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.
Russ Boullion joined A&R Logistics as Vice President of Warehousing and Packaging in December of 2014, where he is responsible for the commercial management and development of A&R's warehouses, packaging, and rail storage. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, A&R Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of dry bulk transportation, warehousing & packaging, distribution, and third-party logistics solutions to numerous multinational companies within the chemical and plastic industries. Prior to joining A&R, Russ served Westlake Chemical as Logistics Manager, where he was responsible for all truck (van, LTL, dry bulk, liquid tank), barge (dry, liquid, pressure), warehousing (dry, liquid tank terminal, rail terminal), packaging, trans-loading, and export order fulfillment.
Russ has a wide background of transportation experience, including roles as a railroad National Sales Manager, LTL Regional Manager and 3PL sales management. Russ holds a Master's of Business Administration in Marketing from The University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from Sam Houston State University.
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, 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.
Phillip Brown is the Global Chartering Manager at Fluor. In this role, he manages material movements from international and domestic vendors and suppliers to project locations. He is responsible for contracting ocean carriers, barge operators and inland heavy haul and heavy lift providers to deliver materials in a safe and timely manner, while meeting the project schedules and logistics budgets.
Mr. Brown started his career in the maritime industry in 2008 with BBC Chartering and began working for Fluor in 2012 as the Product Director for Logistics. He has overseen ocean transportation and material movements for projects around the globe, including extensive work in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Mr. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University at Galveston and is an Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA)-Certified Shipbroker and Chartered Vessel Operator.
Brandy D. Christian is President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation. In these roles, she manages nearly $95 million in revenues, nearly 500 employees, and $200 million in capital projects and oversees cargo, shortline
railroad, cruise, and industrial real estate operations. Under Christian's leadership, Port NOLAhas emerged as a growing logistics gateway with unsurpassed multimodal connectivity to inland U.S and Canada. The Port's cruise business is a critical contributor to the hospitality industry's economic impact in the region.
Christian serves on the Green Marine Board of Directors, Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Transportation Advisory Council, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, World Trade Center of New Orleans Board of Directors, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, and as Cruise Committee Chair for the American Association of Port Authorities.
Christy Coffey is a cybersecurity collaboration advocate, computer scientist, and inventor. She currently serves as the executive vice president of operations for the Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO). Christy has worked across the cybersecurity and software industries for
more than 25 years. She spent 15 years designing and building systems for Fortune 100 customers, and was awarded a General Motors President's Award and two software patents with Verizon (later sold to Salesforce.com). Other professional achievements include two Computerworld Honors Laureate Awards. Christy holds a BS in computer science, and an MS in cybersecurity.
Jordan Dewart is President of Yusen Logistics Mexico. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Mexico in the NAFTA marketplace since 1995. He has expertise in International Supply Chain Logistics, specifically Air & Ocean Forwarding, Intermodal and Truck Transportation as well as Customs Brokerage and Warehousing. Dewart earned a Bachelor's of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. Born in Swift Current, Canada, he currently resides in Celaya, Mexico with his wife and three children.
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.
Marcia Faschingbauer is the founder and president of Excargo Services Inc., a trucking company she founded in 1979 to support a family business in need of reliable transportation. Today, Excargo Services has grown into a major regional logistics firm, transporting a variety of products for service-sensitive importers and exporters such as petrochemicals, retail items, household goods, equipment, beverages, and building materials via truck and rail. Excargo is known for its safety, customer service and IT excellence.
A native Houstonian, Marcia is committed to the community. She contributes her time and resources to the industry she loves, as well as to her passions: the arts, education and gardening. Marcia is the immediate past chair of the Texas Trucking Association and serves on the board of the American Trucking Association, Greater Houston Port Bureau and Mercury Houston.
Marcia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed executive programs at Rice University's Jones School and Dartmouth's Tuck Business School.
She resides in Houston with her husband. They enjoy travel, the outdoors and the arts.
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.
Jeremy Ford joined the AP Moller Maersk Group in 2001 as an Assistant Operations Manager in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California.
After 3 years in Southern California, Jeremy took on an Operations Manager role in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey for several years before expatriating to The Hague (Netherlands) where he worked in the Global Operations function, primarily responsible for opening up new container terminals in West Africa. He returned to Pier 400 in Los Angeles, California, as Director of Rail Operations and then as the Chief Operating Officer for Pier 400.
In 2011, Jeremy relocated to the APM Terminals Americas office in Portsmouth Virginia as Director of Commercial Development. In 2014, Jeremy relocated to the APM Terminals North America Headquarters and is serving at the Head of Commercial for APM Terminals North America, where he is top line responsible for the US portfolio.
Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in 2000 from Clemson University and his MBA in 2007 from The University of Phoenix. Born in Long Island, New York, Jeremy is married (Lisa) and has a 10 year old son (Jake) and an 8 year old son (Tyler).
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.
Daniel 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.
Mr. 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 U.S. 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.
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
Kyle Kristynik is President of Jetco Delivery, a $40+ million freight and logistics company based in Houston, Texas. Kyle joined Jetco in 2012, serving as Vice President of Finance and in 2015 assumed the role as President. In that short time, Kyle has helped increase revenue more than 60%, added more than
$6 million in capital to the company's fleet, and transformed the accounting and reporting methods to look at the business as four unique, metric driven businesses ― Jetco Open Deck, Jetco Intermodal, Jetco Logistics, and Jetco DFW. He helped lead the team to expand in San Antonio and Dallas, thus further allowing the company to meet the needs of their customers.
Ms. Leonard is the director of intermodal marketing and pricing for domestic and international markets. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is
a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Ms. Leonard has 14 years of experience in marketing, pricing, reporting, planning and analysis. She joined the company in 2008. Previously, she worked as a general ledger accountant for AIB International, managing financial processing for the company's locations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Africa, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Leonard holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Kansas State University. She is a certified public accountant and fluent in English and Spanish.
Ms. Longoria is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979.
She has served as the Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, the leading economic engine for the greater Houston region, since she was unanimously appointed by the City of Houston and Harris County on January 8, 2013.
She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston board branch.
Ms. Longoria is a member of the University of Texas System Board Of Regents. She previously served on the board and held the position of Vice Chairman. She is a former board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company.
She is active in many non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Medical Center, and of the Board of Visitors of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Ms. Longoria has received numerous honors and recognitions for her community and board service, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas and the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Board Excellence.
Thomas Lorenzo is currently International Logistics Manager for Domtar Paper with global headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
He has over 25 years of industry experience, specializing in import and export operations, manufacturing and retail logistics, contract negotiations and administration, maritime sales, cost and profitability modeling.
Thomas began his career in 1992 with Sea-Land Service and cut his teeth early on in documentation and customer service with data entry, rating bills of lading and taking bookings.
He later served in various business areas including Customer Service, Pricing and Sales, joining Sea-Land's former Jones Act divisions, CSX Lines and Horizon Lines.
In 2010, Thomas shifted to shipper-side logistics by joining Lowe's Home Improvement, where he managed import logistics and played key roles in the development and implementation of index-linked ocean contracts and a fully autonomous shipper-managed chassis program.
He joined Domtar Paper in 2015, where he manages export logistics across a diverse supply chain, collaborating across multiple transport modes, from manufacturing to customer delivery.
Domtar is a fiber based manufacturer in the areas of Paper (including Xerox® copy and other communication/copy, specialty), Pulp (fluff, softwood, hardwood), Personal Care (including Attends® adult incontinence, baby diapers), and Biomaterials (lignin), with overseas exports from the U.S. and Canada of 35,000 FEU per year.
A graduate of SUNY Albany, Thomas is a New Yorker living in the Carolinas with his wife and two children.
Patrick Maher serves as Executive Vice President for Gulf Winds International based in Houston, TX. Patrick uses his 15 years of logistics and supply chain experience to lead Gulf Winds highly talented teams in business development, marketing, logistics, and driver development. He holds a bachelor of finance degree from Louisiana State University.
Patrick started his logistics career with Knight Transportation where he learned the business through various operations and sales roles. During his 10-year tenure at Gulf Winds, he has been blessed to work in several areas of the business before being named to the Executive Team in 2015. Patrick focuses on expanding Gulf Winds strategic vision and corporate culture in the marketplace.
Patrick is actively involved in several charities including serving as a Board Member on More Than the Move Foundation.
Richard McDuffie 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. McDuffie 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.
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.
Since 1989, Craig Mygatt, chief executive officer of SeaLand, has held a variety of positions at Maersk Line, many senior-level. Prior to being named SeaLand's CEO in December 2013, he served as senior vice president of North American inland operations and senior director of commercial planning, trade and marketing.
Earlier in his career, Mygatt was director of Central America services, a position that enhances his current leadership role in connecting the Americas and building strong, engaging relationships with SeaLand customers.
Rolando leads Academy's logistics organization based in Katy, TX. This group includes all transportation activities including Domestic Inbound and Outbound, International logistics and Customs Compliance, and Omni-Channel ship solutions. Academy is a BCO shipper with volumes over 10K FEUS, CTPAT and ISA importer.
Rolando has been with Academy over 3 and half years. Prior to Academy, over 15 years of retail logistics experience in both domestic and international transportation.
Rolando holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, BBA from Florida International University, and licensed customs broker.
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.
Paul Sarrapy is the CEO and President of GP Logistics, Porteo Group. For over 30 years, Paul's vision helped position Porteo Group as one of the top 10 3PLs in Mexico, with global food/beverage companies such as Ferrero Rocher, Nestle, and PepsiCo among the company's diversified customer base.
It is the only logistics company in Mexico offering nationwide operational coverage and nationwide consolidated It solutions. Porteo Group maintains 23 DCs in Mexico and one in Houston Texas.
Paul is also the CEO of Pilot Plus. A company which is focused on impacting the truck driver shortage; by recreating and transforming an industry, and placing a constant effort to improve the quality of life of truck drivers.
Paul graduated from the Instituto Technologico de Chihuahua with a BA in electrical and electronics engineering in 1989.
Larry Shi is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science Department at University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech. He leads a research team at UH on blockchain/distributed ledger and its applications to address industry challenges. He is affiliated with UH's Institute of Borders, Trade, and Immigration, a Center of Excellence sponsored by the Science & Technology Directorate, DHS. His team is currently conducting research and development on applying blockchain to maritime trade, chain-of- custody, and transportation, a project supported by the DHS. Mr. Shi is the UH lead on B-TED (a network of U.S. universities) focusing on industry oriented blockchain research and education. He a senior member of the IEEE.
Jon Slangerup joined American Global Logistics as Chairman in April 2017 and was appointed Executive Chairman and CEO in July 2017. With domain expertise in multimodal logistics, enterprise software, and environmental technologies, Slangerup has built businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries. He previously was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary US gateway moving $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. As CEO, he delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth and successfully managed a $4 billion capital infrastructure expansion program. Slangerup's career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become president of FedEx Canada.
Mr. Spencer is the President of IMS Worldwide, Inc. (IMSW), headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Spencer is a nationally regarded expert on matters related to:
• Logistics and Intermodal Shipping Trends, Ports, Inland Ports and Rail-Served Logistics Centers and how they Impact Industrial Real Estate.
• Development and Utilization of Foreign-Trade Zones for Importers and Exporters
• Impact of E-Commerce on Logistics and Supply Chains and Industrial Real Estate
Mr. Spencer is featured as a speaker at more than 55 national conferences and workshops each year, and has been published in The Journal of Commerce, Pacific Shipper, Inbound Logistics and other news magazines. Mr. Spencer has been the keynote or featured speaker at annual events sponsored by the following associations: IWLA, RILA, JOC (TPM & Inland Ports Logistics), ULI, NAIOP, SIOR, AAEI, NAFTZ, AAAE, IEDC, GA Logistics Conference, CSCMP (2 time track chair), WERC and ICSC.
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 round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.
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 Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell has been 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.
Elected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor.
Since taking office, Mayor Turner eliminated a $160 million budget shortfall in record time; led the city’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; championed historic pension reform; cheered on the 2017 World Series-winning Houston Astros; hosted a successful Super Bowl LI; expanded municipal investments in renewable energy and led the winning bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020.
As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, Mayor Turner has brought a performance-driven approach to the job, creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services while shoring up Houston’s financial future. Thanks to his leadership, the Texas Legislature and local voters approved the pension reform package that reduces the city’s liability by billions of dollars and provided a “fix” that had eluded the city for 17 years. One of the mayor’s signature initiatives is Complete Communities, which aims to improve the quality of life for residents in all neighborhoods. The mayor’s other priorities include filling more than 90,000 potholes on city streets, implementing a six-point holistic plan for addressing homelessness, reducing flooding and improving drainage.
Mayor Turner’s civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor’s for Climate and Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association. He is also the recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government’s highest honor. Turner has been featured in publications and news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.
Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139. He worked on the House Appropriations Committee for 21 years and served as Speaker Pro Tem for three terms. He was appointed to several Budget Conference Committees to help balance the state’s budget and served on the Legislative Budget Board.
Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with eight siblings. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.
Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of public service in the healthcare field
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.