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.

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program agenda.

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Hotel information:
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 582-1234
Room Rate: $345.00 single/double
Room Block Cut-Off Date: EXTENDED to Friday, March 1, 2019

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

Registration pricing:

$845 U.S. Member
$645 Non-U.S. Member
$1075 Non-Member

3/19/2019 - 3/21/2019
Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H St NW Washington, DC 20001

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
U.S. RegistrationMember845.00
U.S. RegistrationNon Member1075.00
Non - U.S. RegistrationMember645.00
Non - U.S. RegistrationNon Member645.00



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Topic: Digital Transformation within Ports of the Western Hemisphere.  Speaker:  Nadia Hewett, Lead for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, San Francisco, CA (Declaration B – Declaration Level 1B).
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
8:30 AM

(Cabin John Room – Constitution Level 3B)
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

(Arlington Room – Constitution Level 3B)
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

(Declaration A – Declaration Level 1B)
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

(U.S. Corporate Members Only) (Tiber Creek AB – Declaration Level 1B)
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

John Butler, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council, will deliver a keynote presentation on challenges facing international container carriers, including IMO 2020 fuel standards, greenhouse gas emissions and economic regulation. (Constitution B / Corridor B - Level 3B)

Sponsored by WSP

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
12:30 PM

This thought-provoking presentation will address shifting demographics, geopolitical tensions, advancing technology and technological disruption, shifting resources and demand for the basics (food, water and energy), and institutional decay.  Ports need to consider how will these drivers of change could affect macroeconomic growth, the cost of capital, and stability/shifts in demand and production.  Speaker: Erik Peterson, Partner and Managing Director, Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearney, Arlington, VA  (Constitution A – Level 3B).
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM

Sponsored by Mott MacDonald   (Constitution A Foyer –Level 3B)

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:15 PM

Establishing and maintaining institutional credibility is critical for public ports to achieve support for their missions and projects. This session will examine ethics and accountability in the public sector and how to maintain social capital at a historic lowpoint of trust for institutions. In addition to being an expert on legislative advocay and association leadership, our speaker Dr. David Rehr is the former President & CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and President of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) (Constitution A – Level 3B).
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

(Declaration A – Declaration Level 1B)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM

Hosted by the Port of Virginia , 2019 AAPA Annual Convention Host  (Grand Foyer)

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

(Constitution A Foyer – Level 3B)
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
8:30 AM

Access to a qualified and well trained workforce is critical to international competitiveness and success all along the logistics chain.  Hear about efforts being undertaken by AAPA and a variety of partners on workforce development.  Moderator: Dr. Noel Hacegaba, PPM, Deputy Executive Director of Administration and Operations, Port of Long Beach, Chairman, AAPA Professional Development Board.  Speakers: Kenneth Evans, President, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas; and Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Center for International Trade and Transportation, California State University, Long Beach (Constitution A – Level 3B).
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
9:00 AM

Sponsored by SAP Concur  (Constitution A Foyer – Level 3B)

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:15 AM

Hear the results of a recently concluded national economic impact study followed by a discussion of how to communicate your value to your local community and decisionmakers.  Speakers: John C. Martin, Ph.D., President, Martin Associates; Don Meyer, President, Westfourth Communications; Jay Stecher, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, The Port of Virginia (Constitution A – Level 3B)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Speaker: Hon. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC (Constitution B / Corridor B - Level 3B).
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
12:15 PM

Speakers:  Hon. Michael Khouri, Chairman, and Hon. Rebecca Dye, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington, DC (Constitution A – Level 3B).
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
1:45 PM

Speaker:  RDML Tim  Gallaudet, Ph.D. USN Ret. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (Constitution A – Level 3B).
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
2:15 PM

Sponsored by Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc.  (Constitution A Foyer – Level 3B)

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

Speakers will include Helena Zyblikewycz, Staff Director, House Transportation& Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; Murphie Barrett, Minority Staff Director, House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; Doug Disrud, Clerk, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies; and Andrew Neely, Professional Staff Member, Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety (Constitution A – Level 3B).
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM

Speakers:  John G. Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC; Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs Policy, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, DC; and Tim Pataki, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison (Constitution A – Level 3B).
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
4:00 PM

Thursday, 21 March 2019

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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 Metal Shark Boats  cwegener@metalsharkboats.com 19SPRING
 Mott MacDonald (973) 912-2460andrew.cairns@mottmac.com 19SPRING
 SAP Concur (202) 312-3500tina.grace@sap.com 19SPRING
 Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (202) 333-8800  19SPRING
 WSP (860) 659-0444 x139  19SPRING
Mr. A. Paul AndersonPort Tampa BayPresident & CEO(813) 905-5101panderson@tampaport.comANDERSON, A. PAUL19SPRING
Mr. Edward C. Anthes-WashburnCrowley Shipping   ANTHES-WASHBURN, EDWARD19SPRING
Mr. Paul AucoinPort of South LouisianaExecutive Director(985) 652-9278paucoin@portsl.comAUCOIN, PAUL19SPRING
Mr. Glen BachmanPort of EverettCommissioner(425) 388-0621alexisd@portofeverett.comBACHMAN, GLEN19SPRING
Mr. Ramiro BarbaPort of Texas City c/o Texas City Terminal Railway Co.Executive Port Director(409) 945-4461rbarba@tctrr.comBARBA, RAMIRO19SPRING
Ms. Murphie BarrettHouse Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and TransitMinority Staff Director(202) 225-6715murphie.barrett@mail.house.govBARRETT, MURPHIE19SPRING
Mr. Basil A. Binns, IIPortMiamiAssistant Port Director, Business Development and Administration(305) 347-5503Basil.Binns@miamidade.govBINNS, BASIL19SPRING
Mr. Robert C. BlackburnNorth Carolina State Ports AuthorityDirector of Refrigerated Business Development(910) 763-1621bob.blackburn@ncports.comBLACKBURN, ROBERT19SPRING
Ms. Elizabeth BoniniPennsylvania Department of TransportationDirector of the Office of PennPorts and Rail(717) 720-7448ebonini@pa.govBONINI, ELIZABETH19SPRING
Mrs. Kathryn BradleyPort of Wilmington, Delaware - GT USA Wilmington LLCHead of Strategic Communications(302) 472-7800kbradley@gulftainer.comBRADLEY, KATHRYN19SPRING
Ms. M. Kathleen BroadwaterEcoLogix Group Inc.Principal410-491-0295kbroadwater@ecologixgroup.comBROADWATER, M.19SPRING
Mr. Grady T. BryantGahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc.President(813) 831-4408gbryant@gba-inc.comBRYANT, GRADY19SPRING
Mr. John W. ButlerWorld Shipping CouncilPresident & CEO(202) 589-0106jbutler@worldshipping.orgBUTLER, JOHN19SPRING
Mr. Andrew H. Cairns, PE, D.PE, PMPMott MacDonaldPorts Practice Leader(646) 217-1448andrew.cairns@mottmac.comCAIRNS, ANDREW19SPRING
Mr. Andrew Cameron Communications and Professional Development Facilitator(703) 684-5700 CAMERON, ANDREW19SPRING
Mr. Richard D. CameronPort of Long BeachDeputy Executive Director of Planning and Development(562) 283-7050rick.cameron@polb.comCAMERON, RICHARD19SPRING
Mr. Daniel CampbellYardi Systems, Inc.Vice President(805) 699-2040Daniel.Campbell@yardi.comCAMPBELL, DANIEL19SPRING
Ms. Marisela Caraballo DiRuggieroPort of Los AngelesDirector of Trade Development(310) 732-3505mcaraballo@portla.orgCARABALLO DIRUGGIERO, MARISELA19SPRING
Mr. Eric CaseyPort of Wilmington, Delaware - GT USA Wilmington LLCCEO(302) 472-7800ecasey@gulftainer.comCASEY, ERIC19SPRING
Mr. Spencer Chambers  (713) 670-2606schambers@poha.comCHAMBERS, SPENCER19SPRING
Mr. Chett ChiassonGreater Lafourche Port Commission (Port Fourchon, LA)Executive Director(985) 632-6701chettc@portfourchon.comCHIASSON, CHETT19SPRING
Mrs. Sadé ChickPort of BeaumontDirector of Corporate Affairs(409) 835-5367sc@pobtx.comCHICK, SADE19SPRING
Mr. Vanta E. Coda, IIPort of IndianaChief Executive Officer(317) 232-9200vcoda@portsofindiana.comCODA, VANTA19SPRING
Mr. John ComeauxPort of Port Arthur Navigation DistrictCommissioner(409) 983-2011larry@portpa.comCOMEAUX, JOHN19SPRING
Paula Copeland, BA, MA, PPMPort Saint JohnDirector, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility(506) 650-5288pcopeland@sjport.comCOPELAND, PAULA19SPRING
Mr. Mario Cordero, J.D.Port of Long BeachExecutive Director(562) 283-7700mario.cordero@polb.comCORDERO, MARIO19SPRING
Mr. Jade DavisPort of ClevelandVice President, External Affairs(216) 241-8004Jade.Davis@portofcleveland.comDAVIS, JADE19SPRING
Ms. Kristin DecasPort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictCEO & Port Director(805) 488-3677kdecas@portofh.orgDECAS, KRISTIN19SPRING
Ms. Deborah DeLucaDuluth Seaway Port AuthorityExecutive Director(218) 727-8525 Ext. 5427ddeluca@duluthport.comDELUCA, DEBORAH19SPRING
Ms. Linda Dempsey Vice President, Int'l Economic Affairs Policy  DEMPSEY, LINDA19SPRING
Mr. R. Steve DialDial Cordy and Associates Inc.President(910) 251-9790sdial@dialcordy.comDIAL, R. STEVE19SPRING
Rafael Díaz-BalartAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesLatin American Coordinator305-389-1878rdbalart@aapa-ports.orgDIAZ-BALART, RAFAEL19SPRING
Ms. Cynthia Díez MenkCardiso, Ltda.Gerente Traductor Oficial011-506-2280-4373gestion@cardisocr.comDIEZ MENK, CYNTHIA19SPRING
Mr. Douglas DisrudHouse Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, HUD and Related AgenciesClerk doug.disrud@mail.house.comDISRUD, DOUGLAS19SPRING
Mr. Richard A. DodgePort of Redwood CityPort Commissioner(650) 306-4150rdodge@redwoodcityport.comDODGE, RICHARD19SPRING
Ms. Margaret Kaigh DoylePortVision50Founder(508) 889-7747margaretdoyle@portvision50.orgDOYLE, MARGARET19SPRING
Ms. Susan Shey DvonchShey-Harding Executive SearchPartner(562) 252-8516sue@shey-harding.comDVONCH, SUSAN19SPRING
Hon. Rebecca DyeFederal Maritime CommissionCommissioner(202) 523-5715rdye@fmc.govDYE, REBECCA19SPRING
Mr. Aaron E. Ellis, APR, Fellow PRSAAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Public Affairs(703) 706-4714 ELLIS, AARON19SPRING
David EmersonPort Saint JohnBoard Member(506) 636-4869demerson@sjport.comEMERSON, DAVID19SPRING
Mr. Dewey EnglishInnovative Signal AnalysisSenior Sales Executive(214) 697-4382dewey.english@signal-analysis.comENGLISH, DEWEY19SPRING
Kenneth Evans, Ph.D.Lamar University President kevans4@lamar.eduEVANS, KENNETH19SPRING
Mr. David C. FisherPort of BeaumontPort Director & CEO(409) 835-5367as@pobtx.comFISHER, DAVID19SPRING
Mr. William D. FriedmanPort of ClevelandPresident & Chief Exec. Officer(216) 377-1339William.Friedman@portofcleveland.comFRIEDMAN, WILLIAM19SPRING
Ms. Sarah FromanEPA Office of Transportation and Air QualityTeam Lead, EPA Ports Initiative froman.sarah@epa.govFROMAN, SARAH19SPRING