Russel A. Graef, co-founder of the ContainerPort Group (CPG) and became president in 2014, passed away Oct. 26 at the age of 70.
Graef helped establish CPG in 1971, held executive positions in all of CPG’s divisions, and was instrumental in forming CPG’s culture of operating as a national company led by local talent.
“Russ was a true company man focused on ContainerPort Group’s mission. He was capable of operating lift machines, dispatching trucks, presenting to the Board of Directors and everything in between,” said Fred Hunger, CEO of World Shipping, CPG’s parent company.
In his career at CPG before becoming president, Graef worked in business units including terminal operations, sales, logistics, fleet safety, trucking, depot and container yard, and maintenance and repair.
Having been a member of the container shipping industry since its early days, Graef played a pivotal role in a number of industry bodies, perhaps most notably as a founding board member of the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC), which helps the industry to ensure adequate chassis supply at inland depots and ports around the country.
In addition to being a founding member of the NACPC, Graef held leadership roles in the Intermodal Association of North America and served on the board of directors of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference.