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“If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port.”

If you have attended a conference in the port world, you have probably heard this statement a few times. While every port is unique and has its own advantages and challenges, attending conferences is a great opportunity to network with other Port Managers and Executives, as well as learn from your peers in the industry.

In the last month, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of our IAMPE Alumni at multiple conferences to learn about their ports and share how becoming an MPM/MPE or IMPM/IMPE can benefit their current position or prepare them for their future career.

At the beginning of April, I was able to meet with my old friends at the Ports Association of Louisiana Annual Conference in Houma, Louisiana. We have many great alumni in both the MPM/MPE and the IMPM/IMPE courses in Louisiana. The conference was headlined by the candidates running to be the next Governor of Louisiana. Other sessions of interest were the Gulf Coast Energy Outlook and a presentation from Bruce Lambert, MPE, regarding MARAD programs.

Last week, I attended the 4th Annual Port of the Future conference at the University of Houston. Attendance at the conference was very well represented with industry professionals from ports all over North America. There were multiple tracts involving new technologies and port strategies. It was wonderful to see members of our IAMPE faculty and Advisory Board presenting at such a prominent event. Check out their website at to learn more about this conference.

I look forward to meeting more of you on the road!

-Eric Gilmore, AMPE

IAMPE Director of Business Development


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