2015 Symposium Program

Three Masts for a Stronger California

The Infrastructure, the Environment, and the Economy of the Maritime Community


Legislative Chair: Senator Ricardo Lara, California State Senate, 33rd District


Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
12:30 - 1:45 PM
1:45 - 2:00 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks

David Hull, Co-Chair, California Maritime Leadership Symposium


2:00 - 3:00 pm
Panel 1 - The Voyage

How California 'greened' the maritime transportation system while maintaining its leadership role in the industry.


Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (ret.), Former Chair of Assembly Transportation Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on Ports


Amy Zimpfer, Associate Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Susan Bransen, Chief Deputy Director, California Transportation Commission

Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles


3:00 - 3:30 pm
Chewing the Fat: Networking Break


3:30 - 4:00 pm
Keynote Address

Brian P. Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency


4:00 - 5:00 pm
Panel 2- A Sail-Plan

The California Freight Mobility Plan - framework for investment in California's goods movement transportation system.


Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair, Assembly Transportation Committee


Mike Rodriguez, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

Mike Jacob, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Transportation


5:00 - 5:05 pm
The Yardarm: Closing Remarks

Congressman Alan Lowenthal, 47th Congressional District of California (VIDEO)

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Symposium Honoree Reception

Capitol Building Lower Rotunda


Gary L. Gregory Lifetime Achievement Award

Norman Fassler-Katz, Executive Director, California Marine & Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council (CALMITSAC)


2015 Honoree of Merit

Captain Tom Jacobsen, President, Jacobsen Pilot Service


wednesday, February 25th, 2015
7:30 - 8:00 Am
Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 8:20 Am
Opening Keynote

Controller Betty T. Yee, State of California

8:20 - 9:15 Am
Panel 3 - Veering Windward

The Sustainable Freight Strategy - moving toward a low carbon transportation future.


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, 70th Assembly District, Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles


Chris Shimoda, Director of Policy, California Trucking Association

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments

Cynthia Marvin, Division Chief, California Air Resources Board

9:15 - 10:15 Am
Panel 4 - Adding More Sail

Creating California jobs and maritime-related economic development in the global marketplace.


Senator Jerry Hill, Chair, Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee


Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Jason Hodge, Port Commissioner, Port of Hueneme

Billie Greer, President, Southern California Leadership Council


10:15 - 10:30 Am
Hank for Hank: Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30 am
Panel 5 - Anchor's Aweigh

California: Challenges and opportunities at the cross road of the globe.


Senator Jim Beall, Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing


Christian G. Yuhas, Patrolman, Oakland Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association

Jock O'Connell, International Trade Adviser, Beacon Economics

Mark Hirzel, President, Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc.

Doug Drummond, President, Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission

11:30 am - 12:00 Pm
Keynote Address

Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board


12:00 - 12:15 pm
The Pipe Down: Closing Remarks & Event Conclusion



- fair winds and following seas -