George is President/CEO of Quik Pick Express LLC. Quik Pick Express is a Third Party Logistics provider (3PL) with operations serving the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. Operations include drayage, warehousing and trucking, with a separate Courier division.
George is also the President of the Harbor Trucking Association. The Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) is the preeminent voice of drayage trucking in California's ports, representing more than 100 member companies operating over 7,000 trucks in California's Ports.
The HTA is at the forefront of port productivity metrics and is the primary sponsor of the GeoStamp software product for turn time tracking and Business Intelligent applications.
Mr. Cushing, a veteran transportation industry executive and leader, joined PierPass Inc. in 2014 as its president and CEO, overseeing the OffPeak program. The OffPeak program is filed with the Federal Maritime Commission for the 12 container terminal operators in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Prior to joining PierPass, from 2009 through 2013, Mr. Cushing was the General Director of SSIT container terminal during its development on the Thi Vai River at Cai Mep in the south of Vietnam.
In 1999 Mr. Cushing founded eModal and served as its president through 2009. Under his leadership, eModal developed widely used online services to coordinate activities between marine terminals and trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners, and others in the supply chain. Mr. Cushing grew eModal into the nation's largest port community system, used at 41 marine terminals in 14 ports on both U.S. coasts.
Mr. Cushing's experience in the transportation industry began in 1982 when he worked as a steamship line agent with Barwil Agencies. He later joined the Port of Los Angeles, where he was marketing manager until he left to start up eModal.
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, was nominated by President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002. She was nominated to her second term by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 2005. She was nominated to her third term by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011. She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 2016, for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
Prior to her appointment to the FMC, Commissioner Dye was Counsel to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Commissioner Dye began her Federal career as a commissioned officer and attorney in the Coast Guard's Office of the Chief Counsel, then served as a law instructor at the Coast Guard Academy. After two years as an attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration, she joined the staff of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and served there as Minority Counsel from 1987 to 1995.
Joe Gasperov is the Vice President of the ILWU, Local 63 in Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Gasperov started working on the docks over 30 years ago and has been a member of Local 63 for 29 years. He has held various positions within the union during this time and most recently was President of the local and sat as a member of the Negotiating Committee during the 2014 contract negotiations.
Joe has also been a part of the Coast Technology Committee since its inception in 2002 and has been instrumental in securing work for the ILWU as it relates to the implementation of technology at west coast terminals.
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.
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, Profit Tools and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.
Dean McGrath is the current president at ILWU Local 23 in Tacoma Washington.
He has been working as a longshoreman in the port of Tacoma since 1992. He has served many positions for the Union at a local level as a long term executive member, labor relations chairman, and community service/outreach coordinator. He serves on several port related committees and is active in local and state politics where he is a delegate to the
National Democratic Committee for 2016.
He is currently on the ILWU international executive board. He has worked for the port and union on special projects to solve terminal congestion solutions, and is currently working with Washington exporters and operators for a near dock program to enhance terminal and gate performance.
Andy Penfold is a shipping economist with experience in market and financing studies for the port and shipping industries. He has over 30 years of experience focussing on commercial market studies in the shipping and port industries at a global level. He founded Ocean Shipping Consultants and sold the company in 2011. He is now director of global maritime at WSP in London and, amongst other engagements, consults to Lloyds Register of Shipping. Penfold has been responsible for various cargo market sectors and has specialized in container shipping and port investment projects for the past 20 years. He is a specialist in transport cost-chain analyses and modal shift reviews. He also has extensive direct experience in the region, having worked on recent projects in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, St. Lawrence, and Halifax. The development of Canadian gateways for US traffic has been central to several of these projects.
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. Dan 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.
Allen Thomas is the Chief Strategy Officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, Inc., an industry leading software company providing innovative, cloud-based solutions that are transforming customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Mr. Thomas oversees market, business and product strategy development for Advent as they evolve and improve their platforms chassis.com, eModal.com and eModalPro.com which foster real-time, transparent data sharing and process automation between terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PL's and BCO's. He has over 20 years of experience leading sales & marketing and integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain. Mr. 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, Mr. Thomas served as VP of Business Strategy for the Marine & Ports Business Unit of ABB Group where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800M integrated terminal automation, electrification and service portfolio. Mr. Thomas' career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service(now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems and finally twelve years APS Technology Group(acquired by ABB).
As an industry thought leader on digital transformation and automation systems for ports and landside logistics operators worldwide, Mr. Thomas is routinely featured in trade publications such as World Cargo News, Journal of Commerce, Container Management and Port Strategy and is a routine speaker and panel moderator for JOC, Lloyds Group, IANA, Informa and other industry conferences and trade groups. Mr. Thomas is also a member several industry organisations including the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) where he served as inaugural Chairman of the Technology & Automation Committee.