Edwin Bastian joined BBC Chartering in August 0f 2007. He currently serves as Global Sales Director and leads the strategic sales initiative for the largest global
breakbulk and project chartering fleet in the world.
During Ed's 40 year career, he has held management positions with following companies, NYK North America, Evergreen Marine, Port of Long Beach, Jones Stevedoring and Nautilus Leasing, UBS and Morgan Stanley.
Ed is an active member of various industry organizations including International Transportation Management Association of Houston, Railway Industrial Clearance Association, Editorial Advisory Board for Breakbulk Magazine, Breakbulk Americas Program Advisory Board and serves on the board of Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund, a Texas 501©(3). Ed also is frequently invited as a guest speaker and panelist at trade luncheons and events both inside and outside the Houston area.
Joseph Bonney is senior editor for breakbulk and project cargo at the JOC within IHS. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. In his current role, he covers the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry, the International Longshoremen's Association and containerized shipping related to the Gulf of Mexico. He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston. During the 1980s, he spent five years as the company's Gulf Coast correspondent and maritime editor. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper, a newsman with the Associated Press and reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He is co-author of "The Box That Changed the World," a history of containerized shipping published in 2006. Joe speaks regularly to industry groups. After working out of the JOC's New York-New Jersey home office for 15 years, he relocated to New Orleans in May.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Brandy D. Christian is President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and the first female CEO in the Port's 120-year history. As head of the financially self-supporting public agency with unsurpassed multimodal connections to global and domestic markets, Christian oversees cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations.
Before joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego as vice president of strategy and business development, streamlining operational processes, securing major accounts, and negotiating leases for the cruise and cargo business lines. Before that, she worked at KPMG Consulting as a quality management consultant in their public-sector practice.
Christian serves on the Green Marine, Waterways Council, Inc. and World Trade Center New Orleans Board of Directors, chairs the American Association of Port Authorities' Cruise Committee and is a member of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute Advisory Board.
Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation's third largest county. He also is director of Harris County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 42 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Mr. Fogarty is Vice President for Trade and Development at the Alabama State Port Authority.
Mr. Fogarty's areas of responsibility include organization, business development and oversight of the port's trade initiatives.
Mr. Fogarty has 43 years of professional experience in domestic and international trade, terminal operations and stevedoring in U.S. ports. Prior to joining at the Authority, Mr. Fogarty served as senior vice president for sales and marketing at Ports America in New Jersey.
Mr. Fogarty is actively involved in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Association, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterways Association, Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, AlabamaGermany Partnership, Export Alabama Alliance, Alabama District Export Council, North Alabama International Trade Association, Inland River Ports and Terminals Association, Propeller Club of Mobile and Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Fogarty is married to Reba "C" Fogarty, and has one son, Neville Fogarty.
Roger Guenther was named the Executive Director of Port Houston in January 2014. With 30 years of experience at the port, Guenther brings operational leadership and a proven track record to the position.
Previously, he served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management and construction of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests.
Since joining Port Houston in 1988, Mr. Guenther has served in various capacities related to facilities management, including master planning of the Bayport Container Terminal, redevelopment of the existing Barbours Cut Terminal, and procurement of all container handling cranes and equipment over the last two decades.
Mr. Guenther earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and has an MBA in International Trade and Finance from the University of St. Thomas.
In 2016, Mr. Guenther was elected president of the Texas Ports Association. He also serves on TxDOT's Texas Freight Advisory Committee and Port Authority Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council.
A native of Baytown, Texas, he grew up close to the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston. Mr. Guenther currently resides in Pearland with his wife Fabiana and two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf, and is a dedicated supporter of Texas A&M athletics.
Randy has more than 34 years of experience working in the trucking industry and is President of Triple G Express, Inc and Southeastern Motor Freight, Inc. Since 1983, Randy has carried on the family tradition of trucking by working for Southeastern Motor Freight, which his grandfather, Aswell Pitre, founded in 1945. In 1985, Randy helped launch Triple G Express, Inc. and he now oversees, collectively, more than 125 employees and contractors. The two companies haul mostly intermodal containers primarily servicing the Port of New Orleans, but also operate short-haul dry-vans. During his time in trucking, Randy has worked in all aspects of the business, ranging from sales and driving to dock work and safety.
Randy is currently 2 nd Vice Chairman of American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Randy is Past Chairman of Louisiana Motor Transport Association and ATA's Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference. He is also current Treasurer and Board Member of the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.
Randy graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA in Business Administration. He has been married to his wife Renee' since 1983 and the couple has 3 grown children.
President of Jensen Companies, New Orleans, LA. Jensen Companies is a family owned, diversified logistics company focused on supply chain improvement.
Jensen Companies oversees activities in containerized and ISO Tank trucking, commodity warehousing, value added transloading services, import granite and plumbing distribution, PE and PVC packaging services, birdseed and grain sterilization and distribution, and real estate development.
Batchelor of Business Administration -- Loyola University in 2002.
Masters of Business Administration – Loyola University in 2004
Richard has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of a global supply chain within industries ranging from automotive, retail, food, consumer products, and commodities. He provided the leadership and vision to develop Dunavant into a global logistics service provider. Richard leads his management team in delivering clients lower-landed cost solutions with improved customer service. Formerly, he was vice president of supply chain for the Fortune 300 retailer, AutoZone, and vice president of global logistics for Williams-Sonoma. His contributions to overall re-engineering efforts at these organizations allowed significant gains in supply chain service and efficiency metrics.
Joel Morales Jr. joined IHS in March 2013 and is currently the service leader for the Global Plastics & Polymers Market Advisory Service, which covers pricing and supply and demand analytics for six major resins across the globe.
Joel brings a wealth of industry knowledge to IHS through multiple stints along the plastics' value chain. He began his career with polyethylene manufacturer, Solvay Polymers, which later became Ineos, in technical services supporting Latin America before he was moved into field sales. After five years at Solvay Polymers, Joel moved into resin distribution sales as a product manager for Muehlstein and United Polychem, where he managed and sold polyethylene and polypropylene resins. Prior to joining IHS, he managed resin procurement for Silgan Plastics, a major, blow-molding plastics converter. Joel graduated from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a minor in psychology.
Andy is the Chartering Director of G2 Ocean US Inc. and has overall responsibility for the company's chartering activities for East Coast North America. He has twenty twenty-one years in the maritime industry, all spent within Star Shipping, Grieg Star or G2 Ocean. During that time he has had various assignments in Bergen, Norway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Vancouver, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a current member of the Atlanta Federal Reserve's trade advisory council.
Sean is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, which is the 4th largest Port in the United States in tonnage. Handling in excess of 100 million tons annually, the Port of Corpus Christi is one of the largest energy ports in the world. In his role as Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Sean empowers the Port's high performance team of talented women and men to achieve greater success.
Sean has over 25 years' experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and private sector disciplines, holding senior leadership roles in Business & Corporate Development, Large Infrastructure Development, Capital Structuring, Finance, and Public Private Partnerships.
A veteran of such world-class organizations as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group, Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine terminal and vessel shipping paradigms and has been globally recognized and relied upon for his industry knowledge and experience in many mainstream and industry media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC News, Wall Street Journal, American Shipper, Journal of Commerce, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and has served on numerous industry and charity Boards. He has lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.
Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.
Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.
Frank A.Vingerhoets has been the president of Katoen Natie Gulf Coast Inc. For the last 14 years.
With more than 5 mio sq ft of warehouses in Houston alone they are the biggest logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in Texas.
As a veteran of the Katoen Natie group with over 26 years of experience in global logistics he now heads the petrochemical logistics activities of the Katoen Natie Group in the Nafta area.
During his career with the Katoen Natie Group he has held positions in Belgium, Scotland, Singapore, Japan, Canada and the USA.
The Katoen Natie group is the largest global logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in the world and handles more than 30mio tones of polymers on a yearly basis.
He holds a master's degree in Nautical science of the Nautical university of Antwerp.