June 22–25, 2014   |   The Ritz-Carlton   |   Naples, FL

How will you connect this year?

We’re always updating the site with the latest conference details!
Emmy Award winner and entrepreneur Ross Shafer to give keynote!
Jazz singer Matt Dusk serenades Connections 2014
We’re always updating the site with the latest conference details!
Comedian Henry Cho will make you laugh ’til you cry!

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2:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration & Guest Relations
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 – 5:45 p.m. First Timers VIP Welcome Event
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Guest Relations
6:30 – 7:30 a.m. SMC³ VIP Breakfast for Carrier & Associate Members
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Keynote: Ross Shafer
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. When Truck Meets Rail
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guest Event: Naples Bay Cruise, Lunch & Shopping
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Roadside Chats: Examining U.S. Regulation
11:15 a.m. – Noon The Road Ahead
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. U.S. Financial Update
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Ask the Experts
3:15 – 3:50 p.m. Supply Chain Impact: The Reshaping of Ocean Transport
3:50 – 4:05 p.m. Networking Break
4:05 – 5:20 p.m. BREAKOUTS:
The New Dawn of 3PL-Shipper Relations
America's Natural Gas Highway
The Surprising Source of Cold Chain Growth
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. NASCAR Networking Event
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
6:00 a.m. – Noon Registration & Guest Relations
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. A New Formula for Brick & Mortar Warehousing
8:45 – 10:45 a.m. Guest Event: Refreshments & Corkscrew Swamp Presentation
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Christmas 2014: The Right Formula for E-Commerce Success
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Big Returns Through "Big Data"
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Academy Workshop Lunch
11:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2014 Annual Golf Classic*
11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Tour**
11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Academy Workshop: LTL Freight Transportation
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. NASCAR Networking Event
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment

*This event requires pre-registration and an additional $125 fee
**This event requires pre-registration and an additional $75 fee

6:00 – 11:00 a.m. Registration & Guest Relations
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
7:45 – 9:00 a.m. Designing a Demand-Driven, Omni-Channel Supply Chain
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Attracting Transportation-Dependent Industry & Trade
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Guest Event: “Rise & Shine with SMC³”
9:55 – 11:15 a.m. Shipper-Carrier & Multi-Shipper Collaboration
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks & Prize Drawings



Ross Shafer
Emmy Award-Winning Host, Author & Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur and funny man Ross Shafer is a six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, writer and network television host. From small town pet shop manager to renowned business author and speaker, Shafer is a fierce proponent of taking personal responsibility (and being accountable) for what happens in your professional and personal life. In his high energy, mirthful keynote "Nobody Moved Your Cheese!" Ross will show you how to create an unlimited roadmap for yourself and your organization.

John Bagileo
Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo

John Bagileo has practiced transportation law for 40+ years, representing the interests of carriers, shippers and transportation intermediaries in regulatory matters. He has represented clients before state courts, federal district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before federal and state transportation regulatory agencies. An expert in transportation law, Bagileo has authored transportation articles and is a frequent presenter for shipper and carrier associations and the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.

Michael J. DelBovo
President | Saddle Creek Transportation Inc.

A member of the leadership team since 1997, Michael DelBovo is currently president at Saddle Creek Transportation Inc., a provider of asset and non-asset based supply solutions. DelBovo is responsible for the trucking company, logistics/brokerage company, over 400 drivers and cross-docks located in nine facilities across the nation. He recently spear-headed a $25 million Compress Natural Gas project and, in 2012, his company unveiled its first 100 Freightliner tractor-trailers powered by compressed national gas, along with a fueling station. With his leadership and guidance, DelBovo's corporation became the first freight company in Florida to introduce natural gas to it's over the road trucking fleet.

James Harger
Chief Marketing Officer | Clean Energy Fuels Inc.

James Harger, chief marketing officer at Clean Energy Fuels Inc., has been involved in the natural gas industry for more than 30 years. In his current position, Harger leads a sales organization with a focus on airport vehicles, solid waste trucks, transit buses and over the road (OTR) and regional trucks. In partnership with Pilot® Flying J, Harger is currently leading the company's effort to build and load a network of LNG stations that will serve as the backbone for America‚Äôs natural gas highway.

Satish Jindel
President | SJ Consulting Group Inc. & ShipMatrix Inc.

The president of SJ Consulting Group Inc. and ShipMatrix Inc., Satish Jindel is well known for his transportation/logistics forecasting abilities and experience performing strategy, marketing, operations, technology, industry and merger/acquisition analysis for carriers, shippers and investors. He began his career at RPS (now FedEx Ground) – supporting the firm's expansion into a nationwide parcel carrier – and subsequently founded SJ Consulting Group Inc. Jindel frequently appears on national television, is quoted in trade publications and speaks at industry conferences.

Karl B. Manrodt, Ph.D.
Professor | Georgia Southern University

Karl Manrodt, Ph.D. – professor of marketing and logistics at Georgia Southern University and director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation – has worked closely with consulting firms, associations, carriers, software providers and shippers for almost 20 years. He was the first executive director in the office of corporate partnerships at the University of Tennessee, supporting strategic business and industry partnerships. A former CSCMP board member, he is currently an editorial advisor for leading journals and recently authored "Vested Outsourcing", "The Vested Way: How a 'What's in it for We' Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships" and "Vested: How P&G, McDonald's and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships".

David L. Miller
Founder, VP & COO | Gnosis Management Group

As founder, vice president and chief operation officer for Gnosis Management Group, Dave Miller is a respected industry expert and an authoritative voice for effective, common-sense government and business policies that enable the freight transportation industry to fulfill its critical role in the nation's economy. As a senior counselor to public and private companies and advocacy groups, Miller draws on more than 40 years of experience working in policy development and strategy.

Randy Mullett
VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Con-Way Inc.

Randy Mullett, VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs, is responsible for all government relations and public affairs activities for Con-Way Inc. and its subsidiaries. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he also oversees all corporate communications, public relations, brand management and The Con-way Charitable Foundation. Also acting Chief Sustainability Officer, Mullett has more than 25 years experience in carrier operations and sales management.

Dr. Don Ratajczak
Consulting Economist | Georgia State University

Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and consulting economist for leading businesses and governmental agencies. Ratajczak is one of the world's most celebrated economists and a primary source of economic forecasting information. His analyses of business cycles, international trade, economic forecasting and Federal Reserve policy are featured regularly on CNN, CNBC and in major print media. Hailed the nation's "top economic guru" by BusinessWeek magazine, Ratajczak is a recipient of the prestigious Blue Chip award for forecasting accuracy.

David G. Ross, CFA
Managing Director, Global Transportation & Logistics | Stifel Nicolaus

David Ross, managing director of global transportation and logistics at Stifel Nicolaus, focuses on logistics, parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) sector research. Ross's experience also includes working with Legg Mason; as a financial analyst for RailWorks Corporation; and as an investment banking analyst for Deutsche Banc Alex. Ranked #1 for stock picking by FT/StarMine in the road and rail industry category (2009 and 2011) and #2 (2010), he is also ranked #1 by the Wall Street Journal's Best on the Street Analysts Survey in the industrial transportation industry (2009 and 2010).

Captain Chaim Shacham
Maritime Consultant

Captain Chaim Shacham is a freelance maritime consultant, offering his knowledge, experience and expertise gained over more than 45 years of active service and contributing membership in the maritime/shipping/transportation-by-sea industries. Specializing in vessel, marine and terminal operations, Captain Shacham is a former employee of ZIM, where he served as deck cadet, master mariner and international director of operations.

Danny Slaton
EVP, Business & Product Development | SMC³

Danny Slaton is executive vice president of business and product development at SMC³. With more than 25 years of experience communicating with carriers, shippers, logistics providers and technology developers, he is regularly sought out for insight on issues surrounding transportation pricing. His areas of expertise include LTL benchmarking and pricing dynamics.

Danny Tomlinson
Content Strategist | SMC³

In his current role as content strategist for SMC³, Danny Tomlinson researches and identifies industry topical content relevant his company's members, customers and the transportation industry. He also helps produce effective and high-quality education events in both a traditional and virtual classroom setting. Prior to joining SMC³, Tomlinson was the senior market research analyst for the Georgia Ports Authority, where his research was used for strategic planning, marketing and events/conference coordination.

Perry Trunick
Editor in Chief | World Trade 100

Perry Trunick brings 30+ years of experience in the logistics industry to his editor-in-chief role at World Trade 100 (WT100). Prior to joining WT100, Trunick held editorial positions at Inbound Logistics, Penton Media and GIE Publishing. He is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department; a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Institute of Supply Management; and a former member of the Society of Logistics Engineers.

Jack Van Steenburg
Chief Safety Officer & Assistant Administrator | FMCSA

Jack Van Steenburg is the chief safety officer & assistant administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Serving in one of only three career positions that require President approval at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Van Steenburg promotes critical and strategic partnerships with federal, state and local governments by providing direction oversight throughout numerous national commercial vehicle safety programs. Prior to his appointment in 2011, he served as FMCSA's Director of Enforcement and Compliance and is also a 25-year veteran of the New York State Police.

James Welch
CEO | YRC Worldwide Inc.

A leader in the transportation and logistics industry for more than 35 years, James Welch serves as CEO at YRC Worldwide Inc., a leading provider of LTL transportation services throughout North America. Welch previously served as president and CEO at Dynamex Inc. He also currently serves on the board of directors for SkyWest Inc.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

The Ritz-Carlton Naples carries a tradition of unparalleled luxury and service. The Forbes Five Star Award-winning beachfront hotel offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and three miles of immaculate beaches to explore. As a guest of this luxury beach hotel, you’ll have access to world-class spa facilities, two heated indoor pools and seven innovative dining experiences.

The Ritz-Carlton
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road – Naples, FL. 34108
(239) 598.3300

$219/night for Coastal View Rooms
Mention SMC³ or Connections 2014 to receive this special discounted rate.
Attendee rate available three days prior to and after conference dates (subject to availability)
Discount ends: Friday, May 30 (subject to availability)

World-Class Sponsors

SMC³ offers unrivaled opportunities for carriers, logistics service providers and technology professionals to connect with the supply chain's most informed decision-makers through a wide range of sponsorship packages.

Melissa York  |  myork@smc3.com  |  770.486.5829

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Monday, June 23 & Tuesday June 24  |  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Get ready for the ride of your life with our special two-night NASCAR racing experience! Join us for a "fastest lap" competition in authentic NASCAR-retired racing cars equipped with state-of-the-art simulator systems. From worst to first, see how fast you can speed to the front of the pack! You'll receive one ticket each day to race, and the fastest lap winner from each day will receive two tickets to any NASCAR race in the country!* For all the thrill-seekers, you can use a colleague's ticket should he/she opt not to race. You don't want to miss out on this ultimate racing experience!

*No tickets will be issued without approval from NASCAR or affiliated TRACK organizers.

Monday, June 23  |  7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Prepare yourself for a night of laugh-out-loud comedy as funnyman comedian Henry Cho entertains us with witty anecdotes from his childhood and personal life. A self-described "Asian with a Southern accent," Cho is praised for his clean, versatile comedic style. His television and film credits include appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show, CBS's The Late, Late Show and Comedy Central.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Excursion*
Tuesday, June 24  |  11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Don't like to golf? As an alternative to our annual golf tournament or LTL Freight Transportation workshop, you can explore more than 20 acres of historical buildings and gardens as a visitor to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates! The property boasts nine historic buildings, including Edison's Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. Guests to this Florida Historic Landmark will enjoy a guided tour of the winter homes and gardens, including new exhibits celebrating the 150th birthday of Henry Ford.

*This event requires pre-registration and an additional $75 fee

Tuesday, June 24  |  7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

There are swingers and then there is Matt Dusk - a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and fervent jazz-pop musicologist that spent most of his career reanimating the great American songbook alongside some of his own more quirky pop creations. Join us as the Canadian crooner pays homage to the jazz era with his free, relaxed vocal style.


Make the most of 15+ hours of dedicated networking events, including breaks in our sponsor gallery and evening receptions. This is your opportunity to form valuable industry connections, reunite with colleagues or simply take a breather from the rapid-fire of information.


Bringing a spouse or guest to Connections 2014? We're proud to offer excursions and events for your guests that will keep them as engaged as you are!

Monday, June 23   |  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. This year, guests will enjoy a cruise down Naples Bay on the esteemed Double Sunshine. Guests on this sightseeing tour will hear interesting stories and gain historical insight into the beautiful Naples Bay and Gordon Pass waterways, all while admiring the beautiful waterfront mansions and amazing sights.

Afterwards, guests will dine at critically-acclaimed restaurant Sea Salt, where they will enjoy organic and local produce, as well as wild-caught fish and cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. After lunch, guests will have the option to return to the hotel or do some shopping at The Village on Venetian Bay, Naples' premier waterfront shopping center.

Corkscrew Swamp Presentation
Tuesday, June 24  |  8:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Since there's not enough time to visit the swamp, we're bringing the swamp to our guests! Sally Stein, director of public programs at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will talk about this beautiful 14,000 acre wildlife sanctuary and there's a rumor she may even bring a reptilian friend!

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Excursion*
Tuesday, June 24  |  11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore more than 20 acres of historical buildings and gardens as a visitor to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates! The property boasts nine historic buildings, including Edison's Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. Guests to this Florida Historic Landmark will enjoy a guided tour of the winter homes and gardens, including new exhibits celebrating the 150th birthday of Henry Ford.

*This event requires pre-registration and an additional $75 fee

Rise & Shine with SMC³
Wednesday, June 25  |  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

In keeping with tradition, guests can "rise and shine" with SMC³ on Wednesday morning. Early risers can enjoy a yogurt and juice bar and visit with each other before enjoying a presentation from Stefanie Wolf, marine naturalist for the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum of Sanibel Island.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

2014 Annual Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 24th  |  11:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tournament Sponsors:

Regardless of your skill level, if you love the links, then the Connections 2014 Annual Golf Classic will be a treat! This year's tournament format is a Captain's Choice Scramble with Shotgun Start. The event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples on their stunning Tiburón "Gold Course". Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, Tiburón is carved out of 800 acres of native Florida foliage, creating an elegant and stunningly beautiful course that is challenging for any player. From your first drive to your last putt, you will find yourself at one with nature and a part of one of the world's most rewarding golf experiences!

Tournament Registration

  • Registration fee: $125 single
  • Registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart & greens fees, boxed lunch & refreshment beverage cart
  • Register for the tournament during the online conference registration process
  • Taylor Made rental clubs are available at the course for an additional fee ($45)

Golf Sponsorship Opportunities

This year, sponsorships for the Annual Golf Classic are open to all! Choose from seven sponsorship opportunities ranging in price from $1500 to $3000 or create a custom sponsorship (up to $25,000).

For more information: Melissa York  |  myork@smc3.com  |  770.486.5829


SMC³ Members $445 $525
SMC³ Associates $595 $675
General Registration $675 $745
Group of 3 or more * Contact SMC³ Registrar
Guest of Registered Attendee $175 $175
2014 Annual Golf Classic $125 $125
Edison & Ford Winter Estates Tour $75 $75

SMC³ Registrar: Amy Stankosky
800.845.8090 x5802

SMC³ Cancellation Policy
Should an unavoidable business or personal situation require cancellation of your Connections 2014 registration, the cancellation must be received by our registrar in writing by May 30, 2014, in order to receive a refund of fees paid, less an administrative charge of $105. For cancellations received after May 30, 2014, SMC³ will not provide a refund.

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