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Nov 2017


Miami Airport Convention Center 777 N.W. 72nd Avenue Miami , Florida 33126
Tel: (305) 261-4200
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Air Cargo & Sea Cargo Americas

5,000 120 $


Event Overview:

Air & Sea Cargo Americas will bring together top executives from all sectors of the aviation, maritime and logistics industries to exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere. Airports, seaports, exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, shippers, importers, consignees, equipment and technology suppliers, among others, will interact, exchanging ideas and information. Topics will include security, regional consolidation, manufacturer and shipper needs in high growth cargo, trade facilitation, improving productivity, speed and service quality, responding to market changes and demands from shippers, consolidators and forwarders, and controlling costs while streamlining customer services.

Air & Sea Cargo Americas will be held on November 1 - 3, 2017 at the Miami Airport & Convention Center. The conference and show is designed to:

  • Increase two-way cargo growth and international business in the Americas
  • Present updates on the latest security and safety regulations being used in the Western Hemisphere to secure cargo from the intrusion of biological, chemical or explosive materials
  • Provide a forum on international aviation, maritime and logistics issue in the Western Hemisphere
  • Report on MIA's expanding role as on of the certified pharmaceutical ports.

This is a biennial event.


Nov 1   
8:30 a.m.

The Americas Executive Networking Breakfast

8:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks?

  • Romaine Seguin, President Americas Region, UPS and Chair, World Trade Center Miami

  • Emilio T. González, Aviation Director, Miami Dade Aviation Department

  • Juan Kuryla, CEO and Port Director, PortMiami  

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, especially the effects of e-commerce (B-to-C) on the supply chain and transportation, as well as, their visions, strategies and forecasts for the growth of the air 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”  



  • Romaine Seguin, President Americas Region, UPS

  • Michael Steen, Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide and President & CEO, Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc.

  • Craig Mygatt, CEO, SeaLand

  • Diana Najera, International Business Manager, Estafeta

  • Ferdinand Kurt, Principal, Logex Solutions

10:15 a.m. Coffee & Refreshments (East Hall)  
?10:30 a.m.

What will the Transportation and Logistics Industry Look Like in 3 to 5 years? (East Hall)

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.

The transportation and logistics industry is currently confronting enormous change. The continuous rapid advancement in supply chain automation, sophisticated digitized systems, data sharing and innovations in cargo transportation are rapidly changing the industry.  There are many ways that the transportation and logistics sector could evolve to meet these challenges, some evolutionary, others more revolutionary.  The panelists will address the effects that new technologies and innovations are having on transportation and logistics as well as the growth of e-commerce on airports and seaports.  `The panelists will discuss how airports and seaports are preparing for future growth, the implementation of new technologies in aircraft, ocean vessels and trucks and the use of air, maritime and cargo drones. 

  • Are airports and seaports preparing for the delivery and pickup of shipments by drones and driverless trucks?
  • Are shipments being processed expeditiously by customs or are larger volumes of shipments producing backlogs?
  • What are airports and seaports doing to keep up with and use new technologies being implemented in new generation aircraft, ocean vessels, trucks and containers?
  • What effect is the growth of e-commerce (B-to-C) having on airports and seaports?
  • How are airports and seaports dealing with cybersecurity issues?



  • Albert Saphir, Principal, ABS-Consulting



  • Emilio T. González, Aviation Director, Miami Dade Aviation Department

  • Juan Kuryla, CEO and Port Director, PortMiami

  • Doug Wheeler, President & CEO, Florida Ports Council

  • Frank Hercksen, Regional CEO Americas, Panalpina Inc.

12:00 p.m.

Luncheon (International Ballroom/Hotel)

Topic: Rise of E-Commerce: Impact on Cargo


  • Michael Steen, Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide and President & CEO, Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc.


Keynote Speaker: 

  • Frank Diaz, Executive Vice President, Price Smart 
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
3:00 p.m.

Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast (East Hall)

Topic: The Boeing Company issues the biennial World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF) to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the air cargo industry. The forecast summarizes the world’s major air trade markets, identifies major trends, and presents forecasts for the future performance and development of markets, as well as for the world freighter airplane fleet. Air cargo traffic gathered some strength after a weak first quarter of 2016, and is projected to return to trend growth by 2018. Despite the weak growth of the past decade, more than one-half of air cargo is still carried on freighters.


  • Gregg Gildemann, Regional Director, Cargo Marketing & Environmental Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes  
5:30 p.m.  Reception  – Meet Our Exhibitors (West Hall)  
7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)  
Nov 2   
9:00 a.m. 

Call to Order (East Hall)

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

Pharma Air Shippers Forum:  Meeting the Pharma Shipper’s Expectations (East Hall)

Topic: Miami provides the access, infrastructure and a well-established network for optimal transport of pharmaceutical products throughout the Americas. In 2015, Miami International Airport (MIA) was designated by IATA as the first pharma hub in the U.S. and the second in the world. MIA underwent the process to become a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma Certification Program which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices. This panel will discuss how together with the airlines, and supply chain partners, Miami offers the safe and secure transport of these products to market. 


  • Jimmy Nares, Section Chief Aviation Marketing, MDAD 



  • Joe Napoli, Chief of Staff, MDAD
  • Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport Company
  • Leandro Moreira, Director Life Sciences, Brinks Global Services
  • Tom Grubb, Manager Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
  • Rasheme Richardson, Vice President,, Airport Operations, Amerijet


10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments  
10:30 a.m.

Perishables Forum (East Hall)

Topic: For many years Miami has dominated the transportation of perishable goods. The speakers of this panel will address the following:

  • What are the trends and new distribution channels?
  • How does the new Ocean-to-AirTransshipment Program expedite the delivery to Latin America of perishables arriving by ship?


  • Emir Pineda, Manager. Aviation Trade & Logistics Marketing, MDAD



  • Christine Boldt, Executive Vice President, Association of Floral Importers of Florida (AFIF)
  • Emily Stavis, Director of Imports, Stavis Seafoods
  • Edgar Baldizon, General Manager, Cabal Foods LLC
  • Juan Carlos Serna, VP Global Product Development, CEVA Logistics
  • Robert H. Fay, President, Florida, Panalpina Inc.
12:00 p.m. 

Luncheon (International Ballroom/Hotel)

Topic: Latest U.S. Customs & Border Protection Initiatives

Keynote Speaker:

  • TBD (Acting Comm. McAleenan has been invited.)
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
3:00 p.m.

Regulatory Compliance: Regulatory Trends and Compliance Issues (East Hall)

Topic: The regulatory agencies serve to safeguard America’s borders to protect the public from dangerous people and/or materials while enhancing the nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel. They are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. Meet some of the agents that can answer your questions regarding the movement of your goods in a responsible manner. 


  • Pat Compres, President, Advance Customs Brokers & Consulting


  • Dina Amato, Director, Agriculture and Prepared Products (APP) Center
  • Robert J. Balaam, National Operations Manager—Exclusion and Imports, U.S. Department of Agriculture  APHIS PPQ  Field Operations
  • Linda Cullen, Assistant Port Director Agriculture, Miami International Airport
  • Kemisha Sherrell, Assistant Port Director, Trade/Cargo Operations, Miami International Airport
  • Brandie Tardie, Acting Director, Miami C-TPAT Field Office, CBP
  • John E. Verbeten, Director, Division of Import Operations, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, US Food & Drug Administration
  • Louis Volpe, South Florida Area Director, Team Bravo, U.S. Department of Agriculture  APHIS PPQ
5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)     
Nov 3   

10:00 a.m.    Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)

1:00 p.m.      Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)

Keynote Speakers

Frank Diaz

Executive Vice President - Logistics and Distribution, PriceSmart

Frank Diaz has been Executive Vice President of Logistics and Distribution since November of 2015. He joined PriceSmart in September of 2008 serving as Vice President of Logistics.

As the head of global logistics at PriceSmart, Mr. Diaz is setting the strategic and business direction of the supply chain network encompassing distribution, transportation and international trade compliance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean supporting 39 retail outlets with over $2.9B in sales.

Prior to joining PriceSmart, Diaz worked more than 20 years in progressively responsible positions in the areas of operations, strategic planning and commercial development with top-tier logistics companies including UPS, CS Integrated and DHL.

He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Logistics Management Certification from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



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