May 14 - 16, 2017
Houston, TX
CPE™, Chief Commercial Officer
Port Manatee

With more than 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, Matty Appice has led Port Manatee's sales, business and marketing activities since 2010 and was named Chief Commercial Officer in 2016. Mr. Appice concentrates on the expansion of the port's container business and directs the efforts to expand other key segments such as bulk and break bulk cargo.

Prior to coming to Port Manatee, he worked for Tropical Shipping and CP Ships in a variety of key positions throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Appice hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University.

He was born in New York City and has been a resident of Florida since 2004. Mr. Appice is married and has two grown children and one grandchild.

Global Sales Director
BBC Chartering USA

Edwin Bastian joined BBC Chartering in August 0f 2007. He currently serves as Global Sales Director and leads the strategic sales initiative for the largest global breakbulk and project chartering fleet in the world.

During Ed's 40 year career, he has held management positions with following companies, NYK North America, Evergreen Marine, Port of Long Beach, Jones Stevedoring and Nautilus Leasing, UBS and Morgan Stanley.

Ed is an active member of various industry organizations including International Transportation Management Association of Houston, Railway Industrial Clearance Association, Editorial Advisory Board for Breakbulk Magazine, Breakbulk Americas Program Advisory Board and serves on the board of Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund.. Ed also is frequently invited as a guest speaker and panelist at trade luncheons and events both inside and outside the Houston area.

Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Project Cargo, JOC
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Joseph Bonney is senior editor for breakbulk and project cargo at the JOC within IHS. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. In his current role, he covers the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry, the International Longshoremen's Association and containerized shipping related to the Gulf of Mexico. He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston. During the 1980s, he spent five years as the company's Gulf Coast correspondent and maritime editor. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper, a newsman with the Associated Press and reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He is co-author of "The Box That Changed the World," a history of containerized shipping published in 2006. Joe speaks regularly to industry groups. After working out of the JOC's New York-New Jersey home office for 15 years, he relocated to New Orleans in May.

Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.

Director and CEO
Port of Brownsville

Eduardo A. Campirano has been the Port Director & CEO of the Port of Brownsville, the only U.S. deepwater seaport directly on the U.S./Mexico border, since 2007.

During Mr. Campirano's tenure, the Port has improved its financial position by increasing its cash reserves, and undertaken major infrastructure improvements. In July of 2012, the Port received a $12 million TIGER IV Grant for the construction of a new general cargo dock completed in 2015. Since 2012, the Port's Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 has ranked in the top three nationally for the value of exported commodities.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Pan American University-Brownsville, now The University of Texas RGV, and master's degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He served as a city manager and held a number of management positions in the private and public sectors.

Mr. Campirano is a past chairman of the Texas Ports Association, and currently serves on the Ports Authority Advisory Committee, and the Texas Department of Transportation Border Trade Advisory Committee.

President and CEO
Port of New Orleans

Brandy D. Christian is President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and the first female CEO in the Port's 120-year history. As head of the financially self-supporting public agency with unsurpassed multimodal connections to global and domestic markets, Christian oversees cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations.

Before joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego as vice president of strategy and business development, streamlining operational processes, securing major accounts, and negotiating leases for the cruise and cargo business lines. Before that, she worked at KPMG Consulting as a quality management consultant in their public-sector practice.

Christian serves on the Green Marine, Waterways Council, Inc. and World Trade Center New Orleans Board of Directors, chairs the American Association of Port Authorities' Cruise Committee and is a member of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute Advisory Board.

Supply Chain Manager
FBD Partnership LP

Darryl Cline is the Supply Chain Manager for FBD Partnership, headquartered in San Antonio, TX, where he specializes in all modes of Global Logistics. He has over 13 years of experience in Transportation, Logistics, Planning and Supply Chain Management. His work focuses on Kaizen cost savings, carrier management/negotiations and delivering a predictable Supply Chain. Prior to joining FBD, Darryl held management positions at Southwestern Motor Transport, HEB Grocery and Ryder Integrated Logistics at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in San Antonio where he managed the logistics for JIT inventory. Darryl holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Texas State University.

Director, Applied Knowledge
Breakthrough Fuel LLC

Daniel Cullen is the Director of the Applied Knowledge team at Breakthrough®Fuel, a transportation energy advisory firm based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Breakthrough®Fuel works with the largest shippers in the world – including Unilever, P&G, Kraft Heinz, and Whirlpool – to manage the cost, consumption, and emissions associated with transportation fuel in the supply chain. Daniel's areas of expertise include global markets for both transportation energy and carbon emissions, and he actively advises Breakthrough®Fuel clients in developing their global energy management strategies.

Originally from Troy, New York, Daniel earned his A.B. in politics from Princeton University.

Executive Director and CEO
Mississippi State Port Authority

Jonathan Daniels currently serves as the Executive Director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport.

Jonathan joined the MSPA in June 2013 and oversees the operations and development of the Port of Gulfport, which is currently in the middle of a $570 million Expansion Project. The Port's capabilities include handling bulk, break-bulk and containerized cargo. With eight maritime tenants and one non-maritime tenant, the Port continues to look for opportunities to further diversify its tenant base and expand its reach across the United States.

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in port management, international trade, and economic development to Gulfport as his prior business experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Port of Oswego Authority in Oswego, NY; President and CEO of Eastern Maine Development Corporation; Managing Director of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge; and Port Director of the Port of Eastport, ME.

Senior Director and Head of North American Business Development, Global Oil & Gas Projects
DB Schenker

Dennis Devlin is Senior Director / Head of Business Development North America - Global Projects / Oil & Gas for DB Schenker. He was previously Vice-President, Business Development for Panalpina Energy Solutions from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, he was with BDP International, as Director - Global Projects, having worked for BDP in Houston, at their headquarters in Philadelphia, and in Shanghai, where he was Regional Manager of Project Logistics Asia Pacific. While in China, he was also Vice Chairman of Logistics Committee for the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce. This is his second stint with DB Schenker. He started his career in the 1980s with Schenker, where he also worked in projects and ocean freight. A native of Delaware, he is a 1987 honors graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with degrees in economics and political science. He has also studied in Glasgow, Paris, Taipei, Shanghai, and Bogota.

President
Yusen Logistics Mexico

Jordan Dewart is President of Yusen Logistics Mexico. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Mexico in the NAFTA marketplace since 1995. He has expertise in International Supply Chain Logistics, specifically Air & Ocean Forwarding, Intermodal and Truck Transportation as well as Customs Brokerage and Warehousing. Dewart earned a Bachelor's of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. Born in Swift Current, Canada, he currently resides in Celaya, Mexico with his wife and three children.

Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Port Tampa Bay

Wade Elliott joined the Tampa Port Authority in 2003 and is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of Port Tampa Bay.

Mr. Elliott has more than 25 years of port marketing, business development and research experience working with clients across the globe, including exporters, importers, ocean carriers, terminal operators and cruise lines. He was previously Executive Director of the Halifax-Dartmouth Port Development Commission, reporting to the Commission's board of directors for this agency responsible for port business development and marketing, as well as public, media and government relations.

Mr. Elliott is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he also worked as Research Associate conducting economic and policy research in the maritime sector. He began his career working at sea aboard a variety of container, bulk, tanker, offshore supply and seismic survey vessels.

He is the Chairman of the Tampa Foreign Trade Zone, and serves on the board of directors of Tampa Port Ministries Seafarers' Center and the Tampa Bay International Business Council.

Executive Vice President
Cosco Shipping

Mr. Howard Finkel is a 35 year veteran of ocean shipping. He started in 1981 in New York City first, as an executive trainee, learning all phases of ocean transportation and then worked in outside sales. In his 35 years in the industry, Mr. Finkel has held positions in sales, pricing, marketing, operations and regulatory affairs.

Howard joined COSCO in 1995 as General Manager, Pricing and Marketing and was promoted to AVP Commercial, VP Commercial and now holds the title, Executive VP for COSCO SHIPPING Container Lines Americas, Inc., as well as VP of COSCO SHIPPING Americas. Mr. Finkel's responsibilities include, mergers and acquisitions, discussion groups, legal affairs, regulatory affairs , cost control, PR, contract review and contract negotiations.

He is a graduate of Queens College (CUNY) and lives in Verona, New Jersey.

Vice President, Trade & Development
Alabama State Port Authority

Mr. Fogarty was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business Management Studies at the University of South Alabama and completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Tennessee in 1990. Mr. Fogarty has 42 years of professional experience in domestic and international trade, terminal operations and stevedoring in U.S. ports. Mr. Fogarty's maritime career began in 1970 working on the docks in Mobile as a checker with the ILA while attending school at the University of South Alabama. Upon completion of school in 1975, Mr. Fogarty joined Ryan-Walsh Stevedoring Company in Mobile where he initially worked in the maintenance department. In 1981 he was promoted to Vice President of Ryan-Walsh. He left the company in 1994 to join Inchcape Shipping as Executive Vice President, before departing in 1997 to become President and CEO of Fairway Terminal Corporation. Fairway was purchased by P&O Ports in 2000, and in 2004 Mr. Fogarty was promoted to Senior Vice President. P&O Ports changed hands twice more before its name was changed to Ports America. Mr. Fogarty retired in June of 2012 and moved home to the Mobile area in 2013. Coming out of retirement, he joined the Alabama State Port Authority in June of 2013. Mr. Fogarty is actively involved in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Association, Propeller Club of Mobile, Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, Alabama Germany Partnership, North Alabama International Trade Association, Inland River, Ports and Terminals Association, and Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Director, Mexico
Celtic International

Carlos Godinez is Mexico's Commercial Director and Celtic (Transplace's Intermodal division) General Manager, of Transplace LLC a premier logistics provider in North America.

In his role Carlos is responsible for new commercial development and leading the sales team in country offering all Transplace products, as well as responsible for P&L management, in-country leadership, profitability growth, business and execution strategy of the recently created Intermodal division, branded under Celtic International, one of the largest Intermodal Marketing Companies (IMCs) in the industry.

Godinez joined Transplace in October 2014, bringing more than 18 years of experience in supply chain (selling, operating and sourcing transportation services and a wide range of Supply Chain and Logistics services), in Mexican and Transnational companies, with the objective to develop and lead the Intermodal Division.

Godinez has a Bachelor in International Business by the ITESM-Monterrey campus; international bachelor studies in the University of Wisconsin-Stout; a diploma in Project Management by the ITESM-Mexico City campus; and more recently an MBA in Global Businesses by the Thunderbird School of Global Management, at Glendale, AZ; in partnership with the ITESM.

Godinez has received several academic awards (in Mexico and the US), is a regular speaker at national and international logistics conferences and forums, a recipient of the "2012 National Logistics Award – Supplier Category"; and an active Member of the Board at the AMTI (Mexican Association of Intermodal Transport) between 2013 and 2014.

Carlos joined Transplace after almost 9 years in Schneider National Carriers, where he held several leadership positions in Intermodal Operations, Customer Service and as the in-country Commercial General Manager in his last role being responsible for the commercial, lead generation and sales strategy/ results for the Truckload and Intermodal divisions. During his career in Schneider, Godinez positioned the company as the largest FAK intermodal carrier in Mexico.

Carlos previous career experience include companies like Procter and Gamble, Grupo TMM and Lear Corporation.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Carlos is a 41-year old logistics and business professional, married, with two daughters; with a passion for sports, personal growth, and discovering new places all around the world.

Executive Director
Port Houston

Roger Guenther was named the Executive Director of Port Houston in January 2014. With 27 years of experience at the Port Authority, Guenther brings operational leadership and a proven track record to the position.

Previously, he served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management and construction of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests.

Since joining Port Houston in 1988, Mr. Guenther has served in various capacities related to facilities management, including master planning of the Bayport Container Terminal, redevelopment of the existing Barbours Cut Terminal, and procurement of all container handling cranes and equipment over the last two decades.

Mr. Guenther earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and has an MBA in International Trade and Finance from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the Port Houston, Mr. Guenther was an engineer with Emscor, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Guenther currently serves on TxDOT's Texas Freight Advisory Committee and Port Authority Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council.

A native of Baytown, Texas, he grew up close to the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston. Mr. Guenther currently resides in Pearland with his wife Fabiana and two children. He is actively involved with youth programs at his church, enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf, and is a dedicated supporter of Texas A&M athletics.

Managing Director
APM Terminals

Brian Harold is Managing Director of APM Terminals Mobile (formerly Mobile Container Terminal) at Choctaw Point in the Port of Mobile, and has held that position since 2010. He is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV and holds a B.S.D. in Finance. With fifteen years of experience in the shipping industry, Mr. Harold has held various positions in both marine and terminal operations. From 2002 until 2004 he was with the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in Prague, Czech Republic, primarily focusing on intermodal logistics. He was most recently with APM Terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey from 2004 until 2010 where he held the position of Director of Terminal Operations at their Port Elizabeth facility in New Jersey. His responsibilities there included oversight of day-to- day operations, labor relations and strategic development of the facility. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Steamship Association and is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MSSA-ILA Pension and Welfare Funds. Mr. Harold also served on the Board of Directors of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and 2013 and is currently on the Chamber's Board of Advisors. Brian, his wife Lori, daughter Allyson and son Braden reside in Fairhope, AL.

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
New Orleans Cold Storage

Jim Henderson is Vice President at New Orleans Cold Storage ("NOCS"). NOCS is a leader in the business of handling, storing, loading and discharging import / export refrigerated product. NOCS operates refrigerated warehouses at three Key ports: New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; and Charleston, SC. Jim is based at NOCS Corporate Headquarters in New Orleans. In addition to his 8 years at NOCS, Jim has worked in transportation, logistics, and international business for over 20 years with companies such as Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Company ("CTLC"), International Shipholding Corporation and Tropical Shipping, based in various locations ranging from South Florida to New Orleans, Barbados to Canada. Jim graduated from Wofford College, and received his masters degree in International Business from the prestigious MIBS program at the University of South Carolina. Prior to his graduate degree, Jim spent 2 years in Bolivia, South America working as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Managing Director
Chief Economist and Strategist, JLL

Dr. Walter Kemmsies is Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL's Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. Walter executes initiatives for JLL's public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He has expanded the Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group's expertise to the infrastructure sector to assist both public agencies and investors in long term strategic planning/capital investment underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.

Walter provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via a monthly column, presentations at major international industry conferences, and advising the US Department of Commerce on supply chain competitiveness and the Department of Transportation's National Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Valuation. Walter recently testified to the US Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry.

Prior to joining JLL, Walter was the Chief Economist for Moffat & Nichol, a leading global infrastructure advisement firm. Preceding his experience working with Moffatt & Nichol, Walter was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London and, earlier, Head of Global Industry Strategy at UBS in Zurich and London.

Director of Marketing, International Intermodal
CN

A 33-year transportation and logistics veteran, Lonny's years of experience in the supply chain and rail industry is supported by a deep background in operations, marketing, sales, business development, international freight forwarding, and multi-modal operations. With a strong track record of implementing ground- breaking solutions in all segments of CNs business, this has allowed CN customers to compete and grow in today's challenging market place.

Recently Lonny headed CN's Asia operations in Shanghai for the past number of years. This role has further contributed to his overall supply chain perspective and International trade knowledge.

Lonny's appointment in 2015 as Director of Marketing, International Intermodal, continues his tradition of serving in roles for which he has a strong personal passion. He, as CN, is committed to driving innovative supply chain partnerships among our customers, stake holders and our operating groups.

Vice President, Public Affairs
Union Pacific

Brenda Mainwaring is Vice President of Public Affairs for the fastest growing region in Union Pacific Railroad's twenty-three state network. She and her team manage political, community and media outreach in six states, including UP's interchange points with Mexico.

In her twenty years with Union Pacific, Mainwaring has managed legislative affairs, historical assets, trademark licensing and branded-products, and special activities including UP's role as supplier to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In 2007, she established the public affairs role in UP's headquarters state of Nebraska. Prior to coming to UP, Mainwaring was an intelligence analyst in Washington, D.C.

Mainwaring is a member of TxDOT's Freight Advisory and Border Trade Advisory committees and the Texas Business Leadership Council. She has been honored as WTS-Houston's "Transportation Woman of the Year," Houston Woman Magazine "50 Most Influential Women of 2016," and Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce "Breakthrough Woman."

Chief Operating Officer
Dunavant Global Logistics Group

Richard has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of a global supply chain within industries ranging from automotive, retail, food, consumer products, and commodities. He provided the leadership and vision to develop Dunavant into a global logistics service provider. Richard leads his management team in delivering clients lower-landed cost solutions with improved customer service. Formerly, he was vice president of supply chain for the Fortune 300 retailer, AutoZone, and vice president of global logistics for Williams-Sonoma. His contributions to overall re-engineering efforts at these organizations allowed significant gains in supply chain service and efficiency metrics.

Vice President, Logistics
Petco Animal Supplies

Paul has 25+ years of experience in Supply Chain and Logistics. Paul started in Logistics working for an LTL carrier and has held leadership positions with multiple retailers. Paul is currently the Vice President of Logistics with Petco. He is responsible for both international and domestic transportation, optimization, vendor operations and compliance, and for international operations.

Senior Economist
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at Maritime & Trade, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining the JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. A frequent speaker to industry groups, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing.

Corporate Manager Traffic and Logistics and Manager
Bechtel Global Logistics

Dennis Mottola is Bechtel's Corporate Functional Manager of Traffic and Logistics and General Manager of Bechtel Global Logistics. He has served in various roles during his nineteen-year career with Bechtel including Corporate Manager of Expediting and Supplier Quality, GBU T&L Manager, and was responsible for Bechtel's Export/Import Compliance Program. Mottola has spent his entire career in the global logistics and supply chain management field, including managing mega project logistics, marine shipping, export packing, manufacturing and trading operations.

Mottola is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Logistics and has completed executive certificate programs at Robert Morris University and the University of Virginia. He is active in several industry and educational associations including ECMC, the International Transportation Management Association, the University of Houston Logistics and Transportation Policy Program Advisory Board, and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the DOC Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness.

Bechtel Corporation is among the world's most respected engineering, procurement, construction, and project management companies. Bechtel colleagues have delivered more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Bechtel's experience and expertise is expansive, with services across a wide range of industries, including: civil infrastructure and power; nuclear, security and environmental; mining and metals; and oil, gas, and chemicals.

Senior Director, Supply Chain
Igloo Corp.
Executive Director
Port of Lake Charles

Mr. Rase has over 30 years of port and cargo management experience. He graduated in 1971 with a B. A. degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.

After serving in a number of public port and private sector administrative positions at a variety of ports and companies, Mr. Rase was appointed, in 2002, Director of Operations for the Port of Lake Charles. Mr. Rase has been personally responsible for revamping several key operating agreements and securing several new cargo operations- both of which substantially increased the economic well being of the Port and the area.

In May, 2010, Mr. Rase accepted the position of Executive Director of the Port of Lake Charles.

President, South Atlantic and Gulf District
International Longshoremen's Association

Alan A. Robb was unanimously elected Assistant General Organizer, International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO at the union's quadrennial convention in July 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A native of Houston, Texas and a nearly 40-year veteran of the ILA, Robb was also elected in July 2015 by the Executive Board of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coas District, to fill the unexpired term as District President, following the retirement of Clyde Fitzgerald from that position. The District President's term runs until July 2018.

Robb began his career as an ILA longshoreman in 1979 where he cleaned forklifts as a member of ILA Local 1273. He also worked in maintenance with ILA Local 1330. Locals 1273 and 1330 would merge in 1983, becoming ILA Local 28 and Robb would be elected chairman of that local's Executive Board in 1984.

Robb's career with ILA Local 28 would culminate in 2001 with his election as President. In 2001, he also was elected a Vice President and Executive Board member of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, ILA. This District represents ILA members on the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.

Robb's first appointment to the International came in 2005 when he was appointed International Representative. That same year, he was named a Representative for the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District.

Robb was named ILA Education Director in 2013. For the past five, years Robb has served on the board of the ILA's Civil Rights Committee and locally, in his home port of Houston, he serves as a board member for both Houston's East End Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Maritime Museum.

Alan Robb comes from a rich maritime history. His father was a Scottish merchant marine who met Alan's mother aboard a military supply ship transporting military goods to Europe during the Second World War. Alan's parents emigrated to New York City where his father worked for a steamship agency in New York City beginning in 1946. In 1948, Alan's father took a job on the Houston waterfront with a local stevedoring company that employed ILA.

Alan Robb and his wife, Barbara are the parents of two daughters, Alex and Sydney and the family resides in League City, Texas.

Editorial Director
Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Lara L. Sowinski is Editorial Director for Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a B2B trade journal devoted to the global food supply chain. During her career, she has written extensively on globalization and foreign trade, covering the business and commercial aspects as well as the social and cultural implications. Sowinski's background in foreign trade is well rounded with prior positions at Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS in 2001) and Sony Corporation of America. In 2011, she was the first recipient of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association's Russell Award for Editorial Excellence, which recognizes editorial excellence for journalistic coverage of the transportation and logistics industry.

President
IMS Worldwide Inc.

Mr. Spencer is the President of IMS Worldwide, Inc. (IMSW), headquartered in Houston, Texas. Mr. Spencer is a nationally regarded expert on matters related to:

• Logistics and Intermodal Shipping Trends, Ports, Inland Ports and Rail-Served Logistics Centers

• Development and Utilization of Foreign-Trade Zones for Importers and Exporters

• Impact of E-Commerce on Logistics and Supply Chains and Industrial Real Estate

Mr. Spencer is featured as a speaker at more than 55 national conferences and workshops each year, and has been published in The Journal of Commerce, Pacific Shipper, Inbound Logistics and other news magazines. Mr. Spencer has been the keynote or featured speaker at annual events sponsored by the following associations: IWLA, RILA, JOC (TPM & Inland Ports Logistics), ULI, NAIOP, SIOR, AAEI, NAFTZ, AAAE, IEDC, GA Logistics Conference, CSCMP (2 time track chair), WERC and ICSC. IMSW under Mr. Spencer's leadership, is now a leading consulting firm for developers and real estate trusts who seek his guidance as it relates to; Value Propositions for Industrial Real Estate, Port Efficiencies and Site Selection Differentiators.

Director, Global Logistics
CB&I’s Engineering and Construction Group

Jake Swanson is the Global Logistics Director for CB&I's Engineering and Construction Group. He has worked with CB&I for the past 6 years helping to manage Transportation and Logistics solutions for some of their most complex projects over that time period, including multiple projects located in the US Gulf. Prior to joining CB&I, Mr. Swanson worked on the project carrier side with both Intermarine and Beluga in their chartering groups and before that with a terminal and regional transportation company based out of Baltimore, MD. Jake attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and then later received an MBA from the University of Houston. He also served in the United States Naval Reserves in the Strategic Sealift Officer program for 11 years.

Executive Editor, JOC.com
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

As executive editor of JOC.com, Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC reporting team from Washington, D.C. His interests and coverage range widely, from global maritime regulation to import sourcing migration. Before joining the JOC in 2011, he reported on logistics in Jacksonville, Florida, and at various daily newspapers across the country, where he covered local business, politics, and crime. A Chicago native, he speaks regularly to industry groups, and is instrumental in development of JOC Events programming. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, the South China Morning Post and USA Today.

Senior Director, Content
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

President
Katoen Natie USA

Frank A.Vingerhoets has been the president of Katoen Natie Gulf Coast Inc. For the last 14 years.

With more than 5 mio sq ft of warehouses in Houston alone they are the biggest logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in Texas.

As a veteran of the Katoen Natie group with over 26 years of experience in global logistics he now heads the petrochemical logistics activities of the Katoen Natie Group in the Nafta area.

During his career with the Katoen Natie Group he has held positions in Belgium, Scotland, Singapore, Japan, Canada and the USA.

The Katoen Natie group is the largest global logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in the world and handles more than 30mio tones of polymers on a yearly basis.

He holds a master's degree in Nautical science of the Nautical university of Antwerp.

President
West Gulf Maritime Association
Head of Operations, Americas (Cotton and Coffee)
Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners

Neil Woods is the Cotton operations lead, at Engelhart CTP (US) LLC and a representative of the American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA). Active in the global cotton industry for 20 years, Neil has held positions in the areas of inventory management, export and domestic logistics, trading and general management. Mr. Woods joined Cargill Cotton in Memphis in 1997 and over a 17 year career rose to the position of global trade execution, warehousing and Logistics leader and a member of the global senior leadership team. His international experience extends beyond the US to Europe, Brazil, India, Africa and the Far East. In 2014 Neil joined Engelhart CTP in Houston, responsible for the development, implementation and management of all physical and cotton trading operations. Neil is active on various committees of the International Cotton Association and American Cotton Shippers Association. Originally from the UK, Mr. Woods obtained his honors degree from the University of Liverpool, in environmental and evolutionary biology.

President
Griffin Creek Consulting

Sealand Services out of NYC and move up in the company to Area Manager. Following 14 years with Sealand Ed moved over to Ned Lloyd Lines for 5 years becoming Vice President of the North East Region working on cargo to and from the USA to all global areas. Following this Ed moved to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) starting in the Trans-Atlantic, moving into Refrigerated Trades and finally for the last 15 years into the VP position for exports from North America to Asia, the Middle East, the Sub Con, and India.

Prior to joining Sealand Ed has been spent three years in Trucking management, two years in Warehouse management and three years in line production with Ford Motor Co. During his long career Ed has been involved in all aspects of shipping both export and import to include inland movement, via Truck, and Rail  including extensive work on inland origins for all commodities. Ed has also been extensively involved in the oversight of Customer Service, Contracting, Pricing, and Operations.

Ed is now retired from OOCL and has started his own company named Griffin Creek Consulting. Ed continues to be involved in major commodities movements via Container, working with clients to ensure they are advantaged in all aspects of container movements.

The export markets are extremely volatile and Ed has the experience and strength to help customers attain the best services and cost savings available.

Presently Ed is consulting on a major Warehouse development, Exports of Agri products including Cold chain management and other products such as Hay and Grains. Also working with importers such as Lowes on cost savings and process management.