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KEY TO EDUCATIONAL TRACKS

Intermodal University
Intermodal Economics and Environment
Intermodal Operations
Intermodal Sales & Service
Technology
Sunday, September 17
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Intermodal 101, Getting Started in Intermodal

Cheryl Smith leads the Intermodal Domestic Marketing team at Norfolk Southern Corporation. She and her sales team have commercial responsibility for business handled by Intermodal Marketing Companies. Prior to joining Marketing in 2016, Cheryl held various positions with Norfolk Southern over the course of 20 years. Her range of experience spans intermodal customer service, project management for a variety of systems in intermodal and automotive marketing and operations, medical systems, as well as various technical roles in information technology. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration with both degrees having an emphasis in Information Systems from Old Dominion University.

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Jason Abramowitz is the Director of Pricing, Procurement and Yield, Transportation, for Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc. He is responsible for leading the tactical and strategic pricing and procurement efforts for the company’s Intermodal and Over-the-Road services. Jason joined Yusen Logistics in 2005 and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Branch Manager of the Kansas City and Chicago offices and Regional Director of Operations, Central. He is based at the company’s transportation headquarters in Jacksonville, FL. Jason has been a member of IANA’s Operations and Maintenance Committee for the past three years and is passionate about connecting shippers to Intermodal. Jason holds a BS degree from Midamerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, with a concentration in management and human resources studies.
A lifelong Pittsburgh native, Kristy Knichel is a second-generation logistics executive. She took over as president of Knichel Logistics from her father William in 2007. Prior to this role, she led the operations team for ten years. As president, Kristy has been the driving force behind the company’s yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC community, along with its certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise. Kristy’s recent honors include receiving the Business Women First Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times, the inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from Women in Trucking, and the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards by Enterprising Women magazine. Kristy is actively involved with organizations such as IANA, the Pittsburgh Traffic Club, TIA, and has been a mentor to other women entrepreneurs via the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Mentoring Monday events for the past two years.
Denis Marion serves as the Director of Logistic Operations at LG Electronics based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ where he oversees a $200M budget and an impressive team of logistics professionals. Denis’ career in logistics has spanned several decades. In addition to helping to transform LG’s logistic capabilities into a world-class organization, Denis has also worked for organizations such as Greatwide Distribution Logistics, USA Dry Van and Whirlpool Corporation.
Monday, September 18
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Intermodal FreightCast

John Larkin joined Legg Mason (later sold to Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.) in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. Over the years, John has been recognized as an all-star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine, a Wall Street Journal All-Star analyst, and has been awarded numerous Starmine stock picking awards. Previously, John served as: Chairman and CEO of RailWorks Corporation, Managing Director with Alex. Brown and Sons' transportation team, AVP - Planning and Analysis at CSX Transportation, Inc., Systems Engineering Consultant with Day & Zimmermann, Inc., and a Research Associate at the Center for Transportation Research (at the University of Texas at Austin). John earned his MBA from Harvard University in 1984, a MS in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Vermont in 1977. John is a CFA charter holder. In addition, he is a member of The Board of Directors for Admiralty Holdings (formerly CRST International), and the Boards of Advisors for Comcar Industries and TransFX. John is married and is the proud father of four adult children. He resides in Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, and Saranac Lake, NY.

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Lee Clair is Managing Partner of Transportation and Logistics Advisors, LLC (TandLA). Lee has participated in hundreds of consulting assignments with dozens of clients. He has experience assisting clients in transportation and logistics spanning a wide range of issues. Lee has assisted transportation providers to grow and improve their financial performance, and has assisted shippers and 3PL’s to design and manage their supply chains. He also has advised suppliers to the transportation industry, including equipment manufacturers, information systems providers, and providers of financial services. He has assisted clients in intermodal, rail, trucking, parcel, ocean, barge, airfreight, and 3PL, and e-fulfillment. Recently, Lee has been also assisting investors in 3PL services, LTL and TL brokerage, transport management, transportation management systems, and e-Commerce & e-Fulfillment. Lee has had several projects related to new transport services and disruptive business models. Prior starting TandLA, he was a partner in two other boutique consulting companies. Prior to that he held senior positions at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Before becoming a consultant, Lee was Director of Business Development for IU International (now Landstar Systems), and held several management positions at Union Pacific Railroad. Lee has been a recent speaker at Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), BB&T Transport conference, and Eye For Transport (EFT) conference. Lee is member of the Business Advisory Council (BAC) at the Northwestern University Transportation Center. He received a BS (Cum Laude) from University of Maryland with a double major in finance and transportation/logistics; and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He has completed Stanford University Law School’s Directors College program.
Larry Gross is a thirty-six-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, Colorado, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters, and a Partner and Senior Consultant at FTR Transportation Intelligence, a leading freight transportation research and forecasting firm. He is the principal author of the monthly FTR publications "Intermodal Update" and "Rail Update” as well as “Land Lines”, a monthly column in the Journal of Commerce. Larry is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. He has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for a number of years. He enjoys teaching and has written business case studies dealing with intermodal topics for the IANA Academic Challenge for the past four years. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in arts and design from MIT. He is the executive most closely associated with the RoadRailer intermodal system, having worked with the product since its inception in 1980. He splits his time between New Jersey and Durango, Colorado and enjoys the special qualities of each location.
Alan Murphy has 15 years of experience in Container Shipping research and analysis, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research, econometric modeling, and database architecture development. Alan has a degree in business economics, and joined the global Market Intelligence department of Maersk Line in 2004, coming from a position as Finance Research Analyst at Copenhagen Business School. At Maersk Line, Alan was initially responsible for developing, implementing, and managing central systems for measuring and analyzing customer satisfaction, vessel utilization, market developments, and internal performance. Later, as Senior Analyst of Maersk Line's Intelligence and Analysis section, Alan was responsible for global Supply/Demand modeling, long term forecasting, market and competitor analysis, and Senior Management reporting. After leaving Maersk Line in 2010, He continued to support the Logistics community through ARM Consulting, helping companies automate manual processes, reduce costs and increase market reach based on actionable information. In January 2011, Alan partnered with former Maersk Line and TCC Intelligence Director, Lars Jensen, founding SeaIntel, an industry-leading analysis and consulting firm providing actionable intelligence to the global Container Shipping industry.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cloud-Based Solutions to Intermodal Challenges: Part I

Jennifer C. Schopfer is Vice President of GE Transportation Transport Logistics, part of GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business, based in Chicago, IL. Transport Logistics delivers solutions to optimize across the supply chain ecosystem and enable an interconnected, frictionless system of movement leveraging digital freight logistics. Prior to this role, Jen was the Executive Director of GE Data Solutions, part of GE Digital, based in San Ramon, CA. In that role. Jen and her team launched a big data strategy across GE to deliver $200MM of productivity to the GE businesses. Jen began her GE career in 2006, as a part of GE Energy. From there, she joined GE’s Corporate Audit Staff for 5+ years, rising to the position of Executive Audit Manager & Operations Manager. Jen holds a BS in financial management from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She, her husband Brian, and their son Davis reside in Atlanta, GA.

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Adam Compain is the CEO of ClearMetal, the predictive logistics company that uses AI to deliver unprecedented efficiency for the supply chain. Adam founded ClearMetal after his time at OOCL and 5 years at Google. Recently on Bloomberg TV and the cover of American Shipper as “the changing face of ocean freight,” Adam holds five patents, two degrees from University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University. ClearMetal is based in Silicon Valley and comprised of top software engineers and former supply chain executives; its investors include the founders of GT Nexus and Navis, PSA unboXed, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.
Hugh Gallagher joined Tideworks Technology in 2005 with more than 15 years’ experience in the transportation industry and has held positions in vessel operations, liner agency services, intermodal, vessel planning, and terminal operations. He has had many roles within Tideworks and now all aspects of research, development and quality control of Tideworks’ full suite of software applications. Involved in every aspect of the product life cycle from requirements gathering through implementation, Hugh enjoys leveraging his operational experience and an aptitude for systems to help organizations realize effective business solutions.
Scott Holland leads the Navis Product Management organization. He brings more than 25 years of experience in terminal operating systems design, development and product management to his current role. Prior to joining Navis, Scott was Vice President, Intermodal Solutions at RMI, now a part of GE Transportation. He was responsible for management of the intermodal solutions division in Austin, Texas, with direct oversight for product strategy, research, development, and services for the TOS and business intelligence products. Since joining Navis, Scott has played a key leadership role in terminal automation and has expanded his scope to include carrier solutions over the past year.
As the Vice President of Product Management, Brian Moran guides the development of next generation Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at Savi Technologies. Brian brings 20+ years of experience leveraging sensors and physical computing to solve problems in diverse market places including government, law enforcement, supply chain, and fleet and asset management. Brian has a proven record for bring innovative solutions to market in large and small companies including multiple successful startups. Before joining Savi, Brian was Vice President, Product Management at CalAmp a leading provider of sensors for fleet and asset management. Other key roles included Co-founder of Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) an early innovator in the use of location to monitor supervised individuals and reduce recidivism. At STOP, Brian was responsible for product vision and roadmap execution and directed all technology operations for the company. Responsibilities spanned product management, product development and testing, data center operations, customer support, new client implementation, and training. He has a MS in systems engineering from George Mason University and BS in systems engineering from UVA.

ELD’s Effect on Intermodal

Trucking journalist Seth Clevenger is managing editor of features at Transport Topics, the leading source of news for trucking and freight transportation. He plans, writes and edits news features, provides on-site coverage of industry events and creates web and video content for Transport Topics and TTNews.com. He also edits and produces Transport Topics’ bimonthly iTECH supplement, which covers the latest developments and trends in the trucking technology sector. Seth grew up on a family farm in northwest Ohio and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a 2005 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Jim Filter is the senior vice president/general manager for Intermodal at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Schneider’s Intermodal services including commercial, dray and rail operations. Prior to assuming his current role, Jim was the vice president of sales and marketing for Schneider Intermodal. He was responsible for developing and executing Schneider’s go-to-market intermodal strategy, including sales, customer service and yield and network management. He also served as the general manager for Schneider de México, leading the development and execution of business strategy for truckload and intermodal cross border services and ensuring profitability and alignment of key shared services. Jim started his career with Schneider in 1998 as a service manager and has since served in many leadership roles across both asset and non-asset businesses. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a MBA from Wayne State University. Prior to Schneider, Filter worked at UPS and served in the US Marine Corps.
Robert provides effective leadership and communication to the operations ensuring that he is championing a cultivating and inviting environment that is fair and ethical for all employees and contractors. Robert directs and oversees all aspects of the Lomita and San Diego Operations, Safety and Security, to include but not limited to, Financial Management, Purchase Trucking, IOO Relationships and Compliance, Safety Compliance and Adherence, Marine Terminal Relationships, Commercial Development, Vendor Relationships, Oversee Security at all CMI locations. Ensuring their client’s cargo is moving in-line with their expectations and in a cost effective and productive manner. Ensure all administration and expense activities are in-line with corporate guidelines and directives. He also participates in local and national industry associations, i.e. ATA, CTA, HTA, etc. He is the acting CTA Southern California Intermodal Chair. Robert also represent the organization at Industry Workshops, a member of the FMC innovation team, POLA/POLB Supply Chain Optimization working group, Industry Conferences, and stakeholder meetings to the best of his ability and in the best interest of the industry and the organization. He is currently a member of the Operational Supply Chain Management Advisory Board for the College of Business at Cal State University of Long Beach. Previously, Robert was Director of Terminal Operations for Horizon Lines, LLC. Horizon Lines, LLC was the largest Jones Act Carrier in the United States. In addition, He was Vice President of Sea-Logix, LLC an intermodal trucking subsidiary of Horizon Lines, LLC. Robert is a graduate of the University of Denver with an executive MS in transportation management which is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the global transportation industry. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS in business administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Robert was awarded a full football scholarship and was a member of the 1996 Rose Bowl Champions. Graduate of the inaugural American Trucking Association (ATA) LEAD program, which is a 1-year program designed to educate and equip emerging leaders within the trucking industry.
Greg Stefflre is currently Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Rail Delivery Services, a motor carrier that pioneered the use of cutting edge technology in providing intermodal drayage and distribution in Southern California. Trained and having practiced over forty-five years as a transportation lawyer, Greg has been involved in many of industries’ most progressive institutions and activities, including: Co-founder of the California Trucking Association Intermodal Steering Committee (now, Conference); Member, Independent Contractor Task Force; Member Berman Litigation Management Committee; Co-founder of the American Trucking Association’s Intermodal Conference and Chairman (1990-1991): Current Board Member — Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference; Member and Vice-Chairman, ATA Independent Contractor Policy Committee; Member, ATA Policy & Finance Committee 1989-1992; Founding Motor Carrier board member, IANA (1991-1997); At-Large member (2006-2010), Chairman 2009; Primary author of the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement and IIEC motor carrier member (1991-2011); Contributing author of the Intermodal Safe Container Act and of the implementing statutes in California; Greg and his wife Judi, the founder of Rail Delivery Services, were honored as the IANA’s 2005 Silver Kingpin recipients - the intermodal industry’s highest award honoring an individual’s lifetime contribution to intermodal.

The Future of NAFTA and North America's Trade Lanes

Anthony “Tony” Hatch has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over thirty years, starting at major financial institutions (Salomon Brothers; Argus, PaineWebber, NatWest Markets) prior to starting his independent analyst/consultancy in 1999, working with partners (MillerTabak and now CV Brokerage). His coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Tony is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he has held several dozen specialized conferences. Tony provides not only “traditional” institutional transport research but also provides “bespoke” research such as due diligence and other services to “new” players in transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, rail maintenance and construction, railcars and 3pls. He created a series of research partnerships such as with PLG Consulting (2015) on petrochemical transport, and an equity marketing partnership with CV Securities. Along with Progressive Railroading Magazine, he co-founded, co-presents and leads RailTrends, the most comprehensive railways conference held every fall in NYC. With over a quarter century’s experience in the field, Tony has been active as an independent analyst and consultant, as well as doing specific research-related work for major railroads in north America as well as in Brazil, China, the UK, India and, in particular, Australia. He also works with various trade and government organizations such as the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Rail Road Association, the United Transportation Union, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Railway Association of Canada, the Intermodal Association of North America, the North American Association of Rail Shippers, AREMA/NRC/RSI, the Railway Association of the UK, Australian Railways, RailInc/Steelroads, various other freight shipper and supplier organizations (including NITL, NGFA, and NEARS/SEARS/MARS/SWARS, etc.), and management consulting firms such as Oliver Wyman/ Mercer Management, and Mitchell Madison Group/USWeb. He has also worked with an extensive list of private equity/infrastructure firms in the space, both domestically and globally. Tony, when directly on “the street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the Institutional Investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Journal All Star teams and HE HAS GarnerED the top spot in the prestigious Greenwich Poll. He is a past President of the Motor Carrier Analysts association. His career highlight had been testifying before Congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies. Tony graduated from Harvard College with an AB in American history in 1982. He lives in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching – LA dodgers! – and playing), English soccer (SPURS) & history, US, Canadian & UK politics, and sports cars.

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Luis Hernandez has a degree in economics by the Mexico Institute of Technology (ITAM) and an MBA by the same institution. He joined Ferromex in 2010 and since then he has devoted his career to Intermodal. In 2013, he developed and launched the Eagle Premium Service to Monterrey, Mexico in an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad, this way Ferromex would enter to the FAK Intermodal Business. In May 2014, he designed and implemented the Intermodal Service with BNSF Railway crossing in El Paso – Juárez and reaching the Silao Ramp in Guanajuato, the fastest growing economy in Mexico. Today, Luis is responsible for International Intermodal, Cross border Autos and FAK and Interpacifico, the only domestic intra Mexico service in the country. He is also VP of the Mexican Association of Intermodal Transportation (AMTI).
Keith Reardon was appointed Vice President of Intermodal and Automotive in January of 2017, based in Toronto. He oversees all aspects of the company’s domestic and international intermodal and automotive activities. In 2012, Keith was appointed Vice President of Intermodal Services. In 2009, Keith was appointed Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, where he was responsible for the Automotive and Iron Ore business units and CN’s non-rail transportation services including transloading, freight forwarding and warehousing, just to name a few. He also directed many supply chain and business development initiatives for CN – working closely with CN customers and partners. Previously, Keith was Assistant Vice President of CN Transloading Operations, where he managed more than 80 CN-owned warehousing and distribution facilities. Passionate about logistics, Keith has more than 25 years of experience in the field; he also held senior positions with outside firms in the world of logistics for a number of years. Keith holds a BA in marketing and an MBA from the University of North Florida.
Sarthak Verma completed both his BS Industrial Engineering and his MBA at the University of Arkansas prior to starting at JB Hunt in 2002. He spent his first five years at JB Hunt gaining valuable experience with the Truck group as a Pricing Analyst and Financial Analyst. In 2007, he joined the Intermodal group as the Director of Dray Operations. Sarthak also earned a Master’s degree in Transportation from the University of Denver in 2011. He is currently the Vice President of the Intermodal Pricing group and is based out of the corporate headquarters in Lowell, Arkansas. He is an avid sports fan and in his free time loves to play golf and tennis.

Supply Chain Partners: Serving the Customer

Currently, Jeff is finishing his last term on the Board of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). He also serves on the TIA Education Committee; the TIA Communications Committee and the TIA Foundation. In 1972, Jeff was graduated from the University of Akron with an associate’s degree in transportation with distinction. Jeff spent the next four years with the Erie Lackawanna Railway. Before leaving the Erie, Jeff held the position of Sales Representative and then Assistant Division Sales Manager. As the Erie Lackawanna was being merged in to Conrail, Jeff left for a position as Sales Representative for Rail Van, Inc. In 1978, Jeff opened up Rail-Van of Columbus, Inc., and, in 1984, he and two partners, Bill Lee and Denis Bruncak, purchased the $18 million intermodal transportation company. The owners expanded the company into a full logistics provider and in 1998, took on an additional partner, KDR, consisting of the late Dave Thomas, son the late Ken Thomas and Rick Richards. This followed closely with a joint venture with Maersk Logistics, a Division of A. P. Moeller. In 2000, the $550 million company was purchased by Pacer International, a $2 billion provider of Supply Chain Services, where Jeff served in a number of Executive positions. He was retired from Pacer on August 31, 2009, where he was Group Logistics President. Rez-1 approached Jeff in December of 2010, to be their Vice President of Sales working with their various transportation partners. On September 15, 2010, Logistics came calling (again), and Jeff accepted a job with TTS, LLC. He is Senior Vice-President of Sales and National Accounts with a “special” focus on Intermodal. In December of 2016, TTS, LLC merged with Sunteck. Jeff continues his Sales role in the merged company, Sunteck TTS. Jeff is active in charitable activities through The Brashares Family Foundation including: The Arthritis Foundation; Akron University; Children’s Hospital; The Buick Heritage Alliance, and Powell United Methodist Church. Jeffrey is Past President of both the Buick Club of America and the Buick Heritage Alliance. He has chaired the Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise In for the past 34 years where the dedicated committee has raised over $10 million for the work of The Arthritis Foundation.

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Shelli graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in business. She went on to Penn State to finish her degree with an associate’s certificate in logistics and supply chain management. Shelli has been a recognized leader in the transportation and intermodal/railroad industry for over 17 years. She started in the shipper world, as a buyer of freight services and for the last 9 years has been on the solutions side of the Industry. She got her start at Brightpoint, Inc., an Indiana based 3PL focused on the wireless industry. As the Senior Manager at Brightpoint, she played a key role in the development of the Transportation Department, as well as a transportation and warehouse system implementation that transformed the business practices to a more efficient and economical distribution solution. Following Brightpoint, Shelli spent some time with a promotional company that distributed marketing accessories. During this role, she traveled to China and spent significant amount of time developing the supply chain between the overseas manufacturer and the domestic warehousing operation. Shelli spent 12 years as President and co-founder of the transportation division of Integrated Distribution Services (IDS Transportation Services, LLC), with her focus on being on the cutting edge of advances in the Intermodal Industry. Much of her time was spent working with the Class I Railroads developing strategic alliances, such as co-branding with Union Pacific on their door-to-door product.
In February of 2014, Sam was appointed Assistant Vice President, Domestic Intermodal Sales. In his current role, he manages a team of 28 Marketing and Sales professionals located throughout the United States. His team is responsible for managing all the activities for various domestic intermodal shippers including a variety of IMC customers, Motor Carriers, Premium containers, trailers and LTL shippers. His team also includes National account managers dealing with a wide range of Beneficial Owners. Prior to moving into the Domestic Intermodal position, Sam was the Assistant Vice President in Union Pacific’s Chemicals Group, a position he held from January 2011. In that capacity, he was directly responsible for the marketing and sales activities for the LPG/Petroleum Products, Fertilizer and Soda Ash markets. His groups managed all the account shipment and facility expansion activities for customers within each market. He helped establish the rail crude oil network along with the management of associated capital projects which contributed to the rapid growth of crude by rail for Union Pacific. From 2006-2011, he was Assistant Vice President in the Automotive group handling General Motors, pre-owned vehicles and China markets. His responsibilities included all the marketing, sales and pricing requirements for GM along with his other markets. He was involved in the daily auto parts deliveries to various assembly plants whether they were shipped via rail boxcars or various intermodal providers. He was also active in establishing the pre-owned autos rail market by supporting the start-up of the ShipCarsNow.com subsidiary company. Sam joined Union Pacific in 1988, and has held numerous positions within all the Union Pacific Railroad’s Marketing and Sales commodity teams. During his career, he also was in a Direct Field Sales role in Kansas City for six years within the Agriculture Products team. Sam graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in business administration, finance and management information systems.
As Co-Founder, President and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. RoadOne is one of the country’s leading providers of intermodal transportation, container terminal operations, and related logistics services. Ken was also one of the founders of RoadLink, the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000 – 2012. Ken served in multiple roles from Chief Commercial office to President during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink. Additionally, Ken founded, and created the vision for E*Fill America, Inc. a leader in the national warehousing, distribution and ecommerce fulfillment business. With its unique service provider/shareholder model, E*Fill is able to offer over 175 locations and 50 Million square feet of distribution logistics capacity to its clients on a variable cost basis. Ken founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988, growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England’s largest, full-service logistics company offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row. A true entrepreneur, Ken has also founded and launched multiple other companies in both the consumer goods space, food services, and logistics venues. Prior to founding Kellaway, Ken held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.
Garry is the Founder and President of COFC Logistics, LLC. He has worked in the intermodal transportation industry since 1984 with experience in both the retail and wholesale side of the industry. Garry’s reputation for identifying market needs and finding ways to fulfill those needs, for all parties involved, is the backdrop that led him to recognize the market necessity for a neutral provider of 53’ intermodal equipment. COFC’s service was created exclusively for intermediaries (IMC’s, Brokers, Forwarders, Carriers, etc.). COFC Logistics is a culmination of Garry’s vision, insight, determination and over 30 years’ experience in the intermodal industry.
Dean Piacente serves as Vice President of CSX Transportation’s Intermodal business unit. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CSX Transportation’s Chemicals, Petroleum, and Fertilizer business unit. Dean has also served as Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis. Dean has over 30 years of experience in various management positions within sales, marketing, finance and internal audit. Dean earned his BS degree from Florida State University and achieved a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University. He serves on the board of directors for the Intermodal Association of North America, the National Freight Transportation Association, the University of Denver Transportation Institute. CSX Transportation Inc., is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The Company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. CSX Intermodal also provides limited service in Canada.
Tim Roulston manages CN's intermodal wholesale account base through a dedicated team of professionals spanning Canada, the United States, and Mexico. This group's focus is on growth partnering, innovative product offerings, and developing efficiencies within the wholesale channel that strengthen relationships, and processes that continually create better value to CN's supply chain process.
Kevin J. Santori is the Manager of Truckload and Intermodal Operations for Shaw Industries; the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider. He joined the company in 2003; Responsibilities include transportation strategy, sourcing and execution for all inbound and outbound domestic transportation. Mr. Santori has more than 30 years of transportation supply chain experience. Prior to joining Shaw Industries, he has held positions as General Manager of Private Fleet for Dixie Group Logistics, Logistics Manager for Ryder Integrated Logistics and Transportation Manager for Leaseway Transportation serving automotive dedicated accounts.
Senior Distribution and Logistics Manager with over 23 years of experience in supply chain operations. Strengths include manufacturing, transportation and retail well rounded view of supply chain. Heavy believer of green transportation as much as possible. Currently at Califia Farms.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Clearing the Air About CAAP 3.0

Geraldine Knatz is Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy and the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. She served as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014. In 2014, she was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her international leadership in the engineering and development of environmentally clean urban seaports. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, serves as Gov. Brown’s appointee on the Ocean Protection Council and is on the boards of the Bank of the West and several non-profit community organizations. She is past president of the American Association of Port Authorities and past president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors.

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Christopher Cannon is the director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles, a position he has held since October 2010. Christopher has worked at the Port of Los Angeles as a consultant since 2004, most recently helping to manage the implementation and daily operation of the highly successful Clean Truck Program. In his new role, Christopher will be responsible for balancing commerce and growth with ecological sustainability at the nation’s busiest container port. The division assesses environmental impacts of development projects and determines appropriate mitigation measures. It also prepares and distributes any environmental documentation mandated by state and federal law; special studies involving dredging, noise abatement, water quality and air quality; contamination characterizations; wildlife management; and establishment of policies regarding environmental quality issues. Before his work on the Clean Truck Program, Christopher worked with the Port Environmental Management Division’s Air Quality and CEQA groups, supporting the development of key air projects such as the Clean Air Action Plan and its efforts to complete critical environmental impact reports for Port-related projects. Christopher has 21 years of experience in the environmental services industry, working on a range of projects while employed by ENVIRON International Corporation and TRC Environmental Solutions. Christopher also spent two years as a legislative assistant for environmental policy on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Representative Martin Sabo of Minnesota. Christopher received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Dartmouth College and a law degree from University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Thomas A. Jelenić is Vice President for Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. As part of PMSA, He works with policy makers, regulators, industry leaders and other entities to help ensure that sound science and industry issues are part of the discussion as California continues to call for the increased use of zero and near‐zero emissions equipment at California’s ports and throughout the goods movement industry. Thomas has two decades of maritime industry experience, including more than 14 years in environmental and planning positions at the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second busiest seaport, and senior management roles in private consulting and logistics development. His work includes leading successful efforts to manage complex air quality, transportation and greenhouse gas issues related to the shipping industry, and he developed the landmark San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan and the Clean Trucks Program for the Port of Long Beach. Most recently, Thomas managed the CEQA review and approvals for the World Logistics Center, the largest private‐sector logistics development in California encompassing over 40 million square feet of buildings and facilities covering 4 square miles of property in Moreno Valley, California. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with dual BS degrees in environmental engineering and civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation and water resources. The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association is an independent, not‐for‐profit trade association with offices in Oakland, Long Beach and Seattle. It represents ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, and the maritime industry.
Weston LaBar is the 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. Weston has taken a leadership role in developing metrics and finding new technology to help create a more efficient supply-chain. Currently, he serves as the CEO or Executive Director for six trade associations including the Harbor Trucking Association, Foreign Trade Association, and Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce. Weston is very active and engaged in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. Weston’s clients include large trade associations, Fortune 100 companies, tech and logistics startups, and large land developers. He has been routinely featured in international publications on major issues relating to ports and goods movement. In 2013, Weston was appointed to serve as a Long Beach City Commissioner to the Workforce Development Board, serving as Chair of the C-17 Public Steering Committee and was elected as the 2016 Co-Chair for the Los Angeles County Business Federation’s International Trade Committee.

Cloud-Based Solutions to Intermodal Challenges: Part II

Jennifer C. Schopfer is Vice President of GE Transportation Transport Logistics, part of GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business, based in Chicago, IL. Transport Logistics delivers solutions to optimize across the supply chain ecosystem and enable an interconnected, frictionless system of movement leveraging digital freight logistics. Prior to this role, Jen was the Executive Director of GE Data Solutions, part of GE Digital, based in San Ramon, CA. In that role. Jen and her team launched a big data strategy across GE to deliver $200MM of productivity to the GE businesses. Jen began her GE career in 2006, as a part of GE Energy. From there, she joined GE’s Corporate Audit Staff for 5+ years, rising to the position of Executive Audit Manager & Operations Manager. Jen holds a BS in financial management from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. She, her husband Brian, and their son Davis reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Panelists:

Marie Colbert, President and CEO of REZ-1, Inc., has over 25 years of leadership experience in the transportation and logistics industry. She started her career at an IMC, gaining a strong understanding of intermodal and the industry’s pain points. This experience led in part to the founding of REZ-1 in 1994, and Marie’s vision continues to drive the company’s mission to deliver asset efficiency and shipment visibility through application of appropriate technology. REZ-1 solutions serve the intermodal logistics ecosystem including railroads, IMCs, ocean and motor carriers, 3PLs and equipment lessors.
Jim Perdue is the Product Manager of Intermodal at MercuryGate International Inc, an industry leader in Transportation Management Systems. With more than 15 years in the Transportation industry, and over a decade in Intermodal, Jim brought his knowledge and expertise to MercuryGate in 2015. Prior to joining MercuryGate, Jim worked at Yusen Logistics, an NYK Company, for 10 years. Working in various roles, and now on the technology side of the business, Jim’s background provides him with a firm grasp of the Intermodal operations world today and it’s needs from a TMS.
Allen Thomas is the Chief Strategy Officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, Inc., an industry leading software company providing innovative, cloud-based and enterprise software solutions that are transforming customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Allen oversees market, business and product strategy development for Advent as they evolve and improve their platforms chassis.com, eModal.com and eModalPro.com which foster real-time, transparent data sharing and process automation between terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PL’s and BCO’s. He has over 20 years of experience leading sales & marketing and integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain. Allen provides expertise on the application of gate automation, OCR, RFID, and real-time container location systems having implemented solutions for most major container terminal operators and freight railroads. Prior to joining Advent, Allen served as VP of Business Strategy for the Marine & Ports Business Unit of ABB Group where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800M integrated terminal automation, electrification and service portfolio. He career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service (now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems and finally twelve years APS Technology Group(acquired by ABB). As an industry thought leader on digital transformation and automation systems for ports and terminals worldwide, Allan is routinely featured in trade publications such as World Cargo News, Container Management and Port Strategy and is a routine speaker and panel moderator for Journal of Commerce, Lloyds Group, Informa and other industry conferences and trade groups. He is also a member several industry organizations including the Intermodal Association of North America and the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association where he served as the Chairman of the Information Technology Committee.
As a member of the Marketing team, Matthew Wittemeier works in close collaboration with the main members of the division to leverage their expertise and communicate it to the market in innovative ways. He joined INFORM's Logistic Division in 2016. Matthew has over ten years of marketing knowledge across multiple marketing disciplines including digital publishing, traditional publishing, media relations, and brand management. He brings a broad knowledge base having worked across a range of industries including aviation sector, creative industry, finance sector, and software services industry.

IPI and Transloading Trends

Peter started his transportation career with the Chicago and North Western Railroad, and has worked in various modes including public transportation and airlines, before joining TTX in 2003, and where he is currently a Director in Market Development. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, and a MS in transportation from Northwestern University. Peter is married with two grown children and lives in Chicago.

Panelists:

George is President/CEO of Quik Pick Express LLC. Quik Pick Express is a third party logistics provider with operations serving the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. Operations include drayage, warehousing and trucking. Quik Pick operates five facilities in Long Beach and three facilities in Oakland. Quik Pick dispatches over 100 trucks each day and typically transloads 250 to 500 FEU containers each week. George is also the President of the Harbor Trucking Association. The Harbor Trucking Association is the preeminent voice of drayage trucking in California’s ports, representing more than 100-member companies operating over 7,000 trucks in California’s Ports.
Robert “Rob” Leachman is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Leachman is the author of more than 50 technical publications and has supervised more than 30 PhD dissertations concerning production and operations management. He also is President and CEO of Leachman and Associates LLC, a firm providing consulting and software for operations management and logistics analysis to corporations and governments. He received the AB degree in Mathematics and Physics, the MS degree in Operations Research and the PhD degree in Operations Research, all from U.C. Berkeley, and has been a member of the U.C. Berkeley faculty since 1979. In 1995, Dr. Leachman was the winner of the Franz Edelman Award Competition sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), recognizing his work to design and implement automated production planning systems in the semiconductor industry. In 2001 Dr. Leachman was the runner-up in the Franz Edelman Award Competition, recognizing his work for automated floor scheduling and cycle time management in the semiconductor industry. The Edelman Award is the highest accolade from INFORMS, given annually recognizing outstanding practice of the management sciences.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CMA CGM (America) LLC, Greg Tuthill currently manages all aspects of liner operating activities for the Americas. Prior to his current role, Greg held positions as Head of Operations at APL, and various executive positions during his 16 years at NYK Line in the areas of Operations, Trade Management, Pricing, Sales, and Marketing. Greg served in the United States Naval Reserve as a commissioned officer for over eight years and holds a US Coast Guard Third Mates License. He holds a BS in computer science from New York State Maritime Academy and a master’s degree in financial economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University.
Jonathan Wahba joined CP as Vice-President Sales and Marketing Intermodal and Grain on Feb 13, 2017 based in our Mississauga office. Jonathan brings to CP extensive experience and knowledge in the Intermodal and trucking industry. He held a Director, Business Development role with CN from 2005 to 2010 before joining Schneider as a General Manager and Vice-President. His most recent role was Chief Operating Officer with Kriska Transportation Group where he led the strategy on cross-border, truckload freight and revenue growth. Jonathan graduated from Queen's University with a BA in political science.

Legislative & Regulatory Impacts on Intermodal Operations

Marc S. Blubaugh is outside General Counsel for the Intermodal Association of North America, the leading industry trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. Marc, a partner with the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, which has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the “Transportation Law Firm of the Year” for 2017. Marc has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Transportation Law, is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, and is involved in a number of other transportation and logistics-related organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals — where he was a two-term President of the Columbus Roundtable. He speaks and publishes regularly on topics relating to transportation and logistics throughout North America.

Panelists:

Jason has 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative issues impacting the transportation and produce industries for C.H. Robinson. Jason is member of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and serves as an election judge in the City of Minneapolis.
Jason has 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative issues impacting the transportation and produce industries for C.H. Robinson. Jason is member of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committeeand serves as an election judge in the City of Minneapolis.
Fred Marsicano is the Vice President of Safety and Risk for ContainerPort Group, Inc. (CPG), a leading provider of intermodal terminal and cargo transportation services to the containerized shipping industry. Fred has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and contributes directly to all levels of the fleet’s safety, recruiting, and risk attributes across the CPG network. He plays an instrumental role in continually aligning CPG’s business with industry safety demands, technology advancements, and the safety performance of the company, including driver and terminal safety. Fred is currently an active member in ATA’s Safety Management Council. He also served on the Indiana Motor Truck Association as an executive board member and past chairman of the safety management committee. He received his MS degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in business administration from Elizabethtown College, PA.
Anne Chettle Reinke is the Vice President — Federal Affairs for CSX Corporation in its Washington, DC office. She has worked at CSX since 2003. CSX found Anne at the Association of American Railroads, where she worked as a Government Affairs Manager, from 2001 to 2003. Prior to her freight railroad experience, Anne was the Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel at the High Speed Ground Transportation Association. Anne also worked as a contract attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Anne is a Washington, DC native and attended the National Cathedral School for Girls in the city. She received a BA in history and political science at Rice University in Houston, TX and a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. She is the President of the Business Government Relations Council. She, her husband and two sons live in Alexandria, VA.
Tuesday, September 19
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

A Conversation with Uber Freight

Adriene Bailey is the Senior Vice President of Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.’s Transportation Group where she is responsible for the company’s Intermodal and Truck Brokerage products in North America, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc. She was previously the Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for the overall strategy of the U.S. company and serving the Americas Region on the Global Strategy Team. Her transportation and logistics industry experience span more than 25 years with well-established organizations in the rail, intermodal and management consulting sectors. Before joining Yusen Logistics, Adriene held management positions at Pacer International, CSX Transportation, Southern Pacific Railroad, and Oliver Wyman. She earned a MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BS in engineering from Princeton University. Adriene currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, is a member and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America, and sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Advisory Council.
Bill Driegert is the Director of Uber Freight, managing all P&L responsibilities for the newest business line at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, he was advising Otto, the autonomous trucking startup acquired by Uber, while COO at Pillow Homes. He spent time at Amazon as Director of Planning and Innovation with oversight over new initiatives in final mile delivery and truckload. Bill also was a founding team member of Coyote Logistics, most recently as their Chief Innovation Officer before they were acquired by UPS. He started his career building race-cars in Vermont before joining PepsiCo to start a more glamorous career in logistics. Bill lives in Tiburon, CA with his wife and 2 children and in his limited free-time still enjoys tinkering on old cars and motorcycles.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

High Visibility: Safety and Intermodal Operations

Vernon is Director of Logistics, Safety and Training at CSX Intermodal Terminals. He has chaired the IANA Standard Industry Safety Rules & Procedures Committee since March 2014. He spends considerable time working on projects to improve safety performance, modernize and improve asset management practices and transitioning legacy mainframe based supply chain management processes to modern, agile and flexible supply chain information platforms. Vernon graduated from University of Central Florida with a BS in business administration in December 1988. He earned a MS in administration from Central Michigan University in August 1997 and a MS in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces National Defense University in 2005. He holds graduate certificates in defense acquisition from the Defense Acquisition University and supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University.

Panelists:

Greg Barker has become a leading voice nationally advocating for an increased focus on how standards and behavior align to help reduce the chance of injury. For the past twenty-nine years, he has been involved in the development and leadership of programs designed to mitigate risk in the work place. His work has helped with the containment of costs associated with reporting incidents and in the development of tools needed to identify leading indicators. With a background in law enforcement, loss prevention, and insurance fraud management, Greg has been effective in helping organizations recognize and mitigate exposure to serious injuries and accidents. His work spawned the development of several programs that are used by companies to ensure compliance with collective bargaining language regarding drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Maritime Safety Association and on the International Trade Education Program.
Sami Koponen is an Industrial design expert in the research and innovation unit at Konecranes. Sami has worked at Konecranes since 2009 and is specialized in human centered design, industrial design and concept design. Sami has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Strategic design. He graduated from Aalto University School of Arts and Design in 2011. While working at Konecranes he has been involved in designing products that have been awarded twice at the international Fennia Prize design competition. Currently, Sami is working on exciting next generation products and services.
Wes Lanier began his career in transportation in 1984, working for United States Lines Shipping Company and two stevedoring companies, before joining the Georgia Ports Authority in 1993. Over the last twenty-four years with GPA; he held management positions in Warehousing, Special Service Projects, and Container Operations and now serves as Director of Strategic Operations and Safety. Wes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Science degree in Intermodal Transportation, from the University or Denver.
Alan Tyson started as an account manager at Swift in 1995. In 1998, he relocated to Detroit to establish a new operations center for the company. From 1998 to 2007, Alan grew the fleet to over 600 trucks and started Canada and Automotive operation that are still based in Detroit to this day. In 2007, Alan returned to Phoenix to create and manage the dray operations there. 2010, Alan promoted to Director of Operations. In 2015, He was made Vice President of Operations. He has been married to his wife Melissa for almost 25 years. Alan has three boys and four grandchildren. Alan is a proud United States Marine.

Reshaping the Caribbean Transshipment Triangle

Alan Murphy has 15 years of experience in Container Shipping research and analysis, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research, econometric modeling, and database architecture development. Alan has a degree in business economics, and joined the Global Market Intelligence department of Maersk Line in 2004, coming from a position as Finance Research Analyst at Copenhagen Business School. At Maersk Line, Alan was initially responsible for developing, implementing, and managing central systems for measuring and analyzing customer satisfaction, vessel utilization, market developments, and internal performance. Later, as Senior Analyst of Maersk Line's Intelligence and Analysis section, Alan was responsible for global Supply/Demand modeling, long term forecasting, market and competitor analysis, and Senior Management reporting. After leaving Maersk Line in 2010, He continued to support the Logistics community through ARM Consulting, helping companies automate manual processes, reduce costs and increase market reach based on actionable information. In January 2011, Alan partnered with former Maersk Line and TCC Intelligence Director, Lars Jensen, founding SeaIntel, an industry-leading analysis and consulting firm providing actionable intelligence to the global Container Shipping industry.

Panelists:

George Goldman is the President, ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services from September, 2015. ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously, George was with APL as their Head of Commercial of the Americas (Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & 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. George 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 ten years in China (Hong Kong & Shanghai) as Vice President & Managing Director of the region. He also served as Chairman of the Trade and Transportation committee in Shanghai for the American Chamber of Commerce. George has a BS from San Jose State University, California with an emphasis in marketing and cybernetic systems. He attended graduate school at NYU and executive management courses at the University of Michigan. George was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in New York/New Jersey area, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong and is originally from the Netherlands. George has two grown sons. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
With an accounting master’s degree from the University of Florida and a licensed CPA, Tony was first introduced to the shipping industry as an auditor while working for Deloitte & Touché. He came to Crowley Maritime Corporation in 1998 on the accounting side, and held various financial positions over the years with increasing responsibility. In 2011, he switched tracks within the corporation going from Vice President Finance and Strategic Planning to Vice President and General Manager of Crowley’s Dominican Republic and Haiti Service. In 2013, his role was expanded to the position he holds today, as Vice President and General Manager for Crowley Caribbean Services. Tony is domiciled at Crowley’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Jeff Sweeney is a specialist in strategic port planning economic impact analysis of seaports and airports, and in his 23 years at Martin Associates, Mr. Sweeney has managed and participated in over 100 market planning, logistics, forecasting, commodity flow and economic impact studies for numerous ports in all regions of the United States. In his detailed logistics cost analyses, Jeff has been dedicated to developing landed cost models which factor into account all costs of multi-modal transportation and distribution center operations. He has also conducted numerous financial proforma studies that identify future revenue streams to estimate the enterprise value of port terminals under consideration for potential concession and P3 arrangements. Jeff has been a speaker at numerous national and regional freight and shipping conferences. He holds a BA in economics from Millersville University and a master’s degree in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CMA CGM (America) LLC, Greg Tuthill currently manages all aspects of liner operating activities for the Americas. Prior to his current role, Greg held positions as Head of Operations at APL, and various executive positions during his 16 years at NYK Line in the areas of Operations, Trade Management, Pricing, Sales, and Marketing. Greg served in the United States Naval Reserve as a commissioned officer for over eight years and holds a US Coast Guard Third Mates License. He holds a BS in computer science from New York State Maritime Academy and a master’s degree in financial economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University.

The Promise and Perils of Autonomous Technology in Intermodal

Jason Seidl joined Cowen in 2013 as part of the acquisition of Dahlman Rose and covers air freight & surface transportation. Prior to joining Dahlman Rose in 2008, he spent nine years on Wall Street following freight transportation companies. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his stock picking and EPS accuracy in several national polls and surveys. Jason also spent over four years working in trucking/parcel transportation. He has a BS in transportation distribution management from Syracuse University and a master’s of business administration from Rutgers University. He is a member of the executive advisory board for Syracuse University’s School of Supply Chain Management, a member of the board of directors for the North East Association of Rail Shippers, and a contributing editor for Railway Age with his quarterly article “Wall Street Watch.”

Panelists:

Rodney Case is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Global Surface Transportation Practice. He is an international expert in transportation operations planning, infrastructure design and maintenance, strategy development, and performance management, notably for the rail freight industry. Rodney has lead multiple projects with European and Asian freight railways and has focused on helping clients adapt to the new competitive realities of open access by reducing overall costs while increasing flexibility and service levels. Oliver Wyman’s approach of moving from train-centered to shipment-centered strategies is increasing profitability in this short haul market. The transfer of industry-leading practices between European and North American railways continues to generate new value capture strategies for the industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Rodney has also led projects on fleet optimization, maintenance, procurement and renewal for both locomotives and for wagon fleets. These projects have included the application of advanced operations research techniques and software tools that provided for high order savings in fleet management. Recent North American work has included bulk commodity transportation, port management, feeder network development and optimization. This work has included both rail and river based transportation networks. Strategy work in the area of operations efficiency and business portfolio underpinned significant investment analysis. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Rodney was an executive with a large European freight railway where he led the redesign and implementation of a restructured network and operations model. In North American, Rodney worked for 17 years for the Class I railways in roles including track maintenance, operations management, labor negotiations, IT, rail car procurement, process redesign. His final role was the Director of Service Design. He led the preparation of the operating plan. Key elements included service level impacts, system cost analysis, train path planning, train schedule creation, crew and locomotive resource requirements, railcar fleet velocity impacts, rail yard and intermodal terminal workloads, port terminal schedules, connections to foreign railway services, and implementation into daily operations. Mr. Case received a bachelor of engineering science – civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an M.S. in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University in the UK. He speaks English and French and basic German.
Richard “Rick” Mihelic is President of Mihelic Vehicle Consulting LLC, with 35 years experience in engineering and project management. Rick serves as the Program Manager on Aerodynamics for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Rick is co-authoring Confidence Reports on Determining Efficiency, Tractor Aearodynamics, Trailer Aerodynamics and Two Truck Platooning. Rick experience includes twenty years in commercial vehicle development for Peterbilt, developing aerodynamic vehicles and groundbreaking systems including the Peterbilt/Cummins Department of Energy SuperTruck and development and implementation of aerodynamic systems for compliance with the EPA Phase I Green House Gas Standards. An active SAE member in task forces and committees, and co-organizer for the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (COMVEC) Aerodynamics tracks. Awarded the prestigious SAE L. Ray Buckendale Award in 2016 including publishing SAE Paper 2016-01-8020, Fuel and Freight Efficiency – Past, Present and Future Perspectives. Rick had 12 years in advanced technology research and development programs for Lockheed with DOD, NASA and DOE. Rick is Board member of the ISEEK Corporation.
Steve Rubin is the Chief Executive Officer and President of ITS ConGlobal, a leading integrated intermodal services provider headquartered in Darien IL. ITS ConGlobal is North America’s largest rail terminal and intermodal equipment depot operator with approximately 3000 employees, serving 90 facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica. With 25 years in the intermodal and container shipping industries, Mr. Rubin’s experience includes serving as CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest chassis owner and lessor in the U.S., and Group Vice President Operations and Logistics at Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), one of Japan’s big three shipping lines. Previously to joining ITS ConGlobal, he served as CEO of Horizon Lines, a SeaLand successor company and the largest U.S. domestic container shipping line until its sale to Matson Navigation in 2015. Mr. Rubin served as a Director of the Intermodal Association of North America for six years, and Chairman of that organization in 2011. In the mid-2000s, Mr. Rubin served on the Executive Committee of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association, a trade association that owns Consolidated Chassis Management, the largest pure chassis pool-management company in the U.S. Mr. Rubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School with a BA in History and BS in economics, respectively. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and obtained a CPA license in New York.

The Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan

An industry-known leader, Gene Seroka brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port of Los Angeles. As executive director of the busiest container port in North America, he is responsible for managing more than a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California’s economy and quality of life. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers worldwide, supply chain partners, labor, community members, and elected and appointed officials at all levels. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team.

Panelists:

Shant Boyajian helps public agencies employ a wide range of innovative methods to deliver the nation’s largest, most complex infrastructure projects. He offers deep experience in the policy issues behind infrastructure strategy, having previously served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In this position, he served as lead author and negotiator for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history – which provided long-term funding certainty for the nation’s surface transportation system. Shant’s government experience also includes serving as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. While there, he helped negotiate and draft the language for federal-aid highway programs within the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act – which provided more than $105 billion in funding for surface transportation programs in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. He also previously served as Counsel to the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, which proposed many of the policy reforms ultimately enacted in the FAST Act. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, and as Legislative Aid to the Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. In this role, Walter executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities. Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Walter’s professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.
During his two-decade tenure as a city council member and California legislator, Congressman Alan Lowenthal's dedication to common-sense bipartisan solutions earned him a reputation among his colleagues and constituents as one of the most respected and effective legislators in both Long Beach and Sacramento. Born March 8, 1941, Congressman Alan Lowenthal was raised in the Queens Borough of New York City. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his PhD from Ohio State University, he moved to Long Beach, California in 1969 where he taught Community Psychology at California State University, Long Beach until 1998. Congressman Lowenthal successfully ran for Long Beach City Council in 1992, where he served for six years. He then continued his leadership in Sacramento, first serving three terms as a State Assembly member, then two terms as a State Senator. As a city council member, and then as a state legislator, the Congressman fought against the then-commonplace private and public-sector belief that environmental protections and economic success at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles were mutually exclusive. His landmark environmental legislative efforts helped lead the two adjacent ports becoming the cleanest and greenest ports in the world, while remaining the busiest and most successful container ports in the Western Hemisphere. The green business model advocated by the Congressman instituted by the two ports has become a role model for ports throughout the world. While a State Assembly member, and as a founding member of the Assembly's Bipartisan Caucus, he paved the way for creation of California’s first ever independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which took the power of redistricting out of the hands of politicians and gave it back to the people. In addition, the Congressman led legislative efforts to revamp the state's K-12 and higher education systems. He championed the College Promise Partnership Act to help K-12 students better transition to college. The passage of his Student Success Act also helped higher education students by introducing significant reforms to the state community college system that focused on increasing graduation and transfer rates. Congressman Lowenthal is currently the U.S. House Representative of California's 47th Congressional District, which includes portions of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, and Buena Park. In Congress, he serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. As a member of Natural Resources, he also serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. As a member of Transportation and Infrastructure, he serves on the Highways and Transit, the Water Resources and Environment, and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittees. Representing one of the most ethnically diverse districts in the nation, Congressman Lowenthal has championed human rights in Congress, not just at home, but throughout the world. He has also brought his strong support for LGBT rights to Washington, where he became the first Congress member to permanently fly the Pride flag outside his office. In addition, he has continued his long history of fighting for environmental protections, with a new mission to bring the issue of climate change to the front in Congress as chair of the more than 60-member Safe Climate Caucus.
Dr. Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison for new ideas relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions. Prior to joining LA Metro, Joshua was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy. Joshua was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as serving in positions at the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. Joshua’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a PhD in urban planning from Columbia University, a master of city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in urban studies from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lindsey and his sons Max and Jonah.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Who is Going Where: How Does Vessel Routing Affect the Intermodal Supply Chain?

Bill Mongelluzzo is a senior editor of the Journal of Commerce in Long Beach, Calif., where he covers container shipping, harbor trucking, intermodal rail and U.S. Customs. Bill began his career in 1972 with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined the Journal of Commerce in 1980 in New Orleans and has worked for the JOC in New York and Long Beach. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in history from the University of New Orleans.

Panelists:

Sal Ferrigno has 25 years of industry experience in terminal/stevedore management and operations. He joined SSA in the early 1990’s and has managed and operated several terminals on the West Coast in a variety of positions. Sal has been involved in various labor contracts and has extensive knowledge of west coast labor work practices. Sal is currently Vice President of SSA Terminals overseeing the development and marketing of container terminal operations in Washington and California and is also on the Sub-Steering Committee for the Pacific Maritime Association.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba serves as Managing Director and Chief Commercial & Operations Officer for the Port of Long Beach, where he oversees the daily business activities of the Port including business development, operations, customer service and security. Previously, Dr. Hacegaba served as the Port’s Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and, before that, as Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Dr. Hacegaba has more than 20 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the Port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a Chief of Staff for an elected official, a business executive for a growing international company, a senior analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant. Dr. Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne. Dr. Hacegaba has also received the professional designations of Certified Port Executive and Port Professional Manager.
Steve Hughes has been in the automotive aftermarket industry since 1973, in which time he has worked or consulted for some of the industry’s leading companies from around the world. From 2006 to June 2017, Steve served as VP of Supplier Development, Logistics, Governmental Affairs and VP of Supply Chain. In addition to his work at Centric, he is deeply committed to the international automotive community in efforts to promote free and fair trade. Steve is an active volunteer in the automotive trade associations, including the Auto Care Association, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association, CAWA and is a board member of the Foreign Trade Association. He has led industry coalitions to provide input on antidumping investigations at the ITC, has served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee for the DOC and USTR and has been the lead voice for the automotive industry regarding the ports and ocean transportation, including leading two coalitions at the FMC against the unfair application of demurrage/detention and PierPass. He was also one of 35 representatives to participate in the FMC Supply Chain Innovations Team. In June 2017, Steve returned to the private sector and re-established his consulting firm, HCS International.
TGS Transportation is a California drayage company serving the ports of LA, Long Beach and Oakland, as well as all Northern California rail ramps. From 2000 to current, Mr. Schneider has been the Vice President responsible for overall sales, growth, administration & operations. Mr. Schneider and TGS are active partners with the CTA, HTA, IANA, AgTC, and various other organizations. Mr. Schneider is currently the Chairman of the CTA’s Northern California Intermodal Conference; on the Board at the CTA & HTA; on the Board of Advisors for the AgTC; and a part of the PETF at the Port of Oakland. He was also one of 35 representatives to be a part of the FMC Supply Chain Innovation Initiative team chaired by Commissioner Rebecca Dye in 2016. Mr. Schneider has a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He shares this earth with a beautiful wife and four adorable children.

Unlocking the Untapped Mid-Range Intermodal Market

Larry Gross is a thirty-six-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, Colorado, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters, and a Partner and Senior Consultant at FTR Transportation Intelligence, a leading freight transportation research and forecasting firm. He is the principal author of the monthly FTR publications "Intermodal Update" and "Rail Update” as well as “Land Lines”, a monthly column in the Journal of Commerce. Larry is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. He has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for a number of years. He enjoys teaching and has written business case studies dealing with intermodal topics for the IANA Academic Challenge for the past four years. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in arts and design from MIT. He is the executive most closely associated with the RoadRailer intermodal system, having worked with the product since its inception in 1980. He splits his time between New Jersey and Durango, Colorado and enjoys the special qualities of each location.

Panelists:

Erik Hansen is Vice President Sales & Marketing with Kansas City Southern, leading the Intermodal business unit in the U.S. and Mexico. Before joining the Company in 2014, he held various positions with the Maersk Group, the latest of which was five years in Mexico City as Managing Director of Maersk Line for Mexico and part of Central America. From 1992-2007, he worked as country and regional CFO for subsidiaries in A.P. Moller – Maersk in the Far East and later in Latin America. Erik has a degree in financial and management accounting from Copenhagen Business School and has taken executive courses at IMD in Switzerland, at Columbia Business School in New York, as well as the DTU Executive School of Business in Denmark. He lives in Kansas City.
Theodore “Ted” Prince is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Cool Express LLC, a venture founded in 2014 that is dedicated to rail intermodal transportation of temperature-controlled freight. Ted has spent his career of over 35 years in the transportation industry. He was formerly Principal, T. Prince & Associates, LLC, which provided consulting services for a wide variety of surface freight transportation stakeholders. Previous transportation experience includes President, Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC; Vice President of Intermodal and International for Kansas City Southern; Chief Operating Officer “K” Line North America. He started his career at Conrail and its motor carrier subsidiary. He has a BS in economics Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in transportation from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a past chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America and was a board member of the Foundation for Intermodal Research and Education.
Steve Rhode is vice president of Rail at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the workgroup that deals closely with the railroads on topics such as rail service, new service design, contract negotiations and issue resolution. Steve began his professional career with Schneider in 1994 as a corporate accounting manager. Since then, he has held various roles with Schneider, including director of business support – maintenance operations, where he maintained vendor relationships, and director of rail relationships, where he managed Schneider’s eastern rail partners. He assumed his current position in 2013. Prior to joining Schneider, Steve worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. for three years, where he was an audit team member serving clients across the manufacturing and transportation industries. Steve holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s in intermodal transportation management from the University of Denver. He currently serves on the board for the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver and is a member of the Intermodal Association of North America. Steve supports his community in various ways, including holding the position of church treasurer and being a member of the Shawano Soccer Club Board of Directors.
Wilby W. Whitt serves as General Manager of CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc., a subsidiary of CSX Corporation in Jacksonville, FL, one of the nation’s leading intermodal terminal operators, providing rail-to-truck and truck-to-rail transloading services. It operates more than 35 terminals across the eastern United States and Canada, handling millions of containers and trailers. CSX Intermodal Terminals opened its Northwest Ohio hub facility in 2011, which uses cutting-edge technologies and green design, including ultra-efficient electric cranes that lower emissions, optical scanners that reduce truck idling times and automated car tracking technologies and remote switches that increase operational efficiency. The company is focused on delivering the most environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced intermodal service in North America. Wilby has served in roles of increasing responsibility at CSX for the last 20 years, and in his current role with CSX Intermodal Terminals since 2010.

Uh Oh! Do Recoveries Die of Old Age?

Erica E. Phillips is a reporter for Wall Street Journal Logistics Report, specializing in global supply chain, transportation and distribution. She is based in Los Angeles.

Panelists:

Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. In this role, Walter executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities. Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Walter’s professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.
John Larkin joined Legg Mason (later sold to Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.) in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. Over the years, John has been recognized as an all-star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine, a Wall Street Journal All-Star analyst, and has been awarded numerous Starmine stock picking awards. Previously, John served as: Chairman and CEO of RailWorks Corporation, Managing Director with Alex. Brown and Sons' transportation team, AVP - Planning and Analysis at CSX Transportation, Inc., Systems Engineering Consultant with Day & Zimmermann, Inc., and a Research Associate at the Center for Transportation Research (at the University of Texas at Austin). John earned his MBA from Harvard University in 1984, a MS in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Vermont in 1977. John is a CFA charter holder. In addition, he is a member of The Board of Directors for Admiralty Holdings (formerly CRST International), and the Boards of Advisors for Comcar Industries and TransFX. John is married and is the proud father of four adult children. He resides in Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, and Saranac Lake, NY.
Bill Strauss is a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the past 36 years. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year. Bill earned a BA in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University. He is a Certified Business Economist. Bill currently teaches part time at the University of Chicago where he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs. He was recognized by the University at Buffalo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2012.
Wednesday, September 20
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Terminal Automation Learning Lab

Dr. Felix Kasiske has a total professional experience of 17 years in intermodal transport and logistics. Felix is an acknowledged transportation logistics expert based on his special dedication to intermodal terminal design and operations and all questions related to the influence of logistics on the transport intensity of value creation in industry and retail and consequential implications on transportation. Based upon his professional knowledge and management of multinational projects, he has been active in more than four dozen terminal design projects in North America. Aside to his work at HPC, he serves as an expert advisor for transport market scenario projects at BMW Group and expert evaluator for intermodality, transport and logistics research topics at the European Commission. Since 2009 he has headed the Terminal Development & Design Group of HPC. In 2010, Felix was appointed partner and in 2014, he was made Managing Director of HPC.

Panelists:

Ashebir Jacob, Vice President and senior port engineer at Moffatt & Nichol, has over 25 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and support during construction of port facilities development projects worldwide. As a program manager, project manager, or project engineer, Ashebir has successfully led a multi discipline design team to complete development or re-development of several multi phased and complex projects of operating or greenfield facilities. He has worked on preparation of feasibility studies, operational analysis, the development of general cargo terminals, conventional and automated container terminals, and rail intermodal facilities, site development port support facilities, intermodal rail yard, streets, variety of utility of infrastructure improvements, container terminal gate facilities, container terminal building facilities, container terminal pavements systems, wharf structures, dredging and landfill consolidations. As a Port Practice Leadership team member, Ashebir played a key role in developing companywide port practice strategy, develop business expansion plan, align expertise with the future market need as well as, planed, organized, and supervises a staff of, planners, engineers, technicians, simulation/ emulation software engineers dedicated in providing services for the development of the state of the art port facilities.
Tomi Tuulkari, Senior Manager, Offering Development, Intelligent Service Solutions, Kalmar, is a Product Management professional who has worked with automated crane systems for the last 10 years. Today, he leads Offering Development team with main focus on manned and automated yard cranes and related automation system development in Kalmar. Prior to this, he held key role in Kalmar's Automatic Stacking Crane project deliveries in three different continents.
Wilby W. Whitt serves as General Manager of CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc., a subsidiary of CSX Corporation in Jacksonville, FL, one of the nation’s leading intermodal terminal operators, providing rail-to-truck and truck-to-rail transloading services. It operates more than 35 terminals across the eastern United States and Canada, handling millions of containers and trailers. CSX Intermodal Terminals opened its Northwest Ohio hub facility in 2011, which uses cutting-edge technologies and green design, including ultra-efficient electric cranes that lower emissions, optical scanners that reduce truck idling times and automated car tracking technologies and remote switches that increase operational efficiency. The company is focused on delivering the most environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced intermodal service in North America. Wilby has served in roles of increasing responsibility at CSX for the last 20 years, and in his current role with CSX Intermodal Terminals since 2010.

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