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Houston MPM/MPE class

The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is pleased to announce its latest class of Maritime Port Managers (MPM) and Maritime Port Executives (MPE), who completed their certifications in Houston, TX, USA the week of 3-7 June 2024. Teaching the week-long program was Steve Ribuffo, AMPE, CME. Hosting the program was the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston.


Earning the Maritime Port Manager (MPM) was Chad Kinney, MPM – Chairman, Willacy County Navigation District; Ernesto Cavazos, MPM – Commissioner, Willacy County Navigation District; Stacey Reyes, MPM – Commissioner, Willacy County Port District.

Graduates of the MPE program received graduate-level academic and continuing education credits from the IAMPE’s Academic Partners which includes Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, State University of New York Maritime College, Texas Southern University, The University of Memphis, and the Australian Maritime College. Earning the Maritime Port Executive (MPE) was Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, MPE – Division Director Maritime Division, TXDOT; Travis Milner, MPE – Section Director, TXDOT; Kris Knoll, MPE – Transportation Project Leader, TXDOT; Heather Scott, MPE – Program Coordinator Maritime Division, TXDOT; Lisette Mason, MPE – Maritime Program Coordinator, TXDOT; Khristen Staas, MPE – Business Operations Project Manager, TXDOT; Emily Schmidbauer, MPE – Program Coordinator – Maritime Division, TXDOT; Erika Kunkel, MPE – Freight Coordinator, TXDOT; Ray Newby, MPE – Waterways Coordinator, TXDOT; Matthew Mahoney, MPE – Waterways Coordinator, TXDOT; Patricia L. McCarty, MBA, MPE – Vice Chair Board, Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District; Craig Marshall, MPE – Manager – Marine, Rail, & Security, Energy Transfer; Colin Nelson, MPE – Sr. Sales Executive, Innovative Signal Analysis; Robin Warrick, MPE – Sr. Project Manager, LJA Engineering, Inc.; Craig Hlavinka, MPE – Port Director, Port of Bay City Authority; and Capt. Keith Donohue, MPE – Sector Commander, Sector Houston- Galveston, USCG. Also earning 16 Continuing Education Credits toward the AMPE was Ronald Mills, AMPE – Port Director, Port Mansfield. Congratulations to all Houston graduates on their certifications.


The IAMPE is proud to have 29 Education Partners including the Connecticut Port Authority; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Georgia Ports Authority; Port of Alaska; Bruce Oakley, Inc.; Maine Port Authority; Little Rock Port Authority ; Port Milwaukee; Port of South Louisiana; Port of Morgan City (LA); America’s Central Port; the United States Coast Guard; the US Environmental Protection Agency; Port Tampa Bay; Jacksonville Port Authority; South Carolina Ports Authority; Maher Terminals; The Port of Virginia; The Mississippi State Port Authority; New Hampshire Port Authority; the World Trade Center New Orleans; Ports Association of Louisiana (PAL); Kean Miller; Parker Towing, Port of Decatur; A. Ayala Colón Sucrs Inc.; the Ponce Port Authority; Halifax Port Authority; The Port of New Orleans; and the British Virgin Islands Port Authority.


The IAMPE is a non-profit industry association that provides professional development and certification for professionals at every level of their careers working in and around the maritime port industry. Programs are reviewed and approved for certification by the IAMPE’s Board of Advisors, comprised of 19 industry professionals. 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.


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