Speaker History


January 8th - Jason MiuraDirector of Business and Economic Development at Port Freeport
Topic: Port Freeport Expansion Update

February 5th - Pam HoldrupFounder and Principal of Prove Logistics Solutions (PLS) 
Topic: Incoterms® 2020 – What’s New?

March 4th - Sebastiaan 'Bas' CoppesSenior Consultant with Plan B Marine Solutions
Topic: The changing world of salvage

April - no luncheon due to COVID-19

May - no luncheon due to COVID-19



January 9th - Jennifer HorvathSenior Associate Attorney with Braumiller Law Group 
Topic: Nafta 2.0: does the new USMCA mean more opportunities for fraud?

February 6th - Andy Pennell, CDGP - Regulatory Compliance & Training Director, DGM Services, Inc. (Houston)
Topic: The Importance of Dangerous Goods Training and New Regulatory Changes

March 6th - IMO 2020 Panel - What is it, how does it affect your projects, pricing, and bottom line?
ModeratorJohn Hark - Director of Chartering, North America with FH Bertling and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M Galveston | PanelistsRobert Jacquet, VP Chartering with BBC Chartering, Cliff Kuhfeldt, Regional Manager Sales with Bahri Logistics, Sjaak Klap, VP of Business Development with Spliethoff, Chris Nelson, VP of Supply and Operations with Bomin Bunker

April 3rd - Dennis Mottola - Global Logistics Consultant
Topic: Strategies to Success - How Shippers and Logistics Service Providers can be more successful together

May 8th - 'Mattress Mack' Jim McIngvale - founder of Gallery Furniture
'Mattress Mack' shared his successful wisdom and knowledge with our members and guests.

June 5th - John Hark - Chartering Director, North America - Bertling Logistics / Adjuct Professor - Texas A&M University
Topic: The Art of Standing Out (Annual Scholarship Awards)

August 7th - Rick Byrnes - Chief Port Infrastructure Officer
Topic: Port Houston Infrastructure Imperatives

September 4th - Joan P. Mileski - Professor Department of Maritime Administration - Texas A & M
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime Cyber Security Adoption

October 2nd - Amanda Barlow - Vice President, ATA Carnet for Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.
Topic: ATA Carnets for International Transportation

November 6th - Stephen "Spo" Spoljaric - Corporate Manager of Global Logistics for Bechtel
Topic: Safety in Logistics: What's changing?



January 3rd - John A. Moseley - Senior Director, Trade Development with the Port of Houston Authority
Topic: Current Status of ort of Houston and the Port of Houston Outlook on 2018

February 7th - Phillip B. BrownGlobal Chartering Manager with Fluor 
Topic: Market outlook and personnel development

March 7th - Chief Kenneth W. WesternCBP (Customs and Border Protection) Chief Agriculture Specialist with Houston Seaport
Topic: Responsibilities of CBP Agriculture in the Houston Maritime Environment

April 4th - Special Agent Shimon - Criminal Investigator in the Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) 
Topic: Export Enforcement - Don't Let This Happen To You...

May 2nd - James G. HurstAssociate of Givens & Johnston
Topic: Is there a possibility of a trade war? Section 232 & China 301 - How it could affect your clients and the transportation industry

June 6th - John Hark - Director of Chartering, North America with FH Bertling
Topic: The Next Generation of Houston's Logistics Leaders

August 1st - Judge Ed Emmett - Harris County Judge
Topic: Hurricane Harvey: Where are we now and what can the industry do to prepare for the future.

September 5th - Gary Kardian - Director, Office of Service & Contracts, Bureau of Trade analysis with the FMC
Topic: Revised Regulations on NVOCC Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) and NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs). Co-Loading.

October 10th - Joel SchappellGlobal Trade & Supply Chain, Business Development Executive, IBM Blockchain
Topic: Digitizing the Global Supply Chain with Blockchain

November 7th - Capt. Bill Diehl - USCG (Ret.) P.E. President, Greater Houston Port Bureau
Topic: The Port of Houston


January 11th  -  Roger Guenther  - Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority
Topic: An infrastructure update from the Executive Director: Deepening and widening of the Port, global trade, impact of Panama Canal.

February 1st - Alex Azparrent - Global Director of Logistics Operations, Fluor
Topic: Capital Efficiency and the importance of human resources, systems, and data analytics. How can we help our industry become more efficient by incorporating methods used in other industries?

March 1st - James Hall JD, LCB - Director of Logistics, Nabors Industries LLC
Topic: Supply Chain Management and Trade Compliance

April 5th - Panel Discussion
Jeffrey Farrington - Vice President with ELDSolutions
Lance Mutschink - General Manager at Pinch Group of Companies
Alan Riddick - DOT Manager, TNT Crane and Rigging
Topic: Truckers, Brokers and Shippers:  Are you getting prepared  for the Dept. of Transportation’s 2017 deadline on Electronic Log Devices (ELD’s) for all truck drivers? 
The regulation that will dramatically change the trucking industry that exists today.

May 3rd - Marian Ladner, Managing Partner for Ladner & Associates PC
Topic: Legal Issues in an Era of increased Compliance Enforcement

June 7th - John Vogt, President of WWBC LLC and Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Business MBA Program for the University of Houston
Topic: Most Important Investment in Logistics: Yourself!

August 2nd - Russell H. CarterBusiness Development Manager with Turner Industries Group
Topic: Leading Change: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Connections

September 6th - Michelle Elliott, Transportation Specialist and Sr Vice President - Regions Insurance
Topic: Passing and Receiving Risk Transfers: What's in your contract?

October 4th - Brian Fielkow, CEO - Jetco Delivery
Topic: Industry Trends: What you need to know!

November 1st - Panel Discussion
Panel Members:
Dana Martin - Hill Rivkins LLP
Margaret J. Vaughan - Wood Group
Thomas Damsgaard - Inchcape Shipping Services
John Hark - Bertling Logistics
Topic: Cooperation between stakeholders, developing equitable contracts, and the appointment of a proper team


September 7th - Delfina Govia - Managing Director of Govia & Associates and a Partner in Veritas Total Solutions
Topic: Demystifying the Big Oil & Gas Picture

August 3rd - Lieutenant Junior Grade Andrew Cole and Ms. Donna Lemm - Vice President of Global Sales Mallory Alexander International Logistics
Topic: An update on SOLAS

June 1st - Judge Ed Emmett
Topic: The importance of logistics in our fast growing local economy.

May 4th - Tony Gregory - Dept. of Homeland Security Trade Enforcement Group
Topic: Current Focus of HSI Trade Fraud Investigations.

March 2nd - Jake Swanson - CB&I Oil and Gas. Regional Logistics Manager, Americas
Topic: The global EPC project market and how the younger generation can prepare for a career in logistics.

February 3rd – Gregory W Dorth - Manager, International Space Station External Integration Office
Topic: The Changing Transportation Needs and Approach Of The International Space Station

January 6th  -  Gregory Gowans - Director of Logistics & Expediting, CH2M
Topic: 2016: Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering, Procurement & Construction Companies



November 4th - Patrick Poole, Senior Director of Supply Chain, Igloo Products Group   
Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in an All Water Ocean Freight Service

October 14th - Grant Goldsmith, Vice President of Avalon Risk Management   
The Logistics Risk Manager's Guide to reducing liability, avoiding claims and ensuring profit

September 2nd - Adam Sinko, Houston Area Representative, Federal Maritime Commission
Topic: Navigating the FMC Regulations with a focus on OTIs

August 5th – Capt. Bill Diehl, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau
Topic: Port Forecast for regional ports.

June 3rd - Judge Ed Emmett
Topic: The importance of logistics in our fast growing local economy.

May 6th – Timothy Kenny, Director of Engineering at Worldwide Aeros Corp.
Topic: Energizing Logistics: Delivering Supply Chain Innovation Through Buoyancy Technology Advancement.

March 4th - Keith Meyer, CEO, LNG America LLC.
Topic: Use of LNG as a marine and high horsepower fuel, and the logistical challenges in moving gas into the Mobile fuel arena.

February 4th -  Jeff Davis, Managing Director of Operations for the Port of Houston Authority
Topic: 2015 Maritime Cargo Outlook

January 7th - Ted Wooten, President of North America and Executive Vice President for Archer Well Company, Inc.
Topic: Rough Seas in 2015: Logistical challenges in the oil and gas industry



November 5th - Scott Anderson, Special Agent
Topic: Export Compliance & Procedures

October 8th - Ted Poe, US Congressman 
Topic: A Perspective on Maritime Commerce

September 3rd - Glenn Carlson, Executive Port Director/CEO of Port Freeport
Topic: Port Freeport and Surrounding Market Developments

August 6th - Porter Randle, Sales and Marketing Representative for Canal Barging New Orleans
Topic: How inland waterways and barging support the Gulf Coast projects market

June 4th - Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
Topic: Annual Scholarship Award Luncheon | The importance of logistics in our fast growing local economy

May 7th - Capt. Michael Morris, Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots
Topic: Safety, Efficiency Help Houston Pilots Teach The Way In Navigation

March 5th - Mr. Robert Ambrite, Vice President of Hanjin Logistics NVOCC Division
Topic: How major NVOCC's are following the steamship model in the name of cost savings

February 5th - Ms. Phyllis Saathoff, Deputy Executive Director, Corporate Affairs for The Port Of Houston Authority
Topic: Regional and Global Changes: What Does it Mean for Ports?

January 8th - Mr. Robert Sappio, President and CEO of Rickmers America
Topic: Trends in the Breakbulk Shipping Industry



November 6th - Thomas Damsgaard of Spliethoff Americas Houston office
Topic: Operational Risks in Commercial Shipping

October 2nd - Jason Tieman, Director of Maritime Operations for PortVision
Topic: Leveraging asset position data to optimize logistic resources

September 4th - John Newcaster, Vice President of Distribution and Logistics for Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI)
Topic: Where do shippers want to be and how do they get there? What makes a a service provider "best in class" status?

August 7th - Dana K. Martin, Attorney with Hill Rivkins LLP
Topic: Good(s) Relationships: We Really Do Need Each Other

May 1st  - Chris Haycroft, Partner at L&R/Midland Marine
Topic: Impact of Fracking on the Domestic Crude Transportation Market

March 6th - Mr. Rick Shannon, President of Atlantic RO-RO Carriers
Topic: Compliance & Technology: From the days of the shredder to today's world of tech

February 6th - Capt. Dave Scruton, 3D Marine and Thomas O. Deen, Attorney at Spencer Craine Hubbage & Healy
Topic: Alternative Conflict Resolution of Contracts - Arbitration



November 7th - Dennis Mottola, Corporate Manager of Traffic & Logistics and Manager of Bechtel Global Logistics
Topic: A View Into the Global EPC Market

October 3rd - Special Agent Tim Barden, Counter- Proliferation Investigations Unit Homeland Security Investigations
Topic: A Partnership to Protect America

September 5th - Captain Larry Wheatley, Houston Pilots
Topic: The Houston Pilots: The In's and Out's of the Houston Ship Channel