AmeriQuest Transportation Industry Symposium begins Thursday

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AmeriQuest Transportation Services will bring together top-ranking executives representing the private fleet, truckload carrier, and rental and leasing sectors of the transportation industry at its annual Transportation Industry Symposium to be held Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, at The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Fla.

AmeriQuest says the symposium provides industry executives with exceptional opportunities for networking with fellow leaders and hearing expert speakers lead discussions on topics that will have a major impact on guiding their companies in the future. “We’re bringing together the best minds in the industry at this crucial time to discover the best ways to nurture and capitalize on innovation,” says Douglas Clark, president and chief executive officer of Cherry Hill, N.J.-based AmeriQuest.

Highlights of some of the topics that speakers and panels will discuss in an open forum are:

  • The Current State and Future of Capital Markets — Focus on equity, debt and leasing;
  • Supply Management — Technology’s role in taking cost out of the chain;
  • Business Sustainability: Doing More with Less — A report on a study performed by the food industry, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Co.;
  • Economic Update — Focus on “where we are,” “where we are heading” and “has the medicine started to work?”;
  • The U.S. Highway Infrastructure — This report will focus on what the stimulus package will accomplish and what impact other modes of transportation will have on the truck transportation industry;
  • Labor Relations: Employee Free Choice Act — Among the many issues raised as a result of this bill is the issue of whether it will lead to the partial nationalization of all unionized firms, as well as what effect the bill will have, if passed, on the economy and directly on transportation businesses; and
  • Tactics and Strategies for Managing Business in a Recession Environment — This will include suggestions from leaders of companies who are preparing themselves for the return of a good economy.
  • Charles “Shorty” Whittington, chairman of the American Trucking Associations; Michael Sansolo, retail food industry consultant; and Dan North, chief economist with Euler Hermes ACI, are among the slate of speakers. Other speakers to present during the three-day conference are Richard A. Epstein, a law professor with the University of Chicago; and Michael Gallis, an expert in large-scale metropolitan regional development strategies.

    Whittington’s talk is entitled “What’s Ahead for the Transportation Industry” and will give symposium participants a complete look at the trends, challenges and opportunities facing leaders in the industry at present and in the years ahead. Sansolo, former senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute, will speak on “Going Green: Where Sustainable and Profitable Meet,” which gives a look at how retailers around the world view issues impacting environmental readiness, with the goal of educating listeners on how the alignment between better business practices and environmental measures can be critical to future success.

    North, whose macroeconomic analyses have been featured on ABC, CNBC and FOX Business Network, will speak on the “State of the Economy,” giving insight into the condition of the current economy and what it means for businesses in 2009 and beyond. “The Employee No Choice Act” is the presentation by Epstein, who will address the profound changes the Obama administration’s overhaul of employee law as it relates to unions may bring to employers, including matters such as card check, compulsory arbitration of first labor contracts, comparable worth and statutes of limitations.

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    “Our Future Economy, Transportation and Environment in the Global Network” is the title of Gallis’s presentation, which will focus on four main categories of change, including the integration of the global network, a new global economic geography, the new economy and the environment. He will provide insight into the status of the U.S. infrastructure that will help symposium participants prepare for the future.

    A detailed agenda is available at To register to attend the event or for more information, go to or contact Kate Barnes at 856-382-4701 or [email protected].