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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Dewart is president of Yusen Logistics Mexico. An 18-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 international logistics and supply chain experience, specifically air and 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.
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.
Roger Guenther was named the Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority 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 the Port of Houston Authority 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 of Houston Authority, 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.