Niels Aalund, serves as an Officer and as Senior Vice-President, West Gulf Maritime Association, (WGMA), www.wgma.org, with primary responsibility for advocating on behalf of member companies (steamship agents, vessel owners, industry stakeholders, labor and stevedores) with local, state and federal agencies. From organizations such as Washington, D.C, based, National Maritime Association, to the commercial sector, Aalund has provided leadership for a variety of maritime related positions. He has extensive strategic planning experience in both operations and commercial maritime activities. Including management positions overseeing liner, break-bulk and stevedoring groups. Currently Aalund serves on 14 regional and/or national committees and boards, including such groups as Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, Area Maritime Security council (AMSC), South East Texas Waterways Advisory Committee (SETWAC) , National Association Maritime Organizations (NAMO) , Houston Seafarers Center, Propeller Club International Governing Board, the University of Houston’s Center for Logistics Excellence, the University of Houston, College of Technology and the Houston Maritime Museum. A Houston native, Aalund is a graduate of the University of Houston. He has also completed graduated level course at the University of St Thomas. Aalund is an active public speaker at industry programs, seminars and conferences. He helps prepare the WGMA “Daily Industry Update Report” for maritime stakeholders. This daily report briefs the trade on regional, national and international developments and trends. A Texas nonprofit corporation, West Gulf Maritime Association was organized in early 1968 to bring together steamship owners, operators, agents and stevedoring and terminal companies located in ports from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Operating through its member committees, the Association negotiates and administers various labor agreements with the International Longshoreman’s Association in West Gulf ports and provides a forum for information exchange between member companies concerning a wide variety of industry issues and concerns.