2018 Officers and Board of Directors

2018 Officers and Board of Directors



Brendan McCahill Sr.

Brendan McCahill is the Senior Vice President of the Trade Data Content Division of Datamyne, a provider of international trade data.  He has more than 25 years in maritime and international trade. His prior experience includes senior management positions with Hanjin Shipping, Norton Lilly International, Gulf and Atlantic Maritime Services and Associated Container Transportation.


Allen Clifford

Vice Chairman
Allen Clifford is Executive Vice President, Commercial, of Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. He joined Containership Agency in 1981, the agency that first represented MSC in the United States. He was instrumental in building the company’s U.S. client base and initial business practices, along with Nicola Arena, as the company evolved to become MSC (USA) Inc. in 1990. He was CII President for five years.


Michael DiVirgilio

Mike DiVirgilio is the Principal of MJDiVirgilio & Associates. Prior to launching his consulting business, Mike spent 40 years working in the industry. He began his maritime career in New York City with Moore-McCormack Lines. Before going to Ceres, he was a 30-plus year veteran of NYK Line (NA).


Steven Blust

Vice President
Steve Blust is President of International Institute of Container Lessors and is former Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Steve has been involved with CII for more than 15 years in various executive roles. He has been instrumental in the success of CII's scholarship program as the organization's recent Education Committee chair.


Susan Coffey

Susan Coffey, Director of Business Development, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, has been involved in the transportation industry for over 30 years. For the past 14 years has been working at the Port of Tacoma – which is now part of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, where she oversees business development activities. Susan has held various leadership positions during her tenure with CII.


Lisa Aurichio

Executive Director
President of BSY Associates, Lisa Aurichio has more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, working with global organizations both inside and outside of the international trade and transportation industry. She has been Executive Director since 2019.


Barbara S. Yeninas

Senior Advisor
Barbara Yeninas leads BSY Associates Inc., a leading business-to-business branding and marketing communications consulting firm. She has been active in promoting the container industry for more than four decades and continues to play a key role in many industry educational outreach programs.




Cate Avolio

Cate Avolio is currently a member of the International Longshoremen's Association. Previously, Cate held senior level positions at leading industry publications, including the American Journal of Transportation and The Journal of Commerce amongst other outlets. 


CHris Brooks

Chris Brooks leads JOC Events programs and works closely with the editorial team focusing on JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce. A 35-year company veteran, his career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting, and overseeing numerous websites. He currently leads the programming teams for 10 annual JOC events.


Robert Cannizzaro

Robert Cannizzaro is currently the Vice President of Equipment Operations for CMA CGM (America) Prior to joining the organization in June of 2018, Rob spent 23 years with Hamburg Süd, holding management positions in Corporate Logistics, Marine Operations and Risk Management.


Matt Guasco

Matt Guasco is an international transport consultant representing ports, international freight forwarders, warehouses and trucking companies.  He currently writes for the American Journal of Transportation. 



The CEO of American Shipper, Hayes Howard founded ComPair Data, Inc., now doing business as BlueWater Reporting, in 1998. BlueWater Reporting is a data, research and consulting company specializing in providing analytical and actionable data on global ocean carrier liner services, ports and terminals to shippers, intermediaries and service providers.

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Anne Kappel

Anne Kappel is currently Vice President of the World Shipping Council (WSC), which represents the international liner shipping industry on certain public policy issues.  She directs the organization’s strategy, public relations, communications and policy analysis activities.  Anne joined WSC in 2005 after more than two decades working for liner carriers U.S. Lines, Sea-Land and Maersk in a broad range of functions and leadership roles. 


Admiral RICHARD M. LARRABEE, uscg (ret.)

Richard M. Larrabee is the recently retired Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  He oversaw the management and operation of the major marine terminal facilities within the Port of New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Richard Larrabee held the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Coast Guard. 



Michael Mendoza represents OEC Group as National Accounts Manager. Founded in 1981, OEC Group serves destinations throughout the world through and has grown into one of the leading logistics providers from Asia to North America. Mr. Mendoza has over 30 years experience in the ocean transportation industry and has served on the CII board since 2015.



Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Crowley Maritime. Mark Miller manages a team of employees, contractors and agencies that work in concert to protect and enhance the Crowley brand. Prior to joining Crowley, he served as manager of public relations for the Jacksonville Port Authority, and as a business reporter for the Florida Times Union.



Don Snyder is the Director of Business Development for the Port of Long Beach, California. In addition to holding multiple managerial positions at the port, Don has built a more-than-30-year career in the trade and transportation industry with senior leadership roles within the industry, including Mattel, Inc., SeaLand Services, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Lykes Bros. Steamship Co.


Anil J. Vitarana

Anil J. Vitarana has served on the CII Board since February 2016. He has been associated with the maritime industry since 1973. From 1995 to 2015 he was the President of United Arab Shipping Company’s US organization. In April 2016 Vitarana started his own consulting company - Cranford Consulting Inc. Vitarana was awarded CII’s Connie Award in 2006 for his contributions to the maritime and intermodal  industry.



Lisa Wheldon joined DCLI in 2017 as Director of BCO sales. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in the area of transportation and logistics previously serving as Director of National Account and Containerized Cargo Sales for JAXPORT and Director of International Sales for Florida East Coast Railway.


Susan Winfree

Vice President of Workforce Development and Corporate Diversity Officer at New York Shipping Association, Susan Winfree has 20+ years of experience in marine and terminal operations. A graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, she has a diverse background, having held leadership positions at multiple organizations.