AAPA’s 102nd Convention draws 650 port leaders to Central Florida

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More than 650 port industry leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere were drawn to Central Florida for the American Association of Port Authorities’ 102nd annual convention, held Oct. 13-17 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Convention Center in Orlando.

Several hours of activities the afternoon and evening of Oct. 15 brought convention participants to host Port Canaveral, where they were the first group to enjoy the port’s $23 million, seven-story Exploration Tour, before heading to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the Port of Houston Authority hosted a reception and a dinner beneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The Port of Houston Authority is slated to host AAPA’s next convention Nov. 10-14, 2014, in Houston, coinciding with the port’s 100-year anniversary

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For more than a quarter of a century, Paul Scott Abbott has been writing and shooting images for the American Journal of Transportation, applying four decades of experience as an award-winning journalist. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, with a master’s magna cum laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Abbott has served as president of chapters of the Propeller Club of the United States, Florida Public Relations Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Abbott honed his skills on several daily newspapers, including [em]The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Richmond (Va.) News Leader, Albuquerque Journal and (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel, and was editor and publisher of The County Line, a weekly newspaper he founded in suburban Richmond, Va.[/em] A native Chicagoan, he is a member of American Mensa and an ever-optimistic fan of the Chicago Cubs.