The Pacific Current December 10, 2014
Early registration rates end Monday, December 15th for our January 14-16, 2015 Winter Conference at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort!

Register today!


See below for more details on newly announced Winter Conference guest speakers including Admiral Cari B. Thomas of the U.S. Coast Guard, networking activities, companion activities, sponsorships and more! 

Winter Conference Speakers Announced, Early Registration Ends Monday
Winter Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Companion Tours & Networking Activities at Winter Conference
Thanks to Renewing Members
Upcoming APP Events
About Us
APP's 2015 Winter Conference
January 14-16, 2015
Kauai Marriott Resort
APP's 101st Annual Conference
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Click here to register online!

Don't miss this chance to discover more about timely port industry issues and economic trends. Incredible speakers will inform and inspire you with informative presentations. Hear firsthand perspectives from key port industry leaders, learn what's new at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, a central location for APP members. This year's conference has been extended into a three-day event!

Early registration rates (saving you $100) end on Monday, January 15th. Register now! 

Once again, this year's conference will be held at the amazing Marriott Kauai Resort, an oceanfront retreat situated on a relaxing cove. We have secured a discounted room rate for conference attendees, which includes free parking, internet, and complimentary airport shuttle service. You'll find additional information and the hotel room block link on our conference event page (link above).

Here are four examples of outstanding confirmed speakers:

Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Commander
U.S. Coast Guard District Fourteen

Rear Admiral Thomas assumed duties as Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District in May 2013. The area of responsibility spans over 12.2 million square miles and includes the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore and Japan. This encompasses a region nearly three times the size of the continental United States. Prior to reporting District Fourteen, Rear Admiral Thomas was the Assistant Commandant of Response Policy, where she oversaw the development of Coast Guard response doctrine and policy guidance. As part of these duties, she led or participated in U.S. delegations negotiating treaties for Arctic search and rescue and oil spill responses as well as overseeing a number of other international agreements that encompassed fisheries enforcement in the Western and Southern Pacific, oil spill responses in the Caribbean and Arctic and counterdrug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. A 1984 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Thomas served on cutters VIGOROUS, VALIANT, commanded MANITOU, and served extensively in other operation assignments. Rear Admiral Thomas graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, and has completed Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. She also holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy. She is currently the Chair, Board of Directors of the Sea Services Leadership Association and has served on other non-profit boards as a member. Her awards include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Department of State Superior Honor Award among many other personal, unit and campaign awards. She earned permanent cutterman status in 1994. At the APP Winter Conference, the Admiral will address current security issues facing Pacific Ports.

Richard Price, Program Manager
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
Richard is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years experience in program management, storm water permit compliance, low impact and sustainable design, environmental monitoring and training, stream and wetland reinstatement, surface and subsurface computer modeling, site remediation design, and irrigation system development.  He has experience in the complete progression of project development and implementation.  Richard has lived and worked in Nepal and the former Soviet Union where, in addition to his environmental consulting experience, he worked to construct irrigation systems and economically and environmentally sustainable housing, water supply, and sanitation facilities for refugees. Richard will give a presentation on the new stormwater permitting issues affecting Pacific ports.

Tom Spear, Partner and Owner
Schrader Company Sales LLC

Based in the Seattle, Washington area, the Schrader Co represents manufacturers of marine infrastructure systems for all of the Western States including Alaska and of course Hawaii. From composite piles, HDPE timbers, UHMW, complete fendering systems, to protection and  restoration systems, the Schrader Company works closely with not only the engineering community that specialize in waterfront practices, but also the  general contractor community that build their designs. Tom will speak specifically on the subject of the restoration and protection of existing wood, concrete or steel piles.

Jim Lyon, CEO, LYON Associates

Established in 1961, LYON is a family-owned multi-discipline consultancy, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. LYON's work includes infrastructure improvement projects, roads and highways, utilities, institutional facilities and housing developments. LYON's eight international offices provide a significant geographic reach, but our ongoing emphasis remains serving the unique needs and conditions of island-based work. LYON provides quality civil engineering planning and design services for governmental, institutional, military, commercial and private sector clients in Hawaii, the Pacific and worldwide. Recent projects include large military housing subdivisions, maintenance facilities for a rail system, port and airport improvements, reservoir feasibility analyses, ADA improvements for bus stops and construction phase services for large infrastructure projects. Jim will be discussing sea level rise in island communities.

In addition to informative presentations, the Winter Conference will also include an optional tour of Nawiliwili Harbor to see working port facilities in action. Plentiful networking opportunities at this year's conference will also include optional golf at Kauai Lagoons (RSVP and additional fees apply). Due to high demand, our chartered fishing trip is already full! Please contact APP staff to be added to a waiting list if interested.

Attendees will also enjoy warm weather and excellent meals. Your companion is welcome to join APP delegates at no extra cost for meals and a special companion tour with lunch on Friday. Scroll down for more information.
A special thanks to our confirmed sponsors so far:


Promote your organization while helping support APP!

Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

- Logos on the Conference Poster & in the Conference Program
- Recognition in all newsletters and Conference mailings prior to and after the Conference
- Verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
- Sponsorships of $1,500 and higher also receive podium time to say a few words to the attendees at the
  event being sponsored, if so desired. 

We have numerous fantastic sponsorship opportunities to choose from:

$3,000 - Welcome Reception, Dinner, and Bar for Everyone, 1/14 - Sponsored by Port of Stockton
$2,000 - Closing Dinner for Everyone, 1/16 - Sponsored by Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
$2,000 - Fishing Networking Outing, 1/14 - Sponsored by EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
$1,500 - Luncheon for Delegates, 1/15 - Sponsored by Lyon Associates
$1,500 - Luncheon for Delegates, 1/16 - Sponsored by Matson Navigation Company
$1,000 - Welcome Reception Entertainment for Everyone, 1/14
$1,000 - Closing Dinner Entertainment for Everyone, 1/16 - Sponsored by Port of Hueneme
$1,000 - Breakfast for Everyone, 1/15 - Sponsored by Port of St. Helens
$1,000 - Breakfast for Everyone, 1/16
$1,000 - Bar at Closing Dinner for Everyone, 1/16
$1,000 - Golf Networking Outing, 1/14
$  750 - Companion Tour and Lunch, 1/16
$  500 - Morning Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/15
$  500 - Morning Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/16
$  500 - Afternoon Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/16

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

A special thanks to our confirmed sponsors so far: 

In addition to the informative and exciting activities that are scheduled for the January 14-16th Winter Conference at the Kauai Marriott Resort, delegates and companions can enjoy other optional activities.  


The chartered fishing trip is full (please contact APP staff to be added to a waiting list if interested), but space remains for the optional golf networking outing ($100 fee per player applies, RSVP required) on Wednesday, January 14th. It will be held at the amazing Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons. The course sits in a secluded southwest corner of the island of Kauai, conveniently located on-site 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 16th of a special tour with lunch of the Grove Farm Homestead and Sugar Plantation Museum. Sugar cane was the chief agricultural industry on Kauai for over 150 years. Providing one of the last authentic experiences of Kauai's sugar cane heritage, Grove Farm continues today in its arrangement and operation as it did as a developing center of a 19th century Hawaii sugar plantation. Acquired in 1864 by George N. Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers, Grove Farm is a beautifully preserved one hundred acre homestead in the center of Lihue that includes the original plantation main house, owner's cottage, guest cottage, old office, as well as other resident and plantation workers' housing camp. The ongoing active household and farm with its animals, gardens, banana patches and pastures, maintain the same cleaning and agricultural schedules and practices that were established in the 1870's. The tour will cover the historic grounds, buildings, and the collections contained within, as well as a historic photo collection, oral histories of former plantation workers, ledgers of plantation workers and their pay scales, a collection of Hawaiian artifacts, and much more.

Click here for more information on Grove Farm. 


Thanks to the following members for recently renewing their APP membership dues!

Associate Members:
ALX Technology
AM Insurance
BST Associates
Business Oregon
Cardno TEC Inc.
EA Engineering
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Horizon Lines
Hugh Wood Inc.
Matson Navigation Company
Moffatt & Nichol
Pedersen Planning Consultants
Ropner Ins. Services, Ltd.
Saipan Shipping Company, Inc.
Schrader Co. Sales, LLC
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Truk Transportation Co.
Western Wood Preservers Institute

Port Members:
American Samoa
Port Alberni Port Authority
Port of Hueneme
Port of Long Beach
Port of Redwood City
Port of Richmond
Port of San Diego
Port of Skagit County
Port of Stockton
RMI Port Authority

Thanks for your continued support of APP!


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


JANUARY 14-16, 2015
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division

Kauai Marriott Resort
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii   



Fly-in Fly-out Seminar 
Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center
Portland, Oregon USA


AUGUST 16-19, 2015  
APP 102nd Annual Conference 
Hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

HuenemeLogo JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
ted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California USA

Your APP 2014-15 Executive Committee:  


President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
First Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA
Second Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA
Third Vice President: Claire Poumele, American Samoa Dept. of Port Administration, American Samoa
Past President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA

Regional Representatives:
Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

Dick Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA

Tracy Egoscue, Port of Long Beach, California USA
Timothy Kernaghan, Port Authority of Guam, Guam
Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA

At Large Representative:

Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon 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




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