John has been in the Houston maritime industry for 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M. He started with Bertling in 2002 as Director of North America Vessel Operations. After moving to Bertling’s logistics division, he held various management roles within North and South America. He is currently the North America Director. He has also been an Adjunct Professor with Texas A&M University since 2002. Active in various industry and education initiatives, John is the current President of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, chairs advisory councils for Lone Star College and Houston Community College, and is a board member of the Port Houston Partners in Maritime Education nonprofit organization. In April 2020, he founded the Houston Supply Chain/Logistics Education Collective to proactively minimize the logistics industry talent gap and foster industry relationships with educators and students in the Houston region.
In business since 1865, Bertling’s logistics services include project forwarding, customs clearance, resupply logistics, bulk liquid and general forwarding. Bertling is also active in ocean charters, integrated IT solutions, supply-chain management, and US truck brokerage. Our shipowning/brokerage business includes ownership and management of a fleet of modern bulk carriers and traditional ship and cargo brokerage.