James H. Hartung


James Hartung is an internationally recognized leader in public port authority administration, intermodal systems planning and management, economic development and urban affairs.


Currently, Mr. Hartung is Managing Director of Port-Development Solutions LLC, a maritime and economic development consulting firm and also serves as Chairman of the Board/Executive Vice-President of SeaSnake World Wide Marketing, LLC.


He is the former president of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and is recognized for his visionary work in planning and promoting Northwest Ohio as a major regional intermodal center and for the administration and expansion of one of the most recognized Port Authority sponsored Innovative Project Financing programs in America.


He has been a major spokesman for the maritime industry regionally, nationally and internationally and has served in leadership positions throughout his career.  He was the first US Port Director to serve 4 consecutive terms as President of the International Association of Great Lakes Ports, served as Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities and served 8 years as Chairman of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association, head-quartered in London with membership in over 80 countries. 


James Hartung is generally regarded as the inspiration behind and among the founders of the University of Toledo’s Intermodal Transportation Institute. Mr. Hartung has also served as US State Department mentor to Small privately held businesses and entrepreneurs in the Middle East.


Mr. Hartung is the recipient of numerous awards.  In 1999, he was honored with the first “James Hartung Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Northwest Indiana World Trade Council, which was named after him for his contributions and dedication to stimulating international trade and cultural understanding. The award continues to be presented annually to a regional leader or organization for committed service to economic development, international commerce and quality of life.  In 1991, Indiana Governor Evan Bayh proclaimed him “Sagamore of the Wabash,” Indiana’s highest achievement award.  The Great Lakes Commission and the US/Canada Great Lakes St. Lawrence Maritime Forum also named him Man of the Year for his brokering and authoring the first comprehensive declaration of principles and unified action-political agenda for the Great Lakes maritime industry. In 2005 Mr. Hartung was the recipient of the Greater Toledo Urban League’s Humanitarian of the Year award and In 2006 Mr. Hartung was named “Honorary Longshoreman” by the International Longshoreman’s Association in recognition for his work in promoting labor-management partnerships.


Mr. Hartung has served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Aviation Transportation Center. He also chaired the Advisory Board of The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute, the Advisory Board of The University of Toledo College of Business Administration and the Transportation Council for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. In 2007 he was named to Gov. Strickland’s Ohio’s 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force.  Following 7 years as Chairman Mr. Hartung continues to serve the Greater Toledo Urban League as its executive vice chairman.


A Chicago native, Mr. Hartung received his bachelor’s degree in sociology, history and literature from Andrew’s University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, and did graduate study work in public administration at Georgia State University, Atlanta and DePaul University, Chicago.  He and his wife Anna have two grown children, Heidi Lynn and Howard Eugene.  They also have three grandchildren, James, Olivia and Jacob.