Kurt Barrow

Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream

IHS Markit

Kurt Barrow, vice president, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights, is responsible for IHS Markit’s research of crude oil, NGL, refining and petrochemical feedstocks. He also is responsible for joint mobility research offerings with IHS Markit Automotive. Barrow’s expertise includes refining economics, energy policy, and price forecasting. He is actively involved in downstream research overseeing a global team conducting expert-based analysis and analytical modeling of market and industry fundamentals. He has written extensively on the IMO bunker fuel topic and the influence of US tight oil on the downstream sector. Barrow began his career as an engineer at the Exxon Baytown Refinery and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Avera Basham

Trade Compliance Manager

Kiewit Supply Network

Avera Basham is trade compliance manager for Kiewit Corporation. Basham began her career as an import clerk at Kuehne & Nagel in 1989 and became a licensed customs broker in 1996. Prior to joining Kiewit Corp. in 2017, she worked in trade compliance for Noble Energy (2015-2017), as a traffic and logistics supervisor for Bechtel (2010-2015), logistics manager for KBR (2005-2010), and import manager at Pentagon Freight (1996-2005). Basham has developed project logistics execution and customs clearance programs for projects in the United States, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and Australia including utilization of free trade agreements and/or other duty-exemption programs available in these countries. She participates regularly with industry groups and specializes in process mapping, plans, procedures, and root-cause analysis.

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 initiative for the largest global breakbulk and project chartering fleet in the world. During Bastian’s 40-year career, he has held management positions with NYK North America, Evergreen Marine, Port of Long Beach, Jones Stevedoring and Nautilus Leasing, UBS and Morgan Stanley. He is an active member of various industry organizations including the International Transportation Management Association of Houston, Railway Industrial Clearance Association, editorial advisory board for Breakbulk Magazine, and Breakbulk Americas Program advisory board, and serves on the board of Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund, a Texas 501©(3). Bastian also is frequently invited as a guest speaker and panelist at trade luncheons and events inside and outside the Houston area.

Brent Berg

Vice President, Business Development

Thorco Projects America

Brent Berg is the vice president of business development for Thorco Projects in Houston. Berg has been in the maritime industry for nearly 19 years and with Thorco Projects since 2012. In his current role, Berg is responsible for the day-to-day technical and financial operations of Thorco Projects America, Inc. as well as the setting and achieving of long-term business strategy and goals. Prior to joining Thorco Projects, he was a port captain and chartering manager with BBC Chartering. Berg also worked for several years with Federal Marine Terminals in the Great Lakes and Albany, New York, in a variety of roles such as terminal operations, vessel superintendent, and operations manager. He is a graduate from Maine Maritime Academy.

Kathy Canaan

Logistics and Export Compliance


Kathy Canaan, a Fluor Fellow, serves Fluor as global director of trrade compliance responsible for planning, directing, and managing the company’s international trade compliance program. In prior roles at Fluor, Canaan had responsibility for global functional leadership of Fluor’s logistics personnel as well as project logistics leadership and strategic sourcing roles. Before joining Fluor in 2001, Canaan was a project logistics manager in Houston. Fluor is a global leader in engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and maintenance (EPFCM) that works closely with companies and governments to design, build, and maintain complex capital projects that are essential building blocks of development and progress.

William Cassidy

Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, Maritime & Trade

IHS Markit

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. 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, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

Brandy Christian

President and CEO

Port of New Orleans

Brandy D. Christian is the president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and the CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp., a short line connecting railroad and subsidiary of the port. The two public agencies have combined revenues of $100 million, nearly 500 employees, and more than $200 million in capital projects. In her port role, Christian oversees all cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations. As the CEO of the Public Belt, she sets strategic direction and oversees all rail holdings. Christian serves on the Green Marine Board of Directors, Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Transportation Advisory Council, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, the World Trade Center of New Orleans Board of Directors, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, and as the Cruise Committee Chair for the American Association of Port Authorities. Before joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development.

Adolph Colaco

Founder and CEO


Adolph Colaco, founder and CEO of e2log – a digital ecosystem for the door-to-door shipping of oversized cargoes — is an industry expert, having spent approximately 25 years in various executive leadership roles with multibillion-dollar corporations. He has lived and worked in four very diverse regions of the world, and traveled to around 75 countries, to help model and run complex supply chains. He has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the world of logistics. Colaco is a strong believer in the opportunity that digitization presents and is leading an exciting venture that is at the helm of a digital transformation of the oversize cargo space.

Diana Davila

Project Director

UTC Overseas

Diana Davila brings to her role as project director of UTC Overseas more than two decades of experience in project cargo logistics services and export operations management support. Within her career, she has held positions of increasing responsibility with a major project logistics organization, most recently as its vice president for project operations. In that capacity, she was responsible for staff operations at three prime service centers in Texas and Louisiana in support of a major oil and gas project. Over the past seven-plus years, she has provided operational support to nearly 20 major oil and gas-related projects located in the US, Middle East, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. Davila is the founder of the newly formed Women in Logistics Leadership Group. She is the current chair of the Lonestar Logistics Advisory Committee, treasurer of the UH Supply Chain Industry Advisory Board, and PHPME committee member.

Dennis Devlin

Director, Industrial Projects USA


Dennis Devlin has spent his career in international project transportation and logistics. Based in Houston, he is director of Industrial Projects USA with Geodis. He previously held senior positions with DB Schenker, Panalpina, and BDP International in Houston, Philadelphia, and Shanghai. In Shanghai, Devlin was vice chairman of the AmCham Logistics committee for the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce. In his career, he has also been a member of the Exporters Competitive Maritime Council, ITMA, the Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association, the Railway Industrial Clearance Association, and other industry groups. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Devlin graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in economics and political science. He also pursued studies in Glasgow (economics), as well as Paris, Taipei, Shanghai, and Bogota, where he studied French, Chinese, and Spanish.

Amanda Eglinton

Principal Economist, Pricing and Purchasing

IHS Markit

Amanda Eglinton is an associate director on the IHS Markit Pricing & Purchasing team covering steel pipe, stainless steel, nickel, and ferroalloys. Eglinton is responsible for tracking market conditions in the steel and ferroalloys markets and producing a quarterly price forecast and supply and demand outlook, with a particular focus on the oil and gas markets. In addition, she follows the raw material and crude steel markets and participates in IHS consulting projects for oil and gas clients as a steel subject matter expert. Eglinton holds a master’s in applied economics from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics from Saint Louis University.

Susan Farrell

Vice President and Head, Energy-Wide Perspectives

IHS Markit

Susan Farrell is vice president, IHS Markit Energy-Wide Perspectives and heads the Global Energy Scenarios, Climate and Carbon and the Strategic Horizons executive briefing service. With a particular expertise in strategy, she provides quarterly presentations to executive teams and boards of directors discussing the IHS Markit outlook for energy industry drivers, markets, and company investments. Farrell joined IHS Markit in 2013 when the firm acquired PFC Energy. She had started the company’s Houston office in 2000, bringing more than 20 twenty years of direct industry experience in the assessment and implementation of strategic planning for international markets. Previously, she led the global strategy groups of two major oilfield service companies, Brown and Root and McDermott International. Farrell lived and worked in Europe for over 10 years and traveled extensively in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Boston University.

David Ferebee

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Lone Star Transportation

David Ferebee is a veteran transportation professional. His extensive experience in the industry, specifically the movement of oversize and overweight wind components, provides unique insight into existing issues affecting transportation and how future decisions, particularly as it relates to infrastructure, will influence ability to support growing industry demands.

Payne Fischer

Senior Account Manager

Deugro Group

Payne A. Fischer has a proven and rapidly growing track record in project logistics management, with 10 years of experience focusing on OOG/project cargo shipments and industrial projects in the oil and gas, power generation, mining, infrastructure, and plant relocation sectors. Fischer has a reputation as a motivated, eager, and results-driven professional with exceptional strengths in strategic commercial alignment, risk analysis, and operational planning. Prior to his role with deugro, Fischer worked with Agility Project Logistics as the project cargo manager and at Geodis as the US IP manager, handing projects in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently the senior account manager for deugro (USA) Inc., with responsible for supporting the further strategic growth of deugro's footprint in North America as well as ensuring client’s operational expectations. Fischer was raised in Houston and is attended the University of Houston.

Pieter Flohil



Pieter Flohil, director, has been with the Spliethoff Group since 1977 and involved with the company’s North America operations since 1987. He is responsible for the start up of a number of regular liner services, the most recent of which is Spliethoff’s Medliner service connecting the old and the new world.

Jared Franklin

Texas Agriculture Liaison

US Customs and Border Protection

Jared Franklin has worked in the federal government for more than 17 years with USDA-APHIS and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He has worked in numerous states and pathways over the course of his career, and in numerous capacities. He is currently serving as Texas Agriculture Liaison for CBP in Austin, Texas.

Dharmendra Gangrade

Head of Logistics

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd.

Dharmendra Gangrade is an accomplished supply chain and logistics professional with experience spread over two decades in the diverse sectors comprising oil & gas projects, petroleum, chemical, FMCG, retail, and automobile. Presently, Gangrade is head of logistics for L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), which is part of $18 billon Indian multinational L&T Group. LTHE operates as an engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and project management company providing integrated design-to-build solutions to large and complex offshore and onshore hydrocarbon projects worldwide. Gangrade has worked with large multibillion-dollar Indian and multinational companies including TechnipFMC India, BASF Corp., Pidilite Industries, Reliance Industries (petroleum & retail), Tata Motors. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He is a renowned speaker and panelist on the topics of global shipping and logistics and has been invited to share his thoughts in many conferences and seminars worldwide.

Marvin Gross

Business Development Manager

Miller Transfer

Marvin Gross, Business Development Manager, Miller Transfer Marvin Gross has been part of the transportation industry for over 30 years, currently serving as business development manager for Miller Transfer and Rigging. Miller has been a leader in the specialized and heavy haul industry for over 50 years, and Gross has extended experience with many types of projects, from ship and barge work to flat bed and legal load shipments and projects moving single loads of as much as 450 metric tons (mt). He has coordinated large and small projects and worked with the best in the business. “In the world of specialized/heavy haul, a reputation for safe and successful execution of a project is everything. That all comes back to a culture deeply formed in safety, training and planning from top to bottom. The most important of those is by far the safety factor. It is always all about everyone going home safe and sound, each and every day.”

John Hark

Director of Chartering, North America, FH Bertling, and Adjunct Professor

Texas A&M Galveston

John Hark has been in the Houston maritime industry for more than 25 years and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in maritime administration. He started with FH Bertling in 2002 as director of North America vessel operations. After moving to Bertling’s logistics division, he held various management roles within the North and South America regions. He has returned to Bertling’s ship owning and operating division as director of chartering for North America. In addition to his position with Bertling, Hark has been an adjunct professor with Texas A&M University since 2002. Active in industry and education initiatives, he is the current president of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, chairs advisory councils for Lone Star College and Houston Community College and sits on the board of the Port Houston Partners in Maritime Education program.

Jurgen Huygh

Head of Outbound Logistics and Business Control

CG Power Systems

Jurgen Huygh works currently as specialist in exceptional transport with CG Power Systems, a manufacturer of power transformers. He has a broad knowledge of exceptional transport, multimodal and across Europe and the United States. Before taking up this position, Huygh worked as business controller with multiple companies. He is also vice president of the Belgian shipper’s council OTM, focusing on Belgian logistics gateways (for example, port of Antwerp and Brussels Airport), multimodal transport, and innovations in transport. Huygh has a master’s degree in logistics engineering and controllership.

Anders Hyrup

President, SAL

Heavy Lift Inc.

Anders Hyrup is the president of SAL Heavy Lift Inc., based in Houston. He has worked in commercial roles for well-established European ship owners in the multipurpose and heavy lift market since 1999. Hyrup relocated from Denmark to Houston in 2010 to develop the North American market for Nordana’s project and chartering division. He joined SAL Heavy Lift, Inc. in 2012 and oversees the commercial activities and business development with clients based in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, mainly focusing on EPCs, forwarders, and brokers in E&C, renewables, offshore work, etc. SAL Heavy Lift, Inc is a subsidiary of SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, is a German privately owned ship owner with 21 vessels, offering up to 2,000 mt lifting capacity, DP1&2 capabilities and an unrivaled speed of more than 20 knots.

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade

IHS Markit

Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.

Bill Keyes

Global Logistics Director, Operations


Bill Keyes is Fluor’s global director of logistics-operations. Before assuming this role, he served as director of logistics for the Americas region. He has been the logistics lead for many EPC proposals and front end engineering designs. Before Houston, he was the EPC Logistics Lead on a significant capital project on the North Slope, Alaska. In this role, he managed and international logistics and material management. Before joining Fluor, he served as a US Army logistics officer. During his military career, Keyes served in a variety of leadership and staff roles from the tactical to strategic echelons where he developed an expertise in global logistics planning, contract and camp administration, leadership, and supply chain and material management. He has extensive management and leadership roles, arctic experience and executive decision-making experience in multicultural environments, including Alaska, Australia, East Africa, Iraq, Sweden, and Vietnam.

Utsav Mathur

Senior Associate

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Utsav Mathur is a shipping, offshore energy, and global disputes lawyer based in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office. Mathurrepresents energy companies, charterers, owners, and operators on shipping disputes and regulatory matters ranging from charter party disputes, Rule B and C proceedings, collisions, allusions, and other marine torts, cargo claims, and marine technology issues (cybersecurity, blockchain, and vessel automation). He also represents clients with respect to Jones Act/cabotage law concerns, bunker contamination issues, and IMO 2020 matters. Utsav is also consulted by public companies and private investors on investments in the US Jones Act shipping market. In addition, Utsav advises clients on significant offshore energy projects. He has represented developers, contractors and vessel owners on US offshore wind projects, with particular emphasis on unique Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and US general maritime law issues related to such projects. Moreover, he has assisted clients on a variety of other energy infrastructure projects including the construction of crude oil pipelines, deepwater ports, and LNG-fueled offshore power generation facilities. Utsav has experience advocating for clients on matters involving the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Maritime Administration. Utsav's exposure to the maritime industry began early in life as he descends from a family of mariners and has himself spent time at sea.

Antoinette Montoya

Export/Import Compliance Manager

Bechtel Corp.

Antoinette Montoya is the corporate export-import compliance manager of Bechtel Corp. She is responsible for corporate oversight of Bechtel’s export-import compliance program. Montoya has over 24 years of experience specializing in export and import control programs. She is responsible for developing procedures, performing process reviews and audits, conducting training, and assisting the global business units with implementation of measures to ensure compliance with all applicable export and import regulations across all functions and global business units. In addition, she maintains contact with applicable government regulatory offices and industry groups. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2005 as export-import compliance manager, Montoya worked for a large petrochemicals company administering a multifunctional compliance program. In addition, she has several years of experience providing trade consulting services to multinational companies. She earned a bachelor of business administration from New Mexico State University. She was granted a US Customhouse Broker License in 1996. She has earned the following designations: Certified US Export Compliance Officer (USECO®) and Certified Classification Specialist (CCLS™).

GianCarlo Morgera

Executive Vice President, Export Liner Services

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA)

Michael Morland

General Manager, Americas


Michael Morland is part of AALs Senior Management team and responsible for the breakbulk & project heavy lift carrier’s strategic development in the Americas, as well as the oil & gas vertical. Morland brings over 18 years international experience in the shipping, offshore and maritime industries. This specifically includes the heavy lift, project cargo and breakbulk market, having previously served in senior executive roles at Global Ocean AS and T.P. Shipping AS. Morland has worked in the project sector his entire career and witnessed project cargo movement from several perspectives: firstly as a specialist Project Cargo Broker; thereafter as consultant for Principal & EPC; and most recently as a Shipowners representative for AAL.

Dennis Mottola

Global Logistics Consultant

Dennis Mottola is a global logistics consultant who has served his entire 45-year career in the supply chain and global logistics discipline. He recently retired from Bechtel Corp. where he performed a variety of roles and responsibilities over his 21 years with the company. These included corporate manager of logistics, expediting, supplier quality, and Bechtel Global Logistics, Oil, Gas & Chemicals manager of logistics. He also established Bechtel’s Export/Import Compliance Program. Mottola’s professional career in global logistics and supply chain management includes managing mega-project logistics, marine shipping operations, export packing services, and manufacturing and trading operations. He holds a business logistics degree from Penn State University, in addition to completing various executive programs and professional certifications. He participates in several supply chain and logistics organizations and activities including ECMC, ITMA, Breakbulk magazine, and The Journal of Commerce, and he is a member of the University of Houston Supply Chain Logistics Technology Advisory Board.

Janet Nodar

Senior Editor, Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade

IHS Markit

Janet Nodar is senior editor for breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift shipping at the JOC. She previously was a reporter and editor for Gulf Shipper, one of four regional weekly publications that were merged into the JOC in 2008, and later for the JOC’s Breakbulk magazine. From 2013-2018, she was content director for Breakbulk Events & Media, including three years with ITE Group, which acquired the Breakbulk business in 2015. She rejoined the JOC in July 2018 and is based in Mobile, Alabama. Nodar holds a master’s in English/creative writing and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Alabama.

Susan Oatway

Senior Analyst, Multipurpose and Breakbulk Shipping

Drewry Maritime Research

Susan Oatway joined Drewry in 1997 after spending eight years in senior planning and commercial roles with P&O Bulk Shipping. With Drewry, she has gained extensive experience in working for customers in the marine field, including shipping companies, financial institutions and other institutional clients or advisors. This work covers a wide spectrum, including market studies, valuations and strategic planning. Oatway is the Head of Drewry’s Multipurpose Shipping practice. She provides advice to other team members on all aspects of dry bulk shipping. Oatway holds a B.Sc. in combined sciences, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers as well as, currently, its international vice chairman. The Drewry group is formed of specialist research brand Drewry Maritime Research, two advisory brands Drewry Maritime Advisors and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, and investment research brand Drewry Maritime Equity Research. Drewry has more than 40 years experience within the maritime sector, employing more than 90 specialists across international offices in London, Delhi, Singapore and Shanghai. Offering research reports and advisory services, the company’s position to assess the market and give our clients the knowledge to make critical decisions sets it apart from others.

Gregory Ray

Senior Global Analyst, North America Headquarters

Independent Project Analysis Inc.

After joining Independent Project Analysis Inc. in 2007, Greg Ray worked in the Virginia office evaluating projects in both the upstream (oil & gas) and downstream business areas. He led the analysis on a wide range of projects, including site benchmarkings and single project benchmarkings for both the chemicals and refining industries. In 2009, IPA had Ray relocate to Beijing, China, to spearhead its operations in both China and Mongolia. He spent eight years running operations in China for IPA and leading the analysis of a large number of complicated China and regional projects, including spearheading the China Study II and China Study III to create baseline adjustment factors for China wage rates, productivities and materials and equipment adjustments. In 2017, Ray returned to IPA’s Virginia headquarters. Since coming back to the North America region, Ray has continued his evaluations of complex projects and megaprojects across the whole range of industries covered by IPA, and is currently directing IPA’s efforts into data integration on capital projects. He has a B.S. (finance), B.A. (philosophy), and B.A. (literature) from Boston College and an MBA from Beijing University.

Courtney Richard


Anchor36 Trucking & Logistics

Courtney Richard is the president of Anchor36 Trucking & Logistics. In 2010, the company began with one truck and a vision. For the past nine years, Richard has grown a heavy haul trucking and logistics company in a tough market with a tough crowd. Under her leadership the Anchor36 companies have grown into a multimillion-dollar trucking conglomerate. She has developed relationships with and won the business of some of the world’s biggest companies including DHL, Shell, GE, Kiewit, and many global freight forwarders. Most recently Anchor36 delivered nine superstructures to the World War II Museum for their newest project called the Canopy of Peace. She is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and a past president of the American Business Women’s Association where she was honored as Business Woman of the Year. Richard received Business Reports “20 Young Leaders to Watch” Award in 2018 and Construction Equipment Magazine’s “Under 40 in Construction Equipment” Award.

Timothy J. Ring

Director of Sales, OOG and Breakbulk Cargo


Over his 25-plus years in the transportation industry, Tim Ring’s experience has focused on the commercial sales side of breakbulk, OOG project and US government cargoes. Ring is currently the director of sales, OOG & breakbulk cargo for APL. He has held this position since March 2018 and is responsible for the commercial development of this cargo segment within APL for the US & Canada. Ring has previously held a variety of commercial positions with leading project forwarders and with heavy asset-based ocean carriers such as CMA CGM, Lykes Lines, Central Gulf Lines and Gulfship Marine. In 2005, Ring opened the Washington, DC, office for CMA CGM. As the director of government sales with CMA CGM, he was the point person for all US government cargo booked on company vessels, and he worked very closely with USAID, MARAD, USDA and other Washington-based agencies and non-governmental organizations. Ring is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and holds a Bachelors of Arts in political science.

Michael Ruediger

Project Director, Americas

Pentagon Freight Services

Michael Ruediger is project director for the Americas at the energy and resource freight forwarder and project logistics company Pentagon Freight Services. He has more than 28 years of experience in the transportation industry. Over the course of his career, Ruediger has held senior positions at companies active in vessel chartering, freight forwarding, oilfield services, and heavy-haul and rigging. He received his education through an apprenticeship program in Hamburg, Germany, and holds a Certificate in Chartering from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in London. Ruediger is a member of the International Transportation Manager’s Association (ITMA) and volunteers as a speaker and mentor through the Port Houston Partners in Maritime Education program.

Joye Runfola

Logistics Principle, Americas Procurement Center

Air Liquide

Joye Runfola is a senior project logistics specialist in the Americas Procurement Center at Air Liquide USA. She has 13-plus years of experience in the construction, transportation, and logistics industries, with a primary focus and expertise in the super heavy lift and transport arena. Runfola brings unique experience to the table having been a construction superintendent and logistics manager on the shipper side of the industry and a project manager on the carrier/contractor side as well. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo and went on to complete her MBA at Medialle College in Buffalo, New York.

Richard Seeg

Regional Director, Americas


Richard Seeg is managing director, Americas, at Zeamarine, responsible for all commercial activities in North, Central, and South America. He began his career in 1998, handling chartering and sales in the Asia department of Intermarine in New Orleans. In 2001, he moved to Seoul, South Korea, to open an office and take responsibility for the Asian market. Seeg moved the Asia headquarters to Shanghai in 2004, and expanded the company’s Asian operations to cover the area from Japan to the Suez Canal. He returned to New Orleans in 2010 to head the liner service covering North Coast South America and the Caribbean, then was promoted to cover the entire Americas liner service, Intermarine’s largest division, with more than 150 voyages per year. In 2018, the Zeaborn Group and Intermarine entered into a joint venture named Zeamarine. Seeg earned a B.A. in biology from Tufts University and an MBA from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Dan Shreve

Head of Global Wind Energy Research

Wood Mackenzie

Dan Shreve heads Wood Mackenzie’s global wind research practice. Shreve joined Wood Mackenzie in 2017, following Woodmac’s acquisition of MAKE consulting, where he headed MAKE’s operations in the Americas. Shreve has a long experience in the renewable energy industry, serving in a number of engineering and strategic management roles. Prior to joining MAKE, he worked as the Global Wind Energy Market & Competitive Intelligence Leader at GE Energy. Shreve has advised executive teams at the wind industry’s most successful firms for over 10 years, authoring major market reports and leading the execution of consulting projects. With a solid background in engineering, sourcing, and business administration, he supports clients’ business objectives by providing in-depth supply chain insights and techno-commercial advice. In addition to these services, he also manages and executes market assessment, business strategy, and due diligence projects. Shreve is a fixture on the wind energy conference circuit, and his views on issues impacting the wind industry issues are regularly sought after by the global media. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and subsequently from the US Naval Nuclear Operations Office Program where he served as a civilian staff instructor for three years. Shreve also has an MBA from the University of New York.

Andrea B. Simao

Assistant Deputy Director, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS

US Department of Agriculture

Andrea Simao began her federal service with APHIS in 1994 as a plant protection and quarantine officer. Andrea has served in a variety of roles, also including senior training specialist, national program manager, and now director for PPQ’s Phytosanitary Issues Management (PIM). PIM facilitates and negotiates, through the use of scientifically based processes and international standards, the safe export and import of agricultural commodities including horticultural, agronomic, and forestry products. Simoa holds degrees in agriculture science and public administration.

Brittany Smith

Manager of Logistics

Linde Engineering North America

Brittany Smith is manager of logistics for global procurement center Americas at Linde Engineering North America, based in Houston. As the logistics lead, Smith is responsible for FEED & EPC proposals, as well as the execution of services related to the fabrication and erection of petrochemical and gas plants. She also leads a team of logistics professionals throughout North America. Prior to joining Linde, Smith held senior logistics positions with Bechtel in Houston and Angola, Africa, and several other overseas locations. She is considered a subject matter expert for offshore vessel inspections and planning / transportation of equipment for major projects. She began her career in the freight forwarding industry, holding leadership positions related to import compliance, exports, project cargo, business implementation, and account management. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in international studies with a minor in Spanish from Universidad Veracruzana, and a master’s certificate in project management from The George Washington University. Since 2018, she has been an active member of the Exporters Competitive Maritime Council, serving on a committee dedicated to ISPM15 violation resolution development.

Eric Smith

Professor of Practice, Energy Specialization Program

Tulane University

Eric Smith is a professor of practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He also serves as the interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate energy courses, he works with various professors on interdisciplinary projects involving energy issues. He also works with engineering firms and various regional teams focused on economic development. Smith is a 1965 chemical engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA in 1967 from the A.B. Freeman School at Tulane University. In addition to 14 years of full time academic/advisory experience, he has over 30 years of operational experience in the downstream petrochemical industry and offshore drilling and construction sectors. During that time, Smith participated in arranging three IPOs, the largest being a combined primary-secondary offering for Saipem, SpA. He also was the head of Saipem’s US subsidiary during the installation of Hoover-Diana, Exxon’s first major deep-water structure. He has served as a consultant to Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development as well regional economic development group Greater New Orleans, Inc. He is the energy committee chairman of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. On occasion, he has also supported reverse trade missions involving energy options, and sponsored by the US Trade Development Agency, for Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana. He is currently Tulane’s media spokesman for energy issues. Smith is author or co-author of numerous reports dealing with LNG, natural gas liquids, changes in the offshore construction market, Louisiana’s relative competitiveness in industrial power generation, the use of petroleum coke as a fuel for the domestic power generation market; and multiple reports that deal with the economic impact of US shale oil and gas production on the Louisiana and Gulf Coast economies.

Mark Szakonyi

Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade

IHS Markit

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team of two dozen editors and global correspondents that provide business-critical and data-heavy business intelligence and analysis. Szakonyi oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. In addition to supporting all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, he is chairman of the annual Canada Trade Conference. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. He has bachelor degrees in political science and English from Elmhurst College, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Szakonyi, a Chicago native now calling Washington D.C. home, is an avid reader, traveler and vinyl record collector.

Iris Thornton

Senior Manager, Specialized Services

CN Supply Chain

Iris Thornton currently manages the Dimensional and Project freight group at CN. She has been in the logistics industry for over 30 years, with North American and global experience in the Canadian Air Force, and positions at Shell and in the railway industry. Prior to CN she worked in Afghanistan for an extensive period of time, followed by a logistics position for Shell on a project in Northern Alberta. She has a BA and MBA from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of the Association for Project Management.

Peter Tirschwell

Vice President, Maritime & Trade

IHS Markit

Peter Tirschwell is vice president at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell 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, California, one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

Steven A. Todd

Vice President

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Steven Todd, began his transportation career as a self-employed consultant in both the civil engineering and public transportation industry, specializing in funding and organizing public transportation initiatives throughout Illinois. This led to a career with the Illinois Department of Transportation where Mr. Todd oversaw areas including oversize/overweight permits, fixed weigh stations, and public transportation earning a reputation amongst specialized carriers for achieving permit policy harmonized successes that carried over to other Midwestern states. Upon his retirement with IDOT in 2012, Mr. Todd has been employed with Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association in Washington, D.C. where he currently serves the world-wide trade association as Vice President of Transportation advocating for safe, efficient and harmonized regulatory policies. In this role, Mr. Todd has been selected twice as an FHWA consultant for initiatives involving permit system automation and pilot car certification. He currently serves on both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Route Working Group and the National Coalition on Truck Parking as well as the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) National Advisory Committee.

Ashley True

Regional Counsel

T. Parker Host

Ashley True has recently been named as the Regional Counsel for T. Parker Host, focusing on its redevelopment of the former Avondale Shipyard’s 254-acre site into a world-scale logistics hub. With more than 20 years of legal, regulatory, and legislative experience, True has counseled C-suite executives on commercial and regulatory issues, domestic and international strategic business initiatives, corporate governance, and public company reporting. She has negotiated sophisticated global commercial agreements for the energy, EPC, logistics, real estate, and finance sectors. True’s career began in 1992 as a staffer to US Senator John Breaux. Following law school, she clerked for US District Judges Ivan Lemelle and Tom Porteous and served as senior counsel in the SEC’s enforcement division. She has held various roles in the private sector including: vice president of global litigation and regulatory affairs with Morgan Stanley, general counsel for the Trump SoHo development project, The Shaw Group corporate counsel, and in-house roles in the logistics industry with Agility and Panalpina. She holds a B.A. from LSU and a J.D. from Tulane.

Reiner Wiederkehr


Fracht FWO Inc.

Reiner Wiederkehr, CEO of Fracht USA, has more than 20 years in the logistics industry. In 2002, he moved from Germany to the United States to help grow the Fracht brand. In 2004, Wiederkehr was promoted to manager of the Houston branch, which is now the company’s largest office in the US. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2012, opening and supporting new branches. Today, Fracht USA has 12 divisions operating in 10 different cities across the US. Weiderkehr continually helps build and develop specialized divisions, including ocean, air, land, rail and project cargo, making Fracht a leader in the industry. He promotes innovative and tailor-made solutions to give Fracht’s customers dedicated personal support at every turn.