United States Department of Transportation
Paul has been with the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration since July 2012 when he was appointed deputy maritime administrator by President Obama. His 30-year naval career included assignments as deputy chief of legislative affairs, and Commanding Officer of USS ALBANY and Submarine Squadron ELEVEN. From Brandenburg, Kentucky, Paul holds a BSc in Ocean Engineering from the US Naval Academy and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. His personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
President & CEO
American Association of Port Authorities
Prior to joining AAPA, Kurt was director of international trade for the National Coal Association and assistant secretary for the Coal Exporters Association. Previously, he worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the US Department of Commerce. Kurt serves on the executive committee of the Propeller Club of the United States and is a former commissioner of PIANC, the International Navigation Congress. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from George Mason University.
Maryland Port Administration
Manager, Vehicle Logistics
Nissan North America
Scott has been employed in various positions within Nissan for over twenty years. He started as an Industrial Engineer and has spent time in manufacturing, quality and supply chain. Scott currently manages the finished vehicle logistics operation group which includes responsibility for ports, the Smyrna plant, and export operations. He has a BSc from the University of Dayton as well as a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan.
Manager, International Port Operations
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – FCA
Born and raised in Morristown New Jersey, John graduated in 1986 from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Technology. He has worked for Chrysler for almost 30 years starting as a Product Engineer in its Newark Delaware plant, managing product quality. Before managing international port operations here in Maryland, he was a Release Engineer at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills, Michigan Technology Centre.
As the Manager of International Port Operations, John oversees port operations in ports including Baltimore Maryland, Jacksonville Florida, Port Everglades Florida, Brunswick Georgia, Hueneme California, Grays Harbor Washington, San Diego California, and Wilmington Delaware (as well as Halifax Canada).
John was a 2013 recipient of the Maryland International Business Leadership Award; Represent Chrysler as “One of 8 Million” in AutoAlliance campaign.
Director, Ford Trading Company
Ford Motor Company
Jerry leads the teams responsible for the export and import of more than 500,000 vehicles. Specifically, he is responsible for ordering, financing, documentation and tracking, homologation/port operations, deep sea logistics and financial reporting. Jerry joined Ford in 1991 and has held a variety of product marketing, sales, operations and international management positions including Marketing Plans Manager (England) and Managing Director, Ford Motor Hungary (Budapest).
Jerry holds a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Darden School at the University of Virginia. He served as a U.S. Naval officer on USS Bainbridge.
Leader, Autofacts Americas
Brandon joined PwC in 2004. During his time at the firm, he has authored numerous thought leadership pieces on automotive megatrends, including vehicle electrification, the implications of oil price fluctuation and import/export trends for North America.
Brandon is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University.
Manager Export Logistics – Export Sales Division
Charles is committed to numerous professional and community based organizations. He has been instrumental in raising nearly $1million dollars for scholarships and programs benefiting inner-city youth in the greater Los Angeles area. Earlier this year he accepted a board position with the American Honda Foundation.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. And he is an adjunct instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
VDC Facility Manager
BMW of North America
Director of Marketing
Maryland Port Administration
EurBeacon – European Business Consulting
Program Manager, Finished Vehicle Logistics Supply Chain