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Transplace Announces Motivating and Luminary Keynote Speakers for IGNITE 2020 Shipper Conference

March 4, 2020

DALLAS (March 4, 2020) — Transplace, the premier provider of managed transportation services and technology, today announced the keynote lineup for IGNITE, the company’s annual shipper conference (formerly known as the Transplace Shipper Symposium). Widely recognized as the definitive event for shipper logistics and supply chain professionals, IGNITE is being held this year at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on May 4-6, 2020. In its 18th year, the event brings together shippers, transportation specialists, and analysts to share insights and strategies for overcoming supply chain challenges. From leading thinkers in artificial intelligence, to economics, to sports heroes, the world-class experts in the IGNITE keynote line-up this year come from all walks of life and industries. The unique perspectives will not only entertain the audience but inspire attendees to think differently and push boundaries in logistics. This year’s conference is expected to once again draw a record number of attendees.

“IGNITE is the new brand for our annual conference. It illustrates how the event sparks fresh ideas, fosters intelligent conversations, and creates shipper collaborations that propel business forward,” said Frank McGuigan, chief executive officer of Transplace. “Each year, our event attracts the brightest minds who are seeking to gain insight and improve their approach to transportation, logistics, supply chain management, and ultimately address business growth strategies to drive key business outcomes.”

The IGNITE agenda is designed to provide attendees with exceptional educational sessions, thought leadership, the latest technology, industry trends, and market updates to optimize supply chain operations and business performance while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in logistics today.

Featured speakers include:

-Mike Eruzione, Olympic Gold Medal-winner & Captain of 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

-Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Neuroscientist & Technologist

-Alan Beaulieu, President, ITR Economics, co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline

-Greg Schwem, Comedian with “A Different Perspective on Logistics”

-Adrian Gonzalez, President, Adelante SCM, Founder/Host of Talking Logistics

-Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace

-Jim French, CTO of Transplace, and Steve Barber, SVP of Platform

-Ben Cubitt, SVP of Transplace Network Services, and Matt Harding, SVP of Transplace Data Science

Keynote Agenda Highlights

Motivational speaker, Mike Eruzione, is best known as the Olympic Gold Medal-winner and captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. Eruzione has inspired and motivated audiences around the globe by relating upon his universal underdog story and a team united to reach a seemingly impossible dream.

Poppy Crum Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University will present, “Optimizing Human Performance Through Technology.” In a stunning presentation packed with visuals and interactive exercises, Dr. Crum explores the human and consumer applications of rapidly-advancing technology. Ticking through the many ways smart technology will improve our lives in years to come, Dr. Crum paints a picture of a future society where companies better understand how customers experience their individual worlds to provide them with products that match their specific needs. An optimistic and inspiring overview of a technology-enabled future where human capacity and performance is turbo-charged, as well as the ways organizations can embrace this change now, Dr. Crum argues that technology will not replace human interactions and experiences—but rather make them better than we could ever imagine.

Economist Alan Beaulieu will present, “2020 Economic Outlook,” including short- and long-term economic forecasts, regional economic updates, inflation, and the relationship of political events and economic growth. Beaulieu is one of the most informed economists in the country, providing economic forecasts with 94.7% accuracy so companies can improve their performance and profits. He is a principal at ITR Economics, the Senior Economic Advisor to the National Association of Wholesalers, Chief Economist for numerous international trade associations, and a noted author and speaker.

HuffPost calls Greg Schwem, “Your boss’ favorite comedian.” He will present “A Different Perspective on Logistics” that is certain to evoke laughter, lighten the mood and set the stage for the IGNITE reception at the Partner and Innovation Lab. Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st  century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine.

Registration is open for Transplace IGNITE, including a rapidly developing breakout agenda geared toward a greater understanding of data management, capacity constraints and economic issues that affect the transportation of goods across the globe. Shipper logistic leaders are invited to make connections, discover new technologies and be inspired by what’s ahead for the supply chain industry. To learn more or if you have questions, connect with a Transplace representative: transplace.com/transplace-contact.

Note from Transplace: The safety and productivity of attendees remains our highest priority and we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. At this time, we are moving forward with planning another phenomenal event while staying mindful of this evolving situation.

About Transplace
Transplace partners with global shippers to run their logistics business more intelligently through its advanced logistics technology platform, proprietary transportation management software, data insights, expert engineering, and execution services. As a result, Transplace has become the premier provider of managed transportation services and technology. The Company also excels at strategic over-the-road capacity services, with intermodal and truck brokerage capability, and border management services, including cross-border customs and logistics services. With over 1,000 customers and $9 billion of Freight Under Management (FUM) in North America alone, and a growing client base in Europe, Transplace continues to deliver the intelligent solutions that grow and differentiate its customers’ businesses through more intelligent and efficient supply chains. To learn more visit www.transplace.com  or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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