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Please note: Dress for the sessions is casual; jackets are not required.

Draft Agenda - All events at Sweetgrass Pavilion, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 8, 2014

12:00 PM Registration & Exhibits Open

2:00 - 2:45 University, Customs and World Trade Center Charleston Update

2:45 - 3:30 State Government & Economic Development Update

Moderator: Lewis Gossett, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

3:30 - 3:45 Break

4:00 - 4:50 Harbor Deepening Update

5:00 - 7:00 Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7:00 AM Registration Opens and Buffet Breakfast

7:30 Exhibits Open

8:00 - 8:15 Palms Ballroom

Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address

Welcome: Mr. Claus W. Busch, III, General Manager, AZ Charleston, 2014 Conference General Chair

8:15 - 9:00

Breakfast Keynote Address

Mario Cordero, Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

Chairman Mario Cordero of Long Beach, California, was designated Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Barack Obama on April 1, 2013. Prior to being designated Chairman, Mr. Cordero served as an FMC Commissioner. He was initially nominated to the Commission by President Obama on September 17, 2010, and he was confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011. Chairman Cordero was sworn in as an FMC Commissioner on June 3, 2011, for a term set to expire on June 30, 2014. In his role as Chairman, Mr. Cordero brings with him over thirty years of private legal practice and decades of public service - including serving eight years on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

9:00 - 9:40

Panama Canal Expansion Update

Jorge L. Quijano, Administrator, Panama Canal Authority

9:40 - 10:20 Tides Ballroom

Container Industry Update and Outlook

Lars Jensen, Sea Intel Consulting

10:20 - 10:40

Special Welcome: Governor Nikki R. Haley

10:40 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:50 Shipper Panel

Challenges in International Logistics 2014

Moderator: Dean Tracy, Lowe's Home Improvement

Klaus Schnede,  Eastman Chemical
Marlon Jones,  International Paper Company
Glenn Berger, Restoration Hardware
Kevin Bulman, MeadWestvaco (MWV)

11:50 - 1:00 PM

World Trade Luncheon

Welcome: Introduction & Announcements: Claus Busch, AZ Charleston

Recognition of Scholarship Sponsors: Cathy Smuniewski, Station Manager, OHL International

Recognition of the SCITC Board Members and Past General Chairs

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: George F. Will

George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011.

Mr. Will grew up in Champaign, Ill., attended Trinity College and Oxford University and received a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Mr. Will wrote a very compelling commentary in 2012 on the importance of harbor deepening, featuring an in-depth discussion on Charleston Harbor.

Stop stalling and deepen Charleston Harbor by George F. Will
January 15, 2012

Click here for his complete bio.

Introduction of 2015 Conference General Chairman

Luncheon Closing

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Ocean Carrier Industry Update

Roy Amalfitano, Evergreen
Soren Egholm, Maersk Line
TBA, Hamburg Sud

3:15 -3:45 PM

NVOCC/Forwarding Industry Update

3:45 - 4:00 PM Break

4:00 Exhibits close

4:00 - 4:50 PM 

Port and Terminal Potpourri

4:50 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks for the Day

7:00 - 10:00 Evening Entertainment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8:00 AM Buffet breakfast


Introduction of Plunkett-Stoioff Award

8:30 - 9:30 Panel: Supply Chain Mangement

Moderator: Hagood Morrison, Colliers International


  • Warehouse & Distribution Center Discussion & 3 PL Management
  • Current trends in warehouse and DC designs and cost components
  • Site selections in Charleston, Savannah and the 85 corridor
  • Trends in trucking costs and input in DC design and location


9:30 - 10:30 Panel

Chassis & Container Availability - What Does the Future Hold?

Moderator: Hans Stig-Moller, BTT


  • Inland destinations effecting chassis costs and availability
  • Factors affecting chassis costs and availability
  • The future of chassis ownership
  • West Coast problems


10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:00 Panel

International Competitiveness Landscape & Efficiencies

Moderator: Steve Schellenberg, VP, IMS Worldwide, Inc.

11:00 - 11:30

Presentation of Scholarships

Cruise Drawing

11:30 Adjourn for afternoon activities

12:00 Golf Tournament & Tennis Tournament

7:00 - 10:00 Evening Entertainment: Wild Dunes

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