David L. Yarbrough

Port Director

David Yarbrough joined the staff of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as manager of operations in 2006. He was promoted to Deputy Director and Operations Manager in November 2008, and Port Director on February 1, 2017.

Mr. Yarbrough graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed and registered professional engineer and is responsible for all major construction on the Port.

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Brad Banks

Manager of Operations

Bradley Banks joined the staff of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as the Assistant Manager of Operations in 2013. Mr. Banks assist the Port in matters regarding Port development, maintenance, security, and construction. He was promoted to Manager of Operations in May, 2014.Brad has a background in facility security from his time working abroad at U.S. embassies and military bases and holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As an engineer, he has worked both as a construction manager and as a structural engineering consultant on Oklahoma infrastructure projects.
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Susan Murphy

Accounting Manager

Susan Murphy joined the staff of the Port of Catoosa in 2014 as the Accounting Manager.

Ms. Murphy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Accounting.  Susan has a background in the financial industry, having spent over twenty years in student loan administration, credit union management and bank marketing prior to joining the Port.

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Robert W. Portiss

Port Director Emeritus

Bob joined the Port Staff in March of 1973 as Manager of Traffic and Sales and Assistant Secretary of Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority, the Port’s Industrial Trust. In November of the following year, he accepted a senior management position with Landmark Land Company to gain what proved to be invaluable land development experience. While at Landmark, he was based in both Arizona and New Orleans, where he managed commercial and industrial properties.

Bob returned to the Port in November of 1977 where he assumed his previous position. Two years later he was promoted to Director of Marketing and Transportation and soon thereafter to Deputy Port Director.

On July 1st, 1984 Bob was elevated to his current position of Port Director. He is one of four people who have held this position since the Port opened for business in December, 1970. Bob is proud to claim each of his predecessors as mentors, who, together with numerous people who have served on the Port Authority Board from both Rogers County and the City of Tulsa, have helped guide his professional development over the past 30 plus years.

Bob is a five-term Chairman of the National Waterways Conference in Washington, DC. He has also served for several years as the Chairman of the Inland Waterway Committee of the National Transportation Research Board. He also served six years as a member of the National Marine Board.

For his leadership on the McClellan-Kerr waterway, he has been named a “Water Pioneer” by the State of Oklahoma.

In August, 2009, Bob was awarded the prestigious Bronze de Fleury Medal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Bronze de Fleury Medal was established during the early years of the Corps to honor those individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army engineering.

In October, 2013, he was named “Communicator of the Year” and received a Bronze Quill award from the Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

In October, 2015, Bob was named a “Champion of Change” in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., honored as a leader who has devoted time and efforts to developing innovative ways to use transportation to help his community reach new heights.

Bob holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from North Dakota State University. He is married to the former Lynda Davis who retired from the Chelsea School System after 30 years of teaching middle school.

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