2019 Conference Program With Presentations

45th Annual Conference
The Hilton, Memphis,TN
 
Monday March 25, 2019
 
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session 1
 
TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY UPDATE
Leading representatives from industry and the trade press will provide an overview of critical issues facing the transportation and logistics industry - the economic outlook, consolidation and mergers in all modes of transportation, the impact of E-Commerce, funding for infrastructure, recent legislation, regulatory initiatives and administration policies affecting commerce, and other current issues.
 
Moderator
Robert Voltman, President & CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
 
Panelists:
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, HIS Markit/The Journal of Commerce
Henry E. Seaton, Esq., Seaton & Husk, L.P.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 1
 
Consumers are shopping with their I-Phones and big retailers are closing stores.  Manufacturers and distributors are scrambling to establish or relocate distribution centers and warehouse facilities.  Uber drivers are delivering purchases in hours.  Panelists will discuss the logistics of what shippers and carriers are doing to meet the “I need it now” mindset driven by the Amazon Effect, and address some of the legal questions about how federal laws apply to current delivery methods and transportation business models - use of independent contractors, licensing, insurance, and liability for freight loss or damage,
 
Moderator:
Grant Ashe, Director of Sales, L & L Freight Services, Inc.
 
Panelists:
Alex Rhodeen, Director of Disruptive Solutions, GEODIS
Henry E. Seaton, Esq., Seaton & Husk, L.P.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 2
 
IMPACT OF THE "ELD MANDATE"
Panelists will discuss how shippers, brokers and carriers have been impacted so far by the ELD mandate of Dec 18, 2017.  What is the FMCSA doing to monitor and track compliance, and how do they plan to use the data?
 
Moderator:
Stephanie Castro, Senior Transportation Manager, Pitney Bowes
 
Panelists:
Jeffrey L. Meyer, Group Manager Transportation, Nestle Purina Petcare
Aaron Schmidt, Branch Manager, NFI Industries
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon Guest Speaker
 
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
General Session II
 
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.
David Broering, President, N.A. Non-Asset, NFI Industries, Inc.
Ed. A. Caruso, Founder & President, Lakeshore Logistics, Inc.
Gary T. Doyle, Esq., Bauman, Doyle, Paytas & Bernstein, PLLC
Robert Voltmann, President & CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
 
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 3
 
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Administration policies on international trade; impact of new tariffs on US importers and consumers; effect of retaliatory actions by trading partners on US exporters; how manufacturers, distributors and retailers are dealing with the changes; NAFTA negotiations and effect on cross-border trade and transportation.
 
Moderator:
Askia Shaheer, Manager, Global Logistics, Big Lots Stores, Inc.
 
Panelists:
M. Gordon Hearn, Partner, Fernandes Hearn LLP
Arcie I. Jordan, Partner, Foley Gardere
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 4
 
THE LTL MARKET - NEW PRICING STRUCTURES - Presentation
For many years the NMFC and the class rating system has governed the rates and charges of the nation's major LTL carriers.  However that is changing: the NMFC has been moving toward density related classification, and carriers are instituting dimensional weight systems with cubic scanners.  These new pricing structures are replacing the traditional ways that carriers can optimize their operations and use of assets.  What shippers need to do in order to adjust their shipping practices to take advantage of this new pricing.
 
Moderator:
Steve Broussard, CTL, CTB, Broussard Logistics, LLC
 
Panelists:
Don Newell, Newell Enterprises
Ron Williams, Vice President, Williams & Associates, Inc.
 
 
Tuesday March 26, 2019
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session III
 
Using the Internet - tools and techniques to investigate the backgrounds and credentials of organizations and individuals to make sound business decisions.  How public records, legal filings, media, and other sources can be accessed for "due diligence" investigations. Hetherington shares her Five Knowledge Points for Conducting Online Due Diligence to help save time and money and take the stress out of background checks. 
 
Presenter:
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 5
 
TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE
The risks and foreseeable events that could disrupt the supply chain; insurance products available for shippers, brokers and carriers such as commercial general, motor carrier cargo and auto liability, broker's “contingent” cargo, marine and inland marine insurance policies; what they cover and what they don’t (exclusions, exceptions, deductibles) and recommended “Best Practices” –  what to look for when purchasing insurance or specifying what coverage you should require in contracts with your service providers.
 
Moderator:
Dianna D. Whitby, Deer Park Cargo Claims
 
Panelists:
Jonathan Giese, Assistant Treasurer, GEODIS
Dennis Minichello, Esq., Marwedel, Minichello & Reed, P.C.
Mark Yunker, CIC, CRM, Risk & Insurance Consultant, Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 6
 
DEALING WITH THE "CAPACITY CRUNCH"
What are the causes of the "capacity crunch" and what can be done by shippers, brokers, carriers and 3PL's do to relieve this problem?  Panelists will discuss steps they have taken to deal with peak needs and surge volumes and the benefits of collaboration between service providers and their customers; how technology and transportation management systems can help.
 
Moderator:
Jeffrey L. Meyer, Group Manager Transportation, Nestle Purina PetCare
 
Panelists:
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon /Guest Speaker TBT
 
 
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
Marc S. Blubaugh, Esq., Bennesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 7
 
TECHNOLOGY & LOGISTICS
Shippers, intermediaries and carriers are turning to technology solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands of E-Commerce for the transportation and delivery of goods, particularly consumer products.  Panelists will discuss how information technology, transportation and warehouse management systems can help to optimize capacity use, routing and shorten delivery times.
 
Moderator:

Angela Alexander Savino, Esq., Perez & Morris LLC

Panelists:
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 8
 
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, Loss Prevention & Carrier Compliance Manager, Blakeman Transportation, Inc.
 
 
Wednesday March 27, 2019
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session V
 
LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGE
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…”  Theft, hijacking and shortages cost shippers and carriers millions every year; how such losses can be prevented with use of GPS tracking, recording and monitoring devices; Damage prevention through better packaging, blocking and bracing; special requirements and security for high value shipments; Mitigating damage by  prompt action; inspection, sorting & segregation, repair, repackaging; Dealing with special situations and salvage issues involving food security, temperature abuse, broken or missing seals, consumer packages, product liability, brand and trademark considerations.
 
Moderator:
Marha J. Payne, Esq., Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
Panelists:
Glenn Master, Director, Loss Prevention Commerce Services, Pitney Bowes
John C. Tabor, Senior Vice President-Supply Chain
Eric Zalud, Esq., Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
General Session VI
 
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:
Darryl Gash, MBA Corporate Logistics Manager, Dillard's
Kathleen C. Jefferies, Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.
Paul J. Kozacky. Esq., Partner, Kozacky Weitzel McGrath, PC
David Nordt, CCP, Director of Claims, The Gilbert Company
Brent Wm. Primus, J.D., Primus Law Office, P.A.