Cross-Border Transportation & Logistics Summit

Apr 18, 2024 at 8:00 AM
Blue Cross Blue Shield Building
300 East Randolph Street
50th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
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The Traffic Club of Chicago in conjunction with the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Cross-Border Transportation & Logistics Summit on April 18, 2024 on the 50th floor of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Building (300 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601). We hope you can join us!

Date & Time:
April 18, 2024
8:00AM - 3:30PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield Building (50th Floor)
300 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Cost: Members: $150/Non-Members: $250

Brought to you by our generous sponsors:

Panel Details

Panel #1 – Practitioners & Policy Makers

Moderator:   Troy Ryley, Echo Global Logistics

Panelists:     Richard Miller, Spearpoint Logistics 

                     Mike Mally, Uline

                     George Chasteen, MVT 

                     Ricky Stover, CPKC   

“A collaboration in the cross-border environment.” How can practitioners and policy makers help each other establish a sustainable supply chain and generate an ongoing value among manufacturers, suppliers, third parties, and government policymakers to benefit all players including the developers of international business on all sides of the border? Can collaboration bring value to the North American alliance, which contains the largest trading network in the world? How do we produce win, win, win, and how can we make it even more beneficial to the current international network. What can we add, change or take away that will make it better than it is today? Can adjustments improve the process? Is nearshoring a better option? What about bringing manufacturing stateside? What works best for the North American supply chain and what impact might that have on the U.S. economy?

Panel #2 – Crossing the Border

Moderator:   Ralph Biedermann, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:     Keith Crenshaw, Matson Logistics

                     Bernardo Rodarte, Schneider Mexico

                     Jose Minarro, Sunset Transportation

                     Tony Calabrese, Purolator International

“How Carriers and 3rd Party’s Support the Supply Chain.” Forwarders, brokers, 3pl’s, and carriers all play a role in moving freight inside this mammoth North American supply chain. The question is, do they bring value to the process or is it just an added cost? How does technology fit into the equation? What are the benefits that manufacturers and retailers expect to gain when inviting providers to get involved in their process? Do the beneficial owners of freight find value when engaging transportation, distribution, warehousing or third-party logistics into their processes?

Panel #3 – Decisions and Decision Makers

Moderator:   Haydn Powell, Catepillar

Panelists:     Rossana Carcamo, CN

                     Mark Vickers, Reliance Partners

                     Veronica Gonzalez, CH Robinson

                     Marco Soto, Nolan Transportation Group 

                     Scott Pulak, Coyote Logistics

“What is the Why Behind Global Business?” To be competitive supply chains are driven by markets and costs. The North American supply chain constitutes a “major market.” The productivity inside North American borders is competitive on a global scale. That said ocean carriers, ports and distribution networks offer significant value to the consumer network that North America provides. The US has a large and competitive economy that keeps products moving in, out and across borders. Supply chain leaders are challenged with the responsibility to “make or buy” and then discern where, when, how, and why so that their organization can be successful. The suggestion is that if you are not winning you are losing so choosing a winning supply chain is a must. If you can’t win, your supply chain will rust.

Keynote Speakers

  • Reyna Torres, Consul General of Mexico in Chicago
  • Madeleine Fequiere, Consul General Chicago at Govt. of Canada
  • Gene Lindgren, Laredo Economic Development Foundation
  • Laurie Tannous, Tannous & Associates
  • Scott Grady, Arka Express
  • Chris Sedgwick - IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment
  • Emilio Romano, Bank of America Mexico

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Traffic Club is always looking for ways to give our member's companies an opportunity to get some recognition. If your company is looking for a way to support the Club, and also get a bit of recognition in front of a group of industry peers, this is your chance!

For the Cross-Border Transportation & Logistics Summit, we are offering the following Sponsorship Opportunities:

Diamond Sponsor - $1,000
Includes the following:
- 3 tickets to event
- Company recognition on sign near registration desk
- Company recognition on sponsor banner on TCC website
- Company recognition in email promotions for event
- Company recognition in edition of The Waybill following the event

Platinum Sponsor - $750
Includes the following:
- 2 tickets to event
- Company recognition on sign near registration desk
- Company recognition in edition of The Waybill following the event

Gold Sponsor - $500
Includes the following:
- 1 ticket to event
- Company recognition on sign near registration desk

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