Virtual "Make it Monday" forum - Port of Alaska Update
Port of Alaska update with Steve Ribuffo, Port of Alaska; Bal Dreyfus, Matson; and Alex Hofeling, TOTE Maritime Alaska
PLUS, a new member presentation from Jen Motyka at Blitz Promotions. Blitz Promotions offers event planning, business and political consulting, problem solving, product launch support, marketing and social planning. Fifteen years experience in Anchorage.
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Alex Hofeling joined TOTE Maritime Alaska in 2013, serving as Regional Sales Manager and Director of Marketing before taking over the Vice President and Alaska General Manager role.
Alex has worked in the Alaska Jones-Act trade since honorably discharging from the US Coast Guard in 1999.
After graduating from high school in Beatrice, Nebraska, Alex joined the United States Coast Guard and served on the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea out of Seattle and at Coast Guard Group Grand Haven in Michigan.
Alex holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a finance focus from the University of Washington (2003) and an MBA from Seattle University (2010).
Alex previously served as Board of Director of the Northwest Fisheries Association and the board of the Transportation Club of Tacoma.
Alex has recently moved to Anchorage, AK from Gig Harbor, WA with his wife, Mariana, and two boys.
TOTE Maritime Alaska, since setting sail as a one‐ship company in 1975, has become the premier provider of ocean transportation service between the ports of Anchorage, Alaska and Tacoma, Washington. TOTE Maritime Alaska, a privately‐owned Alaska corporation, operates a fleet of (RO/RO) cargo ships in addition to providing overland highway and inter
Bal Dreyfus, Senior Vice President, Matson Inc. Alaska
Bal has led Matson’s Alaska operations since 2019. In his current position as Senior Vice President, Alaska, he oversees all aspects of Matson's core market operations in Alaska. In addition to his contribution to the company's business operations, Bal represents Matson in a wide range of community service activities, as well as serving in leadership roles pertaining to the Port of Alaska Modernization Program.
Bal, who is originally from San Francisco, California, has held a wide range of positions in the maritime industry in sales, operations and logistics. Since joining Matson in 1993, he has served as General Manager, Sales Mainland; Area Manager, Northern California; Vice President / Area Manager, Southern California; VP / Area Manager Hawaii; President of Matson Logistics Solutions; VP, West Coast Terminals and Vehicle Operations; VP, Equipment and Purchasing; VP Alaska; and most recently Senior VP, Alaska.
Prior to joining Matson, he worked for Sea-Land Services for six years as Country Manager, Thailand - Indochina, Country Manager, Philippines and General Manager, Hawaii Guam.
Bal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program. Having served on the boards of numerous industry associations throughout his career, he currently serves as co-chair of the Port of Alaska Users Group, as a member of the boards of directors of the Marine Exchange of Alaska, Special Olympics Alaska and Covenant House Alaska, and as a member of the Investors Council of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.
Steve Ribuffo is the Director of the Port of Alaska. He is responsible for the Port’s day-to-day business operations and its modernization program.
Mr. Ribuffo has been port director since 2014. He was previously named deputy port director in 2007, after retiring as a colonel after 30 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He is an Accredited Marine Port Executive and member of the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives advisory board. He also serves on the University of Alaska – Anchorage Global Supply Chain Management Curriculum Advisory Committee and is chairman of the Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee.