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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 12, 2006
Contact: Aaron Ellis,

American Association of Port Authorities
1010 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 684-5700

Corpus Christi Port Manager to Receive Prestigious PPM® Certification on Sept. 14 in New Orleans

Professional Port Manager® Award Part of AAPA’S Annual Convention Agenda

NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 12, 2006) – Patricia Cardenas, community relations manager for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority in Corpus Christi, Texas, will receive the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Professional Port Manager® (PPM®) certification at a luncheon on Thursday at the Riverside New Orleans Hilton hotel as part of the port association’s 2006 annual convention activities (see The certification program, initiated by AAPA in 1995, encourages, rewards and advances professional standards in public port management.

In partial fulfillment of her PPM program requirements, Ms. Cardenas wrote a thesis titled, 21st Century Challenges for Military Strategic Port Authorities: The Neglected Line in the Army’s Strategic Mobility Plan.

“Like all recipients of AAPA’s PPM® certification, Ms. Cardenas should be justly proud of the significant achievement she has made in her port management career,” explained Association president Kurt Nagle.  He said that each participant is required to already hold a management-level position at a public port or other maritime-related entity, complete a prescribed curriculum of seminars, and participate in one or more of AAPA’s 13 technical committees.

Participants must also write and get approval on a paper that contributes substantially to the body of knowledge concerning public port management. 

Currently, 102 individuals are enrolled in AAPA’s PPM® program, which is administered by the association’s Curriculum Committee. Ms. Cardenas’ PPM® achievement brings to 58 the number of port managers who have been certified.  Capt. Allen O. Domaas, PPM®, president and CEO of the Fraser River Port Authority in British Columbia and AAPA’s incoming board chairman, will present the PPM® award to Ms. Cardenas.

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