Bios and Speaker Information for Freight in the Southeast, 2016


Monday, April 11

8:00 AM -8:15 AM: Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Shawn Wilson

Secretary, Louisiana Department of Tranportation and Development

For the past 10 years, Dr. Shawn Wilson has served as Chief of Staff for the Department of Transportation and Development, a role he filled for three previous Secretaries and under the executive administration of two Governors. Prior to joining DOTD, Wilson also served as former Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission and Deputy Legislative Director in the Blanco Administration.

A proud product of the New Orleans public schools, Wilson earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana, where he served as Student Government President and Member of the University of Louisiana System Board. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and recently earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy/and Urban Affairs at Southern University.

Shawn’s community service covers a variety of personal and professional interests, including Scoutmaster for Troop 271 Boy Scouts of America in Lafayette, Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts Board, and American Associations of State Highway and Transportation Officials. His former Board memberships include Past President of the University of Louisiana Alumni Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, United Way of Acadiana, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Shawn and his wife, Rocki, met and reside in Lafayette; together they have two children, college senior Shawn Denise (21) and Star Scout Joshua Bakari (13). The Wilsons are members of Progressive Baptist Church. 


8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Discussion on Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Freight Provisions

      Caitlin Hughes Rayman
      Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

      Caitlin Hughes Rayman serves as the Director of the Office of Freight Management and Operations for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  In this role, she directs FHWA’s work on federal freight programs and input to freight policy.  As part of the implementation of certain freight initiatives from the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” and “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” her Office is engaging in the implementation of new formula and discretionary funding programs for freight, as well the oversight on the mapping for the National Freight Network and highway inputs to the National Freight Strategic Plan; truck size and weight issues and regulations; freight data and tools; FHWA-managed TIGER projects; and freight training, outreach and technical assistance on state freight planning, state freight advisory committees and performance measurement.

      Previously, Caitlin served as the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Freight at the Maryland Department of Transportation and as the Federal Legislative Programs Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  Her freight focus included work with the Port of Baltimore and North Carolina State Ports Authority; with Amtrak, Class I and short line railroads; and with the trucking industry on infrastructure and operational improvements; as well as freight planning and the pursuit of state and federal funding.  She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received her Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University.  Caitlin is a former Presidential Management Intern, having completed her fellowship at US DOT in the 1990’s. 


      10:00-11:00AM Freight performance measures for the public sector

      Jessie Jones

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Moderator

      Jessie Jones is the Division Head for Transportation Planning and Policy Division at the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).  In this capacity, she oversees transportation planning activities including long-range transportation planning, modeling and forecasting, geospatial data management, policy analysis, transportation performance management, metropolitan planning coordination, public transportation, and traffic safety.  Jessie has been with AHTD over 14 years and has held various positions in design, research, and planning.  

      Jessie is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (AHB 40) and Standing Committee on Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning (ADA10).  She is currently serving on several NCHRP project panels.  She is also actively engaged in various AASHTO Standing Committees in the areas of planning and performance management.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  She is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas.

      Karen S. Miller

      Missouri Deparmtnet of Transportation

      Karen Miller is the Organizational Performance Specialist at the Missouri Department of Transportation. She oversees the implementation of MAP-21 performance management for the agency, where she has served for the past 13 years. Karen has over 25 years of business experience in both the private and public sector, primarily focused on re-engineering processes to streamline operations. She has a Master’s degree in French and international trade along with a Bachelor’s degree in both math and French. 

      Lauran LeJeune

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Lauren LeJeune works for the Florida Department of Transportation in the Transportation Statistics Office.  Her main role with FDOT is being the transportation systems coordinator.  She also works on Mobility Performance Measures for the State of Florida.  Lauren is the lead person for the department for freight performance measures.

      Cheryl Ball

      Missouri Department of Transportation

      Cheryl Ball is the Waterways and Freight Administrator at the Missouri Department of Transportation. In her current position, Cheryl works to identify barriers to efficient movements and bring together public and private partners to find solutions to these barriers. Cheryl initiated MoDOT’s first statewide freight plan in 2013. This multi-modal plan was released after presentation to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in February 2015.
      Cheryl is chairperson of the M70 Operations Working Group and is working with IDOT and MARAD for implementation of the findings from the M55 Corridor project. She is Missouri’s representative on the AASHTO Standing Committee on Water Transportation. During her 28 year career with MoDOT, Cheryl has worked in multiple district offices and divisions within Missouri. She has also worked in many facets of transportation including construction inspection, roadway design, local program liaison, regional planning, statewide planning and district administration. She is a civil engineering graduate from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri and earned a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney. In 2011, Cheryl became certified as a Mediator through Washington University School of Law and the Missouri State University Centers for Dispute Resolution. She attended the I-95 Corridor Coalition Freight Academy and was selected as her Capstone Project Team Leader.
      Overall, Cheryl’s education and career has exposed her to many dimensions of transportation, bringing both statewide program administration experience as well as decentralized operational experience to situations. This background brings a unique perspective to any group she is involved with in analyzing and solving problems.

      12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Working Lunch: National Freight Data Programs at the US Department of Transportation

      Michael Sprung

      Bureau of Transportation Statistics

      Michael Sprung is the Director of the Office of Transportation Analysis at the U.S. DOT’s, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  In this role Mike leads a group of transportation specialists and analysts, overseeing the production and dissemination of transportation data, analytical reports, and statistical compilations.  
      Mike has worked on the collection, analysis, and dissemination of transportation data for the majority of his career.  Before his current position, Mike managed the Freight Analysis Framework program within the Federal Highway Administration.  Prior to that he managed the BTS international data program, and worked as a statistician on the Commodity Flow Survey at the U.S. Census Bureau. 

      • Ronald Duych

        Bureau of Transportation Statistics

      Ron Duych has over thirty years of experience in transportation research, consulting and project management. Since the late 1990’s his work in transportation has been concentrated in freight transportation with a focus on data collection and analysis. Hazardous materials data has also been an area of Ron’s work in past years. Currently, Ron is a Senior Transportation Specialist at the U.S. DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. He is the BTS project manager for the upcoming 2017 Commodity Flow Survey and has been involved in the management and analysis of previous CFS projects going back to the 1997 cycle. Ron has been a member of multiple Transportation Research Board standing committees, as well as the TRB’s Cooperative Research Programs oversight committees for freight and hazardous materials, and associated project panels involving freight and hazardous materials data and research.

      5:30-7:00 PM Transportation Research Board Intermodal Freight Transport Committee

        Stuart McAvoy

        UPS Customer Solutions

      Stuart McAvoy has been with UPS for 37 years, and currently is in the Customer Solutions Group at UPS. Customer Solutions builds and implements supply chain and logistics solutions for customers in the areas of finance, technology, network modeling, and engineering. Many of the solutions are fee based consulting solutions. Stuart manages domestic resources in the Government Sector, which includes State Government, Federal Government, Department of Defense, Defense Contractors, and Aerospace. Stuart was previously a manager in Operations and Industrial Engineering at UPS.
      Stuart is active in his community by serving on several boards, including the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation Advisory Board, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana’s Industrial Advisory Board, the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences Board, the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation Board, and also serves on the Deposco Board of Directors. Deposco is a cloud based supply chain inventory management software. Stuart has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Troy University and holds the Logistics Certification from Georgia Tech.

      5:30-7:00 PM Transportation Research Board Committee on Agricultural Transportation



      Crescent City Tigers Alumni Professor, Louisiana State University.

      His teaching and research interests include international trade economics, agricultural trade policy, international agribusiness, welfare economics, and transportation & logistics.  Lynn grew up on an irrigated Cow-Calf operation in Northern Colorado and is still involved with the family farm.  He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and was a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he received his Master’s degree.  He has been the recipient of the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award and has been named an LSU Rainmaker since 2008, one of the top 100 research and creative faculty at Louisiana State University.

      TUESDAY, April 12


      8:00-8:15: Welcoming Remarks: Bruce Lambert


      8:15 AM -9:35 AM: Changing World Markets:


      Tom Mcqueen,

      Georgia Department of Transportation, Moderator

      Tom McQueen serves as an Assistant Planning Administrator in the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Planning. Since starting with GDOT in 1995, he has managed some of the State’s largest and most complex planning studies. A recent example is the Georgia Freight and Logistics Plan -- which received the U.S. DOT’s “Excellence in Planning” Award in the year 2012 -- and has since seen many of its recommendations be funded and prepared for delivery by GDOT.
      Tom reports to the Director of Planning who is appointed by the Governor with several responsibilities, including development of the Statewide Transportation Plan & State Strategic Transportation Plan and the State Transportation Improvement Program which approves use of federal/state-funds for transportation projects in Georgia.
      His GDOT project portfolio includes other high-profile studies such as the Georgia Truck-Only Needs Identification Study, Georgia’s Interstate System Plan, and the Managed Lane System Plan for Metro Atlanta which won the U.S. DOT’s “Excellence in Planning” Award in the year 2010. In addition, he managed the update of the current Statewide Transportation Plan which includes a focus on the state’s growing freight & logistics economy, as well as the Southwest Georgia Interstate Accessibility Study which looked at growing that region’s economic engines. He currently serves as co-chairman of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s intermodal committee, chairs a national research committee on Freight Highway Bottlenecks, and is a member of several other national transportation research committees.
      Prior to joining GDOT, he worked as a Transportation Planner at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission -- the Metropolitan Planning Organization (“MPO”) for Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 1992, while interning at the MPO for Cincinnati, Ohio. Tom has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1993.

      Adrienne Slack,

      Regional Executive, New Orleans Federal Reserve

      Adrienne C. Slack is regional executive at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is responsible for the branch’s board of directors and the district’s Energy Advisory Council, oversees its economic and financial education programs, advises on regional Community and Economic Development matters, and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy process.
      She joined the Federal Reserve System in 1990 with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Economic Research Department. In 1993, she transferred to New Orleans, where she served in several district and national leadership roles during her tenure. Prior to assuming her current role in 2012, Ms. Slack was the New Orleans branch assistant vice president and branch operations officer with responsibility for currency services, law enforcement, and support services.
      In 2008, Ms. Slack completed a high-level System interchange assignment with the Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems Division at the Board of Governors in Washington, DC. While at the Board, she contributed to Reserve Bank oversight and system policy issues. In 2006, she was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness at its Women of the Year event.
      Adrienne is involved in a number of activities, including the United Way of Southeast Louisiana Board of Trustees, the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business Advisory Council, and United Way ALICE Advisory Committee.
      Raised in Mississippi, Ms. Slack received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in economics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also completed the Executive Development program at Dartmouth College and the Federal Reserve System's Officer Development program.

      Gary Adams

      Vice President Global Logistics, Global Sourcing, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

      Gary Adams, Vice President of Global Logistics, has been with Walmart for 26 years.  Gary began his career at Walmart in a Corporate Audit role in 1989.  In 1993, he transferred to the International Division where he was promoted to Vice President of International Logistics responsible for the establishment and oversight of overseas supply chain operations.

      Gary rejoined the US Logistics operations team in 2007 as Regional Vice President of Operations for the Logistics West Coast Region and then served as the Divisional Vice President for the Logistics Pacific Division.  In 2010, he assumed the role of Vice President of Sam’s Club Logistics.

      Gary is currently responsible for the Global Logistics teams in Bentonville with offshore offices in China India, Turkey, Bangladesh and Pakistan.  Additional responsibilities include the Jones Trade Act team that services the Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico markets.   

      In addition, Gary recently assumed the responsibility for the Global Logistics Food Supply Chain team with offshore offices in Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica.  
      Gary is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas with a BSBA in Accounting.

      Ricardo Sanchez

      Officer-in-Charge, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

      Ricardo J. Sanchez is an economist graduated from the University of Salvador, Argentina, in 1983, and MSc from the University of Paris X Nanterre and University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.

      Ricardo is an internationally recognized expert in shipping and port economics, as well as in transport and infrastructure, with special focus in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked either professional or academically in 26 out of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, during 29 years, as well as in countries of North America, Europe and Asia. His main research interests are shipping and port economics, including the maritime cycle, port devolution, national maritime policies and industrial organization applied to shipping markets. He holds more than 133 publications among books, chapters in books, peer reviewed articles, working papers, etc.

      Since 2003, he is Economic Affairs Officer at the UN ECLAC, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division, engaged in maritime, infrastructure, logistics and transport affairs. Since 2013 is the Acting Chief of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division. His main duty is to lead a high level professional team to conduct research and to provide technical assistance to governments and public and private organizations on maritime and port affairs; regulation, transport and infrastructure issues; as well as physical integration.

      Member of the Council of the International Association of Maritime Economics (IAME), the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) and the Argentine Association of Political Economy (AAEP).

      He has published 135 studies, including 27 books, book chapters and peer reviewed journals, 11 papers in referred proceedings, 32 working papers, 38 research reports; and 27 other various papers, most of them related to subjects included in the NRID programme of work . 57 of these publications are in English and 78 in Spanish, and they were published in countries as varied as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Germany, Belgium, Spain, United States of America, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and China, amongst others.

      He has participated in more than 180 missions developing technical assistance programs; participating in multi-agency and intergovernmental meetings; coordinating and organizing conferences; and many other activities, related to infrastructure, financing, transport, mobility, logistics and regulation. Those activities cover 25 countries in the region and 17 other countries worldwide.

      10:00 AM-11:30 AM: Changing Domestic Delivery:

      Trung Trinh

      Mississippi Department of Transportation, Moderator

      Trung Trinh is the Freight Coordinator and Transportation Planner in the Mississippi Department of Transportation Planning Division.  He is currently managing the Freight Program which coordinates with the Department’s multimodal divisions and strives to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of freight on the State’s transportation system.

      During his 13-year career at MDOT, Trinh has worked in the Transportation Planning field ranging from traffic analysis to managing the Statewide Traffic Monitoring Program.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Mississippi College and is a graduate of the 2014 Freight Academy.

      Chris Popjoy

      Stolthaven Terminals

      Christopher Popjoy currently serves as Marketing Manager for Stolthaven New Orleans where he is responsible for leading the bulk liquid terminal’s commercial activities.  Chris joined Stolthaven in January 2015 after serving in planning and advisory roles within ExxonMobil’s Rail Planning and Operations group.

      Chris has an extensive rail background, having hired out as a brakeman in Chicago, he served in a variety of operating and commercial roles at Norfolk Southern and Kansas City Southern Railways.  His unique perspective allowed him to develop balanced long term commercial solutions that benefited both carrier and customer.

      Chris is involved with a variety of industry and social organizations; he currently serves as 3rd Vice President of the New Orleans Board of Trade, and is director of the Traffic and Transportation Club of Greater New Orleans.  He is a past president of the Transportation Club of Houston, and has also served on the boards of the Traffic Club of Baton Rouge and the Sabine District Transportation Club.

      He currently lives in Madisonville, LA with his wife Kim, and enjoys boating, running and reading in his free time.

      Robert Landry

      Port of New Orleans

      Robert M. Landry is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of New Orleans.  He has been with the Port since 1989 and had previously served as the Director of Marketing and as Senior Manager of Operations.
      Mr. Landry came to his post in New Orleans with nearly five years of experience as manager of marketing research for the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston.  Previous to that, he was a marketing instructor at LSU, Clemson University and the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he taught International Business, Marketing Research and Consumer Behavior.
      As Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Landry’s focus is on attracting new liner services and developing new cargo flows through the Port of New Orleans.  Mr. Landry is also responsible for working with both the State and local economic development agencies to increase maritime-related investment in New Orleans.
      Mr. Landry holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master of science degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He is a board member of the Louisiana District Export Council, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the International Business Committee of the World Trade Center, the Transportation Committee of the World Trade Center and the Louisiana-European Alliance Partnership.  He is also a member of the Chairman's Council, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
      Mr. Landry is married and he and his wife Terri have one son, Rob.

      Charlie Covert

      Vice President, Customer Solutions, UPS

      Charlie Covert is Vice President, Customer Solutions.  In this capacity, he is responsible for supply chain design, sustainability, and consulting for the aerospace, government, professional services, industrial manufacturing, and automotive sectors.  Charlie works with UPS customers to understand their supply chain strategy as it supports their business strategy.  He then leads development of strategic and tactical alternatives, evaluation of business cases that drive customer value, and execution of the selected strategy. 

      Charlie serves on the Board of Directors for CloudDDM, a manufacturing services company specializing in on-demand manufacturing, particularly 3D Printing.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Conservancy.  The Georgia Conservancy strives to protect Georgia's natural resources by advocating sound environmental policies, advancing sustainable growth practices and facilitating common-ground solutions to environmental challenges.  He also serves on the Integrated Systems Engineering Advisory Committee for The Ohio State University.  Charlie is active with American Corporate Partners mentoring veterans returning to the civilian job market.

      Charlie has been with UPS for seventeen years.  Prior to UPS, he performed logistics engineering functions for Sedlak Management Consultants and McDonnell Douglas.  He also served in the Ohio and California Air National Guard. 

      Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

      12:00 PM- 1:15 PM Lunch Keynote Speaker

      Dr. Eric Kalivoda

      Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

      A native of Baton Rouge, Dr. Kalivoda presently serves as the Deputy Secretary for the DOTD. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), North Carolina State University. He remains a Licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Arizona, and North Carolina. He has worked in the department in various fields, such as highway geometric design, traffic engineering, highway safety, urban and statewide transportation planning, and public administration.

      1:30 PM -3:00PM Site Development:


      Virginia Porta, PE

      Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Moderator

      Virginia is currently Senior Transportation Planning Engineering in the Multimodal and Project Planning Section and serves as the project manager for the state’s first State Freight Plan and for the Statewide Long Range Intermodal Plan.  She coordinates these activities with the the railroad crossing program, statewide travel demand model, urban travel demand models, air quality coordination activities, and the rail rehabilitation program.   One of the current efforts in the Multimodal and Project Planning Section is coordination with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission regarding intermodal planning in Arkansas. Virginia serves as project manager on other initiatives such as the Arkansas Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan, the Arkansas State Rail Plan, and the South Central Rail Corridor Passenger Rail Study. 

      Cheryl B. Garner, ChE

      President and CEO, Advance Economic Development Solutions

      Cheryl Garner is the founder, President and CEO of Advance Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), an economic development company focused on market-based rail strategic planning, design and funding. Ms. Garner’s 30 years of experience with planning, business and economic development projects have given her an advanced knowledge of industrial park development, industry recruitment and strategic alliance development. Her expertise is in working primarily with rail-served industrial parks providing transportation master planning, market and economic feasibility analysis, transportation assessment, recruitment and expansion of industry, assistance in securing funds for public-private partnerships in working with the U.S. DOT and FRA, and development of economic development partners and alliances.
      Ms. Garner’s specialty is developing rail-served industry. She has led projects in multiple states that evaluate diversion of solely truck and/or barge-based freight traffic with rail transload and multi-modal freight solutions.  Ms. Garner understands the political and public outreach aspect of rail-related economic development and has worked with public and private entities in performing multi-jurisdictional feasibility studies and has worked with state governors and EDC’s; federal, state and local legislators; local economic development organizations; private industry; Class I and Class III Railroads; and a variety of economic development stakeholders. Projects that she has worked with have included rail-served industrial and logistic parks, main line reconstructions, rail spurs, and rail master plans.
      Ms. Garner has represented municipalities and economic development organizations in a wide variety of industrial recruitment activities including: identifying target industries and specific companies for recruitment; initiating and leading site marketing efforts; negotiating incentives; orchestrating and conducting national and international site visits; trade show and conference representations; and the successful location of industry.  

      Arlen Cochran

      NASA Michoud

      Arlan Cochran has over 20 years experience in logistics management and systems development for automotive, fastener and aerospace industries. Arlan has led and managed logistics solutions for the award winning small business JIT Services, LLC headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama since 2001 before recently joining the NASA team in New Orleans in Logistics Management.
      Arlan is a strong advocate for enhancing technology and automation for all functions of supply chain management. His accomplishments have led to optimizing the supply bases of Navistar Diesel, Delphi Automotive, Chrysler Corporation and Panasonic North America.
      Arlan has a bachelor degree in computer science and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). He is a resident of Slidell, LA and lives with wife and three children.

      Louis Rodriquez

      President, TCI Packaging

      Louis Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the Greater New Orleans Area. He is a graduate of Archbishop Hannan High School (1997), the University of New Orleans (B.S. in 2002 and MBA 2004) and L'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Grenoble (MS Intl. Business 2003). Mr. Rodriguez has experience in the logistics, value-add import/export, port development, corporate finance, and real estate investment and development industries.
      In 2011, upon his completion of the TCI France Road Terminal development, Mr. Rodriguez was asked to lead TCI Packaging. TCIP is a full-service contract packaging company focused on the bagging and global export of plastic resins. The company has grown into a Top 5 exporter through the Port of New Orleans with 80 full-time employees and over one half billion pounds of PVC resin packaged and exported in 2015. By 2018, the firm is expected to package and export over 1.5 billion pounds of PVC and Polyethylene annually. As President of TCI Packaging, Mr. Rodriguez operates over 1 million square feet of warehouse space for the Jensen Companies (TCIP’s parent).
      In the years following Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Rodriguez gained commercial real estate experience as the Development Officer for Columbus Properties, LP / Joseph Canizaro Interests where he worked directly under its founder. It was here that he gained a thorough preparation in real estate asset management, development, dispositions, land-management, sales and leasing. Mr. Rodriguez holds the Certified Property Manager® designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management and currently owns and asset manages 173 apartments in Louisiana and Mississippi.
      Mr. Rodriguez was trained in the Finance Leadership Development Program of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has also worked as a Capital Placement / M&A specialist with the boutique investment bank Synergy Partners and operated an independent Commercial and Residential Mortgage Brokerage named Voyage Capital. Mr. Rodriguez is a 2015 graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) and serves on NORLI’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for Christopher Homes, an elderly affordable housing initiative through the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  He is married and lives in Metairie with his wife, Tracy, and their two children Sophie and Maximilian.


      3:30 PM -5:00 PM: Planning for Urban Freight Mobility:


      • Laura Phillips

      Louisiana Department of Transportation, Moderator

      Laura Phillips serves as a transportation planner with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Transportation Planning Section, managing the Louisiana Freight Mobility Plan and the Institute of Trade and Transportation Studies.  She also works with metropolitan transportation organizations to produce their long range transportation plans and travel demand management programs. 
      Previously, Laura worked with the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization in Lafayette, Louisiana, developing and implementing a travel demand management program, active transportation projects, and transportation policy.   Prior to that Laura worked in the field of landscape architecture while in Atlanta and New York City. 
      Laura earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans where she received a scholarship from the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency.  She earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  Laura is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association which recognized her with the Rising Star award in 2015.  


      Principal Business AnalystCenter for Neighborhood Technology

      David Chandler joined the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in 1996.  Previously he had been the Director of Research and Planning at Francorp, Inc., then the nation's largest firm specializing in franchise development and consulting.  During eleven years at Francorp, Mr. Chandler supervised or executed the planning of 150 franchise companies’ expansion programs. Among his clients were Hershey Foods, Southwest Bell, Hercules Tire and Rubber, and Deere & Company. At Francorp Mr. Chandler also hired and mentored the consultants who became the founders of the I-franchise Group. Before entering business, Mr. Chandler was the first Executive Director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Second Harvest Food Bank for the Chicago metropolitan area.

      Since coming to CNT, Mr. Chandler has been the organization's principal analyst for projects that involve private business development.  As CNT’s representative he has advised community organizations and municipalities on transit-oriented development (TOD) projects and contributed to research in this field, managed the Chicago area’s Location Efficient Mortgage program, and initiated the Connections for Community Ownership program that helped aspiring minority entrepreneurs become business owners. Over the last several years Mr. Chandler has conceived and launched CNT’s program for cargo-oriented development (COD) – a form of development that integrates freight transportation efficiency with the sustainable development of manufacturing and logistics businesses. After a period of successful pilot development in Chicago’s industrial suburbs, COD studies or implementation programs are now underway five states, and Chandler has presented papers on COD case studies and metrics at annual meetings of the Transportation Research Board.

      Mr. Chandler holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He and his family have lived in Chicago’s Pilsen community for 30 years.

      Randy Guillot

      President, Triple G Express

      Randy Guillot is a third generation trucker.  His family’s roots in transportation date back to 1945 when his grandfather started Southeastern Motor freight, the oldest Louisiana owned common carrier.
      Growing up in the trucking business has given him the opportunity to learn all aspects of the business from washing trucks, to driving, to administration, to sales, to management. Since graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University, Randy has worked full time in the family business.  Today with his brother, Glen, he owns Southeastern, Triple G Express, and real estate holdings.  Collectively the companies employ 125 employees and contractors. 
      He has always been active in Industry Associations.  Today the list includes:

        • Past  Chairman of Louisiana Motor Transport Association,
        • Executive Committee and Board Member American Trucking Association,
        • Current Chairman of  Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference,
        • Treasurer and Board Member of North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.

      Randy has been married to his wife Renee’ since 1983 and has 3 grown children.

      John Orr

      Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Access and Mobility Division, Atlanta Regional Commission

      John Orr is the Manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Access and Mobility Division.  He leads and coordinates the efforts of 20 transportation planners as part of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities.  ARC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) leading transportation planning for the 20 county Atlanta region. 
      John graduated from the University of Tennessee with a MS degree in Planning.  He graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a BA degree in Business and Public Administration.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and received his professional planner designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

      Karen Parsons, AICP

      Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission

      Karen Parsons is Principal Planner at the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes in SE Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.  Karen is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and works on a wide range of transportation planning, policy and projects. These include safety planning, coordinated human services, planning for people on foot and on a bicycle, passenger rail planning as well as multi-modal freight. This crossover between lightest and heaviest modes has provided an intimate view of all the modes and the modal interactions in the New Orleans urbanized area.

      Karen established the New Orleans Freight Roundtable in 2014. It is the only metropolitan Freight Roundtable in Louisiana, bringing together public sector and private companies to discuss current concerns for freight. Early work included convening the six freight railroads operating in New Orleans to discuss track congestion which led to three evaluations of the New Orleans Rail Gateway in partnership with the DOTD and the railroads. She also has conducted motor carrier interviews, truck movement evaluations and interviewed port stakeholders to better delineate the reasons and potential solutions for congestion at the Port of New Orleans, a priority issue for the region.