Speaker List

Alan Erera

Professor of Supply Chain Engineering, Operations Research, and Transportation Logistics | Georgia Institute of Technology

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Alan Erera is the associate chair for graduate studies and UPS Professor of Logistics in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He has served on the school faculty since 2001, when he joined as assistant professor. He is also the faculty director for the M.S. in Supply Chain Engineering program and a co-director for Global Transportation in the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. Dr. Erera is currently vice president and president-elect of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and associate editor for the flagship society journal Transportation Science.

Dr. Erera’s research focuses on transportation and logistics systems planning and control, with an emphasis on planning under uncertainty and real-time operational control. His recent work has addressed dynamic vehicle routing systems for same-day distribution; resilient logistics network design for food supply chains; service network design, linehaul equipment management, and driver scheduling for consolidation freight carriers; robust container fleet management for global shipping companies; and robust and flexible vehicle routing system planning and control for distribution companies. He has written over 50 research papers in these subject areas, and has delivered over 100 technical presentations and invited lectures. His research program has been supported by federal agencies (DHS, USDOT, NSF) and major U.S. freight carriers and manufacturing firms. Recent industrial collaborators on research have included Saia, UPS, GrubHub, and SF Express.

He received his B.S. Eng. summa cum laude in Civil Engineering and Operations Research in 1993 from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, he worked in transportation software development and consulting for ALK Technologies, located in Princeton.


Blaine Kelley

Senior Vice President, Atlanta | 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.


Chris Schwinden

Vice President | Site Selection Group

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Chris Schwinden is a vice president of Site Selection Group where he supports the company's industrial site selection and economic development consulting projects. Chris's extensive background providing advanced analytics in the economic development industry provides Site Selection Group clients invaluable perspective as he evaluates critical location drivers such as workforce characteristics, business environment, transportation & logistics, economic incentives climate, and real estate conditions.  Chris has been a key part of site selection engagements with global companies like Adidas, Ryder, Golden State Foods, Duke Realty, and Becton Dickenson.  He’s also led comprehesnive labor analyses for the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the South Carolina Power Team. 

Prior to joining Site Selection Group, Schwinden was a senior research analyst at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. While there, he completed numerous labor market and cost analyses, and built robust competitiveness models to identify specific industry clusters and firms for recruitment to the state. Chris also worked at the North Carolina Department of Commerce where he produced economic and fiscal impact analyses for the state's major incentive programs.

Schwinden holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.


Cliff Pyron

Chief Commercial Officer | Georgia Ports Authority

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Cliff 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 a BS degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University, 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.

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.


Dr. Walter Kemmsies

Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure | Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

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Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. In this role, he executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.

Kemmsies is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Kemmsies’ professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.

Kemmsies currently advises several major U.S. Port Authorities and is routinely asked to work on complex issues with various investment banks, private equity firms and public regulatory agencies. He provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via a monthly column in American Shipper, presentations at major international industry conferences, and advising the U.S. Department of Commerce on supply chain competitiveness. Kemmsies recently testified to the U.S. Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry. He has also published research in scholarly journals.

Prior to joining JLL, Kemmsies was the Chief Economist for Moffat & Nichol, a leading global infrastructure advisement firm. Preceding his experience working with Moffatt & Nichol, he was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London and, earlier, Head of Global Industry Strategy at UBS in Zurich and London.   

Kemmsies is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Department of Transportation’s National Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Valuation.  He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, National Association of Business Economists, and International Association of Energy Economists.

Kemmsies holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.


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.


Gary J. Hurley

Vice President-Sales, RORO Division | NYK Line (North America) Inc.

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Gary J. Hurley is Vice President-Sales, RORO Division of NYK Line (North America) Inc.,based in Secaucus, NJ. In this role he oversees all RORO Sales activities.

NYK Group is a logistics enterprise with one of the world’s largest merchant fleets and an international network of land, sea and air transport with supporting integrated logistics services. The NYK Group consists of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), which was founded in 1885 with HQ in Tokyo.

Gary has over 37 yrs experience in the maritime and logistics sector, working in Sr Management positions in Finance, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Prior to joining NYK Line in Jan 2000, Gary held various management positions with U.S. Lines, Crowley Maritime, Ivaran Lines, and NYKNOS.

Gary has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from Southern Connecticut University.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren, living in Freehold, NJ.


George Goldman

President | ZIM USA

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George Goldman is the President, ZIM USA from September, 2015.  ZIM USA is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.

Formerly, George was with APL as their Head of Commercial of the Americas (Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Customer Support for APL’s Liner division). This includes all commercial activities for North, Central and South America.  He recently relocated to the United States after serving 12 years in Asia where he was responsible for leading APL’s and APLL’s overseas regional business operations.

George had been with APL/NOL for the past 24 years and has worked in numerous management capacities. His overseas tenure began in 1996 as the Transpacific Market General Manager in Singapore, followed by ten years in China (Hong Kong & Shanghai) as Vice President & Managing Director of the region. He also served as Chairman of the Trade and Transportation committee in Shanghai for the American Chamber of Commerce.

George has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University, California with an emphasis in Marketing and Cybernetic Systems. He attended graduate school at NYU and executive management courses at the University of Michigan. George was raised in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area and has lived in New York/New Jersey area, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong and is originally from the Netherlands.

George is married and has two sons. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee.


Gerald "Gerry" Lee

Vice President Planning and Logistics | Subaru of America Inc.

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Gerry is responsible for the Subaru vehicle supply chain from factory purchase order to delivery at dealerships. Gerry’s previous positions at Subaru include business planning, investments and finance. He has worked at Subaru since 1981 and his previous employers include Arthur Young & Co (Ernst and Young) and Girard Bank (Citizens Bank). Gerry has a BSc in Economics from Villanova and an MBA from Drexel.


Griff Lynch

Executive Director | Georgia Ports Authority

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Griff Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, a 1,200-person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast. 

As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations in Bainbridge and Columbus.  Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he administers a $455 million annual budget.

Before becoming executive director, Lynch served as GPA chief operating officer for five years. As COO of the single largest container terminal in North America and second busiest U.S. auto port, he was responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of all operations, and maintaining world-class operating standards. His duties included overseeing ambitious capital improvement and development programs for five deep water ports and two inland terminals while maintaining strong relationships with numerous customers, labor officials and supply chain partners.

A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings more than 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.

Lynch graduated from the State University of New York at Maritime College in 1988 and immediately began his training as a vessel planner. Over the course of his career, Lynch held executive positions in both sales and operations at terminals in New York and Virginia before joining the GPA in 2011.


James L. Allgood, Jr.

Chairman | Georgia Ports Authority Board, 2019 GFTC General Chairman

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Allgood is in his second term as chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority board. He is also the chairman of the Board of Allgood Pest Solutions, a company he started in 1974. He was chairman of the Structural Pest Control Commission for 20 years and is past president of the Georgia Pest Control Association. He has served as chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, the Dublin Rotary Club, and the First United Methodist Church board. Allgood earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, was a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 1993, and was president of Leadership Georgia in 1996. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in Dublin.


Ken Kellaway

President and CEO | RoadOne IntermodaLogistic

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As Co-Founder, President and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision , strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. RoadOne is the country’s leading provider of port and rail drayage and related services with over 1,700 trucks and 63 terminals. Ken leads the company’s pointed commercial efforts and heads their ongoing acquisition engine. With 6 completed acquisitions in 18 months, Ken looks to solidify RoadOne as market leader for the foreseeable future.

Prior to RoadOne, Ken was one of the founders of RoadLink , the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000 – 2012. Ken served in multiple roles from Chief Commercial office to President during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink.

Additionally, Ken founded, and created the vision for E*Fill America, Inc.  a leader in the national warehousing, distribution and ecommerce fulfillment business.   With its unique service provider/shareholder model, E*Fill is able to offer over 175 locations and 76 Million square feet of distribution logistics capacity to its clients on a variable cost basis.

Ken founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988, growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England’s largest, full-service logistics company offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row.

A true entrepreneur, Ken has also founded and launched multiple other companies in the consumer goods space, food services, and logistics venues.

Prior to founding Kellaway, Ken held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.


Mark Boucher

Director of Vehicle Logistics | Volkswagen Group of America

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Mark joined the Volkswagen Group of America in 2008 and has been the Director of Vehicle Logistics since 2015.  He currently has responsibility for the processing and distribution of Volkswagen Group vehicles (VW, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti) distributed in the United States.  Prior to taking on his current role, Mark spent several years as the Senior Manager of Port Operations & Metrics with daily operational responsibility for all port locations and the domestic assembly plant in Tennessee.  Mark played a key role in the planning and development of outbound operations for the Chattanooga assembly facility, which opened in 2011.  His team is currently involved with expansion and operational improvement planning in Chattanooga and the construction and implementation of a new processing facility in Baltimore, Maryland.

Prior to joining VWGoA, Mark spent many years in the rail industry with the Norfolk Southern Corporation on the Automotive Marketing team and has worked in the finished vehicles logistics field for nearly two decades.

Mark completed his BBA in Management at James Madison University and received his MBA from The College of William & Mary.  He lives with his wife and youngest daughter in Ashburn, Virginia and his oldest daughter is a freshman at the University of South Carolina.


Mark Szakonyi

Executive Editor | JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce

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Mark Szakonyi leads JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce as executive editor. JOC’s global editorial team of two dozen editors and correspondents provides business-critical intelligence and analysis to the container shipping industry in addition to supporting all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, Szakonyi 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.  Szakonyi, a Chicago native now calling Washington D.C. home, is an avid reader, traveler, and vinyl record collector.


Peter M. Tirschwell

Vice President Maritime and Trade | IHS Markit

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Peter Tirschwell is Vice President in the Maritime & Trade business of IHS Markit, a leading data, analytics and business intelligence organization serving the maritime industry globally through products and services including JOC, PIERS, AIS Live, Maritime Insurance Risk Suite, and the Sea-web (formerly Lloyd’s Register) vessel characteristics database. In his role Peter leads the editorial teams of JOC, Safety at Sea and Dredging & Port Construction. IHS Markit has a leading presence in sectors including automotive, energy, petrochemical, defense, and technology.   

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 25+ 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, (March 3-6, 2019), and oversees other leading JOC events such as TPM Asia, Inland Distribution and the JOC Europe conference in Hamburg. 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.


Rick Gabrielson

CEO | RS Gabrielson and Associates

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Rick is currently the CEO of RS Gabrielson and Associates, a management consultant company focused on global logistics and transportation. He has over 30 years of supply chain experience working for two Fortune 40 companies, leading teams in broad international and domestic logistics operations. Rick has long track record of industry engagement, working with State and Federal government officials and senior domestic and international executives to drive positive change within the industry. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council for Supply Chain Competitiveness for the Department of Commerce and the Advisory Board for the Panama Canal Authority. In 2011 he was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame. He earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and communications from Concordia University.


Stuart Countess

Chief Administrative Officer | Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

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Stuart Countess is the Chief Administrative Officer for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG). In this position, Countess is responsible for leading the Human Resources and Administration Division including Team Relations, Public Relations, Safety and Security, Environmental, General Affairs, Legal and Sales.

He previously served as the Vice President of Quality overseeing overall vehicle quality for the Kia Sorento, Kia Optima and Hyundai Santa Fe as well as supplier quality, process quality, customer satisfaction, warranty and ISO/TS certifications for Business Management Systems. Originally, Countess joined KMMG in 2008 as the senior manager for the General Assembly Shop. 

Countess came to KMMG from Mercedes Benz US International in Vance, Ala. where, for more than 13 years, he served in numerous leadership positions within production and quality including being the supplier quality manager, quality manager and assembly manager. In those roles he was responsible for vehicle assembly, supplier quality, overall vehicle quality, process quality, customer satisfaction and warranty.

He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering and received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from LaGrange College.

Countess is proud to have raised 4 grown children. He and his wife, Dana, reside in LaGrange, Georgia.


Uffe Ostergaard

President | Hapag-Lloyd (America) LLC

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Uffe Ostergaard has worked in the container shipping industry during the past 25 years. He spent the first 20 years with Maersk Line, predominantly in the head office but also in various management positions in Europe, Africa and Asia.

In 2013, Uffe joined UASC as a member of Executive Management in Dubai, with responsibility for all global commercial activities. As of April 1, 2018, he took over the position of President of Hapag-Lloyd (America) LLC. in the USA.

Uffe Ostergaard is married with two children.