Beverly Altimore is the president and executive director of the US Shippers Association (USSA). Established in 1985, USSA primarily helps shipper members procure ocean transportation rates and service for containerized shipments, specializing in chemicals. Altimore has been in the shipping industry for 43 years, starting at Port of Galveston’s Houston sales office, moving to the ship agency Strachan Shipping Co. for 22 years, shifting to carrier representation at Yang Ming Line for 12 years, and finally switching to the shipper side with USSA for the past nine years. She has handled every part of carrier jobs, including vessel boarding and operations, backroom documentation, line management, interface with carrier management, and sales and marketing. On the shipper side, Altimore is involved with technology applications to business needs, public relations, carrier relationships, data analysis to empower decision-making, and bid processes.
President and Executive Director
Ari Ashe has more than a decade of journalism experience working in the newsrooms of Washington, DC. 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, DC, 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.
Pablo Avila, regional director for western US operations at BDP International, began his career at BDP as a logistics coordinator, and over the past decade moved into positions including manager of strategic accounts, global account executive, and director of operations. He received an MBA in global leadership from the University of Houston, Texas, and a bachelor’s in political science and international relations from Houston Baptist University. BDP International operates across multiple sectors and geographies, with a special focus as the premier global chemical logistics provider.
Regional Director, USA West Operations
Paul Bingham is director of transportation consulting for the economics and country risk team at IHS Markit. With over 30 years of experience in the trade and transportation sector, Bingham applies the company’s information products and models for clients who need to understand freight and logistics. He analyzes and forecasts freight transportation and supply chain logistics, including cross-border commodity flows between Mexico and the US. Bingham’s primary focus is on North American transportation, including the international supply chains that serve North America. He has provided market analysis to seaports and the US Department of Transportation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, including multimodal trade analysis for port and harbor planning for Gulf Coast ports. Bingham rejoined IHS Markit this year after having worked at IHS Markit-predecessor firms Global Insight, Data Resources Incorporated (DRI), and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA). He serves as an appointed member of the US Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, a group that provides industry advice to the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Transportation on policies affecting supply chains in the US. He is the former chair and current emeritus member of the US National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Systems Group. He is also a past National Council Member of the Transportation Research Forum.
Director, Economics and Country Risk
Mr. Hans Brindley oversee all acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and strategic direction for the Houston office. Brindley is tasked with leading the operation of Liberty’s Houston 10.2 million square foot portfolio. Brindley joined Liberty in 2007. In total, during Mr. Bindley’s 12-year tenure, he has been activity involved in over 4.57 million square feet of industrial warehouse and flex of development with another 573,414 SF delivering in 2019. Prior to joining Liberty, Mr. Brindley was a leasing and marketing director in the Houston area with First Industrial Realty Trust, where he was responsible for managing all leasing and marketing efforts for the company’s 6.5 million square foot industrial portfolio. Brindley averaged approximately 60 leases per year, acting as the sole leasing agent for the company’s entire portfolio, which included more than 300 tenants. Mr. Brindley serves on the Board of directors of the Houston chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), in addition to having served as a leader of Liberty’s Industrial Practice Group. He’s a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), and the LaPorte Chamber of Commerce. Also, holds a Texas Sales Person License. Brindley received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas, in Austin. Brindley resides in Houston with wife, Lauren. Together Hans & Lauren are raising eleven-year-old triplet sons.
Vice President and Market Leader, Houston
Liberty Property Trust
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.
Darryl Cline is the supply chain manager for FBD Partnership, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, where he specializes in all modes of global logistics. He has over 15 years of experience in domestic and international logistics, transportation, planning, and supply chain management. His work focuses on delivering a predictable supply chain, carrier management/negotiations and Kaizen cost savings. Prior to joining FBD, Cline held management positions at Southwestern Motor Transport, HEB Grocery, and Ryder Integrated Logistics at the Toyota Motor manufacturing plant in San Antonio where he managed the logistics for JIT inventory. He holds a bachelor’s in business management from Texas State University.
Supply Chain Manager
Brad Elam is vice president of business development for Gulf Winds International, a supply chain leader in drayage, transloading, and domestic deliveries. Elam began his career at Gulf Winds in 2012 as a sales manager in Dallas. He previously handled business development for Riddell Sports and Southwest Material Handling. Elam is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He serves on the executive committee for the DFW Fellowship of Christian Athletes Tom Landry Open.
Vice President, Business Development
Gulf Winds International
Wade Elliott is currently responsible for the marketing and business development activities of Port Tampa Bay. He joined the Tampa Port Authority in 2003 and has more than 25 years of port marketing, business development, and research experience working with clients across the globe, including exporters, importers, ocean carriers, terminal operators, and cruise lines. Elliott was previously executive director of the Halifax-Dartmouth Port Development Commission. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he also worked as a research associate conducting economic and policy research in the maritime sector. Elliott began his career working at sea aboard a variety of container, bulk, tanker, offshore supply, and seismic survey vessels. He is the chairman of the Tampa Foreign Trade Zone, and serves on the boards of the Tampa Port Ministries Seafarers’ Center and the Central–North Florida District Export Council.
Vice President, Marketing and Business Development
Port Tampa Bay
Marcia Faschingbauer is the founder and president of Excargo Services Inc., a trucking company she founded in 1979 to support a family business in need of reliable transportation. Today, Excargo Services has grown into a major regional logistics firm, transporting a variety of products for service-sensitive importers and exporters for polymers, specialty chemicals, retail, household goods, equipment, beverages, and building materials via truck and rail. Excargo is known for its safety, customer service, and IT excellence. A native Houstonian, Marcia is committed to the community. She contributes her time and resources to the industry she loves, as well as to her passions: the arts, education, and gardening. Marcia is a past chair of the Texas Trucking Association and serves on the board of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Conference, Greater Houston Port Bureau, Mercury Chamber Orchestra and recently joined the University of Houston Supply Chain Advisory Board. Marcia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed executive programs at Rice University’s Jones School and Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School. She resides in Houston with her husband. They enjoy traveling, the outdoors and the arts.
President and CEO
Can Fidan joined MTS in Istanbul Turkey in 1999. While attending Koc University in Istanbul, he started in operations for LCL consolidation department, which followed with a sales role later. Immediately after graduating from university MTS decided to send a representative to Hong Kong for Asia Development and Can took this role. During his 2 years in Hong Kong, Can helped building the Asia network of the group. In 2007, he moved to New York City as Country Development Manager for MTS Logistics. He had been primarily in charge of import sales, overseas agents and procurement. In 2009, Can was assigned his current role as VP Business Development and Export Manager, to primarily focus on Export Development. Can and his team believe that in today’s world regardless of the product customers are shipping, they don’t sell only the product, they sell the service too, and MTS serves a very crucial role to represent them both in US and in overseas.
Vice President, Business Development
M. Can Fidan
Roger Guenther was named executive director of Port Houston in 2014. With 30 years of experience at the port, Guenther brings operational leadership and a proven track record to the position. He previously served as deputy executive director of operations and was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management, and construction of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests. Since joining Port Houston in 1988, Guenther has served in various capacities related to facilities management, including master planning of the Bayport Container Terminal, redevelopment of the existing Barbours Cut Terminal, and procurement of all container handling cranes and equipment over the last two decades. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA in international trade and finance from the University of St. Thomas. In 2016, Guenther was elected president of the Texas Ports Association. He also serves on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Freight Advisory Committee and Port Authority Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M Transportation Institute Advisory Council. In May 2018, he became a member of the US Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness.
Daniel Hackett is a partner at Hackett Associates, where he is active in maritime strategy issues, logistics management, and port logistics. He is a certified urban planner and specializes in financial, economic, and geographic information systems analysis. Hackett runs the forecast and is editor of both the North American and North European editions of the Global Port Tracker. The monthly reports track, respectively, container imports to the largest terminals in Canada and the United States, and container imports and exports to the busiest terminals in Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Since its launch in 2016, Hackett has served as a subject matter expert on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Port Performance Freight+Statistics Program. Recent projects include advising a major shipping alliance on regulatory issues; conducting market studies for new or expanded container terminals, and developing a commodity/region level import/export forecast for the US Maritime Administration.
Erik Bo Hansen joined Kansas City Southern in 2014 as vice president sales and marketing for the intermodal business unit. He oversees the company’s intermodal business unit in the US and Mexico. Hansen has over 25 years of experience in supply chain management, specifically in the international shipping and logistics arena. Prior to joining KCS, he spent 25 years with Maersk, in roles including chief financial officer for subsidiaries in Asia and Latin America and more recently as the CEO for Maersk Line in Mexico and Central America. Hansen serves on the board of KC Smartport, a non-profit economic development organization that works to attract freight-based companies, such as manufacturing, distribution and warehouses to the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and has, in the past, served on its annual conference committee. Hansen holds a degree in financial and management accounting from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and has attended executive development courses at IMD in Switzerland, at Columbia University in New York, and at DTU Executive School of Business in Denmark. He is fluent in Danish, English, and Spanish.
Vice President, Intermodal
Erik Bo Hansen
Kansas City Southern Railway
Brian Harold is managing director of APM Terminals Mobile (formerly Mobile Container Terminal) at Choctaw Point in the Port of Mobile, and has held that position since 2010. With 15 years of experience in the shipping industry, Harold has held various positions in both marine and terminal operations. From 2002 until 2004 he was with the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in Prague, Czech Republic, primarily focusing on intermodal logistics. He was most recently with APM Terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey from 2004 until 2010 where he held the position of director of terminal operations at their Port Elizabeth facility in New Jersey. His responsibilities there included oversight of day-to-day operations, labor relations, and strategic development of the facility. Harold currently serves on the board of the Mobile Steamship Association and is co-chairman of the board of the MSSA-ILA Pension and Welfare Funds. he is also on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. He is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and holds a B.S.D. in finance.
APM Terminals Mobile
Sherry Harriman is senior vice president, logistics and supply chain, for Academy Sports + outdoor. From 2010-2018, she was Walmart’s divisional vice president of supply chain, Florida and Puerto Rico. In this position, she led supply chain operations including forecasting, strategic planning, capital expenditure annual budgets of up to $4 million, talent development and recruitment, and P&L forecasting and analysis. From 2007-2010, she was Walmart’s regional vice president and led all aspects of operations for six grocery distribution centers and two general merchandise distribution centers in five states. Prior to that role, she served as regional transportation director, general transportation manager, and assistant regional operations manager, freight flow operations manager, and membership/marketing operations manager for Sam’s Club. She began her tenure at Walmart as an hourly associate in 1999. Harriman has an MBA from John Brown University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.
Senior Vice President, Logistics and Supply Chain
Academy Sports + Outdoor
Tom Krajewski is a 44-year industry veteran who started his career in the container freight industry in 1975 with Sea-Land Service in New Orleans. Krajewski has held positions in sales, marketing, customer service management, country management, trade management, pricing, trade, and sales business process, and corporate sales management with Sea-Land Service, Maersk, and Sealand. Krajewski has spent more than 15 years living in South Florida and has been involved in the intra-Americas markets for over 25 years. In his current role, he oversees the refrigerated cargo segment for SeaLand.
Head of Refrigerated Sales
Sealand - A Maersk Company
Eric Lindberg has worked in the global logistics industry for the last 24 years inclusive of his current role as vice president of strategic sales for Japan Post’s company Toll Global Forwarding. He has held various leadership roles in sales and general management. Lindberg has lived in nine major trade centers including two years spent as an expatriate in Taipei, Taiwan. His experience is substantial, with work in international forwarding, for an ocean line ashore and at sea, as an integrator, and most recently with two logistics technology start-ups based in California’s Silicon Valley. He has spent 20-plus years dedicated to developing new business both individually and within team settings. Mr. Lindberg graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation, a commission in the US Navy, and an Unlimited Tonnage, Merchant Marine License. Recently he was invited to audit an applied economics course at Stanford University and completed the Amazon Web Services Certified Practitioner course.
Vice President, Global Sales
Toll Global Forwarding
Meagan Lobban is currently director of trade operations for Olam Cotton. She has previously managed cotton operations and marketing services for Olam International in Australia. Lobban’s career began in the agricultural industry, specifically the trading and containerized export movement of cotton. She has been with Olam International for the past 12 years, working in supply chain management in Australia for 10 years before relocating to the United States in 2017 to work with Olam Cotton in Dallas. Since is a member of the American Cotton Shippers Association, helping ensure that issues around supply chain efficiency are collectively heard at an industry level. She holds a bachelor’s in international business/Japanese business from the University of Technology in Brisbane and an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.
Director, Trade Operations
After serving in the US Army for 8 years, Nate has spent his last 10 years in the world in supply chain and logistics. Starting at GlobalTranz, Nate's last 5 years in the industry have been driven by an entrepreneur's spirit playing an executive role in starting two freight brokerages. He is fueled by a passion to provide solutions to shippers and carriers who are craving better visibility, transparency and a delightful freight experience. After being named the Chief Commercial Officer in September 2018, Nate has driven the commercial engine of Shipwell by leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning to drive impact and answer questions crucial to running a world-class supply chains across many verticals to include CPG, retail, oil and gas, manufacturing and many others. Nate holds his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and his MBA from American Military University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Greg Lovelace is director of marketing and business development, cargo and cruise for Port Tampa Bay. His responsibilities include new business development for the Port of Tampa with a focus on cargo development, roll-on, roll-off, and cruise business. He is also responsible for managing the port tariff and is involved with strategic planning. Lovelace began his career with Port Tampa Bay in 1996. He received a BS degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. Prior to his employment with the Port Tampa Bay, he was employed for 10 years with Evergreen, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world. Lovelace serves on the executive committee of the Gulf Seaports Marine Terminal Conference, an association of US Gulf ports authorized to discuss, fix, and regulate rates. He previously served as its chairman. Lovelace also served as past-president of the CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable and continues to serve on the board in various capacities.
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Port Tampa Bay
Janine M. Mansour has been on the commercial team at the Port of New Orleans since 2010, and she was promoted to commercial director in 2016. In this role, she manages the cargo and cruise departments, which are responsible for maximizing and commercially supporting ship calls as well as cargo and cruise passenger movements. Prior to joining the port, Mansour worked in community relations and communications at Entergy New Orleans. She graduated from Rice University with a dual degree in psychology and policy studies, and received an MBA in Management from Tulane University in 2014. Through Tulane, Mansour received the Allen R. Vorholt Fellowship for outstanding leadership and scholarship. In 2017, she received the Young and Emerging Trade Leader Award from the World Trade Center of New Orleans. She is also a member of numerous industry associations including the International Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association of New Orleans (associate member), the Traffic and Transportation Club of Greater New Orleans, the Women’s International Shipping and Transportation Association, and the Women’s International Maritime Organization. Mansour has served as a board member on the Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Traffic and Transportation Club of Greater New Orleans, and the French American Chamber of Commerce.
Janine M. Mansour
Port of New Orleans
Richard McDuffie, chief operating officer of Dunavant Global Logistics Group, has more than 25 years of global, multi-industry, Fortune 500 supply chain experience in operations, process re-engineering/implementation, and business start-up and development. He provided the leadership and vision to develop Dunavant into a global logistics service provider and helped transition the company from a commodity merchant to a 4PL logistics firm, recently completing several acquisitions. McDuffie leads his management team in delivering clients lower-landed cost solutions with improved customer service. Formerly, he was vice president of supply chain for the Fortune 300 retailer, AutoZone, and vice president of global logistics for Williams-Sonoma.
Chief Operating Officer
Dunavant Global Logistics Group
Alessandro Menezes has more than 20 years of international experience in container shipping supply chain, including product and trade management, container fleet management, market intelligence, vessel operations, and financial analysis on the carrier side, having worked in Latin America, Europe, and the US, and on the shipper side in supply chain, international logistics, and transportation sourcing for specialty chemicals, bulk chemicals, and plastic resins. He joined Vinmar Group in 2016, and currently heads global marine freight procurement of the company’s plastics division with dozens of thousands of TEUs exported mainly from the US Gulf, Middle East, and Asia. Menezes has been featured in container shipping trade magazines and as a speaker at container supply chain conferences in Latin America and the Middle East. He joined Alianca Lines in 1996 prior its acquisition by the Hamburg Sud Group, and went on to hold positions at Hamburg Sud offices in Brazil, Hamburg, and Miami, Florida. During his career, Menezes also worked for Afton Chemical, and American Natural Soda Ash Corp. He received an MBA from Business School Sao Paulo (BSP), a master’s in logistics from Federal Centers for Technological Education (CEFET) in Rio de Janeiro, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niteroi, Brazil.
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, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Giancarlo Morgera is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years experience in the maritime industry. He has been with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) since 1984, originally serving the company as deck officer at sea for two years, followed by just over two years as port captain during which he received his captain’s license. When he joined MSC (USA) in 1989, his bi-cultural background and passion for the seas helped continue his upward trajectory within the organization; earning positions that would give him greater responsibility and expertise in sales, operations and liner services. His sales experience includes five years as vice president of sales, West Coast when the company first began its Far East service from Long Beach. Most recently he served as executive vice president, liner services, based at MSC’s New York headquarters.
Executive Vice President, Export Liner Services
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA)
As the director for global trade and business development at PortMiami, Eric Olafson develops and oversees business strategies to promote one of the leading container ports in Florida, including promotion of the port’s billion dollar investment in infrastructure. He also heads up efforts to increase bilateral trade and develop Neo Panamax business. In his capacity, Olafsen is responsible for administering the port’s perishables, transshipment, air/sea cargo, and Foreign Trade Zone No. 281 initiatives. Olafson has a wide spectrum of experience in public administration and management, and has served Miami-Dade County government for more than 17 years. Prior to his appointment at PortMiami, Olafson held a number of executive level positions within Miami-Dade County government, including assistant director at the Miami-Dade County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and legislative counsel to US Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. Olafson began his career working as staff in the Florida House of Representatives and subsequently worked for five years in the US Department of Justice, immigration division. He is a member of a number of maritime, business and economic development organizations at national and international levels. He holds a B.A. (Suma Cum Laude) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
Director, Global Trade and Business Development
Javier Ortiz is an associate director in IHS Markit’s polyolefins market research group, covering the plastic resins markets in the US and Latin America. He began his consulting career at Chemical Market Associates Inc. in 2007 as a research analyst for the North and South American synthetic fibers markets with primary focus on the polyester and nylon supply chains. He leads production of the QuiMax Report, a joint venture between IHS Markit and Brazilian consulting firm MaxiQuim, which covers the petrochemical and resins markets in Latin America, and directs IHS Markit’s polystyrene market coverage in the Americas. Ortiz holds a degree in industrial engineering with a minor in business administration from Texas A&M University.
Associate Director, Polyolefins Market Research Group
George Pavlichko is director of international logistics, supply chain, for American Tire Distributors. In 2009, he joined Pep Boys as a senior international analyst in the Philadelphia office. He remained there until Dec. 2017, managing international logistics and customs compliance and becoming director of global logistics. He joined ATD in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2017, where he is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction of international logistics operations and customs compliance. Pavlichko leads all international logistics activities for ATD and affiliated companies. His oversight includes ocean freight, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, drayage, and all trade compliance activities, as well as ensuring compliance with import and customs regulations, including foreign trade zone operations. He received a BSBA in Business Admin from Kutztown University, and an MBA in strategic management from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In 2011, Pavlichko became a licensed customs broker.
Director, International Logistics
American Tire Distributors
As President of CMA CGM (America) LLC, Ludovic Renou is responsible for managing US operations, leading a team of more than 1,000 employees, managing a multimillion dollar budget, streamlining operations, increasing productivity, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve CMA CGM (America) LLC’s economy and vision. His duties involve interacting with employees, customers, supply chain partners, community members, and officials at all levels. Renou brings more than 23 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management with him. He began his career in the maritime industry as a line manager and over the course of two decades advanced to several executive-level positions, with overseas assignments in Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China. Renou is recognized for his ability to facilitate the development of solutions to challenging issues. He received a master’s in international business from the Universite du Littoral in Dunkerque, France.
CMA CGM America
Brooks Royster serves as vice president of international supply chain solutions at MTC Logistics and is a 40-plus-year veteran of the maritime and logistics Industries. After serving several deep-water ports and private corporations as CEO, president, or executive director, Royster joined MTC Logistics in 2008 and became its president in 2013. His business dealings have taken him around the globe creating valued partnerships in more than 35 countries, relationships he draws upon today. He most recently oversaw design and construction of MTC Logistics’ flagship Port of Baltimore refrigerated distribution center facility adjacent to Seagirt Marine Terminal, and will do so again with their state-of-the-art international temperature-controlled DC in Mobile, Alabama.
Vice President, International Supply Chain Solutions
Rudy Sandoval joined Americold Logistics in 2015 as general manager and was promoted to his current position of regional director of operations in 2017. He began his career in 2009 as a distribution manager for McLane Foodservice in Atlanta, where he rose to senior transportation manager in 2011 and director of operations in 2013. Sandoval served four combat deployments in the US Army Military Police Corps from 2000-2009. He received a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in business and organizational security from Webster University in Missouri. He recently served as a panelist at the Women in Trucking conference.
Regional Director of Operations
Jon Slangerup joined AGL as chairman in April 2017 and was appointed executive chairman and CEO in July 2017. With domain expertise in multimodal logistics, enterprise software, and environmental technologies, Slangerup has built businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries. He previously was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary US gateway moving $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. As CEO, he delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth and successfully managed a $4 billion capital infrastructure expansion program. Slangerup’s career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become president of FedEx Canada.
Chairman and CEO
American Global Logistics
Lara L. Sowinski is the editorial director of AC Business Media’s Supply Chain Network, which includes the B2B trade journals Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. In her current role, she is responsible for developing executive level content for both magazines as well as producing e-newsletters, podcasts, white papers, and custom publications for clients. Previously, Sowinski served as editor-in-chief for World Trade WT100, a B2B trade journal that focused on topics related to global supply chains, including transportation, sourcing and procurement, risk analysis, regulatory compliance, trade finance, sustainability, economic development, and software and technology. Her industry experience began in the customs brokerage department of Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS in 2001), followed by a position in the import department with Sony Corporation of America in Long Beach, Calif. In 2011, Sowinski was the first recipient of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association’s Russell Award for Editorial Excellence, which recognizes editorial excellence for journalistic coverage of the transportation and logistics industry.
AC Business Media's Supply Chain Network (includes Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive)
Curtis Spencer is the president of IMS Worldwide, headquartered in Houston, Texas. He is a nationally regarded expert on matters related to logistics and intermodal shipping trends, ports, and industrial real estate; foreign trade zones; and the impact of e-commerce on the industry. Spencer is a speaker at more than 55 national conferences and workshops each year and has been published in The Journal of Commerce, Pacific Shipper, Inbound Logistics, and other news magazines. He has been the keynote or featured speaker at annual events sponsored by the following associations: IWLA, RILA, JOC Events, ULI, NAIOP, SIOR, AAEI, NAFTZ, AAAE, IEDC, GA Logistics Conference, CSCMP (two-time track chair), WERC, and ICSC. Under Spencer’s leadership, IMS Worldwide is now a leading consulting firm for developers and real estate trusts who seek guidance on value propositions for industrial real estate, port efficiencies, and site selection differentiators.
Dominic Sun was named director of trade development at Port Houston in January 2019. He has more than 29 years of professional experience with ocean carriers, domestic and international freight forwarders, and global third-party logistics providers in the United States. Sun’s most recent position prior to joining the port was director of strategic accounts with the world’s third-largest ocean carrier CMA CGM, where he had a 11-year tenure with expanding roles on the US West and Gulf Coasts. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in real estate from University of Southern California.
Port of Houston
Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team of two dozen editors and global correspondents that provide business-critical and data-heavy business intelligence and analysis. Szakonyi oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. In addition to supporting all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, he is chairman of the annual Canada Trade Conference. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. He has bachelor degrees in political science and English from Elmhurst College, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
Rusty Tamlyn is a senior managing director in the Houston office of HFF with more than 40 years of experience in commercial real estate. In his current capacity in the company’s investment advisory group, Tamlyn co-heads its Industrial Group nationally and is responsible for industrial and retail sales on behalf of private and institutional clients throughout the United States. Throughout the course of his career, he has completed in excess of $16 billion in sales. Tamlyn joined the company in 2006. Prior to that, he was a principal and managing director in the Capital Markets Group at Trammell Crow Co. Prior to joining Trammell Crow, he was a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield. Tamlyn began his career as an Industrial broker at CB Richard Ellis in 1978.
Senior Managing Director
William Taylor, chief executive officer of TransGulf Shipping, began his at CAST North America in New York City in 1981. While there, he worked in various roles from sales to pricing. When CAST was purchased by CP Ships in 1995, Taylor became trade director for the eastbound and westbound trades. He then moved to Tampa with CP Ships as vice president of sales, later promoted to vice president of CP Ships, working on behalf of nine various brands in the CP family of companies. From 2006-2012, Taylor worked for Tropical Shipping, the No. 1 carrier in the Bahamas and Caribbean. He spent the last seven years working for Tote Maritime as vice president of commercial, serving Puerto Rico, and recently joined TransGulf, a niche carrier serving Tuxpan, Mexico and Tampa, Florida. Taylor received a BA, cum laude, from marist College.
Peter Tirschwell is vice president at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.
Vice President, Maritime & Trade
Becky Wu-Lee recently assumed the role of senior manager of international logistics and customs compliance for Igloo Product Corp. Beginning in Dec. 2018, she oversees all international transportation operations, supply chain solutions, and trade compliance. Prior to joining Igloo, she spent 11 years in freight forwarding and customs brokerage operations. Wu-Lee earned a bachelor’s in information management and technology from Syracuse University. She has been a licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist since 2012. She is also a member of the Houston Broker and Freight Forwarder Association.
Senior Manager, Supply Chain and Customs Compliance