Robert P. Dreelan
I began my career in freight forwarding 22 years ago, rather by chance than design. It was a logical direction to go due to fluent english and italian and living in Genoa - a major port in Italy.
My resume includes sales for kuehne & nagel, a large and powerful global freight forwarder.
Just over 9 years ago I started WLS, which began with a staff of 5 and grew to 20. 2004 was a significant year, when at a chance meeting in china, I met Paul, Luis and Rob and it was there and then we planted the seed for an exclusive freight forwarding organization. This blossomed in 2006 when our ideas became reality and the 4 of us formed The Marcopololine Group.
In just 6 years MPL has grown from 4 members with 6 offices to around 170 members with 260 offices in almost 90 countries. We are proud of this unique organization, which whilst business is at the forefront, retains an atmosphere of an extended family through both loyalty and friendship. We are particularly gratified by the overwelming support and dedication of our members - who we can rely on to ensure we continue to grow not only in size but strenghth and reputation.
MPL Director & Treasurer
Since joining Mercator Cargo in the year 2000 I have developed an understanding of the magic involved in Freight Forwarding and discovered what a challenging and rewarding business it can be. To work effectively we need the resources of a world class network of partners; I believe Marco Polo is essential for the success of Mercator Cargo and I know that Marco Polo will continue to develop and support instead all of the members and develop business in all areas.
We have partners we can rely on and that really is essential in the forwarding community.
Having been involved in the Marco Polo group since the beginning I have watched the members flourish and grow creating the fantastic organisation it is today.
Recent changes within the MPL Board have seen the retirement of Paul Goehlert from his position as Co Director and Treasurer and subsequently my appointment as his replacement in this exciting and challenging role. Paul, who has been my mentor and role model since my early years as a freight forwarder will be greatly missed but I look forward to carrying on his fantastic work and to help Marco Polo to grow in the coming years.
I share the belief of the other founders and Directors that Marco Polo truly is an exception network of like-minded members with a professional, family atmosphere at the forefront of what it stands for.
I have been fortunate to have met many of our Members personally which has, in many cases, been the start of long term business relationships. I feel I have a great starting point when it comes to working with our partners within the group to make the organisation more successful and profitable for all in the future.
With a long experience in the shipping and logistics industry in Valencia, and over 25 years in management, with well known companies, such as Muñoz y Cabrero, Fernando Roque, Thyssen Haniel Transport, IFS Maritime Services and the Confreight Group; together with a strong business view, it encouraged me to start my own company.
Continental Logistics began in 1996, and through continuous development and as a referral by Spanish shipping companies, grew in reputation, strength and size.
Continental WL Spain with a small but specialized team of employees is now represented in all the strategic Spanish Ports - Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid and with our Branch Office in Nanjing (China), our combined offices have more than 45 employees.
Along with Robert, Paul and Rob, we initiated The MarcoPoloLine Group, and like my fellow MPL Directors am extremely proud of its achievements.
A fresh face to be added to the MPL Founders, YES - a new one - NO.
I am Alfons Freriks, with more than 45 active years in worlwide logistics ( Air, Sea, Rail, and Road ), and between 1978 to 2014 Owner and CEO of Alfons Freriks Logistics with offices in Rotterdam and Veenwouden, The Netherlands.
Since 2006, together with Robert, Paul and Luis, I have been a shareholder in The MarcoPoloLine Group.
Rob Spittel as a Director of Alfons Freriks Rotterdam, represented my interests in MPL, for which I am most appreciative. As of 2017 I have decided to take over all those tasks and devote myself completely to the further development of The MarcoPoloLine Group.
The MPL Board of Directors, regulary meet to discuss various matters relevant to the Group’s continued success, which includes new ideas and upcoming MPL Conferences.
I am extremely proud of our achievements in such a short time.
The MarcoPoloLine Group has become a large, close and warm family which has encouraged great loyalties and friendships. The mutual understanding between the dedicated members is optimal.
Many of you I already know and hope to know many more of you soon. You will definitely see me at this year’s MPL Conference and those in the future.
Together we are strong, together we can make The MarcoPoloLine Group grow greater.
I GO FOR IT, TOGETHER WITH YOU.