2016 03 17 shipper symposium14th Annual Signature Event Includes Texas Secretary of State, Carlos H. Cascos, and other Speakers to Share Insights on Key Transportation, Economic and Business Issues
March 15, 2016 (Dallas, TX) – Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, today announced the featured speakers and topics for its 14th annual Shipper Symposium. The company’s signature industry event will be held at La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas on May 9-11.
Transplace’s Shipper Symposium is an educational forum that brings together leading shippers, experts and practitioners, academics and analysts to navigate the latest industry trends and obstacles faced by supply chain and transportation professionals, 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 respond to 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.
This year’s featured speakers are:
  • Carlos H. Cascos, Texas Secretary of State and Partner, Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP
  • Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics
  • Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO, Supply Chain Insights, LLC
  • Thom Albrecht, CFA, Managing Director, BB&T Capital Markets
  • Mike Song, CEO, GetControl.net
  • Siphiwe Baleka, Founder, Fitness Trucking
  • Jim Morris, former Major League Baseball player and subject of the movie The Rookie
 “The Shipper Symposium has become a symbol of Transplace’s ongoing commitment to helping shippers address the trends and issues that directly impact their businesses,” said Frank McGuigan, president and chief operating officer, Transplace.
Tom Sanderson, chief executive officer, Transplace added, “Shippers are looking to navigate the challenges of improving their supply chain operations while reducing transportation costs and tackling issues such as increased government regulations and a shortage of over-the-road truck drivers, among others. To help address these challenges, we look to provide an educational forum that allows attendees to learn from industry experts through thought leadership content, industry trend discussions, networking opportunities and legislative updates.”
Key Highlights
The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the busiest, most economically important borders in the world with nearly a billion dollars’ worth of goods crossing each day. Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos will present on transportation challenges and cross-border trade with Mexico and why it is important to stay focused on creating a prosperous and safe border. In addition to serving the State of Texas, he has also served on the board of several civic organizations, including United Way, Sunrise Rotary Club and the Brownsville Economic Advisory Council among others.
Brian Beaulieu is Chief Economist for Vistage International and TEC, global organizations comprised of over 13,000 CEO’s and has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. Brian will speak on the business cycle outlook for several industries, including manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, automobile/trucking and chemical, examining leading indicator trends and putting it into the context of what it means for the consumer.
Lora Cecere is the founder and CEO of the advisory firm Supply Chain Insights, where she focuses on researching industry trends and issues such as the digital consumer, supply chain sensing, accelerating growth through innovation and demand shaping and revenue management. With more than 30 years of diverse supply chain experience, Lora has served as an industry analyst, a leader in the building of supply chain software and a supply chain practitioner for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. During the session “Race for Supply Chain 2020,” Lora will look into the future of supply chain management and what it means for process innovation and organizational teams.
Thom Albrecht, CFA, managing director, BB&T Capital Markets, will be joined by Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson for an interactive discussion on transportation trends and industry insights. They will explain how the transportation world is shifting and what it means for your business strategy. Thom has spent more than a decade at BB&T Capital Markets, where he follows the surface transportation sector, including truckload and less-than-truckload carriers, intermodal and a few specialty transport companies. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as best analyst in his sector among regional/boutique firms eight times.
“Zip! Tips: The Fastest Way to Get More Done” session is also the title of one of Mike Song’s best-selling books. Mike is the founder of GetControl.net, one of the world’s leading providers of email, meeting, and time management training, serving more than 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Mike encourages professionals, including the armed forced and Secret Service, to increase their personal productivity and time management by managing technology more effectively.
Siphiwe Baleka is the Driver Health and Fitness Coach at transportation carrier, Prime Inc. He is also the driver health editor for The Trucking Network (Canada) and former driver health editor for Road King Magazine, as well as the founder of Fitness Trucking LLC. His innovative driver health and fitness programs have won numerous awards, including earning Prime the "Healthiest Company Award" at the 2014 CES/Digital Health Summit.
Jim Morris will share his incredible story of going from being a school teacher to becoming a major league pitcher in just three short months. This story is what made him the subject of the hit movie “The Rookie.” A dynamic speaker and storyteller, Jim inspires others to become mentors and leaders in their own lives.
Registration for the 2016 Transplace Shipper Symposium and further details regarding the agenda and speakers can be found at http://symposium.transplace.com/.
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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