Oberstar to keynote NASSTRAC 2011 Logistics Conference

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NASSTRAC announced that James Oberstar will serve as keynote speaker of its 2011 Logistics Conference & Expo, April 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. NASSTRAC’s conference attracts executives and key decision-makers in logistics or supply chain management who want to learn and network with leading experts in the industry. NASSTRAC provides education, advocacy, connections and solutions for professionals involved in all areas of transportation, ranging from full truckload and less-than-truckload to containerization and global logistics.

Oberstar will discuss transportation topics within the realm of his expertise, including infrastructure. He was chairman of the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007-2011 and served 36 years in Congress. He became Congress’ leading expert on transportation policy and chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation from 1989-1995.

In January 2007, he was elected chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Under Oberstar, the Committee conducted more than 300 hearings and interviewed more than 2,200 witnesses and approved more than 200 bills and resolutions by both the House and the Senate. He played a vital role in passing H.R.1, The American Recovery and Re-investment Act, which created or sustained thousands of jobs maintaining and improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also helped bring new green technologies to federal facilities, and authored the bill to rebuild the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.

In addition, attendees will gain insight and information to remain competitive and successful through various panel discussions and presentations. Top motor carrier executives, such as Werner Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Derek Leather, Old Dominion Freight Line President and Chief Executive Officer David Congdon, FedEx Freight President and CEO Bill Logue, Arkansas Best President and CEO Judy McReynolds, and UPS Freight President and CEO Jack Holmes will give shippers need-to-know information about capacity and market shifts.

OHL Executive Chairman Scott McWilliams, CEVA Logistics CEO Jerry Riordan and MIQ President and CEO John Carr will explain how 3PLs bring new value in the marketplace. Other topics include regulation and legislation changes, such as hours of service, Comprehensive Safety Analysis and clean truck programs, and how the marketplace and operations will be affected. The conference also features an expo of service providers where transportation and supply chain decision-makers can find viable solutions.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities also are available. For conference details, call NASSTRAC at 952-442-8850 ext. 208 or go to www.nasstrac.org.