Phil Wilzbacher

A native of Southwest Indiana, Phil has over 40-years’ experience in the port, shortline railroad and grain industries, including roles with the Indiana Rail Road Co., Indiana Southern Railroad, Cargill Inc. and The Pillsbury Company.

Phil joined the Ports of Indiana in 2002 as Port Director at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon and has led the development of the port achieving record levels of business growth, including tonnage volumes that have quadrupled during his tenure as well as directing the acquisition of 495 acres expanding the port to encompass 1,240 acres and successfully locating the largest project in Ports of Indiana’s history at the Mt. Vernon port.

Prior to joining the Ports of Indiana, Phil worked with the Indiana Rail Road Co. where he served as Marketing Manager, responsible for business development and revenue growth for the regional railroad, and as Marketing Director for the Indiana Southern Railroad.

In addition to his freight transportation background, Phil has significant management and merchandising experience in the grain industry with Cargill, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company, and has also worked in commercial real estate.

Phil is active in industry associations currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Association as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the Posey County Economic Development Partnership.

About the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon: The port opened in 1976 and is operated by Ports of Indiana, a statewide port authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. In 2018, the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled 9.6 million tons of cargo, the highest total in the port’s 43-year history. Mount Vernon is one of the busiest inland port districts in the country and handles key commodities for the Midwest’s agriculture and energy sectors.