Heather Gilhuly
Senior Manager of Port Operations and Metrics
Volkswagen Group of America

Heather has been an automotive professional for 25 years. Her current responsibilities include the new vehicle transportation network as well as oversight of five ports and one factory yard operation in the US. Prior to her current role, she held various business development, sales operations and distribution management roles within the VW and Audi networks.

Bryan Burkhardt
Executive Director
Automotive Logistics Executive Committee (ALEC)

Bryan has over 35 years’ experience in automotive supply chain and logistics management. He was recently selected to lead the Automotive Logistics Executive Committee (ALEC) as their executive director. Previously, Bryan worked at General Motors for 35 years and held a variety of leadership positions in supply chain, logistics and order fulfillment. He joined the GM Global Logistics team in 2012 and he concluded his career with General Motors as the director, global logistics operations. During his time at General Motors, he also served as the chairman for ALEC from 2014 through 2018.

Chuck Kendig
Assistant Vice President - Logistics, Sales & Production Planning
American Honda Motor

Chuck has spent 25 years with American Honda and held positions in parts, service, sales, market representation, e-business, marketing communications and field operations. Most recently Chuck led the fixed operations for Acura in North America. Prior to joining Honda Chuck served as Navigator and Operations Officer in the US Coast Guard. Educated at the University of California and Portland State University, Chuck holds a degree in marketing from PSU’s School of Business Administration.

Gerald Lee
Vice President Vehicle Planning and Logistics
Subaru of America

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.

Patrick Foran
Director of operations
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.

Charles J. Franklin II
Manager Export Logistics - Export Sales Division
American Honda

Charles is responsible for logistics planning and operations for Honda and Acura vehicles built in North America for global export. In September 2014, he managed the integration of Honda De Mexico with American Honda, establishing a North American regional export logistics programme which managed to eliminate vandalism. During his tenure at American Honda, he has reduced cost by over $200m, earning a number of awards along the way. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

Al Cardona
Manager, BMW Vehicle Distribution Center, Western Region U.S.
BMW North America

Dennis Manns
Senior Automotive Advisor
Nationwide Auto Services

As a consultant, Dennis is the senior automotive advisor to InStarAGF, based in Toronto, Canada – a private equity group highly active in the acquisition of segment-leading corporations. He is also a board director for AMPORTS, in Jacksonville, Florida – an automotive port services provider that was recently acquired by InStarAGF. Dennis has an extensive background in the automotive and logistics industries that includes a period as Chief Commercial Officer for Road & Rail Services and a 31-year career at American Honda in sales and operations roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Anu Goel
Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services
Volkswagen Group of America

Anu and the parts logistics team are responsible for the total supply chain management of service parts for Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), including product definition, cataloging, procurement, materials management, quality, dealer support, warehousing and transportation. Along with the vehicle logistics team, he is also responsible for activities (including port operations) supporting the distribution of finished vehicles in the US. Prior to working with Volkswagen, Anu spent over three years with Case New Holland (Fiat Group), most recently as as Vice-President, North and South American Parts Operations; and 23 years with Ford, where he served most recently as Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics.

Ivan Hernandez
Director NAFTA Transportation
Daimler Trucks NA

Ivan leads the transport procurement team for Daimler in North America, which sources supply chain solutions for all Daimler business units in North America including MBUSA, MBUSI, Daicom, MB Extra, MB Canada, MB Mexico and all the Daimler Trucks North America sites. His department covers all modes and types of transport including air freight, full and part truckloads, parcels and intermodal transport across inbound, aftermarket and finished vehicles. Ivan joined Daimler in 2002 and has held positions in transport, operations, production and aftermarket operations. He has led the Worldwide Transportation Team in North America since 2014.

Lang Ware
Director Commercial Services

AIAG supply chain management initiatives provide guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand and manage the complexity and scope of supply chain issues, and Lang is Director of this function. He has worked in the automotive industry for 39 years, with over 31 of them at Ford which included direct involvement in the import/export of finished vehicles and parts for some 25 years. Aside from extensive experience in marketing & sales, Lang also has a comprehensive background in shipping finished vehicles via rail, truck and ocean modes, and with port processing as part of the international supply chain. In 2007, he created an independent firm consulting on the import and export of finished vehicles to and from the US. He also provided advisory services to financial institutions considering investment in the automotive supply chain industry.

Alex Meza
Jack Cooper Transport

Alex is responsible for managing top line growth initiatives as well as M&A, and has been in the international finished vehicle logistics industry for over 19 years. Prior to joining Jack Cooper, Alex was the managing director for Wallenius Wilhlemsen Logistics Mexico, and before that was managing director of Amports Mexico. Alex has an MBA from Loyola University, MD and a bachelor’s in administration from Anahuac University in Mexico.

Guy Young
General Manager
Auto Haulers Association of America

Laura Cyrus
Director of Corporate Engagement
Truckers Against Trafficking

Christine Krathwohl
VP Global Business Development

Christine has over 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and purchasing and prior to joining FreightVerify held progressively responsible roles at Cooper Standard, Jack Cooper Holdings, General Motors and Ford. Christine, who has an executive master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University, was named in the Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry list in 2015. She is actively involved in a number of charitable causes, including being a co-founder of shoe distribution organisation, Lace Up Detroit.

Javier Quijano
Senior Manager International Trade
Ernst & Young

Javier Quijano is a Senior Manager in EY’s Global Trade practice based in Detroit. He has over 10 years experience in trade and compliance issues specifically for the automotive industry, managing trade related activities across multiple jurisdictions. An active leader in advising US and Mexican government and private stakeholders on US-MX trade, Javier was a key participant of the “Room Next Door” team advising the Mexican negotiators during the USMCA rounds. Prior to joining EY, Javier was the Trade and Compliance leader in the North American and EMEA regions for APTIV where he was responsible for the compliant operation and optimization of trade activities across 23 countries in 3 continents. Javier holds a degree in International Business from Loyola University New Orleans, and post graduate studies from IPADE Business School in Mexico City and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix.

Michael Robinet
Executive Director
IHS Markit Automotive Advisory

Michael, who was promoted into his current position at IHS Markit Automotive Advisory Services in December, works with decision-makers at suppliers and OEMs in the fields of supplier strategy, global production forecasting, tracking future product programmes, and analysing sourcing and production strategies throughout the global industry. He has over three decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance, which includes almost seven years as Managing Director of IHS Markit Automotive’s North American Automotive Advisory Team as well as work with several research companies and a tier one supplier. Michael holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA – both from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Robert Farrell
Executive Director
American Trucking Associations

Robert is the Executive Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference of American Trucking Associations. He has served in this capacity since the creation of the ACC in June, 2005. Prior to joining the ACC Robert was the President of the National Automobile Transporters Association. During his tenure, Robert has spearheaded numerous successful efforts to create new federal and state level regulations that benefit the industry through increased productivity and streamlining business practices in interactions with the auto manufacturing community. Robert attended Providence College, and completed his post-grad studies at the State University of New York.

Sharmin Watson
Corporate Account Manager
Accelerated Services LLC

Sharmin has been an automotive professional for 24 years. After 20 years’ experience on the retail dealer side of the business, most of it in management, she moved into automotive logistics. She is currently responsible for growing the company’s business and developing lasting relationships with its clientele. Sharmin’s responsibilities include working closely with OEMs to manage their accounts, coming up with unique solutions to their ever-changing issues and working closely with operations teams and dispatchers to move freight in a damage-free and timely manner.

Joe Haney
Vice President of Business Development
Accelerated Logistics

Michael Malakhov
Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing

Michael, who has held his current post since August 2018, is a veteran of the freight transport and logistics sector with experience in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Acertus, he held numerous leadership positions at global third-party logistics company, CH Robinson. He has a track record of building successful businesses with broad commercial and operations experience. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Tim Doonan
Senior Vice-President, Marine Claims Division 
TM Claims Service

Tim manages TM Claim Services (TMCS) and the affiliated global claims settlement operations for Tokio Marine Group Companies. He has been at the company for over 30 years and is responsible for the implementation of several custom software applications designed to automate claims settling and recovery operations. He has also integrated claim submittal web portals for dealer auto transport, motorcycle, cargo, floor plan, and remote Agency Network systems. Tim holds the professional insurance industry designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate Marine Insurance Management (AMIM), as well as a valid California State Independent Adjuster and Qualified Manager License.

Mark Kasal
Fleet Account Manager
General Auction Company

Mark has been in the fleet industry for many years and is experienced in most aspects of fleet vehicles, including specifying, ordering, tracking, upfitting, delivery, warranty recovery and used vehicle disposal. He has worked with customers, dealers, manufacturers and leasing companies to smooth the road of acquiring and disposing of fleet vehicles right across the US. His territory has covered over half of the country, with customers from Florida to Washington State.

Andre Elmaleh
Sr. Manager, Business Development
The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Andre joined The Northwest Seaport Alliance in 2006. As part of the Commercial Team, he manages the port’s automotive and other roll-on, roll-off business. He also works with automotive and aerospace beneficial cargo owners. Previously, Elmaleh spent nine years as the Tacoma Port Manager for GLOVIS America/Kia Motors America and prior to that, three years as an Operations Supervisor for the Auto Warehousing Company in Portland, Oregon. A US Army veteran, Elmaleh is originally from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University.

John Felitto
John Felitto, President and Chief Executive
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions

John has held his current position since 2011, in which he is responsible for all aspects of Vehicle Services Americas (VSA)’s processing and logistics operations in the US, Mexico and Canada. John also oversees WWL’s four ‘high-and-heavy’ equipment processing centres in the US and Panama. A graduate of Pace University in New York, he has over 26 years of experience in the logistics industry, including management positions with Hapag-Llyod, Crowley American Transport and Hamburg Sud. He first joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen in 2001 and for the past 15 years has held various commercial and executive management roles in sales and logistics.


Jason Kuehn
Vice President
Oliver Wyman

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Jason has more than 20 years of experience working with the transport sector. His particular areas of expertise are transportation network scheduling and performance improvement, and business strategy. Among other things, Jason has worked on such areas as the impact on the rail sector of autonomous trucks, fuel efficiency, and alternative fuels, and led numerous projects in North America, Europe, and South Africa to review the operations of major freight railroads using simulation software. At one time or another, he has worked for all the major railroads in North America. Jason holds a BS in Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College.

Brian Mason
Vice President Business Development & Administration
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.

Bill Kerrigan
Vice President
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.

Jordan Kajfasz

Jordan Kajfasz
Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, International Intermodal & Automotive
Canadian Pacific Railway

Jordan, who joined Canadian Pacific in 2017, is based in Toronto, Canada, and is responsible for growing the company’s business and developing lasting relationships with customers. In a career focused on the international supply chain, he has spent time working at the Vancouver Port Authority as well as over ten years at Maersk Line with postings in Canada, the US and West Africa involving roles in Maersk’s liner shipping, trucking, terminals and logistics divisions. Jordan holds a master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Transportation Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Randall Iwasaki

Randell Iwasaki
Executive Director
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Randall is an experienced executive with a long record in the transportation industry. He is particularly knowledgeable in the fields of environmental awareness, highway design, contract management, traffic simulation, innovation and transportation planning.

Gary Salvador
Senior Vice-President Sales and Marketing

Gary, who has 32 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Before joining AMPORTS in 2010, he held various domestic and international roles with US Lines, Crowley Maritime Corporation and Trailer Bridge, including operating, general management and sales positions.

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