Leadership 2019

People who know the transportation industry make up ITMA’s Board of Directors. With experience in many facets of logistics and communications, the ITMA board is uniquely suited to guide the association.

 

President

Christie Brush is a Certified Insurance Counselor and the Regional Vice President for Avalon Risk Management’s Houston office. Christie joined Avalon in 2007 and has a strong background in risk management for the logistics industry.  With 20+ years of experience, her expertise includes Bonds, Cargo Insurance, and Professional liability for the logistics industry. Christie began her career at Avalon as a Senior Account Executive to help build Avalon’s sales efforts in the south.  As RVP, she continues to build strong relationships with clients and underwriters. 

Christie joined the ITMA Board as Hospitality Director before her transition to Vice President, and now, President.  

Christie Brush
Avalon Risk Management
Tel: +1 713 343-0893
eMail: president@itmahouston.org
 
   
   

Immediate Past President

Mitch Heiserman is a 1986 Graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine with Military Sealift Command and Maersk Line, Ltd. from 1986 to 1992 and was U.S. Coast Guard licensed as a Chief Mate, Unlimited Tonnage and as Master, 1600 Gross Registered Tons upon Oceans.

Mitch has been employed in Stevedoring and Marine Terminal operations in Houston since 1992 and worked for Fairway Terminal Corporation as a Vessel Superintendent until 1997. He then joined Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. and became General Superintendent in 1998, Director of Operations in 2011, and is currently General Manager.

Mitch Heiserman
Gulf Stream Marine
Tel: +1 713 926 7611
eMail: pastpresident@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Vice President

Charis Hansen has been in the maritime industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience as an ocean carrier.

Charis started with Atlantic RoRo Carriers in 2009 and is now Vice President, Sales and Customer Service for the Gulf Region.

She has been on the board since 2012 serving two terms as Hospitality Director and was elected Membership Director in 2016 before becoming Vice President in 2017.

Charis Hansen
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers of Texas, Inc.
Phone: +1 713 269 9280
eMail: vp@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Secretary

Kayla Yates has 10+ years of experience in the logistics industry. Kayla began working for HubTrucker in 2008 as a Logistics Consultant and transitioned into the Operations Manager overseeing the daily operations as the company grew. Her current role is business development where she excels. Kayla has played a key role in the company’s growing success over the years.

Kayla has served on the ITMA board since 2017. She started as the Membership Director, then Hospitality Director and now serves as Secretary. Kayla is proud to be a part of the ITMA board and is thankful for the networking opportunities and the relationships she has built through the organization.

Kayla is involved with several associations and networking events within the logistics industry. She is also involved with charity events within her community and is serving her 4th term on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys playing sports, traveling with her husband and offshoring fishing.

Kayla Yates
HubTrucker, Inc.
Phone: +1 832-283-1067
Email: secretary@itmahouston.org 
 
 

 

 

Treasurer

Cheryl G. Fee has over thirty-five years’ experience in the logistics industry in Houston, beginning in 1975 with Fritz Companies (now UPS) where she began in the accounting department and ended as Ocean Export Manager, General Commodities Division.

In 1980, she and other partners founded WTS of Houston, Inc. (dba WTS, a Global Logistics Company) where she was Executive Vice President and served in various capacities over the years including Operations, Finance & Accounting and Human Resources. WTS was acquired by Agility Holdings, Inc. in April 2007 and Cheryl continued working for them until December 2008.

In September 2010, she and two other of the former owners of WTS founded Proven Logistics Solutions LLC, a company that is dedicated to providing training to the logistics industry. In addition to classroom and online offerings, they also provide custom-designed on-site training and consulting services.

In addition to serving as ITMA’s Treasurer and Board Member, she is a member of VICTORY (a branch of the American Cancer Society) where she served as a member of the Executive Board and was Treasurer of the 2012 Cattle Baron’s Ball and 2013 Treasurer of VICTORY; she was a member of the Board of the Awty International School Alumni Parents Association; served as Alumna Representative for her undergraduate college; and was a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Cheryl has Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Cheryl G. Fee
Proven Logistics Solutions LLC
Phone: +1 713 963 4678 
Mobile: +1 281 798 3142
eMail: treasurer@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Communications Director

Myriam Janssen is the Director of Global Events & Marketing within the BBC Chartering organization with 10+ years experience in Corporate Event Planning and Marketing. She is a detail-oriented professional with great organizational skills and strengths in worldwide event creation, planning, and execution.

Born and raised in Germany, Myriam started her career in the shipping industry with Bruno Bischoff Reederei in Bremen where her organizational talent was put to use as Chartering Assistant. When BBC Chartering was founded in 1997, she assisted the CEO in his daily tasks while obtaining her degree in Human Resources and adding the position of Human Resource Manager to her scope of work.

The growing organization presented more opportunities and Myriam seized the opportunity to streamline the marketing approach of the group while she graduated in Economics and Marketing. She worked several years as Marketing Manager in BBC’s Headquarter in Leer, Germany, before moving to Houston in 2009 for her current position.

Myriam Janssen
BBC Chartering
Phone: +1 713 668 4020
eMail: communications@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Golf Tournament Director

Jennifer Perez is the Corporate Training and Marketing Manager for DGM Services Inc, with 13+ years of experience in the logistics industry.

She started her professional career in the medical field in 2001 as a surgical assistant where she discovered her love for working with people and honed her impeccable customer service skills.  Jennifer started working for DGM in 2012 and quickly developed a passion for Sales and Marketing. Jumping headfirst into a different industry, Jennifer focuses on building her network, exhibiting at conferences and trade shows. Educating her peers on the importance of Training/Certification for shipping Dangerous Good. 

Jennifer is an active member in several different associations and organizations throughout her community. She is involved in her church, enjoys volunteering, and working with children. 

This is her first year on the ITMA board.

Born and Raised in Houston, Texas. She is a Wife, and Mother to 3 amazing sons.

Jennifer Perez
DGM
Phone: +1 281 645 2976
eMail: golf@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Hospitality Director

Marcus Wade is a Licensed Insurance Agent and Client Service Representative for Avalon Risk Management’s Houston office.  While attending college, he was active in many student organizations including the Student Association of Maritime Administrators (SAMA), and volunteered his time for ITMA.  He is excited to take on the role of Hospitality Director, and looks forward to serving the ITMA members in this capacity.

Marcus graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration and a minor in Economics.

Marcus Wade
Avalon Risk Management
Tel: +1 713 343 0895
eMail: hospitality@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Membership Director 

Ty C. Reasonover has been a member of the Port Houston’s Trade Development Division since January 2013.

In his current position, Reasonover is responsible for business development involving the Transpacific Trade, Port Houston’s promotional activities in Asia, and promotion of the Port’s capabilities for handling containerized and project cargoes. He promotes and generates international and national trade, which benefits the local economy by creating jobs and economic activity.

Reasonover graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration. Upon graduation, he began a career in the breakbulk and project cargo industry.

Having spent a large part of his career in Shanghai, Reasonover has developed an in-depth working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Eastern Asian culture and business practices. That knowledge has been useful in working for the Port, both in the United States and in Asia.

Reasonover resides in Katy, Texas with his wife and two daughters. 

Ty C. Reasonover
Port Houston
Phone: +1 713 670 2585
eMail: membership@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Programs Director 

 

Diana Davila brings UTC Overseas customers well over two decades of experience in project cargo logistics services and export operations management support. For the previous 13 years, she held positions of increasing responsibility with a major project logistics organization, most recently as the firm’s Vice President for Project Operations.

In that capacity, she was responsible for staff operations at three prime service centers in Texas and Louisiana in support of a major oil and gas project. Services included assisting new and existing clients in supply chain process improvements; meeting with clients and third - party service providers to develop complete and efficient procedures and information flow; management of project reporting and service levels; monitoring adherence to project Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and continually pursuing opportunities for improvements in operational efficiencies and cost savings.

Over the past 7+ years, she provided operational support to nearly 20 major oil and gas - related projects, located in the US, Middle East, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.

She is the founder of the newly formed Women’s in Logistics Leadership Group. She is the Chair of the Lonestar Logistics Advisory Committee and eagerly looks for other opportunities within the community where she can serve to further the growth of individuals in their career.      

Diana Davila
Phone: +1 713 422 2809
eMail: programs@itmahouston.org
 
 

 

 

Scholarship Director

Sherry Barry, Account Executive for Staff Solve/Staff Logistics, was elected as membership director in 2010. Sherry brings to the board over 15 years in customer relations experience, hands-on business experience from having owned her own telecommunications company, extensive knowledge of the freight forwarding industry and strong business relationships in logistics throughout the community.

Sherry is also an active member of other state-wide and national logistics organizations.

Sherry attended The University of Monticello at Arkansas and has been a resident of Houston for over 18 years.

Sherry Barry
StaffSolve, Inc.
Phone: +1 281 931 4490
Fax: +1 281 931 6645
eMail: scholarship@itmahouston.org
 
   
   

Special Events Director

 

Loren Bruening has been in the transportation industry for almost 40 years - working in international freight forwarding, trucking, and logistics – with a focus on customer service & sales and marketing. In 2017, he began working with FR8AGENT. 

FR8AGENT wants to be your freight agent.  They believe it’s all about relationships - With their relationships around the country, FR8AGENT can provide cost-effective transportation and related services that will exceed your expectations.  

Loren was born in Panama City, FL. He has family there and still vacations there yearly.  He moved to Houston and went to work in freight forwarding right out of high school. He has lived, worked, and volunteered in the Houston area ever since.    

Loren Bruening
FR8AGENT 
Phone: +1 832 777 0101
eMail: specialevents@itmahouston.org