Maurice C. Byan, president of the Steamship Trade Association, was named port leader of the year yesterday by the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce at its 26th annual luncheon honoring a maritime leader.
Mr. Byan has headed the association, which represents 36 port employers, including major stevedore and steamship companies, since 1990. He has helped negotiate labor agreements with the International Longshoremen's Association, and has been instrumental in establishing training and quality-improvement programs with the union.
A Baltimore native and graduate of Baltimore City College, Mr. Byan was raised in Locust Point. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he began a career on the waterfront in 1964 and was a member of the ILA.
In 1969, he joined the operations division of John T. Clark & Son of Maryland, a local stevedore, and rose to vice president of operations before the firm was acquired by a division of Orient Overseas Holding Ltd. in 1984. He remained with the new company, becoming president in 1985. Mr. Byan joined the Steamship Trade Association in 1986.