Association of Pacific Ports Newsletter for March 4, 2015


The Pacific Current 

March 4, 2016

Register today to join us in Portland for our Spring Seminar, “Navigating Toward Success: Executive Leadership Strategies”, on Friday, April 29th.

See below for information on our confirmed guest speakers and additional event details.You won’t want to miss this!

And read on for a wrap-up of our amazing Winter Conference in Hawaii, plans for the 103rd Annual Conference hosted by the Port of Hueneme, and a groundbreaking ceremony at Hilo Harbor in Hawaii.


Registration Opens for 4/29 Port Leadership Seminar

Winter Conference Wrap-Up

July 10-13: 103rd Annual Conference hosted by Port of Hueneme

Pacific Port News: Hawaii Harbors Celebrates Hilo Harbor Groundbreaking

Upcoming APP events


APP Spring Seminar

“Navigating Toward Success:
Executive Leadership Strategies”

Hosted by Port of Portland

Friday, April 29, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center
Portland, Oregon USA 

Click here for more information and online registration!

Please join us in Portland for this special seminar focused on improving leadership strategies for elected or appointed commissioners as well as managerial staff serving Pacific ports of all sizes. Find out how to harness the greatest strengths that you, your team, and ultimately your port as an organization can provide. Learn how the combination of strategic thinking and leadership can help find new opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and advancement between your port and your community.

There will also be plentiful time to learn what’s new at other ports and network with colleagues – all in beautiful Portland, Oregon! The seminar begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. — right in the airport terminal conference center — so you can easily fly in and out of Portland that same day.

For this very expansive topic of leadership we’ll feature a diverse and dynamic lineup of expert guest speakers to give you different angles to consider. Here are five confirmed speakers:

Lori Eberly, Owner, Radius Executive Coaching & Development

Lori Eberly is a licensed clinical social worker, executive coach, and the owner of Radius

ECD. Some call her a mirror, or sounding board; but she has also been called a teacher, a teller of hard truths and even a cat herder. As a social worker, her lens is a strengths-based approach to understanding how we thrive and where we stall, and her expertise is recognizing patterns of human behavior, driving performance, momentum and collaboration.  Lori completed her Masters in social work in 2000 and has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 2007. Lori will conduct an interactive workshop on identifying and conquering obstacles to help build trust and collaboration with your team.

Mary Bradbury Jones, Director of Professional Development and Training, Portland Community College & Former Dean, School of Business, Marylhurst University 
Mary is a Training and Organizational Development expert who has spent over 25 years helping individuals and organizations learn, grow and develop. Mary has a Masters in Human Resources Development and a graduate certificate in Organizational Development. She has worked in a variety of industries – Retail, Hospitality, Financial, and Academia – working one on one with organizations to help them implement learning and development initiatives, develop leaders, execute change, and build learning organizations. Prior to coming to PCC, Mary was the Dean of the School of Business at Marylhurst University where she remains a faculty member. She teaches classes in management, leadership, and organizational behavior.

Mary will lead a discussion on strategic decisions and conflict resolution. 

Richard Mitchell, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP & 
General Counsel, Port of Longview, Washington USA

Richard’s practice focuses on real estate, land use, design and construction-related transactions, in addition to representing private entities and public agencies on a range of state, local and municipal issues. He represents both private companies and public entities as their outside General Counsel, including the Port of Longview, Washington USA. As the former General Counsel to Governor Christine Gregoire, Richard provided advice to Washington’s Chief Executive Officer and her staff on a wide range of matters. Richard has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, as well as in government affairs and public policy. Richard will give an important presentation on ethical issues and laws surrounding elected port commissioners. 

Lillian Tsai, Consultant, TsaiComms

Born and raised in Malaysian Borneo, award winner Lillian A. Tsai specializes in the

facilitation, training, design and implementation of cross-cultural country specific workshops, and other intercultural communications and diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs. Prior to starting TsaiComms in 2002, she spent 25 years in global high tech marketing and communications, which included an expatriate assignment in Stuttgart, Germany. For the past 13 years, she has been working with global companies who have subsidiaries, joint ventures and/or suppliers in Chinese-speaking countries (China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan). She has also trained China-based employees about western cultures. Her clients span multiple industries. She has served on multiple boards of non-profits including the Portland Human Resources Management Association, the Oregon Organization Development Network, the NW China Council, and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. Lillian will present valuable information on working and communicating with Chinese-speaking cultures. 

Trina D’Amico, Sr. Organizational Development Consultant, Port of Portland
Trina D_Amico

In her role at the Port of Portland, she is responsible for analyzing Port learning and development needs; managing resources to meet the instructor led and e-learning needs of the organization as well as actively managing the talent pipeline of the organization through succession planning and learning and development programs. Her duties also involve designing, developing, and delivering interventions that proactively address the business needs for improved workforce performance. She also delivers mid-senior level manager coaching services as needed. Trina enjoys applying systems thinking and integral coaching to encourage both organizational and individual change that is sustained over time. “Integral coaching” is a way of working with people that leaves them more competent and more fulfilled so that they are more able to contribute to their organizations and find meaning in what they are doing. Her passion is contributing to the creation of healthy, functioning systems at all levels of the organization. Prior to starting at the Port of Portland in 2007, she worked at Intel. Trina is also a Professional Certified Coach through New Ventures West, an affiliate of the International Coaching Federation. Trina will be discussing succession planning.

And here are additional invited speakers and topics lined up for this seminar:

  • Lee Weinstein, President, Weinstein PR (crisis communications)
  • Sue Dvonch, Partner, Shey-Harding (navigating the politics of hiring a port executive)
  • Doug Drummond, Commissioner, Port of Long Beach, California USA (lessons learned through diverse leadership roles)

Registration is only $275 for APP members if you sign up by April 8th. Registration includes lunch and continental breakfast. Since this seminar will take place on a Friday, feel free to spend the weekend in Portland, recently named America’s best food city by the Washington Post!

Click here to reserve your spot or to be a corporate sponsor for the seminar.

Special thanks to the Port of Portland for sponsoring our Spring Seminar!


APP’s 2016 Winter Conference 

January 13-15, 2016

Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Big Island, Hawaii

APP’s 2016 Winter Conference, held on the amazing Big Island, Hawaii, was an outstanding event that was packed with informative presentations, fun networking events, and plenty of opportunities to learn what’s happening at Pacific ports. Special thanks to our sponsors, guest speakers, and all attendees for making this conference a success.

Click here for PowerPoint presentations.

Click here for photos.

Click here to view a PDF of the program.

Thanks to the 2016 Winter Conference Sponsors:


APP and the Port of Hueneme are busy preparing for a fun and informative 103rd Annual Conference in Port Hueneme, California USA. Online registration will be coming very soon, so please mark down
July 10-13, 2016 in your calendars now!  

We’re assembling a program full of exciting guest speakers and networking events. Your companion is welcome to join you in California, and you’ll enjoy tours of the Port of Hueneme Naval Base, Auto Processing Centers and much more.

Our hotel room block will be at the Holiday Inn Express, which offers excellent and affordable facilities, while the conference plenary sessions and networking events will take place at the Port of Hueneme administrative building and nearby port-related attractions.

Stay tuned to for updated information on registration, travel information, guest speakers, and more.


HawaiiDOTHILO – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), Harbors Division, recently celebrated the Pier 4 Project at Hilo Harbor with a groundbreaking and dedication/blessing ceremony. The project consists of multiple phases: dredging and construction of the Pier 4 Inter-Island Cargo Terminal, construction of the Inter-Island Cargo Terminal Facility-Container Yard, and Kumau Street Entrance Improvements.

HDOT will begin work on the final phase of the project, the Pier 4
Inter-Island Cargo Terminal. This phase involves the creation of a 602 linear foot reinforced concrete pier with associated site work that will be located to the west of the existing Pier 3.

The completed Inter-Island Cargo Terminal Facility-Container Yard component of the project reconstructed a portion of the existing container yard and built a new adjacent container yard with a comfort station, lighting, and utilities. This phase generated an additional 4 acres to be used for cargo operations, amounting to approximately 10 acres total.

In order to relieve traffic congestion and enhance safety, the completed Kumau Street Entrance Improvements widened the street from a 2-lane roadway to a 4-lane roadway and provided intersection improvements at Kalanianaole Street. Improvements include new asphaltic concrete pavement, concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters, drainage system, water main, and additional street lighting at the Kalanianaole Street Intersection.

“The construction of Pier 4 at Hilo Harbor will create a dedicated operating area for inter-island cargo operations which will relieve the issues that the harbor currently experiences,” said HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami. “Transporting provisions to Hawaii County will become more efficient, thus promoting economic and social growth.”

The estimated total cost for the project is $68.5 million. Work on the final phase is anticipated to be completed by July 2017.

Currently, inter-island cargo operations are conducted at Pier 2, a pier constructed in the 1920s that functions with restrictions. Due to space limitations, operations at Pier 2 require space from Pier 1 and Pier 3. This creates the intermingling of cargo and cruise ship operations. The utilization of Pier 2 is also compromised when liquid-bulk operations occur at Pier 3. Creating Pier 4, a larger pier with a dedicated area, will improve safety and efficiency by separating the cargo and passenger operations. It will replace the aging Pier 2 and be able to support new container handling equipment and vessels.


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

Friday, April 29, 2016 

APP Spring Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

“Navigating Toward Success: Executive Leadership Strategies”

Portland International Airport Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA

HuenemeLogoJuly 10-13, 2016
103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California

Registration coming soon!

October/November 2016

APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

HawaiiDOTJanuary 11-13, 2017

APP Winter Conference

Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
Maui, Hawaii

Your 2015-16 APP Executive Committee:

Mary Anne Rooney, President – Port of Hueneme, California USA
Claire Poumele, First Vice President – American Samoa Port Authority
Elizabeth Blanchard, Second Vice President – Port of Stockton, California USA
Patrick Trapp, Third Vice President – Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Tai-Hsin Lee, Past President – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.

Regional Representatives:
Dick Dodge – Port of Redwood City, California USA
Doug Drummond – Port of Long Beach, California USA
Timothy Kernaghan – Port Authority of Guam
Bob Bagaason – Port of Longview, Washington USA
Robert Larson – Port of Benton, Washington USA
Representative – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

At-Large Representatives:
Kim B. Puzey – Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Randa Coniglio – Port of San Diego, California USA

Contact APP:

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


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