Gary-based Lakes & Rivers Logistics Inc. has named James Dillman chief operating officer. He will also serve as COO for Lakes & Rivers Logistics Inc.’s affiliate, Jack Gray Transport Inc., also located in Gary.

Dillman began his career in the stevedoring industry in 1986 as a stevedore superintendent in Chicago for Ceres Terminals. He has since held executive positions including CEO, president and vice president, managing stevedoring, port and vessel operations in North America, Australia, India, Indonesia, Asia, South America and New Zealand. Dillman most recently served as chief executive officer of Diversified Port Holdings in Jacksonville, Florida. He also previously served as president of Metro Ports, headquartered in Long Beach, California, for four years.

Dillman is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves who was activated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Desert Storm. He has also served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Brooks YMCA Advisory Board, University of North Florida Dean’s Advisory Council, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Houston Seafarer’s Center Board and Los Angeles/Long Beach Seafarers Center.

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