Chief Executive Officer; Watco Companies
Dan Smith serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Watco Companies, LLC. As CEO, Dan oversees all aspects of the Watco portfolio and leads the development and execution of the strategy, leadership, and direction for Watco’s Customer-First, Team-Member driven, and Safety-Always culture.
Prior to being named CEO, Dan most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Under Dan’s leadership, the terminal division more than tripled due to the acquisition of 50 Kinder Morgan terminals. Dan has also led the development of countless programs to engage team members in Watco’s safety-always culture. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Watco Safety Through Awareness and Training (STAT) Center in Birmingham to better provide new team members with standardized training to safely perform their duties. In 2015, Dan implemented an initiative to restructure Watco’s divisions into like-sized and same-purpose teams to create efficiencies and synergies within divisions and expedite work flow. Under this alignment, profit centers have benefited from improved communication within the divisions.
Dan joined the Watco Team in 2009 as Vice President of Real Estate. He was named Senior Vice President-Greens Port Industrial Park in 2011, and while leading the Greens Port division, he spearheaded the purchase of full ownership of the industrial park which is the largest multi-tenanted industrial park in the Gulf Coast market. In 2013, Dan took on the role of President of Watco Terminal and Port Services and one year later, he assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named to his current role in July of 2018.
Prior to joining the Watco Team, Dan not only worked in the real estate industry, but he also gained valuable experience in team building while playing major league baseball for 14 years, pitching for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals organizations.