2024 PERSON OF THE YEAR
GARY CROSS PRESIDENT & CEO MAHER TERMINALS
Gary began his career at Maher Terminals in 1978 in the company’s safety department. From the safety department, he moved into the operations division of the company where he spent the next 17 years, rising through the ranks to Vice President and General Manager in 1994. Beginning in 1996, he moved into the sales and marketing department as Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2004. In 2009, he became an Executive Vice President, and in April 2013, Gary was named the President & CEO of Maher Terminals and Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the marine terminal that Maher developed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Maher Terminals operates the largest privately held marine terminal in North America, loading and unloading 2 million containers annually for its long-standing shipping line customers, while employing nearly 1,500 International Longshoremen’s Association members and management staff. Having been born and raised in Newark, Gary believes that Maher should be a good neighbor – Gary’s leadership champions environmental and sustainability principles to benefit Maher’s employees, the port, and the nearby communities. Maher has dramatically upgraded and electrified its container handling equipment to cut emissions by 62% and reduced its consumption of diesel fuel by 750,000 gallons annually. With respect to emissions, Maher mapped a plan to be NetZero by 2040, a full decade ahead of the Paris Agreement and the target set by Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Gary is a board member of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractor’s Association and Long Beach Container Terminal and is a former Director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York – New Jersey. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey selected him to represent the terminals’ interests as an inaugural member of the Port Authority’s Council on Port Performance. In 2011, Gary received the Maritime, Industry, and Government Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots Path Council, and in 2020, the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers presented Gary with its first Jeffrey A. Bader Memorial Award. In 2022, The Maritime Association of The Port of New York and New Jersey inducted Gary into its Hall of Fame. The business journal NJBIZ named Gary to its 2022 and 2023 Power 100 List, and in 2023 ROI-NJ, in conjunction with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, named Gary as one of its Top 30 Champions of the C-Suite.
Gary and his wife Lisa are lifelong New Jersey residents. They enjoy spending time with their three adult sons, Gary, Michael and Andrew, their lovely wives, and especially their six grandchildren.
ABOUT: Maher Terminals is vital link in the container cargo movement chain, responsible for helping to effectively compete in the global marketplace by handling cargo as expeditiously and economically as possible. Maher takes this responsibility very seriously by having developed North America’s largest marine container terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey. A highly efficient container terminal operation strategically located in the heart of one of the world’s most affluent consumer markets provides ample container throughput capacity to efficiently meet and exceed the current and longer-term operating requirements of ocean carriers. The scope and flexibility of the marine terminal operation truly make this facility a “Port within a Port.”