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The preliminary in-person EXPO program schedule below is updated as of July 23. Times are Pacific Time.

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Saturday, September 11

8:00am - 6:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibitor Move-in
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Committee Task Force and Working Group Meetings (closed)

Sunday, September 12

8:00am - 6:30pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibitor Move-in
9:00am - 10:30am
Maintenance & Repair Committee Meeting
11:30am - 12:30pm
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Board of Directors Meeting (closed)
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Operations Committee Meeting
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception

Monday, September 13

7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 8:45am
Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am
Opening Ceremony and Intermodal Day Celebration
10:00am - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open
10:30am - 11:00am
Dialogue Box: Konecranes

Konecranes Hybrid RTG Power Pack: Performance. Uncompromised.

As part of new equipment or as a turn-key standardized retrofit this EPA-approved technology not only dramatically reduces emissions, but delivers field-proven cost savings and efficiency. Scott Lane, VP of Konecranes Port Services US and Port Services US Sales Director Carl Walters will be joined by Ariel Cabrera from battery manufacturer Conductix-Wampfler for an immersive and informative 30-minute session. Participants will learn more about South Carolina Ports (Charleston) upcoming hybrid conversion of 12 20-year-old RTGs, the EPA's DERA grant process and the Conductix-Wampfler battery manufacturing approach. We look forward to seeing you there.

11:15am - 11:45am
Dialogue Box: by Netarus

Tracking Container Locations with a Smartphone Camera Across Multiple Yards

In this Dialogue Box session, Netarus LLC and a Third Party Logistics company will present a case study in which they work to solve a problem that many intermodal related 3PL companies seem to struggle with - container tracking and organization. Daily yard checks are extremely inefficient, time consuming and pull key personnel away from revenue generating activities for 3PLs.  When the containers’ location is transparent and easily available to all employees, the customer’s container ultimately gets on the road faster and to its destination. Netarus and this 3PL are working together to solve this issue and put that extra time back into everyone’s day. With this proprietary OCR platform, drivers and workers alike will be able to identify and Geotag individual containers by simply filming them. Once captured, the ID’s are then uploaded with their associated Geotags to a data store that is accessible to the dispatcher and any other related parties. This spreadsheet would give complete transparency into the location of containers and eliminate the extra time it would take to locate them. They will be quantifying exactly how much time and money we will be able to save businesses with something literally as easy as the camera on your phone.

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Dialogue Box: Versiant Corp.

Business Intelligence: Getting Value from the Data You Already Own

Versiant provides Business Intelligence services through Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) into the logistics market. DAaaS provides a single source of truth that you can leverage to track business metrics and KPIs, identify trends, gain operational insights never had before, and make quicker decisions based on a complete and accurate picture. Imagine having quick access to advanced business analytics to see and predict critical outcomes and KPI’s – every interaction with customers, every moving part in your supply chain and equipment, every financial transaction - improving quality, customer service, profitability, and decreaing costs. Now imagine using predictive analytics to react to events before they happen, such as truck turn-times, safety, financial forecasting, and the impact of business changes. Further imagine that access to business analytics will help you drive business innovation, opening new revenue streams, creating products and offerings with a predictive view of outcomes. DAaaS by Versiant quickly aggregates data from multiple business systems into a unified, cloud-based data repository, delivering a more holistic view of operations.

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Inside Intermodal

With opportunity and challenge seemingly around every corner, Inside Intermodal will provide in-depth analysis from multiple perspectives—marine, rail, trucking, and technology—to help make sense of it all. The session will begin with a review of 2020's critical baseline events, then examine what is driving the industry in 2021 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Inside Intermodal is best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.


  • John Larkin, CFA, Strategic Advisor - Transportation & Logistics, Clarendon Capital


  • Evan Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates
  • Tim Denoyer, Vice President and Senior Analyst, ACT Research
  • Larry Gross, President & Founder, Gross Transportation Consulting
  • Lars Jensen, CEO, Vespucci Maritime
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Automating the Intermodal Terminal

With many intermodal terminals now land-locked and no longer capable of growing their footprint, the focus must shift to pushing greater volume through existing facilities. At the same time, intermodal terminals must meet or beat ever-tightening service and flexibility requirements. Is automation part of the answer? What can we learn from the experiments and pilot projects that have been implemented, both in ports around the world and in intermodal terminals here at home?


  • Felix Kasiske, General Representative Global Consulting Partner, HPC Hamburg Port


  • Matthew Wittemeier, Senior Manager International Marketing & Customer Relations, INFORM Software
  • Gary Van Tassel, Director of Operations Planning & Network Design, CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc.
  • Gerry Bisaillon, VP Optimization, Engineering & Mechanical, REMPREX, LLC
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chasing the Holy Grail: Dual Transactions and Street Turns

Achieving more dual transactions and street turns probably represents one of the biggest potential ways to improve intermodal economics and competitiveness, while reducing waste. But what seems to be an obvious “no-brainer” turns out to be notoriously hard to achieve. What changes need to be made to facilitate these transactions? What are the keys to success?


  • Mark Bartmann, Vice President Seafreight Drayage Solutions, Kuehne+Nagel


  • Glenn Jones, Global Vice President, Product Strategy, Blume Global
  • Karen Zima, Vice President, Operations, RoadOne IntermodaLogistics
  • Jeff Brashares, Director, Domestic Intermodal Sourcing and Operations, CMA CGM America, LLC
2:00pm - 3:00pm
PSR 2.0 – Pivoting towards Growth

Precision Scheduled Railroading or “PSR” has become a dominant operating philosophy in North American Railroading. Now that the first phase of PSR adoption has been largely completed, and the rail networks have been streamlined and made more efficient, what will Phase II look like? From an intermodal perspective how can the new PSR world serve as a springboard towards growth?


  • Tony Hatch, Principal, ABH Consulting


  • Leggett Kitchin, GVP Domestic Intermodal, Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Jordan Kajfasz, AVP Sales & Marketing, Intermodal, Canadian Pacific
  • Kari A. Kirchhoefer, Vice President, Marketing & Sales – Premium, Union Pacific Railroad
2:00pm - 3:00pm
What is the “New Abnormal” in Intermodal?

The pandemic created challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented rate. As a result, the world looks quite different today than it did at the beginning of 2020. How have the intermodal stakeholders been affected by all of this? What changes are short-term versus those that are likely here to stay? Join our diverse panel of industry stakeholders as they discuss what the “New Abnormal” is going to actually look like.


  • Shelli Austin, President, InTek Freight & Logistics


  • Mark McKendry, Regional Vice President, Intermodal, NFI Industries
  • Barbara Melvin, Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Ports Authority
  • Stephanie Kuntzman, General Director Domestic Intermodal, BNSF Railway
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Dialogue Box: University of Maryland

First of Its Kind – Online Intermodal Transportation Course

In this session, Professor Thomas Corsi will preview IANA’s new online Intermodal Transportation course developed jointly by the University of Maryland and Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) under Maryland’s IANA Scholarship award.  This course is a comprehensive and detailed primer on global shipping, port terminal operations, and intermodal landside transportation and is designed to be used by companies to educate new or entry level employees and by universities as part of their supply chain curriculum . Seven (7) modules cover specific intermodal transportation operations/activities, consisting of core topics and interactive elements, i.e. calculators and simulation games. The modules can be studied separately or in sequence.  Attendees will receive a first look at the course through an interactive demonstration.

4:15pm - 4:45pm
Dialogue Box: Presenter TBA
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Party on the Promenade

Tuesday, September 14

7:00am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 8:00am
Continental Breakfast
8:15am - 9:15am
Intermodal’s Digital Coming of Age

Technology continues to transform nearly every aspect of our lives. In many ways—from how we work to the way we purchase goods and services—our world is nearly unrecognizable when compared to what it looked like thirty years ago. Freight transportation, by contrast, is just beginning its own digital revolution. With continued investment capital in the mix, the market has exploded in the last few years with practical advances and solutions in search of a problem in equal measures. What is the current state of technology adoption in intermodal compared to other sectors? And perhaps most important of all, where is the industry going and what does that mean for you? Our panel of industry innovators will tackle these questions through the lenses of the digital 3PL, the e-commerce explosion, autonomous vehicles in the supply chain and more.


  • Pervinder Johar, CEO, Blume Global


  • Ken Buenker, Strategic Adviser, Coyote Logistics
  • Jim Mullen, Chief Administrative & Legal Officer, TuSimple
  • Mark Yeager, CEO, Redwood Logistics
9:30am - 10:30am
Building Resilience into the Intermodal System

From trade wars to pandemics, from natural disasters to blocked canals, disruption and “black swan” events seem to be occurring ever more frequently. Congestion from these events generate delays and equipment shortages throughout the intermodal system. Are there steps that we can take to improve intermodal’s ability to respond to the unexpected? This expert panel will examine root cause challenges and the knock-on effects of congestion and discuss options for building more resilience into the system.


  • Rod Case, Partner, Senior Advisor, Oliver Wyman


  • Jay Strongosky, Director of International Sales, CSX Transportation
  • Duke Acors, Director of Strategic Operations, Georgia Ports
  • Mike Burton, President, C&K Trucking
9:30am - 10:30am
The Cost of Greening Freight

After years of talk about sustainability in freight transportation, the industry seems poised to begin actively decarbonizing the supply chain. With regulatory leverage—particularly in California, home to North America’s busiest intermodal gateway—to reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses aligning with the desire of shippers to move their logistics toward carbon neutrality, are we finally going to see a green revolution in freight? What might this new focus mean for intermodal? And possibly the most important factor, what will the cost of greening freight be for intermodal? Our panel of experts will discuss the critical balance between environmental responsibility and profitability.


  • Mike Saxton, Managing Director, Clean Transportation, SRECTrade


  • Bob Shellman, President & CEO, Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation
  • Matt Schrap, CEO, Harbor Trucking Association
  • Chris Hamlin, Senior Vice President, Pasha Hawaii
  • Ed Morgenthaler, Vice President for Maintenance, Safety, Legal, Operations, Rail Management Services
9:30am - 10:30am
Exporters - A Voice in the Intermodal Wilderness

Exporters were left out of the intermodal rebound in late 2020. Some say lack of equipment and unfair treatment by carriers are to blame, but the face-changing international trade landscape surely holds some responsibility. Where does reality lie, and what can intermodal transportation providers do to make the exporter’s life a bit easier?


  • Mike Williams, Senior Vice President, Logistics Solutions at ContainerPort Group


  • Dan Miller, Global Container Lead, Cargill
9:30am - 10:30am
Inside Marine Terminals

With so much of North America’s industrial goods, raw materials, components, and finished consumer goods originating in other parts of the world, marine terminals’ critical role in the intermodal supply chain cannot be understated. Marine terminal operators have been forced to contend with the whip-saw fallout of unprecedented challenges in the supply chain. All the while, they have delivered the goods. Our panel of experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing these critical international freight gateway managers – serving as conduit between SSLs, RRs, and drayage.


  • Rob Cannizzaro, Vice President of Operations, Virginia International Terminals


  • Sal Ferrigno, Vice President, SSA Terminals
  • Jon Poelma, Managing Director, APM Terminals
  • Brian Kobza, Diretor, GCT USA
10:30am - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open
11:00am - 11:30am
Dialogue Box: Port of Long Beach

The Year of Recovery and beyond: Port of Long Beach

In this session, the port will provide an update on its operations and goods movement flow, as well as rail and infrastructure projects. Those will include the completed LBCT (Long Beach Container Terminal) as well as Pier B Rail Yard. Additionally they will cover the New Gerald Desmond Bridge naming and the impact of opening of the bridge during the pandemic and cargo surge.

11:45am - 12:15pm
Dialogue Box: Peterson Manufacturing

Stop lighting & harness corrosion before it starts with Peterson’s newest system

Last decade, the National Transportation Research Center was hired by FMCSA to investigate "Safety Issues Involving Marine Containers on Chassis." They found the #1 violation was lights, and the biggest causes were corrosion, damage & pilferage. Over the years, Peterson has developed lighting solutions for the Intermodal market with theft proof rings, insert modeled connectors to stop moisture intrusion, and single diode LEDs to reduce theft. Peterson also developed the Defender® Modular Harness System which provides the strongest defense against moisture damage and corrosion available as well as PetersonPATRIOTTM – their newest chassis wiring harness solution.

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Dialogue Box: Yardeye GmbH

Case Study DP World Vancouver: Safe work environment underneath a 40ft Container

Since 2020 DP World in Vancouver has been busy expanding and converting the old terminal into a new, future-oriented layout with state-of-the-art technology. Yardeye has become an essential part of automation projects due to the safety technology that was first implemented at GCT Deltaport. The scope of supply at DP World includes a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) and Collision Avoidance System (CAS) for RMGs in train and truck operations. Yardeye uses different technologies to implement the RTLS for personnel in the crane trainhandling area and for the trucks underneath the cantilever. New logics are implemented for the CAS, resulting in zero loss of efficiency, while providing a safe work environment.

1:15pm - 1:45pm
Dialogue Box: Envase Technologies

Making Work Orders Less Work! Practical AI for Intermodal Automation

Trucking businesses rely on work orders to track who is moving what, where, when, and for whom. But manually receiving, entering, tracking, and dispatching work orders is time consuming and prone to mistakes. What if you could do most of the job automatically? What if incoming emails were scanned and work orders generated and queued up for you to approve? How much time do you think that would save you a day, a week, a month?   One of the biggest problems managing work orders manually is the time it takes to just figure the order out. You get an email that has all the information, but maybe it’s not in the order you’re used to. Maybe the email comes in, but the information is in a PDF you have to open and read. None of these steps are hard, but every step adds mental load (the ‘figuring it out’ part) to the job. During this Dialogue Box discussion, Envase Technologies Chief Innovation Officer, Tom Burke, will present how the above challenges are bogging down drayage carrier businesses, and how bringing machine learning and artificial intelligence to the intermodal trucking industry can automate the management of work orders regardless of  how they are received; how it can automatically process emails, attached documents, even batch files to create and generate work orders for review and dispatch; and how if corrections are made during the review process, the system ‘learns’ and can perform better next time.

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Dialogue Box: Openforce

IC misclassification, mayhem and management: Your ultimate 1099 workforce guide

For industries that rely on 1099 workers, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) are is wreaking havoc in California by making it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors, and with a new shift in political power in Washington, efforts are once again underway to pass the PRO Act, a more stringent and federal version of California's AB5. This means getting your Independent Contractor processes in order now is crucial to safeguarding your company from misclassification. Misclassification is a pain point in a variety of industries, especially those that utilize owner-operator workforces, though the term “misclassification” represents a broad spectrum of legal woes. It might include workers’ compensation claims, unemployment claims, civil action claims, Department of Labor claims, among others. Differences in state and federal laws further complicate the issue. This session will provide information on how such claims are changing based on an evolving regulatory landscape, including AB5, the ABC test, the PRO Act, and more.

2:45pm - 3:15pm
Dialogue Box: SRECTrade, Inc

Get Paid via California LCFS with Zero Out-of-Pocket Cost

SRECTrade will show how the intermodal community is using clean fuel programs like California's LCFS to earn ongoing revenue just by owning & operating trucks, forklifts, rail, and other equipment powered by clean energy like electricity, CNG, hydrogen and more. In this case study, we will introduce the concept of environmental commodities, how they work, and how to use them to generate significant funding for equipment budgets and make more informed decisions that benefit the equipment manager, environment, and surrounding communities.

3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Voice of the Shipper

Whether it's imports or exports, intermodal is an integral component of nearly every shippers' supply chain. But in this unpredictable world, what works today may not work tomorrow. How well is intermodal meeting the needs of today's shippers? What changes are needed to open new and exciting opportunities for growth? Given the recent events that have rocked the world’s economy, what are shippers thinking about their supply chains and sourcing? Join in with our expert shippers to hear it straight from the customer.


  • Mark Szakonyi, JOC Executive Editor, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit


  • Bruce Abbe, CEO, Abbe Communications & Management Services
4:30pm - 8:30pm
Exhibitor Move Out
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Happy Hour