Hundreds of top industry leaders from around the country have participated in this event; including three governors, three university presidents, and numerous CEOs of top corporations. Through the years, the Indiana Logistics Summit has provided a platform for important discussions between leaders of an extremely diverse industry, including presentations by corporate giants such as Google, GE Aviation, Cummins Inc., Honda, ArcelorMittal, Eli Lilly, FedEx, UPS, Norfolk Southern, CSX, CN Railway, and many others.
This year, our speakers will be offering best practices, technology expertise, and unique insights on the key logistic issues from all transportation modes, manufacturing, academia, and government. These industry experts will provide a forum for you to explore current industry developments, develop professional skills, increase awareness, and introduce you to innovative new ideas on today’s most important logistic topics.
Visit the History page for a complete list of speakers and presentations from previous Summits.
- Global Connections in Logistics
- Major Logistics Issues
- Opportunities for Growth
- Cost-Saving Strategies
- Industry Updates from Road, Rail, Water, and Air Experts
- Status Reports for Major Transportation Projects
- Industry Best Practice Examples
- Global Issues Affecting U.S. Markets
- Policy and Regulation Concerns
- The Future of Logistics
- Workforce Challenges and Strategies
Stuart RothenbergFounding Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report Columnist, Roll Call
Dr. Robert MartínezVice President
Business Development and Real Estate
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Lauren BrandAssociate Administrator
Intermodal System Development
U.S. Department of Transportation
Douglas GeorgeConsul General of Canada
Victor SmithIndiana Secretary of Commerce
Gary LongSenior Vice President
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.
Brandye L. HendricksonCommissioner
Indiana Department of Transportation
Barry CooperGreat Lakes Regional Administrator
Federal Aviation Association
Claudia CummingsVice President
Workforce and Education
David HoltVice President
Operations and Business Development
Representative Mike SpeedyIndiana House of Representatives
Senator Brandt HershmanIndiana State Senate
Representative Tim BrownIndiana House of Representatives
Senator Michael CriderIndiana State Senate
Ports of Indiana
Pamela GriesemerVice President
Dennis MullinsVice President
Supply Chain Operations and Design/Construction
Indiana University Health
Founding Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report Columnist, Roll Call
“I don’t think anybody reads Stuart Rothenberg’s stuff any closer than I do. When I find myself in agreement with him, I’m a lot more comfortable with my position. He’s a blend of academic credentials and living in the real world of politics.” - Charlie Cook, American Political Analyst
For years, Stuart Rothenberg has embodied the rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and non-partisan precision. The publication he founded, the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, provides honest, nonpartisan reporting and clear-eyed analysis of American elections and their potential ramifications, looking at U.S. House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics, and political developments. Rothenberg is one of the nation’s most popular political analysts and handicappers, and he captivates audiences with insightful, often humorous discussions about election results, the issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill, and the nature of politics itself. His lectures are as up-to-date as today’s newspaper, and he presents his insider views on hotly debated issues and how the future of politics is being shaped by our nation’s current newsmakers.
A Top Handicapper of the Political Horserace. Rothenberg is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post’s “Power Post.” He previously served as a columnist for over two decades for Capitol Hill’s Roll Call, and his op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other newspapers. A frequent soundbite, his political expertise has made him a frequent guest on the network television news circuit, where he has appeared on Meet the Press, TODAY, This Week, Face the Nation, Nightline, and The McLaughlin Group. In 2008 and 2010, he was a regular contributor during the election cycles to PBS NewsHour, and in 2006, he served as a political analyst for CBS News. Before that, he served as a CNN political analyst for more than 10 years, which included extensive on-air election night analysis. He has also served as a political analyst for the Voice of America.
Rothenberg holds a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut. He has taught political science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Rothenberg has been speaking to corporate and association audiences around the country for more than a decade, and helping people identify and better understand political trends.
Paul “Chip” Jaenichen was appointed by President Obama and has served as Maritime Administrator since July 2014. He previously served as both Deputy and Acting Maritime Administrator from July 2012 to July 2014.
Captain Jaenichen was a career naval officer, who retired after 30 years as a nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy from October 2010 to April 2012. He served as Commanding Officer of USS ALBANY (SSN 753) from 1999 to 2002 and as Commander, Submarine Squadron ELEVEN in San Diego, California from 2007 to 2008. His shore tours included assignments as Director, Submarine/Nuclear Officer Distribution where he was responsible for over 5200 officers; as Officer-in-Charge of Moored Training Ship 635, one of two nuclear powered training platforms in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was responsible for over 1200 officer and enlisted operators; and as Chief, European and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Policy Division on the Joint Staff where he was responsible for military-to-military engagement with all NATO member nations.
Captain Jaenichen’s hometown is Brandenburg, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. His wife, Paula Auclair Jaenichen, is a National Board Certified teacher and a small business owner in Vine Grove, Kentucky.
Dr. Robert Martínez
Vice President Business Development and Real Estate, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Rob Martínez is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. During the first Bush Administration, he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Administrator for the Maritime Administration and was promoted by President George H. W. Bush to Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Office of Intermodalism.
Dr. Martínez began working for Norfolk Southern in 1993 but left in 1994 to become the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor George Allen. As Secretary of Transportation, he had oversight over the Virginia Department of Transportation (highways), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Virginia Port Authority.
Dr. Martínez returned to Norfolk Southern in early 1998, where he now serves as Vice President Business Development and Real Estate. In this position, Dr. Martínez has oversight for four departments: Industrial Development; Real Estate; Market Research and Economics; and the Ports and International Department, which includes Norfolk Southern Mexicana. He has focused on the pursuit of industrial projects to grow the revenue base and in support of capital projects, including corridor development efforts, intended to grow the franchise.
Dr. Martínez is married to Cristina Dziwura Martínez and they have three children, son Javier, daughter Pilar Rocío and son Sebastián. They reside in Norfolk, Virginia.
Douglas George is the Consul General of Canada in Detroit, and is responsible for the States of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and most recently served as Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait.
Recognized as a trade policy expert, Mr. George has worked in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the US Trade and Economic Policy Division. He served as Senior Departmental Advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade as well as Director of the Softwood Lumber Division, the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division, and the Tariffs and Goods Market Access Division.
Abroad, Consul General George has directed trade policy issues at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels as well as serving as a negotiator at the Canadian mission to the GATT/World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He also served in Kingston, Jamaica.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Toronto and his Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Brandye L. Hendrickson was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on April 22, 2015 by Governor Mike Pence.
As leader of INDOT, Hendrickson oversees all aspects of one of the state’s largest agencies. INDOT employs over 3,400 people and is responsible for a state highway system that includes over 28,400 total roadway lane miles and 5,600 bridges. INDOT has a $400 million annual operating budget and an annual construction budget in excess of $1 billion.
Hendrickson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. In 2001, she achieved Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute-Society for Human Resources Management.
MARK A. COOPER is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce office in Indiana. He provides assistance and direction in the planning and coordination of all activities within the local office. He is also responsible for developing and enhancing relationships with industry, local, state, and federal representatives, and provides assistance, advice, and counsel to Indiana businesses. Mr. Cooper has been an active part of the Indiana international business community for the last 20 years.
Before coming to the Indianapolis office, Mr. Cooper worked for two years in the Office of Microelectronics, Medical Equipment and Instrumentation, for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. His duties included analysis of health care industry trends, development of policies promoting the global competitiveness of the U.S. medical device industry, and assisting U.S. medical device firms in pursuit of commercial opportunities in emerging markets. Mr. Cooper coordinated Department of Commerce activities under the Medical Industry Subgroup of the U.S.-Russia Business Development Committee. He also worked with the U.S. Trade Representative promoting increased commercial activity and regulatory reform in South Korea.
Mr. Cooper has participated in trade promotional activities in Europe, Egypt, Singapore, Vietnam, India, South Africa, Peru and Russia. Prior to his work as an industry specialist, Mr. Cooper worked in the Office of International Operations for Asia and the Pacific, where he coordinated and planned Secretarial Missions to Indonesia, India and the Middle East. He holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Comparative and International Affairs. He also has Bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Public Administration.
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations and Design/Construction, Indiana University Health
Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP, joined Indiana University Health as Vice President, Supply Chain Operations and Design and Construction in May of 2015. Prior to IU Health, Dennis was at Baylor Scott and White Health in Dallas, Texas, where he led a large supply chain team as their Corporate Director of Supply Chain Integration. He also previously served in Supply Chain roles at Shands at The University of Florida and HCA Healthcare, among other organizations. Additionally, he honorably served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a medical materials specialist.
Dennis is a seasoned healthcare professional with more than 30 years of supply chain experience as an effective leader along with a proven ability to meet and exceed strategic supply chain goals. He holds an MBA from Amberton University and he is a candidate for a doctorate in business administration from Grand Canyon University. Dennis and his wife, Audrey, have a son and three daughters.
Pamela leads KERAMIDA’s Sustainability Services business unit. As practitioners of real-world sustainability, her team of analysts, designers, scientists and engineers dwell less on crafting a definition of “sustainability” and more on achieving desired outcomes through a strategic, whole-systems approach involving the optimization of social, environmental and economic factors. Her team mainly serves two client groups: 1) industry - with a focus on outcomes such as regulatory compliance, process efficiency, implementation of best practices, continual improvement, sustainability benchmarking, reporting, ranking and rating, and ultimately, risk reduction and value creation; and, 2) government - with a focus on outcomes such as local capacity building and operational efficiency, funding and maintaining high-performance infrastructure, amenities and services, and institutionalizing the means for cultivating financial, natural, and human capital toward states of social equity and environmental justice.
Ms. Griesemer has led the planning for redevelopment of many brownfields, revitalization of entire neighborhoods, and management of regional infrastructure and water resources. She led Indianapolis’ efforts to become STAR certified, seek the establishment of a local Groundwork USA trust, and secured over $15.2 million in grant funding for a broad array of sustainability and community revitalization projects including brownfield redevelopment, neighborhood revitalization, energy efficiency, green job training, greenways and trails, parks and recreation, and community forestry.
Ms. Griesemer is a qualified ISO Lead Auditor, a GBCI certified LEED Green Associate and a licensed Realtor. She is also part of the first cohort of sustainability professionals to receive the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Sustainability Accounting credential. Ms. Griesemer holds an M.S. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemistry Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University. She has two decades of combined experience in Brownfield Redevelopment and Planning, environmental technology R&D and the design and implementation of management systems. Her technical experience includes solid oxide fuel cell technology research and development with Argonne National Laboratory, experimental simulation of surface reactions implicated for stratospheric ozone depletion, selection of analytical methods for soil and groundwater characterization, bioremediation technology development and scale-up for field applications, evaluation of novel combinations of bioremediation technologies with conventional remediation methods, program design of a CERCLA Chemical Dehalogenation Treatability Study for the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, environmental due diligence investigations in support of over a hundred real estate transactions, and programmatic environmental compliance support for industrial facilities.
Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Rep. Speedy served southeast Marion County on the 29-member Indianapolis City County Council for nearly seven years. In this capacity, he concluded his council services as Chairman of Public Works Committee.
Born on the Southside, Rep. Speedy was raised partly south of Indianapolis and also in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He credits his late mother for instilling the sense of duty to serve his community and protect its values and taxpayers. Like his father before him, he earned his B.S. in Real Estate Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Rep. Speedy also attained a law degree from IU's School of Law at Indianapolis. He maintains his law license and a designation Certified Commercial Investment Member. A second generation real estate developer, Rep. Speedy also runs and operates a small business in Indianapolis.
Additionally, he spends much of his time with his two children and attending community meetings and events, and has volunteered as a mentor for the Indianapolis Big Brother Big Sister chapter. He attends Living Word Bible Church.
Brandt Hershman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Purdue University, a Certificate in Tax Administration and Policy from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Senator Hershman’s professional background includes business taxation, technology, and finance. He currently is employed as a Managing Partner at the DeNovo Group. Senator Hershman was first elected to the State Senate in 2000 and represents Senate District 7 which covers White County, and portions of Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Jasper, and Tippecanoe Counties. Senator Hershman serves as the Majority Floor leader along with committee assignments as the Chairman of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, and the Local Government Committee. In his role as Chairman of the Tax and Fiscal Committee, Senator Hershman has been instrumental in crafting budgets for the state of Indiana.
Senator Hershman serves on numerous boards and organizations including the Legislative Leaders Advisory Board, Indiana Republican Platform Committee, Council of State Government Economic Development Committee, and the Purdue Pi Kappa Phi Board of Directors. He resides in Buck Creek with his wife, Lisa.
State Representative Tim Brown serves House District 41, which includes portions of Montgomery, Boone and Tippecanoe counties. He was elected as a state representative in 1994. He has served the Legislature in a variety of ways including being appointed as Chairman of the Public Health Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics. He has served on multiple committees: Education, Rules and Legislative Procedures, Family, Children, and Human Affairs and the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation. Currently, Rep. Brown serves as the Chairman for Ways and Means.
Throughout his tenure as a representative, Rep. Brown has worked on numerous legislative initiatives, many of which included topics on healthcare.
Rep. Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to serving in the Indiana House of Representatives, Rep. Brown was the treasurer for the State Medical Association for four years. He has also been a board member of the Franklin Methodist Retirement Community since September 2005. Rep. Brown was an Emergency Room Doctor for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville. Rep. Brown is also a member of Indiana State Medical Association. Rep. Brown has received several awards for his contribution to public health.
Rep. Brown resides in Crawfordsville with his wife Jane and recently retired as an emergency room physician. In his spare time, Rep. Brown enjoys sailing, riding his motorcycle, water-skiing, and traveling to visit family, seeing four daughters. Rep. Brown is also a member of the Linden-Kirkpatrick United Methodist Church.
Indiana State Sen. Michael Crider has represented the Hoosiers of East Central Indiana at the Statehouse for four years. Crider represents Senate District 28, which includes all of Hancock County and portions of Marion and Shelby counties.
Crider is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation and also sits on four other committees: Agriculture, Health and Provider Services, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs and the Military.
Before being elected to the Indiana State Senate, Crider spent 30 years at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). During that time, he served as director of the DNR division of law enforcement and reached the rank of Colonel.
Crider graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1981 and the FBI National Academy in 2003. He now works at Hancock Regional Hospital as a security manager and disaster-preparedness coordinator.
Outside of work, Crider served as a member of Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse for 20 years, and was president for seven of those years. His hobbies include being outdoors, fishing, hunting, golfing and riding his motorcycle.
He and his wife, Sherri, live in Greenfield and have two sons and four grandchildren.
Martin George is the CEO of LTC Language Solutions. LTC has offered language training, interpreting, translation, & other language services locally, nationally & internationally since 1993.
Through LTC, Dr. George has set up language programs in over 1,000 local & international companies. He has extensive experience in language education including professional publications, teacher training & speaking engagements at national/international conferences.
He has spoken at many different conferences and events such as the Indiana Realtor’s Association Conference, PAADS (Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialist), and Indiana Relocation Conference (multiple years) just to name a few. At these conferences and events, Martin focuses on topics such as cultural intelligence, reasons and requirements for providing language resources, and more.
David W. Holt is vice president of operations and business development for Conexus Indiana.
In his role with Conexus, Holt drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, a forum of prominent logistics executives throughout the state of Indiana, and six regional logistics councils in Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southwest and Southeast Indiana. Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future and Delivering Indiana’s Logistics Future, two strategic plans ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers. He also moderated Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Transportation Infrastructure.
Holt formerly served as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Vice-President of Health/Education Policy and Federal Relations, acting as an integral part of that organization’s governmental relations team at the federal and state levels. Holt’s professional career has also included service in Washington DC as Chief of Staff in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education and a Senior Legislative Aide to a U.S. Representative on Capitol Hill.
Holt was awarded his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 1993 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.
Holt is active in the community and serves on various boards including the Greater Indianapolis Foreign Trade Zone Board 72; US-30 Coalition; Mid-States Corridor Coalition and the I-69, Section 6 Community Advisory Committee. He is also a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Holt and his wife Theresa have two children: Eli and Addie.
Rachel joined Elwood Staffing in 2012 as a Learning and Development Specialist. She transitioned into the role of Learning and Development Manager in 2015. In her position, Rachel manages a team of E-Learning Developers and oversees the creation and implementation of onboarding and continuous learning programs for Elwood’s 1,000 internal employees.
Rachel is a dynamic speaker, delivering impactful sessions to management teams and HR groups across the country. Rachel’s extensive research and insight into the millennial generation, passion for employee engagement, and ability to captivate audiences of all sizes and backgrounds combine to create interactive and impactful learning experiences.
Rachel graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She also holds certification as a Certified Staffing Professional and is the 2016 recipient of Elwood Staffing’s prestigious Superior Customer Service Award.
Residing in Columbus, Indiana with her husband Brandon and their daughter Elizabeth, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family. She is very involved in the Columbus community where she serves as co-founder of Above the Rim, an outreach ministry that provides meals and mentoring to at-risk youth.
Barry Cooper has served as the Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's Great Lakes Region since 2007. He has responsibility for the FAA's aviation-related work in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. As Regional Administrator, Barry serves as the FAA's primary representative and liaison regarding aviation issues and activities within the Great Lakes Region. Barry will be discussing the implementation of “next generation” aviation systems, global perspectives on airfreight, upcoming legislative issues and new developments with unmanned aircrafts.
Prior to assuming his Regional Administrator position, Barry served as the FAA's program manager and principal representative for the City of Chicago's O'Hare Modernization Program, a multi-billion dollar airport development initiative that will increase capacity and reduce delays at our nation's second busiest airport. In this position, Barry coordinated the FAA's internal efforts to meet all commitments and milestones associated with the O'Hare modernization initiative, while also interfacing extensively with the FAA's external customers, including the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, Congressional representatives, news media outlets, and civic groups.
Barry's public service career began in 1976 as an FAA civil engineer performing design work on FAA facilities that support our nation's air traffic control system. Most of Barry's service has been in management positions within the FAA's Great Lakes Region where he has had responsibilities for both technical and administrative program areas including National Airspace System infrastructure design and operation, airport design standards and operations safety, financial management, logistics support, and labor management relations.
Claudia Cummings is charged with increasing the advanced manufacturing and logistics skilled workforce. To accomplish this, she is leading the statewide implementation of the Hire Technology turn-key advanced manufacturing and logistics curriculum and “Dream it. Do it.” – a national marketing and grassroots outreach campaign designed to reach young people and their parents with news of the exciting careers available in manufacturing and logistics today.
Prior to joining Conexus Indiana, Cummings was Deputy Commissioner at the Indiana Department of Administration, a position appointed by the Governor. Cummings was responsible for legislative affairs, state contracting and small business development.
Cummings dedicated her early career to public service working as media relations aide to the Mayor of Indianapolis, the legislative aide to the Speaker of the Indiana House, Chief-of-Staff to the Marion County Clerk, and press secretary and community relations advisor to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
Cummings currently serves on the Goodwill Educational Initiatives Board of Directors and has recently been a member of the Indiana Commission on Career and Technical Education and the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank.
Cummings received her Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, a Masters of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and she completed the Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Executive Education Program.
Gary R. Long was appointed Senior Vice President of Genesee &Wyoming's Midwest Region Railroads in May 2014. Mr. Long joined G&W as President of its former Atlas Railroad Construction subsidiary in April 2013. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of OmniTRAX, Inc., a transportation holding company, since 2009. Mr. Long has spent nearly 35 years in the transportation industry, including roles related to rail, motor carrier, port, maritime, intermodal terminals and transload and switching facilities.
Mr. Long earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He serves on the board of directors for the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Jonathan Doss has been with Celadon since 2011 and is currently Director of Customer Service. In this role, he is responsible for the automotive commodity group which includes irregular route and dedicated contract service. Prior to his current role, he has held numerous other positions at Celadon including Freight Analyst, Customer Relationship Manager, Customer Service Manager and Communications Analyst.
He recently completed the ATA’s LEAD program, which is a 12-month leadership program to engage the trucking industry’s best and brightest and prepare them to become our leaders of tomorrow. Participants in the LEAD program gain real-world experience and in-depth industry insights not available through any other program. The program provides exclusive education opportunities to up-and-coming trucking industry professionals highlighting how the regulatory and legislative process affects the trucking industry.
Jonathan is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Management and is currently enrolled in Butler University's MBA program.
Phil Wilzbacher joined the Ports of Indiana in January 2002 as Port Director at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon after spending over 25 years in the shortline railroad and grain industries. Prior to joining the Ports of Indiana, Phil’s career includes employment with the Indiana Rail Road Co. where he served as Marketing Manager responsible for business development and revenue growth for the regional railroad. Additionally, Phil previously served as Marketing Director for the Indiana Southern Railroad. As well as his freight transportation background, Phil has significant management and merchandising experience in the grain industry with Cargill, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company, and has also worked in commercial real estate.
As a native of Southwest Indiana and through his professional experience, he has developed a strong knowledge of the port’s marketplace and is acquainted with many of the business and community leaders throughout the Midwest Region.
Aimee Andres, Executive Director for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, has extensive contact with members of the Association in order to identify points of interest or concern and to optimize their benefits. Representing the interests of members in each river basin, Aimee encourages continued cooperation with local, state and federal authorities as well as other waterway associations to promote the value of the inland waterways system. This cooperation has been experienced in the many working groups Aimee has facilitated including the Missouri River Revitalization Committee and the dredging focus group.
Before joining IRPT, Aimee worked in the title insurance industry for over 15 years. Working for both small and global companies, she performed property searches for nearly 20 counties in 2 states and assisted daily with escrow settlements. While pursuing a degree in business management, Aimee also worked with her father in the railroad industry identifying new market opportunities. Learning from her father, a past President and Chairman of IRPT, Aimee has first-hand knowledge of the issues existing and potential growth in the industry.
Aimee resides in Edwardsville, Illinois. Located near St. Louis, Aimee is just minutes from the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers.
Georges Farrah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Université de Moncton (1979) as well as a certificate of corporate governance (2007) from Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS), through its nationally recognized leadership program for sound corporate governance.
In addition to acquiring a broad array of experience throughout his business career in Îles de la Madeleine, he became involved in politics, serving as the MNA (Members of the National Assembly) for Îles de la Madeleine from 1985 to 1998. During his tenure in the National Assembly of Québec, he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister and Chief Whip. Between 2001 and 2004, he made his foray into federal politics, acting as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, among other roles.
From January 2006 to May 2014, he was CEO of the Société des traversiers du Québec.
In May 2014, he was appointed Associate General Secretary in charge of the Secrétariat aux affaires maritimes, within the Ministère du Conseil exécutif.
Rich Cooper was appointed chief executive officer for the Ports of Indiana in 2005, after four years as the organization’s chief operating officer. As CEO, Rich oversees all port operations and works with the board of directors to establish the organization’s strategic vision and direction. Through his leadership, the Ports of Indiana has realized consistent growth and achieved many significant milestones. Despite enduring one of the most challenging economic environments in recent history, the Ports of Indiana has recorded nine consecutive years of growth in 2007-2015 that included increases in cargo volumes, new business development, and a record year in 2015 for the ports’ major lines of business. Rich has helped the Ports of Indiana thrive as a self-funded, business-driven enterprise that contributes to growing Indiana’s economy. He has helped shape a new vision for the Ports of Indiana to be a premier inland port system in North America by creating a port environment that provides its customers and the state of Indiana a sustainable competitive advantage.
Prior to joining the Ports of Indiana, Rich was the global director of manufacturing and engineering for Purina’s International agri-business known as Agribrands International, a $1.2 billion international producer of commercial animal feeds. He oversaw 60 Purina plant operations in 16 countries on four continents. Previously, Rich worked for Continental Grain Co., a $4 billion international agri-business, where he oversaw operations in the United States and China and opened the company’s first commercial feed mill in China. Rich is also an instrument-rated private pilot and holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Victor Smith is the Secretary of Commerce for the state of Indiana. In this role, Smith is a member of Governor Mike Pence’s cabinet and leads the state’s domestic and international economic development agenda.
His January 2013 appointment as Secretary of Commerce follows a 17-year career of operations, sales and executive positions, including chief executive officer of CDS Engineering, a precision manufacturing company with locations in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia. With approximately 500 employees, the firm primarily serves the semiconductor capital equipment industry.
A native of Muncie, Ind., Smith currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Campbell is a Director of Solutions Management for Swisslog Healthcare, responsible for delivering Consolidated Service Center solutions to the North American market and leading global strategies for healthcare warehouse management software.
Prior to Swisslog, Andrew functioned as a Manager within the GHX Consulting Practice, responsible for delivering GHX NuVia consulting services and coordinating the implementation of leading supply chain processes globally for complex healthcare systems. He functioned as a Materials Manager for an acute care hospital, directing supply chain operations, implementing productivity focused processes and driving supply chain operations to improve patient care.
His skills as a mentor, program manager and process optimizer, as well as rounded healthcare supply chain, e-commerce and e-content management leading practice experience have provided him a distinct healthcare supply chain insight. He earned a BA in Hospital Administration from Concordia College and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Regis University. He is married with two daughters and enjoys the Colorado sun with friends in his free time.
On November 8, 2016, Eric Holcomb was elected Governor of Indiana.
A life-long Hoosier, he is a veteran of the United States Navy, was a trusted advisor to both Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Dan Coats, and a former state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and, as such, a member of the Republican National Committee.
He was nominated to serve as Indiana’s Lt. Governor by Governor Mike Pence on March 2, 2016, and was confirmed by the General Assembly and sworn into office on March 3, 2016.
As Lt. Governor, Eric oversees a varied and diversified portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture(ISDA), Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Office of Defense Development(IODD), Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Office of Tourism Development (IOTD). He also serves as chairman of the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council and President of the Indiana Senate, where he presides over the chamber during each year’s legislative session.
Lt. Governor Holcomb was a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration, holding various positions including deputy chief of staff in the official office and campaign manager for Daniels’ landslide 2008 re-election. He also oversaw the Governor’s state political action committee, Aiming Higher, and has both official and campaign experience at the district and local levels. Eric managed successful campaigns for U.S. Congressman John Hostettler, served as the Congressman’s official district director, and conducted a mayoral race in Vincennes, where he lived at the time.
Throughout his career in public and political service, Eric has earned a reputation of being a consensus builder. He has traveled extensively around the state to build support for various initiatives including, but not limited to, Indiana’s property tax caps, healthcare reform, and Major Moves, a 3.85 billion dollar infrastructure public private partnership.
He is the author of the book, “Leading the Revolution,” which outlined the successes of the Mitch Daniels approach to campaigning and governing.
Lt. Governor Holcomb is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in southeastern Indiana where he majored in U.S. History with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. A student of history, he is a collector of presidential signatures and currently has documents signed by 40 of our nation’s 44 presidents.
He is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Indianapolis WWII Round Table, the American Legion, Post 777; and is a board member of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
He and his wife, Janet, live with their dog, Henry, on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
Intermodal System Development
U.S. Department of Transportation
Lauren K. Brand, a member of the Senior Executive Service, became the Associate Administrator for Intermodal System Development January 2015. In this capacity, Mrs. Brand directs StrongPortssm, a national port infrastructure modernization program in excess of $1.3 billion – and that includes TIGER discretionary funds and other federal assistance. She is responsible for the continued development of America’s Marine Highway initiative and manages the Agency’s offshore energy licensing projects (the Deepwater Port Program). She also oversees the Secretary of Transportation’s Marine Transportation System Advisory Council and their efforts to integrate waterborne transportation into the overall national transportation system planning process.
Previously, Mrs. Brand was the Director for the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Vessels. In this role, she was responsible for carrying out MARAD’s mission to improve and strengthen the US marine transportation system to meet the economic and security needs of the Nation. Prior to this she was the South Atlantic Gateway Director for MARAD. The South Atlantic region includes South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Prior to joining MARAD in July 2008, Lauren was the Senior Director for Business Development at Port Canaveral, FL. For 13 years she was part of the management team that worked to change the port from a niche cargo port to one of the top cruise ports in the world. In the mid-1980’s Lauren developed the International Trade-Customs Practice for Arthur Andersen & Co., serving as the US Practice Director and Worldwide Coordinator. She has also worked as a licensed U.S. Customhouse Broker and freight forwarder, and served as the Import Manager for Hitachi Metals America in NYC. If asked, she will tell you the most interesting stories are from her years owning a sport fishing marina and tiki bar in Cape Canaveral, FL.
Lauren has a degree in Transportation from Niagara University, earned a US Customhouse Broker license in 1987 and, in 2000, earned a Professional Port Manager Certification from the American Association of Port Authorities. Most recently, she participated in the Federal Executive Institute’s Course “Leadership for a Democratic Society”. She resides in Oakton, VA with her husband and family.