Transportation 2014: To Infinity and Beyond!

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Transportation and logistics are at the heart of any supply chain.  What are you doing to ensure that you are prepared for the road ahead?

Let the Columbus Roundtable help move you into the fast lane!  2014 promises to be another year filled with challenges and opportunities for providers and commercial users of transportation and logistics services.  The industry is continuing to wrestle with a sluggish economy while facing a cascade of federal regulatory activity that is not expected to subside.  Questions abound.  For instance:

  • How have the new Hours-of-Service regulations that were implemented this past summer affected supply chains, and what operational changes are being adopted in response?
  • What are parties doing to address the driver shortage?
  • How have parties been using Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) data in their operations?
  • How are parties using technology and preparing for the use of Electronic Logging Devices?
  • What types of terms and conditions have been most contentious in recent contract negotiations?

Please join us on Friday, January 24, 2014 for a lunchtime panel discussion of these issue as well as many other pressing business issues that you will face in 2014.  Our blue ribbon panel will consist of a shipper representative, a motor carrier representative, and a transportation broker representative to ensure that you hear all perspectives.  More specifically, you will hear real-world insights on the most timely of issues from:

  • Greg A. Wells, General Cable Industries.  Mr. Wells will provide the shipper’s perspective as he serves as Corporate Transportation Manager, North American Operations, of General Cable Industries (a Fortune 500 company), where he is responsible for sourcing the logistics needs of the company’s 72 North American manufacturing, distribution, and agent locations.  In addition to managing the company’s $100 million annual freight spend, Mr. Wells has primary oversight of transportation safety, quality, productivity, and risk management.  A twenty-five year veteran of the supply chain and logistics industry, Mr. Wells is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University and has professional designations of Lean – Six Sigma Greenbelt along with APICS Certification in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM).
  • David Kent, FST Logistics.  Mr. Kent will provide the motor carrier’s perspective as he serves as President of FST Logistics, a privately held, national specialty motor carrier and warehouse operator handling LTL, truckload, expedited, dedicated hazardous, and temperature-controlled freight distribution.  Mr. Kent began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers public accountants.  With Price, Mr. Kent spent five years working on distribution related customers and earned his CPA.  From there, Mr. Kent was the Chief Financial Officer for a large regional trucking and public warehousing company. After nine years with that company, he ventured on his own and spent two years working as a CFO-for-hire, specializing in clients in the supply chain.  From there, Mr. Kent went to work for FST Logistics as the Chief Operating Officer and later became President.
  • Robert Farber, Access America Transport.  Mr. Farber will provide the transportation broker’s perspective as he serves as Regional Sales Director for Access America Transport, a prominent and growing transportation broker having over $400 million in annual revenue.  Mr. Farber began his career at Access America in 2004, opening an office in Charlotte, North Carolina, before relocating to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then spearheading the growth of the Columbus office.  Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University and is an active member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals..

Learn what these individuals and their companies are doing to respond successfully to the challenges that will confront them in 2014.  Marc Blubaugh, Past President of the Columbus Roundtable and Co-Chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group at the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, recognized as the “2014 Transportation Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report, will moderate the panel.

With all that is happening in transportation and logistics as 2014 gets underway, you simply cannot afford to miss this panel.  Buckle up and get ready for a fast-paced discussion that promises to leave you with fresh insights and, most importantly, practical take-aways that you can implement in your own business!

Location: Fawcett Center

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Moderator: Marc S. Blubaugh – Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
An annual CSCMP Columbus Roundtable tradition and what continues to be our highest attended event of the year. Learn about hot topics in the transportation industry from a panel of experts representing the perspectives of shippers, carriers, and third-party intermediaries.

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