• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Janet Nodar

S&P Global

Senior Editor, Breakbulk, Project, and Heavy-Lift Shipping, Journal of Commerce

Janet Nodar is the Journal of Commerce's senior editor for breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift shipping. Based in Mobile, Alabama, she was previously a reporter and editor for Gulf Shipper, one of four regional weekly publications that were merged into the JOC in 2008, and later for JOC’s Breakbulk magazine. From 2013-2018, she was content director for Breakbulk Events & Media, including three years with ITE Group, which acquired the Breakbulk business in 2015. She rejoined the JOC in July 2018 to rebuild the company’s breakbulk and project cargo presence and chairs the Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference in New Orleans. Nodar holds a master’s in English/creative writing and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Alabama.

Sessions With Janet Nodar

Monday, 27 February

  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 10:00 pm - 27/feb/2023 10:30 pm

    TPM23 CEO Series: Export Supply Chains in Disarray — A Conversation With the US Dairy Export Council's Krysta Harden

    As the head of the US Dairy Export Council, Krysta Harden was in the middle of the campaign to rewrite US ocean shipping law that resulted in the 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act signed into law on June 16. Although the law imposes tougher standards on ocean carriers to ensure capacity is made available to US exporters, the law leaves it to the Federal Maritime Commission to clarify the meaning of “unreasonable.” To that effect, the FMC on Sept. 21 invited public comment “to define unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate with respect to vessel space accommodation provided by an ocean common carrier.” How confident is the leader of a major exporter group that actual relief for exporters will result from passage of OSRA. What expectations does she have of ocean carriers and other parties in the supply chain to support her members’ exports? And what impact is geopolitical turmoil in Russia-Ukraine, China, and elsewhere having? Krysta Harden, CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, and a former US deputy Agriculture Secretary under President Obama, will address these issues and more in a comprehensive discussion that US exporters of all types won’t want to miss.

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:00 pm - 27/feb/2023 11:30 pm

    Find, Recruit, Retain: Talent Acquisition Strategies in an Era of Labor Shortages and High Expectations

    Talent will be tough to recruit and retain in 2023. Businesses and organizations in all sectors, including transportation and logistics, must plan and act strategically to compete for, recruit, and retain the work force they need to be competitive. Today's job candidates, particularly members of the younger generations, have high expectations. Organizations that don’t make sincere efforts to meet those expectations won’t attract the type of talent needed for their long-term success. How should organizations approach talent searches, recruitment, employee development, and retention strategies in a very competitive market? This round table discussion featuring a transportation/logistics industry recruiter, a key industry employer, a sector educator, and a newer employee, will explore successful approaches to and strategies for addressing the challenges involved in talent acquisition and retention. 
  • 03:30pm - 03:45pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:30 pm - 27/feb/2023 11:45 pm

    TPM 2023 DEI Honorees: Stepping Forward to Champion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The Journal of Commerce and S&P Global are proud to support transportation and logistics industry efforts to strengthen employee commitment and opportunities and attract a modern work force through the concrete application of principles that broaden diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. After the TPM Working Group solicited nominations from the industry and completed an initial round of judging, the final four honorees were selected by a panel of independent judges, all experts in DEI. The TPM 2023 honorees in the following four categories: large companies; small-to-medium companies; standout retention initiative; and standout recruitment initiative, will be announced during this session.

Wednesday, 1 March

  • 11:00am - 11:45am (PST) / 01/mar/2023 07:00 pm - 01/mar/2023 07:45 pm

    Applying Charles Koch’s Virtuous Cycles of Mutual Benefit in the Ocean Space

    Case studies at JOC events offer a glimpse of the issues shippers face in their supply chain networks and how they are partnering with their logistics and transportation providers to resolve them.


    Core to the principals that have enabled Koch Industries to transform over six decades from a small engineering firm into a multinational conglomerate with projected annual revenues of $125 billion and 120,000 employees in 60 countries is Chairman and CEO Charles Koch’s philosophy of Virtuous Cycles of Mutual Benefit. Simply stated, it is the process by which people and organizations continuously build capabilities that create value for others. At Koch subsidiary Georgia-Pacific, a leading producer of packaging and household goods, the transportation team seeks to apply VCMB in its relationships with all of its transportation and logistics partners. In the transportation space, that means, among other things, seeking to create a win-win approach by offering steady volume, making best efforts to honor allocations, focusing on low dwell including a willingness to work on reducing dwell, returning boxes in good condition and a desire to reduce touches, changes and e-mails. Georgia-Pacific’s view is that greater mutual benefit is achievable by reducing bureaucracy, eliminating multiple touch points, reducing changes including schedules and bookings, and improving data. In this case study, members of the GP transportation team will discuss VCMB as they seek to apply it in the ocean space, discussing their expectations, frustrations, and vision for continuous improvement.

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