2018 Conference Presentations

44th Annual Conference
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am GENERAL SESSION I
THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY - UPDATES & TRENDS
Leading representatives from industry and the trade press will provide an overview of critical issues facing the transportation and logistics industry – the economic outlook, effect of consolidation and mergers in all modes of transportation, the Internet and demise of retail stores, funding for infrastructure, the impact of recent legislation and regulatory initiatives, and administration policies affecting international trades.
 
Moderator:
Robert Voltmann, President & CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
 
Panelists:
Marianne Rowden, President & CEO, American Association of Exporters and Importers
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP 1
TRANSPORTATION OF FOOD AND DRUGS
This session will cover recent new laws and regulations, including implementation of the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, and what shippers, carriers and receivers are doing to ensure that their practices and procedures are in compliance with the new requirements.  Panelists will also discuss some of the common  issues involving transportation of food and drug shipments such as broken seals, contamination, salvage, and will suggest “best practices” to avoid typical problems.
 
Moderator:
Evelyn Smith, Esq., Partner, Perez & Morris LLC
 
Panelists:
Don Romniak. Southeast Regional Transportation Manager, United States Cold Storage
Evelyn Smith, Esq., Partner, Perez & Morris LLC
Dianna D. Whitby, Principle, Deer Park Cargo Claim Consulting LLC
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP 2
OUTSOURCING; DEALING WITH CONTRACTORS & INTERMEDIARIES
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.  However, in addition to the benefits there are risks and disadvantages when contracting with a 3PL, broker, freight bill audit and payment company, or other intermediary.  Panelists will discuss current issues involving brokers, freight forwarders and 3PL’s; liability for freight charges, cargo loss and damage, surety bonds and insurance, “double brokering”, liability for “negligent hiring”, and how the parties can protect their interests.
 
Moderator:
Curtis Hart, Director Carrier Development, GEODIS
 
Panelists:
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKER
Tonn M. Ostergard, Chairman and CEO, Crete Carrier Corporation
 
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
 
Panelistis:
Jeff Blakeman, President/Owner, Blakeman Transportation, Inc.
Wesley S. Chused, Esq., PretiFlaherty
Raymond A. Selvaggio, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
Les Vaagen, VP Cargo Claims, Midwest Motor Express, Inc.
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm WORKSHOP 3
INTERNATIONAL TRADE - WHAT IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS NEED TO KNOW
Panelists will give an overview of major issues affecting international trade such as the aftermath of the Hanjin bankruptcy, global carriers alliances and their impact on capacity and rates, the political situation - protective trade policies and tariffs, and changes to NAFTA that could affect cross-border commerce with Canada and Mexico.  Attendees will learn the basics of what importers and exporters need to know about the different types of service providers, international treaties and laws governing cargo liability, and compliance with CPB security initiatives and regulations.  Common problems and how to avoid them will be discussed with suggested “best practices” for shippers, carriers and intermediaries involved in air, ocean and cross-border shipping.
 
Moderator:
Carl Soller, Esq., Soller Law Int’l, LLC
 
Panelist:
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm WORKSHOP 4
WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE $
Shippers and carriers working together to solve common problems can result in savings of time and money for both parties.  Panelists will discuss carrier complaints about waiting time for loading and unloading, unreasonable transit time demands, penalties for missed pickup and delivery appointments, etc. and some of the solutions - drop trailers, "drop & pick" arrangements, modifying shipping schedules, more flexible shipping and receiving hours; use of night shifts and overtime, avoiding peak highway congestion.
 
Moderator:
Askia Shaheer, Manager, Transportation Financial Planning, Big Lots
 
Panelists:
 
 
Tuesday - March 20, 2018
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am GENERAL SESSION III
We once worried about bandits with masks and six-guns - and we still have plenty of old fashioned hijackings and theft that cost shippers and carriers millions every year.  But the crooks and thieves have become smarter and more sophisticated.  We now have identity and impostor theft and cyberattacks with hackers getting access to critical personal and business data.  Panelists will discuss these threats and give tips and advice on what you can do to minimize exposure and improve your security programs.
 
Moderator:
Stephanie Castro, Senior Transportation Coordinator, John Soules Foods
 
Panelists:
Sandor Lengyel, Director of Security, NFI
John C. Tabor, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, National Retail Systems, Inc.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP 5
IMPACT OF NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Panelists will review the status and impact of recent federal laws like MAP-21, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) as well as regulatory initiatives and mandates such as Electronic Logging Devices (ELD's), speed limiters, driver coercion rules, Hours of Service (HOS), changes to the Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program and Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) methodology.  Also covered will be new state labor laws and regulations affecting classification and treatment of independent contractors, as well as environmental standards and regulations since they increase the cost of doing business in those states and have serious consequences for both shippers and carriers.
 
Moderator:
Sarah Perez, Esq., Partner, Perez & Morris LLC
 
Panelists:
Joseph Riggs, General Manager Transportation Services, Big Lots
Aaron Schmidt, Branch Manager, NFI Industries
Henry E. Seaton, Esq., Seaton & Husk, L.P.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP 6
INSURANCE AND TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS
Insurance is a major expense for most any business.  What kinds of insurance do shippers, carriers and brokers really need?  Panelists will discuss identification and analysis of the risks, how to determine what to look for when purchasing insurance or specifying the coverage your service providers should have, and the allocation of risk through transportation contracts with typical contract provisions and requirements.
 
Moderator:
David Popowski, Esq., Popowski Law Firm, LLC
 
Panelists:
Raymond A. Selvaggio, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
Keith Waters, Sr. Risk Analyst, GEODIS
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKER
Cynthia Hetherington, Hetherington Group
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm GENERAL SESSION IV
TRANSPORTATION ATTORNEY PANEL
Leading transportation attorneys will address current court decisions and legislation impacting shippers, carriers and intermediaries – loss and damage claims, freight charge disputes, multimodal issues, liability for highway accidents and other current issues.
 
Moderator:
George Carl Pezold, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC
 
Panelists:
Dirk H. Beckwith, Esq.,  Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
Marc S. Blubaugh, Esq., Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm GENERAL SESSION V
MEET THE EXPERTS
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 VI
Theft, hijacking, shortage and damage cost shippers and carriers millions every year.  This session will cover what shippers and carriers can do to prevent transit loss and damage - packaging, blocking & bracing, scheduling and routing; security practices - locks & seals, GPS tracking, screening and background checks, and premises security such as fencing, cameras, identity checks;  Mitigation of losses through prompt action  -  investigation and  salvage services; Special situations such as broken or missing seals on shipments of food, food-related products or drugs; special order goods; as well as product liability, brand and trademark considerations; “Best Practices” for dealing with common situations, both before and after a loss; corrective action to prevent future losses.
 
Moderator:
Martha J. Payne, Esq., Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
Panelists:
Daniel I. Hill, CPP, Director, SRV, Cargo Claims & Prevention, ABF Freight
Ed McQueen, Director, Loss Prevention, Southeasters Freight Lines, Inc.
Stephanie Penninger,  Esq., Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm GENERAL SESSION VII
FREIGHT CLAIMS - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Panelist 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, Asst. VP & Natl Recovery Manager, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (USA)
 
Panelists:
Kathleen C. Jeffries, Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, LLP
Paul J. Kozacky, Esq., Partner, Kozacky, Weitzel, McGrath, PC
David Nordt, CCP, Director of Claims, The Gilbert Company
Brent Wm. Primus, JD, Primus Law Office, P.A.
Richard Rathbun, CCP, National Cargo Claims Administrator, Allen Lund Company