Spring Conference

Spring Conference
One of AAPA's two annual membership meetings, the Spring Conference is held each year in Washington, DC, and features general sessions as well as committee and board meetings. Sessions focus on current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports and US policy issues.

Click here for a PDF of the draft agenda.

We appreciate the support of our sponsors:



Capitol Hill Reception - Gold Sponsor:

Capitol Hill Reception - Bronze Sponsors:


***Contact Ed O'Connell at 703-706-4709 or eoconnell@aapa-ports.org for information about sponsorship opportunities, including the 2018 Capitol Hill Reception.***

Hotel Information:
Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 429-1700
Room Rate: $299.00 single/double
Room Block Cut-Off Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

***A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved, so please make your hotel arrangements early.***
3/20/2018 - 3/21/2018
Westin Washington DC City Center
1400 M St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
U.S. RegistrationMember795.00
U.S. RegistrationNon Member1025.00
Non - U.S. RegistrationMember595.00



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM
(U.S. corporate members only)
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM
Paul Bingham of Hackett Associates will speak on World Economic and Trade Outlook under Changes in Trade Policy
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
12:30 PM
The Administration has criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) as bad trade deals that have cost American jobs and has withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade pact with 11 other countries covering 40% of global GDP.  Trade and industry experts will talk about popular views on trade as well as the potential economic impact of these new trade policies on jobs and industries.  What can ports expect? Speakers: Bruce Stokes, Pew Research Center; Yuri Unno, Toyota Motor North America; Julia Hughes, U.S. Fashion Industry Association; and Brian Kuehl, Farmers for Free Trade.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Sponsored by DHI
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
3:30 PM
The speaker is Hon. David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America.
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
3:45 PM
4:15 PM
Hosted by the Port of Valparaiso 2018 AAPA Annual Convention Host
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sponsored by Odgers Berndtson and Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
8:30 AM
The AAPA 2018 Port Person of the Year Award will be presented to The Honorable John Cornyn (R-TX), Majority Whip, U.S. Senate
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
9:00 AM
Panelists will include Dr. Noel Hacegaba, PPM, of the Port of Long Beach; Thomas C. Downs of Downs Government Affairs; Pamela L. Boswell of the American Public Transportation Association; Alexander Bond of the Eno Center for Transportation; and Barbara Murray of TransPORTs--US DOL National Apprenticeship.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
9:30 AM
Sponsored by Hall Engineering
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
10:45 AM
Speakers will include Sean Strawbridge, Port Corpus Christi; Bishen John, Port Manager, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Port Authority; and Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
The speaker is Hon. Garret Graves, Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, United States House of Representatives.
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
12:15 PM
The speaker will be Richard Balzano, Deputy Maritime Administrator.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1:30 PM
Speakers include Hill staffers John Kane from the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Ian Bennitt and Ryan Seiger from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:00 PM
Speakers will include Edward L. Mortimer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Bill Sullivan, American Trucking Associations; and Ian Jefferies, Association of American Railroads.
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
3:15 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM

Thursday, 22 March 2018

AAPA Government Relations staff will arrange a series of meetings with Members of Congress and Department/Agency staff. Attendance is open to all for U.S. corporate members, but space at individual meetings may be limited.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM

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Attendee Roster

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 Odgers Berndtson (202) 536-5168tim.mcnamara@odgersberndtson.com 18SPRING
 Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (202) 333-8800  18SPRING
 WSP (860) 659-0444 x139  18SPRING
Mr. Felipe Allard SotoEmbassy of Chile in the United StatesSegundo Secretario del Depto. Económico fallard@minrel.gob.clALLARD SOTO, FELIPE18SPRING
Mr. Manuel Almira, PPMPort of Palm BeachExecutive Director(561) 383-4131kemery@portofpalmbeach.comALMIRA, MANUEL18SPRING
Mr. Mikkel AndersenDHI Water & Environment, Inc.  cama@dhigroup.comANDERSEN, MIKKEL18SPRING
Mr. A. Paul AndersonPort Tampa BayPresident & CEO(813) 905-5101panderson@tampaport.comANDERSON, A. PAUL18SPRING
Mr. Edward C. Anthes-WashburnPort of New BedfordExecutive Director(508) 961-3000ewashburn@newbedford-ma.govANTHES-WASHBURN, EDWARD18SPRING
Mr. Matthew J. AntonelliSaul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLPAssociate(202) 295-6608Matt.Antonelli@saul.comANTONELLI, MATTHEW18SPRING
Mr. Frederick L. Aschauer, Jr.Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. (850) 222-5702faschauer@llw-law.comASCHAUER, FREDERICK18SPRING
Ms. Samara AshleyPort of Long BeachDirector, Government Relations(562) 283-7780samara.ashley@polb.comASHLEY, SAMARA18SPRING
Mr. Paul AucoinPort of South LouisianaExecutive Director(985) 653-0798paucoin@portsl.comAUCOIN, PAUL18SPRING
Ms. Sally BakkoPort of GalvestonLegislative Coordinator(409) 766-6101aramirez@portofgalveston.comBAKKO, SALLY18SPRING
Hon. Richard BalzanoU.S. Dept. of Transportation-MARADDeputy Maritime Administrator(202) 366-0720Roxana.brown@dot.govBALZANO, RICHARD18SPRING
Mr. Andrew BaskinHudsonAnalytix, Inc.Vice President, Global Policy and Trade(856)342-7500andrew.baskin@hudsonanalytix.comBASKIN, ANDREW18SPRING
Mr. Ian BennittHouse T&I Subcommittee on Water Resources and EnvironmentMajority Staff Director ian.bennitt@mail.house.govBENNITT, IAN18SPRING
Ms. Mary BergerWashington Trade DailyCo-Editor(301) 946-0817trigtrig@aol.comBERGER, MARY18SPRING
Mr. Paul BinghamHackett AssociatesDirector(213) 457-2147paul@hackettassociates.comBINGHAM, PAUL18SPRING
Mr. Patrick BirdSeabury Maritime PFRA LLCManaging Director Advisory pbird@seaburypfra.comBIRD, PATRICK18SPRING
Mr. Robert C. BlackburnPort of Davisville/ Quonset Development CorpPort Director(401) 295-0044rblackburn@qdcri.comBLACKBURN, ROBERT18SPRING
Mr. Alexander BondEno Center for TransportationDirector, Center for Transportation Leadership(202) 879-4714abond@enotrans.orgBOND, ALEXANDER18SPRING
Ms. Pamela L. BoswellAmerican Public Transportation AssociationVice President - Workforce Development & Educational Services pboswell@apta.comBOSWELL, PAMELA18SPRING
Mr. Shant BoyajianNossaman, LLPAssociate(202) 887-1400sboyajian@nossaman.comBOYAJIAN, SHANT18SPRING
Ms. M. Kathleen BroadwaterEcoLogix Group Inc. 410-491-0295kbroadwater@ecologixgroup.comBROADWATER, M.18SPRING
Mr. William G. BrodyProvport Inc.General Counsel(401) 781-4717wgbesq@aol.comBRODY, WILLIAM18SPRING
Ms. Joanne M.S. BrownPort Authority of GuamGeneral Manager(671) 477-5931, x303cgcandoleta@portguam.comBROWN, JOANNE18SPRING
Mr. Chuck Caldwell    CALDWELL, CHUCK18SPRING
Mr. Oscar A. CalvoPort Authority of GuamBoard of Directors Vice Chairman(671) 477-5931 (x310-303)cgcandoleta@portguam.comCALVO, OSCAR18SPRING
Mr. Andrew CameronAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesCommunications and Membership Assistant(703) 684-5700acameron@aapa-ports.orgCAMERON, ANDREW18SPRING
Ms. Patricia Cardenas, PPM   mpcardenas62@gmail.comCARDENAS, PATRICIA18SPRING
Mr. Denis CaronBelledune Port AuthorityPresident & CEO(506) 522-1200caron@portofbelledune.caCARON, DENIS18SPRING
Mr. Steven M. Cernak, P.E., PPMPort EvergladesChief Executive/Port Director(954) 468-3516scernak@broward.orgCERNAK, STEVEN18SPRING
Mr. Dakota Chamberlain, PPMThe Northwest Seaport AllianceChief Facilities Development Officer(253) 592-6734dchamberlain@nwseaportalliance.comCHAMBERLAIN, DAKOTA18SPRING
Mr. Spencer ChambersPort HoustonDirector, Government Relations(713) 670-2830schambers@poha.comCHAMBERS, SPENCER18SPRING
Mr. Chett ChiassonPort FourchonExecutive Director(985) 632-6701chettc@portfourchon.comCHIASSON, CHETT18SPRING
Mr. Vanta E. Coda, IIPorts of IndianaChief Executive Officer(800) 232-7678vcoda@portsofindiana.comCODA, VANTA18SPRING
Victor Hugo Colace, PPMConsorcio de Gestión del Puerto de Bahía BlancaJefe Área Legal011-54-29-1401-9001vcolace@puertobahiablanca.com.arCOLACE, VICTOR18SPRING
Ms. Rosie CollinPort Corpus ChristiDirector of Community Relations(361) 882-5633Rosie@pocca.comCOLLIN, ROSIE18SPRING
Hon. John CornynUnited States SenateU.S. Senator - R-TX(202) 224-2934Stephen_Tausend@cornyn.senate.govCORNYN, JOHN18SPRING
Ms. Robyn CrisantiVancouver Fraser Port AuthorityDirector, Public Affairs(604) 665-9587Robyn.Crisanti@portvancouver.comCRISANTI, ROBYN18SPRING
Mr. Jonathan DanielsMississippi State Port Authority at GulfportExecutive Director & CEO(228) 865-4300jdaniels@shipmspa.comDANIELS, JONATHAN18SPRING
Mr. Jade DavisPort of ClevelandVice President, External Affairs(216) 241-8004Jade.Davis@portofcleveland.comDAVIS, JADE18SPRING
Mr. Matt DavisPort of OaklandDirector of Government Affairs(510) 627-1430mdavis@portoakland.comDAVIS, MATT18SPRING
Ms. Deborah DeLucaDuluth Seaway Port AuthorityExecutive Director(218) 727-8525ddeluca@duluthport.comDELUCA, DEBORAH18SPRING
Sr. Rafael Díaz-BalartAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesLatin American Coordinator305-389-1878rdbalart@aapa-ports.orgDIAZ-BALART, RAFAEL18SPRING
Mr. Walter J. Dinicola, P.E.Anchor QEA, LLCPrincipal Engineer(410) 794-7783wdinicola@anchorqea.comDINICOLA, WALTER18SPRING
Mr. Thomas C. Downs, Esq.Downs Government AffairsPrincipal tcdowns@downsgovaffairs.comDOWNS, THOMAS18SPRING
Ms. Susan Shey DvonchShey-Harding Executive SearchPartner(562) 252-8516sue@shey-harding.comDVONCH, SUSAN18SPRING
Mr. Aaron E. Ellis, APR, Fellow PRSAAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Public Affairs(703) 706-4714aellis@aapa-ports.orgELLIS, AARON18SPRING
Mr. Billy EverettFagioliSales Manager(281) 692-8606b.everett@fagioli.comEVERETT, BILLY18SPRING