A. Paul Anderson
Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa Port Authority as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades. Prior to joining the Tampa Port Authority, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.
Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority. In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman. During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.
Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.
Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; and the Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council.
Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
As Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn serves on several boards and governing authorities including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. The mayor is represented on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tampa Bay Water, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority. He also appoints citizens to serve on a number of other boards, committees and authorities charged with regulating and overseeing various city operations.
Buckhorn is committed to continuously looking for ways to reduce costs and create opportunities for economic growth. In June 2011, he formed the Economic Competitiveness Committee to review the City of Tampa’s permitting and regulatory processes and look for ways to improve the system. Buckhorn is committed to ensuring that Tampa is known as a place that is open for business and he will continue to focus on building an environment that will create a strong economic climate.
Buckhorn graduated from Penn State University in 1980, with a degree in Political Science. He is married to Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn and they have two daughters.
Richard Chriss is the Executive Director of the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS). He is an accomplished attorney with a broad background in international trade law and policy both on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch of the United States Government. He received graduate training in public policy and economics at Harvard University and studied international law at the University of London.
Mr. Chriss served as Senator Chuck Grassley’s international trade counsel, on both his personal and Senate Finance Committee staffs. In that role, Mr. Chriss was involved in drafting bills and helping develop legislative strategy for a number of key trade initiatives, including Trade Promotion Authority, the Africa Trade Bill, FTA implementing legislation, and other similar legislation. Mr. Chriss later served for two years as Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary for International Trade in the Department of Commerce.
Then-Ambassador Rob Portman asked Mr. Chriss to work with him at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, a job he held for about six years. In this position, he worked on the WTO Doha Round negotiations in Geneva, the US-Korea trade agreement (KORUS) in Korea and in the United States, China trade issues, and other related matters.
Mr. Chriss left USTR in mid-2011 to create and manage his own firm to primarily advise American businesses on trade matters, including trade negotiations, market access, and trade compliance issues. He assumed his role with AIIS in November 2013.
Tom Perdue is President of Ports America Stevedoring. Prior to joining Ports America, Perdue served as the chief executive officer of United Vision Logistics, the leading provider of land transportation services to the United States energy industry. Additionally, Perdue has leadership and industry experience that includes executive vice president and chief operating officer of NYK Logistics and GST Corp. (NYK subsidiary), vice president intermodal for C.H. Robinson Worldwide and assistant vice president intermodal and automotive operations for Burlington Northern Railroad.
Perdue’s industry participation has included vice chairman Distribution Business Management Association; Executive Committee Supply Chain Leaders in Action; Board of Directors Intermodal Association of North America; chairman operating committee, Intermodal Association of North America; Board of Advisors Eno Transportation Foundation; Advisory Committee Minnesota Governor’s Freight Advisory Committee; and member of the executive policy committee American Trucking Association, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Supply Chain Council, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and National Ocean Industries Association.
Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin is a career-long trade journalist, editor and writer, who has spent more than four decades covering the steel, nonferrous metals and other process industries.
In her current position as executive editor of American Metal Market, a division of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Jo heads and is responsible for the editorial operations of AMM’s daily edition.
In recent years and time allowing , Jo has tapped the expertise gained over those years to analyze and interpret events of interest—and pivotal importance--to the metals supply chain. Recent projects include “The Tom Graham Chronicles,” a two-disc video interview tracing the legendary career of a steel industry icon and a comprehensive look at the “new” Japanese steel industry.
Prior to joining AMM as managing editor in March 2000, Jo held a variety of positions with major U.S. publishers including McGraw-Hill and Penton Media Inc. and has worked in a freelance capacity with organizations ranging from the American Management Association and the National Association of Manufacturers to the Japan Steel Information Center. She is the founding editor of American Metal Market magazine and has served as editor in chief and a contributing editor of 33 Metal Producing and written for publications ranging from Business Week and Buyside to corporate newsletters for clients including Union Carbide, Verizon, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Jo is the recipient of numerous Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards presented by American Business Media for editorial excellence.
Born in Varazze, Italy, on 2nd January 1957
Studies upto Secondary Degree in Nautical School in Savona, Italy. Graduated both as Ship Deck Officer and Ship Engine Officer, completed in 1977
Studies at University in Genoa, upto Graduation in Economics, completed in 1982 Military service as Deck Officer in Italian Navy in 1977 and 1978
- Italian – Mother tongue – Written and Spoken
- English – Written and Spoken
- French – Written and Spoken
- Spanish – Written and Spoken
Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, from September 1988. Promoted to Fellowship of the Institute in 1997. Chairman of the Education Committee in Italian Federation of Shipagents and Shipbrokers Chairman of the Chartering and Documentary Committee of FONASBA (World Federation of National Association of Ship Agent and Brokers)
Started working in Family Logistics business in “Carlini & C Srl – Agenzia Marittima – Casa di Spedizioni”, based in Savona, Italy, owned by Francesco Carlini (Father) by end of 1978 as Employee in Operations on Quay and Office. Main activity in Steel handling and Chartering in Export from Italy; Company working as exclusive Forwarder for Ferrero Steel Group.
In 1979, whilst studying at University, got a part-time job at Teacher at Nautical School in Savona to teach Navigation, and Seamanship. This activity was carried on, always on part-time basis, till 1993.
In 1983 entered in Board of Directors of the Family Company, as well as became Managing Director of “Euro CAM – Agenzia Marittima”, a Ship Agency business covering Italian Ports, still owned by the family, plus liner parcel service from Italy and Spain to UK, Ireland and North Continent.
Managing Director of Euro CAM till end of 1992, when the Family business was sold to a Shipping Group with Logistics, Chartering and Terminal Activities. As from January 1993 Chairman of a Shipping Agency and Forwarding Company part of a bigger Group; trading mainly with Steel and Forest Products, as well as in Chartering activities.
From January 1995 till end of 1998 General manager of Port terminal in Savona, Italy. Main commodities handled (Totalling about 1.5 Million Tons per year) being Steel, Forest Products and Bulk Minerals. Terminal was also handling custom clearance and Logistics/Distribution.
January 1999 till December 2002 – Logistics Consultant first and then Logistics Manager for Ferrero Siderurgica Group, taking care of Logistics both in the mills and for Export and Import of Steel products for account of the Group, which was producing approx. 1.5 million Tons Steel Long products.
January 2003 onward – Logistics Consultant for Beltrame Group in all their activities in Export and Import of Steel products for their mills in Italy, France, Switzerland and Romania
January 2000 till July 2007 – Logistics and Techical Consultant for Siderurgica Latina Martin in Italy and Strand Tech Martin, in USA. Mills producing PC Strand and Steel Wires, controlling all Logistics on Import of Steel Wire Rod and Export of PC Strand and Steel Wires.
April 1999 till today – Shareholder and now sole Owner, Director and now Chairman & CEO of Multi Marine Services, Genoa , Italy, developing activities of Shipbroking, International Forwarding, Ship Agency and 3rd Party Logistics Provider in connection with Worldwide Sea Transport and Distribution
Author of Speeches on Ship Broking and Steel Distribution in Conferences and Symposiums
Relator at Pulp & Paper Industry Transport Symposium in Gothenburg Consultant of Steel producers for Logistics and Technical controls
Mr. Phelps came to the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) in 1996 and retired at the end of 2013. He is currently residing in both Northern Virginia and The Villages in Central Florida while participating in Platts-SBB steel training seminars and planning for the annual Port of Tampa Steel Conference. He remains active in the never-ending debate on steel protectionism as a consultant on international steel trade. He also is involved in a local Catholic school as a substitute teacher and volunteers at a Hospice in central Florida.
As president at AIIS he was responsible for helping AIIS fulfill its mission to support free trade and economic growth through competition in the steel trade, and to oppose protectionist barriers to trade, including tariffs, non-tariff barriers and subsidies. Prior to joining AIIS, Mr. Phelps worked as a customs and steel products consultant. He was also an officer at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), where he was employed for nearly 15 years. His areas of responsibility were customs, transportation, and public policy issues affecting steel market development programs. Mr. Phelps holds an MA in economics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and a BS in economics from George Mason University in Virginia.
Walter H. Kemmsies
As Moffatt & Nichol’s Chief Economist, Walter Kemmsies, PhD, directs and oversees the firm’s work related to market studies, financial analyses, global trade and economic trend forecasts as they pertain to investment in transportation infrastructure, particularly maritime facilities. Since joining Moffatt & Nichol in 2006, he has led or participated in projects ranging from strategic development plans for North American and South American ports through high-profile merger and acquisition transactions of port-related entities to terminal-operator expansion decisions. Dr. Kemmsies is also an advisor to executives at major transportation companies such as Maersk and Norfolk Southern.
Dr. Kemmsies is a seasoned economist with a global perspective, having lived in Europe and Latin America, and travelled extensively on work assignments throughout Asia. Prior to joining Moffatt & Nichol, he was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan, London, which he joined after heading the Global Industry Strategy team for UBS.
Dr. Kemmsies publishes a regular monthly column in American Shipper and economic outlook reports for Rosenblatt Securities, and is a contributor to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Professional Forecasters. He is also a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and an advisor to the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation at Rutgers University.
Dr. Kemmsies received his Doctorate in Economics (Econometrics, Financial Economics) from Texas A&M University where he received the Alfred E. Chalk Distinguished Research Award. He has a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.
Alan Price is a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and chair of the firm’s International Trade Practice, which was recently recognized by Law360 as “Practice Group of the Year” for the fourth straight year. Alan has 30 years of experience representing clients in high-profile and complex international trade matters, and leads the firm’s antidumping and countervailing duty practice. He has particular expertise with the trade-distorting practices of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and in representing U.S. producer interests in World Trade Organization (WTO) cases involving China’s raw material export restrictions. Alan has comprehensive experience with international disputes in the steel, aluminum, paper, and clean energy industries. His prominent clients include major steel producers such as Nucor Corporation, Gerdau, and Tenaris. Alan has just completed a tow-year term as President of the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL).
Widely recognized for his knowledge and capabilities, Alan is regularly rated as one of the nation’s “Leading Lawyers” in his field by Chambers USA, which denotes him as “highly active adviser” (2013) and commends his “big-picture oriented approach” (2014). Clients have described him to Chambers as “an excellent professional, very knowledgeable, and with vast experience in the field” (2012), and to The Legal 500 US as “a ‘go to’ lawyer” who is “knowledgeable, efficient and client focused” (2013). Alan is the author of numerous papers on state ownership in the Chinese steel industry and on Chinese raw materials export policies, and he has presented on those topics at Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) workshops and committee meetings.
Alan received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School, and obtained his B.A. with high honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Phillip K. Bell is President of the Washington, D.C. based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). The SMA represents 31 North American steel producers and 115 associate member companies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. SMA members account for over 75% of domestic steel production, and employ over 80,000 people. The SMA serves as the voice of the North American steel industry.
Prior to leading the SMA, Phil spent 10 years with Geradu Long Steel North America where he served as Director of External Communications and Public Affairs based in Tampa, Fl. He is a 25 year industry veteran, who developed an interest in the steel industry and manufacturing in the late 1980’s while serving as an operations supervisor at Elementis Chromium in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has held executive level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group and Qualitech Steel Corporation.
Mr. Bell currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC 12), advising the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy, trade agreements, and other trade related matters that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy. Phil is a Leadership Tampa 2010 alumni, and served on the boards of the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Aquarium while living in Tampa.
He is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and holds a master’s degree in Global Strategic Communications, with distinction, from the University of Florida. Phil and his wife Linda reside in Washington, D.C.
President, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers
Rick Shannon has more than 40 years in the transportation industry, holding senior positions in worldwide shipping companies. His career covers most of the major areas in the world including South-Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Far East. Rick has headed up projects for the building of airports, terminals, buildings with complete turn-key operations throughout the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. He represented Society General de Surveilance on many of the construction projects.
Rick entered the Soviet Union as the General Agent USA for all 17 Soviet Union ocean shipping companies in 1991. As the Soviet Union was going through turbulent times in the early 1990s of privatization, the basic infrastructure could not adapt to the overnight changes and demands. State owned companies disappeared and private entrepreneurs now had control of all areas within Russia. A period of mayhem followed.
In 1995 a new group had formed – Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers – and Rick became their first president in October 1995. The two-ship operation has grown to its present five-ship , dedicated U.S./St. Petersburg, all water service with no transshipment. It is the only liner service offering break-bulk, project freight, ro-ro, and container capability.
Rick has concentrated on working with Russian Customs and Russian diplomatic entities for the past 22 years as well as with U.S. regulatory bodies. In 2002, after two years of negotiating, Rick was able to put into the Russian Customs law, Order 441: a transparency method of offering customs clearance at the Port of St. Petersburg mandating customs clearance within three hours of discharge. The project worked, but resistance from the Russian side made it difficult to continue. Rick’s group had an exclusive on this mandate.
Mark P. Bula
Chief Commercial Officer
Mark Bula is Chief Commercial Officer for Big River Steel, responsible for sales, marketing, public relations, and logistics. Mark’s steel career began at National Steel Corporation where he held a variety of sales and marketing roles, including a key position on a commercial team focused on the metal construction market. He then joined Nucor at the company’s compact strip production (CSP) flat-rolled facility in Indiana, the first of its kind in the world. Mark was instrumental in the division’s transformation from a commodity price strategy to a targeted market strategy.
Upon completing his MBA, Mark was recruited to step away from the steel industry by a strategic consulting company catering to global Fortune 500 companies. As managing director for the industrial and consumer manufacturing practice at Root Learning, he led business strategy engagements for clients such as MillerCoors, PepsiCo, General Motors, Toyota, BHP Billiton, United Technologies Corporation and Boeing. Mark then formed his own consulting business, Marketing Minds, in 2003 to focus his expertise on marketing opportunities in the manufacturing arena.
During this time, Mark reunited with steel veteran John Correnti for two startup ventures. Mark served as the contracted Director of Marketing for SeverCorr and became a direct member of the Steel Development team as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. Mark then moved to Steel Tube Institute to serve as HSS Director and Board Member, developing and implementing strategies to grow the industry's market share in the hollow structural sections (steel tubing) marketplace.
Mark holds a B.S. degree in industrial marketing from Robert Morris University and an MBA in international business from The University of Toledo.