Meet Beau Gex

March 30, 2020

Meet Beau Gex, who is currently Port Director for Port Bienville Maritime Port located within the Port Bienville Industrial Park.  During the past few weeks, Beau has been working hard to keep Port Bienville running smoothly.  Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, Beau has been working around the clock to touch base with all Port Tenants through twice daily calls and check-ins.

"During times like these, it's very important to ensure we're doing everything we can for our tenants, and to ensure we're working to provide a smooth environment for their valuable operations to continue" Beau said.  "It's my job, as Port Director, to touch base with our tenants and make sure I am the link of information between the Commission and our tenants".

Port Bienville Maritime Port is a shallow draft port, which owned and operated by The Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission (HCPHC).  Beau’s job as Port Director includes various duties, such as overseeing daily operations, ensuring safety, managing the port budget, and acting as the first point of contact for Port Bienville tenants and port-related activities.

Beau has worked for HCPHC for approximately 9 years and began in 2011 as the Government and Industrial Relations liaison for Port & Harbor.  Beau served in that role for 8 years before accepting the position as Port Director for the Port.  Prior to working with Port & Harbor, Beau served as the District Chief of Staff for United States Representative Gene Taylor.  Beau served in that role for 21 years.

“One of the things I’m most happy to have accomplished during my time at Port & Harbor is the dredging of Little Lake & East Pearl Channel, which is scheduled to begin soon” Beau said.  “I’m excited about that because companies that were using barge service will soon be able to bring in more materials due to the deeper draft that dredging will accomplish”. 

Beau was born and raised in Waveland, and recently finished building his dream home near the beach.  His mother and 2 sisters currently live in Bay St. Louis, along with his 2 nieces and 2 nephews.  Beau has a third sister who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Beau’s mother, Nancy, was the first female commissioner for the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission, appointed by Governor Ray Mabus, and served in that role for 4 years.

Beau attended St. Stanislaus and graduated in 1977.  He attended The University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a B.S. in History in 1982. 

Beau recently announced his retirement from Port & Harbor and is planning to retire with 10 years of service in April 2020. 

“I can’t wait to wake up every morning and say to myself, ‘I can do whatever I want to today’” he said.  “I have lived a very blessed life – I really, really have”. 

Beau plans to spend time on his boat, reconnect with old friends, and simply take this opportunity to relax and work on different projects.

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