PortMiami is among the world’s leading hubs for global commerce and tourism. Its gateway location at the center of the Western Hemisphere makes the Port a significant conduit for international trade and commerce.
On March 10th , 2022, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava appointed Hydi Webb Director and CEO of PortMiami. Mrs. Webb oversees the growth and development of the world’s leading cruise port and one of America’s fastest-growing container ports.
PortMiami is the U.S. container port closest to the Panama Canal, providing shippers fast access to Florida’s thriving consumer base and the entire U.S. market. It generates more than 334,500 jobs and has an economic impact of $43 billion.
Mrs. Webb is a maritime industry expert who started her career at PortMiami in 1992 and has gained experience in cruise and cargo business development, including negotiations of long- term agreements, strategic planning, client relations, marketing and communications, external affairs, and operations.
Throughout her 30-year career at PortMiami, Mrs. Webb has held several executive positions, including Manager of Advertising and Public Relations, Manager of Cruise Development, Manager of Business Development, Assistant Director of Business Development and Marketing, and Deputy Director.
Mrs. Webb also represents PortMiami on international and local economic development and business organizations, including the Cruise Line Industry Association, the World Travel and Tourism Council, the American Association of Port Authorities, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, World Trade Center Miami, Beacon Council, Woman in International Trade, and various Chambers of Commerce among so others.
Mrs. Webb holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Florida.
Captain Nicolette Vaughan serves as the Chief, Office of Prevention for the 7th Coast Guard District. This position overseas all Prevention/ Marine Safety operations in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. She is a Marine Safety Prevention Professional having served in challenging positions over a 24-year career.
CAPT Vaughan was previously with the Office of Port and Facility Compliance, and recently served as a Coast Guard Fellow in the Senate Commerce Committee. She also served as the Prevention Department Head at Coast Guard Sector New York. Prior to New York, she was assigned as the Chief of Inspections at Sector San Francisco, and before that held a Marine Inspections and Investigation management position at the Seventh District Prevention office in Miami. In 2005, then LT Vaughan served in Houma Louisiana, where she focused on Domestic Vessel Inspections during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She obtained her commission in 2000, after which she was stationed at Sector Miami and conducted foreign vessel examinations and marine casualty investigations.
Captain Vaughan is native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and holds a Bachelors’ Degree in criminal justice and Master’s Degree in Emergency Response.
Eric Kampert, PE, CSP, OHST graduated with a civil engineering degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served on active duty as an engineering officer onboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter and as a project manager at the USCG shipyard in Curtis Bay, Maryland.
Eric received a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Maryland and worked in the private sector as a maritime waterfront design engineer, a project engineer at a marine construction firm, and as a certified commercial diver.
Eric’s public service includes working at OSHA for the last 14 years within the Office of Maritime Enforcement, the Office of Emergency Management, and served as the Director of the Office of Construction Services. He is currently the Director of the Office of Maritime Enforcement.
Eric is married to Christa Kampert. Together they have two children, Bryce and Haley, who are currently attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, respectively.
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Richard Steele is Chief Executive Officer at the International Cargo handling and Coordination Association – ICHCA. Reporting directly to the Board, Richard leads the organisation which provides a focal point to improve cargo handling throughout international supply chains. ICHCA also represents members, and the cargo handling industry, as a recognised non-government organisation at international bodies such as the International Maritime Organisation and UNECE and other agencies and regulatory bodies.
Richard is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in Training and Development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. Prior to ICHCA he was Chief Executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he led for 11 years. Port Skills and Safety is the UK ports organisation with a remit to share best practice, develop safety guidance and standards and produce qualification frameworks.
Before PSS, Richard was the senior Learning and Development Manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years. Prior to ports, he worked in the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.
John is currently the VP Operations for the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association. He is responsible for providing leadership on training, safety, recruitment and data analytics systems for BCMEA members and their employees. BCMEA trains more than 3200 employees per year.
John sits on the Governing Body of the ILO, representing Canadian employers’ on aspects of the world of work. He is an advocate through Federal Employers in Transportation and Communications on Part II of the Canada Labour Code and sits on the Federal Labour Minister’s OSH Advisory Committee. He is the Chair of Board for ICHCA which is a recognized NGO to the International Maritime Organization. He previous served as a public interest representative and was the Chair of the Board of WorkSafeBC and Director on the Board of the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health & Safety. He also spent 9 years as adjunct professor at UBC teaching Modern Safety Management in the Masters of Occupational Hygiene and Environment Program.
He holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), is Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program and holds the ICD.D designation.
USA National Emergency Alert! Workplace alcohol and substance abuse are at historically high levels due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the legalization of marijuana. These concurrent events make our jobs more challenging by monitoring additional employees and coworkers for impairment and potential work-related injuries. Kristina Bowden and Cindy Tait will help you understand, navigate, assess, and document reasonably suspicious employee behavior in this presentation. Identifying impaired individuals corresponds with larger industry objectives; injury and workplace risk reduction while supporting and emphasizing employee wellness. The talk culminates with an overview of a tool for supervisors to assess impairment and a decision-making algorithm for further evaluation to remove an employee from duty.
Commissioner Max Vekich was nominated by President Biden on June 24, 2021, and again on January 4, 2022, to a term expiring on June 30, 2026. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 10, 2022, and he was sworn into office on February 15, 2022.
Commissioner Vekich was previously a longshoreman and union official with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He served as a Member of the Labor Relations Committee for ILWU Local 52, as President of the ILWU Local 52, and on the International Executive Board.
Between 1983 and 1991, Commissioner Vekich served in the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 35th Legislative District. He also served as a Commissioner on the Washington State Maritime Bicentennial and the Governor’s Industry Safety Board.
Commissioner Vekich has earned numerous recognitions for his work, legislative, and community service.
Commissioner Vekich earned his A.A. from Grays Harbor Community College and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound. He has been married to Marcee Stone-Vekich since 2012 and survives his first wife, Ivy Frost Vekich, who died of breast cancer in 1995. Commissioner Vekich is the father of two children and one stepchild.
Across the United States there our policy changes taking place related to greenhouse gases, air quality, environmental justice, sea level rise and a host of other climate or environmental requirements or conditions. No industry is at the forefront of this more then freight, logistics and port operations.
This panel will look at the changing regulatory climate that surrounds the port and its many users, what's being done across the world in best practices and what are the financial and operational impacts to be able to comply with the multiple changing rules and regulations now being thrust upon the various sectors of port operations. In addition, the panelists will talk about various public and private incentives and the financial models that work around investing in renewable energy, resiliency, energy efficiency and electrification. further the panel we'll discuss some of the new requirements from the various port authorities related to vehicles and transportation infrastructure both on port and off. New requirements related to diesel emissions, engine types, regulatory reporting and other requirements are putting increased pressure on port operators.
The panel will look at the challenges going forward that the industry is facing both today and what is expected into the future.
ESG, environmental justice and other metrics are becoming increasingly important for both Community relationships, regulatory compliance, industry acceptance, and financial investments.
Finally, the panel will engage in a robust dialogue with the audience about the various challenges being faced add individual ports related to the environment or energy.
The Federal Government has extensive federal grant opportunities to assist with funding for environmental improvements. In this presentation, we will walk through the federal programs and outline the merit criteria for grant opportunities. In addition, we will review best practices in prioritizing, preparing, presenting and promoting your grant application to the various government agencies for highest possible success.