• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Barbara Melvin

South Carolina Ports Authority

President and CEO

Barbara Melvin became president and CEO of South Carolina Ports on July 1, 2022. Melvin is the sixth leader in the history of the port and the first woman to lead a top 10 U.S. operating container port.

Melvin previously served as SC Ports’ Chief Operating Officer since 2018. As COO, Melvin oversaw terminal operations, carrier sales, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police, procurement, the logistics solution center and cruise operations.

During her more than 20 years with SC Ports, Melvin has held several senior leadership positions, including senior vice president of operations and terminals; senior vice president of external affairs; and vice president of government relations. In addition to overseeing numerous infrastructure projects, Melvin served as the lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, resulting in the deepest harbor on the East Coast at 52 feet.

Sessions With Barbara Melvin

Tuesday, 1 October

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm (CST) / 01/oct/2024 05:00 pm - 01/oct/2024 05:30 pm

    Inland Market Report: The Growing Inland Network

    Freight volumes at inland ports have exploded in recent years, and port authorities are engaged in expansion and planning for more. From the Southeast to the West Coast, potential sites are being explored and developed, and that’s shifting how goods move in North America. The Southwest plays a role, too, as more freight moves north from Mexico, and as border crossings such as Laredo become increasingly crowded. This session will address the following questions and more:

    • Which inland ports are hottest in terms of freight volume and demand?

    • Where are new facilities being built, and how tight is capacity?

    • How is the growth of new distribution hotspots changing freight flows?

    • What regions will see the most investment in 2025 and beyond?