Anthony A. Acrey is the Area Port Director, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), New Orleans Field Office, Area Port of Mobile, Alabama. The Area Port of Mobile consists of six Ports within the States of Alabama and Mississippi: Mobile, AL, Birmingham, AL, Huntsville, AL, Pascagoula, MS, Gulfport, MS, and Vicksburg, MS. As the Area Port Director, Mr. Acrey provides operational leadership, management, and coordination of all DHS, CBP, and OFO strategic priorities within the Mobile Area Port.
In 2002, Mr. Acrey began his law enforcement career with the U.S. Customs Service at the Port of Mobile. Since that time, Mr. Acrey has held the positions of Supervisory CBP Officer (2006), Assistant Port Director-Tactical (2009), and acting Area Port Director in Charleston, SC (2015).
Prior to his career with CBP, Mr. Acrey served in the United States Marine Corps as a Platoon Sergeant for Direct Support Motor Transport Company B(-), 6th Motor Transport Battalion. Mr. Acrey also attended Texas Tech University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.
Douglas D. Campbell
Interim Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Douglas D. Campbell is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, having been promoted to the post on January 1, 2017.
Prior to his appointment, Doug served as Vice President of Engineering before being promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining NOPB in May of 2013, Doug was the Director of Engineering and Maintenance at South Carolina Public Railways where his areas of responsibility included track maintenance and construction, bridges, right-of-way, locomotive and on-track equipment maintenance, and facilities. He started as a Trackman and quickly rose through the ranks in both engineering and transportation. Doug is a certified locomotive engineer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston. 2017 will mark his 21st year in the railroad industry.
As Interim Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, Doug is a member of the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans (Transportation Policy Committee Member), the New Orleans Board of Trade, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Center (Transportation Committee Member), the International Freight Forwarders & Custom Brokers Association of New Orleans, Inc., the Louisiana Railroad Association, and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.
Brandy D. Christian
President & CEO, Port of New Orleans
Brandy D. Christian serves as president and chief executive officer of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages $61 million in revenues, 292 employees, and $200 million in capital projects. She joined the Port NOLA team as chief operating officer in January 2015 and became president and chief executive officer on January 1, 2017.
Christian is in the ranks of an elite group of women executives in the Port industry and is the first female CEO in Port NOLA’s 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to her new role. Christian plans to continue Port NOLA’s success with a strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.
Prior to joining Port NOLA, she served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, California’s fourth-largest cargo port and one of that state’s largest public land developers with a portfolio encompassing maritime, industry, hospitality and tourism. Serving as vice president of strategy and business development, Christian was the driving force behind streamlining the public agency’s operational processes, reducing costs, securing major accounts, and negotiating leases for the cruise and cargo business lines.
Before joining the Port of San Diego, Christian worked for KPMG Consulting as a quality management consultant in their public sector practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Christian is a Certified Port Executive, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Board of Examiners – Malcolm Baldrige, and the recipient of the Examiner of the Year by the California Award for Performance Excellence.
Since arriving at Port NOLA, Christian has joined the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) Advisory Board and the Green Marine Board of Directors; she also serves as Cruise Committee Chair for the American Association of Port Authorities. Christian was named an Alumna of the Year (2015) by the University of Arizona and 2016 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine.
Director of Logistics, Pool Corporation
Eddie Candilora is the Director of Logistics for Pool Corporation (“PoolCorp”) responsible for the transportation operations of their supply chain. PoolCorp is a wholesale distributor of swimming pool supplies and other backyard related products headquartered in Covington, Louisiana. Mr. Candilora joined PoolCorp in 1989 which has since grown from 9 locations to 340+ locations worldwide. His operational expertise, acquired through several PoolCorp roles including Director of Operations, has enabled him to improve companywide best practices and achieve high ranking results. He is responsible for the successful initial implementation of a Transportation Management System (TMS) integrated with suppliers and customers. His current undertaking is to strategically restructure PoolCorp’s international transportation business practices. Mr. Candilora is committed to continually enhancing the operations of all transportation modes of the supply chain and to provide excellent customer service in the dynamic transportation market.
Mr. Candilora graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.
As a native of New Orleans, he enjoys the city’s many festivals, carnival time, boating, fishing, traveling, and of course watching the Saints play football.
Grant E. Goldsmith
Grant E. Goldsmith was born and raised in the United States in the Metropolitan Area of New York City. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 1991. He spent 10 years in the United States Military as an officer of Artillery rising to the rank of Major. His assignments included living and working in many countries and conflict areas such as Korea, Germany, Bosnia and Kuwait and others. He served in multiple command and staff levels positions. His final assignment was back at West Point as a commander and mentor of cadets attending the academy. He is still in Reserve duty service today.
Grant entered the professional insurance industry in Philadelphia in 2001 as a commercial Property and Casualty broker with The Graham Company. He served with this large regional broker managing and placing US and multinational business. He took a position with The McIntyre Group in 2004 as this company was newly forming. He again managed large US and multinational accounts. The Public Warehousing Company K.S.C. (Agility) became a client of The McIntyre Group in 2005.
At Agility’s request Grant moved to Kuwait in early 2006 with his family to head the new Agility Global Risk Management Department as it rapidly acquired logistics companies throughout the world. He manages all of Marine, Specialty and Property and Casualty concerns for the Agility group of companies operating in over 178 countries. Hi duties included working closely with the Agility Human Resources Department to manage the Life, Health and Personal Accident insurances both in the Middle East Region and Globally.
Grant returned to the USA in 2010 and started a specialty government contracting company called Overwatch, Inc. Overwatch was acquired by Avalon Risk Management in mid 2012. Grant now serves as Vice President of the Southern Division for Avalon Risk Management and he works in the Houston Office. Overwatch continues to operate as a division of Avalon. Avalon Risk Management is a specialty broker for surety and insurance to the logistics industry.
Grant is a licensed Insurance Broker and Consultant in the United States. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Insurance from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the University of Swansea in Wales. He is a marine arbitrator for the Houston Maritime Arbitration Association. He holds the designation of Certified Risk Manager International (CRM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). He has a Master of Arts diploma in Strategic Communication and Leadership (MASCL) from Seton Hall University in the United States. He has a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineer from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of several elite military schools to include the Combined Arms Services Staff School, US Army Airborne and Air Assault schools and is proud to be serving with other patriots in the defense of our nation.
James Hlavin is a Special Agent with FBI Cyber Division.
Mr. Merlin A. Hymel, Jr., a native of Edgard, LA, is the Assistant Center Director (Validation and Compliance Branch) for the Base Metals Center based in Chicago, IL. From 2005 to March 2016, he was the Assistant Area Port Director for Trade Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Area Port of New Orleans, LA.
A twenty-seven year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service, Hymel managed the import specialist, entry, and vessel repair units in New Orleans along with having program oversight of cargo examination and agricultural activities. Under his leadership, the Port of New Orleans was named the 2012 recipient of the “Award of Excellence” by the International Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association of New Orleans.
Mr. Hymel, 53, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Nicholls State University. He resides in Luling, LA with his wife Susan.
Christopher Kane joined Adams and Reese in 2004 and practices in the areas of transportation, economic development, business litigation and professional athlete injury claims.
He has gained extensive experience and contributed to firm knowledge regarding specialized tax credit programs, cooperative endeavor agreements, public-private partnership law, economic development law, transportation and logistics legal issues and commercial and corporate litigation.
Christopher has assisted clients with expansion, re-location and new development projects totaling more than $250 million and ranging from port infrastructure projects to industrial, commercial, retail, boutique hotel, restaurant and residential developments throughout the Greater New Orleans region.
Christopher has extensive experience assisting transportation clients with United States Coast Guard penalties, Foreign Trade Zone, owner-operator agreements, rules circular agreements, bills of lading, cargo release agreements, cargo abandonment agreements, warehouse agreements, warehousemen liability limitation clauses and other related industry documents.
Christopher has also been involved in various recovery legal issues since the 2005 hurricanes. He co-founded a not-for-profit corporation designed to specifically assist small business recovery called Desire NOLA, which has been nominated for numerous service awards and has been recognized by many respected community leaders. During his leadership tenure, Desire NOLA contributed to more than $1 million in economic impact in the New Orleans region.
Christopher is a Crowe Scholar from Loyola University Law School and also holds an M.B.A. from Christian Brothers University where he was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006.
During his free time, he likes to play golf and watch the Saints and Pelicans.
Mr. Jeff Moulton is the Executive Director of Stephenson’s National Center for Security Research and Training and the Transformation Technologies and Cyber Research Center at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the President & CEO of LSU’s non-profit applied research and development corporation – Nascent Technologies Corporation (NTC). He provides strategic direction and leadership and is responsible for focusing research, business development, building technical teams, and coordinating information operations across the university and institute. Mr. Moulton has in-depth experience within the intelligence communities assessing and defining corporate-level and globally deployable network security solutions. Mr. Moulton actively participates in numerous National and International Cyber Forums. Most noteabley he has been appointed to the ODNI/NSA Computational Cyber Security in Compromised Environments (C3E); the Secretary of the Air Force’s Cyber Vision 2025 (CV2025) Committee; the AFCEA International Cyber Committee, and the IEEE Homeland Security Technologies (Cyber Panel) Committee. His technical certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Manager (IAM), National Security Agency (NSA) INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM), Open Source Professional Security Analyst (OPSA), and Malware Forensics Investigator (MFI), Wetsone.
Prior to LSU, Mr. Jeff Moulton served as the Director of Program Development and Information Operations for Georgia Tech Research Insistute (GTRI). At GTRI, Mr Moulton established GTRI’s first cyber lab, recruited and hired the technical team, and grew GTRI’s newest laboratory into the largest of GTRI’s eight labs.
Before joining GTRI, Mr. Moulton served as the Information Assurance Assistant Program Manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. In this role he established an Information Assurance (IA) Division for the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Joint Program Office. He provided leadership and direction for all information assurance facets of the $566M Joint Program of Record and managed the many facets of a major DoD acquisition program. He recruited and built the first joint integrated IA team across government and military service branches, with members from DIA, NSA, SPAWAR, NETWARCOM, OSD NII, JITC, USJFCOM, USPACOM, USEUCOM, USSOUTHCOM, and other Department of Defense (DoD) IA stakeholders. Mr. Moulton authored the DJC2 IA Strategy, Technology Readiness Assessments, Analysis of Alternatives, and other DoD acquisition documents required by public law. Mr. Moulton continues to represent the DJC2 Joint Program Office as the IA subject matter expert with DoD intelligence agencies. In addition, Mr. Moulton serves on the Department of the Navy Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) IA Working Group.
Prior to his position with the U.S.Navy, Mr. Moulton served as the Executive Director, Integrated Solutions Division (ISD) at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a 501(c)3 non-profit research and development company. He was responsible for contract performance, business development, human resources, financial performance, and organizational development for the ISD. This included operational responsibility for over 350 employees, 8 major offices and multiple operating locations. Focus areas included: communications/network engineering, software/systems engineering, visualization, battlefield situational awareness, advanced technology prototyping, C4ISR systems, information assurance, logistics decision support systems, supply chain integration, and general information technology (IT) development.
Preceding his assignment at ISD, Mr. Moulton served as the Director, Information Assurance Programs at CTC where he provided overall leadership on multiple multi-million dollar programs and directed the organization’s personnel. His programs ranged from improving network security and developing unique solution sets for advanced network security problems utilized throughout the Department of Defense, to designing high-speed systems and modeling and simulating these network architectures. Mr. Moulton established the National Attack Sensing, Warning and Response (ASW&R) Laboratory. This National asset is currently hosted and operated by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Mr. Moulton served a twenty-four year career with the United States Air Force. He held a diverse set of technical and leadership positions across the globe, including Communications and Information Functional Manager for Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Air Force Base.
Mr. Moulton, who was born and raised in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, studied Business and Management at Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales (now DeSales University), and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management from the Troy State University.
Mr. Sturgis has spent over 31 years of service with Dow Chemical. Most notably, he dedicated 21 years in various supply chain leadership roles, including:
• North America Plastics Planning leader responsible for all NA plastics planning work processes and people including raw material receipts and production scheduling. Planning representative for Solution and Primacor value centers.
• Global Business Supply Chain planner for RCL/HCL, waste water and landfills. Develop long term (strategic plans) for Dow for the assigned waste streams. Included people leadership for North America RCL/HCL planning.
• Global Business Supply Chain planner for Solution PE. Responsibility included managing the supply, demand and inventory plans for the Solution PE value center. Included people leadership for North America plastics reactor and detailed planners and associated work processes.
Currently, Mr. Sturgis is the NAA Logistics Leader Supply Chain Director for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business and Global Comonomer Planner for Hydrocarbons. In the comonomer role, he is responsible for global inventory management, business supply chain and planning activities for butene, hexene and octene supply to Dow. In the logistics role, he manages the long term strategies for P&SP for shipping and packaging, and management of activities to support customer service (delivery performance, logistics quality, etc) for P&SP.
Richard Teubner was a member of the United States Coast Guard for more than 24 years where he gained extensive national program leadership experience in regulatory development, port security, maritime transportation system management, environmental emergency responses, and compliance programs. He has served as the Vice President for Business Development at O’Brien’s Response Management a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, Inc; and at SEACOR Holdings with responsibilities that included cross divisional business development and special projects. He recently concluded serving as the Chief Operating Officer at SEACOR Island Lines, LLC in Port Everglades and CLEANCOR Energy Solutions LLC a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, Inc., and is Vice President of SEACOR AMH, LLC Container on Barge Service for the Inland River Services Division of SEACOR Holdings Inc.
His work experience includes operational oversight of a container shipping line, program/project management with a major engineering company; and extensive support of the national operations of numerous transportation related businesses in his consulting practice. Rich has developed or managed the development of a significant number of program level operations that have included master planning, preparedness, feasibility assessment, exercise and simulation, training, regional risk management, security improvement, and trade and operational resiliency and redundancy assurance for a variety of major public/private sector business operations.
Melzie Wilson is Vice President of Compliance for Mallory Alexander International Logistics. Mallory Alexander is a complete logistics company offering services in customs brokerage, domestic and international freight forwarding, NVOCC, warehousing, FTZ operations and consulting. She is a Licensed Customs Broker, a Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist. She has been with Mallory Alexander for almost 25 years.
Melzie is an active member of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), the Customs and Border Protection Trade Support Network (TSN), and Customs Electronic Systems Action Committee (CESAC) and Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC).
As a member of the NCBFAA, she represents Area 7(most southern states) on the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Transportation Com, Chair of the Logistics Com, and Co-Chair of the Ocean Carriers Best Practices Committee, and member of the Customs Committee.
As a member of TSN, she sits on the Account Management Committee.
As a member of CESAC, she represents on the NVOCC Com and Customs Broker. She is also on the CBP’s Trade Action Committee for implementation of ACE-M1.
Melzie was appointed by Secretary of Commerce, Pritzker to serve on the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness(ACSCC). She serves on a number of subcommittees within the ACSCC.
An avid fan of University of Memphis and the New Orleans Saints and SEC Football, Melzie still finds time to volunteer. She is also a contest representative of the barbecue sanctioned organization, Memphis Barbecue Network as well as volunteering for Hogs for the Cause as Judging Coordinator, an event in New Orleans that goes to benefit children with cancer and their families with monies for expenses. It is now recognized as the largest contributor for the research of pediatric brain cancer as well as known as one of the top BBQ contest in the country.