American Association Of Port Authorities Announces New Board Members

At the recent 110th American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual convention, chairman Mario Cordero announced the election of new members to sit on the association’s board of directors. In their new roles on the board, these port industry leaders will drive the strategic course of AAPA to further advance the organization in achieving its core mission, vision and values.

The newly elected board members include:

Juliana Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver USA, representing U.S. North Pacific Ports. Marler was appointed the port’s CEO in January 2017 after serving as its chief financial administrative officer. She is the first female CEO in the Port of Vancouver’s 105-year history and one with a diverse professional background that includes experience in logistics, sales, procurement and contracts and leadership in finance and administration.

Vanta E. Coda II, CEO of the Ports of Indiana, represents the U.S. Great Lakes Ports. Coda is an experienced leader with 25 years of background in maritime and multimodal operations on the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Ohio River. He most recently served as the executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, where he led the completion of $24 million in infrastructure renewal projects, opened the CN Duluth Intermodal Terminal and launched the Duluth Cargo Connect initiative.

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Richard Hendrick, CEO of the Port of Albany, represents the U.S. North Atlantic Ports. Hendrick has served as the port’s CEO since June 2008, during which time he has overseen the largest capital investment and infrastructure upgrades since the port was established in 1932, nearing $100 million.

Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, represents the Max Dues Payer Delegation. With well over 25 years of experience serving and advising clients and investors in global energy, private equity and trade and transportation sectors, Strawbridge has a broad and varied experience in the maritime world. In his role as CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, he leads the third largest U.S. port in total revenue tonnage.