Port Administration Management Conference Fires Up Port Communications, Legal, and Finance Discussions

Last week in Los Angeles, CA, participants explored the latest developments facing ports at the first-ever AAPA Port Administration Management Conference, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, along with AAPA’s Public Relations, Finance & Administration, and Legal Committees. This gathering proved to be a remarkable platform for industry professionals to come together and gain insights into the latest trends and challenges facing ports worldwide.

The event featured a stellar lineup of main-stage keynote speakers who delivered thought-provoking presentations, as well as deep-dive workshops that delved into critical aspects of port operations. Esteemed guests including Paul Bingham, Director of Global Intelligence & Analytics at Transportation Consulting, S&P Global Market Intelligence, provided valuable insights on the Port Economic Outlook for 2023 and beyond. Gene Seroka, President & CEO of the Port of Los Angeles, shared invaluable tips on addressing the media effectively.

The panel discussions were a highlight of the event, addressing topics of interest to the attendees. One panel explored how artificial intelligence can enhance port operations and management, showcasing the innovative approaches being adopted by the industry. Another panel focused on the pressing issue of The Great Resignation, Reset, Reshuffle, and Retention, offering strategies to navigate workforce challenges in the future. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about Telling Your Ports Story: Offense and Defense, shedding light on effective communication tactics. Other panels covered essential topics such as cyber risk and insurance, offshore wind deals for sustainability, and contract liability management.

Amid the busy program schedule, networking opportunities during lunches and evening receptions fostered connections and collaborations among industry professionals. Attendees were also treated to an up-close look at the Port of Los Angeles, offering a unique chance to witness its impressive operations firsthand.

The Port Professional Manager (PPM) cohort had a chance to engage in special learning and outreach workshops during the event. This further exemplifies AAPA’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of port professionals and equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Thank you to all the speakers, panelists, and participants who made this event a resounding success. Their active involvement and contributions enriched the discussions and helped create a vibrant and collaborative environment. AAPA is excited to bring you more high-quality events and initiatives in the coming months.