Smart Ports (Information Technology)

Smart Ports (Information Technology)
Join AAPA to explore the many facets of Smart Ports at this special two-day conference. Learn how smart technology is transforming the way ports do business – including simplifying processes, efficiently analyzing and processing data, incorporating artificial intelligence to anticipate needs and finding new and better ways to secure systems. Along with knowledgeable industry solution providers, ports are using innovation to drive digital transformation and clear results.

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Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton – San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles
2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina
San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: (310) 514-3344
Room Rate: $175.00 single/double
Room Block Cut-Off Date: January 21, 2020

Member: $975
Non-Member: $1200
2/5/2020 - 2/6/2020

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar RegistrationMember975.00
Seminar RegistrationNon Member1200.00
Table top (1 registrations included)Member2495.00
Table top (1 registrations included)Non Member2995.00
Table top (2 registrations included)Member2795.00
Table top (2 registrations included)Non Member3295.00



Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Sponsored by Saab
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
8:15 AM

Chief Tom Gaszi, Deputy Executive Director, Emergency Operations and Public Safety and Chief of Port Police, Port of Los Angeles
Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, AAPA
Michelle R. Thames, IT Committee Chair and IT Chief, PortMiami
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
8:45 AM

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities

Ashebir Jacob, Senior Port Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol
Bart Vermeer, Senior Manager Terminal Automation, Moffatt & Nichol
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Improving Cargo Flow from Ship to Gate

Meredith Martino, VIce President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities

Mark Sisson, P.E., Vice President, Senior Port Planner/Analyst, AECOM
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
10:30 AM

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities

James Shefelbine, Principal Product Manager, Wabtec
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM

Sponsored by Wabtec Corporation

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

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities

Weston Labar, Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Trucking Association (San Pedro, CA)
Dane Jones, Clerks Technology Coordinator, International Longshore and Warehouse Union
Chad Lindsay, Vice President, Pacific Maritime Association
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
1:00 PM

Deterrence and Response

Tony Zhong, CISSP, GCIH, Chief Information Security Officer, Port of Los Angeles

Apollo Victoria, Senior Security Analyst, Port of Los Angeles
Robert Carey, Vice President of Global Public Sector Solutions, RSA
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2:30 PM

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities


Matthew Prumm, Global Land - Business Development, DHI Water & Environment, Inc. (Seaport OPX)
Zac Canody, Director, Engineering, The Port of Virginia
Carl Rundell, Executive, TSPS
Misty Stine, Executive Vice President of Business Development, eX2 Technology LLC
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
3:45 PM

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM

Thursday, 06 February 2020

Sponsored by E2open
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
8:30 AM

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities


Pavel Skournik, Head of Ports and Terminals Management, Saab Technologies Ltd.
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
9:00 AM

April Danos, Director of Homeland Security & Technology, Port Fourchon


Brant Mitchell, Director, Research & Operations, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Louisiana State University
Chris Millar, President, Datastew LLC
Commander Marshall Newberry, Sector LA-LB Chief of Prevention, USCG
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
9:45 AM

Meredith Martino, Vice President of Member Engagement, American Association of Port Authorities


Daniel Elroi, President & CEO, NorthSouth GIS LLC
Shaun Healy, GIS Coordinator, Port of Long Beach
Caitlyn Raines, Maritime Project Manager, Esri
James van Dyk, Tech Sales & Marketing Manager, VertiGIS (Latitude Geographics)
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
11:15 AM

Sponsored by eX2 Technology, LLC

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

Michelle R. Thames, IT Committee Chair and IT Chief, PortMiami

Michael Terebessy, IoT Product Specialist, Cisco
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM

to Improve Capability Gaps

Paul Pole, Port Tampa Bay


Stephen Edwards, President and CEO, TraPac
Avin Sharma, Director of Labor Relations and Workforce Development, Port of Los Angeles
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM

3:45 PM

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Attendee Roster

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 Saab Technologies Ltd. (604) 20SMARTP
Mr. Martyn AdamsonPort of TacomaSenior Mgr, Enterprise Applications(253) 428-8648madamson@portoftacoma.comADAMSON, MARTYN20SMARTP
Serene AllenPort Saint JohnHuman Resources and Organizational Development Manager(506) 636-4869sallen@sjport.comALLEN, SERENE20SMARTP
Ms. Judyth AlmasiSaab Technologies Ltd.Director Business Development(604) 505-2459judyth.almasi@saabmaritime.comALMASI, JUDYTH20SMARTP
Ms. Amber AvilesPort of Los AngelesLegislative Representative(310) 732-7678aaviles2@portla.orgAVILES, AMBER20SMARTP
Christopher BaldwinSeacor  cbaldwin@ckor.comBALDWIN, CHRISTOPHER20SMARTP
Mr. B. Jason BarlowVirginia Port Authority (757) 683-8000jbarlow@portofvirginia.comBARLOW, B. JASON20SMARTP
Mr. Brandon BergeronPort of BeaumontDirector of Engineering(409) 835-5367bmb@pobtx.comBERGERON, BRANDON20SMARTP
Mr. Terry C. BillsEsriGlobal Transportation Industry Manager(909) 793-2853 x3313tbills@esri.comBILLS, TERRY20SMARTP
Ms. Christina BirdseyPort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictChief Operations Officer(805) 488-3677, x2223cbirdsey@portofh.orgBIRDSEY, CHRISTINA20SMARTP
Mr. Patrick Blair, P.E., S.I.Port Tampa BayDirector of Engineering(813) 905-5003pblair@tampaport.comBLAIR, PATRICK20SMARTP
Mr. Scott BrotemarkleThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineMarine Board Program Director/Senior Program Officer, TRB(202) 334-2167SBrotemarkle@nas.eduBROTEMARKLE, SCOTT20SMARTP
Mr. Zachary CanodyJacobsSr. Project Manager(757) 634-5466zachary.canody@jacobs.comCANODY, ZACHARY20SMARTP
Robert CareyRSA  robert.carey@rsa.comCAREY, ROBERT20SMARTP
Mr. Myung-Ki ChoiMaryland Port AdministrationGeneral Manager(410) 375-4885kchoi@marylandports.comCHOI, MYUNG-KI20SMARTP
Niren ChoudhuryNokia of America CorporationHead of Business Development, Transportation, North America908-938-7388niren.choudhury@nokia.comCHOUDHURY, NIREN20SMARTP
Ms. Jennifer CohenPort of Los AngelesDirector of Policy and Legislative Affairs(310) 732-7678jcohen@portla.orgCOHEN, JENNIFER20SMARTP
Mr. Tyler Keith ComeauxPort of Caddo-BossierDirector of Special Projects tylerc@portsb.comCOMEAUX, TYLER20SMARTP
Mr. Brian CoxPort of South LouisianaDirector of Operations(985) 652-9278 X1110bcox@portsl.comCOX, BRIAN20SMARTP
Ms. April O. DanosStephenson Technologies CorporationMartitime Information Systems Security Engineer adanos@stc-ntc-lsu.orgDANOS, APRIL20SMARTP
Laurie DavisGeneral Electric Transportation, a Wabtec Company  Laurie.Davis2@ge.comDAVIS, LAURIE20SMARTP
Ryan DooleyGenscape VesseltrackerDirector of Sales and Business Development - Maritime(339) 205-8668rdooley@genscape.comDOOLEY, RYAN20SMARTP
Stephen EdwardsTraPac LLC  stephen.edwards@trapac.comEDWARDS, STEPHEN20SMARTP
Mr. Daniel ElroiNorthSouth GIS LLCPresident & CEO(800) 866-5013, x11daniel@northsouthgis.comELROI, DANIEL20SMARTP
Ms. McKenna FreaseDHI Water & Environment, Inc. (Seaport OPX)Business Development Lead - Americas mfre@dhigroup.comFREASE, MCKENNA20SMARTP
Ms. Kathy FrenchCaddo-Bossier PortDirector of Marketing and Sales(318) 524-2272 x 3305kathyf@portcb.comFRENCH, KATHY20SMARTP
Patrick GeislerInnovative Technology Engineering  pgeisler@it-eng.comGEISLER, PATRICK20SMARTP
Mr. Bob GillPort of Long Beach (562) 283-7402bob.gill@polb.comGILL, BOB20SMARTP
Mr. Matt GipsonESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.) (980) 266-9238mgipson@esri.comGIPSON, MATT20SMARTP
Kareen GrayGE Transportation - Atlanta, GA  kareen.gray@wabtec.comGRAY, KAREEN20SMARTP
Renita M. GrossAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Event Planning and Data Operations(703) 706-4701rgross@aapa-ports.orgGROSS, RENITA20SMARTP
Mr. Shaun HealyPort of Long BeachProject Manager – GIS/CAD(562) 283-7700shaun.healy@polb.comHEALY, SHAUN20SMARTP
Katrisha Hutchens   Kshutch3@yahoo.comHUTCHENS, KATRISHA20SMARTP
Mr. Ashebir JacobMoffatt & NicholSenior Port Engineer(562) 426-9551ajacob@moffattnichol.comJACOB, ASHEBIR20SMARTP
Dane JonesInternational Longshore and Warehouse Union  dane@ilwu.techJONES, DANE20SMARTP
Mr. Richard JordanPort of Long BeachChief of Staff(562) 283-7700Richard.jordan@polb.comJORDAN, RICHARD20SMARTP
Ms. Jamie KarstettereX² Technology LLCSr. Manager, Marketing & Proposal Development(402) 215-0504jkarstetter@ex2technology.comKARSTETTER, JAMIE20SMARTP
Ms. Merebeth Knox Strategic Alliances Director905-599-5994merebeth.knox@e2open.comKNOX, MEREBETH20SMARTP
Mr. Weston LaBarHarbor Trucking AssociationCEO weston@pearstrategies.comLABAR, WESTON20SMARTP
Mr. Chad LindsayPacific Maritime AssociationVice President, Southern California(562) 495-7640clindsay@pmanet.orgLINDSAY, CHAD20SMARTP
Mr. Paul LydiatePort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictFinancial Analyst(805) 488-3677plydiate@portofh.orgLYDIATE, PAUL20SMARTP
Ms. Meredith MartinoAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesVice President of Member Engagement(703) 706-4707 MARTINO, MEREDITH20SMARTP
Ms. Shannon McLeodWSPSenior Planner - Maritime Division(757) 459-4708Shannon.mcleod@wsp.comMCLEOD, SHANNON20SMARTP
Mr. Chris MillarDatastew, LLCPresident(310) 853-3255 MILLAR, CHRIS20SMARTP
Mr. Brant Mitchell, DeputyLouisiana State UniversityDirector, Research & Operations bmitch9@lsu.eduMITCHELL, BRANT20SMARTP
David Moffat3Cognito  dave.moffat@3cognito.comMOFFAT, DAVID20SMARTP
Mr. Michael MorrisonPort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictOperations Manager(805) 488-3677mmorrison@portofh.orgMORRISON, MICHAEL20SMARTP
CMD Marshall Newberry   marshall.e.newberry@uscg.milNEWBERRY, CMD MARSHALL20SMARTP
Guy NollESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.)Industry Manager(909) 793-2853gnoll@esri.comNOLL, GUY20SMARTP
Mr. Andrew PalomaresPort of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor DistrictDeputy Executive Director, CFO/CAO(805) 488-3677, x2222apalomares@portofh.orgPALOMARES, ANDREW20SMARTP