Seaports Magazine - Winter 2015 - (Page 16)

» AAPA 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION PORTMIAMI HOSTS AAPA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION "O n one hand, we are competitors. But the rising tide floats all ships," said Kathy Broadwater, AAPA Chair-Elect, U.S. Delegation. "Take advantage of the rising tide!" This comment from Broadwater, who is the Deputy Executive Director at Maryland Port Administration, summarized the American Association of Port Authority's Annual Convention perfectly. Held in Miami, Nov. 2-4, this year's convention attracted executives and industry partners from the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean - and everyone was there to congregate, network and learn from each other, and to make sure they were part of that rising tide. There were some welcome upgrades this year, as well, as James C. Parsons Jr., AAPA Chair-Elect, Caribbean Delegation, pointed out: "I have attended events for seven years and each year they become more prosperous and glamorous." Parsons, who is the Deputy Port Director-Finance/Financial Controller, Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, added, "We are in for exciting times." 16 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE The excitement started even before the event did, in the form of the event app, Eventsential, and the Twitter feed, #aapaportmiami. It continued when AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle and PortMiami Port Director Juan Kuryla, PPM™ welcomed everyone to the 104th Annual Convention during the opening ceremonies. "All our ports came up huge!" shared Kuryla about the attendance levels at event. The exhibit floor was packed as well, where attendees could engage in "a lot of networking and seeing how other ports are doing it and what has been successful," said Patrick Trapp, Executive Director, Port of St. Helens, Oregon. "That is almost as important as the sessions." This year's convention brought together more than 70 port industry solution providers, who were all on board with the new Scavenger Hunt that took place this year. Winners not only made some great business connections, they walked away with some terrific prizes. Some other excitement this year was at the Annual Membership Meeting, where the officers for the 2015-2016 program year were installed. Most notably, 20142015 AAPA Chairwoman of the Board Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director at Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District, passed on the leadership gavel to Port Saint John President and CEO Jim Quinn. Membership also approved a bylaw amendment consolidating all AAPA Canadian ports into a single regional caucus and the Association's resolutions were approved for the year. U.S. Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen delivered the keynote address, where he talked about preparing for the future. "We have to prepare our ports for what I know - and you know - is coming," said Jaenichen. As outgoing AAPA Chairwoman Kristin Decas shared in the video she presented during her Chairwoman's Address , the ports industry, AAPA and all of its member ports have celebrated quite a few successes in the past year and, together, we can continue that trend. "I urge you to engage, work together and succeed."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Expanding Capacity, Increasing Budgets
Navigating Cities, Counties and States
104th AAPA Annual Convention
Strategically Planning for Success
Stick to the Plan
AAPA XXIV Latin American Congress of Ports
Guarding Our Nation’s Ports Against Potential Threats
Keys to Success for Port Capital and Financial Planning
Port Game an Educational Tool – and Fun for All Ages
Port Planning and Investment Toolkit a Go-To Resource
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Winter 2015