Our Team

Peter Lamy, President

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Peter Lamy was raised in the cargo industry—his father, Donald Lamy, was North American Director of Air New Zealand Cargo. He took his first airline job on the ramp of Flying Tigers in the early ’80s. Over the years, he managed airline cargo operations at the LAX airport for carriers such as Braniff, Amerijet, and Aeromexico. In 1991, Peter made the switch from airline operations to wholesale freight forwarding in the South Pacific. In 1994, he was the first employee of a new wholesale forwarder that focused primarily on the New Zealand and Australian lane trade. By the time he departed the company in 2012, Peter had grown the company into a global forwarder.

Peter has amassed a wealth of relationships and knowledge over the years, and he leverages all of them to the benefit of his customers at AWA.


Jesse Maugle, Vice President

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Before opening the AWA Chicago office, Jesse Maugle got his start in 2006 as a customs clerk for a multinational freight forwarder in Sydney, Australia. After establishing a solid reputation and a wealth of hands-on experience, Jesse eagerly accepted the opportunity to move across the ocean to Los Angeles to broaden his skill set and knowledge of the U.S. marketplace. Excelling as a customer service agent in the competitive L.A. market and always looking for new challenges, Jesse moved to Chicago in 2009 to manage a large import account and later build a successful FAK program.

As vice president of AWA, Jesse combines hands-on experience and a broad network of industry knowledge and resources to continuously create new and improved procedures, offer first-class service, and drive company efficiencies.


Graham Burford, Chief Commercial Officer

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As a young man in Australia, Graham Burford began his logistics career running documents around the Sydney airport. He quickly gained experience in every department of a retail freight forwarder before specializing in air and ocean freight consolidations from the United States to Asia.

This experience took Graham to Asia in 2005, where he was a route development manager for one of Asia’s largest international freight forwarding and logistics companies. In late 2007, Graham relocated to the U.S. to work with a U.S.-based air freight consolidator as vice president of sales. As a result of developing new trade lanes and expanding the company’s footprint to new destinations, Graham oversaw a 40 percent revenue increase over his first five years. He now oversees business development and relationship management for AWA.


Alex Knowles, Director

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Alex entered the industry as a management trainee with the Shipping Corporation of New Zealand, allowing him to combine attendance at University whilst learning the industry position by position, which included stints in stevedoring, at sea time, and a total immersion of the industry. All leading to be a position in USA and ending up as EVP of one of the most innovative and profitable ocean carriers of its time, when he was instrumental in launching and creating Australia New Zealand Direct Line.

After the creation of ANZDL Alex moved back to New Zealand and was instrumental in leading the campaign to remove cabotage and drive the changes in the Tasman Accord, that resulted in strongly lowering the cost of ocean transportation in these sectors.

Following another stint realigning ANZDL, Alex choose to take the role as COO of Direct Container Line ultimately leading to the formation of NACA and the Vanguard group , after completing the integration of this group, Alex chose to take a more entrepreneurial path focused on building a range of businesses in the software, and wider transportation sectors.

Today Alex brings his expertise to AWA, focusing on strategic directions and seeking enhancements for the group.