The Honorable Carl W. Bentzel (Commissioner at Federal Maritime Commission)

The Honorable Carl W. Bentzel

Commissioner at Federal Maritime Commission

Commissioner Bentzel will discuss recent developments regarding the implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and the impact on marine terminal operators.

Retired General Stephen R. Lyons (Port and Supply Chain Envoy at The Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force)

Retired General Stephen R. Lyons

Port and Supply Chain Envoy at The Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

General Stephen R. Lyons will address NAWE members on his role as the Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden Administration.

The Honorable Louis E. Sola (Commissioner at Federal Maritime Commission)

The Honorable Louis E. Sola

Commissioner at Federal Maritime Commission

Please join us for brief remarks from Federal Maritime Commissioner, The Honorable Louis E. Sola, during breakfast on Thursday.

Kate Kuehn (Managing Director of Aon)

Kate Kuehn

Managing Director of Aon

Kate Kuehn has been an active thought leader in security and advanced network technologies for nearly 20 years. She evolved as a thought leader through leading some of the industry’s first projects in ethernet as a network (CPA), IAAS and cloud-based DDOS.

A mother of four, when not focusing on security, Kuehn loves leading her girls’ Girl Scout troop and spending as much time possible sailing/boating with her family. Kate’s main areas of focus include understanding the role of the modern CISO in the current digital revolution, the correlation between security, cloud, mobility and traditional IT initiatives, and STEM outreach. She is passionate about mentoring and developing women in technology.

Anthony Bedell (Senior Corporate and Government Relations Director of Becker)

Anthony Bedell

Senior Corporate and Government Relations Director of Becker
Paul Bingham (Director, Economics and Country Risk | Transportation Consulting of S&P Global Market Intelligence)

Paul Bingham

Director, Economics and Country Risk | Transportation Consulting of S&P Global Market Intelligence

Mr. Bingham will present "Global Economic Outlook and Trade Trends" where he will share what will shape port cargo demand in 2023 and beyond. This presentation will review developments in the global economy and forecasts from economists at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Recent trends in US commodity trade tracked by S&P Global will be analyzed from the perspective of implications for US ports.

Joe Calhoun (Director of Propane Education & Research Council)

Joe Calhoun

Director of Propane Education & Research Council

How do we reduce emissions today? Our world cannot wait for a perfect tomorrow - "someday" all-electric will be renewable and cleaner. For some disadvantaged communities, and those communities are often close to ports, that day may take even longer to achieve. We need to achieve emissions reductions today. This presentation will focus on how propane can decarbonize ports today. Propane is currently being used in a variety of engine applications including port tractors, forklifts, telehandlers, light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles, and commercial generators. Propane is readily available to inland and coastal ports and it's carbon footprint is cleaner than the electric grid.

Propane reduces more emissions per dollar spent than any other fuel, benefiting both the environment and your bottom line. In addition, propane:

o Reduces GHG and carbon dioxide emissions
o Reduces air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides
o Produces significantly fewer emissions than diesel or gasoline
o Propane reduces CO2 emissions by 16 percent compared to diesel generators

Unlike gasoline and diesel, propane is non-toxic and does not contaminate air, land, or water resources.

There is a time value of carbon emissions and mother nature cannot wait for us. We need to reduce emissions now and propane can provide part of that answer today.

Who would have thought that part of the answer to the problem of decarbonizing ports was sitting in your back yard the whole time?

CDR Kerry Feltner, USCG (Director of Current Operations at Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER))

CDR Kerry Feltner, USCG

Director of Current Operations at Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER)

CDR Kerry Feltner, a native of Pensacola, FL, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995. He served as an Avionics technician and C-130 Navigator until he was commissioned in 2001 through the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School.

As a Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber and Intel (C5I) officer, highlights of his service include assignments as C4IT Department Head USCG Base Honolulu HI, USCG Navigation Center, Deputy Chief of the CG Computer Network Defense/Operations, U.S. Cyber Command J23 as the intelligence officer in charge - Joint Operations Center, USCG headquarters C5I Program Reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs, attended Senior Service School at National Defense University, served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security Joint Cyber Coordination Group, and is currently the Director of Current Operations at Coast Guard Cyber Command.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, an M.S. from George Mason University in Information Systems Management, an M.S. from National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Omar Franco (Senior Director of Becker)

Omar Franco

Senior Director of Becker

The Becker DC Team will be providing up to date insights into what is going on in Washington politically and legislatively. We will discuss the ramifications of the November 2022 mid-term elections and how it will impact the 118th Congress. Specifically, we will look at the new Congressional Committee Chairs and assignments and discuss the upcoming legislative session and what the expectations will be leading up to the Presidential Elections in 2024.

David Gully (Regional Sales Manager at Taylor Machine Works, Inc.)

David Gully

Regional Sales Manager at Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

David Gully is the regional sales manager for the West Coast. Early in his career, Gully studied electrical componentry of industrial equipment. Gully has 27 years of expertise and knowledge of material handling equipment with Taylor Machine Works, Inc. and with Taylor’s sister company, Sudden Service, Inc. Before his position in sales, Gully worked with Sudden Service, Inc., the aftermarket parts and service company, as product support manager. His knowledge helped chart the course for electrical componentry in gantry cranes and steering involving electronic communication.

Since 2005 Gully has been directly responsible for working with Taylor Authorized dealers in providing material handling equipment based on the specific customer needs and in offering fleet management solutions in port and terminal management systems.

Dave Jansen (Senior Advisor at Blank Rome Government Relations)

Dave Jansen

Senior Advisor at Blank Rome Government Relations

Mr. Jansen will participate as part of a panel discussion providing a political briefing on 2022 midterm election results. He will share insights and perspectives on changes in Congressional leadership, shifts in committee chairs and ranking minority members, and prospects for legislation moving in the 118th Congress.

Colleen Moffitt (Founding Partner at Communiqué PR)

Colleen Moffitt

Founding Partner at Communiqué PR

Colleen Moffitt is the Founding Partner of Communiqué PR which is based in Seattle, WA. Before founding Communiqué, Colleen was a program manager for RealNetworks where she managed competitive reviews, led feature definition and developed detailed specifications.

Colleen is also the co-author of Strategic Public Relations: 10 Principles to Harness the Power of PR and she often speaks on topics of public relations, social media and the changing media landscape.

Colleen is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and completed a year of French studies at the at the Universitaire d'Etudes Francaises of the University of Grenoble III.

Dr. Shashi Kumar (Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at Maritime Administration)

Dr. Shashi Kumar

Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at Maritime Administration

Dr. Kumar will discuss ashore and afloat workforce development policies for the United States maritime sector, and the implementation of those policies.

Stephen Peranich (Principal at Blank Rome Government Relations)

Stephen Peranich

Principal at Blank Rome Government Relations

Mr. Peranich will provide an analysis of the results of the 2022 Midterm election, be updated on changes in the leadership of the chambers of Congress and key committees of interest to our industry, and informed of potential implications upon federal policies and program funding levels in the upcoming 118th Congress.


Carl Robinson

Director of Business Development at DBT Environmental Services

Mr. Robinson will join the Strategies to Achieve Emissions Reductions session.

Steve Rothberg (Partner at Mercator International LLC)

Steve Rothberg

Partner at Mercator International LLC

Mr. Rothberg will review the extent of the major transactions that infrastructure investment funds (such as Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Fund, EQT Infrastructure, etc.) have executed in the North American port domain over the past decade (or so) and how the involvement of these funds has impacted capacity levels and service levels in those relevant ports.

He will briefly discuss the high-level requirements that North America’s ports have for improvements and additions in major infrastructure over the next decade to meet capacity and service demands.

The role that the infrastructure investments funds could potentially play in the next decade to help the industry meet those demands will also be discussed.

Edward Segal (Owner at Edward Segal Communications)

Edward Segal

Owner at Edward Segal Communications

Mr. Segal will present "Effective Crisis Communication Strategies, Tactics, And Techniques" where he will share that it’s not a matter of IF a company or organization will have a crisis, but WHEN. In this lively interactive session, nationally known crisis communication expert Edward Segal shares his advice on how, when, and why to communicate effectively with the media, public, and others about any crisis.

Peter Simons (Peter Simons is currently the Supervisory Transportation Specialist in the Office of Port Infrastructure Development at U.S. Maritime Administration)

Peter Simons

Peter Simons is currently the Supervisory Transportation Specialist in the Office of Port Infrastructure Development at U.S. Maritime Administration

Peter Simons is currently the Supervisory Transportation Specialist in the Office of Port Infrastructure Development, U.S. Maritime Administration. In that capacity, he manages the office’s engineering and transportation specialist staffs in their administration of all Department of Transportation grants awarded to ports. He is also the lead for MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Grant Program, supervising all administrative aspects of the program from notice of funding opportunity development through grant award announcement.

Prior to joining the Maritime Administration, Mr. Simons served at the ports of Galveston and Texas City, Texas. He is a veteran of the Coast Guard, having served in a variety of assignments, both ashore and afloat and as a law specialist and judge advocate. He is also a licensed merchant mariner and received his Professional Port Manager certification from the American Association of Port Authorities in 2019.

Jeff Vogel (Member at Cozen O'Connor)

Jeff Vogel

Member at Cozen O'Connor

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA 2022) brought about the first sweeping change to Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) regulatory authority in nearly four decades. We will provide NAWE members with an update to the FMC's efforts to implement its OSRA 2022 authorities through the rulemaking process, as well as provide insights on NAWE's strategy to mitigate the risks to marine terminal operators arising from the Commission's efforts.

We will also discuss the associated challenges that have arisen from OSRA 2022, including numerous federally-mandated data collection efforts aimed at ocean carriers and marine terminal operators, and a notable increase in demurrage and detention enforcement actions and reparations claims.