Speaker List

Amanda Taylor

Senior Consultant | McCallum Sweeney Consulting

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Amanda Taylor has more than nine years of experience in the economic development and site selection profession and has provided site selection and economic development consulting with McCallum Sweeney Consulting since 2011.

Since joining the team at McCallum Sweeney, Ms. Taylor has assisted corporate clients with siting projects, providing location analytics expertise and incentives negotiation services. She is actively assisting nationwide advanced manufacturing site selection projects in automotive and aerospace industries. Ms. Taylor recently completed work managing incentives negotiations for Michelin North America’s 1.7-million-square-foot Midwest distribution center in Wilmington, Illinois. She assisted with site analysis for the location of a Shaw Industries carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Georgia; demographic and labor analysis for Northrop Grumman; and a feasibility study for an advanced manufacturing siting project in Europe. Active economic development projects Ms. Taylor is working on include a statewide site certification program for Wyoming and a 5-year economic development strategy for the Charleston, South Carolina MSA. Recent economic development work includes an incentives and business climate study for the Arkansas Economic Developers Association and a target competitiveness study for the state of Florida.

Prior to joining McCallum Sweeney, Ms. Taylor spent more than four years with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) in Savannah, Georgia. While at SEDA, she held positions in research, geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and project management, assisting with projects such as the 2009 location of Mitsubishi Power Systems (500 jobs, $325 million investment), and 2010 Gulfstream Aerospace expansion (1,000 jobs, $500 million investment). Ms. Taylor previously held an internship with Cornerstone Alliance, an economic development organization serving Berrien County in Southwest Michigan.

Ms. Taylor received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and was honored with the 2012 American Institute of Certified Planners award. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Geography and Economics. Ms. Taylor is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED® Green Associate).

Ben Buben

Executive Director of Operations and Business Development | Pasha Automotive Services

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 Mr. Ben Buben is the Executive Director of Operations and Business Development for Pasha Automotive Services. Mr. Buben has been in the automotive industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience in operations, sales and logistics. He started his career working in automotive dealerships, moved into ownership by partnering in a Dodge franchise and then opened and partnered in a Polaris Power Sports store.

Ben joined Pasha Automotive Services in 2009 as Operations Manager of our Brunswick operation. In 2010 Ben was promoted to General Manager of East Coast Operations for PAS where he directed and grew the company’s division in auto and agriculture RORO operations. This led to more visibility on the East Coast for Pasha and many opportunities to add value and services to their suppliers on both sides of the country. In 2011, Ben was promoted to his current position of Executive Director of Operations and Business Development which allows him to grow the port processing, trucking and Pasha Hawaii divisions. Ben enjoys over-seeing operations for PAS and is committed to growing the company to provide excellent value and service to their clients.

Ben was born and raised in Michigan, the youngest of 4 kids and the only boy. He now resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida with his wife of 22 years, Lisa, and their two boys, Hunter and Austin. If you asked Ben what he loves to do most, he would tell you it is spending time with his family and being the best Dad and Husband he can be. Ben is actively involved in his church, enjoys golf, softball, fishing and biking.

Blaine Kelley

Senior Vice President | CBRE Global Supply Chain

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Blaine Kelley is Senior Vice President of CBRE's Global Supply Chain Practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Kelley has consulted leading global companies, representing shippers, manufacturers and logistics companies in their real estate strategy and implementation. He applies an integrated business approach that combines site selection, consulting with exceptional market savvy and insight. Mr. Kelley is adept at creating transformational outcomes for his clients in domestic and global markets.

Mr. Kelley has expertise in all aspects of corporate real estate, lease negotiation and restructuring, strategic planning, port expertise, build-to-suit oversight and site selection consulting. Mr. Kelley utilizes strategic supply chain understanding with aggressive, impactful real estate strategy and execution to deliver superior results for his clients.

Over the years, he has become recognized as an Industry leader and one of Atlanta’s most successful industrial brokers, completing leasing and sales transactions of more than 25 million square feet in the past five years. The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors consistently has recognized Mr. Kelley as one of the city’s Top Industrial Producers. He was appointed to the Atlanta Logistics Innovation Council in recognition of his considerable expertise in this area.

Prior to joining CBRE, he served as a Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade, the state’s economic development office. Additionally, Mr. Kelley served as an infantry platoon leader in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.

Mr. Kelley's value-add approach capitalizes on his unique combination of industrial real estate expertise, economic development experience and unmatched market knowledge. Mr. Kelley has provided insights into market trends for several local and national business publications and speaks regularly at Supply Chain Conferences, Universities and industry events across the country.

Brigadier General C. David Turner

Commander, South Atlantic Division | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Brigadier General C. David Turner became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division on July 24, 2014.  The South Atlantic Division is one of eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' regions providing engineering and construction services to the Nation.  It is the regional business center in the southeast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with district offices in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.   

As the South Atlantic Division Commander, General Turner oversees the planning, design, and construction of projects to support the military, protect America's water resources, and restore and enhance the environment within a 250,000 square mile area which includes all or part of eight southeastern states. 

General Turner was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  He graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematical Sciences.  In 2014 he was named a University of Central Missouri Distinguished Alumni.  He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College.  He is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow.   

General Turner most recently commanded the South Pacific Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Previous assignments include Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Afghanistan; Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, Seoul, Korea; and three tours on the U.S. Army Staff as the G-1 Engineer, Assistant Executive Officer to the G-3, and Chief, Base Realignment and Closure Division - an $18B program and the largest transformation of the U.S. Army since WWII.  He also served on the Joint Staff as Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, Emergency Action Officer, Global Nuclear Strike Advisor and Senior Operations Officer.  General Turner has served in a variety of other command and staff assignments in the continental United States, Germany, Bosnia, and the Middle East.  During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Company, 1st Engineer Battalion (Mechanized).  He also served as Liaison Officer and Assistant Operations Officer in the 1st Engineer Battalion.  He served a combat tour as commander of the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington - with deployment to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and redeployment to Fort Lewis.  He served as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Engineer Equipment Maintenance Officer, 79th Combat Engineer Battalion (Heavy), Karlsruhe, Germany; Battalion Executive Officer in the 40th Engineer Battalion (Mechanized), Baumholder, Germany; and Brigade Operations and Executive Officer, 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade, Bad Kreuznach, Germany.  General Turner deployed to Bosnia during his second tour in Germany and has also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. 

General Turner’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course; Armor Officer Advance Course; U.S. Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the U.S. Army War College. 

General Turner's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; three Legion of Merit Awards; the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device; two Bronze Star Medals; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; seven Meritorious Service Medals; the Joint Commendation Medal; two Army Commendation Medals; two Army Achievement Medals; two Valorous Unit Awards; the Bronze and Silver Orders of the de Fleury Medal; the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year for Professional Achievement in Government; and the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Stars and Stripes Army Awardee.

Chris Cummiskey

Executive Vice President of External Affairs | Georgia Power

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Chris Cummiskey serves as executive vice president of External Affairs for Georgia Power. Named to the position in May 2015, he leads the company’s policies and activities in community and economic development, corporate communication, environmental affairs, governmental and regulatory affairs, and land management. He also works closely with the company’s region officers, who are responsible for managing Georgia Power’s field operations.

Prior to his current position, he served as chief commercial officer of Southern Power. In this role, he led the expansion of wholesale marketing activities, including business development, acquisitions and asset management, for Southern Power.

From 2011 to 2013, Cummiskey served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), where he led more than 500 company locations or expansions in Georgia, creating 46,700 jobs and nearly $9 billion in capital investment. Under his leadership, the tourism industry also registered $49 billion in total economic impact in Georgia in 2011, and the impact of the film industry reached a new record at $3.1 billion in the state in 2012. Prior to joining GDEcD, Cummiskey was a manager and director of energy and gas derivatives trading for companies including RWE Americas, Mirant and Mieco. He also served as a state director for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chief of staff for the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and director of state relations for the University of Georgia.

Cummiskey serves on the board of governors of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and is the co-chair for the 2015-2016 Woodruff Arts Center Corporate Campaign. He also serves on the University of Georgia’s Honor’s Program advisory board and the University of Georgia Athletics board of directors.

Cummiskey earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.

Cliff Pyron

Chief Commercial Officer | Georgia Ports Authority

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Mr. Pyron is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the Georgia Ports Authority's business development, and trade development activities. His principal accountability is to develop all commercial activities in order to sustain long-term growth and market share leadership. This includes all sales, marketing, economic development, promotional, trade show, and agency relations activities. Additionally, he collaborates with the executive management team to develop and execute the Authority's strategic plan, providing direction and oversight for success in the marketplace.

With of a bachelor of science degree in business administration from East Carolina University, Mr. Pyron has more than 30 years of experience in the liner and logistics sector of the maritime industry. Prior to his appointment to the GPA in 2008, he served as Vice President - Sales, for NYK Line - North America in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Mr. Pyron had previously worked at Maersk-Sealand as Vice President - Sales, Southeast Region and was with the organization for a combined total of 19 years, more than five years in Hong Kong with Sea-Land Service, Inc. as General Manager, Hong Kong & So. China. He has had various liner, logistics, operational, marketing, and back office support management capacities.

Curtis J. Foltz

Executive Director | Georgia Ports Authority

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Curtis Foltz is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, a 1,100- person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.

As Executive Director, Curtis Foltz oversees the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminals in Bainbridge and Columbus. Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he administers an annual budget with operating revenues of $350 million. 

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, he earned his BSBA from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, with a concentration in Business Management. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from East Carolina University. Mr. Foltz lives in Savannah with his wife, Donna. 

David J. Arsenault

President & CEO | Hyundai Merchant Marine America and Hyundai America Shipping Agency

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David J. Arsenault is President and CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine America & Hyundai America Shipping Agency responsible for North, Central & South America. Mr. Arsenault is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation, a 3rd Mates License as a Merchant Marine Officer for vessels of unlimited tonnage, as well as a commission as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer.

Mr. Arsenault has been in the industry for over 28 years and has extensive experience in operations, sales, trade management and logistics. He spent 13 years at Sea-Land including five years in Asia where he served as Country Manager in both Thailand and Taiwan. Following the acquisition of Sea-Land by Maersk in 1999, he played an instrumental role in the integration of Buyers Consolidators with Mercantile to create Maersk Logistics. He also spent four years in the technology industry at both GT Nexus and later as SVP at Globe Wireless, responsible for their global commercial organization.

Mr. Arsenault joined Hyundai Merchant Marine in 2004 where he was initially responsible for sales before assuming his current role as president and CEO in October 2014 as the first American to hold this position in the history of HMM. Mr. Arsenault serves on the Board of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), the Board of the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach and was formerly on the Board of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Mr. Arsenault is a fourth generation mariner as well as a second generation Kings Pointer. He lives in Yorba Linda, CA with his wife of 21 years, Evelyn, his son Matthew (17) and identical twin girls, Christina & Sarah (16) and commutes to Dallas, TX.

David J. Sink

Principal | Colliers International-Savannah

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David Sink joined Colliers International-Savannah in 1999 and became a partner in 2007. He has been active in brokering a number of multi-million dollar properties.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Sink has completed over 450 transactions involving commercial and industrial properties, investment properties, land, as well as build-to-suit projects.

Mr. Sink is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He began his career in 1995 in Atlanta with a commercial real estate market research firm. In Atlanta, he was also an office broker and property manager with a local firm, and an industrial broker with a regional industrial real estate consulting firm.

He holds an Industrial Specialist membership in The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), the nation’s leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association with 1,900 members in 350 cities worldwide.

Mr. Sink is active in the local community in a variety of positions, ranging from past president and current Board of Directors member for REALTORS Commercial Alliance of Savannah/Hilton Head (RCA), Board Member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, as well as Leadership Savannah Graduate and working with the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Fabio Santucci

President | Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

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On January 1, 2015, Fabio Santucci, native of Rome, Italy, became President of MSC (USA) after serving for one year as Vice President at MSC Headquarters in New York City. Prior to this appointment, he joined MSC’s Houston office where he held several positions. He was quickly promoted and moved to MSC’s New Orleans office as Office Manager. In 2010, he transferred to Charleston, SC, the largest MSC facility in the U.S. where he drove MSC’s business for almost three years. He has a Master’s Degree in Maritime Studies from Pisa University in Italy and became a Ship’s Captain in 2007. One year later, Mr. Santucci commanded the MHC Viareggio, a military vessel base in La Spezia, Italy.

After spending time at the Aeronautical Technical Institute in Rome, he joined the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno, Italy in 1995. During the early part of his career, he was a foreign student pilot in the U.S. Navy Flight Training Program after obtaining an Electronic Engineering degree in 1999. During that time, he was stationed at U.S. aviation military bases N.A.S. Whiting Field in Florida and N.A.S. Corpus Christi in Texas, where he was awarded his ‘Naval Aviator’ certificate. He then returned to Italy for six years where he served as a pilot on assignments for both the Italian Navy and the Allied forces.

He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Leah, and their three children Isabella, Francesca and Evan.

Gerald (Jerry) Schoenle

Director, Global Trade Services (GTS) | Ford Trading Company

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Gerald (Jerry) Schoenle is director, Ford Trading Company, Emerging Market Services, since May 2014. In this role, Schoenle leads teams responsible for all trade aspects of the cross-business-unit export/import of more than 500,000 vehicles, including ordering, financing, invoicing and financial reporting. These teams also support documentation and tracking, homologation/port operations and deep sea logistics activities. EMS provides select Marketing, Sales and Service support to emerging and opportunity markets throughout all of Ford Motor Company’s global business units.

Schoenle joined Ford in 1991 and has held a variety of Product Marketing, Sales, Operations and international management positions.

Prior to his current assignment, Schoenle was the Advertising and Launch manager for EMS. In this capacity, he was responsible for Tier 1 advertising, digital and customer relationship management, product launches and integration of all fixed marketing plans for the Middle East, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and Central America, Asia Pacific, Korea and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Early assignments included Product Plans manager covering Gulf Cooperation Council countries, general zone manager, supervising field managers in Philadelphia and Marketing plans manager on Ford Focus (England). He served as the managing director for Ford Motor Hungaria in Budapest from 1998-2000.

Since returning to the United States he has led several departments with cross-brand and global responsibility, including Portfolio Brand Strategy, Portfolio Product Marketing and Strategy, Customer Relationship Management, Brand Positioning and Franchising.

Schoenle earned a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering degree in 1984 from the University of Michigan. He served as a U.S. Naval officer from 1984-1989, completing two six-month Mediterranean deployments as a nuclear engineering watch officer, reactor electrical division officer and officer of the deck (ship driver). He earned an MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia in 1991.

Schoenle is on the national board of governors for Legatus International and is a Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster and the father of two Eagle Scouts. He also served on the board of directors for the Plymouth Community United Way for 10 years.

His interests include lake activities (boating, skiing and swimming) as well as running, golf, alpine skiing and martial arts (first degree black belt Choi Kwang Do). His wife, Janna, is a pharmacist and they have been married for 27 years. They have six children and the family is active in their local church in Ann Arbor.

Hugh "Trip" Tollison

President and CEO | Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and the World Trade Center Savannah (WTC Savannah)

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Trip Tollison serves as the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and the World Trade Center Savannah (WTC Savannah). Before joining SEDA in October 2012, Trip served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah.

He received his degree from the School of Public and International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he served as an aide in Washington and Georgia for the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives and a Washington-based governmental affairs consulting firm.

Trip serves as the Vice Chairman of the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Housing and Finance Authority and Chairman of the Second Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of directors for the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Trip is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Leadership Georgia and currently serves as a Trustee for the Leadership Georgia Foundation.

Trip and his wife, Tracey, have two children and attend Community Bible Church.

James A. Walters

Chairman, Georgia Ports Authority

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James A. Walters was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority in June 2008. He was appointed board chair June 2014.

James A. Walters is the President and CEO of Walters Management Company, Gainesville, Georgia, which provides oversight and management for over 110 consumer finance companies located in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition, Walters Management Company owns and manages income producing properties and real estate related entities.

Mr. Walters is a former Director of First National Bank of Gainesville and its holding company, First National Bancorp. Subsequent to the sale of First National to Regions Bank, Mr. Walters continued to serve as an Advisory Board Member of Regions Bank of Gainesville. Mr. Walters currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Georgia Ports Authority. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, a Gainesville, Ga. based bank that he helped found.

Joshua J. Dolan

Vice President of International Logistics | Target Corporation

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Joshua J. Dolan is the Vice President of International Logistics for Target Corporation, where he is responsible for the successful sourcing, integration, and execution of international distribution and transportation operations. He has served in leadership capacities within Pep Boys Auto, IKEA, Reebok, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and more recently with DICK’S Sporting Goods as Vice President of Logistics. 

Joshua currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) and is a member of RILA’s Transportation & Infrastructure (TRIC) and International Trade Committees.

Joshua holds his BSBA undergraduate degree in International Business from Bridgewater State University as well as an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University with a focus in Leadership and Strategy.

Michael Symonanis

Director, North America Logistics / Global Container Logistics Group | Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC

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Michael Symonanis has worked for over ten years at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a privately held global commodity trading and merchandising firm. He is based in Memphis, Tennessee, the global headquarters for the largest cotton merchant in the world, and the North America Dairy business headquarters. Prior to joining Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Michael worked with NOL/APL for fourteen years in sales and operations roles.

Michael completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in business and international studies. He earned a Masters of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management at Penn State University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University and a Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate from Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.

Michael remains actively engaged with industry organizations and stakeholders on US cotton shipper issues including the American Cotton Shippers (ASCA), Texas Cotton Association (TCA), Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and the Trade Stabilization Agreement (TSA) Shipper Advisory Board. In these roles, Michael furthers his organization’s commitment to actively address industry opportunities and challenges led for so many years by Sheila Bracken and the late Steve Wyman. 

Nathan Deal

Governor State of Georgia

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Under Gov. Nathan Deal’s leadership, Georgia has risen to become the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business, a goal achieved by creating the Competitiveness Initiative, reforming our tax code, shaping our educational system to support our workforce needs and recruiting businesses to relocate here.

As Georgia’s 82nd governor since January 2011, he has cut state taxes, eliminated state agencies, reduced the state government workforce, saved HOPE from the brink of bankruptcy, championed education innovations and implemented significant cost-saving reforms in our criminal justice system. He fought to increase public safety on our waterways, improved our workforce by aiding veterans and technical college students and enacted stricter rules on lobbying to boost public trust.

Though he has reduced the size of state government, Gov. Deal has prioritized education and child safety funding as state revenues rebound from the Great Recession. In 2014, the governor increased k-12 spending by more than half a billion dollars, the largest increase in education in seven years, and in his 2015 State of the State address he proposed the creation of a new Opportunity School District to rescue failing schools. As concerned about our children’s safety as he is about their education, Gov. Deal has also started a three-year plan to add nearly 500 new child welfare case workers at DFCS.

Gov. Deal’s public service to his state spans four decades. The Sandersville native served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with a law degree from Mercer University, and then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. While his wife taught in Hall County public schools, the governor began a long span of service to his community as prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.

During his 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became a noted expert on entitlement reform and health care policy.

Deal ended his congressional career to campaign for governor, becoming the Republican nominee in August 2010 and then winning the governorship in November of that year. In November 2014, Deal was re-elected to a second term in office. He was sworn in again as governor on Jan. 12, 2015.

The governor and first lady have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Oscar E. Bazán V.

Executive Vice President, Planning and Business Development | Panama Canal Authority

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David J. Arsenault is President and CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine America & Hyundai America Shipping Agency responsible for North, Central & South America. Mr. Arsenault is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation, a 3rd Mates License as a Merchant Marine Officer for vessels of unlimited tonnage, as well as a commission as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer.

Mr. Arsenault has been in the industry for over 28 years and has extensive experience in operations, sales, trade management and logistics. He spent 13 years at Sea-Land including five years in Asia where he served as Country Manager in both Thailand and Taiwan. Following the acquisition of Sea-Land by Maersk in 1999, he played an instrumental role in the integration of Buyers Consolidators with Mercantile to create Maersk Logistics. He also spent four years in the technology industry at both GT Nexus and later as SVP at Globe Wireless, responsible for their global commercial organization.

Mr. Arsenault joined Hyundai Merchant Marine in 2004 where he was initially responsible for sales before assuming his current role as president and CEO in October 2014 as the first American to hold this position in the history of HMM. Mr. Arsenault serves on the Board of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), the Board of the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach and was formerly on the Board of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Mr. Arsenault is a fourth generation mariner as well as a second generation Kings Pointer. He lives in Yorba Linda, CA with his wife of 21 years, Evelyn, his son Matthew (17) and identical twin girls, Christina & Sarah (16) and commutes to Dallas, TX.

Peter M. Tirschwell

Senior Director for Editorial Content | IHS Maritime & Trade

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Peter Tirschwell Senior Director for Editorial Content at IHS Maritime & Trade, a leading data, analytics and business intelligence organization serving the maritime industry globally through products and services including JOC, PIERS, AIS Live, World Trade Service and the Sea-web (formerly Lloyd’s Register) vessel characteristics database. In his role Peter leads the editorial teams of JOC and the IHS maritime media which includes brands such as Fairplay, Safety at Sea and Dredging & Port Construction.  

A career transportation journalist, Mr. Tirschwell was a reporter, West Coast Bureau Chief, Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Journal of Commerce daily newspaper in his 20+ year career with the company beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and oversees other leading JOC events such as TPM Asia, Inland Distribution and the JOC Europe conference in Hamburg launched in 2105. He led the development of the JOC Port Productivity data, the first global database of port performance able to compare ports and terminals on an apples-to-apples basis, on the basis of berth productivity. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce, covering a range of international logistics topics, speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, CNBC, The Wall Street JournalFinancial Times and The New York Times.

Mr. Tirschwell lives in Brooklyn with his family and is an avid sports fan, fly fisherman and sailor.

Raymond F. Fitzgerald

President | Atlantic Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL)

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Raymond Fitzgerald is President of the Atlantic performance area for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a global enterprise focused on developing sustainable shipping and logistics solutions from factory to dealer for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo. He oversees WWL’s business activities throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Fitzgerald is also Chairman of the ARC Group, where he served as President and CEO of Ocean Services and President and COO of the Group’s logistics businesses from 2008 until 2011.

Prior to that, Mr. Fitzgerald served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics A.S. based in Oslo, Norway, and was responsible for the global P&L performance of WWL’s Ocean Transportation, Marine Terminal and Supply Chain Management business units.

Mr. Fitzgerald began his tenure with WWL in 2000, serving as Deputy Head of WWL Americas in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, before moving to Norway in 2004.

Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald spent 13 years with the Crowley Maritime Group of companies, where he held executive positions including Vice President & General Manager of Crowley’s Caribbean and South American liner business units, and Vice President of Sales. His career in the maritime industry began in the 1980’s at Lavino Shipping and, later, Strachan Shipping in New York.

Mr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Saint Francis University and holds degrees in Economics and Business Management. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for graduate studies, and has completed two executive education programs at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Fitzgerald serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Ocean Exchange, a non-profit organization that links innovators and entrepreneurs with global organizations to advance and promote innovations, solutions and cutting-edge technologies that positively impact the environment, local economies and communities around the world.

He resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Rick Gabrielson

Vice President of Transportation | Lowe's Companies, Inc.

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Rick Gabrielson is currently the Vice President of Transportation for Lowe’s. His responsibilities include the management and movement of all domestic parcel, LTL and truckload movements serving the Regional Distribution Centers, Flatbed Distribution Centers, Millworks facilities and Coastal holdings network.

Rick is also responsible for the International Transportation network comprised of the overseas operations, ocean carrier services, port operations and transload facilities with 3rd party providers.

Prior to Lowe’s, Rick held the position of Sr. Director of International Transportation for Target Corporation, where his responsibilities included the management and movement of all imported product for Target Stores and Target.com.

Rick is a founding member of the Coalition of Responsible Transportation and serves as Chairman, He is an advisory board member for the American Shipper Editorial board. He is also past Vice Chairman of the Marine Transportation System Advisory Council (MTSNAC), advisory board member for the GMATS program at Kings Point and Chairman of the Waterfront Coalition.

Rick has a B.A. from Concordia University 

Stuart Sandlin

President | UASC North American

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Stuart Sandlin is the President of UASC’s North American agency company and Vice President for the Americas. With oversight of North and South America, he is responsible driving UASC’s ambitious growth plans in the region.

Prior to joining UASC, Stuart was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for the Americas at Hapag-Lloyd America, Inc. He also worked with Hapag-Lloyd AG in Hamburg as the Senior Director of Corporate Sales. In this role, he had global accountability and ownership for sales performance and sales processes. Moreover, he was responsible for Global Sales Development, Global E-business, and Global Tender Management.

Stuart began his career in the NVOCC community with Danzas, BAX Global, and Expeditors, before joining Hapag-Lloyd in 2001. Having relocated several times, he has worked in Atlanta (three times), Houston, Hamburg, and Piscataway, NJ.

He holds a Master’s degree in Logistics from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors’ degree in Economics from Wofford College. 

Todd C. Owen

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Todd C. Owen became the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, on February 8, 2015. Mr. Owen oversees more than 28,000 employees, including more than 24,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists. He manages an annual budget of $5.2 billion for operations at CBP’s ports of entry and numerous programs that support national security and the facilitation of lawful travel and trade.

Mr. Owen was previously the Director, Field Operations (DFO), for the Los Angeles Field Office. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in July 2011, Mr. Owen served as the Executive Director of Cargo and Conveyance Security in Washington D.C., a position he held for six years beginning in 2005.

Before arriving in Washington, D.C., he was the Area Port Director in New Orleans, where he was directly responsible for all CBP operations throughout Louisiana. Before being selected as Area Port Director, Mr. Owen spent eight years in South Florida where he held various trade related positions within OFO and the Office of Strategic Trade.

A graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Owen began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1990 as an Import Specialist in Cleveland. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, was a senior executive fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D.

Chief Economist : Moffatt & Nichol

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As Moffatt & Nichol’s Chief Economist, Dr. Walter Kemmsies directs market studies, financial analyses and global trade forecasts for projects ranging from strategic development plans for ports through M&A transactions. Dr. Kemmsies is also an advisor to executives at various port authorities and major transportation and manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Moffatt & Nichol, he was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London, which he joined after heading Global Strategy at UBS in Switzerland. His professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global economist. He contributes to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Professional Forecasters, is a member of various professional associations, publishes a regular industry outlook column in American Shipper and has been a keynote speaker at major industry conferences.

William (Bill) F. Payne

Vice-Chairman | NYK Line (North America), Inc.

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William (Bill) Payne has served as Vice-Chairman, NYK Line (North America) Inc. since April 2015, having been President of NYK Line (North America) since April 2011. As President, Mr. Payne held responsibility for nearly $1 billion dollars in operating costs and over one million marketing TEU’s of throughput per annum. Since joining NYK as Senior Manager, Pacific Northwest in 1989 after 12 years with a competing liner carrier, he has held positions at NYK of West Coast Sales manager (Long Beach), West Coast General Manager (Long Beach), Corporate Senior Vice president of Operations (NJ), Corporate Senior Vice president of Marketing and Trade management (NJ), and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is concurrently a Vice President of Strategic Services of NYK Ports, LLC, since April 2015. NYK Ports has terminals and stevedoring operations on both coasts of the U.S. and Canada, as well as the U.S. Gulf coast.

Mr. Payne is a past board member of many industry associations and currently sits as a board member of the US Maritime Alliance (USMX) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), both employer labor associations, as well as the Executive Committee of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA). He is a member of the NYK Line Group America Board of Directors.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in International Marketing from Boston University.

William (Bill) F. Rooney

Vice President, Trade Management North America | Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.

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William F. Rooney is currently Vice President, Trade Management North America for Vice President, Trade Management North America accountable for the company’s containerized transport activities in and out of the United States. Until October of 2010, President of Hanjin Shipping America, and has 42 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. At Hanjin Mr. Rooney was accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America including sales and marketing, trade lane management, operations, finance and administration. Prior to becoming President Mr. Rooney was Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Hanjin Shipping America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM responsible for inland operations, equipment control, customer service, documentation and finance in North America. Prior to CMA-CGM he was Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider, responsible for product strategy and design, in addition to serving as company liaison to the ocean transportation and logistics industries. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Five of his years with Sea-Land were spent working in Europe. Mr. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

Mr. Rooney is married to the former Mary Ann Baiardi and has two children. He and Mary Ann reside in Spring Lake, New Jersey. 

William L. Ralph

Maritime Economist | R. K. Johns & Associates

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Bill Ralph is an experienced economist who has researched and published global trade forecasts and analyses of container transportation for domestic and international ports, ocean carriers, investment banks and government agencies. He joined R.K. Johns & Associates ten years ago after a 15-year career with the Journal of Commerce and its sister company PIERS (Port Import Export Reporting Service). Bill rose through the ranks at the JoC/PIERS under the ownership of the Economist magazine to become President and Publisher of the company.

At R. K. Johns & Associates, Bill and his colleagues provide commercially focused consulting with an entrepreneurial outlook to all segments of the transportation and logistics industries. Ken Johns, the former President of Sea-Land Service, established the firm in 1987.

Prior to the JOC/PIERS, Bill spent ten years in the maritime industry as an Economist for the U.S. Panama Canal Commission and for Chase Econometrics (a division of the Chase Manhattan Bank), and as Manager of Business Planning for Sea-Land Corporation. Mr. Ralph holds a BA in Economics from the University of Delaware and an MA in Economics from the University of Rhode Island.

Bill serves on numerous community boards and industry advisory panels and as Trustee for Holiday Express a volunteer nonprofit organization delivering music, toys, clothing, food and fun to the needy in the tri-state NY/NJ/CT area.