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. Click here to view the Schedule at a Glance.

Monday, January 21

NITL Highway Transportation Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide (Committee Chair)
(NITL members only)

Special Session: Highway Transportation: Navigating the Road Ahead
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Opening General Session: Transportation Execs Share Critical Industry Insights
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bruce Ridley, Packaging Corporation of America (2019 NITL Incoming Board Chair)

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, Kansas City Southern
  • Darren Hawkins, YRC Worldwide
  • Brad Pinchuk, Hirschbach Motor Lines
  • Mark Christos, Matson Logistics
  • Paul Page, Wall Street Journal 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 Transportation
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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

  • Thomas Tisa, CN
  • Dean Piacente, CSX
  • David Eaton, KCS
  • Bill Auriemma, Diversified CPC International
  • Travis Krous, Nestle Purina
  • Randy Mullett, Mullett Strategies (Moderator)

General Session: Ocean Transportation
10:30 a.m. – Noon

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
  • Karyn Booth, Thompson Hine (NITL General Counsel)
  • Tina Newman, Mallory Group
  • Christian Pedersen, Maersk
  • Siva Narayanan, Solvay Technology Solutions
  • Lee Klaskow, Bloomberg Intelligence (Moderator)

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. Advance registration required.

Special Session: Use Cases for Predictive Tracking and Real Time Visibility
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Members hear how shippers have achieved greater customer service levels, improved track and trace processes and reduced costs through a predictive visibility platform. A platform customer will review their implementation of the system, value achieved and outcomes.

  • Terry Finnegan, Sysco Foods
  • Greg Colvin, FourKites

NITL Ocean Transportation Committee Meeting
3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Julie Alsup, International Paper (Committee Chair)

  • Open Session: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Open to all Summit attendees)
  • Closed Session: 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (NITL members only)

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

NITL Networking Dinner and Keynote Address
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.
Keynote speaker Ron Jenson will be available to sign copies of his books.

Wednesday, January 23

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

General Session: Freight Transportation Economic Outlook
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m..

Join leading industry analyst Lee Klaskow as he recaps 2018’s peak trucking season and provides insight into what will lie ahead in 2019. How will the continued advent of new technologies and macro-economic factors shape the highway transportation landscape in 2019 and beyond? If you are a shipper, carrier, or 3PL this will be must-have information as you address short and long-term planning within your businesses amidst the growing paradigm shift within freight transportation.

  • Lee Klaskow, Bloomberg Intelligence

General Session: Blockchain’s Role in Transportation
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 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 beyond). Shippers, carriers and 3PLs will each see their roles and their technologies change in the coming years. What is Blockchain? Where’s it being used now? Where (and when) will it be used next? What do we need to do now to prepare?

  • Dean Croke, FreightWaves
  • Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide (Introduction)

General Session: Predicting Freight Rates and Rate Cycles
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Will tech cause trucking markets 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, Chainalytics
  • Chris Pickett, Coyote Logistics
  • Dean Croke, Freightwaves
  • Avery Vise, FTR
  • Terry Esper, The Ohio State University (Moderator)

Closing Remarks and Adjournment
11:45 a.m.
Jennifer Hedrick, NITL Executive Director

NITL Rail Transportation Committee Meeting
Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Ross Corthell, Packaging Corporation of America (Committee Chair)

  • Open Session: Noon – 2:15 p.m. (Open to all Summit attendees)
  • Closed Session: 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (NITL members only)