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Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change)
Conference Photography Sponsored by CXT Software

Wednesday, May 3

7:00am - 3:00pm Golf Tournament (Lunch Included)

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club®, Orlando, Grande Lakes provides golfers with an experience not typically found in Florida. Strategically designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman and his team, the course puts special emphasis on preserving the area's well-balanced ecosystem thriving with ponds, wetlands, live oaks and cypress heads. Wide fairways, strategically placed hazards, generous landing areas and subtly contoured greens provide a challenging but fair test of a golfer’s abilities.

Golf Beverage Carts Sponsored by Relay Express  /  Golf Prizes Sponsored by Key Software Systems
9:30am - 11:30am Kayak Tour
Travel back in time on a guided 1.5 - 2 hour Eco-Tour on a kayak or canoe. Learn about the history of Shingle Creek and observe the native species such as alligators, bald eagles, osprey and barred owls in their natural habitat. Temperatures are traditionally 15° cooler (and bug free) on the creek.
5:00pm     Registration/Check-in Opens
6:00pm - 6:30pm First Time Attendee Networking Workshop 
6:30pm - 7:30pm First Time Attendee Reception
Sponsored by Beavex
7:30pm - 9:00pm Grand Opening Reception

Thursday, May 4

8:00am - 4:30pm Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 9:00am Meet the Candidates Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Datatrac
9:00am - 10:00am CLDA Annual Business Meeting
10:00am - 11:00am CLDA Exchange in Exhibit Hall
11:00am - 12:00pm Keynote Speaker

Satish Jindel, President, SJ Consulting Group, Inc.
Satish has 30+ years of experience in the transportation/logistics industry that includes a major role in the start-up and expansion of RPS (now FedEx Ground). Satish has directed client assignments on corporate turnaround, industry benchmark studies, new products and services, and valuation on M&A deals for strategic and private equity investors. He has correctly forecast many industry and company trends. Satish is frequently quoted and published in national publications and trade journals and is a regular guest speaker at conferences. Satish has three masters’ degrees from The University of Pennsylvania including a MBA from the Wharton School.

Sponsored by Key Software Systems
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Panel: Technology in 2017 and Beyond
Cloud Computing? Auto Dispatch? What platforms are shippers and customers communicating with? This panel will touch on what is currently available in the lightning fast technology market to help your business operate efficiently and prepare for what is coming down the road. Attend this session or get left behind.

Moderator: Mark Cossack, President, PriorityCourier Experts - VANEX
Panelists: Arthur Axelrad, VP Sales & Marketing, Dispatch Science;  Jim Ward, President/Owner, EliteEXTRA;  Chris Miller, System Architect and Partner, Key Software Systems;  Derek Figg, VP of Engineering, CXT Software;  Danny Barfield, EVP of Business Development, Datatrac

2:00pm - 3:00pm A Case Study in Buying or Selling a Last Mile Delivery company.
The last mile industry has experienced a record number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity over the past few years and experts predict this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. One of the greatest obstacles to a successful acquisition is the seller’s lack of knowledge of the process and being prepared to share the critical information required to perform due diligence. This case study will walk through the actual step by step process of TranForce's acquisition of Hazen Final Mile from both the buyer and seller perspective, Learn what to expect during the process and the pitfalls to avoid using a real world example.

Moderator: Jason Burns, Partner/VP Business Development, QCS Logistics
Speakers:  David Saperstein, Vice President-Mergers & Acquisitions, TFI International Inc;  Rick Palmer, Vice President Enterprise Accounts, TForce
3:00pm - 4:00pm  CLDA Exchange in Exhibit Hall
4:00pm - 5:30pm Focus Groups: Shipper and Carrier Verticals
Discuss issues within various verticals with shippers from that arena.

Thomas H. Nagel, CEO/President, Clear Lane Freight Systems
JD Byrne, Processing Center Manager, Paychex

Adam Manley, Vice President - Operations, Demanko HLC Logistics Inc.
Mark Hansen, Transportation Specialist II, FedEx Ground
Djoly Souffrant, Manager - Transportation Planning & Support, FedEx Ground
Michael Lloyd, Transportation Specialist, FedEx Ground
Tom Nagel, President/CEO, Clear Lane Freight Systems
Tony Allison, RVP Georgia, Averitt Express
Tim Wendling, Corporate Manager Network Operations & Engineering, Purolator International
Ron Reeves, Director of Supply Chain, Thermal Solutions Manufacturing 

6:30pm - 8:00pm Reception

Friday, May 5

8:00am - 4:30pm Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by OnTrac
9:00am - 10:00am

Sessions will run concurrently. Attendees will select one sesssion to attend in this time slot.
Session A: Workforce Recruitment in the Age of Millennials
How do you respond to the new and changing workforce? Keeping new recruits engaged and participating in your company.

Moderator: Steve Howard, President, Esquire Express, Inc
Panelists: Kirk Serjeantson, Chief Information Officer, Dicom;  Laurie Ruettimann, Founder, GlitchPath
Session B: Marketing Your Company Effectively
Are you marketing your company in the right way? What's your brand say about you? Join Andrea Obston as she gives you 10 tips to jump start your branding and marketing efforts.

Speakers:  Andrea Obston, President, AO Communications
10:00am - 11:00am CLDA Exchange in Exhibit Hall
11:00am - 12:00pm

Sessions will run concurrently. Attendees will select one session to attend in this time slot.

New to CLDA!  Ask the Expert Session A: Change Management 

Attend this session to learn the best practices & strategies to utilize when implementing new business or customer processes throughout your organization. Whether your company is a regional carrier or a local last mile provider, it's critical for every organization to have a proven method of communicating “change” from the CEO to the driver to effectively service your evolving customer base.

Moderator: Kate Solano, VP Corporate Administration, Custom Courier Solutions, Inc.
Speakers:  Chris Miller, Vice President/GM, TForce Logistics

New to CLDA!  Ask the Expert Session B: Independent Contractors / Contracting Tips
Ask the Expert session on discussing Independent Contractors, how to look for, contract and utilize.

Moderator: Thomas Jowers, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, ADL Delivery
Panelists: Allyson E. Feary, Attorney, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary;  Scott Grandys, Strategy Leader, ClearConnect Solutions; John Ramoi, Director of Operations, LSO Final Mile
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall/Exhibit Hall Raffle
12:00pm - 1:00pm Advocacy Fund Luncheon for Advocacy Donors
Speaker: Charlie Black, Chairman, Prime Policy Group
Sponsored by Lasership
1:45pm - 2:45pm Focus Groups: Industry Issues & Painpoints
You asked and we listened! A second focus group session focused on industry specific issues. Discuss and share with other carriers and industry gurus on things that keep you up at night.
4:00pm Closing Reception
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