Kristin Decas selected as Top Port Director of the Year for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)
Kristin Decas, Port Director & CEO of the Port of Hueneme in California, was selected as Top Port Director of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With over a decade of professional experience in the Maritime-based Trade, Transportation and Infrastructure Industry, Kristin has certainly proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, she has demonstrated success not only with the Port of Hueneme but with every position she has ever held. Since beginning her tenure with the Port of Hueneme in February 2012, the Port has seen Tonnage totals have grown every year since Kristin arrived from 1.3 million tons for FY 2012 to over 1.575 million metric tons in 2015 marking the Port’s strongest sustained trade years since its inception in 1937. Kristin led the first annual Port Banana Festival which drew over 10,000 visitors to the Port. Port of Hueneme related activities generate $1.5 billion in annual economic impact and created more than 13,633 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs.
Kristin’s prior role before serving the Port of Hueneme, she served as CEO and Port Director for the Port of New Bedford, MA, the nation’s number one value fishing port. When she obtained this position in 2007, Kristin inherited a $200,000 deficit and she impressively cleaned up not only the financial problems but the physical landscape of the Port as well. Kristin generated a healthy profit for the Port and also played as a key asset in developing a new terminal to support commerce and offshore wind energy projects. Under her leadership the Port of New Bedford realized significant growth in cruise and recreational boating activity.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Kristin for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. In a male dominated industry, Kristin is talented, bright, beautiful and brilliant at what she does and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to meeting her at the gala and know we will be seeing more amazing things from this amazing woman.”
Kristin graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Vermont in 1991 and with her Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Law from the University of Denver in 1997.
Throughout her illustrious career, Kristin has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. For 2018 she is being considered for the “Female Visionary of the Year Award” and the “Top Female Executive Award” by the International Association of Top Professionals. For 2017, she was selected as Top Port Director of the Year by IAOTP. She was recognized by the Trade Administration officials for her impressive work in promoting economic development through international trade promotion, and for her service on scores of federal level shipping and port committees. She was awarded a high profile appointment by the U.S. Department of Transportation to both the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) and the U. S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Kristin was elected by the board of directors of the American Association of Port Authorities AAPA, a trade association representing more than 130 public port authorities in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, as the association’s Chair for 2014-2015. Kristin was the first woman to run both the Port of New Bedford in its 50 year history and the Port of Hueneme in its 75 year history. She is also the 4th woman to chair the AAPA in its 103 years.
Looking back, Kristin attributes her success to her training, her perseverance, mentors she has had along the way, and her passion for what she does. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. For the future, she will continue to grow as a professional and continue to strive for excellence in whatever position she is in. For more information on Kristin please visit: http://www.portofhueneme.org/about/kristin-decas/
The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join. You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.
IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires. IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.
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Channel Islands Harbor has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced. The achievement celebrates businesses and destinations that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.
Ventura County owns and operates 310 acres comprising the Channel Islands Harbor. The majority of the Harbor is operated by businesses who have been granted long-term leases by the Board of Supervisors. On TripAdvisor, the Channel Islands Harbor is highly rated in the “top things to do” and “good for peace & quiet seekers” categories in Oxnard.
“Receiving this recognition is a credit to all lessees and businesses who make the Channel Islands Harbor a great place to live and visit,” said Ventura County Harbor Department Director Lyn Krieger. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our visitors. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on visitor reviews, the achievement is a remarkable vote of confidence to our success and commitment to service excellence.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
As the first recreational harbor in Ventura County, Channel Islands Harbor has become one of the largest in California, after Marina Del Rey and San Diego in Southern California. It now includes over 300 acres of land and water, but the initial development included only a small portion of the current harbor area. Additional construction took place over the years, including the west channel of the harbor, along Harbor Boulevard and Peninsula Road. Development of the harbor has been largely accomplished through leases with private developers, who have constructed eight marinas (not including the three constructed by the County) comprising over 2200 boat slips, two hotels, two yacht club buildings, two boat yards, three shopping areas, two freestanding restaurants, a Maritime Museum, over 100 condominiums and 485 apartments. In addition, public agencies have provided parks, restrooms, the public launch ramp and parking for the public. For more information on Channel Islands Harbor visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
The California Chamber of Commerce is reminding employers with 10 or more employees that they are required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).
The requirement began January 1 for employers with 10 or more employees. All remaining employers are required to begin reporting and paying electronically with their 2018 payroll or as soon as they report having 10 or more employees, whichever happens first.
Unemployment Insurance and Electronic Reporting
AB 1245 (Cooley; D-Rancho Cordova, Statutes of 2015) requires electronic reporting for unemployment insurance reports submitted to the EDD. It also requires employers to remit contributions for unemployment insurance taxes by electronic funds transfer.
Any employer required under existing law to electronically submit wage reports and/or electronic funds transfer to the EDD remains subject to those requirements. For more information, visit FAQs – E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers.
The EDD encourages employers to enroll in e-Services for Business to meet the requirement.
For more information about the e-file and e-pay mandate, please visit: www.edd.ca.gov/EfileMandate
Benefits of Electronic Filing and Payments
File and Pay Electronically with e-Services for Business
Employers can use e-Services for Business to comply with the e-file and e-pay mandate. e-Services for Business is a fast, easy, and secure way to manage employer payroll tax accounts online. With e-Services for Business, employers can:
This mandate contains a waiver provision for employers who are unable to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits.
The EDD began accepting waiver requests from employers in July 2016. To request a waiver, employers must complete and submit the E-file and E-pay Mandate Waiver Request (DE 1245W).
Here are the ways to obtain a DE 1245W:
Waiver requests can be submitted by mail or fax:
Employment Development Department
Document and Information Management Center
P.O. Box 989779
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9779
Fax: (916) 255-1181
Employers will be notified by mail if their waiver is approved or denied. An approved waiver will be valid for one year. Upon the expiration of the approval period, an employer must start to electronically file and pay, or submit a new waiver request to avoid a noncompliance penalty.
Penalties for Not Complying with the E-file and E-pay Mandate
Penalties will be incurred for noncompliance with this mandate. To avoid the penalties, enroll in e-Services for Business.
When your business has an issue that you cannot solve on your own, who do you call? Of course, it depends on the subject matter, but chances are, your Oxnard Chamber membership is a direct line for assistance and the appropriate resources. Many companies join or renew their membership and forget to utilize the chamber benefits. Some businesses use their membership to increase their sales of goods or services, or for networking, or to learn more about new business laws and regulations. Nevertheless, having a business advocate organization working on your behalf can prove that your Oxnard Chamber membership provides a significant return on your investment.
The Oxnard Chamber Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) meets the second Monday of every month at noon at the Oxnard Chamber office. Led by Oxnard Chamber board members Tom Cady and Stacy Miller, the committee meets on proposed legislation, local elections and measures, and other issues such as energy, transportation, land use and water. The BAC is open and transparent and often has legislative aides in attendance, as well as the City and County representatives.
Once an agenda item has been vetted and voted on through the BAC, it is then forwarded to the full Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors as an “Action Item” at the next scheduled board meeting. As chair of the board of directors I’m repeatedly impressed by those around the table who represent a myriad of industries in the Oxnard community and contribute to a thoughtful and methodical discussion on any particular item.
Additionally, it is not uncommon for Nancy Lindholm, President & CEO, and Oxnard Chamber board members to spend hours at a city council or county board of supervisors’ meeting on your behalf. Moreover, we’ve also taken several trips to Sacramento to express our positions on a variety of topics. There are residents and other organizations who have strong opinions on local issues, however advocating for a member in good standing and whose business benefits the community is a roll the Chamber is proud to take on.
It’s reassuring to know that the Oxnard Chamber is your business advocate. Now, who are you going to call?
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce strongly supports California WaterFix to protect the reliability of our state and local water supplies. In our role as a champion for a stronger community, we know how critical it is to have a reliable source of water to serve our businesses and residents alike.
One-third of Southern California's water supply comes from Northern California. Our long-term water supply depends on modernizing the state's water delivery system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
After 10 years of research and environmental review, state and federal agencies have proposed California WaterFix as the solution. This modernized system would have two locations to divert water – one in the north Delta and one in the south Delta. This will provide more flexibility and reduce conflicts with fish species like salmon and smelt.
The new tunnel pipelines will safely transport supplies to the 25 million people, farms and businesses that depend on this water in the event of an earthquake or other disaster that collapses Delta levees and disrupts the water we get from the current decades-old system.
There are many regional benefits to having a reliable State Water Project. Water from Northern California helps to prepare the Southland for future droughts and emergencies. Imported supplies from Northern California help replenish our ground water basins. Sierra snowmelt is pure enough to recycle again and again, promoting more water recycling projects.
The cost for California WaterFix is roughly half the cost of other large-scale local water supply projects. This investment, spread over the expected supply, breaks down to less than a tenth of a penny per gallon and will protect the supply for decades.
In addition, California WaterFix will create about 100,000 jobs, and it supports Southern California's trillion dollar economy and hundreds of thousands of existing jobs.