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2020 Maryland State of the Ports January 26th, 2022 | 3:30PM Maryland
State of the Ports

WTCI, the State of Maryland, and Ports America Chesapeake are proud to present the Maryland State of the Ports. Join us as senior transportation officials share the latest results, major infrastructure projects, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for our ports.

This year’s event will be held virtually and is free for all attendees.

AGENDA

3:30 P.M. – Welcome Remarks

3:40 P.M. – Port Security and Technology

Our ports drive economic growth in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Ports also provide a potential entry point for a variety of threats from terrorism to invasive species. How do we ensure the safety of our ports without disrupting the flow of goods and services that are vital to our regional economy? Our expert panel of security specialists and advisors will discuss the challenges and opportunities in providing secure port facilities while creating an environment that fosters port growth.

Featuring:

Bill Lenihan

With the ideal combination of innovative thinking and strong analytical abilities, Bill leads Hartman’s Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail practice, helping clients in these industries solve their most pressing challenges and achieve high levels of success. He brings to the team more than 30 years of experience across supply chain intensive industries and with companies of all sizes. Bill co-founded a healthcare company at Accretive, a New York based private-equity firm, led three privately funded consulting firms, and a cloud-based technology software firm. In addition to starting his self-funded companies, Bill successfully led the formation of a new display technologies division for a leading global chemicals company. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at IBM, Accenture, Mercer Management Consulting and Deloitte. No matter the weather, you can find Bill spending time outside. He enjoys golfing, fishing, sailing, gardening, snowshoeing, and skiing.

Bill Lenihan

Marie Hartman

Marie loves a good challenge and solving them is her sweet spot. As one of the visionaries behind Hartman Executive Advisors, Marie and her husband, Dave, discovered in 2004 how technology can be a game-changer for business. Together, they proved that the right technology drives organizational success, improve customer experiences, and has a positive net effect on a company’s bottom line. Marie created the IT Net Effect platform- a proprietary tool that has helped Hartman change the direction and thinking of many executives and industries. A strong believer in giving back to her community and mentoring women, Marie is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and their Tocqueville Society, a national network of philanthropic business leaders. She is passionate about serving on boards and was the first-ever recipient of the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation Chairman’s Award for Board Impact in 2016.

Marie Hartman

Thomas Huesman

With over four decades as a leader in the Mid Atlantic Port Community, Tom Huelsman took the helm of the Transportation Division at the Terminal Corporation in 2007. A diligent advisor to the port community, Tom uses his extensive experience and knowledge to guide the Port of Baltimore on issues of labor and customer relations. Tom has served in numerous leadership roles in the transportation community, including serving as the Chairman of the Maryland Motor Truck Association in 2012.

Thomas Huesman

David Espie

David is currently the Director of Security/ Facility Security Officer for the Maryland Port Administration- Port of Baltimore. He is responsible for the security of six state owned marine terminals and the World Trade Center in downtown Baltimore. Prior to his current role, David served as a Special Agent with the FBI for 24 years and a Special Agent and Operational Staff Officer wth the National Security Agency and as a police officer in Washington, DC. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement from University of Maryland, College Park, and Master of Arts degree in Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge. He is a recognized global expert in security, teaching at the International Law Enforcement Academy and other international institutions.

David Espie

4:45 P.M. – Supply Chain Disruptions

Shortages of truck drivers, delays at customs, and rampant port congestion- all aggravated by COVID-19- are leading to headline-grabbing global supply chains disruptions. Lack of goods like computer chips, key metals used in manufacturing and shipping containers have led to the largest inflation of consumer prices in four decades. Smart businesses are pivoting to mitigating risk and finding opportunities in this challenging environment. Our panel of supply chain experts will share how their companies are responding and how they are preparing for the year ahead.

Featuring:

Jay Clarke

Jay Clarke is a Retail and Logistics Growth Strategist with experience optimizing operations and driving revenue at world-respected organizations including Total Wine & More, Coty Inc, Toys ‘R Us, and OfficeMax. Throughout his career he has demonstrated strength in scaling business growth through Business Development, Operations, Finance, Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Analytics practices. He was an important senior leader that expanded operations for Total Wine and More growing revenue over 400+% to $5B in nine years, he has expertise in transforming large systems, leading projects, and implementing change management initiatives. Currently, he now collaborates with C-suite leaders as a business growth consultant and advisor where he helps to solve complex challenges with creative business solutions for public, private, and non-profit organizations.

Jay Clarke

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker joined Medifast in 2020 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Operations. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s global supply chain organization. Previously, Ms. Walker served as Chief Supply Chain Officer of Young Living Essential Oils. She oversaw the company’s integrated supply chain as well as engineering, enterprise project management and new market expansion. Prior to Young Living Essential Oils, Ms. Walker held several roles with Amway Corporation, most recently serving as Vice President, Manufacturing & Technical Support Organization. She has also held various positions at industry leading companies including Office of Church & Dwight, Actavis (Alpharma) Pharmaceutical Group, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble.Ms. Walker is a recipient of the Utah Business Living Color Award and was recently named Woman of the Year by Impact Magazine.

Lauren Walker

Kevin Rhee

Kevin Rhee

yan Polakoff is the Chief Operating Officer for Nexterus Inc and oversees the day-to-day operations. Ryan’s direct areas of oversight include Domestic Operations, International Operations, Customer Service, Sourcing/Procurement, Sales, Account Management, Franchising and Marketing. As the fourth generation of the Polakoff family, Ryan has worked in and around the family business his entire life. Starting in 2003, Ryan has worked every desk at the company to truly learn the business from the ground up. As a “what is possible?” leader, Ryan thrives in difficult situations- He enjoys dissecting complex issues, designing solutions and implementing actionable results.

Ryan enjoys public speaking, having guest lectured at several area colleges and is a recurring guest lecturer at Towson University and York College. Ryan studied at Shippensburg University with a primary concentration in Supply Chain Management and a secondary concentration in Marketing. Ryan was also a board member for the University’s Logistics Club. In his free time, Ryan enjoys losing golf balls and spending time with family & friends.

yan Polakoff is the Chief Operating Officer for Nexterus Inc and oversees the day-to-day operations. Ryan’s direct areas of oversight include Domestic Operations, International Operations, Customer Service, Sourcing/Procurement, Sales, Account Management, Franchising and Marketing. As the fourth generation of the Polakoff family, Ryan has worked in and around the family business his entire life. Starting in 2003, Ryan has worked every desk at the company to truly learn the business from the ground up. As a “what is possible?” leader, Ryan thrives in difficult situations- He enjoys dissecting complex issues, designing solutions and implementing actionable results.

Ryan enjoys public speaking, having guest lectured at several area colleges and is a recurring guest lecturer at Towson University and York College. Ryan studied at Shippensburg University with a primary concentration in Supply Chain Management and a secondary concentration in Marketing. Ryan was also a board member for the University’s Logistics Club. In his free time, Ryan enjoys losing golf balls and spending time with family & friends.

Ryan Polakoff

5:50 P.M. – State of the Ports Address

Once again, the State of the Ports Address will feature a panel comprised of the leaders of our State’s ports along with Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation. Hear about the latest developments directly from those tasked with leading the economic drivers of our region.

Featuring:

Jim Ports

Jim Ports

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARYLAND PORT ADMINISTRATION William Doyle

William (Bill) P. Doyle was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as the Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) on July 22, 2020. As Executive Director, Mr. Doyle oversees and manages the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s six state-owned, public marine terminals. The marine terminals handle autos, breakbulk, containers, cruise, farm and construction equipment, and forest products.

The Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. It handles more autos and farm and construction equipment than any other U.S. port. It is also one of a few East Coast ports with a 50-foot deep channel which allows it to accommodate some of the largest container ships in the world. The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s leading economic generators with more than 15,300 direct jobs and more than 139,000 jobs in Maryland linked to it.

Prior to his appointment to the MPA, Mr. Doyle was the CEO and Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America, a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the U.S. dredging and marine construction industry. Mr. Doyle developed the organization’s first formal continuing strategic plan and crafted legislative initiatives in conjunction with the White House and Congress which resulted in securing more than $2 billion for harbor maintenance dredging, deepening, widening, coastal restoration, and beach nourishment for the association’s membership. He also established relationships with private sector principals and the highest uniform and civilian leaders in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, U.S. Trade Representative, and the departments of transportation and commerce.

Mr. Doyle served for five years (2013 through 2018) as a Federal Maritime Commissioner. He was nominated and then re-nominated by President Barack Obama and he also served under President Donald Trump. As a Commissioner, he chaired the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Trade Consultations and co-chaired the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Port Congestion Forum in Baltimore with the late Helen Bentley which included port authorities, rail transportation, ILA labor, and trucking industry participants. He also worked with marine terminals and ports on supply chain movement solutions during the Hanjin Lines bankruptcy. During his time as Commissioner, Mr. Doyle built strong relationships with major ocean carriers and alliances in both Europe and Asia.

From 2011 through 2013, Mr. Doyle was Chief of Staff for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In that role, Mr. Doyle managed the executive staff and served as senior advisor for business development, legislative strategies, contract negotiations, and provided counsel to the board.

Prior to that, from 2008 through 2011, Mr. Doyle was Director of Permits, Scheduling, and Compliance for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. As lead negotiator for the federal government, he secured cost recovery and reimbursable agreements with multinational energy companies like Exxon, BP, and TransCanada Pipeline. He directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 25 federal agencies, numerous State of Alaska agencies, and both federal and provincial agencies of Canada.

Mr. Doyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth. He is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a cadet, he worked in the Quincy, Massachusetts shipyard breaking out vessels for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation, he began sailing as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, his shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet. While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Mr. Doyle entered law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout law school, Commissioner Doyle worked his summer and winter breaks serving aboard pre-positioning ships in South Carolina, delivering jet fuel to Haifa, Israel, and transporting liquid-sulfur between ports along the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Bill Doyle

CEO BWI AIRPORT Ricky Smith

Appointed by Governor Larry Hogan is 2015, Ricky Smith has led management and operations for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for six consecutive years. A 29-year veteran of the transportation industry, Mr. Smith has restored BWI as the busiest airport in the region and one of the Top 10 National Airports for Customer Experience. Mr. Smith established a culture of performance, safety, and innovation at the airport. He has also created a community centered around the airport. In 2015, Mr. Smith established the BWI Marshall Youth Initiative to introduce Baltimore City youths to careers in aviation and transportation. In 2017, the LaunchPad program was started to uplift minority-owned micro-businesses by creating opportunities to participate in the thriving BWI food and retail scene. Outside the airport, Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Mayor’s commission on African American Males and President of Black Professional Men, Inc

Ricky Smith

VICE PRESIDENT PORTS AMERICA CHESAPEAKE Bayard Hogans

Bayard Hogan’s career with Ports America spans more than 20 years in transportation, maritime, and supply chain logistics. Previously, he was the General Manager at Seagirt Marine Terminal, one of the most productive terminals in North America. Under Hogan’s leadership. Ports America has made significant improvements at Seagirt, and Ports America Chesapeake has been internationally recognized as a leader in safety, customer service, and efficiency. Hogans also leads Ports America Chesapeake to be an active supported of many organizations, charities, and events within the port community, guiding the port towards its mission of aiding and supporting the Port of Baltimore community. Hogans is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He lives with his wife, Kathy, and their two daughters in northern Baltimore County. He enjoys spending time with his family on the beautiful waters of the Chesapeake.

Bayard Hogans

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