2015 Programme

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Tuesday, 2 June, 2015

07:30 – 15:00
Golf Day hosted by
Held at the world-renowned Pelican Hill Golf Club’s South course.
18:00 – 21:00
Cocktail Reception hosted by  
A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates, in a relaxed atmosphere, before the conference starts in earnest… bring lots of business cards.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

08:00 – 09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 10:15
SESSION 1: State of the Industry  – Strategies for Continued Growth

As gas prices remain low, consumer confidence is strong and financing is readily available. What are the challenges in maintaining growth and ensuring the focus on the customer?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi – Publisher – Automotive Logistics groups

Mario Cordero – Chairman – Federal Maritime Commission
Jan Bures – Executive Vice President, Aftersales & Service – Volkswagen America
Sarah Amico – Chairman – Jack Cooper
Brandon Mason – Senior Analyst, Americas Leader – PwC

10:15 – 11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:15
SESSION 2A: The Evolution of Rail 

With a planned spend of $29 billion in 2015 by America’s freight railroads to sustain and enhance their nationwide network, how will rail evolve to improve velocity and reliability?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig – Editor – Automotive Logistics group

Matthew McCoy – Operations Manager – General Motors
Jason Kuehn
– Vice President – Oliver Wyman
Tara Trimmer Sprinkle
– Director Automotive Marketing – BNSF Railway
Josh Massey – Director Automotive Distribution – Norfolk Southern
David Sellers –  Assistant VP Automotive – TTX
Kimberly Thompson – VP Sales & Marketing – G&W Pacific Railroads

11:00 – 12:15
SESSION 2B: Meeting the Quality Expectations
The quest to improve delivered vehicle quality, damage inspection and repair processes. Adapting working practices and applying new operational approaches to meet quality expectations.

Moderator: Rich Frick – Independent ConsultantDonald Hawkins – Senior Manager Vehicle Logistics – Nissan North America
Jon Urban
– Damage Prevention Specialist – Fiat Chrysler
Kraig Jondle
– Vice President – Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Jim Gerencser
– President – Nationwide Auto Services    

12:15- 14:00
Networking & Lunch hosted by    
14:00 – 15:15
SESSION 3A: Managing the ‘Marine Highways’

Growth for both vehicle imports and exports continues, resulting in a shift in port networks as more carmakers turn to short-sea shipping. What are the capacity challenges? How can we utilise the marine highways?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi – Publisher – Automotive Logistics groups

Scott Davies – Acting Director, Office of Marine Highways & Passenger Services – USDOT, Maritime Administration
Kristin Decas
– Chief Executive – Port of Hueneme
Per Folkesson – President of Region Americas – Höegh Autoliners
Gary Love
– Vice President Sales & Marketing – FAPS

14:00 – 15:15
SESSION 3B: Optimising the Used Car Logistics Network
The used car market accounts for around 40m vehicle movements annually, which is more than double those in the new car market. Managing this network requires a collaborative approach to find optimal logistics strategies.

Alecia Weston – JMN LogisticsChrista Hamilton – Director Business Development – ShipCarsNow
Andrea Amico – President – Jack Cooper Logistics
Glenn Roxas
– AVP Business Administration – Enterprise Holdings

15:15- 16:00
Networking & Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:15
SESSION 4: Rightsizing for the ‘New Normal’

Rightsizing capacity for the new normal of growth presents new challenges and requires a rethink in how to manage the networks.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig – Editor – Automotive Logistics groups

Glenn Clift  – Chief Executive – Glovis America
Brian Mason
– National Manager, Strategic Planning and Communications – Toyota Logistics
Scott Naz
– Managing Partner – Metrogistics
Robert P. Farrell
–  Executive Director, Automobile Carriers Conference – American Trucking Associations

17:30- 21:30
Finished Vehicle Logistics
Gala Dinner
hosted by

Thursday, 4 June 2015

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
SESSION 5: Finished Vehicle Logistics in the Digital Age

How do we maximise the use of technology: planning and forecasting tools; cloud based systems; data analysis; and advances through in-car technology.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi – Publisher – Automotive Logistics groups

Gerald Lee – VP Vehicle Planning and Logistics – Subaru
Greg May – President and CEO – Car Delivery Network
Bill Pawluk – Chief Executive – CTM
Matt Cartwright – Chief Information Officer – United Road
Marco Maggiore – VP Sales & Marketing – Montway Auto Transport

10:15- 11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:15
SESSION 6: Changing Dynamics of North American Networks

As more plants open in Mexico and production increases in the US, along with more imports and exports, the dynamics of vehicle distribution are changing. What are the optimal strategies in managing this change? What are the infrastructure requirements?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig – Editor – Automotive Logistics group

Charles Franklin – Manager Export Logistics – American Honda Motor
Scott Mize – Senior Manager Purchasing, Transport & Logistics – Renault-Nissan
Jason Steele – Assistant VP Automotive – Union Pacific Railroad
Gary Salvador – Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing – AMPORTS

12:15- 14:00
Networking & Lunch
14:00 – 15:15
SESSION 7: Crossfire – Focus on the Customer in the Digital Age

Industry leaders and decision-makers take your questions and analyse the most important themes to emerge from the conference, and discuss the role of leaders in today’s market.

Moderators: Louis Yiakoumi  & Christopher Ludwig – Automotive Logistics group

Glenn Clift – Chief Executive – Glovis America
Gerald Lee
– VP Vehicle Planning and Logistics – Subaru

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & Close

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