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» PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
How Well Do You Know AAPA?
nyone who has ever attended a corporate retreat or participated in a team-building
exercise probably knows the Indian parable of the blind men and the elephant. The
group encounters an elephant for the first time. Each one feels a different part, but only
one part, such as the leg, the ear, the tail or the tusk. They then compare descriptions
about what they are touching and learn that they are in complete disagreement about what the
elephant actually is.
Kurt J. Nagle
President & CEO
of Port Authorities
The truth is, of course, that they are all right, but none of them has the whole picture of the animal.
Only when someone with sight explains the elephant to them do the blind men understand the
totality of what they have encountered.
When you interact with AAPA, you may have one experience or perspective in mind - sharing best
practices with a committee of familiar colleagues, attending an event such as the Spring Conference
or the Annual Convention, reading a publication like the Advisory or Seaports magazine, sharing
or retweeting AAPA posts on social media or being part of an AAPA advocacy efforts by contacting
your Members of Congress to advance the U.S. port industry agenda. But do you know all that
AAPA has to offer? Are you taking full advantage of your membership in the Association?
AAPA is the unified and collective voice of the seaport industry in the Americas. AAPA connects,
informs and unifies seaport leaders and maritime professional in all segments of the industry.
While AAPA maintains a full-time staff in Alexandria, the Association is led by industry volunteers -
2015-2016 Chairman of the Board Jim Quinn of Port Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada), members
of the AAPA Executive Committee, the U.S. Legislative Policy Council and Board of Directors and
Chairs/Vice Chairs of our Technical and Policy Committees. Staff and leadership work together to
provide a range of benefits for AAPA members, which include ports throughout the United States,
Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as port industry partners and solution providers
who work with and for ports in a variety of capacities.
One of the benefits that AAPA members articulate again and again is our technical and policy
committees. Some new members of the Association hear the word "committee" and think
"work." But those who are active participants know that our committees function more like
mini professional societies than overburdened task forces. While it's true that committees make
valuable contributions to the Association by planning education and training programs, making
policy recommendations regarding U.S. legislation and serving as industry experts on any number
of timely matters, most committee members participate because of what they get out of the
experience - connections with their colleagues, a wealth of knowledge about shared obstacles
and emerging best practices and the opportunity to further their own professional success on a
Our members also regularly sing the praises of AAPA's education and training programs. In 2016,
our calendar of events has been tailored to reflect input from port directors about the timeliest
issues facing the industry. I am confident that AAPA has something to benefit each and every
one of our members in the coming year, be it infrastructure development and financing, cargo
optimization (including terminal productivity as well as social license to operate), security and
information technology or energy and environment.
In 2016, our
calendar of events
has been tailored
to reflect input
from port directors
about the timeliest
AAPA's publications and resources also get high marks from our members. A 2015 survey of
Seaports magazine readers found that 80 percent of our audience rated the quality as high and
more than 95 percent found the magazine relevant to their organization. AAPA Alerts keep U.S.
members in the loop about what's happening in Washington, and the weekly Advisory newsletter
serves as a pulse of the industry. High-quality research papers written by candidates in our
Professional Port Manager (PPM) program are available to AAPA members on our website. These
papers have been reviewed and approved by the AAPA Curriculum Committee and are good
resources for others in the industry.
For our U.S. members, advocacy efforts in Washington influence policy of importance to the
entire industry. AAPA has been very successful in elevating the priority of ports with lawmakers,
which has yielded benefits in surface transportation law and appropriations for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
Whatever your point of reference for AAPA, I encourage you to expand your experiences this year.
Take full advantage of your membership in AAPA to get the most out of the Association.
AAPA SEAPORTS OF THE AMERICAS * 2016 Membership Directory
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AAPA Seaports of the Americas - 2016 Membership Directory
AAPA Mission Statement
2015-2016 Officers & Executive Committee
2015-2016 Board of Directors
AAPA Past Presidents & Chairmen
Technical & Policy Committees
PPM®-Certified Professional Port Managers
AAPA Annual Convention Locations
2016 AAPA Education and Training Programs
Corporate Membership Roster
U.S. Ports Map
U.S. Port Profiles
Canadian Ports Map
Canadian Port Profiles
Caribbean Ports Map
Caribbean Port Profiles
Latin American Ports Map
Latin American Port Profiles
Sustaining Member Profiles
Port & Industry Services Directory
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
AAPA Seaports of the Americas - 2016 Membership Directory