John Hark

John Hark

Chartering Director, North America  Bertling Logistics

John Hark has been in the Houston maritime industry for more than 25 years. He started with FH 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. In 2018, he returned to FH Bertling’s ship owning and operating division as director of chartering for North America. In addition to his position with Bertling, Hark is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University since 2002. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration. Hark is the current president of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, chairs advisory councils for Lone Star College and Houston Community College and sits on the board of the Port Houston Partners in Maritime Education program. He is also past president of the International Transportation Management Association as well as the Exporters Competitive Maritime Council and remains active in these and other maritime/logistics trade organizations. With a passion for bringing young people into the maritime and logistics industry, John actively mentors students and works closely with area schools to prepare the next generation for careers in the industry.
In business since 1865, Bertling Logistics is a privately-owned company with more than 60 offices worldwide. Bertling’s logistics activities encompass project forwarding, oil/gas and mining resupply logistics, and general forwarding. Additionally, the company is very active in airfreight forwarding, ocean charters, integrated IT solutions, supply chain management, rail car management and U.S. truck brokerage. Bertling’s ship-owning/brokerage activities include ownership and management of a fleet of modern 35,000, 50,000 and 82,000 dwt bulk carriers as well as a worldwide traditional ship and cargo brokerage business.

 

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Wednesday 09/10/2019

From 15:45 To 16:45

10/09/2019 15:45 10/09/2019 16:45 Talent & Diversity Spotlight

Sponsored by



Our People, Our Future – The Next Generation

The ability to recruit and retain strong, diversified talent in a world of constant industry shifts is a key concern worldwide. In the breakbulk and project cargo market, this struggle is even more pronounced. In the third installment of our talent and diversity series, we’ll compare the perspectives of newcomers and industry veterans to learn what each side is seeking, what initiatives and opportunities exist to bridge the skills gap, and what next steps can be taken to build the logistics workforce of the future.
 
Our panel will examine:

  • What opportunities are available for internships and management training? What programs have been successful?
  • What skills are today’s companies looking for? Do they dovetail with curricula?
  • Engagement and outreach: what’s working?
  • How can these methods be applied in your sector?
Breakbulk Main Stage

Breakbulk Main Stage

"Talent & Diversity Spotlight"

John Hark Kylie Lung Mario Rodriguez Rick Padia
Time and date

Wednesday 09/10/2019

From 15:45 To 16:45

10/09/2019 15:45 10/09/2019 16:45 Talent & Diversity Spotlight

Sponsored by



Our People, Our Future – The Next Generation

The ability to recruit and retain strong, diversified talent in a world of constant industry shifts is a key concern worldwide. In the breakbulk and project cargo market, this struggle is even more pronounced. In the third installment of our talent and diversity series, we’ll compare the perspectives of newcomers and industry veterans to learn what each side is seeking, what initiatives and opportunities exist to bridge the skills gap, and what next steps can be taken to build the logistics workforce of the future.
 
Our panel will examine:

  • What opportunities are available for internships and management training? What programs have been successful?
  • What skills are today’s companies looking for? Do they dovetail with curricula?
  • Engagement and outreach: what’s working?
  • How can these methods be applied in your sector?
Breakbulk Main Stage
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Breakbulk Main Stage

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