February 26 - March 01, 2017
Long Beach, CA
Chief Operating Officer

Dave is the Chief Operating Officer of Libra, a San Francisco based software company focused on the development of Libra Enterprise...a management information layer specifically engineered for blockchain technology. Libra Enterprise is a configurable solution that allows enterprises to easily integrate with any blockchain. Libra's easy to use toolsets allow non-technical business users to flawlessly interact with blockchain systems through its user-friendly interface or API.

Prior to joining Libra, Dave had served in multiple product and functional business management leadership roles over his long career at BNY Mellon, PNC Financial Corporation, and other large non-banking corporations.

In these roles, Dave led many large, cross-functional strategic initiatives to include international mergers and acquisitions, new product expansion in key foreign and domestic markets, developing strategic channel partner relationships, championing global cross sell programs, designing expense management programs, leading key integrations, and advising Executive Leaders.

His interest in emerging technologies led him to discover Bitcoin and then Blockchain in early 2015. During that time, Dave completed the Blockchain University Cohort 3 Program in San Francisco, and he attained the Certified Bitcoin Professional designation from the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium.

Mr. Albert obtained his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has a BS in Accounting from Duquesne University. Prior to college, he served honorably in the US Army 82 nd Airborne Division, Infantry.

Executive Director, Transportation & Warehouse
America Chung Nam Inc.

As Executive Director of Transportation and Warehousing for America Chung Nam, James Armstrong is responsible for expanding ACN's affiliated companies' logistics services and customer portfolio.

Armstrong has more than 20 years of experience in the maritime and logistics industry, and has held management and strategic roles in logistics, warehousing, transportation, and liner trade in the United States, Canada, and Asia while working for Port Logistics Group, TOTE, Yusen Logistics, and Maersk.

Armstrong has cultivated an in-depth understanding of all facets of the industry and is an international and domestic supply chain management and logistics expert with a wealth of experience in asset transportation (FTL, bulk, heavy haul, LTL, and liner trade) as well as asset-light freight forwarding (NVOCC, IAC, and CHB). He holds a BA in business from Miami University and completed the INSEAD Young Managers Programme in Fontainebleau, France.

Chief Strategy Officer
Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI)

David Arsenault is Chief Strategy Officer of Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI), the nation's leading intermodal asset leasing, management, and technology-enabled services platform with a fleet of 216,000 chassis in over 400 locations across the country serving the international and domestic logistics industries. Prior to joining DCLI, Dave was President and Founder of Logistics Transformation Solutions, LLC providing maritime consulting and strategic advisory services to stakeholders across all industry verticals. Prior to starting this company, Dave was the 1 st localized President and CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine America responsible for North, Central & South America where he successfully led the organization through the most challenging period in their 40+ year history.

Mr. Arsenault has over 30 years of industry experience spanning operations, sales, and technology including 5 years in Asia where he served as Country Manager in Thailand and General Manager in Taiwan for Sea-Land. He has also held key leadership positions at Maersk Logistics which later became Damco and technology companies GT Nexus & Globe Wireless where he was SVP and Chief Commercial Officer.

Dave has served on the Boards of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), Pacific Merchant Shippers Association (PMSA) and the Propeller Club. He is a 4th generation mariner graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation, a 3 rd Mates License and a commission as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer.

Founder, President

Neil Barni is the founder and president of CargoSphere the single rates platform for all. Neil founded CargoSphere in 1999 with an unwavering determination to create the most innovative freight rate management and networking solution. Today, CargoSphere connects the global shipping industry with its collaborative, confidential and immediate technology platform the Rate Mesh. The company holds several U.S. Patents related to online freight negotiations.

Prior to CargoSphere, Neil served in various areas of increasing responsibility in the international logistics division of the Pepsi Cola Company and has over 20 years of international supply chain experience. During his college years, Neil spent a Semester at Sea and furthered his international studies at the University of Florence, Italy before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

Government Relations and Policy Advisor
PHB Public Affairs

Paul H. Bea Jr. is a government relations and policy advisor specializing in transportation and the maritime sector. He formed PHB Public Affairs after a career with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as Washington Representative. His early experience was as legislative aide for a congressman and governor. He has contributed to Federal studies, assisted maritime startups, and advises port authorities and terminal organizations on the Army's civil works program as well as freight, maritime transportation, environment and homeland security policy.

Advisory board credits include the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, the Eno Transportation Foundation, and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives. He formed the 36-year old Washington Port Reps group, Marine Navigation Safety Coalition, and chaired the Coastwise Coalition. He co-authored articles for academic and professional publications, and produces the MTS Matters blog and Morning Matters newsletter.

Chief Economist
IHS Markit

Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS Markit and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets.

Behravesh and his team were awarded the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award. They have also been ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS Markit, Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the U.S. and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises.
Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERAWeek and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania (where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor), and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East, and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Corporate Development Americas
WiseTech Global

Benn Bekic is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with more than 15 years of experience in the logistics software space. In his corporate development role for WiseTech Global, Bekic focuses on industry issues, future acquisition opportunities, identifying new products for development, and building relationships with global logistics service providers. He has a bachelors in mathematics and masters in philosophy, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Vice President, Global Transportation
Restoration Hardware

Glenn E. Berger holds the position of Vice President of Global Transportation at Restoration Hardware, Inc, a position he has held since joining Restoration Hardware in June of 2005. In this role, Mr. Berger is responsible for all aspects of transportation including international logistics, outbound transportation throughout North America, "white glove" furniture home delivery, and customs/compliance related activities associated with product import and export.

Prior to RH, Mr. Berger held senior level supply chain and operations role at Williams-Sonoma, Somera Communications, and Compaq Computer Corporation.

Mr. Berger began his career with Frito-Lay, where he worked for ten years in a variety of logistics-related positions.

Mr. Berger graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He currently resides in Mill Valley, California with his wife and two children.


Began career with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, NE. Entered the 3PL world with American President Lines in Oakland, CA, and held many senior management positions in both marketing and operations. The domestic business unit of APL was sold to Hub Group in Chicago, and he became a Vice President of Logistics in Stamford, CT and then President of Hub's Golden Gate division, in Walnut, Creek, CA.

In 2002, he moved to Atlanta, GA and started Integra Logistics, which later was sold to Warburg Pincus, who then merged Integra with several other companies and created Coyote Logistics, which in 2015 was sold to United Parcel Service. Mitch served as President of Coyote Logistics.

After leaving Coyote, he launched Atadex, a technology company focused on incorporating innovative hardware and software solutions to help supply chain companies improve efficiency, reduce costs, eliminate future capital expenditures, and provide their clients with a true competitive advantage.

He has a degree in Marketing and Management from Providence College in Rhode Island, and an MBA in Finance from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

Vice President

Jim Blaeser, Vice President with AlixPartner, has more than a decade of experience working in and around the global shipping and logistics community. In that time, he has worked with a variety of clients to help them improve their performance through benchmarking, fact-based research and strategic consultation. Jim's specific areas of expertise include ocean shipping operations, transportation procurement, global logistics management, freight payment, global trade compliance, supply chain visibility, and logistics service provider operations.

Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2013, Jim held the position of publisher at American Shipper, the leading business-to- business media and data resource covering global shipping, logistics and trade. Previously he was vice president of business development responsible for the supply chain practice at Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based research company.

Managing Partner
The Triangle Group

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

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

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

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.

Partner & Transportation Practice Group Leader
Thompson Hine

Karyn is a partner and leader of the firm's Transportation practice group. Based upon interviews with clients and peers, Chambers USA has recognized Karyn as one of the leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in rail transportation matters, and she was also identified for her work in road transportation matters.

Karyn represents multinational corporations, trade associations, and transportation intermediaries, such as 3PLs, NVOCCs, freight forwarders and brokers, in domestic and international matters involving multimodal transportation and logistics services. Her practice covers the carriage of goods by rail, motor, vessel and air carriers. Karyn serves as the general counsel to The National Industrial Transportation League, the nation's oldest and largest shipper organization.

Karyn's practice includes a full range of services with a focus on regulatory compliance and counseling; proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); transportation contracting; transportation security; legislation; and litigation/arbitration of transportation-related disputes.

Karyn is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. She is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Eighth Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit; and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Vice President, Head of Sales-North District

Eric Brandt is approaching 15 years of transportation and logistics experience, having held various roles with ocean carriers, shippers and a global 3PL.

Eric joined Panalpina in 2012 as the VP, Regional Head of Consumer, Retail & Fashion Industry Vertical for the Americas. In this role he was responsible for the strategic business development efforts in this sector and developing relevant solutions for fast moving consumer good companies and retailers. This past October Eric assumed the Vice President Head of Sales role for Panalpina's North District (Northeast + Midwest) where he is responsible for the leadership of the District sales team and all commercial activities within this territory.

Prior to Panalpina, Eric was the Head of Logistics for North America at Esprit where he managed the procurement and operation processes across inbound transportation, warehousing and distribution. Additionally, Eric led the global ocean freight procurement at Kraft Foods for four years. His direct ocean carrier experience, early in his career, was with Tropical Shipping and Maersk Line, holding sales roles with both.

Eric has a Master's degree in Management and a Bachelor's of Science degree in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also played NCAA Division I soccer.

Senior Manager, Freight Derivatives,
TSC Container Freight

Dave Briggs is a Senior Manager in Scoular's NVOCC business, TSC Container Freight, and is responsible for the commercial activities of the group.

Mr. Briggs joined TSC as a Sales Manager in 2004, assuming responsibility for marketing physical container freight for a varied customer base. Prior to joining TSC, he worked as an equity options market maker at the Pacific Coast Options Exchange.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Mr. Briggs graduated from the University of Oregon in 1997 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Briggs served in the United States Marine Corps participating in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Sabre. He also served as part of the Joint Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots.

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

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's 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.

Director, Port Department
Port Authority of NY & NJ

Molly C. Campbell is the Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She oversees the management and operation of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast of North America and the third largest in the country.

Ms. Campbell manages the agency's port operation, including facility maintenance, capital programs, environmental initiatives, port performance, and other special projects dedicated to continued sustainability and modernization of port infrastructure. Ms. Campbell is also responsible for the Port's relationships with maritime industry stakeholders, including marine terminal operators, intermodal and trucking partners, national and international logistics business cargo owners, and global leaders in port operations.

Ms. Campbell joined the Port of Los Angeles in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in January 2007. Most recently, Molly served as Director of Financial Management Systems at Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to her diverse background in public transportation, Ms. Campbell also played active roles in national and international logistics associations.

Ms. Campbell holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Senior Vice President, Commercial
Maher Terminals LLC

Frank Capo is a 27-year veteran of the industry. He started with Maher Terminals in 1990, before spending 10 years working for Inchcape Shipping, where he held liner function management positions in New Jersey, Chicago and Long Beach.

He ultimately became Inchcape's senior vice president of North American operations before assuming a role at Marine Terminals Corp. in Southern California as senior vice president of Sales. In early 2005, Capo joined Total Terminals International as senior vice president and chief commercial officer responsible for the company's Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle facilities. Coming full circle, he relocated to New Jersey in 2014 returning to Maher Terminals as senior vice president commercial.

He holds a bachelor's in management and marketing from Montclair State College.

Managing Director
Felicis Ventures

Wesley Chan is a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. He has led investment rounds and holds board or observer seats in Canva, CultureAmp and Dialpad.

Wesley was previously a General Partner at Google Ventures, where he led investment rounds and held board or observer seats in Angelist, Crittericism, iPerian (exited to Bristol Myers-Squibb), Cool Planet Energy Systems, and Switch Communications. Wesley also led investments in Optimizely, Vungle, DataPad (exited to Cloudera), Freshplum (exited to TellApart), Namo Media (exited to Twitter), and Parse (exited to Facebook).

As an early employee at Google, he founded and launched Google Analytics and Google Voice, which reach tens of millions of users worldwide. Wesley is a recipient of Google's Founders Award–the company's most prestigious recognition–for leading the development of Google's early client efforts, which led to the development of Google Chrome. Wesley is an inventor with 15 US Patents, many from his work on building Google's early advertising products.

Additionally, Wesley has held technical positions both at HP Labs and Microsoft. He holds both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT where he completed his graduate research at the Media Laboratory.

He was selected as a "Top 35 Under 35" innovator by Technology Review magazine in 2010. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and his story as an early product innovator at Google is covered by Steven Levy's Google Book, "In The Plex."

Chief Commercial Officer
Maersk Line

Vincent Clerc was appointed chief commercial officer of Maersk Line in January 2016. Since joining Maersk Group in 1997, he has held various positions in financial control and trade management in North America and Denmark. He previously led Maersk Line's trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe services, two of the world's largest trade lanes. Vincent holds a bachelor's degree in political science and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Adam Compain is the CEO of ClearMetal, the predictive logistics company that uses AI to enable digital supply chain transformation. Adam founded the company after spending time at OOCL, under the tutelage of their executive team in Hong Kong, and he has appeared on Bloomberg TV and the cover of American Shipper for his company's innovation in supply chain. Prior to ClearMetal, Adam spent five years at Google launching the company's latest GeoCommerce technology. And for 18 years, Adam has been the Executive Director of the nonprofit he founded to export charitable goods from North America. Adam holds five technology patents, two degrees from University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Director, International Logistics & Small Parcel
Guitar Center Inc.

Jack Conaghan is the Director of International Logistics and Small Parcel for Guitar Center Inc. Guitar Center is a leading specialty store and on-line store for musical instruments and equipment. He is directly responsible for the international logistics and transportation as well as U.S. Customs compliance.

Jack has more than 20 years of experience in managing import, export and foreign to foreign logistics for retailers and manufacturers. He spent the early part of his career as Divisional Vice President of International Transportation and Logistics for the May Department Stores. During his tenure at May Department Stores he was instrumental in building the logistics supply chain for a business that grew by more than 300% in less than seven years. Jack received his Bachelors of Science from the State University of New York at Oneonta in Economics.

Customs Manager
Richardson International Ltd.

Karie Cooke is customs manager for Richardson International Ltd., Canada's largest agribusiness and a global leader in agriculture and food processing.

Based in Winnipeg, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseed and a vertically integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. In her current role, Cooke oversees and manages all activities related to Customs and other regulatory agencies for importing and exporting. Her focus is on compliance and reducing risk that could be detrimental to the Richardson group of companies.

She has more than 20 years of international logistics, supply chain and customs compliance experience. Prior to Richardson, Cooke worked as a logistics manager for a biopharmaceutical company, held several progressive positions with UPS and was a distribution center manager for Maple Leaf Foods.

Vice President, Supply Chain

Chris Corrado is Vice President of Supply Chain for Ansell, with responsibility for global international ocean transportation, global procurement, North America domestic transportation, warehousing, distribution and trade compliance.

Prior to joining Ansell in 2014, Chris held a number of supply chain and operations roles with Tyco International with responsibility for global logistics sourcing and global logistics & distribution.

The early years of his career were with APL in a variety of roles in sales and customer service; and with APL Logistics in customer service and operations.

Chris graduated with a bachelor degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

Chief Correspondent
Deutsche Welle TV, USA and Germany

Dr. Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions on transport, energy and the environment for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show "Quadriga". In 2014 she was awarded the Steuben-Schurz Media Award for her service to transatlantic understanding.

Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She wrote her dissertation on the political economy of development assistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show "Sabine Christiansen" she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others.

Her journalistic experience includes work for the "New York Times
Magazine", "The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine," "The Boston Globe," the "Christian Science Monitor" and German newspapers and magazines.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Maher Terminals LLC

Gary began his career at Maher Terminals in 1978 as a management trainee in the company’s Safety Department. At the time Gary started with the company, Maher’s container terminal was one of the largest in Port Elizabeth. From the Safety Department, Gary moved into the operations division of the company where he spent the next 17 years. After many different positions in operations, in 1996, Gary moved into the sales and marketing department as Vice President, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2004. In 2009, Gary was promoted to the position of Executive Vice Present.  In April 2013, Gary was appointed President & CEO. 

Director, Supply Chains Advisors

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.

Federal Maritime Commission

A Presidential appointee, William P. Doyle of York, Pennsylvania was sworn in on January 10, 2013 as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission. He was nominated to another term by President Obama on January 29, 2015, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 23, 2015.

Among his duties, Commissioner Doyle represents the FMC at the annual U.S.-China maritime bilateral consultations where he participates in talks with officials from the People's Republic of China regarding maritime shipping matters such as tax policies affecting U.S. interests in the U.S.-China trade. Commissioner Doyle is also leading public forums related to port congestion with shippers, carriers, truckers, chassis owners, labor, marine terminal operators and port authorities. Commissioner Doyle has voiced strong support for natural gas as a marine fuel, especially with regard to meeting international environmental standards (MARPOL Annex VI Emission Control Areas).

Prior to being sworn in as Commissioner, Commissioner Doyle was Chief-of- Staff of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association. Prior to that, Commissioner Doyle served in an executive management role as the Director of Permits, Scheduling, and Compliance with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. There, he managed and directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 24 federal agencies, numerous State of Alaska agencies, and both federal and provincial agencies of Canada.

Additionally, the Commissioner acted as lead negotiator for the U.S. Government in securing cost recovery agreements with private sector national and multinational companies. He has participated as a member of the U.S. delegation for the U.S. – Canada Energy Consultative Mechanism meetings, and participated as a member of the U.S. delegation in the annual coordination meeting between the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Canada's National Energy Board.

Commissioner William P. Doyle is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, Commissioner Doyle's shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration's U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet. While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Commissioner Doyle attended and graduated from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is licensed in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Vice President, Customer Solutions,
PLM Trailer Leasing

Don has been with PLM Trailer Leasing for over 20 years and is an industry expert on cold chain application of refrigerated trailers. He actively participates in industry events, associations, tests and studies of new applications and methods, works directly with manufacturers all in the pursuit of learning new information to help drive costs out of client business and meet regulatory compliance. Recently, Don was recognized in 2015 and again in 2016 by Food Logistics as one of its Supply Chain Champions. Don was one of the authors to produce the International Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide as it relates to meeting compliance for FSMA for the transportation industry. This guide was presented by Don in Washington DC in August of 2016 and was well received by the scientific, manufacture, transport and food trade organizations as the go to guide.

Managing Partner
Shey-Harding Associates

Susan Shey Dvonch is Managing Partner of Shey-Harding Executive Search, a transportation industry recruitment firm established in 1990 and based in Seal Beach, California. Since joining the firm in 2003, she has executed numerous searches at the C- level for companies throughout the U.S.

The firms' clients include port authorities, ocean shipping companies, shippers, equipment providers, stevedoring companies and marine terminal operators.

Susan received a Bachelor's Degree from Boston College in 1987. She serves as President of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Propeller Club, is a contributor to the Journal of Commerce, and is a guest lecturer at the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University Long Beach.

Associate Professor of Finance
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Associate Professor Michael Ehrlich, PhD, had an international Wall Street career before joining NJIT's Martin Tuchman School of Management. Upon leaving Wall Street, Ehrlich started a small technology company that he sold in 2007.

Ehrlich's research focuses on financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on market failures. Ehrlich founded and co-directs the New Jersey Innovation AccelerationCenter and was recently awarded a new NSF I-Corps Site grant.

He is the Associate Director for the Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research.

Ehrlich received his doctorate from Princeton University in economics. His bachelor's degree is from Yale University.

Senior Director, International Intermodal Sales
Union Pacific Railroad

Seana L. Fairchild is the Senior Business Director – International Intermodal at Union Pacific Railroad, where she and her team have sales responsibility for all ocean carrier customers and container ports. Under Seana's leadership, Union Pacific Railroad collaborates with ocean carrier customers and ports to enhance supply chain delivery.

Seana joined Union Pacific in 2004 and held a variety of roles in Marketing & Sales and Finance. Prior to her current position, Seana was the Senior Business Manager – Plastics Marketing. In this position, she was responsible for developing and implementing Union Pacific Railroad's export strategy for plastic resins.

Seana is a 1998 graduate from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she acquired her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Seana also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as an LL.M. in Tax Law from the University of San Diego.

Ocean Audit

Steve Ferreira is the Founder and CEO of Ocean Audit Inc. which he founded in 1994. Ocean Audit is the only recovery auditing company dedicated 100% to the container shipping industry. Ocean Audit's customer base includes 11 of the Fortune 100 and 25% of the JOC Top 100 Importers and Exporters together with leading 3PL's & NVOCC's. Steve has held senior positions with a major ocean carrier in Asia and has spent the past 8 years in Prague, Czech Republic at Ocean Audit's European division. Currently based near New York City, Ocean Audit has been featured in leading business publications such as USA Today and Investor's Business Daily.

Executive Vice President
Cosco Shipping

Mr. Howard Finkel is a 35 year veteran of ocean shipping. He started in 1981 in New York City first, as an executive trainee, learning all phases of ocean transportation and then worked in outside sales. In his 35 years in the industry, Mr. Finkel has held positions in sales, pricing, marketing, operations and regulatory affairs.

Howard joined COSCO in 1995 as General Manager, Pricing and Marketing and was promoted to AVP Commercial, VP Commercial and now holds the title, Executive VP for COSCO SHIPPING Container Lines Americas, Inc., as well as VP of COSCO SHIPPING Americas. Mr. Finkel's responsibilities include, mergers and acquisitions, discussion groups, legal affairs, regulatory affairs , cost control, PR, contract review and contract negotiations.

He is a graduate of Queens College (CUNY) and lives in Verona, New Jersey.

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.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,445 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation

Jonathan Gold serves as vice president, supply chain and customs policy, for the National Retail Federation. Gold joined NRF in October 2007 and is responsible for representing NRF before Congress and the administration on supply chain and customs issues impacting the retail industry. He currently serves on the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Department of Transportation Port Performance Metrics Working Group. Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was responsible for giving policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade related matters. Before joining CBP, he was vice president, global supply chain policy, for the Retail Industry Leaders Association.


Alexander Goulandris is the co-founder & CEO of essDOCS, the leading enabler of paperless trade. Under his stewardship, essDOCS has built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions for several of the most complicated paper problems in global trade, and was the first company to build an industry-wide accepted electronic Bill of Lading (eB/L) solution.

Alexander started his career as a maritime lawyer with Holman Fenwick & Willan in London, Athens and Hong Kong. He then joined Freehill, Hogan & Mahar in New York, where his clients included numerous leading ship operators. In January 2003, he co-founded essDOCS with the aim of eliminating the significant inefficiencies resulting from the use of paper documentation in shipping, trade and trade finance.

Today, he is primarily responsible for the company's strategic direction. Alexander holds a BSc in Chemistry and Law and a BA in Law, both from the University of Exeter, UK, a Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law, UK and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

He is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York State Supreme Court, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Law Society of England & Wales and the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board.

Gross Transportation Consulting

Larry Gross is a thirty-seven-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters. He is the author of "Land Lines", a monthly column in the Journal of Commerce.

Larry is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. He has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for a number of years. He enjoys teaching and has authored a number of business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Design from MIT.

He splits his time between New Jersey and Durango CO and enjoys the special qualities of each location.

Managing Director, Human Resources and Team Development Bureau
Port of Long Beach

Louis Gutierrez is Managing Director of the Human Resources and Team Development Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in August 2015.

The bureau is dedicated to supporting recruiting, employee relations, compensation, benefits, HR information systems, performance management and employee learning and development of Harbor Department personnel that number more than 500. The bureau also provides records management support for the Port.

Mr. Gutierrez is an experienced human resources executive and employment law attorney and has served in senior roles for divisions of various Fortune 500 companies including Cox Enterprises Automotive Group, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner Cable, the Disney/ABC Media Networks Group and Paramount Pictures (domestic and international operations). He began his career as an attorney with the Los Angeles office of Jackson Lewis, one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country.

Mr. Gutierrez received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California - Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in communications studies, also from UCLA. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Head of Global Logistics Procurement

Jochen has been in the international liner shipping and logistics industry for about 30 years.

After completing his schooling in Germany and Japan, Jochen joined Hapag Lloyd in 1985. After some time in tramp operations in Buenos Aires, Jochen joined Maersk Line where he's held a diverse range of positions in Sales & Marketing, Key Account Management, Business Process Improvement, E-Commerce and Commercial Management in Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. In 2000 Jochen led the development and launch of Maersk Line's first portfolio of e-commerce services.

In 2011 Jochen joined global food & beverage company Nestlé where he holds Group responsibility for all global transport procurement activities through a network of offices in Switzerland, Malaysia and Panama. In addition to the procurement activities, his team is the Group Center of Competence covering supplier relationship management in the maritime, aviation and wider Logistics industries (3PL).

Jochen's function covers Nestlé's entire physical supply chain, from raw & packaging materials to finished goods.

Jochen was born near Hamburg/Germany, is married and has 3 children and lives in Fribourg, Switzerland.

President - Board of Harbor Commissioners
Port of Long Beach, California

Lori Ann Guzmán, the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, was appointed to the Harbor Commission in December 2013 and elected President in July 2015, heading the first all-female slate of Board Officers in the Port's 105-year history. She previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Long Beach and before that as the City Controller. Earlier, Guzmán worked for the New York State Division of the Budget and the NYC Administration for Children's Services overseeing budgets of over $2 billion. A 5th District resident of Long Beach for 16 years, she served on the Board of Directors of Long Beach Transit and participated in the Leadership Long Beach class of 2000. Her numerous honors include the NAACP's Zelma A. Lipscomb Award, the "Woman of Distinction" award from 100 Black Men of Long Beach, the "Mujer Del Año" award from the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers' "Innovation Award." Guzmán, who received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor's Degree from Barnard College at Columbia University, has been featured on Bloomberg News, ABC News and National Public Radio for her plans to address local government challenges.

Managing Director, Commercial Operations, and Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Long Beach

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is the Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Long Beach. He is the senior executive responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth at the Port, which handles more than $180 billion of cargo each year. Noel also leads the Port's Business Development, Port Operations, Customer Service and Security departments, and collaborates with customers and industry partners to design strategies to drive efficiencies and optimize the supply chain.

Prior to his current role, Noel served as the Port's Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for managing the day-to- day business activities of the Port. He began his career at the Port as the Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Noel 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 international company, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.

Noel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds degrees in economics (BA and MA), business administration (BS) and urban planning (MPL). He also earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne. Noel is a Certified Port Executive and Port Professional Manager and serves on boards and committees of various industry-related organizations, including the Marine Exchange of Southern California, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce and the American Association of Port Authorities.

Executive Vice President, Products
Savi Technology

Jim Hayden is responsible for the strategy and management of Savi's products and services. He brings over 20 years of executive experience in solving industry problems for Fortune 500 companies through the practical application of advanced and emerging technologies. Throughout his career, Jim has created extensive value in multiple vertical markets by delivering solutions using knowledge discovery, data mining and predictive analytics in innovative ways.

Before joining Savi, Hayden was Vice President, Analytics at TEOCO, a leading provider of analytics solutions to communications service providers worldwide. At TEOCO, Hayden was responsible for the creation and delivery of the company's Big Data analytics solutions to help service providers better understands their networks, products, and customers.

Hayden additionally served as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Mantas, a global analytics leader in the Trading Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering software market. At Mantas, Hayden led the spin-off from SRA International, drove business case development for new markets and products, and managed the research, data mining and intellectual property teams.

Regional CEO for the Americas

Frank Hercksen, a German citizen, has over three decades of extensive international experience in the freight forwarding industry with a strong background in ocean freight. Hercksen began his career at Panalpina Welttransport in Hamburg in 1979, after graduating from business school in Germany. In 1985, he joined K+N and then held various management positions in New York, Bremen, Toronto, Hong Kong and, London. He was Senior Vice President, Sea Freight, North America Region, before re-joining Panalpina in 2011 as the Global Head of Ocean Freight based in Morristown, NJ, USA. On January 1st 2016, Hercksen assumed the role of the Regional CEO Americas. In this role, Hercksen focuses on strategically growing and solidifying Panalpina's market share in North, Central and South America. He has the regional responsibility for all of Panalpina's Air Freight, Ocean Freight and Logistics activities. Frank Hercksen is based in Miami, Florida.

Director, North American Domestic Transportation
Gap Inc.

Keith Heydt joined the Gap Inc. team in January of 2012 and is responsible for Domestic Transportation. In his role, Keith leads a team responsible for cost, service, and innovation of inbound and store delivery operations in North America and Mexico.

Prior to this role, Keith held multiple positions leading International Logistics, Franchise Operations, and Strategic Initiatives across Gap Inc.

Keith began his career with Penske Logistics where he led international teams across account management, project management, and operations.

Keith holds a MBA from Kutztown University.

President and CEO
HCS International

Steven Hughes has been in the automotive aftermarket since 1973, giving him 45+ years of Supply Chain experience working in the industry. During that time he has worked or consulted for some of the industry's leading companies.

Mr. Hughes is an active volunteer in the Auto Care Association, CAWA and is an executive board member of the Foreign Trade Association. He has led three industry coalitions on ADD investigations at the ITC. He served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee for the DOC and USTR. He is the lead voice for the automotive industry regarding the ports and ocean transportation, including leading two coalitions at the FMC against the unfair application of demurrage/detention, PierPass and is a member of the FMC Supply Chain Innovations Team. In January, Mr. Hughes testified at the FMC petition hearing on demurrage/detention on behalf of the Auto Care Association. In addition, besides being a sought after speaker and panelist, Mr. Hughes has coordinated and spoken in webcasts to the aftermarket industry on various critical shipping issues.

Associate Editor, JOC
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Reynolds Hutchins is associate editor for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Based in Washington, D.C., he reports on North American intermodal rail, U.S. Southeast ports, U.S. freight infrastructure and Customs regulation. Hutchins joined the company in 2015 from Norfolk, Virginia — home to the state port and the largest naval station in the world — where he covered the maritime and transportation industries. His work has been quoted in the Associated Press and Washington Post. He received a bachelor's from Wake Forest University in English and political science, with an emphasis on the developing politics and economics of Middle East states. Before covering the transportation sector, Reynolds helmed the state and national politics desk at the single daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Chairman and CEO
XPO Logistics

Brad Jacobs is a career CEO with a unique track record in the business world. He has started five companies from scratch and built each into a billion or multi-billion dollar enterprise. These include three publicly traded companies: XPO Logistics, United Rentals (NYSE: URI), which he co-founded in 1997, and United Waste Systems, founded in 1989. Mr. Jacobs served as chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals for the company's first six years, and as executive chairman for an additional four years. He served eight years as chairman and chief executive officer of United Waste Systems. Previously, Mr. Jacobs founded Hamilton Resources (UK) Ltd. And served as its chairman and chief operating officer. This followed the co-founding of his first venture, Amerex Oil Associates, Inc., where he was chief executive.

Director of Commodities Financial Markets
IHS Markit

Daniel James has worked at the intersection of technology and trade for most of his career, beginning with his role helping design and implement the NEXUS pre-screened traveler system for US CBP. Recently Dan designed and launched Commodity Tracker, a service that combines machine learning and cloud technology to automate the processing of paper-based bulk shipping documents.

Dan is an inaugural member of IHS Markit's "Chain Gang", a group which evaluates and promotes blockchain use cases across the business. He is also a co-founder of The New York Supply Chain Meetup, a 500+ member meet-up which discusses how technology is impacting supply chains, and he sits on the board of SEDNA, a Vancouver-based software startup which is changing the way shipping works by solving team email.

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.

Rolf Habben Jansen is married and has two children. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.

He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd.

He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.

From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.

Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of Hapag‐Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag‐Lloyd AG since July 2014.

Vice President, Global Logistics

Bjorn Vang Jensen joined Electrolux in 2004, as Vice President in charge of Supply Chain for Electrolux Major Appliances in Asia/Pacific. Today, he is the head of Global Logistics in the Electrolux Group, where he oversees an annual logistics spend in excess of US$ 1 billion, including the shipment of over 160,000 TEU annually.

Bjorn and his team are solely responsible for procurement and operations of ocean freight, air freight, courier services and associated logistics services for the entire Electrolux Group.

Additionally, Bjorn manages the group that purchases road- and rail freight as well as warehousing services.

A 1988-graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School, Bjorn has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Bjorn has worked in management roles within vessel- and terminal operations, warehouse management, sales, key account management, and logistics network design for Maersk Line, Thyssen Haniel Logistics, Exel, and TNT Logistics.

Bjorn is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, S&OP, supply chain design, modelling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transport management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation.

Bjorn is Danish, 50 years old, and married with two sons and one daughter. He is Danish, and lives in Singapore.

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.

Golden State Express, Inc./GSL Transportation Services Inc.

Fred Johring is President of Golden State Express, Inc. and GSL Transportation Services, Inc, providers of harbor drayage in Southern California.

He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Harbor Truckers Association, an association of Southern California drayage firms that works with the Ports, terminals and others to mitigate issues impacting Port drayage and educates it's member in best practices. Dealing with issues impacting Port Truckers, such as chassis availability and condition, mandatory roadability, driver shortages, poor turn times, port congestion, or driver misclassification, the HTA has become the leading port drayage advocacy group. He has personally been involved in creating the HTA Chassis Pool, creating the HTA driver training program, and working with terminals to create a better working relationship with the Port Drayage community.

He is well known in the Southern California political arena, educating elected and appointed officials of Port trucking issues, and encouraging their support.

Executive Consultant

Tan Hua Joo is Executive Consultant with Alphaliner. He is the founder and editor of the Alphaliner Weekly and Monthly reports. He has over twenty years of experience in the container shipping industry and has held senior positions in leading container shipping, container leasing and shipowning companies.

Mr. Tan graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Managing Director
Chief Economist and Strategist, JLL

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.

Europe Senior Editor
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit Maritime & Trade in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Greg relocated to London in mid-2017 as Europe Editor for IHS Markit Maritime & Trade. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce and often in sister publication Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups and chairs the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference.

Vice President, Logistics & Transportation

A one-time parcel handler who got his start at UPS, Rob Kusiciel now serves as the Vice President Logistics & Transportation at Honeywell, a position to which he was named in 2014. Formerly he spent 13 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a number of executive roles. Rob joined Wal-Mart in 2001 as Director of Global Transportation. He also served as Director of Global Services within the Global Supply Chain and Global Procurement divisions; Vice President, Global Logistics and Global Services; Vice President Inbound Transportation; and was most recently Vice President of International Transportation.

Before joining Wal-Mart, Kusiciel was the VP of Product Development for i-Scope, an Internet-based start-up of global order fulfillment systems.

Prior to that, he spent 15+ years with global industry leaders in transportation such as Sea-Land
Service, Hapag Lloyd, APL and Cast North America where he held key positions in sales, pricing, trade lane management and marketing.

Kusiciel has participated in several boards and organizations such as:
• World Economic Forum - Logistics & Supply Chain Council (2011-2014)
• University of Michigan – Masters of Supply Chain Management Advisory Board (2007-2013)
• MIT – Center for Transportation & Logistics, Corporate Advisory Board (2010 -2013)
• Retail Industry Leaders Association – Transportation Infrastructure Committee (2011-2013)

Rob holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois. He is currently based in the North West Arkansas area and is married to Leslie Ann Kusiciel.

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, Profit Tools and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
University of California, Berkeley

Robert Leachman is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Leachman is the author of more than 50 technical publications and has supervised more than 30 PhD dissertations concerning production and operations management. He also is President and CEO of Leachman and Associates LLC, a firm providing consulting and software for operations management and logistics analysis to corporations and governments. He received the AB degree in Mathematics and Physics, the MS degree in Operations Research and the PhD degree in Operations Research, all from U. C. Berkeley, and has been a member of the U C Berkeley faculty since 1979. In 1995 Dr. Leachman was the winner of the Franz Edelman Award Competition sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), recognizing his work to design and implement automated production planning systems in the semiconductor industry. In 2001 Dr. Leachman was the runner-up in the Franz Edelman Award Competition, recognizing his work for automated floor scheduling and cycle time management in the semiconductor industry. The Edelman Award is the highest accolade from INFORMS, given annually recognizing outstanding practice of the management sciences.

Chief Executive Officer
Modern Terminals Limited, Hong Kong

Peter Levesque has over 28 years of international transportation and logistics experience and has been working in the Asia Pacific Region since 1996. He joined Modern Terminals in 2010 as Chief Commercial Officer, and became Chief Operating Officer in 2015. He succeeded Sean Kelly as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2017.

Prior to joining Modern Terminals, Mr. Levesque served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of the CEVA Logistics Supply Chain Group. He also served as Regional Vice President for DHL International Supply Chain Asia Pacific. In 2000 he co-founded V-LOGIC Limited, a niche third party logistics company based in Hong Kong. Prior to V-LOGIC he held several management positions with American President Lines, including Managing Director of APL Logistics (ACS) for North Asia.

Mr. Levesque holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship for the Kellogg/HKUST EMBA program, and for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's MBA program.

Mr. Levesque is currently Ex Officio Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong after serving as Chairman in 2014 and 2015. In addition to his time at AmCham he has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for The American Club in Hong Kong, and he served as President of The American Club in 2013.

He is the author of The Shipping Point, The Rise of China and the Future of Retail Supply Chain Management, which was published by Wiley & Sons in 2011.

Vice President, Transportation
The Home Depot

Michelle D. Livingstone is Vice President – Transportation for The Home Depot. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot's multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries.

Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2007, Michelle served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.

Michelle is actively engaged in the industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors of The Transportation Institute of the University of Denver and also serves on the board of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) where she chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the Logistics Steering Committee. She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children's Shelter and is part of the Executive Committee where she leads the Development Committee. She also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women and for AWESOME, an industry group focused on advancing women leaders in supply chain. Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the National Freight Advisory Committee which was focused on our nation's freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy. She was also appointed to the Department of Transportation's Port Metrics Working Committee in July 2016.

Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Director, Freight Trade
Interra International

Jason Lloyd manages all international freight operations for Interra International, LLC. In transporting over 15,000 TEUs each year, Jason and his team serve customers in more than 80 countries and 100 trade lanes! Jason's extensive experience in sales, marketing and sales support, in addition to his MBA in International Business, give him a wealth of experience to draw from in his role as Interra's Freight Director. He has been active in various national freight and international business associations, including board membership of the Midwest Global Trade Association, where he also served as President in 2014. He and his wife enjoy Chapel Hill, NC, where they oversee the transportation of their three children and sharpen their negotiation skills on a daily basis while raising them.

International Transportation Manager
Domtar Corp.

Thomas Lorenzo is currently International Logistics Manager for Domtar Paper with global headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

He has over 25 years of industry experience, specializing in import and export operations, manufacturing and retail logistics, contract negotiations and administration, maritime sales, cost and profitability modeling.

Thomas began his career in 1992 with Sea-Land Service and cut his teeth early on in documentation and customer service with data entry, rating bills of lading and taking bookings.

He later served in various business areas including Customer Service, Pricing and Sales, joining Sea-Land's former Jones Act divisions, CSX Lines and Horizon Lines.

In 2010, Thomas shifted to shipper-side logistics by joining Lowe's Home Improvement, where he managed import logistics and played key roles in the development and implementation of index-linked ocean contracts and a fully autonomous shipper-managed chassis program.

He joined Domtar Paper in 2015, where he manages export logistics across a diverse supply chain, collaborating across multiple transport modes, from manufacturing to customer delivery.

Domtar is a fiber based manufacturer in the areas of Paper (including Xerox® copy and other communication/copy, specialty), Pulp (fluff, softwood, hardwood), Personal Care (including Attends® adult incontinence, baby diapers), and Biomaterials (lignin), with overseas exports from the U.S. and Canada of 35,000 FEU per year.

A graduate of SUNY Albany, Thomas is a New Yorker living in the Carolinas with his wife and two children.

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).

Founder and Managing Director
The Drinkery

Rick Margaritov is the Founder and Managing Director of The Drinkery, a full service import/export, distribution and consulting company that supports hotel, restaurant, bar and retail clients worldwide. With offices in Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong, The Drinkery collaborates with the most sought after craft breweries and artisan wineries, introducing them to the new global marketplace.

Rick has over 15 years of restaurant and wine bar experience. He played pivotal roles to develop wine programs for notable James Beard Award-winning chefs Tom Colicchio, Jonathan Waxman, and Suzanne Goin, and more recently to spearhead the launch of Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro and first concept wine bar, Bar Bouchon, in Beverly Hills. Rick has always been passionate about artisanal and balanced beers and wines that enhance the dining experience. His mission early on was to deliver this philosophy to consumers, who have limited access to these handcrafted selections, throughout the world.

Rick graduated from Cornell University and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Tanya and two children, Stella and Bodhi.

Former Senior Supply Chain Executive
Michaels Stores Inc. and Pier 1 Imports

Rich Markovich is the former Senior Global Supply Chain Executive for Michaels Stores and Pier 1 Imports.

Mr. Markovich has over 30 years of retail focused experience, in import & export, global logistics and regulatory compliance. He has developed and run international programs for some of the country's largest importers. Rich also has had significant 3PL industry service side experience. Operating large NVO, Freight Forwarding and Customs brokerage businesses in Seattle, Boston and Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Markovich's transportation responsibilities have encompassed all aspects of International transportation, from the foreign vendor's door, to stores across North America. Additionally, Rich has developed Tier 3 C-TPAT security, ISA and export programs, achieving the highest levels of USCBP trade and regulatory compliance.

Rich is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a Licensed Customhouse Broker. He resides in Fort Worth, TX. with his wife and family.

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, Blockchain Business Development

Brigid McDermott started her career with IBM in 2006. Currently, Ms. McDermott is the Vice President of Blockchain Business Development and Ecosystems. In this role, Ms. McDermott is responsible for developing and managing all ecosystem and partner relationships around IBM's innovation in Blockchain.

Formerly, Ms. McDermott was Vice President of Corporate Strategy where she was responsible for defining the IBM strategic vision and execution plans for selected services and solutions. Before that she held various roles across IBM including on the IBM sales team for the Citigroup account where as Vice President Global Sales Citigroup, she was responsible for leading the IBM sales team for Citigroup in selling IBM's complete product line.

Ms. McDermott holds a Masters of Business from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. She is fluent in Japanese and conversational in Spanish and French.

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

John McLaurin is president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association With offices in San Francisco, Long Beach and Seattle, the PMSA is a West Coast maritime trade association, representing ocean carriers and marine terminal operators on a variety of local, state and federal issues. Mr. McLaurin has been with the PMSA in his current role since 1995. In addition to the PMSA, Mr. McLaurin has also worked for the Marine Spill Response Corporation, American President Lines and the American Petroleum Institute. He holds a bachelors in political science from the University of California at Davis and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Married to Lisa Green McLaurin, they have two daughters. Mr. McLaurin has been active in a variety of efforts and programs dealing with special education for children and adults with autism.

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 Vice President
Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc.

Greg Moore joined FlexiVan in October of 2015 as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. He previously enjoyed a successful 32 year career at AP Moller / Maersk Line where he led key agency, sales and marketing and commercial operations teams. Greg delivered strong results consistently in 8 diverse locations, including significant markets in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Copenhagen. Greg is a graduate of Baylor University and the Columbia University Senior Executive Program.

Senior Economist
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at Maritime & Trade, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining the JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. A frequent speaker to industry groups, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing.

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.

CEO and Founder,

John Motley, is the founder, president, and CEO of LOG-NET. Since developing the initial computer program that serves as the cornerstone of the company's well-respected global supply chain execution application, he has lead LOG-NET's global growth as a leading provider of logistics technology to third-party logistics providers, importers and exporters. Today LOG-NET systems manage the detailed movement of over one million intermodal containers per year. This represents almost 10% of the US import trade. LOG-NET is one of the world's largest processors of ocean carrier electronic messages.

Prior to founding LOG-NET in 1991, he worked for American President Lines (APL) for ine years in container freight operations, equipment management, intermodal operations, logistics, and sales. Mr. Motley holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also holds an MBA in Information Systems from New York University.

Mr. Motley served nine years as a Naval Reserve officer with the Maritime Reserve and Military Sealift Command. He facilitates the development of global standards for logistics e-commerce and business practices as a member of several industry and technical associations including; the Data Interchange Standards Association of ANSI X12, the Council of Logistics Management, the International Mass Retailers Association, the National Retail Federation, the American Trucking Association, ebXML, the American Purchasing and Inventory Control Society and the National Industrial Transportation League.

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Projects
CenterPoint Properties

Matt Mullarkey is the senior vice president of strategic planning and projects for CenterPoint Properties. Mullarkey works with the company’s investment committee and board of directors to identify, source and execute new business opportunities and provide strategic support across its acquisition, development and operations platform. Prior to this position, Mullarkey was vice president in the acquisitions group.

He joined CenterPoint in 2000 as an investment officer responsible for sourcing and executing investment opportunities for the company as well as its investment joint venture with CalPERS. Mullarkey focused on acquisitions, but also was responsible for the creation of several innovative joint ventures with both development and capital partners. Before joining CenterPoint, he was manager of finance for RREEF, responsible for securing debt capital to facilitate acquisitions for the firm’s pension fund clients.

Mullarkey earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, is a C.P.A. in Illinois and completed an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and economics at the University of Chicago.

CEO & Partner
SeaIntel Maritime Analysis

Alan Murphy has nine years of experience in liner shipping research, analysis and systems development, with a focus on bridging the often disparate functions of management, analysis and IT development, having extensive practical experience in all three fields.

Murphy is a sought-after consultant, advisor and speaker at industry conferences and events, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research techniques, econometric modelling, and systems and database architecture development.

Murphy has a degree in business economics, and joined the global market intelligence department of Maersk Line in 2004, coming from a position as finance research analyst at Copenhagen Business School. At Maersk Line he was initially responsible for developing, implementing and managing central systems for measuring and analyzing customer satisfaction, vessel utilization, market events and internal performance.

Later, as senior analyst of Maersk Line's intelligence and analysis section, Murphy was responsible for global supply/demand modelling, long-term forecasting, market and competitor analysis, and senior management reporting. After leaving Maersk Line in 2010, he continued to support the logistics community through ARM Consulting, helping companies automate manual processes, reduce costs and increase market reach based on actionable information.

Director, Multimodal Innovation
Canadian National Railway

As director of multimodal innovation, Girish Nair's responsibilities include transformation of CN's order and shipment management process through customer-centric KPIs and a balanced operating plan with an objective to provide better shipment visibility to customers. He joined CN in January 2012 and previously served as commercial manager of CN's cold supply chain, where his responsibilities included improving market share and visibility within the food supply chain and International trade. Prior to joining CN, Girish was senior manager of sales at Cosco Container Lines, where he was responsible for overseeing commercial expansion of Cosco group companies, including in the container, bulk, and ro-ro sectors, in the Middle East. He holds a master's in business administration from the University of Leicester, and received. He is a recipient of CN President's Award for Excellence for building supply chain efficiencies within CN's CargoCool Program.

New York Shipping Association

John Nardi is President of NY Shipping Association and has served in that role since June 2013; he previously served as Executive Vice President. John played a key role on the NYSA bargaining committee as it negotiated a strong six-year contract agreement with the ILA.

In 2014 John co-chaired the Port of New York & New Jersey Port Performance Task Force, created to identify and resolve performance issues in the port which impact fluidity and growth.

Today he is vice-chair of the Council on Port Performance which is charged with implementing the task force recommendations.

John is a 31 year veteran of the maritime industry, beginning his career with Atlantic Container Line and then moving on to Hapag-Lloyd (America) in 1994.

John is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his Third Mates License.

Global CEO
Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Jeremy Nixon is now the Global CEO of a new liner shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE), which is headquartered in Singapore, and will be commencing full operations from April 2018.

His career originally started at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a Bsc (Hons) in Maritime Commerce at Cardiff University (UK), and then four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990 he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick (UK).

He has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry for the last thirty years, and has held senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and NYK Line, in Europe, North America and Asia.

From April 2008 he joined the NYK Group as Managing Director of NYK Line Europe Ltd, based in London. Then in 2010 he transferred to Singapore to become COO of NYK Line's new Global Liner Management Division, based in Singapore. In 2012 he was promoted to CEO and went on to become a Corporate Officer of the NYK Group.

In July 2017 he resigned from NYK to head up Ocean Network Express, which is a new joint venture company founded by the K Line, MOL and NYK Group companies.

Head of NAM Refrigerated Sales
Maersk Line

Timothy O'Connell has recently (August 1, 2016)) assumed responsibility for North American Refrigerated Sales where we lead all sales related activity for this segment in North America.

Previously Tim held leadership roles in North American Operations as Head of Operations Strategy and Transformation. Prior to that, he was appointed Head NAM Inland Operations in May 2014 where he had responsibility for Maersk Line North America Inland Operations activities, including effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery, equipment availability, maintenance & repair, landside positioning, domestic cargo operations, and especially cost control.

Tim has experience in Trade and Marketing where he was responsible for leading Trade Management, Marketing Communications and External Communications and Commercial Business Processes and overseeing market and customer intelligence processes commercial performance management for the North American region.
Tim, joined Maersk, Inc. in 1995 soon after graduating from the University of Scranton with a BA in English, with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Tim has held various management positions in line management, information systems and, most recently, in Trade and Marketing.

CEO, Oney Consulting, and Former Purchases Group Manager
Procter & Gamble

Jack Oney is CEO of Oney Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in strategy, transformation, innovation and Commercial negotiations, primarily in the industries of global logistics, IT technology and CPG. Prior to consulting, Jack spent 27 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of global roles, including transformation of their ocean freight and domestic trucking sourcing. He led a global team and a spend over $1.2B dollars.

Prior to leading P&G's international logistics, Jack managed key strategic accounts with many of their IT and outsourcing partners, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Accenture, Ernst Young and Infosys. Prior to his roles in Purchases, Jack spent 8 years as a patent attorney within P&G's legal division and 7 years as a mechanical engineer working in a variety of manufacturing sites and technical centers.

"Big & Bold". That mantra guides my passion in helping companies and startups to transform and accelerate their success.

Human Resources Business Partner
APM Terminals

Janeé Ortiz is a Senior Human Resources Business Partner with APM Terminals.

Based at their Pier 400 Los Angeles facility, she partners with local leadership to ensure the HR strategy aligns with the terminal's business strategy and overall APM Terminals global strategy.

Prior to her employment with APM Terminals in 2016, Janeé worked for Ports America and the Pacific Maritime Association in a human resources and labor relations capacity for several years.

Janeé is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and a Liberal Arts Minor in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach.

Director of Transportation
Claire’s Stores Inc.

Meg Osuch, Director of Transportation of Claire's Stores Inc., oversees all Import, Export, Domestic and Small parcel services for its North American Operations. Responsibility include on time deliveries to over 1900 Claire's and Icing stores in the U.S. and Canada. Meg has over 15 years International logistics and Customs brokerage experience.

Prior to Claire's Meg worked with OHL International managing imports for Chicago Branch. She also brings in-depth knowledge and experience with FTZ and customs compliance from her time at UPS Supply Chain Solutions and Menlo Worldwide.

Meg has an MBA in International Business from Baldwin- Wallace University.

Vice President, North America Trade & Marketing
Maersk Line

As Vice President, Trade & Marketing for Maersk Line North America, Christian and his team are responsible for development of local strategies and tactics around customer targeting, product development, pricing and marketing of Maersk Line's services in and out of the North American market.

Christian joined Maersk Line in 2003 and has worked in various companies and functions across the A.P.Moller-Maersk Goup including a posting in Liberia, West Africa, as Line & Operations Manager for Maersk Line and a term as Personal Assistant to Eivind Kolding, former CEO of Maersk Line.

Most recently, Christian spent the last 5 years as Trade Manager for Maersk Line's Asia – Latin America trades based in Copenhagen before relocating to the US in January 2017.

Christian holds a Master of Science in Economics & Business Administration, Finance & Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School.


Ryan Petersen is founder and CEO of Flexport, a full-service freight forwarder and customs broker built on a modern technology stack. The Flexport platform is modernizing global trade through a combination of software and human expertise, working closely with asset owners to reduce transaction costs, increase efficiency, and implement automation. By digitizing carrier and client data, we provide all stakeholders with transparency and predictive analytics, enabling users to proactively optimize their supply chains.

Ryan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University. Prior to founding Flexport, he co-founded ImportGenius, the largest provider of business intelligence to the import-export industry.

Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group, and Chairman

Senior executive with 30 years experience from the shipping and logistics industry including 25 years with the A.P. Møller Maersk Group and 2.5 years with Hapag-Lloyd. Currently non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Unifeeder A/S, the largest common feeder operator in Europe, as well as Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group in their global shipping and logistics practice.

Holds an MBA (Honors) from IMD and have attended several executive programmes over the years with different business schools incl Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Penn State University and University of Michigan.

Lives in Copenhagen with his wife of 25 years and one of their three children that still resides at home.

Executive Vice President of Sales
Hub Group

Steve Rand was named Hub Group’s executive vice president of sales in March 2016. In this role, he leads the strategy for Hub Group’s commercial activities including directing the nationwide sales force, vertical alignment, new business generation and shareholder value growth. He is also jointly responsible for rail contracting.

Prior to this current role, Rand served as executive vice president of rail relations from November 2015 to March 2016 and senior vice president of automotive from March 2015 to November 2015.

Previously, he was president and CEO of Rand Maritime from March 2014 to March 2015 and president and CEO of AMPORTS, the largest automotive port processor in North America, from September 2007 to March 2014. At AMPORTS, he was instrumental in designing a successful sales process that transformed a company facing adversity into a business that delivered shareholder value and profit. From January 1995 to August 2007, he led CSX Intermodal’s commercial activities as vice president of sales and marketing.

Vice President of Development
NorthPoint Development

Throughout his 20-year career, Patrick has been involved in the planning and development of over 3,200 acres of projects throughout the United States including projects for Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Waste Management, QuikTrip, Lowe's, McDonald's, Pulte Homes, DEMDACO, Flexsteel Industries, CVS, Walgreens, DeLong Company, Kubota, Smart Warehousing, Excel Industries, and jet.com.

Patrick currently focuses on transportation and logistics oriented industrial projects. Current projects include Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), a 1,700 acre master planned industrial park which includes BNSF's newest intermodal facility.

To date, LPKC has commenced construction on 9.8 million square feet of buildings.

At full build out, LPKC will have in excess of 17,000,000 square feet of rentable space. Patrick's responsibilities at LPKC include governmental and tenant relations, negotiation of master development agreements, identification of logistical cost advantages, pro forma analysis, labor and demographic analytics, strategic prospecting, sales and marketing, and pre-lease negotiations.

Vice President Trade Management
North America, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

William F. Rooney has 44 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. He is currently Vice President, Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. Until October of 2010, Mr. 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, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM. Prior to CMA-CGM he was Vice President, 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. Mr. 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.

Mr. Rooney received a bachelor's degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master's degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

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 www.canada-usblog.com; 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.


Rodolphe Saadé is CEO and member of the CMA CGM Group's Board of Directors, and since 2016 the President of NOL's Board of Directors.

Having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal, he founded Dynamics Concept, a company selling water coolers based in Lebanon.

In 1994, Rodolphe Saadé joined the CMA CGM Group. In particular he worked in New York and then Hong Kong before moving to the shipping company's head office in Marseille.

From 1997 to 2000, Rodolphe Saadé successively headed different shipping lines before taking the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines under his responsibility. In 2004, Rodolphe Saadé was appointed Executive Officer in charge of developing regular lines on the North/South axis.

He was appointed member of the CMA CGM Group's Board of Directors in 2010.

In 2015, Rodolphe Saadé conducted the negotiations to acquire Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), and the talks leading to the signature of OCEAN ALLIANCE in April 2016.

International Logistics Manager

Jakob Sadd graduated in 2010 from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Organization and Innovation Management. He focused on Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship. He started his career at JBS after graduation and has held various positions within the International Logistics department, most recently he is the Logistics Manager for the Transpacific markets.

JBS is the World's Largest Protein producer. They are the largest beef producer, the 2 nd largest pork producer, and the 2 nd largest poultry producer in the US. They exported 50,000 FEUs in 2016 and are the number 1 reefer exporter in the US.

Executive Vice President, Global Sea Freight
Kuehne + Nagel

Otto Schacht has over thirty-eight years of international transportation and logistics experience. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel International AG in September 2011 and has served as Member of its Management Board since 2011. Mr. Schacht has global responsibility for the company's Seafreight business unit which provides innovative solutions to customers in 100 countries. In 2014, he led the company's launch of KN FreightNet for Seafreight LCL; this digital application makes it possible to quickly obtain customer-specific quotations and directly place orders online.

Previous to his current role, Mr. Schacht was Senior Vice President of Global Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel Group from 1999 to 2011. He has a well-balanced perspective of the shipping industry, having worked for Hapag-Lloyd cargo container shipping line in various positions from 1978 to 1997, including three years as United States Posting and Trade Manager Far East- Europe.

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.

Director, Sales & Marketing
Maple Leaf Foods

Trevor Sears is a director of sales and marketing for the global division of Maple Leaf Foods. Maple Leaf Foods is Canada's leading consumer packaged meat company. Maple Leaf has offices throughout North America and Asia and ships to more than 20 global markets. Since joining Maple Leaf in 1993, Sears has held various roles in export trading and global business development. His career has focused mostly on the Japan market, but he has also worked with various markets throughout Asia, South America, and North America. His current responsibilities include managing the sales and strategy of a custom Asian pork processing plant in western Canada. He also sits on the Board of Canada Pork International.


Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the Internet marketplace for international freight. A LogTech (logistics technology) pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Zvi has a PhD in Computer Science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.

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.

Starsky Robotics

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher is CEO and Founder of Starsky Robotics. Starsky Robotics is a driverless truck startup that has been working with partners to do work for money since August 2016. Starsky Robotics moved freight on the highway on Feb 3, 2017. The company is backed by Y-Combinator, Trucks.vc, Data Collective, Joe Montana, the founders of Access America and many other top tier investors.

Prior to founding Starsky Robotics; Stefan worked with a number of Silicon Valley, partnering with innovators in logistics, innovation, and much more. He holds a degree in International Business from Drexel University.

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, Mr. Shea has been instrumental in shaping the strategic vision of DCLI, facilitating the acquisition of major legacy chassis fleets, while maintaining oversight of the company's growth and financial performance.

Mr. Shea has extensive experience in the transportation leasing industry, beginning his career with Itel Corporation in 1979 after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. In 1984, Mr. Shea started Kelley Transportation Services to market intermodal equipment manufactured by Stoughton Trailers, Inc.

In 1989, Mr. Shea 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, Mr. Shea has served on public boards such as Interpool, Inc., which owned TRAC Intermodal, the nation's largest owner of marine and domestic chassis, and JB Hunt Corporation.

Mr. Shea continues to serve on the Board of Directors of DCLI and the Board of Directors of the University of Denver Transportation Institute, as well as numerous charities benefiting children with life threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Assistant Vice President, International Intermodal M&S
Union Pacific Railroad

Mark T. Simon joined the Intermodal team in August of 2012 and is responsible for International Intermodal Marketing & Sales. In his role, Simon leads the team in all aspects of customer engagement, business management, market development and overall customer satisfaction. The International intermodal customer base is comprised of global ocean carrier accounts doing business with Union Pacific. Collectively the International Intermodal team accounts for nearly $2.0 Billion in annual revenue.

Since joining Union Pacific in 1992, Simon has held a number of key positions across the UP system including Shipment Quality, Sales, Marketing, Market Development, Union Pacific Distribution Services, and most recently Assistant Vice President of the International Automotive team.

Simon holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Kearny. He enjoys spending outdoor time with his wife and his three boys.

Principal Consultant

Simon is a Principal Consultant at DefinedLogic, a digital innovation and development consultancy in Red Bank, NJ.  There, he is focusing on Enterprise Lean-Agile Transformation, IT Strategy and Digital Strategy consultancy.

Simon started his career with Sea-Land, and has focused on IT services for Freight Logistics companies his entire career.  After Sea-Land, Mr. Simon was a principle with Americas Systems, Inc., an IT development and consulting firm delivering IT projects and services to top shippers, container shipping companies, railroads, terminals, ports and trucking firms, before being acquired by Maersk Data and IBM in 2004.  At IBM, Mr. Simon was Director of Strategic Outsourcing for Freight Logistics, Travel and Transportation.  Mr. Simon was most recently SVP/CIO at Yusen Logistics (Americas). 

Simon holds a B.S. in Computer Science / Applications Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Vice President
Trans-Pacific Trade Management, MOL (America) Inc.

Tom is responsible for the North America export dry trade for MOL. This position is responsible for the P&L side of the export product including; pricing process, deployment, customer segmentation along with developing and implementing product strategy. Tom has 33 years of industry experience including 15 years with MOL in various positions including: AVP Transpacific Pricing Manager and Regional Sales Manager Import/Export. Prior to MOL, Tom worked for E. Boyd and Associates as an International Trader of proteins and commodities and APL (14 years) in International/Domestic Sales Management, Operations Management roles. Tom started in the industry working for US Lines at the Port of New York and lived in Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta and Raleigh before settling in Chicago, IL in 2002. Tom has a BS degree in Business (Operations Management) from Villanova University.

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering
All Traffic Solutions

Andy Souders has over 27 years of experience in the architecture and management of advanced technology initiatives, and a well-earned reputation of innovation and delivering results in rapidly changing, highly competitive environments. As CTO and SVP Engineering at ATS, he brings his experience in leveraging sensors and the internet of things to address the multi-trillion-dollar problem of multi-modal traffic congestion. Prior to ATS, Mr. Souders was SVP of Products and Strategy at Savi Technology, where he earned five technology awards in the Supply Chain Visibility and Analytics space, including IoT Product of the Year. Mr. Souders is also Chairman of Pedal It Out, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for cancer research. He holds degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Frostburg State University.

Editorial Director
Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Lara L. Sowinski is Editorial Director for Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a B2B trade journal devoted to the global food supply chain. During her career, she has written extensively on globalization and foreign trade, covering the business and commercial aspects as well as the social and cultural implications. Sowinski's background in foreign trade is well rounded with prior positions at Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS in 2001) and Sony Corporation of America. In 2011, she was the first recipient of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association's Russell Award for Editorial Excellence, which recognizes editorial excellence for journalistic coverage of the transportation and logistics industry.

Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Stuart Strachan is Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade. In this role he is responsible for leading the business line within IHS that delivers shipping and international trade data, analytics, insight and events to commercial and government customers around the world. The Maritime & Trade business line was formed in December 2013 and includes 2014 acquisitions Global Trade Information Services and JOC Group.

Previous to leading the Maritime & Trade business line Stuart held commercial, product management and marketing leadership positions in the Technology, Energy, Chemicals and Automotive business lines, having begun his career at IHS as Head of Global Marketing at Jane's Information Group, acquired in 2007.

Prior to joining IHS Stuart held marketing leadership and management positions in the educational publishing (Pearson plc) and telecommunications (Cable & Wireless plc) industries. Stuart holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics from the University of London and a Master's in Business Administration from Warwick University, UK.

Executive Editor, JOC.com 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 roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.

Chief Strategy Officer
Advent Intermodal Solutions

Allen Thomas is the Chief Strategy Officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, Inc., an industry leading software company providing innovative, cloud-based solutions that are transforming customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Mr. Thomas oversees market, business and product strategy development for Advent as they evolve and improve their platforms chassis.com, eModal.com and eModalPro.com which foster real-time, transparent data sharing and process automation between terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PL's and BCO's. He has over 20 years of experience leading sales & marketing and integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain. Mr. Thomas provides expertise on the application of gate automation, OCR, RFID, and real-time container location systems having implemented solutions for most major container terminal operators and freight railroads. Prior to joining Advent, Mr. Thomas served as VP of Business Strategy for the Marine & Ports Business Unit of ABB Group where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800M integrated terminal automation, electrification and service portfolio. Mr. Thomas' career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service(now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems and finally twelve years APS Technology Group(acquired by ABB).

As an industry thought leader on digital transformation and automation systems for ports and landside logistics operators worldwide, Mr. Thomas is routinely featured in trade publications such as World Cargo News, Journal of Commerce, Container Management and Port Strategy and is a routine speaker and panel moderator for JOC, Lloyds Group, IANA, Informa and other industry conferences and trade groups. Mr. Thomas is also a member several industry organisations including the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) where he served as inaugural Chairman of the Technology & Automation Committee.

Senior Director, Content
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

Vice President, European Transportation Equity Research
Morgan Stanley

Annelies Vermeulen is a Vice President in the European Transport Equity Research team at Morgan Stanley in London, with coverage of Freight, Shipping, Truck and Rail listed companies, and holds responsibility for Morgan Stanley's global Container Shipping research outlook and forecasting. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2014, having started her career in Equity Research at JPMorgan in London in 2008. Annelies holds a degree from the London School of Economics, where she graduated with a BSc in Accounting and Finance.

President, and former President
Cranford Consulting Inc. and United Arab Agencies Inc.

Dr. Vitarana's entry into the maritime business was not by design but once bitten the allure of the industry kept him in tow for four productive decades. Commencing his career at the Central Freight Bureau in his native Sri Lanka, Dr. Vitarana quickly rose to become the COO of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation - the national shipping line of Sri Lanka. A lawyer by training, he pursued his academic interest in maritime law acquiring a Masters in Law and a Ph.d from the University of Southampton, UK.

Dr. Vitarana joined United Arab Shipping Company ( UASC) in 1986 and was appointed President of UASC's North American organization in 1995 - a position he held for 20 years.

UASC saw steady growth during his tenure and was renowned for its brand of customer service.

He was the recipient of the Connie Award in 2007.

In 2016 he established Cranford Consulting Inc to offer consultancy services in the liner, intermodal, BCO and NVOCC sectors in the areas of strategic planning, mergers & acquisition, and lean management.

Founder and CEO
Smart Warehousing

As the CEO and Founder of Smart Warehousing, headquartered in Edgerton KS. Carl has more than 24 years of Warehousing, Logistics and Supply Chain experience.

After working within the industry for several years and understanding the importance of data and information to the supply chain industry, in 2001 he set out to design and develop new web technologies focusing on supporting the management of inventory in the supply chain.

Over the last fifteen years, focusing on those customizable solutions, Smart Warehousing has grown from one customer, operating a few thousand square feet to over 950 clients in over seven million square feet of space. With locations across the country, Smart is able to support many different types of distribution activities in a wide range of industries. Smart's proprietary software is accessed by over 30,000 users every day from all over the world.

Executive Chairman; & Chairman
American Intermodal Management, LLC; World Shipping Council

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.

Vice President, Sea Freight, Americas
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Mr. Wierzbicki is currently the VP, Seafreight, Americas, for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Inc. Joining Hellmann in March 2016, John is based in Miami and leads all operational, procurement and commercial activities for Hellmann's Seafreight Product in the Americas Region.

John has worked in the industry for 25+ years and has extensive experience in operations, process design / implementation, procurement, compliance, client management and business development. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including as SVP, Head of Ocean Freight, USA for Panalpina in Morristown, NJ (6 yrs), Director of Global Services for YRC Logistics in Chicago (7 yrs), and Corporate Account Manager and Ocean Export Manger with Expeditors in Chicago (7 yrs).

Beginning his career in the industry in sales, John worked as an Account Executive for Direct Container Line (3 yrs), and as a Sales Representative with Cast North America (3 yrs), both in Chicago.

Supply Chain Risk Advisor, Latin America, BSI Group
Supply Chain Services and Solutions

Philippa is a Supply Chain Risk Advisor with BSI Group based in Mexico City. She works with multinationals, governments and international organizations, providing bespoke risk management solutions across complex supply chains with significant security, social responsibility and business continuity challenges.

Philippa is part of BSI's Supply Chains Services and Solutions division, the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, audit compliance and risk advisory services. Combining sophisticated technology with local operational intelligence, they develop holistic approaches to building more socially and environmentally sustainable, secure and efficient global supply chains. Philippa specifically focuses on security and social risk advisory work throughout Latin America.

She has more than seven years-experience working for the private, public and civil society sector in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She holds a first-class MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Dept. at King's College London.

Griffin Creek Consulting

Ed has been working in the Container Shipping Industry for over 40 years. Ed started his career with Sealand Services out of NYC and moved up in the company to Area Manager. Following 14 years with Sealand Ed moved over to Ned Lloyd Lines for 5 years, becoming Vice President of the North East Region working on cargo to and from the USA to all global areas. Following this, Ed moved to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) starting in the Trans-Atlantic, moving into Refrigerated Trades and finally for the last 15 years into the VP position for exports from North America to Asia, the Middle East, the Sub Con, and India.

Prior to joining Sealand Ed spent three years in Trucking management, two years in Warehouse management and three years in line production with Ford Motor Co. During his long career Ed has been involved in all aspects of shipping both export and import to include inland movement via Truck, Rail, and including extensive work on inland origins for all commodities. Ed has also been extensively involved in the oversight of Customer Service, Service Contracting, Pricing, and Operations.

Ed is now retired from OOCL and has started his own company named Griffin Creek Consulting. Ed continues to be involved in major commodities movements via Container, working with clients to ensure they are advantaged in all aspects of container movements.

The export markets are extremely volatile and Ed has the experience and strength to help customers attain the best services and cost savings available. Trucking movements have become much more complicated with inconsistent chassis costs, shortages in trucks, drivers and the impact of new regulations. With carrier services at minimum levels it often falls on the Truckers to work around problems while faced with minimal revenue returns in exchange for a lot of problem solving.

Presently, Ed is consulting on a major Warehouse development, Exports of Agri products including Cold chain management, and other products such as Hay and Grains. Additionally he is working with importers such as Lowes on cost savings and process management.

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.