The Last Dinosaur

Christopher L Aversano

Industry veteran Christopher Aversano hosts an interview style podcast exploring digitization in the maritime shipping space. read less

Episode 33. Lourdes Evans, Senior Manager, Kongsberg Digital and Co-President WISTA CT
Feb 28 2023
Episode 33. Lourdes Evans, Senior Manager, Kongsberg Digital and Co-President WISTA CT
Welcome to The Last Dinosaur, a podcast that explores the latest trends and innovations in the technology industry. In this week's episode, I sit down with Lourdes Evans, Senior Manager at Kongsberg Digital and Co-President of the WISTA Connecticut chapter, to discuss the impact of COVID on remote training, digital transformation in the maritime industry, the importance of mentoring, and more. Lourdes brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked in a variety of roles within the technology and maritime sectors. As a senior manager at Kongsberg Digital, her focus is on seafarer training via simulation products.  In addition, Lourdes is a passionate advocate for gender diversity in the industry, and has played an active role in mentoring and supporting women in tech through her involvement with WISTA. During the episode, we cover a range of topics, including: How COVID has forced the industry to rethink remote training and education, and the opportunities and challenges this presents.Lourdes' insights on the digital transformation of the maritime industry, and how it has changed the way businesses operate and interact with their customers.The role of mentoring in supporting women in tech, and the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive community.Lourdes' advice for aspiring professionals in the industry: "Just Do It". Throughout the episode, Lourdes shares a wealth of knowledge and experience, providing valuable insights into the current state of the technology and maritime industries. So be sure to tune in, and don't forget to submit your questions and feedback to help shape future episodes. And if you enjoy the show, please leave us a five-star review!
Episode 31.  Chris Connor, CEO AAPA
Feb 14 2023
Episode 31. Chris Connor, CEO AAPA
This week’s episode of the Last Dinosaur features CEO of American Association of Port Authorities, Chris Connor. AAPA is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. In this week’s episode, Chris and I have a great discussion about: ·       The aim of AAPA as a lobbying organization ·       How post WWII freight departments in manufacturing companies were set up and were siloed.  The impact of having partitions around the different types of freight is still felt today! ·       Bipartisan infrastructure bill and inflation reduction act will bring dollars to ports for electrification. ·       The impact of COVID on ports, including the ‘ports Czar’ ·       Find out what famous person Chris caddied for when he was growing up! Don’t forget to follow the podcast and leave a five-star review. Chris Aversano has bee in the maritime industry for nearly 30 years in positions both on shore and at sea,   Most of you will agree that our industry has been the slowest to embrace the digital revolution thus making it the last dinosaur.  But change is happening, and this podcast will explore that shift. I will talk to the innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders that are moving the maritime industry forward digitally.  So why listen?  I think that no matter who you are but have an interest in the maritime space, digital technology, or both, we will have something for you.