Seaports Magazine - Spring 2014 - (Page 8)

»PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Executives are the Lifeblood of the Industry By Kurt J. Nagle President & CEO American Association of Port Authorities A t AAPA, we have a mission and vision for our organization that defines who we are: the alliance of leading ports in the Western Hemisphere that protects and advances the common interests of our diverse members as they connect their communities with the global transportation system. That diversity is one of the defining characteristics of our industry. As our staff repeatedly tells government agencies, industry partners, reporters and others, "When you've seen one port, you've seen one port." Yet there is strong commonality among our membership, and so much of the unity that exists within AAPA is about the shared experiences and perspectives that cut across regional divides, cargo types, governance structures or port size. In the words of former AAPA Chairman of the Board Armando Duarte, "Our industry is an intimate one. People who are part of the port industry stay connected to one another, and AAPA is the space where those connections are made, fostered and nurtured." AAPA's technical committees and training programs provide easy opportunities for port staff of various backgrounds to collaborate, be they attorneys, engineers, environmental managers, information officers, public relations directors or finance officers. But leading port staff are seasoned port executives who wear many hats and serve many roles - CEOs and executive directors, certainly, but also senior managers who help helm their organizations through major milestones and times of crisis. This issue of Seaports magazine is designed for those executives and for those who aspire to the C-suite, as well as 8 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE Do a quick internet image search for "ports," and your browser will be flooded with aerial shots of cranes, pictures of containers, images of giant ship-to-shore cranes or glossy close-ups of cruise ships. But we know that ports are really people, staff who work hard every day to transport goods and people safely and efficiently throughout the hemisphere. those who work with port executives. We want to highlight the good work executives are doing leading public port authorities through the delicate balance of revenue generation and public accountability, but we also want to provide resources for them to be better equipped to do their jobs. Port executives are accountable to many different stakeholders - outside and inside the organization. Inside the organization, they set the tone for decision-making and culture, and their practices often have a direct impact on staff morale. A workplace that encourages input and creativity, even within the confines of a public agency, can be critical to attracting and retaining top talent for the organization. In dealing with stakeholders outside the organization, the CEO is the face of the port and can be critical in setting the tone for relationships with customers, tenants, labor, community groups and environmental organizations. Owning the actions of the port and providing clear and direct accountability can be critical to the port's larger success. And while responsibility is critical for any executive, so is vision. Some executives have broad, compelling ideas for their organizations - such as AAPA Chairman Tay Yoshitani and the Port of Seattle finding creative ways to help veterans and transitioning military members find meaningful employment in the private sector - and others have ideas and goals for the good of the industry. AAPA's own Professional Port Manager program was revised several years ago based on the goals of some of our industry's leaders, and the strength and value of the program continues to grow because of that vision. And lastly, we've attempted to put a face on the port industry itself. Or rather, many faces. Our cover artwork for this issue of Seaports is AAPA's attempt to highlight the individuals who play such critical roles in the industry and to let the world see what the port industry looks like. Do a quick internet image search for "ports," and your browser will be flooded with aerial shots of cranes, pictures of containers, images of giant ship-to-shore cranes or glossy closeups of cruise ships. But we know that ports are really people, staff who work hard every day to transport goods and people safely and efficiently throughout the hemisphere. And leading them are the port executives who are the lifeblood of AAPA. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2014

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Public Sector Agencies with Private Sector Expectations
Welcoming Veterans to Port Ranks
Working with Stakeholders: The Buck Stops at the CEO’s Office
Words of Wisdom from Long-Standing Port Executives
PPM® Certification Readies Executives for the Top
Facing Challenges Head On
Ports are Critical to U.S. Economy’s Health
The Changing Paradigm of Transportation Executives
Port and Maritime Environmental Compliance Planning Starts at the Top
Comprehensive Records Retention Plan a Must for Ports
Saint John Brings the Port to the Classroom
Barbados on Track for Record Cruise Growth
Santa Marta Focuses on the Environment, Community and Operational Efficiency
Northwest Ports Partner to Further Cut Diesel Emissions

Seaports Magazine - Spring 2014

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