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Thursday, May 10

5:00pm-9:00pm Registration Open
7:00am-12:00pm Golf Tournament at English Turn Golf & Country Club
Lunch and Transportation Provided 
11:00am-2:00pm Jazz Cruise Tour
Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter shows you why the city was founded on the beautiful crescent of the lower Mississippi River. Let us show you New Orleans, one of the world's most active ports, as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans' only authentic Steamboat…The Steamboat NATCHEZ.
Tickets: $75/person (lunch included)
3:00pm-5:00pm Exhibitor Move-in and Set-up
6:00pm-7:30pm First Time Attendee Workshop and Reception
7:30pm-9:00pm Grand Opening Reception in CLDA Exchange Hall Grand Opening Sponsor

friday, May 11

7:30am-4:30pm Registration Open
7:30am-5:00pm Vendor Meetings
7:30am-8:30am Meet the Candidates Breakfast in CLDA Exchange Hall

Session 1001: CLDA Annual Business Meeting

  • Association News
  • Hall of Fame Presentation
  • Officers Election
9:30am-10:45am Session 1002: Keynote Presentation by Chris Fussell
Learn about the role leaders must play in responding to disruption from former Navy SEAL and partner at McChrystal Group, Chris Fussell.  Chris is the author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World and the 2017 Wall Street Journal bestseller, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams.
Keynote Sponsored by 

10:45am-11:30am CLDA Exchange Hall Break

Network in the sold out Trade Show space with Vendors and Shippers!

Break Sponsored by
11:30am-12:00pm Session 1003: Executing Strategy in the Midst of the Whirlwind
Presenters: Julie Thomas, President, Priority Logistics Group; Brian Surber, Vice President Priority Dispatch

Learn how to build a strategic roadmap and engage your team in achieving business-critical goals. Execute strategy from the bottom up—while creating a culture of accountability and communication.    Implement a simple weekly process that highlights successes, analyzes failures and course corrects when necessary.  It’s possible—even with disruption--to accomplish your highest priorities in the midst of the day to day whirlwind.

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch in CLDA Exchange Hall
Network in the sold out Trade Show space with Vendors and Shippers!
Friday Lunch Sponsored by
12:45pm-1:30pm Session 1004: Making the Most of Technology-Led Disruptions
Presenter: Greg Smith, Enterprise Consultant, Tech Mahindra

How will new technologies impact your business?  And what can you do to use them to your advantage?  This session will give you practical ways to profit from what’s new and hot in technology
1:30pm-3:00pm Session 1005a: Technology Symposium Presented by CXT

(For CXT customers and invited prospective customers only) PLEASE RSVP to

CXT is excited to present the following new features and updates as part of their Technology Symposium session!

  • Route Optimization:  Our native real-time Route Optimization for both on demand orders and route stops will save your company time and money. Uniquely designed, and built from the ground up, this is a real game changer.
  • Required Driver Input:  Customize your driver workflows with Nextstop Mobile, by using our NEW Required Driver Input feature for both On Demand and Route Stops.
  • Rapidship: CXT’s online customer portal is newly updated with tons of great features.
  • Roadmap discussion and other exciting updates!
1:30pm-3:00pm Session 1005b: Transportation Network Companies and Shifting Landscapes

In this 90 minute fireside chat, industry veterans Penny Register-Shaw and Scott Leveridge in a fast-moving fireside chat that covers recent changes in the industry. This session looks at the impact of recent news like the effect of Uber Rush and Shyp shutting down; more and new legal challenges to the IC model; the abuse of IC model by walkers and bikers; the probability of more roll ups; new startups through VC/PE, and much more.

Moderator: Chris MacKrell
Panelists: Penny Register-Shaw; Scott Leveridge
3:00pm-3:30pm CLDA Exchange Hall Break

Network in the sold out Trade Show space with Vendors and Shippers!

3:30pm-4:15pm Concurrent Sessions
Session 1006a: The Inside Track on Building Your Business
Presenter: Rob Golin, President, Business-Builders

Learn how to grow your company in an ever-changing market. Find out how to: develop a sales organization that works; hire the right sales people; manage your sales force and develop profitable relationships with your customers


  1. Develop a sales organizational structure within your company
  2. Understand how to manage sales personnel from hiring, compensating and day to day managing
  3. Leverage the use of a CRM

Session 1006b: Implementing Safety Programs for Your Drivers or Employees
Presenter: Renee Paul, PHP International
Safety first! Does your company need a safety program? Learn from industry experts on how to determine safety program needs and how to implement within your company covering company liabilities. 

  • Correct equipment?
  • Audits and inspections?
  • Safety meetings?
  • Keeping employees and drivers engaged!
4:15pm-5:45pm Session 1007: Meet the Shippers Who Want to Meet You

Get face-to-face with the shippers looking for new carriers.  During three rotating sessions, you’ll get the chance to ask shippers directly what they need and find out how to do business with them.  Anyone looking for new business needs to meet these shippers:

6:30pm-8:30pm Networking Reception & Party

Network with industry veterans and new-comers to find new business opportunities; talk about the challenges of this business and relax among the folks who make this industry tick. The reception will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar.

The reception will be held at club XLIV-1718 adjacent to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. club XLIV is a private lounge, named to honor the victory by the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV

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Saturday, May 12

8:30am-3:30pm Registration Open
8:30am-9:30am Breakfast
9:30am-10:30am Session 2001: Keynote Make the Most of Your Teams
Mike Zorn, VP of Workplace Strategy for Workjam

Learn how to maximize your employee teams.  Learn real tips on how to lead an effective team.  Find out how to develop an engaged team; to improve the ones that aren’t working and make everyone in your company want to be a part of its success. 


CLDA Exchange Break
Network in the sold out Trade Show space with Vendors and Shippers!

11:15am-12:15pm Session 2002: Shippers, Technology and Your Business Success
Moderator: Greg Smith, Tech Mahindra

Hear from a panel of shippers and technology companies on way your business can use technology to improve communications between you, the end customer and shippers.

12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch in CLDA Exchange Hall
  • Lunch: 12:15pm-1:15pm
  • Prize Giveaway: 12:30pm-1:00pm
12:15pm-1:15pm Government Affairs Luncheon for CLDA Advocacy Donors
2:00pm-5:00pm Exhibitor Breakdown
1:15pm-2:15pm Session 2003: What do Shippers Want?
Industry veteran Jim Bramlett moderates this diverse shipper panel. Hear from your partners on what they look for in RFPs, in continuing relationships, and best practices. Hear directly form representatives of:
  • Banyan Technology
  • CH Robinson
  • Dickerson/Averitt
  • NonStopDelivery
Concurrent Sessions
Session 2004a: What Could Possible Go Wrong? Disaster Preparedness in an Unpredictable World
Moderator: Thomas Jowers, Vice President/COO
Panelists: Lance Dearborn, Fastmile Logistics; Randy Edmonds, Nfinity Courier & Logistics; Eric Donaldson, Sterling Express; Kern Weissman, Select Express

No matter where you are in the country, chances are your business and supply chain has been impacted by natural disasters in the last 12 months. Or it will be.  This panel of experienced pros will share their own stories and give you the tips and best practices to recover and succeed after hurricanes, floods and snow storms. Hear from:

  • Lance Dearborn, Fastmile Logistics
  • Eric Donaldson, Sterling Express
  • Randy Edmonds, Nfinity Courier & Logistics
  • Kern Weissman, Select Express
  Session 2006b: How to Use Social Media to Recruit and Increase Sales

Presenter: Katherine Doble, President, Ingage

Remember newspaper job listings? Your employees likely don't!  Learn how to use social media to attract top talent and new clients. The pros, cons and expected results of using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram will be covered as well as best practices to launch and sustain the accounts. 


  • Understand why social media is a crucial HR tool 
  • Utilize social media to recruit talent
  • Develop a social media marketing plan
4:00pm-6:00pm Closing Reception

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