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  • Joe Kelly
    Joe Kelly Logistics Manager - Polyethylene
    Shell Chemicals
    Shell Chemicals

    Joe is currently the Logistics Manager for the Shell Chemical division known as Shell Polymers.

    Over his 30-year career with Shell, Joe has held numerous positions in Logistics and Supply Chain related roles in Downstream, Upstream, and Projects. His experience spans road and rail transportation, deep sea, coastal, and inland marine, production and inventory planning, warehousing and tank storage, off-shore service vessels, aviation, and supply bases.

    Joe is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Logistics & Transportation. He and his wife Stephanie live near Katy, TX. Both of their sons attended Tennessee where Andrew graduated in Supply Chain and works in the rail industry and Austin is currently a junior studying mechanical engineering.

  • Rick Lissa
    Rick Lissa Sr Director of Logistics Management
    Formosa Plastics
    Formosa Plastics

    Rick joined Formosa Plastics in 2007. He is the Senior Director of the Logistics Management Department where he is responsible for all modes of transportation as well as the company’s fleet of over 8000 railcars. Prior to joining Formosa Plastics he held numerous positions in Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain for Stauffer Chemical Company, Rhone Poulenc and OCI Chemical.

    He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and also graduated from Boston University with and MBA in Finance.

    During his career he has been on numerous boards, such as the ANSAC, EKO Chemical and Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers. Rick and his wife Judy live in Somerset NJ near his son Adam and their Grandchildren Mikaela (7) and Ian (4).

  • Paul Jepson
    Paul Jepson Supply Chain Manager

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • Reggie Brown
    Reggie Brown Category Manager, Logistics

    Reggie Brown is currently the Global Category Manager of Logistics for Chevron Oronite - Chevron’s Petrochemical business unit. Originally from Michigan, Reggie received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University and his MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Reggie has over 15 years of Procurement/Supply Chain experience in two different industries. Reggie currently resides in the Houston area.

  • Karn Sood
    Karn Sood BD - Connected/Distributed Energy

    Karn Sood currently works in Business Development for Shell’s Connected Energy group under their New Energies umbrella, focused primarily on distributed power. He supports a variety of power business development activities across the Americas in all aspects of power whether it be in renewable energy, thermal generation, load balancing, energy storage, or transmission and distribution and has always been interested in blockchain and especially seeing how the technology can fit into the future of energy.

     Karn has been following blockchain since 2010-2011, but did not dive deep into the ecosystem until he purchased his first bitcoin in 2014. After that, and once Ethereum came on the scene he was hooked. He has given multiple internal presentations and trainings on blockchain and smart contracts at Shell and has helped kick off a number of workshops. He also recently went through the Consensys Developer Academy and has gained experience in writing smart contracts and full-fledged blockchain applications.

     Prior to his role in BD for Connected Energy he worked in broader scale renewable BD, and before that he worked in risk and analytics for the power trading group at Shell Trading.

  • Ed Brzytwa
    Ed Brzytwa Director International Trade
    American Chemistry Council
    American Chemistry Council

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • Clifford Lee
    Clifford Lee Vice President
    Octagon Value Chain
    Octagon Value Chain

    Clifford Lee is Vice President of Octagon Value Chain, a leading provider of value chain disruption management and optimization services. As a business executive and industry thought leader with over 30 years of improving operational and value chain infrastructure, policies and processes in multi-site/multi-national complex global organizations, Cliff has profound experience and know-how to drive business performance and enterprise agility transformation through creative, inclusive team resource management and agile processes.

  • Brian Hill
    Brian Hill Western Gulf Gateway Director
    US Maritime Administration
    US Maritime Administration

    Brian Hill serves as the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Director of the Western Gulf Gateway Office based in Houston, Texas, since late 2011. Brian retired as a Coast Guard Commander at that time, and brought a diverse maritime transportation, port security, regulatory, planning, and maritime/admiralty law background to the U.S. Department of Transportation and MARAD. At American Military University, Brian teaches Maritime Law, Port Security, Security Risk Management, and several emergency management courses.

    As MARAD’s Western Gulf Gateway Director, Brian’s area of responsibility includes all the ports, waterways, and intermodal connections and corridors in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. In this position, the Gateway Director works with the local Texas and Oklahoma ports and other intermodal industries and responsible agencies to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system.

    Brian’s most recent position prior to MARAD with the U.S. Coast Guard was as the Chief of the Eleventh Coast Guard District’s Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security Section from 2006 to 2011. In this position, he oversaw overall planning for the port security mission in all ports in California, including Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco/Oakland. His duties also included ensuring waterside security protection for military outload vessels loading equipment in California ports in support of the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and planning with DOD and federal partners for joint operations.

    Brian is also an experienced maritime law and Coast Guard law attorney. Among other positions, he served as a Coast Guard attorney in their Seventh District Office in Miami where he worked in supporting contingency operations and planning, and security issues. Brian also worked several years as a Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney with a large law firm in Miami. During this time, he became one of only 56 attorneys in Florida that is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law. After a few years with the law firm representing shipping and port facility interests, he returned to active duty with the Coast Guard until his retirement.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Florida International University, a law degree (J.D.) from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, and a master’s degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Change Brian Hill’s picture to the one attached in new folder.

  • Timothy Pickering
    Timothy Pickering Director, Office of Ports & Waterways Planning
    Maritime Administration
    US Maritime Administration

    Tim Pickering is the Director of the Office of Ports & Waterways Planning. Tim’s office is responsible for increasing utilization of the Marine Transportation System, a component of the U.S. surface transportation system, and the development and expansion of the nation’s port systems. His office recommends, to the Secretary, the designation of Marine Highway Routes and Marine Highway Projects. The office also manages the America’s Marine Highway Grant Program.

    Tim is a graduate of West Virginia University and the United States Naval War College. He served 23 years as a Navy Supply Corps Officer, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2008. While on active duty, he served a series of afloat and shore assignments, including two Command tours.

    Tim lives in Owings Mills, MD and is married to Dr. Yana Rachinskaya. Their son, Daniel, attends Emory University in Atlanta.

  • Omar Garcia
    Omar Garcia Chief External Affairs Officer
    Port of Corpus Christi Authority
    Port of Corpus Christi Authority

    Sean has over 25 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and private sector disciplines, holding senior leadership roles in Business & Corporate Development, Large Infrastructure Development, Capital Structuring, Finance, and Public Private Partnerships.

    In his role as CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean focuses his efforts on capital placement, organizational alignment and culture, and flawless execution.

    A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group, Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine terminal and vessel shipping paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge and large network of professional relationships.

  • Frikkie Koen
    Frikkie Koen SAP Solution Lead
    KMG Chemicals

    Frikkie has over 20 years of experience in business solution creation, transformation and project life-cycle management where he has lead numerous teams to take a diverse set of projects from conception to completion.

    He is a founding member of a startup that provides GPS location and visibility solutions and integrations for businesses in North America and Africa.

    He is currently assisting corporations in the Oil & Gas and Chemical industries in providing global, centralized, standardized business processes as part of a merger and acquisition growth platform focusing on creating the intelligent supply chain of the future.

  • Vincent Annunziato
    Vincent Annunziato Director - Business Transformation and Innovation Division, Trade Transformation Office
    Office of International Trade

    Director Annunziato has 20+ years with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He began his career in 1996 as an Officer at the port of Los Angeles and in 2004 began working as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program.

    Mr. Annunziato has led many high profile projects with such notable releases as the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Single Window, Cargo Release, and Free and Secure Trade (FAST).

    He is the recipient of six Commissioner Awards including an individual Ambassador’s award for Trade facilitation. Currently, Director Annunziato oversees the Business Transformation and Innovation division which researches and tests innovative products for the Office of Trade.

  • Adam Freeman
    Adam Freeman Supply Chain Manager
    KMG Chemicals

    Adam Freeman, MID is a Supply Chain professional with a background in the Specialty Chemical, Medical Device, and Life Science industries. His experience includes customer service management, distribution and logistics management, inventory control, warehousing, and IT project management. He currently works for Cabot Microelectronics as a Supply Chain Director where he leads Supply Chain Operations for the legacy KMG Electronic Chemicals business. He’s accountable for all outbound/distribution supply chain activities including inventory planning, inventory control, transportation planning, warehousing, and customer service. He is a member of the Business Management Team, ERP Transformation Team, and Business Intelligence Transformation Team. Additionally he worked as an SAP Business Process Owner for Sales and Distribution during the KMG implementation of SAP.

    He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from The University of Houston-Downtown majoring in Supply Chain Management, and a Masters in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M where his capstone project focused on building statistical process controls for ERP business processes that identified potential implementation gaps during SAP Go-Live events.

  • Otha Church
    Otha Church Senior Analyst, Bulk Truck & Bulk Rail

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • Sunny Lopez
    Sunny Lopez Supply Chain Manager
    Phillips 66
    Phillips 66

    Sunny Lopez is the Manager, Supply Chain, Lubricants for Phillips 66. Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company with unique businesses in Refining, Midstream, Chemicals, and Marketing and Specialties. She oversees Customer Excellence, Data Integrity, Logistics, Procurement and Sales & Operations Planning within the Lubricants value chain. Over the last two years, she has championed the transformation of the Lubricants supply chain to a demand driven organization, with a focus on sales and operations planning and inventory optimization. Lopez graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University.

  • Lyon Hardgrave
    Lyon Hardgrave Vice President, Business and Product Development

    Lyon Hardgrave is Vice President for Business Development at VAKT in London. Previous to joining VAKT, Lyon spent five years in the oil trading group at Glencore. He previously assisted the Federal Bank of New York in its drafting of commodities regulations after spending nearly a decade trading oil and natural gas options for UBS, Hartree, and Societe Generale. He has an engineering degree from Rice University and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.

  • Ronald Lee
    Ronald Lee Senior Deputy General Manager
    Enpro Supply Chain Management Ltd
    Enpro Supply Chain Management Ltd

    Ronald Lee is Senior Deputy General Manager of Enpro Supply Chain Management Ltd, a JV between Grand Dragon Group in Hong Kong and Foshan Plastics Group in China. He started his career in Swire Shipping Agency, then served P&O Container, P&O Nedlloyd Container Line, DHL, Maersk Line and Demco for various management position like trade and marketing in various industries.

    He has been working Enpro Supply Chain Management Company since 2008 and responsible for a design, build and execute the polymer bagging program in Nansha, port of Guangzhou in China, where he has experience with polymer supply chain solution from Asia Pacific / China prospective. Apart from bagging, he led the team to develop a number of innovative logistics solution for polymer commodities.

    Ronald is the Charter Member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong and received the post-graduate degree in City University of Hong Kong and executive supply chain management program in School of Management of Cranfield University in UK and Ohio University in US.

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    Kevin Washburn Warehouse Manager
    Greif, Inc
    Greif, Inc


  • David Jones
    David Jones Group Manager - Domestic Transportation Procurement

    David is currently Group Manager of Domestic Transportation Procurement for BASF Corporation based in Florham Park, NJ. He and his team are responsible for sourcing his company’s transportation needs for truck, intermodal, rail and inland marine.

    Over is 25-year career, David has held numerous technical, sales and procurement positions all within the chemical industry.

    He is a graduate of Cal Poly with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as, a graduate from the University of Texas with an MBA and an MS in Supply Chain Management.

  • Chris Ball
    Chris Ball President
    A&R Logistics
    A&R Logistics

    Chris has over 25 years of experience in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management that includes large scale North American trucking, starting two 3PL businesses, and developing innovative solutions for clients in North America and around the globe. In the last 10 years he has helped develop over 100 new multimodal distribution sites across a vast array of commodities for truck, marine, and rail distribution in the chemical and energy verticals Currently Chris is on the Sr. executive team of A&R and manages a business with over $100MM of asset and non-asset based multimodal supply chains for a wide array of clients.

  • Howard Finkel
    Howard Finkel EVP

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • David Cahn
    David Cahn Director Global Marketing

    David heads up Global Marketing at Elemica, The Digital Supply Network Provider for the Process Industry. He has been implementing, marketing, and product managing leading enterprise applications for over 30 years including ERP, SCM, TMS, and WMS solutions and lived the word of customer-facing solutions and customer experience for the past few years. David has held leadership positions at Phillips, KPMG, CA, AMR Research, Aptean, and Infor. Additionally, he has started, built, and sold his e-commerce and supply chain software company during the dot-com days and had his own corporate development consulting company to the software industry for over ten years.

  • Graham Brisben
    Graham Brisben CEO
    PLG Consulting
    PLG Consulting

    Graham Brisben is the CEO and founder of PLG Consulting, which provides consulting and management services in strategy, supply chain, and logistics engineering focused on the industrial economy. He formed the business in 2001 following a career in the railroad and trucking industries, where his various operations and business development roles helped to identify the market need for objective, expert consulting services for shippers, transportation companies, financial firms, government entities, and other stakeholders in the world of logistics. PLG serves over 200 clients in the energy, chemicals, minerals, bulk commodities, private equity, and surface transportation industries.

    Graham began his transportation career at Burlington Northern Railroad, performing operational and financial analysis in the areas of asset deployment and utilization, network optimization, and yield management. He later served as a Trainmaster at the Chicago, St. Louis, and Ft. Worth terminals, where he developed and implemented new management methods for railroad terminal operations for BN and BNSF.

    Graham went on to serve as District General Manager for America’s largest bulk truck carrier, Quality Carriers, where he started and developed the multi-state Chicago District. In addition to full sales, marketing, operations, P&L, and safety responsibilities, he also started and managed new rail transloading operations in partnership with Canadian National Railway at multiple US and Canadian locations.

    Graham lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

  • Matthew Costello
    Matthew Costello CEO

    Matthew Costello is the CEO of Voyager, a workflow application transforming the experience of shipping bulk commodities. Voyager allows multiple companies to work together in a shared environment to manage global shipping operations, email free. Prior to founding Voyager he spent six years at Stolt-Nielsen, the worlds largest operator of sophisticated chemical tankers. Matthew completed his MBA at IMD Business school in Lausanne.

  • Howard Peschel
    Howard Peschel Director, Global Logistics
    Ascend Performance Materials


  • Clay Scott
    Clay Scott Vice President - Project Principal
    Hanson Professional Services Inc.
    Hanson Professional Services Inc.


  • William Cure
    William Cure President
    APICs Houston


  • Mark Montanari
    Mark Montanari Vice President - Chemicals, Oil & Gas
    Maine Pointe
    Maine Pointe

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

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    John Thomas Rail Asset Manager


  • Chad Burke
    Chad Burke President/CEO
    Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • Richard Teubner
    Richard Teubner Chief Operating Officer


  • Eric Eileraas
    Eric Eileraas Supply Chain Manager


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