December 12 - 13, 2017
Newark, New Jersey
Director, International Logistics
The Home Depot

Steve Alonso is Director of International Logistics for The Home Depot. His responsibilities include strategy, procurement, regulatory compliance, and operations for The Home Depot's global import and export programs, transload facilities, and offshore supply chains (HI/Guam, Alaska, Puerto Rico/USVI). Steve has been with The Home Depot for 13 years, holding various roles on the Supply Chain team. In his most recent assignment, he was responsible for Global Operations, which included origin, ocean, and destination drayage services. Prior leadership roles at The Home Depot include Last-Mile Delivery, Transportation Strategy and Technology, and Supply Chain Channel Management. He earned a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


John Atkins is the President of GCT USA, and is responsible for the strategic oversight and operations of two container terminals in New York and New Jersey. With extensive experience spanning the marine terminal and ocean carrier operations, he has held senior management positions including posts at CMA CGM and NYK.

John is a member of the Board of Directors/Trustee of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association and the New York Shipping Association. To further terminal services in the Port of New York/New Jersey, John also serves as the Chair for the Confidential Discussion Agreement and the Sustainable Terminal Services Agreement. His work also extends to the Council for Port Performance, where he also is the Chair for Gate Operations Implementation.

John began his career at SeaLand after graduating from Kean University in Management Science.

President; and CEO
Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers; and Golden Carriers Inc.

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, Bader has served as the president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, which currently represents over 80 percent of port and container traffic at Port Newark, with more than 170 members from trucking and trucking-industry related companies doing business at the Port of New York & New Jersey. 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.

Director Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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 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.

Vice President, Global Head of Operations
APM Terminals

Jack Craig is Vice President, and Head of Hub Terminals for APM Terminals in the MaerskGroup Transport & Logistics business unit. In this capacity, he has responsibility for Maersk Line's key terminals, ensuring that operational performance meets the demands of Maersk Line's global hub network.

Mr. Craig has worked for APM Terminals since 2006, serving as Managing Director of APM Terminals Tacoma, Washington and APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and later as the Chief Operating Officer for APM Terminals' Americas Region from 2010 to 2014.

In 2014, Mr. Craig joined the APM Terminals' head office in The Hague, The Netherlands, with responsibility for leading the global operations functions, including Operational Execution, Continuous Improvement and Procurement.

Prior to joining APM Terminals, Mr. Craig worked for P&O Nedlloyd, "K" Line and Wilson UTC in a variety of commercial, business development and operations positions.

Mr. Craig holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an executive MBA from The Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. He lives with his family in Wassenaar, The Netherlands.

President and CEO
PierPass Inc.

John Cushing joined PierPass Inc. in 2014 as its president and chief executive officer. PierPass manages the West Coast MTO's OffPeak program that mitigates gate traffic between the peak and off-peak shifts at the container terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

From 2009 through 2013, Cushing was the general director of SSIT container terminal during its development at Cai Mep in the south of Vietnam.

In 1999, he founded eModal, which developed widely used online applications to coordinate activities between marine terminals and trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners, and others in the supply chain. Cushing grew eModal into the nation's largest port community system and served as the company's president through 2009.

His experience in the transportation industry began in 1982 as a steamship line agent with Barwil Agencies. Cushing later joined the Port of Los Angeles, where he was marketing manager until he left to start up eModal.

Michael J. DiVirgilio & Associates

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.

Director of Global Logistics
Big Lots Stores, Inc.

Bob Fredman is the Director of Global Logistics at Big Lots Stores, Inc., with responsibility for international transportation and related services, as well as import compliance. Prior to joining Big Lots in 2013, Bob was involved in transportation consulting and research first with Battelle Memorial Institute and then as Principal of SF Global Insights. He held various global logistics leadership roles with Limited Brands (Limited Logistics Services) from 1990-2007 and, prior to that, Distribution Centers, Inc. Bob is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.
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Executive Director
Agriculture Transportation Coalition

Peter Friedmann is Executive Director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the voice for a broad cross-section of U.S. agriculture exporters, importers and their service providers who require competitive ocean, rail and truck transportation services in order to maintain and grow foreign market share.

The Journal of Commerce has declared the AgTC as "the principal voice of U.S. agriculture exporters in transportation policy." The National Journal states "The leaders on transportation issues...the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, which includes agriculture exporters and importers and freight forwarders as well as agriculture trade associations and state departments of agriculture."

Consistent with his trade expansion advocacy, Mr. Friedmann is variously a founder, counsel and leader of organizations that play a pivotal role in US international trade and transportation policy and regulation, including the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade {CONECT) and the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders. He also represents port authorities, and is one of the principal advocates of shipper interests before the various Federal agencies and Congress, also advising individual exporters and importers on ocean shipping negotiations, trade policy and compliance with US and foreign regulations.

Deputy Executive Director / COO
Port of Long Beach, California

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.

Senior Product Manager

Rob has 17 year of experience working in supply chain technology with a focus on innovative systems and emerging technologies. Currently working with Cargomatic in a product role, he is helping to define advanced systems that connect drivers and shippers in real-time and working to expand the Cargomatic model into the Dray market.

Previously, Rob spent a year based in Hong Kong where he founded a startup that used a driver mobile app to provide real-time delivery visibility and lower costs for shippers in emerging markets. Rob has strong international experience from service at INTTRA and APL Logistics where he worked with teams to deploy end-to-end visibility systems and data management systems.

CEO and Co-Founder

Marc is CEO and co-founder of ODYN, the supply chain synchronization platform, helping large BCOs reduce working capital spend by optimizing their in-transit inventory through tracking and analyzing the movement of shipments around the world. ODYN also makes the most affordable global real-time pallet tracking solution on the market.

Prior to ODYN, Marc was the CEO of Weft, an Andreesen Horowitz funded maritime intelligence company (acquired by Genscape), that helped shipping lines reduce the number of containers needed to meet customer demand by providing contextual maritime awareness.

Marc was also a product development consultant, specializing in mobile applications and content consumption, and had done early work in the smart personal assistant space (in the pre-Alexa days).


Senior Vice President; and Chief Operating Officer
Labor Relations; and Pacific Maritime Association

Stephen Hennessey is senior vice president and chief operating officer of PMA, which he joined in 2004, first serving as vice president for labor relations in Southern California. He previously worked for Sea-Land Service and Horizon Lines, most recently as general manager, North American operations. He also worked for trucking company Roadway Express. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

CEO, Founder and author of 2014 book "Culture Shock in Maersk Line."
SeaIntelligence Consulting

Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis and forecasting in the container shipping sector.

Lars Jensen is author of the books "Liner Shipping 2025" focusing on the changes to come in the industry as well as "Culture Shock in Maersk Line" outlining the changes in the world's largest container line over the past 15 years.

Lars Jensen is co-founder of LinerGrid providing advanced tools to optimize network design for container carriers and boardmember of the New York Shipping Exchange.

Lars Jensen is CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry and co-founder of LinerGame providing innovative training and teambuilding for shipping lines.

Lars Jensen has 17 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry including 9 years with Maersk Line.

Lars Jensen holds a Ph.D. degree in complex mathematical analysis in physics.

Founding Partner; and CEO
PEAR Strategies; and Harbor Trucking Association

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.

President and Chief Executive Officer
TRAC Intermodal

Keith E. Lovetro is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAC Intermodal. Mr. Lovetro has overall responsibility for the financial performance of the company, its long- term strategic vision and day-to- day operating performance.

Mr. Lovetro began his career in the Transportation Industry in 1980 and has over 36 years of management and leadership experience.

Prior to joining TRAC Intermodal, in 2011, he was the President and CEO of the YRC Regional LTL Transportation Group. He also was the President and CEO of FedEx Freight West. Mr. Lovetro has held numerous senior leadership positions throughout his career in the functional areas of Operations, Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Lovetro earned an MBA from the University of Santa Clara and a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis. He's on the Board of Directors of TRAC Intermodal and is the Chairman of the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL).

Director of Operations
California Multimodal LLC

In my current role, I provide effective leadership and communication to the operations ensuring that I am championing a cultivating and inviting environment that is fair and ethical for all employees and contractors. I direct and oversee all aspects of the Lomita and San Diego Operations, Safety and Security, to include but not limited to, Financial Management, Purchase Trucking, IOO Relationships and Compliance, Safety Compliance and Adherence, Marine Terminal Relationships, Commercial Development, Vendor Relationships, Oversee Security at all CMI locations. Ensuring our client's cargo is moving in-line with their expectations and in a cost effective and productive manner. Ensure all administration and expense activities are in-line with corporate guidelines and directives. I also participate in local and national industry associations, i.e. ATA, CTA, HTA, etc.

I am the acting CTA Southern California Intermodal Chair. I also represent the organization at Industry Workshops, A member of the FMC innovation team, POLA/POLB Supply Chain Optimization working group, Industry Conferences, and stakeholder meetings to the best of my abilities and in the best interest of the industry and the organization. I am currently a member of the Operational Supply Chain Management Advisory Board for the College of Business at Cal State University of Long Beach.

Executive Director
Port of Oakland

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.

Director, Container Operations
Port Houston

Experience – Port of Houston Authority
- Manager of Analysis, Planning and Technology
- Gate Manager
- Yard Planning Superintendent
- Vessel Services Superintendent

Texas A&M University at Galveston
Under the guidance of the Port Commission and executive leadership,
container operations is the major revenue source for the Port Authority.
Container operations is responsible for the Barbours Cut and Bayport
Terminals to safely and efficiently facilitate economic development
throughout the region.

Role – Oversee daily operations and provide strategic direction for container
terminals to sustain long term growth.

Vision – Lead organization as the primary revenue generator for PHA,
growing business with volume increases and operating responsibly for a
sustainable future.

Chief Operating Officer
Georgia Ports Authority

McCarthy is responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of GPA's multiple operations, while maintaining world-class operating standards. His areas of responsibility include all operations, safety, engineering, facilities maintenance; information technology; equipment maintenance; breakbulk and bulk operations; and the director of protective services and strategic planning.

Prior to his tenure with the GPA, McCarthy served in senior management and operations positions at Sealand Services, APM Terminals, Virginia International Terminals and CMA CGM. McCarthy obtained a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Maritime College, a diploma in terminal management at Lloyd's Maritime Academy at Kent College, Dartford UK, and a Masters in Business Administration from William & Mary University, Mason School of Business. He has served as chairman of the board for Consolidated Chassis Management Company and as a member of the board of directors for the Ocean Carrier Equipment and Maintenance Association.

McCarthy and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, 16, and two sons, aged 15 and 18.

Vice President, West Coast Operations
Yusen Terminals Inc.

Alan McCorkle was named Sr. Vice President of West Coast Operations for NYK Ports in May of 2016. In this capacity, Alan is responsible for container terminal operations at Yusen Terminals Inc. in Southern California, Ceres RoRo operations in Port Hueneme, California and Vancouver, Canada in addition to Ceres cruise ship terminal operations in Vancouver.

Prior to joining NYK ports, Alan was with the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group for 25 years holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility including leading the development of the Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles becoming its Managing Director when the facility opened in 2002 and General Manager, APM Terminals (Jamaica) Ltd. in 2004, where he managed all port operations in Jamaica before returning to Southern California becoming Vice President of West Coast Operations in 2005.

Alan holds a B.S. in Business Management from Clemson University and is a graduate of the Executive Development Programs at Cornell University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

President and CEO
Pacific Maritime Association

James C. McKenna is PMA's president and chief executive officer, a position he has held since 2004. During his tenure at PMA, he has overseen successful contract negotiations with the ILWU, and has worked to make the association more business-savvy and responsive to its members. All told, McKenna has nearly four decades of maritime industry experience, most recently at Horizon Lines as COO. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Senior Editor, West Coast, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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.

Senior Editor, U.S. Northeast Ports and Trans-Atlantic Trade, JOC
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from the Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the U.S. Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Hugh has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor's in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.

President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority

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).

Assistant Professor of Maritime and Supply Chain Management
Old Dominion University

Dr. ManWo Ng is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University since 2011. Currently he is a faculty within the Maritime and Supply Chain Management group in the Strome College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Transportation from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. degree in Statistics, an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Ng is serving as the Associate Editor for Maritime Policy & Management and Transportmetrica B, and is an editorial board member of 6 other transportation & logistics journals. His research focuses on data analytics and simulation and their applications to transportation and logistics, such as container port operations and liner shipping. He has published over 70 journal and conference articles. Dr. Ng has led or served as a consultant on research projects worth over $1 million sponsored by the public and private transportation industry.

Chief Operating Officer
Gemini Shippers Association

Ken joined Gemini in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Ken is the founding President of bigboxSMALLBOX, an analytics consulting and SaaS firm engaged in providing companies with innovative ways to leverage their data assets to improve performance. Prior to founding bigboxSMALLBOX Ken spent twenty one years in the liner shipping industry with APL and Hapag Lloyd. He held various senior Trade Management and Operations roles including managing APL's $3 billion Pacific P&L as Senior Vice President of the Transpacific Trade. Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M and has a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Ken is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the NJ-211 Partnership.

Co­-Founder and President
Cargomatic, Inc.

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.

CEO and Executive Director
Port of Virginia

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia's marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.

"Fundamentally, we base the organization on values and work to focus colleague behaviors on those values each and every day. The goal is to reinvent the port and accelerate the evolution of the port in order to become a catalyst for commerce and economic development and improve competitiveness in a global marketplace."

He leads the port with emphasis on maintaining integrity and respectfulness amongst colleagues, as well as the importance of being "a good corporate citizen to the community." Since becoming CEO, John has worked to understand the public community in addition to the private sector in order to serve all of the constituents of the Commonwealth.

He enjoys managing a team that is building confidence within the company, the customer base, and the community. He says it is essential to communicate the challenges that the organization has overcome to achieve success in order to demonstrate the hard work of the entire company and continue raising trust and respect in the port.

"It's very satisfying to have the opportunity to watch people grow, to see the organization mature, to create economic vitality for Virginia and to prepare for a better tomorrow."

Prior to joining the VPA, John worked for the Maersk organization for 23 years. He served from 2000-2014 as CEO of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and a member of the board of directors. During his career with Maersk, he held the positions of President, UMS, senior vice president and regional director. After retiring from Maersk, John began his tenure with VPA in February 2014.

John currently serves on multiple regional boards including the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Regional Board and Nauticus Foundation.

His awards and honors include: Virginia Business Magazine's 2016 Business Person of the Year, 2015 Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement, 2014 Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Scouter Citizen of the Year, 2009 Seafarer's International House, Outstanding Friend of the Seafarer and the 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award.

John received his bachelor's degree in general studies and political science from Ohio University and later earned his Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.

Director, Land Operations, Planning and Operations
Port of Vancouver

Greg Rogge brings more than 20 years of transportation and logistics experience to his role as director of land operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

In this position, Rogge is responsible for all areas of land operations, supply chain optimization, cruise operations, and Canada Place operations. He provides senior leadership to a team of 25 people, developing and overseeing programs that support the efficient movement of cargo and people through Canada’s largest port.

Prior to joining the port authority in January 2014, Rogge held several leadership roles in the transportation and trucking industry at organizations such as Reimer Express, Roadway Express, and YRC Corporation.

Rogge has served on the boards of various associations since 2001, including the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Trucking Safety Council of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA). From 2006-2013, he served on the BCTA Executive Committee and held a term as chairman. In recognition of his 12 years of volunteer efforts and dedication to the industry, Rogge received the BCTA Service to the Industry Award for his contributions in June 2013.


Assistant Director, Strategy and Innovation
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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.

Partner and International Trade Counsel
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Ms. Ross is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, resident in Los Angeles, where she Chairs the Regulatory Practice Group which focuses on Customs, international trade, transportation, Food & Drug Administration, export licensing, corporate compliance/governance and import/export issues, along with anti- corruption, government contracting and other trade compliance concerns. She is also Chair of MSK's Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group which assists clients to implement privacy and system preventive policies and procedures, but also provides breach resolution guidance.

She is a co-founder of; main contributor to and editor of MSK's International Trade blog; Member, American Association of Exporters and Importers' Industry Leadership Council; Past Chair, National Security Committee, current Steering Committee Member of the American Bar Association, International Law Section's Customs Law Committee and the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee; past Chair, District Export Council of Southern California, and a 2016-2017 member of the National District Export Council Steering Committee.

Global Transportation and Logistics Consultant

Debbie Ryan is an independent consultant in transportation and logistics. Her background includes international and domestic transportation and logistics leadership in specialty, off-price, and big box retail formats where she specialized in executing the global movement of movement of merchandise/non-merchandise from suppliers to distribution points and from distribution points to customers. She began her career in the logistics services industry and has operations, sales, and customer support experience in the LTL trucking, steamship, and 3PL arenas. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Executive Director, Customer Performance Analytics
GE Transportation

Jennifer C. Schopfer is Vice President of GE Transportation Transport Logistics, part of GE Transportation's Digital Solutions business, based in Chicago, IL. Transport Logistics delivers solutions to optimize across the supply chain ecosystem and enable an interconnected, frictionless system of movement leveraging digital freight logistics.

Prior to this role, Jen was the Executive Director of GE Data Solutions, part of GE Digital, based in San Ramon, CA. In that role. Jen and her team launched a big data strategy across GE to deliver $200MM of productivity to the GE businesses.

Jen began her GE career in 2006, as a part of GE Energy. From there, she joined GE's Corporate Audit Staff for 5+ years, rising to the position of Executive Audit Manager & Operations Manager.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She, her husband Brian, and their son Davis reside in Atlanta, GA.

VP Drayage & Industry Relations
National Retail Transportation Inc.

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.

American Intermodal Management

Nathan is currently the CEO of American Intermodal Management, LLC, an intermodal asset management and leasing company founded in 2016 to bring innovative, high-quality, technology-enabled assets to the US maritime and intermodal markets. Prior to AIM, Seeds was the Chief Operations Officer of APL, where his career spanned nearly 24 years. Seeds started his career in operations at APL's terminal in Los Angeles, where he participated in the opening of the Global Gateway South terminal, including oversight of new terminal systems and technology deployment. He went on to develop extensive experience managing day to day operations in North America including terminal operations and technology, labor relations, trucking and intermodal, equipment and maintenance, alliance and industry cooperation, fleet and cargo management. In 2012, Seeds was appointed to head APL's global operations in Singapore where he was responsible for marine, network and terminal operations, equipment and maintenance, ship management and technical services, environment and security.

Seeds has served on various industry boards of directors including PMA, OCEMA, and
PMSA. He is a US Navy veteran and holds an MS degree in intermodal transportation.

Executive Director
Port of Los Angeles

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.

Chief Executive Officer
Direct ChassisLink Inc.

William (Bill) J. Shea Jr. has been the chief executive officer of Direct ChassisLink Inc. since March 2012. In that capacity, Shea has been instrumental in shaping the strategic vision of DCLI, facilitating the acquisition of major legacy chassis fleets and a domestic chassis fleet, while maintaining oversight of the company's growth and financial performance.

He has extensive experience in the transportation leasing industry, beginning his career with Itel Corp. in 1979 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. In 1984, Shea started Kelley Transportation Services to market intermodal equipment manufactured by Stoughton Trailers Inc. In 1989, he formed Bay Cities Leasing and began leasing intermodal trailers to US railroads. Bay Cities was selected to manage the first domestic container and chassis pool for Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern in 1994 called EMP. The EMP Program developed the first reservation and billing systems for intermodal equipment and continues to provide containers and chassis to the US rail network today.

Over the past decade, Shea has served on public boards such as Interpool Inc., which owned TRAC Intermodal and JB Hunt Corporation. He continues to serve on the boards of DCLI and the University of Denver Transportation Institute, as well as numerous charities benefiting children with life threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

PE Senior Port Planner

Mr. Sisson leads AECOM's marine analysis group. He is responsible for business development, project execution, and oversight of research and development of our simulation models. Mr. Sisson has over 22 years of experience managing and executing a wide range of marine and rail terminal planning, simulation, and analysis projects. Typical projects involve supervision of field data collection, model development, and presentation of analysis results.

Mr Sisson's career project highlights include:
• Port-wide capacity studies for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
• Roberts Bank Terminal 2
• New York Container Terminal
• Dubai Jebel Ali Master Plan
• Pusan Newport
• Deltaport Vancouver Expansion
• Kingston Jamaica Master Plan
• Euromax planning and simulation

Mr. Sisson received his BS in Civil Engineering at California State Polytechnic University
and his MS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and is a registered
professional engineer in the state of California.

Director of Operations
SG Footwear

Jeffrey Solomon brings 25 years of import management experience to the SG companies.

As director of logistics and compliance, Jeff guides this muti-faceted footwear and apparel importer through its daily cost and time efficient operations. These efforts include import traffic, domestic transportation, warehousing, and both social and customs compliance.

He is additionally involved with footwear distributors and retailers of america, a trade association devoted to the advocacy of industry best practices and related initiatives.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jeffrey currently lives in central New Jersey with his wife Laurie.

Tioga Group Inc.

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. Smith 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.

Chief Operating Officer
Northwest Seaports Alliance

Dustin Stoker leads alliance operations.

He oversees all port operations, from waterway management and road and rail functions to breakbulk and terminal operations. Stoker's team is charged with establishing the NWSA's Operations Service Center to provide best in class service delivery and customer care.

Stoker brings more than 18 years of experience in both domestic and international terminal management.

He most recently served as director of operations at the Port of Tacoma since 2013.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma, Stoker served as director of Deltaport at Port Metro Vancouver, B.C., with Terminal Systems, Inc. He also has served as the chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals, and in management positions with APM Terminals at the Port of Salalah, Netherlands, Los Angeles and Tacoma.

Stoker holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management from the University of Washington.

Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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.

Chief Strategy Officer
Advent Intermodal Solutions

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,, and 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).

Vice President, Logistics
Fornazor International Inc.

Carl returned home from the Marine Corps to Madison, New Jersey in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he entered our great industry via the Mail Room at Maersk Inc. During his 7 years with Maersk, he went from the Mail Room to New York Sales. In 2002, he decided to move to the other side and joined the Fornazor companies. In 2004, he created two new independent companies, Tradewinds International (NVOCC) and Bergen Logistics (FWDR). Carl's core responsibilities include managing carrier relations, pricing, contracting, and overseeing Tradewinds and Bergen Logistics.

Carl has been married for over twenty-seven years and has three daughters and one son. In his free time, he enjoys church, swimming, cycling and running. His motto is, "let's go for a run."

DM, Director, Retail Solutions
Crane Worldwide Logistics - DFW

Senior supply chain academician and practitioner with 25 years' managerial experience in operations, sourcing, and technology in B2B and B2C retailing, with retail experience in consumer package goods (grocery) and fast moving consumer goods (apparel and footwear) segments.

Area of supply chain management expertise includes:

• Distribution/fulfillment operations
• Inventory Management
• Merchandising
• Product allocation
• Project management
• Sourcing – product and services
• Supply chain network design and implementation (first and final mile solutions)
• Supply chain risk and resiliency development/deployment
• Supplier relationship management
• Technology development/deployment
• Transportation management

He has held multiple senior operational and project management roles within the supply chain sector for companies such as Crane Worldwide Logistics., Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW Inc., Heinz USA, The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business) and L Brands. Additionally, Dr. Widdifield is a retired US Army officer with 16 years experience in combat and combat-support roles.

Director, Transportation and E-Commerce
The Vitamin Shoppe

I graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem PA in 1993 with a BA in Business Management/Sociology. My first opportunity was with "K" Line America where I was responsible for National Transportation/Logistics and Import Customer Service and Documentation. I was also part of an implementation team that established our National Service Center in Richmond VA.

In 1998, I left to join a startup 3PL, United States Consolidation Ltd. While at USC, I was exposed to the world of supply chain and logistics from the perspective of origin management. USC thrived and was acquired by Exel, and ultimately, DHL.

In 2006, Toys R Us, I joined Toys R Us as Director of International Logistics and continued my growth in logistics and supply chain to make TRU's supply chain more efficient and competitive. In 2013, I was given full responsibility over all international and domestic carrier activities. This new opportunity gives me the tools needed transform our network into a fully integrated supply chain linking our origin to our network.

As Director of International Transportation at Lowes, I was responsible for the 4th largest import program into the USA with 100,000+ FEU of volume and $450 million spend. I ran all carrier procurement, customs brokerage and CTPAT and had full accountability for our 3rd party transload facilities as well as our 3PL relationships across the globe.

As of October 2017, I relocated back to New Jersey to take over Transportation and Ecommerce for The Vitamin Shoppe in Secaucus, NJ.

I live in Branchburg, NJ with my wife, Jessica, and our two boys, Peter age 12 and Tommy age 9. I play a lot of golf, enjoy saltwater fishing, and spend time with my family at the beach.