The Jacksonville Port Authority has appointed Rick Schiappacasse as director of Latin America sales.
He will be responsible for strengthening relationships and attracting new cargo business between North Florida and Latin America.
Schiappacasse has more than 35 years of industry experience, including 22 years with the Maryland Port Administration. Most recently he served as director of Latin America and the Caribbean while also overseeing forest product cargo for the Port of Baltimore. Schiappacasse has also held positions with Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co., other steamship lines and maritime-related agencies.
SDV USA has named Joseph Manzari its national sales manager, based in Miami. Manzari, a 15-year industry veteran, has worked for BDP International, GeoLogistics and “K” Line America. He was most recently involved in sales and global account management at SDV USA for the past 6 years.
The National Marine Electronics Association has elected Johnny Lindstrom, a design engineer at Westport Shipyard, to be chairman, effective Jan. 1. Lindstrom succeeds David Gratton, who is completing a three-year term. He has been a member of the NMEA board since 2008.
In addition, Bruce Angus, who held the position of NMEA executive director in 2012 and 2013, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
The Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver has recently elected two new members to its board of directors. Elected to three-year terms were Jeffrey S. Heller, vice president intermodal and automotive marketing for Norfolk Southern Corp., and Frederick M. Hunger, chairman and chief executive officer of The World Group of Companies.
Ildiko Gergely has been named by C.H. Robinson to run its new office in Basel. A 13-year company veteran, Gergely has worked in C.H. Robinson's offices in Syracuse, N.Y., and Budapest.
The Basel office continues a trend of expansion for the company. In the past 16 months, it has opened new offices in Istanbul and Rotterdam.
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