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Panel Discussion on Ports and Containers

April 22, 2021

1:00 PM CT

While ASCM serves over 40,000 supply chain professionals with an interest in the operations of the world’s ocean ports, most consumers are relatively unaware of the lengthy process necessary to get products from factories into stores. And while COVID-19 has generated increased awareness of the supply chain, the realities of international cargo trade remain relatively unknown. One of the biggest hurdles for cargo movement is the ports, from congestion on the west coast of North America to the recent blockage of the Suez Canal.

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Join Kim Daniels, chief executive of Mercantile Logistics and International Trade, in a conversation with Dr. Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director and chief operating officer at the Port of Long Beach, and Anthony Otto, chief executive officer of Long Beach Container Terminal, as they share their insights and predictions for the future of this hallmark of supply chain.



Kimberley Daniels

Kimberley Daniels


Chief Executive Officer, Mercantile Logistics & International Trade

Kimberly Daniels is chief executive officer of Mercantile Logistics & International Trade, a small business that focuses on the international trade needs of other small businesses. Her current projects include setting up a foreign-trade zone for a nonprofit organization in southern Nevada. She began her career as a logistics manager for a construction supplier, importing hundreds of containers per month for projects on and around the Las Vegas Strip. She also served as the freight director for an e-commerce fulfillment warehouse. Kimberly is president of the ASCM Southern Nevada chapter and holds a Certificate in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).

Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Port of Long Beach

Dr. Noel Hacegaba serves as deputy executive director for the Port of Long Beach, responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, communications and security. He has more than 23 years of experience spanning a variety of industries, and began working for the Port of Long Beach in 2010 as the executive officer to the board of harbor commissioners. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned degrees in economics (bachelor’s and master’s), business administration (bachelor’s) and urban planning (master’s). He earned his doctorate in public administration at the University of La Verne in California, where he continues to serve on the faculty of the school’s College of Business and Public Management.

Anthony  Otto

Anthony Otto

President and Chief Executive Officer, Long Beach Container Terminal

As President and chief executive officer of Long Beach Container Terminal, Anthony Otto is responsible for guiding the company through its groundbreaking Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, a $2 billion modernization of two terminals into the most environmentally sustainable terminal in the world, and the most technologically advanced terminal in North America. At full buildout in 2022, Long Beach Container Terminal will boast zero emission platforms in virtually every component of its operations. Anthony is sought after by elected officials and regulatory agencies for insight on how to balance marine terminal operations with environmental stewardship.

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