Three years ago, Kerry Doyle was named managing director of Tradepoint Atlantic, the 3,100-acre former Bethlehem Steel plant at Sparrows Point that has been reinventing the eastern Baltimore County industrial site as a world-class port, rail and commerce center.
Doyle earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, with a dual major in finance and accounting, from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant.
What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
We have an incredibly dynamic business and talented team to take on the complexity and challenges we face. The most important aspect is setting our strategic direction for maximizing the current and future opportunities that exist for a multi-faceted global logistics hub.
Part of crafting our strategic direction is anticipating and mitigating risks, establishing a plan for execution and ensuring our strategy is consistent with our job creation and economic impact objectives.
Who was your most significant mentor, and what did you learn from that person?
My father was my most significant mentor and there were a few fundamental things that I learned from him that helped shaped my career: First, the best style of leadership is one that inspires and challenges people to accomplish more than they thought possible, both as individuals, but also collectively as a team. Second, there is absolutely no substitute for hard work and attention to detail.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be coaching in some capacity.