December 12 - 13, 2017
Newark, New Jersey
CEO; and President
Golden Carriers Inc.; Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers
Managing Partner
The Triangle Group

Caryn started her career with Kohl's Department Stores as a part time salesperson. With career moves to Human Resources and Store Operations, she was promoted to Vice President Logistics. From there she took on Merchandise Planning and retired from Kohl's in the position of Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Merchandise Planning.

Soon after that, she invested in The Triangle Group, a third party logistics company providing end to end supply chain solutions to retailers and manufacturers. She and her partner operate facilities in New Jersey, Southern California, Mississippi, and Florida. Caryn continues to be excited about the importance of supply chain management to a company's overall profitability and growth. She experienced first hand the 2014/2015 west coast port slowdowns and is optimistic about the changes that are being made to improve overall terminal efficiency and dray productivity.

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 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, Port Department
Port Authority of NY & NJ

Molly C. Campbell is the Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She oversees the management and operation of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast of North America and the third largest in the country.

Ms. Campbell manages the agency's port operation, including facility maintenance, capital programs, environmental initiatives, port performance, and other special projects dedicated to continued sustainability and modernization of port infrastructure. Ms. Campbell is also responsible for the Port's relationships with maritime industry stakeholders, including marine terminal operators, intermodal and trucking partners, national and international logistics business cargo owners, and global leaders in port operations.

Ms. Campbell joined the Port of Los Angeles in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in January 2007. Most recently, Molly served as Director of Financial Management Systems at Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to her diverse background in public transportation, Ms. Campbell also played active roles in national and international logistics associations.

Ms. Campbell holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

President and CEO
PierPass Inc.
President and CEO
GCT Global Container Terminals
Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director
Port of Long Beach

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is the Chief Commercial & Operations Officer for the Port of Long Beach.

Previously, he served as the Port's Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Hacegaba has more than 20 years of executive experience spanning a variety of industries.

Prior to joining the Port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for an international company and as a management consultant.

Dr. Hacegaba holds degrees in economics (B.A. and M.A.), business administration (B.S.) and urban planning (M.Pl.) from the University of Southern California and earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne. He is also a Certified Port Executive® and Port Professional Manager® and serves on the boards of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce and the American Association of Port Authorities Curriculum Committee.

Senior Product Manager
CEO, Founder and author of 2014 book "Culture Shock in Maersk Line."
SeaIntelligence Consulting

Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis, process improvement and revenue management in the container shipping sector. SeaIntelligence Consulting was founded in 2013. Additionally, Lars Jensen is the co-founder of SeaIntel Maritime Analysis which was founded in 2011 and focused on providing impartial as well as actionable market intelligence for the container shipping industry. The information is often used by all market participants from carriers and shippers to ports and financial institutions.

Lars Jensen is also the CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry, providing cyber security assessments onshore and on vessels as well as assist in improving cyber security readiness.

Lars Jensen has founded the publishing house Vespucci Maritime Publishing and is the author of the book "Culture Shock in Maersk Line" outlining the changes in the world's largest container line over the past 15 years. Soon to come is "Liner Shipping 2025" focusing on the changes to come in the industry and how carriers, terminals, shippers and forwards should navigate to be successful.

Lars Jensen is co-founder of LinerGame which is focused on providing innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry. Additionally, Lars has experience in designing and executing training courses for the Maersk Line Shipping Education as well as tailor-made training courses for individual companies and is acting as both teacher and coach at the maritime MBA at Copenhagen Business School.

In 2016 Lars Jensen co-founded LinerGrid providing advanced tools to optimize network design for container carriers and also joined the board of the New York Shipping Exchange.

Lars Jensen has 15 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry. This covers a combined period of 8 years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company. Additionally Lars Jensen has for 2 years been CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, as well as in charge of developing and implementing eCommerce strategy in Maersk Line.

Prior to entering the container shipping industry, Lars Jensen completed a Ph.D. on complex mathematical analysis in physics, as well as worked with technological innovation and modelling in the Oil&Gas industry.

President and Chief Executive Officer
TRAC Intermodal

Keith E. Lovetro is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAC Intermodal. Mr. Lovetro has overall responsibility for the financial performance of the company, its long- term strategic vision and day-to- day operating performance.

Mr. Lovetro began his career in the Transportation Industry in 1980 and has over 36 years of management and leadership experience.

Prior to joining TRAC Intermodal, in 2011, he was the President and CEO of the YRC Regional LTL Transportation Group. He also was the President and CEO of FedEx Freight West. Mr. Lovetro has held numerous senior leadership positions throughout his career in the functional areas of Operations, Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Lovetro earned an MBA from the University of Santa Clara and a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis. He's on the Board of Directors of TRAC Intermodal, the OmniTRAX Rail Road Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL).

Director of Operations
California Multimodal LLC
Executive Director
Georgia Ports Authority

Griffith V. Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, an 1,100-person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.

As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations in Bainbridge and Columbus.  Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he administers a $280 million annual budget.

Before becoming executive director, Lynch served as GPA chief operating officer for five years. As COO of the single largest container terminal in North America and second busiest U.S. auto port, he was responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of all operations, and maintaining world-class operating standards. His duties included overseeing ambitious capital improvement and development programs for five deep water ports and two inland terminals while maintaining strong relationships with numerous customers, labor officials and supply chain partners. 

A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings more than 27 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.

Lynch graduated from the State University of New York at Maritime College in 1988 and immediately began his training as a vessel planner. Over the course of his career, Lynch held executive positions in both sales and operations at terminals in New York and Virginia before joining the GPA in 2011.

Executive Director
Port of Oakland

J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the Port's seven-member governing body.  

Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach.  A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach.

Before joining the Port, Mr. Lytle served as Vice President of West Coast Operations for the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. Mr. Lytle has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmark­based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea­Land Service, Inc.

Director, Container Operations
Port Houston
Vice President, West Coast Operations
Yusen Terminals Inc.
Senior Editor, West Coast, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Bill joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 before returning to Southern California. Bill began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC's TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.

Senior Editor, U.S. Northeast Ports and Trans-Atlantic Trade, JOC
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from the Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the U.S. Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Hugh has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor's in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.

President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome is the President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the port. He was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag¬Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.

Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and a MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, GA. He is married (wife Kathy) and has two children and one grandchild. His daughter, Rachel, is a teacher in Nashville, TN. She and her husband are the proud parents of Amelia Rose Smith, born May 4, 2016. His son, Matt (25), is a second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill).

Assistant Professor of Maritime and Supply Chain Management
Old Dominion University
CEO and Executive Director
Port of Virginia
Partner and International Trade Counsel
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Ms. Ross is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, resident in Los Angeles, where she Chairs the International Trade Practice Group which focuses on Customs, international trade, transportation, Food & Drug Administration, export licensing, corporate compliance/governance and import/export issues, along with anti-corruption and other trade compliance concerns. She is also Chair of MSK's Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group which assists clients to implement privacy and system preventive policies and procedures, but also provides breach resolution guidance.

She is a co-founder of; Member, American Association of Exporters and Importers' Industry Leadership Council; Past Chair, National Security Committee, current Steering Committee Member of the American Bar Association, International Law Section's Customs Law Committee and the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee; past Chair, District Export Council of Southern California, and 2016-2017 Vice Chair, National District Export Council.

Vice President, Global Transportation and Logistics
Ascena Retail Group
Executive Director, Customer Performance Analytics
GE Transportation

Jennifer C. Schopfer is the Executive Director of GET Customer Performance Analytics, part of GE Transportation's Digital Solutions business, headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Customer Performance Analytics delivers big data and advanced analytic solutions to customers across the Transportation industry, focused largely on Asset Performance Management and Port related solutions.

Prior to this role, Jen was the Executive Director of GE Data Solutions, part of GE Digital, based in San Ramon, CA. In that role. Jen and her team launched a big data strategy across GE to deliver $200MM of productivity to the GE businesses.

Jen began her GE career in 2006, as a part of GE Energy. From there, she joined GE's Corporate Audit Staff for 5+ years, rising to the position of Executive Audit Manager & Operations Manager.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She, her husband Brian, and their son Davis reside in Atlanta, GA.

VP Drayage & Industry Relations
National Retail Transportation Inc.

Steve Schulein is the Vice President of Drayage and Industry Relations for National Retail System’s (NRS), Steve has been overseeing all of the company’s drayage, intermodal and import business for 12 years.

Steve started his career with Sea­Land and continued to hold a number of positions of increasing responsibility in sales and operations. Before joining NRS, Steve was Senior Vice President at a major port consulting firm and NVOCC. He served as General Manager Operations for North America for a major steamship line, and as the Senior Vice President of Operations for another major carrier in the Caribbean trade. He is currently a member of the Council on Port Performance (CPP) working with the major stakeholders in the Port of NY/NJ.

American Intermodal Management

An industry-known leader, Gene Seroka brings more than 27 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port of Los Angeles. As executive director of the busiest container port in North America, he is responsible for managing more than a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California's economy and quality of life. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers worldwide, supply chain partners, labor, community members, and elected and appointed officials at all levels. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team.

Chief Executive Officer
Direct Chassislink Inc.

William (Bill) J. Shea, Jr. has been the Chief Executive Officer of Direct ChassisLink, Inc. since March 2012. In that capacity, Mr. Shea has been instrumental in shaping the strategic vision of DCLI, facilitating the acquisition of major legacy chassis fleets, while maintaining oversight of the company's growth and financial performance.

Mr. Shea has extensive experience in the transportation leasing industry, beginning his career with Itel Corporation in 1979 after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. In 1984, Mr. Shea started Kelley Transportation Services to market intermodal equipment manufactured by Stoughton Trailers, Inc.

In 1989, Mr. Shea formed Bay Cities Leasing and began leasing intermodal trailers to US railroads. Bay Cities was selected to manage the first domestic container and chassis pool for Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern in 1994 called EMP. The EMP Program developed the first reservation and billing systems for intermodal equipment and continues to provide containers and chassis to the US rail network today.

Over the past decade, Mr. Shea has served on public boards such as Interpool, Inc., which owned TRAC Intermodal, the nation's largest owner of marine and domestic chassis, and JB Hunt Corporation.

Mr. Shea continues to serve on the Board of Directors of DCLI and the Board of Directors of the University of Denver Transportation Institute, as well as numerous charities benefiting children with life threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Senior Port Planner and Analyst
Director of Operations
SG Footwear
Tioga Group Inc.
Chief Operating Officer
Northwest Seaports Alliance
Chief Operating Officer
APM Terminals

Keith Svendsen was appointed COO of APM Terminals in February 2017. Mr. Svendsen came to APM Terminals from Maersk Line, where he had served most recently as Head of Operational Execution.

Keith Svendsen joined the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in 1990 as a sea-going cadet. For the past 18 years he has worked in various leadership positions within the Group across several businesses and countries including Denmark, Italy, Holland, the United Kingdom, Turkey and China. Before his appointment as Chief Operating Officer for APM Terminals in February 2017, Keith served as Head of Operational Execution for the Maersk Group's Maersk Line business unit, where his responsibilities included the procurement function and the daily execution of the world's largest container shipping company, delivering competitive service at the most efficient unit cost.

Mr. Svendsen a Master Mariner from Fanoe Navigation College, in Denmark, and earned an Executive MBA from the London Business School, in the UK with a concentration in Strategy and Marketing.

Executive Editor, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.

DM, Director, Retail Solutions
Crane Worldwide Logistics

Dr. David Widdifield is a highly skilled supply chain professional with over 19 years of retail supply chain management and operational experience in the areas of;

• Distribution and fulfillment center operations
• Inventory management
• Logistics technology development and deployment
• Project management
• Strategy development
• Supplier relationship management
• Talent recruitment and retention
• Transportation operations

He has held multiple senior operational and project management roles within the supply chain sector for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW Inc., Heinz USA, and L Brands. Additionally, Dr. Widdifield is a retired US Army officer with 16 years' experience in combat and combat-support roles. His current role is Global Director for Retail Solutions at Crane Worldwide Logistics.

Director, International Transportation

Hi. My name is Todd Zaninelli and I am into my 20 th year as a Logistics Professional. For me, it is part of my pedigree. My father is a 40+ year veteran of the ocean transportation industry and is still at it. For some reason I followed him right into this topsy-turvy industry and cannot imagine doing anything else. My father and I differ in that while his career and success were gained solely with the ocean carriers, I elected to diversify and took opportunities to develop beyond ocean transportation.

I graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem PA in 1993 with a BA in Business Management and Sociology.

Upon graduating, my first opportunity was with "K" Line America, a global ocean carrier. I was able move around quickly within "K" Line and was responsible for National Transportation, National Logistics, and Import Customer Service and Documentation. I was also part of a transition and implementation team that established our National Service Center in Richmond VA. In 1998, I left "K" Line to join a start up 3PL -- - United States Consolidation Ltd. (USC).

While at USC, I was exposed to the world of supply chain and logistics from the perspective of origin management, with a heavy focus on China. USC thrived and was eventually acquired by Exel. While at Exel, our Consolidation Services division continued to grow and succeed and we were ultimately purchased by DHL in 2005. In 2006, Toys R Us, our largest customer in the International Supply Chain division, requested that I join their organization as Director of International Logistics.

Since joining TRU, I have been able to continue my growth in logistics and apply my experiences to make TRU's supply chain more efficient and more competitive. After several successful years on international, I was asked to take over the Domestic Transportation team. This was my first real venture into the world of truckload, intermodal and LTL, but continues the pattern in my career to always focus of broadening my knowledge base in supply chain and logistics. Effective January 1 st 2013, I have been given full responsibility over all international and domestic carrier activities. This new opportunity gives me the tools needed transform our network into a fully integrated supply chain linking our origin to our network.

In December 2016 I accepted an opportunity to join Lowe's Home Improvement as their Director of International Transportation. In my new role, I have continued my history of adding value and innovation to the Lowe's import supply chain, saving over $40 million in transportation spend through network design and innovation in procurement activities.

I live in North Carolina with my wife, Jessica, and our two boys, Peter age 11 and Tommy age 8. I play a lot of golf, enjoy salt water fishing, and spend time with my family at the Jersey Shore.

Founding Partner and Executive Director
PEAR Strategies and Harbor Trucking

Weston LaBar is the Founding Partner of PEAR Strategies, a Long Beach based strategic consulting firm.

He has a decade of experience managing trade associations, as well as managing large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, he serves as the CEO or Executive Director for six trade associations including the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) and Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce (HAIC) and is very active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. His clients include large trade associations, Fortune 100 companies, and large land developers. He has been routinely featured in international publications on major issues relating to ports and goods movement. In 2013, he was appointed to serve as a Long Beach City Commissioner to the Workforce Development Board and was elected as the 2016 Co­Chair for the Los Angeles County Business Federation’s International Trade Committee.