Our People

Executive Team
Kurtis Hinz - Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Kurtis Hinz, TAM International President
Joined TAM International: December 2005

President of the company since 2011, Mr. Kurtis Hinz brings more than 16 years of experience in international logistics to TAM, the last 13 of which were in radioactive material transport. Mr. Hinz has been instrumental in developing the short- and long-term vision for the company, and has represented TAM in organizations such as the World Nuclear Association, the World Nuclear Transport Institute and numerous other groups. In 2019, he was also named Chairman of the World Nuclear Association Transport Working Group. In his role at the WNA, he continues to  work collaboratively with various nuclear industry professionals to address and mediate various issues in the transportation of nuclear material.

Mr. Hinz’s leadership ensures that TAM’s focus remains on strengthening the critical relationship between the customer and its transporter.

Jamie Smith - Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer
Jamie Smith  TAM International Vice President Operations
Joined TAM International: 2009

With 14 years of experience in international logistics – the last nine in radioactive material transport – Mr. Smith brings to TAM an extensive knowledge of manufacturing and global supply chain management.

Mr. Smith is responsible for managing all aspects of TAM International operations across USA, Canada, Asia and Europe for the transport of radioactive material and other high consequence dangerous goods.

Justin Whiteside - Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Justin Whiteside, Chief Financial Officer
Joined TAM International: 2015

Mr. Whiteside is a Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a bachelor of commerce degree. He received his chartered accountants designation in 2012 and began his career at Hergott Duval & Stack chartered accountants as an articling student. Mr. Whiteside moved on to work for MNP LLP as a manager in private enterprise. He joined TAM International in May 2015. Justin brings with him a wealth of knowledge in accounting and taxation compliance as well as offering financial analysis to make sound business decisions.

Kevin Loyens - Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
Kevin Loyens  TAM International Vice President Business Development
Joined TAM International: 2015

A former Senior Manager, India and South East Asia for the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of International Trade, Mr. Loyens’ primary roles at TAM International are to oversee the company’s business development efforts and to create business strategies that align with the evolving needs of logistics customers.

Mr. Loyens spent 6 years in Shanghai as the General Manager of Kerry-Talke Chemical logistics. Mr Loyens is fluent in English, Mandarin, French and Dutch and has extensive understanding of the transport industry in Europe and emerging markets, including China and India.

Steve Hansen - Chief Compliance Officer

Chief Compliance Officer
Steve Hansen, TAM International (USA) Vice President Regulatory Compliance
Joined TAM International: 2014

With over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry ranging from uranium transport to nuclear plant operations, Mr. Hansen is a subject matter expert in the handling and transport of Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6). A member of United States Nuclear Technical Advisory Group (NTAG), Mr. Hansen is qualified to provide international advice on USA 49 CFR HAZMAT transportation regulatory requirements for radioactive material transport. Mr. Hansen is also the current Chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N14.1 subcommittee

Mr. Hansen’s specific capabilities include identifying global transport requirements (permits/export-import license management) and providing cost effective advice to customers on logistics process requirements for both USA/Canada domestic and international radioactive shipments (including air, road, rail, barge, and marine vessel options).

Commercial
Madhur Aggarwal - Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Joined TAM International: 2019

Mr. Madhur Aggarwal joined TAM International in 2019 and is working from Delhi, India. Mr. Aggarwal possesses over 19 years of experience in strategic consulting and finance. A Master of Finance from London School of Economics, Mr. Aggarwal has previously worked with Merrill Lynch Bank of America, KPMG United Kingdom, JP Morgan, federal and provincial government offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Mr. Aggarwal brings vast experience and knowledge of developing new business, commercial feasibility, financial analytics and structuring, stakeholder management and logistics handling to the table. Madhur plays an active role in enhancing the regional and industry diversification strategy of TAM International.

Steven De Smedt - Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Joined TAM International: 2020

Mr. De Smedt joined TAM International in June of 2020.  Mr. De Smedt has more than 20 years of experience in nuclear logistics, covering both the front and back-end of the industry, as well as medical and industrial isotopes. He has extensive regulatory, commercial, and technical knowledge and is an expert in IMO regulations. He is also the holder of a DGSA certificate (road and rail).

Mr De Smedt is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch. Steven has previously held senior management positions in freight forwarding companies that were specialized in the transport of highly enriched uranium for research reactors and he worked as well on the evacuation of spent fuel from different research reactors in Europe back to the United States for the DOE. He also worked for a few years as Senior Consultant for Westinghouse LLC where he worked mostly on new projects for fuel deliveries to the various nuclear power plants in the world, packaging and optimizing logistic routes. He also worked on various DD&R and waste projects within Europe.

Samantha Zacharias - Business Development Coordinator

Business Development Coordinator

Joined TAM International: 2019

Sam Zacharias is a graduate of Briercrest College and Seminary (2018) with a Bachelor of Arts, Business Admin: Management degree. She began her career at TAM International in June 2019 as a Logistics Coordinator. In March of 2020 she took on the role of Business Development Coordinator where she helps the team execute the business development strategy.

Operations
Rob Klassen - Director, Operations

Director, Operations
Rob Klassen, TAM International Operations Manager
Joined TAM International: 2015

With more than 20 years of experience in international logistics – the last nine in radioactive material transport – Mr. Klassen is a professional freight forwarder with a specialty in international logistics and supply chain management. His areas of expertise include warehousing, inventory management, container packing /de-packing, seaport development, import/export customs formalities and road carrier development.

As a freight forwarding professional in the nuclear industry, Mr. Klassen has a strong understanding of the nuclear supply chain for global transport. Capable of managing teams that coordinate multiple global transports for multiple customers simultaneously, Mr. Klassen oversees the day to day operations of our entire group working collaboratively with our offices around the globe.

Florian Spielmann - Director, Europe Operations

Director, Europe Operations

Joined TAM International: 2021

Mr. Spielmann has over 14 years of experience in the transportation and packaging of radioactive materials, particularly uranium hexafluoride (UF6). He is a subject matter expert in dangerous goods transport regulations and is certified as a dangerous goods safety advisor for road (ADR), rail (RID) and sea (IMDG). In his previous position, he was WNTI HEXT Chair and industry representative in the IAEA TRANSSC WG.

Carl Samuel - Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Joined TAM International: 2021

With more than 25 years of experience in the logistics and transportation industry, Mr. Samuel brings extensive experience in both International shipping and North American road transport of radioactive materials.

He has held various senior Operations Management positions for DHL Express across North America, Asia and the Middle East in addition to managing radioactive material transports in North America for 5 years.

Allanna Manion - Logistics Coordinator

Logistics Coordinator

Joined TAM International: 2019

With 25 years of experience within the logistics industry – the last two years moving radioactive materials – Allanna is knowledgeable in all aspects of moving domestic road shipments and International sea freight.

Allanna holds a CIFFA Advance Certificate in International Transportation & Trade, Essentials of Freight Forwarding, Specialized Freight Services, Supply Chain Management & Marketing Transport and Commerce. Allanna is passionate about her work and provides excellence in customer service.

Harriet Holden - Logistics Coordinator (UK)

Logistics Coordinator (UK)

Joined TAM International: 2018

Harriet Holden joined TAM International in October 2018, after 10 years working in Office Management and Executive Assistant roles. Mrs. Holden brings to TAM her experience in International operations, having successfully coordinated office setups in the United Kingdom and Japan, as well as logistical knowledge, having organized international sales trips and global management meetings. This is her first role in the transport industry. At TAM, she is responsible for covering European operations and working together closely with the Operations team in North America.

Regulatory & Compliance
Marc Flynn - Director, TAM International UK

Director, TAM International U.K. Ltd.
Marc Flynn, TAM International (EU) EU Operations/Business Development Manager
Joined TAM: February of 2018

With more than 32 years of experience in the European nuclear industry – including 18 in radioactive material transport – Mr. Flynn has a wealth of experience with the technical, regulatory, commercial aspects of nuclear operations.

Mr. Flynn manages TAM’s European operations, working with customers to develop tailor-made solutions for their logistics needs. Mr. Flynn previously held senior logistics positions in both International Nuclear Services and the UK’s Low Level Waste Repository Ltd. He also held Directors appointments for UK’s RAMTUC and RADSAFE CCLGs.

A subject matter expert in IAEA Transport regulations, Mr. Flynn holds DGSA & ADR and can perform deep slice audits at all stages for Class 7 transports.

Elizabeth Murphy - Quality Assurance Coordinator

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Joined TAM International: 2021

Ms. Murphy joined TAM International in 2021 and is located in Denver, Colorado. As a certified Project Management Professional, Elizabeth has over 30 years of experience working within the nuclear fuel manufacturing industry.

Ms Murphy’s previous experience includes roles within IT, Business Analytics, and Quality Assurance (ISO 9001:2015). She previously worked with Honeywell International and ConverDyn. Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of knowledge in project management and quality assurance skills that enable TAM to provide superior service to its customers.

Administration & Finance
Allyssa Gunderson - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

Joined TAM International: 2019

With over 14 years of experience in Office Management and Administration, Mrs. Gunderson works to ensure that TAM’s day-to-day functions are running efficiently. Her skill sets gained from 10+ years experience in the Staffing industry include Branch Administration, Recruitment, and Human Resources, which make her an asset to TAM as the company continues to expand its team of experts.

Samanta Buscariolli - Accounting Coordinator

Accounting Coordinator

Joined TAM International: 2020

Mrs. Buscariolli holds a Bachelor in Economics with MBA in Business Management and Sustainable Develoment. She has 15 years of experience in the financial sector, working in different fields such as Personal and Business banking and Administrative/Branch Management roles. She joined TAM in January 2020 working in Admin and Accounting and has played an essential role in these growing departments.