HIMC 2023 Agenda

Our comprehensive schedule of events features an exciting lineup of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities designed to inform and inspire attendees and to help them stay ahead of the latest trends and developments in the industry.

With a focus on the future of shipping, our conference is the perfect platform to learn from experts, network with peers, and explore innovative solutions to the maritime industry’s challenges. So take a look at our agenda and schedule, and get ready to chart a course for success at the HIMC23!

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Jump to: Monday, October 30, 2023 | Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Monday, October 30, 2023

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Golf Outing (this is a Closed Event)
8:00 AM – Registration & Driving Range
9:30 AM – Shotgun
2:30 PM – Awards Presentation
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Welcome Happy Hour Cocktail Reception at Holman Draft Hall

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

7:30 AM Registration
7:45 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks – Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston
8:45 AM State of the Economy
Speaker: Patrick Jankowski – Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, Greater Houston Partnership
9:15 AM Technology: The Key to the Supply Chain of the Future
Moderator: Shaun Leone – CEO, Sunburst Truck Lines, Inc.
Panelists: Scott Holland, Chief Product Officer, Navis
Gene Gander, General Manager Global Sales, WiseTech Global
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM Workforce Development: The Next Generation of the Logistics Workforce
Moderator: John Hark, Chartering Director, Bertling Logistics, Inc.
Panelists: Eloy Cortez – South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District Representative, ILA
Dr. Cassia Galvao, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M at Galveston
Kevin Sykes, Talent Acquisition Manager, Seafarers International Union
11:00 AM Successful Strategies to Manage Growth and Risk on the Busiest Ship Channel in the US
Moderator: JJ Plunkett, Chief Operating Officer/Port Agent, Houston Pilots Association
Panelists: Lori Brownell, Director, Channel Improvement, Port Houston
Darren Shelton, Chairman, Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee
Alberto Hernandez, Director, Vessel Traffic Service, US Coast Guard Houston-Galveston Sector
11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Shippers and BCO’s – Import Distribution, Network Planning, Warehouse and Distribution
Moderator: Tom Hughes, Executive Vice President of Imports, MSC
Panelists: TBA
1:45 PM Sustainability on the Seas
Moderator: Anthony Fullbrook, President, OEC Group
Panelists: George Goldman, Executive Chairman, Greenabl Shippers Association
Other Panelists: TBA
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM Keynote Speaker TBA
3:15 PM Steel and Project Cargo
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: Richard Chriss, Esq., President & International Trade Counsel, AMSCI
Jacob Swanson, Regional Vice President, Head of Americas Region, Industrial Projects, DHL Industrial Projects
4:30 PM Partner of the Year/Lonestar Awards
4:45 PM Closing Remarks
5:00 PM Adjourn
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Evening Reception at the Hilton Americas Houston

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

7:45 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM OSRA 22
Speaker: Commissioner Carl Bentzel, Federal Maritime Commission
9:00 AM Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Ricaurte Vásquez Morales, Administrator, Panama Canal Authority
9:30 AM Terminal Fluidity (trucking/chassis/rail)
Moderator: Davey Miller, Director of Southwest & Mid-South Operations, MRS-CMC
Panelists: Jeff Davis, Chief Port Operations Officer, Port Houston
Dustin Aaron, Senior Vice President of Operations, Quantix
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Resins/Chemicals/Liquids
Moderator: Amy Hark, Director, Americas & Global Logistics Purchasing, Huntsman Corporation
Panelists: TBA
11:15 AM A Conversation With the Carriers, Riding the Waves of Container Shipping
Moderator: Ken O’Brien, CEO and President, Gemini Shippers Group
Panelists: Peter Levesque, CMA CGM North America and American President Lines
Narin Phol, Executive Vice President – President, North America, A.P. Moeller Maersk
Stuart Sandlin, President, North America, Hapag-Lloyd AG
12:00 PM Breakbulk Ocean Carriers
Moderator: Dave Morgan, President & CEO, Cooper/Ports America
Panelists: Scott Krantzcke, Managing Director, Atlantic, G2 Ocean
Peter Svensson, Senior Vice President, Clipper Group
12:45 PM Grab and Go Lunch + Networking
1:45 PM FTZ Program
3:45 PM Closing Remarks