Kevin Corbett is Vice President, Strategic Development at AECOM, one of the world’s premier transportation and infrastructure companies.
Prior to AECOM, Mr. Corbett served as COO & Executive Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development and Executive Director of Port Authority Affairs after having spent 17 years in the maritime industry at Wilhelmsen Lines. During this period, Mr. Corbett spent six years in China and oversaw operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Corbett is a graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities and serves as a Blue & Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy.
McAllister Towing and Transportation
Capt. Brian A. McAllister, 4th generation of the McAllister Towing family, started working on tugboats as a deckhand during his teenage years. Brian then attended SUNY Maritime College and served in the US Navy. In 1959, Brian came aboard full time at McAllister Towing. He started as an Engineer aboard the tugs but soon switched to the deck department. Brian became a Captain and eventually a Pilot. In 1964, Captain McAllister came ashore and became the Company’s Port Captain. In 1974, he and his brothers and cousins purchased the company from the third generation. In the mid 80’s Brian was named President and in 1998 he became the sole owner of McAllister Towing. Today Brian is the company’s Chairman and CEO. Brian serves as a Vice President for the Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey and he is a member at the American Bureau of Shipping.
Global Container Terminals USA
Shipowners Claims Bureau
Joseph E. M. (Joe) Hughes is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCB, Inc., the Manager of the American P & I Club, a leading provider of liability insurance to global shipping. A graduate of Oxford University and an English barrister by training, he spent the first half of his forty-year career in the United Kingdom and Norway. Since moving to the United States in 1995, he has overseen the management of the American Club during a period of unprecedented expansion and diversification. A former President of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, he is also the Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association and a member of other boards and committees including those of New York Maritime, Inc., the American Bureau of Shipping and Lloyd’s Register.
Capt. Bettinelli is a 1977 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He started piloting in 1982 after spending a short time at sea as Third and Second Mate aboard U.S. flag tankers. Capt. Bettinelli became President of Interport Pilots Agency, Inc. in 1990 and continues to pilot in the Port of NY/NJ and the Delaware Bay and River. This is his fourth term serving on the Board of the Maritime Association.
New York Shipping Association
Michael J. DiVirgilio & Associates
Michael DiVirgilio is a seasoned maritime industry professional who has held executive management positions in the shipping industry. Mike spent over 40 years with the NYK group of companies, holding senior management positions, most recent as the Senior Vice president of liner marketing and formerly as Senior Vice President of North American sales.
In 2006, Mike Joined Ceres Terminals Inc. a NYK affiliate company as Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for the expansion of terminal and stevedoring opportunities in North America.
He retired from the NYK group in April 2014.
Currently he is the principal of MJ DiVirgilio & Associates a maritime consulting business, with focus on container liner, port and terminal and related business. One of which, he represents the six container marine terminal operators in the port of New York- New Jersey , named The Port of NY/NJ Sustainable Services Agreement.
He serves on a number of industry boards, notably as President of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, board member of the Maritime Association of the Port of New NY/NJ and the Foreign Commerce Club of New York.
He resides in Middletown New Jersey, with his wife Jackie. He has two married sons and four grandchildren.
Currently serves as North America Director of Marine, Procurement and Vessel Planning at NYK Line North America. Joined NYK in February 1993 as Regional Marine Manager and later Regional Operations Manager. Prior to joining NYK, sailed as a licensed deck officer in positions from third mate through master. A lifetime new Yorker, Lou is a graduate of SUNY Maritime with a degrees in Oceanography and Meteorology.
Sandy Hook Pilots
Captain Timothy J. Ferrie was elected the 70th President of the Marine Society of the City of New York on January 30th, 2006 and is now serving in his sixth term.
Born on Staten Island, Capt. Ferrie is a 1974 graduate of St. Peter’s Boys High School and a 1978 graduate of the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.
Captain Ferrie is a 37 year member and Full Branch Pilot with the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association. He has been a member of the Marine Society since 1991 and member of the Standing Committee since 1994. Capt. Ferrie is also President of the Sailors Snug Harbor Trust. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Noble Maritime Collection as well as the Maritime Industry Museum at SUNY Maritime College.
Captain Ferrie also holds the elected position of East Coast Regional Representative for the International Organization of the Masters, Mates and Pilots, Pilot Group and is a member and director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Captain Ferrie is a well known and respected member of the New York and New Jersey Maritime Community.
Staten Island Ferry
NYC Economic Development Corp.
Andrew Genn is Senior Vice President of the Ports & Transportation Department at NYCEDC. In his role, Andrew supervises planning and policy initiatives related to waterborne freight and passenger transportation, air cargo facility planning, rail passenger and freight transportation. Andrew has worked at NYCEDC since 1997 growing through the ranks and is fortunate to have been involved in projects that have reactivated and modernized port and rail infrastructure in Staten Island and Brooklyn, launched citywide ferry service, and improved waterfront assets throughout the city. Andrew attended Cornell University (B.S. Urban Studies) and the City University Graduate Center (M.S. Political Science). He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Caddell Dry Dock & Repair
Steven Kalil, President of Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Co., Inc. A New York shipyard serving the maritime industry since 1903.I began my career in 1975 at Caddell Dry Dock and became president of the shipyard in 1990.Other positions: Board chairman of the Noble Maritime Collection and past President of the Maritime Association.
McAllister Towing and Transportation
Steven J. Kress, Vice President of Operations for McAllister Towing and Transportation with 35 years at McAllister having graduated SUNY Maritime College in 1979. With an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License in hand, Steve was recruited by Interlake Steamship Company and proceeded to Toledo, Ohio to receive an “Open Waters” endorsement for the Great Lakes so he could sail and gain the necessary trips to sit for my Unlimited Tonnage First Class Pilots License. With the First-Class Pilotage from Duluth to Buffalo and everyplace in between Capt. Kress sailed mainly on the M/V John Sherwin until her layup, eventually growing weary of being away from home and interviewing at McAllister on a winter break for a Dispatchers position. Since then, Steve has worked his way up to his current position, volunteering services to the USCG Towing Safety Advisory Committee representing the Tug and Barge Industry, Chairman of the New York Harbor Tug and Barge Committee and the New York Maritime Association as a Director along the way.
Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association
Currently serving as President of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association. The METRO is an employer association representing 20 employers in the port that employ approximately 1050 Metro ILA mechanics and lashers. We also administer the various benefit funds for the Longshoremen in the two Locals from which our members draw their labor. Prior to this positon, which I assumed in mid 2014, I spent 33 years as a labor contractor at various METRO companies that were connected through common ownership. At the time that I left I was the President of A.G. Ship Maintenance (Portwide) and Bay Container Repair of N.J. In addition to MAPONY, I also serve on the Council on Port Performance.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
New Jersey native based on the East Coast for an entire career. Studies in the Maritime Industry, with associations to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy.
1980 started initial challenges working for Unitor Ships Service, through 2005 when the group was purchased by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services.
37 years of vessel management in Logistics Services, Supply, Safety and Agency Coordination.
Licensed – US Coast Guard USA 2698556US Merchant Marine Officer / Master of Steam or Motor Vessel 100 Gross Ton upon Near Coastal and Inland Waters Operator New York Harbor / 2004 to Present
Wilhelmsen Maritime Group, Our Ambition is to shape the maritime industry. Through innovation, expertise, quality products and services we are able to meet the challenge and needs of the worlds global fleet.
2200 locations in 125 counties within our trading patterns.
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Andrew Saporito is a 35-year veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Port Department, responsible for managing the Department’s marine terminal operations, capital programs, the New York New Jersey Rail Corporation (which operates a cross harbor barge service transporting rail cars on barges between Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY), and the finance and human resource administration functions, which includes a workforce of 170 employees.
Mr. Saporito began his Port Authority career in 1981. He joined the Port Department in 1986 and has held management positions in port sales, leasing, and facility operations and management. The Port Authority owns and operates marine terminals in New York and New Jersey, totaling 3,100 acres. The marine terminal complex is the largest and most comprehensive collection of maritime cargo handling facilities on the east coast of North America and the third largest operation in the United States. In 2002, he was named General Manager of the New Jersey Marine Terminals, managing the operations, maintenance, construction, security, environmental and tenant service activities for the 2,400-acre complex. Mr. Saporito became Assistant Director of Business Development in 2012, where he was responsible for leasing and property development, marketing and trade development, and the finance functions of the Port Department. He was promoted to his present position in 2014.
Mr. Saporito is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Association of the Port of NY and NJ, and the Operations and Cruise Committees of the American Association of Port Authorities.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from Niagara University.
United States Maritime Alliance
Ernesto Luzzatto, Esq.
Hill Rivkins LLP
Edward J. Kelly
Edward J. Kelly is the Executive Director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/ New Jersey.
Prior to joining the Maritime Association, Ed had held a series of senior executive level positions in the Liner business. His prior positions include: President and CEO of Cho Yang (America), Inc.; Senior Vice President of Inchcape Shipping Services; President and CEO of Nippon Liner Systems (USA); and Executive Vice President of Y.S. Line (USA). He has also provided executive level consulting services to such notable firms as Maher Terminals, Inc.; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Deutche Afrika Line; Paul F. Richardson Associates; and Strachan Shipping Agency. Ed has also served as an expert witness in several legal proceedings.
Ed has devoted many years as a Director of the New York Shipping Association, the Carriers Container Council, the USMX, and the Steamship Operators Intermodal Committee. He has served on many joint labor /management committees and trust funds.
He is currently serving as a Director (and past President) of the National Association of Maritime Organizations (NAMO), as the Vice Chairman of the Mid Atlantic Ocean Observing Regional Association (MACOORA), as a Director of the United Seaman’s Service, as a Director (and current President) of the Maritime Information Service of North America (MISNA). He has been named as a member of the New York City Mayor’s Maritime Advisory Board. He is also currently serving as a member of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel. Ed also serves as an Industry Advisor to the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce.
A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S, Nautical Science), he sailed as a deck officer on several U.S. Flag ships.
Ed completed his MBA studies at Pace University in New York City, and holds a certificate in Intermodal Transportation from the FDR Institute. He is proud to have received an award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from the Kings Point Alumni Association. In March, 2009, the Journal of Commerce named Ed to their Leadership Roll in the Global Logistics Industry.
Ed lives in New Jersey with his wife Barbara, and in his spare time, he can usually be found on a Civil War battlefield, where he is a living history reenactor, and battlefield preservationist.