The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) this month welcomed Aaron Ellis as its new Director of Communications. Ellis will manage the Association’s public relations and media relations agenda serve as the Public Relations Committee liaison with member ports provide information systems support and oversee the annual Communications Competition awards program.
Prior to joining AAPA he served for 13 years (1991-2004) as public affairs and maritime media relations manager for the Port of Portland Oregon. There he managed the public relations program for the port’s marine and real estate divisions edited and contributed to its various publications developed presentations and special events and provided strategic communications counsel to port management. Subsequent to that he served two years as public affairs specialist for the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and earlier as an account manager for public relations agencies in Salem Oregon and San Diego California.