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AAPA realigns internally as longtime research chief retires

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From left, Meredith Martino, Mary Beth Long, Tom Hranac, John Young
After 38 years of service to the American Association of Port Authorities, director of research and information services Rexford Sherman retired at the end of December.

Sherman joined AAPA in 1979 and has been responsible for research, writing and editing technical reports, surveys and publicatications—most notably, the association's weekly newsletter, the Advisory. In addition, he served as one of AAPA’s facilitators for Latin American ports and managed the Professional Port Manager Program.

'Rex has been a longtime friend and supporter of ports and an invaluable source of port-related data, information and statistics to AAPA and its members throughout the hemisphere,' AAPA president and CEO Kurt Nagle said. 'He has a passion for the seaport industry and has dedicated his career to serving the membership of this association.'

On Sherman's retirement, AAPA realigned its internal structure as part of its succession plan and to advance strategic plan priorities. The association created two new positions, chief engagement officer and chief external affairs officer, staffed by existing personnel. These positions will be responsive to the evolving needs of AAPA's membership and absorb some of Sherman’s responsibilities.

Meredith Martino, director of publications, digital media and technology, was promoted to chief engagement officer. Her primary responsibility will be to ensure that member engagement is a strategic way for the association to conduct its business, including providing relevant content for association members, coordinating content delivery across multiple platforms, setting engagement goals and measuring progress.

Senior communications and marketing specialist Mary Beth Long moves up to chief external affairs officer. She is tasked with outreach and external communications, developing campaigns around critical issues, using communications tools to support engagement efforts and working with the curriculum committee to enhance professional development certification programs to meet members' needs.

The succession plan also includes director of freight and surface transportation policy John Young formally assuming AAPA staff liaison responsibilities for the security and defense committees.

A third promotion elevated membership and Latin American specialist Tom Hranac to assistant director of membership services and Latin American facilitator. In this expanded role, Hranac will assume increased responsibilities in the membership services area, including AAPA's large and growing Latin American port membership.

In addition, the association recently hired two new staff members. Johanna Nuby, previously an associate with Physician Assistant Education Association in Washington, DC, joined at the end of October as manager of operations & administration. In November, AAPA hired Andrew Cameron, formerly an account coordinator with Potomac Management Resources in Alexandria, Virginia, to staff a new communications and membership assistant position.

'Consistent with AAPA’s strategic goals, these changes will enhance our service to the port industry and our many members, now and into the future,' Nagle said.

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