Brandon McDonnell is Vice President of PCC Logistics who began his career in transportation while simultaneously attending Cal State Hayward. His formal initiation into the industry commenced at PCC Logistics, situated in Oakland, CA in 1996. During his tenure there, he has held various positions ranging from operations to sales. McDonnell was a board member for several years of The Pacific Transportation Association, a San Francisco based transportation association founded in 1920 and served as its President in 2012. In addition, he has been a board member of the West State Alliance Group, based in Oakland, Ca. PCC Logistics was founded in 1988 and currently operates nine sites with approximately 1.8 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space in every major West Coast port. Today PCC provides an expansive menu of services in transportation, warehousing, and distribution, accommodating both import and export goods as well as dry and refrigerated cargoes.
Darren Shems is the Senior Route Analyst, StormGeo. He is also the Internal Audit Leader for all StormGeo business lines and offices worldwide. A graduate of the California Maritime Academy, class of 2004 in Marine Transportation with accompanying Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. Additional maritime leadership experience as a Senior Marine Superintendent for Marine Terminals Corp./Ports America Group in Long Beach (2005-2009). As a member of the Container Team at Fleet Operations Center West, Darren is among a primary team that oversees daily fleet optimization efforts, issuing route recommendations and weather forecasts in order to protect the safety of the vessel, cargo, and crew.
Ed Kearney is the co-founder and CEO of Boundary Layer Technologies, a SF based technology startup that is building zero emissions hydrofoil cargo ships. Their ships will feature a cruise speed of over 40 knots and will replace highly polluting air freight, as well as reducing cost for shippers. He holds a masters of Ocean and coastal engineering from UNSW in Sydney Australia, a naval architecture certificate from Lloyd Maritime Academy, and is an associate member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
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