Dan Smith

Dan serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Watco Companies, LLC. In this role,  Dan provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the transportation, terminal and port, people services, commercial, and safety divisions operate efficiently to effectively attract and retain the best team members and grow the company.

Under Dan’s leadership, the terminal division has more than tripled due to the acquisition of 50 Kinder Morgan terminals over the past two years. Dan has also led the development of countless programs to engage team members in Watco’s safety-always culture. Most recently, Dan played an instrumental role in the development the new Watco Safety Through Awareness and Training (STAT) Center in Birmingham to better provide new team members with standardized training to safely perform their duties. In 2015, Dan implemented an initiative to restructure Watco’s divisions into like-sized and same-purpose teams to create efficiencies and synergies within divisions, and expedite work flow. Under this alignment, profit centers have benefited from improved communication within the divisions. With Dan’s support, the transportation division has seen an addition of 10 new properties and a revenue and EBITDA growth during a time when many competitors were experiencing negative returns.

Dan joined the Watco Team in 2009 as Vice President of Real Estate. He was named Senior Vice President-Greens Port Industrial Park in 2011, and while leading the Greens Port division, he spearheaded the purchase of full ownership of the industrial park which is the largest multi-tenanted industrial park in the Gulf Coast market. In 2013, Dan took on the role of President of Watco Terminal and Port Services and one year later, he assumed his current role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   

Prior to joining the Watco Team, Dan not only worked in the real estate industry but he also gained valuable experience in team building while playing major league baseball for 14 years, pitching for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals organizations.

 

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