PortTechEXPO 2016 Speakers
Attendees heard first hand from CEOs of the hottest supply chain startups, as well as top industry professionals, on how and why our industry is able to embrace change at a pace never before thought possible.
Congresswoman Janice Hahn, 44th District of California
Janice Hahn is the U.S. Representative of the 44th district of California. She was elected to Congress in a special election held in July of 2011, and re-elected in November 2012.
Congresswoman Hahn sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Small Business Committee. She serves as Ranking Member on the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology and was on the 2013 Select Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. She is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Development, and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.
Her desire to serve was instilled by her father, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kenny Hahn. In 1962, during the Civil Rights movement, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, not a single local, state or federal public official was willing to go to the airport to meet Dr. King except one: Kenny Hahn. Ignoring all the warnings of ‘political cost,’ Kenny Hahn went to the airport to welcome Dr. King to the City of Angels. That day, Janice learned a lesson she would never forget: that she must never let anything stop her from standing up for justice.
Janice always knew she wanted to serve her community, but public office wasn’t always her path. She was a teacher, a businesswoman, and a single mother of three children.
In time, however, Janice started to believe that the best way she could effect change and fight for the hard-working people of her community was in elected office. In 2001, she was elected Councilwoman of the 15th District of the City of Los Angeles, where she served the communities of San Pedro, Watts, Wilmington, Harbor City, and Harbor Gateway for almost a decade.
Janice founded the bi-partisan Congressional PORTS Caucus with Republican Ted Poe of Texas, bringing together lawmakers from all across the political spectrum to work together on strengthening and securing America’s ports. She was honored with the distinguished American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 2013 "Port Person of the Year" award for her staunch commitment to our nation's ports.
She championed the creation of a green technology incubator at the Port of L.A.—tackling the challenge of greening America’s Port while creating jobs and a proving ground for the revolutionary new technologies of the 21st century.
Janice has fought and won the difficult battles to give working men and women the wages, benefits and dignity they have earned. She secured affordable healthcare for LAX workers, and helped hotel workers earn a living wage and respectable working conditions. Combating the ongoing tragedy of gang violence, Janice has worked to build a comprehensive anti-gang strategy that incorporates prevention, intervention, after-school programs and job training—not just enforcement.
A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Janice also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University. In recognition of her distinguished leadership, Janice has received several awards, including the Rosa Parks Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Lillian Mobley Grassroots Catalyst Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus—South Bay, the Public Service Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Bold Vision Award from the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Recognition Award from the Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program, and enshrinement on the Promenade of Prominence in Watts.
Janice is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro. She is the daughter of the late Ramona Hahn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of James Hahn, the former Mayor of Los Angeles. Janice has two sons, Danny and Mark, a daughter, Katy, and five beautiful grandchildren: McKenna, Brooklyn, Isabela, Josiah, and Luke.
Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, 70th California Assembly District
In November 2014, Patrick O'Donnell was elected to the California State Assembly to represent District 70, which includes the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill San Pedro as well as Catalina Island.
Assemblymember O'Donnell is a teacher with over 20 years’ experience in the classroom. As a leader dedicated to quality education, he helped create a program at his high school to provide students with more instructional time and lobbied in Sacramento for more school funding. A firm believer in guaranteeing access to career technical education and vocational opportunities, he fought to establish an afterschool digital academy to teach kids valuable media skills they can use in school and the workplace.
O’Donnell also previously served as a member of the Long Beach City Council and was instrumental in delivering the city’s first budget surplus in over a decade. In addition, he enacted a "rainy day fund" policy, which requires the City Council to set aside reserves in anticipation of tough economic times. O’Donnell also secured funding for police gang-unit officers that helped bring down crime to its lowest level in 41 years.
As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Assemblymember O’Donnell worked to ensure more than $14 billion in additional funds were dedicated to our schools and community colleges in the 2015 Budget and passed legislation to create safer learning environments for LGBTQ students. During his first term in the Assembly, O’Donnell also protected patient safety through a bill signed into law that addresses ambulance wait times at emergency rooms.
Assemblymember O’Donnell currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports as well as the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace where he has championed efforts to grow maritime industry and attract new jobs in aerospace in California.
Born in Long Beach, O'Donnell graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in History and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He lives in the Los Altos neighborhood with his wife and their two daughters.
Councilman Joe Buscaino, 15th District of Los Angeles
Councilman Joe Buscaino is in his second term as the Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 15th District, which covers the communities of Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, Watts and Wilmington.
Councilman Buscaino chairs the Public Works Committee, which oversees the Department of Public Works, the city’s third-largest department with 5,000 employees. He is also a Board Member on the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
His top priorities include redevelopment of the Los Angeles Waterfront, redevelopment of Jordan Downs Housing Development in Watts, building more park space/adding to the dozen parks he has built in the past three years, lobbying METRO for public transportation infrastructure and bringing the tech sector to the Harbor Area.
Prior to his election, Councilman Buscaino served 15 years as a Senior Lead Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he created LAPD’s first Teen Community Police Advisory Board. He graduated C um Laude with a B.A. in Communication from California State University, Dominguez Hills and resides with his family in San Pedro, California.
Mary Margaret Behncke, President, CSCMP Southern California Roundtable
Mary Margaret Behncke is current president of the Southern California Roundtable of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), a global non-profit organization with the mission to connect, develop and educate supply chain professionals throughout their career. She started her own career in 2001, joining the Maersk Group as 1 of 450 global candidates chosen to enter their management development training program. The two year program included multiple rotations throughout various business units of the organization, while in parallel completing industry related exams such as maritime law, economics, and chartering. Upon successful completion of the program, Mary Margaret earned her first international assignment in Madrid, Spain as a senior logistics analyst, supporting account managers both operationally and commercially on their clients supply chain activities throughout Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Wanting to expand her supply chain experience beyond international transportation, she returned to school to complete a dual-degree program, coupling an International MBA and Masters of Engineering in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) and the MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Center (Zaragoza, Spain). She then moved to Hamburg, Germany to take on the role of Global Category Manager, Raw Materials, for Beiersdorf AG (better known for the NIVEA and Eucerin personal care brands). Here she managed and negotiated supply contracts of approximately 200 raw materials with EUR 75 million value/year. At the end of 2010, Mary Margaret returned stateside as Global Account Manager at Damco USA supporting key clients supply chain programs on the West Coast. Since the beginning of 2015, Mary Margaret has been working on a part-time basis for Transport Solutions LLC in order to spend more time with her 2-year old son, Dirk.
Jeff Burgin, Senior Vice President, Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals L.P.
Mr. Burgin has a history of over 37 years of experience in the Maritime Industry ranging from containers, variety of bulk commodities and breakbulk. This working knowledge of various commodities has supported his forward thinking and concepts. Mr. Burgin began his career with Cooper Stevedoring some years back. After more than 10 years of working bulk and breakbulk, it was apparent, container experience would be vital as the business shifted heavily toward containerization. Taking the next step, Mr. Burgin joined Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) to gain valuable experience relating to container operations, both vessel and terminal. After 5 years with LBCT he then joined Marine Terminals Corp. (MTC) looking to display his knowledge while taking the next steps to exercise his past experience and knowledge. After more than 10 years with MTC, Mr. Burgin joined PASHA to design and build the next generation breakbulk facility.
Rhetta deMesa, Advisor to Commissioner Janea A. Scott, California Energy Commission
Rhetta deMesa serves as an Advisor to Commissioner Janea A. Scott at the California Energy Commission where she focuses on transportation energy and climate policy, including implementation of the state’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Prior to her work as an Advisor, Rhetta worked in the Energy Commission’s Research & Development Division where she served as the staff lead on electric drive technologies for the PIER and EPIC Programs.
Lauren Dunlap, Consultant, Starcrest Consulting Group
Lauren Dunlap, PE is a certified mechanical engineer with 30 years’ experience in the field of mobile source emission reduction. Her background includes positions with the California Air Resources Board, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Gas Company and Pacific Enterprises. In these positions, Lauren worked on a wide range of projects including the management of MTA’s Emissions Testing Facility for the evaluation of a variety of transit bus technologies and Advanced Technology Transit Bus program. For the past 16 years she has been an independent consultant assisting public and private clients evaluate clean air regulations and develop alternative fuel programs. Current clients include the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles World Airports, SCAQMD’s Science and Technology Advancement Office and a number of other entities all working toward the implementation of low-emission vehicle and equipment.
Chris Helton, Chief Operating Officer, project44
Chris Helton is Chief Operating Officer of project44, a Chicago-based technology company that is revolutionizing freight connectivity by offering Freight APIs, Dynamic Pricing, and Predictive Analytics through its proprietary platform. At project44, he focuses on leading the operations and strategy needed to deliver high-value solutions to Shipper, 3PL, and Carrier customers. Prior to joining project44, Chris was a Strategic Consulting Manager at Accenture, where he led consulting teams to craft and execute business strategies for some of the world’s largest companies. Previously, he spent five years in a finance leadership program at Ford Motor Company. Helton holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA from Duke University.
Jonathan Kessler, CEO / Co-Founder, Cargomatic
Jonathan Kessler is co-founder and CEO of Cargomatic, a platform that is transforming local shipping by connecting truckers and shippers in real-time via their online app. Under Mr. Kessler’s leadership, Cargomatic launched service in Southern California in early 2014 and has since expanded into the New York market. Cargomatic (www.cargomatic.com) has received funding from top Silicon Valley investors and leading names in the transportation sector, and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, Los Angeles Times, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, Transport Topics, DC Velocity, and elsewhere. Mr. Kessler is based at Cargomatic headquarters in Venice, California.
Prior to co-founding Cargomatic, Mr. Kessler spent 15 years in top managerial roles in various industries, including mobile, payment systems, data visualization, technical recruiting and global finance.
Jordan Metzner, Co-Founder / CEO, Washio
Jordan Metzner is the Founder and CEO of Washio, offering premium dry cleaning and laundry services delivered to your door. He enjoys making music, snowboarding, running wakeboarding, golf, photography and going to the beach. Washio is an on-demand, premium laundry and dry cleaning service that customers can use via an online and mobile app. Washio provides 24-hour door-to-door turnaround, green cleaning, pre-sunrise through late night availability, and a cookie at every pickup.
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce
Bill Mongelluzzo is a senior editor of the Journal of Commerce in Long Beach, Calif., where he covers container shipping, harbor trucking, intermodal rail and U.S. Customs. Bill began his career in 1972 with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined the Journal of Commerce in 1980 in New Orleans and has worked for the JOC in New York and Long Beach. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in history from the University of New Orleans.
Brett Parker, President / Co-Founder, Cargomatic
Brett Parker is president and co-founder of Cargomatic, Inc., a technology platform that connects shippers with local carriers in real-time. Previously, as Managing Partner of The Triangle Group, Brett oversaw large national accounts, such as Dillard’s, Belk and Perry Ellis and was instrumental in Levi Strauss & Co.'s launch into Target and Walmart, one of the largest apparel rollouts in history. At Triangle, Brett was directly responsible for the strategic growth and expansion of all business units, and financial and operating performance of West Coast operations, including transportation and freight brokerage. Brett's expertise includes: startups, consolidation, de-consolidation, warehousing, and final mile delivery. Brett serves as a Board Member of the CSCMP, Southern California, and earned a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a JD from The Pepperdine University School of Law.
Ryan Peterson, CEO, Flexport
Flexport is a licensed freight forwarder that uses people and software to manage the complexity of international trade.
Flexport provides its clients a web-based app that offers real-time visibility of their shipments, while a team of experienced logistics and customs experts are accessible and help every step of the way. The company offers services in air freight, ocean freight, trucking, warehouse & fulfillment, customs brokerage, and cargo insurance.
With leading investors such as Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, and Google Ventures, Flexport is building a future where it is easy to trade goods around the world.
Travis Schmidt, Vice President of Business Development, Cheetah Logistics Technology
Travis leads business development efforts at Cheetah, driving strategic and tactical solutions and alliances. His strengths lie in defining the shortest distance between two points and building the product to get there. He is an integral part of creating and engineering solutions that work and is actively involved in executing the solution from; identification of the pain point through successful roll out.
Prior to his current position, Travis was a consultant in Business/Technical Roles in various business verticals with a focus on financial and system reengineering. He has performed roles in Finance and Operations through distribution and manufacturing. Travis is a University of the Witwatersrand graduate and holds a Masters in Accounting.
Shamin Rostami, Partner, TYLT Ventures
Shamin is a partner at TYLT Ventures, an industry-agnostic early stage venture fund with particular expertise in logistics, consumer products, mobile, fintech, and biotech. She is also an attorney and professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Loyola Marymount University. Shamin received her BS in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and her JD at Loyola Law School.
Eric Shen, Southern California Gateway Office Director, U.S. Department of Transportation
Eric Shen is the Southern California Gateway Office Director, Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Eric's professional tenure also includes being the Port of Long Beach Transportation Planning Director and the City of Pasadena Transportation Development Manager.
Currently Eric chairs the Marine Group of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Port Executive. Eric is an adjunct professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Eric received a BSCE with honors and a MSCE from University of California, Irvine.
Hrach Simonian, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Hrach joined Canaan in 2007. He focuses on both the consumer and enterprise sectors and currently sits on the board of Cargomatic, CompStak, Realty Mogul and Washio. He also led Canaan's investment in Instacart and Plixi (acquired by Lockerz). Hrach has worked closely with several Canaan portfolio companies including Kabam, Associated Content, Zoosk, PrimeSense, Tremor Video, Cardlytics, Switchfly, SandForce, Ebates, and OneFineStay. All this, and he can repair virtually anything with duct tape and a bent screwdriver.
Prior to joining Canaan, Hrach served as the Digital Media Research Associate at Rutberg & Company. The research group's coverage spanned product and technology categories, including semiconductors, devices, infrastructure, and services. Previously, Hrach held several positions at Northrop Grumman and TRW in the solid state laser research & development department conducting experiments in high power laser research and beam manipulation. Hrach also interned at two startups, The Retail Exchange and Jamdat back in 2000 and 2005.
Hrach holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and served as a co-president of the VC Club. Previously, he earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his research focused on neuronal networks, linear systems analysis, and solid-state lasers. He also earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA specializing in biomedical engineering.
Karl Siebrecht, CEO/Co-Founder, FLEXE
Karl Siebrecht is the co-founder and CEO of FLEXE, the Marketplace for Warehouse Space. In his role as CEO, he focuses on driving strategy, managing growth, and building a world-class team. Karl’s initial experience in operations and logistics came when he was a Diving Officer in the US Navy and as a consultant at Bain & Company. Karl is a seasoned technology executive with leadership experience in both startups and large, global corporations. Before founding FLEXE, Karl was CEO of AdReady and President of the Atlas division of aQuantive prior to its $6B acquisition by Microsoft. Karl holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
FLEXE has been called the "AirBnB for logistics" and is at the forefront of transforming the $1.4 trillion logistics & supply chain industry. The FLEXE online marketplace connects organizations in need of additional warehousing space to organizations with extra space. Our SaaS platform powers the efficient transaction of thousands of pallets of goods every day while streamlining operations. FLEXE technology requires no customer implementation investments, long-term commitments or process interruptions. The FLEXE team of technology entrepreneurs and logistics experts is headquartered in Seattle, WA.
Michael Simon, President and CEO, Transpower
Mr. Simon brought his passion for advanced transportation and energy technologies to TransPower as its principal founder in September 2010. As TransPower’s CEO, he has helped organize and lead a dynamic team of innovators who are working to transform the way the world powers large vehicles and manages electrical energy in the 21st Century. Before founding TransPower, Mr. Simon worked for four years at General Atomics, where he was a Director of Commercial Business Development for the company’s Electromagnetic Systems Division. In this capacity, Mr. Simon was co-originator of a novel linear motor-based transportation concept and contributed to the design of advanced wind turbines and nuclear reactors.
Michael Simon has been at the forefront of energy and transportation technology for more than 35 years. From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Mr. Simon worked as an aerospace engineer and project manager, and became one of the earliest prominent advocates of a commercial space launch industry. In the mid-1990s, Mr. Simon made a career transition and as Chairman of the Board and Co-CEO of ISE Corporation, became a leading innovator in the development of energy efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation systems using advanced battery-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle technologies. For the past decade, he has also been actively involved in development of advanced renewable energy technologies. Mr. Simon received his M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering) from Stanford University in 1981, following completion of a multi-disciplinary undergraduate program at Stanford combining engineering, economics, and political science.