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STRENGTHENING THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND THRIVING THROUGH UNCERTAINTY
JANUARY 27, 2022 11:30AM EST
During this panel, our renowned guest speakers will discuss the latest supply chain challenges, trends and the key performance indicators they monitor to redefine their game plan.
Moderated by Mark Szakonyi, JOC Executive Editor
- Los Angeles
Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach, California
Noah Hoffman, Vice-President North America Surface Transportation, CH Robinson
Dan Bresolin, Vice-President Intermodal, CN
- New York
Crissi Large, Import Manager, Conair Corp.
Trevor Fridfinnson, COO, Bison Transport
SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 27, 2022
11:15am Optional Virtual Networking 11:30am Panel 12:10pm Q&A 12:20pm Optional Virtual Networking 12:30pm End
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
As executive editor, Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team of 18 editors and correspondents that produces JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce magazine. Mark, who writes a bi-weekly column, supports all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, and chairs the annual Canada Trade Conference in Toronto. His analysis and work have been quoted and featured in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. Mr. Szakonyi, who has been reporting on, researching and analyzing logistics for more than a decade, is fascinated by understanding how geopolitics, economic, culture and technology shape and are shaped by container
Mario Cordero, an international maritime industry leader, Long Beach resident and attorney, is Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2017.
Beginning in 2003, Mr. Cordero served as a member, vice president and president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for eight years, before resigning to accept President Barack Obama’s appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission in 2011. He served on the FMC until his appointment as Executive Director in May 2017 and was FMC Chairman from April 2013 to January 2017. The FMC is the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers and the American consumer and fostering a fair, efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system, while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.
As Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, Mr. Cordero reports to the Board and leads the Port’s Harbor Department staff of more than 500 with a budget of $622 million for the 2022 fiscal year. Inclusiveness and collaboration are hallmarks of Mr. Cordero’s leadership style, and due to both his Port and FMC leadership experience, he understands the needs of ocean carriers, terminal operators, cargo owners and other trade partners locally, nationally and around the globe.
During his tenure as a Long Beach Harbor Commissioner, Mr. Cordero spearheaded the development of the pioneering Green Port Policy, which outlines a sustainable environmental ethic for all Port operations, mandating that trade growth must run parallel with environmental stewardship. The Policy has been nationally recognized and become a model for ports worldwide.
In an effort to help the public to better understand Port operations and how the Port benefits the Long Beach residents it serves, Mr. Cordero also promoted an expanded Port community outreach program.
He serves as the Port’s representative to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Governing Board and to the Governing Board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility-Joint Powers Authority.
Mr. Cordero was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board for the American Association of Port Authorities in 2020 following a term as Vice Chairman. He previously served as an Executive Board member on AAPA’s Latin American delegation and was instrumental in the development of policy urging greater cooperation and trade between North American and Latin American ports.
In 2020, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Mr. Cordero to the L.A. County Economic Resiliency Task Force, charged with helping guide the County’s approach to reopening the economy as the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force includes 13 representatives from different sectors of L.A. County’s economy, and Mr. Cordero chairs the Commodities and Goods Movement sector working group.
In addition to his Port responsibilities, Mr. Cordero was appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to serve on the bank’s Los Angeles branch seven-member board of directors effective January 1, 2021.
Also, in 2021, for the third consecutive year, he was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “LA500” list of the city’s most influential civic leaders.
Mr. Cordero has practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in workers’ compensation cases. He is a past member of the Federal Bar Association’s Central District, the Long Beach Bar Association and former Chairman of the Workers Compensation Committees for both the Long Beach Bar Association and the Mexican-American Bar Association for the County of Los Angeles.
The Mexican-American Bar Association named him Attorney of the Year in 2007; he received an environmental award the same year from the League of California Cities and is a 2019 Education & Leadership Institute BOSS Award recipient.
He has taught political science at Long Beach City College, focusing on California politics, and served on the City of Long Beach Community Development Commission. He also was Vice Chair of the City-commissioned Long Beach Ethics Task Force that developed a Code of Ethics for Long Beach City employees, as well as elected and appointed officials.
He holds a law degree from the University of Santa Clara and a Bachelor of Science in political science from California State University, Long Beach.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Gardena, Mario Cordero is a classically trained pianist, playing since the age of 8, and also expresses himself through poetry. He moved to Long Beach in 1974 when he married Long Beach native Gloria (Duron) Cordero. The couple, who still reside in Long Beach, have two children. Mrs. Cordero has an impressive history of public service in Long Beach and heads Cordero & Associates, a Long Beach-based public affairs firm. She currently serves on the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. Their daughter, Celine, is also a lawyer, and son Mario Andres is an educator at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower.
Noah Hoffman is the Vice President of C.H. Robinson’s North American Surface Transportation Division. Noah has been with the company since 2004 and has worked in perishables and cold chain logistics with a heavy emphasis in retail supply chain strategy in a number of different roles including: logistic service representative, capacity representative, capacity manager, account manager, key account manager, implementation manager, strategic account manager, customer group manager and general manager of the retail center. He currently leads the commercial strategy for C.H. Robinson’s strategic customer segment with a focus on the retail, agriculture and paper verticals. Noah is a certified supply chain professional, gaining his accreditation through APICS in Minnesota in 2015. He also participated in the Cornell Food Executive program in Ithaca, NY in 2017. He is an active member of the C.H. Robinson Foundation as part of the Grants Committee. As part of his work with the Foundation, he was the Robinson Fresh spokesperson for supporting the opening of the North Market in a Minneapolis food dessert. He is an advocate for Children’s Cancer Research and has been the C.H. Robinson spokesperson on this issue as well.
Dan Bresolin was appointed Vice-President, Intermodal in January 2020. He is based in Brampton, ON. Currently representing a substantial portion of CN’s revenues, Intermodal is critical to CN’s current and future success. In this expanded role, Dan will focus on driving growth in both Domestic and International Intermodal and will be responsible for all components of CN’s International and Domestic portfolios, including regional sales, marketing, brokerage and CN WorldWide freight forwarding services. Since he joined CN in 1999, Dan has taken on increasing responsibilities through his various roles as Assistant Vice-President Intermodal, Assistant Vice-President International Intermodal, Director of Marketing, Intermodal International and Director of Sales of both Strategic Sales and Domestic Intermodal. As a qualified Rail Conductor and Intermodal Crane Operator, Dan takes great pride in his knowledge and experience in rail operations and in helping add value for Intermodal customers.
Crissi Large has been with Conair for 23 years. She worked her way up from an Admin to Logistics Specialist to Assistant Manager to Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University. Her determination and resourcefulness has proven very useful during these unprecedented times. She has a sign on her desk as a reminder of the quote by Disney employee Tom Fitzgerald, “If you can Dream it, you can do it.” She is a member of the Special Olympics New Jersey Volunteer Management Team and spends her free time volunteering at events throughout the seasons.
Trevor Fridfinnson is the Chief Operating Officer at Bison Transport and is responsible for operational performance, corporate strategy, terminal management, business analytics and fleet maintenance company wide. As a member of the executive committee since 2001, he leads in strategic planning and business improvement initiatives that enhance performance across the company. Trevor has played a key role in the growth of the business and the development of the outstanding team that drives Bison today. Trevor got his start with Bison Transport as a management trainee after graduating from the faculty of management at University of Manitoba in 1993. He started in operations and hasn’t stopped since.