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Walter Tilley, Jr.
I recognized early on how vital and productive the Port community was both to Baltimore and to the larger community,” Tilley said.
Today, Tilley plays a vital role as a Port Commissioner, in addition to his duties as the CEO of his family-founded business, Home Paramount Pest Control. The biggest challenge facing the Port is a lack of space, he said. To take advantage of the opportunities that continue to emerge, the local maritime industry must have room to grow.
He said the Port community has to anticipate the area needed to accom- modate the growing amount of work, and he is convinced that the current leadership understands this challenge and will resolve it.
“First and foremost, it is my duty
as a Commissioner to be forward thinking and to provide sound advice,” Tilley said. “The strategic thinking
that is necessary for successful board leadership comes from its members, so I intend to be acutely attuned to the needs
and opportunities of the Port. Secondly, because I believe firmly in outstanding outcomes, my goal is to help the Port maintain its position as one of the most productive ports on the East Coast, while continuing to grow.”
Tilley contends that the Port’s strategic location in the mid-Atlantic region will con- tinue to play to its advantage. The talented workforce that keeps the Port productive at all hours of the day is also a boon to the local economy.
What’s more, Tilley understands the importance of leadership, having served in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his military service, he joined Home Exterminating Company, where his father, Walter Tilley, Sr., served as the CEO. Home Exterminating Company expanded by acquiring Paramount Termite Control, a Virginia-based company, which led to Home Paramount.
Tilley is committed to helping the Port maintain its sterling reputation in the international maritime industry.
He has a simple strategy to maintain that success.
“Hard work is essential. I firmly believe that everyone has an obligation to be productive and to work to their highest potential,” Tilley said. “I am relentless about facing each day with a high degree of energy and focus.” 􏰀
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