Bill Shea, president and CEO of Direct ChassisLink, on Tuesday received the West Coast Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute for his contributions to the intermodal market in North America.
Chris Lytle, recently retired executive director of the Port of Oakland, was presented with the organization’s lifetime achievement award that recognized his leadership positions at the ports of Oakland and Long Beach, CMA CGM, P&O Ports North America, APM Terminals, and Sea-Land Service.
Shea has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation leasing industry. He started his career with Itel Rail Corp. Shea co-founded Kelley Transportation Services, and later oversaw creation of DCLI, formerly the chassis-leasing division of Maersk. He participated in the creation of the chassis pool of pools in Southern California in 2015. He also engineered the acquisition of REZ-1 and IAS, now called Blume Global, to provide asset management and logistics software services to railroads, ocean carriers, logistics companies, motor carriers, and shippers.
Shea said the intermodal industry continues to advance, but challenges remain, including poor asset utilization, inconsistent truck turn-times at marine terminals, a need for greater use of predictive analytics, and ensuring equipment providers have the correct number of chassis at the right place and the right time.
Lytle stepped down at the Port of Oakland in July after six years as executive director. His accomplishments included near round-the-clock cargo pickup and delivery for harbor truckers, online transaction time reporting at marine terminals, and development of warehouses and distribution centers adjacent to the docks.
Lytle’s maritime career spanned 53 years. “I’ve had a long and satisfying career, and this recognition makes it easier to step away,” he told the Connie Award ceremonies in Long Beach.