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2010 AAPA Executive Management Conference

May 17, 2010
Napa, California

The challenges facing port leaders today — including trade growth, environmental sustainability, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests — call for a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to be resilient in coping with and leading change, they also need to think more strategically about the challenges ahead while identifying innovative solutions. As Albert Einstein suggested, “The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” AAPA’s Executive Management Conference helps port leaders to find new tools for addressing today's unique issues. Facilitator Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA, has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management. Discover solutions to today’s most pressing port challenges! Session Topics Include: • Addressing Port Challenges Through Strategic Thinking • Planning for Future Transportation Technologies • A Port’s Institutional Setting and the Implications for Port Managers • Port Development and Operational Strategies in a Changing World • Managing Legal Challenges in the Public Port Environment

Welcoming Remarks/Orientation

  • Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Byron Hanke, PPM®, Conference Coordinator, Vancouver, WA

Port Management – Part One

A Review of the Port’s Institutional Setting & the Implications for Port Managers

  • Ron Brinson, PPM®, North Charleston, SC

Port Development and Operational Strategies 

  • Tom Kornegay, P.E., PPM®, Houston, TX

Broadening Industry Awareness – Part One

Key Industry Issues Impacting Ports

  • Mr. Nagle

Leadership Skills Part One

Effective Management Techniques

  • Gary Winters, Senior Consultant, THE CENTRE for Organization Effectiveness, San Diego, CA

Workshop Team Assignment #1

  • Mr. Hanke

Workshop Team Meetings

Port Management – Part Two

Timely Considerations for Strategic Port Management

  • Mr. Brinson
Effective Board Management Relations – A Key to a Port’s Success
  • Mr. Kornegay

Open Forum Discussion with Industry Leaders

  • Mr. Brinson
  • Mr. Kornegay
  • Mr. Nagle

Team Reports on Strategic Thinking (Assignment #1)

  • Mr. Hanke

Port Legal Issues

Port Security Considerations

  • Ed Merkle, Director of Port Security & Emergency Operations, Virginia Port Authority

Broadening Industry Awareness – Part Two

Planning for Future Transportation Realities

  • John Vickerman, President, Vicerman & Associates, LLC, Williamsburg, VA

Port Management – Part Three

Trends in Facilities Engineering

  • Chris Birkelo, Director of Facilities Development, Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District

Port Sustainability - Balancing Competing Priorities

Workshop Team Assignment: Exercise #2 Case Study

  • Mr. Brinson

Port Management – Part Four

Team Presentations on Assignment #2 

Leadership Skills - Part Two

Port Leadership in the "New Normalcy"

  • Omar Benjamin, Executive Director, Port of Portland
  • Jay Hardman, Executive Director, Port of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Ross Gaudreault, President & CEO, Québec Port Authority

Team Discussions on Port Leadership in the "New Normalcy"

Teams Report Out on Port Leadership in the "New Normalcy"

  • Mr. Hanke

Strategic Leadership: A Model for Ports in Times of Economic Crisis and Uncertainty: Part 2

Port Management Development

Ethical Considerations in Professional Port Management

  • Mr. Hanke

Key Takeaways for Professional Port Management Development

  • Mr. Hanke