January 19 – 21   |   Atlanta, Georgia
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Ignite Speed Meetings
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Honorary Chair
Tommy Barnes announced as 2015 honorary chair
2014 Alliance Awards
Winners will be announced soon!
January 19 – 21   |   Atlanta, Georgia
Days Until
Jump Start 2015
Registration Now Open

Shippers

You make critical decisions about your freight every day and your role is complicated by shifting industry standards. Stay ahead of the curve at Jump Start 2015 with impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities. It’s the perfect forum for keeping up-to-date on best practices used by global supply chain leaders.

Carriers

Your shipper customers and LSP partners depend on you for reliable service and thorough understanding of their needs. Get prepared to exceed their expectations at Jump Start 2015. Impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities make it the ideal platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that shape the needs of your customers.

Logistics Providers

Shippers are looking to you for a wider range of services and with higher expectations than ever before. Discover how your service offerings are perceived at Jump Start 2015. Impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities make it the perfect platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that are driving change throughout the supply chain.

Technology Providers

Your expertise is providing solutions for better, stronger, faster supply chain management. Jump Start 2015 will help you fully understand your customer’s goals with impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities. And – it’s the perfect platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that drive innovation in the supply chain.

Agenda

Monday 01/19 Tuesday 01/20 Wednesday 01/21
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Academy Workshops: Part One
LTL Freight Transportation

LTL Freight Transportation: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

One of The Academy’s most successful workshops is coming to Jump Start 2015! This special conference version of our workshop is designed in two parts to allow you to enjoy one of our other breakout sessions as well. Join our panel of subject matter experts as they take you on a journey of discovery through the fundamentals of LTL operations, shipment profiles and LTL costing, LTL pricing structures, the basics of freight classification and purchasing best practices. You’ll also gain insight on a shipment’s movement – from pick-up to delivery – through an LTL network, presented in-class by Averitt Express.

Fundamentals of LTL Operations
Get an in-depth view of LTL carrier operations including logistical and technological tools and methods, overviews of line haul, local terminal and break bulk operations and new service offerings in the LTL sector.

Shipment Profiles & LTL Costing
Analyze various shipment profiles to determine how their components impact carrier cost, learn how these profiles influence carrier pricing and examine the cost differences between national and regional carriers.

Workshop Instructor:
Kevin Springer, VP, Sales | SMC³

Transportation Contract Law

Transportation Contract Law: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The Contract’s 3-Part Process
Types of Contracts & Their Provisions

Improve your preparation, execution and management of transportation-related contracts with this one-day conference version of our popular Academy workshop led by Rob Moseley, head of the transportation industry group at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. This special conference version of Transportation Contract Law is presented in two parts to allow you to enjoy breakout sessions and networking opportunities during Jump Start 2015. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the essential elements governing transportation contract law, review different types of contracts, and explore the contract process and contract litigation.

Workshop Instructor:
Rob Moseley, Chairman, Transportation Industry Group | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Basics of Database Management & the National Traffic Database

As a special conference offering for Jump Start 2015 attendees, this powerful workshop will familiarize you with the core components of Microsoft Access to help maximize an effective business intelligence strategy. Designed for anyone seeking data insight, this workshop will provide an overview of the necessary aspects of Microsoft Access required to understand the basic concepts and terminology needed to mine data and produce effective reports. You’ll learn how to use Access to your advantage, gaining a better understanding of the relevant aspects of Access needed to make optimal use your data.

Workshop Instructor:
Adam Cain, Manager of Database Design & Architecture | SMC³

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch for Workshop Attendees
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain

Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain

MONDAY 01/19  |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Data-driven decision making is critical to the future success of the global supply chain. Shippers understand the strategic value of big data and increasingly expect their 3PL partners to provide cost-saving solutions based upon insights gained from big data collection and analysis. As a result, more and more supply chain professionals are utilizing big data to implement new ways for turning data into relevant, actionable items to improve operational efficiencies, grow revenue and improve customer experiences. Join our panel of experts as we explore the advantages of empowering supply chain professionals to make better decisions through big data.

Moderator:
Chris Brooks, Executive Editor | The Journal of Commerce

Speakers:
Warren Perry, VP, Enterprise Sales | INRIX
Greg Smith, Enterprise Consultant | Tech Mahindra
Dean Croke, Vice President | Omnitracs Analytics

Modern Strategies for Rebranding

Modern Strategies for Rebranding

MONDAY 01/19  |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

A logistics company’s business success or failure is directly related to its ability to fulfill on its brand promise within all channels of the organization. Too often, an organization enters into a rebranding exercise without truly understanding how it will impact the internal culture and what needs to be done to optimize the investment. Join a recognized leader in the transportation industry, Saia LTL Freight and Realm Advertising, one of the industry’s leading teams of advertising thought leaders as they take an in-depth look at the pitfalls associated with rebranding or external branding alone. You’ll learn about first-customers, employee-customer-employee feedback loops and the effects on customer satisfaction as well as how to improve your approach to slow down the rebrand “machine” for greater business success.

Moderator:
Eric Berrios, Director of Strategic Planning | Realm Advertising

Speakers:
Sally Buchholz, VP, Marketing & Customer Service |  Saia Inc.
Chuck Allen, Director of Change Communication | Realm Advertising

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration

Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

These days, it seems like more and more companies are shifting to the cloud. More servers are moving to the cloud, and more of our industry’s sensitive data is being stored in the cloud. More applications and services are hosted in a cloud environment. Although some users predict a formal exodus of the server in coming years, savvy supply chain managers warn to “proceed with caution.” A move to the cloud isn’t without complications, time and investment. So, is cloud integration right for your company? What’s the value proposition for “cloud computing?” Stay on top of the state of the cloud with this fast-paced discussion on the pros and cons of moving to the cloud.

Moderator:
Marc Mitchell, VP of LTL Technologies | McLeod Software

Speakers:
Darl Leman, Chief Operating Officer | Monroe Transportation Services Inc.
Joe Finney, Chief Operating Officer | The Dependable Companies

Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path

Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

In today’s competitive career environment, it’s critical to obtain skillsets and best practices that will set you apart from others. Whether early in your profession or straight from the classroom, this roundtable will address the points critical to strategic professional growth. You’ll discover the importance of embracing a team environment while also building individual skills attractive to company executives. You’ll explore the opportunities that arise from changes in leadership, including how to prepare for a transition in leadership, and how to remain agile and succeed with change. Join our roundtable of logistics professionals as they provide their perspectives on the career path to success.

Moderator:
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D., Professor of Logistics | Georgia Southern University

Speakers:
Page Siplon, Executive Director | Center of Innovation for Logistics
Chad Barrow, President & CEO | Coastal Logistics Group, Inc.
Mike Grayson, Senior VP of Operations | Worldwide Express
Joseph Tillman, Founder & CEO | TSquared Logistics

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Academy Workshops: Part Two
LTL Freight Transportation

LTL Freight Transportation: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

One of The Academy’s most successful workshops is coming to Jump Start 2015! This special conference version of our workshop is designed in two parts to allow you to enjoy one of our other breakout sessions as well. Join our panel of subject matter experts as they take you on a journey of discovery through the fundamentals of LTL operations, shipment profiles and LTL costing, LTL pricing structures, the basics of freight classification and purchasing best practices. You’ll also gain insight on a shipment’s movement – from pick-up to delivery – through an LTL network, presented in-class by Averitt Express.

Terminal Overview
Follow a shipment through an LTL network from beginning to end and learn how technology is used to transport shipments efficiently.

The Basics of Freight Classification
Navigate the origins of the National Motor Freight Classification, learn what it is, how it was developed and understand how NMFC provisions are developed and published. You’ll also get a feel for how to read, understand and apply the NMFC.

Fundamentals of LTL Pricing & Procurement
Learn how shippers and carriers use pricing benchmarks, base rates, minimums and discounts. Explore data gathering, analysis, pricing, discounting and learn how leading shippers and 3PLs are working with LTL carriers to successfully purchase transportation and conduct freight bids.

Workshop Instructor:
Kevin Springer, VP, Sales | SMC³

Transportation Contract Law

Transportation Contract Law: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Damages & Claims: Real-World Case Studies

Examine benchmark cases on motor carrier contract provisions and evaluate how the courts apply the law to today’s transportation contracts. As an added value, attendees are encouraged to submit sample contracts in advance to Danny Tomlinson, SMC³, at dtomlinson@smc3.com by Friday, December 19, 2014 for review by Rob Moseley and possible use during in-class discussion.

Workshop Instructor:
Rob Moseley, Chairman, Transportation Industry Group | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A Detailed Look at the National Traffic Database

The SMC³ National Traffic Database (NTD) provides a comprehensive look at North America’s LTL transportation market; NTD members supply individual shipment data – including weight, revenue, mileage and pieces – and receive aggregated monthly, quarterly and annual reports to compare their operations to the marketplace. This half-day workshop will provide the knowledge and understanding you need to make the most of the National Traffic Database.

This workshop will unlock the power of the NTD, familiarizing you with standard data generated for NTD members. You’ll learn how to get the most out of NTD by interpreting and analyzing this data. Even though you must be a SMC³ carrier member to attend, you do not have to be a NTD participant to attend this session!

*All antitrust considerations will be accommodated.
*It is recommended that you bring a device with Access 2007 or newer.

Workshop Instructors:
Dan M. Acker, Senior VP, Research and Economic Analysis | SMC³
Adam Cain, Manager of Database Design & Architecture | SMC³

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Behind the Scenes with SMC³

Behind the Scenes with SMC³

MONDAY 01/19  |  3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Join SMC³ for a “behind the scenes” look at SMC³ products and service offerings. You’ll have unprecedented access to the technology professionals who envision, develop and implement the powerful tools created by SMC³. Join discussions on CarrerConnect XL, Bid$ense, product integration and more. This is your opportunity to see product demonstrations and address your product and implementation questions directly to the experts who have all the answers.

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Networking Break
4:10 – 6:40 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
6:40 – 7:15 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse

Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse

TUESDAY 01/20  |  7:45 – 9:00 a.m.

In today’s turbulent business environment, you need to hear from someone with diverse experience, hard won expertise and practical solutions. Author and futurist Alan Parisse will inform you on how to reframe your thinking, organize for the future and take action.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
2015 Trucking Outlook

2015 Trucking Outlook

TUESDAY 01/20  |  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Early indications by industry forecasters predict that 2015 will see the U.S. economy, as well as the freight markets, continue to grow in a positive direction with even some modest gains possible over 2014. With 2015 fuel prices anticipated to remain steady despite growing geopolitical challenges in the Middle East, a healthy outlook for freight volume and new-truck orders on the books, the U.S. trucking industry continues on its slow path to recovery. Will truckload rates remain flat? Will less-than-truckload price growth reach 3 percent? Does rising volume and the capacity crunch spell bigger challenges? Where are the hot points for capital investment? And, what’s the ‘big’ message for shippers? Join one of trucking’s leading thought leaders as we take a look at the road ahead in 2015.

Speaker:
Charles Clowdis, Jr., Managing Director of NA Trade & Transportation | IHS Global Insight (USA) Inc.

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Guest Event: Atlanta History Center Tour

Guest Event: Atlanta History Center Tour

TUESDAY 01/20  |  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This year, guests will visit The Atlanta History Center, where they will enjoy a guided tour of The Swan House. One of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, guests will get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Edward H. Inman family during the 1920s and 1930s as heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune.

Next, guests will venture to the historic Katydid Room in the Swan Coach House for lunch followed by a tour of a Civil War era Georgia farm, where reenactments will take place illustrating the challenges faced on the home front during the Civil War.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing

The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing

TUESDAY 01/20  |  10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Is the possibility of LTL’s industry-altering move to density-based pricing a foregone conclusion? Can an industry of little change gradually abandon a nearly century-old reliance on classification-based pricing? If so, what does the future hold for the landscape of LTL transportation? Join an LTL industry thought leader as we take a ‘futurist’ approach to addressing the obstacles, opportunities and the essential steps required on the long and winding road to implementing density-based pricing.

Speaker:
Brian Thompson, VP, Pricing & Yield Management | YRC Freight

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Level-Setting the Implications: Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing

Level-Setting the Implications:
Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing

TUESDAY 01/20  |  10:45 – Noon

With momentum mounting for a shift in greater use of density-based pricing among U.S. LTL carriers, are the majority of carriers poised to make this revolutionary transition? Should density-based pricing become the new standard in LTL pricing, and who stands to benefit? This panel will address these questions, also taking a deeper look into how classification and density-based pricing might co-exist and for how long.

Moderator:
William Cassidy, Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce

Speakers:
Jerry Stoll, Transportation & Logistics Market Manager, Americas | METTLER TOLEDO
Ken Manning, President | Transportation Costing Group
Don Newell, Member Commodity Classification Standards Board | NMFTA

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don

Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don

TUESDAY 01/20  |  1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Join Dr. Don Ratajczak, one of the most-respected economic forecasters of our time, as he shares his insights on the critical issues and trends directly impacting trade and transportation. From global economic challenges to manufacturing and housing starts, Dr. Ratacjzak takes us around the globe in 45 minutes.

Speaker:
Don Ratajczak, Ph.D, Consulting Economist | Georgia State University

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation

3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation

TUESDAY 01/20  |  1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

SMC³ and World Trade 100 are proud to co-host the 3rd Annual Alliance Awards ceremony at Jump Start 2015. The Alliance recognizes excellence in supply chain performance resulting from the close cooperation and collaboration of supply chain partners. Winners will be announced in December and awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Tuesday, January 20th. Following the award presentation, Perry Trunick, Editor-in-Chief at World Trade 100 will head a panel of 2014 Alliance recipients. Find out how the recipient companies are driving supply chain excellence in this fast-paced, informational session.

Speakers:
Perry Trunick, Supply Chain Expert
Danny Slaton, Executive Vice President | SMC³

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In

Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In

TUESDAY 01/20  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Supply chain relations between shippers and their service providers are growing increasingly important as companies look to separate themselves from the competition. Through these dynamic partnerships, supply chain innovators are strategically positioned to more effectively respond to rapidly changing market conditions and evolving customer needs. Join the 2014 recipients of The Alliance Award for an open discussion on strategies that will strengthen your supply chain relations.

Moderator:
Perry Trunick, Supply Chain Expert

Speakers:
John Haber, Founder & CEO | Spend Management Experts
Jill Lester, Senior Manager, Logistics Systems & Administration | Dick’s Sporting Goods

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain

U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain

TUESDAY 01/20  |  3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

This year witnessed a number of influences that stressed the domestic U.S. capacity environment: severe winter weather compounded the 2013 modifications to drivers’ hours of service requirements, resulting in capacity shortages across the rail and truck network. These shortages were exacerbated by the sharp recovery in volume trends in early 2Q, which taken in total led to pressures far greater than expected transportation budgets. Was 2014 simply a year of anomalous events or was it the beginning of what is a new era of capacity management among carriers and freight rate increases to shippers? We’ll take a look back an eventful 2014 and provide our outlook for 2015 and beyond.

Speaker:
Ben Hartford, CFA, Senior Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Co.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Global Sourcing Update

Global Sourcing Update

TUESDAY 01/20  |  4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

For nearly the past three decades China has been considered sourcing’s go-to country for the lowest pricing and acceptable quality. As countries outside China such as Vietnam, India and Mexico play an increasingly larger role in global sourcing, what will these changing dynamics in global sourcing mean to the U.S. transportation industry? Join internationally renowned economist Walter Kemmsies as we explore off-shoring and near-shoring trends impacting U.S. transportation in 2015.

Presenter:
Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Ask the Experts Q&A

Ask the Experts Q&A

TUESDAY 01/20  |  4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

During our popular “Ask the Experts” session, you’ll submit the challenging questions to our guest speakers on global economics, U.S. finance and global sourcing. You provide the questions, they’ll provide the answers.

Moderators:
Mark Solomon, Senior Editor | DC Velocity
Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol

Speakers:
Dr. Don Ratacjzak, Consulting Economist | Georgia State University
Ben Hartford, Senior Equity Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Company

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Registration
7:45 – 8:35 a.m.
In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency Through Technology

In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency
Through Technology

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  7:45 – 8:35 a.m.

Heightened expectations and a greater demand for cost reductions and cargo fluidity keep a lot of us up at night. With the focus today on collaboration, the most successful collaborative efforts between supply chain partners are engineered to maximize efficiencies by embracing a combination of technology and actional market intelligence that’s more often derived through big data analytics. Where are we headed as a collective industry? How can technology get us there? Join one the supply chain’s innovators in TMS development as we address how to maximize greater efficiency through technology solutions.

Moderator:
Paul Scott Abbott, Correspondent | American Journal of Transportation

Speaker:
Monica Wooden, CEO | MercuryGate International

8:35 – 9:20 a.m.
The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”

The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  8:35 – 9:20 a.m.

Declining volume and low rates continue to place increased pressure on the ‘asset-heavy’ realm of LTL transportation. In a move to further reduce capital expenditures as well as utilize capital savings to drive long-term growth, an increasing number of LTL carriers are going to an “asset light” approach. Throughout the U.S., they are identifying strategic alliances with other asset-based carriers, owner operators and brokers to supplement or even replace their own assets. From reducing fleet inventory to terminal sharing agreements, carriers are taking the necessary steps to generate the much needed cash to expand their networks, provide greater lane coverage and share proprietary knowledge in the areas of operations, technology and “big data.” Join our thought leader in LTL as we explore the trends and measurable advantages of becoming ‘asset-light.”

Speaker:
Jett McCandless, President | SHIFT Freight

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Guest Event: Rise and Shine with SMC³

Guest Event: Rise and Shine with SMC³

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In keeping with tradition, guests can “rise and shine with SMC³” on Wednesday morning. Early risers can enjoy a light breakfast buffet and have time to visit with each other before enjoying Carol Cain’s stunning performance as “Rosie the Riveter” followed by a sneak peek of guest events planned for Connections 2015 in San Diego, Ca.

9:20 – 9:35 a.m. Networking Break
9:35 – 10:50 a.m.
Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation

Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  9:35 – 10:50 a.m.

There’s a consensus among supply chain professionals that their biggest issues continue to center upon the rising cost of doing business, finding and retaining compliant labor and federal regulations that are simply too severe. As we begin 2015, let’s focus on some of the more important regulatory items being thrown about in our nation’s capital. Join our roundtable of regulatory watchdogs as we tackle the top 3 regulatory and compliance topics facing the U.S. supply chain in this no-holds-barred discussion.

Moderator:
Randy Mullet, VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Con-way Inc.

Speakers:
John Bagileo, Attorney & Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
Nancy O’Liddy, Director of Government Affairs | Transportation Intermediaries Association
Bruce Carlton, President & CEO | NITL

10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration

The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Even though the trucking and rail industries historically have always competed for freight, ‘intermodal’ has made the one-time adversaries vital partners in the modern supply chain. As more and more volume shifts to intermodal, billions in capital are being invested in rail infrastructure expansion and improvements, new technology and greater service reliability. As shippers grow increasingly comfortable with allowing railroads to handle long-haul moves, the U.S. trucking industry is both supporting and exploring even greater intermodal collaboration with railroads to better address shipper needs, as well as their own capacity, regulatory challenges and bottom-line expectations. Join our panel of intermodal professionals as they explore the driving factors behind this trend and what’s ahead for expanded truck-rail collaboration.

Moderator:
Page Siplon, Executive Director | Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics

Speakers:
David L. Marsh, Chief Supply Chain Officer | Hub Group
Arthur Adams, Director of Sales, National Accounts - Intermodal | CSX Transportation
Jonathan Lafevers, President & CCO | Cordele Intermodal Services

12:05 – 12:20 p.m. Closing & Grand Prize Drawing
12:20 – 12:35 p.m. Networking Break
12:35 – 1:05 p.m.
BONUS: “It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

“It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  12:35 – 1:05 p.m.

Stick around following the closing ceremony for the Jump Start 2015 post-conference round table. Join the industry’s biggest editorial names, as well as a number of industry leaders, as they capture the key takeaways from our 3-day supply chain event.

Speakers:
Tommy Barnes, SVP, Operations & President, LTL | Coyote Logistics
Jett McCandless, President | SHIFT Freight
Nancy O’Liddy, Director of Government Affairs | Transportation Intermediaries Association
Page Siplon, Executive Director | Center of Innovation for Logistics
Arthur Adams Jr., Director of Intermodal Sales | CSX Transportation
David L. Marsh, Chief Supply Chain Officer | Hub Group

Agenda

Monday 01/19
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Academy Workshops: Part One
  • LTL Freight Transportation
  • Transportation Contract Law
  • An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch for Workshop Attendees
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain
  • Modern Strategies for Rebranding
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration
  • Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Academy Workshops: Part Two
  • LTL Freight Transportation
  • Transportation Contract Law
  • An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
3:15 – 3:35 p.m. Behind the Scenes with SMC³
4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Networking Break
4:10 – 6:40 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
6:40 – 7:15 p.m. Networking Reception
Tuesday 01/20
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. 2015 Trucking Outlook
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guest Event: Atlanta History Center Tour
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing
10:45 a.m. – Noon Level-Setting the Implications: Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Global Sourcing Update
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Ask the Experts Q&A
6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
Wednesday 01/21
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Registration
7:45 – 8:35 a.m. In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency Through Technology
8:35 – 9:20 a.m. The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Guest Event: Rise and Shine with SMC³
9:20 – 9:35 a.m. Networking Break
9:35 – 10:50 a.m. Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation
10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration
12:05 – 12:20 p.m. Closing & Grand Prize Drawing
12:20 – 12:35 p.m. Networking Break
12:35 – 1:05 p.m. BONUS: “It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

Sponsorships

SMC³ offers unrivaled opportunities for carriers, logistics service providers and technology professionals
to connect with the supply chain’s most informed decision-makers through a wide range of sponsorship packages.



Speakers

Learn from the supply chain leaders of today who are driving tomorrow’s success. We’ve gathered the industry’s preeminent professionals to probe the innovations, challenges and latest technology shaping today’s transportation climate. Surround yourself with industry experts and see what it means to lead the supply chain.

Keynote Speaker
Alan ParisseAuthor & Futurist

Alan Parisse, Author & Futurist Named one of the “Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century” by Successful Meetings Magazine and the first speaker out of the investment industry to be inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, Parisse draws on his eclectic experiences as a garbage collector to Wall Street executive to infuse his message with innovative ideas on how to harness the forces of change. In His mirthful keynote presentation, Parisse will show you how to approach the future grounded in confidence and energized by powerful new perspectives.

Paul Scott AbbottCorrespondent | American Journal of Transportation
Since the 1980s, correspondent Paul Scott Abbott has been a staple of transportation and logistics publications, including the American Journal of Transportation. A former daily newspaper journalist and public relations executive, Abbott has served as chapter president of such groups as the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Public Relations Association and Propeller Club of the United States.
Arthur Adams Jr.Director of Intermodal Sales | CSX Transportation
CAs director of intermodal sales for CSX Transportation, Arthur Adams Jr. is responsible for their highway to rail sales initiative for the intermodal business unit. Adams joined CSX in 2007 as director of customer service and administration and has led the domestic rail and private asset sales organization within the intermodal business unit. Prior to CSX, he spent five years at Target serving in a range of sales leadership and strategy positions.
John BagileoAttorney & Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
John Bagileo has practiced transportation law for 41+ years, representing the interests of carriers, shippers and transportation intermediaries in regulatory matters. He has represented clients before state courts, federal district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before federal and state transportation regulatory agencies. An expert in transportation law, Bagileo has authored transportation articles and is a frequent presenter for shipper and carrier associations and the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics & Policy.
Eric BerriosDirector of Strategic Planning | Realm Advertising
Eric Berrios, director of strategic planning at Realm Advertising, guides clients through significant marketing challenges by providing a north-star perspective and vision followed by clear, purposeful guidance. Formerly VP of interactive at Harrison Leifer Dimarco NY, Berrios led his agency to the center of truly integrated marketing.
Sally BuchholzVP, Marketing & Customer Service | Saia Inc.
Sally Buchholz is vice president of marketing and customer service at Saia Inc. She is responsible for the company’s marketing, communications, inside sales, sales training and customer service departments. In addition to fortifying Saia’s brand and grow the company, Buchholz was the architect of the company’s innovative Customer Service Indicators (CSI) program. Unique to the industry, the proactive service improvement program tracks the six critical components of customer service.
Bruce CarltonPresident & CEO | NITL
Bruce Carlton is the president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the nation’s oldest and largest national association representing companies engaged in the transportation of goods in domestic and international commerce. He was previously employed with the United States Department of Transportation, where he served as assistant administrator of the maritime administration. In addition to overall executive management responsibilities, Carlton directed the agency’s international activities, as well as policy development and implementation, legislation, economic analysis and strategic planning.
Charles Clowdis, Jr.Managing Director of NA Trade & Transportation | IHS Global Insight (USA) Inc.
As managing director of North American trade and transportation at IHS Global Insight (USA) Inc., Charles Lowdis is responsible for transportation consulting services for private and public sector transport entities, global providers as well as government and regulatory agencies. A transportation veteran with more than thirty years of experience, he previously served as senior vice president of marketing at TRANSCON, Inc. and vice president at TNT North America.
Joe FinneyChief Operating Officer | The Dependable Companies
Joe Finney is chief operating officer of The Dependable Companies. He joined the company in 2013, bringing over 30 years of industry experience. He began as a dockworker and P&D driver for Milne Truck Lines, and held a management position until they closed. Through the years, Joe has held every position in the industry in both union and non-union environments, including CEO of Bullet Freight. He has many years of experience in various asset based verticals including LTL, TL, bulk, cold chain, non-asset brokerage and logistics.
John HaberFounder & CEO | Spend Management Experts
An expert in transportation spend management with over 18 years of experience in executive finance positions, John Haber currently serves as the founder and CEO of Spend Management Experts (SME). As In this role, he provides the vision and expertise to helps companies save 10 – 20 percent or more in logistics spend. In addition to managing and leading SME’s team of spend management experts, Haber manages development of the firm’s proprietary supply chain software and analytical tools. He also contributes to PARCEL Magazine in his column, “Spend Perspectives,” and has been recognized as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros to Know” for the past three years.
Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D.Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol
As Moffatt & Nichol’s chief economist, Dr. Walter Kemmsies directs and markets studies, financial analyses, global trade and economic trend forecasts. He has leg projects ranging from strategic development plans for ports through M&A transactions to terminal-operator expansion decisions. Kemmsies is also an advisor to executives at various port authorities and major transportation and manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Moffatt & Nichol, he was the European strategist at JP Morgan, London, which he joined after heading Global Industry Strategy at UBS.
Darl LemanChief Operating Officer | Monroe Transportation Services Inc.
With over 25 years of managing privately-held family businesses in the transportation and distribution industries, Darl Leman currently serves as the chief operating officer for Monroe Transportation Services headquartered in the Chicago area. He has significant experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and building new processes and systems.
Ken ManningPresident | Transportation Costing Group
Ken Manning is president of the Transportation Costing Group (TCG), which was founded in 1982 and has become the premier supplier of activity-based costing software to the trucking industry. He began his career at Ford Motor Company, American Trucking Associations and Middle Atlantic Conference, where he served as director of economics and cost analysis. Manning is active on several boards, including the National Finance and Accounting Council of The American Trucking Associations and the commercial division of TechAmerica. He is also an active member of the Truckload Carriers Association and the LTL and Distribution Carriers Association.
David L. MarshChief Supply Chain Officer | Unyson Logistics
David L. Marsh is chief supply chain officer for Unyson Logistics and Hub Highway. Previously, David served as chief marketing officer and executive vice president of highway. He joined Hub Group in 1991 and became general manager of Hub City Indianapolis in 1993, a position he held through 1999. During his tenure with Hub Group, Marsh has served as a member of several key groups including the single operating system team, the operational software team, the Highway steering committee, the ISO 9002 team, and the highway systems team. In addition, he has been a member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, the Indianapolis Traffic Club, the Council of Logistics Management and served as an Advisor to the Indiana University – Indianapolis, internship programs for transportation and logistics.
David MillerFounder, VP & COO | Gnosis Management Group
David Miller is founder, vice president and chief operating officer at Gnosis Management group, where he is a respected industry expert and an authoritative voice for effective, common-sense government and business policies that enable the freight transportation industry to fulfill its critical role in the nation’s economy. As a senior counselor to public and private companies and advocacy groups, he draws on nearly 40 years of experience working in policy development and strategy, and as an operations executive in the trucking industry.
Rob MoseleyChairman, Transportation Industry Group | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Rob Moseley is chairman of the Transportation Industry Group for Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. His practice focuses on representing truck companies and their insurance carriers with disputes involving commercial insurance coverage disputes, freight claims and other contract disputes. He serves as national counsel for several insurance companies and regional national motor carriers, managing active litigation in 20 to 30 states at any given time.
Don NewellMember, Commodity Classifications Standards Board | NMFTA
Donald A. Newell is a representative of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc (NMFTA). His experience spans 39 years in the LTL industry, 28 of which were with a major national LTL carrier, where he managed the company’s weighing and research programs. Newell joined NMFTA in 2004, where he developed and implemented their weighing and research educational programs. He is a member of the Commodity Classification Standards Board and is an expert in providing classification interpretations to shippers, 3PLs and carriers.
Warren PerryVP, Enterprise Sales | INRIX
Warren Perry is vice president of enterprise sales at INRIX. He currently manages North American sales with primary responsibility for fleet and logistics markets. For the past nine years, Perry’s career has been focused on application of location intelligence and big data in transportation. Perry joined INRIX in 2014 and previously worked with Telogis and deCarta. His past software experiences include knowledge management systems and Web and customer analytics.
Page SiplonExecutive Director | Center of Innovation for Logistics
Page Siplon is the executive director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, an industry-focused component of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Siplon recently initiated the state’s first statewide logistics summit in 2009 and created the first Georgia Logistics Report which defined the state’s logistics industry and the resulting economic impact. He has served as the lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force and has consulted with other state departments of transportation on leveraging public and private partners for comprehensive statewide freight transportation planning.
Gregory SmithEnterprise Consultant | Tech Mahindra
Greg Smith, enterprise consultant for Tech Mahindra, collaborates with clients who have large and complex transportation requirements in the retail, manufacturing and distribution business. Prior to his current role, Smith served as industry director for transportation and logistics at Oracle Corporation, where he led the global efforts in selling and marketing technology solutions to the freight and logistics industry segment.
Kevin SpringerVP, Sales | SMC³
Kevin Springer is vice president of sales at SMC³, where he is responsible for the development and support of all SMC³ end-user shipper, carrier and logistics relationships. He has more than 15 years of experience in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industries. His knowledge of operations and IT processes helps SMC³ customers leverage pricing technology to better manage their supply chains.
Brian ThompsonVP, Pricing & Yield Management | YRC Freight
Brian Thompson is vice president of pricing and yield management at YRC Freight. In this role, he is responsible for pricing strategy and negotiation as well as oversight of contract review processes across all YRC Worldwide subsidiaries. With more than 14 years of experience developing pricing solutions in the LTL industry, he previously served as the manager of pricing a strategy and the director of sales strategy.
Perry TrunickSupply Chain Expert
Perry Trunick brings 30+ years of experience in the logistics industry. Trunick has held editorial positions at Inbound Logistics, Penton Media, GIE Publishing and most recently served as editor-in-chief for World Trade 100. He is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department, a member of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals and Institute of Supply Chain Management and a former member of the Society of Logistics Engineers.
Monica WoodenCEO | MercuryGate International
As the chief executive officer and co-founder of MercuryGate International, Monica Wooden is a dynamic leader and skilled strategist. As executive VP of the Americas for a global company, she grew the business from $8 million in revenue to $26 million during her three-year tenure, contributing significant profits to the parent company. As an executive for IBM, she created new business ventures that were deployed worldwide over nine years. Wooden’s mission is to deliver highly successful business solutions for her clients, while building a high level of customer satisfaction.
Dan M. AckerSenior VP, Research & Economic Analysis | SMC³
As senior vice president of research and economic analysis for SMC³, Acker oversees the company's economic updating of its SMC³ CzarLite benchmark rate products, the SMC³ Carrier Cost Index and other industry studies. His 30-plus years of experience in the motor carrier industry includes all aspects of daily operations and administration, from line haul to financial statements, with heavy emphasis in the cost, financial and statistical areas. Acker has testified as an expert witness on motor carrier operations before numerous state and federal agencies.
Chuck AllenDirector of Change Communications | Realm Advertising
Chuck Allen is director of change communications at Realm Advertising. He also serves as founder of Periphery Associates LLC, a family of thought leaders who promote artistry and intention in leadership throughout the communications industry. Previously SVP, director of change management at SunTrust, Allen speaks regularly to leadership teams both large and small throughout the Southeast on how they can effective methods for change communications.
Chad BarrowPresident & CEO | Coastal Logistics Group, Inc.
Chad Barrow is president and founder of Coastal Logistics Group, Inc . (CLG), which offers supply chain solutions and services including export packaging, packaging and supply chain engineering and design and inbound-to-production and aftermarket support programs. Barrow’s firm is frequently listed in the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 List and he is a board member for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and a member of organizations including the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals and the International Freight Forwards and Customs Bond Association.
Chris BrooksExecutive Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and its online news, analysis and interactive site, www.joc.com. A 26-year company veteran, Brooks’ career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from coy and front-line editing, to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed JOC’s day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists.
Adam CainManager, Database Design & Architecture | SMC³
Adam Cain is the database design & architecture manager at SMC³. In his current role, he oversees the maintenance and development of database infrastructure for SMC³’s currently and future web-based products. His primary duties include designing product solutions based on gathered requirements and creating the database structures necessary to store the data needed by solutions within products. Cain has also served as developer of the National Traffic Database since 2001.
William CassidySenior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
William Cassidy is senior editor for trucking at The Journal of Commerce – the logistics and transportation online news service and biweekly magazine founded in 1827. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor and associate editor. Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies.
Dean CrokeVice President | Omnitracs Analytics
Dean Croke is vice president at Omnitracs Analytics. As one of the original founders of the company (formerly FleetRisk Advisors) in 2005,Croke helped make Omnitracs Analytics one of the leading providers of mobile communications solutions to the transportation and logistics industries. He first began speaking on driver safety and fatigue as an executive with the Australian Trucking Association and later pioneered the field of driver fatigue modeling with Circadian Technologies. As a former trucker and with more than 2 million miles logged, Croke still holds his CDL license.
Mike GraysonSenior VP of Operations | Worldwide Express
Mike Grayson is senior vice president of operations at Worldwide Express. He oversees freight operations, full truckload services and the LTL carrier portfolio, including rate negotiations, introduction of new carriers, capacity and yield management. He joined the company as a franchise owner in Atlanta in 2003, and has since grown to include additional markets in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Benjamin HartfordCFA, Senior Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Co.
Benjamin Hartford, CFA, has covered the transportation industry since 2005 and is the senior equity research analyst covering the transportation and logistics sector at Robert W. Baird & Co. Hartford and his team have been recognized by the Financial Times as the No. 2 earnings estimator (road and rail) and the No. 3 earnings estimator (air freight and logistics). Hartford regularly presents his research to public and private companies’ strategic advisory boards and has been featured on national media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg Television and Radio.
Jonathan LafeversPresident & CCO | Cordele Intermodal Services
Jonathan Lafevers is president and CCO at Cordele Intermodal Services. In this role, he oversees the development and growth of an asset-based truck fleet, brokerage division, transload operations, dedicated haulage accounts and grounded container operations. Since cofounding Cordele Intermodal Services, he and his team have developed multiple strategic relationships with steamship lines, Class I railroads, trucking companies, The Georgia Ports Authority and the state of Georgia.
Jill LesterSenior Manager, Logistics Systems & Administration | Dick’s Sporting Goods
Jill Lester is the senior manager of logistics systems and administration for Dick’s Sporting Goods. In this role, she is responsible for technology, reporting, benchmarking, freight payment and budgeting for logistics. Prior to joining Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2007, she supported transportation and logistics operations and system implementations at Unilever, NA.
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D.Professor of Logistics | Georgia Southern University
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D. – professor of logistics at Georgia Southern University and director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation – has worked closely with consulting firms, associations, carriers, software providers and shippers for almost 21 years. He was the first executive director in the office of corporate partnerships at the University of Tennessee, supporting strategic business and industry partnerships. A former CSCMP board member, he is currently an editorial advisor for leading journals and recently authored “Vested Outsourcing,” “The Vested Way: How a ‘What’s in it for We’ Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships” and “Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships.”
Jett McCandlessPresident | SHIFT Freight
Jett McCandless is the president of SHIFT Freight. He also serves as founder and CEO at CarrierDirect. He has been in the transportation industry for almost two decades, working with both asset and non-asset companies across the United States. Prior to SHIFT Freight, McCandless was principal and executive vice president at an LTL-focused 3PL that received 3 Inc. 500 Awards during his involvement from 2006 to 2010. He began his career in the industry at Roadway and YRC.
Marc MitchellVP of LTL Technologies | McLeod Software
Marc Mitchell, vice president of LTL technologies for McLeod Software, leads the design, development and deployment of solutions aimed at LTL operations. He has spent the past 20 years bringing technology to bear on the specific challenges of the transportation industry, dedicating much of his time to the business and operational challenges of transportation and logistics. Mitchell also serves as a contributing expert to several industry publications, including Transport Topics, Fleet Owner, DC Velocity, Inbound Logistics and Logistics Management.
Randy MullettVP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Con-way Inc.
Randy Mullett, vice president, Government Relations & Public Affairs, is responsible for all government relations and public affairs activities for Con-way, Inc. and its subsidiaries. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he also oversees all corporate communications, public relations, brand management and The Con-way Charitable Foundation. Also acting Chief Sustainability Officer, Mullett has more than 25 years experience in carrier operations and sales management.
Nancy O’LiddyDirector of Government Affairs | Transportation Intermediaries Association
Nancy O’Liddy is the Director of Government Affairs at the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). She represents TIA’s legislative, regulatory and public policy interest before Congress, the Administration, federal regulatory agencies, state governments and international organizations. O’Liddy joined TIA in 2008, previously working in the public affairs department at the Truckload Carriers Association. She currently sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council Board of Directors.
Dr. Don RatajczakConsulting Economist | Georgia State University
Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and consulting economist for leading business and governmental agencies. Ratajczak is one of the world’s most celebrated economists and a primary source of economic forecasting information. His analyses of business cycles, international trade, economic forecasting and Federal Reserve policy are feature regularly on CNN, CNBC and in major print media. Hailed the nation’s “top economic guru” by BusinessWeek magazine, Ratajczak is a recipient of the prestigious Blue Chip award for forecasting accuracy.
Danny SlatonExecutive VP | SMC³
Danny Slaton is executive vice president of business and product development at SMC³. With more than 26 years of experience communicating with carriers, shippers, logistics providers and technology developers, he is regularly sought out for insight on issues surrounding transportation pricing. His areas of expertise include LTL benchmarking and pricing dynamics.
Mark SolomonSenior Editor | DC Velocity
Mark Solomon – senior editor at DC Velocity since 2008 – has worked in the transportation industry since 1983 as a journalist and public relations professional. He began his career at the old Traffic World magazine, later joining The Journal of Commerce as an associate editor covering transportation. In 1994, he launched a public relations firm, Media-Based Solutions, which represented clients in the transportation, logistics and financial services industries. Solomon earned his bachelor’s degree from American University and is proud to note that during his career, he has “seen enough transportation and business trends to know what goes around eventually comes around.”
Jerry Stoll Transportation & Logistics Market Manager, Americas | METTLER TOLEDO
As the transportation & logistics market manager for the Americas at METTLER TOLEDO, Jerry Stoll is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs for weighing and dimensioning solutions throughout the supply chain, including less-than-load, parcel and distribution centers. Prior to joining METTLER TOLEDO, he held a marketing and communications position at Midwest Express Inc., a Honda Motor Company subsidiary. Stoll has more than 10 years of experience in the logistics industry, with the majority of it being in areas of marketing and strategic planning.
Joseph TillmanFounder & CEO | TSquared Logistics
Joseph Tillman is the founder and CEO of TSquared Logistics, an organization specializing in education and research. Prior to created TSquared Logistics, he worked with Supply Chain Visions, Wal-Mart Logistics and Union Pacific Railroad. He co-leads the Warehousing Education and Research Council’s influential annual benchmarking study, “DC Measures” and is certified in transportation and logistics (CTL) by AST&L and SCOR-Professional certified by the Supply Chain Council.
Kent WilliamsRegional VP, Sales & Operations | Averitt Express
Kent Williams is regional vice president of sales and operations for Averitt Express in Florida and Georgia. He has worked in the transportation industry for 29 years, 26 of those being on the Averitt team in a variety of positions, including sales, operations, service center management and regional leadership.
Keynote Speaker
Alan ParisseAuthor & Futurist
Paul Scott AbbottCorrespondent | American Journal of Transportation
Dan M. AckerSenior VP, Research & Economic Analysis | SMC³
Arthur Adams Jr.Director of Intermodal Sales | CSX Transportation
Chuck AllenDirector of Change Communications | Realm Advertising
John BagileoAttorney & Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
Chad BarrowPresident & CEO | Coastal Logistics Group, Inc
Eric BerriosDirector of Strategic Planning | Realm Advertising
Chris BrooksExecutive Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Sally BuchholzVP, Marketing & Customer Service | Saia Inc.
William CassidySenior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Bruce CarltonPresident & CEO | NITL
Charles Clowdis, Jr.Managing Director of NA Trade & Transportation | IHS Global Insight (USA) Inc.
Dean CrokeVice President | Omnitracs Analytics
Joe FinneyChief Operating Officer | The Dependable Companies
Mike GraysonSenior VP of Operations | Worldwide Express
John HaberFounder & CEO | Spend Management Experts
Benjamin HartfordCFA, Senior Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Co.
Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D.Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol
Jonathan LafeversPresident & CCO | Cordele Intermodal Services
Darl LemanChief Operating Officer | Monroe Transportation Services Inc.
Jill LesterSenior Manager, Logistics Systems & Dick’s Sporting Goods
Ken ManningPresident | Transportation Costing Group
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D.Professor of Logistics | Georgia Southern University
David L. MarshChief Supply Chain Officer | Unyson Logistics
Jett McCandlessPresident | SHIFT Freight
David MillerFounder, VP & COO | Gnosis Management Group
Marc MitchellVP of LTL Technologies | McLeod Software
Rob MoseleyChairman, Transportation Industry Group | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Randy MulletVP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Con-way Inc.
Don NewellMember, Commodity Classifications Standards Board | NMFTA
Nancy O’LiddyDirector of Government Affairs | Transportation Intermediaries Assoc.
Warren PerryVP, Enterprise Sales | INRIX
Dr. Don RatajczakConsulting Economist | Georgia State University
Page SiplonExecutive Director | Center of Innovation for Logistics
Danny SlatonExecutive VP | SMC³
Gregory SmithEnterprise Consultant | Tech Mahindra
Mark SolomonSenior Editor | DC Velocity
Kevin SpringerVP, Sales | SMC³
Jerry StollTransportation & Logistics Market Manager, Americas | METTLER TOLEDO
Joseph TillmanFounder & CEO | TSquared Logistics
Brian ThompsonVP, Pricing & Yield Management | YRC Freight
Perry TrunickSupply Chain Expert
Kent WilliamsRegional VP, Sales & Operations | Averitt Express
Monica WoodenCEO | MercuryGate International

Previous Speakers From:

  • ABF Freight
  • ATA
  • Auburn University
  • BlueGrace Logistics
  • CH Robinson
  • CISLA
  • Con-way Inc.
  • CSCMP
  • Dal-Tile
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • FMCSA
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance
  • Home Depot
  • Interface Inc.
  • JB Hunt
  • Journal of Commerce
  • MercuryGate
  • Mettler-Toledo
  • NASSTRAC
  • Office Depot
  • Old Dominion
  • Oracle
  • Tech Mahindra
  • U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept of Transportation
  • UPS Freight
  • PepBoys
  • SAP
  • Sargento Foods
  • Schneider National
  • University of Tennessee
  • Welch Foods
  • WT100
  • YRC Worldwide
  • MercuryGate
  • Mettler-Toledo
  • NASSTRAC
  • Office Depot
  • Old Dominion
  • Oracle
  • Tech Mahindra
  • U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept of Transportation
  • UPS Freight
  • PepBoys
  • SAP
  • Sargento Foods
  • Schneider National
  • University of Tennessee
  • Welch Foods
  • WT100
  • YRC Worldwide

MEDIA SPONSORS:

How Does It Work?

Ignite consists of a series of “speed meetings” between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are seven minutes long, with a three-minute transition between appointments. Company profiles and meeting requests are matched electronically and schedules will be generated based on preferences and availability. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short attendee profile and select their top five-to-ten contributors... it’s that simple!

Ignite consists of a series of “speed meetings” between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are seven minutes long, with three-minute transitions between appointments. Company profiles and meeting requests are matched electronically. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short attendee profile and select their top five-to-ten contributors... it’s that simple!


Two Ways to Benefit from Ignite!

As a Conference Attendee:

Ignite speed meetings are designed to help you super-charge your conference networking opportunities! You’ll have the unique opportunity to engage the carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. Your Ignite meeting schedule will be emailed two weeks prior to the event – so please plan accordingly. As a courtesy, if you are unable to attend any of your Ignite meetings, please notify us so we can release your scheduled time slots. Participation in Ignite speed meetings is contingent upon completion of your attendee profile during online registration in advance of the conference. We will not be able to accommodate onsite requests.

Ignite speed meetings are designed to help you super-charge your conference networking opportunities! You’ll have the unique opportunity to engage the carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. Your Ignite meeting schedule will be emailed two weeks prior to the event – so please plan accordingly.

As a Contributing Organization:

Are you ready to grow your business? Put the power of Jump Start’s broad industry appeal to work for you. As a contributing organization, you’ll receive a designated table at the event for two company representatives, your company name listed on the Jump Start 2015 Ignite web page, your company logo on all Ignite event signage and in the Jump Start 2015 conference guide and badge recognition for your representatives. Best of all – Ignite is FREE with your Premier, Signature, Preferred or General conference sponsorship. All others must be registered for Jump Start 2015 and have paid the $1,000 Ignite fee by December 31, 2014.

As a contributing organization, you’ll receive a designated table at the event for two company representatives, your company name on the Jump Start 2015 Ignite web page, your company logo on all Ignite event signage and in the Jump Start 2015 conference guide and badge recognition for your representatives. Best of all – Ignite is FREE with your Premier, Signature, Preferred or General conference sponsorship. All others must be registered for Jump Start 2015 and have paid the $1,000 Ignite fee by December 31, 2014.


Secure Your Space at Ignite Today!

Secure Your Space
at Ignite Today!

Contact: Melissa York | myork@smc3.com | 770.486.5829

Contact:
Melissa York
myork@smc3.com
770.486.5829

Past Contributors Include:

“Ignite speed meetings have created invaluable
relationships for Frontline Freight.”
Ben Fauver, Director of Sales & Marketing | Frontline Freight

3rd Annual Alliance Awards

Presented by SMC³

SMC³ is proud to host the 3rd Annual Alliance Awards presentation at Jump Start 2015. The Alliance recognizes excellence in supply chain performance resulting from the close cooperation and collaboration of supply chain partners. Winners will be announced in December and awards will be presented in five distinct categories at a special ceremony on Tuesday, January 20. Join us for this brief, informative awards presentation to learn how companies are driving supply chain excellence throughout our industry.

Categories:

  • Domestic Freight – Single Mode
  • Domestic Freight – Multimodal
  • International Freight
  • Warehousing
  • Sustainability

Winners to be announced soon!


FIND OUT HOW!

Past Winners Include:

Events

Networking Receptions

Make the most of 20+ hours of dedicated face time by jumping into the hundreds of conversations that are
sparked in our sponsor gallery networking breaks and our evening receptions.

Welcome Reception

MONDAY, JANUARY 1901/19  |  6:00–6:45 p.m.

Kick off your conference experience on a high note at this popular opening night event. Reunite with friends and make new industry connections to our inaugural networking reception for Jump Start 2015. First-time attendees are encouraged to attend!

Evening Reception

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2001/20  |  6:15–7:00 p.m.

This evening event is the ideal opportunity to take a breath after an intense day of information exchange. Unwind with your fellow attendees before settling down to a delicious dinner and our evening entertainment. Share ideas from the day’s sessions or relax and simply enjoy being with other supply chain leaders.

Dinner & Entertainment

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2001/20  |  7:00–10:00 p.m.

After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to more than 100 cities a year. At each and every show, the band connects with their audience members through their energetic and explosive performances. Their many gold and platinum albums stand in testament to this band’s endurance as a legendary powerhouse!

SET LIST:
Hold On Loosely
Rockin’ Into the Night
Caught Up in You
Fantasy Girl
If I’d Been the One
Back Where You Belong
Chain Lightnin’
...and many more!
PREMIER SPONSOR:

Venue

Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30309
404.745.5000
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta GA 30309
404.745.5000

Stay right in the heart of Atlanta at this year’s conference venue,The Loews Atlanta Hotel. A sublime combination of Southern charm and city sophistication, the Loews is nestled in the heart of Midtown – the ideal setting for your first (or fifth) Jump Start conference. Come to Jump Start 2015 poised for different perspectives – all from one amazing view.

Mention SMC³ or Jump Start 2015 to secure our special room rate of $184 per night (single/double). This rate is only available through December 29, 2014 and is subject to availability.


Easy Atlanta Travel

Just 20 minutes from the Atlanta airport, Loews offers convenient and accessible Atlanta travel!

By Train

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train system has connections between the airport and Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the Perimeter for easy Atlanta travel. The closest station to the hotel is the Midtown stop just two blocks away. The fare is $2.50 each way, and passengers must purchase the Breeze Card from station vending machines to ride. Multi-trip passes are also available.

By Taxi

Taxi rides are charged at a flat rate of $5 for one passenger and $1 each additional passenger; otherwise, fares are meter-based. The fare between the airport an the hotel is a flat rate of $32, plus $2 for each additional passenger.

Pricing

Advance – Ends Nov. 25 Regular – After Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $395 $475
SMC³ Associate Members $575 $685
General Registration $675 $785
Groups of 3 or More *Contact SMC³ Registrar
Guest Program $195 $195
Advance – Ends Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $395
SMC³ Associates $575
General Registration $675
Guest Program $195
Groups of 3 or More: Contact SMC³ Registrar

Regular – After Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $475
SMC³ Associates $685
General Registration $785
Guest Program $195
Groups of 3 or More: Contact SMC³ Registrar

Questions?

SMC³ Registrar: Amy Stankosky
800.845.8090 x5802
astankosky@smc3.com

SMC³ Cancellation Policy

The conference registration, less a $105 fee, is refundable only if cancellation is submitted in writing to
Amy Stankosky on or before December 29, 2014. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received
after December 29.

The conference registration, less a $105 fee, is refundable only if cancellation is submitted in writing to Amy Stankosky on or before December 29, 2014. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received after December 29.


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