Alexandria, VA – At its annual Spring Conference on March 21, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), to serve as the international trade association's 2011-12 chairman of the board.
"I've been in this business a long time and AAPA has always been a mainstay, an unvarnished voice for the industry and I am flattered to have been elected as chairman of its board," Mr. Bridges said. "I look forward to next year, to working with the board and finding ways to continue the good work AAPA has done for this industry."
Bridges is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA's annual convention set for Sept. 11-15 in Seattle.
“Mr. Bridges has an impressive and extensive résumé in the maritime industry, including serving as the chief executive at two major American port authorities. His experience, expertise and the respect he has earned as a port executive will benefit AAPA and its members,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and chief executive officer.
Bridges came to the VPA in 2006 from the Port of Oakland, where he had served as director of maritime from 2001 to 2004 and as executive director from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, he was area vice president, Northern California, for Marine Terminals Corp., and before that worked in various capacities for Sea Land Services and Roadway Express.