Jack London Square; more than 900 acres of maritime terminal facilities and Oakland International Airport, which served 12.7 million passengers and handled more than 600,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2002.
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