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now for the 2015 SC International Trade Conference.

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

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

12:00 PM Registration & Exhibits Open

3:00 - 4:15 Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Hot Buttons

Moderator: Pat Fosberry, Corporate Export Transportation Manager, John S. James

4:15 - 5:30 Army Corps of Engineers Briefing on Charleston Post-45

5:30 - 7:30 Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

7:00 AM Registration Opens and Breakfast

7:30 Exhibits Open

8:00 - 8:15 Palms Ballroom

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Address

Welcome: Mac Forehand, Director, Performance Team, 2015 General Chair

Invocation: Fr. Lenwood Williams, Chaplain, Charleston Port & Seafarers'

Remarks: Jim Newsome, President & CEO, SC Ports Authority

8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast Keynote Conversation

Michael White, President, Maersk Line North America

9:00 - 9:45 Networking Break

Move to Tides Ballroom

9:45 - 10:30 Panama Canal Expansion Update

Manuel Eduardo Benitez, Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Authority

10:30 - 11:00
Container Industry Update

Philip Damas, Director, Supply Chain Advisors, Drewry Shipping Consultants

11:00 - 11:45 Shipper Perspective

Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce

12:00 - 1:00 PM Palms Ballroom

World Trade Luncheon

Welcome: Introduction & Announcements: Mac Forehand, Performance Team

Invocation: Fr. Lenwood Williams, Chaplain, Charleston Port & Seafarers'

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: Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon, Best-Selling Author of "The Energy Bus"

"Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

When he's not running through airports or speaking, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two teenage children."


Move to Tides Ballroom

2:15 - 3:00 PM Container Trucking: A Strategic Asset

Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce

3:00 - 3:45 PM South Carolina Inland Port: Innovation in Intermodal Rail

Moderator: Jack Ellenberg, Sr. VP, Economic Development & Projects, SC Ports Authority

3:45 - 4:00 Break and Exhibits Close

4:00 - 4:45 PM Ocean Carrier Conversation

Moderator: Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Journal of Commerce

4:45 - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks and An Industry View from the Journalists

6:30 - 9:30 PM Evening Entertainment, Palmetto Hall, Wild Dunes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

8:00 AM Palms Ballroom Buffet breakfast

8:15 Introduction of Plunkett-Stoioff Award

8:30 - 9:30 Current State of the Aerospace Industry

Moderator: Lewis Gossett, President & CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

9:30 - 10:45 ILA Contract Update

Moderator: Billy Adams, Executive Director, SC Stevedores Association

11:00 - 11:30 Presentation of Scholarships

Cruise Drawing

11:30 Adjourn for afternoon activities

12:00 Golf Tournament

12:00 - 1:00 Tennis Exhibition Match - Center Court

1:00 - 3:00 Tennis Tournament

7:00 - 10:00 Evening Entertainment by The Purcells at Sand Dunes Club

Address: 1735 Atlantic Ave. Sullivan’s Island, S.C.

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