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The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is pleased to congratulate its latest graduates of the Maritime Port Executive Management Program. The program was organized by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and hosted by the Georgia Port Authority (GPA). Each participant was awarded the Maritime Port Executive (MPE) professional certification. In addition, graduates were awarded graduate level credits by the IAMPE’s U.S. Academic partners which includes Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, State University of New York Maritime College, and Texas Southern University. The program was organized and offered as part of the AAPA Professional Port Manager Certification (PPM). This is the third joint program offered by the IAMPE and AAPA. Presenters at the program included Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE; Greg Oltmanns, AMPE; and other port experts.

Griff Lynch, Executive Director of the GPA and Ed McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer of the GPA were awarded the Accredited Maritime Port Executive Certification (AMPE) under the Standards and Certification of the IAMPE, the highest standard of worldwide certification offered by the IAMPE.

Professional Maritime Port Executive (MPE) certifications were awarded to Rita de Cassia Vandanezi Munck-MPE, Head of Staff, Ministry of Infrastructure, National Secretariat of Ports and Waterways of Brazil; CDR. Judson Wheeler-MPE, Chief, Prevention Department, US Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley; CDR. William Cahill-MPE, ATP, CFII, US Coast Guard; Shannon McLeod-MPE, Director of Professional and Workforce Development, AAPA; Kevin Beardsley-MPE, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Ceasar Duarte Jr.-MPE, Director of Engineering and Operations, New Bedford Port Authority; Lindsay Young-MPE, Manager, Business Development and Planning, (PhilaPort), the Port of Philadelphia; Harris Hamid-MPE, PE, Director Seaport Facilities Maintenance and Ricardo Charlton-MPE, Director, Operations Department, Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida; Jose B. Guevara III-MPE, CGFM, PMP, MPA, Financial Affairs, Controller, Port Authority of Guam; Jonathan Atwood-MPE, Chief of Staff and External Affairs, South Jersey Port Corporation; Nimrod Simeon-MPE, Cargo Analyst, Global Trade and Business Development, Port Miami; Mike Bomar-MPE, Director of Economic Development, Port of Vancouver USA; Charles Tumazos-MPE, Managing Member, Strategic Point Partners LLC; and Kyle Clark-MPE, PMP, Lead Professional, T. Baker Smith LLC.

The Georgia Port Authority is an Education Partners of the IAMPE, along with 26 other Port Education Partners and 6 Industry Association Partners including the American Association of Port Authorities, Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Association, Houston Port Bureau, Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, Maritime Exchange of the Delaware Bay and River, South Carolina Maritime Association and the North Atlantic Ports Association. The GPA has the largest number of IAMPE trained and certified port professionals of all the IAMPE Education Partners.

The IAMPE is a not-for-profit industry association that provides professional development for coastal and inland port and terminal managers and executives. Programs are reviewed and approved for certification by the Association’s Board of Advisors, comprised of over 20 industry professionals. Academic partners include the Graduate Schools at Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Texas Southern University as well as the Continuing Education Program of the State University of New York Maritime College and the Australian Maritime College. The Association offers professional and accredited programs in Coastal and Inland Port Management and Executive Management, as well as certification programs for Marine Terminal Operator and IMDG/Hazardous Awareness. The Association has over 2,500 alumni worldwide.

The AAPA was founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean and more than 200 industry solution providers, supply chain partners and academia with an interest in seaports. Both AAPA and IAMPE have in place professional development and training certification programs based on a well-established and highly regarded industry training framework. Each association’s programs provide port and marine transportation personnel with a professional credential documenting their successful completion.

IAMPE Education partners include the American Association of Port Authorities, Connecticut Port Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Georgia Ports Authority, North Atlantic Ports Association, Port of Alaska, Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, Houston Port Bureau, the Inland Rivers Port and Terminals Association, Oakley Ports, Lange-Stegman, Maine Port Authority, the Maritime Exchange of the Delaware Bay and River, Little Rock Port Authority, Port Milwaukee, Vicksburg Port Authority, Port of South Louisiana, Port of Morgan City (LA), America’s Central Port, Cruise Maine, the United States Coast Guard, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Port Tampa Bay, Jacksonville Port Authority, HDR Engineering, South Carolina State Port Authority, the Transportation General Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Maritime Association of South Carolina, the World Trade Center New Orleans, Ports Association of Louisiana (PAL), Kean Miller-Attorneys at Law, Virginia Port Authority and the University of Maine Law School.


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