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Appointment of New U.S. Port and Supply Chain Envoy

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Appointment of New U.S. Port and Supply Chain Envoy

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) — the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas — released the following statement on the appointment of Retired General Stephen R. Lyons, who will take over the role of Port Envoy to the Biden-⁠Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force for John D. Porcari:

The Biden Administration continues to prove the importance of maritime ports to the U.S. and global economy: its appointment today of a new Port and Supply Chain Envoy in Retired General Stephen R. Lyons, former Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, will uphold the progress in port fluidity and overall supply chain resilience.

U.S. seaports are moving more cargo than ever ⁠— 15-to-20 percent more than pre-pandemic levels ⁠—, and the gains have prompted big successes in sectors like retail and agriculture.

The presence of high officials exclusively dedicated to ports and the supply chain makes an incalculable difference, and the Federal Government has shown care, understanding, and action when it comes to the current supply chain crunch.

For example, the Supply Chain Task Force’s reporting on cargo dwell data — or the amount of time cargo owners leave cargo on the proverbial “baggage carousel” — helped to both raise awareness of the issue and measure progress for the enhanced pickup of cargo and equipment.

President Biden, outgoing Port Envoy, John Porcari, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, the National Economic Council,and hardworking transportation policy officials have helped the Federal Government to bring private actors together, including the users of the system, for better communication and coordination.

Exemplary is the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which not only dedicates more funding for U.S. ports than all prior Federal funding combined, but creates new policy paradigms for the Federal Government, states, and localities to include ports and maritime in their freight planning. AAPA has also developed an Incent and Invest Plan for Supply Chain Fluidity, with detailed policy and operational recommendations. The port industry hopes and expects the newer and holistic, ecosystem-like treatment of the supply chain will prevail.

Ports are excited to work with General Lyons, and the supply chain industry will have a firsthand opportunity to get to know him (and to thank, thank, thank outgoing Envoy John Porcari) at AAPA’s flagship Shifting Trade Seminar on June 14-16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Join us there!

About AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the unified voice of port leaders and maritime industry partners across the Western Hemisphere who serve a vital role in job-creation, international competitiveness, and economic prosperity. Connecting small business owners, retailers, and manufacturers to the global marketplace, AAPA member organizations sustain 31 million jobs and 26 percent of the U.S. economy, and advocate for national policies and infrastructure investments in support of a resilient global supply chain and a positive impact on the way people live, work, travel, and engage in commerce. Visit or on Twitter @PortsUnited.

AAPA Infrastructure improvements will allow ports to handle more shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.

The American Associations Of Port Authorities (AAPA) Seminar Season Just Kicked Off!

The investment of billions of dollars in the Port Industry creates an incredible opportunity for your company to generate new business. Are you taking advantage of it?

AAPA Seminars have sponsorship opportunities that are focusedcreative, and affordable allowing you to reach new customers and grow your business!

Below is our 2022 lineup. Explore each event by clicking on the icons.

Then reach out to Kevin Traver or Carla Hull to learn how we can help you reach your growth and branding goals!

April 12-14 | Savannah, GAu

The event where port engineering professionals share their expertise, best practices, and solutions. Exhibitors and sponsors gain intimate access to key decision-makers who are at the forefront of port planning, design, and construction.

May 18-20 | San Pedro, CA

The leading event exploring how technology is transforming the way ports do business. Port technology experts and engineers will learn about innovative technologies that drive port operations. Companies can showcase their solutions through exhibiting opportunities.

July 12-14 | San Diego, CA

The top conference that brings together port leaders, policy makers and security experts to discuss emerging threats, best practices, and new product solutions. Exhibitors and sponsors gain intimate access to key decision-makers and stakeholders who are at the forefront of port security.

October 16-19 | Orlando, FL

The premiere gathering of port professionals, terminal operators, service providers, and supply chain partners. Its first-class business program explores the latest trends, and exhibit hall show cases innovative solutions. This is AAPA’s largest event of the year and provides networking opportunities with top decision-makers.

November 8-10 | New Orleans, LA

The foremost conference related to port financial management and legal issues. Attendees include financial experts, port CFOs, and general counsels. Topics feature new approaches in port financing, risk management, and capital planning.

December 6-7 | Corpus Christi, TX

The primary event which convenes the governing board members of ports and their commissioners. Topics range from technology, energy, commercial development, administration, workforce development and finance.


American Association of Port Authorities delivers programs and opportunities that provide outstanding value for all members, and special forums give port executives and professionals the chance to discuss and collaborate to resolve the challenges most relevant to their ports.

AAPA is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more than a century, AAPA has empowered port authorities and their maritime industry partners to serve global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. AAPA events, resources and partnerships are essential for connecting, informing and unifying seaport leaders and maritime professionals who deliver prosperity around the Western Hemisphere.

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American Association of Port Authorities and Lamar University Renew Partnership

Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Lamar University (LU) have renewed their agreement to partner in the delivery of advanced education to future port industry leaders through LU’s fully online Master of Science in Port and Terminal Management. The agreement updates and renews the Memorandum of Understanding initially entered in June 2016, reflecting a shared commitment in the preparation of port and marine terminal industry leaders for their future challenges and opportunities.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAPA is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. AAPA’s Professional Development Board, chaired by Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Long Beach, led this initiative for the Association.

“Lamar University’s Center for Port Management fulfills our industry’s long-standing dream of having an academic venue to gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to successfully prepare the next generation of port leaders,” Dr. Hacegaba said.

AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor stated, “To meet the changing demands of the global supply chain and the recent substantial investment in U.S. infrastructure, the port industry must continually evolve. There has never been a more important time to collaborate with colleges and universities to prepare the next generation of our industry’s leaders. Lamar University’s Center and its singular advanced degree in port and terminal management is what port professionals of the future need today.”

Mr. Connor added, “The agreement also enables port professionals certified through AAPA’s Professional Port Manager program to earn credit hours towards the completion of Lamar’s Port and Terminal Master’s Degree program.”

Home to 17,000 students, Lamar University is in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of the Texas State University System. LU’s Center for Advances in Port Management was established by the State of Texas in Fall 2015. CAPM is the first of three university Signature Centers, which also include the Center for Resiliency and the Center for Midstream Management.

CAPM’s primary purpose is the online delivery of advanced education for port and marine terminal professionals. The Center also sponsors industry-relevant research, continuing education, and certifications.

Fully half of the Center’s twelve-course, port master’s degree curriculum is taught by industry experts. The other half is taught by LU faculty from the MBA program, and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The active participation of industry experts, as adjuncts and guest lecturers, is the key differentiator of Lamar’s Port and Terminal Master’s Degree program. The fact that the program is fully online allows the Center to access both industry experts and students throughout the U.S. and globally.

CAPM has been led since its inception by Erik Stromberg. Mr. Stromberg has nearly four decades of experience in the port industry, highlighted by his decade-long tenure as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities and subsequent ten-year service as CEO of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

Lamar University’s new President, Dr. Jaime Taylor, emphasized the Center for Port Management represents the commitment of the University to strong collaboration with industry and government. “The Center for Port Management demonstrates the benefits of strong and effective academic and industry integration in preparing the next generation of port and marine terminal industry leaders,” President Taylor said. He continued, “Such integration is fundamental to the success of the Center’s master’s degree, and its continuing education and research programs.”

Mr. Stromberg concluded, “Our master’s degree is aimed at enhancing leadership opportunities for port and terminal industry working professionals. In addition, we have found strong interest from those in related careers who desire management positions in the port and marine terminal industry.”