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

New to logistics, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Boucher
Director – Vehicle Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America

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 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.

Albert Zapanta
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.

Travis Black
StrongPort Planner
US DoT- Maritime Administration

Alex MacGregor
Development Manager
TransDevelopment Group

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.

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.

Brandon Mason

Brandon serves as both chief of staff and chief strategist within PwC’s automotive sector operation, overseeing its key initiatives and the creation of thought leadership, and leading the development of the firm's point of view on a variety of industry topics. He has over 15 years of industry experience in the data analytics, research and consulting fields.

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