Speakers & Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Juan Perez

Chief Information Officer, UPS

Juan Perez is the Chief Information Officer for UPS and a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for the company’s long-range vision and strategy.

Juan was promoted to CIO in 2016, after serving as Vice President of Technology. Through different rotations in that role, he was responsible for technology systems supporting the company’s billing, financial, accounting, human resources, package operations, driver dispatch and operational planning, scanning, logistics, customer service, and sales. READ MORE

Kelvin Downes

Regional Director of Operations, Amazon.com

Senior Operational leadership roles held for 15 years, positions in the UK as well as the US prior to joining Amazon. Experience ranging from electrical and utilities industries to retail industry.

Driven by the passion of achieving 2 objectives, (i) the passion of creating the highest level of customer satisfaction , and (ii) the passion for creating people through development of technical or leadership skills. READ MORE

Dr. Ray Wolfe

Executive Director, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

Dr. Raymond Wolfe is the Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for San Bernardino County.  He joined SBCTA in April, 2012 after spending more than 20 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  At Caltrans, Dr. Wolfe served in many capacities, including Director for District 8, covering both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. READ MORE

Presenters and Panelists

LaDonna DiCamillo

Regional Assistant Vice President State Government Affairs, BNSF

LaDonna DiCamillo is the Regional Assistant Vice President for BNSF Railway Company in Los Angeles. Ms. DiCamillo works with California communities to address rail-related issues at both local and legislative levels in an effort to facilitate trade growth and improve freight mobility while sustaining livability in the communities through which BNSF operates.

Ms. DiCamillo began her railroad career in 1989 in the Research and Development Department of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (a predecessor to BNSF) where she conducted laboratory testing related to environmental and failure analysis projects.  In 1991, she was promoted and moved to California where she worked for BNSF’s Environmental Department for ten years.  As Manager Environmental Operations, Ms. DiCamillo implemented and managed numerous environmental compliance programs at BNSF facilities.  In 1999, she joined BNSF’s Government Affairs Group.

Glenn Farren

Director of Port Operations, Port of Long Beach

Glenn Farren is Director of Tenant Services and Operations in the Commercial Operations Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California, reporting to Bureau Managing Director/Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Noel Hacegaba. Mr. Farren was named to the new position in February 2015 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Mr. Farren has more than 20 years of experience managing marine terminals, both domestically and internationally. Most recently he was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd (2010-2015), headquartered in Long Beach and responsible for Southern California Operations, including full commercial, operational, human resources and administrative duties, as well as labor relations.

Paul Granillo

President and CEO, Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Paul Granillo has been President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the largest economic development organization in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, since 2010. During that time he has restructured the organization to enhance the quality of life in the region while improving its business climate. He is the immediate past chairman of Mobility 21 and chairs the California Stewardship Network, heading the steering committee for the 2015 California Economic Summit. Mr. Granillo also is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California and serves on the Southern California Association of Governments’ Global Land Use and Economics Committee.

Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach

As the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Long Beach, the fifth largest container port in the world, Noel Hacegaba oversees business development, customer service, port operations and security. Previously, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for managing the daily business activities of the Port. Dr. Hacegaba has over 18 years of public and private sector experience spanning various industries. As a senior leader for the nation’s second-largest environmental services company, he managed $200 million in contracts.

Dr. John Husing

Chief Economist, Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Dr. John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, is a leading authority on the Inland Empire economy, an area he has studied since he wrote his doctoral thesis on the region in the 1960s. His influence on the business and political landscape is so extensive that the Los Angeles Times named him one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California in 2006. He authors the Quarterly Economic Report, an economic newsletter now in its 20th year. His company, Economics & Politics, Inc., provides consulting services for municipalities and counties with economic strategies, statistical data packages, recommendations for public policy and briefing presentations to business and political leaders about economic trends of Southern California.

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman directs government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 78 million square feet of commercial properties. Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth and Las Vegas. In 2014, Inman was re-appointed by Governor Brown to the California Transportation Commission where she has served since 2010. In 2013, Inman was also appointed to the National Freight Advisory Committee and co-chaired the sub-committee on project delivery and operations. In 2015, Majestic Realty Co. was named the North American Developer of the Year by NAIOP.

Thomas Jelenic

Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Maritime environmental and logistics industry expert Thomas A. Jelenic is the Vice President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA). Jeleni´c brings two decades of maritime industry experience to his role, including more than 14 years in environmental and planning positions at the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second busiest seaport, and senior management roles in private consulting and logistics development. His work includes leading successful efforts to manage complex air quality, transportation and greenhouse gas issues related to the shipping industry, and he developed the landmark San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan and the Clean Trucks Program for the Port of Long Beach. Most recently, Jeleni´c managed the CEQA review and approvals for the World Logistics Center, the largest private‐sector logistics development in California.

Frances Keeler

Senior Counsel, Clyde & Company LLP

Frances Keeler acts primarily on behalf of multinational industrial, energy and shipping companies. Frances’ practice involves the full range of contentious and regulatory environmental issues. Frances represents clients before various regulatory entities including local and regional air pollution control agencies, the California Air Resource Board and U.S Environmental Protection Agency on rule development, compliance issues, and state and federal Clean Air Acts. She has substantial experience with respect to Title V compliance and equipment permitting, and closely follows and advises on emerging issues relating to credit trading and global climate change.

Frances also advises on development projects regarding permitting and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and defends legal challenges to the environmental analyses. Frances conducts facility environmental compliance audits in support of corporate safety and governance programs, due diligence and court imposed compliance programs. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of air quality management having worked previously as a field inspector, staff specialist and eventually as Senior Counsel to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Robert Lapsley

President, California Business Roundtable

Rob Lapsley is president of the California Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of the state’s major companies employing over half a million Californians. Before he was named president in 2011, he was vice president and state political director for CalChamber. He also served as president of RCL Consultants and vice president of Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. He served in the US State Department as special assistant to the US ambassador to Spain during the Iraq War. He was chief of staff to California secretary of state Bill Jones and served as undersecretary of state from 1995 to 2001. He has served on the PPIC Statewide Survey Advisory Committee since 2011. He is a graduate fellow of the Coro Foundation and a veteran of the US Air Force. He holds a BS with a major in biology and political science from Illinois State University.

Wayne Nastri

Executive Director, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer of the SCAQMD, Wayne was co-president of E4 Strategic Solutions. Previously, he worked in the Government Relations field with firms including mCapitol Management and Dutko Worldwide. He also served for nearly eight years (2001-2009) as the Region 9 Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which has jurisdiction over California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Before his appointment as Regional Administrator, Wayne served on the Governing Board of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. Wayne served on Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Site Mitigation External Advisory Committee. He also served as the Legislative Director for the California Environmental Business Council, and was Editor-in-Chief for the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ Environmental News. Wayne has also served in various advisory committees to Cal EPA including the California Air Resources Board (CARB) zero emission vehicle (ZEV) implementation advisory committee, DTSC’s Site Mitigation Program Advisory committee (where he co-chaired the Brownfields Sub-Committee) and Office of Environmental Health Hazards and Assessments (OEHHA)’s Private Site Manager’s Advisory Committee.

B.J. Patterson

CEO/President, Pacific Mountain Logistics

The Texas born, Texas A&M educated CEO is a Professional Logistics Executive that spent 7 years in the United States Navy as a member of the Elite Navy Seal Team 5, working throughout the world. His diverse experience and training has made him a decisive leader that has gained a loyal following of seasoned logistics professionals during the last 25 years working with companies such as Pacific Mountain Logistics, RoadLink Transportation Solutions, NFI-Distribution, Exel, Inc., and Target Stores.

Chris Shimoda

Director of Policy, California Trucking Association

Chris Shimoda is the Director of Policy for the California Trucking Association and is responsible for overseeing the CTA’s public policy development and implementation. He has been with CTA since 2007 and has previously managed both the Association’s Safety and Environmental Policy. Throughout his career Chris has worked with California agencies including the California Air Resources Board and California Highway Patrol on the development and implementation of major programs and regulations impacting the trucking industry. Chris is a member of several advisory boards and committees, including the California Freight Advisory Committee, the AB118 Advisory Group and the South Coast AQMD Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group. He is a graduate of UC Davis.

Mark Thorpe

Chief Development Officer, Ontario International Airport Authority

Mark Thorpe serves as Chief Development Officer for the OIAA. With more than 17 years of experience in the aviation industry, Mark is responsible for passenger and cargo air service, along with all development opportunities aboard and associated with Ontario International Airport.

In his most recent position at Dallas International Airport (DFW), Mark oversaw the newly formed Cargo Business Development group, leading the airport’s business development efforts with freight forwarders, supply chain managers, shippers, and airport cargo handlers.

Prior to that, he was DFW’s assistant vice president of air service development. In that role, he devised a growth strategy that attracted 11 new passenger airlines to launch service at DFW and spurred dramatic increases in international service.
Prior to joining DFW, Thorpe was director of air service development and marketing, for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) where he was responsible for all passenger and cargo development efforts for LAX and ONT. During that time, he recruited four new airlines to ONT that launched service to 16 new destinations in the U.S. and Mexico.

Gary Toebben

President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Gary L. Toebben is President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing more than 1,600 member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region. Since taking the helm of the L.A. Area Chamber in July 2006, Toebben has served on the Mayor’s L.A. Economy & Jobs Committee, the L.A. County Health Care Options Task Force and the City Council’s Business Retention & Attraction Task Force.

Dr. Todd Westra

Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Westra is a family medicine physician and has practiced for more than 16 years at Kaiser Permanente in Ontario, first at the I Street Medical Offices, now at the new Vineyard Medical Offices. In addition, he is an assistant area medical director for the Fontana and Ontario service area. Dr. Westra completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University and residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. His wife is a registered nurse and they have two wonderful daughters.



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