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Steven R. Blust

Steve Blust

Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL)

DTI Board Development Committee Co-Chair


Steven R. Blust is president of the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL). Blust is a veteran of the international transportation industry with over 35 years of experience. Blust held the position as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. He was a member of the President's cabinet level committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). Blust previously held the position of president/CEO of Tampa Bay International Terminals, Inc. He also has held executive positions with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc., and management positions with the Jacksonville Port Authority and Crowley Delta Lines. His industry experience includes container fleet management, equipment repair, marine terminal management, ocean carrier liner trade management, operation of a U.S. Customs centralized examination station and foreign trade zone, and public port administration. Blust graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and received a master of business administration degree from Tulane University, in New Orleans. He is actively involved with industry groups including vice president of the Washington, DC Chapter and member of the Government Affairs Committee of USMMA Alumni Association, board member of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver and the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, National Cargo Bureau Member, and executive committee member of the International Propeller Club of the United States.