February 28 - March 02, 2016
Long Beach, CA

SPEAKERS

 

   Claudia Andersen  

CLAUDIA ANDERSEN IMPORT/EXPORT MANAGER OF ENTERPRISE LOGISTICS, 1-800FLOWERS.COM

Claudia Andersen is the Import / Export Manager for 1-800Flowers.com. Residing in Jacksonville, Florida, she has held various roles with the company since 2000. In her present role, she is responsible for the management of all imports and exports, service contract negotiations, US Custom compliance, and vendor management for the enterprise.

Having spent all of her professional life in Maritime Shipping, she is no stranger to the Transportation Industry. Prior to joining 1-800Flowers.com, Claudia worked for a diverse range of organizations that included importers, shippers, steamship lines, and freight forwarders. She began in 1991 as an intern for the purchasing department at Crowley American Transport. She later stayed as a full time employee for 7 years working with vessel manifests, documentation, booking, rates, and ultimately customer service. She has lent her expertise to many different companies such as being an International Sales and Marketing Representative for Consolidated Systems Inc. a steel deck manufacturer, as an Inside Sales Representative for Trailer Bridge Inc. as well as freight forwarding for Geologistics / Agility Company in Miami.

Claudia’s varied background in the Transportation Industry and her love of logistics provides for a perfect foundation for her present role in the company.

 

   Dr. Frank Appel  

DR. FRANK APPEL CEO, DEUTSCHE POST DHL GROUP

As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the world’s leading logistics and mail communications company. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and DHL. Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal service provider. DHL is uniquely positioned in the world’s growth markets, with a comprehensive range of international express, freight transportation, eCommerce, and supply chain management services. Deutsche Post DHL Group employs more than 480,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion Euros in 2014.
Frank Appel joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management. Prior to joining the Group, Frank Appel was a managing partner at McKinsey & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has a MSc in chemistry from the University of Munich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

 

   David Arian  

DAVID ARIAN VICE PRESIDENT, LOS ANGELES BOARD OF HARBOR COMMISSIONERS

David Arian was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on October 13, 2010. Arian has been a fixture on the LA Waterfront as a union worker, labor leader, and supporter of many community organizations.

Arian began his career as a longshoreman in 1965 and has been an active member of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) since. He served as an officer of the ILWU Local 13 many times, including three terms as local president. In 1991, he was elected international president of the ILWU. Following his term, he returned to the docks at the Port of Los Angeles where he worked until his retirement in 2009. Since then, Arian has served as president of the Harry Bridges Institute, a San Pedro-based, nonprofit dedicated to community organization.

Arian has been an active member of the San Pedro community for decades, from opening the San Pedro Community Action Center in 1966 to his more recent support of organizations like Toberman Settlement House, Harbor Interfaith Shelter, and San Pedro Boys & Girls Club. In 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed him to serve on the joint Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach Advisory Board for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

A proud citizen of the Harbor Area, Arian grew up on 8th Street in San Pedro, and attended Cabrillo Elementary, Dana Jr. High, and San Pedro High schools. He played at the San Pedro Boys Club, an organization he still supports today.

Arian has two children: a son, Sean, a daughter, Justine, and three grandchildren, Jadyn Rose, Destan and Jacob.

 

   Dr. Burak S. Ayata  

DR. BURAK S. AYATA REGIONAL DIRECTOR SEA & AIR REEFER LOGISTICS, KUEHNE + NAGEL IN NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Burak S. Ayata is currently employed as Regional Director Sea & Air Reefer Logistics by Swiss based international logistics company Kuehne + Nagel in North America, and has over 15 years of industry experience in various positions.

He holds AA in Liberal Arts in Business from Middlesex County College, a BA in Economics in Business & Finance from Montclair State University, a MBA degree in Marketing & e-business from Yeditepe University, and a Ph.D. in Technology Management & Global Innovation Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Ayata is a featured speaker at several conferences, and presented several research seminars in various universities globally.

His research areas of interest are: Technology Acceptance Model, Technology Management, Global Innovation Management, Restructuring Business Technology Systems, Contingency Planning, Business Process Management, Project Management, Strategic Management, Change Management, Operation Management, Business Strategy Development, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Performance, Supply Chain Integrated Technologies, and Global Cargo Real-Time Visibility Technologies.

 

   Dr. Nariman Behravesh  

DR. NARIMAN BEHRAVESH CHIEF ECONOMIST, IHS

Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets.

Behravesh and his team have been ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. He is quoted extensively the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report. He also regularly appears on national radio and television programs including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour, Fox Business News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, and All Things Considered and Market Place on National Public Radio.

Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS CERA Week and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

   Stephen Berry  

STEPHEN BERRY PARTNER-EMPLOYMENT LAW DEPARTMENT, PAUL HASTINGS LLP

Stephen Berry is a partner in the Employment Law Department in the firm’s Orange County office. He concentrates his practice in the representation of public and private employers in all aspects of employment law and labor relations, including defense of wage and hour and Fair Credit Reporting Act class actions, and discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, and whistleblower lawsuits; union organizing and decertification campaigns, contract negotiations, strikes and arbitrations; and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies. Mr. Berry also provides preventative counseling and training in all of these areas. Mr. Berry’s clients include major foreign and domestic-based international employers, including lifesciences, biotechnology and technology firms, insurance companies, entertainment companies, and manufacturing firms.

 

   Hakan Bicil  

HAKAN BICIL CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, CEVA LOGISTICS

Hakan joined CEVA in May 2014 as Chief Commercial Officer. His career has focused extensively on the contract logistics and freight management industry, where he has held a number of senior positions. Prior to joining CEVA he was Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development at Panalpina. He also served as Managing Director, EMEA, Toll Global Forwarding, Head of Strategic Business Development at Kuehne + Nagel and Head of Contract Logistics, Southern Germany, at Schenker-EuroCargo. Mr. Bicil has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, change management and new business launches. As CEVA’s Chief Commercial Officer, he leads the company’s global sales and marketing organization and spearheads the company’s ambitious customer acquisition program. He received his MBA in Logistics from the University of St. Gallen HSG in Switzerland and holds a BA in Economics from DHWB in Germany.

 

   Jim Blaeser  

JIM BLAESER VICE PRESIDENT, ALIXPARTNERS

Jim Blaeser has more than a decade of experience working in and around the global shipping and logistics community. In that time, he has worked with a variety of clients to help them improve their performance through benchmarking, fact­based research and strategic consultation. Jim’s specific areas of expertise include ocean shipping operations, transportation procurement, global logistics management, freight payment, global trade compliance, supply chain visibility, and logistics service provider operations.

Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2013, Jim held the position of publisher at American Shipper, the leading business­to­business media and data resource covering global shipping, logistics and trade. Previously he was vice president of business development responsible for the supply chain practice at Aberdeen Group, a Boston­based research company.

 

   Joseph Bonney  

JOSEPH BONNEY SENIOR EDITOR, TRANS-ATLANTIC, EAST AND GULF COAST, JOC, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Joseph Bonney is senior editor for the trans-Atlantic, East and Gulf coasts for 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. 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, 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. Bonney regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

   Javier Botello  

JAVIER BOTELLO DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AMERICOLD

Javier Botello joined Americold Logistics in 1994. Javier has wide-ranging experience across Americold’s organization having held positions as Operations Manager and Director of Information & Technology for North America, and General Manager of Americold’s Carson, Compton and City of Industry in California and Henderson, NV facilities. Javier is now a Director of Business Development focused of the seafood industry. Javier has a degree in Business Management from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.

 

   Marc Bourdon  

MARC BOURDON PRESIDENT, CMA CGM (AMERICAS) LLC

Marc Bourdon joined CMA CGM (America) LLC in October of 2013, and is domiciled in Norfolk Virginia.

Mr. Bourdon has been with the CMA CGM Group for 14 years in various increasingly senior management roles, acquiring extensive experience in the global transportation and in agency management.

His most recent role prior to arriving in the United States was as Managing Director of CMA CGM BRASIL. There he implemented multiple improvements to business approach and within the agency operational processes.

Prior to his service in Brazil, Mr. Bourdon was the Managing Director of CMA CGM Indian Agencies for five years after having worked in the CMA CGM Asia Regional Office as the Area Marketing Manager.

Mr. Bourdon received his education from Université de Rouen in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France.

 

   Perry M. Bourne  

PERRY M. BOURNE DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND RAIL OPERATIONS, TYSON FOODS

43 yrs. Experience in Domestic & International Truck, Rail, Ocean & Air Frt. holding various key management positions in Transportation & Logistics Mgt. at the following companies; Deere & Company, Eli Lilly, IBP (Iowa Beef Processors) and Tyson Foods. Currently Director of Intl’ Transportation & Rail Ops. for Tyson Foods.

Responsible for all Intl’ shipping of Tyson’s 19,000+ FEU’s of Reefer Business protein products and 3700+ FEU’s of Hide & Leather goods worldwide. Plus, operational responsibility for all Tyson rail fleets made up of 1150 jumbo tank cars, 340 Covered Hopper cars and 33 Mechanical Reefer cars. Our exports extend to 90 countries throughout the world.

Participated in various STB, FMC and Congressional hearings, Port of Oakland Shipper Advisor group. Member of the AgTC Advisory Board
BS in Transportation from Indiana University Kelly School of Business and MBA from the University of Iowa

 

   Paxton Bowman  

PAXTON BOWMAN VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, PORTS AMERICA

Paxton Bowman is Vice President of Operations for Ports America. His current responsibilities include oversight of container operations, third party services, and customer support at West Basin Container Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles.

Paxton started his maritime career in 1993 when he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He spent his first years serving onboard a High Endurance Cutter performing LE and SAR operations throughout the Pacific Rim. Paxton served his final years stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii conducting environmental operations and coordinating HazWaste shipments for the Coast Guard’s 14th District.

After serving his commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard, Paxton began his career in stevedoring and terminal operations when he joined Marine Terminals Corporation as a Marine Superintendent. He has since held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at terminals in both the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Paxton’s core expertise is vessel and terminal operations.

However, he has led many initiatives and projects focusing on safety, security, port technologies, process improvement, customer service delivery, IT implementation, and government compliance. Paxton is also actively involved in many port related organizations and non-profit groups. He currently serves on boards with PierPass, PMSA and the International Transportation Education Program (ITEP).

 

   Arthur Bredehoft  

ARTHUR BREDEHOFT GLOBAL OWNER-KEY ACCOUNT SALES, SAFMARINE

Arthur Bredehoft is an industry veteran having spent over 38 years dedicated to international shipping & logistics while working for the Maersk Group. With experience working across multiple geographies and across a wide range of commodities, Arthur has developed a deep understanding of trade and what global shippers need to run successful supply chains. As the current Global Owner of Key Accounts for Safmarine Arthur specializes in the transportation of containerized cargoes to and from Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South America. Arthur has a BA in Political Science from Jersey City State College and an MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University.

 

   Jeremy Bridges  

JEREMY BRIDGES ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND ARBITRATION, PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOCIATION

Jeremy Bridges is an acknowledged subject matter expert throughout the Maritime-Transportation industry on the U.S. West Coast. Endorsements among colleagues establish Jeremy Bridges as a change agent and innovator with a reputation for navigating effective collaborative wins. He brings success and expertise on the terminal operations and labor relations sides of maritime industry. In his 15 year career, Jeremy has worked in a variety of roles for recognized maritime industry leaders. Jeremy graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance from James Madison University, where he also was a varsity football letterman.

 

   Chris Brooks  

CHRIS BROOKS EXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE AND JOC EVENTS, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at IHS. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s five 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.

 

   William B. Cassidy  

WILLIAM B. CASSIDY SENIOR EDITOR, TRUCKING, JOC, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for JOC within IHS. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor. Based in Washington, D.C., Bill has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply-chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his area of expertise.

 

   Mark Chadwick  

MARK CHADWICK EXECUTIVE SOURCING LEADER FOR GLOBAL LOGISTICS, GE CORPORATE

Prior to joining GE, Mark spent four years working for Freight Forwarder “Frans Maas”, first in Manchester and then in Valencia, Spain. Mark joined GE Plastics in 1995, holding various logistics leadership roles in Cartagena (Spain), also becoming a certified 6 sigma black belt during the initial wave of the program. Mark played a key role in the launch of GE Corporate’s European Transportation Council, becoming its chairman in 2001.

In 2002 he was promoted to lead logistics for Plastics Europe, relocating to Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands. He transferred to GEHC in 2005 to lead logistics for EMEA, based at GEHC HQ in the U.K.

Mark is currently the Executive Sourcing Leader for Logistics at GE Corporate, and president of the Global Shippers Association (group of GE and non-GE businesses who collectively negotiate transportation). He relocated to Fort Myers in January 2011.

Mark is married to Maria, and they have two daughters.

 

   Pat Flynn-Cherenzia  

PAT FLYNN-CHERENZIA SR. DIRECTOR, GLOBAL LOGISTICS AND FULFILLMENT, MICROSOFT

A Microsoft hire since 2011, Pat is a Sr. Director, Global Logistics and Distribution Services in the Global Supply Chain team, responsible for all physical movements of product, forward and reverse. Her past experience includes similar positions with Starbucks, Hewlett Packard, a 3PL, and U.S. Customs. Non-profit work includes her Board Chair work at Make-A-Wish.

Pat likes to spend time with her family outdoors in the sun, wherever/whenever it can be found, and sampling the many food/wine offerings in the Washington area.

 

   Richard Clayton  

RICHARD CLAYTON CHIEF MARITIME CORRESPONDENT, IHS FAIRPLAY, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Richard Clayton has spent his 30-year career observing and writing about the merchant shipping industry. After six years as editor of IHS Fairplay, a bi-weekly news and analysis magazine, he became chief maritime analyst at IHS Maritime & Trade. Since December 2015, he has been chief maritime correspondent at IHS Maritime & Trade, playing a key role in driving the editorial strategy for IHS Fairplay magazine, Fairplay.IHS.com website and various IHS reports and events. Clayton trained as a shipbroker and earned his master’s in international shipping at Plymouth University, U.K., before moving into journalism. He writes thought leadership, analytical and insight pieces for IHS Maritime & Trade publications and research papers. He also represents IHS Maritime & Trade at industry events, conferences and seminars, raising the business line’s profile across the merchant shipping industry and liaising with other business lines within IHS.

 

   Gerard J. Coyle  

GERARD J. COYLE VICE PRESIDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS, EVANS DELIVERY CO.

Evans Delivery Company is a, Pennsylvania based, national provider of trucking and transportation services with 2015 revenues in excess of $550 million. The company currently operates approximately 3,500 trucks and transports more than 850,000 intermodal containers, from the Nation’s ports and rail facilities, per year.

Mr. Coyle has been employed in senior level management positions, in the Transportation Industry, for more than thirty years. He joined Evans Delivery Company in 2001. In his capacity as Vice President – Environmental and Sustainable Operations he is the company’s representative with national and regional trade and environmental organizations as well as Federal and State regulatory and legislative matters.

He is the company’s Capitol Hill representative in Washington, DC as well as State Legislatures.

Mr. Coyle testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, The Federal Maritime Commission as well as in various State legislative hearings.

He is the co-founder of two Non-Profit 501(c)(3) environmental organizations.
Mr. Coyle holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from St. Joseph’s University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Law, from Drexel University.

 

   John Cushing  

JOHN CUSHING PRESIDENT, PIERPASS INC.

John Cushing joined PIERPASS as its president in 2014. PIERPASS is the not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to address congestion, air quality and security.

Prior to PIERPASS, Mr. Cushing was the General Director of SSIT, a Joint Venture of SSA, Saigon Port and Vinalines. Mr. Cushing led development of that greenfield container terminal project on the Cai Mep River in the south of Vietnam starting in 2009.

Mr. Cushing founded eModal in 1999 and served as its president through 2009. eModal developed online services between marine terminals and trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners, and others in the supply chain.

Mr. Cushing’s 34 years of experience in the transportation industry began at Barber Steamship Lines, then as the marketing manager at the Port of Los Angeles until he left to start-up eModal. Mr. Cushing has a degree in Transportation from Arizona State University.

 

   Philip Damas  

PHILIP DAMAS DIVISION DIRECTOR, DREWRY SUPPLY CHAIN ADVISORS

Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Philip worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International.

Philip then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData.

At Drewry, Philip has advised exporters, importers, lenders and ports on logistics, freight rates, seafreight procurement, supply chains and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the United States and Europe. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B. Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.

 

   Philip Davies  

PHILIP DAVIES PRINCIPAL, DAVIES TRANSPORTATION CONSULTING INC.

Philip Davies is a transportation economist with almost thirty five years of experience providing market research and freight planning solutions. He is Principal of Davies Transportation Consulting Inc., a Vancouver-based firm providing transportation consulting services in North America and the Middle East. The company’s expertise encompasses industrial economics, drayage, port operations, goods movement and land use, intermodal facilities, shortline railways, economic analysis and program review.

Since 2005, Mr. Davies has led or participated in eight studies related to port trucking at the Port of Vancouver. He has conducted comparative research on container terminal appointment systems in Australia, the UK, the Port of Vancouver and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He was Director of Research for the federal-provincial Port Trucking Task Force examining industrial relations and port efficiency following the 2005 trucking strike at the Port of Vancouver.

 

   Jon DeCesare  

JON DECESARE CMC, PRESIDENT, WORLD CLASS LOGISTICS CONSULTING, INC. (WCL CONSULTING)

Mr. Jon DeCesare is President of WCL Consulting and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), by the Institute of Management Consultants USA, Inc. and the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. His in-depth knowledge and experience of global supply chain dynamics was gained from his positions with Trans-Con Trucking, Kawasaki Motors Corporation U.S.A., California Cartage Company, W.W. Lynch Inc. and World Class Logistics Consulting, Inc. His core expertise includes: port of entry risk mitigation, inland port business model best practices, warehouse network optimization, third party logistics mergers & acquisitions, transportation cost management, and global supply chain management strategies.
WCL Consulting clients include: Third Party Logistics Providers, Manufacturers, Beneficial Cargo Owners, Ports, Railroads, Private Equity Firms, and Industrial Real Estate Developers.
Mr. DeCesare received his BA in Economics with a minor in Statistics from California State University – Long Beach. He completed graduate studies in international management and global supply chain management at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Michigan State University and University of Southern California.

 

   Chas Deller  

CHAS DELLER CEO & CHAIRMAN, 10XOCEANSOLUTIONS.COM

Since the 1970′ies, Chas has delivered value to large-scale, international customers. A born and bred Londoner, he pioneered the global sea freight division for UTi (global freight forwarder) on 4 continents. During his 39 years of service, Chas has customized ocean freight designs in the UK, South Africa, Asia Pacific and North America, gaining expertise in global sea freight processes, while developing strategic carrier and customer relationships.

 

   Edward A. DeNike  

EDWARD A. DENIKE PRESIDENT, SSA TERMINALS

Mr. DeNike has over 40 years of experience in terminal/stevedore management and operations. He became a member of the management team with the acquisition of Crescent Wharf and Warehouse in 1983. He has directed numerous cargo operations since his original hiring by Crescent in 1966. Mr. DeNike was the architect and terminal manager for several major facilities in San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach. In 1986, he relocated to Seattle and assumed overall responsibility for Carrix’s West Coast container and select breakbulk operations. He was a Blue Ribbon Committee member responsible for rewriting the Pacific Coast Longshore Contract Document and has been heavily involved in container equipment design. Mr. DeNike is the president of the company’s domestic container operations and also serves as chief operating officer for SSA Terminals, Carrix’s largest joint venture; Pacific Maritime Services, Carrix’s joint venture with CMA CGM and COSCO; and SSA Terminals (Long Beach), Carrix’s joint venture with Mediterranean Shipping, and SSA Terminals (Seattle) Carrix’s joint venture with China Shipping. Mr. DeNike serves on the board of the Pacific Maritime Association.

 

   Renee DiResta  

RENEE DIRESTA VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, HAVEN

Renee DiResta is Vice President of Business Development at Haven, the automated freight procurement platform, and co-founder of the Flight.vc Internet of Things Syndicate. She recently departed O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she invested in seed-stage technology startups with a focus on hardware, manufacturing, and logistics companies. Prior to OATV, Renee was an equity derivatives trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm in NYC. DiResta is interested in improving liquidity and transparency in private markets, and enjoys investing in and advising hardware startups. She is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand. She lives on the web at http://reneediresta.com and @noupside.

 

   Thomas Dromey  

THOMAS DROMEY CLIENT SOLUTIONS DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION INSIGHT

Tom Dromey has been active in logistics for over 35 years. In that time he has worked with a common carrier in operations management along with retailers Zayre Corp and Caldor Department Stores as a director of transportation for both.

Tom has also managed a private fleet and became proficient in leasing, maintenance and labor negotiations.

He has spent the last 20 years as an owner of PMC Logistics Services, LLC, in Plymouth, MA., and as such worked with over 200 companies in both a management and project basis.

His understanding of logistics led to savings and efficiencies within companies of Fortune 500 size, along with mid size firms seeking efficient supply chain models at competitive pricing.

Tom joined Transportation Insight in November of 2015.

 

   Susan Shey Dvonch  

SUSAN SHEY DVONCH PARTNER, SHEY-HARDING EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Susan Shey Dvonch is Managing Partner of Shey-Harding Executive Search, a transportation industry recruitment firm established in 1990. Since joining the firm in 2003, she has executed numerous searches at the C- level for companies throughout the US. The firms’ clients include some of the nation’s top seaports, ocean shipping companies and marine terminal operators.

Susan received a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College in 1987. Before joining Shey-Harding, she was employed as Assistant Director of Admission at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

She serves as President of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Propeller Club, is a contributor to the JOC, and is a guest lecturer at the Center for International Trade and Transportation at CSU Long Beach.

Susan is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Long Beach and is on the Race Committee for Run Seal Beach which donates 100% of proceeds to community fitness and recreation programs. Her husband, Jeff, is a partner in Shey-Harding and they have two teenage daughters.

 

   John Edwards  

JOHN EDWARDS DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES, SCHNEIDER PORT LOGISTICS

John Edwards is Director of Client Services for Schneider’s Warehouse and Transloading division where his responsibilities include; managing customer relationships, customer service, pricing, solution design, contracting and the facility needs of the division. Based in Savannah, GA John has been in the logistics business for 24 years and has held various leadership roles with responsibilities that have included management of; Warehouse, Transload and Port Drayage Operations, New Business Implementations, Site Selection and Development, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing.

Schneider currently manages over 6 million square feet of Warehouse and Transloading space near most of the major Port and Rail ramps across the country. This network is fueled by Schneider’s Port Drayage fleet.

 

   Stephen Edwards  

STEPHEN EDWARDS PRESIDENT & CEO, GCT GLOBAL CONTAINER TERMINALS INC.

Stephen joined GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) in 2012 and is responsible for all marine terminals under the GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.’s corporate and subsidiary divisions in Canada and the United States, GCT Canada and GCT USA.

Prior to joining GCT, Stephen was President and CEO of Ports America from 2007 to 2010 and was a senior consultant at a US-based firm providing executive advice to the maritime and ports industry. His operations and management career has taken him through the P&O Group with various appointments in Rotterdam, London, Singapore, and Dubai.

In addition to more than 20 years’ experience in marine terminal operations, Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Transport Management from Aston University in England.

 

   Stephanie Esparza  

STEPHANIE ESPARZA SUPERINTENDENT, PORTS AMERICA

Stephanie Esparza met Alberto, her high school sweetheart and now husband of 7 years, in her hometown of Dallas, TX.

After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2007, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Maritime Administration, Stephanie joined Horizon Lines as Business Development Sales Representative.

Four years later she was promoted to outside sales for NYK Lines.

Stephanie’s dream of working “down on the docks” became a reality in August 2014 when she joined Ports America as a Superintendent at the STS – Evergreen terminal. Starting 2016, she transferred to the Galveston, TX terminal managing Ro/Ro cargo.

From 2012 to 2015, Stephanie served on ITEP’s Exploring Careers in Long Beach Advisory Board.

The Port of Long Beach invited her to speak in their 2012 Celebrating Women in Trade Luncheon and attended it each year since. She was also the Propeller Club of Los Angeles/Long Beach Secretary and Treasurer from 2009-2013.

 

   NICK FAFOUTIS  

NICK FAFOUTIS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, CMA CGM (AMERICA)

Nick is responsible for Sales and Marketing activity for CCA. He brings over 25 years of extensive experience in international logistics. Nick’s sales and operations management experience have included progressive leadership positions with Damco and P&O Nedlloyd logistics. He joined CMA CGM in 2009 in the role of Regional Vice President of Sales, West Coast. He then held a position as Vice President, Import Sales for four years.
Nick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California along with a Master of Business Administration, Information Systems from California State University, Long Beach.

 

   John J. Fageaux Jr.  

JOHN J. FAGEAUX JR. PRESIDENT, ILWU LOCAL 63-OFFICE, CLERICAL UNIT

John L. Fageaux Jr. is president of the Office Clerical Unit of ILWU Local 63 (OCU), a 900 member clerical labor union representing clerical workers in Southern California, mainly in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Fageaux was first elected to office in 2000 and has won 17 consecutive elections. Under Fageaux’s presidency, the OCU membership has grown by 80% and their financial reserves by 1,300%. The OCU has collective bargaining agreements with some of the largest shipping companies in the world.

 

   Steve Flunker  

STEVE FLUNKER DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS, SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION

Steve Flunker is Director of International Operations for Sears Holdings. Steve’s team manages global ocean and air transportation, customs and trade compliance, dray, deconsolidation and related truckload.

Steve joined Sears in June of 2015. Previously he has managed various Supply Chain and IT functions for retailers and manufacturers such as A&F, JCPenney, Nike, and Kohl’s Department Stores.

Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s in Management Computer Systems. He later graduated from Portland State University with a Master of Business Administration. Steve is also a private pilot.

 

   Curtis Foltz  

CURTIS FOLTZ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY

Curtis Foltz is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), a 1,100- person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.

Following 5 years as Chief Operating Officer for the Authority, Mr. Foltz took the helm of the GPA on January 1, 2010.

As Executive Director, Curtis Foltz 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 $300 million annual budget.

As the GPA’s Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Foltz provided direction for day-to-day operating activities with responsibility to help ensure long-term growth in service performance, revenue, profitability, and market share.

Prior to joining the GPA, Mr. Foltz was the Vice President of Operations for CSX World Terminals in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was responsible for all business unit accountability throughout North & South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. He previously held the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, as well as General Manager of Terminal Management Resources for CSX World Terminals.

During his thirteen years at Sea-Land Service, Inc., Curtis Foltz held several different positions, including Manager of Port Operations in Tacoma, Washington, Manager of Port Operations in Charleston, South Carolina, Manager of Port Operations in New Orleans, Louisiana, Manager of Operations and Rolling Stock for the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Liberty Corners, New Jersey and held various supervisory positions in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining Sea-Land, he held various management positions with Overnite Transportation in Charlotte, North Carolina and Mclean Trucking in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, he earned his BSBA from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina with a concentration in Business Management. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from East Carolina University. Mr. Foltz lives in Savannah with his wife, Donna.

 

   Peter Friedmann  

PETER FRIEDMANN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURE TRANSPORTATION COALITION

Peter Friedmann is Executive Director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the voice for a broad cross-section of U.S. agriculture exporters, importers and their service providers who require competitive ocean, rail and truck transportation services in order to maintain and grow foreign marketshare.

The Journal of Commerce has declared the AgTC as “the principal voice of U.S. agriculture exporters in transportation policy.” The National Journal states “The leaders on transportation issues…the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, which includes agriculture exporters and importers and freight forwarders as well as agriculture trade associations and state departments of agriculture.”

Consistent with his trade expansion advocacy, Mr. Friedmann is variously a founder, counsel and leader of organizations that play a pivotal role in US international trade and transportation policy and regulation, including the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade {CONECT) and the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders. He also represents port authorities, and is one of the principal advocates of shipper interests before the various Federal agencies and Congress, also advising individual exporters and importers on ocean shipping negotiations, trade policy and compliance with US and foreign regulations.

 

   Dana Friez  

DANA FRIEZ WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING MANAGER, LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE

As the Workforce Development Training Manager at Long Beach City College, Dana manages the not-for-credit Harbor Driver Training program, which trains and facilitates employment of Class A Drivers. Dana is also responsible for a not-for-credit Supply Chain Management program that provides training and industry certifications to entry-level and incumbent workers in eight different topical areas of supply chain management.

Dana has almost 15 years of experience with workforce training programs that respond to regional industry needs. Prior to joining Long Beach City College, Dana was Associate Director at New Century Careers, a non-profit in Southwestern Pennsylvania that develops training programs to address workforce pipeline issues in the manufacturing sector. She managed apprenticeship and incumbent worker training programs, and also oversaw the flagship entry-level program, Manufacturing 2000, which was lauded as an example of employer engagement best practices in Vice President Biden’s 2014 report Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.

 

   The Honorable Robert Garcia  

THE HONORABLE ROBERT GARCIA MAYOR, CITY OF LONG BEACH

Dr. Robert Garcia, 37, is an accomplished educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. He was elected on June 3rd, 2014, becoming the youngest person ever to hold that office.

Mayor Garcia has taken a leadership role in balancing the city budget, reforming pensions, expanding park space, and investing in technology, and is committed to moving Long Beach forward by attracting tech and green jobs, creating new educational partnerships, and rebuilding our aging streets, sidewalks and alleys.

Garcia has been a member of the public policy and communications faculty at the University of Southern California, and taught Communication Studies at both California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach City College. His passion for education led him to pursue a Doctorate in Higher Education, which he was awarded in 2010 after publishing his dissertation on California’s Master Plan for Education. Mayor Garcia also holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

In 2007, Garcia co-founded and launched the Long Beach Post, a Long Beach based media website and newspaper. By the time he left the company 2013, the small business had grown into an important source for community information and has more than 45,000 online subscribers. As First District Councilmember, a position he held from 2009-2014, and as Vice Mayor from 2012-2014, Garcia served as the Chair of the Long Beach Public Safety Committee and the Long Beach Housing Authority, and on both the Federal Legislative and State Legislative Council Committees. He also served on the California Coastal Commission from January, 2013 until taking office as Mayor of Long Beach.

Robert Garcia was born in Lima, Peru, and immigrated to the United States at age 5 with his family. He grew up in Covina, California and was raised by three strong women in his life – his mother, grandmother and aunt. The first person in his family to attend and graduate college, Garcia was elected student body president as CSULB.

Garcia has been named one of Long Beach’s “Most Innovative Minds” by Long Beach Magazine, to the Advocate Magazine’s 40 Under 40 List in 2010, and to Instinct Magazine’s Leading Men in 2009. He was the recipient of the 2014 Vanguard Leadership award from Equality California. Mayor Garcia lives in downtown Long Beach.

 

   Elizabeth Gaston  

ELIZABETH GASTON SALES AND MARKETING, ABILITY TRI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Elizabeth Gaston is from Pasadena, CA and has her BS in Business, Marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation, she began her career with Ability Tri-Modal Transportation and is currently focused on Sales and Marketing.

She is a graduate of the Global Logistics Specialist program at Cal State Long Beach and serves on the board as Vice President of Membership for the SoCal CSCMP roundtable (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals). Additionally, she serves on the OSCM board at Cal State Long Beach and volunteers with Fisher House SoCal and Rotary International.

 

   ANDREW GILLESPIE  

ANDREW GILLESPIE DIRECTOR GLOBAL LOGISTICS, ANSELL LIMITED

Andrew Gillespie is currently the Director of Global Logistics for Ansell Limited.
Ansell Limited are global leader in barrier protective solutions, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Ansell Limited designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of surgical, industrial and household gloves, and protective clothing. Logistics experience includes managing substantial global ocean volume, air freight and all modes of transportation

Prior to Ansell Limited, Andrew was with American Standard, Piscataway, NJ for over 14 years in various Transportation/Logistics positions. He also has years of experience in the chemical industry, domestic trucking and warehousing. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University, including a graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management.

Andrew is actively involved within the Logistics profession through various organizations including The National Industrial Transportation League; member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, The International Commerce Club of New Jersey and as a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Andrew resides with his wife Karin and their six children in Kingston, NJ.

 

   Jonathan Gold  

JONATHAN GOLD VICE PRESIDENT OF SUPPLY CHAIN AND CUSTOMS POLICY, NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION

Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing NRF before Congress and the Administration on supply chain, international trade, and customs related issues impacting the retail industry.

Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation.

Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005.

Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business with a concentration in finance.

 

   John Golob  

JOHN GOLOB CEO AND CO-FOUNDER AT LANETIX

John Golob’s experience spans Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Sand Hill Road. John started his career with IBM, finishing first in its sales training program before joining Goldman Sachs Equities Sales and Trading and covering the IPO’s of tech giants such as EBAY.

After graduating from Harvard Business School, John held operating roles in the Kleiner Perkins tech portfolio, including E.piphany (acquired by SSA Global), Good Technology (acquired by Motorola) and Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!).

Most recently, John worked with Jeff Epstein, former CFO Oracle and co-authored the Bessemer Ventures white paper, “30 Questions and Answers that every SaaS Revenue Leader Needs to Know” a virtual how-to guide to scaling a SaaS-based business.

Finally, John was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Primera Capital before starting Lanetix, a company he founded with Aaron Sasson (founder of GT Nexus, recently acquired by Infor for $670 million). Lanetix is backed by Salesforce.com and offers apps for the commercial operations teams at ocean carriers, 3PL’s and freight forwarders.

 

   Peter Goulding  

PETER GOULDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL LOGISTICS, THE ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

Mr. Goulding is seasoned professional in Global Supply Chain. Currently
Executive Director of Global Logistics for The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Mr. Goulding joined The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. in February of 2000. He is currently responsible for +$300 million in transportation and logistics activities.

Peter has led ocean freight negotiations for ELC for the past 10 years supported by strong regional and procurement teams. In his positions prior to ELC Peter also led various ocean and airfreight bid strategies enhancing freight movements while capturing savings.

Peter’s past experience includes stays at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bausch and Lomb and Cobal International (small freight forwarding company). Peter held different and increasing levels of management responsibilities at both BMS and B&L. Peter is a graduate of Hampshire College with a liberal arts degree.

Peter has many industry association credentials: Current Chairman of the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference, Past President and Board Chairman of the National Export Traffic League, Chairman of the NYC Chamber of Commerce International Transportation Committee, and a member of CSCMP.

 

   Lawrence J. Gross  

LAWRENCE J. GROSS PARTNER AND SENIOR CONSULTANT, FTR ASSOCIATES AND PRESIDENT, GROSS TRANSPORTATION CONSULTING

Larry Gross is a thirty-five-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President of Gross Transportation Consulting of Mahwah, NJ, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters and a Partner and Senior Consultant at FTR Transportation Intelligence, a leading freight transportation research and forecasting firm. He is the principal author of the monthly FTR publications “Intermodal Update” and “Rail Update and also contributes to other FTR publications. Larry also writes “Land Lines”, a monthly column in the Journal of Commerce.

Larry also makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. Recent appearances have included the IANA Intermodal Expo, the NITL Transcomp, the JOC Inland Distribution Conference and Railtrends.

He is the executive most closely associated with the RoadRailer intermodal system, having worked with the product since its inception in 1980 and he continues to represent Wabash National in this regard.

He splits his time between New Jersey and Durango CO and enjoys the special qualities of each location.

 

   Lori Ann Guzman  

LORI ANN GUZMAN PRESIDENT, BOARD OF HARBOR COMMISSIONERS, PORT OF LONG BEACH

Lori Ann Guzmán, Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, was appointed to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2013, and elected President of the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach in 2015. A municipal finance expert with 25 years of experience, she previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and as City Controller for the City of Long Beach. Previously, she worked for the New York State Division of the Budget and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services overseeing $2 billion operating budgets. She has served on the Long Beach Transit Board of Directors, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ “Innovation Award” for her plans to reduce pension-related unfunded liabilities. She has also been featured on Bloomberg News, ABC News and National Public Radio for her unique strategies to address local government challenges.

 

   Gene Harris  

GENE HARRIS MARINE TERMINAL OPERATIONS PROFESSIONAL

Gene Harris has +15 Years experience in Marine Terminal Operations. Positions ranging from frontline Management, Terminal Services, Health, Safety and Security Management, Project Manager and Terminal Manager. Gene has a successful track record in all facets of Terminal Operations; Gate, Yard, Marine and Intermodal including abilities in the ancillary functions of Terminal Operations such as Leadership, Customer Service, Project Management, Process Development and Excellence. Gene attended the California Maritime Academy from 1997 thru 2001 and completed the Marine Terminal Operations Professional Program at Long Beach State in 2015. Gene is slated to Instruct the Gate Operations Module of the MTOP Program in the Fall of 2016. As a Board Member of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Propeller Club, Gene is an advocate of the local Maritime Industry.

 

   Matthew Hill  

MATTHEW HILL NORTH AMERICAN DIRECTOR OF TRANSPACIFIC & OCEANIA TRADES, MAERSK LINE

Matthew Hill is the North American Director for the Transpacific & Oceania Trades with Maersk. He and his team are responsible for working with the North American Commercial Organization to ensure proper execution of trade strategy, pricing and network optimization.
Mr. Hill joined Maersk 11 years ago after completing his education at Loyola University of Maryland. He began his career with Maersk as a Business Development Account Representative with the Northeast Regional Sales department. After his tenure in sales he joined the Line Management team as part of the Mediterranean & Transatlantic trade, later taking over responsibility for the Africa, Middle East & Indian Subcontinent trade with the Pricing, Yield & Capacity group. After moving to Chicago in 2010 to be domiciled with the Central Region Sales team as part of the Commercial Planning organization, Mr. Hill stepped into a senior manager position on the Pacific trade. In 2013, he moved to Florham Park, NJ, where the Maersk North American HQ is located, to take on his current role.

 

   Matthew Hoag  

MATTHEW HOAG OPERATIONS AND COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, DP WORLD, AMERICAS REGION

Matthew Hoag is Director, Operations and Commercial for the DP World Americas Region where he is responsible for leading operations strategy and commercial relationships for 8 port facilities throughout the Americas including: Vancouver, Nanaimo, & Prince Rupert Canada, Caucedo, Dominican Republic, Paramaribo, Suriname, Santos, Brazil, Callao, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt has over 20 years proven leadership, terminal management, and terminal global consulting experience. Educated as a U.S. Merchant Mariner, he began his professional career as a supervisor of marine operations and advanced to manager of terminal operations.

He has experience managing container terminal operations with Maersk Pacific and Sea-Land. His most recent position was General Manager for DP World Canada, Inc. which comprises three business units DP World Vancouver, marine container terminal and DP World Stevedoring, a bulk, ro-ro and general cargo stevedoring provider as well as DP World Nanaimo a multi-purpose terminal located on Vancouver Island. Prior to that Matt was Chief Executive Officer, Laem Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd in Thailand and General Manager for DP World’s container terminal business in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

As an operations expert he has conducted process improvements and operational reviews, improving terminal performance and reducing costs worldwide. He has implemented recommendations that have increased terminal productivity from 23 gross moves per hour to 30 gross moves per hour and terminal throughput from 365, 000 TEUs to 800,000 TEUs at Sea-Land’s Long Beach, CA terminal. He is an advocate of “best practices,” and sharing proven practices across all terminals.

Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he began his Master of Business Administration. He has also served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.

 

   Jeff Howard  

JEFF HOWARD CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, INTTRA

Jeff is responsible for leading the product management and product marketing teams for the INTTRA Marketplace. Jeff has been spearheading INTTRA’s eVGM initiative in response to the SOLAS by working with industry leaders, hosting champion calls and speaking at industry engagements to further discuss SOLAS impact on the shipping industry. Prior to INTTRA, Jeff was Vice President for Flex System and BladeCenter at Lenovo. Before Lenovo’s $2.1B acquisition of IBM’s System x business in 2014, Jeff spent 30 years at IBM, holding leadership positions in product management and marketing for programs including IBM Power Systems, PureFlex and Flex System, Tivoli, and more.

As Vice President of Marketing for IBM PureFlex and Flex System, Jeff was responsible for growing a product line to over $1B in annual revenue in less than two years. He was also instrumental in leading IBM’s Power Systems business from #3 to #1 in 2003, achieving nearly 50% market share worldwide in a $10B+ segment by 2006.

Jeff graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. Today, he speaks as a keynote speaker at many industry events and has received coverage from IBM Systems Magazine, CNN and The New York Times.

 

   Reynolds Hutchins  

REYNOLDS HUTCHINS ASSOCIATE EDITOR, JOC, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Reynolds Hutchins is associate editor for JOC in the company’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He comes to The Journal of Commerce from Norfolk, Virginia — home to the state port and the largest naval station in the world — where he exclusively covered the maritime and transportation industries. His work has been quoted in the Associated Press and Washington Post. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, California and Wilmington, North Carolina, Hutchins calls Washington home now. He received a bachelor’s from Wake Forest University in English and political science, with an emphasis on the developing politics and economics of Mideast states. Before covering the transportation sector, Hutchins helmed the state and national politics desk at the single daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

   Gary Hutchinson  

GARY HUTCHINSON PRESIDENT, MODALITY SOLUTIONS

Gary Hutchinson has developed logistics processes and managed supply chains in a variety of industries and has focused on the life sciences industry for the last 12 years. Environmentally-controlled logistics management has been his professional focus – shock and temperature sensitive hi-tech products, medical devices including tissue heart valves and perfusion systems, and most recently biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Gary has designed logistics networks that deliver product around the world in a regulatory compliant and cost-effective way. A leading authority of cold chain management, Gary has concentrated on integrating regulatory requirements, business needs, and available technologies into business solutions.

As president of Modality Solutions, Gary helps supply chain and engineering professionals design, validate and implement cold chain solutions for the biotechnology industry. Integrating engineering know-how, industry expertise, and FDA-approvable transport simulation technology, coupled with strong process controls, is the key to their success.

 

   Rolf Habben Jansen  

ROLF HABBEN JANSEN CEO, HAPAG-LLOYD AG

Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.

He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.

From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.

Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014.

Rolf Habben Jansen is married and has two children. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.

 

   Bjorn Vang Jensen  

BJORN VANG JENSEN VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL LOGISTICS, ELECTROLUX

Bjorn Vang Jensen joined Electrolux in 2004, as Vice President in charge of Supply Chain for Electrolux Major Appliances in Asia/Pacific. Today, he is the head of Global Logistics in the Electrolux Group, where he oversees an annual logistics spend in excess of US$ 1 billion, including the shipment of over 160,000 TEU annually.

Bjorn and his team are solely responsible for procurement and operations of ocean freight, air freight, courier services and associated logistics services for the entire Electrolux Group. Additionally, Bjorn manages the group that purchases road- and rail freight as well as warehousing services.

A 1988-graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School, Bjorn has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Bjorn has worked in management roles within vessel- and terminal operations, warehouse management, sales, key account management, and logistics network design for Maersk Line, Thyssen Haniel Logistics, Exel, and TNT Logistics.

Bjorn is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, S&OP, supply chain design, modelling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transport management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation.

Bjorn is Danish, 50 years old, and married with two sons and one daughter. He is Danish, and lives in Singapore.

 

   Fred Johring  

FRED JOHRING
 PRESIDENT, GOLDEN STATE EXPRESS

Fred Johring is President of Golden State Express, Inc. and GSL Transportation Services, Inc, providers of intermodal/harbor drayage in Southern California.

He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Harbor Truckers Association, an association of Southern California drayage firms that works with the Ports, terminals and others to mitigate issues impacting Port drayage and educates it’s member in best practices. Dealing with issues impacting Port Truckers, such as chassis availability and condition, mandatory roadability, driver shortages, poor turn times, port congestion, or driver misclassification, the HTA has become the leading port drayage advocacy group. Most recently,

He is a past president of Harbor Transportation Club, and a member of California Trucking Association and American Trucking Association. He is well known in the Southern California political arena, educating elected and appointed officials of Port trucking issues, and encouraging their support.

 

   Wayne Kaminski  

WAYNE KAMINSKI VICE PRESIDENT, LEGGETT & PLATT GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS

Wayne Kaminski is the Vice-President of L&P Global Supply Chain Solutions and is responsible for the management of International logistics for Leggett & Platt, and the operations of L&P Global Supply Chain Solutions. Wayne joined Leggett in 1985. He has worked in various roles within Leggett including manufacturing, production planning, purchasing, and international sourcing. Since 2005, Wayne has been an integral part of Leggett & Platt’s international logistics team managing various operational and strategic functions. In his role as the Vice-President of L&P Global Supply Chain Solutions, Wayne is also responsible for ocean procurement process for the L&P Shippers Association (LPSA). Wayne serves on the board of directors for the LPSA, since its inception in 2008. Wayne resides in Chicago, IL and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Technology.

 

   Sheheryar Kaoosji  

SHEHERYAR KAOOSJI DIRECTOR, LAANE’S PROJECT FOR CLEAN AND SAFE PORTS

Sheheryar Kaoosji is the director of LAANE’s Project for Clean and Safe Ports. Using policy, litigation, administrative action and organizing, the campaign has helped to significantly reduce pollution in the harbor area, and fight misclassification and wage theft among the 12,000 port truck drivers in the region. Sheheryar has done organizing, research and policy work to support low wage workers and working class communities in California for fifteen years. He initiated campaigns on warehousing, food processing, and agriculture for the Change to Win federation and was founding director of the Warehouse Worker Resource Center. Before that, he was a researcher and organizer supporting retention of working class jobs and affordable housing in his hometown of San Francisco. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UCLA and a BA in Classical Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

 

   Ken Kellaway  

KEN KELLAWAY PRESIDENT AND CEO, ROADONE INTERMODALOGISTICS

As co-founder, president and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. Ken was also one of the founders of RoadLink, the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the U.S. from 2000-12.

Ken served in multiple role, including chief commercial officer and president, during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink. Ken also founded a national warehousing and distribution company called E*Fill America in 2002 and currently serves as its chairman. Ken founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems in 1988, expanding the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England’s largest, full-service logistics company offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row. Prior to founding Kellaway, Ken held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.

 

   Dr. Walter Kemmsies  

DR. WALTER KEMMSIES CHIEF ECONOMIST, MOFFATT & NICHOL

Dr. Walter Kemmsies is Moffatt & Nichol’s Chief Economist where he oversees logistics infrastructure investment studies and produces global trade and economic forecasts. His focus is on freight movement infrastructure investment oriented towards international trade. He has been involved in port strategic development plans and supporting state governments seeking to prioritize their marine and railroad project prioritizations. He is a seasoned economist with a truly global perspective, having worked in Europe, Latin America (Brazil), and Asia during his tenure at UBS and JP Morgan.Walter has worked with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and at public agencies, particularly port authorities. He provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via publications and keynote presentations at major international industry conferences, as well as:

• Participating in the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Professional Forecasters,

• Working with the US DOT national task force on transportation infrastructure valuation, and

• Advising the US Department of Commerce supply chain advisory committee.

In addition to these activities, Walter recently testified to the US Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry.

He authors a monthly column in American Shipper and has published in scholarly journals.

 

   Captain Andrew Kinsey  

CAPTAIN ANDREW KINSEY SENIOR MARINE RISK CONSULTANT, ALLIANZ GLOBAL CORPORATE & SPECIALTY

Captain Andrew Kinsey spent 23 years in the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Naval Reserve, sailing in all licensed ranks, including Master. His sailing experience was primarily with Maersk Lines, sailing as Master of three different Container ships. He also served as Master aboard two Military Sealift Command (MSC), Large Medium Speed RORO (LMSR) ships, the USNS “Sisler” and USNS “Red Cloud.” He served in Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and received numerous decorations and awards.

After coming ashore in 2006, Andrew worked as an independent Marine Surveyor in the Tri-state area and joined the ACE/US Commercial Marine – Marine Advisory Service, in 2009. At ACE he was responsible for providing a wide range of Risk Control services to support its commercial book of marine business, including Cargo, Project Cargo, Hull & Machinery, Terminal Operators, and related Inland Marine LOB’s.

Andrew is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY (1984) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation/ Nautical Science. He also holds an Unlimited U.S. Coast Guard Masters License, for vessels of any gross tonnage upon oceans. He is based in New York.

 

   Brian Kippley  

BRIAN KIPPLEY GROUP MANAGER OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION, TARGET

Brian Kippley is the Group Manager of International Transportation for Target Corporation, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations with Target’s ocean carriers, air freight providers, drayage carriers, and six third-party deconsolidation cross-docks across the United States. These operations ensure the critical fluidity of Target’s general merchandise, store fixtures, and e-commerce product. Brian is also responsible for negotiating annual carrier & deconsolidator contracts, as well as overseeing the KPIs relevant to P&L, on-time delivery, container forecasting, lead time, utilization and level of service. In addition to his current role, over the last 8 years Brian has also helped establish Target’s Direct Food Distribution inbound domestic transportation strategy and operations. Brian was instrumental in spearheading efforts to establish a nationwide chassis strategy and rollout for Target to take control of Target dedicated chassis.

 

   GREG KNOWLER  

GREG KNOWLER ASIA EDITOR, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and B2B magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia and entering the exciting world of logistics. Now Senior Asia Editor for the Journal of Commerce, he brings context to the news and analysis crucial for shippers in the region.

 

   Christopher Koch  

CHRISTOPHER KOCH
 SENIOR ADVISER AND FORMER CEO, WORLD SHIPPING COUNCIL

In August 2015, Chris Koch retired from his role as President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), a position he held since the organization was founded in 2000. He remains available to assist WSC staff in his role as Senior Advisor. Prior to establishing the WSC, Chris served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Sea-Land Service, Inc. where he was responsible for legal, regulatory and government affairs. While with Sea-Land, Chris worked with the maritime industry in the development, enactment and implementation of numerous maritime policy initiatives as well as assisting Sea-Land develop and implement its business plan and commercial strategy.

Prior to Chris’ involvement with Sea-Land, he served as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1990 to 1993 as an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. He came to the FMC after a decade on Capitol Hill where he served in various capacities, including Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Chief of Staff to Senator Slade Gorton and Senator John McCain.

From 2004-2009, Chris served as chairman of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, which provides the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security with industry advice on maritime security matters. He has also served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), which provides advice to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on trade facilitation and security policy. Chris also served as a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which in 2004 produced a comprehensive review and set of policy recommendations to the Congress and the President on improving management of ocean and coastal resources.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from the University of Washington.

 

   Tom Krajewski  

TOM KRAJEWSKI HEAD OF REFRIGERATED SALES, SEALAND

40+ years of Industry Experience with Sea-Land, Maersk Line and SeaLand with the majority of time spent in Commercial roles involving the Latin America trades in Sales, Marketing, Sales Management, Country Management and Trade positions in the USA and abroad. Worked in Central America during the early years of their fresh food sourcing programs and has worked closely with many perishable commodity customers in developing containerized reefer solutions.

 

   GREG Krueger  

GREG KRUEGER VICE PRESIDENT (USA SALES), YANG MING (AMERICA)

Greg Krueger was appointed as Vice President of Sales in October of 2012 for Yang Ming (America) based in Newark, NJ.

He is responsible for driving the execution of strategic and commercial development for Yang Ming (America), and to provide a world class customer experience.
Currently Greg’s trade responsibilities include: Transpacific east/west bound, South America north/south bound, Transatlantic east/west bound.

As a 29-year veteran in ocean carrier sales, Greg joined the Yang Ming family 20 years ago in Atlanta, and has
held several commercial positions including Assistant Vice President for the South and Mid Atlantic, Assistant Vice President – Global accounts – USA. Prior to joining Yang Ming (America) Greg held various positions with various carriers in the capacity of sales serving several trades around the world.

Over the long history of Yang Ming Marine Transport,Greg is proud that the company continues to dedicate its’ resources, time, and efforts to adhere to our core values of teamwork, innovation, honesty, and pragmatism. Our continual goal is to provide high-quality, reliable services to the shipping community.

 

   Don Krusel  

DON KRUSEL PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY

Don Krusel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 1992. He began his career with the Port Authority in 1987 in the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Krusel holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Management at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mr. Krusel holds a number of Board positions and is currently a Director of Ocean Networks Canada, Green Marine Management Corporation, Association of Canadian Port Authorities, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia. He is a past Director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council and the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation.

 

   Weston LaBar  

WESTON LABAR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HARBOR TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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 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 Co-Chair for the Los Angeles County Business Federation’s International Trade Committee.

 

   Don Lake  

DON LAKE VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS, DUNAVANT LOGISTICS GROUP

A graduate of the University of Mississippi in 1990, Don went to work for a small privately owned cotton merchant straight out of school by the name of DECA International. Don’s main role with DECA was traffic manager. Don oversaw all phases of the movement of cotton including domestic transportation, international transportation as well as the documentation necessary from interior cotton warehouse to spinning mill. DECA’s annual volume of cotton was approximately 2000*40’ containers a year with a value of 65 million dollars.

In 1999 Don moved from DECA to Dunavant Enterprise, Inc to help Dunavant better understand the flow of cotton from the Australian gins to the spinning mills in Southeast Asia. In 2003, Don was named Vice President of US cotton International Operations for Dunavant. Those responsibilities include negotiating and contracting rates for 20,000+ containers a year as well as all AP and AR as it related to export moves from US to foreign spinning mills. Dunavant’s annual US International freight spend was 30 million plus and the overall revenue from international sales was in excess of 660 million.

In 2009, Dunavant sold the cotton trading arm of the company to Louis Dreyfuss/Allenberg and in 2010 turned the focus of the company to the Logistics industry. Don has been instrumental in helping Dunavant implement the new focus of the company towards competing in the NVOCC and Freight Forwarding industry as the Vice President of Global Operations. Dunavant Logistics Group’s main focus is in the Agriculture, Retail and Chemical sectors for both import and Export. Dunavant also competes in the Domestic freight brokerage and container drayage industry with 12 terminals located throughout the Southeast US and Gulf regions.

Don has been married to his wife (Elise) for 25 years and they have 2 children, Edward (21) and Anne Carter (17). Don lives and works in the Dunavant Global Logistics, LLC headquarters in Memphis, TN.

 

   Lori Ann LaRocco  

LORI ANN LAROCCO SENIOR TALENT PRODUCER, CNBC

Lori Ann LaRocco is the author of the “Opportunity Knocking” (Agate Publishing 2014), “Dynasties of the Sea: The Ships and Entrepreneurs Who Ushered in the Era of Free Trade” (Marine Money 2012) and “Thriving in the New Economy: Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds” (Wiley 2010). and the Senior Talent Producer for CNBC’s flagship show “Squawk Box”.
Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Newsday, and other publications.

Known as the producer with the “trillion dollar” Rolodex, Lori Ann talks to the movers and shakers in the business world on a daily basis and gets insights into the financial happenings as well as the strategies they use to profit in today’s new economy.

Lori Ann is also the proud mom of three active children. On weekends you would find her cheering her boys at their hockey and football games and her daughter at equestrian competitions.

 

   Victor La Rosa  

VICTOR LA ROSA PRESIDENT, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, TOTAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Vic’s career spans over thirty years in all facets of transportation including operations and sales development.

In 1989, he cofounded TTSI. Vic’s responsibilities include business development as well as strategic planning for TTSI. In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT. Vic holds his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville New Jersey and a degree in Transportation from Academy of Advanced Traffic, New York City. Victor is an avid outdoorsman who spends all his spare time hunting and fishing in Montana. He believes that we all have a responsibility to promote and protect our environment. His plan is to position his company as a leader in environmentally friendly solutions to support his customers supply chain.

In light of the great gains TTSI has made with Clean Diesel and LNG trucks, Vic La Rosa and TTSI have launched a campaign to become a zero emission trucking company through the use of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

 

   Peter T. Leach  

PETER T. LEACH EDITOR-AT-LARGE, THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Peter T. Leach is editor-at-large for The Journal of Commerce and is responsible for coverage of container shipping lines, East and Gulf Coast ports and their container trades for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. He has worked for JOC in two stints since 1973, when he joined what was then a daily newspaper as a foreign trade reporter. He was the editor-in-chief in 1978-81 when Knight-Ridder Newspapers transferred him to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He rejoined The Journal of Commerce in 2004 — after writing the publication’s 175th anniversary history of its 1827 founding by Samuel F.B. Morse and Arthur Tappan. During his 20-year absence from the company, he was chief operating officer of VU/TEXT Information Services, Knight-Ridder’s first venture into electronic publishing; vice president of new media for American Bank-Bond Buyer; chief operating officer of UPI in Washington, and editor of IBM’s corporate magazine, “Think Leadership.” He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor’s in history.

 

   Matthew Leech  

MATTHEW LEECH SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DP WORLD, AMERICAS REGION

Matthew Leech is Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Americas. Mr. Leech has over 20 years of experience in the finance and container transportation industries. At DP World, he started as Senior Vice President for Business Development and was responsible for global new business development activities.

Prior to the acquisition of CSX World Terminals by DP World, Mr. Leech served as Vice President, Operations and Development, where he has led many of CSX WT’s key expansion initiatives including the acquisition of terminal facilities in Korea, China and Venezuela in addition to managing terminals in Australia, Germany, Venezuela and Russia. Mr. Leech also held the position of Director, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Development, where he was responsible for leading the global strategic planning and infrastructure development activities, and the position of Director, Project Analysis for CSX World Terminals. Mr. Leech joined Sea-Land Service in 1995 and held various geographic positions in the Strategic Planning group focusing on network planning, alliance management and business analysis. Prior to joining Sea-Land, he held progressive positions in the commercial real estate group of a large financial institution based in Washington, DC. Mr. Leech received a BA in economics from Georgetown University and an MBA with a finance focus from the University of Maryland.

 

   Donna Lemm  

DONNA LEMM VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL SALES, MALLORY ALEXANDER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS

Donna Lemm, Vice President of Global Sales for Mallory Alexander International Logistics, has over twenty-five years in the global logistics business. Donna spent her early career managing sales for major ocean carriers including Mitsui OSK Lines and Sealand Services. She was the Director of Logistics for Hub Group in Memphis where she was responsible for technology solutions for intermodal customers. Donna joined the privately-held, Memphis-headquartered Mallory Alexander International Logistics over 10 years ago. During this time, she has held key roles as Director, Client Services and Director, Business Development. Today she is responsible for Mallory’s global sales and has successfully worked with the Mallory Team to strategically grow the company’s service offering in ocean, air and warehousing services.

Donna is a member of the Board of Trade in New Orleans and is a Director with the International Freight Forwarders Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans. Donna serves on the Advisory Board of AgTC, where she shares her commitment to serving the agricultural and forest product industries. Donna is an active speaker on both a regional and national scale in addressing the challenges facing the U.S. shipping community. She frequently speaks on panels addressing women in transportation. She serves as a volunteer for the United Way and for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Bradford, England.

 

   Marc Levin  

MARC LEVIN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT-KEY ACCOUNTS, AMERICOLD

Marc Levin has spent his entire career in logistics with just 4 companies.

Spanning decades in senior business development roles, Marc has guided Menlo Logistics, Ryder and Weber Distribution through mergers and acquisitions, international expansions, sales team development and business solutions creation activities. Now with Americold, Marc is the Senior VP of Business Development for the company’s elite Key Account team. Fostering relationships with the world’s largest food producers and retailers, Marc mentors a dynamic team on all aspects of the customer relationship cycle, the execution of operational and financial targets, strategic planning, and the start-up of sales in established and new market areas. Marc is based on the west coast with a team domiciled across the USA, strategically located to support

Americold’s top tier clients in the temperature-controlled food and beverage logistics industry.

 

   Peter T. Leach  

CAPTAIN MICHAEL LLOYD, RD**, MNM, FNI, RNR CAPTAIN, MINES RESCUE MARINE LTD.

Trained on HMS Conway Training Ship then seagoing in both Royal and Merchant Navies for 50 years with 35 years in command on almost every type of ship ranging from 300 DWT to 300,000 DWT, Command of Ice Class Vessels in the Arctic for three years. 4 years in Search and Rescue vessels.

He commanded container ships for 10 years running from Europe, West and East coast of the USA and the Far East.

On leaving the sea published 10 seamanship books including ‘The Ice Navigation Manual’ and 5 novels. The latest in collaboration with Witherby’s Seamanship Ltd being a 1300 page book ‘21st Century Seamanship’

He represents Merchant Navy officers employed ashore on the Council of Nautilus International, and sits on the Technical and Safety committee.

He sits on the Technical, Education and Training committees of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

He sits on the committees of three marine charities

He was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2010 for services to training and education for the Merchant Navy.

He lives in West Sussex, with a wife and four dogs close to the village pub!

 

   Thomas Lorenzo  

THOMAS LORENZO EXPORT MARINE LOGISTICS MANAGER, DOMTAR PAPER

Thomas Lorenzo is currently Export Marine Logistics Manager for Domtar Paper in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
He has over 20 years of experience in the ocean transportation industry, specializing in import/export operations, manufacturing and retail logistics, maritime sales, contract negotiations, cost estimation and profitability.

Thomas began his career in 1992 with Sea‐Land Service in Documentation (Dallas, TX), later holding positions in Customer Service (Miami, FL), Pricing (Charlotte, NC) and Sales (Elizabeth, NJ), until 1999, at which time he joined Horizon Lines in Sales and Pricing.

In 2010, Thomas shifted to shipper-side logistics by joining Lowe’s, where he managed ocean provider relationships, contract negotiations, and played an integral role in the development and implementation of a fully autonomous shipper-managed chassis solution, until 2015.

He recently joined Domtar, where he manages marine export operations of paper and pulp accounting for 35,000 FEU of annual export volume.

A graduate of SUNY Albany, Thomas is a New Yorker living in North Carolina with his wife and two children.

 

   Chris Lytle  

CHRIS LYTLE 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, Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea-Land Service, Inc.

 

   Michael Mayor  

MICHAEL MAYOR PRESIDENT, MAYOR LOGISTICS INC (MLI). CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE HARBOR TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, (HTA)

Michael Mayor is President of trucking company Mayor Logistics Inc (MLI). Originally from New York, Michael established MLI as a port drayage entity for Southern California ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. In addition to running a leading intermodal carrier, Michael is also active among industry leaders. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Harbor Trucking Association, (HTA) a network of Los Angeles and Long Beach intermodal carriers whose purpose is to advocate, educate and promote strategies with other goods movement stakeholders and policy makers. Michael is also passionate about helping out students and newcomers who have a desire to make a career in any field of the trucking industry.

 

   Alan McCorkle  

ALAN MCCORKLE VICE PRESIDENT OF WEST COAST OPERATIONS, YUSEN TERMINALS/CERES TERMINALS INC.

Alan McCorkle was named Vice President of West Coast Operations for NYK Ports in November 2014. In this capacity, Alan is responsible for container terminal operations at Yusen Terminals Inc. in Southern California, Ceres RoRo operations in Port Hueneme, California and Vancouver, Canada in addition to Ceres cruise ship terminal operations in Vancouver.

Prior to joining NYK ports, Alan was with the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group for 25 years holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility including leading the development of the Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles becoming its Managing Director when the facility opened in 2002 and General Manager, APM Terminals (Jamaica) Ltd. in 2004, where he managed all port operations in Jamaica before returning to Southern California becoming Vice President of West Coast Operations in 2005.

Alan holds a B.S. in Business Management from Clemson University and is a graduate of the Executive Development Programs at Cornell University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

   Mike McDoniel  

MIKE MCDONIEL VICE PRESIDENT OF PURCHASING AND LOGISTICS, PACE INDUSTRIES

Mike McDoniel is currently the VP of Purchasing & Logistics for Pace Industries, LLC. Pace, a North American company, engineers and manufactures world class die cast solutions for their customers. Pace is a critical cog in the supply chain as their parts allow their customers to manufacture the products that you buy and use every day.

Mike thanks you for your continued consumerism Pace has tried Mike in positions as diverse as Director of Sales/Strategic Account Management and VP of Operations/Plant Management. His current role in Purchasing and Logistics is his first venture into the world of working with suppliers but is enjoying the experience. His primary objectives are to encourage 13 unique divisional Purchasing organizations to think as one team in an effort to eliminate waste, reduce cost, and to support their manufacturing teammates. Mike has worked for LTL & TL carriers as well as a freight brokerage. He knows from personal experience what a Johnson Bar is and that you can’t back a set of doubles very far.

 

   Robert McEllrath  

ROBERT MCELLRATH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION (ILWU)

Robert McEllrath started working on the docks at the Port of Vancouver, Washington after he finished high school in 1969.

In 1993, McEllrath was appointed to the ILWU body that oversees the Longshore contract for 15,000 dockworkers in California, Oregon, and Washington. In 1997 he was elected to a second term as Coast Committeeman.
After winning two terms as Vice President, McEllrath was elected to the ILWU’s top position as International President beginning in 2006. He has since won three additional terms as International President, including an election last year where he again ran unopposed.

As President, McEllrath is responsible for representing over 50,000 ILWU members along the West Coast including Alaska, Hawaii, and Panama. He also coordinates closely with the ILWU’s sister organization in Canada and other unions around the world.

McEllrath has extensive negotiating experience – co-chairing the ILWU contract talks with the PMA in 1999 and 2002, and then leading the talks in both 2008 and 2015.

 

   James McKenna  

JAMES MCKENNA PRESIDENT AND CEO, PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOCIATION

James C. McKenna is PMA’s president and chief executive officer, a position he has held since 2004.

During his tenure at PMA, he has overseen successful contract negotiations with the ILWU, and has worked to make the association more business-savvy and responsive to its members. All told, McKenna has nearly four decades of maritime industry experience, most recently at Horizon Lines as COO. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

 

   Ryan Molinaro  

RYAN MOLINARO TERMINAL MANAGER, WEST BASIN CONTAINER TERMINAL-LOS ANGELES

Ryan is the Terminal Manager at the West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT). WBCT is a Marine Terminal located in the Port of Los Angeles. The facility specializes in container movement with full service vessel, rail, and gate operations. As Terminal Manager, Ryan provides leadership to all management staff and ensures operations align with the organization’s strategic goals. He has a strong focus on building and maintaining customer relationships. Recently, he has led and contributed to innovative free-flow technology projects that have been successful in increasing terminal efficiency, and has been featured in several publications. Since joining WBCT twelve years ago, Ryan has worked through various front line operations and grown in roles of increasing responsibility. Ryan attended the University of Iowa as a collegiate athlete and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance. He resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife and two daughters.

 

   Bill Mongelluzzo  

BILL MONGELLUZZO SENIOR EDITOR, TRANS-PACIFIC, JOC, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Based in Long Beach, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within IHS. 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 and returned to Southern California in August 1993. 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 degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

   Mario Moreno  

MARIO MORENO SENIOR ECONOMIST, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at IHS Maritime & Trade, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and prior to that as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. In his current role, 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. Mario regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

   John Motley  

JOHN MOTLEY CEO AND FOUNDER, LOG-NET

John Motley, is the founder, president, and CEO of LOG-NET. Since developing the initial computer program that serves as the cornerstone of the company’s well-respected global supply chain execution application, he has lead LOG-NET’s global growth as a leading provider of logistics technology to third-party logistics providers, importers and exporters. Today LOG-NET systems manage the detailed movement of over one million intermodal containers per year. This represents almost 10% of the US import trade. LOG-NET is one of the world’s largest processors of ocean carrier electronic messages.

Prior to founding LOG-NET in 1991, he worked for American President Lines (APL) for ine years in container freight operations, equipment management, intermodal operations, logistics, and sales. Mr. Motley holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also holds an MBA in Information Systems from New York University.

Mr. Motley served nine years as a Naval Reserve officer with the Maritime Reserve and Military Sealift Command. He facilitates the development of global standards for logistics e-commerce and business practices as a member of several industry and technical associations including; the Data Interchange Standards Association of ANSI X12, the Council of Logistics Management, the International Mass Retailers Association, the National Retail Federation, the American Trucking Association, ebXML, the American Purchasing and Inventory Control Society and the National Industrial Transportation League.

 

   Matt Motsick  

MATT MOTSICK CEO, CATAPULT INTERNATIONAL

Matt Motsick had an idea when he was a Corporate Traffic Manager at a mid-size importer/exporter in Kansas City. Matt was responsible for the inbound and outbound transportation co-ordination of products. In obtaining shipping quotes, it would take 1-3 days to get rates back from shipping companies. After forwarders explain the manual process it takes to get a rate, a light bulb came on.

Now CEO and co-founder of Catapult International, he and his key management team built the software and consulting company to provide web-based rating applications and transportation contract management services for several multi-national global corporations. With clients such as FedEx, Carnival Cruise Lines, Expeditors, and CEVA Logistics, Catapult has eased the burden of carrier selection by centralizing all ocean, air, and trucking rates into one system.

Catapult is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas with offices in Hong Kong, Cebu, Philippines, and Hamburg, Germany.

Matt Motsick received his Bachelors degree in Public Relations at Northwest Missouri State Uni-versity also playing a part of an Advisory Board for Northwest Missouri State’s Computer Sci-ence program.
In 2009, Matt Motsick was a speaker at the Department of Commerce program on “Going Global”. Catapult has also sponsored a team of university students in a Global Research Initiative project.

Matt has been recognized as a 2012 Rising Star by KC Business magazine. The annual program honors outstanding Kansas City leaders in both for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations.

 

   Jason Murnigkeit  

JASON MURNIGKEIT VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, TRICAP INTERNATIONAL, LLC

Jason Murnigkeit is the Vice President of Operations at Tricap International LLC, in Southern California. He received his B.A. from CSULB in Communications.

After a 16 year career in LTL Transportation with Con-Way Freight and UPS Freight, he went to work in Logistics and 3PL. Jason has spent his last 4 years serving both as a Director of Transportation with National Retail Transportation, and now Vice President of Operations Tricap. He is a married to his wife of 8 years, Tiffani and resides in La Mirada, Ca. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing in a local adult league hockey program, is a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

He enjoys traveling and hopes to see a live Hockey game in every NHL arena in North America in his lifetime.

 

   Siva Narayanan  

SIVA NARAYANAN DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AND WAREHOUSING, SOLVAY CHEMICALS

Siva Narayanan, Solvay’s Director of International Logistics & Warehousing, supports Solvay’s business units in International Logistics purchasing and supply chain excellence.

He is a member of Solvay’s Global Maritime Council which engages with ocean carriers worldwide. He has 35 years of international logistics experience which includes operations turn-around, change management, contracts and procurement, strategic planning, business development, logistics solutions and client relations. A major part of it was with the NOL Group. He started his career as a seagoing officer. He moved into ship management, and then into the commercial world of logistics.

In addition to the US, Mr. Narayanan has lived and worked in Singapore, Thailand, and India. He has presented his views on logistics-related matters at various industry forums, such as the Defense Attaché’s Forum in Washington, D.C., Shipping Digest in New York, ITCO in Houston, ICC in New Jersey, JOC events and others tailored for specific audiences and companies.

 

   Rolf Nielsen  

ROLF NIELSEN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF NORTH AMERICA OPERATIONS, MAERSK LINE

Effective August 1, 2015 Rolf Nielsen was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of North America Operations in Maersk Line, a new role combining Inland Operations with the Liner Operations Cluster.

Rolf joined Maersk Line in 1996 and during the following 15 years had four international postings in Africa, latest as Managing Director of Maersk Kenya and Cluster Manager for East Africa from 2008 to 2012.

From 2012 to 2015 Rolf headed up Network Strategy in the Operations department in Maersk Line’s head office in Copenhagen.

During this period he was the main architect behind Maersk Line’s Tonnage Plan which covers Maersk Line’s vessel investment plans.

Several orders for newbuildings were placed in 2015 as a result of this strategy. He also oversaw the development of sophisticated analytical tools that increased the usage of data and computer models in network optimization.

Rolf holds an Executive MBA (GEMBA) from INSEAD, France and speaks Danish, English, and French.

Rolf and his wife Monica reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two children, Vera and Viggo.

 

   Brandon Oglenski  

BRANDON R. OGLENSKI DIRECTOR AND SENIOR EQUITY ANALYST FOR TRANSPORTATION, BARCLAYS CAPITAL INC.

Brandon Oglenski joined Barclays Capital in September 2008 and is currently a Director and senior equity analyst covering the North America Airfreight, Ground and Marine Transportation sectors. Prior to joining Barclays Capital, Brandon worked at Lehman Brothers where he joined the U.S. Airlines and Transportation equity research team in 2006. Prior to working on the sell-side, Brandon spent nearly two years with the strategic advisory firm MergeGlobal in Arlington, VA where he worked on numerous client engagements within the airfreight, airline and small package industries. Brandon graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Urban Policy Studies and a concentration in Aviation and Transportation Management. Brandon also holds an FAA commercial pilot’s license.

 

   Jack Oney  

JACK ONEY GLOBAL PURCHASES GROUP MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS, PROCTER & GAMBLE

Jack Oney is Global Purchases Group Manager for International Logistics within Procter & Gamble. Jack is responsible for managing a global team and network having a spend over $1.2B dollars, including Ocean Freight, Freight Management and IT Services. Additionally, within North America trucking, Jack is leading a critical intervention to transform how P&G buys and manages their 850,000+ annual truckloads having a spend over $750M with likely reapplication to P&G’s $3.5B global trucking business.

During Jack’s 26 years with P&G, he has worked in a variety of disciplines. Prior to leading P&G’s International Logistics, Jack managed key strategic accounts with many of our IT and Outsourcing partners, including Hewlet-Packard, IBM, Accenture, Ernst Young and Infosys.

Prior to his roles in Purchases, Jack spent 8 years as a Patent Attorney within P&G’s legal division and 7 years as a mechanical engineer working in a variety of manufacturing sites and technical centers.

 

   Jamie Overley  

JAMIE OVERLEY CEO, EAST COAST WAREHOUSE & DISTRIBUTION

Jamie Overley has been Chief Executive Officer since December of 2010. Jamie joined East Coast in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer.

Jamie has more than 20 years of logistics experience in key leadership roles. Prior to joining East Coast Warehouse, he was a Partner at Grisanti, Galef and Goldress, where he led several successful corporate turnarounds.

Jamie has held key executive positions in logistics including Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer for large transportation providers ranging in size from $300 million to $400 million.

Jamie began his career at KPMG, serving public and private companies in the banking, savings and loan, mortgage banking and real estate sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.

 

   Richard Perket  

RICHARD PERKET SENIOR DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL LOGISTICS, CHRISTOPHER AND BANKS

 CORPORATION

Richard Perket, a 30-year supply chain veteran, joined Christopher & Banks in 2009 and is currently the Senior Director of Global Logistics. Prior to his 2013 appointment, he served as their Director of Distribution. Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis based company that specializes in women’s apparel. It consists of retail, outlet and online businesses, operating 537 stores in 46 states. The corporation and its vendor partners import over 1000 TEUs annually through the Northwest Seaport Alliance ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.

Prior to joining Christopher & Banks, Mr. Perket spent 15 years with Target Corporation in various supply chain roles, including Manager of Target’s Central Return Center and their reverse logistics operations.

 

   Fred Potter  

FRED POTTER INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-AT-LARGE AND DIRECTOR OF THE PORT DIVISION, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS



Fredrick Potter is a second-generation Teamster member for forty six years. VP Potter has led New Jersey Teamsters to victory in every arena, bringing years of experience to his position of Vice President At-Large for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. From organizing new members, negotiating strong contracts to electing Teamster-friendly politicians, VP Potter has been the voice that New Jersey Teamsters have followed. VP Potter is President of Local 469 in New Jersey, and the Director of the Teamsters Port Division.

In addition to his service to the Teamsters Union, Mr. Potter also has extensive experience in political and government affairs. He served as Sergeant-of-Arms for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee since 1998, was the Executive Director and County Chairman of the Ocean County Democratic Organization 1998 through 2005 and served ten years as a Commissioner to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

 

   Simon Preisler  

SIMON PREISLER DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS, CENTRAL NATIONAL-GOTTESMAN INC.

Simon Preisler has worked with shipping and logistics in Europe, China and the US. After completing an International shipping education with A.P. Moller-Maersk, Simon was posted in China for 4 years working with key aspects of logistics incl. freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution, airfreight and intermodal. Following his return to Denmark in 2003 he became the Global Head of Ocean Freight for Damco. In 2007 Simon moved to the US to head up Damco North America. Simon has also held senior positions with CMA-CGM as well as Transmodal Corp, a US based logistics company.

In 2013 Simon took up a position as Global Head of Logistics for Central National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG) – one of the world’s largest distributors of pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, newsprint and plywood. In his current position Simon is responsible for managing the global logistics network for CNG including moving +30,000 containers of international freight.

 

   Theodore Prince  

THEODORE PRINCE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, TIGER COOL EXPRESS LLC

Theodore Prince is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Cool Express LLC, a new venture dedicated to rail intermodal transportation of temperature-controlled freight. The company’s focus is the transportation of perishables – primarily fresh produce – using rail intermodal service. The service will represent a lower-cost, more reliable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to long-haul truck transportation.

Mr. Prince has spent his career of over 35 years in the transportation industry. He was formerly Principal, T. Prince & Associates, LLC, a boutique consultancy; President, Consolidated Chassis Management; Vice President of Intermodal and International for Kansas City Southern; and Chief Operating Officer, of “K” Line’s North American trades. He started his career with Conrail and its motor carrier subsidiary.

He has spoken throughout the world on intermodal issues and has published over 300 articles and columns. He is a past chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and was twice appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council.

Mr. Prince has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Transportation from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

 

   Henry Pringle  

HENRY PRINGLE VICE PRESIDENT, ALIXPARTNERS

Henry Pringle focuses on transportation and logistics within AlixPartners’ Operations practice. Based in New York, Henry enjoys insights from both an operator and an investor perspective, in both developed and developing markets. Prior to AlixPartners, Henry held various positions within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. He has worked on projects for container terminals to address both competitive and capacity-related pressures and on long-term planning for container carriers. Henry is co-author of AlixPartners’ annual container shipping outlook.

Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He also completed a diploma in Port Management with Lloyds Maritime Academy.

 

   Rod Riseborough  

ROD RISEBOROUGH CEO, CONTAINER TRADES STATISTICS



Rod Riseborough is CEO of CTS. He was born and went to school in South Africa. After graduating with a BA (Honours) from Natal University and an MBA from Witwatersrand University, he joined Safmarine holding roles in Durban and Cape Town Head Office in both Commercial and Trade Management.

After 3 years with Safmarine New York as Executive VP Operations he moved to London as the Commercial Manager, and later as CEO and Director of SafBank Line Ltd. He then became Commercial Manager and later CEO of SAECS (South Africa – Europe Container Service), before being appointed Managing Director of Safmarine UK Ltd.

In 2001, after a long period with Safmarine, he was appointed CEO of the Far Eastern Freight Conference. He was subsequently involved in setting up Conference Administration Services Ltd, in London to bring a number of liner conferences under one roof, until their demise in October 2008.

Rod continues to have interests in ships and their operations as well as the industry as a whole, and has been able to put these to good use over the years.

 

   Bill Rooney  

BILL ROONEY VICE PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICAN TRADE MANAGEMENT, KUEHNE + NAGEL

William F. Rooney is currently Vice President, Trade Management North America for Kuehne + Nagel accountable for the company’s containerized transport activities in and out of the United States. Until October of 2010, President of Hanjin Shipping America, and has 42 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. At Hanjin Mr. Rooney was accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America including sales and marketing, trade lane management, operations, finance and administration. Prior to becoming President Mr. Rooney was Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Hanjin Shipping America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM responsible for inland operations, equipment control, customer service, documentation and finance in North America. Prior to CMA-CGM he was Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider, responsible for product strategy and design, in addition to serving as company liaison to the ocean transportation and logistics industries. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Five of his years with Sea-Land were spent working in Europe. Mr. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

Mr. Rooney is married to the former Mary Ann Baiardi and has two children. He and Mary Ann reside in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

 

   Steve Rubin  

STEVE RUBIN
 CEO, ITS TECHNOLOGIES & LOGISTICS

With 25 years in the intermodal and container shipping industries, Mr. Rubin is deeply familiar with ITSTL’s business and customers. His experience includes serving as CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest chassis owner and lessor in the U.S., and Group Vice President Operations and Logistics at Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), one of Japan’s big three shipping lines. Most recently, he served as CEO of Horizon Lines, a SeaLand successor company and the largest U.S. domestic container shipping line until its sale last month to Matson Navigation.

Mr. Rubin served as a Director of the Intermodal Association of North America for six years, and Chairman of that organization in 2011. In the mid-2000s, Mr. Rubin served on the Executive Committee of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association, a trade association that owns Consolidated Chassis Management, the largest pure chassis pool-management company in the U.S.

Mr. Rubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School with a B.A. in History and B.S. in Economics, respectively. He received his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and obtained a CPA license in New York.

 

   Jean-Jacques Ruest  

JEAN-JACQUES RUEST EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY

Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer in January 2010, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN’s sales, marketing and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups. He joined CN in 1996 as vice president of petroleum and chemicals. He was appointed vice president of industrial products in 2003, vice president of marketing in 2004, and senior vice president of marketing in June 2006. Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company. Ruest holds a masters in business administration in marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a bachelor of science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN’s Railroad MBA program.

 

   Stuart Sandlin    

STUART SANDLIN PRESIDENT, UASC NORTH AMERICA AND VP OF THE AMERICAS

Stuart Sandlin is the President of UASC’s North American agency company and Vice President for the Americas. With oversight of North and South America, he is responsible driving UASC’s ambitious growth plans in the region.

Prior to joining UASC, Stuart was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for the Americas at Hapag-Lloyd America, Inc. He also worked with Hapag-Lloyd AG in Hamburg as the Senior Director of Corporate Sales. In this role, he had global accountability and ownership for sales performance and sales processes.

Moreover, he was responsible for Global Sales Development, Global E-business, and Global Tender Management.

Stuart began his career in the NVOCC community with Danzas, BAX Global, and Expeditors, before joining Hapag-Lloyd in 2001. Having relocated several times, he has worked in Atlanta (three times), Houston, Hamburg, and Piscataway, NJ.

He holds a Master’s degree in Logistics from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors’ degree in Economics from Wofford College.

 

   Edward Sands    

EDWARD R. SANDS

 GLOBAL PRACTICE LEADER AND PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS, ACCENTURE

Ed has 31 years of transportation and logistics experience since joining Accenture as their global practice leader in May, 2010. His global delivery team of 51 logistics professionals provides procurement services to clients through 8 delivery centers around the world.

Previously, he spent 6 years in Director of Global Transportation roles with leading retailers Williams-Sonoma and Urban Outfitters and began his career in the Ocean transportation industry in sales with Maersk Line and then APL. He has extensive experience operating supply chain visibility and online procurement technologies and has been a featured speaker here at TPM several times. He resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife Nancy and (for a portion of the year finally) their 2 college age children.

 

   David Arian  

STEVE SCHOMMER DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION, THE SUN VALLEY

Steve Schommer leads The Sun Valley Group Logistics team, providing cold chain solutions for a variety of floral industry customers. As the largest grower of cut flowers, The Sun Valley is known for its industry-leading product quality, freshness and service. The Sun Valley Group has facilities in the US, Canada and Mexico serving wholesalers, retailers and mass market merchants.

Steve has over 30 years in supply chain logistics and has helped thousands of companies reduce cost and improve service, delivering savings of over $497 million. His innovative approach to logistics and supply chain also includes the design and deployment of a unique operational model that helped to deliver life-saving temperature controlled drugs anywhere in the United States within six hours.

His industry knowledge foundation grew from executive positions with UPS, Real World Logistics, Wavechange Logistics, Dohmen Life Science Services, Savino Del Bene and ISS. These firms provide 3PL, Freight Forwarding and Global Logistics solutions worldwide.

 

   Steve Schulein    

STEVE SCHULEIN VICE PRESIDENT OF DRAYAGE AND INDUSTRY RELATIONS, NATIONAL RETAIL SYSTEMS, 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 Sea-Land 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.

 

   Anthony A. Scioscia    

ANTHONY A. SCIOSCIA PRINCIPAL, ANTHONY A. SCIOSCIA MANAGEMENT LLC

Anthony (Tony) Scioscia is principal of Anthony A. Scioscia, Management, LLC, working as advisor and consultant to the maritime industry. Mr. Scioscia also serves on several boards and is a motivational speaker.

As Senior Vice President of Labor Relations for Maersk Agency, U.S.A. (2007-2013), Mr. Scioscia played an integral role in both the ILA and ILWA contract negotiations. In 1999, A.P. Moller Group acquired Sea-Land’s International business, appointing Mr. Scioscia president of APM Terminals North America. He was responsible for the planning, design and construction of Pier 400 in Los Angeles, and the Virginia Terminal in Portsmouth, Virginia, the first semi-automated facility in the United States. Mr. Scioscia’s last position at Sea-Land was as Senior Vice-President of North America Operating Group (NAOG), directing all operational activities in the U.S.

With more than 40 years of executive maritime experience overseeing global and domestic processes on both the commercial and operational sides, the well-respected executive has received the Connie, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS), the Good Scout and the James E. West awards. Mr. Scioscia earned his B.S. in Business Management from Seton Hall University and graduated from Columbia University’s Executive Management program.

 

   Mike Simon

  

MARK T. SIMON

 ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & SALES, INTERNATIONAL INTERMODAL, UP

Mark T. Simon joined the Intermodal team in August of 2012 and is responsible for the International Intermodal Marketing & Sales team. In his role, Simon leads the team in all aspects of customer engagement, business management, market development and overall customer satisfaction. The International intermodal customer base is comprised of large ocean carrier accounts doing business with Union Pacific. Collectively the International Intermodal team accounts for over $2.0 Billion in annual revenue.

After joining Union Pacific in 1992 in the Market Development and Sales Center, Simon has held a number of key positions across the UP system including Shipment Quality, Field Sales, Marketing, Market Development Sales Center, Union Pacific Distribution Services, and most recently Assistant Vice President of the International Automotive team.

Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Nebraska. He enjoys spending outdoor time with his wife and his three boys.

 

   Mark Sisson  

MARK SISSON SENIOR PORT PLANNER AND ANALYST, AECOM

Mr. Sisson leads AECOM’s marine analysis group. He is responsible for business development, project execution, and oversight of research and development of our simulation models. Mr. Sisson has over 20 years of experience managing and executing a wide range of marine and rail terminal planning, simulation, and analysis projects.

Typical projects involve supervision of field data collection, model development, and presentation of analysis results.

Mr Sisson’s career project highlights include:

• Port-wide capacity studies for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
• Roberts Bank Terminal 2
• New York Container Terminal
• Dubai Jebel Ali Master Plan
• Pusan Newport
• Deltaport Vancouver Expansion
• Kingston Jamaica Master Plan
• Euromax planning and simulation

Mr. Sisson received his BS in Civil Engineering at California State Polytechnic University and his MS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.

 

   Dan Smith  

DAN SMITH PRINCIPAL, TIOGA GROUP

Dan Smith has over 35 years of consulting experience in freight transportation economics, strategy, policy, and planning. His major clients have included ports, railroads, shippers, leasing companies, industry associations, and government agencies. He has led landmark studies of intermodal transportation, cargo forecasts for major container ports, and highly regarded studies on intermodal interchange, terminals, drayage, equipment utilization, and productivity. Mr. Smith has also been a frequent contributor to trade journals and industry conferences, and has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on anti-trust issues and economic conditions in the world shipping industry. Before co-founding Tioga in 1997, he was with Mercer Management Consulting and Manalytics, Inc. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and is a former Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

 

   Jurgen Sorgenfrei  

JURGEN SORGENFREI

 DIRECTOR OF CONSULTING, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Dr. Jurgen Sorgenfrei is a director of consulting within the IHS Maritime and Trade group. ​He has more than 25 years of experience in global trade, maritime transportation, port and hinterland operations, infrastructure planning and development, transportation marketing and regional economics. Prior to IHS, he served as chairman of sales and marketing for the Port of Hamburg Marketing, a public-private partnership based in Hamburg, with 13 offices in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He also worked as the marketing and business development director at container, stevedoring and logistics company HHLA.

Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years as a consultant for HPC Port Consulting. Dr. Sorgenfrei received his master’s degree in economics from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, and his doctorate in transport economics from the University of Hamburg.

 

   Andy Souders  

ANDY SOUDERS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTS AND STRATEGY, SAVI

As SVP of Product & Strategy at Savi, Andy Souders sets the product and technology strategy for the company’s Big Data and IoT solutions. At Savi, Souders leads hardware and software engineering, product management, and support teams—resulting in five technology awards in the last 18 months including IoT Product of the Year and Technology Innovation Award for Operational Intelligence. With over 25 years experience architecting and managing advanced information system initiatives, Souders is a highly regarded technology leader with a well earned reputation of innovating and delivering results in rapidly changing, extremely competitive environments.

Before joining Savi, Souders was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Clarity Solution Group, a data and analytics organization, where he led the product development and solutions strategy. Souders additionally served as Vice President, Interactive at N.E.W. Customer Service Companies where he was responsible for the company’s Business Intelligence and Actuarial big data platforms. Prior to N.E.W., Souders managed the development and support of AOL’s corporate and audience systems including Business Intelligence systems and a complex environment comprising 200+ system interfaces, 16,000 daily processes and 100+ terabytes of data.

He has a BS in physics and mathematics from Frostburg State University. In addition to his business and technology pursuits, Souders also coaches Little League Baseball and serves as Board Director for Pedal It Out, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for cancer research.

 

   Lara Sowinski  

LARA L. SOWINSKI

 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORK, AC BUSINESS MEDIA

Lara L. Sowinski is Editor-in-Chief for Food Logistics, 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.

 

   MARK SZAKONYI  

MARK SZAKONYI EXECUTIVE EDITOR, JOC.COM, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS, edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication’s online and print editions for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Based out of the JOC’s Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Maritime Commission. He also reports on intermodal rail, trucking, customs, cross-border transport, sourcing, industrial real estate, and ocean shipping. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Mark regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

   Al Tama  

AL TAMA PRODUCT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, CONTAINER AND PORT SOLUTIONS,ORBCOMM

Mr. Al Tama has over 11 years of experience in the Transportation industry delivering mission critical systems to shipping lines, marine terminal operators and port complexes. Before joining ORBCOMM, he served as General Manager at WAM Technologies and Director of Technology at Mark-IT Services, a leading provider of monitoring and protective services for refrigerated intermodal shipments in North America.

 

   Rear Adm. Paul Thomas  

REAR ADM. PAUL THOMAS ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR PREVENTION POLICY, U.S. COAST GUARD

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates, Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include: waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.

A specialist in Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection he has served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington DC, Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, CA., Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, FL, and Marine Safety Office Jacksonville, Fl. He has also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Galveston, TX, Commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, FL. and as the Director of Inspections and Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters.

His other tours include Fifth Coast Guard District Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Commanding Officer of USCGC CAPE ROMAIN and Operations Officer for USCGC BLACKHAW.

Rear Admiral Thomas is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and in 2010 he served as a Senior Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX). His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Transportation 9/11 Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

 

   Peter Tirschwell  

PETER TIRSCHWELL SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONTENT, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at IHS Maritime & Trade, 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. IHS acquired JOC Group in December, 2014. 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, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

 

   Mikko Toivanen  

MIKKO TOIVANEN 

BRANCH MANAGER, ALBATRANS INC., LOS ANGELES BRANCH

Mikko Toivanen is the Branch Manager of Albatrans Inc., Los Angeles office. Mikko is originally from Finland and currently resides in Santa Monica, CA. He is responsible of running day-to-day operations, business development and sales activities for Albatrans Inc. Los Angeles area office located in Hawthorne, CA. Albatrans is one of the largest global providers of logistics in the beverage sector and the freight forwarding arm of the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association. Consumer goods, machinery, fashion and footwear, and petroleum products are just a few of the other industries within Albatrans’ specialties. Company has offices on 5 continents with hundreds of employees worldwide. Albatrans is also a licensed US Customs broker.

Mikko studied logistics and transportation engineering in his native Finland and joined a freight forwarding company during his studies. After few years in the industry in Helsinki area he was transferred to Los Angeles, CA. He has now worked in the freight forwarding and Customs brokerage industry in Los Angeles area for past 10 years in various positions starting from import and export operations leading to sales manager and branch manager positions. He has experience working with global logistics networks and strong understanding of import and export air and ocean freight forwarding and domestic road and warehousing logistics.

 

   James A. Tompkins  

JAMES A. TOMPKINS, PH.D. 

CEO, TOMPKINS INTERNATIONAL

Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on designing and implementing end-to-end supply chains. His focus over the last several years has been in the areas of eCommerce, Omnichannel and supply chain transformations. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins global consulting and implementation business and stresses the requirement for Strategy before Structure and Structure before Implementation.

Dr. James A. Tompkins received the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) on June 1, 2015. The award is an attribute that recognizes Dr. Tompkins through the contributions he has provided to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. In addition, Jim has served as President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Materials Management Society, and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education, and Purdue has named him a Distinguished Engineering Alum. He has also received more than 50 additional awards for his service to his profession.

His 35-plus years as CEO of a consulting / integration firm and his focus on helping companies achieve profitable growth give him an insider’s view into what makes great companies even better. As a high-level business and supply chain strategy advisor, his unique perspective prepares corporations and executives for the future.

To share his knowledge and provide up-to-date information on supply chain and business trends, he developed his blog called “Creating Supply Chain Excellence.” Jim is also a thought leader, sharing insights on business strategy through his presentations and videos, including his most recent on The Alibaba Effect.

He has written or contributed to more than 30 books, including Caught Between the Tiger and the Dragon, Bold Leadership, Logistics and Manufacturing Outsourcing, The Supply Chain Handbook, No Boundaries and Facilities Planning. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at thousands of international engagements.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1969, his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972, all from Purdue University.

 

   Dean Tracy  

DEAN TRACY MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics and transportation field for over 25+ years and is well seasoned practioner in all facets of import logistics. Currently Dean is the Managing Director for Global Integrated Services, LLC which is a management consulting firm for Company’s that are importing from Oversea’s and are i need of assistance in setting up their supply chains to manage the importing process in each and every phase of Import Logsitics. Dean spent the first half of his career on the service provider side of the business with both liner organizations as well as 3PL organizations all affiliated with the carriers 3pl providers including a 5 year expatriate posting in Hong Kong . He then spent the last 16 years with the 2nd largest Home improvement retailer and grew their importing business to be the 4th largest importer in North America and the 15th largest importer in the world as their Director of international. Dean is and has been an industry advocate for the betterment of the industry as a whole and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Dean is currently opening up his own operation working out of Winston Salem NC where he resides with his wife Robin and they have 2 children who are both actively working in their respective fields.

 

   Steven Trombley  

STEVEN TROMBLEY MANAGING DIRECTOR, APM TERMINALS LOS ANGELES

Steven Trombley was appointed Managing Director, Pier 400-Los Angeles in 2014.

Prior to this, Steve served as Vice President of West Coast Container Operations at Ports America for six years. Steve joined Ports America from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) where he served as Director, Port Operations. Prior to NCL, he worked as Director, Operations and Terminal Logistics for APL and as Operations Manager for Sea-Land Services.

Steve brings a proven track record of success and extensive experience in Port and Terminal operations having worked in multiple locations throughout North America with clear insight on terminal technologies and the larger stakeholder community in Los Angeles.

Steve holds a degree in Business Management from Upsala College in New Jersey.

 

   John Urban  

JOHN URBAN EVP AND GM, GT NEXUS

John Urban has over 20 years of experience in executive management, operations and sales with global transportation and technology companies. Prior to joining GT Nexus in 1999, Mr. Urban was an executive with American President Lines, Ltd. (APL), one of the world’s largest ocean liner companies and part of the $4.7 billion NOL Group. He held several executive positions with the company in Asia, North and South America. Before APL, Mr. Urban was President of NPSC, a domestic intermodal carrier. Prior to that Mr. Urban was vice president of Sales and Marketing for BRAE Corp., a provider of transportation equipment financing, leasing and management. Mr. Urban began his professional career as an Account Executive for IBM in its large systems group, following his graduation from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University, where he earned an MBA. He received his Bachelor of Science in economics from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.

 

   Willis Weirich  

WILLIS WEIRICH 
SENIOR GROUP MANAGER OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION, TARGET

Willis Weirich is Senior Group Manager of International Transportation for Target Corporation. His responsibilities include strategy and planning for international logistics, encompassing origin operations, ocean and air freight and deconsolidation operations. He leads a team responsible for aligning key internal and external partners to maintain growth objectives by responding to economic and geopolitical changes and challenges.

Willis has been with Target for 5 years. His prior experience includes leading domestic transportation to support one of four store regions encompassing food, general merchandise, non-retail and import distribution centers. Willis has held additional roles as a Manager in Supply Chain Finance and International Operations.

Willis graduated from Purdue University with Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Industrial Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Willis’ background also includes extensive research in airline operations management and leadership for not-for-profit educational programs in India.

 

   Curtis Whalen  

CURTIS WHALEN 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERMODAL MOTOR CARRIERS CONFERENCE AT THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS

Curtis Whalen is Executive Director of the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference (IMCC). The IMCC is an affiliated conference for ATA motor carrier members involved in intermodal trucking. ATA is the national trade association for the trucking industry, comprised of affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and organizations that includes more than 37,000 motor carrier members.

Before joining ATA, Whalen was Vice President of Energy and Security Systems for Flight Explorer, the world’s leading provider of real-time global flight tracking information, reporting and display products. Mr. Whalen previously served as: Vice President, Legislative Affairs for the American Waterways Operators, representing the inland and coastal maritime transportation industry; and Vice President, Government Affairs for Transco Energy, a Texas-based energy transportation and exploration company. Whalen also served as an attorney advisor at the Interstate Commerce Commission and later as Chief Republican Counsel, Oversight Subcommittee, House Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives.

Whalen currently serves on the board of the Container and Intermodal Institute (CII) and was a past member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). He received his Juris Doctor degree from the American University, Washington D.C. and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University, Washington D.C.

 

   John Wolfe  

JOHN WHEELER 
VICE PRESIDENT OF CARRIER SALES, SOUTH CAROLINA PORTS AUTHORITY

John M. Wheeler, Vice President Carrier Sales, South Carolina Ports Authority
For more than 30 years John Wheeler has been engaged in international trade and transportation with experience in both ocean carrier operations and sales, as well as port sales, business development, and marketing. Having begun his career in the Trans-Atlantic trade in the operations division of Cast North America’s Montreal office, he rose through the organization’s ranks in various managerial roles eventually being promoted to the commercial division and assigned to the carrier’s New York office. Later, Wheeler joined Hanjin Shipping Company’s commercial team as the company moved to grow its North American presence via expanded operations and an enhanced service portfolio that included Hanjin’s first deployment of vessels to the US East Coast trade. Having spent extensive time splitting his commercial role between New York and Asia, Wheeler joined the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) as a strategic member of the GPA’s global carrier sales and business development team. After playing a critical role in the development of the “Savannah Model,” Wheeler departed GPA in 2012 as Senior Director, Trade Development to serve as Vice President, Carrier Sales for the South Carolina Ports Authority. Wheeler currently leads the global ocean carrier sales team for SC Ports including offices in Charleston, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Mumbai.

 

   John Wolfe  

JOHN WIEHOFF 
CHAIRMAN AND CEO,
C.H. ROBINSON

John Wiehoff has been chief executive officer of C.H. Robinson since 2002 and became chairman of the board in 2007. In his current role, John oversees C.H. Robinson’s global operations which span through a network of over 280 offices and 13,000 employees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

During his time as CEO, John has directed the largest expansion in company history, nearly doubling the number of C.H. Robinson offices worldwide including opening the company’s first offices in Asia, tripling its employee, customer and carrier base, and completing 19 acquisitions. An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1992, John has also performed as vice president and chief financial officer, treasurer, and corporate controller.

John serves on the Boards of Directors of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), a provider of off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles, and Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a provider of filtration systems. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.

 

   John Wolfe  

JOHN WOLFE CEO, PORT OF TACOMA

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe also serves as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.
Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia’s director of operations and marine terminal general manager.
Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal’s operations manager.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington State Fair Board. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

 

   Edward Zaninelli  

EDWARD ZANINELLI PRESIDENT, GRIFFIN CREEK CONSULTING

Edward Zaninelli is president of Griffin Creek Consulting in Medford, Oregon, focusing on global containerized logistics. Ed has been involved in the transportation industry for more than 42 years. He started his career in the trucking industry before working at Sea-Land Service for 13 years, Nedlloyd for five years and OOCL USA for 22 years. His major focus has been exports, but Ed has come to be a leading expert on cost controls and creating savings for shippers and carriers. Ed’s experience encompasses not only sales, but also operations, pricing and customer service in multiple trade lanes, including South America, the Caribbean, the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific, which has been his focus for the past 16 years. Ed has worked in North America on creating savings that help offset the cost of repositioning by carriers. Ed holds a BS degree from Moravian College in Pennsylvania.

 

   Tong Zhu  

TONG ZHU CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, CONTAINER & REAL ESTATE, THE NORTHWEST SEAPORT ALLIANCE

Tong Zhu has direct responsibility for management and strategic direction of real estate, container, and business development teams.

Zhu joined the Port of Tacoma in 2007and served most recently as the Chief Commercial Officer (2010- ). In that capacity, she managed a diversified business portfolio, including container, non‐container (breakbulk and RoRo), intermodal and real estate lines of business.

She also oversaw the marketing, research and customer outreach activities for the Port.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma, Zhu managed international relations at the Port of Seattle and directed the State of Washington’s Greater China trade development programs. She played a critical role in former Governor Gary Locke’s successful China trade development programs and helped advance and finalize business contracts and international agreements.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Zhu is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Society.