Sessions and Presenters

Below is the schedule of events for the 2019 NIT League Transportation Summit in San Antonio, Texas. Check back regularly for additional details.  For speaker bios, click here.

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Monday, January 21

NITL Highway Transportation Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A meeting of the NITL Highway Transportation Committee, chaired by Jeff Tucker

Open Session from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Trucking Industry’s Economic Outlook 2019
Come hear leading industry analyst Lee Klaskow from Bloomberg Intelligence review supply and demand issues within the trucking industry. If you are a shipper, 3PL or a carrier, you won’t want to miss this—one of the first updates after 2018’s peak season—is sure to provide clues for what may happen in 2019.

Closed Session from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Opening General Session: C-Suite Transport Execs from Rail, Truckload, Intermodal, LTL and 3PLs share Critical Industry Insights
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this 2019 signature event for a deep dive into the surface transportation marketplace. This high-powered, keynote panel will discuss market swings, market share, capacity challenges and solutions and industry forecasts for 2019 and beyond. Hear their perspectives on the outlook for the trucking, rail and intermodal sectors. Learn how some shippers are successfully accessing hidden capacity.

Heard of “Shipper of Choice?” Of course you have. But who’s ignoring the call? Who’s paying lip service to it? Who has truly changed systemically and is making a real difference for their companies?

Whether you’re a shipper with transportation responsibilities, or a carrier, broker or an IMC, this is the one panel you won’t want to miss. If you are seeking new multi-modal insights amidst today’s acute transportation challenges, then hear ideas from some of the best transportation executives on how to ramp up to solve tomorrow’s challenges. This panel will help you prepare your organization for what lies ahead in 2019 and beyond. Panelists will include:

  • Pat Ottensmeyer, CEO, Kansas City Southern
  • Darren Hawkins, CEO, YRC Worldwide
  • Brad Pinchuk, CEO, Hirschbach Motor Lines
  • Paul Page, Editor, WSJ Logistics Report, moderator

Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the 2019 NIT League Transportation Summit at a reception for all attendees. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as you reconnect with colleagues.

Tuesday, January 22

General Session: Rail
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

What does 2019 have to hold for rail shippers and the railroads? Join this interactive discussion to gain an understanding of how to plan for the year ahead.

  • Buck Rogers, CN
  • Dean Piacente, CSX
  • David Eaton, KCS
  • Bill Auriemma, Diversified CPC International
  • Travis Krous, Nestle Purina
  • Randy Mullett, Mullet Strategies, Moderator

General Session: Ocean Transportation
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
On the heels of the release of the Federal Maritime Commission’s report on detention and demurrage practices at U.S. ports, panelists will discuss the report’s findings and the impact on ocean shipping.

  • Rebecca Dye, Federal Maritime Commission
  • Tina Newman, Mallory Group

VIP Tour: Toyota of Texas
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Members-only tour of the Toyota manufacturing plant in San Antonio, where Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks are assembled.  Advanced registration required.

NITL Ocean Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A meeting of the NITL Ocean Committee, chaired by Julie Alsup.

Evening Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

NITL Networking Dinner and Keynote Speaker Ron Jenson
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

After a full day of attending educational sessions and participating in business meetings, recharge at the Summit Networking Dinner with Ron Jenson, an internationally known author and speaker.  Ron has worked with hundreds of top leaders in the areas of leadership, life success, and influence.  The author of 24 books, Ron is known as America’s Life Coach because of his unique, empowering work with leaders and organizations.

Post-Dinner Reception
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23

NITL Membership Meeting (NITL members only)
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

General Session: Blockchain’s Role in Transportation
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

The technology behind Blockchain has the opportunity to transform transportation in a variety of facets, from payment, to tracking, pickup and delivery, to improving traffic flows on the roadways, and much more. Shippers, carriers and 3PLs will each see their roles and their technologies change in the coming years. What’s Blockchain? Where’s it being used now? Where (and when) will see it used next? What do we need to do now, to prepare?

  • Craig Fuller – CEO/Managing Director, FreightWaves; Blockchain in Technology Association (BiTA)
  • Jeff Tucker, CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide and Chair, NITL Highway Transportation Committee (Introduction)

General Session: Predicting Freight Rates & Rate Cycles
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Will Tech Cause Trucking Market to Operate Like Financial Markets? If so, When? Technology, investment and tools are taking on truck market pricing data in new ways. Freight futures, demand pricing and predictive tools are emerging, which seem to imminently change our understanding of pricing for contract and spot markets. This is a panel discussion you cannot afford to miss.

  • Matt Harding, Chanalytics
  • Chris Pickett, Coyote Logistics
  • Craig Fuller, BiTA
  • Avery Vise, FTR
  • Terry Esper, The Ohio State University, moderator

NITL Rail Committee Meeting
12:00 Noon – 3:00 p.m.

A meeting of the NITL Rail Committee, chaired by Ross Corthell.

Closing Remarks
1:45 p.m.