Industry Advisory Board

Members of the Global Business and Transportation advisory board are recommended by the college administration and department faculty, and appointed by the department chair. 


Marta Bede ‘2006

Marta is Director of Infrastructure Finance at Ing Capital, LLC. She works with negotiations, and executions of structured project finance transactions in the transportation sector for the Americas for the last ten years.  Prior to that, she worked in New York City Economic Development Corporation where she facilitated multi-party real estate negotiations for the NYCT port terminal and other maritime infrastructure projects. She holds a MS in Maritime at International Transportation Business from SUNY Maritime College and MBA from Columbia Business School.

Lee Bilas

Lee works as a chartering manager at NYK Bulkship Atlantic NV.  In her career, she was gain extensive hands-on experience in diverse aspects of ship chartering. At the present time she closely works with coal and steel producers to facilitate tramp vessels trade.  She received post grad Maritime Law Lloyds accreditation from the Maritime Academy, London, UK and holds both a bachelor's and master's degrees from Maritime College where she also served as an adjunct lecturer.

Lars Gustafson '91

Gustafson is the regional senior vice president and a managing director of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He has worked in marine insurance for more than 20 years and has comprehensive knowledge of marine risks, clients, markets, trends and related insurance products. He has been an instructor at SUNY Maritime for more than 15 years and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Maritime.

Chris Petrocelli ‘89

Chris has an extensive experience working global logistic market and has served in a number of senior management positions as vice president and regional vice president  for shipping firms. He consults with his clients in several functions in the business cycle, including global market research/development, global team creation and management, international global/regional logistics operations as well as systems design and implementation. He is Six Sigma certified. He currently works as an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Maritime College and holds a MS degree in International Transportation Management from the Maritime College.

Andrew Genn

Andrew is Senior Vice President of the Ports & Transportation Department at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).  He has worked at NYCEDC since 1997 and was responsible for leading the Strategic Plan for the Redevelopment of the Port of New York, the Comprehensive Port Improvement Plan, and the Maritime Support Services Location Study.  Andrew serves on several boards related to the maritime industry.  He is NYCEDC’s representative on the board of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey.  He is also a board member of the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler on the SUNY Maritime College campus.  Andrew attended Cornell University (B.S. Urban Studies) and the City University Graduate Center (M.S. Political Science).

Daniel Wilson

Daniel leads strategy and operations for the TradeLens platform. The Platform is a collaboration between Maersk and IBM to digitize and streamline global trade leveraging modern technologies like block chain and cloud computing. The platform has over 200 organizations in its network, including importers/exporters, Freight Forwarders, inland providers, banks, insurers, customs, ports and terminals, and shipping lines; and has most recently launched its digital bill of lading solution. Now based in New York, Daniel is originally from New Zealand. Across his six years at Maersk, he has held a variety of commercial positions in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and most recently Denmark. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a Masters of Environmental Science