AAPA Anywhere: Communications, Administration & Legal Issues

AAPA Anywhere: Communications, Administration & Legal Issues

AAPA Anywhere’s virtual Communications, Administration & Legal Issues Seminar, February 22-26, 2021, will address some of the top challenges, trends and best practices related to the intersection of three important port authority disciplines. Day One will focus on port corporate social responsibility, or earning a port’s “social license to operate.” Day Two will look at port real estate issues and activities, such as marine terminal leases, structuring fee provisions, legal and regulatory lease limitations, condemnation and eminent domain uses, and the attorney’s role in emergency preparation and response. Day Three will cover detention and demurrage issues and solutions, particularly relating to recent import container congestion and empty container shortages. Day Four will explore how various ports are improving public perceptions and appreciation of their critical role in the transportation system. Day Five will offer training and best practices on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

AAPA Anywhere: Communications, Administration & Legal Issues Seminar will deliver timely, relevant content from experts, exclusive networking and interaction with colleagues and educational opportunities from industry solution providers. Registered participants will be able to access pre-recorded content, participate in live Q&A sessions with content presenters, and exchange messages with colleagues through an event app. The event will offer businesses heightened visibility through sponsorship opportunities and provide opportunities in which to connect.

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 AAPA's Fleet Premier Sponsor 

Registration Rates:

Early Bird Rate  Regular Rate 
 Member  $250  $350
 Non-Member  $300  $400 

 PPM candidates receives a 20% discount on the member registration rate
 The deadline for the early bird rate is February 3, 2021.

Your registration includes the following:

Seminar Attendee Registration Seminar Sponsorship
  • Timely, relevant content from the experts
  • Exclusive networking and interaction with colleagues
  • Education opportunities from industry solution providers
  • Access to pre-recorded presentations
  • Participate in live Q&A with speakers
  • Exchange private messages with colleagues through the event app
  • Banner ad on event app
  • Two (2) push notifications on event app
  • Opportunity to serve as a session moderator for one of the live Q&A sessions with presenters
  • Opportunity to create custom virtual background for participants

No Refund/Cancellation Policy for Registrations
Once paid, registration fees for seminars and other events are non-refundable. If a registrant desires to cancel his or her attendance at a seminar or event, the registration fee associated with the cancellation is transferable in the form of a credit in the dollar amount of the registration fee. This credit may be used by any staff person of the registrant’s organization and may be applied to the registration fee associated with another seminar or event hosted by AAPA, including the AAPA Annual Convention. The credit associated with the cancellation must be used at a seminar or event within one (1) year from the original seminar or event date.

To use a credit to pay for your registration fee, please select Pay Later when you register and type "use credit" without the quotes into the PO field.  Your credit will be processed and an updated email confirmation will be sent from Renita Gross by email at rgross@aapa-ports.org.  Please contact Renita if you have any questions about your remaining credit.  Credits do not work as a payment method online.
2/22/2021 - 2/26/2021

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar Attendee RegistrationMember350.00
Seminar Attendee RegistrationNon Member400.00
Seminar SponsorshipMember950.00
Seminar SponsorshipNon Member950.00



Monday, 22 February 2021

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a self-regulating business model that helps an entity be socially accountable--to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. By clearly understanding and embracing CSI, also called corporate citizenship, business entities such as ports become better aware of the kind of impact they are having, and can have, on all aspects of society, including economic, social, and environmental. In today's sessions, you'll get excellent examples of how various port authorities are operating in ways that enhance society, their community and the environment.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Robert Morris, Chief Communications Officer, Georgia Ports Authority, and AAPA Public Relations Chair
Heather McCloskey, Deputy City Attorney, Port of Los Angeles, and AAPA Law Review Chair

On-Demand Session Topics:
The Port of Belledune's Historic Relationship, Engagement & Consultation Protocol Agreement with First Nation Communities
Speaker: Jenna MacDonald, Vice President Marketing, Communications & Government Relations, Belledune Port Authority

CSR, Human Rights' Protections and Alignment with Civil Society
Speaker: David Hammond Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Human Rights at Sea

Ports, Plagues, Pestilence, and the Constitution
Speaker: C. Jonathan Benner, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Live Discussion/Q&A with the Speakers
Jenna MacDonald, Belledune Port Authority
David Hammond Esq., Human Rights at Sea
C. Jonathan Benner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Moderator: Jillian Tobias, Logon Media Strategies

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

In addition to handling cargo and passengers, many ports rely on income produced from leasing commercial, industrial and retail property in their portfolio of assets. The sessions today will address the specialized concerns of port directors, port attorneys, port planners, property development and real estate managers, marketing managers, and business and trade development managers whose responsibilities include administrating, managing or marketing their port’s real estate portfolio. Industry experts and discussion topics will address port real estate, non-cargo business, commercial, retail and industrial property utilization, financing, and the administrative and legal needs of these activities.

On-Demand Session Topics:
The Impact of the Biden Administration on CBP Operations at the Ports of Entry
Speaker: Todd Owen, Cross Border Advisory Network, LLC

Terminal Capacity and Near-Terminal Partners - Making Real Estate Work for International Trade
Speaker: James McCurry, Chief Administrative Officer, Georgia Ports Authority

The Importance of Real Estate and Port Partnerships in an Evolving Chassis Marketplace
Speaker: Mike O’Malley, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Relations, DCLI

Live Discussion/Q&A with the Speakers
Todd Owen, Cross Border Advisory Network, LLC
James McCurry, Georgia Ports Authority
Mike O'Malley, DCLI

Moderator: Chris Connor, President and CEO, AAPA

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Detention and demurrage refer to fees incurred by importers and exporters alike when containers, either empty or full, aren’t picked up or dropped off within a given time frame. Not only can these fees add to the cost for shippers trying to export goods, but it can cause scheduling delays, which plagued a number of U.S. ports in the latter half of 2020 as pent-up demand for consumer goods caused import spikes that reverberated throughout the industry, leaving U.S. exporters scrambling to find empty containers to fill with exports. Join us in this session for examples of how port administrators, their legal teams and PR professionals rose to the challenge to identify, implement and communicate possible solutions.

Port Management and Logistics Challenges - Detention & Demurrage
Keynote Speaker: Carl Bentzel, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission
Commissioner Carl Bentzel was nominated by President Trump on June 12, 2019, to a term expiring on June 30, 2024. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on November 21, 2019, and he was sworn into office on December 9, 2019. Prior to his appointment at the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Bentzel created and established a consulting services company where he represented clients on regulatory and legislative issues within the areas of transportation, energy and other areas of federal regulatory oversight. From 2004-2014, Commissioner Bentzel served as Vice President and head of the federal advocacy division of a full-scale public relations firm, the DCI Group. 

Live Discussion/Q&A with the Speaker
Carl Bentzel, Federal Maritime Commission

Moderator:  Ed Mc Carthy, Georgia Ports Authority
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

Lauren Beagen, Maritime Industry Expert
Rebecca Finneman, Jeffrey/Fenneman Law + Strategy, PLLC
John Butler, World Shipping Council

Moderator:  Cary Davis, American Association of Port Authorities
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
4:30 PM

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Primarily hubs for moving freight, maritime ports have worked tirelessly over the years to compete with airports, passenger trains and transit for the hearts and minds of the people they serve. The old saying that “freight doesn’t vote” assumes that because most people, including policymakers, don’t have a direct connection with maritime ports, they don’t understand or appreciate how important ports are their quality of life of the economy. This session will review what some ports, organizations and groups are doing to help change the narrative about the value of maritime ports.

On-Demand Session Topics:
The Port of Tacoma’s Centennial Legacy Project:
The Power of Partnerships, Creativity and Community Connections

Speaker: Rod Koon, Senior Manager, Communications, Port of Tacoma

How The Ports of Indiana Used Customer Insights to Address Issues During COVID-19
Speakers: George Owens, President, Principal Consultant, SOCAL Approach Marketing and Consulting Group; and Vanta Coda, Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Indiana

Engage and Grow Port Audiences – Moving Programs to Virtual Formats
Speaker: Julie Rawls, Community Relations Manager, Port of Vancouver USA

Live Discussion/Q&A with the Speakers
Rod Koon, Port of Tacoma
George Owens, SOCAL Approach Marketing and Consulting Group
Vanta Coda, Ports of Indiana
Julie Rawls, Port of Vancouver USA

Moderator: Renee Aragon, Port of New Orleans

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

Friday, 26 February 2021

Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all. This is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity. Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. Today’s sessions will feature speakers discussing the challenges of ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in business, along with success stories on how these challenges are being met.  

On-Demand Session Topics:
Increasing Diversity in the Maritime Workforce
Speaker: Captain Robert K. Cook, President, Organization of Black Maritime Graduates

Being the Change You Want to See
Speaker: Captain Kirsten Martin, Commanding Officer, USCG National Maritime Center

Live Discussion/Q&A with the Speakers
Captain Robert K. Cook, Organization of Black Maritime Graduates
Captain Kirsten Martin, USCG National Maritime Center

Moderator: David Matsuda, Matsuda & Associates LLC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM

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Ms. Kimberly AguillardMississippi State Port Authority at GulfportMedia & Marketing Manager(228) 865-4300kaguillard@shipmspa.comAGUILLARD, KIMBERLY21COMADMLG
Mr. Matthew J. AntonelliSaul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLPPartner(202) 295-6608Matt.Antonelli@saul.comANTONELLI, MATTHEW21COMADMLG
Ms. Renee Aragon DolesePort of New OrleansDirector of Marketing & Communications(504) 528-3363Renee.Aragon@portnola.comARAGON DOLESE, RENEE21COMADMLG
Ms. Julie BarelasAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesGrant Coordinator(703) 684-5700jbarelas@aapa-ports.orgBARELAS, JULIE21COMADMLG
Mr. B. Jason BarlowVirginia Port Authority (757) 683-8000jbarlow@portofvirginia.comBARLOW, B. JASON21COMADMLG
Ms. Leslie BarstowPort of Tacoma  lbarstow@portoftacoma.comBARSTOW, LESLIE21COMADMLG
Ms. Lauren M. Beagen  12316452271LaurenBeagenLaw@gmail.comBEAGEN, LAUREN21COMADMLG
Mr. C. Jonathan BennerThompson Coburn LLPPartner(202) 585-6985jbenner@thompsoncoburn.comBENNER, C. JONATHAN21COMADMLG
Mr. Carl BentzelFederal Maritime CommissionPartner cbentzel@fmc.govBENTZEL, CARL21COMADMLG
Mr. Brandon BergeronPort of BeaumontDirector of Engineering(409) 835-5367bmb@pobtx.comBERGERON, BRANDON21COMADMLG
Justin BigelowPort of San FranciscoDeputy City Attorney(415) 274-0400justin.bigelow@sfcityatty.orgBIGELOW, JUSTIN21COMADMLG
Ms. Marie-Andree BlanchetQuebec Port AuthorityAdvisor, Public Relations & Events(418) 648-3558Marie-Andree.Blanchet@portquebec.caBLANCHET, MARIE-ANDREE21COMADMLG
Jane BurchillPort Saint JohnPublic Relations Coordinator(506) 636-4869jburchill@sjport.comBURCHILL, JANE21COMADMLG
Mr. John W. ButlerWorld Shipping CouncilPresident & CEO(202) 589-0106jbutler@worldshipping.orgBUTLER, JOHN21COMADMLG
Mr. Evan ChapmanLegislative Director for the Office of Representative Donald McEachinDirector of Government Relations(703) 684-5700evan.chapman@mail.house.govCHAPMAN, EVAN21COMADMLG
Mrs. Sadé ChickPort of BeaumontDirector of Corporate Affairs(409) 835-5367sc@pobtx.comCHICK, SADE21COMADMLG
Mr. Derek J. ChowHawaii Department of TransportationDeputy Director(808) 587-3651derek.j.chow@hawaii.govCHOW, DEREK21COMADMLG
Mr. Vanta E. Coda, IIPorts of IndianaChief Executive Officer(317) 232-9200vcoda@portsofindiana.comCODA, VANTA21COMADMLG
Mr. Tyler Keith ComeauxPort of Caddo-BossierDirector of Special Projects tylerc@portsb.comCOMEAUX, TYLER21COMADMLG
Mr. Chris ConnorAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesPresident & CEO(703) 684-5700cconnor@aapa-ports.orgCONNOR, CHRIS21COMADMLG
Robert CookOrganization of Black Maritime Graduates (609) 238-1701seajwl@gmail.comCOOK, ROBERT21COMADMLG
Ms. Direna CousinsAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesMember Experience & Engagement Manager(703) 684-5700dcousins@aapa-ports.orgCOUSINS, DIRENA21COMADMLG
Mr. Cary DavisAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Government Relations & General Counsel(267) 625-1551cdavis@aapa-ports.orgDAVIS, CARY21COMADMLG
Ms. Margaret Kaigh Doyle Founder, PortVision50(508) 889-7747margaretdoyle@portvision50.orgDOYLE, MARGARET21COMADMLG
Ms. Rebecca FennemanJeffrey/Fenneman Law + Strategy, PLLC  rfenneman@jeffreyfenneman.comFENNEMAN, REBECCA21COMADMLG
Ms. Jessica FollettPort FreeportPublic Affairs Manager(979) 233-2667 x4306follett@portfreeport.comFOLLETT, JESSICA21COMADMLG
Aaron FoltzAmerican Association of Port Authorities (703) 684-5700 FOLTZ, AARON21COMADMLG
Ms. Sarah GarzaPort Corpus ChristiDirector of Environmental Planning & Compliance(361) 885-6163sarah@pocca.comGARZA, SARAH21COMADMLG
Ms. Kerry GerotPort of Long BeachDirector of Communications and Community Relations(562) 283-7700kerry.gerot@polb.comGEROT, KERRY21COMADMLG
Mr. Stephen W. GlusmanPort of Greater Baton RougeDirector of Corporate and Legal Affairs(225) 342-1660glusmans@portgbr.comGLUSMAN, STEPHEN21COMADMLG
Mr. Mario Ernesto GonzalezPort of Long BeachManager of Community Relations(562) 283-7718mario.gonzalez@polb.comGONZALEZ, MARIO ERNESTO21COMADMLG
Ms. Paula GonzalezAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesSenior Manager Membership Growth(302) 545-9510pgonzalez@aapa-ports.orgGONZALEZ, PAULA21COMADMLG
Mr. Guy N. GoodsonGermer PLLCPartner(409) 654-6730ggoodson@germer.comGOODSON, GUY21COMADMLG
Ms. Roberta Y. Goto, Esq.Massachusetts Port AuthoritySenior Legal Counsel, Real Estate(617) 568-3149rgoto@massport.comGOTO, ROBERTA21COMADMLG
Renita M. GrossAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesSenior Manager of Meetings and Database Services(703) 706-4701rgross@aapa-ports.orgGROSS, RENITA21COMADMLG
Yinan GuoAmerican Association of Port Authorities (703) 684-5700 GUO, YINAN21COMADMLG
David HammondHuman Rights at SeaCEO+447387778977david.hammond@humanrightsatsea.orgHAMMOND, DAVID21COMADMLG
Mr. William H. HansonGreat Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLCSVP, Govt Relations & Business Dev.(630) 699-0896WHHanson@gldd.comHANSON, WILLIAM21COMADMLG
Mr. Ryan HartPort of Vancouver USAChief External Affairs Officer(360) 518-2553RHart@Portvanusa.comHART, RYAN21COMADMLG
Mr. Steven A. HerumHerum CrabtreeAttorney(209) 472-7700sherum@herumcrabtree.comHERUM, STEVEN21COMADMLG
Maranda Jones-AndersonAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Finance and Grants Management(703) 684-5700mjones-anderson@aapa-ports.orgJONES-ANDERSON, MARANDA21COMADMLG
Mr. Patrick K. Jordan, Esq.Port of AlbanyGeneral Counsel(518) 463-8763pjordan@portofalbany.usJORDAN, PATRICK21COMADMLG
Ms. Lorianna KastropPort of Redwood CityPort Commissioner(650) 299-0303lkastrop@redwoodcityport.comKASTROP, LORIANNA21COMADMLG
Mr. Rodger KoonPort of TacomaCommunications Senior Manager(253) 383-9462rkoon@portoftacoma.comKOON, RODGER21COMADMLG
Ms. Therese LangPort of Vancouver USADirector of Communications(360) 693-3611tlang@Portvanusa.comLANG, THERESE21COMADMLG
Mr. Errol A. LaRueMississippi State Port Authority at GulfportGov't & Legal Affairs Manager(228) 865-4300elarue@shipmspa.comLARUE, ERROL21COMADMLG
Mrs. Lisa LefeberPort of EverettCEO/Executive Director(360) 739-2505lisal@portofeverett.comLEFEBER, LISA21COMADMLG
Ms. Mary Beth LongAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesVice President of Marketing & Workforce Development(703) 706-4707mlong@aapa-ports.orgLONG, MARY BETH21COMADMLG
Ms. Jenna MacDonaldBelledune Port AuthorityVP Marketing, Communications & Government Relations(506) 522-1204macdonald@portofbelledune.caMACDONALD, JENNA21COMADMLG
Ms. Pam MaherAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesCommunications and Publications Manager(703) 684-5700pmaher@aapa-ports.orgMAHER, PAM21COMADMLG