Speakers

Speakers


Bob Baker
President / CEO – SynchroNet

Mr. Bob Baker is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SynchroNet Logistics, Inc., a privately held company based in Pleasanton, CA, which provides international and US domestic asset management services and software applications to companies in the maritime container shipping industry. 

SynchroNet Logistics is the parent company of SynchroNet Marine, Inc. with operational headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and SynchroNet Intermodal Services, Inc., with operational headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Bob joined SynchroNet Marine, Inc. in 2000 as Vice President of Sales and Client Services. He was named President and CEO of SynchroNet Marine in 2007. In January of 2009, Bob was named CEO of the parent company, SynchroNet Logistics, and he also assumed the additional role as President and CEO of SynchroNet Intermodal Services, Inc. in October of that year. 

Prior to joining SynchroNet, Bob spent the majority of his career with Sea-Land Services where he held key sales management positions throughout the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern US regions. At Sea-Land, he launched innovative service packages and grew revenues significantly in industries ranging from automotive to chemicals to emerging market non-military government contracts. 

Bob graduated from Hofstra University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management.



C. Thomas Barnes
President, Con-way Multimodal
Tommy Barnes is president of Con-way Multimodal, a division of Menlo Worldwide Logistics that arranges third-party carrier services for over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy haul and specialized transportation for freight shipments. As president, Barnes is responsible for the strategic growth, and the financial and operating performance of the company. 

Barnes is also vice president of transportation procurement within Menlo Worldwide Logistics. In this role, he is responsible for a $2.4B purchasing segment that oversees the transportation procurement strategies.

Barnes joined Menlo in 2000 as a transportation project manager. He subsequently served as a senior logistics manager and director of transportation procurement for Menlo. Prior to joining Menlo, Barnes was director of transportation for Newell Rubbermaid in North America and Europe. He began his career with GATX Logistics as transportation manager for the company’s Chicago operations.

Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in business logistics and transportation from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, SMC3, the National Defense Transportation Association, and the American Trucking Associations.



Steve Boecking
Vice President, Hillwood Properties 

Steve Boecking serves as vice president at Hillwood Properties, developer of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development in north Fort Worth. AllianceTexas is anchored by the Alliance Global Logistics Hub, featuring one of the nation’s largest intermodal yards operated by BNSF Railway, two Class I rail lines, Interstate Highway 35W and the world’s first industrial airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Boecking oversees the management, operation and service provision of the 9,600 acre Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #196 at AllianceTexas. The AllianceTexas FTZ is the number one FTZ in the US. Additionally, he works to continually enhance the multimodal transportation options, logistics services and economic benefits for companies within the development. Finally, he works closely with brokers and freight forwarders in developing the air cargo operations at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, including the Alliance Air Trade Center.

Boecking has been a featured speaker at conferences held by associations such as the TCU Global Supply and Value Chain Conference, North Texas Commission, International Intermodal Association of North America, Council of Supply Chain Management, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, PROMAT, Organization of Women in International Trade and more. Boecking also has lectured extensively on Global Logistics and International Trade at the University of Oklahoma, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.



Robert Bonner
Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and former Commissioner, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Robert C. Bonner is a former, now retired partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He continues to be Counsel to the firm and also senior principal of the Sentinel HS Group, a global security consulting firm, where he specializes in providing strategic advice and counsel regarding homeland security, customs and international trade, and border and law enforcement issues. 

From September 2001 to December 2005, Mr. Bonner served as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs Service and then, as a result of the homeland security reorganization, as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing, controlling and securing the United States' borders and ports of entry. Prior to Mr. Bonner appointment to serve as Commissioner, his government service included serving as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (1990-93), as U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California (1989-90), and as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California (1984-88). Mr. Bonner was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of that office from 1971 to 1975.

During his career, Mr. Bonner has been in charge of three federal law enforcement agencies. As Commissioner of CBP, he headed the largest federal law enforcement agency, with over 30,000 uniformed, arms carrying officers, including the entire Border Patrrol and CBP Officers at the nation’s ports of entry. He developed the use of force policy used by CBP and participated in the development and implementation of the broader, Department of Homeland Security-wide use of force policy. As the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Commissioner of Customs, both of which had large numbers of arms carrying law enforcement agents, he was also involved in the implementation of use of force policy and the internalization of that policy within the agencies. Further, at all three agencies that he has headed, he supervised offices of professional responsibility (internal affairs) that investigated violations of use of force policies and other law enforcement misconduct, and he oversaw the disciplinary systems that meted out penalties for officer/agent-related misconduct, including misuse of government-issued firearms. At all three agencies, he also oversaw the training of officers and agents, including training regarding use of firearms and force.

More recently, Mr. Bonner has acted as an independent monitor for Blackwater Global, now Xe Services, for all export compliance issues, as part of a three-member Export Compliance Committee. In this regard, he has met and discussed compliance issues with the Department of State and the Department of Justice.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Bonner was in charge of merger the four agencies that became U.S. Customs and Border Protection. To better secure America’s borders, he created the Container Security Initiative (CSI), the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST), the National Targeting Center, and national, automated risk management – all of which continue to revolutionize the security and more efficient movement of trade and people around the world. He led the efforts of the World Customs Organization to adopt the SAFE Framework to secure and facilitate global trade. At the same time, Mr. Bonner focused on securing international supply chains from the terrorist threat, he also developed a national border control strategy to secure America’s borders. This strategy consists of a centralized command structure, rapid response capability, and defense-in-depth, while relying upon highly-trained Border Patrol personnel, strengthened infrastructure and vastly improved detection technology. This strategy is known as the Secure Border Initiative. At Customs, he launched a major initiative, Operation Green Quest, to investigate and disrupt financial support for global terrorist organizations. While at DEA, Mr. Bonner developed and implemented the Kingpin Strategy, a strategy for weakening and defeating the major international drug trafficking organizations, and he vastly strengthened DEA’s intelligence gathering and analytical capabilities. He also established at DEA training academy at Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bonner was a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993-2001 and 2005-2007 where his law practice focused on business and white-collar crime matters, complex civil cases, internal corporate investigations and corporate compliance programs. Mr. Bonner is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1966. Mr. Bonner is Chair of the California Institute of Technology’s Audit and Compliance Committee, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees, and is a former member and Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance (1995-99), the commission that investigates and adjudicates judicial misconduct in California. He was appointed by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Southwest Border Task Force dealing with law enforcement issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border and also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council for International Policy.

 



Brian Bowers
Sr. VP Sales & Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive 
Brian H. Bowers is Senior Vice President - Intermodal and Automotive of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Mr. Bowers is accountable for sales, marketing and operations for the automotive, intermodal and international business units in the United States and Mexico. Previously, Mr. Bowers spent ten years with Schneider National, Inc., where most recently he served as senior vice president global wholesale services. While at Schneider, he also held leadership roles over global business development and intermodal. Prior to Schneider, he was president of Hub Group Dallas, Houston and New Orleans for ten years. He has also held leadership positions with North American Van Lines and Roadway Express. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Ohio State University, a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Drake University and completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University.


Chris Brooks
Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc. 
Chris Brooks is Executive Editor of The Journal of Commerce and its online news, analysis and interactive site, www.joc.com. A 25-year company veteran, Brooks's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed the JOC's day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the award-winning Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.


Ed Burns
President, Burns Logistics Solutions 

Ed Burns is the President of Burns Logistics Solutions, Inc, a logistics service provider based in Mohrsville,PA. Burns Logistics Solutions is a sales agency for asset based carriers whose services include truckload-van, refrigerated, LTL, dray, HazMat and expedited freight. Burns Logistics Solutions specializes in strategic long lasting carrier-shipper relationships which provide mutually beneficial results. 

Ed founded Burns Logistics Solutions in 2008 after working for over 20 years in logistics sales for various carriers. 

Burns Logistics Solutions is a recipient of the 2012 WorldTrade100 Alliance Partner Award for logistics collaboration. 

Ed is an Associate Member of SMC3, and was a guest moderator at SMC3’s 2013 JumpStart Conference. He is also a member of the Traffic Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Catholic Business Owner’s Alliance of the Allentown Diocese. 

A 25 year resident of Berks County, PA, Ed and his wife Marianna have 4 children and live in Mohrsville, PA.



Catherine Burrow
Global Transportation Manager, Hallmark Cards

Catherine Burrow is the Global Transportation Manager for Hallmark Cards. She is responsible for all global transportation strategy, store floor plan and order processing support services and customs operations for Hallmark and its family of subsidiaries. She has been with Hallmark for 25 years.

She is a long time member of CSCMP. Within CSCMP, she has served as Roundtable president, Arrangements Chair, Track Chair, Research and Strategies committee member and Arrangements Captain.

Internal Hallmark experience includes:

  • International Transportation Manager responsible for all global transportation;
  • Logistics Manager for Corporate Retail where she was responsible for the daily operations of their Kansas City distribution center.
  • Traffic Manager at the Liberty, Missouri Distribution center.
  • and the Operations Manager on the Walmart customer team.

In addition to Hallmark, Cathy has worked for Payless Cashways, Allied Signal and Harlan Corporation.

She has a degree in International Marketing from Northwest Missouri State University. Her work experience spans export, import, and domestic transportation, inventory and order management and distribution operations.



William B. Cassidy
Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.
Bill Cassidy is Senior Editor for trucking and domestic transportation at The Journal of Commerce. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor. Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply-chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies.


Kathleen Charchenko
Assistant Marketing Manager/Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, California
Kathleen Charchenko is Assistant Marketing Manager for the Trade Development Division at the Port of Long Beach, California. She came to the Port in 2001 as Assistant to the Division Director and moved up to Assistant Marketing Manager/Trade Analyst in 2005.

After several years providing vital industry data and analysis for the Division, she assumed her current role in 2011 and is now primarily responsible for developing and maintaining productive business relationships with current and prospective customers, including terminal operators, ocean carriers, cargo owners and other supply chain partners.

Before coming to the Port, Ms. Charchenko worked in a variety of industries, from restaurant management, armored car services and aerospace industry administration, to the telephone company where she was a lineman and installer.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Leadership from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

Ms. Charchenko serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California and the Propeller Club of Long Beach/Los Angeles. She is also a member of the Orange County Chapter of Women in International Trade, the Harbor Transportation Club, and the Los Angeles Transportation Club.

Kathleen Charchenko, her husband, Doug, and their youngest daughter, Julia, make their home in Long Beach.


Frank Cirimele
Director of Products and Services, Cass Information Systems
At Cass Information Systems, Frank is the Director of Products and Services leading Cass’ growth initiatives including the current Global Expansion Project. Prior to joining Cass, Frank has experience leading global logistics software start-up ventures as well as senior operations management and business development responsibilities for global logistics industry leaders including DHL Worldwide Express, Circle International, and BAX Global.

In the public sector Frank is a recognized expert on global trade and the practical application of effective Global Logistics Strategies. He has represented the United States on the United Nations International Trade Procedures Working Group (UN/CEFACT ITPWG), which addresses Trade Facilitation and global e-commerce issues. Frank was also selected as a private sector expert by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration to join the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Committee on Electronic Commerce.



Paul Dean
Director Intermodal Equipment/Maintenance, Norfolk Southern Railway Corp.
Paul Dean began his career with Norfolk & Western Railway, known today as Norfolk Southern in 1974. Paul advanced through increasing levels of responsibility in the Mechanical Department for 20 years before joining the Intermodal Department in 1995. Paul was promoted to his current position as Director Intermodal Equipment and Maintenance in 2001.

Paul has been married to his wife Diane for 38 years and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.



Jon DeCesare
President, World Class Logistics Consulting, Inc.
Jon DeCesare, President, World Class Logistics Consulting, Inc. has an in-depth understanding of today’s global supply chain dynamics having held executive management positions with importers, third party logistics providers and management consulting firms. In 1985 DeCesare founded World Class Logistics Consulting, Inc., a supply chain management advisory service, which provides logistics, supply chain management and warehousing advisory services to Fortune 500 corporations, third-party logistics providers, ports, railroads, private equity firms, industrial real estate developers, and the public sector.

DeCesare frequently authors or contributes to articles appearing in such publications as Journal of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Journal, California Real Estate Journal, Logistics Management Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Mr. DeCesare received a BA in economics from California State University Long Beach. He completed graduate studies in international management and global supply chain at the American Graduate School of International Management – Thunderbird Program, Michigan State University and University of Southern California.



Bo DeLong
Vice President of Grain, The DeLong Co., Inc.
Bo DeLong, currently serves as Vice President or Grain for The DeLong Co., Inc. After attending the University of Wisconsin, DeLong went into the family business and began his career merchandising grain for the company’s country grain elevators. By the early eighties he began originating and selling specialty grains to food processors and by the late eighties expanded into selling containers of “tofu type” soybeans to Japan. In 2004 when economics made exporting commercial grain and feedstuffs by containers feasible he put the DeLong Company into position to become one of the largest exporters of grains and feedstuffs by container. The past 10 years he has overseen numerous acquisitions of country elevators and the building of trans-load facilities to expand DeLong’s container footprint throughout the US. He is currently responsible for the company’s 14 grain elevators and 6 trans-loading operations across the US.


Edward Elkins Jr.
Group Vice President International Intermodal, Norfolk Southern Railway
Ed Elkins, Director International Marketing, is a native of southwestern Virginia, and holds a Masters Degree in Business from Old Dominion University with a concentration in Port & Maritime Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Ed has attended the Executive Course at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville and the University of Tennessee Supply Chain Management Course in Knoxville. He started his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1988 with the transportation division and served as a locomotive engineer for six years prior to joining the marketing division in 1994.

Ed has served Norfolk Southern in various roles through the years including market and product development, pricing, sales management, Director of Domestic Intermodal and most recently as Director of International Intermodal.

Ed serves on the board of the Containerization & Intermodal Institute. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and is an active member of the American Legion and the University of Virginia Alumni Association. Ed and his wife, Ruth, reside in Norfolk, and have two children.



Jim Filter
Vice President of Intermodal Sales and Marketing, Schneider National Inc.
Jim Filter currently serves as the Vice President for Intermodal Commercial Services at Schneider National, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this position, he is responsible for developing and executing Schneider’s go-to-market intermodal strategy including sales, customer service and yield and network management.

Prior to assuming his current role, Filter was the General Manager for Schneider National de México, leading the development and execution of business strategy for truckload and intermodal cross border services and ensuring profitability across all services and the alignment of key shared services. He had top and bottom-line responsibility for a variety of Schneider services, including One-Way, Dedicated, Regional and Intermodal.

Filter started his career with Schneider National in 1998 as a service manager. He was promoted to an operations manager role, where he was responsible for the implementation of services for Ford Customer Service Division. In director roles for General Motors Service Parts Operations and Ford, Filter managed transportation for diverse supply chains and billion-dollar inventory releases.

Filter advanced to the role of general manager, where he was responsible for the development of new customer relationships, consulting with clients on their supply chains and developing synergies between customers. He then became the general manager of Logistics Operations for Schneider Logistics, Inc. His responsibilities included program design, profit and loss results, purchasing strategy, engineering, customer service and continuous improvement planning.

Prior to joining Schneider National, Filter worked with UPS and served in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a MBA from Wayne State University. In 2007 Filter received his certification from APICS as a Certified Supply Chain Professional.



Thomas L. Finkbiner
Senior Chairman, Intermodal Transportation Institute, University of Denver
Thomas L. Finkbiner is the principal of Surface Intermodal Solutions, LLC. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver. He served as Chairman (2001-2008) and Senior Chairman (2008-2012) of the now 50-member ITI Board of Directors. He is a frequent guest speaker in the ITI Executive Masters Program, which awards a Master of Science in Intermodal Transportation Management from the University of Denver. Finkbiner was president of Pacer Stacktrain, and prior to that appointment, he was Chairman, President, and CEO of Quality Distribution, the largest tank truck carrier in North America. Before joining Quality Distribution in 1999, Finkbiner served as vice president of intermodal for Norfolk Southern Corporation from 1987 through 1999. From 1981 to 1987, he served as vice president of marketing and administration for North American Van Lines. He has also held senior executive positions with Airborne Freight Corporation from 1977 to 1981 and Roadway Express from 1975 to 1977. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers University.


Jim Gaw
Executive Vice President, Hub Group Inc.
James B. Gaw became Executive Vice President of Sales in February 2004. He previously was President of Hub North Central, which he held since 1997. From 1990 through 1997, he was Vice President and General Manager of Hub City Terminals. He joined Hub City Terminals as Sales Manager in 1988. Jim’s career has been solely focused in the transportation industry. Jim began his career at Itofca, an intermodal marketing company and shipper’s agent, as District Manager. At that time, they were the largest in their field. He held the District Manager position from 1973 to 1978 when he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager. He then became Vice President at Flex Trans, Inc. where he served from 1985 until 1987. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmhurst College in 1973.


Larry Gross
Senior Consultant, FTR Associates
Lawrence J. Gross, 58, is President of Gross Transportation Consulting Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in intermodal issues and a Senior Consultant for FTR Associates, Inc., a leading forecaster of freight transportation trends.

Mr. Gross is a thirty-three year veteran of the transportation industry with experience in the truck trailer, railcar and intermodal equipment segments. He is the principal author of the FTR Intermodal Update, a monthly in-depth publication tracking current North American intermodal trends and Rail Update covering the rail carload sector, and also contributes to FTR Publications covering the trucking and truck equipment sectors. He has been involved in a variety of transportation-related projects, including work in the intermodal, trucking, logistics and inland water sectors as well as equipment suppliers to these modes.

Prior to entering the consulting world in 2003, Mr. Gross held senior marketing positions at Wabash National and led the RoadRailer intermodal technology effort for many years. He is a graduate of MIT and the Harvard Business School and currently divides his time between Mahwah, NJ and Durango, CO.



Scott H. Group
Director, Senior Transportation Analyst, Wolfe Research
Scott is a Director and Senior Transportation Analyst with Wolfe Research. Prior to joining the firm at its inception in 2008, Scott spent over three years as a research associate and Vice President covering the Transports at Bear Stearns & Co. In Scott’s current role as Airfreight & Surface Transportation Analyst, he co–covers all of the transport sector with Ed, and works closely with Ed to manage the transport research team.

In 2012, Scott was ranked #1 (tied for first) in the Freight Transportation sector by Bloomberg magazine’s survey of America’s Best Stock Analysts, conducted in conjunction with Greenwich Associates. In 2010, Scott was also voted by clients as one of Wall Street’s “Best Up And Comers” on the Institutional Investor magazine's All–America Research Team.

Prior to Bear Stearns, Scott worked for two years as a fixed–income research analyst at Merrill Lynch. Scott earned his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Chris Gutierrez
President, Kansas City SmartPort, Inc.

Chris Gutierrez is the President of Kansas City SmartPort, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization that promotes and enhances the Kansas City region’s status as a leading North American logistics hub.

Chris has been active in logistics and international business for more than twenty years. He has worked in the public and private sector in international business and logistics.

Chris’ community involvement includes his positions as a board member of the following organizations: Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas Supply Chain Management Program, CSCMP, International Trade Council, World Trade Center – Kansas City and Park University’s Civic Advisory Board. He is also alumni of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions.



Alfred Haas
Department Manager, Material and Transportation Control, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Alfred Haas is the department manager of Material and Transportation Control at the BMW Manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, SC.

Alfred joined BMW in 1986 at Plant Regensburg, Germany at their Logistics Department. Born in Regensburg, Germany, Alfred moved to South Carolina in 1994 and has been a permanent resident of SC since 1999.

He earned his BA in Business at the VWA Academy of the University of Regensburg, Germany.



Elizabeth Hall
Senior Transportation Manager

Elizabeth Hall joined Whirlpool Corporation in 2007 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility within the Transportation Operations Team, part of Whirlpool’s Integrated Supply Chain. She is currently the Senior Transportation Manager, responsible for Finished Goods transportation movements and third party logistics management.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Elizabeth worked for International Paper, based out of Memphis, TN as a Carrier Operations Manager responsible for truck load and intermodal carrier performance and capacity for the Southeast Region. Elizabeth also worked for Cargill Inc, as the Southern Region Logistics Manager where she gained experience in bulk commodity transportation related to rail, truckload and barge freight.

Elizabeth holds a bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management and Marketing from Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of more than $19 billion, more than 73,000 employees, and more than 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.



Charles L. Hammel III
President, Pitt Ohio
Chuck Hammel is President and owner of PITT OHIO, a successful regional transportation company in North America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 20 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic area, with over 2,700 employees, the company offers a wide range of opportunities for a career in transportation.

Daily PITT OHIO consistently delivers over 10,000 shipments to more than 14,000 destinations with a 98% on-time delivery record. The company has received countless safety and service awards throughout its 30+ years in the transportation industry.

Chuck Hammel is well known in the trucking industry. He is highly involved in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the American Trucking Associations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Riverlife, and on the Board of Trustees for the Senator John Heinz History Center. Chuck is a member of Carnegie Mellon’s University Transportation Center Advisory Council and The Duquesne Club.



Darren Hawkins
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, YRC Freight
Darren Hawkins is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for YRC Freight. Mr. Hawkins previously had an 18-year career with YRC Freight and served in a number of roles including director of field sales, service center manager and account executive. Prior to this, he was director of operations at Con-way Freight, where he also formerly served as director of sales. He serves on the Marketing & Supply Chain Management Advisory Board at the University of Memphis and holds a bachelor’s degree in transportation and distribution from the University of Memphis.


Jack A. Holmes
President, UPS Freight
Jack Holmes’ career in transportation began 34 years ago outside of Philadelphia, Pa., when he joined UPS as a package handler on a predawn shift. He was a delivery driver prior to being promoted into management, where he held leadership positions in Operations, Engineering and Human Resources. Jack served as President and Chief Operating Officer of numerous UPS locations before leading the transition team for UPS’s largest-ever domestic acquisition, the 2005 purchase of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight.

Since 2007, Jack has served as President of UPS Freight, one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in the United States and a leading provider of truckload services.

Widely respected for his business acumen, Jack was named to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May 2013. He is one of only three trucking industry representatives on the committee, which provides information, advice and recommendations to the U.S. Transportation Secretary on matters relating to domestic freight transportation and the implementation of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Jack serves as co-chairman of the NFAC’s Conditions, Performance and Data Subcommittee and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute.


Scott James
Manager, Planning & Production Control, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.

Scott James is the Manager of Planning and Production Control for Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. He has been with Kawasaki since 1989. During his time at Kawasaki, Scott has had many leadership roles. He was chosen to set up a Just In Time facility, started third shift operations for Kawasaki and developed the Planning department. On the Production Control side, he manages the scheduling for all production, develops capacity and inventory strategies and oversees Bill of Material input/maintenance. In Planning, he manages activities concerning new product development and product changes and is responsible for Kawasaki’s Foreign Trade Zone and supply chain security to ensure compliance with U.S. government regulations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations.



Satish Jindel
President, SJ Consulting Group, Inc.

Satish Jindel has over 25 years experience in thetransportation/logistics industry. His career began at RPS (now FedEx Ground) in 1984, where reporting to the CEO, he directed company’s expansion into a nationwide parcel carrier with over $800 million in revenue and industry best operating margin.

In 1993, Satish founded SJ Consulting Group, Inc. (www.jindel.com) which is staffed with 20 professionals located in US and India and performs strategy, marketing, operations, technology, industry and merger/acquisition analysis for carriers, shippers and investors. SJC has over 200 clients that generate annual revenues of $5 million to $50 billion, and are located around the globe including Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa. Satish has guided projects for companies with asset, light-asset and non-asset business models.

He is a recognized expert on industry trends and business practices and helped SJC become a premier provider of consultation, research and data on the transportation and logistics industry.

Satish has advised many strategic and private equity buyers on M&A transactions. The most notable was advising FedEx on acquisition of Caliber System for $2.4 billion, which transformed FedEx into a multi-modal global transportation powerhouse where FedEx Ground now generates more profits than the much larger FedEx Express unit.

In 2000, Satish founded ShipMatrix (www.shipmatrix.com) which develops and markets proprietary IT solutions used by shippers and carriers to enhance on-time service and generate accurate invoicing. ShipMatrix is used by hundreds of shippers located across the country and operating in verticals like manufacturing, healthcare, retail, distribution, professional services, etc. Over a billion parcels shipped from thousands of shipping locations across the country have been processed using ShipMatrix technology.

Satish’s personal strength includes forecasting future direction of various industry segments /companies and having relationship with movers and shakers in the industry. Satish frequently appears on national TV and trade publications, and a speaker at industry conferences. He has a MBA from the Wharton School, and Masters in Transportation/City Planning and Architecture from The University of Pennsylvania



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

Ken was also one of the founders of RoadLink , the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000 – 2012. Ken served in multiple roles from Chief Commercial office to President during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink.

Ken founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988, growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England’s largest, full-service logistics company offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row.

Prior to founding Kellaway, Ken held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.



Maryclare T. Kenney
CSX Transportation, Assistant Vice President of Sales, CSX
Maryclare Kenney serves as Assistant Vice President Intermodal Sales for CSX Transportation. In this capacity, Maryclare is responsible for CSX’s International, Domestic Wholesale and Door to Door Sales for the $1.4 billion Intermodal business unit.

Maryclare joined CSX in December 2011 as Director Domestic Sales. Prior to CSX Maryclare spent 4 years at PepsiCo serving in a range of Sales Leadership and Strategy positions for Frito Lay and Pepsi Beverages North America. Maryclare is also a former Military Officer who served seven years as an Army Aviator.

Maryclare received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dames. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.



Jennifer Kissner
Director, Global Trade Compliance; Export Compliance Officer, The Coleman Company
Jennifer Kissner is the Director of Global Trade Compliance for The Coleman Company. She is responsible for Coleman’s import, export and supply chain security which includes developing, managing and implementing worldwide trade compliance strategy, programs and projects to ensure compliance with U.S. government export and import regulations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations, as well as government regulations in other global locations.

She began her career with IBM’s International Trade division. After 12 years she left IBM and joined Flextronics International as their Global Import Compliance manager. While at Flextronics she was responsible for their Global Import program in 30 different countries. She has been with Coleman as their Director of Global Trade since 2012.

Jennifer is as an accomplished Trade Compliance Director offering 20 years of import /export compliance and supply chain security experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an MBA from The University of Phoenix, she is a licensed US Customs broker since 2001 and a member of both the International Compliance Professional Association and the Society of International Affairs.



Blaine Kelley
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Practice, CBRE
Blaine Kelley is Senior Vice President of CBRE's Global Supply Chain Practice in Atlanta, as well as a member of CBRE’s E-Commerce Group. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Kelley has consulted leading global companies, representing shippers, manufacturers and logistics companies in their real estate strategy and implementation. He applies an integrated business approach that combines site selection, consulting with exceptional market savvy and insight. Mr. Kelley is adept at creating financial savings for his clients with proven results in domestic and global markets.

Mr. Kelley has expertise in all aspects of corporate real estate, lease negotiation and restructuring, strategic planning, port expertise, build-to-suit oversight and site selection consulting. Mr. Kelley utilizes strategic supply chain understanding with aggressive, impactful real estate strategy and execution to deliver superior results for his clients.

Over the years, he has become recognized as an Industry leader and one of Atlanta’s most successful industrial brokers, completing leasing and sales transactions of more than 20 million square feet in the past five years. The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors consistently has recognized Mr. Kelley as one of the city’s Top Industrial Producers. He was appointed to the Atlanta Logistics Innovation Council in recognition of his considerable expertise in this area.

Prior to joining CBRE, he served as a Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade, the state’s economic development office. Additionally, Mr. Kelley served as an infantry platoon leader in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.

Mr. Kelley's value-add approach capitalizes on his unique combination of industrial real estate expertise, economic development experience and unmatched market knowledge. During his career, Mr. Kelley has completed leasing and sales transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $400 million. Mr. Kelley has provided insights into market trends for several local and national business publications and speaks regularly at Supply Chain Conferences, Universities and industry events across the country.



Rick LaGore
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IDS Transportation Services
IDS is a non-asset transportation company that connects shippers to intermodal & technology-enabled transportation management solutions to add capacity, lower costs and create a competitive advantage for its clients. IDS is uniquely focused on domestic intermodal with over 75% of its gross sales coming from intermodal services.

Rick is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with an MBA from Ball State University. Rick has held a variety of positions over his 24 year career. For the last 15 years, Rick has been accomplished in leading various 3PL’s that resulted in being named to the Indianapolis Forty Under 40 industry leaders award in 2005.

You can find Rick's comments within The Journal of Commerce Domestic Intermodal Spot Index weekly article.



Christopher B. Lofgren, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider National, Inc.
Chris Lofgren is president and chief executive officer at Schneider National Inc., a premier provider of transportation and logistics services.

He joined Schneider Logistics in 1994 as vice president of engineering and systems. He later served as chief information officer and chief operating officer before being named president and chief executive officer of Schneider National in 2002.

Lofgren currently serves on the Board of Directors of CA Technologies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), where he also serves on the Executive Committee, and the American Transportation Research Institute, a research trust affiliated with the ATA.

He is also on the Advisory Boards of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Locally, he is a member of the Senior Advisory Council for Junior Achievement of Brown County (Wisconsin) and previously served as a board member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Green Bay, Wisconsin Boys & Girls Club.

Before joining Schneider National Inc., Lofgren held positions at Symantec Corporation, Motorola and CAPS Logistics. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Montana State University and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. In October 2009, Lofgren was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.



William J. Logue
President and CEO, FedEx Freight
William J. Logue is President& CEO of FedEx Freight Corporation. He provides strategic direction for the Corporation’s less-than-truckload (LTL) companies throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of time-sensitive, critical shipments. Bill reports directly to Frederick W. Smith, Chairman & CEO of FedEx Corporation and is a member of the Corporation’s Strategic Management Committee (SMC).

Before joining FedEx Freight in December 2009, Bill served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FedEx Express – United States. Prior to that, Bill held various senior management positions within the FedEx Express organization, including Senior Vice President of Domestic Ground Operations (DGO) and Senior Vice President of Air Ground Freight Service (AGFS). Bill joined FedEx in 1989.

Bill is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Mid-South. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).


 


Sean M. Mahoney
Vice President, Zorrel

Zorrel is headquartered near Kansas City, MO and is a global supplier of technical and lifestyle apparel. Zorrel is a leader in the development of many fabric technologies designed to enhance comfort in apparel, and thus embraced by some of the world’s most recognized brands. Zorrel’s technical apparel encompasses embedded textile technologies such as durable moisture transport and body heat regulation. Zorrel was established in 2005 as the wholesale division of a vertical manufacturing organization, and supplies active wear and technical fabric garments through multiple channels of distribution including private label, retail, event, uniform, and promotional industries. Zorrel’s utilization of a Foreign-Trade Zone extends its vertical supply chain capabilities allowing it to service a global customer base.

Mr. Mahoney joined Zorrel in 2006 as National Sales Manager, becoming the company’s Vice President in 2009. He has over 20 years in apparel industry experience, with some of those years overseeing import/export and distribution logistics and US customs compliance.



Robert Marcusse,
President and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council
Bob Marcusse joined the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) in 1991 as president and chief executive officer. During his tenure, KCADC along with its state and local partners have attracted companies that have created more than 40,000 new jobs and added more than $5.0 billion in capital investment to the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region.

Bob has an extensive background in domestic and international corporate attraction, business growth and retention, and regional marketing. He has spearheaded major growth initiatives in the region such as the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, and KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City.

Bob’s community involvement extends well beyond his role at KCADC. Bob serves on the Executive Committees of KC SmartPort, KCnext and Missouri BIO. He is a member of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Advisory Board, and University of Missouri Economic Development Cabinet. He is a past Chairman of the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute and is a member of the listing review committee for BATS, the country’s third largest stock exchange.

Bob has also held leadership positions with the Columbus (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council for the Peoria area, Battle Creek (MI) Unlimited, and the Inland Port Authority of South Central Michigan and Foreign Trade Zone #43.

Bob graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Science from Purdue University.


Michael McClelland
Senior Vice President of Distribution for the Americas, UTi Worldwide
UTi Worldwide (www.go2uti.com) is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage, and supply chain management services. UTi Distribution is a new North American distribution services group for UTi Worldwide. As senior vice president, Mike oversees all operations and sales activities for the group.

Mike has 28 years of industry experience, most recently as co-founder of Concentrek which was acquired by UTi in 2005. Prior to the acquisition and joining UTi, Mike was at Yellow Freight in operations, industrial engineering and sales. Before that he was at Schneider National in logistics, dedicated fleet operations and IT.

Mike has a BS from Iowa State University in Logistics and he holds an MBA from Cornerstone University. He is a frequent speaker at Business, Association and Industry events. Occasionally he is found at the ice rink or golf course as a participating member or (on weekends especially) he is engaged as the “head cheerleader” along with his wife and three kids at any number of sporting activities and tournaments in and around Grand Rapids.



Brian E. McKiernan
Sr. Vice President, Development, CenterPoint Properties
Mr. McKiernan joined CenterPoint Properties in October 2006 and is responsible for managing several aspects of the development process including overseeing the construction schedule and budget, as well as coordinating with the engineering and legal teams associated with a project. He is also responsible for working with local, state and federal agencies to negotiate zoning and fee issues and acts as the quality control team to ensure the design and structural integrity of a facility meets the established specifications. Prior to joining CenterPoint, McKiernan served as Captain in the United States Air Force from March 2001 until he was honorably discharged in March 2006. He most recently served as a Business Advisor to the United States Central Air Force, Middle East Division, where he managed the deployment and budget for 25 offices in 18 countries and advised senior leadership on business operations for 200 acquisitions and construction project valued in exec of $250M. Mr. McKiernan graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Management in June 1999.


Marshall Miller
Principal, Miller & Company P.C.
Marshall V. Miller is the President of Miller & Company P.C., a law firm specializing in import, export, and foreign-trade zones law. The firm has a broad client base of multinational firms in fifty states, Puerto Rico, and in major trading centers throughout the world. It has extensive experience with the structuring of import and export activities, governmental compliance and audits, and the establishment and management of foreign-trade zones. The firm represents a wide range of multinational firms in the defense industry, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, aircraft, information technology, etc.

Mr. Miller is internationally recognized as the “Father” of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Program. He has been instrumental in formulating policies and procedures affecting foreign-trade zones in many important areas including: determining the Customs value of merchandise produced in foreign-trade zones; development of the Customs weekly entry program, FTZ Customs Management documents; Direct Delivery, Temporary Removal, Alternate Inventory Control System (AICS) and Unique Identification Number (UIN) inventory system; structuring the CBPF 214 and 216 forms; the FDA/FTZ weekly entry filing procedure, the special machinery entry procedure, the expansion of the weekly entry procedure, initial production and updates to the U.S. Customs Service FTZ Manual; revisions of the FTZ regulations of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board and U.S. Customs and Border Protection; numerous Customs Rulings, and eight statutory amendments to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer at Customs and international trade seminars throughout the world. Then Vice President Al Gore conferred upon Mr. Miller the Hammer Award in 1998 for assistance in the development of the CBP Compliance Assessment process. Emperor Akihito conferred upon Mr. Miller the Japanese government’s “Order of the Sacred Treasure.”



Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.
Bill Mongelluzzo is West Coast Editor of The Journal of Commerce. Mongelluzzo 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 and returned to Southern California in August 1993. Mongelluzzo 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 degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in history from the University of New Orleans.


Mark Montague
Industry Rate Analyst, DAT
As a mathematician and statistician, Mark Montague has spent decades developing and implementing consistent, market-driven rate structures for transportation companies. Mark was instrumental in developing the dynamic rates database and analysis tools in TransCore’s Truckload Rate Index for the Spot Market.

Prior to joining TransCore in 2009, Mark applied his expertise in logistics, rates and routing as a logistics manager and analyst for carriers, 3PLs and shippers.

Mark holds an MBA in Transportation Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.



Michael Murphy
Chief Development Officer
Michael P. Murphy was promoted to Chief Development Officer in September 2010 and Executive Vice President, Development in March 2007 and oversees all conventional and complex development activity and opportunities for CenterPoint's portfolio. He served as Senior Vice President, Development since joining CenterPoint in 2003 and was responsible for development of the Company's North suburban Chicagoland portfolio. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Mr. Murphy was a Partner in the Chicago regional office of Sacramento, California-based Panattoni Development Company, LLC. Mr. Murphy has spent more than 25 years in Chicago commercial real estate, including 14 with AMLI Commercial Properties Trust, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President responsible for the marketing, development and asset management of their office and industrial portfolio. Mr. Murphy is a past President of the Chicago chapter and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) as well as Lake County Partners. He is a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Mr. Murphy received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.


Rick Musil
Vice President of Transportation, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group
Rick is Vice President of Transportation for DR Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. He is responsible for the companies transportation organization in the US and Canada.

Rick joined DPS in 2007 as the Director of Transportation - Bottling Group. He was responsible for creating a new transportation business model for DPS by integrating the bottling group's independent operations into a centralized transportation function. In 2010, he was promoted to his current role.

Prior to joining DPS, Rick worked in numerous supply chain functions at companies such as Quaker Oats, Pillsbury, and Reckitt Benckiser.

Rick holds a bachelor degree in Finance from Illinois State University and a MBA in Finance/Marketing from Loyola University in Chicago.



Craig Mygatt
Sr. Vice President, Inland Operations, Maersk Line
Craig Mygatt was appointed Senior Vice President of NAM Inland Operations in July 2011 responsible for all activities within intermodal services and contracting, domestic transportation services, equipment control and dispatch operations.

Craig has experience in Trade and Marketing as well as Sales through 24 years at Maersk Line. He serves on the OCEMA Board and recently graduated with a MS from the University of Denver.

Currently residing in Bridgewater, NJ, Craig is married with 3 children, a daughter 19, and two sons 17 and 14.



Jim Newsome
President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome became President & CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston, SC, on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the organization.

He was previously President of Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., based in Piscataway, NJ, which is part of the world’s fifth-largest ocean shipping company. He was the first non-German in this role, in which he was responsible for all activities in North America and Latin America. Before assuming that role, he was Senior Vice President of Area Southeast, based in Atlanta, GA, for twelve years.

Prior to joining Hapag-Lloyd in 1997, Mr. Newsome was with Nedlloyd Lines from 1987 to 1997. He was Executive Vice President of the Americas for Nedlloyd Lines and President of Nedlloyd Lines (USA) Corporation, based in Atlanta. In this capacity, he was the first non-Dutch member of the Executive Committee of Nedlloyd Lines and was responsible for North and Latin America and the Transatlantic trade. He held other senior management positions within that company.

Mr. Newsome began his shipping career with Strachan Shipping Company. He was President of their Hoegh Lines Agencies subsidiary in Jersey City, NJ, and held other positions in Houston, Texas and New York City with Strachan.

Mr. Newsome received a bachelor’s BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received the following honors during his education at the University of Tennessee, and as an alumnus:

  • Outstanding Junior and Senior in Transportation and Logistics—1975/1976
  • Top Graduate, College of Business Administration—Winter Quarter, 1976
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Transportation and Logistics—1992

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, Georgia, is married (wife Kathy) and has two children (Rachel and Matthew) in college. His father, James I. Newsome, Jr, was an executive with the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah for 25 years during the time when containerization was first introduced in that port, in addition to subsequent roles in maritime labor relations on behalf of the shipping industry and allied service providers.

Mr. Newsome currently serves on the Board of Governors of the College of Charleston School of Business, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital Fund Advisory Board, South Carolina State University Transportation Center Board of Directors and the Trident United Way Board of Directors

He is also Chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2013 Lowcountry Heart Walk. He was a member of the Champions Committee for the 2012 PGA Tournament held at Kiawah Island, SC. He is also a member of the 1914 Society at the University of Tennessee. Mr. Newsome was also presented with the 2010 Connie Award from the Containerization & Intermodal Institute for his significant influence in containerization in worldwide trade and transportation.



Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Kansas City Southern Railway
Patrick J. Ottensmeyer serves as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS). In this capacity, he is responsible for Kansas City Southern’s sales, marketing, customer solutions and business development activities in the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Ottensmeyer joined KCS in May 2006 as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to his employment at KCS, Mr. Ottensmeyer served from 2000 to 2006 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1993 to 1999, he was vice president finance and treasurer for Santa Fe Pacific Corp and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ottensmeyer held executive positions at Security Pacific National Bank and Bank of America, including the position of senior vice president and head of the corporate banking group in New York.



Ryan Rikli
Assistant Manager, Logistics & Compliance, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.
Ryan Rikli is Assistant Manager of Logistics & Compliance at Kawasaki’s Lincoln, Nebraska plant. Kawasaki manufactures four-wheeled ATV’s, Jet Ski personal watercraft, side-by-side recreational utility vehicles, and passenger rail cars at its Lincoln plant. Kawasaki is one of the first manufacturing Foreign-Trade Zones in the country, beginning FTZ operation in 1980.

Ryan is responsible for Kawasaki's supply chain logistics to keep products moving in and out of Kawasaki's facility. This includes compliance with Import and Export regulations, maintaining the C-TPAT program, as well as operating Kawasaki's Foreign-Trade Zone. Ryan also oversees the purchasing administration department, which includes cost reporting, supplier e-commerce development, and working to continually improve Kawasaki’s purchasing operation. Prior to his current position, Ryan worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer for 10 years.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and resides with his wife and children outside of Lincoln.



Brant A. Ring
Assistant Vice President Intermodal Terminal Operations, BNSF Railway
Assistant Brant Ring was promoted to assistant vice president, Intermodal Hub Operations, in June 2010. In this role, he is responsible for safety and service performance across BNSF Railway’s intermodal and automotive facilities network.

Ring joined Burlington Northern, a BNSF predecessor, in 1995 as a corporate management trainee. During his career, he has held a variety of line and staff roles with progressive leadership responsibility in Operations, Finance, Network Strategy and Marketing. Immediately prior to his current position, Ring served as general director, Grain Operations, from 2007.



Jean-Jacques Ruest
Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian National Railway
Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer in January 2010, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN’s sales, marketing and supply chain solution groups.

Mr. Ruest joined CN in 1996 as Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals. He was appointed Vice-President, Industrial Products in 2003, Vice-President, Marketing in 2004, and Senior Vice-President, Marketing in June 2006.

Prior to this, Mr. Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.

Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal(Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN's Railroad MBA program.



Mark Schweitzer
Managing Director of Intermodal and Container Freight, ADM
Mark D. Schweitzer was appointed Managing Director of Intermodal and International Container Freight in January of 2008. Prior to this position, Mark advanced through various management responsibilities within grain merchandising, North America oilseed processing, North American warehousing, oilseed and energy risk management.

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, masters of business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and executive management from Harvard. He and his wife, Elaine and their two children reside in central Illinois.



Robert B. Sinner
President, Sinner Bros. & Bresnahan (SB&B)
Robert (Bob)Sinner has spent his entire life in North Dakota. He grew up working in the family farming business and joined the Company after graduating from North Dakota State University in 1975 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. Before SB&B actively pursued an expansion into international business, Bob served on the Executive Committee of the United Soybean Board and Chairman of the International Promotion Committee. In 1989, the Company expanded by creating an international business of supplying food quality soybeans and later other food grade commodities directly to food manufacturers globally. He has and continues to serve as President of both SB&B Foods, Inc. the Company marketing entity and Identity Ag Processing, a state-of-the-art processing company created in 2004. In 2007, SB&B Foods, Inc. was recognized and awarded North Dakota Exporter of the Year. In 2009, SB&B Companies were also presented with the North Dakota Entrepreneur of the Year Award. For 4 consecutive years from 2007 thru 2010, SB&B Foods, Inc was recognized nationally by Inc. 500/5000 as one the fastest growing companies in the U. S. Food Industry. Their most recent expansion was a new processing facility in Bloomer, Wisconsin that began operations in 2010. Bob is active in a variety of civic, state, regional and national organizations including the Northern Crops Council, the ND Trade Office Board of Directors, the USSEC Advisory Committee and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. His 3 sons are also active in the Company business.


Silvano Solis
CEO, Interpuerto Monterrey
Mr. Solis is currently CEO of Interpuerto Monterrey, Mexico’s largest inland port.

Mr. Solis was Managing Director for ProLogis in Mexico, the world’s leading industrial real estate developer, managing a portfolio of over 18 million s.f. of industrial space in Mexico, until June 2011.

He has served as member of the board of AMPIP (Mexican Association of Industrial Parks) from 2008 to 2011 and is an active member of the editorial board of Inmobiliare Magazine.

Before joining ProLogis, Mr. Solis was the Sales and Marketing Vice President at FINSA, one of Mexico’s most important industrial real estate developers.

Mr. Solis is an architect from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and has a Master in Urban Development from the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona.


Todd Stewart
President, Gulf Winds International Inc.
Todd graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S. in Marketing and immediately joined Gulf Winds International in 1996. Beginning as a fork-lift operator, Todd has served within or led every department within the company, leading to his current position of President. Todd is responsible for working with key stakeholders to establish and maintain the mission and overall strategic vision for the organization, reporting directly to the board of directors.


Mark Szakonyi
Associate Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.
Mark Szakonyi, Associate Editor at The Journal of Commerce, edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication's online and print editions. Based out of the JOC's Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress. He also reports on intermodal rail and air cargo. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Before joining the JOC, Szakonyi worked for the Jacksonville Business Journal for nearly four years covering logistics, manufacturing and defense. It was here that his passion for the international trade and logistics awakened. He quickly made a name for himself as a logistics expert for the region. The Chicago native earned his master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, with a focus in computer-assisted reporting. Prior to that, he received bachelor's degrees in international affairs and English from Elmhurst College.


Richard H. Thompson
Managing Director, Americas Leader - Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle
Rich Thompson is a Managing Director and leads the global Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions consulting team for Jones Lang LaSalle.

Rich is a recognized supply chain veteran with over 20 years of combined consulting and industry experience. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Rich was a Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer with Schreiber Foods, a $4 billion global food company, and a Partner in the global supply chain consulting practice at Ernst & Young.

Rich has been an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) since 1989, the Warehouse Education Research Council (WERC), and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for DC Velocity magazine.

Rich was selected as one of DC Velocity's annual “Rainmakers” in 2010, recognizing his “lasting contributions to the supply chain management profession”. He has served as a consultant for over 100 corporations across the world.

Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.B.A. degree in Finance and Marketing from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.



Peter Tirschwell
Chief Content Officer / Executive Vice President, JOC Group Inc.
Peter Tirschwell is Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer for the JOC Group Inc., the publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com and
PIERS trade intelligence. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, events and online products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new insights and value for JOC Group customers. 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+ year career with the company. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif. and the developer of the recently released JOC Port Productivity global port data. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry meetings and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group Inc. is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity fund. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.


Kenny Vieth
President and Senior Analyst, ACT Research
After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Vieth spent six years in city government and education before joining ACT Research in 1991. Vieth became a partner at ACT in 2000 and the company’s President in 2009. In his capacity as the principal heavy vehicle market analyst at ACT, Vieth has become an advisor to OEMs, industry suppliers, Wall Street research and investment houses, and the Federal Reserve, for whom he is a frequent contributor to their Beige Book report.

Vieth oversees commercial vehicle analysis and forecasting at ACT and is the company’s principal heavy truck and trailer market analyst. In 2008, Vieth cemented a partnership with China's State Information Center to provide forecasts to Western companies interested in understanding commercial vehicle demand trends in China.

Vieth is married with two children.



Mark Widner
Director of International Transportation & Trade Compliance, Mohawk
Director of International Transportation and Trade Compliance for Mohawk Industries and Dal-Tile Corporation, one of North America's leading manufacturers and distributors of carpet, tile, stone and wood flooring. Dal-Tile/Mohawk imports over 15,000 containers per annum from more than 25 countries to over 200 unique delivery points in the US. In addition, the company operates an FTZ in the Dallas area and processes over 50% of its US Customs entries in-house. Mark has 20 years of successful experience in the international supply chain, having held a variety of positions in the Industrial Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail sectors. He began his career in freight forwarding as a Branch and Country Manager in Poland and later as a Business Development Manager for Central and Eastern Europe based in Vienna. Mark is a licensed US Customs Broker since 2002.


Philip Wojcik
President and CEO, Consolidated Chassis Management
Philip Wojcik is the President of Consolidated Chassis Management. CCM is one of the largest Intermodal Equipment Providers with an operating fleet over 125,000 chassis. Phil’s responsibilities include the executive management of CCM and its 6 regional pools, and the further development of gray chassis pools. Phil serves as the key advisor to the 19 ocean carriers members of OCEMA on chassis operational matters.

Prior to joining CCM, Phil was Vice President, Operations at Trac Lease overseeing their operations, procurement and chassis manufacturing interests. Phil also served 22 years with P&O Nedlloyd a major international ocean carrier as Vice President, Corporate Operations. At P&O, he initiated the stack train network, the building of on-dock rail services in Newark and had oversight of European intermodal operations while being based in Europe.

Phil has extensive experience in the development and operation of regional equipment pools. His involvement with chassis pools dates back 25 years with the development of the industry's first co-op chassis pool established in Boston. Phil brings over 35 years of experience in intermodal transportation and fleet management.

Phil previously has served on IANA’s Board of Directors and the OCEMA Board of Directors.



Ed Zaninelli
Vice President, Westbound Transpacific Trade, OOCL (USA) Inc.
Mr. Edward Zaninelli is currently the Vice President of the Transpacific Westbound Trade headquartered in San Ramon, California. With 37 years in the Transportation Industry, Ed started out in trucking industry, followed by 13 years with Sealand Services, 5 years with Nedlloyd USA and now 18 years with OOCL (USA) Inc.

Ed’s experience encompasses not only the sales aspect, but also operations, pricing and customer service in multiple trade lanes from South America, the Caribbean, the Atlantic Trade, and lastly on the Pacific Trade which has been his major focus the last 13 years. Ed is also greatly involved in the flow of Traffic via rail, or truck within the infrastructure of North America onto the ships toward Asia.

In dealing with the customers and products for OOCL, Ed has gained a great amount of experience in the commodity segments of the Asian market. OOCL is a leader in the W/B Asia segment and OOCL covers all Asia destinations from North America.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Moravian College located in Pennsylvania.