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Pulse of the Ports Panelist Biographies

Mario Moreno

Senior Economist,

Mario O. Moreno is Senior Quantitative Economist at Drewry, involved mainly in the research arm of the business. Moreno is an economist with more than 10 years’ experience in maritime forecasting and modelling and is well known in the container port and shipping industries, particularly in the Americas.

He joined Drewry in November 2017, with responsibility to enhance and support the company’s global maritime forecasting and analytics capabilities. At Drewry, Moreno is improving the group’s forecasting models used for port investment studies, market forecasts and maritime research equity and bond investments in the container, tanker, dry bulk and other shipping sectors.

Moreno integrates macroeconomic trends into his analysis of crucial shipping data to provide need-to-know intelligence to all sides of the shipping world. His analysis and forecasts are frequently cited by top business publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Bloomberg, and is a regular speaker at industry events such as the annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach.

Prior to joining Drewry, Moreno worked for JOC Group Inc. as a Senior Economist.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Global Business from William Paterson University, New Jersey, and a master’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Steve Gonzales

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Development,
Plastic Express
Export Shipper

Steve GonzalesSteve Gonzales is Vice President of Sales at Plastic Express, a privately-owned trucking, warehousing, packaging, transload and logistics Company based in City of Industry. Gonzales has been with Plastic Express since April 2017 and has held numerous sales positions in the last 25 years.

Plastic Express operates and manages 38 bulk rail terminals with over 9,000 railcars spots and 15 warehouses with over 2 million square feet across the country. In California and Texas, Plastic Express works closely with large plastic resin producers to package their products for export worldwide. Plastic Express is an asset-based company that employs over 350 employees across 16 states and is ISO 9001-certified.

Prior to joining Plastic Express, Gonzales owned his own sales consulting and training company for 12 years. He has facilitated training sessions for over 50,000 sales professionals from 22 countries covering topics such as leadership, negotiation and presentation skills.

Gonzales graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. in Communications. He is married with two children. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, running and golf.

Daniel Gardner

Vice President, Supply Chain,
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Import BCO

Lawrence Burns

Senior Vice President of Trades & Sales
Hyundai America Shipping Agency, Inc.
Ocean Carrier

Lawrence BurnsLawrence Burns joined Hyundai America Steamship Agency America’s HQ as Senior Vice President of Trade Management Group, Jan. 3, 2017. Burns brings 30 years of extensive industry experience in various ocean carrier management capacities. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, International Business Management.

Burns began his career at Hanjin Shipping as a Sales Representative in San Francisco. Lawrence then joined NOL, LTD and held various sales management positions; he served as the Branch Manager in Houston and was responsible for Gulf Intermodal Operations, Sales, Customer Service, Documentation and Administration. He then furthered his career with APL, Ltd., serving as District Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager in Dallas and New York for the Gulf and Northeast Regions. Before joining Hyundai, Burns returned to Hanjin Shipping, serving in his most recent role as General Manager of the Northeast Region.

Anthony Otto

Long Beach Container Terminal
Marine Terminal Operator

Anthony OttoAnthony Otto is President of Long Beach Container Terminal, LLC., where he is responsible for guiding the company through its groundbreaking Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project – a $2 billion modernization of two terminals into the most environmentally sustainable terminal in the world and the most technologically advanced terminal in North America. A subsidiary of Orient Overseas Container Line, under Otto’s guidance, LBCT has memorialized its commitment to the Middle Harbor Project through a 40 year, $4.1 billion lease with the Port of Long Beach. At full build out, Middle Harbor will boast zero-emission platforms in virtually every component of its operations – from quay cranes to a fleet of “Automated Guided Vehicles” that transport containers on the terminal facility while running exclusively on battery power. In addition, the complex will house the world’s largest battery exchange facility in order to service the large fleet of fully electrified terminal equipment.

Prior to joining LBCT in 2000, Otto served in various management capacities throughout the maritime industry. He began his career in 1984 and quickly leveraged his talents as a “hands on” manager to rise in the ranks at LBCT from Vice-President in 2003 to President in 2009. Otto has been sought after by elected officials and regulatory agencies for insight on how to balance marine terminal operations with environmental stewardship. Otto’s greatest achievements are his three sons and three granddaughters, all of whom live in Southern California and will be able to benefit from the hard work and vision of their grandfather.

Beth F. Whited

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Union Pacific Railroad

Beth F. Whited was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Union Pacific in December 2016. In this position, she is responsible for Union Pacific's four major business units: agriculture, premium, energy, industrial. She also oversees the railroad's Customer Care and Support team as well as the subsidiary LOUP Logistics.

Previously, Whited had been Vice President and General Manager – Chemicals, a position she held since October 2012, after serving one year as Vice President of the railroad’s National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance and Marketing and Sales, including President of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.

Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board and the supply chain advisory board of Brigham Young University (BYU). She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific’s LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women’s initiative.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1987. She and her husband, Kelvin, have three children.

Ken Kellaway

President and CEO
RoadOne Intermodal Logistics

As co-founder, President and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. RoadOne is one of the country's leading providers of intermodal transportation, container terminal operations, and related logistics services.

Kellaway was also one of the founders of RoadLink, the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the U.S. from 2000­2012. He served in multiple roles from Chief Commercial Officer to President during his tenure there and helped to develop and implement the strategic vision of RoadLink.

Additionally, Kellaway founded, and created the vision for E*Fill America, Inc., a leader in the national warehousing, distribution and ecommerce fulfillment business. With its unique service provider/shareholder model, E*Fill is able to offer over 175 locations and 50 million square feet of distribution logistics capacity to its clients on a variable cost basis.

Kellaway founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988, growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England's premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10-year period, Kellaway became New England¹s largest, full-service logistics company offering "Single Source Logistics Solutions" to both international shipping companies and importer/exporters alike. Kellaway was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row.

A true entrepreneur, Kellaway has also founded and launched multiple other companies in both the consumer goods space, food services, and logistics venues.

Prior to founding Kellaway, he held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.

Larry Gross

Gross Transportation Consulting

Larry GrossLarry Gross is a thirty-eight-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President and Founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, Colo., an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters.

Gross is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. His column, “Land Lines,” appears monthly in the Journal of Commerce. He is also the author and creator of “Intermodal in Depth,” an analytical newsletter covering all aspects of the intermodal sector.

Gross has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for the past four years, including participating in the “Freightcast” opening general session. He will do so again in 2018. He enjoys teaching and has authored business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida and the 2018 Operation Stimulus competition in Denver, as well as the IANA Expo Academic Challenge.

Prior to starting his consulting practice, Gross enjoyed a long career in intermodal equipment development and sales. He is the individual most closely associated with the innovative RoadRailer intermodal system, an organization that he headed for over a decade. During his RoadRailer career he was responsible for the sale of roughly a half-billion dollars’ worth of RoadRailer equipment both in North America and various overseas nations.

Gross holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Design from MIT.

He splits his time between Durango, Colo., and Mahwah, N.J., enjoying the special qualities of each location.

Bill Mongelluzzo

Senior Editor,
Journal of Commerce
Q&A Moderator

Bill Mongelluzzo

Mongelluzzo began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. 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. Mongelluzzo regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.

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