Transplace announces speakers for annual event

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, announced the speakers and topics for its 2009 Shipper Symposium, set for May 5-7 in Dallas 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 pertinent supply chain challenges from the perspective of industry experts, including practitioners, analysts and academics. Based on 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,” says 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 academics who are experts in transportation, supply chain and logistics. Featured speakers include:

  • Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer, American Trucking Associations, “Changes with the New Administration – A View from the Top”
  • Rick D. Blasgen, president and 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., director of Supply Chain Executive Programs, Georgia Tech, “Global 3PL Study – The Customer’s Perspective”
  • Other speakers at the Symposium include Chris Caplice, executive director, MIT; Jim Glendon, supply chain director, Sunny Delight Beverages Co. Inc.; Ben Cubitt, vice president of logistics and transportation, Rock-Tenn Co.; Michael A. Reagan, CEO and board chairman, TranzAct Technologies Inc.; Jason Seidl, director, Dahlman, Rose & Co.; and many more.