The Alabama State Port Authority announced in a recent news release that another new joint weekly, direct container-shipping service between the Port of Mobile and key ports in Asia has been established. 

COSCO Container Lines (CSCL) and Hanjin Shipping, currently the fourth- and eighth-largest container carriers in the world, respectively, were to make their first call at APM Terminals in Mobile on June 6. 

The new joint Gulf of Mexico Express (GME) service will connect Alabama shippers to the Ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen and Yantian, as well as provide transshipment service through the Port of Cristobal in Panama. The U.S. Gulf rotation includes both the ports of Mobile and Houston. 

“This new service further strengthens the port’s position in a major trade point serving Asia,” James K. Lyons, chief executive officer for ASPA, said. 

The CSCL/Hanjin GME service is the third all-water Asia service to be added to the Port Authority’s container terminal since it opened in late 2008. CSCL/Hanjin joins the world’s top three container carriers already providing weekly, direct service between Mobile and ports in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore.

“With the addition of CSCL/Hanjin service, the three weekly calls could attract additional economic development opportunities in the state for companies focused on Asian markets,” Lyons said.

Brookley welcomes Panasonic Avionics
The Mobile Airport Authority announced in a news release Panasonic Avionics Corp. has agreed to become the next global aerospace company to open an office at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile.

Panasonic Avionics is the world’s leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s solutions fully integrate with airline cabins, and their technology and maintenance offerings result in improved quality communication systems, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California, with more than 4,100 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered more than 8,000 in-flight entertainment systems and 1,000 in-flight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

“The Mobile Airport Authority continues to execute a well-researched, thoughtful and programmatic recruitment strategy crafting tailored solutions with highly flexible terms to meet the dynamic needs of the global aerospace supply chain,” Roger Wehner, executive director of the airport authority, said.

Red Square Agency shows its pride
Red Square Agency (RSQ), an award-winning digital agency headquartered in Mobile with a satellite site in Chicago, Illinois, was selected from 10 agencies across the nation to brand and build a new website ( for the largest and oldest LBGT pride organization, NYC Pride.

Located in New York City, NYC Pride was founded in 1984 to continue the legacy of the NYC Pride March. The march began a year after the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, largely noted as the starting moment in the modern fight for LGBT equality. Since then, the organization’s event roster has grown to more than 12 events across seven days. The new website launched recently to assist the organization with its busiest time of year, Pride Week, which culminates Sunday, June 26, with The March, Pridefest, Femme Fatale and Dance on the Pier.

“NYC Pride is thrilled to have worked with RSQ on this new site that allows us to speak to the incredible history of these events while bringing to life our dynamic imagery,” Chris Frederick, NYC Pride managing director, said. “As the largest pride organization in the United States, it was important to have a modern, mobile-friendly site in today’s ever-changing digital age. We are proud of RSQ’s work that takes us into the next generation of pride.”

USA Health names new chief strategy officer  
USA Health has announced the hire of Alan Whaley as the system’s new chief strategy officer. Whaley brings more than 30 years of experience in health care to this newly created position, including serving as an executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Infirmary Health.

“Whaley’s operational experience will be valuable in his role as he adds his clinical and hospital expertise to USA Health,” USA Health Chief Operating Officer Owen Bailey said. In the role, Whaley will be responsible for working with physician leadership and administrators to determine the strategic direction of USA Health. He will also coordinate expanded leadership development programs for physicians and managers.

Whaley’s career began in Birmingham, where he was director of primary care services for a group of medical clinics affiliated with Baptist Medical Center Montclair. In 1990, he joined Infirmary Health as administrator of its medical clinics, overseeing 12 locations and 40 physicians.
In 2009, Whaley was named chief strategy officer for Infirmary Health where he served until 2012. He spent the last four years in a new role, as a student and graduate assistant in the inaugural class of the USA Mitchell College of Business Doctor of Business Administration program. 

Whaley is a graduate of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business administration and information systems. He received master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.