LogiChem US 2018

November 06 - 07, 2018

Princeton, NJ


2017 Speakers

Steve Ahern
Manager, Supply Chain Operational Design

Steve is currently the Manager, SC Operational Design North America. He leads a team that has responsibility for operational network design and SC Optimization in the region. He previously worked in Logistics Procurement serving in a variety of roles to include domestic and international modal management. Prior to working at BASF, he was with Honeywell working in a variety of SC Roles at both Business Unit and Corporate Levels.

Siva Narayanan
Director of International Logistics and Warehousing

Siva Narayanan, Solvay’s Director of International Logistics & Warehousing, supports Solvay’s business units in International Logistics, Purchasing and Supply Chain Excellence.   He is a member of Solvay’s Global Maritime Council which engages with ocean carriers worldwide. He has more than 35 years of international logistics experience which includes operations turn-around, change management, contracts and procurement, strategic planning, business development, logistics solutions and client relations. A major part of it was with the NOL Group. He started his career as a seagoing officer. He moved into ship management, and then into the commercial world of logistics.

 In addition to the US, Mr. Narayanan has lived and worked in Singapore, Thailand, and India. He has presented his views on logistics-related matters at various industry forums, such as the Defense Attaché’s Forum in Washington, D.C., Shipping Digest in New York, ITCO in Houston, ICC in New Jersey, JOC events such as the Trans Pacific Maritime conference and others tailored for specific audiences and companies. 

He is the past president of the United States Shippers' Association.

Heath Dhayer
Leader, Supply Chain Assurance
NOVA Chemicals

Heath Dhayer has been in the chemical industry for 22 years - 20 of those with Nova. Over the 22 years he has held various positions in logistics, customer service, marketing, planning, business development and most recently supply assurance managing the aspects of sales and operations planning.

Jeff Baxter
Director, Supply Chain
Pilot Chemical
Michele van Krieken
Global Manager, Supply Chain
Anthony Murray
Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team, Eastern Region
US Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Anthony H. “Tony” Murray III joined the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in August of 2000. He works out of the Eastern Region Field Office located in West Trenton, NJ.  As a member of the Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT), he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and to provide compliance assistance to Federal, state and local governments and the private sector.

Tony is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation.  He received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a Third Mate’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to sail as a deck office in the U.S. Merchant Marine.  He then sailed onboard U.S. flag ships for 15 years and advanced his merchant marine license to “Master Unlimited” and also holds the rank of Captain U.S. Navy Reserve (retired).

Captain Murray began his Federal civil service career in December 1991 as a Marine Transportation Specialist for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). After 6 years with MSC, Murray transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in Arlington, Virginia, where he administered programs related to the certification, training and licensing of U.S. Merchant Marine officers and seamen.  After leaving USCG and before coming to the US DOT, Murray spent 2 years with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Marine Accident Investigator in the NTSB Office of Marine Safety. 

Tony lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife Mary Lou and daughter Grace.

Lisa Matsinger
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Federal Railroad Administration
Andrew O'Connor
Global Director and Head, Digital SC Development

Andy O’Connor has over 20 years of leadership experience working in the Chemical Industry in various Supply Chain, Strategy, and Customer centric roles.  Andy joined BASF in 1990 and is currently the Global Director of Digital Supply Chain Development for the BASF Group.  Andy’s experience includes business acquisitions and integrations, organizational design and restructuring, global and regional supply chain management, customer focused collaborations, and numerous ERP implementations.

Andy graduated from Bloomfield College earning dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Supply Chain Management.  He earned his Master’s in Management Science with a concentration in Business Planning from Stevens Institute of Technology.  In addition, he holds an Executive Scholar certification from The Kellogg School of Management and a professional logistics certification from The American Society of Transportation & Logistics.

Mark Porter
Leader, Sourcing and Logistics

Mark Porter is currently the Sourcing & Logistics leader for DuPont’s Nutrition & Health Business. He received his degree from Clemson University in Chemical Engineering and received his CPSM certification (Certified Professional in Supply Management) from the Institute of Supply Management. He has a diverse background at DuPont, having worked in roles in plant engineering, operations, R&D, business leadership, and finance. He has been involved in procurement since 2001 and in his present role leading the Nutrition & Health procurement organization since 2014. 

He works at the DuPont headquarters in Wilmington Delaware and resides with his family in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Dwight Price
Category Manager, Rail and Equipment
Joel Kamp
Head of Bulk Scheduling, Region Americas
Linde Group

Joel Kamp is currently the Head of Bulk Scheduling for Linde’s Region Americas Business Unit. His team has the responsibility for scheduling bulk industrial gas deliveries to customer tanks in North and South America to insure continuous product supply. He received his degree from Pennsylvania State University in Business Logistics and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Joel has held roles in Scheduling, Transport, Supply Chain, and Product Management during his 24 years in the industrial gases business.

Joel works at Linde’s Operations Center in Stewartsville, NJ and resides with his family in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Mark Wells
Global Director, Supply Chain
Air Liquide
Bernice Cannon
Supply Chain Manager
Ian Cornelius
Performance Analysis
William Carswell
Global Leader, Logistics Specialty Products

30 years of front line logistics leadership starting with the LTL industry (Carolina Freight, Con-Way, Old Dominion), transitioning over to the shipper’s side of the table (Troy Bilt, GE, Momentive) and culminating as a transportation logistics manager for Honeywell back in 2014.

Richard Boulware
Global Director, Logistics

Richard Boulware, MBA, CPSM, is Director, Global Logistics for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Rich collaborates with procurement, planning and operations to streamline inbound, outbound and intercompany material flows delivering improved levels of cost control, process governance and trade compliance. In his 15 years with IFF, Mr. Boulware has held various positions in IFF’s Supply Chain organization. Mr. Boulware has been an active leader in supply chain strategy, strategic sourcing and global supplier relationship management. 

Over his career, he has held roles in engineering and operations in the pharmaceuticals industry and in software development and program management for the automotive industry during the dot com boom. Mr. Boulware recently relocated to the Netherlands to join his peers working in IFF's new Supply Chain Hub office.  

Mr. Boulware will be sharing his recent real world experiences in taking on the task of integrating IFF's 3PL logistics partners as a key component of an enterprise-wide Logistics Strategy for International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.

Bill Duty
Head, Supply Chain

Over the last 20+ years, Bill has held numerous leadership and transformation roles in the chemical industry. He led multiple large SAP implementations across the world, managed organizational and process redesigns, and held global supply chain leadership positions.

With his unique background, Bill has strengths in all aspects of the supply chain with vast knowledge of best practices and proven ability to deliver results with inventory optimization, planning, scheduling, S&OP, customer service, forecasting, and system implementations in the global environment. He has also led businesses to gain successful recognition as world class supply chains, including the Oliver Wight – Class A Certification.

Most recently, Bill has been optimizing the BYK NAFTA supply chain.

Bill is a graduate of West Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Eric Mittlefehldt
Vice President, Development and Contract Manufacturing
ORG Chem Group

As Vice President of ORG CHEM Group, LLC, Eric leads a multi-disciplinary team with global responsibility for the company’s custom toll processing and contract manufacturing business. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemical industry that includes leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Research & Development, and Operations.

ORG CHEM Group specializes in the distillation of high boiling / heat sensitive materials under fine vacuum with current customers from a broad range of industries and market segments.

Steven Watts
Director, Value Added Services
Clayton Beale
Manager, IT Supply Chain and Logisitcs
Axalta Coating Systems
Joanna Priester
Manager, Logistics Procurement

With more than 30 years of experience in Supply Chain, Logistics, Warehousing, Customer Service, and Quality Assurance, Joanna has a broad range of skills and expertise in the Chemical/Food Ingredient industries.  In her current role at Archroma, she manages all logistics service agreements/contracts and has responsibility for freight payment, import/export functions as well as trade compliance.   She is a detail oriented, results driven professional who enjoys being a hands on working manager.  

Her past experience and areas of expertise include: Customer Relationship Management, Vendor Performance, Order to Cash Processes, Import/Export Operations, Sales Forecasting and Reporting, Logistics/Inventory/Supply Chain Management, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, Lean/Continuous Improvement, Leadership/Team Building.

Joanna holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Erskine College.

Eileen Smythe
Director, Business Process Optimization Center
David Adams
Manager, Supply Chain
Emmanuel Carena
Demand Planner
Houghton International
John Gavas
US Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Bob Miller
Account Executive

Bob Miller has extensive experience in the area of supply chain management. He held production and inventory control management positions at both Xerox Corporation and US Steel prior to working in the management consulting area with Ernst & Young. He has spent the last 20 years helping companies address their sales and operations planning (S&OP) needs with a focus on forecasting and inventory optimization.

Bob holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Industrial Management from the University of North Texas and is Certified a Fellow by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Vincent Mercadante
Director, Easter Region Field Operations
US Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Mr. Mercadante began his service with the Department of Transportation as a Hazardous Materials Enforcement Specialist in November of 1993. He has served in consecutive assignments as; the OHMS Eastern Region Senior Investigator, the Deputy National Program Manager for Emergency Response within the Secretary’s Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response, The National Field Training Officer within the Field Operation’s Certification and Standards Branch, the Acting Director of the OHMS Western Region and currently serves as the Director of the OHMS Eastern Region, in West Trenton, NJ 


As the Director of the Office of Hazardous Material Safety’s Eastern Region, Mr. Mercadante provides oversight of the office’s efforts to ensure the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials with the 13 states which comprise the Eastern Region and the District of Columbia. OHMS programs include the inspection, investigation, outreach and training for entities which offer hazardous material for transportation in commerce, offer or test packagings certified for use in hazardous material transportation or, respond to hazardous materials transportation accidents and incidents. As the OHMS National Field Training Officer, Mr. Mercadante developed and implemented the OHMS Investigator Training & Certification Program and coordinated the development of the USDOT’s Hazardous Materials Transportation Inspector / Investigator Uniform Training Performance Standards directed in MAP-21. As the OST Deputy National Program Manager for Emergency Response, Mr. Mercadante served as the USDOT liaison to FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and developed pre-scripted mission assignments to support the rapid response of transportation assets during incidents of national significance. As the Eastern Region’s first Senior Investigator, Mr. Mercadante developed and implanted the region’s outreach program designed to increase compliance with 49 CFR by regulated entities. 

Mr. Mercadante retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after 31 years of service. As a Master Army Aviator he accumulated over 3,000 accident free flight hours as a pilot and instructor in multi-engine rotary and fixed wing aircraft. His duty assignments included service as the Chief of the United States Southern Command’s Joint Logistics Operations Center during the 2010 Haitian and Chilean earthquakes and culminated with command of the 244th Aviation Brigade’s 2,800 soldiers during combat and peacekeeping operations. Mr. Mercadante holds a Master of Aeronautical Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

David Verkaik
VP, Drawback Development
J.M. Rodgers

David Verkaik is Vice President, Drawback Development for JM Rodgers Co., Inc. He is a licensed broker and has been working in drawback more than 30 years. Mr. Verkaik joined JM Rogers over 20 years ago and has been an intricate part of leading the drawback client acquisition team working with Fortune 10-500 clients. He has been a member of prominent drawback advisory committees that have been the drivers behind shaping new drawback legislation. Mr. Verkaik is JM Rodgers’ resident expert on the drawback portions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.

Mr. Verkaik is a member of the duty drawback committees of the following trade associations:

AAEI (American Association of Exporters and Importers)

NCBFAA (National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America)

TSN (Trade Support Network)

Joint NCBFAA/AAEI Regulations Subcommittee

Donna McPherson
President, North America

Donna is  the President North America of Cordstrap, a global leader in the area of cargo securing with over 50 years of experience and a global footprint of sales offices, factories and distribution partners in over 50 countries world-wide.

Cordstrap is dedicated to working in partnership with manufacturers and transporters to provide advice and solutions to global cargo securing needs. One of the biggest challenges our customers face is striking the right balance between competing forces and priorities in the market: Changing and strengthening regulations, demands from the market for both quality and cost improvement and the need for continuous operational improvement and streamlining.  At Cordstrap we are proud of the role we play to advise customers on these issues and to develop and implement solutions that strike the right balance and add value to our customers.  A big success has been the role we have played in growing the awareness on the importance of CTU Code compliance by the industry and the creation of CTU Code compliant solutions which benefit customer's logistic performance and the endorsement of shipping lines, surveyors and major industrial players for these.

Ken Wensel
BDP International

Ken is responsible for a defined and highly selective group of Fortune-500 companies for solutions development across several vertical sectors.  He works with the current global sales teams where needed to reduce the sales cycle, he ensures all sales personnel are trained and educated on solution selling the BDP way, and is responsible for building strategic alliances with upstream and downstream supply chain partners of client companies in the Chemical and Petrochemical Sectors.

Ken joined BDP in 1980. During his 37-year career, he has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in Operations, Sales and Senior Corporate Staff.  His extensive experience in Sales covers process analysis, information integration, supply chain management initiatives, international logistics, and order execution.  In 2001, he was one of the architects of the firm’s Lead Logistics Provider model.

Beyond his substantive contributions to the Company’s growth through sales, Ken has been one of the pioneers who forged a path that saw BDP go from being a small Philadelphia freight forwarder to a force on the international logistics stage.

He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management professionals; the International Customer Service Association; the Executive Sales Management Association; and is listed in the Who's Who of International Logistics Professionals.

Paul Lord
Director, Supply Chain Research
Cindi Hane
VP, Product Management
Mike Kukiela
VP/GM, Supply Chain Management & Shared Services

Michael Kukiela is vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management and Shared Services at Schneider Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider and a premier provider of logistics solutions that deliver measurable value to the most complex supply chains. In this position, Kukiela is responsible for providing leadership and direction to achieve business results for the company’s Supply Chain Management and Cross Dock areas. He is accountable for revenue growth, managing personnel and developing processes and procedures.

Kukiela began his professional career with Schneider in 2004 as a purchasing manager for the company’s automotive sector. He remained in that role for six months until he was reactivated in the U.S. Army Reserve as a company commander and lead staff officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After a two-year mobilization, Kukiela returned to Schneider as a purchasing manager. In 2008, he became the Director of Purchasing, supervising the procurement, capacity generation and general support of Schneider’s automotive and manufacturing customers. Kukiela next served as the general manager for Schneider’s largest automotive account. Prior to assuming his current role, he launched the Energy Transportation division for Schneider’s Bulk business.

Prior to joining Schneider, Kukiela held positions in the United States Army. He was an executive officer, platoon leader and staff officer in Fort Bragg, N.C. and Bagram, Afghanistan. He was awarded a Bronze Star for logistical contributions and leadership during this time. He then held the role of company commander in Fort Bragg and earned a Meritorious Service Medal.

Kukiela has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green University, where he was an ROTC Cadet Executive Officer and Battalion Commander.

Nate Buelt
GM and Responsible Care Coordinator
C.H. Robinson

With more than 13 years of sales, logistics and organizational management experience, Nate consistently creates and executes strategies that improve process efficiencies, reduce costs and drive revenue while maintaining compliant and safe practices.

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University MBA graduate, with specializations in Organizational Strategy and Management. Published subject-matter expert in the logistics and freight industry, with a focus on bulk chemical transportation. Named American Chemistry Council Partner Company Employee of the Year in 2016.

Paula Conlon
Content Director
Tom DiPinto
Account Executive

Tom DiPinto has more than 25 years of experience helping companies increase their performance in the areas of supply chain planning; forecasting, inventory management, distribution and sales and operations planning (S&OP).

Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Business/Marketing, and degrees in electronic technology and micro-processor electronics from the Computer Processing Institute of Technology.

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