Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson officially began his role as the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Chairman of the Board on the final day of AAPA’s 108th Annual Convention in Norfolk, VA. AAPA, the unified and recognized voice of seaports throughout the Americas, represents more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.
“Trade, transportation and infrastructure unite our industry and the communities we serve. I look forward to working with AAPA’s membership and staff to bring awareness to our vital industry and help advance the important issues we face today,” shared Executive Director Gary Nelson.
Mr. Nelson joined the Port of Grays Harbor in April 2000, bringing with him a strong background of private sector management, particularly in trading wood products throughout the Pacific Rim. Since joining the Port, Mr. Nelson has worked with port customers, staff, state and federal agencies and the local community to position Grays Harbor as a major hub for international trade and economic development. During his tenure, the Port of Grays Harbor has experienced exponential growth in cargo shipments, private investments and business activity.
“We applaud Gary’s commitment to serving the entire port industry and are confident he will be an asset to AAPA and its members over the next year,” stated Port Commission President Stan Pinnick. Outgoing AAPA Chairman Will Friedman passes the gavel to Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson to begin his term as AAPA’s Chairman of the Board for the 2019-2020 activity year. “As AAPA’s chairman for the 2019-20 activity year, Gary Nelson brings a unique and valuable perspective to the role. Gary’s a seasoned port administrator with an excellent management background in the private sector and proven abilities in the international trade arena. I’m excited to work with Gary in this next chapter of the association as we demonstrate to the public and policymakers the enormous economic impact of the port industry throughout the Western Hemisphere,” said Chris Conner, AAPA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Nelson will serve as AAPA’s Chairman for a one-year term. He also chairs the association’s U.S. delegation.
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport, Grays Harbor ship assist services, numerous public waterfront access facilities, in addition to industrial and business parks throughout the County. The addition of Satsop Business Park increased the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com or satsop.com.