Ports of Indiana Mount Vernon has new port director

Written by Marine Log Staff
Bernard (Ben) Weithman

Bernard (Ben) Weithman

Ports of Indiana reports that it has hired Bernard (Ben) Weithman as the new Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon port director.

Weithman will lead port operations and business development for the Mount Vernon port. His industry experience includes more than 30 years in business development, startup and long-term sustainable operations. A senior-level executive in the transportation, agriculture and freight sectors, he most recently served as a senior transportation market consultant at IHS Markit. He also worked for one of Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon’s tenants for four years, Consolidated Grain & Barge, as a grain merchandiser.

“With Ben’s transportation and agriculture experience, he is the perfect fit for Mount Vernon’s port director,” said Chief Operating Officer Andrea Hermer. “Mount Vernon is well positioned for future growth and we’re confident that Ben will lead that charge.”

Wiethman holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Indiana.

Additionally, Ports of Indiana has hired Doug Mitchell as information technology manager and promoted Erica Jackson from controller to chief financial officer (CFO).

Mitchell will coordinate and lead all computer-related activities. He had been the port’s IT consultant since 2019 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University.

Jackson has been promoted from controller to chief financial officer (CFO). She started with Ports of Indiana in April 2019 after working as manager of logistics accounting at BRT and received her bachelor of business administration (BBA) from the University of Toledo.

“Our ports team is exceptionally talented and focused on our mission to develop and maintain a world-class port system,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda II. “I’m pleased to welcome Ben to Mount Vernon and to continue working with Erica and Doug, who all contribute to the success of our organization.”

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