2017 - 43rd Annual Conference Presentations

 
43rd Annual Conference
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Henderson, NV
 
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
GENERAL SESSION I             
THE CRYSTAL BALL - WHERE IS THIS ROAD TAKING US?
Leading representatives from industry and the trade press will provide an overview of critical issues facing the transportation and logistics industry – the economic situation, mergers and acquisitions, funding for infrastructure, impact of recent legislation, regulatory initiatives and the presidential elections.
 
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
WORKSHOP 1                           
 
TRANSPORTATION OF FOOD AND DRUGS
This session will cover important new laws and regulations, including implementation of the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, and how they impact shippers, carriers and receivers.  Panelists will also discuss issues involving transportation of food and drug shipments such as broken seals, adulteration or contamination, salvage, illegal shipments, vicarious liability and will suggest “best practices” to avoid typical problems.
 
Moderator:
Brian Whitson, Strategic Operations Manager, Mars
 
Panelists:
Jason Craig, Director, Government Relations, C.H. Robinson
Grace Tomaszun, Sr. Procurement Manager, Transportation, McCormck & Co., Inc.
Chris Wood, VP of Sales & Marketing, KLLM Transport Services, LLC
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP 2                        
 
INTERNATIONAL MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION - THE BASICS
International trade requires knowledge of practices, laws and regulations that are different for each mode.  Panelists will summarize the role of the different types of service providers  – the freight forwarder, NVOCC or ocean carrier, inland motor and rail carriers, draymen, customs brokers and intermediaries – and will discuss international treaties and laws governing cargo liability, as well as bills of lading, Incoterms, service contracts, insurance, and cargo liability issues.
 
Moderator:
Reed Tepper, Manager, North American Logistics & Transportation, Parker Hannifin Corporation
 
Panelists:
Steven W. Block, Esq., Foster Pepper PLLC
Janaka DeSilva, Director Business Development, Schenker (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
Jerrod Slaughter, Sr. Manager of Global Logistics, Columbia Sportswear
(PDF of presentation is available by sending request to jslaughter@columbia.com)
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Monday Luncheon Guest Speaker 
 
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
GENERAL SESSION II       
 
LAW OF THE LAND, LAW OF THE JUNGLE
A continuation of the ever-popular annual session where "Lawyers Explain the Law, and Businessmen Tell it Like it Is"
 
Moderator:
Gerard F. Smith, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
 
Panelists:
James Attridge, Esq., Business Trial Lawyer
Jeff Blakeman, President/Owner, Blakeman Transportation, Inc.
Hillary Arrow Booth, Esq., Booth LLP
Karyn Booth, Partner and Chair of Transportation Practice, Thompson Hine LLP
Matt Clark, CTB, Director, Transportation & Logistics, Port Jersey Logistics
Robert Voltmann, President & CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
 
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP 3                   
 
IMPACT OF NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Panelists will review the status and impact of recent federal laws like MAP-21, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) as well as regulatory initiatives such as HOS, the Unified Registration System, Electronic Logging Devices, and the Safety Measurement System.  New state labor laws and regulations affecting wages. overtime, and treatment of independent contactors, as well as environmental regulations affecting emissions and reefer equipment will be covered since they increase the cost of doing business in those states and have serious consequences for both shippers and carriers.
 
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP 4                 
 
INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT – HOW TO AVOID SURPRISES
Definition of Insurance: "That which covers everything except what happens."  Folks are too often surprised when they find out that insurance doesn’t cover a loss or a claim.  It can be because no one assessed the risks - the foreseeable events that could disrupt the supply chain - or that the policies that were purchased contained exclusions, exceptions or simply didn't cover the loss.  Learn about the differences between commercial general, motor carrier cargo and auto liability, “contingent” cargo and auto, marine and inland marine insurance policies, what they cover and what they don’t, what kind of policies you need and what to look for when purchasing insurance or specifying what coverage your service providers should have.
 
 
 
Tuesday, March 21st
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
GENERAL SESSION III         
 
SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY
Theft, pilferage, shortages and "cyber crimes" throughout the supply chain cost shippers, carriers and intermediaries millions of dollars every year.  Not only are thieves are using more sophisticated techniques and creative scams all the time, but we now have to deal with both domestic and international terrorists that can threaten our supply chain.  Attendees will learn about law enforcement’s response to these threats, as well as tips on how to develop relationships with investigators and for best practices.
 
Moderator:
Ron Williams, Vice President, Williams & Associates, Inc.
 
Presenter:
Chuck Forsaith, Director of Corporate Security, Purdue Pharma Technologies Inc.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
WORKSHOP 5                      
 
TRADING WITH CANADA AND MEXICO
Canada and Mexico are among our largest trading partners for imports and exports.  Experts will explain the laws, regulations and practices governing transportation between the U.S. and these important neighbors, as well as carrier licensing and safety, insurance, cargo liability, CPB requirements for motor, rail and intermodal cross-border movements and NAFTA issues.
 
Moderator:
Carl R. Soller, Esq., Customs, International Cargo and Regulatory Compliance Counsel, Soller Law Int'l
 
Panelists:
Arcie I. Jordon, Esq., Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Matt J. Parrott, LCB, CCS, Director of Transportation, A.N. Deringer, Inc.
Amy Pressman, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
WORKSHOP 6                    
 
OUTSOURCING – THIRD PARTY OR PARTNER?
Many companies are “outsourcing” transportation and logistics functions that are not part of their core business to take advantage of the skills and resources of third-party service providers.  Panelists will discuss the models of how the various service providers operate and the factors to consider when contracting with a 3PL, broker, freight bill audit and payment company, or other intermediary. What are some of the "best practices" to evaluate the financial stability of services providers and avoid the risk of insolvency or bankruptcy?  What can you do contractually to protect yourself?  If a 3PL, broker or carrier does go bankrupt what are your rights and remedies?
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
                     TUESDAY LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKER
 
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
GENERAL SESSION IV
TRANSPORTATION ATTORNEYS PANEL
Leading transportation attorneys will address current issues, court decisions dealing with cargo claims and independent contractors, and recent laws and regulations impacting shippers, carriers and intermediaries.  
 
Moderator:
George C. Pezold, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
 
Panelists:
Dirk H. Beckwith, Esq., Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Wesley S. Chused, Esq., Preti Flaherty
Gary T. Boyle, Esq., Baumann, Doyle, Paytas & Bernstein, PLLC
Dennis Minichello, Esq., Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP 7                   
 
THE INTERNET STORE – HOME DELIVERY
Montgomery Ward published its first catalog in 1872 with ordering by mail and delivery to the nearest railroad station.  The Internet has changed how we all shop.  Behind the scenes of this online purchasing is a revolutionary system of marketing, distribution and delivery that has created new logistics challenges for retailers, fulfillment services and carriers.  Panelists will describe how their companies have adapted to meet the service demands and expectations of consumers.
 
Moderator:
Brandon Arnold, Vice President, Operations, Intelligent Logistics, LLC
 
Panelists:
Michael A. Burns, Vice President, Global Transportation, Big Lots
Louis DeJianne, Director of Marketing, UPS
Angela Savino, Esq., Perez & Morris LLC
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WORKSHOP 8                 
 
MEET THE EXPERTS – ONE ON ONE MEETINGS
Would you like help with a problem or have questions that need answers?  Then this session is perfect.  A Pre-Scheduled one-on-one meeting with top transportation professionals will give you an opportunity to ask specific questions or get guidance with a problem.  Each meeting will be 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted time with a presenter or panelist of your choice.  Sign up at the registration table for your own personal consultation.
 
Moderator:
Nadia Martin, CCP, Loss Prevention & Carrier Compliance Manager, Blakeman Transportation Inc.
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
       GENERAL SESSION V                
 
LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGES – BEST PRACTICES
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…” Attendees will learn how shippers and carriers working together can often avoid transit loss or damage through better packaging, security and communication.  And, after it happens, much can still be done to mitigate the loss through repair, reconditioning, re-packaging and salvage, as well as instituting corrective action to prevent future losses. Panelists will discuss “Best Practices” for dealing with special situations such as broken or missing seals on shipments of food and food-related products or drugs, perishables and special order goods, as well as product liability, brand and trademark considerations. 
 
Moderator:
Paul J. Kozacky, Esq., Kozacky Weitzel McGrath, P.C.
 
Panelists:
Tom Blanck, Principal, Packaging Optimization, Chainalytics
Daniel I. Hill, CPP, Director - W&R, Cargo Claims & Prevention, ABF FreightSM -- An ArcBest Company
John McNamee, Sr. Director Risk/Compliance Corporate OH, GEODIS
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
GENERAL SESSION VI          
 
FREIGHT CLAIMS – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Panelists will tackle questions submitted by the audience and to the Council’s “Q&A” forum, tell how they would answer them from both a shipper and carrier view point, and give suggestions on how to resolve difficult situations.  Be sure to bring your questions to this session!
 
Moderator:
Wally C. Dammann, CCP, Assistant Vice President & National Recovery Manager, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.), Inc.
 
Panelists:
Kathleen C. Jeffries, Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.
Paul J. Kozacky, Esq., Partner, Kozacky Weitzel McGrath, P.C.
David Nordt, CCP, Director of Claims, The Gilbert Company
Brent Wm. Primus, JD, Primus Law Office, P.A.
Askia Shaheer, Manager, Transportation Financial Planning, Big Lots
Dona Vidal, CCP, Manager, Cargo Claims Subrogation, Transplace