Kirk Claussen Port Finance Agent U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration
Kirk provides guidance to ports on infrastructure investment, specialising in transport planning and funding strategies, including the provision of project finance techniques and innovative financing structures for comprehensive project delivery programmes. He is active across various agencies, given the intermodal nature of maritime ports. Prior to joining MARAD, he was a financial consultant for over seven years, managing complex capital plans in excess of $1 billion. Kirk also works with the Build America Bureau and serves as maritime liaison on behalf of project sponsors. In this capacity, he guides sponsors and partners through the project planning phase to assist in strategies to attract private investors, improve access to Federal credit programmes, and streamline the process for meeting Federal policy requirements.
Brad Miller Director of Regulatory Affairs and Senior Counsel Digital Affairs National Automobile Dealers Association
Brad represents dealer interests to numerous federal agencies and educates dealers on regulations promulgated by those agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Reserve Board, Department of the Treasury, and Internal Revenue Service.
He is a leading expert on data privacy and cyber-security regulatory issues affecting dealers. Brad has regular contact with dealer groups and others around the country and is the author and editor of NADA publications on an array of regulatory topics. Prior to NADA, he was in private practice with Washington, DC, law firm, WilmerHale.
Bobby Hara Manager, Import Export Operations Nissan Group of North America
Michael D’Angelo Manager of Port Operations Volkswagen 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).
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.
Alrick Duncan Intercontinental & Port Operations Supervisor General Motors
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.
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.
Trish Zarik 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.
Kurt J. Nagle President and 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.
Emmanuel Van Damme Chief Commercial Officer Port of Zeebrugge
Emmanuel Van Damme joined the port authority of Port of Zeebrugge in 2012 as commercial director, looking after new route development, strategy development, land development, international marketing and marketing communication. He was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in February 2017, heading the business and logistics department. Emmanuel, who holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Louvain (Belgium), started his career in 2000 at Ernst & Young, before moving on in 2004 to work for the TUI Group (which is active in the shipping industry via Hapag Lloyd), where he held a number of positions including that of Business Controller Western Europe.
Joe Haney Vice President of Business Development Accelerated Logistics
Brandon Mason Automotive Director and Mobility Leader PwC
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.
Jordan Kajfasz Managing Director of Sales and Marketing Automotive CP Railroad
In his current role, Kajfasz is responsible for leveraging CP's best-in-class service and network to grow its business and develop lasting relationships with customers. Kajfasz, who joined CP in 2017 and is based in Vancouver, Canada, has extensive supply chain experience, previously spending time working for the Vancouver Port Authority and Maersk Line, with postings across Canada, the US, and West Africa. His experience at Maersk line included roles in the firm's liner shipping, trucking, terminals and logistics divisions. Kajfasz holds a master's degree from the University of Denver's Transportation Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.