FreightWeekSTL 2023 Speaker:
Executive Director, Jefferson County Port Authority
As Executive Director of the Jefferson County Port Authority, McNichols is tasked with maximizing the potential of the Port as a driver of economic and community development. This is the latest chapter in an almost 20-year long career working in a variety of positions in local, state and federal government in Missouri. Immediately prior to joining the Port Authority in January 2022, McNichols served as the Washington, Missouri District Office Director for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. Previously, he served in a variety of other roles, such as the Chief Legislative Aide to a Senate Appropriations Chairman, a Liaison Officer who assisted Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses in becoming more effective at securing state contracts, and as a Legislative Liaison advocating on behalf of the citizens of Missouri on a range of issues. He has also helped organizations and individuals identify business opportunities to work with state and local governments throughout Missouri.