Brent Mahana has accepted the position of Metro Ports vice president – business development, with a special emphasis on growth in the U.S. Gulf Region, said Metro Ports in a prepared statement.

Mahana joined the Metro Ports organization on Nov. 16 and will have nationwide responsibility for business development, acquisitions and development of strategic alliances with Metro’s stakeholders. Mahana’s strong background in the U.S. Gulf Region will allow Metro Ports to continue its growth in the U.S. Gulf markets through the development of stevedoring, logistics and general cargo operations.

Mahana brings more than 20 years of experience in various business development and logistics positions with several high-profile companies, including director of sales and marketing for Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Co. and Cooper/Consolidated; vice president of sales and marketing for Grillot Land & Marine, LLC; and general sales manager for The Ohio River Co. Also, he has served as chief mate and port captain for Dixie Offshore Transportation Co.

Mahana is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science. Brent continued his education in marketing at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton Executive Education Program.