A graduate of the University of San Francisco Dick joined Sea Land Service as a trainee and rose through a variety of positions in Operations, Sales, Marketing and Geographic management becoming an officer of the company and Vice President of Global Sales.
During his career he spent 23 years in positions outside the United States giving him a unique and wide ranging perspective on business and industry.
Upon the acquisition of Sea Land by Maersk Line in 1999 Dick joined Maersk as Global Sales Top to manage the creation of and strategy behind the strategic sales segment of Global Sales with responsibility for 30% of corporate revenues.
At retirement from Maersk he was Executive Advisor to the Chief Commercial Officer of Maersk Line. Dick’s experience is in strategy development, sales efficiency and productivity, negotiation and executive and operational management.
He is an accomplished public speaker and communicator with a wide range of knowledge and experience in the Logistics and Supply Chain field.
Gary Ferrulli is a 42 year veteran of international logistics and transportation industries. He spent 28 years and reached Executive level positions with Sea-Land Service, Inc (Vice President North America, Americas Division); National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer) and AP Moller Maersk Line (first non-Dane in Directors role in Copenhagen, Denmark).
He then turned to consulting in his field of expertise and in the past 14 years has become involved with large retail and manufacturing companies, asset light service providers, the US Government, and other consulting firms.
Included in his client list are:
KB Toys, Thyssen Krupp (Automotive Division), Advantage Transport, Ocean World Lines, TSA, Drewry Shipping Consultants, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Unicon Logistics.
Gary earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkley, with undergraduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Gary has been a monthly contributor to the JOC since 2004. He is often a guest speaker at industry conferences such as TPM, TOC, AgTC, Midwest Foreign Commerce Club and the US/Japan Maritime Security Conference.
Bengt has enjoyed a varied and wide ranging international career across all aspects of the carrier and NVO maritime industry including 23 years with Maersk Line in Denmark Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and the United States.
His experience and expertise has led to several senior management roles with carriers, NVO’s and regulatory and advisory positions over the course of his career. Head of Maersk Line US West Coast 1973/1979, Board of directors SF World Trade Club, President Harper Robinson San Francisco 1980, Area Vice President North America American President Lines (APL) 1980-1982, Founder and President Woodside Consulting Group 1982-1983, Founder and Managing Director/Chairman Seawinds Limited 1983-1997, Formed Westbound Transpacific Rate Agreement in 1984 with 19 ocean carriers as members, President First Ocean Broker/Transocean Marine Inc. in 1986 operating up to five monthly bulk carriers for steel parcels, President Quality Logistics Inc. 1987-2011, Founder and President Smarter Container Inc. 2008-2009, Senior Adviser Sinotrans Limited Beijing 2008-2009, Board Member Impeva Labs 2010 to 2014, Senior Adviser The Apex Group 2012 to present, Senior Adviser Purfresh Inc 2014 to present
Peter has over 40 years of maritime industry experience in container shipping, port administration and rate agreements including 30 years with Maersk Line.
He was the prime mover in the conception and startup of Maersk’s Americas Division and was the Director responsible for business development and service initialization in the Americas and Caribbean region.
Following his full retirement from Maersk Line he was appointed as Development and General Manager by the Grand Bahama Port Authority. He also created the strategic business plan for Freeport Container Port which convinced the port’s landowners of their viability as a major transshipment hub.
Peter was the Founder of The Florida Ship-owners Group Inc., an umbrella organization that facilitates and coordinates rate negotiations for shipping companies operating in the Caribbean Basin. Upon the sale of the company to the members he continued as President of the Board and Executive Director.
Peter’s education includes: NYU Stern School of Business core MBA Advanced Professional Financial Management program; Master of
Jim is a graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Business, with a BS in International Trade and Transportation.
He was one of the first to focus on the utilization of Letter of Credit nominations that created the Buyer/Consignee sales approach in the United States for Asia import cargo.
He served in several senior management positions with Sea Land Service: Country Manager in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and General Manager for Southeast Asia as well as Director of Asia Pricing and Director of Intermodal services for the United States.
He represented Sea Land at the transpacific conferences where he established very positive relations with all of the carriers and participants in the Trade.
Upon retirement from Sea Land Service Jim joined Mitsui OSK Line where he formed and served as President of Mitsui Consolidation Service their Logistics subsidiary.
Jim’s career in the maritime industry has spanned over 40 years focusing on pricing, regulatory affairs, senior management, vessel deployments and revenue management.
Bill has over 40 years of distinguished maritime experience in the containerized shipping and logistics field. His experience included executive positions with Sea-Land Service, Maersk Line, and Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE). Bill has lived and worked over 34 years outside the continental U.S. in South America, Canada, Asia, and Europe. His well-rounded executive experience in multiple business disciplines focused on delivering strong financial results by increasing revenues, targeting smart volumes and market share, cargo yield management, achieving operational excellence, and remaining focused on both technical and financial results. As President and COO of TOTE, a major Jones Act carrier, Bill consistently exceeded financial expectations while maintaining the highest of ethical and legal standards. His background and experience enabled Bill to turn vision into reality and transform values into actions, all the time improving profitability.
Graduated with a B.A. in International Relations, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, including Junior Year Abroad program at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
1964-1967 – Served in the U.S. Army, including Military Intelligence training at Fort Holabird, MA and one year of Language School in Monterey, CA for Japanese. Spent one year in Vietnam with 525thMilitary Intelligence Unit; Awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and Meritorius Service
1969-1987 - Various positions with Sea Land Service, Inc. from Sales Representative to Vice President Marketing. Domiciled in Chicago, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Oakland, CA, Menlo Park, New Jersey
1987-2007 – Chairman and Managing Director of various Transpacific Agreements and Conferences covering the Sub-Continent, South and North Asia . Represented the carrier groups in front of the Federal Maritime Commission and testified both in the U.S. and Canada regarding shipping legislation. Adjunctly, Al also taught classes at UC Berkeley on International Conflict Resolution. Due to the international nature and work of the Conferences and Agreements he spent 80% of his time traveling the world as well as giving speeches in Asia, the U.S. and Europe regarding maritime issues.
Currently a Ruling Elder at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson, NV. Strengths are conflict resolution, carrier relations, public speaking and regulatory affairs.