Ty Bordner, senior vice president of marketing and business development, has over 22 years of experience in the Global Trade Management software market. At Amber Road, he is responsible for all marketing, business development, and partnership functions.
Prior to joining Amber Road, Bordner spent 10 years with JPMorgan Chase Vastera in various leadership roles, including oversight for engineering, solutions consulting, and product management. During his tenure he helped manage the company through multiple growth stages from startup, through IPO, to achieving annual revenues in excess of $80 million. Prior to joining Vastera, Bordner worked for GXS (formerly GE Information Services).
He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Longwood University, and a master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Schematic Ventures is a new venture capital fund with a focus on industrial technology (supply chain, manufacturing, transportation) founded by Julian Counihan. Counihan started a career in technology as a software developer at Fortna where he worked on warehouse control and automation systems. After a period in technology investment banking, he began investing in industrial hardware and supply chain sectors at a venture capital fund in New York. Counihan holds an MBA from MIT and a BsC in systems engineering from UVA.
Guy Courtin has more than 20 years of experience in the technology space and specifically in supply chain. With Infor Retail, Courtin is responsible for developing and leading thought leadership in the Industry and Solution team. Prior to Infor, he held numerous strategic senior positions. Most recently he was a vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research covering how digital disruption was impacting supply chains. He published numerous reports and blog posts on the space, advised a wide range of clients from retailers to manufacturers, as well as speaking at numerous industry events. Prior to that role, Courtin was the vice president of research for SCM World, where he spearheaded the coverage of supply chain service providers. He has also held senior roles at i2 Technologies, Progress Software, and Forrester Research.
Angela Czajkowski is the Director of Supply Chain at Samuel Shapiro & Co, a 103-year old freight forwarder and Customs house broker based in Baltimore, Maryland. In her current capacity, Angela oversees the company's Global Logistics division as well as its e-Commerce Development team. Most recently, Angela founded and leads the company's Technology Forum, a think tank helping to drive the company's progressive technology initiatives. Angela's passion for the industry spans beyond her work life as she has served as a case competition judge and guest lecturer for local universities.
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.
Eugene Galdi is the vice president of global logistics for TE Connectivity, a technology company that designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor products for harsh environments in a variety of industries, such as automotive, industrial equipment, data communication systems, aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, consumer electronics. Prior to TE, Galdi spent four years as the director of global planning, logistics, and customer service for Ascend Performance Materials. He spent the majority of his career at AlliedSignal/Honeywell in different capacities ranging from sales and marketing to global supply chain positions. Galdi earned his BA from Montclair State University.
Robert Garrison is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Mercado Labs, an international trading platform solving the myriad challenges of the massive global trade industry through innovative technology, unique solutions, and a comprehensive education curriculum.
He is a highly accomplished global supply chain executive with 25 years of experience providing strategic vision and leadership to Fortune 500 companies. He has an impressive history of building agile, technology-enabled supply chains and an established track record of forging high-growth partnerships, positioning organizations for success, and launching innovative technology solutions that significantly improve end-to-end supply chain efficiencies. Garrison is recognized as a respected thought leader, featured industry speaker and published author offering expertise on supply chain challenges, trends, and best practices. He has won many awards, and is notably a two-time recipient of the coveted Five Star Award, FedEx's highest honor presented by the CEO to recognize innovation, collaboration, service excellence, profitable business contributions and exemplifying the spirit of teamwork. Garrison has created and executed lean retail supply chains for major shippers such as AutoZone, Michaels and Five Below, and has earned service awards from Walmart, Hewlett Packard and Apple for excellence in global operations management, quality assurance, and continuous improvement.
Julie Gibbs is a director at BPE Global, a trade compliance consulting firm. She has been working in the trade compliance and logistics industry since 1991. Since joining BPE Global in 2007, Gibbs has had a wide variety of experience in trade compliance strategy, policy, programs, tools, and related project for companies of all industries and sizes. Having worked for trade compliance software startups, she has extensive knowledge of Global Trade Management (GTM) systems and while at BPE Global, has helped clients through the entire GTM experience from the RFP process through to go-live. She has been a licensed customs broker with CBP since 1997 and holds an MBA. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in business economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Brian Glick has made a career of simplifying complex supply chain and trade compliance IT challenges. Whether analyzing complex coding issues or rationalizing the compliance impacts of a vendor direct-drop ship program, Glick brings a rare combination of executive perspective and deep technical knowledge to today's supply chain challenges. From the early days web-based visibility platforms and into today's cloud revolution, Glick has been an active leader in each phase of the connected supply chain evolution. With a focus on retail and apparel supply chains, he has brought his expertise to bear as an IT leader both within logistics service providers and through independent software companies.
Danny Halim is vice president of distribution and logistics strategy at JDA Software, the leading provider of supply chain solutions powering digital transformation for more than 500 distributors and third-party logistics providers around the world. In his customer-first role, he is responsible for developing JDA's go-to market point of views, help customers build transformational supply chain journeys, and support JDA's innovation strategies together with product management, customers and partners.
In his more than 17 years tenure with JDA, Halim has launched several strategic initiatives that accelerate value realization for JDA's customers across the manufacturing, distribution and logistics industries. He has also held other leadership functions including within the industry strategy, product management and consulting services roles.
Todd Hammel is Head of America’s Supply Chain for Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), the global leader in lighting. Todd joined the company in 2015 to drive the Supply Chain transition in support the company’s separation from Royal Philips into an independent entity. Today, he’s responsible for all supply chain operations across the United States, Canada and Latin America, driving the transformation from an analog to digital supply chain to deliver smarter, faster, demand driven, customer centric, and sustainable operations.
Over the span of his career, Todd has led game-changing initiatives that leverage strategic alliances and technological advancements to deliver award winning supply chains. Prior to joining Signify, Todd spent more than 27 years at Hewlett Packard (HP) where he held a variety of senior roles. Todd has been recognized by the industry for his accomplishments with various awards and is a sought-after speaker and published author on supply chain topics.
Matthew Harding is a vice president of the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium (FMIC) at Chainalytics. The FMIC currently provides transportation market intelligence to over 200 shippers and 3PLs globally. The FMIC processes over $60 billion in annual transportation spend covering North America, South American, Europe, and Russia markets.
Harding's prior leadership roles include vice president of consulting at a major 3PL leading all engineering and contract logistics activities. He also held various roles in software and consulting services, leading projects focused on areas of transportation procurement, transportation management, and supply chain systems implementation.
Harding holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering with honors distinction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was awarded the MIT Supply Chain Fellowship where he earned his master's of engineering in logistics from the Center of Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Wiebe Helder is the founder and CEO of Cargobase, a software company that is currently revolutionizing the logistics industry by bridging the tech gap between enterprise shippers and freight forwarders for all spot-buy freight. Once a freight forwarder himself at the receiving end of convoluted — not to mention antiquated — processes including emails, phone calls, and spreadsheets, Wiebe was inspired by his experience to develop a solution that saves time, reduces costs, and bolsters the competitive landscape of spot-buy freight. He took his vision from concept to reality via Cargobase. Today, the company serves as an end-to-end platform across air, ocean, road, rail, parcel, and premium freight, effectively automating the entire shipment lifecycle of spot-buy freight, including quoting, tracking, and invoice auditing.
Alex Hoffmann is managing director and co-founder of TNX Logistics, a cloud-based software solution enabling logistics companies to optimize daily dispatching across private fleet, contracted carriers, and spot procurement. Founded in 2016, TNX Logistics focuses on giving dispatchers the right tools to improve profitability by making better decisions. Before co-founding TNX Logistics, Hoffmann worked at Credit Suisse advising global B2B businesses on financing and funding decisions.
Brad Hollister is the chief executive officer of SwanLeap, the nation's fastest-growing private company. Under Hollister's leadership, SwanLeap delivered an unprecedented 75,660.8 percent revenue growth over the past three years, catapulting the five-year-old software company to the No. 1 spot on the Inc. 5000 for 2018.
A life-long entrepreneur passionate about improving the world, Hollister is the visionary behind SwanLeap's NextGen technology. With extensive experience in transportation, logistics, and supply chain, his leadership drives SwanLeap's knowledge and expertise — helping clients enforce best practices and improve customer experiences. Hollister is a guest lecturer for the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a sought-after speaker on the topics of advancement and disruption in the transportation industry.
Hollister is a proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
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.
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.
Karim Jumma is Interim Head of Product Management and Vice President, for New Products product development at INTTRA.
Prior to joining INTTRA, Karim headed development, product management and service management functions for Wallenius Wilhelmsen logistics. Karim has over 18 years of logistics industry experience in software product development, M&A's and consolidation of systems. Prior to logistics, Karim held several leadership positions in technology consulting across finance and manufacturing industries.
Karim received his bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University and holds a Master's Degree in Business administration from Columbia Business School.
Jason Kerner joined project44 as the vice president of solutions engineering in October of 2016. In this position, Kerner is a member of the company's leadership team, helping set product strategy and leading a team of technical subject matter experts who work with partners, customers, and prospects on solution design and integration. He works to identify and develop strategic technical partnerships that enhance the project44 solution and accelerate their global strategy. Kerner brings with him a strong commercial and technical expertise, with leadership responsibilities at IBM, BlackBerry, SAP, and Deloitte and several startup organizations. Most recently, he was the North American Technical Leader for mobile, cloud, and API solutions at IBM. A knowledgeable industry leader, Kerner has given numerous keynotes addressing the future of logistics and supply chain transportation. He holds a B.S. and MBA from Purdue University.
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.
Katia Kozak is the director of client services at ODYN, a web enabled platform that combines low-cost pallet tracking and AI-powered analytics to help manufacturers optimize in-transit inventory, decrease working capital spend, and increase synchronization and customer service levels across all levels of the supply chain.
ODYN has helped manufacturers and beneficial cargo owners build out ever-evolving automated value stream maps to provide unparalleled insight into the performance of each node in their supply chain, and even insight into their customer's supply chains.
Most recently, Kozak has been exploring how integrating ODYN data into customer's blockchain solutions can better support document verification and strengthen the foundation of the information stored on the blockchain.
Prior to ODYN, she worked in finance and at a variety of tech startups ranging from online grocery shopping to alternative student financing. Kozak is a graduate of Northeastern University.
Caro Krissman is a three-time founder and six-time Inc. 500 fastest-growing company CEO with his two previous companies being acquired. INLT, where he serves as executive chairman, is a SaaS customs brokerage and logistics management firm creating simple cloud-based solutions for freight forwarders and importers. Customs brokerage is one of the more opaque and traditional industries in the world, let alone in logistics, and INLT is modernizing this process adding visibility, integrations, and work flow efficiencies driven from bleeding edge technologies. The team is a diverse and talented group of engineers, customs brokers, and entrepreneurs, as well as an in-house trade attorney.
Randy Lawson has made significant contributions to semiconductor industry trends, recognized and appreciated by other semiconductor market research experts. Key industry players look to him for in-depth analysis and invaluable insights. Lawson has extensive industry experience in semiconductor design and applications for consumer electronics and digital TV display systems. He spent over 15 years with Texas Instruments in various engineering design, product definition, product management, and technical marketing roles. Lawson began his career in display electronics design for early DLP projector systems, afterwards moving to PC and CE semiconductor connectivity applications and technical marketing. He has also been involved in both chip level and digital TV systems design, helping lead teams that developed some of the first 1394 devices that supported DTCP content protection and high speed networking applications. He worked as a systems engineer within the DLP TV program focused on both China and US markets. Lawson is an alumni of the University of Tennessee and holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.
Nina Luu is co-founder and chief executive officer of Shippabo. She is a serial entrepreneur committed to transforming the freight shipping industry. Before founding Shippabo in 2015, Luu built and led IGH, an importer and distributor of lifestyle products that today ships more than 1,000 SKUs globally.
While growing IGH, she experienced the frustrations of shipping first hand. Managing a supply chain efficiently and planning for the future felt nearly impossible. Chasing down final freight costs, accurate In-DC dates, and progress updates consumed way too much time. Realizing that there wasn't a single, streamlined solution that met her needs, Luu set out to develop technology that would empower IGH and other shippers.
Andrew McLoone is a director of operations at BDP International, one of the leading privately held freight logistics/transportation management firms based in the United States. He currently serves as the global account executive for key relationships between BDP and a few of its top chemical customers. He has been focused on supporting BDP's strategy for innovation accelerators such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, and, of course blockchain. McLoone has been with BDP for over 16 years and is based in Philadelphia.
John Monarch is the CEO and co-founder of ShipChain, a blockchain startup focused on revolutionizing the freight and logistics industry. He is a serial entrepreneur with multiple previous ventures, with a background in physics and computer science from Clemson University. Monarch's experience in logistics and fulfillment has helped numerous startups and e-commerce businesses grow effectively, manage their supply chain, and cut costs. He first became interested in blockchain technology when he realized how much it could impact the industry that he was already so deeply rooted in. He took that vision and brought it to life via ShipChain. Monach hopes that blockchain will serve as a catalyst for the shipping and logistics industry as a whole to finally move past some inefficient and outdated technologies and reduce the cost and burden of participating in high-tech systems as a whole.
Jack Oney is CEO of Oney Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in strategy, transformation, innovation, and commercial negotiations, primarily in the industries of global logistics, information technology, and CPG. Prior to consulting, Oney spent 27 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of global roles, including transformation of their ocean freight and domestic trucking sourcing. He led a global team and a spend over $1.2 billion dollars.
Previously, Oney managed key strategic accounts with many of Procter & Gamble's IT and outsourcing partners, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Accenture, Ernst Young, and Infosys. Before this, he spent eight years as a patent attorney within P&G's legal division and seven years as a mechanical engineer working in a variety of manufacturing sites and technical centers.
Graham Parker is CEO and co-founder of Kontainers, a UK-based digital marketing and tracking platform founded in 2014. A proven shipping entrepreneur, Parker started his first freight company at age 22, and went on to ship nearly 100,000 containers with record revenue approaching $100 million before his 30th birthday.
He has traveled all over the world in a quest to understand how the shipping business works, while listening to and delivering customers' importing and exporting needs. Kontainers was born from his passion for making UK import and export more efficient by using state-of-the-art technologies.
Parker was named to the Maserati Top 100 Entrepreneur List of 2017, recognizing 100 game-changing entrepreneurs in the UK.
Anshu Prasad is the chief executive officer of LogisticsExchange (LE), a data and analytics platform helping to bring cost and service predictability to the transportation industry. Prior to founding LE, Prasad built and led A.T. Kearney's global analytics practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow analytics businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, working at the intersection of logistics and technology.
As chief technology officer of SEKO Logistics, Mike Powell has oversight and leadership of all matters relating to its technology strategy, products, solutions, and operations as well as the development of the next generation of the award-winning MySEKO platform.
He was previously co-founder and CEO of Supply Vision Inc., a cloud-based logistics software provider used by global and domestic third-party logistics providers, trucking companies, and brokers. In 2014, Powell joined RIM Logistics as vice president of technology solutions, where he was responsible for crafting and executing the company's corporate technology strategy and streamlining its operations to increase productivity.
Brian Reed has 18 years as a business and information technology (IT) chameleon in supply chain around the globe. He started in supply chain working with clients to create value through IT applications and has implemented business and IT solutions in supply chain in most industries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In addition, Reed has led enterprise architecture and business-model design programs for freight and shipper organizations globally developing innovative solutions using modern concepts such as 4PLs.
Reed served as the vice president of transportation and customer service at the nation's largest bottled water manufacturer, Niagara Bottling. There, he managed more than 180 resources developing innovative solutions to manage cost and deliver outstanding service for the company's largest spend category. Now at Laguna Consulting, Reed is delivering advisory services to diverse companies including those that are developing technologies with blockchain and AI-based solutions.
Based in Atlanta, Logistics Trends & Insights aims to cut through the content noise and provide customized logistics research and consulting services utilizing a global network of trusted and experienced analysts. Services include whitepapers, reports, surveys, case studies, and more.
Founder and Head Analyst Cathy Morrow Roberson, has more than 15 years of experience in the logistics market, including 10 years with UPS Supply Chain and several years with specialized consulting firms. In addition to being quoted in numerous publications, Roberson has published numerous articles in various business and logistics publications.
Santosh Sankar is co-founder and director of Dynamo VC, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based early stage fund that invests in extraordinary founders building startups that can transform global trade and commerce with a focus on logistics technology that encompasses supply chain and transportation. Dynamo is equipped to support founders through the seed spectrum in their effort to transform the backbone of the global economy.
Prior to Dynamo, Sankar worked in investment banking and built two bootstrapped business prior to turning 21. He is a graduate of Penn State University.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the internet marketplace for international freight. A logistics technology pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent-pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Schreiber has a Ph.D. in computer science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Fauad Shariff is the co-founder and chief executive officer of CoLoadX, the online marketplace dedicated exclusively to freight forwarders and non-vessel-operating common carriers.
Prior to launching CoLoadX, Shariff spent more than 16 years in the freight forwarding industry in roles such as enterprise sales and strategic management. First-hand experience in this industry enables the CoLoadX team to develop solutions that help freight forwarders grow sales, savings, and profits from their ocean freight activity.
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.
As AFN's vice president of customer supply chain, Rachal Snider leads the company's supply chain solutions team in identifying and implementing joint customer and AFN initiatives that drive profitability, efficiency, and best-in-class service standards. Prior to joining AFN, Snider most recently served as senior manager of customer supply chain for The Kraft Heinz Co., working closely with leading retailers and ecommerce websites. She brings to AFN a wealth of expertise and diverse experience in procurement, product supply, materials management, operations, commercialization, supply chain management, financial analysis, and business consulting and development in the consumer packaged goods industry.
Snider has a BS in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in supply chain management from Michigan State University.
James Swanston is the CEO of Voyage Control, a technology-business focused on making logistics more efficient. He has run a number of businesses as well as serving as an officer in the Australian and British Armies with tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Swanston was awarded the US Bronze Star, the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation Outstanding Service Award, and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation.
He has bachelor degrees in law, international business and arts, a master's in international relations, and a diploma in export management. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds the Freedom of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2014, he received the City of London's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named a Resilience Innovator by the Rockefeller Foundation, and won the Canary Wharf's 2015 smart cities challenge.
Colin Taylor founded Cleaca Consulting to help retailers and consumer brands build innovative global supply chain capabilities to achieve new levels of business agility, digitalization, and performance.
Prior to Cleaca Consulting, Taylor created and led the global sourcing and import logistics consulting practice at IBM. Previously, he was senior vice president for sales and marketing at Maersk Data, where he directed development of a new ocean transportation management solution. Taylor initially relocated from the United Kingdom to the United States with Schlumberger to help lead and grow a new IT services joint venture startup.
Taylor has a bachelor's degree in communication engineering from University of Plymouth (UK) and completed the program for executive development at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, and has represented IBM on the board of directors for VICS and at GS1 US, the supply chain standards body.
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).
Matthew Tillman is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Haven. Prior to launching Haven, he held technology and product leadership roles at several finance and advertising companies specializing in artificial intelligence. Haven was founded in 2014 to enable large shippers to automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. Haven supports customers in every trade lane out of their offices in Singapore, Switzerland, and San Francisco.
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.
Patrick Vlačič started his professional career with an internship at the Court of Appeal in Koper in 1995. After two years he passed the bar exam and began his academic career on University of Ljubljana within the maritime studies and transportation faculty, where he currently lectures on maritime, transport, insurance, and air law. Outside of teaching, Vlačič practices maritime, transport, and insurance law. From 2002 to 2004, Vlačič was chief executive officer of the Airport of Portorose, Slovenia. In 2008, he was elected to a position in the national parliament of the Republic of Slovenia. From 2008 to 2012, he was the government minister of transport. Since April, 2018 Vlačič has been a legal advisor at CargoX.