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News Release
FOR RELEASE - November 18, 2013
Contact: Aaron Ellis,

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

AAPA ‘Trade Routes’ Workshop to Address Global Trade Trends

Now in its seventh year and more compelling than ever, the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2014 Shifting International Trade Routes workshop, co-sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration and hosted by the Tampa Port Authority, will examine the effect of the world economic outlook on investment decisions, cargo movements and international trade in general. 

The assumption that evolving economic and societal considerations affect all players in the supply chain will be the overriding theme for the 1½-day workshop, which is slated for Jan. 23-24, in Tampa, Fla.  Experts from many facets of the transportation, financial and economic analysis industries will address the range of issues related to dynamic, global and hemispheric trade.  Topics will include international economic outlooks on trends and shifts in global trade, as well as the views of ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests on trade shifts.

“As we seek ways to stimulate our economic recovery and future growth, we should focus on the importance of implementing policies and funding that will sustain and improve our critical gateways for global trade,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and CEO. “For nations throughout the Western Hemisphere, raising the priority of investments in ports and connecting infrastructure is an essential and effective utilization of limited resources and helps make them more internationally competitive in an increasingly fierce trading environment.”

Mr. Nagle further noted that the discussion during AAPA’s seventh Shifting International Trade Routes workshop “will add layers of information and insight to help the seaport industry better position itself for future growth and success.”

Paul Anderson, Tampa Port Authority’s chief executive, said, “The Tampa Port Authority is again very pleased to host this successful AAPA conference, bringing together top transportation and logistics minds from across the country. We’re in an exciting, dynamic era in international trade, and this forum is a perfect opportunity to share ideas that will lead to prosperity, strong relationships and actions that will be critical to our economy.”

Confirmed speakers include (in alpha order):

  • Paul Anderson, Port Director/CEO, Tampa Port Authority
  • Oscar Bazán, Acting Executive Vice President for Planning and Business Development, Panama Canal Authority 
  • Paul Bingham, Economics Practice Leader, CDM Smith, Inc.
  • Leslie Blakey, Executive Director, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC)
  • James R. Brennan, Partner, Norbridge, Inc.
  • Patrick Burgoyne, President/CEO, Ceres Terminals Incorporated
  • John R. Carver, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Ports America
  • Curtis Foltz, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
  • John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
  • John Morris, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
  • Karen Oldfield, President/CEO, Halifax Port Authority
  • Chris Smith, Intermodal Policy and Program Manager, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Derrick Smith, Vice President of Emerging Markets, CSX - Transportation
  • Sergio Spinosa, Director, Mediterranean – North and West Africa, Caribbean, X-Press Feeders
  • Carlos Urriola, General Manager, Manzanillo International Terminal, S.A.
  • Tay Yoshitani, CEO and 2013/14 AAPA Chairman of the Board, Port of Seattle
WHO: American Association of Port Authorities, co-sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration and hosted by the Tampa Port Authority
WHAT: Workshop examining the effect of the world economic outlook on investment decisions and cargo movements in relation to international trade.
WHEN: Jan. 23-24, 2014 (Day 1, 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.; Day 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon)
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL 
INFO: More information about AAPA’s 2014 Shifting International Trade Routes workshop is available at (click on the “Programs & Events” tab) or by calling AAPA’s Ed O’Connell at (703) 684-5700
MEDIA: Credentialed media wishing to cover the business sessions of this event are asked to call or email AAPA’s Aaron Ellis (tel: 703-706-4714 / email: in advance to obtain a media badge

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