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The Ohio District Export Councils created this website to give export companies an all-inclusive resource for international trade events in the Ohio and Northern Kentucky regions. This calendar contains training opportunities, geo-political events, and networking opportunities for not only Ohio companies, but those in the Northern Kentucky region, as well. We welcome you to our website and encourage your participation in the listed events.

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Columbus Logistics Conference (CLC) 2017

Event Start Date: 5/31/2017

Event End Date: 6/1/2017

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Columbus Logistics Conference (CLC) 2017


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Agenda for May 31



Main Room:

MC:   Sara Jane Chapman:  Abercrombie & Fitch Co

8:00-9:00        Breakfast/Check-in/Networking

9:00- 9:15       Opening Remarks-

9:15-9:45           Local Updates:

·        CRACA, - Dave Whitaker, Vice President, Business Development & Communications

·        City of Columbus-Quinten L. Harris JD, MPA, Deputy Director of Jobs and Economic Development

·        Columbus Logistics Breakfast Club- Dick-Hitchcock, Chairman

9:45-10:15      Break

10:45-12:00    Understanding the Value at each hand-off in your Supply Chain

·        Bennett & Co. (importer of apparel), Linda Wood, VP Logistics – Moderator    CONFIRMED

·        Port of Nansha, John Painter, President of Port of Nansha– terminal info/cargo moving inland to the port of load – challenges that may occur that disrupt the supply chain (weather at sea) etc.     

·        Ocean Carrier – moving across the ocean to Pierce County Terminal – on dock rail to Columbus

·        NWSA, Sue Coffey, Director – Business Development BCO – Port of Discharge – landing in a USA Port   

·        Mode (owned by HUB Group):   moving container from on dock to Columbus (or cross-docked into 53’) -

·       BNSF – Tom Chmielowski, Director, Class 1 moving inland to destination (intact IPI and 53’ product)  


12:00-1:00      Lunch

1:00-2:00        Domestic:  Rail/Truck-Trends and Hubs-

·        Moderator:  Rick Plieninger - Alliance Shippers, Regional Vice President

·        Danny Herman Trucking Inc, Stan Granger, Regional Account Manager

·        CSX Intermodal-Kim Sherman, Account Manager

·        America Honda Motor Co., INC-David Leytze, Sr. International Logistics Analyst, Global Logistics        | Parts, Service &Technical Division 






2:00-2:45        Port of Panama and the Port of Virginia- Local Updates and Usage

·        Port of Panama-Mr. Oscar Bazan, Executive Vice President for Planning and Business Development

·        Port of Virginia-Tom Capozzi- Chief Sales Officer


2:45-3:15        Break

3:15-4:00           Legally Speaking-Legal Updates and Notes-

·        Benesch Law- Marc Blubaugh, Co-Chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group

·        Benesch Law-Tom Kern, Partner of Transportation and Logistics Practice Group


4:00-4:30        FTZ  Trends and Updates-

·        CRAA-Angela Atwood, FTZ Administrator and local Grantee

·        Indigo-Leslie Couch, Principal


4:30-5:00        NETWORKING

5:00                 SHUTTLE TO APL L Reception:  Wexner Center….


Location: Wexner Center for the Arts

For all participants of the Columbus logistics Conference:

Drinks, Appetizers and Art

Catered by Cameron Mitchell

May 31

Shuttles departs 5:15

Reception will be from 5:30-7:30

Return shuttle





9:15-9:45        Classifying Tools

·        GEC Packaging Technologies | FRAM Group-Amy Bales, Director of Global Compliance


9:45-10:15      Break


10:15-11:00    Customs Updates on Regulations and open talk

·        US Customs-Theodore Thomas, Port Director of Columbus

·        Sandler Travis and Rosenberg-Daryl Moore, VP of Customs Audits & Partnership Programs


11:00-12:00    Canada – Getting in and withdrawing         

·        Farrow-Kerry Rasmussen, CCS

·        Mohawk Global Trade Advisors-Robyn Moore, CCS


Small Business-PM


1:00-1:45         Terms of Sale

·        Huntington Bank-Christopher Pilkington, Sr VP of Interntional Banking


1:45-2:15        Accounting Matters- Protecting the Money

·        Romine CPA’s & Associates-Chea Romine, CPA and Managing Partner


2:15-2:45        Packaging

·        Confirming


2:45-3:15        Break


3:15-4:00        Quality Control/Testing

·       Confirming


4:00-4:30        Human Resources

·       Dick Dowd




Agenda for June 1

Main Room:


9:00-10:00      Ocean Alliance Strategies-What does it mean to the bottom-line.

·        Big Lots-Jameson Parker, Manager, Global Logistics

·        IMC Companies- Donna Lemm, Executive Vice President of National Sales


10:00-10:30    Managing Top Supply Chain Risks and Trends

·        Amber Road-Suzanne Richter, Director, Trade Advisory Practice


10:30-11:00    Break

11:00-12:00        VIA Ny/NJ

·        PANYNJ- Sam Ruda, Assistant Director, Port Business Development

·       National Retail Systems (NRS)-Steve Schulein, Vice President of Drayage and Ind Relations


12:00-1:00      Lunch

1:00-1:45        Exports:  How to grow your exports and reduce risk.

·        U.S. Department of Commerce-Amy Freedman, International Trade Specialist

·        Larr & Associates-Debbie Montgomery,


1:45-2:30        Technology:  EDI/SAP and options

·        totes>>ISOTONER- James Thatcher, Manager Import/Export


2:30-3:00        Break

3:00-4:00        Long Beach/Warehousing/Trucking/Importer

·        Port Of Long Beach-Dr Noelle Hacegaba, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director of Operations

·        Ascena Retail Group Inc. -Debbie Ryan, VP Global Transportation & Logistics

·        CMI-Eric McClintick


4:00-5:00        Networking


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