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.


 William B. Cassidy

William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

Bill Cassidy is Senior Editor, Trucking at JOC, IHS, and his news and analysis of this area are included in JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor. Based in Washington, D.C., Bill has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply-chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his area of expertise.


 Rich Ceci

Rich Ceci Senior Vice President of Technology, Virginia International Terminals

Rich joined GCT in August 2010 as VP of Information Technology. He subsequently assumed the additional responsibilities of Project Manager for the Global Expansion Project. Previously, Rich was the Senior Director of IT at APM Terminals, where he was responsible for IT in the Americas Region. In addition, Rich was the IT lead on the APM Terminals Virginia project. This facility opened in August 2007 and is one of the most technologically advanced marine terminals in the world.

Delivering automation systems to the automotive industry for more than 25 years, Rich’s experience ranges from the boardroom to the factory floor. After spending 10 years at Ford Motor Company in the Electronic Engine Controls Group, Rich formed his own company focused on factory automation software systems. Eventually that company was sold and merged into a Fortune 1000 Automation company where Rich stayed on as VP of Technology.

 Rebecca Dye

Rebecca Dye Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission

 Felix Kasiske

Felix Kasiske Managing Director and Partner, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting

 Weston LaBar

Weston LaBar Founding Partner, PEAR Strategies

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 managing large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, he serves as the CEO or Executive Director for six trade associations including the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) and Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and is very active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. His clients include large trade associations, Fortune 100 companies, and large land developers. He has been routinely featured in international publications on major issues relating to ports and goods movement. In 2013, he was appointed to serve as a Long Beach City Commissioner to the Workforce Development Board and was elected as the 2016 Co­Chair for the Los Angeles County Business Federation’s International Trade Committee.

 Dean McGrath

Dean McGrath President of ILWU Local 23, International Longshore and Warehouse Union



Bill Mongelluzzo is Senior Editor, JOC, IHS, based in Long Beach, Calif. He is responsible for coverage of the trans­Pacific trades, West Coast labor issues, harbor trucking, West Coast ports and marine terminal productivity for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Mongelluzzo joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent.

He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles­Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992­93 and returned to Southern California in August 1993. Mongelluzzo began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times­Picayune in New Orleans. 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. Bill regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

 Dean Tracy

Dean Tracy Managing Director, Global Integrated Solutions

Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics and transportation field for over 25+ years and is well seasoned practitioner in all facets of import logistics. Currently Dean is the Managing Director for Global Integrated Services, LLC which is a management consulting firm for companies that are importing from overseas and are in need of assistance in setting up their supply chains to manage the importing process in each and every phase of import logistics. Dean spent the first half of his career on the service provider side of the business with both liner organizations as well as 3PL organizations all affiliated with the carriers 3pl providers including a 5 year expatriate posting in Hong Kong . He then spent the last 16 years with the 2nd largest Home improvement retailer and grew their importing business to be the 4th largest importer in North America and the 15th largest importer in the world as their Director of international. Dean is and has been an industry advocate for the betterment of the industry as a whole and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Dean is currently opening up his own operation working out of Winston Salem NC where he resides with his wife Robin and they have 2 children who are both actively working in their respective fields.