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News Release
FOR RELEASE - March 20, 2014
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Recruits Ex-Im Bank Chairman To Speak At Spring Conference Event On Tuesday

Fred Hochberg leads the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charge seeking new markets for U.S. goods and services in emerging economies

Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, has agreed to serve as the luncheon presenter on Tuesday at the American Association of Port Authorities’ 2014 Spring Conference in Washington, D.C.  His presentation will follow a number of other high profile speakers, including U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; U.S. Acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez; Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt; M. Gen. John W. Peabody, deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Scott M. Kelly, vice president of global ocean services for Expeditors, based in Seattle.

During Mr. Hochberg’s tenure, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has increased its focus on both U.S. exporters and foreign buyers of U.S. products. Mr. Hochberg leads the bank’s charge in seeking new markets for U.S. goods and services in emerging economies with growing infrastructure needs, including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nigeria and South Africa.

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said that under Mr. Hochberg’s leadership, the bank has successfully introduced innovative financial products, streamlined processes and cut transaction times “that has helped expand the global footprint of key domestic industries in which U.S. exporters have a competitive advantage.” These include renewable energy, construction and farm machinery, medical technology, agriculture and avionics.

Other featured program speakers for this year’s event include (in alphabetical order):

  • Cecilia Anastos, founder and chief intel analyst for Meta Enterprises, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA);
  • Ed Goeas, president and CEO for The Tarrance Group (Alexandria, VA);
  • Capt. John M. Holmes, a private maritime consultant (Palos Verdes Estates, CA);
  • Norma Krayem, a partner with Patton Boggs L.L.P (Washington, DC);
  • Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners (Washington, DC);
  • Michael Murray, managing partner with MAD Security (Las Vegas, NV);
  • Greg Roche, vice president of national accounts and infrastructure for Clean Energy (Seal Beach, CA);
  • Clay Sandidge, president for Muni-Fed Energy (Long Beach, CA)

The ports association is being led this year by Chairman of the Board Tay Yoshitani, who serves as CEO of the Port of Seattle.  AAPA anticipates more than 180 port and related industry leaders and guests will take part in its two-day conference.

For more information about AAPA’s 2014 Spring Conference program and agenda, click here.

WHO: American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman & President Fred Hochberg to give Tuesday luncheon presentation at AAPA’s 2014 Spring Conference event.


Business programs open to the media run 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24; and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.  Committee and related meetings before and after these times are reserved for AAPA members.

WHERE: The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
MEDIA: Credentialed journalists interested in covering AAPA’s Spring Conference business agenda for media purposes are asked to contact Aaron Ellis,, to obtain a media pass.

Port Name: American Association of Port Authorities

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