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News Release
FOR RELEASE - March 15, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

Speakers Added to 2019 AAPA Spring Conference Agenda

Event to be held at Grand Hyatt Washington hotel, March 19-20

As an addendum to the press release distributed on March 11 about the March 19-20 2019 Spring Conference of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – five new conference speakers have just been added to the program.

In addition to the speakers previously announced will be:  

Doug Disrud, clerk and staff director for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies;

Andrew Neely, a professional staff member for the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety;

John G. Murphy, senior vice president of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.;

Linda Dempsey, vice president of International Economic Affairs Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C., and;

Tim Pataki, deputy assistant to the President and director of the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.

Please note that remarks provided by Mssrs. Disrud, Neely and Pataki will be considered “off the record.” Reporters interested in covering their presentations may take notes and photos, but are requested not to publish their remarks without first getting their permission.

For more information about AAPA’s 2019 Spring Conference agenda and speakers, click here.

WHO: Hosted by American Association of Port Authorities and co-sponsored by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC,  Mott MacDonald, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP,  WSP, SAP Concur, Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc., and The Port of Virginia, host of the AAPA 2019 Annual Convention.
WHAT: AAPA’s 2019 Spring Conference event

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19-20, 2019, with a full day of Capitol Hill “fly-in” meetings scheduled for Thursday, March 21

WHERE: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
MEDIA: Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets may register for complimentary access to open business sessions (March 19, 12:30pm – 4:30pm and March 20, 8:30am – 4:30pm) by emailing Aaron Ellis at  and requesting a media badge.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2017 totaled 4.303 billion metric tons in volume and US$2.675 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.741 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.024 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.90 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.305 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:

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