World Trade Center Miami
Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017
Expanding Trade & Logistics in the Western Hemisphere


Conference Program

Wednesday 1 November  
8:30 a.m.

 Official Welcome (East Hall)

  • Charlotte Gallogly, President, World Trade Center Miami
  • Romaine Seguin, Chair, World Trade Center Miami and President, UPS International, Inc. – Americas Region
  • Juan M. Kuryla, Port Director & CEO, PortMiami
  • Emilio T. Gonzalez, Aviation Director & CEO, Miami Dade Aviation Department


Opening Remarks

  • “Miami’s Growth as the Trade and Logistics Capital of the Americas” Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County
9:00 a.m.

 Call to Order

  • Eric Andrews, President, EMO 24 LLC, Program Chairman
9:00 a.m.

Trade Trends in the Americas (East Hall)

Topic: The panelists will present their views on current trends in trade, the supply chain and transportation as well as their visions, strategies and forecasts for the growth of the air cargo and sea cargo in the Western Hemisphere for the next two years. The panelists will provide forecasts on several trade markets.



  • Richard Roffman, Publisher, Cuba Trade Magazine and Host of the Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show “Made in America”



  • Michael Steen, Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide and President & CEO, Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc.
  • Romaine Seguin, President, UPS International, Inc. - Americas Region
  • Rafael Figueroa, CEO, AeroMexico Cargo
  • Lars Kastrup, President, APL USA
  • TBD, Sealand
10:15 a.m. Coffee & Refreshments (East Hall)  
10:30 a.m.

What Has Been the Impact of Trade on Airports and Seaports?

Topic: The panelists will address what is the current impact of trade flows through the airports and seaports in the Americas as well as predicting what the future may hold.

  • Have the seaports been effective and efficient in the handling of the increased volume of containers?
  • Are airports suffering a decrease, no change or an increase in airfreight volumes?
  • Are containers being processed expeditiously by customs or is the large volume of containers producing backlogs at seaports?
  • What are airports doing to offset any loss of freight shifting from air to ocean?



  • Albert Saphir, Principal, ABS-Consulting



  • Emilio T. González, Aviation Director, Miami Dade Aviation Department
  • Steven Cernak, CEO & Port Director, Port Everglades
  • Freddy A. Jaramillo, General Manager, Aeropuerto General de Rionegro, Colombia
  • Iker Allison, Vice President Marketing, SSA Mexico
  • Brian Taylor, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)
12:00 p.m.

Luncheon (International Ballroom/Hotel)

Topic: Rise of E-Commerce: Impact on Cargo


  • Bill Flynn, CEO, Atlas Air Worldwide


Keynote Speaker: 

  • Dave Clark, SVP Worldwide Operations & Customer Service, Amazon
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
5:30 p.m.  Reception (West Hall) – Meet Our Exhibitors  
7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)  
Thursday 2 November  
Air Cargo Breakout Sessions (2nd floor)  
9:00 a.m. 

Call to Order (2nd floor, Room #)

  • Eric Andrews, President, EMO 24 LLC, Program Chairman
9:00 a.m.

Pharma Air Shippers Forum

Topic: Meeting the Pharma Shipper’s Expectations


  •  Jimmy Nares, Section Chief Aviation Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department



  • Joe Napoli, Chief of Staff, Miami-Dade Aviation Department
  • Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport Company
  • Leandro Moreira, Director Life Sciences, Brinks Global Services
  • Tom Grubb, Manager Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
  • Ryan Viegas, Head of Logistics – Asia Pacific, Watson Pharma Private Limited
10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments  
10:30 a.m.

Air Cargo Perishables Forum

Topic How does air cargo maintain its dominance in the transportation of perishables goods; what are the trends, new distribution channels, air/sea connection?


  • Emir Pineda, Mgr. Aviation Trade & Logistics Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department



  • Pat Compres, President, Advance Customs Brokers & Consulting
  • David Beecham, Sr. Manager, Special Products, Qatar Airways Cargo
  • Marcus Fellmann, Global Head, Perishables, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Ernesto Rodriguez, Section Chief Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department
12:00 p.m. 

Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address (International Ballroom/Hotel)

Topic: Outstanding Contribution to the Flow of Trade in the Americas in Air and Maritime Transportation.

The World Trade Center Miami and Florida’s international trade community recognize the outstanding contribution to the expedited flow of cargo in the Americas.

Air Transportation:

  • Introduction: Emilio T. González, Aviation Director, Miami Dade Aviation Department
  • Awardee: Germán Efromovich, Cofounder, Avianca Holdings S.A


Maritime Transportation:

  • Introduction: Douglas Wheeler, President, Florida Ports Council
  • Awardee: Alemán Zubieta, Former Administrator, Panama Canal
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)  
Friday 3 November  
10:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
1:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)