Schedule of Events

Below is the detailed schedule for the 2017 NIT League Transportation Summit. To view the “Schedule at a Glance,” click here.

Monday, January 30

NITL Annual Golf Classic
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Fairmont Grand Del Mar)
The warm Pacific breezes and natural beauty of Southern California lend themselves to year-round golfing. Set in the picturesque Los Penasquitos Canyon, the NITL Annual Golf Classic at the famed Fairmont Grand Del Mar features lush fairways and dramatic backdrops that make for a memorable golfing experience. Pre-registration required.

Tour of Port of San Diego
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Port of San Diego)
Take a tour of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the National City Marine Terminal. Pre-registration required.

Early Career Mixer
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Garden Pavilion)
New to NITL or the freight transportation industry? Want extra time to connect with Summit attendees? Make new business connections and be introduced to seasoned professionals who will help you get the most out of your Summit experience.

Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Garden Pavilion)
Celebrate the opening of the NIT League Transportation Summit and the trade show at a reception for all attendees. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as you reconnect with colleagues and meet exhibitors.

Tuesday, January 31

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)

  • Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director of NITL
  • Ken Blanchard, The Ken Blanchard Companies

Best known for his 1982 book The One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard is the co-founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a management consulting and training firm he established with his wife, Marjorie, in 1979. Now a global business that works with Fortune 500 companies in more than 30 countries, The Ken Blanchard Companies is renowned for helping people understand themselves better so they can become self-leaders and grow into competent and confident managers.

Rail Transportation Roundtable
“Tomorrow’s Railroad: Are We Ready?”
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
This discussion with key members of the rail sector will address a number of topics, including updates to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act, railroad investment, enhancing collaboration among shippers, railroads, and regulators, positive train control technology, and the impact of the new president’s administration on the railroad industry.

  • Deb Miller, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board
  • David Garin, Group Vice President of Industrial Products at BNSF
  • Brad Hildebrand, Global Rail and Barge Lead at Cargill
  • David Nahass, President of the Railroad Financial Corporation
  • Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Canadian National (CN)
  • Richard Dodd (moderator), President of RDC Logistics and President of the North American Rail Shippers Association

NITL Ocean Transportation Committee Meeting
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Riviera)
Open to NITL members only.

Ocean Transportation Roundtable
“Exploring the Future in Ocean Transportation Amidst a Shifting Landscape>
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
The maritime freight industry has seen significant change over the last year through mergers and bankruptcies of shipping firms. This panel discussion will reflect on these developments and how they affect shipper/ carrier contracts and relationships while exploring the future of ocean transportation as a whole.

  • Rebecca Dye, Commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission
  • John Butler, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council
  • Duncan McGrath, Global Container Freight Manager at Cargill

NITL Rail Transportation Committee Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Riviera)
Open to NITL members only.

NITL Annual Membership Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
Open to NITL members only.

Navigating the IntergenerationalWorkforce (Keynote and Panel)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
Keynote speaker Mick Ukleja will headline an afternoon focusing on the changes and challenges facing companies and employees as the Baby Boomers retire and Millennials seek to make their mark on the workplace. This session will look at how employers and employees are navigating the rise of the Millennial workforce and the transition of Boomer workers to full or phased retirement.

  • Julie Alsup, Manager of Government Relations for International Paper
  • John Chen, Director of Marketing at MCI USA
  • Debbie Taylor, Executive Recruiter with Edna Rice Executive Recruiters
  • Mike Regan (moderator), Chief of Relationship Development at TranzAct Technologies

Evening Reception
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Garden Pavilion)

Networking Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Terrazza Ballroom)

Wednesday, February 1

Highway Transportation Roundtable
“The Future of Trucking, Today and Tomorrow”
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
What does the future hold for trucking? Disruption? Adoption? Metamorphosis? Featured experts will cover trucking from various perspectives, including economic readings, the state of the driver, rapid technology advancements within today’s marketplace, and potential disruptive forces within the next decade. Service providers, including a truckload carrier, broker/3PL, and the world’s leading parcel carrier, will share their unique perspectives.

  • Alan Amling, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, UPS
  • Trent Broberg, General Manager, and Real Time Freight
  • William Morrisroe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Cold Carriers
  • Eric Starks, Chairman and Chief Executive of FTR Transportation Intelligence
  • Jeff Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide
  • Mark Willis (moderator), host of the popular Sirius XM radio show “Road Dog Trucking”

The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)
Energy is vital to every aspect of modern life. Around the clock, around the globe, people rely on energy to prepare their meals, get to work, heat and cool their homes, and much more. This presentation will review factors that drive the world’s energy needs and the likely choices that will be made to meet those needs.

  • William Landuyt, Energy Adviser, Corporate Strategic Planning Department, ExxonMobil

Closing Remarks and Adjournment
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Monte Carlo/St. Tropez)

  • Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, NITL

NITL Highway Transportation Committee Meeting
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Riviera)
Open to NITL members only.

NITL Board of Directors Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Terrazza Ballroom)