Larry A. Bachtell is president of International Longshoremen's Association Local 1624, Clerks and Checkers, in the Port of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Now in his fourth term as president, Bachtell also serves as a Vice President and Executive Board member of the ILA's Atlantic Coast District.
Bachtell is a trustee on the Hampton Roads Shipping Association-ILA Pension and Welfare Funds and a delegate and former Vice President of the Hampton Roads District Council, ILA. He has held a variety of leadership positions with his home Local 1624 since he first joined the ILA in 1987.
Bachtell has studied Labor Relations at Cornell University and previously studied Marine Technology at Cape Fear Technological Institute and Computer Science at Tidewater Community College.
Bachtell holds membership in the Norfolk Propeller Club, Virginia Maritime Association and Hampton Roads Global Commerce Club.
Bachtell and his wife, Debbie are the parents of one daughter, Paige.
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.
George Boyle is president and CEO of Quik Pick Express. Quik Pick Express is a third-party logistics provider with operations serving the California ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland. Operations include drayage, warehousing, and trucking.
Boyle is also the president of the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA). The HTA is the preeminent voice of harbor drayage in California's ports and beyond, representing hundreds of LMCs, thousands of trucks, all major West Coast ports, their related terminals, and various other industry partners.
The HTA is at the forefront of port productivity metrics, creating the Port TMD turn-time metric used on the West Coast, using GeoStamp software for turn-time tracking, and other business intelligence applications.
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.
Rich Ceci joined VIT in May 2016 as Senior Vice President of Technology and Projects. He is currently responsible for major projects in the Port of Virginia and is leading the recently announced pair of expansion projects which will add significant capacity to the Port of Virginia and the USEC. This expansion includes advanced technology focused on improving both safety and productivity in the port.
Previously Rich was VP of Information Technology for GCT USA in Bayonne NJ where he managed the Global Expansion Project, winner of several industry awards. The GEP was completed on-time and on budget and is one of the most technically advanced terminals in the United States
Rich was the Sr. Director of IT at APM Terminals where he was responsible for IT in the Americas Region. In addition, Rich was the IT lead on the APM Terminals Virginia project. This facility opened in August 2007. This trend setting terminal has been a technical benchmark in the industry for almost a decade.
Before entering the maritime sector in 2004 Rich spent 30 years as a supplier of automation systems to the auto industry. In this role he delivered high technology manufacturing solutions to facilities located all over the world.
A native of Michigan, Rich received a B.S. degree in Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Rich is married to Page and has two daughters and two grandsons.
Alex H. Cherin currently serves as Senior Vice-President of Englander, Knabe & Allen where he heads the firm's transportation and clean technology practices. Mr. Cherin has nearly two decades of experience in all levels of both the public and private sectors, most recently as a senior executive with the Port of Long Beach, the 5th largest container port in the world. While serving as the Port's Managing Director of Trade and Operations, Alex helped shape and implement some of the most cutting-edge policy matters in the areas of international goods movement, regional transportation, infrastructure development and clean technology. Specific examples of Mr. Cherin's work include the successful development of the Clean Trucks Program, oversight of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment project and the Long Beach Oil Tax ballot initiative. He also has briefed and advocated before decision makers at all levels of federal government including the US Trade Representative as well as Congressional members and staff on competitive issues including global trade forecasts, regional infrastructure projects and matters pending before the World Trade Organization.
A featured guest on CNN and Fox Business News, Mr. Cherin's insights on trade, international business and public policy have been sought after and featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and the Los Angeles Times.
Prior to his career in public service, Alex practiced law as a senior associate at the firm of Flynn, Delich & Wise, specializing in international trade and maritime law. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Brian Clark is the Managing Director of APM Terminals Elizabeth, LLC. In this role since 2010, Brian is responsible for directing the terminal's overall operations, including labor relations, commercial activity, safety, security and the financial performance of the terminal.
Prior to his current role, Brian was the Director of Mobile Container Terminal, LLC, a joint venture between APM Terminals North America and Terminal Link, a subsidiary of CMA-CGM, since 2008. From 2006, he held the Project Director position at MCT overseeing the development of the new 90 acre terminal in the Port of Mobile.
Between 1996 and 2006, Brian held various positions in Elizabeth, NJ and Baltimore, MD for APM Terminals.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Maritime Alliance, the New York Shipping Association and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Brian is a 1995 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and holds a B.S. degree in Marine Transportation. He is a 2007 graduate of the APM Terminals MAGNUM program.
Richard (Dick) Craig is President/CEO of MOL (America) Inc, with a scope encompassing all MOL Liner activities in the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Based in Lombard IL, outside Chicago, Dick has been with MOL for fifteen years, with earlier assignments heading Yield Management and North America Operations.
Previously he was with APL for 23 years, including assignments in Hong Kong and Singapore. Dick started his career as an analyst with the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Industry activities include the OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) Executive Committee and the Pacific Maritime Steamship Assoc Board, and previously the Board of Consolidated Chassis Management, the BNSF Customer Advisory Board and the Hampton Roads Chassis Pool Board.
Dick is a Chicago-area native with an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois.
Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Philip worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International. Philip then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, Philip has advised exporters, importers, lenders and ports on logistics, freight rates, seafreight procurement, supply chains and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the United States and Europe. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B. Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.
Senior Consultant Based in New York, with 41 years of experience in marine terminal operations and liner shipping.
Mr. Devine has a history of running, improving worker safety, productivity and service levels for both the shipping and trucking communities in key U.S. markets. He ran two of the five major port terminals in the Port of New York where he ran a combined capacity of more than a million lifts and approximately 30% of the overall capacity of the harbor. Some of his achievements include the expansion and modernization of facilities including the introduction of automated rail mounted gantry cranes and other new technologies. Jim also spent 26 years with SeaLand Service progressing through senior management positions. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and has a Bachelor degree in Marine Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Mercator he held the following positions:
• President and CEO, New York Container Terminal • Board of Directors, Signal Mutual and will become Chairman in 2015
• Vice President, Operations for CMACGM 9901
• Multiple Senior Level Positions in North America, SeaLand Services
• Transportation Corp Officer, U.S. Army
Michael DiVirgilio is a seasoned maritime industry professional who has held executive management positions in the shipping industry. Mike spent over 40 years with the NYK group of companies, holding senior management positions, most recent as the Senior Vice president of liner marketing and formerly as Senior Vice President of North American sales.
In 2006, Mike Joined Ceres Terminals Inc. a NYK affiliate company as Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for the expansion of terminal and stevedoring opportunities in North America.
He retired from the NYK group in April 2014.
Currently he is the principal of MJ DiVirgilio & Associates a maritime consulting business, with focus on container liner, port and terminal and related business. One of which, he represents the six container marine terminal operators in the port of New York- New Jersey , named The Port of NY/NJ Sustainable Services Agreement.
He serves on a number of industry boards, notably as President of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, board member of the Maritime Association port of New York- New Jersey and the Foreign Commerce Club of New York.
He resides in Middletown New Jersey, with his wife Jackie. He has two married sons and four grandchildren.
William Bernard Dudley was unanimously elected to a four-year term as General Vice President of the Atlantic Coast District (ACD), International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO in July 2015. Dudley also serves as President of the Newark, New Jersey-based ILA Local 1233, a position he was first elected to in 2001 and has since been re-elected four times. In 2011, Dudley was named to direct the District's Civil Rights Committee as its chair. A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Dudley's family moved to the Newark, area when he was a youth. Following high school, Dudley later studied at Kean University in Union, NJ and Essex County College in Newark. Dudley served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and awarded a Bronze Star. Bernard Dudley began his longshoring career in 1979. In 1996, he became an ILA dispatcher. Dudley and his wife LaVerne Childs-Dudley reside in Edison, New Jersey.
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye is one of the nation's most experienced and accomplished policy leaders in international ocean transportation. Her career began as a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard. Commissioner Dye later held positions of counsel on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and subcommittee staff director on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On Capitol Hill, she worked to enact successful solutions to ocean transportation safety, security, economic, and environmental challenges. She has been nominated by two presidents and confirmed by the United States Senate to the Federal Maritime Commission for four successive terms. Her work on the FMC has earned Commissioner Dye the reputation as a strong supporter of free market solutions to commercial problems. Commissioner Dye is considered an expert on competition law and policy, port congestion, and supply chain efficiency issues.
Jeff Evanoff is vice president of business development for RCS Logistics, a privately held freight forwarder based in Secaucus, New Jersey. Evanoff joined RCS in 2017 after spending 12 years on the beneficial cargo owner/shipper side of the business.
In his previous roles, Evanoff was responsible for international logistics and compliance at Bob's Discount Furniture in Manchester, Connecticut, and Briggs & Stratton Corp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also held roles in international and domestic logistics at Lowe's Home Improvement. Evanoff is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and currently working on a master's in supply chain from the University of Wisconsin.
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 SubSteering Committee for the Pacific Maritime Association.
Joe Gasperov is currently the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 63, representing the marine clerks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Gasperov started working on the docks more than 34 years ago and has been a member of ILWU Local 63 for the past 30 years. During this time, he has held various positions within the union including president, vice president, secretary/business agent, and convention/caucus delegate.
In 2014, Gasperov was elected to serve on the ILWU coast negotiating committee for the 2014 contract bargaining. He has been an integral part of the coast technology committee since its inception in 2002 and has been closely involved with the implementation of technology at West Coast terminals.
Most recently, he was selected to serve on the US Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) in Washington, DC.
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.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the port, including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, and security.
Previously, Dr. Hacegaba served as the port's managing director of commercial operations and chief commercial officer. In this role, he was the senior executive responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth. Dr. Hacegaba successfully managed the port's commercial activities during a period of significant industry realignment and led the swift recovery of its largest terminal following the biggest bankruptcy in shipping line industry history, clearing the path for record volumes in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Hacegaba began his career at the port in 2010 as the executive officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position that reported directly to the board and coordinated the governing body's policy, administrative, and communications functions.
He has more than 23 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for a growing company engaged in international trade, a research analyst for a policy research group, and as a management consultant.
Dr. Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned degrees in economics (B.A. and M.A.), business administration (B.S.) and urban planning (MPL). He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.
A Logistics Professional with over 29 years experience in International/FTL/LTL with a major emphasis on retail import. Created and led the Global Transportation team of a major retailer when volumes increased by over 500 percent in 7 years.
Since 2005 Dr. Felix Kasiske contributed to a long series of projects in both, intermodal rail and marine terminals around the world covering a spectrum from classical break bulk terminals up to fully-automated container facilities i.e.. Based on his background in process automation, logistics and railway operations, he coordinates the group's simulation activities and serves with his knowledge in all hinterland-related activities within the HPC group.
Based upon his professional knowledge and management of multinational projects, he has been active in more than three dozens of terminal design works, i.e. in North America. Aside to his work at HPC, he serves as an expert advisor for transport market scenario projects at BMW Group and expert evaluator for intermodality, transport and logistics research topics at the European Commission.
Since 2009 he is heading the Terminal Development & Design Group, in 2010 he was appointed as partner and in 2014 as Managing Director of HPC.
As co-founder, president, and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. Kellaway was also one of the founders of RoadLink , the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000‐2012.
During his tenure there, Kellaway served in multiple roles, including chief commercial officer and president, and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink. He also founded E*Fill America, a national warehousing and distribution company, in 2002 and currently serves as its chairman. He founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems in 1988, expanding 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 international shipping companies and importers/exporters alike. It was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row. Prior to founding Kellaway, he held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.
Dr. Walter Kemmsies is Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL's Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. Walter executes initiatives for JLL's public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He has expanded the Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group's expertise to the infrastructure sector to assist both public agencies and investors in long term strategic planning/capital investment underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.
Walter provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via a monthly column, presentations at major international industry conferences, and advising the US Department of Commerce on supply chain competitiveness and the Department of Transportation's National Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Valuation. Walter recently testified to the US Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry.
Prior to joining JLL, Walter was the Chief Economist for Moffat & Nichol, a leading global infrastructure advisement firm. Preceding his experience working with Moffatt & Nichol, Walter was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London and, earlier, Head of Global Industry Strategy at UBS in Zurich and London.
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, SecureSpace and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.
J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the Port's seven-member governing body.
Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach.
Before joining the Port, Mr. Lytle served as Vice President of West Coast Operations for the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. Mr. Lytle has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmarkbased APM (Maersk) Terminals, and SeaLand Service, Inc.
Sal leads the sales efforts for Transport Software Solutions, GeoStamp. He is also a co-founder of InfoMagnus which is an IT Consulting Services business focused on delivering Business Intelligence, Application Development and Workflow solutions. Prior to InfoMagnus, Sal was a member of the Executive Leadership for Neudesic. Sal was instrumental in leading the organization strategy and growth from 2006 to 2013 and grew the business from $8M to $86M in revenue. Prior to Neudesic, Sal was at Microsoft where he managed a $100M investment. he lead a team of Regional Partner Account Managers focusing on HP, Dell, SAP, Avanade, Security, Enterprise Project Management and 5 ISVs. Prior to joining Microsoft Sal was the Vice President of Services for QuickStart Technologies where he was part of a management team that grew the company from 15 employees to well over 300 and revenues greater than $35M.
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.
Trade Lane Manger for IKEA. Part of a Global team securing Transportation coverage for IKEA business. Trade Lane's focus is on the operational details related to transportation in ensuring the most optimum and efficient movements across all parts of the trade lanes. Prior to Trade Lane, Debb began with IKEA at the Perryville Distribution center in Receiving and Traffic and Flow operations.
Ryan is the Terminal Manager at the West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT). WBCT is a Marine Terminal located in the Port of Los Angeles. The facility specializes in container movement with full service vessel, rail, and gate operations. As Terminal Manager, Ryan provides leadership to all management staff and ensures operations align with the organization’s strategic goals. He has a strong focus on building and maintaining customer relationships. Recently, he has led and contributed to Innovative freeflow technology projects that have been successful in increasing terminal efficiency, and has been featured in several publications. Since joining WBCT twelve years ago, Ryan has worked through various front line operations and grown in roles of increasing responsibility. Ryan attended the University of Iowa as a collegiate athlete and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance. He resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife and two daughters.
Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. 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 and one grandchild. His daughter, Rachel, is a teacher in Nashville, TN. She and her husband are the proud parents of Amelia Rose Smith, born May 4, 2016. His son, Matt (25), is a second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill).
Senior Vice President at Moffatt & Nichol Larry Nye is a California licensed civil engineer and a Senior Vice President at Moffatt & Nichol. Moffatt & Nichol serves the port industry from over 20 offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. Larry’s career spans over 48 years in the Port industry specializing in port and intermodal terminal planning, analysis and design, including “automated” terminals. His experience includes projects at virtually all U.S. and Canadian container ports as well as extensive work in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East.
Brett Parker is Co-Founder and President of Cargomatic, Inc., a technology platform that connects shippers and truckers in real-time ("Uber for Trucking"). As a Partner in The Triangle Group, a national 3PL leader for 40 plus years, Brett oversaw all West Coast Transportation as well as large national accounts, such as Asics, APLL, and Michaels and was instrumental in Levi Strauss and Co.'s launch into Target and Walmart, considered one of the largest apparel launches in history. Brett serves as a Board Member of the CSCMP, Southern California, earned a BA from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a JD from The Pepperdine University School of Law.
Rich Roche is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY where he received a Bachelor's degree in Marine Transportation and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve. During his seagoing career, Rich sailed aboard break bulk ships, oil tankers, RO/RO's and containerships where he upgraded his license to Chief Mate of vessels any gross tons upon oceans and First Class Pilot in New York Harbor. Rich began his shore-side career in Manhattan where he was licensed as Property and Casualty Broker specializing in marine cargo insurance. He worked in sales for Hapag-Lloyd in Connecticut and Rochester before moving into Freight Forwarding in Syracuse. Gaining his experience at DSL, Rich opened his own NVOCC & Customs Brokerage operation in 2001 and sold to Mohawk Global Logistics in 2009 where he continues to work today as Vice President of International Transportation. In this current position, Rich enjoys contract negotiation with carriers, maintaining supplier relationships, and supporting the forwarding industry nationally through NCBFAA where he is Chairman of the NVOCC sub-committee. Rich regularly appears as an expert witness in maritime related cases that include cargo claims, documentation and contract disputes.
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, which is the first forum of its kind in the nation and was established as a framework for port constituents to identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and develop recommended solutions. Prior to taking this position, Rooney was the general manager of port security for the port authority. Having assumed this role in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, she is a recognized world leader in maritime security and emergency management issues. A nearly 30-year veteran in the maritime industry, 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 master’s in international transportation and a bachelor’s in marine transportation.
William F. Rooney has 45 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently vice president of strategic development for Kuehne + Nagel. Until October 2010, Rooney was president of Hanjin Shipping America, accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was senior vice president of service delivery for CMA CGM. Prior to CMA CGM he was vice president of ocean services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider.
He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Rooney received a bachelor’s in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.
Jonathan Rosenthal is a serial entrepreneur. He has repeatedly conceived of a world different than that which existed, and launched companies to harness macro industry change. Each new venture was designed to capture opportunity, as consumers adapted to transformation.
Rosenthal currently serves as chairman of TTSI, one of the largest port trucking companies in the Los Angeles/Long Beach harbor; Taylored Logistics, a bi-coastal, mid-size, third-party logistics provider operating approximately 1.5 million square feet of warehouse; and Accretive Solutions, a finance and accounting staffing and consultancy firm with approximately 800 professionals in 11 cities. He is the founder and chairman of the Los Angeles Harbor Performance Enhancement Center and the technology data management startup WherehouseIT.com.
Rosenthal was recently appointed by the US Transportation Secretary to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and by the Mayor of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles Sustainable Freight Advisory Board. He was elected by his peers to the International Board of Trustees of the Turnaround Management Association.
Steve Schulein is the Vice President of Drayage and Industry Relations for National Retail System’s (NRS), Steve has been overseeing all of the company’s drayage, intermodal and import business for 12 years.
Steve started his career with SeaLand and continued to hold a number of positions of increasing responsibility in sales and operations. Before joining NRS, Steve was Senior Vice President at a major port consulting firm and NVOCC. He served as General Manager Operations for North America for a major steamship line, and as the Senior Vice President of Operations for another major carrier in the Caribbean trade. He is currently a member of the Council on Port Performance (CPP) working with the major stakeholders in the Port of NY/NJ.
An industry-known leader, Gene Seroka brings more than 29 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port of Los Angeles. As executive director of the busiest container port in North America, he is responsible for managing more than a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California's economy and quality of life. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers worldwide, supply chain partners, labor, community members, and elected and appointed officials at all levels. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team. He is an alumnus of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
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.
Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics for over 30 years having served in a multitude of positions stretching across the buyer and seller sides of the business.
Currently Tracy is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of RCS Logistics, an international air freight forwarding that specializes in airfreight services for retail and mass merchandising organizations. Prior to that, he was the director of international logistics for Lowe’s Home Improvement warehouse, which is the fourth-largest importer into the US and the 15th largest importer in the world.
Preceding Lowe’s, he worked in various senior management positions for international consolidators and steamship lines, including US Lines, Maersk, APL, and OOCL.
John Trent, senior director of strategic operations, joined the Georgia Ports Authority in 1994.
Over the last 22 years, he has overseen the development and operations of GPA facilities as general manager and senior director of operations. In his current position, he leads GPA's terminal and inland logistics strategy effort.
Trent started his maritime career as a US Lines trainee in 1984. He progressed through several supervisory positions before moving to SeaLand Services.
In 1987, Trent joined TraPac, Inc., and assisted with multiple start-up operations in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Beginning in 1990, Trent worked for three and half years as the Pacific Northwest regional operation manager for MOL America.
John Trent is originally from Morehead City, N.C.
He is a graduate of The Citadel.
Ronald D. Widdows, is the Executive Chairman of American Intermodal Management, LLC an asset owning/leasing and asset management company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, focusing on the provision of high quality, intelligent chassis to the U.S. market.
He was formerly the CEO of APL, and Group President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines, the parent of APL, and APL Logistics, where his career spanned over 30 years, retiring from NOL in December of 2011.
He was the Group CEO of Rickmers Holding, based in Hamburg from 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Widdows has more than 40 years of experience in shipping and is currently Chairman of the World Shipping Council based in Washington, D.C. a position he has held since 2008.
Among his other industry roles, he is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, is a member of the Advisory Board of Clearmetal, and is a
Senior Adjunct Fellow, for the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore Academy.
He is a former Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, former board member of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, and former Advisory Board member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and the International Transport Forum, based in Leipzig, Germany.
Mr. Widdows has been recognized by; the U.S. National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, The United Seaman's Service, and Containerization International and the NY/NJ Port Authority for his contributions to the U.S. Maritime sector.
John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customerfocused culture.
Wolfe also serves as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.
Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia's director of operations and marine terminal general manager.
Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal's operations manager.
He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, TacomaPierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington State Fair Board. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for TacomaPierce County.
Wolfe earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.
Taso leads innovation and development for the drayage industry business sector at Leidos, Inc., and is the architect of DrayLink and DrayQ – the latest mobile applications for the drayage industry addressing port congestion and to help move containers smarter. Leidos is a global science and advanced technology solutions leader with annual revenues of over $10 billion. He is an entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in IT innovation solution development for military and civil sectors, including Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) asset tracking systems in use with the Department of Defense, E-ZPass®, FasTrak®, PrePass®, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Connected Vehicle Program, and the Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) application optimizing drayage. Taso implemented and operates the Port of Oakland Secure Truck Enrollment Program (STEP) critical to drayage operations and also serves as the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Truck Safety and Security Sub-Committee chairperson.