Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen
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.
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.
Maryland Port Administration
James was reappointed executive director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2007. In this role, he oversees the six public marine terminals at the Port of Baltimore. Throughout his career, James has been successful in securing long-term contracts that have sustained and grown job opportunities at the port. He has overseen marked improvements in cargo operations, a tremendous boom in cruise business and significant progress in the areas of port security and environmental management.
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 is the Americas leader of PwC’s Autofacts group based in Detroit, Michigan. He is responsible for maintaining the current and future outlook for North and South America, as well the development of research and analysis on a variety of topics and trends affecting the industry.
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.
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. 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
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.
EurBeacon – European Business Consulting
Bruce, has over 30 years’ international public and private sector experience. He is a consultant for automotive, aerospace and industrial (AAI) logistics, defense procurement, and supply chain solutions; specializing in non-European companies entering new markets. He is an advisory board member at Lincoln International, a leading mid-cap investment bank in Frankfurt, and a partner in TranSolutions Consulting, a North American supply chain consulting firm. From 1996 to 2009 he worked for Ryder Systems and since 2010 is a senior advisor to Caterpillar Logistics.
Program Manager, Finished Vehicle Logistics Supply Chain
Bill is an international business executive with over thirty years of experience. He is the founder of KGI Global Logistics Consulting which provides services to the automotive and related industries. His role with AIAG is to assist in developing FVL initiatives and standards in cooperation with the OEMs and their logistics providers.