Transplace announces speakers for annual event

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Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced the speakers and topics for its 2009 Shipper Symposium. The annual event will take place in Dallas, May 5-7, at the John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites and Frisco Convention Center.

For the past seven years, the annual Shipper Symposium has addressed and provided direction to the most pertinent supply chain challenges from the perspective of industry experts; practitioners, analysts and academics. Based on positive feedback from hundreds of previous attendees, the 2009 Symposium will focus on near-term macroeconomic challenges that have affected every business across the globe.

“Companies are the on the defense right now, trying to navigate through a very tough economic environment,” said George Abernathy, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Transplace. “The Shipper Symposium theme, which focuses on the market and the economy, are what makes this a ‘must attend’ event for 2009 – not only to survive, but also for knowing how to go the distance as successful professionals who develop best practices and apply them to their business.”

Similar to previous Symposiums, the seventh annual event plays host to key partners, industry analysts and well-regarded academics who are experts in transportation, supply chain and logistics.

Featured speakers include:
Governor Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations. “Changes with the New Administration – A View from the Top”
Rick D. Blasgen, president & CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). “Surviving in a Tough Economy – CSCMP’s Outlook on Global Supply Chain Management”
C. John Langley, Jr., PhD, director of Supply Chain Executive Programs, Georgia Tech. “Global 3PL Study – The Customer’s Perspective”

Other knowledgeable speakers at the Symposium include: Chris Caplice, PhD, executive director, MIT; Jim Glendon, Supply Chain director, Sunny Delight Beverages Company, Inc.; Ben Cubitt, vice president, logistics and transportation, Rock-Tenn Company; Michael A. Reagan, CEO & chairman of the board, TranzAct Technologies, Inc.; Jason Seidl, director, Dahlman, Rose & Co.; and many more.