December 11 - 12, 2018
Newark, New Jersey
President; and CEO
Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers; and Golden Carriers Inc.

Jeffrey A. Bader is the CEO of Golden Carriers, a third-generation trucking company and bonded common carrier based in Hillside, New Jersey. Since 2002, Bader has served as the president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, which currently represents over 80 percent of port and container traffic at Port Newark, with more than 170 members from trucking and trucking-industry related companies doing business at the Port of New York & New Jersey. The Bi-State's mission is to provide a forum in which truck operators, owners and businesses in trucking-related industries can share ideas, solve problems, and foster a continually improving intermodal transportation business environment.

Managing Director and Group Head
Santander Corporate Equipment Finance

Vincent (Vince) Belcastro is managing director and group head of Santander Corporate Equipment Finance, where he is responsible for directing financing activities for large ticket equipment finance, leasing and lending, as well as project finance related activities. Belcastro is a senior credit professional and expert structuring specialist with more than 20 years of secured financing and leveraged finance experience primarily in the corporate credit markets arena. During this time he has covered companies in a wide array of diverse and unique industry sectors.

Previously, Belcastro served as the group head of equipment finance at CIT. During his 13-year tenure he also served as senior risk officer within the CIT corporate finance group. He was instrumental in the launch, team build-out and integration of CIT's problem loan management and healthcare groups. Before joining CIT in 2001, Belcastro served in a variety of senior relationship management positions at Citibank N.A. where he was responsible for sourcing and structuring new corporate financing and leasing transactions. Before that, he held several transaction-oriented credit positions, at both Republic National Bank and Deutsche Bank, supporting deal-related financing activities in Latin America and Asia.

He is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, Equipment Lessors and Finance Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is also active as board advisor to a middle-market manufacturing company. Belcastro received his BS degrees in economics and finance from Saint Francis College and completed the Deutsche Bank credit training program.

President and CEO
OEC Group

Marc D. Bibeau has been successfully innovating global supply chain solutions and specialized cargo programs, dedicated to the business-to-business, e-commerce, and vertical market segments throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for more than 30 years.

He founded Overseas Express Consolidators in 1984 and is currently president and CEO of OEC Group, where he serves on the board for several of the company's subsidiaries.

Known for his passionate engagement with customers, carriers, and government, he is committed to improving processes and bringing together industry stakeholders, to facilitate open dialogue with the goal of maintaining the fluidity of Canada's global supply chains.

In addition to his executive roles, he is on the board of directors for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) where he served as president from 2009 to 2012.

He is also a vice president on the extended board of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), headquartered in Zurich.

OEC Group provides fully-integrated transportation and logistics services as well as IT solutions to global multinational corporations.

From inception to end-mile, OEC Group delivers flexible, efficient strategies complimented by leading edge business intelligence tools that support clients' growth strategies and supply chain objectives.

Vice President, Infrastructure Private Equity
Macquarie Group

Brian Blake is a vice president with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets ("MIRA"), one of the largest global infrastructure asset managers. Globally, MIRA has investments in nine container terminals that handle more than 5 million TEU annually.

Blake focuses on transportation investments, including seaports, rail, roads, and other critical supply chain infrastructure, and serves on the asset management teams for Maher Terminals, Yusen Terminal, Ceres Terminals, Fraser Surrey Docks, Halterm Container Terminal, and Penn Terminals.

Director Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events in the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s 10 annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Brooks’ 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.

Senior Director, Port Solutions
GE Transportation

David Casey has over 25 years of international transportation, logistics, and sourcing experience. He is currently senior director of port solutions for General Electric Transportation.

Prior to joining GE, Casey served as director of logistics and transportation for the Coca-Cola Company, where his team was responsible for 19 concentrate plants on five continents. He also served as vice president of transportation/global sourcing for Newell Rubbermaid and as director of business development for Performance Team, a privately held third-party logistics company. In 2000, Casey co-founded V-Logic Ltd., a niche 3PL based in Hong Kong. Prior to V-Logic he held several positions with American President Lines in Chicago, Atlanta, and Hong Kong.

Casey holds a BS in marketing from Cornell University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is an advisory to project44, a Chicago based technology startup.

Founder and CEO
Octopi

Luc Castera is the founder and chief operating officer of Octopi, a maritime innovation company and modern terminal operating system TOS provider. With more than 12 years of experience in high-tech software development, Castera founded the Miami-based organization in 2014, following his passion for modern software and process optimization. This expertise and passion eventually turned into a mission statement and today he, and the Octopi team, help mixed-cargo port terminals modernize and innovate with their port terminal operations.

Octopi TOS is the first modern SaaS terminal operating system and the company’s current portfolio includes seven clients in six countries, and across 10 terminals globally. Prior to founding Octopi, Castera was the chief technology officer of Intellum, a software company based in Atlanta that develops e-learning platforms in use by top brands such as Google, Facebook, AT&T, G4S, and Coca Cola.

 

Vice President, Global Transportation
International Forest Products, North America

Charlie Cunnion is vice president, global transportation for international forest products, North America’s largest trader of physical forest product commodities. As a member of the Kraft family of companies, IFP provides solutions in marketing, transportation, and finance to suppliers and converters of forest products around the world. Cunnion is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s freight activities achieved through a culture of valued personal relationships and the use of the latest in logistics technology. Prior to IFP, he served as an ordnance officer in the US Army serving both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cunnion is a graduate of Nichols College with degrees in finance and economics.

President and CEO
PierPass Inc.

John Cushing joined PierPass Inc. in 2014 as its president and chief executive officer. PierPass manages the West Coast MTO's OffPeak program that mitigates gate traffic between the peak and off-peak shifts at the container terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

From 2009 through 2013, Cushing was the general director of SSIT container terminal during its development at Cai Mep in the south of Vietnam.

In 1999, he founded eModal, which developed widely used online applications to coordinate activities between marine terminals and trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners, and others in the supply chain. Cushing grew eModal into the nation's largest port community system and served as the company's president through 2009.

His experience in the transportation industry began in 1982 as a steamship line agent with Barwil Agencies. Cushing later joined the Port of Los Angeles, where he was marketing manager until he left to start up eModal.

Vice President, Operations
Port of Montreal

Daniel Dagenais brings over 25 years of shipping industry experience to his position as vice president of operations at the Port of Montreal. Before joining the the port authority in March 2007 as director of operations, he accumulated a wealth of experience as a terminal operator for bulk, non-containerized and containerized terminals.

In January 2014, Dagenais was promoted to his current position where he oversees the following departments: Environment, Infrastructure Management, Port Logistics, Marine Operations and Security and Fire Prevention.

He holds a management undergraduate diploma from McGill University specializing in transportation and logistics and a certificate of training for executives exercise from HEC. Dagenais is president of the Groupe conseil maritime-Quebec region, a member of the Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR), the board of directors of the Association québécoise des transports (AQTR) and of the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), and a member of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, where he served as director on its national board for three years.

 

Technical Director, Maritime
WSP

Dean Davison is technical director of maritime for WSP in the United Kingdom. He previously gained 10 years of direct experience within the port operating business at the Port of Tilbury in the United Kingdom with Forth Ports, together with time spent as a trade write for Informa PLC, followed by more than 18 years as a specialist port and shipping consultant for a diverse range of companies. At WSP, Davison is responsible for the management and provision of a range of commercial, financial, and due diligence projects for both private and public clients. He specializes in projects in North America and has previously lived and worked in New York and New Jersey.

WSP’s Maritime Advisory team is a dedicated maritime consultancy team, providing commercial, financial, operational, technical and environmental consultancy services in the port and shipping sector and has completed over 300 projects in more than 65 countries for 200 different clients.

 

Commissioner
Federal Maritime Commission

Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye is one of the nation's most experienced and accomplished policy leaders in international ocean transportation. Her career began as a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard. Commissioner Dye later held positions of counsel on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and subcommittee staff director on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On Capitol Hill, she worked to enact successful solutions to ocean transportation safety, security, economic, and environmental challenges. She has been nominated by two presidents and confirmed by the United States Senate to the Federal Maritime Commission for four successive terms. Her work on the FMC has earned Commissioner Dye the reputation as a strong supporter of free market solutions to commercial problems. Commissioner Dye is considered an expert on competition law and policy, port congestion, and supply chain efficiency issues.

President and CEO
British Columbia Trucking Association

Dave Earle is the president and CEO of the BC Trucking Association, a member-based, province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association representing the road transportation industry in British Columbia. BCTA members include trucking companies hauling every type of freight, as well as charter and scheduled motor coach companies. In total, BCTA represents more than 1,200 trucking and motor coach fleets that operate over 13,000 commercial vehicles. Almost 90 percent of these trucking companies are small businesses operating five or fewer vehicles.

The BCTA represents large and small carriers in the drayage sector, serving terminals at Canada's largest port. The drayage sector moves approximately 1.5 million TEU annually for terminals operating at the various locations of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, serving customers in one of North America's most congested cities.

Vice President, Business Development, Midwest Region
RCS Logistics

Jeff Evanoff is vice president of business development for RCS Logistics, a privately held freight forwarder based in Secaucus, New Jersey. Evanoff joined RCS in 2017 after spending 12 years on the beneficial cargo owner/shipper side of the business.

In his previous roles, Evanoff was responsible for international logistics and compliance at Bob's Discount Furniture in Manchester, Connecticut, and Briggs & Stratton Corp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also held roles in international and domestic logistics at Lowe's Home Improvement. Evanoff is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and currently working on a master's in supply chain from the University of Wisconsin.

Vice President, Local 63, Los Angeles, CA
ILWU

Joe Gasperov is currently the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 63, representing the marine clerks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Gasperov started working on the docks more than 34 years ago and has been a member of ILWU Local 63 for the past 30 years. During this time, he has held various positions within the union including president, vice president, secretary/business agent, and convention/caucus delegate.

In 2014, Gasperov was elected to serve on the ILWU coast negotiating committee for the 2014 contract bargaining. He has been an integral part of the coast technology committee since its inception in 2002 and has been closely involved with the implementation of technology at West Coast terminals.
Most recently, he was selected to serve on the US Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) in Washington, DC.

Director of Labor Relations
ILWU Local 23
Partner
Hackett Associates

Daniel Hackett is a partner at Hackett Associates, where he is active in maritime strategy issues, logistics management, and port logistics. He is a certified urban planner, and specializes in financial, economic, and geographic information systems analysis.

Hackett runs the forecast and is editor of both the North American and North European editions of the Global Port Tracker. The monthly reports track, respectively, container imports to the largest terminals in Canada and the United States, and container imports and exports to the busiest terminals in Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Recent projects include advising a major shipping alliance on regulatory issues; conducting market studies for new or expanded container terminals; and developing a commodity/region level import/export forecast for the US Maritime Administration. He served as a subject matter expert on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Port Performance Freight Statistics Program for the past two years.

CEO
Blume Global

Pervinder Johar, CEO of Blume Global, is leveraging his deep supply chain experience and expertise in AI, robotics process automation, machine learning, and blockchain to lead a new era of digital innovation for the supply chain ecosystem. Johar joined Blume Global from Edgeverve, where he served as CEO of the Infosys subsidiary. Prior to that, he was president and CEO at Steelwedge Software, a market leader in supply, sales, and operations planning. Under his leadership, Steelwedge successfully orchestrated a merger with E2open to form the largest purely cloud-based supply chain software company in the world. Johar previously served as vice president of global supply chain systems at HP, where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of worldwide supply chain management, manufacturing, product life cycle management, and more. Johar also held the position of chief technology officer at Manhattan Associates, a leading provider of supply chain execution solutions.

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.

Co-­Founder, 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. Kellaway was also one of the founders of RoadLink , the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000‐2012.

During his tenure there, Kellaway served in multiple roles, including chief commercial officer and president, and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink. He also founded E*Fill America, a national warehousing and distribution company, in 2002 and currently serves as its chairman. He 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 importers/exporters alike. It was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row. Prior to founding Kellaway, he held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.

 

President and Co-Founder
E*DRAY Collaborative Port Logistics

Reade Kidd has spent over 15 years in the international logistics field.  He is president and co-founder of E*Dray Collaborative Port Logistics.

Prior to E*Dray CPL, Kidd was the chief commercial officer and head of strategy for XpertFreight, a boutique domestic freight brokerage company.

For four years previous to that position, he led the international logistics division of The Home Depot, the third-largest importer into the US. With an annual budget in excess of $500 million, Kidd was responsible for the strategy and execution for movement of goods into and out of the US, Canada, and Mexico for ocean, air, drayage, transload, customs/compliance, and foreign trade zones.

He spent the previous 10 years with various groups within the Maersk Companies. After a start in the management training program, Kidd worked domestically and abroad for Maersk Line, Maersk Line Ltd. (military consulting), Maersk Logistics, Damco Distribution (warehousing), and Damco in increasing roles and responsibilities across operations, sales, IT, implementation, and strategy.

He graduated from Auburn University with degree in international business with a supply chain focus.

 

Co-Founder and CEO
Crux Systems

Eric Klein is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Crux Systems, and has an extensive background in marine terminal products and technology. Crux Systems provides container visibility data, analytics, and communications tools to make the supply chain more efficient and secure. Importers, freight forwarders, and trucking companies all use the platform to track their shipments, share information, and coordinate with their supply chain partners, eliminating costly delays.

Founding Partner; and CEO
PEAR Strategies; and Harbor Trucking Association

Weston LaBar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and Founding Partner of PEAR Strategies, a Long Beach based strategic consulting firm. He has a decade of experience managing trade associations, as well as large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, his firm manages several trade associations and Weston serves as the CEO or Executive Director for each. He is active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, Weston has lead countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply-chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with partners such as GeoStamp, Voyage Control, E*Dray, SecureSpace and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.

Senior Editor, West Coast, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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

Senior Editor, Global Ports, IHS Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. He was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia publication based in Shanghai. He previously held posts at the International Air Transport Association as chief editor and secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a master's in international studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with specialization in international law and international trade. Mooney's coverage of global ports for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit, includes port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues. It appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications IHS Fairplay and Fairplay.com, He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China.

Founder and CEO
FreightFlows

Matt Morgan is the founder and chief executive officer of FreightFlows Inc., a maritime predictive analytics company focused on providing insight into seaborne commercial activity. By applying artificial intelligence and machine learning principles to maritime operations, FreightFlows delivers unparalleled foresight into the maritime market. Morgan brings 15 years of high tech experience to advance the maritime industry.

Previously, he was director of product for Genscape, where he wrangled big data from vessel trackers’ leading AIS network. Genscape acquired his previous startup Weft, a shipping container tracking and supply chain optimization company. Prior to Weft, he was chief information officer at Veconinter, a global container demurrage management company.

 

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

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

Assistant General Organizer
ILA

James Paylor was unanimously elected as Assistant General Organizer of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the union’s 2015 Quadrennial Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In this position, Paylor works with the ILA’s General Organizer, heading up the ILA’s Organizing efforts throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Prior to his election to one of the ILA’s top seven International Executive Officers positions, Paylor served on the ILA’s Executive Council as a Vice President representing the Ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington since 1995. From 1989 until 19915, Paylor was a Vice President and Executive Board Member on the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District, ILA. Jim was first elected as President of Local 1566 at the age of 25. This was in 1981 and still presently holds that position, for 37 years. A Second-generation longshoreman and ILA member, Paylor’s father worked on the Philadelphia waterfront after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. James Paylor immediately started working on the Philadelphia waterfront in 1973 after graduating South Philadelphia High School. Paylor launched his ILA career working in the hold of the vessel with Local 1291, and later transferred to IAL Local 1566 working as a Ships Carpenter. Paylor furthered his education attending St Joseph’s University, School of Industrial Relations. He also coached High School Football at St John Neumann High School. James Paylor has served on multiple Trust Funds and as Chairman of the PMTA/ILA Pension fund. He now serves as a Trustee on the coast-wide ILA medical plan, MILA. Paylor has three children and seven grandchildren and resides in Penns Grove, New Jersey, with his wife Terry.

Director, Land Operations, Planning and Operations
Port of Vancouver

Greg Rogge brings more than 20 years of transportation and logistics experience to his role as director of land operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

In this position, Rogge is responsible for all areas of land operations, supply chain optimization, cruise operations, and Canada Place operations. He provides senior leadership to a team of 25 people, developing and overseeing programs that support the efficient movement of cargo and people through Canada’s largest port.

Prior to joining the port authority in January 2014, Rogge held several leadership roles in the transportation and trucking industry at organizations such as Reimer Express, Roadway Express, and YRC Corporation.

Rogge has served on the boards of various associations since 2001, including the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Trucking Safety Council of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA). From 2006-2013, he served on the BCTA Executive Committee and held a term as chairman. In recognition of his 12 years of volunteer efforts and dedication to the industry, Rogge received the BCTA Service to the Industry Award for his contributions in June 2013.

 

Assistant Director, Strategy and Innovation
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Bethann Rooney is assistant director in the Port Commerce department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She is the architect and coordinator of the port’s Council on Port Performance, which is the first forum of its kind in the nation and was established as a framework for port constituents to identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and develop recommended solutions. Prior to taking this position, Rooney was the general manager of port security for the port authority. Having assumed this role in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, she is a recognized world leader in maritime security and emergency management issues. A nearly 30-year veteran in the maritime industry, Rooney has also worked in port operations, property management, intermodal, and technology planning. She is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a master’s in international transportation and a bachelor’s in marine transportation.

Vice President Strategic Development
Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

William F. Rooney has 45 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently vice president of strategic development for Kuehne + Nagel. Until October 2010, Rooney was president of Hanjin Shipping America, accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was senior vice president of service delivery for CMA CGM. Prior to CMA CGM he was vice president of ocean services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider.

He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. 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.

Rooney received a bachelor’s in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

 

CEO
Saybrook

Jonathan Rosenthal is a serial entrepreneur. He has repeatedly conceived of a world different than that which existed, and launched companies to harness macro industry change. Each new venture was designed to capture opportunity, as consumers adapted to transformation.

Rosenthal currently serves as chairman of TTSI, one of the largest port trucking companies in the Los Angeles/Long Beach harbor; Taylored Logistics, a bi-coastal, mid-size, third-party logistics provider operating approximately 1.5 million square feet of warehouse; and Accretive Solutions, a finance and accounting staffing and consultancy firm with approximately 800 professionals in 11 cities. He is the founder and chairman of the Los Angeles Harbor Performance Enhancement Center and the technology data management startup WherehouseIT.com.

Rosenthal was recently appointed by the US Transportation Secretary to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and by the Mayor of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles Sustainable Freight Advisory Board. He was elected by his peers to the International Board of Trustees of the Turnaround Management Association.

 

Vice President, USA Transportation
Groupe Robert

Armed with more than 20 years of experience in transportation and logistics, Martin Roy has served in a number of senior positions at Groupe Robert over the years. He possesses extensive expertise in operations management and has been a key asset to the company as it has expanded its logistics operations in the US.

Since joining Groupe Robert in 1999, Roy has risen through the ranks, occupying such roles as vice president of specialized transportation and vice president of logistics.

 

Global Transportation and Logistics Consultant

Debbie Ryan is an independent consultant in transportation and logistics. Her background includes international and domestic transportation and logistics leadership in specialty, off-price, and big box retail formats where she specialized in executing the global movement of movement of merchandise/non-merchandise from suppliers to distribution points and from distribution points to customers. She began her career in the logistics services industry and has operations, sales, and customer support experience in the LTL trucking, steamship, and 3PL arenas. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Executive Vice President
T.G.S. Transportation

TGS Transportation is a California drayage company serving the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland, as well as all Northern California rail ramps. From 2000 to current, Schneider has been the vice president responsible for overall sales, growth, administration, and operations. He and TGS are active partners with the California Transit Association (CTA), Harbor Trucking Association (HTA), Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), and various other organizations.

Schneider is currently the chairman of the CTA’s Northern California Intermodal Conference; on the CTA and HTA boards; on the board of advisors for the AgTC; and a part of the Port Efficiency Task Force (PETF) at the Port of Oakland. He was also one of 35 representatives to be a part of the Federal Maritime Supply Chain Innovation Initiative team chaired by Commissioner Rebecca Dye in 2016.

Schneider has a B.S. in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

 

Chief Executive Officer
Direct ChassisLink Inc.

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

He has extensive experience in the transportation leasing industry, beginning his career with Itel Corp. in 1979 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. In 1984, Shea started Kelley Transportation Services to market intermodal equipment manufactured by Stoughton Trailers Inc. In 1989, he formed Bay Cities Leasing and began leasing intermodal trailers to US railroads. Bay Cities was selected to manage the first domestic container and chassis pool for Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern in 1994 called EMP. The EMP Program developed the first reservation and billing systems for intermodal equipment and continues to provide containers and chassis to the US rail network today.

Over the past decade, Shea has served on public boards such as Interpool Inc., which owned TRAC Intermodal and JB Hunt Corporation. He continues to serve on the boards of DCLI and the University of Denver Transportation Institute, as well as numerous charities benefiting children with life threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Principal
Tioga Group Inc.

Dan Smith has over 38 years of consulting experience in freight transportation economics, strategy, policy, and planning. His clients have included ports, railroads, shippers, leasing companies, industry associations, and government agencies. He has led landmark intermodal studies, cargo forecasts for major container ports, and most recently contributed to the first annual Port Performance Freight Statistics Report. Smith has also been a frequent contributor to trade journals and industry conferences, and 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.

Senior Director, BPIT Strategy & Innovation
Ocean Network Express (North America) Inc.

John Stone is the senior director of BPIT strategy and innovation at the newly formed Ocean Network Express (North America) Inc., the joint venture between three Japanese ocean carriers (“K” Line, MOL, NYK). He is also responsible for the Ocean Network Express Global EDI product, with a core team located in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Prior to joining Ocean Network Express, Stone spent 17 years with NYK Line, first in the United Kingdom and moving to Secaucus, New Jersey in 2004, as part of NYK’s global system implementation team. He transitioned to the position of IT group manager for NYK Business Systems in 2009 where he oversaw NYK’s system development and EDI teams. Stone assumed the role of director of business process at NYK Line in 2011 with a focus on business process rationalization and improvements. He oversaw vast improvements in NYK’s EDI product by leveraging technology and business process improvements.

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

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

Chief Strategy Officer
Advent Intermodal Solutions

Allen Thomas is the chief strategy officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, an industry-leading, cloud-based software, and IT solutions company that's helping transform customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Thomas oversees all customer-facing operations and market/product strategy development for Advent as they evolve their chassis.com, eModal.com, and eModalPro.com SaaS platforms, which foster real-time, transparent data sharing and process automation between ports, terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PLs and BCOs. He has more than 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing and integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain. Thomas provides expertise on the application of gate automation, OCR, RFID, and real-time container location systems having implemented solutions for most major container terminal operators and freight railroads. Prior to joining Advent, he served as vice president of business strategy for the marine and ports business unit of ABB Group, where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800 million integrated terminal automation, electrification, and service portfolio. Thomas' career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service (now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems, and finally 12 years at APS Technology Group (acquired by ABB).

Executive Vice President, COO
RCS Logistics

Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics for over 30 years having served in a multitude of positions stretching across the buyer and seller sides of the business.

Currently Tracy is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of RCS Logistics, an international air freight forwarding that specializes in airfreight services for retail and mass merchandising organizations. Prior to that, he was the director of international logistics for  Lowe’s Home Improvement warehouse, which is the fourth-largest importer into the US and the 15th largest importer in the world.

Preceding Lowe’s, he worked in various senior management positions for international consolidators and steamship lines, including US Lines, Maersk, APL, and OOCL.