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PortSide: Port honors administrative assistants

It’s national Administrative Professionals Week and Georgia Ports Authority wanted to do something special for the more than 100 administrative assistants who keep the port humming along.

“Our administrative professionals make valuable contributions every day, increasing the efficiency of our departments and helping the Georgia Ports Authority remain at the forefront of service excellence in the logistics industry,” said Lise Altman, senior director of human resources at GPA.

To honor them, the HR department put together a two-day professional development conference for administrative assistants working at the ports. The event included such speakers as WSAV news anchor Tina Tyus-Shaw, a 25-year veteran of TV news and winner of several journalism awards; and Patricia Ford, a graduate of Georgia Tech and the reigning Miss Georgia.

Attendees also heard from Mary J. Nestor, author of “Say It Now! Say It Right!”, who offered workplace communication tips, while wellness coach Sam Carter spoke on “Making Excellence a Habit – Tapping into your Professional and Personal Greatness.” Magician Marc Dunston, better known as “Magic Marc,” wrapped up the conference with his presentation, “The Magic of Giving.”

Tanya Chisholm, assistant manager of human resources at GPA said the annual conference “is a way for us to express our appreciation for these unsung heroes.”

Marking a milestone

Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload transportation services is celebrating 65 years in its Savannah service center.

Based in Lexington, S.C., Southeastern opened the Savannah center in 1952 with one dock door in what is now the State Farmer’s Market. In the 1970s, the center moved to Old Dean Forest Road in Pooler, where it remains today with 58 dock doors and 70 employees.

Since opening service centers in Savannah and Charleston more than six decades ago, the company now has nearly 100 centers in 14 states, , Canada and Puerto Rico and has received more than 400 quality awards for high service standards and innovative trucking technologies.

Logistics Summit on horizon

The annual Georgia Logistics Summit, set for May 16-17 in Atlanta, is widely considered a must-attend for people in the logistics industry, and not just those from Georgia or even the Southeast.

“The summit is more than a regional logistics conference, it has become a national and even global leader,” said Robb Dillon, business development manager for Champion Logistics Group and chairman of the 2017 summit.

“This year’s summit will bring the private and public sectors to the table, not only on the provider side – the trucks, the rail, the air, the ocean – but the shippers themselves, Home Depot, Delta, UPS and others for a true deep dive into what makes logistics work.”

Jannine Miller, director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, agreed, predicting that this year’s summit will be the best yet.

“Yes, we say that every year, but I think most attendees agree that it just keeps getting better,” she said.

This year will see the return of summit staples like an address from Gov. Deal, an update on the state of transportation in Georgia, and discussions on industry best practices, she said.

Several of last year’s popular features will be back, including the Student Showcase, Sharing Success Roundtables, and Shippers-Only Reception.

New features include a technology showcase.

Sandra Maquillan, chief supply chain officer for Kimberly-Clarkl Corp., will wrap up the summit with a keynote address.

To register, or learn more about the summit, go to georgialogistics.org

Senior business reporter Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow. She can be reached at 912-652-0324 or at mary.mayle@savannahnow.com.

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Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.

TERMINAL VESSEL ETA

GCT MOL BEYOND Today

GCT SAINT NIKOLAOS Today

GCT MAERSK WESTPORT Today

GCT CSL VIRGINIA Today

GCT ZIM SAN DIEGO Today

OT SALOME Today

OT GRANDE SIERRA LEONE Today

GCT OOCL ASIA Saturday

GCT NORDIC MARI Saturday

GCT MSC KLEVEN Saturday

GCT CMA CGM CENDRILLON Saturday

GCT E. R. TOKYO Saturday

GCT MSC MAUREEN Saturday

GCT YM UNIFORM Saturday

GCT COSCO JAPAN Saturday

GCT MOL MAESTRO Sunday

GCT ANGELES Sunday

GCT YORKTOWN EXPRESS Sunday

GCT ARTHUR MAERSK Sunday

GCT MSC KATYA R. Sunday

OT PACIFIC HIGHWAY Sunday

GCT MSC MAEVA Monday

GCT OOCL KUALA LUMPUR Monday

GCT MAERSK DETROIT Monday

GCT ALM ZURICH Monday

GCT MAIPO Monday

GCT TOKYO EXPRESS Monday

GCT NYK ROMULUS Monday

GCT CHICAGO Tuesday

GCT MAERSK KOBE Tuesday

GCT SEAMAX NORWALK Tuesday

GCT ZIM QINGDAO Tuesday

GCT MUSTAFA DAYI Tuesday

GCT STI MANHATTAN Tuesday

GCT MSC KARLSKRONA Tuesday

OT TYSLA Tuesday

GCT MSC AMERICA Wednesday

GCT TAMMO Wednesday

GCT HS ROME Wednesday

GCT MOL BELIEF Thursday

GCT OCTAVIA Thursday

GCT MAERSK KAWASAKI Thursday

GCT OOCL ROTTERDAM Thursday

GCT NYK DENEB Thursday

GCT BUDAPEST BRIDGE Thursday

GCT MSC BARBARA Thursday

OT GROUSE ARROW Thursday

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