HIMC 2023 Agenda

October 31 – November 1, 2023 – Hilton Americas, Downtown Houston


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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Monday, October 30, 2023

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Golf Outing (Sold Out)
8:00 AM – Registration & Driving Range
9:30 AM – Shotgun Start
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, Grand Ballroom, Hilton Americas Downtown
7:45 AM Breakfast
8:15 AM Welcome with Emcee – John Moseley, Chief Commercial Officer, Port Houston
8:30 AM Opening Remarks – Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston
8:45 AM State of the Economy
Speaker: Patrick Jankowski – Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Economist, Greater Houston Partnership
9:15 AM Logistics Technology in the Season of Efficiency – What Really Matters?
Moderator: Shaun Leone – CEO, Sunburst Truck Lines, Inc.
Panelists: Rene Alvarenga, Sr. Director of Product Management, Kaleris
Gene Gander, General Manager Global Sales, CargoWise
Thomas Bagge, CEO and Statutory Director, DCSA
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM The Next Generation of the Logistics Workforce
Moderator: John Hark, Regional Director, Bertling Logistics, Inc.
Panelists: Eloy Cortez – Representative, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, ILA
Dr. Cassia Galvao, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M at Galveston
Kevin Sykes, Safety Director, Seafarers International Union
11:00 AM Successful Strategies to Manage Growth and Risk on the Busiest Ship Channel in the US
Moderator: J.J. 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 Beyond the Traditional Blueprint: The New Era of Ocean Transportation and the Power of Collaborative Innovation in a Dynamic World
Moderator: Tom Hughes, Executive Vice President for Imports, MSC
Panelists: Sherry Harriman, Senior Vice President, Logistics & Supply Chain, Academy Sports & Outdoors
Stacy Wedgeworth, Senior Manager, Gulf Import Market, Walmart
Cris Borzani, Manager, International Freight & Customs Compliance, Igloo
1:45 PM Sustainability on the Seas
Moderator: Anthony Fullbrook, President, OEC Group
Panelists: George Goldman, Executive Chairman, Greenabl Shippers Association
Stacey Kobayashi, Global Logistics Professional, Independent Consultant
Nathan Adams, VP Trade and Head of Sales, Hyundai America Shipping Agency, Inc.
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM How OSRA 22 Continues to Impact the Industry
Speaker: Commissioner Carl Bentzel, Federal Maritime Commission
3:15 PM From Steel Production to Energy Production – A Collective Perspective on Policy, New Technology, and Project Logistics
Moderator: Dea Chincuanco, VP, Strategy and Commercial Management, dship Carriers (Americas), Inc.
Panelists: Richard Chriss, Esq., President & International Trade Counsel, AMSCI
Jake Swanson, Regional Vice President, Head of Americas Region, Industrial Projects, DHL Industrial Projects
Lisa Haley, VP, Supply Chain Strategy, NET Power
4:00 PM Waterside Chat 
Greg R. Cook, Vice President, Transporter IntermodaLogistics
Michael Symonanis, Director, Strategic Network, Louis Dreyfus Company LLC/American Cotton Shippers Associations
4:30 PM Partner of the Year/Lone Star Award
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 Welcome with Emcee – John Moseley, Chief Commercial Officer, Port Houston
8:45 AM Panama Canal – A Global Gateway
Speaker: Dr. Ricaurte Vásquez Morales, Administrator, Panama Canal Authority
9:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Evolving and Building the Supply Chain of the Future
Speaker: Carson Landsgard, Chief Supply Chain Officer, H-E-B
9:30 AM Terminal Fluidity – Accommodating Future Growth
Moderator: Davey Miller, Senior Director of Operations, MRS-CMC
Panelists: Jeff Davis, Chief Port Operations Officer, Port Houston
Sean McShane, President, C&K Trucking
Christopher Parvin, Executive Vice President – Marine Operations, MSC
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM The Evolution of Logistics Surrounding Resins, Chemicals and Liquids
Moderator: Amy Hark, Senior Director, Americas & Global Logistics Purchasing, Huntsman Corporation
Panelists: Chris Yarborough, Global Business Solutions Leader, Celanese Specialty Chemicals Corporation
Ritesh Kothari, COO Polymers, Tricon Energy
Cynthia Jilg, Americas Logistics Manager, ExxonMobil
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: Narin Phol, Executive Vice President – President, North America, A.P. Moeller Maersk
Stuart Sandlin, President, North America, Hapag-Lloyd AG
Allen Clifford, Executive Vice President, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
12:00 PM A Conversation about Future Trends of Breakbulk Cargo with the Breakbulk Carriers Who Have Been Handling Your Cargo for Decades with Consistency and Reliability
Moderator: Dave Morgan, President & CEO, Cooper/Ports America
Panelists: Scott Krantzcke, Managing Director, Atlantic, G2 Ocean
Peter Svensson, Senior Vice President, Head of Clipper Americas, Inc.
Rajith Aykkara, Line Vice President, Bahri Line
12:45 PM Grab and Go Lunch + Networking
1:45 PM Unlocking the Potential: Navigating the Foreign Trade Zone Program for Enhanced Global Trade
Moderator: Rina Lawrence, Economic Development Manager, Port Houston
Panelists: Camille Evans, Senior Analyst, U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Officer Charles Rust, Supervisory Officer, Customs & Border Protection
Officer Phillip Lancaster, Supervisory CBP Officer, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Trey Boring, FTZ Consultant, IMS Worldwide
2:45 PM Texas-Sized Savings: Maximizing the Foreign Trade Zone Program in Texas and Beyond
Moderator: Rina Lawrence, Port Houston, Economic Development Manager
Panelists: Bob Samford, Economic Development Director, City of Lufkin
Joshua Griffith, FTZ-196 Managing Director, Hillwood
Danielle Converse, Foreign Trade Zone Manager, Port Corpus Christi
James Grogan, Managing Director, Global Trade and Foreign Trade Zones, FTI Consulting
3:45 PM Closing