Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo

Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo
Port engineering professionals from around the globe, share their knowledge, best practices & solutions by engaging one on one with their colleagues and some of the best port & marine engineering firms in the world.

Click here to view the draft agenda
Click here to download the Exhibitor Prospectus
Click here to download the Sponsorship Program

 Required Program
 AAPA's Premier Fleet Sponsor 

 AAPA's Premier Anchor Sponsor 

Registration Rates:
  Early Bird Rate   Regular Rate 
Member  $1,025   $1,075
Non-Member $1,200  $1,250
PPM candidates receive a 20% discount on the member registration rate
The deadline for the early bird rate is March 14, 2022.

Registration Policy
AAPA hosted seminar and event registrations can not be confirmed until payment has been received. Payment is required during online registration and can be submitted during the “checkout” process by providing a credit card, ACH, or PO number. Payment or an approved purchase order must be received prior to or at registration on the first day of the event to gain access. Please contact Renita Gross by email at rgross@aapa-ports.org for assistance if you have any questions regarding the registration policy.
Hotel Information:
The DeSoto 15 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401

Click here to make your reservation, or call the hotel at 800-239-5118. The group rate is $189/night plus tax (single/double). To get this rate, please mention that you are attending the AAPA Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo. The deadline for the group rate is Monday, March 14, 2022 (rooms may not be available at the group rate after the deadline, and rooms are on a first-come first-serve basis). Check-in is at 4:00 p.m.; check-out is at 11:00 a.m.

No Refund/Cancellation Policy for Registrations
Registration fees for seminars and events are non-refundable. If a registrant needs 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.

If AAPA cancels an event, registrants will be notified in writing.

To use a credit to pay for your registration fee, please select Purchase Order when you register and type "use credit" without the quotes in the PO field. Your credit will be processed and an updated email confirmation will be sent from Imani Poindexter by email at ipoindexter@aapa-ports.org. Please contact Imani Poindexter if you have any questions about your remaining credit. Credits do not work as a payment method online. 

4/12/2022 - 4/14/2022
The DeSoto 15 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401 UNITED STATES

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar Attendee RegistrationMember1075.00
Seminar Attendee RegistrationNon Member1250.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes one registration)Member2075.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes one registration)Non Member2550.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes two registrations)Member2495.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes two registrations)Non Member3050.00



Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Chris Connor, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
Chris Novack, Senior Director of Engineering & Facilities Maintenance, Georgia Ports Authority, and Chairman, AAPA Facilities Engineering Committee

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

Perspectives on Strategic Asset Management from Ports on the Journey
The panelists will discuss why they began the asset management process, what their goals and expectations are, results to date including lessons learned, and next steps in the increasingly critical business process.

Gareth Lifton, Managing Director, US Lead for Asset Management, KPMG, Infrastructure Advisory
Dan Hendrickson, Vice President, Asset Management & Special Projects, Virginia Port Authority

Erik Stromberg, Executive Director, Lamar University Center for Advances in Port Management
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM

Engineering Solutions to Your Container Handling Equipment Obstacles
This panel will discuss current trends and technology solutions to container handling equipment problems such as enhancements to help with concerns of higher cranes, when you should upgrade versus buying a newer crane, how to plan for obsolescence, how to keep it running after a purchase, including how to keep it running without support from the OEM, how to estimate total cost of ownership, what should you include in your inventory to support your operation, and more.

Paul Harkness, Director of Crane Maintenance and Repair, Georgia Ports Authority
Rich Philips, Principle, Casper, Philips & Associates
Simo Mustalammi, Director, BL STS, Konecranes

Moderator: Chris Novak, Senior Director of Engineering & Facilities Maintenance, Georgia Ports Authority, and Chairman, AAPA Facilities Engineering Committee
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

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

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:00 PM

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2:00 PM

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

Keynote Speaker: Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
Business casual (jackets required)

Sponsored by: Georgia Ports Authority

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

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Port Industry
An active panel discussion of lessons learned from port industry professionals that had to adjust their operation in order to continue business and support their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rackley Dawson, Regional Sales Manager, TMEIC Corp.
Eric Nichol, President, Moffat & Nichol
Charles Pennington, Human Resources Operations Manager, Georgia Ports Authority

Moderator: Zac Canody, Sr. Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
9:00 AM

Multi-Discipline Delivery of a Major Port Capital Project - Design and Construction of the Mason Megarail at the GPA
Panelists will discuss the challenges associated with planning, designing, and constructing the largest on-terminal intermodal facility in North America.

Brian Quinney, Director of Container Operations, Georgia Ports Authority
Daniel Peavy, Senior Project Engineering and Deputy Program Manager, Moffat & Nichol
Duke Acors, Director of Strategic Operations and Safety, Georgia Ports Authority

Moderator: Chris Novak, Senior Director of Engineering & Facilities Maintenance, Georgia Ports Authority, and Chairman, AAPA Facilities Engineering Committee
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
10:45 AM

Participants tour of the newly completed Mason Megarail with review of the rail mounted gantry cranes by the GPA Engineer of Record and Program Manager, Moffatt & Nichol.
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
1:30 PM

Thursday, 14 April 2022

(committee members only)
Committee Discussion/Issues
2023 AAPA Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo (Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA)
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
9:00 AM

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Attendee Roster

 Phoenix Lighting (414) 973-3336  21FACENG
Jonathan ArmbrusterTaylor Engineering, Inc. (904) 731-7040jarmbruster@taylorengineering.comARMBRUSTER, JONATHAN21FACENG
Chris CarwieA.G. Peltz Group (205) 335-0579ccarwie@agpeltz.comCARWIE, CHRIS21FACENG
Mr. Brian CoxPort of South LouisianaDirector of Operations(985) 652-9278 X1110bcox@portsl.comCOX, BRIAN21FACENG
Mr. Rackley DawsonTMEIC Corp.Regional Sales Manager(336) 210-4708 cellrackley.dawson@tmeic.comDAWSON, RACKLEY21FACENG
Mr. S. Wesley Dortch, P.E.HDR Engineering, Inc.Assoc. VP/Ports Area Business Class Mgr(813) 282-2300wes.dortch@hdrinc.comDORTCH, S. WESLEY21FACENG
Jeff EllardJD Fields & Co., Inc. (206) 914-0284jellard@jdfields.comELLARD, JEFF21FACENG
Renee Gross   renitagross@gmail.comGROSS, RENEE21FACENG
Renita M. GrossAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesSenior Manager of Meetings and Database Services(703) 706-4701rgross@aapa-ports.orgGROSS, RENITA21FACENG
Mr. Ryan HertelPhoenix LightingV.P. of Business Development(414) 617-8079rhertel@phoenixlighting.comHERTEL, RYAN21FACENG
Mrs. Lisa LefeberPort of EverettCEO/Executive Director(360) 739-2505lisal@portofeverett.comLEFEBER, LISA21FACENG
Ing. Aldo MartinezAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesLatin American Facilitator+52-722-247-5136membresia@aapa-ports.orgMARTINEZ, ALDO21FACENG
Mr. Jeff Massengill, P.E.HDR Engineering, Inc.Senior Vice President(361) 696-3300jeff.massengill@hdrinc.comMASSENGILL, JEFF21FACENG
Alwyn McDowallJD Fields & Co., Inc. (206) 914-0284amcdowall@jdfields.comMCDOWALL, ALWYN21FACENG
Ms. Katie MillerPort of StocktonDirector of Human Resources & Administrative Services(209) 946-0246kmiller@stocktonport.comMILLER, KATIE21FACENG
Dan MulcahyZPMC USAAss't Sales & Marketing VP(704) 675-2257danielmulcahy@zpmc.usMULCAHY, DAN21FACENG
Ms. Imani PoindexterAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesMeetings and Database Associate(703) 684-5700ipoindexter@aapa-ports.orgPOINDEXTER, IMANI21FACENG
Mr. Jeff RosenbergZPMC USAVP, Sales & Marketing732-677-4990jeffrosenberg@zpmc.usROSENBERG, JEFF21FACENG
Ms. Alissa ShayPort of Grays HarborGeneral Manager, Satsop Business Park(360) 482-1600ashay@portgrays.orgSHAY, ALISSA21FACENG
Kelli SmithJD Fields & Co., Inc.  ksmith@jdfields.comSMITH, KELLI21FACENG
Helga Elizabeth SommerPortMiamiChief of Engineering(305) 347-4800Helga.Sommer@miamidade.govSOMMER, HELGA21FACENG
Mr. Brian SpainPhoenix LightingStrategic Sales Manager, Ports & Terminals(414) 617-8034bspain@phoenixlighting.comSPAIN, BRIAN21FACENG
Jake SydnorTaylor Engineering, Inc. (904) 731-7040jsydnor@taylorengineering.comSYDNOR, JAKE21FACENG
Mr. Walter Van ZuthemJD Fields & Co., Inc.President of Construction Products(206) 914-0284walter@jdfields.comVAN ZUTHEM, WALTER21FACENG
Mr. Juan VillanuevaPort of StocktonDirector of Development and Planning(209) 946-0246jvillanueva@stocktonport.comVILLANUEVA, JUAN21FACENG
Bryan WedinPresto GeosystemsChief Design Engineer(920) 791-0291Bryan.Wedin@prestogeo.comWEDIN, BRYAN21FACENG