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The program schedule below is updated as of August 15, 2018


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Saturday, September 15

8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
1:00pm - 4:30pm
Committee Task Force & Working Group Meetings (closed)
5:00pm - 6:00pm
New Member/First-Time Attendee Reception

Join IANA staff and leadership at the Renaissance Long Beach SIP Patio as we welcome new members, first-time attendees and Future Intermodal Leaders.

Sunday, September 16

8:00am - 10:00am
Maintenance and Repair Committee Meeting - open to all
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
12:30pm - 3:00pm
TraPac Los Angeles Automated Terminal Tour

(Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend)

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1:00pm - 3:00pm
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting - open to all
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles Water Tour

(Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend)

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2:00pm - 4:30pm
EXPO's Academic Challenge - Annual Student Competition
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Operations Committee Meeting - open to all
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Temporary Registration Open
At Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Please note that only temporary sticky badges will be given at this time.
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we kick off Intermodal EXPO with the annual Welcome Reception co-sponsored by BNSF Railway and CH Robinson!

Monday, September 17

7:00am - 7:45am
Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 9:40am
Welcome Remarks / Industry Awards Presentations / Opening General Session: Intermodal FreightCast

Intermodal FreightCast

Faced with opportunity and challenge in seemingly equal measures, where is the intermodal supply chain headed? Intermodal FreightCast will provide in-depth analysis from multiple perspectives—marine, rail, trucking, and brokerage—to help make sense of it all. The session will begin with a review of the past year’s critical events as baseline, then examine what is driving the industry in 2018 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Intermodal FreightCast is the best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.

Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Evan Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates
Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting
Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting
David Ross, CFA, Managing Director, Equity Research, Global Transportation & Logistics, Stifel

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Back to the Future? Moving Intermodal in Mixed Trains

Although a large percentage of intermodal traffic now moves in unit trains, there is a budding trend towards intermixing intermodal volume with other merchandise traffic. What are the merits and applications of such an approach and could it open up new opportunities for intermodal?

Rod Case, Partner Oliver Wyman

Nate Asplund, Chief Executive Officer, FEC Railway
Rob Nichols, Managing Director - Domestic Intermodal Sales & Marketing, Canadian Pacific
Doug Punzel, President, Celtic Intermodal, Celtic International
10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Is Trucking Capacity at a Crossroads?

A combination of strong economic growth, disruptive weather and ELD implementation have combined to create tight trucking capacity. How long can we expect the tight conditions to last and what will the "new normal" look like? What does this mean for drayage and intermodal? How should intermodal be positioned both in the near term and the long run?

Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting

Mike Burton, President, C&K Trucking
Spencer Frazier, Senior Vice President Sales, J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Phil Shook, Director of Intermodal, C.H. Robinson
Kenny Vieth, President & Senior Analyst, ACT Research


10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Intermodal University: Ocean Alliances - An Introduction

Steamship line alliances have changed the face of international intermodal shipping. This session will examine the rise of the alliances, liner consolidation, and what the future of international shipping could look like in the near term.

Jeff Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales & National Accounts, SunteckTTS
Ron Widdows, Executive Chairman, American Intermodal Management

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Terminal Overload: How Can Technology Help?

The future of intermodal terminals might be described as "squeezing more out of less." More throughput, more velocity, more efficiency.... just don't ask for more space! Luckily, new technologies are offering exciting tools to help intermodal do more with less, and just in time. How is technology helping us move towards the "The Intermodal Terminal of the Future" and what will it look like?

Taso Zografos, President, ZDEVCO


John Allen, Vice President, Business Process Engineering, ITS Technologies & Logistics
Krystle McBride, Port Planner, Transportation, AECOM
Brant Ring, Vice President, Business Unit Operations, BNSF Railway

11:00am - 11:30am
Exhibitor Service Meeting
11:00am - 11:30am
Networking Break
11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: East Coast Ports Are Mega-Ship Ready: Now What?

Now that the Panama Canal expansion has been completed and the Bayonne Bridge bottleneck has been broken, the bulk of the East Coast is now wide open to Neo-Panamax ships. What changes have occurred as a result? What are ports doing to tap the potential that larger vessels bring and to ensure that they will have the surge capacity to handle them without congestion? With the expiration of the dockworkers contract looming, will labor unrest throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings?

David Adam, CEO, USMX

Lawrence Burns, Senior Vice President of Trades, Hyundai Merchant Marine
Argelis Moreno de Ducrues, Executive Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development, Panama Canal Authority
Jim Newsome, President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority
Eric Olafson, Director for Global Trade and Business Development, PortMiami
11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Intermodal University: Intermodal Chassis - The Past, Present and Future

Next to the shipping container, no other piece of equipment is more critical to the success of intermodal freight. This session will provide an introduction to the intermodal chassis that will include basic function, types, provisioning models, and the future of this critical link in the supply chain.

Jeff Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales & National Accounts, SunteckTTS
Rob Cannizzaro, Vice President of Equipment Operations, CMA CGM

11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Location, Location, Location: How is Commercial Development Changing the Face of Intermodal?

One of the fastest evolving areas of the supply chain is warehousing and distribution. Not only is eCommerce changing where the inventory is being staged, but the needs of eCommerce and advancing automation are changing the face of the facility. It's all about "location, location, location" but where? And where does intermodal fit in?

Kelvin Sakai, Director, Advisory and Transaction Services, CBRE

Aaron Ahlburn, Managing Director, Industrial Research, JLL
Wes Lanier, Director, Strategic Operations and Safety, Georgia Ports Authority
Mark McKendry, Vice President, Intermodal, NFI


11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Racing into the Future: What the Next Generation of "Smart" Equipment Means for Intermodal

The splashy roll-out of the Tesla Semi focused attention on the autonomous and electric truck of the future. But in many ways, intermodal terminals and short-haul dray are much more natural applications for alternative-powered trucks. There has been a lot of buzz about autonomous trucks, but at the same time, fully autonomous trucks seem like they are still a long way into the future. But are there intermediate steps along the way and what would they mean for intermodal? Are alternative powered and autonomous trucks a threat or an opportunity for intermodal?

Steve Sashihara, CEO, Princeton Consultants

Steve Boyd, Co-founder & VP External Affairs, Peloton Technologies
Wade Long, Regional Vice President, Volvo Trucks
Mike Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV 
Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director, Port Solutions, Konecranes

12:35pm - 12:35pm
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
12:35pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

1:30pm - 1:45pm
Dialogue Box Session: I.D. Systems Presents – Velocity through Visibility

How technology breakthroughs in power management, wireless sensing, and analytics are helping intermodal fleet owners gain real-time visibility, insight and connectivity to their fleet and freight.

2:00pm - 2:15pm
Dialogue Box Session: The Latest Updates in Programs and Upgrades in Intermodal Technology

Need to provide your customers with an Intermodal solution? MercuryGate International is here to help. Find out what's hot and what's not in intermodal technology and new service services on the rails.

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Dialogue Box Session: Third Level Telematics – Where Data Meets Strategy
Join GPS Insight as they take the audience on a journey through the three levels of telematics, ultimately realizing optimal results from the lofty third level.
3:00pm - 3:15pm
Dialogue Box Session: All-in-One – ORBCOMM’s New Integrated Cargo Sensor and Tracking Device
Small and simple to install, ORBCOMM’s innovative new GT 1210 delivers advanced comprehensive visibility, management and control of trailers and intermodal containers virtually anywhere.
3:30pm - 3:45pm
Dialogue Box Session: Artificial Intelligence, Optimization and Internet of Things (IoT) – Shaping the Future of Intermodal Drayage

Join Envio as they discuss how artificial intelligence, optimization, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud computing will shape the future of Supply Chain Logistics and drayage by transforming current inefficiencies to improve business performance and bottom line results.

4:00pm - 4:15pm
Dialogue Box Session: Eco-Efficient Cargo Handling with Fuel Saving Guarantee
Learn how Kalmar is combining digitalization and eco-efficiency to offer customers better cargo handling solutions with lower emissions and more controlled operating costs.
4:30pm - 4:45pm
Dialogue Box Session: Exchangeable Push Rods – The Solution to a Common Intermodal Problem
TSE Brakes will discuss the role that exchangeable push rods are playing in the industry, how they are installed and the problems that they solve.
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Happy Hour - in exhibit hall
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Party on the Promenade

Enjoy some downtime with your colleagues and peers as you enjoy live music, food and drinks!

Tuesday, September 18

7:30am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 8:45am
Continental Breakfast
8:45am - 9:30am
General Session: A Conversation with Matthew Shay

Matthew Shay, president & CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, joins IANA Chairman Adriene Bailey for a candid conversation on the critical role that shippers play in the supply chain and the larger economy. With the retail sector generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP, it has been described as the barometer of the U.S economy. You won’t want to miss their discussion as they take on:

  • The state of U.S. infrastructure needs and funding
  • Is NAFTA a dead or done deal?
  • The impact of tariffs and the U.S.-China trade relationship on imports and exports
  • Intermodal as a mode of choice

Adriene Bailey, Principal, Brooks Davis Consulting
Matt Shay, President and CEO, National Retail Federation

9:45am - 10:45am
Session: Hacked! Cyberthreats to Intermodal

In an age of hackers and bitcoin, saying "it won't happen to me" is not a strategy. An anonymous hacker has the power to bring even the largest transport organization to its knees in minutes, and preventing such attacks takes constant vigilance. Does blockchain offer a potential tool to help combat hacking? What are the rules of "good digital hygiene" and how can we harden our far-flung operations against this mounting threat?

Christy Coffey, Executive Vice President, Operations, Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO)

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting
Susan Kohn Ross, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP



9:45am - 10:45am
Session: Intermodal Network Capacity in a World of Unpredictable Demand

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, but perhaps the reverse is true. That seems to be the case with our ever-increasing demand for efficiency and boiling out waste. Simply put, these days, no one is willing to provide insurance capacity without getting paid for it in some form. The effects were on clear display during 2017 peak season. How can the intermodal system become more resilient to disruption, what will that cost and who will pay? How can intermodal maintain efficiency and reliability in a world where demand is changing by the minute?

Tony Hatch, Consultant/Analyst, ABH Consulting

Adam Achten, Vice President, Intermodal Rail Management, Schneider
Donna Lemm, Executive Vice President, National Sales, IMC Companies
Sam Niness, President & General Manager, Triple Crown Services, Thoroughbred Direct
Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain Growth, CN
9:45am - 10:45am
Session: What Brokerage Means for Intermodal

Brokerage and the spot market have been playing an ever-more-important role in freight transportation, but the shippers' reliance has been severely tested in recent months by the capacity crisis. With pricing through the roof, capacity scarce, consolidation again on the rise, liner alliances reshuffling and technology surging ahead, how will brokers be affected? In the long run, will your broker still be your best friend or just an app on your cell phone?

Evan Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates

George Abernathy, Chief Revenue Officer, Freightwaves
Rick LaGore, CEO, InTek Freight & Logistics
David Menzel, President and Chief Operating Officer, Echo Global Logistics
Tom Sanderson, Executive Chairman, Transplace

10:45am - 11:15am
Networking Break
11:15am - 12:15pm
General Session: The Voice of the Customer: Shippers on Intermodal

Intermodal has come a very long way from the "bad old days" when it was the "mode of last resort.” Today's intermodal product is an integral component of most sophisticated shippers' supply chains. But in our fast-changing world, what works today may not work tomorrow. How well is intermodal meeting the needs of today's shippers? What changes are needed to open up new and exciting opportunities for expansion? And how will anticipated changes in the supply chain landscape offer challenges that will require intermodal to adapt? Our panel of experienced shippers will tackle these compelling questions, and more.

Steve Hughes, President/CEO, HCS International

Laura Crowe, Director, Walmart Global Logistics, Walmart
Ron Brothers, Senior Director of Global Transportation and Logistics, Callaway Golf
Mike Gavle, Vice President of Global Operations, The Rockport Group
Greg Oberting, President & CEO, Interstate Commodities

12:15pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:00pm - 1:15pm
Dialogue Box Session: FreightWaves SONAR – Freight Market Dashboard
Millions of data points are brought to life through technical charting and heat maps, giving users unprecedented visibility into the market. Anonymized data is collected from a variety of industry aggregators, with the goal of crafting a picture of the freight supply and demand balance in each market.
1:30pm - 1:45pm
Dialogue Box Session: Keep Your Diesel with HoD Pros
No need to switch out your diesel trucks for very expensive solutions like CNG, Electric or Hydrogen Cells technology. Just add a HoD Pros, D-HAT, unit and increase mileage 10% - 25%, while reducing emissions.
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Dialogue Box Session: Lifting Productivity in Intermodal Terminals with Automation Growth Path
While marine terminals have taken steps to improve productivity and peak handling capability forced by larger vessels and cargo volumes growing, the intermodal terminals must do the same. Large intermodal terminals can be designed to reflect the improvements that have been done in the most modern marine terminals. Session presented by Konecranes.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Opening the Box: Intermodal’s Inside Stories

IANA’s Future Intermodal Leaders Program is designed to guide, engage and encourage professional advancement through education, networking and mentoring. Join this special session for an intimate conversation with industry leaders, Jim Hertwig and Greg Stefflre, as they discuss the history of intermodal, their experiences, and what it takes to succeed in this business called intermodal.

Jim Hertwig, Principal, Hertwig Transportation Consulting
Greg Stefflre, Vice Chairman & Co-founder, Rail Delivery Services, Inc.

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Food Truck Rally

One last chance to network and share a drink or a bite to eat with your peers, customers and colleagues!

6:00pm - 9:00pm
CII’s West Coast Connie Award Reception/Dinner

Join the Containerization and Intermodal Institute as they recognize this year’s West Coast Connie Award recipient, Edward DeNike, president of SSA Containers, at the Renaissance Long Beach!

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