Director of Business Development
Port of Long Beach California
Donald B. Snyder is the Director of Business Development in the Commercial Operations Bureau for the Port of Long Beach, California. He was appointed to the post in 2006 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, having served since 2003 as Marketing Manager in the Trade and Maritime Services Division.
As Director of the Business Development Division, Mr. Snyder is responsible for maximizing revenue opportunities for the Port by developing business attraction strategies and through close business relationships with ocean carriers, cargo owners, terminal operators, labor and supply chain partners.
Before joining the Port, his nearly 30 years of experience in the transportation industry included six years as Manager of Import and Export Logistics for Mattel Inc., where he was responsible for the importing and exporting of products between the United States and the world, focusing primarily on moving goods from overseas plants to Mattel’s U.S. distribution facilities.
He also spent 18 years working in sales, marketing and pricing with ocean carriers including Sea-Land Services, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Lykes Brothers Steamship Co.
Mr. Snyder, who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Mexico, is actively involved in California State University, Long Beach, international business programs, including serving on the Policy and Steering Committee for the Center of International Trade and Transportation and the Supply Chain Management Advisory Board.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $194 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs and 1.5 million jobs nationwide.
Industry leaders in 2017 named the Port of Long Beach the Best North American Seaport — the 19th time in the last 22 years — in recognition of the Port’s service, innovation and reliability, and in 2018, Greenest Seaport Worldwide for the third time. As the second-busiest seaport in North America, Long Beach is undergoing a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.