Ian Hirt

Ian Hirt

Port Director

Role: Leads business development efforts and directs day-to-day operations for the port.

Joined: March 2017

Background: Originally from Detroit, Ian has over 25 years experience in maritime shipping on the Great Lakes most recently as General Manager for North America Stevedoring in Chicago.

Bio: Ian Hirt joined the Ports of Indiana in March 2017 as Port Director at the Port of Indiana–Burns Harbor after spending over 25 years in various maritime shipping capacities along the Great Lakes. Ian most recently served as General Manager for North America Stevedoring in Chicago where he oversaw business growth that resulted in a need to triple the size of the facility. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as General Manager for Federal Marine Terminals, coincidentally the stevedore at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Additionally, Ian has served as a vessel agent overseeing activities for various governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard. He has also managed safety and training programs for several marine terminals.

Ian holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in finance and enjoys time with his wife, Patty, and daughters Lily and Molly. He also enjoys competing in hockey, soccer and golf, as well as reading, sailing, traveling and kayaking.

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