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Highlights from the 2017 AAPA Annual Convention

A strong culture of sharing and helping others was evident at the 106th AAPA Annual Convention, which took place in Long Beach, California.

Photos by Port of Long Beach 

Those involved in the port industry have a “strong culture of sharing and helping others,” said Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO, AAPA, at the 106th Annual Convention in Long Beach in October. And, proof was not in short supply. The entire industry pulled together recently to offer assistance to more than 100 industry colleagues, especially those affected by the earthquakes in Mexico and the hurricanes, such as Harvey, Maria and Irma.

“We were reminded of the tremendous power of Mother Nature,” concurred Wendy Zatylny, president of The Association of Canadian Port Authorities.

The collective power of the industry is also being tested in other ways. “This is a time of intense and considerable change. To succeed in this change, we have to work together,” satid Zatylny, adding that the expo is an excellent way “to increase our collective knowledge. Together we are better.”

This sense of community was tangible throughout the entire event, from the opening address by AAPA Chairman of the Board Mark McAndrews, Port Director at Port of Pascagoula, to the AAPA Annual Membership Meeting and Installation of Officers/ 2017-2018 Board of Directors Meeting on the last day, when Steve Cernak began his one year term as the 2017-18 chairman of the board.

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