American Association of Port Authorities to Kick Off 94th Annual Convention Next Week
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2005) – Hosted by the Tampa Port Authority,
the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the
organization representing public ports throughout the Western
Hemisphere – on Oct. 25 will officially open the business program
for its 94th Annual Convention.
The program features maritime industry experts interacting on “hot
button” topics such as utilization of scarce waterfront property and
dealing with transportation bottlenecks. Educational sessions will
range from international protocol and negotiation skills lessons to
a timely panel of port directors discussing their ports’ hurricane
preparation and recovery efforts. Also featured will be a convention
hall loaded with information, exhibits and entertainment.
Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, remarked that this year’s
theme, “Treasure Tampa,” (see
http://clients.pgi.com/aapa/index.html) is ideal because the
setting is accessible and inviting, which encourages attendance and
relationship-building. “Our hosts, the Tampa Port Authority, have
gone out of their way to make this a rewarding experience for the
more than 500 participants who will attend this year’s convention,”
said Nagle. “Together, we have developed an exciting and interactive
business program to allow AAPA members to hear from industry experts
and have the opportunity to interact with them face-to-face.”
Among the programs slated for three days of the convention’s
business sessions (Oct. 25-27) will be a Tuesday luncheon featuring
Charlotte, NC-based Michael Gallis–widely considered the country's
leading expert in metropolitan and regional development
strategies—who will address the need for public policymakers to
better recognize the critical role ports play in a region’s and
nation’s global competitiveness.
On Wednesday, participants will have an opportunity to hear Dr.
Edward Caprielian, an acclaimed management consultant and
negotiating specialist from Manhattan Beach, Calif., discuss ways to
strengthen an individual’s negotiating techniques, such as those
used in many aspects of port management and development.
The final business session on Thursday will feature outgoing AAPA
Chairman Gary LaGrange, who is also president and CEO of the Port of
New Orleans, addressing the challenges and achievements that AAPA
and the maritime industry have faced during his year as the
association’s leader. Later Thursday afternoon, AAPA will formally
install its new chairman for 2006, along with its new board of
directors. The 94th Annual Convention will conclude Thursday evening
with a dinner honoring Chairman LaGrange, to be held at the Tampa
Marriott Waterfront Hotel.