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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 - 2:50

University, Customs and World Trade Center Charleston Update

2:50 - 3:45

State Government & Economic Development Update

Moderator: Lewis Gossett, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

3:45 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 4:50

Motor Carrier Challenges

Moderator: Liz Brabham, General Manager, Wando Trucking

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 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 Tides Ballroom

Panama Canal Expansion Update

Jorge L. Quijano
Panama Canal Authority





9:40 - 10:20

Container Industry Update and Outlook

Lars Jensen, CEO
SeaIntel Consulting





10:20 - 10:40

Special Welcome: Governor Nikki R. Haley

10:40 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:50

Class 1 Railroads

Dr. Robert Martinez
VP Business Development
Norfolk Southern Corp.





Clark Robertson, AVP-Regional Development, CSX Corp.

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

Shipper Panel

Moderator: Dean Tracy, Director International Transportation, Lowe's Home Improvement

Topic: Challenges in International Logistics 2014

Klaus Schnede
Manager Marine, Air & Facilities Procurement
Eastman Chemical





Marlon Jones
Manager International Distribution
International Paper Company





Glenn Berger
Vice President Global Transportation
Restoration Hardware





Kevin Bulman, Senior Sourcing Manager, Ocean Transportation, MeadWestvaco

Alan McTaggart, Group Logistics Director, Techtronic Industries Co. (TTI)

3:15 -3:45 PM

Ocean Carrier Industry Update

Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce

Roy Amalfitano
Evergreen Shipping Agency (America)





Soren Egholm, VP, Trade & Marketing, North America, Maersk Line

Michael Wilson
SVP Business Operations
Hamburg Sud North America





3:45 - 4:00 PM Break

4:00 Exhibits close

4:00 - 4:50 PM 

NVOCC/Forwarding Industry Update

Bill Rooney, VP Trans-Pacific Seafreight, Kuehne+Nagel

Tim Saling, Executive VP, Apex International

Bob Goldenberg
COO & Owner
Econocaribe/ECU Lines





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

7:00 - 10:00 Evening Entertainment at Harborside East

Buses will leave Sweetgrass Pavilion starting at 6:30.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8:00 AM Buffet breakfast


Introduction of Plunkett-Stoioff Award

8:30 - 9:30 Panel

Supply Chain Management

Moderator: Hagood Morrison, Colliers International


  • Warehouse & Distribution Center Discussion
  • Current trends in warehouse and DC designs and cost components
  • Site selections in South Carolina
  • Input in DC design and location


Steve Schmitt, President, Merriman Schmitt

Mark Williams, Strategic Development Group, Inc (SDG)

Jim Hill, VP, Community Development Division, MWV

Peter Anderson, VP, Development, Pattillo Industrial

9:30 - 10:15 Panel

Chassis & Container Availability - What Does the Future Hold?

Moderator: Hans Stig Moller, CEO, BTT


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


Phil Connors, Flexi-Van

Jim Snodgrass, Performance Team

Sam Niness, Thoroughbred Direct

J.B. Hunt (TBA)

10:15 - 11:00 Panel

International Competitiveness Landscape & Walmart's "Made in America" Campaign

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

Vlad Kazhdan, Director Product Planning, Element Electronics

Wally Wang, Deputy GM, Keer America

GiTi Tire (TBA)

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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