About Us


Welcome to CII. The mission of the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) is to promote and support the business of international trade and the intermodal container transportation community. We focus on industry awareness, preserving the history of intermodalism, and engaging scholarly interest in the field by organizing educational conferences and seminars, serving as an information resource, providing networking opportunities, offering career guidance, arranging internships and facilitating scholarships.



Brendan McCahill Sr.


Brendan joined The Datamyne, a provider of international trade data, as Executive Vice President in 2007.  He has more than 25 years in maritime and international trade. His prior experience includes senior management positions with Hanjin Shipping, Norton Lilly International, Gulf and Atlantic Maritime Services and Associated Container Transportation.

Allen Clifford


Vice Chairman
Allen is Executive Vice President, Commercial, of Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. He joined Containership Agency in 1981, the agency that first represented MSC in the United States. He was instrumental in building the company’s U.S. client base and initial business practices, along with Nicola Arena, as the company evolved to become MSC (USA) Inc. in 1990.

Michael DiVirgilio


Mike joined Ceres in June 2006. He is responsible for developing new business prospects and expansion opportunities for Ceres’ North America operations. He began his maritime career in New York City with Moore-McCormack Lines. Before coming to Ceres, he was a 30-plus year veteran of NYK Line (NA).

Steven Blust


Vice President
Steve is President of International Institute of Container Lessors and is former Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Steve has been instrumental in the success of CII’s scholarship program as the organization’s recent Education Committee chair.

Sue Coffey


Susan Coffey is Senior Manager for the Port of Tacoma.  Susan Coffey has been involved in the transportation industry for over 25 years. On the maritime side with Nedlloyd and Sealand working in various marketing , trade and sales management positions.  In addition to maritime experience Susan spent 7 years at CSX Intermodal. She had the opportunity to live in Ireland for 3 years working for Eagle Global Logistics –  a third party logistics firm.   

Barbara S. Yeninas


Executive Director
Barbara leads BSY Associates Inc., a leading business-to-business branding and marketing communications consulting firm. She has been active in promoting the container industry for more than three decades and continues to play a key role in many industry educational outreach programs. She has been executive director since 1985.

Board Members

Cate Avolio
International Longshoreman’s Association

The Honorable Helen Bentley
President and CEO
Helen Bentley & Associates

Chris Brooks
Executive Editor
Journal of Commerce

Phil Connors
Executive Vice President
Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc.

Beverly Fedorko
Director-External Affairs
New York Shipping Association

Matt Guasco
INF Marketing & Logistics

Capt. Jon Helmick
Director, Maritime Logistics & Security Program
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Hayes Howard
American Shipper

Anne Kappel
Vice President
World Shipping Council

Paul Keane
Cichanowicz, Callan, Keane, Vengro, Textor

Jeffrey Lawrence
Chair, Transportation & Logistics
Cozen O’Connor

Michael Mendoza
Vice President, Imports
Evergreen Shipping Agency (USA)

Mark Miller
Director, Corporate Communications
Crowley Maritime Corp.

Don Snyder
Director of Trade Development
Port of Long Beach

Anil Vitarana
Cranford Consulting, Inc.

Curtis Whalen
Executive Director
Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference
American Trucking Associations

Lisa Wheldon
Director, National Accounts & Container Sales
Jacksonville Port Authority