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Our Approach

The Port of Louisiana’s Management Team brings vast experience and knowledge to the Louisiana Gulf Coast. With more than 90 years of commercial real estate and property management experience in the region, they have trusted know-how to exceed your expectations.

Development team

John Graves

John Graves received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at LSU in 1959 (which has since been replaced by Civil Engineering). Mr. Graves accepted his first engineering job in 1968 with Edward E. Evans & Associates, founded in 1953. In 1986 he acquired full ownership of the firm at which time the name was officially changed to Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc. Mr. Graves has over 40 years of experience in private consulting as a Civil Engineer, Surveyor and Administrator. Over his 35 years as a Principal of Evans-Graves Engineers, Mr. Graves was responsible for plan production and management of all phases of projects undertaken by the firm, from preliminary planning and feasibility studies, through final engineering design and construction. His work experience includes property and engineering assessments for site selection, project management, transportation planning and analysis, boundary and topographic site surveys, and civil site engineering. Mr. Graves has worked on a multitude of engineering projects for clients representing the petrochemical industry, national retail companies, industrial parks, recreational facilities, hospital and institutional complexes, residential development, utility companies, as well as local, state and federal government. Mr. Graves frequently serves as a court expert providing research and testimony in his field of expertise.

Dr. Eric K. Oberlander

Eric Oberlander is a Neurosurgeon that practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has a strong interest in energy infrastructure from production to exportation, as well as global energy supply, efficient energy distribution, DC microgrids and LED lighting and controls.  He has a ten-year history in funding energy-related start-ups and sits on the board of Amatis Controls and Nextek Power Systems.  He is also a founding member and investor in multiple energy-related projects including Port Louisiana, the Louisiana International Gulf Transit Terminal, G2 LNG, and Produced Water Transfer, a fast-growing frac water disposal well company. 

Kurt Crosby

Kurt Crosby (CEO) and his dad, Vinton Crosby, founded Crosby Tugs, LLC, in 1977 after they acquired their first vessel, the Paddy Crosby. Since then, Crosby Tugs has grown into one of the largest privately-owned marine transportation businesses in the marine industry. The company continues to grow with acquisitions from Tidewater Marine, among others, and new build vessels. Their home office is located in Galliano, Louisiana, with a satellite office in Morgan City, Louisiana.

Matt Redd

Mr. Redd is a licensed broker in Louisiana. After merging his firm in 2015 with NAI Latter & Blum, Matt Redd has focused on build-to-suit opportunities in the aggressive Southwest Louisiana MSA. He has completed numerous development projects for local, regional and national clients and has put together multiple successful large-scale collaborative projects in a variety of industry sectors. With NAI Latter & Blum, Matt focuses on tenant and landlord representation in a wide variety of commercial and industrial real estate sectors. 

Tim winn

Tim is the Principal of Johnson Bros., a Southland Holdings Company and the President of Transportation, Marine and Tunneling Groups. After establishing a leadership position in the organization in 1999, Tim has focused on organic growth and integrating the newly acquired companies into what is now a consolidated group with a backlog of $2.7B, and geographical footprint that represents all of the United States and Canada.


Ed Bell

Ed Bell, the owner of Ed Bell & Associates, LLC, has the distinction of being the largest Packager of USDA B&I loans in the United States. He started his practice of securing federally subsidized large loans 40 years ago by refinancing a shipyard in South Louisiana. He later diversified from financing oilfield-type businesses to food processing plants in California to forest product plants in the Carolinas. In 2016, he was inducted into the Rural Lenders Hall of Fame in Washington D.C. He has served on many boards and advisory groups on the federal level over the years.