Commissioners Seminar

Commissioners Seminar
Participate in this one of a kind seminar for members of port governing boards and commissions. Whether you are a new or an experienced board member, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

Click here for a pdf copy of the program agenda.

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Hotel Information:

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (800) 233-1234 or (415) 398-1234
Room Rate: $329.00 single/double
Room Block Cut-Off Date: May 27, 2019

***A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved, so please make your hotel arrangements early.***

$995 Member
$1195 Non-Member

6/18/2019 - 6/20/2019
Grand Hyatt San Francisco 345 Stockton St San Francisco, CA 94108

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar RegistrationMember995.00
Seminar RegistrationNon Member1195.00



Tuesday, 18 June 2019

8:00 AM

Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, AAPA
Elaine Forbes, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
8:30 AM

Understand the forecasts and trends that will impact your port’s business lines.

Walter H. Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist & Chief Strategist,
JLL Ports Airports & Global Infrastructure, Baltimore, MD
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
9:00 AM

Data and analytics hit a stride in maturity, and evidence-based decision making becomes commonplace.

Speaker: Thierry M. Prate, KPMG
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
9:45 AM

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:30 AM

As ports embrace opportunities to embrace an evolving digital landscape, board members can support this process by making it an issue of leadership (not IT) and allocating resources towards digital goals.

Speaker: Chris Wilch, Data and Artificial Intelligence Solutions Specialist, Microsoft Corporation, Salem, OR.
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
10:45 AM

Ports must be ready to confront challenges as dramatic as increased severe weather events and cyber attacks, as well as more subtle but nonetheless serious shifts in the landscape such as a changing energy landscape and telecommunications networks that are stretched beyond capacity.

Speaker: Helen Brohl, Director of the Executive Secretariat, Committee on the Marine Transportation System, Washington, DC.
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30 AM

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
12:15 PM

Even the most effective governing boards must deal with conflict among their members from time to time. Be part of a discussion that highlights how to navigate conflict and turn competing viewpoints from liabilities into assets.

Speakers:  Ron Brinson, PPM, North Charleston, SC
Thomas Kornegay, P.E., PPM, Principal, Kornegay & Company, LLC, Houston, TX
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:00 PM

Bringing in a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences can be key to an organization’s success.

Speaker:  Susan Shey Dvonch, Partner, Shey-Harding Executive Search, Seal Beach, CA.
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
3:15 PM

Have you made your plans to be in Norfolk this October? The Port of Virginia is hosting the 108th Annual AAPA Annual Convention October 13-16 and will highlight how Virginia is revolutionizing America’s first port. Attendees will be treated to the very best hospitality this vibrant waterfront city has to offer, including a closing sunset reception on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Speaker:  Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
4:00 PM

Ports are pursuing many different rail strategies to grow beyond existing local and inland markets, including developing new on-dock rail infrastructure, rail-served business parks, inland ports and rail shuttles. This session will present a survey of rail strategies, case studies and an overview of approaches to engagement with the railroads, as well as a review of review challenges and solutions to maximizing the port’s return on rail investments, as measured in economic, community, and environmental benefits.

Speaker:  John Elliott, Senior Vice President, Strategic Rail Finance, Philadelphia, PA
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
4:15 PM

Sponsored by the Port of San Francisco

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
8:15 AM

Understand the legal issues facing your port and your personal exposure as a Board member.

Speaker: Danny W. Wan, Port Attorney, Port of Oakland.

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:00 AM

Hear from corporate and board governance expert Elaine Roper about the key elements of board governance and developing an effective relationship between board members and CEOs.

Speaker: Elaine Roper, Partner, Odgers Berndtson, Toronto, ON, CANADA.
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM

Port CEOs and board members will discuss how they have partnered successfully for the benefit of their organizations.

Speakers:  William D. Friedman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Port of Cleveland
Jan L. Roller, Board Chair, Port of Cleveland
Jim Quinn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Saint John, CANADA
Lisa Keenan, Board of Directors, Port Saint John, CANADA
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM

How ports can avoid being caught up in escalating policy disputes and high stakes disagreements.

Speaker: John McLaurin, President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, San Francisco, CA.
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1:15 PM

Understand how energy is evolving in the maritime industry and how these developments will impact maritime operations.

Speaker: R. Adm. Peter W. Gautier, US Coast Guard Eleventh District, Alameda, CA
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
2:00 PM

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
2:45 PM

How factors such as growing e-commerce, shortages in the truck driver industry and increasing costs of global shipping are affecting the supply chain and ports.

Speaker: Stuart Klein, Director, A.T. Kearney, Inc., San Francisco, California.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM

Every port has infrastructure projects, but what steps are necessary to scale up from terminal-scale projects to landscape-altering, billion-dollar investments?

Speakers:  Randa J. Coniglio, President & CEO, Port of San Diego
Elaine Forbes, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

Thursday, 20 June 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
9:00 AM

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM

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 Port of San FranciscoFinance Director(415) 274-0400  19COMM
Mr. Jerry AllenderCanaveral Port AuthorityPort Commissioner(321) 783-7831 x 160 ALLENDER, JERRY19COMM
Mr. Pat AndersonPort of BeaumontCommissioner(409) 835-5367as@pobtx.comANDERSON, PAT19COMM
Mr. Paul AucoinPort of South LouisianaExecutive Director(985) 652-9278paucoin@portsl.comAUCOIN, PAUL19COMM
Mr. Glen BachmanPort of EverettCommissioner(425) 388-0621alexisd@portofeverett.comBACHMAN, GLEN19COMM
Ms. Elizabeth BeetonPort of GalvestonBoard of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves(409) 766-6101beeton.elizabeth@gmail.comBEETON, ELIZABETH19COMM
Mr. Harold BistlineCanaveral Port AuthorityPort Attorney(321) 639-0505 BISTLINE, HAROLD19COMM
Mr. Richie BlinkPlaquemines Port, Harbor and Terminal DistrictPort Commissioner(504) 682-7920rblink@ppgov.netBLINK, RICHIE19COMM
Mr. Patrick BoyleDuluth Seaway Port AuthoritySecretary, Board of Commissioners(218) 727-8525boylep@stlouiscountymn.govBOYLE, PATRICK19COMM
Ms. Kimberly BrandonPort of San FranciscoPresident, San Francisco Port Commission(415) 274-0406amy.quesada@sfport.comBRANDON, KIMBERLY19COMM
Mr. J. Ron Brinson, PPM  (843) 552-7980rbrin@aol.comBRINSON, J. RON19COMM
Ms. Helen BrohlCommittee on the Marine Transportation SystemDirector of the Executive Secretariat(202) 366-3612Helen.brohl@cmts.govBROHL, HELEN19COMM
Mr. C. Michael CallaisGreater Lafourche Port Commission (Port Fourchon, LA)Port Commissioner(985) 632-6701callaism@portfourchon.comCALLAIS, C. MICHAEL19COMM
Mr. Joel T. ChaissonPort of South LouisianaSpecial Projects/Governmental Affairs(985) 652-9278 X7025jtchaisson@portsl.comCHAISSON, JOEL19COMM
Mr. John ComeauxPort of Port Arthur Navigation DistrictCommissioner(409) 983-2011larry@portpa.comCOMEAUX, JOHN19COMM
Randa J. Coniglio    CONIGLIO, RANDA19COMM
Mr. Jay CuellarCalhoun Port AuthorityBoard Member(361) 987-2813jcuellar@calhounport.comCUELLAR, JAY19COMM
Mr. Bill DarlingPort of BeaumontCommissioner(409) 835-5367bill.darling@hancockwhitney.comDARLING, BILL19COMM
Mr. Luis J. De La GarzaCalhoun Port AuthorityBoard Chairman(361) 987-2813ldelagarza@calhounport.comDE LA GARZA, LUIS19COMM
Ms. Judi DoremusPort of Tacoma (253) 383-5841jmccarthy@portoftacoma.comDOREMUS, JUDI19COMM
Ms. Susan Shey DvonchShey-Harding Executive SearchPartner(562) 252-8516sue@shey-harding.comDVONCH, SUSAN19COMM
Mr. John ElliottStrategic Rail FinanceSenior Vice President jelliott@strategicrail.comELLIOTT, JOHN19COMM
David EmersonPort Saint JohnBoard Member(506) 636-4869demerson@sjport.comEMERSON, DAVID19COMM
Mr. Eric England, PPMCaddo-Bossier PortExecutive Port Director(318) 524-2272erice@portcb.comENGLAND, ERIC19COMM
Mr. Bruce Fingarson  (425) 259-3164brucef@portofeverett.comFINGARSON, BRUCE19COMM
Ms. Elaine ForbesPort of San FranciscoExecutive Director(415) 274-0445elaine.forbes@sfport.comFORBES, ELAINE19COMM
Mr. William D. FriedmanPort of ClevelandPresident & Chief Exec. Officer(216) 377-1339William.Friedman@portofcleveland.comFRIEDMAN, WILLIAM19COMM
Donna GatesPort Saint JohnVice Chair, Board of Directors(506) 636-4869donna@bonfirestories.caGATES, DONNA19COMM
R. Adm. Peter W. GautierUS Coast Guard (202) 372-1171Deidra.D.Sousa@uscg.milGAUTIER, PETER19COMM
Ms. Jodi GibsonAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesManager of Training and Programs(253) 238-0446 GIBSON, JODI19COMM
Mr. Rodney Gisclair, Sr.Greater Lafourche Port Commission (Port Fourchon, LA)Port Commissioner(985) 632-6701rodneyg@portfourchon.comGISCLAIR, RODNEY19COMM
Mr. Roy GriggsCaddo-Bossier PortVice-President(318) 524-2272port@portcb.comGRIGGS, ROY19COMM
Mr. Jimmy HallCaddo-Bossier PortCommissioner(318) 524-2272port@portcb.comHALL, JIMMY19COMM
Mrs. Robyn HattawayCanaveral Port AuthorityPort Commissioner(321) 783-7831 HATTAWAY, ROBYN19COMM
Mr. Charles R. HausmannCalhoun Port AuthorityPort Director(361) 987-2813crh@calhounport.comHAUSMANN, CHARLES19COMM
Mr. Jess HerreraPort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictCommissioner(805) 488-3677mkinnun@portofh.orgHERRERA, JESS19COMM
Whitney HickersonPort of South LouisianaVice President(985) 653-0798 HICKERSON, WHITNEY19COMM
Mr. Shields A. Holladay, Sr.Calhoun Port AuthorityBoard Member(361) 987-2813 HOLLADAY, SHIELDS19COMM
Mr. Wayne JusticeCanaveral Port AuthorityPort Commissioner(321) 783-7831 x160 JUSTICE, WAYNE19COMM
Ms. Lorianna KastropPort of Redwood CityPort Commissioner(650) 299-0303lkastrop@redwoodcityport.comKASTROP, LORIANNA19COMM
Mr. Roy KeckPort of BentonCommissioner(509) 375-3060keck@portofbenton.comKECK, ROY19COMM
Lisa KeenanPort Saint JohnChair, Board of Directors(506) 636-5377lak@brentonkean.comKEENAN, LISA19COMM
Mr. Larry Kelley, PPMPort of Port Arthur Navigation DistrictExecutive Director & CEO(409) 983-2011larry@portpa.comKELLEY, LARRY19COMM
Mr. Walter H. Kemmsies, Ph.D. Managing Director, Economist & Chief Strategist  KEMMSIES, WALTER19COMM
Mr. Stuart KleinA.T. KearneyDirector(703) 247-8960Stuart.Klein@atkearney.comKLEIN, STUART19COMM
Mr. Robert J. KnesalMississippi State Port Authority at GulfportPort Commissioner(228) 865-4300bobby.knesal@h2oinnovation.comKNESAL, ROBERT19COMM
Mr. H. Thomas Kornegay, P.E., PPMKornegay & Company, LLCPrincipal(713) 898-9933kornegayandco@comcast.netKORNEGAY, H.19COMM
Mr. Robert D. LarsonPort of BentonCommissioner(509) 375-3060larson@portofbenton.comLARSON, ROBERT19COMM
Ms. Pamela LindseyPort of PascagoulaSecretary, Board of Commissioners(228) 762-4041bobrien@portofpascagoula.comLINDSEY, PAMELA19COMM
Mr. Micah LoydCanaveral Port AuthorityPort Commissioner(321) 783-7831 x 160 LOYD, MICAH19COMM