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Our 50th Annual Conference

March 18-20, 2024

The Francis Marion Hotel Charleston, SC

Sunday March 17th

Click above for seminar descriptions. Seperate fee. Not included with conference registration

5:30pm – 7:30pm – Hospitality Suite

Join us for networking, appetizers & drinks

Monday March 18th

8:30am – 10:30am – General Session I

Past, Present and Future

In the last few years we have witnessed extraordinary events and conditions that have had major impact on both our domestic and international supply chains.  And they are destined to continue – wars in the Ukraine and the Middle East, domestic and international politics, environmental threats due to global warming, legislation, regulatory initiatives and administration policies. Leading experts will peer into the crystal ball and give their views on what to expect and what we should be doing for the future.

Moderator:

Aaron Schmidt, Senior Vice President, NFI Industries

Panelists:

Chris Burroughs, Vice President of Government Affairs, Transportation Intermediaries Association

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, The Journal of Commerce

Henry E. Seaton, Esq., Seaton & Husk, L.P.

10:30am – 12:00pm – General Session II

Freight Claims Back to the Basics

This team of Certified Claims Professionals will provide practical advice for anyone who deals with claims for loss and damage.  The workshop is designed to provide a broad overview of the claims process.  This is a unique opportunity to see a panel of freight claims experts discussing many of the topics that are found in the landmark text, Freight Claims in Plain English (4th Ed.).  Topics will include: Freight claims fundamentals; What is a freight claim; The Carmack Amendment; Preparation and filing of claims; Burdens of proof; Claim Investigation and timelines; How to investigate; Who to file against; Time limits; Concealed damage; Carrier’s claim defenses – unpaid freight bills, “clean” bill of lading or delivery receipt, insufficient packaging, improper documentation; Measure of damages – invoice value or manufacturers cost. 

Moderator:

David Nordt, CCP, Executive Director of  CCPAC and National Director of Claims at The Gilbert Company

Panelists:

Christine L. Gramse, CCP, Transportation Auditor, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Carla Bay Rumford, Sr. Operations Support Manager, BM2 Freight Services Inc.

Jessica Renner, CCP, Senior Claims Analyst, Jarrett Logistics

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Workshop 1

Bills of Lading – What You Need to Know

Bills of Lading have been used for the transportation of goods for centuries.  In the absence of some other formal transportation agreement, the Bill of Lading, is the “Contract of Carriage” and governs the legal relationship between the shipper and the carrier.  Yet few people that use them rarely even look at them or really understand how important they are.  Every mode of transport has its own different versions of bills of lading – truck, ocean, air and intermodal.  Three leading attorneys will give you a “tour” of typical bills of lading for each mode and explain how the “contract of carriage”, together with the applicable laws, treaties and tariffs, govern carrier liability and some of the “traps and pitfalls” for the unwary user.  Also discussed will questions about the growing use of “electronic” and “paperless” bills of lading.

Moderator:

Jerrod Slaughter, Sr. Director of Global Logistics, Keen, Inc.

Panelists:

Andrew M. Danas, Partner., Grove, Jaskiewicz and Cobert, LLP

Brent Wm. Primus, JD, Primus Law Office, P.A.

Raymond A. Selvaggio, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Workshop 2

Transportation Insurance

Insurance policies come in many sizes, shapes and colors, but they only have one thing in common – expensive premiums. Have you ever examined the real risks from accidents, theft, freight loss or damage or other events that could interrupt your supply chain and your business? Have you ever read through your insurance policies to see whether they really address those risks? All too often people don’t do this and there can be serious surprises and consequences. The panel of experts will explain the different insurance products that are available, what they cover and what they don’t and give their suggestions as to what coverage you may need and require from your service providers to protect your interests.

Moderator:

Jeffrey L. Meyer, Senior Manager Transportation, Nestle Purina PetCare

Panelists:

Rick Bridges, Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics

Matthew Koch, Esq., Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, PC

Drew Singleton Wilder, CEO, Vicarious Liability Risk Management LLC

3:30pm – 5:00pm – General Session III

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                                                                             

David Popowski, Esq., Popowski Law Firm LLC

Jessie Renner, CCP, Senior Claims Analyst, Jarrett Logistics

Raymond A. Selvaggio, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC

Deena Walechka, CCP, Claims Specialist II, Risk Mgt., FedEx Custom

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Hospitality Suite

Join us for networking, appetizers & drinks

Tuesday March 19th

8:30am – 10:00am – General Session IV

Security – The “Fraud Pandemic”

Transportation theft, pilferage and other events that disrupt the supply chain have been with us for years.  From the cell phone to elaborate communication systems our information and data are bouncing from satellite to satellite in amounts that were once unimaginable.  Unfortunately, this wonderful technology also has helped to spawn a new wave of crime – fraud.  This panel of experts will discuss: Analysis and identification of the threats, risks and vulnerability; Strategic thefts – fictitious pick-ups, identify theft and theft by deception; “Cyber Crime” – hacking, data theft and ransomware; Best practices for prevention; Law enforcement resources; Help available for victims; What federal agencies are doing.

Moderator:

Deena Walechka, CCP, Claims Specialist II, Risk Mgt., FedEx Custom

Panelists:

Jerry Jacobs, Director of Risk Management, Prosponsive Logistics

Keith Lewis, VP Operations, CargoNet

Danny Ramon, Director of Intelligence & Response, Overhaul

10:30am – 12:00pm – Workshop 3

Selecting Transportation Service Providers

What are the “best practices” for selecting and vetting a transportation provider?   Criminal and fraudulent activity in the transportation industry has become an epidemic costing shippers, brokers and carriers millions of dollars each year.  Panelists will discuss the importance of due diligence and continuous monitoring and suggest how to prevent or minimize loss from cargo theft, fraud, identity theft; double brokering and broker scams, and what to do when you get “caught in the middle” of one of these schemes.

Moderator:

Nadia Martin, CCP, Claims & Compliance Manager, Blakeman Transportation Inc.

Panelists:

Michael Caney, Chief Commercial Officer, Highway

Carla Bay Rumford, CCP, Sr. Operations Support Manager, BM2 Freight Services Inc.

Eric Zalud, Esq., Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

10:30am – 12:00pm – Workshop 4

LTL Pricing

Freight Charges – What You Need to Know

Whether you are a seller or a buyer, the “delivered” price of products always includes the cost of transportation – freight charges – and it can make a big difference.  Many large shippers negotiate formal transportation contracts, but others just get a rate – over the phone or in an email – from a carrier or broker.  However, even sophisticated purchasers of transportation services often don’t understand the basics of carrier pricing.  Panelists will cover:  LTL Class rates, NMFC classes and base rate tariffs; Proprietary products, CzarLite; Recent changes to the NMFC; FAK rate; Dimensional pricing, dynamic pricing for LTL shipments; Truck Load rates – point to point, mileage; Spot or quoted rates; Accessorial charges and surcharges; Relationship of rates to carrier liability.

MODERATOR 

Jessie Renner, CCP, Senior Claims Analyst, Jarrett Logistics

PANELISTS 

Christopher Adkins, VP – Yield Strategy & Management, ArcBest

Darryl Gash, Corporate Logistics Manager, Dillard’s Logistics

Paul Dugent, Executive Director, NMFTA Digital LTL Council

1:30pm – 3:00pm – General Session V

Transportation Attorneys Panel

Leading transportation attorneys will address legislation, regulations and court decisions impacting shippers, carriers and intermediaries –Topics will include: Broker liability for BI/PD and cargo claims; Independent contractors vs. employees and other current issues.

Moderator:

George Carl Pezold, Esq., Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC

Panelists:

Steve W. Block, Esq., Lane Powell PC

Hillary Arrow Booth, Esq., Booth LLP

Christina Nugent, Esq., Hanson Bridgett LLP

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Workshop 5

International Trade – Sourcing, Selling & Shipping in 2024

For years we have been seeing “Made in China” labels on all sorts of goods, but things are changing. Political, environmental, social and labor conditions, quotas, tariffs and duties, as well as rising costs for shipping are causing importers to look elsewhere.  And American manufacturers and producers would like to sell “Made in the U.S.A.” products and intellectual property in foreign markets, but often run into complicated restrictions. Panelists will discuss political and environmental issues; tips for importers and exporters, contracting with service providers, and new information and date requirements.

Moderator:

Rennie Alston, CEO, American River Group of Companies

Panelists:

Andrew M. Danas, Partner, Grove, Jaskiewicz and Cobert, LLP

Marianne Rowden, CEO, E-Merchants Trade Council, Inc.

Jerrod Slaughter, Sr. Director of Global Logistics, KEEN Inc.

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Workshop 6

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

Coordinator:

Nadia Martin, CCP, Claims & Compliance Manager, Blakeman Transportation

6:30pm – 9:30pm – President’s Reception Dinner

Wednesday March 20

8:30am – 10:00am – General Session VI

Food & Produce Claims

Freight claims involving items and materials intended for human consumption and related products typically involve a myriad of different laws, regulations and practices.  This panel of experts will cover loss and damage claims for processed food items, fresh fruits and vegetables and food-related items such as containers, wrapping and packaging materials.  Topics would include temperature abuse, missing or broken seals upon delivery, unexplained breaks in the chain of custody, exposure of food and related products to possible adulteration or contamination by foreign substances, mitigation of damages and salvage.

Moderator:

Jon Gehrts, Director of Supply Chain, UniPro Foodservice, Inc.

Panelists:

Michael Carlisle, Director, Logistics Operations, United States Cold Storage

Carla Bay Rumford, CCP, Sr. Operations Support Manager, BM2 Freight Services, Inc.

David Popowski, Esq., Popowski Law Firm, LLC

10:30am – 12:00pm – General Session VII

Freight Claims – Questions & 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 viewpoint, and give suggestions on how to resolve difficult situations.  Be sure to bring your questions to this session!

Moderator:

Brandon Arnold, CTB, Chief Commercial Officer, Simple Logistics

Panelists:

Ronald M. Leibman, Partner, McCarter & English LLP

David Nordt, CCP, Executive Director of  CCPAC and National Director of Claims at The Gilbert Company

Brent Wm. Primus, JD, Primus Law Office, P.A.

Richard Rathbun, CCP, Corporate Cargo Claims, Allen Lund Company

Deena Walechka, CCP, Claims Specialist II, Risk Mgmt., FedEx Custom Critical

 

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March 18-20, 2024
The Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC

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