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A tall ship off the Port of Baltimore
(Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two business executives as the newest members of the Maryland Port Commission, which is charged with keeping Baltimore's port competitive within international maritime trade, officials said Wednesday.

Brenda Dandy and Walter Tilley will join current commissioners Donald Fry, the Rev. Donte Hickman Sr., Theodore Venetoulis and David Richardson.

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"Brenda Dandy and Walter Tilley possess the kind of business and life experience that will make them valued representatives on the Port Commission," Hogan said in a statement. "The Port of Baltimore is one of our state's most important economic engines and I am confident these two accomplished individuals will provide the leadership needed to ensure the port continues to be successful."

Dandy is the co-founder and financial executive of Marine Enterprises International, a Rosedale company that makes artificial seawater mix for public aquariums, aquaculture facilities, live seafood holding systems and research laboratories. She served on the commission from 2005 to 2008.

Tilley is the CEO of Home Paramount Pest Control and previously also owned York Printing and York Distributors. A former Marine, he has served as a board member for Duke University School of Law, Harford National Bank, Upper Chesapeake Medical System, Franklin Square Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical System.

"As a young man, I spent an enormous amount of time at the port of Baltimore fumigating the commodities that entered our harbor," Tilley said in a statement. "Now, as a commissioner, I look forward to crafting policies that cultivate the competitive position of the port of Baltimore within the national and international maritime community."

Earlier this week, the Maryland Port Administration announced that the port handled record cargo volumes in the fiscal year that ended June 30, moving more than 9.7 million tons of general cargo and more than 808,000 20-foot container units.

The port is also the nation's No. 1 port for automobile shipments, handling cars for many major automakers, including BMW, Honda and Nissan.

According to the port administration, business at the port generates about 14,630 direct jobs plus another 108,000 jobs in Maryland linked to port activities.

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