Full Event Schedule

Tuesday, March 16
Noon-4:30pm EDT

Noon EDT

Summit Kick-Off and Welcome
                 Bruce Ridley, Chair, National Industrial Transportation League

12:15 – 1:15pm EDT
Rail Transportation:  Meet STB’s Newest Members

Join us as we launch the 2021 NIT League Transportation Summit with an introduction to new STB members, Michelle Schultz and Robert Primus. Hear perspective of each member and priorities for the coming year. This moderated discussion will conclude with a Q&A session.

Speakers: The Honorable Robert Primus, Vice-Chairman, Surface Transportation Board; The Honorable Michelle Schultz, Member, Surface Transportations Board

Moderator: Ross Corthell, NITL Rail Transportation Committee Chair; Packaging Corporation of America

1:15 – 1:30pm EDT

1:30 – 2:30pm EDT
Economic Outlook
After experiencing 2020 and the early days of 2021, we know we can’t predict the future. But let’s hear from noted economists and analysts about what happened in the 2020 trucking industry, and the potential consequences to the marketplace. Like any good expert, undeterred, we’ll also take some bold steps and try to look into what’s likely ahead in 2021 and beyond.

Speakers: Avery Vise FTR; Lee Klaskow, Bloomberg; David Ross, Roadrunner Freight

Moderator: Brent Hutto, Truckstop.com

2:30 – 3:30pm EDT
Summit Keynote
James H. Burnley, IV; former Secretary, US Department of Transportation; partner, Venable    

Moderator: Randy Mullett, NITL; Mullett Strategies

3:30 – 4:00pm EDT
Networking Session
Wrap up the Summit’s first day with networking and opportunity to meet other Summit attendees.

Wednesday, March 17
11am-3:15pm EDT

11am – 11:30am EDT
Networking Session
Connect with your peers in this thirty-minute networking session to jump start the Summit’s second day.

11:30am -12:30pm EDT
Highway Transportation 2021 and Beyond–What’s Changed Forever? What’s Stayed the Same?

Transportation in 2020 was tumultuous to say the least. We saw the historically lowest demand for trucking followed months later by the historically highest demand for trucking. This session will be moderated, and will explore questions around ‘what lessons did 2020 teach us, and how might we plan our transportation budgets and strategies differently moving forward?'”

Speakers:  Rob Marine, The Chemours Company; David Domencic, Armada Supply Chain SolutionsAndrew Weiler, Packaging Corporation of America; Brant Wutzl, Oatly Americas

Moderator: Mark Willis, Road Dog Trucking  

12:30pm – 12:45pm EDT

12:45pm – 1:45pm EDT
Ocean Transportation: Trends, Predictions and Opportunities

Maritime freight transportation is experiencing unprecedented times from the pandemic and changes to the global marketplace. This session will explore ocean trends with special focus on volume volatility, impact on US ports and terminal operations including impact of and on Labor.  Future predictions of volumes and what terminal operators, ports and labor are and/or should be planningwhat shippers should expect, and how the federal government is responding. 

The Honorable Rebecca Dye, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission;  Bill MongelluzzoSenior Editor, Journal of Commerce 

Moderators: Jennifer Hedrick, NITL; Lori Fellmer, BassTech International 

1:45 – 2:00pm EDT

2:00 – 3:00pm EDT
ATRI Review: The State of Trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) will give a brief on the state of the trucking industry and the critical issues it faces, including operational costs, where we are on the road to semi-autonomous trucks, the impact Covid and nuclear verdicts had on trucking, and of course what’s happening with the truck driver population.

Speaker: Dan Murray, ATRI

Moderator: Jeff Tucker, NITL Highway Transportation Committee Chair; Tucker Company Worldwide

3:00 – 3:15pm EDT
Closing remarks and adjournment

        Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, National Industrial Transportation League


Thursday, March 18*

11am – 1pm EDT
Ocean Transportation Committee Meeting
Lori Fellmer, Chair 

 A meeting of the Ocean Transportation Committee. In addition to general committee business, the meeting will include a federal regulatory and legislative update by NITL’s General Counsel Karyn Booth and Senior Policy Advisor, Randy Mullett.  

Guest speakers include:  The Honorable Carl Bentzel, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission Josh Lowell, Clipper Data; James Hookham, Global Shippers Forum 

2pm – 4:30pm EDT
Highway Transportation Committee Meeting–with special bonus session**
Jeff Tucker, Chair 

A meeting of the Highway Transportation Committee. In addition to general committee business, the meeting will include a federal regulatory and legislative update by NITL’s General Counsel Karyn Booth and Senior Policy Advisor, Randy Mullett.  

**Bonus session: 

Advising FEMA, DOT and Government Leaders During a Pandemic – Hear from the inside, how a group of committed thinkers researched, studied and advised the U.S. Government on the impact to the supply chain during the early days of COVID-19.  

 Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, ALAN
Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, founder and directorMIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab
Philip J. Palin, Supply Chain Resilience subject matter expert


Friday, March 19*

11am – 1pm EDT
Rail Transportation Committee Meeting
Ross Corthell, Chair 

A meeting of the Rail Transportation Committee. In addition to general committee business, the meeting will include a federal regulatory and legislative update by NITL’s General Counsel Karyn Booth and Senior Policy Advisor, Randy Mullett, as well as discussion of a new initiative on rail data led by Monica Freeman, Nestle Purina. 

Guest speakers include: Meghan Ladwig, Senior Economic Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin  


*During the Summit, meetings of the transportation committees are open to NITL members and non-members as designated in the registration categories.