December 12 - 13, 2017
Newark, New Jersey




Jeffrey A. Bader is the CEO of Golden Carriers, a third generation trucking company and bonded common carrier based in Hillside, New Jersey. Since 2002, Jeff has served as the President of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, which currently represents over 80% of port and container traffic at Port Newark, with more than 160 members from trucking and trucking-industry related companies doing business at the Port of NY-NJ. The Bi-State’s mission is to provide a forum in which truck operators, owners and businesses in trucking-related industries can share ideas, solve problems, and foster a continually improving intermodal transportation business environment.



Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Project Cargo, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

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.




Caryn started her career with Kohl’s Department Stores as a part time salesperson. With career moves to Human Resources and Store Operations, she was promoted to Vice President Logistics. From there she took on Merchandise Planning and retired from Kohl’s in the position of Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Merchandise Planning.

Soon after that, she invested in The Triangle Group, a third party logistics company providing end to end supply chain solutions to retailers and manufacturers. She and her partner operate facilities in New Jersey, Southern California, Mississippi, and Florida. Caryn continues to be excited about the importance of supply chain management to a company’s overall profitability and growth. She experienced first hand the 2014/2015 west coast port slowdowns and is optimistic about the changes that are being made to improve overall terminal efficiency and dray productivity.




MARC S. BLUBAUGH is outside General Counsel for the Intermodal Association of North America, the leading industry trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry.

Mr. Blubaugh, a partner with the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, which was just recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the “Transportation Law Firm of the Year” for 2016.

Mr. Blubaugh has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Transportation Law, is the Immediate Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, and is involved in a number of other transportation and logistics-related organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (where he was a two-term President of the Columbus Roundtable).

He speaks and publishes regularly on topics relating to transportation and logistics throughout North America.




Patrick is the President and CEO of NYK Ports the holding company of Yusen Terminals (YTI) and Ceres Terminals Inc. (Ceres).

He joined NYK in May 2008 as Chief Operating Officer at Yusen Terminals later becoming CEO. Following a decision by NYK Group to combine YTI and Ceres he became CEO of both companies in April 2013.

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the transportation sector having started his career in 1991 with Sea-Land Service Inc.

Patrick holds an MBA from The University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a BA from Seattle Pacific University.



William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within IHS. 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, D.C., Bill 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. Bill 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.




Tim Child joined SeaLand in March 2014 as Chief Operating officer. He is a Maersk Line veteran, with a career spanning 25 years in areas such as trade management (including seven years of trade experience with Central America and the Caribbean) and capacity management. His vast experience is instrumental to balance SeaLand’s network, with efficient and cost-effective products for its customers.



Allen Clifford was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from The University of Buffalo, he joined Deugro GmbH freight forwarding with particular attention to Middle Eastern and German project cargoes.

In 1980, he joined Containership Agency, selling Italian Lines, Neptune Orient Lines, and Bottachi Lines. One year later, he began his career at Mediterranean Shipping Company in the United States as the very first employee hired.

Today, MSC USA has grown significantly, employing over 1200 people. MSC specializing in the transport of containerized cargo to and from all regions of the world. MSC is also a major cruise operator worldwide. In 1993, he was appointed Vice President of MSC USA.

Since 2005, he holds the position as Executive Vice President. Besides being EVP of MSC USA, he was appointed President of Containerization and Intermodal Institute (CII) in 2010, promoting the largest scholarship for deserving industry individuals.

Allen Clifford is also Co-Chairman of this Institute. CII is the originator of the annual Connie Award in New York and California, which started with containerization in 1957.



John Cushing joined PIERPASS as its president in 2014. PIERPASS is the not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to address congestion, air quality and security.

Prior to PIERPASS, Mr. Cushing was the General Director of SSIT, a Joint Venture of SSA, Saigon Port and Vinalines. Mr. Cushing led development of that greenfield container terminal project on the Cai Mep River in the south of Vietnam starting in 2009.

Mr. Cushing founded eModal in 1999 and served as its president through 2009. eModal developed online services between marine terminals and trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners, and others in the supply chain.

Mr. Cushing’s 34 years of experience in the transportation industry began at Barber Steamship Lines, then as the marketing manager at the Port of Los Angeles until he left to start-up eModal. Mr. Cushing has a degree in Transportation from Arizona State University.



On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle of York, Pennsylvania as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. He was nominated to another term by President Obama on January 29, 2015, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 23, 2015Commissioner Doyle served over a decade as officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine as a marine engineer aboard numerous classes of vessels. Combined, Commissioner Doyle has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including both the maritime and energy sectors. Throughout his career, he has held several senior executive positions in the industry.

Internationally, Commissioner Doyle participates on certain bilateral shipping matters with other countries. Commissioner Doyle represents the FMC at the annual U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations where he meets with officials from the People’s Republic of China regarding maritime shipping matters such as tax policies affecting U.S. interests in the U.S.-China trade. Further, he managed the most recent update to the 2012 FMC Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian and Mexican Seaports. This study examines the impacts and the extent to which the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), and other U.S. policies may incentivize container cargo to shift from U.S. West Coast ports to Canadian and Mexican ports. Last year Commissioner Doyle surveyed construction sites for the Panama Canal’s third set of locks. The Canal is major transit point for FMC-regulated vessel operating common carriers and a critical component to international oceanborne commerce to and from the U.S.



Mr. Ferrigno has 25 years of industry experience in terminal/stevedore management and operations. He joined SSA in the early 1990’s and has managed and operated several terminals on the West Coast in a variety of positions. He has been involved in various labor contracts and has extensive knowledge of west coast labor work practices. Mr. Ferrigno is currently Vice President of SSA Terminals overseeing the development and marketing of container terminal operations in Washington and California and is also on the Sub-Steering Committee for the Pacific Maritime Association.



Mr. Howard Finkel is a 31 year veteran of ocean shipping. He started in 1981 in New York City first, as an executive trainee, learning all phases of ocean transportation and then worked in outside sales. In his 31 years in the industry, Mr. Finkel has held positions in sales, pricing, marketing, operations and regulatory affairs.

Howard joined COSCO in 1995 as General Manager, Pricing and Marketing and was promoted to AVP Commercial, VP Commercial and now holds the title, Executive VP Trade for COSCO Container Lines Americas, Inc., as well as VP of COSCO Americas. Mr. Finkel’s responsibilities include sales, marketing filing, pricing, discussion groups, advertising, govt. affairs and regulatory affairs. Mr. Finkel is also the Security Officer for COSCO and liaisons’ with U.S. Customs for the C-TPAT?(Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism) Program.

He is a graduate of Queens College, CUNY and resides in Maplewood N.J. with his wife and son.



Peter Ford joined Ports America in July 2015 as its chief strategy officer. Domiciled in New Jersey and reporting to President/CEO Michael Hassing, he is responsible for company-wide initiatives where Ports America can generate value for both shareholders and customers by utilizing the company’s scale. A key task within his responsibility is prioritization and execution of the Ports America’s strategic initiatives focused on delivering medium- and long-term results. As part of the executive leadership team, he provides additional expertise and international industry insight.

A highly accomplished executive with a successful record of improving business results, Ford matches internal performance drivers with customer service level requirements, while increasing staff accountability and customer satisfaction. His specialties include LEAN, and Six Sigma on a worldwide basis.

Ford previously was the global chief operating officer for the Gulftainer Group of companies, where he led the team toward its highest historical results and was responsible for the negotiations that allowed Gulftainer to expand its footprint into Port Canaveral, Fla.

He spent the bulk of his career with AP Moller-Maersk group. From 1996, he held a number of managerial and executive positions within APM Terminals, including the positions of CEO Salalah Port, Chief Operating Officer for APM Terminals European Region, head of New Product Development project, and other postings in Jamaica and USA.



Frank Harder is a Principal with the Tioga Group, a specialized freight transportation and logistics consulting firm. He has been in the freight transportation business since 1979 and a consultant since 1992 when he founded one of The Tioga Group’s predecessor firms. He specializes in surface freight transportation markets, operations, economics, and technologies with an emphasis on intermodal applications. Improving truck and rail access to ports has been a major focus of his body of work. Mr. Harder has served five years as an Air Force officer. He received BS in Physics in 1972 and a MBA with a concentration in Transportation and Logistics in 1979, both from the University of Minnesota.



Jeff Holt has spent the last 23 of his 35 years in investment banking advising large transportation infrastructure clients, including carriers, operators, port authorities and railroads. Mr. Holt has served as a senior investment banker or advisor on projects for or in almost every major port gateway in North America. Recent assignments include serving as lead banker for Fortress’ Florida East Coast Railway and their All Aboard Florida project, and advising Axium Infrastructure on their purchase of Montreal Gateway Terminals from Morgan Stanley. He advised Goldman Sachs on their minority stake in Carrix, and HighStar on their acquisition of Berths at the Port of Oakland, and Baltimore’s Seagirt Terminal. He is currently serving as the Strategic Infrastructure Advisor to the South Carolina State Ports Authority on their new Navy Base Terminal in Charleston.

Mr. Holt was just reappointed to the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science. Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert also just reappointed Jeff to a second six-year term as the Chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission.

Mr. Holt graduated cum laude from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Finance.



As Co-Founder, President and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics.

Ken was also one of the founders of RoadLink , the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000 – 2012. Ken served in multiple roles from Chief Commercial office to President during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink. Ken also founded a national warehousing and distribution company called E*Fill America in 2002 and presently serves as its Chairman.

Ken founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988, growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England’s largest, full-service logistics company offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row.
Prior to founding Kellaway, Ken held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.



Vic’s career spans over thirty years in all facets of transportation including operations and sales development.

In 1989, he co founded TTSI. Vic’s responsibilities include business development as well as strategic planning for TTSI. In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), a member of the Waterfront Coalition Board of Directors, a Board Member of the Harbor Trucking Association, and Chairman of the Southern California Intermodal Steering Committee for the California Trucking Association.

Vic holds his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville New Jersey and a degree in Transportation from Academy of Advanced Traffic, New York City. Victor is an avid outdoorsman who spends all his spare time hunting and fishing in Montana. He believes that we all have a responsibility to promote and protect our environment. His plan is to position his company as a leader in environmentally friendly solutions to support his customers supply chain.

In light of the great gains TTSI has made with Clean Diesel and LNG trucks, Vic La Rosa and TTSI have launched a campaign to become a zero emission trucking company through the use of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.



Jim McKenna is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), with headquarters in San Francisco. As president of PMA, Mr. McKenna directs the association’s principal business activity, negotiating and administering maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the West Coast of the United States. He also oversees all operations, including administration of payroll and benefits, pension and training to the ILWU workforce and PMA staff. Prior to joining PMA in July 2003, Mr. McKenna was chief operating officer at Horizon Lines (formerly CSX). Mr. McKenna has nearly 40 years of domestic and international maritime industry experience that includes overseeing vessel operations, procurement, terminal operations and labor relations activities.


Bill Mongelluzzo,Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within IHS. Bill joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 before returning to Southern California. Bill began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC’s TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.



Jim Newsome is the President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the port.

He was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag-Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.

Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and a MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, GA. He is married (wife Kathy) and has two children. His daughter, Rachel Newsome Smith, is a teacher in an alternative school in Nashville, TN. His son, Matt, is a first year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.



Larry Nye is a Senior Vice President of Moffatt & Nichol, based in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Nye currently oversees the firm’s port and terminal planning practice.

He is a registered civil engineer with over 45 years of experience in container terminal planning and development including marine and intermodal terminal projects at all major U.S. ports as well as many international ports in Canada, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Mr. Nye is a specialist in capacity and productivity analysis including mathematical modeling and simulation of container terminal processes.

He is currently involved in the planning, analysis, design and operations of a number of automated container terminals, including the Middle Harbor Terminal in Long Beach, California.



Donald A. Pisano is President of American Coffee Corp. in Jersey City, New Jersey, a unit of the German trading company, Hamburg Coffee Company Hacofco mbH. The group is a leading coffee importer into the European and North American markets.

Don is a board member of the National Industrial Transportation League and has served the past five years as chairman of its Ocean Transportation Committee.

He is also a director of the Green Coffee Association serving ten years as chairman of its Traffic and Warehouse Committee and over twenty years as a technical arbitrator.

Don and his wife Terry reside in Marlboro, New Jersey. They have been married for thirty seven years, raised three lovely daughters and have six grandchildren. Locally, Don is actively involved with the parish of Saint Gabriel’s R.C. Church and is a Past Grand Knight of the Bishop Reiss Council Knights of Columbus.



Bethann Rooney is Assistant Director in the Port Commerce Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She is the architect and coordinator of the Port’s Council on Port Performance; the first forum of its kind in the nation that was established as a framework for port constituents to identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and develop recommended solutions. Prior to assuming this new role, Ms. Rooney was the General Manager, Port Security for the Port Authority. Assuming this post in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, she is a recognized world leader in maritime security and emergency management issues. A nearly 25-year veteran in the maritime industry, Ms. Rooney has also worked in Port Operations, Property Management, Intermodal and Technology Planning. She is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a Masters in International Transportation and a Bachelors in Marine Transportation.



As Executive Director of the busiest container port in North America, Gene Seroka is responsible for managing a $939 million budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy.

His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, harbor area residents and business leaders. Seroka brings more than 26 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port. Most recently, he was the Head of Commercial in the Americas Region for American President Lines (APL) Limited.

Seroka joined APL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and the world’s seventh largest ocean carrier, in 1988 as a sales support representative. During his tenure with APL, Seroka advanced in the organization and held several executive-level positions, many of which were overseas in Shanghai, Jakarta, Singapore, and Dubai. In 2010 he returned to the U.S. to become President – Americas for APL Limited in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000 employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land transportation and labor activities throughout the region.



Jon W. Slangerup, Chief Executive for the Port of Long Beach since June 2014, leads theCity’s Harbor Department staff of 490 people, with an annual budget of $900 million.With 34 years of corporate leadership experience, he has served as president, CEOand/or director of both public and private companies, from technology start-ups to billion- dollarbusinesses. He led the transformation of FedEx Canada from a small regional domestic courieroperation into Canada’s leading international express logistics company, and more recently, hisleadership focus has been on technology companies in the fields of industrial software, cleanenergy technology and marine ballast water treatment.He serves on the Governing Boards of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority,the International Container Transfer Facility and the Board of Trustees of Embry-RiddleAeronautical University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics.He also holds an MBA degree from Kennedy-Western University..


Mark Szakonyi,Executive Editor,, IHS Maritime & Trade

As executive editor of, Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC reporting team from Washington, D.C. His interests and coverage range widely, from global maritime regulation to import sourcing migration. Before joining the JOC in 2011, he reported on logistics in Jacksonville, Florida, and at various daily newspapers across the country, where he covered local business, politics, and crime. A Chicago native, he speaks regularly to industry groups, and is instrumental in development of JOC Events programming. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, the South China Morning Post and USA Today.



As Chief Operations Officer for The Port of Virginia, Shawn is responsible for all terminal operations, safety, security, and maintenance at our terminal facilities in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News and Front Royal, Va.

In 2003, Shawn joined APM Terminals in Portsmouth, Virginia, as Assistant Operations Manager. In 2005, he joined the APM Terminals Virginia Project Team, responsible for developing the new Virginia facility. In 2010, Shawn was named General Manger, Operations at APM Terminals Virginia, and transitioned to Virginia International Terminals during the same year. Shawn sits on the Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Shipping Association and is an active member of the maritime community.

Shawn earned his B.A. from James Madison University, and his M.B.A from the Mason School of Business of the College of William and Mary. Shawn holds a certificate in Port Management as a result of coursework completed with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.


Peter Tirschwell, Senior Director, Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at IHS Maritime & Trade, publisher of The Journal of Commerce,, 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.



Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics and transportation field for over 25+ years and is well seasoned practitioner in all facets of import logistics.

Dean spent the first half of his career on the service provider side of the business with both liner organizations as well as 3PL organizations all affiliated with the carriers 3pl providers including a 5 year expatriate posting in Hong Kong.

He then spent the last 16 years with the 2nd largest Home improvement retailer and grew their importing business to be the 4th largest importer in North America and the 15th largest importer in the world as their Director of international. Dean is and has been an industry advocate for the betterment of the industry as a whole and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Dean is currently opening up his own operation working out of Winston Salem NC where he resides with his wife Robin and they have 2 children who are both actively working in their respective fields.



Dr. David Widdifield is a highly skilled supply chain professional with over 19 years of retail supply chain management and operational experience in the areas of:

• Distribution and fulfillment center operations,
• Inventory management
• Logistics technology development and deployment,
• Project management
• Strategy development
• Supplier relationship management
• Talent recruitment and retention
• Transportation operations

He has held multiple senior operational and project management roles within the supply chain sector for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW Inc., Heinz USA, and L Brands.

Additionally, Dr. Widdifield is a retired US Army officer with 16 years’ experience in combat and combat-support roles. His current role is Global Director for Retail Solutions at Crane Worldwide Logistics.



Willis Weirich is Senior Group Manager of International Transportation for Target Corporation. His responsibilities include strategy and planning for international logistics, encompassing origin operations, ocean and air freight and deconsolidation operations. He leads a team responsible for aligning key internal and external partners to maintain growth objectives by responding to economic and geopolitical changes and challenges.

Willis has been with Target for 5 years. His prior experience includes leading domestic transportation to support one of four store regions encompassing food, general merchandise, non-retail and import distribution centers. Willis has held additional roles as a Manager in Supply Chain Finance and International Operations.

Willis graduated from Purdue University with Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Industrial Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Willis’ background also includes extensive research in airline operations management and leadership for not-for-profit educational programs in India.