Houston International Maritime Conference

Join us for the exciting inaugural year of the Houston International Maritime Conference hosted by Port Houston.

Enjoy networking and informational sessions on topics like import and export container trade, high wide and heavy cargo, sustainability, warehousing / distribution, Foreign Trade Zone, and workforce development. Attend alongside decision makers from BCOs, ocean carriers, NVOCCs, freight forwarders, trucking companies and more, and learn about current trends and the future of the maritime industry.

HIMC Panelists

 

Adriana Cruz

Executive Director of Texas
Economic Development & Tourism

Office of the Texas Governor

Bio

Alan Robb

President of South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District

ILA, AFL-CIO

Bio

 

Andrew Young

Logistics Manager & BDTS

Bechtel Global Logistics Corporation

Bio

BJ Simon

President/CEO

Baytown-West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation

Bio

 

Brian Fielkow

Strategic Advisor & Board Member

The GTI Group

Bio

David Cummins

President & CEO

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Bio

 

Giancarlo Morgera

Executive Vice President of Export Liner Services

MSC, USA

Bio

Jeff Davis

Chief Port Operations Officer

Port Houston

Bio

 

Jonathan Gold

Vice President of Supply Chain
and Customs Policy

National Retail Federation

Bio

Kim Vaccaro

Director of Global Operations

The Home Depot

Bio

 

Lee Kindberg, Head of Environment & Sustainability, North America Maersk

Lee Kindberg

Head of Environment
& Sustainability, North America

Maersk

Bio

Melissa Contrevo

Director of International Logistics

Five Below

Bio

 

Michael Symonanis

Director of North American
Logistics/Global Container Logistics

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Bio

Nadia Scornaienchi

Director of North American International
Trade Operations Logistics

Dow Chemical

Bio

 

Patrick Jankowski

Senior Vice President of Research

Greater Houston Partnership

Bio

Rich Byrnes

Chief Port Infrastructure Officer

Port Houston

Bio

 

Robert Jacquet

Vice President of Commercial

BBC Chartering

Bio

Roger Guenther

Executive Director

Port Houston

Bio

Shareen Larmond

President

West Gulf Maritime Association

Bio

HIMC Moderators

Dominic Sun

Director of Trade Development

Port Houston

Bio

Lori Brownell, Director of Channel Development Port Houston

Lori Brownell

Director of Channel Development

Port Houston

Bio

Maria Aguirre

Director of Community Relations

Port Houston

Bio

 

Ricardo Arias

Manager of Trade Development

Port Houston

Bio

Rina Lawrence

Manager of Economic Development

Port Houston

Bio

 

Trae Camble

Director of Environmental Affairs

Port Houston

Bio

Ty Reasonover

Senior Manager of Trade Development

Port Houston

Bio

 

HIMC Agenda

*All times in Central Standard Time. All sessions will be hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, except for the closing reception. Registration includes access to all sessions and closing reception.

7:00 AM – Registration opens

7:15 AM – Breakfast

8:00 AM – Opening remarks by Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston

8:15 AM – Session 1State of the Economy

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Speaker – Patrick Jankowski, Senior Vice President of Research, Greater Houston Partnership

Description: Global, national, and regional economic outlook. Hear from one of our region’s experts, whose analysis has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

9:00 AM – Session 2Navigating our Port Future (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator & Panelist – Lori Brownell, Director of Channel Improvement, Port Houston

Panelist – Jeff Davis, Chief Port Operations Officer, Port Houston

Panelist – Rich Byrnes, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Port Houston

Description: Hear how we are using a multi-disciplinary approach at Port Houston for operational excellence via upland and maritime advancement. Panelist Jeff Davis will talk about minimizing supply chain issues through strategic growth and innovation. Panelist Rich Byrnes will talk about resilience through diversification and sustainable infrastructure. Moderator and Panelist will talk about advancing the marine highway.

9:45 AM – Networking Break

10:00 AM – Session 3Ask the experts: Changing the Outlook of the Import Market (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Dominic Sun, Director of Trade Development, Port Houston

Panelist – Jonathan Gold, Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation

Panelist – Kim Vaccaro, Director of Global Operations, The Home Depot

Panelist – Melissa Contrevo, Director of International Logistics, Five Below

Description – Open and transparent discussions with leaders from various segments of the import supply chain.  In conversation they will offer a broad perspective on shifting demand and sourcing, along with insights on dealing with the potential of future supply chain disruptions.

10:45 AM – Session 4Keeping America Competitive: Container export flow in Houston (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Ty Reasonover, Trade Development Manager, Port Houston

Panelist – Giancarlo Morgera, Executive Vice President of Export Liner Services, MSC USA

Panelist – Michael Symonanis, Director of Strategic Network, Louis Dreyfus Company

Panelist – Nadia Scornaienchi, Director of North American International Trade Operations, Dow Chemical

Description – What are best practices for shippers and ocean carriers to expedite the flow of exports to global markets? What has the Houston region done well with, and what can be improved? Hear about this and more.

11:30 AM – Networking Break

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Session 5Project Cargo – Adapting to the Winds of Change (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Ricardo Arias, Trade Development Manager, Port Houston

Panelist – Robert Jacquet, Vice President of Commercial, BBC Chartering

Panelist – Andrew Young, Logistics Manager & BDTS, Bechtel Global Logistics

Description – How terminals must get ready for changing cargoes including a potential increase in  sustainability project cargo.

1:45 PM – Session 6The Texas Economy: A State of Growth (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Rina Lawrence, Manager of Economic Development, Port Houston

Panelist – BJ Simon, President/CEO, Baytown-West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation

Panelist – Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of Texas Economic Development & Tourism, Office of the Texas Governor

Description – A discussion on what is driving the more than two-year boom on the Texas and Port Houston region. What factors and trends are driving this peak, and will it slow down?

2:30 PM – Networking Break

2:45 PM – Session 7 – Sustainability and Energy Transition (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Trae Camble, Director of Environmental Affairs, Port Houston

Panelist – Lee Kindberg, Head of Environment & Sustainability, North America, Maersk

Panelist – David Cummins, President & CEO, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

3:30 PM – Session 8 – The Workforce of the Future (Panel Discussion)

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Moderator – Maria Aguirre, Director of Community Relations, Port Houston

Panelist – Shareen Larmond, President, West Gulf Maritime Association

Panelist – Alan Robb, Assistant General Organizer/President of South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, International Longshoreman’s Association, AFL-CIO

Panelist – Brian Fielkow, Strategic Advisor and Board Member, The GTI Group

Description – A conversation with leaders in the maritime workforce and academic development fields about current workforce needs, predictions of future needs, and what is being done to ensure we are developing the workforce of the future.

4:15 PM – Closing remarks by Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston

4:30 PM – Adjourn

5:00 PM – Closing reception at Greater Houston Partnership 701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900 Houston, TX 77010 (Included in admission)

Learn About Port Houston and the Houston Ship Channel

Thanks to our Sponsors

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Port Houston Title Sponsor of HIMC

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Gold Sponsor

 

Lunch Sponsor

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact PHAEvents@porthouston.com

 

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Hotels

HIMC 2022 will be hosted at the Four Season Hotel in Downtown Houston. There are no discounted rooms available at the Four Seasons, but there are hotels available within walking distance. Below is a list of recommended hotels:

  • Hilton Americas – Houston (0.2 miles away)
  • Le Méridien – Houston Downtown (0.2 miles away)
  • Marriott Marquis – Houston (0.3 miles away)
  • Courtyard by Marriott – Houston Downtown (0.3 miles away)
  • Hampton Inn – Houston Downtown (0.3 miles away)
  • The Westin – Houston Downtown (0.4 miles away)
  • JW Marriott – Houston Downtown (0.4 miles away)
  • Hyatt Regency – Houston (0.5 miles away)

 

Things to Do in Houston

While attending HIMC 2022, take advantage of exploring the great city of Houston. Whether you’re looking for a solo outing, a night out with the team or you’ve brought the family for an extended stay, H-Town has something for everyone. From outdoor recreations and sporting events to exciting nightlife and delicious dining spots, there’s plenty to do. Below is a list of recommendations:

Restaurants

  • Bayou & Bottle
  • The Rustic – Downtown
  • Hearsay on the Green
  • Pappasito’s Cantina
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
  • Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
  • Saltgrass Steakhouse

 

Lounges/Bars

  • MKT Bar
  • The Rustic – Downtown
  • Reserve 101
  • Z ON 23 Rooftop Bar
  • Pitch 25 Beer Garden
  • Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
  • Biggio’s Sports Bar

 

Family Fun

  • Minute Maid Park – Houston Astros
  • PNC Stadium – Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash
  • Toyota Center – Houston Rockets
  • Downtown Aquarium – Houston
  • Bayou Music Center
  • House of Blues – Houston
  • Wortham Theatre Center
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre
  • Discover Green Park
  • Sam Houston Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts – Houston
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Children’s Museum – Houston
  • Houston Zoo