Rachael Acker is the logistics manager at Wolverine WorldWide (WWW) with responsibilities for overseeing global ocean and air transportation, all North American ground transportation, and third-party program oversight. She began her career at WWW in 1998 and has held various positions within the company over that time. Acker has supported several large projects that include the SAP implementation for the US and the subsequent SAP implementations for Canada and Europe. She transitioned to logistics in 2012 specifically to support the WWW acquisition and integration of the brands Sperry, Keds, Saucony, and Stride Rite into the WWW Supply Chain.
Fyffes North America, Tropical Division
Juan Alarcon is a seasoned leader with more than 30 years of work experience, including more than 27 years in managerial positions. As the CEO of Fyffes North America (former Turbana Corp.), his strengths lie in international business, logistics, supply chain management, and negotiations. Alarcon has a solid background in successful international negotiations with different cultures, such as European, Latin American, Russian, and Mediterranean countries. With a strong background in public speaking, he has spoken on such issues as the challenges and trends of the banana market in North America at the III International Banana Seminar, and the American banana market in general at various conferences in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Before joining Turbana in 2001, Alarcon was a representative of Colombia before the Council of Experts of Banana to the European Union during the period of 1994 to 2004. Alarcon has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwest University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Sales for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Latin America and Asia Pacific
Christian Allred joined ORBCOMM in 2006 and currently serves as Orbcomm’s senior vice president and general manager of international sales for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He also leads Orbcomm’s Containers and Ports Solutions group, which distributes its industry-leading suite of hardware and software platform solutions, VesselConnect and ReeferConnect, to the global container shipping and logistics ecosystem. He has grown Orbcomm’s revenues and sales team during the integration of 13 acquisitions over the past eight years. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing global sales and marketing teams and building global distribution channels for technology companies within the M2M and IoT industries. Allred holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University, and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.
Director, Latin America and Caribbean Economics
Rafael Amiel is a director in the Economics & Country Risk Group for Global Insight at IHS Markit. He brings 20 years of international experience in macroeconomic and sovereign risk analysis of Latin America gained over a long career tracking economic developments and business cycles of the region with a focus on risks for medium- and long-term investment. Amiel coordinates the group’s analysis and forecasts, and is responsible for reporting on Peru, Mexico, and Brazil. As a sovereign risk expert, he closely monitors and tracks repayment capacity of Latin American economies, assessing short- and long-term risks. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he served as the country risk manager for Hamilton Bank. Previously, he was a research associate at the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from Universidad de Lima in Peru, a master’s in business and economics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a doctoral degree in economics from FIU, where he also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics.
Manager, Carrier Relations and International, Supply Chain
Ari Ashe has more than a decade of journalism experience working in the busy newsrooms of Washington, D.C. He earned two bachelor’s degrees at George Washington University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In 2006, he began his career with WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., a 24/7 all-news radio outlet. Beginning as a producer, he was the commuter transportation beat reporter from 2012 through 2015. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism during this three-year stretch. In 2016, Ashe moved over to covering commercial transportation for Transport Topics, a publication of the American Trucking Associations, covering the business of trucking, railroads, and ocean carriers, including quarterly earnings reports and economic news affecting the industry. He joined the JOC in 2018 and reports on the Southeast US ports, intermodal, and trucking.
Co-Founder and CEO
Rob Bailey is the CEO and co-founder of MState. MState invests in, and helps build, enterprise blockchain companies at all three layers of the ecosystem (protocol, infrastructure, and DApp). Bailey has spent 20 years building enterprise tech companies, has raised $200 million from venture capitalists and had three exits.
C. Thomas Barnes
Tommy Barnes is the president of project44, where he previously sat on the advisory board before taking on his current role in 2015. Tasked with driving project44’s portfolio of freight API products through relationship development with carriers, shippers, and 3PLs, as well as forging strategic partnerships with TMS and other technology platforms, Barnes relies on his decades of industry experience and leadership. Prior to project44, he held the positions of president of LTL services and senior vice president of operations at Coyote Logistics, where he guided operational performance of one of the world’s leading third-party logistics companies. He also held the position of president of multimodal brokerage at Con-Way, where he was responsible for managing $2.4 billion in freight across multiple modes. Barnes has a stellar reputation for building some of the industry’s most effective teams, and for his strategic ability to maximize performance and generate growth for his companies. A well-recognized industry leader, Barnes has given numerous keynote addresses regarding the future of logistics and supply chain transportation. Industry professionals both inside and outside of project44 look to Tommy Barnes for leadership and guidance.
Co-Founder, CEO; and Host
Shipz.com, "Let's Talk Supply Chain"
Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is the co-founder and CEO of Shipz Inc., a supply chain technology company. Barnes-Humphrey is also the host and founder of the weekly “Let’s Talk Supply Chain” podcast where she interviews top supply chain professionals, innovators, and leaders. She stands at the forefront of international trade with expertise in the global logistics industry, working with the private sector to build, develop, and increase efficiencies in their supply chains. She has spent the past 20 years working in logistics and supply chain, most recently as director of sales and marketing for a privately owned 3PL. Barnes-Humphrey’s dedication to excellence in the field is the result of hands-on experience while obtaining her CITP designation, FIATA Diploma, and CIFFA certifications. She continues this dedication as a board member for FITT (Forum for International Trade Training), Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC) committee member and, in 2016-2017, as the FITT planning committee chair for its well-recognized 25th Anniversary celebration and conference.
Dr. Nariman Behravesh
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS Markit and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets.
Behravesh and his team were awarded the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award. They have also been ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS Markit, Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the U.S. and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises. Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERAWeek and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania (where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor), and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East, and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Vice President, Cargo Sales
James Bellinder is vice president of the Americas for United Airlines Cargo sales. He is responsible for all commercial activity in the Americas including 83 sales managers in the US and Latin America and $400 million in annual cargo revenue responsibility. Bellinder has over 33 years of commercial cargo experience including 24 years building the Continental Airlines Cargo sales team. He was part of the merger integration team bringing together the United Airlines and Continental Airlines cargo teams. He is a regular keynote speaker for companies interested in cargo, sales, mergers, success, and leadership.
CEO & Founder
Patrik Berglund is the CEO and Co-Founder of Oslo-based Xeneta, the world’s largest neutral database of contracted ocean freight rates sourced from leading global big-volume shippers and freight forwarders. Berglund, a logistics and tech-enthusiast, possesses a true passion for modernizing business processes related to logistics procurement and the supply chain. He has in-depth logistics and transportation experience from several years at Kuehne + Nagel in various roles and also as Co-Founder of Nordilog, a logistics consultancy firm. Founded in 2012, Berglund and the team have grown Xeneta to be the go-to ocean freight rate source of accurate market rate insight delivering real-time and on-demand intelligence and indices. Berglund was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Lloyd's List Next Generation in Shipping award.
Senior Manager, Marketing & Commercial
Ocean Network Express (ONE)
Bharadwaj Bhuyan is a Senior Manager in Marketing & Commercial section in Ocean Network Express (ONE) (Singapore Headquarters). With 16 years of professional and international experience in the container shipping industry, he heads its Global Refrigerated Business Planning division and is responsible for developing & executing long-term growth strategy for overall refrigerated cargo segment. Prior to joining ONE, Bharadwaj joined Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) (Mumbai) as a Senior Sales Executive in 2006. In 2008, he was shortlisted in MOL’s Global Management Trainee program and worked across various functions such as Trade Management, Key Accounts Sales, Network Planning, Yield Management, Operations and Business Process, covering North America and Asia. From 2012 to 2017, he headed the Global Refrigerated Management division in MOL Hong Kong as a Senior Manager. A result-oriented leader backed with a core passion in perishable cargo industry, Bharadwaj has extensively travelled to meet customers and collaborate with regional sales teams to formulate country wise business strategy in refrigerated cargo segment.Bharadwaj holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Pune, India and completed post-graduation in International Trade from Institute of Management Development & Research, India. He also earned a professional certification from Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers, London.
Dustin Braden began his time with the JOC as an intern in 2014 before returning full time as assistant web editor in 2015, managing and editing international correspondents and copy. In 2017, he moved into the role of data analyst, compiling market intelligence and analysis drawing on a wide array of IHS Markit data to inform and enrich JOC reporting. In 2018, Braden became the JOC’s shipper relationship manager, and is now responsible for working with shippers to provide data, advice, and insight on the shipping industry to help them succeed in their day-to-day operations while ensuring that JOC content speaks to shipper needs and provides actionable solutions.
Executive Editor and Director, Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
Chris Brooks leads JOC Events programs and works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce. A 30-year company veteran, his career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting, and overseeing numerous websites. From 2008 through 2017, he managed the day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists. He now leads the programming teams for nine annual JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, Container Trade Europe, and the JOC Inland Distribution, Gulf Shipping, Breakbulk and Heavy-Lift, and Port Performance North America conferences. Brooks also oversees the JOC's editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Trade and Sales
Hyundai Merchant Marine
Lawrence Burns joined Hyundai Merchant Marine as senior vice president of the trade management group in January 2017. He oversees all trade and sales functions. Burns has 30 years of extensive industry experience, most of which has been in a management capacity. He began his career as a sales representative at Hanjin Shipping in San Francisco. Burns then joined NOL and held various sales management positions. He served as the branch manager in Houston, and was responsible for Gulf intermodal operations, sales, customer service, documentation, and administration. Burns moved to APL, where he served as district sales manager and regional sales manager in Dallas and New York for the Gulf and Northeast regions. He later returned to Hanjin Shipping to serve as general manager of the Northeast region. Burns is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.S., in business administration, international business management.
Senior Director, Port Solutions
General Electric Transportation
David Casey has over 25 years of international transportation, logistics, and sourcing experience. He is currently senior director of port solutions for General Electric Transportation. Prior to joining GE, Casey served as director of logistics and transportation for the Coca-Cola Co. where his team was responsible for 19 concentrate plants on five continents. He also served as vice president of transportation/global sourcing for Newell Rubbermaid and as director of business development for the privately held third-party logistics provider Performance Team. In 2000, he co-founded V-Logic Ltd., a niche third-party logistics company based in Hong Kong. Prior to V-Logic, Casey held several positions with American President Lines in Chicago, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. Casey holds a BS in marketing from Cornell University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is an advisory to project44, a Chicago-based technology startup.
Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. 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, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
New York Shipping Exchange
Kim Cockrell is vice president of sales and marketing for the New York Shipping Exchange, an online marketplace developed in collaboration with global carriers, shippers, and forwarders to provide freight contracting systems and standards for global shipping. She joined NYSHEX after 15 years with AP Moller-Maersk Group, a global Fortune 150 company, where she most recently was director of sales for Sealand. During her time with Maersk, Cockrell lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and partnered with logistics teams at dozens of Fortune 500 companies. She previously held a variety of positions, including key account manager for Damco, and account executive and trade manager for Safmarine, and is a graduate of Maersk’s globally recognized management trainee program. Cockrell holds degrees in business management and Spanish from the University of Alabama.
Managing Director; and Operational Head
Drewry; and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry Group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Damas worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analyzing the logistics policies of importers and exporters and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International. Damas then became a founding director of shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, he has advised exporters, importers, lenders, and ports on logistics, freight rates, sea freight procurement, supply chains, and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the US, and Europe.
Smart Container Commercial Project Leader
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA
Kathryn Delecluse is MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Smart Container Commercial Leader, based at the company’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She is responsible for coordinating MSC’s response to the growing demand from shippers for IoT-based container tracking solutions. Kathryn leads MSC’s team of Sales Champions located in various MSC offices around the world to help explain and promote Traxens, MSC’s preferred smart container solution provider. Born and raised in Geneva, Kathryn has a Master in Business Administration and has worked with MSC for 16 years holding various positions in the company as Relay Area Manager and more recently in the Liner Department, where she worked on the North America to Asia trade.
William C. Duggan Jr.
North American Cold Chain Adviser
Bill Duggan joined Denmark-based Eskesen Advisory in 2018, representing North American cold-chain logistics solutions, after retiring from Maersk Group. His expertise covers all facets of refrigerated shipping, from hard assets such as equipment/gensets and telematics to ports/warehouses/trucking and all commercial customer movement of perishable goods and services. He spent 33 years at Maersk in 13 positions with increasing responsibility, including management roles in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Miami, and at Maersk North America’s Madison, New Jersey, headquarters. Duggan also served on a number of committees, including chairing key areas, and was a member of the Maersk executive team and an officer at Maersk Line. He holds a bachelor’s in management from Ball State University.
Tracy J. Egoscue
Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
Tracy J. Egoscue, owner and founder of Long Beach-based environmental law firm Egoscue Law Group, was elected president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 2018 following a one-year term as vice president. She was appointed to her first six-year term on the board by Mayor Robert Garcia in September 2014 and unanimously confirmed by the Long Beach City Council. Together with her commission colleagues, Egoscue provides policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in port’s history, a $4 billion, 10-year investment program to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness. Besides working with various commission subcommittees, Egoscue represents the port on national and international trade missions and serves as the board representative or alternate to a variety of port-related leadership organizations. She has served as the executive officer of the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board-Los Angeles Region, and as executive director of the Santa Monica Baykeeper (now LA Waterkeeper), where she achieved one of the largest Clean Water Act settlements in the history of the Clean Water Act against the City of Los Angeles for sewage spills. Egoscue also has practiced environmental litigation as a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice, where her work focused on the defense of various state agencies. She received her juris doctorate from George Washington University and holds a bachelor’s degree the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is member of the State Bar of California and also licensed to practice in Connecticut, where she worked as a staff attorney for Save the Sound, a nonprofit committed to restoring and protecting the area's waterways.
Prior founding Eskesen Advisory, Thomas Eskesen worked for the AP Moller-Maersk organization for nearly 30 years. He spent nine years in Asia and three years in the United States before starting Maersk Line's e-commerce division in 1999. This lead to INTTRA.com, which he founded. Between 2006 and 2015, he was in charge of Maersk's refrigerated cargo division and was part of Maersk Lines Global Leadership Team. He has attended senior management courses at Insead, Harvard Business School, IMD, and Columbia Business School.
Thomas Eskesen chaired the Global Cool Logistics event in 2016 and 2017.
Co-Founder and President
Patrick Fay is a co-founder and president of BOC International, a well-established and fast-growing global logistics company headquartered in Boston, with BOC-owned or -affiliated offices throughout every major city in the world. BOC's client list includes Brooks Brothers, ECCO Shoe, True Value Hardware, Igloo, BJ's Wholesale, and many others. Fay has over 25 years of industry experience, having worked for a large multinational supply chain organization early in his career and then starting BOC in 1993. Asia trade is a particular area of his expertise as Fay has spent approximately six weeks per year in Asia for the past 25 years developing strong business ties and a solid understanding of Asian supply chain matters. He graduated from Boston College, where he focused his studies on international business and received a BA in economics.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Ford joined BlueGrace Logistics as chief operating officer in April 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the third-party logistics industry, Ford specializes in building freight execution teams. He began his career at American Backhaulers and then ran significant national accounts at C.H. Robinson for six years. As Employee #1, Ford was the first person hired to run the brokerage at Coyote Logistics, overseeing revenue growth from $0 to over $2 billion and managing a team of over 750 employees in the process. He remained with the company for nine years, until Coyote Logistics was purchased by UPS in 2015 for $1.8 billion. Ford earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in supply chain management from Michigan State University.
Senior Vice President, Network
Graduated from the IEP de Paris and INSEAD, Mathieu Friedberg started his career as financial auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. He joined the CMA CGM Group, one of the leading shipping companies in the world, in 1995 as financial controller. He then became CFO of Delmas in 2006 before taking over as CEO of Delmas in July 2011. After merging the African lines of Delmas and CMA CGM he took over as Vice President in charge of Africa Lines at group level. In November 2014, he moves to Vice President in charge of CMA CGM Log and Greenmodal which later became the group’s Inland Division consolidating all landside and logistics activities of the group. Since April 2017 Mathieu Friedberg has become Senior Vice President in charge of the Sales and Marketing organization of the group overseeing the global agency network.
Senior Vice President and Global Head, Reefer Logistics
Kuehne + Nagel
Frank Ganse, Kuehne + Nagel’s senior vice president and global head of reefer logistics, gained his first intensive practical container and stevedoring experience working a side job as a longshoreman during high school. A position in the Kuehne + Nagel Bremen apprenticeship program, followed his graduation from the University of Bremerhaven with an industrial degree in transportation and logistics management. Working for six years as head of production planning and procurement in the seafood industry with Unilever’s Frozen Fish International and Hussmann + Hahn gave him the necessary insights of the frozen industry. In 1999, Ganse rejoined K+N to create and develop its global seafreight perishable business. Within 20 years, the company managed to build up a global 300,000 reefer TEU operation with a well-balanced cargo mix from pharmaceuticals to fresh produce. The strength of this operation is found in the company’s team of nearly 400 dedicated operational and commercial reefer specialists, and it makes K+N the market leader in reefer logistics amongst third-party logistics providers.
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Dan Gardner is vice president of supply chain management for Lakeshore Learning Materials, a US importer of educational products and classroom furniture. He is also co-founder of the supply chain consulting firm, Trade Facilitators Inc. Prior to his current endeavors, Gardner worked for 23 years in the 3PL field. A native of Boston, Gardner is a multi-award-winning professor of supply chain, is the author of four books on global trade, and is a licensed customs broker in the US.
Vice President, Global Operations
In the footwear industry for 15 years, Mike Gavle, vice president of global operations at Rockport, is an enlisted veteran of the US Air Force, with a B.S. in entrepreneurial studies from Black Hills State University. Beginning his footwear career as a warehouse supervisor at Chaco and eventually becoming director of operations with the brand, Gavle was awarded Chaco Employee of the Year in 2007. Following the acquisition of Chaco in 2009, he led Logistics and Compliance functions at Wolverine Worldwide, including rapid integration activities associated with the acquisition of the Performance and Lifestyle Group in 2013. For his role leading the business through the network disruptions associated with the West Coast labor negotiations, Gavle received the Chairman’s Award in 2015. Beginning in the fall of 2015, he led successful turnaround efforts in Global Logistics and Compliance at Crocs. In August 2018, Gavle joined Rockport where he now leads global operations.
Head of European Transport Equity Research and Global Transport Research Coordinator
Neil Glynn is the Head of the European Transport team at Credit Suisse, covering European Airlines and Logistics, and Global Transport Sector Coordinator. He was voted #3 Transport analyst in Europe in the 2018 Extel Survey. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2009, Neil covered the Airline sector for NCB Stockbrokers, held the role of Credit Officer at CIT Aerospace International and worked in Financial Control and Corporate Banking at AIB Group. Neil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a CFA Charterholder and holds a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University.
Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation
Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, and customs related issues impacting the retail industry. While with NRF, he has led the association’s efforts in support of passage of the Trade Promotion Authority and approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, traveled to Bangladesh to assess improvements in worker safety, helped convince the White House to intervene in the 2014-2015 West Coast ports slowdown, and been a leading advocate of the value of trade and imports to the US economy. Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade-related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu, and trade facilitation. Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005. Gold was appointed to the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Homeland Security Functions in January 2005. He also served on the International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution Services, which is responsible for advising the US government on trade negotiations. Gold currently serves on the board of directors of the Waterfront Coalition. Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business with a concentration in finance.
George Goldman is the president, Zim USA from September 2015. Zim USA is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Formerly, Goldman was with APL as their head of commercial of the Americas (senior vice president of sales, marketing, and customer support for APL’s Liner division). This includes all commercial activities for North, Central and South America. He recently relocated to the United States after serving 12 years in Asia where he was responsible for leading APL’s and APLL’s overseas regional business operations. Goldman had been with APL/NOL for the past 24 years and has worked in numerous management capacities. His overseas tenure began in 1996 as the Transpacific Market General Manager in Singapore, followed by 10 years in China (Hong Kong & Shanghai) as vice president and managing director of the region. He also served as chairman of the Trade and Transportation committee in Shanghai for the American Chamber of Commerce. He has a B.S. from San Jose State University, California, with an emphasis in marketing and cybernetic systems, and attended graduate school at NYU and executive management courses at the University of Michigan.
Vice President, Supply Chain
Tony Heldreth currently serves as vice president, supply chain, for Owens Corning. He began his career at Owens Corning in April 2015 with accountability for all supply chain functions across the insulation and roofing/asphalt businesses and quickly earned “dotted-line” accountability for supply chain functions across the global composites business. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Heldreth was vice president, customer service, for YP Holdings (a Cerberus portfolio company), a role he was promoted to in 2014. He was responsible for inbound customer care, product service fulfillment, and integrated field service fulfillment, with a team of 400. Heldreth began his career at YP Holding as the vice president of eCRM & business process engineering, leading a company-wide continuous improvement team as well as the management of the sales process organization. Before YP Holdings, Heldreth held senior supply chain management roles including vice president of corporate procurement and logistics at JMC Steel Group; senior director of global supply chain at Guilford Mills, Inc. (a Cerberus portfolio company); operations executive at Cerberus Operations and Advisory Co.; and vice president of supply chain transformation at Formica Corp. (a Cerberus portfolio company). Originally from Virginia, Heldreth earned a bachelor’s in economics and business from Randolph-Macon College in 1991. He was recruited to GE upon graduation and spent the next 14 years in diverse global supply chain management leadership roles in four business units including GE Fanuc (robotics), GE Healthcare, GE Industrial Systems, and GE Security.
Head of Logistics
Rich Higgins is the head of logistics for 1A Auto Inc., one of the largest online aftermarket auto part retailers in the world with offices in the United States, Asia, and Mexico. Having responsibility for all aspects of international and domestic logistics for 1A Auto, Higgins has prior professional supply chain experience with major retailers of footwear, apparel, toys, food, and consumer products. Prior to his current role of head of logistics with 1A Auto, he was vice president of global transportation for Beall’s Inc., a Florida-based retailer with 535 stores. He has also worked in executive management positions with New England-based footwear, apparel, and toy retailers including Morse Shoe, J. Baker Shoes, KB Toys, Bradlees Stores, and Zayre Stores. His background has encompassed all of global logistics including transportation, distribution, ecommerce, 3PL selection, small package, and import operations. A Boston native and graduate of University of Maine, Higgins has been an invited panelist and speaker for several industry events. He is on the board of directors of CONECT (Coalition of New England Companies for Trade) and is a former board member of the FTA (Florida Trucking Association).
Thomas Holt Jr.
Mr. Holt Jr.’s career spans over thirty years in the transportation services and supply chain business including US domestic and marine logistics, US Jones Act marine transport, stevedoring, marine terminal, and distribution center logistics as well as domestic trucking. Mr. Holt is currently President and CEO of Astro Holdings, Inc., a port related real estate holding company, and has been Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of numerous maritime transportation and logistics businesses. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NPR, Inc., a large Jones Act marine transport carrier with five container vessels which carried cargoes to and from Puerto Rico. He is a member of the CEO Council for Growth, the Philadelphia Maritime Society and the World Trade Association of Philadelphia. Mr. Holt was elected to the Union League in 2014. He was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale as well as the Greens Committee of the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale. He is Founding member of the Union League National Golf Club. Mr. Holt is a graduate of Villanova University class of 1985 with a BA in Finance and served for nine years on the President’s Advisory Council at Villanova. He is also a former trustee of Holy Ghost Preparatory School located in Bensalem PA having served on the Board for two terms. Mr. Holt currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife Angela. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
President and CEO, HCS International
HCS International – Representing Global Shippers Group to the Automotive Aftermarket
Representing Global Shippers Group to the Automotive Aftermarket Steven Hughes has been in the automotive aftermarket since 1973, giving him more than 46 years of supply chain experience in the industry. During that time he has worked or consulted for some of the industry's leading companies. Hughes continues to act as a consultant for the automotive aftermarket as a whole as well as to individual companies. Hughes is an active volunteer in the Auto Care Association and California Automotive Wholesalers’ Association, and he is an executive board member of the Foreign Trade Association. He has led three industry coalitions on ADD investigations at the ITC. He served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce and Office of the US Trade Representative. He is the lead voice for the automotive industry regarding the ports and ocean transportation, including leading two coalitions at the Federal Maritime Commission against the unfair application of demurrage/detention and PierPass. He is a member of the FMC Supply Chain Innovations Team. Hughes has testified at the FMC petition hearing on demurrage/detention on behalf of the Auto Care Association. He continues to speak on behalf of the industry on this critical issue. In addition, besides being a sought after speaker and panelist, Hughes has coordinated and spoken in webcasts and seminars to the aftermarket industry on various critical shipping issues.
Rolf Habben Jansen
Rolf Habben Jansen graduated with a degree in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. Habben Jansen held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG. From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as head of global customer solutions. As chief executive officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco. Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG executive board in April 2014. He has been CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014. Alongside his native language, Habben Jansen speaks German and English fluently.
Lars Jensen is CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making in the container shipping sector for carriers, ports and shippers. Lars is the author of the books “Liner Shipping 2025” focusing on the changes to come in the industry and how carriers, terminals, shippers and forwards should navigate to be successful as well as “Culture Shock in Maersk Line” outlining the changes in the world’s largest container line over the past 15 years. Lars has 18 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry and is an often referenced expert on developments in the industry and works with carriers, shippers and terminals worldwide.
Bjorn Vang Jensen
Vice President, Global Logistics
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 in excess of $1 billion, including the shipment of more than 160,000 TEU annually. Vang Jensen 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, he 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, Vang Jensen has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Vang Jensen 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. He is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, OP, supply chain design, modelling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transport management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation.
Associate Director, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream & Chemical
Stephen Jew is an associate director within the Energy Downstream Research group at IHS Markit. He is the global lead on the Short-Term and Long-Term Crude and Refined Product Prices and Margins service, while providing support to a variety of research and consulting projects in the crude, biofuels, lubricants, and downstream oil business. Jew has provided commercial and technical assistance to client business strategy, including due diligence assistance related to energy mergers and acquisitions, project feasibility, financial and sensitivity analysis, and price forecast modeling. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he worked for UOP, a Honeywell Company. While at UOP, he was a senior field operating technical engineer assisting customers globally with refinery unit start-ups, troubleshooting, and operations. His main downstream technical knowledge is in fluidized catalytic cracking and reforming complexes while having considerable experience with other parts of the refinery ecosystem. Prior to this position, he worked in UOP’s hydroprocessing R&D group and aromatics engineering department. Jew holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.
Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen
Global Head of Reefer Management
Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen is the global head of reefer management for the Maersk brands. Her principle responsibility is to develop and execute the global reefer strategy through a dedicated team of reefer specialists around the world, as well as leading the innovation of Maersk’s future reefer products. Zerlang Karlsen joined the Maersk Group in 2003 starting in finance and operations but has since 2007 held a multitude of positions in trade management in and across different regions of the world – in her last role as trade manager in Maersk Line’s Latin America services, she has developed a deep understanding for the refrigerated container segment. She is very passionate about the reefer industry and the Maersk customers, as well as the role reefers play in putting food on people's tables across the globe.
Chief Digital Officer
Biju Kewalram, Agility’s chief digital officer, is an expert on technology and disruption in logistics and related industries. Agility, a leading global provider of integrated logistics and related infrastructure, has over $4 billion in revenue, 22,000 employees, and offices in over 100 countries. Kewalram joined Agility in 2014, following more than 25 years of senior executive experience in logistics. His career has focused on helping businesses use technology to build up their competitive advantage. As a champion of the early identification and adoption of technology trends, Kewalram has been a pioneer in the industry’s technology-led disruption. Previous employers include ClarA Logistics Solutions, Vanguard Logistics Services, FreightSoft, and SeaconLink, as well as founding, building, and exiting a software startup focused on logistics companies. Kewalram is also a guest instructor at Cal State University Long Beach, teaching on technology trends for the Center for International Trade and Transport.
Co-Founder & CEO
Eric Klein is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Crux Systems, and has an extensive background in marine terminal products and technology. Crux Systems provides container visibility data, analytics, and communications tools to make the supply chain more efficient and secure. Importers, freight forwarders, and trucking companies all use the platform to track their shipments, share information, and coordinate with their supply chain partners, eliminating costly delays.
Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit in 2013 to cover Asia. Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce, he speaks regularly to industry groups, and is the chairman of the JOC Europe Conference.
Global Supply Chain Director
Procon Pacific LLC
Dan Krassenstein is a global supply chain executive with more than 30 years of international manufacturing and logistics experience. He earned his masters in global supply chain management from USC Marshall and is an adjunct professor at multiple universities. As the global supply chain director for Procon Pacific (industrial packaging), Krassenstein is responsible for production and logistics for facilities throughout China, Vietnam, and India. His career has included years Shanghai, Taipei, Jakarta, Panama, Mexico City, and the US, in industries ranging from ocean container carrier management to forwarding to contract manufacturing. Today, he splits his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai. Krassenstein has served on AmCham Shanghai’s board of governors, is active with the US DOS Overseas Security Advisory Council executive committee, and often lectures to US Congressional delegations on operations in China.
Head of Ocean Freight, Americas
DHL Global Forwarding
Andreas Krueger is the head of ocean freight americas at DHL Global Forwarding. Based out of Miami, Florida, Krueger is responsible for all ocean freight-related matters throughout the region, including procurement, operations, and service activities. Furthermore, his responsibilities include defining and executing the company’s ocean freight strategy, ensuring all strategic initiatives align with DHL’s global strategic goals, interfacing and closely cooperating with the commercial units and serving as a customer liaison. He also supports all transformation activities as they pertain to the region. With over 25 years of experience, Krueger has previously held numerous management and executive positions for DHL throughout North America and Europe. He was educated in Germany and holds a business school degree in industrial business management.
President and CEO
Harbor Trucking Association
Weston LaBar is the chief executive officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and founding partner of PEAR Strategies, a Long Beach based strategic consulting firm. He has a decade of experience managing trade associations, as well as large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, his firm manages several trade associations and LaBar serves as the CEO or executive director for each. He is active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, he has lead countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply-chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with partners such as GeoStamp, Voyage Control, E*Dray, SecureSpace, and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.
Wine and Spirits Shippers Association
Alison Leavitt is currently the managing director of WSSA (the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association). Leavitt has been involved in the international logistics industry for over 30 years. For 14 years, she served as the director of business development at Albatrans, Inc, a global freight forwarder headquartered in Florence, Italy, working on national accounts and strategic initiatives. Leavitt joined WSSA as managing director in 2013. WSSA represents over 500 members involved in the import and export of alcoholic beverages and related products, and manages over 35 service contracts and a half-billion dollar insurance program. She serves on various boards, including the Maine Port Authority, the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, and Maine College of Art, and also serves on the Editorial Board of American Shipper, and is involved in the AgTC (Agriculture Transport Coalition). Leavitt has worked in all aspects of international trade, including ship agency, customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and contract negotiations. She has been a licensed customs broker since 1986.
Executive Vice President, National Sales
Donna Lemm is the executive vice president of national sales for IMC Companies, the largest marine drayage provider in the United States. Lemm is responsible for building a national platform representing the coast-to-coast services of IMC Companies’ nine regional operating companies. She is responsible for directing the company’s national sales footprint serving every major port and rail operation in the United States. The goal is to deliver IMC’s size, skill, and strength to meet our customers challenges and needs for intermodal drayage, equipment management, inland terminal operations, and tailored supply chain solutions. Lemm is an active champion for US agriculture and forest product members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, where she serves on their advisory board. She is an officer/treasurer for the International Freight Forwarders Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans. Lemm is an active speaker on both a regional and national scale in addressing the challenges facing the US shipping and intermodal community.
Vice President, Transportation
Michelle Livingstone is vice president, transportation, for The Home Depot. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all domestic and international shipments into Home Depot‘s distribution centers and outbound to stores. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2007, Livingstone served as the senior vice president of transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, vice president of transportation for JCPenney, and senior director of transportation for Kraft Foods North America. Livingstone is actively engaged in the industry, devoting her time to the Transportation Institute of the University of Denver, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Network of Executive Women, and AWESOME, an industry group focused on advancing women leaders in supply chain. She earned her MBA with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and holds a B.S. degree in business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Chief Commercial Officer
Lionel Louie is chief commercial officer at CargoSmart Limited. He is responsible for working with companies to digitally transform their global supply chains by leveraging technologies including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and blockchain. Since early 2018, he has been a key member of CargoSmart's initiative to facilitate the formation of a blockchain consortium for the global shipping industry. Louie has extensive experience working with large organizations to adopt leading edge IT solutions that solve their business problems. Before joining CargoSmart in 2015, he spent 20 years at Oracle Corp. and held several senior management positions in the Asia Pacific region. In his last position at Oracle, he was senior director of advanced customer services. Louie holds a Master of Business Administration degree from York University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto.
Co-Founder & CEO
Nina Luu is co-founder and CEO of Shippabo, the cloud-based supply chain management platform company, based in Los Angeles. Before starting Shippabo, Luu experienced the frustrations of shipping first hand. Because of that, she set out to create the change she always wanted to see in the industry. Today, Luu leads a team of shippers, logistics experts, and technologists in empowering businesses to optimize their supply chains. Shippabo helps clients across a diverse set of industries to allow for greater supply chain visibility, better pricing, and actionable data to shipments, so that businesses can oversee their supply chain from anywhere, at any time, and on their terms.
Executive Director, (Retired)
Port of Oakland, California
President, TMW Inc., and Chairman, President and Chairman
North American Chassis Pool Cooperative
Dave Manning is president and CEO of the North American Chassis Pool, based in Nashville, Tennessee. NACPC was founded in 2012 by a group of motor carriers who were dissatisfied with the chassis evolution taking place, which did not allow motor carriers to select their chassis provider when the motor carriers were paying for the chassis. In addition to leading NACPC, Manning has served in many roles in the trucking industry. He currently serves as immediate past chairman of American Trucking Associations and co-chair of the Truck Pac for Tennessee Trucking Association. He also has served for more than a decade as a member on the nine-member committee that administers the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement; the standard interchange agreement for the intermodal industry. Manning graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a B.S. in business management.
Vice President, Origin Cargo Movement, International
Yusen Logistics (Americas)
Ronald M. Marotta is the vice president of Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc., international division, an NYK Group Company, responsible for the Origin Cargo Management Group. Marotta is based in Secaucus, New Jersey. He graduated with a bachelor of science in marketing management from St. Peter’s College. Marotta began his career at NYK more than 24 years ago. Over the past 24 years, Yusen Logistics has grown their international business over 1,100 percent and extended their service reach throughout the globe. He has served as a board member of the International Cargo Security Council, is an ASIS International member, and is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association Supply Chain Security Committee, and Steering Committee. In 2005, Marotta received the highest civilian award from the ICSC, The National Industry Leadership Award, for global supply chain security management. He has received NYK Group Leadership awards, and recently was recognized by the Global SCM Leaders for his contribution and leadership in exceptional customer service for Yusen Logistics International services. He has served his community of Cranford, New Jersey as a lieutenant in his local Fire Department for more than 30 years.
Senior Manager, Global Logistics and Compliance
The senior manager of global logistics and compliance at Talbots, Lema May brings nearly two decades of experience to her current responsibilities managing logistics teams and international transportation. Originally from Yugoslavia, May moved to Germany and joined Ogden Gmbh, where she got her first taste of logistics, supervising a logistics team that was processing and redistributing military supplies for NATO throughout the European, US, and Middle East. May also has more than a decade of experience working in the US for wholesale home décor and gift company Dennis East International, as the company’s logistics and compliance manager serving large retail customers including BJ’s, Burlington Coat Factory, JC Penney, Stein Mart, and TJ Maxx.
Anthony Mc Auley
Director, Global Logistics
Anthony Mc Auley, director of global logistics, has been with Walmart for 17 years and has led a variety of high performing teams in Walmart. Mc Auley began his career with Walmart in a Distribution Center in Clarksville, Arkansas, in 2001. In 2003, he joined the Logistics Loss Prevention division and, in 2006, joined the US Direct Import team, where he led a team responsible for the importation of food and store fixtures for Walmart and Sam’s clubs. Mc Auley transferred to global logistics in 2006 where he managed a network of global third-party service providers to support direct imports to the US and Walmart’s international retail markets. Mc Auley currently leads a team of diverse associates who procure and manage ocean capacity to help Walmart’s customers around the world save money so they can live better. He is responsible for Global Logistics Ocean Services and the Jones Act team in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mc Auley received his BA in fine and applied arts from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Vice President, Transportation and Logistics
John McCauley is vice president of transportation and logistics for Cargill, leading its global container freight business and its domestic transportation and logistics in the Asia-Pacific. He has a deep and extensive experience in container shipping and is close to attaining the status of industry veteran. He has lived in his native Australia, the United Kingdom (twice), Djibouti, Dubai, Geneva, and now Singapore. He has worked for two carriers, logistics companies, and on the beneficial cargo owner side in pharmaceuticals, logistics service, and laboratory services.
Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations
Alan McCorkle was named senior vice president of West Coast operations for NYK Ports in May 2016. In this capacity, McCorkle is responsible for container terminal operations at Yusen Terminals Inc. in Southern California, Ceres RoRo operations in California’s Port Hueneme and Canada’s Vancouver, in addition to Ceres cruise ship terminal operations in Vancouver. Prior to joining NYK ports, he was with the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group for 25 years holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility including leading the development of the Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles and becoming its managing director when the facility opened in 2002, and general manager, APM Terminals (Jamaica) Ltd. in 2004, where he managed all port operations in Jamaica before returning to Southern California and becoming vice president of West Coast operations in 2005. McCorkle holds a B.S. in business management from Clemson University and is a graduate of the Executive Development Programs at Cornell University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Chuck McDaniel manages a private consulting practice specializing in the field of Supply Chain Visibility. Having retired after 28 years in Supply Chain management with Procter and Gamble, Chuck has expertise in all aspects of logistics and planning. Chuck has worked in Supply Chain digitalization, Inventory Optimization, Market Forecasting, and most recently, global visibility platform design and implementation.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Jonah McIntire is a supply chain expert with broad international experience, having lived and worked in 12 countries over his career. Those experiences center on the confluence of technology and supply chain management in the retail, life sciences, and FMCG sectors. Jonah's career includes running global logistics for a US retailer, launching business units for Manhattan Associates and Panalpina, founding Clear Abacus, a transport optimisation software business acquired by GT Nexus in 2013, and authoring a university textbook on supply chain visibility. Since 2016 he is a founder and managing director of TNX Logistics, a company offering AI for Trucking.
Andrew McLoone is a director of operations at BDP International, one of the leading privately held freight logistics/transportation management firms based in the United States. He currently serves as the global account executive for key relationships between BDP and a few of its top chemical customers. He has been focused on supporting BDP’s strategy for innovation accelerators such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, and, of course blockchain. McLoone has been with BDP for over 16 years and is based in Philadelphia.
Barbara L. Melvin
Chief Operating Officer
South Carolina Ports Authority
As Chief Operating Officer at the South Carolina Ports Authority, Ms. Melvin oversees Terminal Operations, Information Technology and Support Services, Crane and Equipment Maintenance, Engineering, Environmental, Procurement, Port Police, Carrier Sales and Cruise Operations. Prior to this role, Ms. Melvin was Senior Vice President, Operations and Terminals and before this, Senior Vice President, External Affairs with the South Carolina Ports Authority. She was responsible for all aspects of communication with the public, including public relations, government relations, community giving, education and environmental programs. Ms. Melvin also served as the South Carolina Ports Authority’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University with a minor in International Relations and recently finished her Masters of Business Administration in Global Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee.
Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Bill 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 before returning to Southern California. Bill 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 in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC's TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.
Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Turloch Mooney is a senior business intelligence professional at IHS Markit. As senior editor, global ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, Mooney is responsible for the creation of strategic content across multiple media formats – including print, online, and events – utilizing data-rich insights and analyses across the full value chain that IHS Markit provides as a global research company. His responsibilities include establishing key influencer programs in the container shipping sector to support the development of data, events, and consulting services, as well as fostering collaboration between industry players by developing conference programs, industry workshops, and whitepapers. He has 20 years of experience in the supply chain and transport industries and is also a subject matter expert in international trade policy and processes. Mooney completed an undergraduate degree and postgraduate studies in communications at the National University of Ireland, and he holds a master of arts with a focus on international law and international trade from the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
Senior Editor, US Northeast and Mexico, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from the Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the U.S. Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Hugh has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor's in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.
CEO and Founder
John 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.
Senior Manager, Applied Knowledge
Matt Muenster is a senior manager of applied knowledge at Breakthrough Fuel, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and supply chain management. On the Applied Knowledge team, Muenster leverages market research, industry data, and energy market fundamentals to create competitive advantages for many of the world’s largest, most progressive shippers across several modes of freight transportation. During his five years with Breakthrough, Muenster has thrived on guiding shippers through fuel market dynamics, particularly during periods of regulatory change. Recently this has included the deregulation and liberalization of the Mexican energy market, and the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. He has an MA in economics from Bowling Green State University and a BA from St. Norbert College, where he has taught as an adjunct member of the economics faculty.
Director, Global Logistics
Solvay Technology Solutions
Siva Narayanan is the global logistics director of Solvay’s Technology Solutions Global Business Unit. He is a member of Solvay’s Global Maritime Council, which engages with ocean carriers worldwide. He has 35 years of international logistics experience, which includes operations turn-around, change management, contracts and procurement, strategic planning, business development, logistics solutions, and client relations. A major part of it was with the NOL Group. He started his career as a seagoing officer. He moved into ship management, and then into the commercial world of logistics. In addition to the US, Narayanan has lived and worked in Singapore, Thailand, and India. He has presented his views on logistics-related matters at various industry forums, such as the Defense Attaché’s Forum in Washington, D.C., Shipping Digest in New York, ITCO in Houston, ICC in New Jersey, NIT League, JOC events, and others tailored for specific audiences and companies.
Jim I. Newsome III
President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority
Jim Newsome is the president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston. He assumed that role on Sept. 1, 2009 and is currently the longest serving leader of a major container port in the US. Newsome received a B.S. and MBA in transportation and logistics from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and 1977. He has received several honors including: the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2018, Agriculture Transportation Coalition Person of the Year in 2016, SC Public Servant of the Year from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in 2014, Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Charleston in 2014, and the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Award in 2010. At the University of Tennessee, Newsome is active in the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council as well as the Executive Advisory Board of its Global Supply Chain Institute. He is also involved in the following organizations: College of Charleston’s School of Business, Board of Governors; Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital Fund, Advisory Board; Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Board of Directors, Marine Division; Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), Board of Directors; and the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Board and Lowcountry Executive Leadership Team.
One Network Express
Jeremy Nixon is the global chief executive of the new liner shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE), which is headquartered in Singapore, and commenced full operations in 2018. Nixon’s career began at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a B.S. (Hons) in maritime commerce at Cardiff University, United Kingdom, and four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990, he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. For the last 30 years, Nixon has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry, holding senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line, and NYK Line in Europe, North America, and Asia. In April 2008, he joined the NYK Group as managing director of NYK Line Europe, based in London. He transferred to Singapore in 2010 to become chief operating officer of NYK Line's new global liner management division. In 2012, Nixon was promoted to CEO and went on to become a corporate officer of the NYK Group. Nixon resigned from NYK in July 2017 to lead Ocean Network Express, a joint venture company founded by the “K” Line, MOL, and NYK Group companies.
Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy-Lift, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Janet Nodar is senior editor for breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift shipping at the JOC. She previously was a reporter and editor for Gulf Shipper, one of four regional weekly publications that were merged into the JOC in 2008, and later for the JOC’s Breakbulk magazine. From 2013-2018, Nodar was content director for Breakbulk Events & Media, including three years with ITE Group, which acquired the Breakbulk business in 2015. She rejoined the JOC in July 2018 and is based in Mobile, Alabama. Nodar holds a master’s in English/creative writing and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Alabama.
Deputy Director, Maritime Business Unit
Thomas Nouvian is deputy director of the Maritime Business Unit at Traxens. He previously was corporate desk manager at CMA CGM on the Asia-Europe trade. He started his career as a management consultant in Singapore and the US at Stern Stewart & Co., where he focused on business process management. Nouvian holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an advanced master of business from ESSEC Business School in France, and a master of engineering from INSA Lyon, also in France.
Chief Operating Officer
Gemini Shippers Group
Ken O’Brien joined Gemini Shippers Group in 2015 as chief operating officer. He is the founding president of bigboxSMALLBOX, an analytics consulting and SaaS firm engaged in providing companies with innovative ways to leverage their data assets to improve performance. Prior to founding bigboxSMALLBOX, O’Brien spent 21 years in the liner shipping industry with APL and Hapag Lloyd. He held various senior trade management and operations roles including managing APL’s $3 billion Pacific P&L as senior vice president of the trans-Pacific trade. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Science degree in maritime administration from Texas A&M and has a Master of Science degree in business analytics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He is the president of the board of directors of the NJ-211 Partnership.
Jack Oney is CEO of Oney Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in strategy, transformation, innovation, and commercial negotiations, primarily in the industries of global logistics, IT technology, and CPG. Prior to consulting, Oney spent 27 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of global roles, including transformation of its ocean freight and domestic trucking sourcing. He led a global team and a spend over $1.2 billion dollars. Prior to leading P&G’s international logistics, Oney managed key strategic accounts with many of the company’s IT and outsourcing partners, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Accenture, Ernst Young, and Infosys. Prior to his roles in purchases, Oney spent eight years as a patent attorney within P&G’s legal division and seven years as a mechanical engineer working in a variety of manufacturing sites and technical centers. “Big & Bold” is the mantra that guides his passion in helping companies and startups to transform and accelerate their success.
President, North America
Uffe Ostergaard has worked in the container shipping industry during the past 25 years. He spent the first 20 years with Maersk Line, predominantly in the head office but also in various management positions in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 2013, Uffe joined UASC as a member of executive management in Dubai, with responsibility for all global commercial activities. On April 1, 2018, he took over the position of president of Hapag-Lloyd (America) LLC. in the USA.
President and CEO
Fenix Marine Services
Based in Phoenix, Fenix Marine Services President and CEO Sean Pierce has over 25 years of experience in port and marine terminal planning, technology, operations, and management. Pierce evaluated, acquired, and managed marine terminals for container and non-container cargoes on multiple continents. He started P5 Infrastructure, LLC in June of 2016 and, as CEO, worked with his partners to orchestrate their first acquisition in 2017 — the Eagle Marine Services terminal in Los Angeles, Global Gateway South. For more than five years he served as the CEO for Yilport Holding, an international terminal operator headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Pierce revamped the multipurpose terminals, created a centralized services and management structure, created and delivered on a host of innovative and highly profitable initiatives for the company’s ports and logistics holdings. His terminal acquisitions and concessions, totaling 17, included terminals in Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Peru, and Ecuador. Previously, he spent nine years as the vice president for business development for Tideworks Technology, a provider of software and hardware solutions for the maritime and rail sector; a subsidiary of SSA Marine (Carrix). Pierce spent the first 12 years of his career in various management positions with TraPac Limited, the US terminal operating subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Washington State University, and an Executive Juris Doctor Degree from Concord Law School.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Cindy Praeger is a serial entrepreneur who has a passion for starting and growing companies and developing win-win partnerships. As co-founder and managing partner of Rhythm Systems Inc., Praeger delights in helping middle market growth firms use Rhythm’s patented software to execute their growth plan, hit their numbers, and lead in their market space. Rhythm Systems clients are always setting new goals for themselves and Rhythm has been a big part in helping them win. BioPlus achieved 140 percent growth three years in a row. AvidXchange increased efficiency in its R&D department by 300 percent. Mobility Works grew from five to 60-plus locations, most through acquisitions resulting in record revenue and profits. Praeger is a graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program and helped create and develop five new small schools in Charlotte via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Director, Corporate Sales
Mike Prandato has 13 years of experience in the ocean shipping and drayage industries. Currently serving as director of corporate sales for CST, a Top 10 intermodal drayage company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Forward Air Corporation, Prandato is responsible for overseeing all commercial-related activity within CST and helping to spearhead value-selling efforts to beneficial cargo owners across the Forward Air organization. Prior to joining CST in 2014, he progressed in various analyst and sales roles within Maersk Line in New Jersey and Chicago. Prandato holds a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University and a bachelor’s of science in business administration from the University of Richmond.
Founder and CEO
Anshu Prasad is the chief executive officer of LogisticsExchange (LE), a data and analytics platform helping to bring cost and service predictability to the transportation industry. Prior to founding LE, Prasad built and led A.T. Kearney's global analytics practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow analytics businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, working at the intersection of logistics and technology.
Dr. Joseph W. Pratt
Zero Emission Advisors
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Matt Pyatt is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arrive Logistics. A domestic truck brokerage based in Austin, Texas, Arrive Logistics has two additional offices in Chicago and Chattanooga. Pyatt is responsible for the financial health, strategic vision, company culture and the scalable leadership team at Arrive Logistics. Since inception in August 2014, Arrive Logistics has grown at an unprecedented pace with 2019 revenue expected to reach more than $600 million. Arrive Logistics uses a best-in-class proprietary technology, empowering its team to offer great capacity, pricing and service to all of its customers. Under Pyatt’s direction, Arrive Logistics has invested heavily in hiring, training and retaining the best talent in the industry. By prioritizing saving customers time, money and allowing them to focus on their core business, Arrive has become one of the fastest-growing freight brokers in the country.
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
Harbor Freight Tools
Peter Racine leads supply chain operations at Harbor Freight Tools, a Calabasas, California-based a multi-channel retailer with more than 1,000 stores nationwide. Prior to joining Harbor Freight in 2012, Racine was vice president of supply chain management at Apria Healthcare and vice president of supply chain services at Click Commerce. He holds a bachelors in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a masters in computer engineering from the University of Southern California.
Vice President, Supply Chain Optimization
Geodis Global Solutions
Brian Reed has 19 years as a business and information technology (IT) chameleon in supply chain. He began his career working with clients to create value through business and IT solutions in most industries on a global basis. This included leading enterprise architecture and business-model design programs for freight and shipper organizations globally developing innovative solutions using modern concepts such as 4PLs. Serving as the vice president of transportation and customer service at the nation’s largest bottled water manufacturer (Niagara Bottling), Reed led a team developing innovative solutions to manage cost and deliver outstanding service for the company's largest spend category. To ensure he stays up to date with the latest trends, he has continued to deliver advisory services to diverse companies on the leading edge of the supply chain with technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. Today, Reed is an executive working with clients around the world to form vested partnerships delivering 4PL solutions from three global Centers of Excellence as part of the GEODIS Supply Chain Optimization team.
Devon Consulting, LLC
Angie Reno is a supply chain strategist who partners with multi-tiered organizational stakeholders to envision a supply chain of the future. Through value-stream mapping, Reno delivers the future-state in an executable format, enabling the highest gains in supply chain partnerships, process efficiencies and digitized optimization. Her collaborative leadership delivers continuous improvement and ongoing quantifiable value. She has nearly three decades of industry experience, a Six Sigma certification, and a master's degree in industrial psychology and organizational behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Reno has held multiple sales leadership positions and diligently fosters a network of industry colleagues equally passionate about supply chain evolution and collaboration.
Neal J. Rider
Founder and CEO
Neal J. Rider is the founder and chief executive officer of Emergent Cold since 2016. He has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in food and logistics. EmergentCold is the leading cold storage company in Australia, New Zealand, and Vietnam, and it is growing rapidly via a buy-and-build strategy in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Emergent is focused on supporting global food trade as well as providing solutions for cold chain in emerging markets. In 2013, Rider founded Agro Merchants Group, which has become the No. 4 global cold storage company. Prior to that, he held the position of president of Americold, the largest global cold chain company, for nine years. A native of Montana, Rider is a graduate of the University of Montana and holds an MBA from the University of Utah.
Fortino Landeros Ruiz
Fortino Landeros Ruiz, originally from McAllen Texas, with more than 35 years of business experience in Mexico. During the last 12 years Mr. Landeros has been CEO in CONTECON Manzanillo/ICTSI and YRC Freight Mexico; companies dedicated to port operations, cargo transport, distribution and logistics. Mr. Landeros has also been CEO in companies like Cargill, Campbells Soup and others. Under Mr. Landeros' direction, CONTECON Manzanillo from his start to the end of 2018 managed to achieve 30% of the volume of operations handled by the port of Manzanillo. For the years 2019 to 2022 CONTECON Manzanillo has an investment program of 350 million dollars. With this investment the company directed by Mr Landeros is estimating to operate 45 to 50% of the cargo in the port of Manzanillo Aside from directing CONTECON Manzanillo, Mr. Landeros participates in community activities helping children's foster homes and donating prescription glasses to children in elementary schools from low income neighborhoods. In his leisure time Mr. Landero's enjoys reading and jogging.
International Logistics Manager
Jakob Sadd is an international logistics manager at JBS who graduated in 2010 from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science in business administration and a concentration in organization and innovation management. He focused on supply chain management and entrepreneurship. He joined JBS after graduation and has held various positions in the nine years since. Sadd is currently pursuing an MBA from Colorado State University. JBS is the world’s largest protein producer, offering global customers chicken, beef, and pork products under brand names such as Pilgrim’s, Swift, Blue Ribbon, Aspen Ridge, and La Herencia. They are the largest beef producer, the second-largest pork producer, and the second-largest poultry producer in the US. They exported more than 65,000 FEU in 2017 and are the No. 1 reefer exporter in the US.
Co-Founder and Director
Dynamo Venture Capital
Santosh Sankar is co-founder and director of Dynamo, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based, early-stage fund that invests in extraordinary founding teams building startups in supply chain and mobility. Prior to Dynamo, Sankar worked in investment banking and built two bootstrapped business prior to turning 21. He is a proud graduate of Penn State University.
SeaCube Containers LLC
Robert F. Sappio is chief executive officer of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd., one of the largest operating lessors of containers in the world. Sappio joined SeaCube in 2014 as chief operating officer and was promoted to his current position in June 2017. Prior to SeaCube, he held positions as president of the Americas region for Rickmers-Linie and managing director for Alvarez & Marsal. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Sappio spent nearly 30 years at APL, Ltd., serving most recently as senior vice president, where he was responsible for all of APL's commercial activities in the trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic, and Latin American regions.
Digital Innovation Manager
Mark Schmitz is an accomplished supply chain executive with 10 years of experience at BASF, the world’s largest chemical company with a combined master’s in chemistry and business administration. Until 2017, Schmitz has been the head of supply chain for BASF’s Automotive Catalyst business. Now, he is fostering BASF’s digital transformation by incepting new business models and digital services through strategic partnerships with startups and corporates in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a board member for Bulky, a bulk trucking industry consortium and shipment matching platform. Schmitz is also a board observer for a BASF-investment in a Stanford-based Artificial Intelligence startup focused on optimization for industrial manufacturing. Living in Palo Alto, he is an Emergency Services Volunteer, supports a local non-profit promoting literacy in disadvantaged elementary school children and has received a commendation from the State Senate of California for civic engagement in 2018.
Manager, North American Marine Category
Mr. Klaus Schnede earned a Shipping Merchant and Broker degree from the Hamburg (Germany) School of Business in Maritime Transportation Worked at Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg headquarters in various capacities, including Marketing, Operations and Pricing Working in North America since 1985, Klaus’ experience includes Sales, Marketing and Pricing Management with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, P&O, K-line and CP-Ships. He has over 15 years of experience in Cost Management From 2003 through 2005, Klaus worked as senior procurement manager for the Atlanta based NVO Cendian Corp., responsible for freight procurement including Air, LCL, Bulk Parcel Tanker, ISO Tank and FCL Container shipments Since 2005, Klaus works as Manager North America Marine Category responsible for Marine, Air, Forwarding procurement/operations and Trade Compliance at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the internet marketplace for international freight. A logistics technology pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent-pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Schreiber has a Ph.D. in computer science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Category Manager, Ocean and Air
The Chemours Company
Dave Sekula is the category manager for ocean and air logistics at The Chemours Company, based in Wilmington, Delaware. In leading the global team, he is responsible for the development and accountable for the execution of category strategies in ocean and air. He began his career at BDP International and has spent the last 13-plus years in several international logistics roles. Sekula earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics at Arcadia University. He has also earned designation as a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS.
Global Chief Information Officer
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Andre Simha joined MSC, a global leader in transportation and logistics, in 1987. He is responsible for implementing and developing the complex data flow between the company’s headquarters and its agencies worldwide. Simha oversees more than 1,000 staff globally, providing interactive software solutions for MSC, as well as steering the company’s broader activities related to technology, innovation, and digitization. He is an advocate for collaboration and standardization in the shipping industry in areas of technology such as smart containers, where shippers of cargo benefit from a degree of harmonization among carriers and other actors in the supply chain. MSC, founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte, operates 480 offices across 155 countries with more than 70,000 employees.
Jane Singer is director and head of market intelligence at Inside Fashion, the leading market intelligence service for the global fashion industry. Singer developed the Current Situation in Sourcing, a C-suite advisory service that brings together sourcing analysis, forecasting, and industry consensus. She also developed Consumer Lab and ASQ, consumer research platforms that provide breakthrough insights into consumer attitudes about fashion and lifestyle. Singer is a featured expert speaker at prominent trade fairs, industry events, and corporate meetings around the world. She also serves as a consultant to several leading apparel and textile companies, helping them identify new opportunities and supporting them with sales and market development. Singer is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in economics.
A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S
Soren Skou, who has been CEO of AP Moller-Maersk since 2016 and headed the Maersk container line for four years prior to that, is leading an unprecedented transformation for a container carrier into a new breed of logistics provider. It has begun offering end-to-end logistics services as part of a strategy to become an integrated carrier in container logistics. It announced in September 2016 that it "will combine its offering for ocean products and supply chain services to be able to offer more comprehensive end-to-end logistic solutions for cargo owners," accomplishing this by splitting its Damco logistics unit into supply chain services to be integrated into Maersk and a forwarding business that will be run sep