Rand Leadership Team
Overseeing the bulk freight shipping and ship repair operations and various shoreside functions.
Peter Coxon joined our Company as Chief Executive Officer in June 2019. Peter brings over 30 years of maritime industry experience to Rand as both an operator and customer. His experience includes senior leadership roles in a number of organizations, including SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH), the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and Par Petroleum (now Par Pacific, NYSE: PARR). Peter has led multiple businesses and corporate functions, including serving in leadership positions in marine logistics and vessel construction, energy marketing and logistics, refining and marketing, information technology, startups, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his private sector career, Peter served for 13 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve. Peter holds two Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Aaron Degodny was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Rand Logistics on March 1, 2019. He joined the Company in February 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer, and in June 2018 was appointed Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer soon after Rand Logistics was acquired by private equity company, American Industrial Partners (AIP). Mr. Degodny has over 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with the majority of his career in the bulk commodities and industrial products sectors. Prior to joining Rand, Aaron was employed with Canadian National (CN) Railway for 20 years, where he served as Director of Sales for Bulk Commodities for the United States and Canada, one of the railroad’s largest business segments. At CN, he also held the positions of Director of Sales for Industrial Products and National Account Manager for Grain and Fertilizer. Earlier in his career, he held various positions focused on commodity trading, logistics and transportation at Cargill, Inc. Aaron is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on transportation logistics and economics.
J.D. Kern joined our Company as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2018. He has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is a published author and frequent presenter on finance and accounting topics. Prior to joining Rand, Mr. Kern spent four years at FlexiVan, Inc., one of the largest intermodal chassis providers in North America, as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Kern’s responsibilities included leading the finance team in all facets of accounting, treasury, tax, and credit while negotiating and executing new finance facilities, and supporting a variety of business development opportunities. Among his earlier positions, Mr. Kern spent three years as a Controller at Archive Systems in New Jersey and four years as Corporate Controller at Amber Road, both in New Jersey. His career also includes positions at PTC Therapeutics, Sara Lee Corporation and Deloitte & Touche LLP. He received a Master in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has written for publications including the Journal of Accountancy.
Captain Paul Joaquin has over 20 years of experience in the Great Lakes maritime industry. Paul joined Grand River Navigation Company in 2001 as Captain and since that time has served as Master of M/V Calumet (I &II), M/V Maumee, M/V Manistee, ITB McKee Sons, and ITB Ashtabula. He is a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan, where he received a degree in Marine Technology. He is a US Coast Guard licensed pilot of all waters west of Cape Vincent and has an extensive understanding of River Class vessels.
Captain Gerry Ray has over 20 years of experience in the Great Lakes maritime industry. Gerry joined Lower Lakes Towing in 2001 as a 2nd Mate. Since becoming Captain in 2008, he has served as Master of several of our vessels including the Ojibway, the Michipicoten, the Saginaw, the Robert S. Pierson, the Mississagi, and, most recently, the Cuyahoga. He is a graduate of Georgian College in Owen Sound, Ontario, where he received a diploma in Marine Navigation Technology, and holds several licenses and certifications specific to the Marine Industry.
Phillip Carr was appointed Vice President, Commercial in April 2019. He joined Rand in June 2016 as Director of Marketing and Sales Analytics, and has more than 15 years of experience in financial services in both Europe and the U.S. Before joining Rand Logistics, Phillip held a variety of positions at General Electric (GE) and GE Capital, including Capital Planning Program Manager, Senior Finance Manager and both Chief Financial Officer and Controller for the Transportation Finance group with a focus on marine financing and port equipment