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Julie Hanson, Director Europe, Global Cold Chain Alliance
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Manuel Cabrera-Kabana, Chairman of the GCCA European Logistics Council, Vice Chair of the GCCA IARW Board, and Director, Friopuerto Investment
Manuel C. Kabana was educated in Economics, Banking and Logistics in Spain and the United States. He has worked for over 30 years in the Perishable Logistics Sector. He has act in the past as General Manager & Director of Interfrisa, Frigoscandia Southern Europe, Acciona Logistics in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. In 2004, he accepted the position of Director of Frio Puerto Valencia and was responsible for design, construction management and operation of the port reefer terminal and its recent extension at the Port of Valencia, Spain. Also later, as executive Director of Friopuerto Investment, for Friopuerto Veracruz, at the Port of Veracruz, México, Friopuerto Tanger at the Free Logistics Trade Zone of the Port of TangerMed in Morocco, Friopuerto Sines, as well as Friopuerto Leixões, both in Portugal. Friopuerto Montevideo in Uruguay will soon be added to the list in 2017 as well as other projects in the WestMed and Latin America.
Manuel is now based in Barcelona, Spain and responsible as General Manager & Director of Friopuerto
Investment, Cold Storage Division integrated into the Romeu Group, largest privately held International
Logistics Group in Spain with around 100 companies and operating in 30 countries in all types of logistics
activities related to International Trade. He is also an independent logistics consultant.
Manuel holds various Board positions in national and international industry organizations like the Spanish cold storage association (ALDEFE), the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA).
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Matthew Ott, President and CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance
Matthew (Matt) Ott is President & CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. For the past two decades, he has worked with associations and their member companies on developing strategy and delivering results that has directly contributed to growth in membership, programs, events, education, and non-dues revenue.
Before joining GCCA, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National
Grocers Association and Executive Director of the NGA Foundation. During his time at NGA, the organization doubled their retail membership, quadrupled the number of associate members, doubled the revenue and attendance of NGA’s annual event (The NGA Show), and launched numerous programs that led to increased member value and non-dues revenue for the organization.
Matt holds an M.S. degree in Management & Policy from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.S.
from George Mason University. He is also recognized as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is recognized as a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) by the Convention Industry Council. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Jillian and his son and daughter.
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George Lee, Commercial Director UK & Ireland, AGRO Merchants Group
George joined Sawyers Transport, (now AGRO Merchants Group) from school in 1992. He has worked his way up and performed a variety of roles, from traffic planning to operations, account management and roles requiring close customer interaction. George is a key member of the UK&IRE Management Team and currently responsible for Business Development and Account Management as Commercial Director (Lurgan and Dublin).
George has played a vital role over the years in the significant growth of Sawyers Transport, and, in recent years, AGRO Merchants. This included the integration of several transportation companies that were purchased by Sawyers Transport and the diversification into cold storage to enable the business to offer a comprehensive solution including warehousing, transport and value-added services to their customers.
George has over thirty years’ experience in the logistics and supply chain industry with extensive knowledge of the temperature-controlled sector.
Alana Morrison, Alana Morrison, Operational Lead - Customs, AGRO Merchants Group
Jeroen Tempels, Director, Eurofrigo
In 2017 Jeroen Tempels joined Eurofrigo as Managing Director. Prior to joining Eurofrigo, he worked for DHL and XPO Logistics in various management positions, both in warehousing and transportation.
Eurofrigo operates several Coldstores including border inspection points in the Port of Rotterdam. In combination with the Coldstores in the South of the Netherlands, close to the German Ruhr area, Eurofrigo forms the ideal Gateway to Europe.
Eurofrigo is part of the worldwide logistics temperature controlled player Nichirei cooperation in Tokyo.
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Ron Buford, Chairman, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a Core Partner of GCCA and President & CEO, Premier Refrigerated Warehouse
Our facility was built in 1952 by US Cold Storage and I began my career in this building with US Cold Storage in 1971. We took over the operations of this warehouse in September 2011 under a management contract. In April of 2015 I purchased the operating company and we are under lease through 2022 and I serve as President and CEO of FWPRW, LLC. We continue to do business
Our mission at Premier is to provide a personalized service that meets and hopefully exceeds our
I have worked in the public refrigerated warehouse industry for thirty-five years. I have found that my
true passion is developing staff that understands the meaning of customer service. We are one of the
smallest warehouses in a market that operates close to 100 million cubic feet of public refrigerated
warehouse space. Our target is to serve those local and regional customers looking to be considered one
of the top customers at our company.
In addition to working in the refrigerated warehousing side of the industry I also co-owned and operated a regional refrigerated trucking business for six years. It was a good experience and certainly helps me have a better understanding of the carrier side of our industry. I am married to my wonder wife Jeannie. We have been married for ten years and between us we have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren. Our joy in life is being with our kids and grandkids. Jeannie and I both love to travel and some of our favorite repeat destinations are Kauai, Napa Valley, Colorado and we have
enjoyed our board trips to South Africa and Australia. I have served for fifteen years on board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Our clubs serve about 15,000 under privileged kids every year Jeanne and I are very active in our church in the White Rock area of Dallas. Jeannie’s son, Jeff Fritsche, is the lead pastor of this church made up mostly of young families. Jeannie and I join several other parents and grandparents that have made this our church home as we watch our kids and grandkids grow in the Lord. Our group is known as the Prime Timers.
I enjoy travel, playing golf and spending time with our grandkids
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Xavier Haspeslagh, Chief Executive Officer, Stockhabo
Xavier Haspeslagh is the CEO of Stockhabo. He began his early career in the family business, Ardo, where he worked for more than 10 years. Today, Ardo is the European leader in the production of frozen vegetables and fruits.
In 2001, Xavier left Ardo, retaining his position on the board, to found his own business, Stockhabo. He has successfully grown the business to become the largest in Belgium. He is not ready to stop Stockhabo’s growth anytime soon, and he will continue to grow the business to keep up with customer demands.
Piet Meijs, Vice President of Business Development, NewCold
Piet Meijs is a co-Founder of NewCold in 2012 and VP Business Development, working from the corporate head office in Breda, The Netherlands. With his team, he is worldwide responsible for generating new developments that match NewCold’s business model which is based on
large scale highly automated cold store facilities, based on long term contracts for leading frozen food producers as well as retailers. NewCold currently operates 8 facilities on 3 continents with a total storage capacity of around 75,000 pallets.
Over the past almost 40 years Piet has built up a huge experience in the field of warehouse automation, first as a supplier to the industry and since 2007 being active in cold store logistics with Partner Logistics. He combines an in-depth technical knowledge with commercial feeling and is able to translate the customer’s needs into smart solutions that work.
Piet graduated in mechanical engineering in 1980 and has been working since then in the material handling industry, most recently for Egemin (now Dematic) for 17 years until 2007 where he was Sales Manager Warehouse & Distribution Solutions responsible for large investment projects including cold stores.
Piet has been married to Carla since 1981 and they have two daughters and two grandsons. In his spare time, Piet likes to spend time with his family, he enjoys travelling, modern art, a good malt whiskey and playing golf.
Arjan Dogterom, IT Director, NewCold
Gerrit Mets, Executive Account Manager, Vanbreda Risk & Benefits Insurance
Gerrit Mets has been a leader in the insurance industry for over 25 years with insurance broker Vanbreda Risk & Benefits. He serves as an Executive Account Manager and Cyber Insurance Expert, providing expertise to a wide range of clients.
Gerrit attended the University of Antwerp, where he studied as a trade engineer, and has also earned a Masters in Environmental Management.