Reconnecting and Building Anew

Whether reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, or building new relationships, the APP Conference provides the perfect opportunity. Our program provides many opportunities to network, share best practices, and learn about the current issues and trends for ports today.

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4
Days
17
Networking Opportunities
6
Panel Sessions
6
Keynote Speakers

Welcome Remarks from the Pete Buttegieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

The APP was honored to have U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttegieg, provide welcoming remarks to open out 107th Annual Conference.

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Sharing best practices

The APP has always made sharing best practices a priority for the Conference agenda and this year is no exception. In addition to activity updates from your peers, you'll hear from industry leaders and experts about issues that matter most to you.

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Agenda

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6:00 am - 12:30 pm Off-site

A half-day excursion (6:00 am to 12:30 pm) on board one of Seaforth Sportfishing’s vessels that range in size from 65 to 85 feet. Fishing ranges from La Jolla south to Imperial Beach, giving you a good view of the California coastline as well as good fishing. During October and the winter months, Calico Bass […]

8:00 am - 3:00 pm Off-site

One of San Diego’s finest golf clubs.  Steele Canyon is a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player, one of history’s greatest golfers.  He designed Steele Canyon with great respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of the terrain. Since opening for play, Steele Canyon has been celebrated as one of California’s most exciting golf courses. […]

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

Check-in…get your badge.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hospitality A

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunset Terrace

7:30 am - 8:30 am Bayview Terrace

8:30 am - 8:45 am Bayview Ballroom

8:45 am - 9:30 am Bayview Ballroom

Gus Hein Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region
U.S. Maritime Administration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Off-site

A three-hour guided tour of San Diego. From the InterContinental Hotel in downtown San Diego, you’ll be transported by bus through the most interesting parts of the city — Coronado Island with its iconic Hotel del Coronado, the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, and resplendent Balboa Park, including museums, gardens and art.

9:30 am - 10:15 am Bayview Ballroom

Strategic Planning vs Business Planning Most ports create an annual operating budget that is shaped from the port’s “business plan”, that in turn, is intended to reflect the port’s multi-year “strategic plan”.  However, in the annual rush to complete the “planning process”, the strategic direction of an organization can often become blurred, or even misplaced, […]

Don Krusel Industry Leader
10:15 am - 10:30 am Bayview Foyer

10:30 am - 11:30 am Bayview Ballroom

Travis Black Team Lead, Port Development and Intermodal Planning
Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, U.S. Maritime Administration
11:30 am - 11:45 am Bayview Ballroom

A special message from the International Ship-owners Alliance of Canada.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Bayview Terrace

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

Harbor Commissioner Frank Colonna will discuss cargo volume surges amid emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic at the Port of Long Beach, the second-biggest container port in North America. Commissioner Colonna will provide an update on the Port’s innovative new measures to solve the capacity crunch in the short-term and into the future.

Frank Colonna Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
Port of Long Beach
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Bayview Ballroom

Capital Programs Executive Duane Kenagy presents an overview of the Port of Long Beach’s capital improvement program, which is among the most robust in the United States. Mr. Kenagy will outline the Port’s remarkable progress in meeting the challenges of modernization and sustainability during a dynamic era of growth in the shipping industry

Duane Kenagy, PE Capital Programs Executive
Port of Long Beach
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Bayview Foyer

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Bayview Ballroom

Lynker’s Sarah Pautzke and Zach Hughes, Salus Resources Inc. are joined by Theresa Stevens, US Army Corps of Engineers to assist in taking the mystery out of the Environmental Permitting Process. Stevens’ presentation — USACE Regulatory 101, Nuts and Bolts — will be a great road map through the Corps’ regulatory permit process, provide relevant […]

Sarah Pautzke Scientist
Lynker
Theresa Stevens Senior Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, Los Angeles District
Zachary Hughes President
Salus Resources
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Bayview Terrace

Sharpen up your two-minute elevator pitch! This session combines the fun of an end-of-day reception with a “speed dating” concept that guarantees Associate Members get an opportunity to introduce themselves to Port Members. Who knows, you just might meet your match!

8:00 am - 9:00 am Bayview Terrace

9:00 am - 9:40 am Bayview Ballroom

Jane McIvor Executive Director
Association of Pacific Ports
9:40 am - 10:20 am Bayview Ballroom

Katie Miller, Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services, Port of Stockton will provide insights into current issues related to human resources and the pandemic.

Katie Miller Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services
Port of Stockton
10:20 am - 10:40 am Bayview Foyer

10:40 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

The Port of San Diego is leading this panel presentation and discussion focused on how ports can build resiliency into key infrastructure projects to address climate change.

Dr. Clarissa Anderson Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Eileen Maher Director, Environmental Conservation including Aquaculture and Blue Technology
Port of San Diego
Jason C. Golumbfskie-Jones, PE, N40 Commander
Navy Installations Command, Southwest
Jason H. Giffen Vice President, Planning & Environment
Port of San Diego
Shalini Vajjhala, PhD Executive Director
San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Off-site

Sponsored by our host, the Port of San Diego, conference attendees will enjoy this tour of the harbor aboard the California Princess, a 115-foot yacht with two enclosed climate-controlled decks regally enhanced by Honduran mahogany, cherry wood and a sweeping Cinderella stairway. The 1,600-square-foot observation deck will provide the perfect place to view San Diego’s […]

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Bayview Terrace

8:00 am - 9:00 am Bayview Terrace

9:00 am - 9:30 am Bayview Ballroom

Jane McIvor Executive Director
Association of Pacific Ports
9:30 am - 11:00 am Bayview Ballroom

Following up on our hugely successful webinar, Kate and Lauren will provide attendees with a shortened economic guidance training with specific focus on sourcing economic data and providing examples helpful in conducting economic valuation for ports specifically.

Kate Quigley Natural Resource Economist
Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Lauren Knapp, Ph.D. Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Off-site

Find the best of San Diego shopping in La Jolla’s downtown. Throughout the Village, peruse: Shops on Ivanhoe — These independently owned businesses in the heart of La Jolla Village offer unique products and services to visitors and locals. The Design District — Head to Herschel Avenue for an exploration into La Jolla’s design scene. Find unique […]

11:00 am - 11:15 am Bayview Foyer

11:15 am - 12:30 pm Bayview Ballroom

Port Authorities around the world recognize that innovation is keys to remaining competitive and that Digitization is a significant innovation trend that has been proven to increase efficiency, safety, security and environmental sustainability. This presentation will highlight PortLink’s global experience with Port Digitization including the challenges, benefits and seeks to open a conversation for APP […]

Kris English Chief Innovation Officer
PortLink
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Bayview Terrace

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Bayview Ballroom

The US Department of Transportation is dedicated to helping build America’s economy and infrastructure back better. In doing so, the Department is focusing on Safety, Economic Strength & Modernization, Equity, Climate & Sustainability, Transformation, and Organizational Excellence to get the job done. With that in mind, and as we look at a post-pandemic environment, what […]

Frank Colonna Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
Port of Long Beach
Gus Hein Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region
U.S. Maritime Administration
Kristin Decas Chief Executive Officer
Port of Hueneme
Larry Oetker Executive Director
Port of Humboldt Bay
Michael LaFleur Vice President, Maritime Services
Port of San Diego
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Bayview Ballroom

John Lemieux, Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services for Matson Logistics provides insights into the efforts of Matson in ensuring humanitarian aid gets to where its needed.

John Lemieux Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services
Matson Logistics
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Bayview Ballroom

Meet our amazing speakers

Dr. Clarissa Anderson
Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Travis Black
Team Lead, Port Development and Intermodal Planning Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, U.S. Maritime Administration
Frank Colonna
Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Port of Long Beach
Kristin Decas
Chief Executive Officer Port of Hueneme
Kris English
Chief Innovation Officer PortLink
Jason H. Giffen
Vice President, Planning & Environment Port of San Diego
Jason C. Golumbfskie-Jones, PE, N40
Commander Navy Installations Command, Southwest
Gus Hein
Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region U.S. Maritime Administration
Zachary Hughes
President Salus Resources
Duane Kenagy, PE
Capital Programs Executive Port of Long Beach
Lauren Knapp, Ph.D.
Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Don Krusel
Industry Leader
Michael LaFleur
Vice President, Maritime Services Port of San Diego
John Lemieux
Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services Matson Logistics
Eileen Maher
Director, Environmental Conservation including Aquaculture and Blue Technology Port of San Diego
Jane McIvor
Executive Director Association of Pacific Ports
Katie Miller
Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services Port of Stockton
Larry Oetker
Executive Director Port of Humboldt Bay
Sarah Pautzke
Scientist Lynker
Kate Quigley
Natural Resource Economist Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Theresa Stevens
Senior Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, Los Angeles District
Joe Stuyvesant
President and CEO Port of San Diego
Shalini Vajjhala, PhD
Executive Director San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center

InterContinental Hotel, San Diego

California, U.S.

Modern luxury and sophisticated elegance intertwine to bring together the best of the city and the bay. A beautiful waterfront retreat, InterContinental® San Diego welcomes you to indulge in exquisite guest rooms featuring coastal decor and breathtaking views. Located minutes from the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego International Airport, your every need will be met with warm Southern California charm at this luxury hotel in downtown San Diego.