Brian S. Kern will join Ceres Terminals Incorporated as Vice President Marketing/Sales, effective April 18. He will be supporting Ceres’ North America terminal operations while servicing and developing the Company’s current sales base. He will operate from the Ceres’ New Jersey corporate headquarters in Weehawken.
Mr. Kern is a veteran of the maritime industry with over twenty-two years experience. He holds a BS degree in Nautical Industrial Technology from the California Maritime Academy.
Early in his career, Mr. Kern held the positions of chief mate, diving officer, and captain while working on oceangoing tugs & barges, offshore supply, and research vessels. In 1986, Brian joined Matson Freight Agencies, Inc., a subsidiary of Matson Navigation Company. As Marine Operations Manager at Matson, and later NYK Line (North America) Inc., he supervised port and cargo operations for container, general cargo, automobile, and bulk vessels in California and Hawaiian port locations. In that capacity, Mr. Kern was responsible for over seven hundred vessel calls annually, managed staff and participated in regional liner consortium committees.
His most recent position was Director, North America Marine & Terminal Operations for NYK Line (North America) Inc. Brian was responsible for a wide range of operations including the negotiation and procurement of terminal/ stevedoring services, vessel planning and deployment and ongoing day-to-day operations.
“Brian will be a valuable asset to Ceres’ North America operations. His extensive knowledge of marine and terminal operations and long-term experience makes him a steadfast available resource for Ceres’ customers. I am very pleased to have Brian join our team,” commented Bruce E. Cashon, Senior Vice President and CCO, Ceres Terminals Incorporated.