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As Executive Vice President of TOTE, Peter I. Keller assists in the oversight of both TOTE Shipholdings and the TOTE Maritime Division which incudes TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and TOTE maritime Alaska.
Keller joined TOTE in February of 2012 as President of Sea Star Line (now TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico) and has been leading the conversion of the company's fleet to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). He has also been accountable for the fuel acquisition and logistics activities associated with the conversion to LNG.
Previously he was the Principal of Peter I. Keller and Associates, LLC, a consulting and advisory practice serving the International Maritime Industry.
Keller has extensive experience in Port and Terminal development, Liner Industry activities, Labor relations, Intermodal operations and Supply Chain economics and strategies. He has also been involved in merger and acquisition strategies and tactics, public private partnership development and has advised many senior Industry executives.
From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc. In this capacity he oversaw policy matters for all the NYK Group operating Companies in North America that included NYK Line, NYK Logistics, Yusen Terminals and Ceres Terminals. Prior to that assignment he was President of NYK Line (North America) Inc. and a member of the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo. He is only the second non-Japanese nominated to the Governing Board in the 125 year history of NYK and was the first to be named President of NYK Line (North America).
Mr. Keller is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and started his transportation career as an Officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps serving as a Captain in Germany. In 1968 he joined Sea-Land Service at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. During his 14 years at Sea-Land he held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, administration and sales in both Europe and North America. He was also a senior member of the team that formed the Navieras de Puerto Rico. In 1979 he was named Vice President of Information Resources.
In 1983 Mr. Keller was named President of CAST North America in Montreal, Canada. CAST was a container and bulk cargo carrier operating principally between Canada and Europe. He was also an Executive of Pan Bulk Shipping of Bermuda, a Company involved in the worldwide iron ore trades. In the early 1990's he became Chief Executive Officer of The CAST Group and successfully led the Group through a major re-engineering of that business which ultimately led to a successful sale of the organization.
Mr. Keller also acted as a Consultant to many leading Container Carriers as well as Ports, Terminal Operators and Intermodal service providers prior to joining NYK in late 1999.
Mr. Keller was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association and the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX). He is also a founding father of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of the University of Denver. He served for many years as Chairman of OCEMA, the Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association. He was the founding Chairman of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), the Industry utility that is the operating arm of OCEMA and manages the Chassis Pools across the U.S.
Together with Target Stores and TTSI he was a founder of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), now an Industry wide organization committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.
Mr. Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006 at the United Nations in New York. He was also named a "Good Scout" by the Boy Scouts of America and "Person of the Year" by the NY Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association.
He is a Past Member of "The Box Club" and has served on the Boards of the New York Shipping Association, The Shipping Federation of Canada, the Maritime Employers Association of Canada and the Transportation Data Coordinating Committee as well as EDI organizations in both the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Keller also serves as Chairman of SEA/LNG and International organization committed to accelerating the adaption of LNG as a maritime fuel.
Mr. Keller is married to the former Trina Olivieri and has three children and two grandchildren. He and Trina reside in Estero, Florida.