Speakers




MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

8:30-9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks


Gavin Carter
Chief Executive Officer, JOC Group Inc.
Gavin Carter is Chief Executive Officer of JOC Group Inc. (formerly UBM Global Trade.) As CEO, Gavin is responsible for expanding business relations, establishing technology thought leadership and providing strategic direction.

Since joining the JOC Group, Gavin has cultivated a deep interest in container shipping. Seeing tremendous opportunity for further technology adoption, Gavin is committed to advancing technology within the container shipping industry.

Gavin was part of the executive team involved in sell side due diligence and merger integration when ownership of the business transferred from from UBM ownership to private equity ownership in the spring of 2013. Having joined UBM Global Trade in March 2009 as CIO, Gavin was subsequently appointed EVP of UBM Global Trade’s data businesses where he led an organizational transformation which included scaling infrastructure, reorganizing the group’s products and promoting a culture of innovation which has put them on a double digit growth path.

Prior to joining JOC Group Inc., Gavin was CIO of sister company UBM Medica US. in addition to his CIO responsibilities there, he was part of an executive team during a period of a major business restructure and oversaw several major relocation projects. Gavin began his career in UBM plc’s London headquarters where he managed IT projects, led IT teams and played key roles deploying financial systems and relocating data centres at a number of UBM plc divisions throughout the world. Gavin attended Oxford Brookes University where he studied Software Engineering.



Doug Drummond
Harbor Commission President, Port of Long Beach
Doug Drummond, a former two-term Long Beach City Councilman, Vice Mayor and Police Department Commander, was appointed in August 2011 by Mayor Bob Foster to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach, California. His Board colleagues voted him President in December 2013.

Doug's more than 45 years of service to Long Beach began in 1959 when he became a Long Beach Police Department officer, attaining the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain, and then retiring in 1988 as Commander after 29 years on the force.

His Third District constituents elected him to the Long Beach City Council in 1990, and Doug served two four-year terms on the Council, two of those years as Vice Mayor.

Doug has also been a member of the City of Long Beach Civil Service Commission, the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Transportation Company, California State Commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings, and Fish & Game Commissioner for Los Angeles County.

He served in the U. S. Army as a paratrooper in Germany and was discharged as a sergeant. He holds a bachelor's degree from California State University Long Beach in Political Science and Public Administration, a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a doctorate in Criminology from August Vollmer University, and is a part-time faculty member at all three schools. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1974 and is a published author.



The Honorable Bob Foster,
Mayor, City of Long Beach
Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June 2006. He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.

Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.

Mayor Foster is active in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He was appointed as the Environment Committee chair in 2008 and elected to the Advisory Board in 2009. He currently serves as chair of the Mayors Business Council and elected in 2010 as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010. Governor Brown reappointed him in 2013.

Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, Mayor Foster served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations.

Mayor Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 45 years and have two grown sons and three grandchildren. The Mayor and Mrs. Foster work to support a variety of community organizations.



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., publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com and PIERS maritime trade data. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, websites, events and other products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new value for JOC subscribers. 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 beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the recently released JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity firm. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.

 

9:00-9:30 AM
Opening Keynote Address

Bill-Cassidy-Photo-2013William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.Bill Cassidy is Senior Editor, Trucking at the JOC Group Inc., and his news and analysis of this area are included in the JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor. Based in Washington, D.C., 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.
Cassidy regularly speaks to industry groups on his area of expertise.


Fredrick W. Smith
Chairman, CEO, FedEx Corporation
Frederick W. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $45-billion global transportation, business services and logistics company. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight. Since founding FedEx in 1971, he has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade and "open skies agreements" for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.

Smith is a Trustee for the United States Council for International Business, is a board member for the Council on Foreign Relations, is co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council and is the current co-chairman of the French-American Business Council. Smith is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps and was named a top CEO by both BARRON’S magazine and CHIEF EXECUTIVE magazine.

Smith attended Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in 1966. Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.

 

9:30-10:45 AM
General Session - A discussion with carrier leaders


Howard Finkel Executive Vice President, COSCO Container Lines, Americas, Inc.
Howard Finkel is a 32 year veteran of the ocean transportation business. He started in 1981 with Sea-Land Services executive training program, worked in sales in Manhattan and finally running Sea-Land’s Denver office where he was responsible for 7 western states. Mr. Finkel has had experience in all facets of the ocean transportation, sales, marketing, operations, regulatory affairs and conference matters. Mr. Finkel spent 10 years with Lykes Lines as General Manager of sales. After a stint as Director of Azov Shipping (a Black Sea based Ro-Ro carrier, specializing in project cargo and vehicles) Mr. Finkel joined COSCO in 1995 initially as General Manager of Pricing and Marketing. Howard has held various positions at COSCO, Vice President Commercial, Executive Vice President of Trade and now is Executive Vice President of CCLA (The container arm of COSCO), as well as VP of COSCO Americas (All other non-container COSCO businesses) . His current responsibilities include, contract review, public relations, regulatory affairs, conference affairs and mergers and acquisitions. Howard is a graduate of Queens College, CUNY and lives in Maplewood N.J. with his wife, son and dog.


Wolfgang Freese
Head of Region Americas, Hapag-Lloyd AG
Wolfgang Freese became President of Hapag-Lloyd (America) in Piscataway, NJ on September 1, 2009.

He started his HL career with an apprenticeship in 1971 followed by a traineeship in the US with Hapag-Lloyd Agents Southeastern Maritime and Biehl & Company, Inc. in Savannah, New Orleans and Houston.

During his more than 40 years with Hapag-Lloyd, Wolfgang Freese has also held various management and senior management positions in Jakarta, London, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt.

In May of 2000 he returned to the United States as Senior Vice President for Area West in Corte Madera. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice President for Area Gulf Pacific in Houston, Texas which position he held until June 2008. After a restructuring process in July 2008, he remained Senior Vice President for Area Gulf Pacific in Houston which encompassed now both the West Coast and the Gulf until his appointment to President Region Americas as of September 1st, 2009.

He is married with two children.



Mark Laufer
CEO & President, Laufer Group International, Ltd.
Mark Laufer received his bachelor degree of arts and science from Hamilton College in 1981. After graduating, he moved to San Francisco where he began his career in supply chain management at Frank P. Dow. While in San Francisco, Mark obtained his Customs brokerage license, distinguishing himself as the youngest person in the San Francisco District to pass the broker’s exam. The Laufer family had been in the Freight Forwarding business since 1948 and in 1984, Mark made the decision to move back to the East coast to join the family business. Laufer Group was one of the first forwarders to open their own offices in Asia. Between 1986 and 1988, Mark established offices in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 1989, Mark purchased Laufer Group and continues to lead it to this day. Under his leadership, in 2009 and again in 2011, Laufer Group was distinguished as one of the Top 100 Supply Chain Partners by SupplyChainBrain. As a committed member of Vistage, a leading international business organization, Mark was nominated from a pool of 25,000 candidates for the Vistage Leadership Award in the area of Corporate Collaboration. Today, Mark Laufer continues to drive the industry forward with his pioneering spirit and hunger for innovation.


Peter Leach
Senior Editor, Trans-Atlantic, JOC Group Inc.
Peter Leach, Senior Editor, Trans-Atlantic, JOC Group Inc., and is responsible for coverage of container shipping lines, East and Gulf Coast ports and their container trades for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. He has worked for the JOC Group Inc. in two different stints since 1973, when he joined what was then a daily newspaper as a foreign trade reporter. He was the Editor-in-Chief in 1978-1981 when Knight-Ridder Newspapers transferred him to The Philadelphia Inquirer. He rejoined the JOC in 2004 after writing the 175th anniversary history of its founding by Samuel F.B. Morse and Arthur Tappan in 1827. During his 20-year absence from the JOC, his experience includes positions as Chief Operating Officer of VU/TEXT Information Services, Knight-Ridder’s first venture into electronic publishing; Vice President of New Media for American Bank-Bond Buyer; Chief Operating Officer of UPI in Washington and Editor of IBM’s corporate magazine, Think Leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a BA in history. Leach regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


William Payne
President, NYK Line (North America) Inc.
Currently President of NYK Line (North America) Inc. in Secaucus, NJ, since April, 2010. Responsible for over 400 staff in US and Canada, and nearly $1 billion dollars in variable costs in marine terminals, rail and truck, and maintenance of rolling stock of containers and chassis. Joined NYK in 1989 in Seattle, Washington as Senior Manager, Pacific Northwest after 12 years with a competitor in San Francisco and Seattle, in operations management (both liner and tramp) and general management. Held positions at NYK of West Coast Sales manager (Long Beach), West Coast General manager (Long Beach), Corporate Senior Vice president of Operations (NJ) , Corporate Senior Vice president of Marketing and Trade management (NJ), and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Gene Seroka
President, Americas, APL Limited
Gene Seroka was appointed President, Americas, in April 2010 and leads NOL Group's businesses and operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Before that, he was Vice President, Middle East, for APL. Seroka joined APL in 1988 and has over 25 years of experience in container shipping and logistics. He has held a range of management positions within the company, including Vice President of APL Logistics for Asia and the Middle East, Managing Director for APL and APL Logistics businesses in Indonesia, Director of Sales and Marketing in China, and sales management and marketing roles in the U.S. Seroka holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


Michael White
President, North America, Maersk
Michael J. White was appointed President for Maersk Line Agency, Inc.

in 2009, with responsibility for all Maersk Line activities for North America, including the United States and Canada. From 2012 these responsibilities have expanded to include Safmarine.

In 2007, Mike was appointed Chief Executive for Maersk Line Central Europe, where he was responsible for all Maersk Line agency activities and helped launch our streamLINE strategy. In 2005, he was appointed President for Maersk Logistics USA Inc., where he was responsible for Maersk Logistics, Damco, Maersk Customs Service Inc., Hudd Distribution, The Gilbert Company and Bridge Terminal Transport.

From 1990-2005, Mike held a number of senior management positions at P&O Nedlloyd and P&O Containers. Prior to the acquisition, he was President and CEO of P&O Nedlloyd North America. In 1981, Mike started in the industry as management trainee for Schenker International, and held a number of management positions until he left to join P&O Containers.

Mike holds a BA from Virginia Wesleyan College. He is also a licensed Customhouse Broker and was the qualifying officer for the Freight Forwarding organizations of P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Logistics USA during his management tenure with both organizations.

 

11:15-12:30 PM 
General Session - Container Market Outlook: What's in store for 2014


Neil Barni
President, CargoSphere
Neil Barni is the founder and president of CargoSphere, the global shipping industry’s first cloud-based, confidential global rate solution and Rate Mesh Network. He founded CargoSphere in 1999 with an unwavering determination to create the most innovative rate solution and collaborative rate network in the logistics industry. CargoSphere’s cloud solution now supports customers in 46 countries. The company holds several U.S. Patents.

Prior to CargoSphere, Neil served in various areas of increasing responsibility in the international logistics division of the Pepsi Cola Company. During his 9-year tenure, he implemented technology systems across Pepsi’s global bottling network, as well as serving in direct line positions including production manager and eventually plant manager. He has over 20 years of international supply chain experience.

Prior to entering the professional ranks, Mr. Barni made a brief detour into the music business where he wrote and recorded songs in Italy which received publication and distribution in Europe during the 1990s. During his college years, Neil spent a Semester at Sea as a college sophomore and furthered his international studies at the University of Florence, Italy for a year before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh.



Neil Dekker
Head of Container Research, Drewry
Neil Dekker graduated from Bath University with a 2:1 BA (Honours) degree in geography and history. He has 25 years of experience in the container shipping industry including 12 years working in commercial departments in the liner sector.

From 1990 to 2000, he worked at Safmarine UK in various commercial and management positions, which included experience in the trades to/from Africa, Indian Subcontinent, global crosstrades and commodities sectors, where he handled major cocoa, tea and coffee accounts.

From 2000 to 2006, Dekker was the Asian editor for London-based Containerisation International magazine, which included extensive travel to all major Asian countries and exposure to the world’s leading container operators and terminal managers.

In 2006, he became director of container research and development across Drewry’s subscription publications and editor of Drewry’s flagship Container Forecaster product. His speciality areas of research include trade lane analysis and freight rate development. Dekker is the co-author of spotlight reports on China, intra-Asian trades, capacity management and east-west freight rate dynamics. He has also been a speaker and panellist at various global shipping conferences and seminars.



Walter Kemmsies
Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol
As Moffatt & Nichol's Chief Economist, Dr. Walter Kemmsies directs and oversees the firm's work related to market studies, financial analyses, global trade and economic trend forecasts. He has led projects ranging from strategic development plans for ports through M&A transactions of port-related entities to terminal-operator expansion decisions. Dr. Kemmsies is also an advisor to executives at various port authorities and major transportation and manufacturing companies. He is a registered financial analyst with a strong background in industry analysis. He has presented his research at major industry conferences and international economic forums. His research has been published by investment banks, business periodicals, academic journals and various publications. He contributes a monthly column in American Shipper and economic outlook reports for Rosenblatt Securities, and contributes to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Professional Forecasters. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation at Rutgers University. Dr. Kemmsies received his doctorate in economics from Texas A&M University. He has a Master of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Florida Atlantic University.


Mario Moreno
Economist, JOC Group Inc.
Mario O. Moreno is Economist for the JOC Group Inc. and works closely with The Journal of Commerce and JOC.com teams as well as with PIERS, that data division. Since joining the company in 2009, Mario has developed and is lead researcher and writer for numerous reports, including the quarterly JOC Container Shipping Outlook, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical report. His most recent project is development of a five-year forecast for the global container shipping market. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and regularly cited in business media including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the New York Times. Prior to joining JOC Group, Mario worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Global Business from William Paterson University and is working on his M.A. in Economics at Rutgers University.


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., publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com and PIERS maritime trade data. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, websites, events and other products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new value for JOC subscribers. 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 beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the recently released JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity firm. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.

 

12:30-2:00 PM
Lunch with Speaker


Barry Horowitz
Principal, CMS Consulting Services
Mr. Horowitz’s 43-year career has spanned the full range of International Logistics and Trade activities.

Barry is Principal at CMS Consulting Services, which was begun in 2003 and reactivated in 2009 after serving as General Manager, Marketing at the Port of Portland. Since 2009, Barry continues to serve the Port under the terms of a consulting agreement. His major focus is to serve as the Port’s representative to both public and private sector agencies and organizations with various types and levels of involvement in international trade. This includes committee work; planning and organizing various events, including trade missions; trade development and promotion; and tours and presentations of and about the Port of Portland, its work and facilities. He continues to accept occasional international logistics program development and other similar and sector related projects.

From 1991 to 1994 he was Director, International Transportation for NIKE, Inc., responsible for Nike’s global product movement.

Before Nike, he served in senior management positions with ocean carriers and was Vice President of the consolidator DLCMS from 1994-2003.

He has taught and written on International Logistics and Trade topics for many years, and continues to speak at numerous international trade, transportation and logistics events and conferences. Barry has written monthly columns for many industry publications, including The Journal of Commerce.



Claude Mongeau
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian National Railway Company
Claude Mongeau became President and Chief Executive Officer of CN on January 1, 2010.

He joined CN in May 1994 and has held the positions of vice-president, Strategic and Financial Planning, and assistant vice-president Corporate Development. He was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2000.

Prior to joining CN, Mr. Mongeau was a partner with Groupe Secor, a Montreal-based management consulting firm providing strategic advice to large Canadian corporations such as Bombardier and Bell Canada. He also worked in the business development unit of Imasco Inc., a diversified holding company with subsidiaries operating in the manufacturing, retail, and financial services sectors. His career started in Europe with Bain & Company, a leading American consulting firm.

In 1997, Claude Mongeau was named one of Canada's top 40 executives under 40 years of age by the Financial Post Magazine. In 2005, he was selected Canada's CFO of the Year by an independent committee of prominent Canadian business leaders



Mark Szakonyi
Senior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc.
Mark Szakonyi, Senior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc., edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication's online and print editions for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Based out of the JOC's Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Maritime Commission. He also reports on intermodal rail, trucking, customs, cross-border transport, sourcing, industrial real estate, and ocean shipping. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Mark regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

2:00-3:15 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: Dawn of Mega-Alliances: Who benefits?


Adam D. Hall
Sr. Director, International Logistics, Dollar General Corp.
Adam Hall has fifteen years of international supply chain experience that includes management roles in leading retail, consumer products, industrial manufacturing and third-party logistics companies. He served as the Global Import, Export and Trade Compliance Leader for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Director of Supply Chain with the Cummins Corporation. He began his career with C.H. Robinson Worldwide where he was an International Station Manager. Mr. Hall is a veteran of the US Navy, former Army Reservist and Peace Corps Volunteer. He received his Bachelors of Arts in International Economics and Cultures from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Mr. Hall is currently the Senior Director of International Logistics for the Dollar General Corporation based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. With over 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General is the nation’s largest small-box discount retailer. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and two children.


Lars Jensen
CEO and Partner, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis
Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntel Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in process improvement as well as strategic decision making in the container shipping sector. SeaIntel Consulting was founded in 2013. Additionally, Lars Jensen is the co-founder of SeaIntel Maritime Analysis which was founded in 2011 and focused on providing impartial as well as actionable market intelligence for the container shipping industry. The information is often used by all market participants from carriers and shippers to ports and financial institutions.

Lars Jensen has 13 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry. This covers a combined period of 8 years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company. Additionally Lars Jensen has for 2 years been CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, as well as in charge of developing and implementing eCommerce strategy in Maersk Line.

Prior to entering the container shipping industry, Lars Jensen made a Ph.D. on complex mathematical analysis in physics, as well as worked with technological innovation and modelling in the Oil&Gas industry.


Stéphane Rambaud
Senior Vice President, C.H. Robinson
Stéphane Rambaud has been a senior vice president since November 2012. Prior to that, he served as a Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix International, a privately-held international freight forwarder, which was acquired by C.H. Robinson in November 2012. Stéphane oversees the network supervision of the C.H. Robinson Global Forwarding and Project Logistics service lines. As the leader of the Global Forwarding service line, Stéphane also leads the C.H. Robinson/Phoenix International global forwarding integration. Stéphane joined Phoenix International in 1985 and prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007 served as President from 2003-2007 and Chief Operating Officer from 2000-2003. Stéphane is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He studied International Commerce at Académie Commerciale Internationale in Paris France.


Klaus Schnede
Manager Marine - Air - Facilities Procurement, Eastman Chemical Company
Klaus Schnede earned a business degree in marine transportation from the Hamburg (Germany) School of Business.

He has worked at Hapag-Lloyd’s Hamburg headquarters in various capacities, including marketing, operations and pricing. He was assigned to Dublin and London for six months as well.

Schnede has been working in North America since 1985. His experience includes sales, marketing and pricing management with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, P&O, “K” Line and CPShips. He has more than 10 years experience in cost management.

From 2003 through 2005, he worked as senior procurement manager for the Atlanta-based NVO Cendian Corp., responsible for freight cost procurement including air, less-than-containerload, bulk parcel tanker, ISO tank and FCL container shipments. He has been manager of procurement for marine, air and facilities for Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Tenn., since 2005.



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., publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com and PIERS maritime trade data. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, websites, events and other products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new value for JOC subscribers. 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 beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the recently released JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity firm. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.


Bill Woodhour
Vice President, Centre Trade and Marketing, Maersk
William E. Woodhour is currently serving as head of North American trades based in Copenhagen.

Mr. Woodhour joined Maersk Inc. in 1991. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Vice President of North American sales, along with several management positions, including Senior Director for Maersk Line Europe Region at A.P. Moller Headquarters in Copenhagen, and Vice President of Pacific Services.

Woodhour is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Business Administration, and Harvard Business School AMP.

 

 

2:00-3:15 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: Great People: How to find them? How to keep them?


John Bowe
President, American Maritime Group
Mr Bowe is President of American Maritime Group, an advisory firm that provides consulting and other services to public and private organizations in maritime transportation and freight logistics. He has over 30 years experience in ocean and intermodal transportation, including 26 years with APL Ltd where he was President, Americas until 2010, with responsibility for all APL and APL Logistics commercial, terminal, and intermodal operations in North, Central, and South America. He previously represented APL in general management assignments in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Singapore.

Mr Bowe is currently a member of the Board of Directors of DCLI, a privately held intermodal chassis leasing and operating company, and is an Advisor to the Port of Oakland. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association, the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee at Evanston, IL Mr Bowe is a graduate of Hamilton College with a BS in Mathematics and Economics.



Susan Shey Dvonch Managing Partner, Shey Harding Executive Search
Susan Shey Dvonch is Managing Partner of Shey-Harding Executive Search, a transportation industry recruitment firm established in 1990. Since joining the firm in 2003, she has executed numerous searches at the C- level for companies throughout the US. The firms’ clients include some of the nation’s top seaports, ocean shipping lines, terminal operators, stevedoring companies and exporters.

Susan received a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College in 1987. Before joining Shey-Harding, Susan was employed as Assistant Director of Admission at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She serves on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Propeller Club and on the Executive Committee of the International Propeller Club. She is a regular 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. Susan is a graduate of the 1995 class of Leadership Long Beach, a civic improvement program in Long Beach, CA. She is active in her daughters’ sports and school activities and in her community as a member of the Race Committee for Run Seal Beach



Tim McNamara,
Managing Director, Boyden Global Executive Search
Tim McNamara has over 24 years of executive search and management consulting experience. He leads Boyden’s Global Transportation & Infrastructure Practice and has consulted to numerous shipowners, 3PLs, railroads, seaports, and terminal operators. He began his career in the maritime field working with separate Danish, French, and German shipowners. He was formerly a senior member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Transportation Consulting Division.

Tim has been named by BusinessWeek as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Headhunters. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland and attended graduate school at George Washington University.



Susan Pellechio
Vice President Transportation, Staples Inc.
Susan Pellechio is Vice President of Transportation & Supplier Collaboration at Staples, Inc. She is responsible for developing customized operating solutions, supplier selection, program negotiations, and supplier management for all transportation services performed by third party providers, including final mile deliveries to Our Customers. Ms. Pellechio is responsible for planning and execution for freight inbound to our fulfillment and distribution centers, delivery of product for resale to our retail stores, and line haul operations across our delivery network. Modes of transportation include small parcel, courier, truckload, LTL & ocean freight.

Additionally, Susan has responsibility for Supplier Collaboration- a team focused on working collaboratively with both OEM vendors and transportation providers to identify sustainable ways to reduce waste and drive costs out of the value chain. Priority focus for 2013 is to reduce both primary and secondary packaging on product sold to Customers across North America.

Ms. Pellechio joined Staples in 1991 and has held management positions across multiple disciplines within the Company, including; Finance, Product Marketing, Contract Sales, Wholesaler Programs, Human Resources, and Merchandising and Promotions for Staples.com.

Before joining Staples, Ms. Pellechio worked in high tech manufacturing for LTX Corporation where she led financial planning for the sales and support divisions. Susan holds a BS in Accounting.


Mark D. Schweitzer
Managing Director of Intermodal and International Freight, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Mark D. Schweitzer was appointed Managing Director of Intermodal and International Container Freight in 2008. Prior to this position, Mark advanced through various ADM management responsibilities within grain merchandising, North America oilseed processing, North American warehousing, oilseed and energy risk management. With more than 20 years of risk management and customer relations experience, Mark’s areas of expertise include transportation logistics, inventory management, and vendor negotiations that allow him to be instrumental in helping guide and create cost-effective solutions for the transformation of businesses supply chains.

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

 

3:45-5:00 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: If not China, where? Industries hit the road in search of lower costs


Chris Brooks
Executive Editor, JOC Group Inc.
Chris Brooks is Executive Editor at the JOC Group Inc. and oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce, JOC Events programs and 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 overseeing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed the 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 Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. Chris chairs the JOC Inland Distribution Conference programming committee and oversees the JOC Group’s editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.


Foster Finley
Managing Director, Co-Head, Global Supply Chain Practice, Alix Partners
Foster Finley has 27 years of industry and consulting experience. He is a managing director at AlixPartners (www.alixpartners.com), the global business advisory firm, and co-leads the firm’s global Supply Chain Practice. He has a long track record of high-impact, complex project planning and execution for operations-intensive clients across many industries. His expertise includes supply-chain strategy, operations, logistics management, and inventory optimization. Foster holds a MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified turnaround professional and a certified fellow in production and inventory management. He is a member of and frequent presenter at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.


Julia K. Hughes President, United States Fashion Industry Association
Julia K. Hughes is President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Ms. Hughes represents the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government and international governments and stakeholders.

Ms. Hughes has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch on textile trade issues. She is recognized as an expert in textile and apparel issues and frequently speaks at international conferences including MAGIC, Cotton Sourcing Summit, and World Trade Organization events.

Ms. Hughes is one of the founders of the Washington D.C. Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust. She also is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Ms. Hughes has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.



Alan P. Kaufman
Senior Vice President, Technical Affairs, Toy Industry Association, Inc.
Alan P. Kaufman is a toy industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience addressing product safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and product testing issues for toy companies and retailers. Mr. Kaufman leads the continuing development and implementation of technical policies and strategies relating to toy safety, the environment, supply chain issues, factory processes and other related matters.

Mr. Kaufman previously served as Vice-President for Global Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Toys“R”Us. He also spent more than a decade directing production, sourcing and technical services within The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated companies. Earlier in his career, he held technical and production positions at a number of toy manufacturers, including Mattel, Knickerbocker and Coleco.

Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO); he is also a member of the executive board of ASTM International Committee for Consumer Products F15, and is very active on a number of its subcommittees responsible for toy and juvenile product safety standards.

Mr. Kaufman received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is certified as a quality engineer.


Matt Priest
President, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
Matt Priest is the President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the oldest and largest footwear association in the United States. Before joining FDRA in February 2009, Priest served as Senior Advisor to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As deputy assistant secretary he oversaw programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. footwear, fiber, textiles, and apparel industries. Priest was also Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), which determines when market-disrupting factors exist in the domestic fiber, textiles and apparel marketplace.

Previously, Priest served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Commerce Department, where he advised the assistant secretary on textile and trade issues. Prior to his appointment, Priest was Legislative Director for Representative Sue Myrick of North Carolina, where he was an advisor in the areas of textiles, trade and economic development.

Priest earned his BA in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Northern Virginia.

 

3:45-5:00 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: The RFP process for service contracts: what's wrong and how can it be fixed?


Timothy O’Connell
Vice President, Trade and Marketing, Maersk
Tim O’Connell, Vice President of Trade and Marketing for Maersk Line in North America, is responsible for leading Trade Management, Marketing Communications and External Communications and Commercial Business Processes for the North American region. Included in the scope of this responsibility is overseeing market and customer intelligence processes commercial performance management.

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 Trade and Marketing.



Kristian M. Ording
Director, Supply Chain, Jarden Corporation
Mr. Ording is a Director of Supply Chain for Jarden Corporation and is based in Rye, NY. Mr. Ording started with Jarden Corporation in 2006 focusing on Indirect Services Procurement across the various Jarden Business Units. Since starting with Jarden, Mr. Ording has been responsible for various elements within Supply Chain and Operations including Manufacturing Network Optimization and Real Estate, and is currently responsible Global Logistics and Government Relations. Prior to joining Jarden, Mr. Ording worked in Indirect Services Procurement for RR Donnelley and in Technology Consulting for Accenture. Mr. Ording holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Economics from Lehigh University.


Bill Rooney
Vice President Trans-Pacific Seafreight, Kuehne + Nagel 
William F. Rooney is currently Vice President, Trans-Pacific Seafreight for Kuehne + Nagel accountable for the company’s containerized transport activities from Asia to the US. Until October of 2010, President of Hanjin Shipping America, and has 40 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. At Hanjin Mr. Rooney was accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America including sales and marketing, trade lane management, operations, finance and administration. Prior to becoming President Mr. Rooney was Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Hanjin Shipping America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM responsible for inland operations, equipment control, customer service, documentation and finance in North America. Prior to CMA-CGM he was Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider, responsible for product strategy and design, in addition to serving as company liaison to the ocean transportation and logistics industries. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Five of his years with Sea-Land were spent working in Europe. 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.


Stuart Sandlin
Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Service, Region Americas, Hapag-Lloyd
Stuart Sandlin is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for the Americas at Hapag-Lloyd America, Inc. His scope of responsibility includes the commercial organization in North and Latin America.

Stuart has recently returned to the USA from working with Hapag-Lloyd AG in Hamburg as the Senior Director of Corporate Sales. In this role, he had global accountability and ownership for sales performance and sales processes. In addition, he was responsible for Global Sales Development, Global E-business, and Global Tender Management.

Stuart began his career with Hapag-Lloyd in Atlanta in 2001. Having relocated several times, he has worked in Atlanta (twice), Houston, Hamburg, and now in Piscataway, NJ at the Regional Headquarters.

Prior to joining Hapag-Lloyd, Stuart held various positions with Danzas, BAX Global, and Schenker.

He holds a Masters degree in Logistics from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors’ degree in Economics.

Stuart is living in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.



John Urban
Executive Vice President, General Manager, GT Nexus  
Mr. Urban has over 20 years of experience in executive management, operations and sales with global transportation and technology companies. Prior to joining GT Nexus in 1999, Mr. Urban was an executive with American President Lines, Ltd. (APL), one of the world’s largest ocean liner companies and part of the $4.7 billion NOL Group. He held several executive positions with the company in Asia, North and South America. Before APL, Mr. Urban was President of NPSC, a domestic intermodal carrier. Prior to that Mr. Urban was vice president of Sales and Marketing for BRAE Corp., a provider of transportation equipment financing, leasing and management. Mr. Urban began his professional career as an Account Executive for IBM in its large systems group, following his graduation from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University, where he earned an MBA. He received his Bachelor of Science in economics from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.


Bjorn Vang Jensen
VP, Global Logistics, Electrolux
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 of approximately US$ 1 billion.

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 25 years, during which 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 48 years old, married with two sons and one daughter. He is Danish, and lives in Singapore.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 - Top

8:20 - 8:30AM
LOG-NET E-Commerce Excellence Award


Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC Group Inc.
Bill Mongelluzzo is Senior Editor, JOC Group Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif. He is responsible for coverage of the trans-Pacific trades, West Coast labor issues, harbor trucking, West Coast ports and marine terminal productivity for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. 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. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


John Motley
CEO & Founder, LOG-NET
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.

 

8:30 - 9:30 AM
The 2014 ILWU negotiations - A preview


David Casey
Director Business Development, Performance Team
David Casey, a native of Chicago, IL, holds a B.S from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. David spent the first nine years of his career with American President Lines in various sales and sales management roles in the U.S. and Asia. After successfully helping launch V-Logic, a Hong Kong based distribution company funded by Warburg Pincus and The Wharf Group, David joined Newell Rubbermaid, a $7 billion consumer products conglomerate. For seven years he held positions of increasing responsibility including Director of International Logistics, V.P. of Global Transportation, and V.P. of Global Sourcing where his team managed a $1billion spend including $300 million in transport. Since 2009 David has been Director of Business Development for Performance Team, a family owned $270 million 3PL.


James McKenna
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Maritime Association
Jim McKenna is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), with headquarters in San Francisco. As president of PMA, Mr. McKenna directs the association's principal business activity, negotiating and administering maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the West Coast of the United States. He also oversees all operations, including administration of payroll and benefits, pension and training to the ILWU workforce and PMA staff. Prior to joining PMA in July 2003, Mr. McKenna was chief operating officer at Horizon Lines (formerly CSX). Mr. McKenna has nearly 30 years of domestic and international maritime industry experience that includes overseeing vessel operations, procurement, terminal operations and labor relations activities.


Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC Group Inc.
Bill Mongelluzzo is Senior Editor, JOC Group Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif. He is responsible for coverage of the trans-Pacific trades, West Coast labor issues, harbor trucking, West Coast ports and marine terminal productivity for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. 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. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 

9:30 - 10:30 AM
Understanding longshore labor dynamics in 2014: It's all about jurisdiction


Dr. Michael H. Belzer, Ph.D.
Program Director, Master of Arts, Department of Economics Wayne State University
Dr. Michael H. Belzer is Associate Professor of Economics at Wayne State University, teaching industrial organization, macroeconomics, and transportation. He founded the Transportation Research Board Committee on Trucking Industry Research and served as chairman for 13 years, and remains a member of three TRB committees – Trucking Industry Research, Freight Economics and Regulation, and Truck and Bus Safety. Dr. Belzer serves as an expert resource for numerous government agencies, private sector firms and organizations. He is author of Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Truck Driver Occupational Safety and Health: 2003 Conference Report and Selective Literature Review (with Gregory Saltzman; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2007) as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and studies on trucking industry economics, labor, occupational safety and health, infrastructure, and operational issues. Dr. Belzer authored the book chapter "Labor and Human Resources" in Intermodal Transportation: Moving Freight in a Global Economy, edited by Lester Hoel, Genevieve Giuliano and Michael Meyer (Washington: Eno Foundation for Transportation). Dr. Belzer also developed a strategic economic initiative to transform Detroit into an inland port by fostering the development of intermodal centers in partnership with Canadian-based railroads and ports.

Donald D. Crosatto Senior Area Director, International Association of Machinists District 190Mr. Crosatto is the senior area director for Machinists Automotive Trades District 190 of northern California where he is responsible for negotiating and servicing contracts in the automotive and trucking industries, shipping lines, sanitation, commercial bakeries and other industries. He serves as a trustee of the Automotive Industries Welfare Fund, the Automotive Industries Pension Fund, the CMTA-IAM Retiree Health & Welfare Fund, and the Michael J. Day Machinists Retiree Investment Trust. Mr. Crosatto also chairs the California Machinists 401(k) Trust and Automotive Industry Apprenticeship Trust Fund. He serves on the International Foundation’s Health Care Management and Coalition Committee and previously served as a Voting Member of the Board of Directors, as well as a member of numerous committees. In addition, he serves on the Alameda County Central Labor Council’s Executive Committee, where he was named the 2008 Unionist of the Year. Prior to his current position, Mr. Crosatto was the organizing director of District 190. He served as the founding editor of the SPARKPLUG, an award-winning labor newspaper. Mr. Crosatto graduated from Willamette University with degrees in history and political science.


Russel A. Graef
Executive Vice President, ContainerPort Group, Inc.
Mr. Graef is one of the founding members of ContainerPort Group, Inc., a leading provider of intermodal terminal and cargo transportation services to the containerized shipping industry.

Over his 40+ years with ContainerPort Group, Mr. Graef has held executive positions in all divisions of the business. Currently he is the Executive Vice President, a position he has held since 2010.

ContainerPort Group, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, provides both motor carrier services and terminal services (container depot, CY, equipment maintenance, intermodal rail operations) to ocean carriers, railroads, shippers/receivers, and freight intermediaries. CPG operates facilities and terminals in sixteen distinct geographic markets throughout the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast regions.

Mr. Graef is currently engaged in leadership roles in a number of industry associations including the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), the American Trucking Association (ATA), and the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC).



Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC Group Inc.
Bill Mongelluzzo is Senior Editor, JOC Group Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif. He is responsible for coverage of the trans-Pacific trades, West Coast labor issues, harbor trucking, West Coast ports and marine terminal productivity for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. 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. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


Sam Ruda
Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Portland
Sam Ruda is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at the Port of Portland. He has been with the Port since April of 2003. Prior to assuming the role of CCO in February of 2012, Sam was Director of Marine and Industrial Development at the Port. In his current position, Sam oversees the maritime and aviation commercial business lines as well as the Port’s industrial real estate portfolio.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Sam began his career as a management trainee with the global container carrier Seal-Land Service. He has also held sales and management positions with American President Lines and NYK Line. From 1997-2001 Sam was Coordinating Manager for NYK’s North American Liner division based in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Port, Sam was Director of Global Transportation for Nike Inc, overseeing international logistics for the Beaverton, Oregon based athletic footwear and apparel company.

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in economics (1985) from Rutgers University.

 

 

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: The East Coast/West Coast picture clarifies


Robert Leachman
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley
Rob 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.


Michael Murphy
Chief Development Officer, CenterPoint Properties
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.


Richard Smith
Vice President Global Transportation, Sears Holdings Corp.
Richard is Vice President of Global Transportation for Sears Holdings Corp. In this role, Richard is responsible for the purchase and operation of all domestic and international transportation operations servicing the entities of Sears Holdings. This includes all vendor to DC and DC to store freight for KMart and Sears retail outlets as well as Lands End, Sears and Kmart.com operations. In total SHC will transport in excess of 500,000 truck, intermodal and ocean shipments annually.

Richard has served in various leadership roles in steering committees for RILA and has presented to international conferences for TPM.



John Wheeler
Vice President Carrier Sales, South Carolina State Ports Authority
For more than 30 years John Wheeler has been engaged in international trade and transportation with experience in both ocean carrier operations and sales, as well as port sales, business development, and marketing. Having begun his carrier in the Trans-Atlantic trade in the operations division of Cast North America’s Montreal office, he rose through the organization’s ranks in various managerial roles eventually being promoted to the commercial division and assigned to the carrier’s New York office. Later, Wheeler joined Hanjin Shipping Company’s commercial team as the company moved to grow its North American presence via expanded operations and an enhanced service portfolio that included Hanjin’s first deployment of vessels to the US East Coast trade. Having spent extensive time splitting his commercial role between New York and Asia, Wheeler was recruited by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) as a strategic member of the GPA’s global carrier sales and business development team. As part of the early leadership team that established the ‘Savannah Model’ and having moved through the GPA’s ranks with increasing responsibility, Wheeler departed the Georgia Ports Authority in 2012 having achieved the position of Senior Director of Trade Development. Since 2012 Wheeler has served as the Vice President of Carrier Sales for the South Carolina Ports Authority overseeing the Authority’s global carrier sales team


Tay Yoshitani
Executive Director, Port of Seattle
Tay Yoshitani joined the Port of Seattle as its CEO in March 2007. He carries out policies set by the Port Commission and leads the Port’s operating divisions, including the 8th largest container port in the nation, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

When he took the helm, Yoshitani set about ensuring that the organization’s commitment to sustainability rivaled its success as an economic engine. During his tenure, the Port has implemented successful air quality initiatives, invested in significant environmental remediation projects, and has instituted ambitious energy-saving and recycling programs. He created a Real Estate division to better manage the organization’s real estate holdings and consolidated the Port’s many capital development projects into one division that oversees all of the organization’s construction and procurement. He also established the Office of Social Responsibility, which works to ensure equal opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses to work with the Port.

A U.S. Army veteran, Yoshitani has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his MBA at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He serves on the boards of a number of local Seattle civic and trade-related organizations.

 

 

11:00 AM-12:15 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: Terminal productivity and its impact on supply chains

Jonathan Beard
Global Lead, Ports & Logistics, ICF GHK, Hong Kong
Jonathan advises terminal operators, investors, financial advisors and port / airport authorities on logistics policy, and related infrastructure finance and development. He led the market and technical due diligence for China Merchants’ investment in Terminal Link’s global portfolio of terminals and also for Goodman’s acquisition of DP World’s ATL Logistics facility and Terminal 3 at Hong Kong Port. Jonathan has also directed the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Port Klang, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and has undertaken independent market assessments of green-field terminals in North America, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, India, Argentina and North Africa. He has recently finished developing the blueprint for Malaysia’s cruise tourism sector and a scoping study for the Southwest Indian Ocean Maritime Corridor. He is currently advising on bulk and break-bulk port investment opportunities in China and South America.

In addition to his consultancy on sea-ports, Jonathan has worked extensively in the airport and aviation logistics sector and has recently finished developing the aviation logistics strategic plan for Beijing’s second international airport.

Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant and Director of the Management Consultants Association Hong Kong.


Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor, Finance and Economics, JOC Group Inc.
Joseph Bonney is Senior Editor, Finance and Economics, JOC Group Inc and his news and analysis appears on JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. 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, 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. Bonney regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


Capt. Chaim Shacham
Principal, CCS Maritime Services and Former Sr. VP-operations at Zim American Integrated Services
Captain Chaim Shacham is currently a freelance Maritime Consultant offering his vast knowledge, experience and expertise, that were acquired during over 45 years of active and contributing membership in Maritime/Shipping /Transportation by sea industry. He specializes in Vessel, Marine and Terminal Operations.

Captain Shacham was employed and affiliated with ZIM, a global Ocean Carrier for 44 years starting when he joined as a deck cadet upon graduating the Maritime Academy, and sailed for a total of 20 years, the last eight (8) as Master Mariner on different type of ships in different trade lanes.

In 1988 Captain Shacham assumed a shore position as the International Director of Operations for ZIM’s Tankers and Bulk carries division. In 1989 he was transferred to ZIM’s USA office in NYC and was appointed V.P. Marine Operations , and promoted in 2001 to the position of ZIM’s Senior V.P. Operations for the Western Hemisphere, to be in charge of all Opertations activites – Ports, Marine, Terminal, Procurement and HazMat – of all ZIM operted (owned and chartered) vessels in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean basin.

Captain Shacham parted ways from ZIM in 2012, and turned to consultancy, continuing being a part of the Maritime Industry, and can share his know-how abilities and can-do mentality and attitude with interested parties.

Captain Shacham holds a degree in Shipping Economics from Haifa University.


Edward DeNike
President, SSA Containers
Edward DeNike has 46 years of experience in terminal/stevedore management and operations. He became a member of the management team with the acquisition of Crescent Wharf and Warehouse in 1983. He has directed numerous cargo operations since his original hiring by Crescent in 1966. DeNike was the architect and terminal manager for several major facilities in San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach. In 1986, he relocated to Seattle and assumed overall responsibility for Carrix's West Coast container and select breakbulk operations. He was a Blue Ribbon Committee member responsible for rewriting the Pacific Coast Longshore Contract Document, and has been consulted on container top-handling equipment design criteria and specifications by a major manufacturer. DeNike is President of the company's domestic container operations and also serves as Chief Operating Officer for SSA Terminals, Carrix's largest joint venture; Pacific Maritime Services, Carrix's joint venture with COSCO; and SSA Terminals (Long Beach), Carrix's joint venture with Mediterranean Shipping. DeNike serves on the board of the Pacific Maritime Association.

Robert Inchausti
Chief Technology Officer, Navis LLC
Robert Inchausti brings 28 years of software and product development experience combined with his more than 20 years of maritime industry at Navis. At Navis, Robert has held numerous individual contributor and leadership positions including software engineering and management, professional services and product management, where he was a lead contributor developing what is today the global software standard for marine container terminal operators, SPARCS N4. Over the years, Robert has worked closely with many of the world’s leading container terminal operators helping them deploy the advanced technologies they need to optimize their operations. Robert now leads new technology and innovation efforts working to develop future solutions that will keep Navis at the forefront of the industry.

Robert earned an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at New York State University, Oswego.



Mark Sisson
Leader, Marine Analysis Group, AECOM
Mr. Sisson leads AECOM’s marine analysis group.  He is responsible for business development, project execution, and oversight of research and development of our simulation models.  Mr. Sisson has over 19 years of experience managing and executing a wide range of marine terminal planning, simulation, and analysis projects.  Typical projects involve supervision of field data collection, model development, and presentation of analysis results. 

Mr Sisson’s career project highlights include:

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

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

 

 

1:30-2:45 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: Port drayage: Turmoil roils a key sector in the supply chain

Bill-Cassidy-Photo-2013William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.Bill Cassidy is Senior Editor, Trucking at the JOC Group Inc., and his news and analysis of this area are included in the JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor. Based in Washington, D.C., 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.
Cassidy regularly speaks to industry groups on his area of expertise.


Jason Hilsenbeck
President, Drayage.com
Jason Hilsenbeck is the President and founder of both the LoadMatch & Drayage.com websites. In 1999, he created the LoadMatch.com website to provide street turn match-back visibility for empty containers. In 2001, he created the Drayage.com website to provide a Directory of Draymen, which FF/NVOs use to submit dray rate bids for import containers. Now over 14 years later, there are over 2,000 unique draymen profiles in the drayage directory for U.S. and Canada, and thousands of empty containers posted in the equipment matching area.

Prior to the websites, Jason started his career in the intermodal business in 1994 at Genex, a 3rd-Party IMC & OTR brokerage in Chicago doing operations and sales. Jason graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Transportation & Distribution. He is a member of IANA, TIA, NCBFAA, and is the current President of the Intermodal Association of Chicago.



Scott C. Larson
Vice-President Global Logistics & Customs, The BON-TON Stores, Inc.
Mr. Larson’s 34 year career has spanned the Full range of International Logistics, Domestic Logistics and Supply Chain Management activities. His responsibilities and accomplishments has included establishment of CFS operations through-out the Far East, & including 41 plus origin ports, contractual negotiations covering ocean, air, forwarding/consolidation, and overseas trucking services covering product flow from foreign factory origins to the U.S. For more than 30 years, Larson has been traveling through Asian countries involving supply chain management activities. Then within the U.S. his responsibilities has included U.S. Customs, Port drayage and transload operations and the product flow to distribution center locations by Intermodal, and/or truck load service providers. He joined Bon-Ton and located to Milwaukee, WI in 2007 and is responsible for their International and Domestic Inbound Product flow to their Distribution Centers. Prior to the Bon-Ton he held executive International Logistic positions with Payless Shoe Source located in Topeka, Ks., William Sonoma located in Collierville, TN., and Saks Department Store Private Brands, located in Birmingham, AL. He has spoken at many international trade clubs, and logistic conferences. Larson has a BSB and Master’s degree in business and served in the U.S. Navy stationed in Hawaii.


Dan Smith
Principal, The Tioga Group
Dan Smith has over 30 years of consulting experience in freight transportation economics, strategy, policy, and planning. His major clients have included ports, railroads, shippers, leasing companies, industry associations, and government agencies. He has led landmark studies of intermodal transportation, cargo forecasts for major container ports, and highly regarded studies on intermodal interchange, terminals, drayage, equipment utilization, and productivity. Mr. Smith has also been a frequent contributor to trade journals and industry conferences, and was previously with Mercer Management Consulting and Manalytics, Inc.


Bruce Wargo
President, PierPass Inc.
Mr. Wargo has been working on the waterfront since 1970 and has held a variety of operational, management and executive positions.

Bruce is currently President and CEO of PierPass Inc. which in 2005 introduced the OffPeak Hours Program for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach providing night and weekend gates at no cost to the user.

Mr. Wargo reports to a West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement Membership consisting of all thirteen container terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and to a select Board of Directors. PierPass has program oversight by the Federal Maritime Commission



Raymond Wisniewski, Jr.
Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, National Retail Systems, Inc
Raymond Wisniewski, Jr. is the Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions at National Retail Systems, Inc. where he currently oversees West Coast operations.

Ray joined the family transportation and logistics company straight out of his undergraduate studies. He managed a100,000 square foot DC and processing center in North Bergen, New Jersey. After 1.5 years he accepted the opportunity to move to California as the VP of Supply Chain Solutions to manage the West Coast’s extensive growth.

Upon arrival in California, Ray oversaw the startup of a major retailer’s DC Bypass operation. Shortly after, he moved to the imports operation to oversee and create a plan for the inception of the Clean Trucks Program in 2008, and is now the company subject matter expert. He was instrumental in the development of the current operating metrics for West Coast operations, and has mainstreamed and enhanced NRS’s proprietary i-Track online freight tracking system. While in California he completed California State University’s Global Logistics Specialist Professional Designation Program.

Ray attended Drew University, where he earned a B.S. in Political Science. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 18-month old triplets.

 

 

1:30-2:45 PM
CONCURRENT PANEL SESSION: Is Washington getting serious about freight?


J. Stanley “Stan” Payne
Principal at Summit Strategy Partners
J. Stanley “Stan” Payne is a Principal with Summit Strategic Partners, a management and transportation consulting firm with projects worldwide. He previously served as CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority and Deputy Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority during periods of transformation and great growth of Port Canaveral and the Ports of Virginia, respectively. Under his leadership, Port Canaveral’s revenues and cruise passengers grew by nearly 40% over the period 2010-2012. During Mr. Payne’s tenure at the Virginia Port Authority, cargo tonnage doubled, and he shepherded such important projects as the Norfolk 50-foot channel deepening and the Virginia Inland Port. Mr. Payne’s career also includes leadership of the private terminal operations at the Port of Richmond, Virginia, at the time a model of success for smaller ports across the country.

Between his stints at the Virginia Port Authority and Canaveral Port Authority, Mr. Payne spent considerable time in private industry at senior levels with the world’s largest furniture companies and, uniquely, is perhaps one of the only individuals in the maritime industry with experience in a large container port, a large cruise port, a private marine terminal operator, and with a shipper, moving thousands of containers from Asia.

A licensed attorney, Mr. Payne has, through his diverse background, developed expertise in the laws and regulations impacting both ports and trade.

Mr. Payne has served in the leadership position in each of Florida’s three public port organizations, President of the North Atlantic Ports Association and as twice on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities.


Beth Peterson
President, BPE Global
As the president of BPE Global, Beth Peterson brings 25 plus years of operational expertise in global trade and international logistics to assist BPE Global clients develop their global trade strategy and implement a strong global trade posture. Beth offers subject matter expertise in brokerage, import operations, export operations and the development and maintenance of global supply chain security programs. Beth has extensive experience in establishing global trade organizations, developing global trade strategy and defining and implementing global trade automation solutions. Beth has experience in export licensing applications and management, product control classification, Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) development and the development of policies and procedures, including Export Management, C-TPAT and Compliance Program design.

Beth is a global trade evangelist, author of numerous benchmark reports, white papers, articles and BPE Global Hot Topics. Beth is an extremely dynamic speaker who advocates that global trade compliance is an essential component of every company’s corporate strategy. Beth was awarded the Organization of Women in International Trade Member of the Year in 2006. Beth was named one of DC Velocity’s 2011 Rainmakers. BPE Global was named to the 100 Top Women Owned Businesses in the Bay Area in 2013.


Mark Szakonyi
Senior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc.
Mark Szakonyi, Senior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc., edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication's online and print editions for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Based out of the JOC's Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Maritime Commission. He also reports on intermodal rail, trucking, customs, cross-border transport, sourcing, industrial real estate, and ocean shipping. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Mark regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


Robert Voltmann
President and CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
In June of 1997, Bob was named President & CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association. TIA is the only organization representing the interests of North American transportation intermediaries of all disciplines: brokers, domestic freight forwarders, air forwarders, international forwarders, logistics management companies, intermodal marketing companies, and perishable commodity brokers.

Prior to joining TIA, Bob was the Director of Policy for the National Industrial Transportation League. Before his NIT League position, Bob was appointed by President George Bush to serve as Chief of Staff to Interstate Commerce Commissioner Ed Emmett. Prior to coming to Washington, Bob worked for two economic development and area planning associations in Houston, Texas. Bob has also worked as staff director for a committee of the Texas House of Representatives, and as a political consultant.

Bob has been actively engaged in all of the major policy and legislative initiatives during the past 20 plus years in Washington, DC.

Bob, his wife Ginger, and sons Griffin and Campbell live in Alexandria, Virginia on land once part of George Washington’s estate.

 

 

3:15-4:15 PM
A conversation with Ron Widdows


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., publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com and PIERS maritime trade data. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, websites, events and other products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new value for JOC subscribers. 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 beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the recently released JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity firm. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.


Ronald D. Widdows,
CEO, Rickmers Group and Rickmers Linie
Ronald D. Widdows has been CEO of Rickmers Group and Rickmers-Linie since 1 April 2012. He has more than 40 years‘ experience in shipping, 31 of these years at American President Lines and Neptune Orient Lines, retiring as President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines in December of 2011. Currently he is also Chairman of the World Shipping Council in Washington D.C. a position he has held since 2008.

Mr Widdows is a former Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

 

4:15-5:00 PM
What will the future bring?


Joel Kotkin
Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies, Chapman University; Principal, Joel Kotkin Associates
An internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Editor of the widely read website www.newgeography.com.

He writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com; is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore; serves on the editorial board and writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register; and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

Mr. Kotkin is the author of THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050, published by The Penguin Press, which explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. His previous, also critically acclaimed book, was THE CITY: A GLOBAL HISTORY.

Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the US economy. His recent report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been the subject of much commentary.

In 2013, he released a report on the future of housing. Currently he is working on reports including: the future of Global Cities, a study on New Orleans, and the future of affordable housing.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 - Top

8:30 - 9:30 AM
CASE STUDY: Finding a Middle Ground in Transit Time: A Sea-to-Truck Program for Expedited Freight


Peter Leach
Senior Editor, Trans-Atlantic, JOC Group Inc.
Peter Leach, Senior Editor, Trans-Atlantic, JOC Group Inc., and is responsible for coverage of container shipping lines, East and Gulf Coast ports and their container trades for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. He has worked for the JOC Group Inc. in two different stints since 1973, when he joined what was then a daily newspaper as a foreign trade reporter. He was the Editor-in-Chief in 1978-1981 when Knight-Ridder Newspapers transferred him to The Philadelphia Inquirer. He rejoined the JOC in 2004 after writing the 175th anniversary history of its founding by Samuel F.B. Morse and Arthur Tappan in 1827. During his 20-year absence from the JOC, his experience includes positions as Chief Operating Officer of VU/TEXT Information Services, Knight-Ridder’s first venture into electronic publishing; Vice President of New Media for American Bank-Bond Buyer; Chief Operating Officer of UPI in Washington and Editor of IBM’s corporate magazine, Think Leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a BA in history. Leach regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


Pat Moffett
Vice President, International Logistics and Customs Compliance, VOXX International Corp.
Pat Moffett will celebrate 50 Years in the import-export industry on July 1, 2014. He is currently vice president, international logistics and customs compliance, and director of corporate recycling at VOXX International (formerly Audiovox) where he’s been for 34 years.

Moffett founded the Long Island Import-Export Association in 1982 and is presently chairman of its board.

In 1998, he received the Long Island International Executive of the Year award. He was named to the Top 20 List of U.S. Logistics Executives in 2002, as voted by the Logistics Forum.

In 2012, Moffett was named Man of The Year by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Columbia Association.

He is the author of two books: Fortunate Soldier, a comedy about his experiences with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and Ice Cream in The Cupboard, about his work with Alzheimer’s Disease.



Denise Oswald
Assistant Vice President, International Logistics at VOXX International Corp.
Denise Oswald has been with VOXX International Corp (formerly Audiovox Corp) for 21 years, holding multiple positions including Expedited Cargo Manager and International Logistics Manager before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, International Logistics, in 2012. She has managed the Sea-Truck program @ VOXX for over 10 years. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Employeee of the Year award for VOXX International and is a long time member of the Long Island Import Export Association.


Jerry Witkoski
Operations Manager, Consolidated Shippers Inc.
Jerry Witkoski, Vice President of CSI, Consolidated Shippers Inc. Based in Bainbridge Island, WA.

Jerry Witkoski, vice president of Consolidated Shippers Inc., is based in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

He began working at CSI in the dispatch department along with some outside sales and has been with the company for more than 10 years. In 2006, Witkowski took over the responsibilities of vice president of operation and sales.

Prior to CSI, he worked with Watson Furniture out of Poulsbo, Wash., in the receiving department. He then moved to a computer numerically controlled systems operator and continued off-loading a reload of Watson’s shipping receiving needs.

 

8:30 - 9:30 AM
CASE STUDY: How Transportation Management Systems Drive Value for Shippers


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., publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com and PIERS maritime trade data. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC Group publications, websites, events and other products and is leading a pioneering effort at the JOC Group to push content in new directions to unlock new value for JOC subscribers. 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 beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the recently released JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Commerce covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. JOC Group is a unit of Electra plc, a UK-based private equity firm. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.


Vijay Ramanathan
Staff Vice President, International Operations, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Vijay Ramanathan is the Staff Vice President – International Logistics Operations at Leggett & Platt, Inc. He joined Leggett in 2003. Vijay is responsible for managing all of Leggett’s international logistics operations. Vijay lead the effort in building the operations team in Shanghai and Hong Kong for Leggett. This included developing and implementing logistics/transportation process, standard operating procedures, and KPI metrics for vendor management. Along with the rest of the team, Vijay managed the roll out of OTM implementation across all of Leggett’s Asian and European supplier base accounting for approximately 400 vendors. Prior to Leggett, Vijay worked at i2 Technologies (now JDA) implementing SCM solutions at various clients covering wide array of industry verticals.


Timothy Wicklund
Solution Consulting Team Lead, Value Chain Execution, Oracle
Tim Wicklund is a Master Principal Sales Consulting Team Lead at Oracle Corporation. Tim has over 18 years of experience in the enterprise software industry with J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft and Oracle. He has worked with over 150 customers in the various consulting capacities, and has deep experience with Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, and Logistics Service Provider companies. Tim is currently responsible for managing the logistics related pre-sales consulting engagements in Oracle’s North American region. The team’s focus is on transportation management, global trade compliance, and warehouse management applications. Tim and his team work closely with Oracle customers and prospects to understand current logistics processes, and to discover challenges and opportunities. They then identify and align enabling technologies that support best practice transformation, and drive business value.

 

9:30 - 10:30 AM
CASE STUDY: Effective Collaborative in an Automotive Container Supply Chain


Chris Brooks
Executive Editor, JOC Group Inc.
Chris Brooks is Executive Editor at the JOC Group Inc. and oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce, JOC Events programs and 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 overseeing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed the 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 Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. Chris chairs the JOC Inland Distribution Conference programming committee and oversees the JOC Group’s editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.


Joe Heck
Head of International Procurement, Mopar
Joe has over 20 years of automotive supply chain experience at Chrysler. He has held various positions within Logistics operations, including International production and service parts transportation, shipment of vehicles from the U.S., Import/Export Consolidation Center activities, customs compliance and he is a licensed customs broker. His current responsibilities include Management of the procurement of logistical services, including warehousing and forwarding activities for the International supply chain for production and service parts and the North American transportation of Mopar parts to the parts distribution centers and dealer network


Ed McCarthy
Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, CMA-CGM
Ed McCarthy, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ed is responsible for all facets of our marine and inland operations as well as procurement for the CMA CGM Group in the United States.

Ed brings an abundance of experience to CMA CGM, including more than 20 years of progressive responsibility with Sea-Land Services, APM Terminals and Virginia International Terminals, working in various operations management positions throughout the United States.

A graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College, Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation and earned his MBA at the College of William & Mary. Ed joined CMA CGM (America) LLC in April 2011



Chris Ng
Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, TSI Terminal, Global Containers Terminals Canada
Chris is responsible for GCT Canada’s commercial activities, securing contractual relationships, and sales strategies to generate more volume, revenue and market share gains for their two marine terminals in Vancouver, BC.

He manages 85% of Vancouver’s terminal capacity (includes Deltaport, Canada’s largest marine terminal) - representing 78% of Port Metro Vancouver’s market share in container traffic. Chris joined the company in 1999 and held various positions in terminal operations before transitioning to his commercial role. In 2013, Chris was appointed Vice President, Marketing and Sales.

Chris received his Bachelors of Business Administration and Economics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.In spare time, he enjoys travelling. Also an avid runner, completed his first full marathon in 2009 and continues to enjoy distance running.



Jean-Jacques Ruest
Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, CN Rail
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.



Chris Wellstood
Director Operations & Security, Port Metro Vancouver
Mr. Wellstood is the Director of Marine Operations & Security with Port Metro Vancouver and in his role as the Director also acts as the Harbour Master for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Mr. Wellstood is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in all facets of port marine logistics and operations; ensuring secure, safe, efficient freight flow and environmental protection within Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction.

Mr. Wellstood started his career as a Maritime Officer sailing on semi submersible heavy lift deep sea vessels and later moved to the offshore industry where he became a Dynamic Positioning Officer on the largest self propelled crane vessels in the world. In these years he traveled the world extensively and visited many ports in many different countries. After getting his hands “wet and dirty” in the marine environment Mr. Wellstood moved toward the management side of the marine business, starting out as Management Trainee with SMIT.

Mr. Wellstood holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Sciences from the Maritime Institute “De Ruyter”, Vlissingen, The Netherlands and a Master of Science Degree in Maintenance and Safety Management from the University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom. He is currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Business Administration program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

 

9:30-10:30 AM
CASE STUDY: A Model for Solving the Chassis Problem


Frank W. Borum
Vice-President, Atlantic Intermodal Services (AIS)
Since 1991, AIS has provided superior one-way drayage as well as standard drayage services for its clients. A dedicated intermodal trucking company with locations including Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte, Greensboro, Jacksonville and Atlanta, AIS is part of the IMC Companies’ national network of intermodal transportation companies.

Frank W. Borum has recently joined AIS as Vice-President. Prior to AIS, Frank was the chief operating officer for both the intermodal trucking and warehousing divisions of DD Jones Transfer and Warehouse Company.

His experience includes sales, pricing, operations, and maintenance as well as equipment specification and selection.

Borum joined DD Jones in 1993 as head of the Brokerage Department. Prior to joining DD Jones, he was an associate at J.C. Penney for 16 years and served in positions as a distribution center manager and import distribution center manager. He started working in the logistics world right after college with UPS.

A native of coastal Virginia, Borum is a graduate of Old Dominion University and resides with his wife in Virginia Beach.



Robert LaMura
Manager, Maritime Industry Relations, Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Robert LaMura serves as the commercial liaison with the general shipping trade, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, labor and the trucking community.

He is a 33-year veteran of the maritime industry who began his career at United States Lines Inc. in 1980, serving in various port operations and commercial positions.

LaMura later moved to Sea Land for eight years and then on to CMA CGM where, as the director of business development, he was instrumental in transitioning CMA CGM from a slot charter carrier to a full liner company. An eight-year assignment at MOL America positioned LaMura as the Northeast regional sales manager.

Reverting back to his operational background and commercial expertise, LaMura was named the commercial director of Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) in New York. There, he had full commercial responsibility for all ocean carrier stevedoring agreements.

LaMura and his wife of 35 years, Marybeth, reside on the Jersey Shore where they raised their
three children.



Thomas Lorenzo
Import Ocean Logistics Manager, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Thomas Lorenzo is currently Import Ocean Logistics Manager for Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

He has over 20 years of experience in the ocean transportation industry, specializing in retail logistics, maritime sales, Contract negotiations, cost estimation, profitability and RFQ bidding.

Thomas started in 1992 with Sea-Land Service in Documentation (Dallas, TX), and later held positions in Customer Service (Miami, FL), Pricing (Charlotte, NC) and Sales (Elizabeth, NJ), until 1999, at which time he joined Horizon Lines in Sales and Pricing.

Thomas joined Lowe’s in 2010 and now oversees ocean provider relationships and Contract negotiations, accounting for over 200,000 TEU of annual import volume.

Recently, he played a key role on the team that has developed and implemented a solution which allows Lowe’s to autonomously supply and manage chassis assets and services.
A graduate of SUNY Albany, Thomas is a New Yorker living in North Carolina with his wife and two children.



John Mizerek
Vice President of Sales, Flexi-Van
John Mizerek was appointed Vice President of Sales at Flexi-Van Leasing in January 2010. In that capacity, John has responsibility for all sales relating to Motor Carrier and BCO products.

Prior to joining Flexi-Van Leasing, John spent over nineteen years in various management positions at Maersk Inc., the North American organization of A.P. Moller/ Maersk Group. His responsibilities while at Maersk were numerous and included Senior Director of Bridge Terminal Transport - Northeast, the Trucking group within Maersk Inc., Senior Director of Maersk Inc., in addition to various General Management positions throughout North America.

A native of Middlesex, NJ, Mr. Mizerek is a graduate of both Columbia University and IMD’s Executive Management Programs.



Steven Rubin
Principal, InterPro Advisory LLC
Steve Rubin is Principal of InterPro Advisory LLC, a consulting practice serving the container shipping, intermodal, and chassis markets and whose clients include the entire spectrum of the intermodal supply chain, from manufacturers to shippers, to marine terminals and all in between. In 2012 Steve co-authored a Transportation Research Board report on intermodal chassis titled “Guidebook for Assessing the Evolving International Container Chassis Supply Models”. In addition, he is serving on the Board of Directors of Horizon Lines, the largest U.S. domestic container line. From April 2008 to June 2011, Rubin was President and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, North America’s largest chassis leasing company and in 2011 presided as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Intermodal Association of North America, the premier trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. He has frequently appeared as a moderator and subject matter expert panelist at container shipping and intermodal conferences.

Prior to joining TRAC, Mr. Rubin spent 17 years at Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Inc. (“K Line”), Japan’s third-largest shipping company, in a number of roles for “K” Line’s North American operations. In his last position at the company, Steve was Group Vice President for Liner Operations and Product Management where he was responsible for vessel and marine terminal operations, inland logistics, rail network management, equipment management and various operating administrative functions. Prior to joining “K” Line America, Steve worked as an auditor with KPMG for a variety of business sectors. Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School with a BA in History and BS in Economics, respectively. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU with a concentration in accounting, and obtained his Certified Public Accountant license in the state of New York.

 

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
How Using '53 Containers for Imports Can Create Supply Chain Efficiencies


Chris Brooks
Executive Editor, JOC Group Inc.
Chris Brooks is Executive Editor at the JOC Group Inc. and oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce, JOC Events programs and 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 overseeing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed the 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 Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. Chris chairs the JOC Inland Distribution Conference programming committee and oversees the JOC Group’s editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.


Craig Mygatt
Sr. Vice President, Inland Operations, Maersk
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.



Theodore Prince
Chief Operating Officer, Tiger Cool Express LLC
Theodore Prince is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Cool Express LLC, a new venture dedicated to rail intermodal transportation of temperature-controlled freight. The company’s focus is the transportation of perishables – primarily fresh produce – using rail intermodal service. The service will represent a lower-cost, more reliable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to long-haul truck transportation.

Mr. Prince has spent his career of over 35 years in the transportation industry. He was formerly Principal, T. Prince & Associates, LLC, a boutique consultancy; President, Consolidated Chassis Management; Vice President of Intermodal and International for Kansas City Southern; and Chief Operating Officer, of “K” Line’s North American trades. He started his career with Conrail and its motor carrier subsidiary.

He has spoken throughout the world on intermodal issues and has published over 300 articles and columns. He is a past chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and was twice appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council.

Mr. Prince has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Transportation from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.



Todd Zaninelli
Director, International Logistics & Carrier Management, Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Todd Zaninelli is in his 18th year as a logistician. “It is part of my pedigree,” he says. “My father is a 40-year veteran of the ocean transportation industry. I followed him right into this industry and cannot imagine doing anything else.”

Zaninelli graduated from Moravian College in 1993 with a bachelor’s in business management. His first opportunity was with “K “ Line America. He moved around quickly within the company and was responsible for national transportation, national logistics and import customer service. He was also part of an implementation team that established our National Service Center in Richmond, Va. In 1998, he left “K “ Line to join a start-up third-party logistics provider, United States Consolidation Ltd.

At USC, he was exposed to supply chain and logistics, with a heavy focus on China. The company was eventually acquired by Exel and then purchased by DHL in 2005. In 2006, he joined Toys“R”Us as director of international logistics.

After several successful years with international logistics, Zaninelli took over the domestic transportation team. In January 2013, he was given full responsibility over both international and domestic carrier activities.

 

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
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Matt Cocchiaro
Vice President Engineering, JOC Group Inc.
Matt Cocchiaro is the Vice President of Engineering at PIERS. In his role, Matt is responsible for Operations, Engineering and IT infrastructure. Matt’s expertise lies in data analysis and project management which lend itself to the data collection and processing operation.

Matt has worked in supply chain management across various industries, most recently in mission critical service part logistics. He has a degree in Mathematics from Loyola University Maryland.



Julia Murphy
General Manager, JOC Group Inc.
Julia Murphy is General Manager of JOC Group Inc. Julia is well-experienced in management, HR and customer relations. Julia joined JOC Group in 2010 working for the PIERS business unit. In her role as General Manager, Julia is responsible for ensuring that processes are in place to allow the company’s individual product teams to maintain customer focus and grow revenues while at the same time maintaining and growing a single culture for the business. Prior to joining JOC Group, Julia was VP of HR for UBM Medica US. In addition to her HR responsibilities at UBM Medica during a transformative period, Julia led the build out of several offices including the relocation of headquarters. In 2005, Julia was part of the team that organized the sale of the online telecommunications media startup, Light Reading, to UBM PLC, a global B2B media company. Prior to Light Reading, Julia worked at MTV Networks in their Law and Business Affairs Department. Julia holds a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame.


Aliet Martinez
Director, Client Development, JOC Group Inc.
Aliet Martinez is Director of Client Development for the PIERS division of JOC Group Inc., in which he oversees all client solution deployments for strategic accounts. Aliet has extensive experience helping Fortune 500 companies leverage PIERS trade intelligence to support their strategic decision making by providing actionable, decision-ready intelligence. Aliet joined PIERS in 2000 and has held successive positions of increasing responsibility including most recently, Regional Manager, in which he oversaw a team of Account Executives in PIERS Miami and San Francisco sales offices. Prior to joining PIERS, Aliet was an Account Executive at Trade Station Group, Inc. Aliet holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami.