The Transportation Marketing & Communications Association (TMCA) has elected new members to its board of directors. New board members beginning their two-year terms are Clayton Boyce of the American Trucking Associations, Dave Hoppens of Pacer International, Mason Kauffman of the World Logistics Organization, Roy Schleicher of the Jacksonville Port Authority, and Fred Thayer of Werner Enterprises.
The TMCA also ratified its officer team, with Hernan Vera of Ryder as its president, Tom Nightingale of Con-way as chairman, Dick Metzler of Greatwide Logistics Services as vice president, Todd Thompson of Exel Transportation Services as treasurer, and Susan Terpay of Norfolk Southern as secretary.
The University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute has elected Steve Branscum as its new chairman of the board. Branscum is group vice president of consumer products marketing at the BNSF Railway.
Jervis B. Webb has hired Bruce Larkin as its new customer service manager. Prior to joining the material handling company, Larkin was with GE Fanuc Automation, where he served as operations manager and manager of engineering support.
Michael Berns has been promoted to chief financial officer at Wildeck, a large manufacturer of mezzanines, material lifts, and safeguarding products. Before his promotion, Berns had been Wildeck's controller.
Matthew Gerstner has joined Buckhorn, a manufacturer of reusable plastic packaging and material handling systems, as director of operations. Gerstner will oversee all manufacturing, purchasing, customer service, and Canadian functions for Buckhorn and its related brands, Ameri-Kart Waste Handling and WEK. In addition, Myers Industries, the parent company of Buckhorn and Akro-Mils, has promoted Joel Grant to managing director of the company's North American Material Handling Segment. For the past three years, Grant had served as assistant general manager for the Buckhorn and Akro-Mils brands/segments.
Seegrid Corp., a manufacturer of industrial mobile robots for material handling applications, has added three new people to its management team. Jack Antounian has joined Seegrid as vice president of operations, Michael Clark is the new director of engineering, and Domenic Niro has been appointed director of sales.
Metro Ports, whose operating companies include Metropolitan Stevedore, Southeast Crescent Shipping, Cape Fear Bulk, and Southeast Maritime Services, has made several management appointments. Robert Waterman has been named regional vice president of West Coast operations, and Frank Divona has been appointed regional vice president of West Coast business development. On the other side of the country, Ted Winter is the new regional vice president of East Coast business development, Christopher SanGiocanni is now director of safety, and Patrick Hall has been hired as director of East Coast business development.
Univeyor, the Denmark-based manufacturer of the LayerPicker picking, palletizing, and depalletizing system, has hired Victor Hoerst as its new sales manager for North America. Hoerst most recently served as a sales consultant at Swisslog and has also worked for Witron.
Ports America Group has announced two recent executive promotions. Douglas Tilden has been promoted from CEO to chairman, and Stephen Edwards, who had previously been president of the organization, will assume the dual role of CEO and president. Ports America is a consolidation of several terminal operating companies including the U.S. holdings of P&O Ports, MTC Holdings, and Amports.
Ian Hobkirk has joined Forte as director of supply chain consulting. Hobkirk comes to Forte, a supply chain and integration firm, from the Aberdeen Group, where he had been research director.
HighJump Software has appointed Timothy Campbell as its new CEO. Campbell will also serve on HighJump's board of directors. He comes to HighJump with more than 20 years of experience in the software business, most recently as president of Symyx Software.
In addition, HighJump has promoted Matt Ouska to vice president of finance. He has been with HighJump since 2004, most recently serving as the company's controller.
Stephen Green has been re-elected chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority. Green is president and CEO of Stephen Green Properties, a commercial real estate and development company.
Robert Nardone has joined Tompkins Associates as an executive associate. Nardone has extensive experience in supply chain and logistics planning. Before joining Tompkins, he served for 35 years as an operations executive for companies like Unilever, Bestfoods, Nabisco Brands, and Colgate Palmolive.