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David Richardson
Pastor, The Berean Baptist Church of Baltimore
Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, Southwest Airlines
CEO of Home Paramount Pest Control
Rev. John Lunn, Sr.
Rev. John Lunn, Sr., a Baltimore native, has been the pastor at Berean Baptist Church for some 40 years. He is also a prominent community leader in the Park Heights neighborhood.
In addition to his ministry, Lunn has worked as a teacher for Howard County Public Schools and a youth counselor
for YouthWorks. He has been a member of the Maryland State Education Association, the NAACP and the Howard County Education Association.
For Lunn, becoming a Port Commissioner seemed like “a new adventure.” He said, “I’m thankful that Gov. Hogan made the appointment,
and I’m going to do my best to keep our Port on top.” Lunn is looking forward
to supporting the Port on current and upcoming initiatives, including the Poplar Island and Mid-Bay Island dredging and environmental restoration projects.
One of the Port’s main assets, Lunn said, is its leadership. “Jim White is doing a great job, along with those who surround him. He has the expertise needed to keep our Port where it is and take it further into the future.”
In the Baltimore area and beyond, Lunn is a sought-after seminary and
workshop leader who has addressed audiences in locations as far away as the Bahamas.
Lunn holds a master’s in education from Coppin State University, a master’s in theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and a doctorate in ministry from Howard University.
David Richardson was first introduced
to the Port at age 18, working his way through college as an aide for Helen Delich Bentley. “I attended scores of Port-related meetings with her during this time, including being a fly on the wall as she helped to mitigate two Port-related strikes in the early 1990s,” he said.
Richardson later became the Congresswoman’s legislative assistant for transportation and maritime issues. “She taught me a lot as I worked for THE subject-matter expert in Congress with regards to the commercial maritime industry. It was a tremendous privilege, too,” Richardson said.
After Bentley retired from Congress, Richardson launched a career in commercial aviation, but he returned
to the maritime business in 2015,
when she recommended him for an appointment to the Maryland Port Commission.
Richardson takes seriously the Commission’s statutory duty to boost the Port of Baltimore’s position in the maritime community. “Ultimately, I want the Port to be in a better position to compete and grow,” he said. “Growth at the Port means more jobs ... and that means more economic opportunities and a better quality of life for those living in and around Baltimore and throughout Maryland,” he said.
The Port’s competitive advantage, said Richardson, lies in its people. “The Port is blessed to have a strong and experienced workforce — men and women who are dedicated to the Port’s
day-to-day efficiency and productivity, as well as its long-term success.”
Another major asset is the Port’s leadership, he said: “The Port has very strong and experienced leadership at both its public and privately operated facilities — leaders who know how to run a business and improve the Port’s standing within a very competitive environment. Finally, I think the Port benefits from a slate of federal, state and local political leaders who realize how vital the Port is to the economy and do what they can to provide the Port with the resources it needs.
“I have been very impressed by
the dedication of Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and, of course, Jim White, as
well as hundreds of people within their respective organizations who strive to make the Port of Baltimore the best seaport in the country,” Richardson said.
Walter Tilley, Jr. has been involved with the Port ever since he was a child. His family’s pest-control business worked closely with local maritime businesses.
“The foundation of our family pest control business was at the Port, and
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