Bob is the General Manager of Chevron Phillips Chemical Companyâ€™s Global Supply Chain Organization. He is responsible logistics and customer service for all CPChem products by all transportation modes. Bob began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1981 as a chemical engineer and later held various positions in sales, marketing and product management. In 2010, Bob served as the General Manager of Phillips Sumika Polypropylene Company, a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) and Sumitomo Chemical. In 2012, Bob became the Polyethylene Global Business Manager and then in 2014 relocated to Singapore as the Asia Region General Manager. From Singapore, Bob managed three CPChem joint venture manufacturing operations and seven business offices across Asia. In late 2016, Bob repatriated to the United States to start the transition to the position of General Manager Supply Chain in early 2017. Bob received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas State University in 1986.
Helen De Wachter works in BASFâ€™s global logistics & supply chain center of expertise and with her team she takes care of process & asset improvements & innovations in bulk storage & transportation. Recent focus and activities include the new BASF class tank containers (B-TC), introduction of automated guided vehicles (AGV) for site transportation and automated loading stations.
Joe joined Shell Oil Company in Deer Park, TX in 1989. He is currently the Logistics Manager for the Shell Chemical division known as Shell Polymers. Joe and his team are responsible for establishing all the required Logistics capability to operate the new business. Over his nearly 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.
Marcos Villarreal is the Category Specialist for Transpiration and Logistics for ExxonMobil, He reports to the Global Supply Chain team in Spring, TX. Marcos responsibility as the CS is to manage the logistics suppliers globally for the Global Supply Chain team. Prior to joining ExxonMobil Marcos spent 8 years at Weatherford Int. as regional logistics manager for Latin America and was Supply Chain manager for Weatherford Mexico. Marcos was also the logistics supervisor for Halliburton, he managed the assets for the Americas. Marcos has a degree from the University of Houston in Communications and served for the United States Marine Corp.
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Ryan Sitton is one of the worldâ€™s leading energy experts. In 2014, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years.
A native Texan who grew up in the Irving area, Ryan is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. Today the company has over 700 employees with work across four continents.
With over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, Ryan is an active member of several industry groups and is the current Chairman of Texas A&Mâ€™s Energy Institute. Ryan is seen as one of the foremost authorities on integrity programs and risk analysis, having been frequently called to provide expertise to some of the worldâ€™s most complex companies.
Ryan and his wife Jennifer have three children â€“ Sarah, Luke, and Lance â€“ and are active members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In addition to his political and technical areas of focus, Ryan is a passionate entrepreneur. In the past few years, he has spearheaded new businesses in everything from real estate to leadership training to restaurants. He is deeply honored to serve as your Railroad Commissioner.
As President and CEO of the Economic Alliance, Mr. Burke is responsible for oversight and direction of all operational and financial considerations of the organization; including leading and directing economic development activities, oversight of membership committees, business and membership development, non-member revenue generation, organizational strategic planning, Board of Directors development, facility management, and working with community partners to nurture relationships with member cities, Harris County, and the Port of Houston Authority.
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Captain Kevin Oditt graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Capt Odittâ€™s previous operational assignments include the Coast Guard Cutters ALERT and VIGOROUS as the Student Engineer and Damage Control Assistant, Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Port Arthur, TX, Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Tampa FL, and Chief of Prevention at Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT.
Captain Odittâ€™s Coast Guard Headquarters assignments include the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, where he developed national and international lifesaving and fire safety standards and was part of the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization. He was involved in the stand-up of the Port Security Directorate, where he was part of the Marine Transportation Security Act regulatory team and the development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. He served as the Executive Staff Chief for the Deputy Commandant for Operations, responsible for supporting senior Coast Guard Flag and Senior Executive Service officers. As the Division Chief in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, he led a staff that created policy for the Coast Guardâ€™s domestic vessel safety and security program nationwide.
Captain Odittâ€™s most recent assignment was at the Eighth Coast Guard District as the Chief of Prevention, where he oversaw Coast Guard Auxiliary, recreational boating safety, foreign and domestic commercial vessels compliance inspections, ports and facilities safety and security, as well as merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, and marine casualty investigation.
Captain Oditt earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture, and Marine Engineering and Manufacturing. He also attended the Marine Corps War College, where he earned a Masters in Strategic Studies.
Captain Odittâ€™s personal awards include five Meritorious Service Medals, and various other service medals.
Edmond J. Russo Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, D.NE, D.WRE, serves as the deputy district engineer for Programs and Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, a position he assumed January 2014. A 24-year Corps veteran, Russo oversees concept to delivery of projects and services in an area spanning 50,000 square miles of the Texas coast from Louisiana to Mexico, encompassing 16 congressional districts, valued at approximately $350 million annually to sustain navigation economics that are vital to the nation, while managing coastal risk reduction, ecosystem restoration, regulatory functions, emergency operations, military construction and international and interagency services mission areas.
Paul Brunsman is the Global Marine Manager for INVISTA. Mr. Brunsman has global responsibility, commercially and operationally, for chemical and gas tankers, inland barging, and terminal storage. These activities support the shipment of chemicals and feed stocks to and from five INVISTA chemical plants in the United States, Europe and Asia. INVISTA operates a fleet of 30 inland vessels in the US Gulf, consisting of chemical barges, gas barges and associated boats. INVISTA is one of the largest shippers of bulk intermediate chemicals from the United States to Asia. Prior to joining INVISTA, Mr. Brunsman worked as the marine operations manager for a major chemical company. He has held chartering and operations management positions with United States flag and international ship owners. Mr. Brunsman graduated from Miami University. Upon graduation he served six years active duty as a Surface Warfare officer in the United States Navy and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Corey Vickers is the Logistics Global Category Manager based in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he is responsible for the commercial stewardship of upstream logistics, implementation of software to enable logistics processes, and the building of logistics organizational capability worldwide.
Corey joined Chevron in 2012 as Manager for Analytical Support. Prior to Chevron, he held multiple managerial positions at various companies including Resources Global Professionals, Velocity Express and General Electric. Corey served as a Logistics Officer in the Unites States Air Force and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.
He received his Masterâ€™s degree in Logistics Management from the U.S. Air Force of Institute of Technology, and a Bachelorâ€™s degree from the United States Air Force Academy.
When not working, Corey enjoys traveling with his wife of 25 years and their two daughters.
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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 companyâ€™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 (8) and Ian (5).
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Paul has over 20 years of experience managing logistics, transportation, and inventory in the chemical industry. He has assisted with multiple ERP implementations and negotiated shipper contracts with several 3PL providers. His current role is Inventory Manager for the Specialties division of SABIC in Houston. He has a B.A. from Stony Brook University and an M.B.A. from Adelphi University.
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Rick is the Logistics Operations Manager for INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA. He has over thirty years experience in the polymers industry and has managed Supply Chain operations activity for the past 18 years. Rick holds degrees in Chemical and Polymer engineering, has been an auditor for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and has expertise in constraint management, predictive analytics and process auditing.
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Reggie Brown is currently the Global Category Manager of Logistics for Chevron Oronite â€” Chevronâ€™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.
Eric Eileraas is Manager of Supply Chain at Kuraray America, a subsidiary of Kuraray Co Ltd of Japan. With 25 years of experience in global supply chain management, Eric has held senior executive positions in procurement, logistics, and engineering management across multiple industries, from petrochemicals to technology and aviation.
Eric is recognized for building long-term partnerships, driving innovation through the supply chain, and creating great cultures in the organizations he leads. His work proves that cost reduction and service improvement can be achieved simultaneously, and heâ€™s passionate about instilling the confidence to do both in his teams. His innovative work has been focused on highly complex networks in large multi-national companies, and he created new service revenue opportunities at Cisco and Dell using supply chain activities to drive strategic growth. His petrochemical industry experience includes optimization of rail procurement and operations that drove over 15% cost reduction in a fleet of 13,000+ private railcars.
Prior to joining Kuraray, Eric led R&D sourcing and supplier innovation at Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Eric began his career in engineering at Ford Motor Company, and also managed supply chain activities for Lyondell Chemical, Cisco, and Dell.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an MBA and Masters from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Making the experience matter means letting our customers and our community know that the polymers industry is better now that Shell Polymers has joined. We plan on delivering an unrivaled experience by taking on a proactive approach rather than a reactive. We want people to believe that weâ€™re not here to meet status quo. Weâ€™re here to be number one. Iâ€™m passionate about the Shell Polymers business because I believe in the people, I believe in the business and I believe in the product. To be in the logistics polymers business for 18 years and to be a part of a group now that no one wants to fail, that in itself is enough to be proud of.
Ed Brzytwa is the American Chemistry Councilâ€™s Director for International Trade. He leads ACCâ€™s trade policy and advocacy work, with a strong focus on influencing U.S. trade negotiation and policy initiatives to strengthen the business of chemistry. Prior to ACC, Ed was a trade policy advocate in the technology sector and a trade negotiator in Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Commerce. Ed obtained two Masterâ€™s degrees from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria, where he was a Fulbright fellow, and from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and has a Bachelorâ€™s degree in The Classics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Brian is owner and CEO of Jetco Delivery, a 225 employee, freight and logistics company based in Houston, Texas. Since purchasing the company in 2006, Brian has transformed Jetco Delivery by capitalizing on new markets and differentiating the company in a price-driven industry. He has built three new companies: Jetco Heavy Haul, Jetco Logistics and Jetco DFW. By developing a company and safety culture, Jetco has ranked as a â€śBest Place to Workâ€ť by â€śHoustoniaâ€ť magazine, and a â€śTop Workplaceâ€ť by the â€śHouston Chronicleâ€ť multiple years in a row. He has worked diligently to deepen employee commitment by investing in and empowering front-line employees. His â€śemployee firstâ€ť strategy has improved retention, safety and employee commitment to clients. Brianâ€™s continuous pursuit of operational excellence is based on three pillars: hiring the best people, investing in a high quality fleet and deployment of customer-facing technology. Jetco invests to meet its customersâ€™ needs, most recently through the acquisition of specialized equipment to accommodate heavier loads. Brian has built an internationally recognized, award-winning safety program. In fact, Brian is a public speaker on the topic of creating a healthy company and safety culture. He is author of Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Culture and co-author of Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield. He serves as co-chair of the Greater Houston Freight Committee with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and on the board of directors for Affinity Insurance, LTD. Brian began his professional career as an attorney in 1989 upon earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. His served as Executive Vice President of Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of The Peltz Group before purchasing Jetco Delivery.
Brian is the CMA CGMâ€™s Vice President of Sales in the Gulf Region. Brian has 25 years of experience in shipping and logistics as an accomplished executive with several major transportation providers. A creative problem solver, Brian led global programs and client services within the chemicals vertical while at Maersk. He is recognized for pioneering effective supply chain strategies and managing large projects spanning multiple countries. Brian holds a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Utah and earned his bachelors from Union College.
Reggie DuprĂ© is President & Chief Executive Officer of DuprĂ© Logistics, a privately held company headquartered in Lafayette, LA. DuprĂ© Logistics is an asset based provider of transportation and logistics services that include dedicated contract carriage, site logistics services, freight brokerage, energy and chemical transport. The company began operations in 1980 as a small gasoline carrier and today has over 1,400 team members serving the continental US, Canada, and Mexico.
DuprĂ© Logistics, a leading capacity-solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Bob Verret has been named CIO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders. Verret was awarded at the Global Supply Chain Leaders â€“ Making a Difference event held in Houston May 2, 2018. During the event, Verret, CIO at DuprĂ© Logistics, made a presentation that demonstrated his visionary execution of digital logistics and dedicated fleet transformation at Global Supply Chain Leaders annual event earlier this month.â€śWe further acknowledged Reggie DuprĂ©, CEO, and Bob Verret for their drive to deliver over 20 percent growth with exemplary team members and a humbled approach in supporting multiple non-profit industries, such as Hope for Opelousas, Redeemed Ministries and Boy Scouts of America,â€ť said Tim Sensenig, CEO of TMSFirst
Karn Sood currently works in Business Development for Shellâ€™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.
Gordon Downes is the CEO of New York Shipping Exchange, Inc. Gordon has well-balanced perspective from all sides of the shipping industry. Prior to joining NYSHEX, Gordon was an executive at SABMiller, a large multi-national shipper. He has also held numerous leadership positions at Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping line, and Damco, a global freight forwarder. Gordon has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
Jennifer Fussell currently serves as the Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing Petroleum and Chemicals in Houston TX at Kansas City Southern. She also holds responsibility for the commercial relationships between Kansas City Southern and the gulf coast ports. She first joined KCS in 1998 as a rail operation clerk in Shreveport LA. Through her 18 years with the Kansas City Southern she has contributed in both commercial and operating management positions as Assistant Director of Customer Service, Assistant Director of Service Design and Measurement, and Director Sales and Marketing throughout the network in Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas City, MO.
Camilo is the Commercial Manager in Plastics & Minerals division at Bulkmatic de Mexico. He started his responsibilities 5 years ago whereas heâ€™s helped the companyâ€™s growth of nearly 2 digits per year. He is currently focused to develop a â€śPlastic Pipelineâ€ť to help customers have a reliable and flexible option for their coming exports. He is a graduate of Tec of Monterrey (ITESM) as an industrial engineer, have 3 kids with Gaby his wife and serve in his local church as a Bible teacher.
Mr. McClintock is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales for the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). His areas of responsibility include all sales and marketing efforts for Charleston and Georgetown, as well as break bulk and bulk development functions. Mr. McClintock has 34 years of experience in maritime and general supply chain logistics. He has held executive positions in sales and operations management.
Kenny Rocker is Vice President & General Manager - Industrial Products with
responsibility for marketing, sales and commercial strategies within the Marketing
and Sales team. Under Mr. Rocker's leadership, he helps customers and
manufacturers improve their supply chain competitiveness in domestic and
Rocker joined Union Pacific in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility across Marketing and Sales as AVP Industrial Products Marketing, AVP Autos, field sales and most recently AVP Chemicals.
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Tuskegee University in August 1994. He has held responsibilities of President and Vice President of Union Pacificâ€™s Black Employee Network (BEN), which is an employee resource group focused on recruiting, retaining, and promoting African Americans within Union Pacific. He has served on the Young Art Patrons board at Joslyn Art Museum, the Tuskegee University College of Business Advisory Board and currently serves as Chairman of the Lutheran Family Services Audit Committee and on the NorthStar board. Kenny and his wife April have four young daughters.
Luis Villasor is currently the Director of Global Key Accounts for GREIF. Within Greif, he has held various roles in account management and leadership.
With a degree in Chemical Engineering and Business - he started his career in operations working in operations with Cargill, Air Products & Chemicals, and now Greif. He has held roles in production, engineering, product management, supply chain, and various commercial roles.
Originally from Florida, he has also lived in Pennsylvania and California. Currently he calls Houston home.
Mr. Murphy is a Senior Vice President for Advisian and has responsibility for Business Sectors, Sales and Strategy in the Americas Region. Previously, he held various Operational, Strategic and Sector roles in North America, Latin America and Australia and has supported clients in over 30 countries. Mr. Murphy brings 20+ years of broad experience across the value chain in Upstream, Midstream/LNG, Petrochemicals, Infrastructure, Utilities and Logistics. Advisian is WorleyParsonsâ€™ Global Project Development, Consulting and Advisory business line and supports clients across the asset life cycle in Resource, Energy and Infrastructure Sectors.
Cliff is currently Vice President at Octagon Supply Chain, LLC, an OPEX/SCEX consulting services group helping petrochemical manufacturers improve strategy to execution performance through deployment and knowledge transfer of a leading edge practice known as â€śSupply to Market Optimization,â€ť or more simply â€śS2MO.â€ť Cliff spent 26 years with the DuPont Company, including 18 years of supply chain management. An APICS instructor and speaker, Cliff was also on the APICS CLTD Advisory Board, which devised the structure and content of the CLTD training program.
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Phillip has been with Savage since 2012 where he joined to lead business development efforts with crude-by-rail (CBR) projects in the Oil and Gas Midstream Solutions group. Since joining Savage, he has been involved with a wide range of rail-centric projects from the CBR terminal operations to Savageâ€™s CBR unit train terminal in Trenton, ND. In his current role, he has continued business development of rail-related projects through obtaining large-scale switching operations, multi-commodity transload terminals, implementing creative supply chain solutions and acquisition support. Phillip is a board member for National Freight Transportation Association and represents Savage on the API Rail Subcommittee, where he works with the team to help shape tank car safety and other petroleum-by-rail related issues. Prior to joining Savage in 2012, Phillip spent 16 years with BNSF where he led a team as Director of Business Development in the crude-by-rail group. Before his role as Director with BNSF, he held a wide range of roles from Operations to Marketing and Sales. Phillip obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix and his MBA from Regis University.
Taylor joined PLG Consulting as president in 2012 after spending over 25 years leading global supply chain organizations in a broad range of industries.Taylorâ€™s early career included ten years as a Strategic Sourcing Manager in the automotive industry at Honda of America Mfg. Inc., where his team was responsible for a $4B procurement budget. Taylor was then an executive supply chain leader for five years in the aerospace industry at AlliedSignal/Honeywell where he led several large global teams through transformational strategies. He was then named the Chief Procurement Officer at HJ Heinz, where he was accountable for global materials sourcing. He was also responsible for the implementation of Heinzâ€™s global business management process. Following Heinz, Taylor was the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain at Watts Water Technologies and then served as the Vice President of Supply Chain and Production for Northern Power Systems, a start-up wind turbine manufacturer. Taylor is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and resides in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife and five children.
Bryce has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail and industrial projects. As an active real estate investor for over 20 years, Bryce understands the challenges facing both buyers and sellers in sale and lease transactions. Utilizing his experience from prior businesses, he works to discover critical success factors to develop solutions that meet the needs of both parties. Bryceâ€™s current focus is serving the needs of petrochemical, oil & gas, derivative industries and energy services companies capitalizing on the drilling and exploration of the Utica / Marcellus Shale in Eastern Ohio and the Northern West Virginia Panhandle. Primary focus is in the area of Site Selection for industrial clients utilizing rail throughout Ohio and West Virginia and river barge along the Ohio River in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Experience in site selection for Natural Gas Power Companies (Carroll County Energy and Southfield Energy). Site selection for hotels (Corporex) and many other industrial and distribution clients. Site selection for companies that have a need to be on the Ohio River close to the Shell Petrochemical Complex in Monaca, PA and the proposed PTTGC complex in Belmont County, Ohio.
As Director, ACE Business Office of US Customs and Border Protection, Vincent oversees technology and software with potential to change, enhance and improve the operational environment for Customs and Border Protection and focusing on future technology trends to help the agency adapt and prepare for disruptive technology. Vincent also utilizes fail fast methodology to bring low cost, high impact tests to executive management in order to improve the success of agency investments.
Martin is the Director of Product and Operations at Citizens Reserve and is leading the product strategy for its SUKU supply chain project. Martin is a seasoned operational professional who has held various roles across Banking and Consulting. Most recently and prior to joining Citizens Reserve, Martin delivered technology strategy, cross-functional, and blockchain projects at Deloitte Consulting.
Voyager is a workflow management solution for the bulk shipping value chain that integrates into existing systems and provides an advanced analytics engine. Matthew brings deep maritime expertise across the bulk shipping industry from time spent with Stolt-Nielsen in various commercial and management roles, spanning Singapore, the Netherlands and the US.
Ken Sherman is Vice President and General Manager of IntelliTrans, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roper Technologies. Ken has been with IntelliTrans since 2003, and has served as leader of the business since November of 2014. Prior to IntelliTrans, Ken was with the former GE Plastics, where his last two roles were the Supply Chain Manager for the sheet & film business and a Master Black Belt within the Six Sigma organization. Ken holds Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.
Jeffrey Dorko serves as the Assistant Administrator for Logistics within the Office of Response and Recovery. Prior to this posting, he served as Director of the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC). Mr. Dorkoâ€™s public service career spans more than 35 years at the Federal level, mostly with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving in key leadership positions world-wide and completing his military service as a Major General. Dorkoâ€™s capstone assignment with the U.S. Army was as Deputy Commanding General, Military and International Operations, where he led a combined 11,000 civilian and military personnel and managed a $28B program. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Commander, U.S. Army Engineer Division in Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, Dorko commanded the Corps of Engineers Southwest Division, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. While there he worked extensively with FEMA, most notably during the response to Hurricane Rita, leading the Corps efforts in power restoration, debris removal, roof repair, structural assessment and commodity distribution. Dorko is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He has graduate degrees in Construction Management from George Washington University and National Security Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.
Jason Howe is a senior vice president and general manager for Schneider, a premier provider of truckload, intermodal and logistics services. In this role, he has accountability for Schneiderâ€™s Bulk transportation business. Previously Howe was regional vice president in Schneiderâ€™s van truckload operation, with accountability for operations in the Southeast United States and Canada. He has held other leadership roles at Schneider including commercial, project management and maintenance operations. Howe joined Schneider in 2001 as a maintenance leader in the companyâ€™s Gary, Indiana, location. He is a former U.S. Army officer and helicopter pilot, serving as a company commander and in various other leadership positions. Howe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Indiana University.
Dave Thomson joined Hanson in 2017 and serves as a senior vice president and industry market principal. He has more than 35 years of experience providing project management for site development; highway, freight and passenger rail transportation initiatives; design and construction of industrial, transload and intermodal facilities; multi-year rail and highway capacity expansion plans; and the financial and operational reorganization of transportation, engineering and construction companies. David gained rail management experience from 20 years of employment with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.; ownership of a logistic company specializing in warehousing, trucking and import/export shipments; general construction contractor; and leadership of rail, civil and structural infrastructure engineering practices. His diverse background includes providing direction to industries for improving their logistics and material handling functions; freight rail maintenance activities; construction of new mainline, siding and industrial trackage; railroad, trucking, warehousing and freight brokerage marketing and negotiations; and engineering and project management of large, complex public and private site development, transportation, and logistics projects.
John Martin serves as Vice President of Solutions Consulting at MercuryGate International. John has worked with MercuryGate prospects and customers for more than seven years to leverage transportation technology to help improve their operational efficiency and bottom line results. Prior to joining MercuryGate, John held senior management roles at logistics and technology companies, including JD Edwards and Systems Center. John lives in Pennsylvania with his family and enjoys travel and reading.
Captain Diehl is President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, a maritime trade organization serving 200 member companies in the Houston region. The Port Bureau supplies its members with detailed vessel traffic information, market analysis, and maritime expertise in safety, security, and environmental issues. Before coming to the Port Bureau, Bill served 31 years in the Coast Guard in a variety of challenging jobs including serving as a diplomatic liaison officer to the Panama Canal. His last assignment was command of the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard: Sector Houston-Galveston. He has a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Jarl Pedersen is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, where he manages Market Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, and Foreign Trade Zone. His commercial focus is developing solutions for new and existing customers and building close relationships with major Port industries and other stakeholders.
Sam brings more than 15 years of plant logistics experience to his role as President and Integrator at Plantgistix. In this position, he leads all functions of the organization by building a strong culture rooted in the companyâ€™s core values and using Entrepreneurial Operating System as the method for success and sustainability. Sam works to build truly accountable teams with clear purpose and a foundation of deep trust. As President, Sam is also responsible for the general management and leadership across all three Plantgistix businesses; Contract Packaging, Specialty Services and In-Plant services. Prior to becoming President of Plantgistix, Sam served as Chief Operating Officer and Integrator for seven years, overseeing key business operations at the company. Before joining Plantgistix in 2010, Sam held leadership positions at McCoy Workplace Solutions and Sara Lee. As Managing Director of Logistics and Field Services at McCoy, Sam was a critical leader in McCoyâ€™s operations and customer service team, creating a logistics operation that enhanced the profit and performance of the company. As Vice President of Logistics for Sara Lee, Sam led a team that managed transportation, fleet, warehousing, customer service, and product specifications across 80 locations in North America, while managing an annual operating budget of $125 million. Sam is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. Plantgistix is the premier provider of in-plant services, contract packaging and specialty services, including production, warehouse maintenance, customer service staffing, product cleaning and optical sorting.
Brett Perlmanâ€™s 25-year career has spanned senior positions in business, government as well as corporate board work and service to his community. He is currently CEO of the Center for Houstonâ€™s Future, a non-profit that focuses on developing consensus-based solutions to important social issues for the entire Houston region. Before his appointment, he was a Fellow at Harvardâ€™s Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), an innovative program composed of experienced global leaders focused on developing new approaches to the worldâ€™s most pressing social issues. Brett has also been recognized for his roles as a business person, corporate director and public official in the energy and telecommunications industries. He holds advanced degrees in public policy from Harvard University and in law from the University of Texas. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.
Mark is a Principal in Deloitte Consultingâ€™s Enterprise Operations Practice where he supports energy, resources and industrial clients with digital transformation initiatives. Mark has over 15 years of experience focused on process improvement and technology implementations in support of CFO and CIO organizations. Mark currently leads the Finance & Enterprise Performance Practice for Houston marketplace. In this role, Mark helps companies solve their most complex challenges with digital technology, while also enabling the investment Deloitte Consulting is making in its blockchain initiatives. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mark was a Business Analyst for Shell Oil Company. He supported the refining businesses in major capital project analysis and financial processes. Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Texas Tech University and Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.
Brian Hill has served as the U.S. Maritime Administrationâ€™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.
Martin is an accomplished results-driven senior manager with over 25 years of foreign and domestic experience in delivering transportation programs and services. This includes establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships and working collaboratively at Federal, State and Local government levels. Currently, Martin works as a transportation specialist with the USDOTâ€™s Maritime Administration. As part of the Office of Ports and Waterways, Martin works across the Americaâ€™s Marine Highway and Strong Ports Programs, focusing on the development and expansion of the maritime transportation system through various Federal grant management funding mechanisms. Previous experience has included transportation management planning and operations across three continents in both the public and private sectors.
Dan Jaworski is based in the Woodlands, TX and is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for A&R Logistics. A&R provides supply chain solutions to the plastic resin industry through a broad network of assets strategically placed throughout the United States and its 3PL division, Global Logistics. Prior to joining A&R in 2013, Dan spent 32 years with American Commercial Barge Line serving most recently as VP of Liquid Sales focusing on inland marine chemical and petroleum transportation. Dan was a member of the American Waterways Operators Executive Committee in 2009 and 2010. Dan has a degree in Marketing from Ashland University.
Artur Zgoda joined Siemens in 2015 when they acquired AXIT, the provider of the digital supply chain platform AX4. It was in 2000 when Artur formed the first team responsible for the development of AX4 and successfully built the product to service the European market. Now as a Digital Champion for Siemens PPAL, Artur educates and supports the business in their digitalization efforts. Artur believes that people, processes and IT combined can generate significate value for business. He holds an MBA from WSB in WrocĹ‚aw, Poland and MSc in Computer Science from University of WrocĹ‚aw in Poland. In his spare time Artur and his wife enjoy exploring different cultures while calling Dallas, TX their home.
Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam joined the Westports Group in January 2000 as Gate Operations Executive and has since served under various departments such as gate, vessel operations and terminal planning prior to assuming his present position in January 2008. He is currently responsible for marketing activities to meet the volume projections for both container and conventional businesses, regional efforts to grow more feeder services and volume from target regional markets, inducing new logistics business to strengthen the volume base for the terminal and also customer services initiatives to increase Westportsâ€™ competitive advantage against its competitors. He is also responsible for Customer Service IT team which focusses on improving the customers experience using the E-Terminal Plus customer portal to provide seamless communication platform for all stakeholders to do business with the port. The conventional operations department presently reports to him to enhance the coordination between business requirements and operational capabilities to better utilize company assets. He has 18 years of experience and in-depth terminal operations knowledge. Having served under a few Port Klang Authority and the Ministry of Transport Task Forces, he is also well-versed in the overall logistics industry matters.Mr. Vijaya holds a Business Administration (International Business) Degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He attended the Harvard Business School's Senior Management Development Programme ("SMDP") organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, US in 2004. He presently represents the Company in the Port Consultative Committee ("PCC") under the purview of the Port Klang Authority and is also a member of the Logistics and Infrastructure Council, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Malaysia.
Doug McBee joined AGL as senior vice president and head of sales in February 2017. Leveraging nearly 20 years of global logistics expertise and leadership in a number of roles and functions, Doug leads the companyâ€™s efforts to foster mutually beneficial relationships with customers worldwide. His focus on understanding each businessâ€™ needs, flawless implementation and onboarding, and ongoing proactive communication plays a key role in in AGLâ€™s strategy and delivers proven benefits to its customer base. Prior to joining AGL Doug held sales leadership roles for leading NVO providers, including D.B. Schenker and Expeditors International.
Doug Craven is assistant vice president - Industrial with responsibility for marketing, sales and company strategies supporting excellent customer experience and value creation for industrial chemicals, soda ash and plastics. Craven began his career in 1995 with his first railroad assignment at Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. At UPDS, he held several multi-modal logistics positions supporting Intermodal and Carload Solutions. In his tenure at Union Pacific, Craven has held a number of various positions within the Marketing and Sales Department. Cravenâ€™s experience has included leadership roles within the Automotive, Intermodal and Chemicals business teams. While in Chemicals he led marketing and sales efforts for the industrial chemical and plastic commodities. Responsibilities included capital planning, pricing and product development with a large focus on the anticipated growth of plastic resin production in North America. Craven graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BSBA in finance and banking. Craven and his wife have two children and live in Bennington, Nebraska.
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