2024 Speakers

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Milind Balaji

Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Intervision Foods

Milind Balaji is the Vice-President of Global Supply Chain at InterVision foods, a global trader of frozen proteins. Prior to this role, Milind spent 14 years as Director of Global Distribution and Services in Georgia-Pacific’s Packaging and Cellulose division and was responsible for a range of initiatives spanning global procurement of warehousing and terminal services, break-bulk operations, and plant-to-customer optimization, including product quality in the supply chain.

In his current role. Milind's team is tasked with the procurement of multi-modal logistics solutions while helping bring structural change to streamline post-manufacturing operations while always looking to seek, learn and potentially implement disruptive technologies and methods that gain competitive advantage. Keeping the customer experience at the core of all efforts is critical to his mandate at InterVision foods. He has held a range of roles in operations, supply-chain procurement, and strategic planning.

Milind has a degree in Public Policy Analysis and Human Resources from Indiana University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Mercer University.

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Kim Boyle

Vice-Managing Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP

As Vice-Managing Partner in Phelps’ New Orleans office, Kim Boyle focuses her labor and employment practice on civil rights, constitutional law, commercial, tort and general litigation issues, helping businesses promote inclusion and avoid discrimination. She frequently speaks on employment-related topics, litigation and issues of procedure, as well as diversity, ethics and professionalism.

Kim has been recognized by many of the leading peer review publications in the country, including recently as one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in U.S. Litigation, an American Lawyer Woman Leader in Law, a New Orleans CityBusiness ICON, and a member of the national Lawyers of Color 2023 Power List. She was also awarded the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award in 2023 for her commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Active in local, state and national bar associations, Kim served as the first female AfricanAmerican President of the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the first African-American President of the New Orleans Bar Association. Kim formerly served as Judge Pro Tempore for Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as an Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University College of Law.

Her commitment to the community is evident in her tireless work with businesses and nonprofits in the community. She currently serves as a board and an executive committee member for GNO, Inc., The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, New Orleans Business Alliance, Touro Hospital, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, Dillard University and Tulane University. She also serves as President and Chairman of the Board for the Amistad Research Center.

Ms. Boyle received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and her A.B. from Princeton University in 1984.

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Marcus V. Brown

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Entergy Corporation and Chair, Superbowl LIX Committee

Marcus Brown is executive vice president and general counsel of Entergy Corporation, where he oversees the legal, ethics and compliance, corporate communications, federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs, and corporate security and governance groups. He also provides legal counsel to the chairman and CEO, board of directors and senior management.

Brown helps drive Entergy’s leadership in sustainability and corporate social responsibility by focusing on growth, profitability and societal goals – especially those related to environmental protection, social justice and equity, sustainable development and economic development.

In addition to helping create a program that dramatically increased the pro bono commitment of the company’s lawyers and paralegals, he also helped establish a full time, in-house counsel role dedicated to pro bono legal assistance—a first amongst Fortune 500 companies.

The Financial Times named Brown one of the top in-house general counsels for companies worldwide in 2020. The National Legal Aid and Defender Association presented him with the 2020 Exemplar Award, and organizations like the New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations and United Way of Southeast Louisiana have awarded him their top honors for community service.

Before assuming his current role in 2013, Brown was appointed senior vice president and general counsel in 2012. He previously served as Entergy’s vice president and deputy general counsel, where he was responsible for commercial and general litigation, affiliate rules compliance, bankruptcy, casualty litigation, and consumer law. Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, Brown was an attorney at Stone Pigman law firm.

He serves as chair of the 2025 Super Bowl Host Committee, chair of the board of directors for Energy Insurance Mutual, on the advisory board of the Tulane Center for Energy Law and the advisory council for the Laborde Energy Law Center at Louisiana State University. He is a frequent lecturer and publisher on topics impacting the utility industry and the legal profession.

Brown earned his Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center, where he was a member of the Law Review, and received an MBA from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern University A&M College.

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Todd Fuller

President, Associated Terminals

Todd Fuller is President of Associated Terminals and is a co-owner of Associated Terminals and Turn Services. The companies provide maritime services including stevedoring, logistics, terminal and port operations, towboats, mooring, fleeting and barge related services. He also serves on the board of Associated Terminals Pangaea Logistics.

Todd joined Associated in 1998 as a logistics coordinator. He then served as Logistics Manager, Vice President, and Senior Vice President at Associated Terminals. In 2011, he was named President of the Company and later became an equity partner in the Associated Terminals and Turn Services Group.

Todd graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He is a board member of the GNO Inc., Big River Coalition and The Next 25. He is a former board member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

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Paulo Goes

Dean, A. B. Freeman School of Business

Paulo Goes is the Dean of the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He is positioning the school as a transformation engine for students and the New Orleans / Gulf South region, embracing experiential learning and industry connectivity as defining components of the future of business education. He was previously at the University of Arizona, where he served nearly eight years as Head of Management Information Systems and close to six years as Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and spent the first part of his academic career at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Goes served as the Editor-in-Chief of Management Information Systems Quarterly during 2013-2015. He also served as Senior Editor or associate editor of several top tier journals in information systems and business. He has been recognized as a fellow of both the Association for Information Systems and the INFORMS Information Systems Society. In 2022 he received the Presidential Award for Lifelong Service from the INFORMS Information Systems Society

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David W. Kearney

Chief Executive Officer, Precision Terminal Logistics, LLC  & The Kearney Companies, Inc.

David is currently the Chief Executive Office of Precision Terminal Logistics, LLC (PTL), a third-party logistics provider that purchased The Kearney Companies in 2022. Precision Terminal Logistics currently employees over 200 employees and operates 21 rail-served transload terminals in 15 states. PTL provides customers with an array of material handling service capabilities including the safe and efficient transloading of various commodity cargos that include liquid bulk products, dry bulk products, and dimensional cargo from rail and truck. PTL also operates a large-scale mining operation in Bloomfield, MO and has high-volume commodity warehousing operations in The Ports of New Orleans, LA and Savannah, GA through its wholly owned subsidiary, The Kearney Companies. PTL was formed in September 2019 by Anacostia Rail Holdings Company and Brown Brothers Harriman Capital Partners Opportunities Fund, L.P. (www.precisiontl.com)

David is a native of New Orleans and has lived previously in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles where he worked for two of the world’s largest container shipping lines (Maersk Line and APL/NOL Group). David attended Southern Methodist University (Class of 1996) where he earned a BBA in General Business. While attending SMU, David participated in the university’s international Studies program in Copenhagen, Denmark and worked abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a South American based shipping agency. In 2008, David earned his master’s degree (EMBA) from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business – Executive MBA Program.

David has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTC). David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Board of Trade (NOBOT) and is a part of the NOBOT Rail User Group Committee. David also served on the Board of directors of Tulane University - Association of Business Alumni (TABA). David has been active on the TABA Forum Committee since 2012. David is married with two children and currently resides in New Orleans, LA.

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Matthew Mancheski

Chief Financial Officer, T. Parker Host

Matt joined HOST in 2020 as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to HOST, Matthew spent over a decade in healthcare finance before joining Tidewater Marine, where he served as Vice President for almost 12 years. In this role, he was responsible for FP&A, strategic planning, information technology, corporate development and investor relations. Additionally, he was responsible for overall leadership of the Americas and Africa & Europe business units, for which he spent time living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Tulane University.

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Janine M. Mansour

Director of Trade Development, Port of New Orleans

Janine M. Mansour has been on the commercial team at the Port of New Orleans since 2010 and currently serves as the Director of Trade Development. In her role, she works with the Port’s key shipper, ocean carrier, inland transportation and logistics clients to provide client support, supply chain solutions and drive business growth across the Port’s cargo and rail business lines. She serves as a Board member on the Louisiana District Export Council and is an active participant in many industry associations including the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans, the American Cotton Shipping Association and the American Metals and Supply Chain Institute.

Janine attended Rice University, where she ran division-I cross-country and track and graduated with a B.A. in both Psychology and Policy Studies. She received her MBA with a concentration in Management from Tulane University in 2014. Through Tulane, Janine received the Allen R. Vorholt Fellowship for outstanding leadership and scholarship. Janine is a native New Orleanian, speaks Mandarin and she and her husband, Aubrey, reside in Houston with their three children.

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Chris Ralston

Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP

Chris Ralston is a Partner in the New Orleans office of Phelps Dunbar. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and frequently litigates breach of contract disputes and enforcement of licensing, non-competition, and distributor agreements. He has tried antitrust, tax, securities fraud, federal qui tam/False Claims Act cases, large real estate suits and a variety of commercial disputes. A substantial segment of his practice includes appellate representation. He has successfully handled appeals at each of the five Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and the Federal Circuits.

In addition to his legal practice, Chris is an active member of many professional associations and nonprofit organizations. He is a past president of the New Orleans Bar Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors and as current Inn of Court President. He is also past board chair of the Pro Bono Project. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association and is a past national board Chairman. He serves as the Chair of the Louisiana Chapter of the ADA, is a past president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and an officer of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. He is also the immediate past president of the Tulane Alumni Association. He earned his law degree in 1999 from Tulane Law School and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon.

Chris is recognized by many peer review publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Louisiana Super Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, The Best Lawyers in America and Marquis Who's Who in America, for Excellence in Law.

as of 6/3/2024

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