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


Conference Program

Draft 7-12-2017  

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Wednesday 1 November  
8:30 a.m.

The Americas Executive Networking Breakfast

8:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks​

9:00 a.m.

 Call to Order

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”  



  • Craig Mygatt, CEO, SeaLand

  • Diana Najera, International Business Manager, Estafeta

  • Romaine Seguin, President Americas Region, UPS

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

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

What will the Transportation and Logistics Industry Look Like in 3 - 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?





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 Market Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
5:30 p.m.  Reception  – Meet Our Exhibitors (West Hall)  
7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)  
Thursday 2 November  
9:00 a.m. 

Call to Order (East Hall)

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. 




  • Antonio Arce, Regional Corporate Affairs & Communications Head Novartis, Latin America and Canada and Representative, Latin America Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry (FIFARMA)

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



12:00 p.m. 

Luncheon (International Ballroom/Hotel)

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


  • Lenny Feldman, Managing Member, Miami Office, Sandler Travis Rosenberg, P.A.

Keynote Speaker:

  •  Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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. This is an opportunity to ask them how new regulations affect your businesses.


  • 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)       
Friday 3 November  
10:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
1:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)