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State of Louisiana
West Gulf Maritime Association
News Release
Thursday, May 27, 2010

WGMA to Honor Walter A. Niemand on June 3, 2010
Veteran trade association executive retires from regional trade group.


Walter A. NiemandWalter A. Niemand, outgoing President and CEO, West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA), will be honored at a reception in Houston.

The event is scheduled to be held at the WGMA office on Thursday, June 3rd starting at 4pm. WGMA is located at 1717 East Loop, Suite 200, Houston, Texas. The reception is open to the maritime industry. To RSVP or for additional details on the reception please contact Barbara Clements, WGMA, at 713-419-5030.


Mr. Niemand graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an undergraduate degree in psychology and with an advanced degree in industrial relations.


Mr. Niemand worked for the Pacific Maritime Association that handles maritime industrial relations and governmental relations in the states of California, Oregon and Washington. His duties included accident prevention, training, governmental relations and collective bargaining.


Mr. Niemand joined the West Gulf Maritime Association as its Vice President and was its chief management spokesman in labor contract negotiations with the International Longshoremen’s Association in all Texas ports and the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Mr. Niemand left the West Gulf Maritime Association in 1997 to become Director-Gulf Region and Vice President of the Carriers Container Council, Inc. which represented approximately 30 major International Container and/or RO-RO Steamship Carriers in the negotiations and the administration of the Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association. Mr. Niemand was also elected as an original Vice President of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. in December 1997 and is now a member of its Board of Directors. The USMX is comprised of major Steamship Carriers, Stevedores and Port Associations, involved with the ILA on the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States.


Mr. Niemand returned to the West Gulf Maritime Association in 2002 to become President and CEO until retiring April 2010. The West Gulf Maritime Association represents over 180 maritime companies and stakeholder participants in 8 West Gulf ports.

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