2022 PERSON OF THE YEAR
JOHN NARDI, PRESIDENT, NEW YORK SHIPPING ASSOCIATION
John J. Nardi was appointed President of the New York Shipping Association in June 2013, after serving as Executive Vice President since 2012. John played a key role on the 2012 NYSA bargaining committee as it engaged in a twelve-month negotiation period with the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA). These deliberations ultimately resulted in a strong six-year contract agreement followed by another six-year agreement in 2018. Throughout these agreements the Port of NY&NJ has seen record growth and has hired over 1,500 new longshore workers over 500 of which are military veterans.
John’s work with the port employers as well as the ILA throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic has enabled the uninterrupted flow of cargo through the Port of NY&NJ. A time when society was being asked to shelter in place, while port operations needed to continue to work side by side to support the region’s need for PPE, goods, and services.
In 2014, a period when the Port was experiencing operational difficulties, John was co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Port of NY&NJ Port Performance Task Force which was created to identify and resolve performance issues in the port which impact fluidity and growth. He currently co-chairs the port stakeholder Council on Port Performance which was the committee originally charged to implement the recommendations of the Task Force. As the Task Force challenges have been addressed, the Council’s objectives have been continuously updated to meet the on-going stakeholder challenges of the New York and New Jersey maritime supply chain.
A 38-year veteran in the maritime industry, John began his career with Atlantic Container Line. His experience at ACL started with their trucking division, Atlantic Coast Express and later its terminal operating affiliate Atlantic Coast Stevedores. He was also the General Manager of Liner and Terminal Operations, responsible for Vessel Sharing Agreements and Terminal Operations in the U.S. and Europe for ACL’s liner business.
In 1994 John joined Hapag-Lloyd (America) Inc. where during his 18-year career there held a series of management positions. As Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations, John was instrumental in successfully integrating CP Ships North American Operations with Hapag-Lloyd’s after CP Ships was acquired in 2005. He assumed full operational responsibility for Latin and South America in July 2009 when Hapag-Lloyd merged its North America and Latin America Operations.
John is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his Third Mates License. He serves on a number of industry boards including the United States Maritime Alliance and is a Board Member of the Maritime Association of NY&NJ. He previously served as Chairman of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), Board of Directors of Consolidated Chassis Management, and a working group member of the World Shipping Council.
ABOUT: New York Shipping Association (NYSA) is an organization comprised of the ocean cargo carriers, terminal operators, stevedores, and marine-related businesses that operate the ships, move the cargo, hire, and train the laborers, provide and maintain the equipment, that move more than $190 billion in products to and from the largest and richest consumer market in the world. NYSA’s core responsibility is to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement on behalf of management with the International Longshoremen’s Association. Additionally, NYSA represents the interests of its members in maximizing the efficiency, cost competitiveness, safety, and quality of marine cargo operations in the Port of New York and New Jersey. NYSA maintains close collaboration with other maritime and maritime-related organizations with shared interests, and partners with public agencies tasked with the improvement of the region’s transportation system.