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.
Kurt J. Nagle
President & CEO
American Association of Port Authorities
Kurt has over 30 years of experience in seaports and international trade. Since 1995, he has served as president and CEO for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Mr. Nagle began working at AAPA in 1985. 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.
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.
Director – Vehicle Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America
Mark has been in his current role since 2015 and with Volkswagen Group of America since 2008. He has full responsibility for the processing and distribution of all Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Bugatti cars in the US. Prior to this role, Mark spent several years as the Senior Manager of Port Operations & Metrics with daily operational responsibility for all four port locations and the domestic assembly plant in Tennessee. He played a key role in the planning and development of outbound operations for the Chattanooga assembly facility that opened in 2011. Mark previously spent many years with the Norfolk Southern Corporation and has worked in the finished vehicle logistics arena for more than 17 years.
Intercontinental & Port Operations Supervisor
Rick has nine years of experience in inbound and outbound logistics at GM. His responsibilities have included managing intercontinental shipping for the aftersales market, optimizing domestic routes for inbound plant operations, as well as finished vehicle import and export and port operations in key international markets. Rick has received numerous accolades for developing and successfully implementing new product launches, forecasting tools, and network channels which have resulted in multi-million-dollar cost savings. Rick holds an MBA from Walsh College and a BSM from Wayne State University (WSU). He also serves as a talent recruiter on behalf of GM at WSU.
Charles J. Franklin II
Manager Export Logistics - Export Sales Division
Charles is responsible for logistics planning and operations for Honda and Acura vehicles built in North America for global export. In September of 2014, he managed the integration of Honda De Mexico with American Honda, establishing a North American regional export logistics program. During his tenure at American Honda he has reduced cost by over $200 million earning a number of awards along the way. 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. 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.
President & CEO
United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The Mexico Chamber of Commerce, headed by Albert, has operations in 17 regional offices throughout the United States and Mexico. He has held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including ARCO where he served for 18 years. He was a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His exemplary military service resulted in a Silver Star award, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards for service during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Major General. Albert is a graduate of Harvard School of Business, and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD. He currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.
StrongPorts Community Planner
US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Travis has more than 20 years’ experience in the transportation planning field and leads MARAD’s coordination with the Intelligent Transportation System-Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) of USDOT in their ‘Emerging Capabilities Program’, coordinating research for assessing, developing and demonstrating a technology portfolio of ITS projects that can be implemented in a port environment. He also leads efforts in the Office of Marine Highways and Passenger Services to develop program outreach materials and tools for use in the StrongPorts program, working with ports, state DOTs and others to implement best practice in including ports in the various planning processes and incorporating ports into local, regional and state transportation programs. Prior to MARAD, Travis provided expert guidance on major national and international transportation issues relating to the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders and land ports-of-entry (LPOEs) at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Alex has over 10 years of experience with TransDevelopment Group in the planning, design, and development of automotive distribution facilities. His role includes ‘cradle-to-grave’ responsibility over port and inland development projects. Alex is focused on ensuring the design and functionality of automotive distribution facilities meet operational and efficiency goals. In the construction phase, he is responsible for achieving the owner’s operational, budgetary and timeline goals. Alex has completed automotive port projects in Galveston, Baltimore, Savannah and Richmond, and has provided consulting and design services at ports in North America, Mexico, Brazil, Panama and China.
Christopher has extensive global experience, leading companies within the technology sector since 1992 and Vehnet since April 2014. Transforming the business into global leader and leading the development of an integrated yard, transport and PDI/workshop ERP solution for finished vehicle logistics, he brings the company’s motto of “Imagination, Intelligence, Innovation” to life.
Automotive Director and Mobility Leader
Brandon, who is based in Detroit, first joined PwC in 2004. He is an active industry participant and spokesperson, continuously monitoring and analyzing global automotive developments and technology-driven trends such as connected cars, autonomous driving, ride/car sharing, digital and data management, infrastructure, and other related areas. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also has extensive experience as an analyst, having previously led PwC’s Autofacts team.
Finished Vehicle Logistics Consultant
Automotive Industry Action Group
Trish joined AIAG in October 2015 as a consultant and is responsible for the activities of its Finished Vehicle Logistics Group. She is an innovative thinker with broad expertise in automotive logistics and supply chain management who has previously worked as Vice-President and Managing Director of the Automotive Division at Circle International (now Ceva Logistics) and Vice-President of Business Development in Pasha Group’s Vehicle Processing operation; she has also previously served as Sales and Marketing Leader at Global Auto Processing Services. Trish’s expertise covers such areas as global freight forwarding, finished vehicle supply chain management, customs broking, vehicle transport, port operations, business development and brand marketing.
Tianbing Qian (TQ)
SVP & Chief Information Officer
As a member of the executive leadership team at Ports America (PA), Tianbing Qian (‘TQ’) leads IT development and with his team has implemented standardized and scalable IT platforms to support best-in-class operations, created advanced analytics capabilities, enhanced cyber-security, and partnered with businesses and customers to explore digital innovation for value creation. Prior to joining PA in 2015, he was VP of IT and Business Analytics at Celestica, a prolific supplier of electronics manufacturing and supply chain services, where he spent seven years. He previously spent 11 years in the semiconductor industry. TQ holds a PhD in operations management and an MS in computer sciences, both from the University of Iowa. He speaks frequently on the topics of analytics, digital innovation, cyber-security and business technology leadership.
Vice President Logistics, Auto Division
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.