2 Legends Retire
The week of July 21, the Harbor Dept. bid fond farewells to two leaders and executives – Tony Gioiello, Deputy Executive Director of Development 43 years of City service; and Soheila Sajadian, Director of Debt and Treasury Management 20 years. Tony and Soheila retired after making indelible marks on Harbor’s management and operations.
During her tenure at the Port, Soheila oversaw the issuance of $2 billion in debt to fund an array of capital projects and refinancing of the Harbor’s debt that resulted in total savings of $175 million on a present-value basis. Due in large part to her diligence, Harbor has enjoyed a AA and AA2 bond rating, the highest assigned to any U.S. seaport operating without tax support.
Tony Gioiello began his City career as a Student Worker in the Construction Division and worked his way to top. Through hard work and commitment, he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development.
During his tenure at the Port, he has overseen key terminal and waterfront infrastructure and facilitated the adoption of innovations that helped advance the Port technologically. He has been recognized for his leadership during one of the largest and transformative capital expansion eras in the Harbor’s history. As a pillar of the executive team, he led Harbor to heights that saw it busier, cleaner and safer than ever.
Due to his longevity and dedication, the Harbor threw Tony a retirement party July 20. Some historic and retirement party photos from Tony’s career are below.
The Club congratulates Tony and Soheila for their stellar dedication to the Harbor and to Los Angeles. And special thanks go to Rachel Campbell for her assistance in producing this article.