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2008 – New Orleans USA

2008 Annual Conference Agenda and Presentations

The presentations from the 2008 Annual Conference are attached below according to the Conference Agenda.  To view an item, click on the blue text.


Conference Agenda


Conference Speaker Bios

Wednesday, 15 October 2008:


Opening Remarks – Jeanne Grasso, WISTA USA President


Welcome – Marita Scott, WISTA President


Thursday, 16 October 2008:


Panel:  Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws and the Marine Industry



Vessel Pollution Enforcement:  The U.S. Criminal Program – Lana Pettus, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice


Katharine Newman, Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips


Carnival Cruise Lines:  Beyond Compliance & Embracing Sustainability – Elaine Heldewier, Environmental Director, Carnival Cruise Lines



Panel:  Regulatory/Legislative Developments



U.S. Coast Guard / Legislative Developments – Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Coast Guard



Maritime Administration Initiatives – Elizabeth Megginson, Chief Counsel, Maritime Administration



Outlook in Congress – Dabney Hegg, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation & Merchant Marine



Panel: Foreign Investment in the United States


Marilyn L. Muench, former legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Treasury


Patricia Williams, Director, National Vessel Documentation Center, U.S. Coast Guard


Peter S. Shaerf, Managing Director, AMA Capital Partners LLC


Panel:  Seafarer Issues: Are We Making Progress?


U.S. Crews on Foreign Flag Ships – Captain Tom Laird, American Maritime Officers


Criminalization of Shipping from the Seafarer’s Perspective – Mike Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the President, Masters, Mates & Pilots (see notes)

Panel:  Port Congestion and the Environment


Ports and the Environment – Kathleen Bailey, Port Sector Liaison, Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation Sector Strategies Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Friday, 17 October 2008:


Panel:  Raising the Profile and Corporate Social Responsibility

Raising the Profile, Reducing the Footprint – Carleen Lyden-Kluss, President, Morgan Marketing and Communications


Women as Advocates for the Maritime Industry – Carla S. Limcaoco, Vice-Chairman Executive Managing Director, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.


Panel:  Case Studies:  Raising Capital


k_corbett Concerns and Challenges of Raising Capital – Randee Day, Managing Director, Head Maritime Finance, Seabury Transportation Holdings LLC


Financing Opportunities at Caterpillar Financial – Deborah Butler, International Credit Manager, Caterpillar Financial Services


International Financial Reporting Standards – Kevin Corbett, Ernst & Young, Partner – IFRS Advisory Services

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