Port NOLA CEO to Deliver 2023 State of the Port November 3rd


Port NOLA’s annual address will be held in conjunction with Inaugural Louisiana International Trade Summit featuring expert industry panels

NEW ORLEANS — October 9, 2023 - Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) President and CEO and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) CEO, will deliver the 2023 State of the Port address, titled “Delivering Louisiana’s Future” Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 at the Sheraton New Orleans. Christian will provide updates and outlooks on the Port’s four lines of business (cargo, rail, industrial real estate and cruise) and share long-term strategies to grow international commerce for Louisiana.

This year’s State of the Port Brunch is being held in conjunction with the inaugural Louisiana International Trade Summit on Thursday, November 2, 2023, hosted by the International Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO) and Port NOLA at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building. Participants of the Trade Summit will hear from key industry leaders on current import and export market opportunities, the ocean carrier environment as well as discuss inland transportation.

The theme for the Louisiana International Trade Summit is “Adapting to Uncertainty: Resilient Supply Chains for the Future.” Timely industry topics will include market trends, growth strategies, emerging solutions and opportunities, as well as building resilience at a time of operational and economic uncertainty. Peter Levesque, President, CMA CGM and American President Lines and Stuart Sandlin, President, Hapag-Lloyd North America will be Keynote speakers for the event.

Panelists include:

Import Panel

  • Matt Saurage, Chairman of the Board, Community Coffee
  • Jesse Kreinbrink, Vice President of Supply Chain, Rooms to Go Inc.
  • Katie Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, Triton Stone Group
  • Moderated by: Donna Lemm, Chief Commercial Officer, IMC Companies

Export Panel

  • Milind Balaji, Director of Global Distribution and Supply Chain Services at Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Jim Yarbrough, Global Bulk Logistics Strategy Lead at Bayer Crop Science
  • Lynn Stacy, Managing Director, OEC Group Liquid Logistic Solutions
  • Moderated by Janine Mansour, Head of Key Accounts, Port of New Orleans

A tour of the Port of New Orleans cargo facilities is also being offered. For more information and to register click here. Media is welcome to attend without registering.