As executive editor, Mark Szakonyi leads JOC.com, the world’s most visited news, analysis and data portal serving the container shipping and international supply chain industry. The JOC.com team of more a dozen editors and global correspondents provides business-critical news and data-heavy analysis nearly 24/7. Szakonyi also reports on a variety of issues ranging from liner consolidation to shipping alliances. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media, including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. Szakonyi, a Chicago native now living in Washington D.C., is an avid reader, traveler and vinyl record collector.
Matthew Hoag is Director, Operations and Commercial for the DP World Americas Region, where he is responsible for leading operations strategy and commercial relationships for 6 port facilities throughout the Americas, including: Vancouver, Canada; Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Paramaribo, Suriname; Santos, Brazil; Callao, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt has over 20 years of proven leadership, terminal management, and terminal global consulting experience. Educated as a U.S. Merchant Mariner, he began his professional career as a supervisor of marine operations and advanced to manager of terminal operations. He has experience managing container terminal operations with Maersk Pacific and Sea-Land. His most recent position was General Manager for DP World Canada, Inc., which comprises of three business units: DP World Vancouver marine container terminal, DP World Stevedoring, a bulk, ro-ro and general cargo stevedoring provider, as well as DP World Nanaimo, a multi-purpose terminal located on Vancouver Island. Prior to that, Matt was Chief Executive Officer, Laem Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd in Thailand and General Manager for DP World’s container terminal business in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
Patrick McCrory transitioned into the Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer role at Palmetto Railways in 2015, where he is responsible for all sales & marketing, business development, strategic planning and intermodal development for the organization. Upon being hired at Palmetto Railways in February 2013, Patrick assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to being employed by Palmetto Railways, Patrick held the positions of Terminal Superintendent, Atlanta/Charlotte and Terminal Manager, Northwest Ohio at CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. Patrick began his career in marine terminals and longshoring with APM Terminals in 2005, serving in a number of management positions, including operations, training, safety, and human resources throughout the APM Terminals North American network. Transitioning into the railroad industry in 2010, Patrick was a member of the team responsible for the operational start-up of CSX’s Northwest Ohio Intermodal Transshipment Hub, where he carried a specific focus on lift equipment commissioning & training, and terminal operating & automation systems operational integration. Patrick holds a United States Coast Guard Third Mate Oceans, Unlimited Tonnage License for Merchant Mariners, and was formerly an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He holds membership in the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Intermodal Association of North America, and the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Charleston.
Paul Martin started his professional career as an attorney practicing with the Halifax, Nova Scotia law firm Cox Downie, where he practiced corporate, commercial and banking law and became a partner in 1987. In 1996, Paul left the practice of law and since that time has held a number of senior management positions in Canadian and American corporations. Mr. Martin is currently the President of Melford International Terminal Inc. Melford International Terminal is developing a container terminal, rail intermodal facility and logistics park at Melford, Guysborough County on the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia. Melford Terminal intends to capitalize on the opportunities created by the deployment of large ships by the world’s major shipping lines. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a combined Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws Degrees from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Jim Quinn was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of Saint John Port Authority in September 2010. Jim brought over 30 years of experience in the marine and public sectors to Port Saint John and he began his career on ships out of the port of Saint John in the mid 1970s. In 1981, he re-joined the Canadian Coast Guard, where he was promoted to leadership positions, including Regional Director of the Central and Arctic Region and Director General, Marine Programs. Jim’s Coast Guard experience took him to ports across Canada and around the world. After 23 years with the Coast Guard, Jim joined the Privy Council Office’s Machinery of Government Secretariat and Social Development Policy Secretariat as a Senior Advisor. In 2002, Jim joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Director General of Lands and was promoted through several leadership positions, culminating in the Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister role. Jim also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Canadian International Development Agency before leaving government to work at Port Saint John.
Keith Reardon was appointed Vice President of Intermodal Services in May 2012, based in Toronto. Mr. Reardon oversees all aspects of the company’s domestic and international intermodal activities. In 2009, Mr. Reardon was appointed Vice President of CN Supply Chain Solutions, where he was responsible for the automotive and iron ore business units and CN’s non-rail transportation services including transloading, freight forwarding and warehousing, just to name a few. He also directed many supply chain and business development initiatives for CN – working closely with CN customers and partners. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President of CN Transloading Operations, where he managed more than 80 CN-owned warehousing and distribution facilities. Passionate about logistics, Mr. Reardon has more than 20 years of experience in the ﬁeld; he also held senior positions with outside ﬁrms in the world of logistics for a number of years.