Association of Pacific Ports – The Pacific Current, December 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on December 12, 2013


The Pacific Current 

December 12, 2013

The Early Registration Discount ends tomorrow for the 2013 Winter Conference. Take action now!  


Your chance to save $100 in registration fees will expire tomorrow, Friday, December 13, for APP’s January 16-17, 2014 Winter Conference in Hawaii!

Newly confirmed Winter Conference speakers and complete Conference details are listed below.

And you’ll want to read on our newest APP member, Oceanic Imaging Consultants!



Winter Conference in Kauai, Hawaii – Early Registration Ends Friday

Sponsorship Opportunities

New Member: Oceanic Imaging Consultants

Optional Winter Conference Activities

Upcoming APP Events

Contact Us


Take action now! The $100 Early Registration Discount ends tomorrow for APP’s Winter Conference on January 16-17, 2014 at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The hotel room block will be closing on Monday, December 16th so be sure to make your room reservations! The link for room reservations can be found on our conference event page (link below).

Click here to register today to qualify for the $100 early registration discount as well as the special discounted hotel rooms for APP’s Winter Conference!

You’ll learn from excellent speakers about timely port industry topics such as Pacific Trade Economic Forecasts, Managing Controversial Port Projects, Sea Floor Mapping, Port Financing, Cruise Industry Trends, Asian Imports & Exports, Disaster Planning/Recovery, Port Security, and Board Governance, etc. Networking opportunities will strengthen your Pacific partnerships to benefit your port or business.

Here are three examples of confirmed speakers so far:

Ruben Duran, Attorney
Burke, Williams & Sorensen
A partner in the Los Angeles office of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Ruben provides strategic advice and counsel and vigorous representation to public entities throughout California on a range of special legal issues. He currently represents governmental agencies such as ports, cities, health care districts, local health initiatives, joint powers authorities and school districts in a wide range of areas: new markets tax credits; elections law; government contracting; governmental transparency and best practices, including advanced conflicts of interest; Brown Act and Public Records Act; Political Reform Act and Government Code Section 1090. Ruben was the City Attorney for Desert Hot Springs, California and General Counsel to its Redevelopment Agency between 2006 and 2012. He also served as General Counsel to the Fontana, California Unified School District. Ruben earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego and his juris doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law. He was awarded the prestigious and competitive Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs prior to attending law school. 

Patrick Trapp, Executive Director
Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Patrick began serving as Executive Director at the Port of St. Helens in 2011 after a 30-year career in the United States Coast Guard. Captain Trapp holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and a Master’s of Science in Homeland Security and National Defense. He served in command of a variety of units, including Commanding Officer of USCG Cutter Point Camden out of San Pedro, CA; Commanding Officer of Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, WA; Commanding Officer of Station Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ; Group Commander at Group Portland (Maine); and Sector Commander, Sector Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, VA. Captain Trapp was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other various unit and service awards.

José Ometeotl, Manager
Willdan Financial Services
At Willdan Financial Services, José Ometeotl oversees a staff focused on district administration, new markets tax credits, tax increment financing and real estate development finance. Mr. Ometeotl specializes in real estate and redevelopment/planning consulting services for public agencies. Mr. Ometeotl has served as a senior-level staff member to two development-consulting firms where he led the consultant team in the establishment and implementation of numerous tax increment financing districts. Over the past decade, Mr. Ometeotl has negotiated numerous real estate development transactions, whereby he conducted the pro forma analysis; led the negotiation team; and coordinated a network of support, assistance, and provided ongoing training to clients and staff. José possesses a master’s degree in Planning & Economic Development from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in City & Regional Planning. 

In addition to gaining knowledge from port industry leaders, you will enjoy an informative tour of working port facilities in action at Nawiliwili Harbor, warm weather, excellent meals, and great golf at Kauai Lagoons Golf Course. Your companion is welcome to join APP delegates at no extra cost for meals and a special companion tour with lunch at the historical Kilohana Plantation Mansion on Friday and for golf on Thursday morning. RSVP and extra fee required for anyone participating in our golf networking outing.

Our Kauai Marriott Resort pre-negotiated discounted room rates are just $205 per night, including free parking, internet, and complimentary airport shuttle service!

The hotel room block will be closing on Monday, December 16th so be sure to make your room reservations! The link for room reservations can be found on our conference event page (link below).

The registration fee is still just $425 for APP members (or $625 for non-members), however it will increase by $100 after December 13th.

A special thanks to our 2014 Winter Conference sponsors so far:


Save your spot today! Please act now to plan for APP’s Winter Conference.

For registration and more information, please visit:

You’ll also find the hotel room block link and sponsorship opportunities on our conference event page (link above). 

See you in Hawaii!



There are many sponsorship opportunities still available to you for January’s Winter Conference! 

Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:
– Logos on Conference Poster & Conference Program
– Recognition in all newsletters and Conference mailings prior to and after the Conference
– Option to include information or promotional items in Conference bags
– Verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored

Sponsorships of $1,000 and higher also receive podium time to speak to attendees at event being sponsored, if so desired.
Here are the sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 Winter Conference:
$2,000 Dinner for Everyone – SPONSORED BY PORT OF LONGVIEW
$2,000 Dinner for Everyone
$1,500 Luncheon on Friday for Delegates
$1,000 Port Tour Transportation
$1,000 Breakfast on Friday for Everyone – SPONSORED BY THE PORT OF ST. HELENS
$1,000 Dinner Entertainment on Thursday for Everyone
$1,000 Dinner Entertainment on Friday for Everyone – SPONSORED BY PORT OF HUENEME
$1,000 Golf Outing
$  750  Companion Tour and Lunch on Friday
$  750  Welcome Networking Break on Thursday – SPONSORED BY PORT OF UMATILLA
$  750  Morning Networking Break on Friday
$  750  Afternoon Networking Break on Friday – SPONSORED BY BURKE, WILLIAMS & SORENSEN, LLP

Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling APP staff at (503) 653-5868.



We welcome APP’s newest member, Oceanic Imaging Consultants, Inc.!

Oceanic Imaging Consultants, Inc. (OIC) is a Hawaii-based firm and a leader in designing and manufacturing seafloor mapping software systems used by commercial, federal, military, and academic clients worldwide. Founded in 1993, OIC began as a spin-off of research performed for the Office of Naval Research at the University of Hawaii. Twenty years later, OIC is a full-service company that designs ocean survey software systems and provides consulting and data processing services for seafloor mapping. OIC also designs port and harbor security software systems, performs hydrographic surveys, and much more.

For more information on OIC, contact Tom Reed, president of OIC at or visit their website at

Welcome to APP, Oceanic Imaging Consultants!



In addition to the informative and exciting activities that are scheduled for the January 16-17th Winter Conference at the Kauai Marriott Resort, delegates and companions can enjoy other optional activities.

An optional golf networking outing ($50 fee per player applies, RSVP required) at the upcoming Winter Conference on Thursday, January 16th will be held at the amazing Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons, which sits in a secluded southwest corner of the island of Kauai, conveniently located onsite at the Marriott Resort. Once at the course, players will discover that the famed Kiele has a sense of style uniquely its own. Its fairways weave through mango and guava tree forests, along imposing ocean cliffs and promontories high above the harbor, among some forty acres of fresh water lagoons.


It is said that when legendary golfer and architect Jack Nicklaus first created the original Kiele Course in the late 1980s, the terrain lent itself so well to his vision that he made but a single change to his original design. In 2011, Jack Nicklaus was again called upon, this time to redesign Kiele’s back nine. Included in the redesign is a new ocean hole that is now the centerpiece of what is the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes of any course in Hawaii: four fabulous holes providing over 1/2 mile of unobstructed oceanfront golf.


Click here for more information on Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.

Companions will have the option on Friday, January 17th of a special tour with lunch of Kilohana Plantation, a step back in time to the golden age of sugar, the 1930’s on Kauai. In 1935, Gaylord Parke Wilcox, head of Grove Farm sugar plantation, decided to build his dream home with his wife, Ethel. He hired Mark Potter, an architect highly respected for his Diamond Head homes, to design the Tudor-style home that would become Kilohana. The 16,000 square foot mansion was the center of a 26,000 acre sugar tract and served as the family homestead for many generations.

The home was richly crafted with fine woods and Art Deco detailing. Lumber and materials arrived by barge from the West Coast, with detailed moldings from England. Beautiful pine wainscoting and coffered ceilings graced the living room, hallways, foyer, library and staircase. Hawaiian artifacts were proudly displayed along with rare artwork imported from the Orient and the island kingdoms of the Pacific. Upon completion it was the most expensive home ever built on Kauai and it served as both a working homestead and host to many exuberant social gatherings and important diplomatic meetings.

Kilohana Plantation estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was named a State of Hawaii Historic Landmark in 1993. Today it remains one of the finest examples of plantation era architecture in Hawaii.

Click here for more information on Kilohana Plantation.



Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  



JANUARY 16-17, 2014

APP Winter Conference

Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division

Kauai Marriott Resort
Kauai, Hawaii USA 


JULY 20-23, 2014

APP 101st Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Longview
Longview, Washington USA  


 JULY 2015 

APP 102nd Annual Conference 

Hosted by Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC

Kaohsiung, Taiwan


JULY 2016

APP 103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California USA




Your 2013-14 Association of Pacific Ports Executive Committee:  

President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA


First Vice President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Second Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA


Third Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA


Past President: Richard “Dick” Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA

Regional Representatives:

Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan


Thomas Fields, Port of Long Beach, California USA


Shelly Gibson, Port Authority of Guam, Guam


Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA


Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA


Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA

At Large Representative:

Richard Wilson, Port of Anchorage, Alaska USA 


Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests:


Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:  


Brian Wright, Operations Manager: 


Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant  


Telephone: 503.653.5868

Fax: 503.654.8259