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2011 AAPA Commissioners Seminar

May 17, 2011
Biloxi, Mississippi

Hosted by the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport, this annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Donald R. Allee, Executive Director and CEO, Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport, Gulfport, MS

Timely Public Port Governing Board and Management Considerations

Planning Your Port's Role in a Dynamic Global Economy

Delivering Prosperity Through Economic Development Opportunities


  • Kristin Decas, Port Director, Port of New Bedford, Vice Chairman, AAPA Maritime Economic Development Committee
  • Richard Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Indiana
  • Whit Hughes, Deputy Director, Mississippi Development Authority

The New Political Landscape in Washington, DC -- What Does It Mean for Ports?

  • Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities

Current Legal and Liability Issues for Ports and You, the Governing Board Member

  • Tom Tanaka, Senior Port Counsel, Port of Seattle, Chairman, AAPA Law Review Committee

Seaport Financing 101

Board-Management Relations -- A Critical Factor in Your Port's Success

  • James K. Lyons, Director & CEO, Alabama State Port Authority
  • Tim Parker, Chairman, Board of Directors, Alabama State Port Authority
  • Richard Steinke, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach
  • Nick Sramek, President, Board of Harbor Commissioners, Port of Long Beach

Sharing Ideas and Lessons Learned