SMC³ Summer Conference Brings Transportation Industry Professionals to San Antonio

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Attendees from the U.S., Canada and Mexico Learn About Expansion and Visibility in the Global Supply Chain

Peachtree City, Ga. - June 20, 2006 - Last week in San Antonio, attendees of the SMC³ 51st Annual Summer Conference gathered to discuss and learn more about best business practices for global supply chain flexibility, visibility and security.

The three-day conference, “Flexible Horizons: Expansion and Visibility in the Global Supply Chain,” attracted an array of transportation industry professionals, including motor and air carriers, freight shippers, business consultants and third party logistics service providers (3PLs).

Leading industry professionals from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico attend this annual SMC³ event because it cultivates a better understanding of the issues facing the transportation industry, delivers educational content that benefits corporate business plans, and creates an environment conducive to open discussion and exchange of ideas with industry peers.

“This was an excellent conference to gain insight regarding the logistics industry and the interrelationships between shippers, carriers and 3PLs,” commented first-time conference attendee Gary Halleen, president and CEO, API Outsourcing Inc.

In the conference’s featured presentation, Yossi Sheffi, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, detailed key concepts from his best-selling book, “The Resilient Enterprise.” According to Sheffi, resilience is defined as “the ability of a business to bounce back after a disruption.” He gave examples of how businesses have failed because they didn’t understand their own supply chains, and then detailed practical ways to achieve resilience through operational foresight, security, redundancy and flexibility.

Kris Heckmann, transportation policy advisor to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Christine Ehlig-Economides, Albert B. Stevens endowed chair, department of petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University and director, Center for Energy, Environment and Transportation Innovation (CEETI), gave conference attendees insight into the latest thinking on the future of transportation infrastructure. In his presentation, Heckmann detailed the Trans-Texas Corridor Plan, which allows the state to build needed road and rail corridors much more quickly through private funding. Ehlig-Economides explained how building an electrified transportation guideway system for freight and personal vehicles can help reduce interstate highway congestion and our nation’s dependency on fuel. According to Ehlig-Economides, one guideway lane would provide the same capacity as eight traditional highway lanes.

The SMC³ Summer Conference also featured Rosa Baumanis Hakala, vice president of international logistics for The Home Depot, who discussed how The Home Depot is driving change and improvement throughout its global supply chain. Fred Klapetzky, senior vice president, West area practice leader in operational risk management, Marsh Risk Consulting, delivered a business continuity management session that showed attendees how to prepare their organizations for a disastrous event and protect revenue streams. Daniel Klaussen, founding partner, Golden Gate Associates, gave a high-energy presentation on the latest technological advances that can have a profound impact on day-to-day business activities.

Four speakers presented updates covering the latest news and trends in industry legislation, the global economy and energy usage, and national and world politics. The speakers were: John Bagileo, principal, The Law Office of John R. Bagileo; Michael Economides, professor, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston; Donald Ratajczak, consulting economist and emeritus professor, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University; and Larry Sabato, Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

An additional panel session gave attendees a glimpse into the real-world application of conducting a successful transportation RFP/bid process. Using packaging company MeadWestvaco as its central example of a large shipper’s transportation bid process, the panel examined what carriers look for when receiving a bid request, as well as the process from both a consultant’s and a 3PL’s perspective. Panelists included Bobby Joyner, transportation analyst, MeadWestvaco; Richard Ellis, director of national accounts and pricing, Estes Express Lines; Dan Goodwill, president of Dan Goodwill & Associates Inc.; and Donald Maltby, executive vice president of logistics services, Unyson Logistics.

Along with its unmatched gathering of expert speakers in one location, the SMC³ Summer Conference provides attendees with several opportunities to interact and collaborate with others in the industry. Social functions included a golf outing, as well as a theme dinner and a formal banquet with live entertainment.

“Once again SMC³ has put together a top-notch program that succeeds in being fun, educational, and brings together industry leaders for networking,” said Ben Wiesen, manager, Carrier Logistics Inc..

The SMC³ Summer Conference is one of two annual conferences the organization offers, in addition to its regularly scheduled educational seminars. To learn more, visit, phone 800.845.8090 or e-mail

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