San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Vice President, Business Development
The government of Nicaragua and the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company announced plans in June to build a canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Such a project says much about increased global demand for commercial transportation, especially between Asia, Europe and the U.S., and would provide competition to the Panama Canal, which is undergoing enlargement to increase capacity and relieve congestion. Join us for wine, popcorn and discussion as we examine the proposed Nicaragua Canal project, and potential impact on global trade routes.
Joseph Ritzman is a port development and logistics specialist with 20 years of diverse maritime industry experience including positions in marine terminal operations, steamship line logistics and marketing, project management, market and commodity analysis, and greenfield port project development. Mr. Ritzman joined SSA Marine in 1998 after working for Matson Terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and NYK Line in Chicago, IL. His port privatization and development experience with SSA Marine includes assignments in the United States, Vietnam, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Jamaica and Bangladesh. Mr. Ritzman currently supports SSA International’s global business development activities from the company’s Seattle, WA headquarters. Mr. Ritzman is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and currently serves on the Advisory Board of both the Seattle Trade Development Alliance and the Washington Council on International Trade.
Steven Rothberg holds almost 40 years of experience in transportation network design, ocean shipping economics, cargo market analyses, port infrastructure development, asset valuations and strategic planning. Mr. Rothberg has led or participated in numerous port planning projects on six continents for port authorities, terminal operators, ocean carriers and financial institutions. He has designed and managed transportation networks and services as well as asset sharing agreements for multiple international shipping lines and railroads. He has also developed strategic business plans for an array of transport service providers and infrastructure operators. Mr. Rothberg received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in transportation engineering from MIT.
Prior to founding Mercator International, Mr. Rothberg served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Macquarie Capital Funds; Vice President and General Manager for Southeast Asia/Australia, Sea-Land Service and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Sea-Land Service amongst other positions.
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Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
The mission of the Trade Alliance is to promote the Greater Seattle region in international markets, connect the region—its businesses and organizations--to those markets, bring the region together to be more successful internationally and to educate our region on the importance of international business broadly defined. To this end, the Trade Alliance enhances the identity of Greater Seattle in world markets by convening regional stakeholders, executing outbound missions, hosting inbound delegations, producing marketing publications, organizing educational programming, and other activities.