February 21, 2017 (Dallas, TX) - Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, today announced the featured speakers and topics for its 15th annual Shipper Symposium. The signature event will be held at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on May 8-10.
Transplace's Shipper Symposium is an educational forum that brings together shippers, transportation practitioners, analysts and academics, and has become the symbol of Transplace's dedication to helping its customers successfully navigate the latest trends and challenges impacting the supply chain. A broad range of seminars from leading supply chain and economic visionaries will address current issues and trends such as big data, the internet of things, capacity constraints and regulatory issues that affect the transportation of goods across the globe.
This year's featured speakers include:
Annette Sandberg, CEO, TranSafe Consulting, LLC
Mike Abrashoff, Navy Commander and Progressive Leadership Expert
Alan Beaulieu, President, ITR Economics
Paul Zikopoulos, Vice President, Competitive & Product Strategy—Big Data and Analytics, IBM
Ken Gronbach, President of KCG Direct, LLC
Thom Albrecht, President, Sword & Sea Transport Advisors LLC
"The supply chain continues to evolve with advancements in technology, government legislation and regulation, fluctuation in capacity and more, and the Shipper Symposium provides an opportunity for logistics professionals to examine the latest issues and innovations impacting the supply chain and discuss strategies for successfully navigating the day-to-day challenges of shippers," said Tom Sanderson, chief executive officer, Transplace.
Frank McGuigan, president and chief operating officer, Transplace added, "With recent uncertainty around what the new administration means for trade, the economy and industry regulations, it is important for shippers to be proactive in developing strategies to navigate potential twists and turns in the market. This year's event brings together a diverse group of supply chain, business and economic leaders to share their perspective on the current landscape and what to expect going forward."
Annette Sandberg is CEO of TranSafe Consulting and previously served as the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A recognized expert in law enforcement and public safety, Sandberg will join Sword & Sea Transport Advisors President Thom Albrecht, CFA, and Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson to discuss transportation trends and examine the regulatory and safety landscapes within the industry.
Navy commander of USS Benfold, Mike Abrashoff used leadership and culture to take a ship plagued by low morale and high turnover and turn it around. Abrashoff's solution was to establish a set of management principles he calls "The Leadership Roadmap." At the core of his leadership approach on USS Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion. Abrashoff will address how these traits are critical for businesses to survive and thrive in the global marketplace.
Dr. Alan Beaulieu is the president of ITR Economics and co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of U.S. and global trends over the next 20 years. He is considered one of the country's most informed economists and will speak on how to forecast, plan and increase an organization's profits based on business cycle trend analysis.
Paul Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data analytics for IBM, where he leads World Wide Competitive Database and Big Data teams. An expert in harnessing the power of big data, he is also the award-winning author of more than 20 books and 350 articles on the topic. Zikopoulos will share insight into where big data comes from and will deconstruct the roles of data collection and decision-making for executives seeking opportunities to disrupt their industry and leap-frog the competition.
President of KGC Direct, LLC, Ken Gronbach, is an elite demographer who focuses on forecasting societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena. He will speak on the many ways that the modern workforce is changing, the future of communication and the fate of mass media, and will shed some light on which countries are demographically positioned to excel in the future.
Registration for the 2017 Transplace Shipper Symposium and further details regarding the agenda and speakers can be found at http://symposium.transplace.com/.
Transplace is a North American non-asset based logistics services provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. The company is the premier provider of managed transportation, consulting