• April 23-25, 2025 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Jake Swanson

DHL Industrial Projects

Regional Vice President, Head of Americas Region, Industrial Projects

Jake Swanson is the Regional Head of the Americas Region for DHL Industrial Projects. He has worked with DHL for 5 years in various capacities within the Industrial Projects group. He has worked in the transportation and logistics industry for over 20 years, and has experience on the EPC, Project Ocean carrier and freight forwarder sides of the industry. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation and then spent a year sailing on container vessels. Swanson holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Sessions With Jake Swanson

Friday, 26 April

  • 12:15pm - 01:15pm (CST) / 26/apr/2024 05:15 pm - 26/apr/2024 06:15 pm

    Structure and Stretch: Building the Next Generation of Breakbulk and Project Logistics Professionals

    Teaching a new generation of breakbulk and project logistics practitioners the ropes has never been more important — and yet newcomers often face a sink-or-swim, ad-hoc introduction to breakbulk and project logistics that offers little in terms of structure or a clear path forward. How can breakbulk shippers and logistics service providers attract and train a new generation into this little-known, complex, and challenging industry segment? How should veterans hand down their hard-won institutional knowledge, and how can a famously non-diverse industry demonstrate that it values diversity in newcomers? Conversely, what can the industry learn from a tech-savvy generation that values flexibility and innovation but also needs support and guidance? In this final session of the Journal of Commerce’s 2024 Breakbulk and Project Cargo Conference, breakbulk and project industry logistics executives will discuss successful efforts to attract, train, and retain newcomers eager to launch successful careers — and hear from audience members willing to share their experiences.