Six months into a very competitive management development program with a large bank in Frederick, MD, Anthony heard about Host.
“I read the website, found an email address, and applied to be an agent,” he says. “When I got the job, I had to make the tough decision to leave a comfortable, promising career at the bank to move to an industry I knew absolutely nothing about. It was crazy, and my mom was furious, but it’s the best decision I ever made.” That was almost five years ago.
Anthony caught on to agency work in Host’s Baltimore office pretty quickly, soon becoming everyone’s go-to guy for answers. “I just never turned my phone off,” he laughs. “I was always available. I still am.”
Two years in, Anthony made the switch to terminal work. “I remember sitting in the agency office and listening to Cees talk about the growth of Host Terminals on the company-wide quarterly call,” he says. “When the call ended, I emailed Cees and told him I wanted to be a part of it.”
Anthony got his feet wet as the assistant terminal manager at the Perdue grain elevator in Chesapeake, VA, before moving to the Sherwin operation in Gregory, TX, where he was the superintendent. “I did a lot of things to help with the start-up of Sherwin,” he says. “Mostly, I pushed the Host culture, teaching our employees more about our high standards of safety and service.” While at Sherwin, he also earned certification in all the heavy equipment on site. “Yes! I can work all the equipment,” he laughs. “Do people think I just wear nice clothes and talk on the phone?” (He does wear nice clothes.)
After spending six months at Sherwin, he traveled and helped with other terminals, until the day he received an email from one of our executive admins. It just said, “Meet Cees at this address. Bring your laptop.” When he arrived, Cees was standing at an old tank terminal. It would be the first terminal Host ever purchased, and they wanted Anthony to get it running. In one month, it would be Tidewater Tank Terminal and fully operational. “I was part of every decision that went in to building that site—the construction phase, installing pipes and pumps, painting the tanks, putting in roads, and hiring the staff,” he says. “It’s one of the greatest achievements of my career. I loved it.”
Six months later, Anthony became Host’s account manager at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore, MD. He’s the main point of contact for our customers, communicating both the good and the bad of every marine operation at the enormous property, quoting rates, and doing tremendous amounts of research to find new business opportunities to offer REAL solutions. “Tradepoint Atlantic is an incredible opportunity for Host,” he says. “It’s very special for me to have direct involvement with our growth there.”
Anthony’s advice to others is something Adam Anderson tells him all the time: Leave something behind. “You own your position,” he says. “If you want to do something different, you better start setting it up so someone can take over when you get your chance, because we’re moving quickly and we don’t have time to wait.”
Despite his many responsibilities at Host, Anthony says his most important work is being the best dad to his four-year-old daughter, Lilly. “She’ll always be my biggest accomplishment,” he says.