Speakers and Moderators

Bryan Arnold

Lifecycle Sales Engineer, Intelligrated Systems

Bryan Arnold has been in the material handling automation industry since 2005. He currently serves as Lifecycle Sales Engineer for Intelligrated and is based in Austin, TX. In his role, Bryan leads all Southwest region sales efforts for Intelligrated’s Lifecycle Support Services, which include parts, 24×7 technical support, preventive & resident maintenance, upgrades & modifications, field support services, equipment & system assessments, and training. His previous industry experiences were as Modernization Solutions Specialist for Retrotech, and Western Regional Sales Manager for Daifuku America. Bryan also served in technical sales roles with Thomas & Betts and Robroy Industries, both electrical component manufacturers. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Iddo Benzeevi

President and CEO, Highland Fairview

Iddo Benzeevi is co-founder and president and CEO of Highland Fairview, a privately held real estate development company specializing in large-scale industrial, commercial and residential properties. The company is currently developing several projects encompassing more than 41 million square feet of buildings and facilities. Since its inception, Highland Fairview has completed the Skechers North American Operations Headquarters in Moreno Valley, the largest LEED Gold certified building in the United States.

Alex Cherin

California Trucking Association

Attorney Alex Cherin is currently Senior Vice-President of Englander, Knabe & Allen in Los Angeles, where he heads the firm’s transportation and clean technology practices. Mr. Cherin has nearly two decades of experience in all levels of both the public and private sectors, most recently as a senior executive with the Port of Long Beach, the fifth largest container port in the world. While serving as the Port’s Managing Director of Trade and Operations, Alex helped shape and implement some of the most cutting-edge policy matters in the areas of international goods movement, regional transportation, infrastructure development and clean technology.

Dr. Lawrence A. Crosby

Dean, Drucker School of Management

Lawrence Crosby is the Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, at the Claremont Graduate University. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Dean of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Professionally, Crosby is a recognized expert on customer relationships. Prior to becoming Dean at OSU, he was the chief loyalty architect of the Customer Experience Practice at global market research company Synovate Ltd. (now part of Ipsos). Before that, he co-founded and served as chairman/CEO of Symmetrics Marketing Corporation, a customer loyalty research and consulting firm. His background also includes being CEO of Walker CSM Worldwide and serving on the faculties of Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. Dr. Crosby holds PhD, MBA and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

Jon DeCesare

President, World Class Logistics Consulting, Inc.

Jon DeCesare is the president of World Class Logistics Consulting. He has held executive management positions within the industry for more than 35 years, working with importers, third-party providers and management consulting firms, giving him in-depth knowledge of modern supply-chain dynamics. Based in Long Beach, WCL Consulting’s clients include American Honda Motors, BNSF Railway, CBRE, Ikea, KTR Capital and the ports of Los Angeles and Houston.

Greg Devereaux

CEO, County of San Bernardino

Greg Devereaux has been the CEO of San Bernardino County since 2010. He has worked with distinction in state, county and city governments for 35 years, serving as city manager in Fontana from 1993 to 1997 and in Ontario from 1997 to 2010. In Ontario, Mr. Devereaux oversaw the largest economic expansion and the most investment in community facilities in the city’s history. As San Bernardino County’s top administrator, Mr. Devereaux has led a new approach that emphasized fiscal responsibility and proactive solutions.

Gary Forger

Managing Director Professional Development, MHI

Gary Forger is Managing Director of Professional Development at MHI. He is responsible for a range of education programs at the trade association. These start at the college level and extend to career development programs. Forger also leads MHI’s effort to advance the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation and is managing director of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education. Forger is managing executive of several automation-based industry groups at MHI. Prior to joining the association in 2007, Forger was Editorial Director of Modern Materials Handling magazine.

Gary M. Gaukler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management
Drucker School, Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Gaukler’s academic interests center around quantitative analytics methods applied to operations. He is particularly interested in the impact of automatic identification and sensor technologies such as RFID on supply chain and logistics operations. Prior to joining the Drucker School, he was a faculty member in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, as well as in the Department of Information & Operations Management, both at Texas A&M University. He is published in academic and business-oriented journals on the topics of RFID technology, retail operations, inventory control, logistics and supply chain visibility, emergency preparedness, and homeland security. Dr. Gaukler is active in consulting for industry in the areas of RFID, operations management, and supply chain management. His clients have included UPS, Hewlett-Packard, Applied Materials, and Volkswagen. He holds a Masters degree in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Masters in operations research from Stanford University, and a PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Jonathan Gold

VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy

Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing NRF before Congress and the Administration on supply chain, international trade, and customs related issues impacting the retail industry. Prior, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade related matters. Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005. Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994.

Christopher S. Gopal, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Drucker School of Management

Chris Gopal leads the Drucker Supply Chain & Logistics Center, and is a highly experienced supply chain and operations executive and author with well over 30 years of experience across multiple industries, globally and domestically. He has set up, transformed, run and managed all aspects of a company’s Supply Chain, Operations and Technology in a career that has encompassed executive line management and consulting across both large and small companies. He has helped several leading companies in innovating and improving their global supply chain & operations strategies, models, structure and processes. His executive experience has included senior positions in Dell Computer, Unisys, Overland Storage and SAIC. He also was the senior partner and director of Ernst & Young’s Global Supply Chain & Operations Consulting practice. He is recognized as an innovator and thought leader in the field of global supply chain and logistics, is a frequent invited speaker and panelist at leading forums including the Harvard Business Review Forum. Chris holds a PhD from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Paul Granillo

President and CEO, IEEP

Paul Granillo has been President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the largest economic development organization in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, since 2010. During that time he has restructured the organization to enhance the quality of life in the region while improving its business climate. He is the immediate past chairman of Mobility 21 and chairs the California Stewardship Network, heading the steering committee for the 2015 California Economic Summit. Mr. Granillo also is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California and serves on the Southern California Association of Governments’ Global Land Use and Economics Committee.

Michele Grubbs

Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Michele Grubbs is the Vice President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. With offices in San Francisco, Long Beach and Seattle, PMSA is a West Coast maritime trade association, representing ocean carriers and marine terminal operators on a variety of local, state and federal issues. Ms. Grubbs has been with PMSA in her current role since 2004. In addition to PMSA, Ms. Grubbs has also worked for the McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Company in Washington DC and Long Beach.

Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach

As the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Long Beach, Noel Hacegaba oversees business development, customer service, port operations and security. Previously, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for managing the daily business activities of the Port. Dr. Hacegaba has over 18 years of public and private sector experience spanning various industries. As a senior leader for the nation’s second-largest environmental services company, he managed $200 million in contracts. He has also held executive-level positions in a growing international company, at a corporate and public affairs consultancy and for an elected official. Dr. Hacegaba graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He also earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne and is a Certified Port Executive and Professional Port Manager.

Wolfgang Hall

Global Industry Manager for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Esri

Mr. Hall joined Esri in 1998 as a consultant and project manager. During his time at Esri he held progressively responsible positions including manager of the Transportation and Logistics Services department, principal consultant for logistics, and business development manager for solution products at ESRI. He managed many large enterprise fleet services implementations for AAA, FedEx, Schindler Elevator, Sears, Sempra Energy, Siemens, OnStar, and others. In June 2012 Wolfgang Hall was appointed as Global Industry Manager for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In addition to his Logistics Industry and Business Development background he has more than 20 years of experience in transportation system development and 16 years of experience in project management. He earned a degree in communication electronics from the Fachhochschule Kiel, Germany, in 1991.

Edwin T. Harte, Jr.

Low Emission Vehicle Program Manager, So Cal Gas

Ed Harte is the Low Emission Vehicle Program Manager for both the Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. The Low Emission Vehicle Program is focused on accelerating the adoption of natural gas vehicles throughout Southern California and providing customers with information, education and training on the use of natural gas vehicles and natural gas vehicle refueling stations. Ed joined the Southern California Gas Company in January 1990 and has more than 25 years of experience in engineering and design, field operations, and commercial and industrial marketing. He holds both a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. John Husing

Chief Economist, Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Dr. John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, is a leading authority on the Inland Empire economy, an area he has studied since he wrote his doctoral thesis on the region in the 1960s. His influence on the business and political landscape is so extensive that the Los Angeles Times named him one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California in 2006. He authors the Quarterly Economic Report, an economic newsletter now in its 20th year. His company, Economics & Politics, Inc., provides consulting services for municipalities and counties with economic strategies, statistical data packages, recommendations for public policy and briefing presentations to business and political leaders about economic trends of Southern California.

Hasan Ikhrata

Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments

Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the largest metropolitan planning organization in the United States. Appointed in January 2008, Mr. Ikhrata has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Transportation Planning in Southern California. At SCAG Mr. Ikhrata implements the policies of an 86-member Regional Council and directs day-to-day operations of the agency. He is credited with being a transformational and unifying leader who has enhanced SCAG’s value to member agencies and fostered unprecedented levels of public input and participation in the development of regional transportation plans. Prior to joining SCAG in 1994, Mr. Ikhrata worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty

Fran Inman directs government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 73 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas. Inman is recognized as a leader in the push to improve the nation’s failing transportation infrastructure. With Majestic properties playing a critical role in the supply chain, Inman is an outspoken advocate for transportation infrastructure funding in Los Angeles and beyond. Widely recognized for her leadership and ability to develop solutions and build consensus, Inman possesses a unique portfolio of skills that combine a profound understanding of the balance required to build sustainable communities. In 2014, Inman was re-appointed by Governor Brown to the California Transportation Commission where she has served since 2010. In 2013, Inman was also appointed to the National Freight Advisory Committee and co-chairs the sub-committee on project delivery and operations. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Inman holds both a BA and a MBA in finance. In 2010, Inman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Woodbury University.

Reade Kidd

Director of International Logistics, The Home Depot

Reade Kidd is Director of International Logistics for Home Depot, overseeing import operations for the United States’ third largest importer along with a growing export trade. Mr. Kidd is responsible for origin, ocean, air, brokerage, dray management and operations and global trade security. He joined Home Depot in 2012 and has 10 years of experience in the international and global logistics industry, including nine years working with the AP Moller Maersk organization.

Randy Lewis

Pioneer of Supply Chain Employment, Walgreens

Lewis spent 16 years as the Senior Vice President in charge of all aspects of the supply chain for Walgreen’s. In 20 years with the company, he was responsible for all aspects of logistics, including strategy, operations, engineering, IT systems and inventory management.

Since his retirement in 2013, Lewis has authored a widely acclaimed book, “No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement,” which outlines how he designed and introduced a workforce model that opened at least 10 percent of the logistics jobs at Walgreens – and ultimately other major firms – to disabled workers.

Noel Massie

President, UPS, Southern California District

Noel Massie serves as president of UPS’s South California District. In this role, he manages a $3.7 billion business unit employing over 20,000 people and serving over 150,000 customers daily. He oversees all operations, customer relations, and revenue management in Hawaii, Southern California, and southern Nevada.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Massie serves as Board Chair to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Urban League, and the World Trade Week Committee in Los Angeles. He also sits on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and also serves on the Audit Committee of the Annenberg Foundation. Massie received a White House Appointment to the Southern California District Export Council where he served until 2013.

Dr. Matt Miyasato

Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology Advancement Office, South Coast AQMD

Dr. Matt Miyasato is the Deputy Executive Officer for Science and Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, where he is responsible for developing clean air technologies for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. He has also worked in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Southern California Edison and developed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers at General Electric.

Colleen Molko

Executive Director, National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education

Colleen Molko is the Executive Director of the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education, a project funded through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program. In this role, Ms. Molko provides leadership to a national team of educators charged with replicating supply chain technology pathways at secondary and post-secondary educational institutions across the U.S. The mission of the National Center is to increase the number of highly-skilled supply chain technicians to address the growing national need. Ms. Molko has worked in academia for more than 13 years and has extensive experience in program development and management in both state government and the community college system.

Scott Moore

Vice President – Public Affairs (West), Union Pacific

Scott Moore was named Vice President -Public Affairs (West) at Union Pacific in 2007, after serving in a variety of capacities within Union Pacific’s Corporate Relations department. Based out of the Regional Headquarters in Roseville, CA, Moore has the responsibility for all community relations, state government relations, public relations, public partnerships, port affairs and philanthropic programs across Union Pacific’s nine state Western Region. In addition to the office in Roseville at Union Pacific Western Region Headquarters, the Western Region Public Affairs organization includes personnel and offices in, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Moore is a 1983 Graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in Political Science. After serving in Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature and Nebraska’s Secretary of State, Moore came to Union Pacific in 2000.

B.J. Patterson

CEO, Pacific Mountain Logistics

The Texas born, Texas A&M educated CEO is a Professional Logistics Executive that spent 7 years in the United States Navy as a member of the Elite Navy Seal Team 5, working throughout the world. His diverse experience and training has made him a decisive leader that has gained a loyal following of seasoned logistics professionals during the last 25 years working with companies such as Pacific Mountain Logistics, RoadLink Transportation Solutions, NFI-Distribution, Exel, Inc., and Target Stores.

Wes Reeves

Director, Business Development, Ryder Dedicated

Wesley Reeves is Director of Business Development and serves on the Ryder Supply Chain Solutions team. Reeves began his career in the Supply Chain industry as a Logistics officer for the United States Army. Spending 12 years on active and reserve duty managing various transportation and distribution supply chain functions. His career continued in operations and business development with Schneider National, managing multi modal solutions, including truck load, intermodal, dedicated and brokerage services. Other experience included Syncreaon, a third party logistics company, and the JB Hunt Final Mile Services team.

Mark Richards

Vice President, Associated Warehouses, Inc.
Vice President Programs, CSCMP Southern California Roundtable

Mark Richards began his career in supply chain over 30 years ago holding positions at Nabisco and Gillette’s Oral-B division of oral health care products plus two third party logistics services companies. Twenty five years ago, Mark left Oral-B to become Vice President of Associated Warehouses, a consortium of over 50 third party logistics service providers operating over 110 million square feet of space throughout North America and Europe. He has also been actively involved with WERC (Warehousing Education & Research Council), CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), and ILWA (International Warehouse Logistics Association) as a speaker plus holding various leadership roles, including serving as President of both WERC and CSCMP in Southern California. He was appointed to the CSCMP Executive Committee and ultimately served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mark received his BA in Business Administration from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Jacqueline Underberg

Director of Operations, Amazon Fulfillment

Jacqueline Underberg, originally from Reno, Nev., started her career with Exxon-Mobil where she was a chemical engineer for seven years. She then transitioned to H-E-B Grocery Company in San Antonio, TX in their Private Food Label Manufacturing Division. Jacqueline has been with Amazon for close to five years where she started as the Site Leader at Amazon Fresh in Bellevue, Wash. She then was the General Manager for Canada, leading a site in Toronto and launching one in Vancouver. She is currently the General Manager for the San Bernardino’s Amazon fulfillment center, a position she has held for two years, and leads a team of 3,000 people off-peak and over 5,500 during peak seasons.

Carlos Vega

Senior Sales Manager (West), Intelligrated Systems

Carlos Vega is the Sr. Sales Manager for Western Regional Operations for Intelligrated Systems. In his role, Carlos leads business development activities, implements growth strategies and manages the Western Regional Sales team. Vega’s experience includes nearly 30 years of executive-level sales and operations experience with global organizations including Warner Bros., Time Warner Entertainment, Edgepark Medical Supplies and Dematic. Carlos currently holds leadership positions in several trade associations, including the Distribution Management Association, Material Handling Management Society and the Industry Advisory Council for the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education. Intelligrated Engineers, Manufactures, Implements and provides Life Cycle support solutions for companies such as Amazon.com, Adidas, Tesla, Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Gallo & Paramount Citrus. Solutions include: Software, Conveyors, Palletizers, and Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems. Intelligrated’s Western Regional Operations covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.