Port Board Elects Aguilar and Griffen to Lead the Way in 2018

January 30, 2018


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Stockton Natives Assume Leadership Roles of the Port of Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. (January 24, 2018) – The Port of Stockton announced the election of a new Chair and Vice-Chair for 2018. Following a vote by the Port of Stockton Commissioners, Sylvester Aguilar has been named Chairman and Stephen Griffen Vice-Chairman.

Chairman Sylvester Aguilar

Chairman Sylvester Aguilar

Mr. Aguilar is Senior Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager Team Lead for the Mid-Valley Business Banking Offices of Bank of the West. Mr. Aguilar is a Stockton native who is very active in the community. Mr. Aguilar serves on the boards of a number of area non-profits, including the CSUS College of Business Advisory Board, The Business Council and the Stockton Symphony Circle. He also is Past President of the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Aguilar holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business, is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School and has completed graduate work at Golden Gate University.

“I am humbled by the faith and confidence that my peers have placed in me,” Aguilar said. “Serving on the Port Commission is a distinct honor and I feel privileged and blessed to play a role in ensuring the continuing success of the largest economic driver in our region.”

Vice Chairman Stephen Griffen

Vice Chairman Stephen Griffen

Mr. Griffen, a lifelong resident of Stockton, began working at the Port as a longshoreman in 1977. Since 1984, he has been owner of Country Club Service and Bob’s Lube, and also is the owner of Country Club Smog.

“Both Sylvester and Stephen bring unique and invaluable expertise to the Board of Commissioners,” said Elizabeth Blanchard, departing Chair for the Port of Stockton. “They are both Stockton natives and are committed to bringing new business and opportunities to the region. I am confident the Port will continue to flourish under their guidance. I am looking forward to working with the new leadership”.

About the Port of Stockton

Located in California’s fertile Central Valley, the Port of Stockton is the premier bulk/break-bulk port in California, supporting more than 5,500 family-wage jobs in the greater Stockton/San Joaquin County region. Situated on a deep-water shipping channel, with over 7 million square feet of warehouse space, at the hub of four major freeways and served by two Class I railroads, the Port of Stockton is strategically located to provide efficient goods movement throughout the Western United States.

To learn more about The Port of Stockton, visit www.portofstockton.com


Jeff Wingfield
Director of Environmental and Public Affairs
Port of Stockton
(209) 946-0246


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