A Preview of Shipper Symposium 2015 – Lucky #13!

Posted - March 26, 2015

A Preview of Shipper Symposium 2015 – Lucky #13!

With spring temperatures (hopefully!) right around the corner, it can only mean one thing: our annual Shipper Symposium will be here before we know it! We’re lucky enough to be hosting our 13th signature industry event that brings together the brightest minds in transportation. Built upon educational excellence, the Shipper Symposium means attendees are learning from each other, sharing their experiences and insight on national and local supply chain challenges and digging into opportunities to uncover efficiency and cost savings.

We couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of speakers this year. From a revolutionary business strategist to an economist to GM’s chairman of the board and a CEO who is the leading authority on sleep and performance, this year’s Shipper Symposium won’t disappoint.  Catch a sneak peek on a couple of our keynote speakers that are sure to favor the bold come this May.

Tim Solso is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of General Motors. He was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2012 and began his role as Chairman in January 2014. Mr. Solso began a 40 year career at Cummins Inc. in 1971. He was Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. from January 2000 until his retirement on December 31, 2011. Under his leadership, Cummins became a Fortune 250 company that designs, produces and sells diesel engines, power generation equipment and related components worldwide. The company currently does business in more than 190 countries and territories. Among his recent honors, Mr. Solso was honored as the inaugural winner of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation prize. He was named a top five finalist to Marketwatch’s CEO of the Decade and to the Barron’s list of the 30 Most Respected CEOs. At the Shipper Symposium, Mr. Solso will talk about embracing change as well as ways to better evaluate operating performance.

David Malpass is president of Encima Global, an economic research and consulting firm serving institutional investors and corporate clients. Formerly Bear Stearns’ chief economist, Mr. Malpass’s work provides insight and analysis on global economic and political trends, with investment research spanning equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies, and he will offer up his insight into the challenges and opportunities facing today’s economy at the Shipper Symposium. A frequent public speaker and television guest, Mr. Malpass authors a Current Events column in Forbes magazine, and his opinion pieces appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal. He sits on the boards of the New Mountain Finance Corp (NYSE ticker NMFC), UBS Funds, and the Gary Klinsky Children’s Center, and is a past director of the Economic Club of New York, the Council of the Americas and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Members of the Transplace team will also be taking the stage to share some industry insights and expert opinions. Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson actively takes a role in watching for over-regulation by government entities and wasteful initiatives that affect transportation, and will be sharing some of the latest regulatory challenges and how they can be addressed to better the industry. Brooks Bentz, president of Transplace Consulting Services, will also be speaking on the exciting formal launch of Transplace’s North American consulting services practice.

Attendees can take part in a multitude of educational breakout sessions, including a session on “Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the Power of Shipment Monitoring in the Supply Chain.” This panel discussion includes Transplace Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Vincent Biddlecombe, who will focus on how real-time network visibility is more critical than ever before due to today’s complex supply chain networks, and will share how a Transportation Management System (TMS) can help achieve this visibility.

In addition, the session “3D Printing, Drones & Driverless Trucks – Creating a Futuristic Supply Chain” is sure to be compelling.  Moderated by the founder and host of Talking Logistics, Adrian Gonzalez, the panel will explore how drones and driverless trucks are changing the future of transportation, and how they will eventually impact the entire supply chain industry!

In our opinion, May can’t come soon enough! We look forward to hearing from these great speakers and many others listed on this year’s agenda. Finally, you can expect plenty of exciting breakout sessions and activities taking place at the 13th annual Shipper Symposium on May 4-6 at the Four Seasons Las Colinas! Register for the Shipper Symposium here or find out additional details on our speakers and view our agenda here.

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What are you most looking forward to at the 2015 Shipper Symposium?