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Transplace Shipper Symposium to Feature General Motors Chairman Tim Solso & Other Business Leaders

March 17, 2015

Transplace Shipper Symposium to Feature General Motors Chairman Tim Solso & Other Business Leaders

13th Annual Signature Event Speakers to Share Knowledge and Insights on Key Transportation, Economic, and Business Issues

After more than a decade, the Shipper Symposium has become a symbol of Transplace’s ongoing commitment to navigating the latest supply chain trends and obstacles faced by shippers, while helping them to identify strategies for addressing these issues and improving operations. A broad range of seminars from leading supply chain and economic visionaries will address current issues and trends that have a worldwide impact on the transportation of goods, as well as showcase strategic business solutions; all geared toward strengthening relationships and increasing supply chain efficiency while reducing total transportation costs.

“Our customers look to Transplace as a strategic partner for transportation operations excellence, and the Shipper Symposium provides an opportunity for them to gain valuable insight from industry leaders and empowers them to have the opportunity to share and discuss best practices,” said George Abernathy, president and chief commercial officer, Transplace. “This year’s event features an accomplished group of speakers who will share deep insights with our customers and partners to help them gain a greater understanding of the ever-changing industrial and economic landscape and apply new knowledge to their businesses.”

This year’s featured speakers are:

  • Tim Solso, Chairman, General Motors
  • David Malpass, Economist
  • Tom Sanderson, CEO, Transplace
  • Brooks Bentz, President, Transplace Consulting Services
  • Dr. James Maas, CEO, Sleep for Success
  • Jeffrey Ma, MIT Blackjack Kingpin

“Each year, Transplace’s Shipper Symposium brings together a diverse group of industry experts to take a hard look at the issues that are truly impacting our supply chains,” said John Brooks, director of distribution and transportation for Philips Global Purchasing Group. “I make it a priority to attend as it provides the ideal setting for networking with industry peers to exchange best practices and obtain important insights needed to prosper in today’s market.”

Key Highlights

Tim Solso is the non-executive chairman of the board at General Motors. He began a 40 year career at Cummins Inc. in 1971, and was chairman and CEO of Cummins from 2000 until his retirement in 2011. Under his leadership, Cummins became a Fortune 250 company that now designs, produces and sells diesel engines, power generation equipment and related components worldwide. He has served both as a member of President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and a principal on the American Energy Innovation Council. Mr. Solso 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 for 2010 and 2011.

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 has also held senior economic appointments during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. His work provides insight and analysis on global economic and political trends, with investment research spanning equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies. 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.

Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson will take the stage to discuss the latest regulatory challenges and how they can be addressed to better the transportation and logistics industry. With more than 30 years in third party logistics and transportation management, Mr. Sanderson takes an active role in watching for over-regulation by government entities and wasteful initiatives that affect transportation in the United States and abroad.

Brooks Bentz, president, Transplace Consulting Services, will also be speaking on the formal launch of Transplace’s North American consulting services practice. Mr. Bentz brings more than four decades of experience in transportation and logistics, and has held a number of senior leadership positions, including managing director in supply chain management at Andersen Consulting/Accenture.

Sleep for Success CEO Dr. James B. Maas is a leading authority and international consultant on sleep and performance, and one of the world’s most sought after corporate, medical, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. Dr. Maas has been the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar.

Revolutionary business strategist, data analysis expert, and kingpin of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team, Jeffrey Ma created an ingenious method for counting cards using talent, creativity, math and teamwork to win millions in Las Vegas. Mr. Ma was the inspiration for the best-selling book “Bringing Down the House” and the hit movie 21. He has since helped start four different companies including, which was sold to Demand Media, CircleLending, which was sold to Virgin, and Citizen Sports, which was sold to Yahoo. Ma is currently the founder and CEO of San Francisco based startup tenXer.

During the session “3D Printing, Drones and Driverless Trucks – Creating a Futuristic Supply Chain,” Bill Kahn, principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors, and Dan McCarthy, vice president of operations at Solidscape, will explore how 3D printing technology, drones and driverless trucks will change the future of cargo and impact the overall supply chain industry. The panel will be moderated by president of Adelante SCM Adrian Gonzalez, the founder and host of Talking Logistics.

Transplace Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Vincent Biddlecombe will discuss how as supply chain networks become increasingly complex and global in reach, real-time visibility with every partner in the network becomes more critical than ever before in the session “Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the Power of Shipment Monitoring in the Supply Chain.”

Registration for the 2015 Transplace Shipper Symposium and further details regarding the agenda and speakers can be found at

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About Transplace

Transplace is a North American non-asset based logistics services provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. The company’s services and capabilities include Transportation Management Services, Intermodal, Brokerage and SaaS transportation management (TMS) solutions supplemented by supply chain strategy consulting services. The company is recognized among the elite 3PLs for its proven ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to a customer base ranging from mid-market shippers to Fortune 500 companies.

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