Schedule of Events

Below is the schedule of events for the 2020 NIT League Transportation Summit. Check back regularly for additional details.

Monday, January 20

Opening General Session
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This year we are taking a new angle by featuring a panel of leaders from major U.S. ports who thrive on the daily challenge of moving our cargo swiftly in and out of the country. What’s working and what keeps them up at night in terms of operations and regulations? Join us for a discussion. Speakers include:

    • Bobby Landry, Port of New Orleans
    • Cliff Pyron, Georgia Ports Authority
    • Eric Caris, Port of Los Angeles
    • Ken Uriu, Port of Long Beach
    • Ari Ashe, Journal of Commerce (moderator)

Modal Moment
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
A conversation with Nicole Brewin, Railway Supply Institute.

NITL Highway Committee Meeting
3:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A meeting of the NITL Highway Committee, chaired by Jeff Tucker. Speakers include:

    • Avery Vise, FTR
    • Karyn Booth, NITL General Counsel; Partner, Thompson Hine
    • Randy Mullett, NITL Senior Policy Advisor; Mullett Strategies

Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the 2020 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 21

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

NITL Membership Meeting (members only)
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Modal Moment
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
A conversation with Josh Lowell, Clipper Data on the new IMO Low Sulphur Rule.

General Session: Rail Transportation
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leaders from the Surface Transportation Board share their perspectives on the current state of freight rail transportation and expectations for 2020, along with how the agency works to resolve differences amongst shippers and railroads.

    • Patrick Fuchs, Member, Surface Transportation Board
    • Mike Higgins, Office of Public Assistance, Government Affairs, and Compliance (OPAGAC), Surface Transportation Board

General Session: Highway Transportation
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
What’s happening in the marketplace, and how are each of the parties adjusting? Best practices? Not so best practices? Participants will include carriers, shippers analysts, brokers, and drivers.

    • Mark Willis, Road Dog Trucking
    • David Marsh, Celtic International
    • Justin Harness, U.S. Xpress
    • Travis Krous, Nestle Purina Petcare Company
    • Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide
    • Lee Klaskow, Bloomberg Intelligence (moderator)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. 

NITL Ocean Committee Meeting
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
A meeting of the NITL Ocean Committee, chaired by Julie Alsup. Featured speakers to include:

    • Luis Sola, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission
    • Josh Lowell, Clipper Data
    • Karyn Booth, NITL General Counsel; Partner, Thompson Hine
    • Randy Mullett, NITL Senior Policy Advisor; Mullett Strategies

Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling Tour
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a special tour of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. The tour of the facility will focus on the logistical implications of their business operations. Tour includes transportation to and from the venue, drinks, and hors ‘d oeuvres. Pre-registration required. Sign up when you complete your Summit registration.

Special Session: Pat Ottensmeyer, CEO, Kansas City Southern
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lean Problem Solving in Transportation Management
3:30 – 4:15pm
In this session, participants will learn lean fundamentals and critical concepts that provide the problem-solving skills necessary to identify and eliminate waste at the root cause in transportation management and supply chain processes. This is an important foundation to help build a culture of continuous improvement within the supply chain and organizations at large.

  • Appreciate the value of creating problem-solving culture and its impact to your business’ bottom line.
  • Learn the key elements of problem solving and process thinking: taking inputs and transforming them into outputs that the customer will see value in.
  • See how instability in transportation and supply chain areas can deliver failed outputs to the customer.
  • Define the concept of entropy and how processes – left unchecked – will likely fall apart.
  • Recognize that lean tools—visual management, quality at the source, standard work—allow us to put equal or more pressure on a process to keep it together.
  • Explore formal problem solving models that can help businesses gain alignment between parties, continue the efforts of continuous improvement methodologies, and set benchmarks.

Speakers to include:

    • Ben Green, LeanCor
    • Steve Prince, LeanCor

NITL Special Session with Lean Staffing Solutions
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join Lean Staffing Solutions to review a case study on the nearshoring model, a form of outsourcing in which companies move their employees or business functions to a less expensive region close to their home base. Learn best practices, technologies and performance metrics of this innovative model.

    • Alfonso Quijano, Lean Tech
    • Nick Strober, LeanStaffing Solutions
    • Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide (moderator)

Evening Reception
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

NITL Networking Dinner
featuring Ankha Marza
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
After a full day of attending educational sessions and participating in business meetings, recharge at the Summit Networking Dinner with Ankha Marza, an internationally renowned public speaking coach and communicator. Ankha has coached royalty, presidents and vice presidents of countries and corporations, presidential candidates, first ladies, parliament and cabinet members, Hollywood celebrities, and more.

Wednesday, January 22

7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Special Workshop with Ankha Marza
7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Renowned public speaking coach and communicator Ankha Marza will host an interactive workshop that will teach skills needed to effectively communicate your message in small meetings or before large audiences.

General Session: Emerging Technology
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
What technologies are shippers implementing today that will change the way industrial freight transportation and supply chains are managed? Hear concrete examples of technology available now, and how those investments return value to your organization.

    • William Green, Senior Technical Staff Member, Distribution Packaging Technology, IBM
    • Sean Fallon, FourKites
    • Bob Tuchek, RSI
    • Christian Piller, project44
    • Paul Newbourne, President, Logistics Project Consulting, LLC (moderator)

NITL Rail Committee Meeting
10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
A meeting of the NITL Rail Committee, chaired by Ross Corthell. Featured speakers to include:

    • Tom Crowley, LE Peabody
    • Karyn Booth, NITL General Counsel; Partner, Thompson Hine
    • Randy Mullett, NITL Senior Policy Advisor; Mullett Strategies