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Operations   Human Resources
Martin Zabala   Daisy Aguilar
Ray Zabala    
Frankie Felix   Dispatch
Benjamin Agular   Mario Velasquez
Vanessa Nunez   Rod Godinez
     
Customer Service   Accounting
Peter Robinson   Tracey Bland
Marisela Castaneda
Evelyn Marquez   Executive
David Stone   Howard Wallace
    Dwight Robinson
    Marc Heins
     
     





   
OPERATIONS  
   
                 
Martin Zabala      
    Director of Operations            

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Martin Zabala is a family man with 2 girls and 2 boys. He grew up in Orange County and now resides in the Inland Empire. Martin likes to spend his spare time restoring old cars and remodeling his home. Professionally he has been in operations management for over 30 years. He spent 6 years in the army and has a degree in criminal Justice.
 
    Contact:            
    martin@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 260
           
                 
                 
     
     
   
                 
  Ray Zabala            
Hay Operations Supervisor
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Ray Zabala is a family man who spends his time off fishing with his kids. He has 20 plus years experience working as a supervisor. He has worked with quality control, warehousing and restoration. He's also a HVAC Tech Grad from Brownson Technical School.
 
    Contact:            
    ray@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 228
           
                 
                 
     
     
               
    Frank Gutierrez            
    Production Supervisor            
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Frank is LA Grain grown and trained. He started working at LA Grain at a young age and has learned every position production has to offer. Now in middle management, he focuses on passing on his knowledge and emphasizes on teamwork to get the production out in a safe and timely manner. On his free time, he likes to work out in his home gym, run hills, and hike. A quote he likes to say is “I’m always up for the challenge.”
 
    Contact:            
frankie@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 266
                 
                 
     
         
     
     
Benjamin Agular
Night Transportation Supervisor
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Benjamin is a family man with 2 kids and lives in Orange County.
He enjoys spending time with his family and likes to take long bike rides.
He also likes soccer and baseball.
Ben has worked in the transportation business for about 14 years.
Contact:
benjamin@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 263
     
     
               
    Vanessa Nunez            
    Assistant
Director of Operations
           
vanessa01 Vanessa Nunez has been at LA Harbor Grain for the last year and a half and is new to the transportation business. Her primary focus is to assist Martin Zabala and to help out in the trucking department.
Vanessa grew up in the Wilmington/Los Angeles Harbor area. She has two daughters that keep her busy. For hobbies she likes going to the beach and hiking.
 
    Contact:            
    vanessa@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 259
           
                 


     
     

     
CUSTOMER SERVICE  
 
               
    Peter Robinson            
    Customer Service Manager            
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Peter has been with L.A. Grain for over 11 year, starting out in operations, and transitioning over to Customer service since Jan. 2016. He enjoys watching his 12-year-old daughter play soccer on the weekends, and his 2-year-old son start to find his niche in sports also. On his free time, he enjoys doing yardwork and watching Michigan sports.
 
    Contact:            
    peter@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 232
Cell 562-544-7926
           
                 

 

                 
    Marisela Castañeda            
Customer Service Representative
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Mother of 3 children, she ideally likes to spend her weekends at the car show with her family. The best thing she likes is to go traveling or bungie jumping. Marisela obtained her medical assistant certification at age 18. From 2010 to 2015 she worked the front desk at LA Harbor Grain. Then an opportunity occurred to work at Hellmann Logistics as a customer service representative but eventually they moved out of state. At the same time (October 2016) a customer service representative position opened up at LA Harbor Grain and she has been here ever since.
    Contact:            
    mcastaneda@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 230
           
                 
                 
     
   
     
                 
    Evelyn Marquez            
    Customer Service Representative            
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A Southern California native who has 11 years in customer service experience and has spent the last 7 years in the transportation, and logistics field. Evelyn devotes her free time to hanging out with her children and family. An animal rights activist who is passionate about rescuing all animals with a special fondness for chihuahuas. 
 






    Contact:            
    evelyn@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 223
           
                 
                 
     
   
     
                 
    David Stone            
    Bookings & Documentation            
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David has worked at LAHGT since 2006. In that time he's worn many hats; Forwarder, Dispatcher, Customer Service, Documentation, even bagging haycubes in a pinch. He received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology: Terrestrial Biology from California State University Long Beach.


 
    Contact:            
    dave@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 222
           
                 
                 




   
  HUMAN RESOURCES  
   

               
    Daisy Aguilar            
    Human Resources            
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Daisy Aguilar was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She has over 12 years of Human Resources experience and over 17 years of administrative experience. Daisy has been married for 10 years and has one son and two daughters. She’s a proud softball mom and during her time away from work she spends her days at the ballpark.
 
    Contact:            
    daisy@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 221
           
                 





   
  TRAFFIC & DISPATCH  
     
               
    Mario Velasquez            
    Transportation Manager            
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Mario lives in Los Angeles County and has 2 beautiful baby girls and 1 handsome boy. He has been dispatching in the trucking industry for 12 years and managing for more than 4 years. In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars.


 
    Contact:            
    mario@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 257
           
                 
                 

     
   
     
                 
    Rod Godinez            
    Dispatcher            
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Rod Godinez is a family man with 1 boy and 1 girl. He grew up in Torrance California and now resides in Wilmington, CA. Rod has 8 years of port dispatching experience. He graduated from High school in 2002 and finished a auto mechanic course In college for 2 years. 

 
 
    Contact:            
    rod@lahgt.com
(562) 595-7559 Ext 258
           
                 
                 





   
  ACCOUNTING  
   

                 
    Tracey Bland            
    Bookkeeper            
   
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Tracey Bland has worked her entire career as a bookkeeper for small family owned businesses. She particularly enjoys the camaraderie, shared goals and sense of making a difference at work. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with and visiting family and friends. She is a vocalist and lover of Broadway Musicals.
 
    Contact:            
    Tracey@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 234
           
                 
                 





   
  EXECUTIVES  
   


               
    Howard Wallace            
    President            
   
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Howard has worked in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Port full time since 1970 for Los Angeles Harbor Gain Terminal, specializing in grain handling and bulk container loading. From 1980 to 1995 he was Vice President and since 1995 he is the President. Howard is a member of the U.S. Grains Council, National Hay Association, Ag Transportation Coalition, and Harbor Trucking Association.
In 1970 Howard graduated with a BS in Engineering from California State College Long Beach. Currently he is married with three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
 
                 

               
    Marc Heins            
    Executive Assistant            
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Contact:
marc@lahgt.com
562-595-7559 Ext 267




As an Executive Assistant, Marc supports Dwight on a project by project basis to improve the business productivity, growth and efficiency. When called upon, he also fills in for the Accounting, Bookings and Documentation, Street Turn and Customer Service Departments.
Marc has operated a finance business for 15 years and was a real estate market analyst for 10 years at IHP Capital Partners. As far as education, he received a Masters in Business Administration from Chapman University.
An active healthy lifestyle is Marc’s goal. He enjoys both traveling to new places and exploring the outdoors. This includes hiking, backpacking, 4 wheeling and caving. Marc is the father of 2 boys and 2 girls.
 
                 

               
    Dwight Robinson            
    Vice President            
   
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Contact:
drobinson@lahgt.com
562-595-7559

Dwight Robinson has been married to the love of his life for more than 20 years. He is a doting father to his 3 children aged 18, 14, and 8. His faith and family are his passion in life. They are the reason for his professional pursuits. He is driven to do his part to create a world where his children will have economic opportunities as well as be able to enjoy the environmental beauty that God has blessed us all with.
Dwight has spent the last 15 years learning and sharing about his experiences as a business owner and operator as well as serving in local government.
Since 2005, he and his team have expanded the 60+ year old Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal (LA Grain) from 28 employees to more than 85 employees while significantly increasing revenue and output. LA Grain has developed into the premier agricultural export transloader in the Pacific Southwest. In the mid-2000’s, Dwight and his team developed new marketing channels and grew the transload business to include the handling of many new products including non-gmo grains, DDGS, beet pulp pellets, cotton linters, soybean and corn meals, aggregate materials, petroleum by-products and many other commodities.
In 2007, Dwight developed a cross dock division becoming the first US transloader to handle alfalfa hay for the UAE market and then again a few years later became the first US transloader certified to handle alfalfa for the China market, resulting in more than 2 million tons of hay transloaded over the last decade.
In 2012, Dwight made a big move by switching his trucking operation from an owner operator model to an employee driver model. Dwight purchased a couple of dozen Class 8 trucks and converted them into 4 axle heavyweight permitted drayage vehicles. Additionally, he acquired a fleet of heavyweight permitted tri-axle chassis. This move has allowed his business to have more consistency from its trucking operation while providing a better working environment and benefits for drivers.
In November of 2012, Dwight was elected to the Lake Forest City Council in southern Orange County, California and he was subsequently chosen to serve as Mayor in 2014. This position has given him the opportunity to pursue his passion for public service, lead his community, and have an impact at the regional level. He has served as a Board Member and Budget and Finance Committee Member of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), a Transportation Committee Member at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), a Board Member of the Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), a Board Member of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP), and as a Governing Board Member of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) which is the largest Air Pollution Control District in the United States serving the 17 million residents of the Counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange. In these various positions, Dwight has been able to share his knowledge of the transportation/logistics/goods movement industry and help shape policies that balance environmental stewardship with middle class job retention and growth, which is the true economic engine of Southern California.
In 2020, Dwight will be stepping away from public office to spend more time with his young family, further strengthen and grow LA Grain, and pursue new and exciting business opportunities both in an out of the logistics industry.


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