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2008 Port Finance Seminar

June 10, 2008
Vancouver, BC CANADA

The 2006 edition of this event attracted attendees from 16 different countries making this one of the most diverse AAPA programs ever! This is your opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to port financial management. Topics will include trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates, state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

Welcoming Remarks/Orientation

  • Kurt Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Rodney W. Oliver, CPA, Director of Finance and Treasurer to the Board, Virginia Port Authority, Chair, AAPA Finance Committee
  • Allan Baydala, Chief Financial Officer, Port Metro Vancouver, CANADA

Session 1: Public Private Partnerships (P3)

Session 2: Current Credit Market Update

Session 3: Economic Perspective

  • Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol

Session 4: Sustainability Task Force Update

  • Sebastian Degens, AICP, Marine Planning & Development   Manager, Port of Portland
  • Dr. Aston Hinds, Environmental Affairs Manager, Port of Houston Authority

Session 5: Human Resources

Incentive Plan Design and Employee Recognition Programs

  • Niki Jordan, Compensation and Benefits Manager, Port of Portland

Innovations in Human Resources
  • Lynn Angerstein, Accounts Payable Supervisor, Port of Corpus Christi

Succession Planning/Recruitment
  • Michael A. Donahe, President, Donahe Consulting Group, COO, I.T. Crisis Services, Inc.

Session 6: Insurance Update - Panel Discussion

  • Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Risk Manager, Port of Seattle
  • Mike Johnson, Marine Practice, Aon Risk Services, Inc.
  • Fatih Ozdemir, Underwriting Manager, Liberty International Underwriters
  • Cindi J. Heffernan, CPCU, Managing Director, Hugh Wood, Inc.

Session 7: Security Funding

Department of Homeland Security Funding

  • Duane Davis, Acting Section Chief - Port Security Grant   Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Non-Federal Share Funding - Creation of Security Districts
  • Jim Eldridge, Director of Finance & Administration, Port of Houston Authority

Session 8: Port Governance

United States Perspective

  • Henry Yates, Federal Gov't Relations Manager, Port of Seattle

Canadian Perspective
  • Gary E. Brush, PPM®, Vice President, Corporate Services, Port Metro Vancouver, CANADA

Latin American Perspective

Session 9: GASB / FASB Update and Convergence of International Accounting Standards


Convergence of International Accounting Standards
  • Dr. John Brozovsky, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Session 10: Procurement Practices

Small and Minority Businesses

Best Practices
  • Mark E. Krysiak, CPPO, C.P.M., General Manager of Contract  Administration, Maryland Port Administration

Contract Administration
  • Gary Robson, C.P.M., Director of Material Management, Doctors Community Hospital