Award Winners

Peter BuffaPublic Sector Leader of the Year

Peter Buffa, Former Board Member, Orange County Transportation Authority

As one of two public members on the OCTA Board of Directors, Director Buffa serves on the Executive Committee and is a member of the following committees: Finance and Administration, Legislative and Communications, and Transportation 2020.

Director Peter Buffa is a media, corporate communications and intergovernmental consultant. He formed Petrone’ Communications, Inc., a media production and consulting firm, in 1983. His work in documentary television has earned numerous awards, including two EMMY Awards and awards from the New York and Moscow Film Festivals (The Mechanical Universe, PBS.)

Director Buffa served as a Council Member and Mayor of Costa Mesa, California from 1986 to 1998, following two years as a Planning Commissioner. From 1987 to 1998, Chairman Buffa served as a Director of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, including two terms as Chair of the San Joaquin Hills Corridor Agency. In 1998, Director Buffa received special recognition from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association for his work on innovative transportation projects.

Director Buffa’s firm, Petrone’ Communications, has provided consulting services to numerous public agencies on the development and implementation of public outreach and consensus-building programs, including:

Transportation Corridor Agencies

  • Implemented community outreach strategy and scoping workshops for the Foothill-South toll road extension.
  • Developed marketing and informational media for the TCA for broadcast and non-broadcast distribution.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Developed and implemented a public outreach strategy for the Santa Ana River Main Stem Improvement project, including the expansion of the Prado Dam and the opening of Seven Oaks Dam.

National Water Research Institute

  • Produced a video series called “Water From Water,” which explores issues such as water conservation, recycling and urban run-off.

Director Buffa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona in 1970, and did graduate work at the University of Southern California Film School. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and served as a press liaison and media production officer during the Vietnam War.

Director Buffa and his wife, Sharyn, live in Costa Mesa. They have two adult children.


Private Sector Leader of the Year

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council and Board Member, Mobility 21

Lucy Dunn is president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to assure the county’s economic prosperity and high quality of life.  Before joining the Business Council, Lucy served as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development in 2004.  In 2008, she was appointed to the California Transportation Commission. She also served as a member of the Green Building Code Advisory Committee of the California Building and Standards Commission.  In 2010, South Coast AQMD appointed her to its Small Business Advisory Committee, and in 2011 to its Advisory Committee to develop the Air Quality Management Plan for the basin.

She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Orange County Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award, Women in Transportation’s “Woman of the Year” award, and the prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award from Cal-State University, Fullerton.

Lucy is an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is the mother of two adult sons who reside in San Francisco, one of whom is a San Francisco Deputy Sheriff and the other an account manager for a major online marketing firm.


Richard D. Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, is set to retire from September 30th 2011.Lifetime Achievement Award

Dick Steinke, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach

Richard D. Steinke, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, California, came to the Port in 1990 and was appointed to his current post in December 1997 by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

With Mr. Steinke directing a top-notch, professional staff, the Port has launched the pioneering environmental Green Port Policy, paving the way for the Harbor Commission to approve the milestone San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. His staff is also implementing the plan’s extremely ambitious Clean Truck Program, setting in motion a sweeping modernization of the truck fleet that will improve air quality by reducing pollution from short-haul trucks. With Mr. Steinke fostering partnerships within the industry, the Port’s Green Flag Program was recently awarded the National Association of Environmental Professionals Environmental Management Award. The program encourages ships and vessel operators to voluntarily slow down to 12 knots or less within 20 miles of the harbor, which greatly reduces fuel consumption and air pollution. Vessels that achieve compliance receive the prestigious Green Flag to fly.

As the Port’s chief executive, Mr. Steinke has successfully directed the redevelopment of the 500-acre, former Long Beach Naval Complex on Terminal Island into shipping terminals. The key component, a 375-acre complex leased to Hanjin Shipping Co., opened in September 2002 and is one of the largest container terminals in the world. He led negotiations that culminated in a 25-year lease with Hanjin under which the South Korean shipping company pays the Port at least $40 million a year or a total of at least $1 billion over the life of the lease.

Mr. Steinke launched a decade-long $1.9 billion capital improvement program to create new and more efficient shipping terminals, such as the new Hanjin facility, and redevelop existing ones to handle growing cargo demands.

Since Mr. Steinke was named Executive Director, Port container cargo volume has nearly doubled from four million container units in 1998 to more than seven million container units in 2007.

Before being named Executive Director, Mr. Steinke had been Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach for two years. In that capacity, he oversaw the Port’s functions of transportation, environmental and long-range planning; construction, design and traffic engineering; marketing and customer development; real estate management and community, media and public relations.

Richard Steinke also served as the Port’s Properties Director for five years. In that capacity, he negotiated leases and other real estate agreements with Port customers and directed the wharfinger office, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations and enforcement of the Port tariff.

During his tenure as Properties Director, he was instrumental in negotiating the successful 1994 purchase of 725 acres of north harbor land and water area from Union Pacific Resources Company (UPRC). In September 1997, Hanjin opened a $277 million, 170-acre terminal on part of the property. That Pier A terminal was Hanjin’s home until it moved to its new Terminal Island facility.

Mr. Steinke also helped iron out a sale of 13.8 acres of land to oil refining firm, Ultramar, Inc. The sale included provisions for the Port’s receipt of valuable easements for rail traffic through the property.

For the 2001-2002 year, Mr. Steinke was Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, an alliance of more than 150 port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. He has been a member of the AAPA’s Executive Committee as the representative for South Pacific ports and President of the California Association of Port Authorities. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Authority, the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach and is a member of the Red Cross CEO Advisory Committee.

Mr. Steinke came to the Port in 1990 after serving five years as Airport Property Officer at Stapleton International Airport in his native Denver, Colorado. A graduate of Chadron State College in Nebraska, he has done post-graduate work at the University of Colorado.

Richard Steinke, his wife, Tamy, and their three daughters, Sarah, Kylie Marie and Lauren, reside in Long Beach.