January 16, 2020
The Poinsett Club | Greenville, SC | 6:00 pm





The Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award is the most prestigious annual honor presented by the SCMA to individuals who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry in South Carolina. The event includes a celebratory reception and dinner as the award recipients are recognized for their significant contributions to manufacturing in our state.

2020 Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Awards Recipients

Jim Newsome

President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, South Carolina. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the port. With ten years in his position, he is also currently the longest serving leader of a major U.S. container port.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Newsome had an extensive career in the ocean container shipping industry as below:
• Hapag-Lloyd AG (1997-2009)
 President - Region Americas - Piscataway, NJ (2009)
 Senior Vice President - Area Southeast - Atlanta, GA (1997-2008)

• Nedlloyd Lines (1987-1997)

 Executive Vice President of the Americas - Atlanta, GA (1994-1997)
 President -Nedlloyd Lines USA Corp. - Atlanta, GA (1992-1993)
 Senior Vice President - Nedlloyd Lines USA Corp. - Atlanta, GA (1990-1991)
 Vice President, Liner Services - Nedlloyd Lines USA Corp. - Atlanta, GA (1987-1989)

• Strachan Shipping Company (1977-1987)

 President - Hoegh Lines Agency Subsidiary - Jersey City, NY (1986-1987)
 Assistant Vice President – Northeast - New York, NY (1984-1985)
 General Manager - Atlanticargo Division - Houston, TX (1980-1983)
 Container Yard Manager - Strachan Stevedoring - Houston, TX (1979)
 Line Manager - Strachan Shipping - Houston, TX (1977-1978)

He was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag-Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.
Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.

Mr. Newsome has received several awards and honors:
• DC Velocity Logistics Rainmaker, 2019
• University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2018
• Agriculture Transportation Coalition, Person of the Year, 2016
• South Carolina Public Servant of the Year, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2014
• Doctor of Humane Letters, The College of Charleston, 2014
• Connie Award, The Containerization and Intermodal Institute, 2010
o for significant influence in containerization in worldwide trade

He is involved in numerous organizations:
• University of Tennessee, College of Business Administration, Dean’s Advisory Council
• University of Tennessee, Global Supply Chain Institute, Executive Advisory Board
• University of Tennessee, College of Business Administration, 1914 Society
• The College of Charleston, School of Business, Board of Governors
• Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Children’s Hospital Fund Advisory Board
• Intermodal Association of North America, Board of Directors, Marine Division
• Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), Board of Directors
• American Heart Association, Southeast Region Board
• American Heart Association, Lowcountry Heart Walk, Executive Leadership Team
• Trident United Way, Tocqueville Society

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, GA, where his father was an executive with the Georgia Ports Authority. He has been married for 34 years (wife Kathy) and has two children and one grandchild. His daughter, Rachel (33), is a school counselor at Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi, married to Jason Smith, who is teaching at Tougaloo College on a Mellon Fellowship (both University of Georgia undergrads). They are the proud parents of Amelia Rose Smith, born May 4, 2016. His son, Matt (28), is now a doctor having graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill) and is a resident in urology at UK Healthcare in Lexington, KY.

Mark Propst

Retired, The Timken Company

Mark Propst began his career at The Timken Company in 1981 as an Associate Industrial Engineer for the Lincolnton (North Carolina) Bearing Plant. During his 19 years at Lincolnton, Mark held various supervisor and manager positions in operations, human resources, supply chain and quality. In 1998, he was promoted to Plant Manager of the Lincolnton Plant. Mark was then named the Plant Manager of the Gaffney (South Carolina) Bearing Plant in 2001. He served as Plant Manager in Gaffney until 2009 before being named Plant Manager of the Shiloh (Rutherfordton, NC) plant and subsequently General Manager Aerospace Operations before returning to Gaffney in May 2018. Mark retired from the Timken Company with 38 years of service in August 2019.

Mark earned a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Management from Appalachian State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Mark’s community involvement has included public, private, local and state organizations serving on boards and as chair. Those organizations included Carolina Trust Bank, Upstate Carolina Medical Center, United Way of the Piedmont, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Mark continues to serve on the board of the United Way of the Piedmont.

Mark and his wife Kim a 5th grade teacher at Corinth Elementary continue to reside in Gaffney. They have two children, Jordan a Pharmacy District Manager for Walgreens in Lexington, Ky and Jackson pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Anderson University.

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