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Jennifer Armstrong

Marine Manager – Roanoke Trade

Joining the Houston office of Roanoke Trade in December 2007 as an administrative assistant, Jennifer was quickly promoted to a Marine Service Representative.  Her attention to detail and proficiency in client account management allowed her to take on the additional role of Errors & Omissions Representative in 2015 and later promoted to Assistant Marine Manager, Professional Liability in 2018. Her most recent role within Roanoke is Marine Manager, Professional Liability for Houston. She is well versed in the various aspects of cargo and transportation Insurance.  Jennifer is a licensed agent in 19 states including Colorado, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana and has a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Her risk management skills have allowed her to become an approved Lloyd’s cover holder and presently holds underwriting authority for the Munich Re Syndicate.

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Christie Brush, CIC, CTB

Regional Vice President, Avalon Risk Management

Christie Brush is the Regional Vice President for Avalon Risk Management’s Houston office. Christie has earned designations of Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Transportation Broker. Christie joined Avalon in 2007 and has a strong background in risk management for the logistics industry. With 30 years of experience, her expertise includes Bonds, Cargo Insurance, and Professional liability for the logistics industry. Christie began her career at Avalon as a Senior Account Executive to help build Avalon’s sales efforts in the south. As RVP, she continues to build strong relationships with clients and underwriters.

Christie also serves as President of the International Transportation Management Association (ITMA) in Houston.

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Terri Edwards

Area Port Director New Orleans – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Terri Edwards is the Area Port Director for the Area Port of New Orleans, with direct oversight of Ports of Entry in Lake Charles, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Morgan City and Gramercy. Port Director Edwards began her career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2003 at the Port of Norfolk, VA, where she served for four years before transferring to the National Targeting Center (NTC) near Washington, DC. PD Edwards spent 12 years with the NTC in a number of key positions. Her most recent role before transferring to New Orleans was as the Director of the Analytical Management Systems Control Office (AMSCO), which is a division of the NTC. AMSCO is responsible for overseeing the analysis of CBP’s transactional data to detect anomalies that may be indicators of possible integrity violations and vulnerabilities. As the Area Port Director, Ms. Edwards is dedicated to leading by example and assisting those who aspire to climb the leadership ranks in CBP through communication, engagement and mentorship.

Ms. Edwards holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

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Stephen Hanemann

Kean Miller

Stephen Hanemann is a partner in Kean Miller’s New Orleans office. His practice focuses on international trade, marine-asset finance, and transportation-related subject matters, including admiralty and maritime operations intermodal carriage and shipment; project and acquisition finance; import, export, and customs-regulation compliance; as well as municipal law, land use, and construction. Stephen has extensive experience in handling contract negotiations, litigation, and dispute resolution related to Jones Act compliance, injury defense, oil and gas exploration, pipeline spills and regulations, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo loss and damage, ship and barge collisions and allisions, vessel groundings, lift boat and jack-up rig accidents, dock damage, vessel liens, vessel seizures, cargo seizures, ocean cargo, land-shipped cargo, sunken barges, salvage, vessel and marine asset purchase, product sales, product liability, redhibition, commercial lease agreements, inland and offshore vessel-charter parties, contracts of carriage and affreightment, time charters, bareboat charters, heavy-lift and project cargo charter parties, terminal-servicing agreements, and other transportation agreements for bulk and break-bulk cargo handlers, shippers, trans-loaders, LPG, and LNG terminals and facilities.

Stephen was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2012 Leadership in Law Award recipient. He is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2015. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. He holds an International Trade Certificate. And he is a certified dispute resolution professional.

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Michael Hecht

President and CEO – GNO, Inc.

Michael Hecht is President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development agency for southeast Louisiana. GNO, Inc.’s mission is to create a region with a thriving economy and an excellent quality of life, for everyone. Under Michael’s leadership, GNO, Inc. has been named a “Top Economic Development Organization in the United States” by Site Selection magazine.

Before coming to GNO, Inc. Michael led the quarter-billion-dollar Katrina Small Business Recovery Program for the State. Previous to
coming home to Louisiana, Michael worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City, running the post-9/11 small business program.

Michael’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding a conglomerate of restaurant ventures, including “Foreign Cinema,” named Restaurant of the Year 2000 in San Francisco. He began his career as a strategic management consultant in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Michael holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from Yale.

Michael has been recognized as “One of the Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South,” “One of the 20 Business ‘Icons’ of the Tricentennial,” and “2018 CEO of the Year.”

With family roots in Louisiana back to the 1830s, Michael now lives in New Orleans with his wife, Marlene, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Tulane, and their two teenaged sons.

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Donna D. Lemm

Executive Vice President of National Sales – IMC Companies

Donna Lemm, is the Executive Vice President of National Sales for IMC Companies, a leading provider of container drayage, equipment management and supply chain solutions headquartered in Memphis, TN. Donna has over twenty-five years in the global logistics business. Her early career was spent on the ocean carrier side in sales where she credits the foundation for her commitment and passion for the business. She joins the IMC executive team to lead the company’s national sales footprint serving every major port and rail operation in the United States.

Donna is a member of the Board of Trade in New Orleans and is a Director with the International Freight Forwarders Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans. She serves on the Advisory Board of Agriculture Transportation Coalition and recently served as the AGTC Chair of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) testifying before Congress. Donna is an active speaker on both a regional and national scale in addressing the challenges facing the U.S. shipping and intermodal community.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Bradford, England.

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