AAPA Seaports of the Americas - 2016 Membership Directory - (Page 11)

» 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 American Association 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 regular basis. 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 issues facing the industry. 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 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AAPA Seaports of the Americas - 2016 Membership Directory

Chairman’s Message
President’s Message
AAPA Mission Statement
2015-2016 Officers & Executive Committee
2015-2016 Board of Directors
AAPA Past Presidents & Chairmen
Technical & Policy Committees
AAPA Bylaws
PPM®-Certified Professional Port Managers
AAPA Annual Convention Locations
2016 AAPA Education and Training Programs
AAPA Staff
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
Associate Members
Honorary Members
Port & Industry Services Directory
Quickports Index
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

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