The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)‚ÄĒrepresenting the interests of seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere‚ÄĒthis week during its Centennial Spring Conference board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.‚ÄĒelected Armando Duarte-Pel√°ez as its next chairman of the board.
Mr. Duarte- Pel√°ez‚Äôs one-year term will begin the last day of AAPA‚Äôs 101st Annual Convention in Mobile, Ala., which runs Oct. 21-25, 2012. He will assume the AAPA chairmanship from Jerry Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, who began his one-year term on the last day of AAPA‚Äôs 100th Annual Convention in Seattle, which was Sept. 15, 2011.
‚ÄúArmando Duarte has been an active and well respected leader in AAPA for many years, dedicated to enhancing Latin American ports‚Äô participation in the association and the sharing of experiences and best practices among hemispheric ports. He will be a strong ambassador for the association and an effective voice conveying the vital role seaports play in economic prosperity, jobs and quality of life,‚ÄĚ said Kurt Nagle, AAPA‚Äôs president and CEO.
For more than 15 years, Mr. Duarte-Pel√°ez has been a shareholder and member of the board of directors of the Santa Marta Port Corporation, Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta (SPSM), in Santa Marta, Colombia.
A physicist and electrical engineer by training, Mr. Duarte-Pel√°ez also has a long and distinguished business career in cattle breeding, coal producing and transportation. In addition to SPSM, his port business interests have included a coal port known as PROUERTO, the deep-water port in Barranquilla, Colombia, and various ports along the Magdalena River.
In addition to Mr. Duarte-Pel√°ez becoming AAPA‚Äôs chairman-elect, Mr. Adolph N. Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in Minnesota, will serve as the next chairman of AAPA‚Äôs United States delegation and serve the association on U.S. advocacy and government relations issues. Mr. Ga√©tan Boivin, president & CEO of the Trois-Rivi√®res Port Authority in Qu√©bec, will serve as the next chairman of AAPA‚Äôs Canadian delegation.
Dredging Today Staff, March 23, 2012; Image: AAPA