9 August 2017
Marriott Camden Yards, Baltimore

2017 Speaker list coming soon

If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please contact Neemish Ladwa.

For now, please find the 2016 speakers below:


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Michael Rodriguez
Deputy Maritime Administrator
US Department of Transportation

Michael has held his current post since October 2014 and previously served with the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. He brings over 35 years of public and private maritime industry experience to his role. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), he sailed for 17 years as a merchant marine deck officer before beginning a shoreside career that has included work for Nautical Technology Corp and the USMMA, as well as the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP). Michael has also served on the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

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Jerry Schoenle
Director, Global Trade Services
Ford Motor Company

Jerry first joined Ford in 1991 and took up his current role in January this year. In it, he 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. His teams also support documentation and tracking, homologation/port operations and deep-sea logistics activities. The Global Trade Services unit additionally provides select marketing, sales and service support to emerging and opportunity markets throughout all of Ford’s global business units. Jerry holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

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Alfonso Rodriguez
Manager Operations, NA & Intercontinental Vehicle Logistics
General Motors

Alfonso began his career at General Motors de Mexico as an intern in 2006. In 2010, he accepted an international assignment with GM in the US, where he was a global purchasing lead and later worked in component logistics. In 2014, he moved back to Mexico to manage finished vehicle operations for Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Alfonso returned to the US to lead the finished vehicle logistics procurement team and since the beginning of 2016, has been responsible for finished vehicle logistics operations in the US, Canada and Ocean in GM. Alfonso has a BSc in mechanical engineering with minor in automotive engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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Bryan Burke
Dept Head, National Vehicle Distribution
BMW of North America

Bryan has over 27 years of automotive experience including roles in parts logistics and warranties. In his current position as National Vehicle Distribution Manager, he is responsible for five port operations and finished vehicle logistics for BMW of NA. In this role he is expanding the firm’s distribution networks, increasing the Port Installed Accessory program and ensuring that vehicle quality remains the top priority of BMW vehicle distribution.


Michael D’Angelo
Port Manager – Davisville, Rhode Island
VW Group of America

Michael began his automotive career as a Procurement Intern at Toyota’s Technical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. He joined Volkswagen Group of America’s Vehicle Logistics Department in 2008 as an Operations Analyst in Herndon, VA. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including oversight of VW’s North American rail distribution. In his current capacity, Michael is responsible for the daily operation of Volkswagen’s Northeastern port in Davisville, RI. Since 2014, he has served on the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

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Patrick Foran
Operations Support
GLOVIS America

Pat has over 25 years’ experience in finished vehicle logistics. Prior to his current position with Glovis America, in which he handles a variety of projects, Pat was vice-president of operations at Global Auto Processing Services, which was a wholly-owned Glovis America subsidiary. Before that, he held various positions in Glovis America including that of port manager in Newark, New Jersey; Vehicle Processing Center manager at the Hyundai factory in Montgomery, Alabama; and national manager, port operations at Glovis’s headquarters in Irvine, California. Pat has also worked for Mitsubishi and Mazda.


James White
Executive Director
Maryland Port Administration

James was reappointed executive director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2007. In this role, he oversees the six public marine terminals at the Port of Baltimore. Throughout his career, James has been successful in securing long-term contracts that have sustained and grown job opportunities at the port. He has overseen marked improvements in cargo operations, a tremendous boom in cruise business and significant progress in the areas of port security and environmental management.

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Susan Monteverde
Vice President of Government Relations
American Association of Port Authorities

Susan is a successful, seasoned association executive with experience in federal and state government affairs who joined the AAPA in 1999. She is responsible for planning, developing and conducting AAPA’s legislative and regulatory affairs programme in cooperation with the AAPA President and Board of Directors policy committee. She is an expert in government funding for sea ports and infrastructure, environmental issues and port security and has a record of success in working with federal entities to create and fund programs that support the port industry and the US’s ability to efficiently, safely and sustainably trade and travel by sea internationally.

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Richard (Rick) Powers
Director of Marketing
Maryland Port Administration

With more than 34 years experience in international trade and the port industry, Richard (Rick) was hired by the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) back in August 2004. In his current role he directs sales and marketing and is responsible for one of the most diverse maritime business portfolios of any U.S. port: containers, automobiles, high and heavy construction and agricultural equipment, project cargo and cruise. During his tenure, the Port of Baltimore has become the nation’s largest auto port, has maintained its number one position in the U.S. for heavy machinery and imported forest products, and has seen a five-fold increase in its cruise business. Previously Rick was VP of international trade at Titan Industrial Corporation, a commodity trading house based in New York City. He began his career with the General Electric Corporation in the GE Trading Company Counter Trade and Barter division. Rick holds a degree in economics from the State University New York College at Oswego.

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Terese-An Nguyen
Automotive Analyst
PwC Autofacts

Based in Detroit, Terese-An is one of PwC Autofacts’ senior analysts and is responsible for the current and future outlook for South America while supporting North America and Asia Pacific forecasting. Terese-An joined Autofacts in 2012 and has experience in PwC’s Assurance and Advisory practices dating back to 2006. A 2006 and 2011 graduate of Michigan State University, Terese-An holds a MS in Accounting as well as a BA in English.

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Bill Kerrigan
Vice President Logistics, Auto Division
SSA Marine

Bill joined SSA Marine’s Auto Division in 2015.

With a wealth of experience running his own consulting company since 2000, Bill has over 36 years of experience in transportation, including executive positions with a major ocean carrier and terminal operator. He has expertise in the broad spectrum of supply chain management, including finished vehicles, intermodal container flows, and parts distribution.

Based in Charleston, Bill holds a BA in political science from Georgetown University in 1979. He is a long-standing member of the United States Propeller Club and the National Defense Transportation Association.

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Brian Mason
Vice President of Planning, Analysis & Development
Pasha Automotive Services

Brian recently joined Pasha Automotive Services after retiring from Toyota Motor Sales USA, where he served for 31 years in a wide variety of executive assignments, including information systems, finance, distribution operations and finished vehicle logistics. He holds a BSc and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and has completed postgraduate studies at both the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.