Wrapping up APP’s Annual Conference in Stockton, exciting news at Redwood City & St. Helens, recruitment at Long Beach

August 28, 2018 
APP’s 105th Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of
Stockton, California USA was a HUGE success! Attendees gathered on July 15-18 to discover the latest port industry trends, see what’s new with Pacific port colleagues, and learn more about the amazing Port of Stockton. Your 2018-19 APP Executive Committee was elected as well! See details below. 
Also in this issue, meet the Port of Redwood City’s new executive director, be re-introduced to the newest commissioner at the Port of St. Helens (you probably know him already) and learn about their rebranding, and find out more about a job opening at the Port of Long Beach. 
Wrapping up APP’s 105th Annual Conference in Stockton
APP’s 105th Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Stockton, California USA on July 15-18, was our largest membership meeting of the year. The four-day-long conference featured timely presentations, panel discussions, an informative boat tour of the Port of Stockton, and numerous social networking opportunities for Pacific port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

Click here for 105th Annual Conference PowerPoint presentations.
Click here for photos.
Click here to view or download the official conference program.

Conference networking highlights included the Port of Stockton boat tour, a Stockton Ports Minor League Baseball game, golf, multiple receptions and dinners, a special APP story map, and much more!
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Port of Stockton, our generous Annual Conference sponsors, outstanding guest speakers, and attendees for making this such a memorable event.
Attendees got up to speed on the latest trends concerning the port industry from these outstanding guest speakers:
  • U.S. MARAD Ports and Waterways Associate Administrator Lauren Brand gave a comprehensive overview on the future of ports focusing on changes in culture, funding opportunities, planning, and even the evolving definition of ports themselves. 
  • Carpi & Clay Government Relations Partner Julie Minerva discussed successful strategies for advocating the needs of your port in today’s ever-changing climate in DC. 
  • International Association of Ports & Harbors Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven talked about emerging trends involving geopolitics, shipping strategies, digitization, climate change and sustainability. 
  • Full Frame Productions Producers Kevin White and David Donnenfield gave a convivial and informative presentation on how to connect your port to your community through the video lens. 
  • San Joaquin Farm Bureau Executive Director Bruce Blodgett detailed the importance of California agriculture in relation to the national and international economy and its effect on ports.
  • NorthSouth GIS President & CEO Daniel Elroi demonstrated how effective GIS software can be in protecting your port’s assets, as well as debunking the misconception that the costs of cutting edge GIS are often out of reach to small or medium sized ports.
  • University of the Pacific Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research Dr. Jeffrey Michael discussed the current economic trends in relation to trade. 
  • Shey Harding Executive Search Partner Sue Dvonch outlined strategies on how to conduct a successful executive search and why a quality search firm can prevent headaches down the road. 
  • California Pavement Maintenance Co. Vice President Bruce Taylor demonstrated how ports and tenants can save copious amounts of money through regular maintenance of pavement with new and innovative products. 
  • EA Engineering, Science and Technology Program Manager Richard Pricediscussed the latest in the ever-confusing world of stormwater compliance and how ports can keep regulators happy by being proactive and communicative. 
  • Metro Ports Client Services Manager Lauren Dickson, Liebherr Crane Sales Manager Rory McBride, and SSA Marine Regional VP Joe Carrillo led a lively interactive panel discussion on the current and future challenges of labor and adapting/evolving port technology. 
  • CWA Engineers Vice President Steve Yee discussed a unique engineering project at the northernmost ice-free port in North America. 
  • HDR Senior Project Manager Mike Higgins outlined the recent and current comprehensive surface level improvements taking place at the Port of Stockton. 
  • Rincon Consultants Sustainability Associate Shannon Davis opened attendees’ eyes with new ways ports can think outside the box in achieving sustainability goals and becoming Green Marine certified. 
  • California Air Resources Board Transportation & Toxics Chief Cynthia Marvindetailed the latest strategies for cutting freight omissions for safer, healthier communities and a better planet. 
Port of Redwood City selects new executive director, Kastrop becomes board chair
The Port of Redwood City, California USA Commission recently announced the selection of a new executive director following a competitive national recruitment effort led by a sub-committee of the Port Commission. The Port Commission appointed 25-year port, maritime and commercial real estate veteran Kristine A. Zortman, who comes to the Port of Redwood City from San Diego as the vice president of Civic San Diego, a non-profit economic development corporation.
Zortman’s appointment follows the retirement announcement earlier this spring of 30-year Port veteran and active APP member Mike Giari. Port Commission chairman Dick Dodge and vice chairman Lorianna Kastrop formed a sub-committee of the commission to lead the search process on behalf of the Port Commission. The sub-committee worked with APP associate member Shey-Harding Associates as the firm conducting the search. 
“Following an extensive recruitment effort, the Port Commission is thrilled to announce the selection of Kristine A. Zortman to further the Port’s successful economic development and maritime trade growth. Kristine’s experience and leadership in maritime commercial growth and expansion and maritime related commercial real estate were key assets advancing her as our top candidate,” said Richard Dodge, chair of the Port Commission. “Kristine’s successful collaborations with boards, strong community and business partnerships, and experience managing successful internal teams will elevate the Port’s success as we continue as a leader among California and U.S. ports and focus on economic development, transportation and community building initiatives and priorities.”
Prior to her role as vice president with Civic San Diego, Zortman was a principal with the Port of San Diego for eight years focused on commercial real estate where she negotiated long-term leases focused on cargo and maritime trade growth. Other related experience includes six years with Lennar Communities focused on land acquisition and several years’ experience overseeing environmental project management.
“I am grateful and thank the Port Commission leadership for their confidence in me to lead the Port of Redwood City. I look forward to working with an outstanding internal leadership team, to develop strong partnerships with the Redwood City community, and local, national and international business leaders, and to partner with local, state and federal port leaders to further the important work of ports nationwide,” said Kristine A. Zortman, Port of Redwood City’s new executive director. “As an economic engine, the Port’s strategic alliances and business partnerships will facilitate it truly becoming the region’s partner of choice in multi-national maritime trade and industry.”
Zortman holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason 
University and completed graduate studies work from University of Utah and the University of California Los Angeles with a focus in Hazardous Materials Management. Zortman’s community affiliations include memberships with the San Diego Military Advisory Council and the Propeller Club and former board member roles with the Boys & Girls Club and with Cares for Kids (Building Industry Association).
In other Port of Redwood City news, the Port Commission elected Lorianna Kastrop as Chair at their August board meeting. 
Congrats, Kristine, Lorianna, and the Port of Redwood City!
Port of St. Helens to become “Port of Columbia County” and appoints Pat Trapp as newest commissioner
At a special meeting on August 13, the Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA Commission voted to appoint someone very familiar to APP members as its newest commissioner: Patrick Trapp. Trapp will serve the remainder of Paulette Lichatowich’s term, which was vacated when she resigned from the board in July. The position will be up for election in Spring 2019.
Patrick Trapp was a former APP Executive Committee member and the executive director of the Port of St. Helens from 2011 until his retirement in 2017, and his prior port experience was a major factor in his selection as Commissioner.
“Picking a choice today, I would have to go with the most qualified person, and that person is Pat Trapp,” said Commissioner Chris Iverson.
The appointment concludes a public process that began last month, wherein public applications were solicited and reviewed by a citizen committee. The Port Commissioners interviewed the three finalists at a special meeting on August 3.
Of Trapp, Commissioner Robert Keyser said, “I’m pleased that somebody who came to this community to serve as our executive director has chosen to stay here and continue to serve his community.”
Patrick Trapp said he is delighted and honored to have this opportunity to serve again for Columbia County. “I have a wealth of respect and appreciation for the other candidates and those who have interest in serving the Port.”
In other news, during a July 25 work session, the Port of St. Helens Commissioners voted 4-0 to change the name of the port to the “Port of Columbia County.” The vote finalized a public process that began back in April, and included many Commission discussions, as well as extensive public input, an online survey and two community focus groups.

“We made this decision from the perspective of our citizens in the other communities that wanted to be included,” said Port Commissioner and APP 2018-19 President Mike Avent. “We heard their concerns and see this as a way to make the port more inclusive of all the communities the port represents.”

The Port of Columbia County is more descriptive of the geographical region of the port district, which spans the entire 51-miles of Columbia River frontage of Columbia County, and includes the cities of Scappoose, St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott, Rainier, Clatskanie and portions of unincorporated Columbia County.

“The new name will better reflect who we are and what we do,” said Commissioner Robert Keyser.

The name change is just the first step of the port’s marketing initiative, which also includes a new logo design and website. The new name won’t formally take effect until a date to be determined shortly.

“We want to wait to officially change the name until we have the new logo, website and other marketing pieces in place, and then release it as part of our larger rebranding campaign,” said Gina Sisco, Public Relations for the port. “A name change is a big undertaking, and we want to do this right.”
Welcome back to APP, Pat, and congrats to the Port of St. Helens… or rather, COLUMBIA COUNTY! 
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Meet your newly elected 2018-19 APP Executive Committee
Mike Avent, 2018-19 APP President

During the recent 105th Annual Conference in Stockton, the APP Board of Directors elected the 2018-19 APP Executive Committee.

Mike Avent, President – Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Ian Marr, First Vice President – Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia Canada
Pete Reyes, Second Vice President, Commonwealth Ports Authority, CNMI
Lou Anne Bynum, Third Vice President – Port of Long Beach, California USA
Elizabeth Blanchard, Past President, Port of Stockton, California USA
Regional Representatives:
Randa Coniglio – Port of San Diego, California USA
Dick Dodge – Port of Redwood City, California USA
Tien-Kuei Kuo – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan
Robert Larson – Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey – Port of Umatilla, OR USA
Maria Taitano – Port Authority of Guam
At-Large Representatives:
Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority
Patsy Martin – Port of Skagit, Washington USA
Taimalelagi, Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele – American Samoa Department of Port Administration
Please note that the dates for our 2019 Winter Conference have changed to 
January 23-25, taking place after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend. 
November 2018
Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar
More information and online registration coming soon!

January 23-25, 2019  
Winter Conference
Westin Maui Hotel
Maui, Hawaii
More information and online registration coming soon!

July 14-17, 2019
106th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
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