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BG Strategic Advisors Supply Chain Conference 2017

Conference Agenda


    Schedule at a Glance

    DAY 1 – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    12:00 PM "Shotgun" Golf at the Breakers (Box lunch provided from 11:30 AM) Ocean Course
    2:00 – 8:00 PM Registration South Loggia West
    5:30 – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception Front Lawn (Rain back up - The Beach Club)

    DAY 2 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

    7:00 – 11:00 AM Registration Continues South Ballroom Foyer
    7:00 – 8:15 AM

    Breakfast/Networking – sponsored by 

    Venetian Ballroom
     8:00 – 8:15 AMGolf Award PresentationVenetian Ballroom
    8:15 – 8:30 AMFeatured Speaker: Florida Governor Richard L. Scott
    Venetian Ballroom
    8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome/Introduction – Ben Gordon Venetian Ballroom
    9:00 – 10:00 AM 2017 Outlook: What Will the Coming Year Hold for Transportation and Logistics? Ponce de Leon 4
    10:15 – 11:15 AM Supply Chain Technologies: What's New and Exciting? Ponce de Leon 4
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Stretching the Boundaries: International Opportunities Ponce de Leon 4
    12:45 – 2:00 PM

    Lunch  – sponsored by Aljex 
    Cambridge Capital Introduction
    Keynote Speaker: Sally J. Ling

    The Mediterranean Ballroom
    2:15 – 2:45 PM Dealmaking Spotlight #1 – Chris O'Brien Ponce de Leon 4
    2:45 – 3:15 PM Dealmaking Spotlight #2 – Doug Waggoner Ponce de Leon 4
    3:30 – 4:15 PM Makers and Breakers   Ponce de Leon 4
    4:30 – 5:30 PM The Patriotic Supply Chain: Good for Business, Good for National Security
    Ponce de Leon 4
    6:30 – 7:30 PM Cocktail Reception – sponsored by 10-4 Mediterranean Courtyard (weather back-up: Magnolia Room)
    7:30 PM Dinner – sponsored by Cambridge Capital The Circle

    DAY 3 – Friday, January 27, 2017

    7:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast/Networking – sponsored by Benesch Attorneys at Law The Seafood Bar
    8:45 – 9:45 AM State of the Industry: Logistics Perspective Ponce de Leon 4
    10:00 – 11:00 AM Niche Winners: Leaders in Specialty Segments Share Their Views
    Ponce de Leon 4
    11:15 AM – 12:15 PM State of the Industry: Trucking Perspective Ponce de Leon 4
    12:15 – 12:20 PM Closing Remarks Ponce de Leon 4
    12:30 – 1:30 PM Courtyard Luncheon  Mediterranean Courtyard, Rain Back up - Magnolia Room
    2:00 – 4:00 PM Tennis Clinic with Two-Time Grand Slam Singles Champion Johan Kriek Reservation required*
    4:30 – 7:30 PM Sunset Cocktail Cruise and Dockside on 
    The Honey Fitz – sponsored by FedEx
    Reservation required*
    Meet in The Breakers Lobby at 4:30 PM for Transport to Rybovich Marina Village

    *There is no fee for tennis clinic or sunset cruise, but reservations are required. Please contact to reserve your space.

    Conference Panels & Speakers

    2017 Outlook: What Will the Coming Year Hold for Transportation and Logistics?

    2016 was a volatile year. What will the coming year hold, and how can you position for growth and success in 2017?

    • Ben Gordon, CEO, BG Strategic Advisors (Moderator)
    • Cindy Miller,  President of Global Freight Forwarding, UPS
    • Matthew “Bo” Bates, CEO, Evans Delivery Company Inc.
    • Sid Brown, CEO, NFI
    • Mike Gardner, President & CEO, Kane Is Able


    Supply Chain Technologies: What’s New and Exciting?

    What are the leading supply chain technology companies doing to expand their services and markets in 2017?  How does technology drive business and improvements?  What is the value of technology in logistics?

    • James Kang, Managing Director, BG Strategic Advisors (Moderator)
    • Jason Tham, CEO, Nulogy
    • Travis Rhyan, CEO,  10-4 Systems 
    • Raanan Cohen, CEO, Bringg
    • Edward Ryan, CEO, The Descartes Systems Group Inc.


    Stretching the Boundaries: International Opportunities

    What is changing in the global markets?  Hear from top global logistics companies on their strategies for growth. Where are the best new markets to grow?

    • Ben Gordon, CEO, BG Strategic Advisors (Moderator)
    • Neal Rider, CEO, AGRO Merchants Group
    • John Clancey, Executive Chairman, Livingston International
    • Bohn H. Crain, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Radiant Logistics Inc.
    • John E. Carr, President and CEO, MIQ Logistics


    Dealmaking in the Supply Chain Market: Who is Winning and How?

    We saw an increase in deal activity in 2016.  Merger and acquisition activity in the industry is growing.  Amidst all the market changes, what kinds of deals will be completed in 2017?  What kinds of strategies make sense?  Should you buy, sell, merge, raise capital, or pursue other scenarios?  Hear from top CEOs and practitioners on current deal approaches.

    • Ben Gordon, CEO, BG Strategic Advisors (Moderator)
    • Chris O'Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, C. H. Robinson
    • Doug Waggoner, Chairman & CEO, Echo Global Logistics


    Makers and Breakers

    New Market Needs and Top 10 Regulatory and Tech Pitfalls when Buying and Selling a Logistics Business.

    • Eric Zalud, Partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law (Moderator)
    • Tom Sanderson, CEO, Transplace
    • Richard G. Phillips, Jr., CEO, Pilot Freight Services
    • Chris Coppersmith , CEO, Freight Force, Inc.


    The Patriotic Supply Chain: Good for Business, Good for National Security 

    Three members of the Energy Security Leadership Council, a cohort of business and national security leaders, reflect on how technology has strengthened their companies’ business plans and supported stronger energy security for the country.

    • Matt Freedman, Vice President of Development, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) (Moderator)
    • Mark Joseph, CEO and Vice Chairman, Transdev North America
    • Jim Fish, President & CEO, Waste Management 
    • General Charles F. Wald, Director and Senior Advisor, Aerospace & Defense Industry Practice, Deloitte LLP


    State of the Industry: Logistics Perspective

    What innovations are top logistics companies pursuing in 2017?  What is happening in truck brokerage, warehousing, freight forwarding, and value-added services?

    • David Stubbs, Operating Partner, Cambridge Capital (Moderator)
    • Doug (Douglas) Harrison, President & CEO, VersaCold Logistics Services
    • John Ferguson, President & CEO, Purolator Inc.
    • Cliff Otto, CEO, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
    • Paul T. Verst, President & CEO, Verst Group Logistics


    Niche Winners: Leaders in Specialty Segments Share Their Views 

    Who are some of the niche leaders in logistics?  What are they doing, and what can you learn?  Hear from CEOs of companies in areas like reverse logistics, energy logistics, electronic recycling, and other specialty segments.

    • Gene Tyndall, Tompkins International (Moderator)
    • Allan Smith, CEO, BCG Logistics Group 
    • John P. Burke, CEO, Armada 
    • Eric Wilhelm, CEO, Coregistics
    • Tom Madine, CEO, Worldwide Express


    State of the Industry: Trucking Perspective

    Will we continue to see a capacity shortage in 2017? Are trucking companies investing in new equipment? How are companies responding to environmental issues and new engine requirements? What will change in 2017? What are the smartest trucking companies doing to pursue growth?

    • Ben Gordon, CEO, BG Strategic Advisors (Moderator)
    • Paul Svindland, Chairman & CEO, Farren International Holdings, Inc.
    • Judy R. McReynolds, Chairman, President & CEO, ArcBest Corporation 
    • Jeff Rogers, CEO, Universal Logistics Holdings
    • James Welch, CEO, YRC Worldwide


    Cocktail Reception Mediterranean Courtyard (weather back-up: Magnolia Room)

  • John E. Carr, President & Chief Executive Officer, MIQ Logistics
  • Alejandro Castro, Managing Director, North America, CEVA Logistics
  • Jim Hertwig, President & Chief Executive Officer, Florida East Coast Railway
  • Craig Mygatt, Chief Executive Officer, SeaLand
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