Career Tracks: Charter Brokerage, HubTran and OmniTRAX make key hires

Michael V. Cerny has joined Charter Brokerage LLC as chief legal officer.

Charter Brokerage CEO Bobby Waid called Cerny “an acknowledged expert in many areas of Customs, in particular duty drawback.”

“I had the privilege of working with Michael and the Trade Support Network, legislators and staffers over a 10-year period to develop and gain passage of key drawback modernization provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015,” Waid said.

Cerny is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in customs and international trade, with extensive work in duty drawback law and practice.  

“As we enter the new decade, duty drawback is a vital tool for U.S. importers and exporters in mitigating tariffs and staying competitive in export markets,” Cerny said. “Charter’s track record is unparalleled and the company is well positioned to provide its customers all that is offered from drawback modernization.”    

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, Charter Brokerage also has offices in Florida, New York, Texas and Alberta, Canada.

The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) unanimously elected to three-year terms on its board of directors Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach deputy executive director; Gregory Tuthill, SeaCube Container Leasing chief commercial officer; and Michael Wilson, Consolidated Chassis Management CEO.

Assuming the presidency of CII, a nonprofit promoting the intermodal industry, was Steven Blust, former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Other new officers are Sue Coffey of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, first vice president; Mike DiVirgilio, former CII president, second vice president; Anne Kappel of the World Shipping Council, secretary; and Chris Brooks of The Journal of Commerce, treasurer.  

New Zealand-headquartered EROAD has appointed Barry Einsig to its board as a North American-based independent director. 

Einsig is a principal at CAVita, providing consulting services to cities, governments and companies on smart cities, transport mobility and connected/automated vehicle systems. He built and implemented the global strategy for Cisco across all modes of transport and mobility, growing Cisco’s automotive and transportation revenue by 32% on an annualized basis over five years. 

EROAD Chairman Graham Stuart said Einsig’s “command of the North American transport market, combined with his extensive and global experience in connected vehicles and smart transport networks, rounds out the board’s expertise that is successfully guiding EROAD’s continued growth.” 

EROAD said it launched with the purpose of modernizing New Zealand’s paper-based road user charging system. It introduced its weight mile tax service in the United States in 2014.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp., headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, has appointed Elaine Dorward-King to its board of directors.  

Board Chairman Lawrence R. Dickerson said Dorward-King “is a talented, strategic leader whose expertise in environmental, health, safety and sustainability complements the board’s and management’s focus in these critical areas.”

Dorward-King most recently served as executive vice president of sustainability and external relations at Newmont Mining Corp. She has spent the majority of her career in mining and joined Newmont in 2013. Dorward-King previously spent 21 years with Rio Tinto in general management and environmental health and safety leadership roles. 

Great Lakes is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. 

HubTran has hired Josh Asbury.

Chicago-based back-office automation platform HubTran has named Josh Asbury vice president to head the company’s 3PL segment. 

Asbury previously built sales, sales engineering and customer service teams at Liferay, an open-source digital experience platform. 

HubTran CEO Matt Bernstein said, “Josh has a track record of building and commercializing technology that delivers outsized value. With Josh at the helm, HubTran will offer even more innovation, great service and cost-saving solutions to our 3PL customers.”

HubTran also announced the hiring of J.P. Lauz as director of customer success. He is charged with onboarding new customers and helping them improve their effectiveness and reduce costs.

HubTran said Lauz’s international experience with Citibank and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business have prepared him for the role.

“Delivering great results means excellent preparation and training. Because each customer has unique needs, there’s no such thing as cookie-cutter training. In fact, we work hard to learn something new and improve our product with each new customer,” Bernstein said.

J.P. Lauz has joined HubTran.

HubTran said it “has sparked a back-office revolution by replacing old-school systems with automation to efficiently process invoices, bill customers and manage documents. The company does it with enterprise-grade software using optical character recognition and artificial intelligence that’s smart, easy and affordable.”

OmniTRAX, described as one of North America’s largest and fastest-growing private railroad and transportation management companies and an affiliate of The Broe Group, announced that industry veteran Rob Russell is joining the company as senior vice president of marketing and commercial strategy. 

“Rob’s experience in financial, business strategy, operational and logistics functions will bolster our commercial efforts from day one. We are excited to have him join our leadership team,” said OmniTRAX CEO Kevin Shuba.

Russell comes to OmniTRAX with nearly 20 years of diverse rail experience, most recently as president of Progressive Rail, a short line holding company with 13 properties across the United States. Prior to joining Progressive Rail, he spent 16 years at Union Pacific Railroad working across the finance, operating and commercial departments.