SPEAKERS

 Bruce Abbe

Bruce Abbe Executive Director, Midwest Shippers Association

Bruce Abbe is executive director of the Midwest Shippers Association. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, MSA is a regional non-profit trade association cooperative established to serve growers, processors, traders and handlers of premium, identity-preserved grain and commodity grains and oilseeds from the upper Midwest. Founded in 2002, MSA assists its members and the grain industry in marketing, transportation and shipping to domestic and foreign export markets, with a strong focus on containerized shipping.

MSA works in partnership with other commodity, farm and agribusiness organizations, state and federal agencies, international trade, and economic development organizations to expand the high-value, premium grain industry and to improve cost competitive shipping from an upper Midwest, five-state region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin). MSA’s members also include shipping, logistics, transloaders and other suppliers to the region’s grains industry. Abbe joined MSA in January 2008 as the organization’s first full-time executive director. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in public affairs, communications and organizational management for agricultural and business organizations. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in communications and political science.

 


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Paul Anderson President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay

Paul Anderson is president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay. Prior to his arrival in December 2012, he held a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors. In 2003, Paul was nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, he served a five-year term ending in 2008. A highlight of his service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a Cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

Prior to that, he served as CEO for the Jacksonville Port Authority and spent 10 years as an executive with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business based in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Paul also served as a senior director of Seabulk Marine, an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Paul also has served as an adviser on intermodal issues to multiple governors including former Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Paul recently was elected chairman of the Florida Ports Council. He also serves multiple national leadership positions, including the board of the American Association of Port Authorities and Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. Paul also serves on the board for the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Associated Industries of Florida; Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation; Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Florida Aquarium; Tampa Hillsborough EDC; and the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization.

 


 Edward Bastian

Edwin Bastian Global Sales Director, BBC Chartering USA

Edwin Bastian joined BBC Chartering in August 2007. He currently serves as global sales director and leads the strategic sales plan for the largest global breakbulk and project chartering fleet in the world.
During Ed’s 38-year career, he has held management positions with following companies: NYK North America, Evergreen Marine, Port of Long Beach, Jones Stevedoring and Nautilus Leasing, Payne Webber and Morgan Stanley.
Ed is an active member of various industry organizations including International Transportation Management Association of Houston, Railway Industrial Clearance Association and the editorial advisory board for Breakbulk Magazine.

 


 
Ernest Bezdek

Ernest Bezdek Director of Trade Development, Port of Beaumont

Professional career spanning 35 years in the international shipping and port industry primarily in Houston/Beaumont, Texas.

His shipping career includes the U.S. company Lykes Lines, the Danish shipping company Nordana and the French company Delmas/Bollore Group as Vice President in charge of their North American sales effort.

Ernest currently serves as the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Beaumont and is responsible for their international sales efforts as well as real estate expansion and development activities.

He has served in the following volunteer trade capacities during his career in the international shipping industry…

• President – West Gulf Intermodal Transportation Association

• President / Board Member – Transportation Club of Houston

• Houston Chapter President – National Defense Transportation Association

• Texas Regional President – National Defense Transportation Association

• Director / Vice President – Propeller Club of Southeast Texas

• Director / Treasurer – Texas Cuba Trade Alliance

• Ernest also serves on a number of community and civic Boards and is a private pilot and state certified volunteer firefighter / District Chief.

Ernest and his wife Renee have two children and currently reside in Humble, Texas.

 


 
Joseph Bonney

Joseph Bonney SENIOR EDITOR, BREAKBULK AND PROJECT CARGO, JOC, IHS MARITIME & TRADE

Joseph Bonney is senior editor for breakbulk and project cargo at the JOC within IHS. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. During the 1980s, he spent five years as the company’s Gulf Coast correspondent and maritime editor. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper, a newsman with the Associated Press and reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He is co-author of “The Box That Changed the World,” a history of containerized shipping published in 2006. Joe regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise. After working out of the JOC’s New York-New Jersey home office for 15 years, he relocated to New Orleans in May.

 


 
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Dan Bresolin Assistant Vice President of International Intermodal, Canadian National Railway

On July 1, 2015, Dan Bresolin was appointed assistant vice president of international intermodal, based in Toronto, Ontario, and responsible for all sales and marketing components of Canadian National Railway’s international book of business. Prior to his current position, Dan was the director of marketing, intermodal international, managing all aspects of pricing, strategy, new product development and contract analysis for all of CN’s intermodal international steamship line customers calling on CN-served ports across North America. Dan has also held leadership positions in sales at CN including director of sales in international, and director of strategic sales in domestic intermodal.

Dan joined CN in April 1999 as an intermodal account manager. Prior to joining CN, Dan was an account manager with TST Overland Express for six years, where he managed the Mississauga West sales territory. Currently, Dan holds a valid conductor’s certification card, and intermodal crane operators’ certification.

 


 
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Jay Brickman Vice President of Government Services, Crowley Maritime

Jay Brickman is the Vice President of Government Services for Crowley Liner
Services. Crowley is a privately owned company that began operations in 1892.
Today it is one of the most diversified shipping and logistics companies in the United
States.

While presently based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, previously Jay was stationed in
Managua, Nicaragua, Panama City, Panama, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caracas, Venezuela
and Mexico City, Mexico.

He has initiated and directed Crowley’s operations in the Eastern Caribbean, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba. In the case of Cuba, he has managed
this service for the last 14 years. He has lived and worked in Latin America for over 40 years.
He is a recipient of the Thomas Crowley Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Jay’s University studies concentrated on international economics and Latin American affairs.
He received his B.A. from the University of Florida and his M.A. from the School of Advanced
International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He also studied at the Universidad de
las Americas in Mexico. He has served on the Latin American Trade Committee of the
U.S. Department of Commerce.

At the University of Florida, he has cooperated with the Center of Latin American Studies and is
a Millennium participant for the Cuban Program. He is a founding member of the Cuban
Studies Fund and serves on the Cuban Studies Program Advisory Group of the David Rockefeller
Center at Harvard University. He is the co-author of the book “Cuba: It Matters”.

 


 
Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, IHS Maritime & Trade

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at IHS. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s five annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris’s career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine’s 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Lock Haven University.

 


 
Allen Clifford

Allen Clifford Executive Vice President, Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Allen Clifford, a New York native, attended the University of Buffalo and graduated in 1979. Clifford began his career at Deugro GmbH Forwarding studying freight forwarding. He went on to join the Containership Agency in New York working with Italian Lines, Bottachi Line and Neptune Orient Lines with commercial responsibilities. In 1983, he became the first employee of Mediterranean Shipping Co. in the U.S. Today, MSC (USA) employs more than 1,100 people and is the world’s second-largest container shipping company and one of the fastest-growing cruise companies. He was appointed executive vice president of MSC in 2005, after serving as vice president for 12 years. He also is vice chairman and former president of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, promoting the largest scholarship association for deserving industry individuals.

 


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Tony Davis Executive Vice President of Distribution and Logistics, Academy Sports

Tony Davis joined Academy Sports + Outdoors in June of 2009 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Distribution and Logistics where he oversees the company’s distribution centers, domestic and international logistics and customs compliance, as well as eCommerce fulfillment operations.

Prior to joining Academy Sports + Outdoors, Tony spent three years as Vice President, Logistics for Circuit City Stores, where he was responsible for international and domestic logistics.

His previous experience also includes seven years as Vice President, Transportation for Dollar General Stores, and 14 years in various logistics roles with Service Merchandise Stores.

Tony received his Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in Logistics, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been active in the Retail Industry Leaders Association, both as a member and vice-chairman of RILA’s Logistics Conference Steering Committee. He has also been a member of the Advisory Council of Executive Shippers for the Port of Houston Authority.

Tony and Karen, his wife of over 30 years, have a son and a daughter.

 


 
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Soren Egholm VICE PRESIDENT OF TRADE & MARKETING, MAERSK LINE NORTH AMERICA

Soren Egholm has been vice president of trade and marketing for Maersk Line North America since July 2014. He is responsible for development of local strategies and tactics around customer targeting, product development, pricing and marketing of trade products for the North American business. Soren joined Maersk Line in 2012 as the head of strategy, where he was responsible for the corporate strategy for Maersk Line globally, market analysis, competitor analysis, and financial evaluation of investments. He also has been a member of the board for Safmarine MPV since 2013. Soren holds an MBA with majors in marketing, management and strategy, and finance from Kellogg School of Management and a master’s in engineering from Technical University of Denmark.

 


 
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Brian Fielkow CEO, Jetco Delivery

Since purchasing Jetco in 2006, Brian Fielkow has maintained a business philosophy of providing an extra level of service to anticipate customers’ every need. To accomplish this philosophy, he has focused on maintaining employee continuity, integrating technology and improving the quality of the company’s fleet. By creating unique and measurable value propositions for his employees and clients, Brian has worked to “de-commoditize” the business to separate Jetco from its competitors.

He began his professional career as a lawyer in 1989 after earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to acquiring Jetco, he served as executive vice president of Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., and chief operating officer of The Peltz Group. He is the author of Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Company Culture — a “how to” guide for business leaders to grow their company by establishing a sustainable and healthy company culture.

 


 
Matt Gresham

Matt Gresham Director of External Affairs, Port of New Orleans

Matt Gresham joined the Port of New Orleans in August of 2005, just three weeks prior to Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. Mr. Gresham worked as a communications specialist and legislative liaison during the Port’s recovery and rebuilding. He was appointed Director of External Affairs in July 2012, overseeing the Port’s governmental relations, media relations and community outreach activities.

A native of New Orleans and graduate of Nicholls State University, Mr. Gresham has more than 20 years of communications and government affairs experience. He began his career as a sports reporter covering the New Orleans Saints and college and high school athletics in south Louisiana, followed by an award-winning stint covering state and local government for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. Mr. Gresham later worked as a political consultant for local, state and federal campaigns.

Mr. Gresham is actively involved in the maritime industry on both local and international levels. He is a member of the Public Relations-Government Relations Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities and serves on the boards of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas and Ports Association of Louisiana. He is an active member of the World Trade Center of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Maritime Association and the Coastal Ports Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board of the I-49 South Coalition, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Navigation Focus Group and American Cancer Society of Greater New Orleans. When away from the office, Mr. Gresham can typically be found fishing, sailing or participating in one of the many music and cultural festivals in south Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast.

 


 
Elroy Griggs

Elroy Griggs Traffic and Logistics Manager, Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Elroy Griggs is a T&L Manager at Bechtel responsible for transportation execution in consideration of cost, risk & schedule for global mega projects.

Elroy joined Bechtel in 2006 as a college hire supporting the Traffic and Logistics (T&L) function. He has held multiple T&L roles on several global projects such as: front end project estimating, leadership of shipping globally sourced cargoes to West Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, as well as overseeing comprehensive programs for shipping oversized modules from the Philippines, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Elroy led the T&L team on the GLNG Project in one of Bechtel’s largest greenfield construction feats in its 118-year history; where the company successfully delivered three (3) 2-train LNG facilities on Curtis Island, AU – QCLNG, GLNG, and APLNG – to three (3) different customers. Together these projects encompassed over three (3) million freight tons delivered from various international locations.

Originally from West Columbia, TX, Elroy has a B.S. in Logistics & Supply Chain Technology (University of Houston), is Six Sigma Certified, holds a Bechtel Certification as a T&L Supervisor, and a subject matter expert on innovation efforts with Bechtel Procurement Systems.

 


 
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Roger Guenther Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority

Roger Guenther was named the Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority in 2014. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director of Operations and was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests. Guenther currently serves on TxDOT’s Freight Advisory Council and Port Authority Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M Transportation Institute Advisory Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA in International Trade and Finance from the University of St. Thomas. Guenther resides in Pearland with his wife Fabiana and two children, and he is actively involved with youth programs at his church and is a dedicated supporter of Texas A&M athletics.

 


 Reynolds Hutchins

Reynolds Hutchins Associate Editor, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade

Reynolds Hutchins is associate editor for JOC.com out of the journal’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He comes to The Journal of Commerce from Norfolk, Virginia — home to the state port and the largest naval station in the world — where he exclusively covered the maritime and transportation industries. His work has been quoted in the Associated Press and Washington Post. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, California and Wilmington, North Carolina, Hutchins calls Washington home now. He received a bachelor’s from Wake Forest University in English and political science, with an emphasis on the developing politics and economics of Mideast states. Before covering the transportation sector, Hutchins helmed the state and national politics desk at the single daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 


 James K. Lyons

James K. Lyons Director and CEO, Alabama State Port Authority

James K. Lyons has served as director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority since July 1, 1999. His 40-plus-year professional maritime industry career has encompassed marketing, financial management, transportation, stevedoring and terminal operations.

Since joining the port authority in 1999, he has overseen construction of new facilities and upgrades to railroad, pier infrastructure and equipment. Jimmy manages an organization of 525 employees with revenues averaging $153 million and handling more than 29 million tons of cargo annually. He oversees the port authority’s capital programs to expand or enhance the public terminals to serve shippers. The current campaign, totaling nearly $100 million, includes the construction and development of an intermodal container handling facility and logistics park, an automotive roll-on, roll-off facility, pier and terminal automation upgrades and ongoing environmental programs to reduce the public terminals overall carbon footprint.

Jimmy serves on the board of directors for numerous professional and maritime organizations. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Birmingham branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and is also the vice chair of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from the University of Alabama and completed the executive management program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

 


 
Graham McIntyre

Graham McIntyre Senior Sales Executive, Global Forwarding, C.H. Robinson Worldwide

Graham is employed by C.H. Robinson Project Logistics in Houston, Texas and has been with the company for almost 14 years.

He started his freight forwarding career back in February of 1987 in the United Kingdom for an American owned company (AEI) and moved to Houston, Texas in the summer of 1992. Ever since, he has been living and working here for various freight forwarder companies. In his current position with CHRPL he manages the international movement of project cargoes covering all aspects such as; Ocean Chartering, Barge, Rail, Air Charters and Heavy Haul Trucking.

 


 
Joel Morales

Joel Morales Jr., Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Chemicals

Joel Morales Jr. joined IHS in March 2013 and is currently the service leader for the Global Plastics & Polymers Market Advisory Service, which covers pricing and supply and demand analytics for six major resins across the globe.

Joel brings a wealth of industry knowledge to IHS through multiple stints along the plastics’ value chain. He began his career with polyethylene manufacturer, Solvay Polymers, which later became Ineos, in technical services supporting Latin America before he was moved into field sales. After five years at Solvay Polymers, Joel moved into resin distribution sales as a product manager for Muehlstein and United Polychem, where he managed and sold polyethylene and polypropylene resins. Prior to joining IHS, he managed resin procurement for Silgan Plastics, a major, blow-molding plastics converter. Joel graduated from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a minor in psychology.

 


 
Mario Moreno

Mario Moreno Senior Economist, IHS Maritime & Trade

Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at IHS Maritime & Trade, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and prior to that as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. In his current role, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing. Mario regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 


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Perry Padden Americas Logistics and Distribution Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Perry Padden is ExxonMobil Chemical Co.’s Americas logistics and distribution manager of the global supply chain.

He joined the company in 1990 as a plant engineer at the Baytown, Texas, chemical plant. He held various engineering and operations supervision positions there before transferring to Houston as a supply manager in 1997. Perry served in various global business unit positions in supply, planning, sales and marketing and as senior planning advisor in planning and business development, including a three-year assignment in Singapore as basic chemicals AP supply manager.

In 2009, he moved to Beaumont, Texas, to become the Beaumont polyethylene plant manager, before moving into his current position as Americas logistics and distribution manager in January 2013.

Perry received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University. He currently serves on various industry distribution committees including American Chemistry Council, East Harris County Manufacturing Association and Greater Houston Partnership.

 


 
Jarl Pedersen

Jarl Pedersen Chief Commercial Officer, Port Corpus Christi Authority

Jarl Pedersen is the chief commercial officer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, where he is charting and directing one of the largest energy ports towards the future. He is devising strategies relating to development and marketing the port, while cultivating long lasting relationships with customers.

Most recently, Jarl served as vice president of marketing and sales for NEST of Norway, where he was responsible for global market strategy and commercialization of a innovative energy-storage technology for large-scale solar power projects. He also served as vice president of international business development for Xtreme Power of Texas, where he developed a sales pipeline of energy-storage systems for wind and solar power projects.

Prior to that, Jarl was director of business development with Shell Energy North America, where he was responsible for project development and asset marketing of Shell’s natural gas fired power portfolio in North America.

He earned his master’s in mechanical engineering and energy systems from the Technical University of Denmark and a bachelor of commerce degree in international business and trade from the Copenhagen Business School. He also completed the Executive Program in Management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

 


 
Dr. Parr Rosson

Dr. Parr Rosson Professor and Department Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

Parr Rosson is Professor and Department Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Texas A&M University.

Rosson works in the areas of international trade and international marketing. He currently chairs the Education Committee of the Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance. Rosson served on the Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for the US Trade Representative and US Department of Agriculture from 2001-2015.

He has conducted projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to coming to Texas A&M in September 1989, Rosson spent seven years at Clemson University where he was Associate Professor and Extension Agricultural Economist and Acting Director of International Programs.

A native of Taft, Texas, Rosson received his Ph.D. (1982) and M.S. (1978) in Agricultural Economics and B.S. (1971) in Agronomy, all from Texas A&M University.

 


 
MARK SZAKONYI

Mark Szakonyi Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS, edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication’s online and print editions for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Based out of the JOC’s Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Maritime Commission. He also reports on intermodal rail, trucking, customs, cross-border transport, sourcing, industrial real estate, and ocean shipping. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Mark regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 


 
Peter Tirschwell

Peter Tirschwell Senior Director, Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at IHS Maritime & Trade, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. IHS acquired JOC Group in December, 2014. In his expanded role within IHS he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast Bureau Chief, Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

 


 Edward Zaninelli

Edward Zaninelli President, Griffin Creek Consulting

Edward Zaninelli is president of Griffin Creek Consulting in Medford, Oregon, focusing on global containerized logistics. Ed has been involved in the transportation industry for more than 42 years. He started his career in the trucking industry before working at Sea-Land Service for 13 years, Nedlloyd for five years and OOCL USA for 22 years. His major focus has been exports, but Ed has come to be a leading expert on cost controls and creating savings for shippers and carriers. Ed’s experience encompasses not only sales, but also operations, pricing and customer service in multiple trade lanes, including South America, the Caribbean, the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific, which has been his focus for the past 16 years. Ed has worked in North America on creating savings that help offset the cost of repositioning by carriers. Ed holds a BS degree from Moravian College in Pennsylvania.