Seaports Magazine - Winter 2014 - (Page 18)

AAPA 2014 ANNUAL CONVENTION PORT OF HOUSTON HOSTS SEAPORT LEADERS FOR AAPA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION M ore than 450 seaport executives and industry partners from the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean gathered November 9-13 for the 103rd American Association of Port Authorities' Annual Convention. The Port of Houston Authority hosted this year's convention, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of that port's shipping channel. For five days, attendees took part in a thought-provoking business program, which featured presenters from ports, the private sector and government agencies who discussed topics related to seaport and supply chain logistics in the new global economic era. Keynote speakers included Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa of the Mexican General Coordination of Ports & Merchant Marine, who on Tuesday presented an invaluable 18 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE perspective of ports in Mexico, and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, who on Wednesday addressed the convention and called ports the "lifeblood of the U.S. economy." (Read more about Vice President Biden's address on Page 21.) In the convention's Exhibit Hall, more than 65 maritime industry companies presented a broad range of products and services that offered security, technology and other solutions for seaports. Attendees were given time Tuesday and Wednesday to network with these companies and see what they had to offer. Attendees also had a chance to experience a bit of the city of Houston's hospitality with exceptional evening receptions Monday and Tuesday at the Houston Aquarium and the Julia Ideson Library. On Wednesday, 2015 Annual Convention host PortMiami sponsored a South Beachstyle reception to get attendees excited for next year's convention, which will take place October 11-14, 2015. Then on Thursday evening, attendees donned their best "Texas chic" for the Chairman's Reception and Denim & Dazzle Gala at the Hyatt Regency Houston. The convention concluded with a members-only annual meeting and the election of the officers and directors for the association's upcoming year, including the installation of AAPA's 2015 Chairwoman of the Board Kristin Decas, CEO and port director of the Port of Hueneme. To view more photos from the AAPA Annual Convention, and to find out about the 2015 Annual Convention, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, visit

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

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
What Will Ports Look Like in the Future?
Opportunities Abound for Ports Amid Shifting Trade Lanes
The Port Executive of the Future
Port of Houston Hosts Seaport Leaders for AAPA’S Annual Convention
Always Striving for Excellence
U.S. Must Continue to Strengthen Port and Waterways Infrastructure
Winners Honored in AAPA’s 2014 IT, Environmental Improvement and Communications Awards Programs
Keeping your Cyber Systems Healthy Now and in the Future
Why You Should Love Your Local Environmentalist
U.S. Needs to Play ‘Catch Up’ on Infrastructure Investment
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Winter 2014