The Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority has named Martin LaMar as its new executive director.

He will start Feb. 6.

LaMar, who is originally from Atlanta, has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and economic development.

He previously served as senior vice president of economic development for Invest Atlanta, and the City of Pittsburgh’s chief economic development officer where he oversaw the city's housing and urban redevelopment authorities.

LaMar graduated from Alabama A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and received University of Washington master’s degrees in both social policy and public administration. He is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a master’s degree in real estate and will complete his studies in July 2023.

“Martin brings extensive business experience and knowledge, a fresh perspective, and an abundance of well-established relationships to this role," said David Zimmer, chairperson for the Port Authority, in a statement. "We are thrilled to welcome him into the Port Authority and look forward to the great things he will accomplish for the organization and our community.”

LaMar succeeds Brenda Sandberg, who resigned in September after eight years of leading the Port Authority.