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


Conference Program

Note: Speakers have been invited.  
Wednesday 1 November  
8:30 a.m.

The Americas Executive Networking Breakfast

8:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks​

  • Carlos A. Giménez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County , Florida
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 cargo 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.

  • Rafael Figueroa, CEO, AeroMexico Cargo

  • Craig Mygatt, CEO, SeaLand

  • ​​Tony DeCiccio, SVP, Hapag Lloyd


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

What Has Been the Impact of Trade on Airports and Seaports?

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.

  • Have the seaports been effective and efficient in the handling of the increased volume of containers?
  • Are airports suffering a decrease, no change or an increase in airfreight volumes?
  • Are containers being processed expeditiously by customs or is the large volume of containers producing backlogs at seaports?
  • What are airports doing to offset any loss of freight shifting from air to ocean?
  • What effect, if any, is the growth of e-commerce (B-to-C) having on airports and seaports?



  • Albert Saphir, Principal, ABS-Consulting



  • Emilio T. González, Aviation Director, Miami Dade Aviation Department
  • Juan Kuryla, CEO and Port Director, PortMiami
  • Steven Cernak, CEO &and Port Director, Port Everglades

  • Freddy A. Jaramillo, General Manager, Aeropuerto General de Rionegro, Medellin, Colombia

  • Iker Allison, Vice President Marketing, SSA Mexico

  • Brian Taylor, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)

  • Capt. Alfonso Sala Trujillo, General Manager, Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena, Colombia

  • Representative, Sao Paulo Airport 

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: 

  • TBA
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
3:00 p.m.

Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast


  • Tom Hoang, Regional Director, Cargo Marketing & Environmental Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
5:30 p.m.  Reception (West Hall) – Meet Our Exhibitors  
7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)  
Thursday 2 November  
Air Cargo Breakout Sessions (2nd floor)  
9:00 a.m. 

Call to Order (2nd floor, Room #)

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

Pharma Air Shippers Forum

Topic: Meeting the Pharma Shipper’s Expectations


  •  Jimmy Nares, Section Chief Aviation Marketing, MDAD 



  • Joe Napoli, Chief of Staff, Miami-Dade Aviation Department
  • Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport Company
  • Leandro Moreira, Director Life Sciences, Brinks Global Services
  • Tom Grubb, Manager Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
10:15 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments  
10:30 a.m.

Air Cargo Perishables Forum

Topic How does Miami maintain its dominance in the transportation of perishables goods; what are the trends, new distribution channels, sea/air connection.


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



  • Victor Giorgini, President & CEO, Equiflor (Flowers)

  • Richard Stavis, CEO, Stavis Seafoods

  • Robert Colescott, President, Southern Specialities (Produce)

  • Jorge A. Mejia, President, Agro, Products & Commerce (Herbs/Produce)

  • ​Valmir Domic, General Manager, David Del Curto (Fruits)

12:00 p.m. 

Luncheon (International Ballroom/Hotel)

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

Keynote Speaker:

  • TBA
12:00 noon Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
3:00 p.m.

Regulatory Compliance

Topic: Regulatory trends and compliance regulations.


  • Pat Compres, President, Advance Customs Brokers & Consulting


  • Linda Cullen, US-CBP/Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Representative, US Department of Agriculture
  • Representative, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Representative, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Representative, US CBP/C-TPAT
5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)       
7:00 p.m.  Beach Party   
Friday 3 November  
10:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Opens (West Hall)  
1:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Closes (West Hall)