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Following a national search, seaport and economic development leader Jonathan Daniels was named the new chief executive & port director at Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida. Daniels came to Port Everglades from the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi where he had been the executive director since 2013.

Joseph Dzierzawski has been named president and CEO of Beumer Corp., the Somerset, New Jersey-based U.S. subsidiary of Germany’s Beumer Group. He is now fully responsible for the business lines Conveying & Loading Systems, Palletizing and Packaging Technology, and Sortation and Distribution Systems in the North American market.

Meanwhile, Christian Schneider is Beumer’s new director of People & Culture, which puts him in charge of employer branding, recruiting, university marketing and more. He will work out of the company’s Beckum, England, headquarters.

Denver-based OmniTRAX, one of the fastest-growing railroads in North America, appointed Robert Walker as its chief financial officer. For the past 10 years, Walker served as chief operating and financial officer at The Madison Companies and affiliates. OmniTRAX, an affiliate of The Broe Group, also recently added industry veteran Federico D. Díaz Page to its Industrial Development team. Diaz Page was most recently executive vice president of Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd., a short-line rail operator in Texas. And Justin Strickland just joined OmniTRAX as director, Economic Development. He comes to the railroad after more than 12 years with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in Albany, Georgia.

Ruan tabbed Jeff Harpole to be the Des Moines, Iowa-based 3PL’s new vice president of Operations. Leading national retail and grocery accounts for Ruan, Harpole most recently served as vice president, Transportation for Dollar General.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has added Jeff Weiss as a partner who will practice in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm’s International Trade Group. He spent more than 15 years in senior legal, policy, diplomatic, negotiation, and political roles in the U.S. government across three administrations, including at the White House, USTR, and Commerce. And last but not least, UK-based global logistics provider GEODIS appointed Tomy Sofhian as the managing director of Indonesia.


Global Traders on the Move

James J. White, who has guided the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore during a period of record revenue, cargo and job growth as executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), resigned effective Dec. 31, 2019. He had led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.

Modern Terminals Hong Kong Managing Director and CEO Peter Levesque was confirmed in November as the newly appointed president for the largest North American marine terminal and stevedore, Ports America. Levesque, who returns to the U.S. after living and working in Asia for the past 25 years, will step into his new role starting in February when Horace Lo takes over as Modern Terminals’ group managing director.

B&H Worldwide, the award-winning aerospace logistics provider, appointed Michael Pearson to the newly created position of General Manager-Americas. From the company’s Los Angeles office, he must now develop the America’s market and drive growth plans in the States for B&H Worldwide, which was founded in the UK.

Ruan’s President and COO Dan Van Alstine was elected as the 2020 chairman of the board for the Iowa Motor Truck Association at the organization’s annual management conference last fall. Based in Des Moines like Ruan, the association was established in 1942 and has more than 600 member companies (trucking and suppliers) throughout Iowa.

Chicago-based Edsal Manufacturing announced that Scott White was appointed CEO effective Nov. 11, 2019. He succeeded Bruce Saltzberg, who retired after 47 years of leadership but served as strategic advisor through the end of last year and remains on the Board of Directors.

Laguna Hills, California-based LOCATE Inventory, a technology company responsible for developing a cloud-based inventory and order management software application, recently hired former Intuit executive Annie Terry as chief business officer.

Team Worldwide, a Winnsboro, Texas-based global 3PL, announced in October that Amy McKinney was named director of Marketing. She joins the company after having worked for Southwest Airlines and, most recently, Susan G. Komen.

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) presented the prestigious 2019 Connie Award in December to Bruce A. Fenimore, CEO of New Jersey-based company Columbia Group, which provides US-flag barge service and landside port services to the shipping industry. Also before some 450 people at CII’s annual industry-wide luncheon at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in New Jersey, Sara Mayes, president and CEO of New York’s Gemini Shippers Group, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam was recognized as Airline Executive of the Year at December’s annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence organized by the Centre for Aviation in Malta.

Virginia Zimmermann, senior communications manager with Port Manatee (Florida), is the 6,000-member International Propeller Club of the United States’ International Member of the Year. She received the global honor at an Oct. 17, 2019, luncheon during the maritime industry group’s 93rd annual International Convention and Conference in New Orleans.

The New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association named David F. Adam, chairman and CEO of the United States Maritime Alliance, its 2020 Person of the Year. He will be honored at a gala dinner Feb. 6 in New York.

American Shipper Magazine founder David A. Howard passed away Dec. 15. He was just two months short of his 100th birthday.