June 27 - 29, 2016   •   Chicago, Illinois
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Connections 2016
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Tuesday Night: Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy

June 27 – 29   •   Chicago, Illinois
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Connections 2016
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Agenda

Sun 6/26 Mon 6/27 Tue 6/28 Wed 6/29
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: The Road to the White House – The Final Mile

SMC³'s three-part series on the 2016 presidential election culminates with a keynote speech by Frank Luntz, an author and analyst for Fox News who has been called one of the most astute political minds in America. The Democratic and Republican conventions will be held in July, so this is the last chance to predict the nominees and take a look at the political nominating process before the presidential race gets into full swing. Luntz promises to divulge hard facts and data driven statistics that will give attendees a complete grasp of the race.

Keynote Speaker:
Frank Luntz, Author & Analyst

9:10 – 9:25 a.m. Networking Break
9:25 – 9:35 a.m. Conference Chair Presentation
9:35 – 10:25 a.m.
Thought Leader Session: The Captain's Seat

With 2016 half over, it's time to reflect on emerging supply chain trends and how they may impact the industry in the years to come. Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, will present findings from the group's 27th State of Logistics Report. The findings also include an assessment of the supply chain economy and its impact; a global look at the state of the supply chain arena; and input from key decision makers in the industry. The annual report will be authored, for the first time, by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. CSCMP officially unveils the results at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 21 – just a few short days before Blasgen's Connections appearance.

Speaker:
Rick Blasgen, President & CEO  |  CSCMP

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Guest Event: Art Institute of Chicago Tour

Guests will enjoy a visit to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago, where they will be treated to a guided museum highlights tour, followed by lunch in Terzo Piano. Afterward, guests can return to the hotel for an afternoon of relaxation or continuing taking in the art at the museum.

10:25 – 10:40 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.
Thought Leader Session: Scoring Your Shipper of Choice

It's no secret that shippers have been increasing their focus on collaboration with trucking partners to improve efficiency and to better position themselves to secure capacity in a very tight market. But shippers can face an uphill battle to becoming shipper of choice because carriers sometimes have murky criteria. In this carrier-focused session, thought leader Tom Sanderson, CEO of Transplace, will illuminate best practices for companies looking to enumerate shipper of choice criteria. He will also explore the rise of preferred shipper checklists, which improve communication and service.

Thought Leader:
Tom Sanderson, CEO  |  Transplace

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 2016 Annual Golf Classic
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. J.B. Hunt & BNSF Facility Tour
1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law, Part I

Improve your preparation, execution and management of transportation-related contracts through our conference version of SMC³'s popular Academy seminar – Transportation Contract Law. Presented by Rob Moseley, chairman of the transportation industry group at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, this seminar provides a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the essential elements governing transportation contract law, review different types of contracts and explore the contract process and contract litigation. You can also benefit from professional solutions to your problematic clauses, contracts and "real world" claims scenarios by submitting sample materials.

Please submit samples in advance to Julie Mustian, SMC³, at jmustian@smc3.com by Friday, June 3 for advance review by Rob Moseley.

*All submitted materials will be treated anonymously during the seminar. Look for submission instructions in your seminar confirmation email.

Instructor:
Rob Moseley, Chairman, Transportation Industry Group  |  Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
A–Z: The Emergence of Amazon as a Global 3PL

The rise of Amazon is an old story, but the monolithic retailer continues to figure out new ways to take on traditional big-box stores. Amazon's empire has skyrocketed to amass 167 distribution centers globally, and the online giant is posturing for greater control of its own destiny. This session's thought leader examines how Amazon is leveraging its technology and fulfillment infrastructure to directly control its entire global distribution network.

Speaker:
Adrian Gonzalez, President  |  Adelante SC

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Networking Break
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Expert Presenter Session: Forecasting the Temperature of the Global Economy

Dr. Don Ratajczak returns to share his insights on the critical issues and trends directly impacting trade and transportation. Consistently ranked as one of the top five most accurate economic forecasters of the U.S. economy, Dr. Don will provide a global economic perspective that will give supply chain professionals the insight to make informed decisions and better investments.

Speaker:
Dr. Don Ratajczak, Consulting Economist  |  Georgia State University

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Expert Presenter Session: U.S. Financial Update with David Ross

Stifel's financial expert David Ross will outline his economic growth projections and the prospects for job growth. Ross will look at a variety of economic factors through the lens of the transportation market, analyzing how capacity, labor, fuel prices and freight challenges play into the mix.

Speaker:
David Ross, Managing Director of Global Transportation & Logistics  |  Stifel

10:45 – 11:05 a.m.
Ask the Experts

The experts are in the hot seat, and you get to ask the questions and direct the conversation. This is your prime opportunity to engage with renowned experts in the fields of finance and economics. Let your voice be heard, and get answers to your burning questions.

Moderator:
George Lauriat, Editor-in-Chief  |  American Journal of Transportation

Speakers:
Dr. Don Ratajczak, Consulting Economist  |  Georgia State University
David Ross, Managing Director of Global Transportation & Logistics  |  Stifel

11:05 – 11:45 a.m.
Intermodal's Track to Recovery

The 2015 intermodal market was marked by inventories and low fuel prices, leading to declining intermodal pricing. For the remainder of the year, intermodal rates are projected to continue their tumble. Will intermodal regain traction before 2017, and can the sector win back market share from over-the-road competitors? Analysts during this panel will discuss all the key intermodal drivers of the intermodal market.

Moderator:
Ted Prince, COO  |  Tiger Cool Express

Speaker:
Shawn I. Tureman, Group VP, Domestic Intermodal Marketing  |  Norfolk Southern Corp.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law, Part II

Improve your preparation, execution and management of transportation-related contracts through our conference version of SMC³'s popular Academy seminar – Transportation Contract Law. Presented by Rob Moseley, chairman of the transportation industry group at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, this seminar provides a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the essential elements governing transportation contract law, review different types of contracts and explore the contract process and contract litigation. You can also benefit from professional solutions to your problematic clauses, contracts and "real world" claims scenarios by submitting sample materials.

Please submit samples in advance to Julie Mustian, SMC³, at jmustian@smc3.com by Friday, June 3 for advance review by Rob Moseley.

*All submitted materials will be treated anonymously during the seminar. Look for submission instructions in your seminar confirmation email.

Instructor:
Rob Moseley, Chairman, Transportation Industry Group  |  Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: The Intent of the Nondisclosure Agreement

Shippers are increasingly requiring carriers to sign a nondisclosure agreement prior to receiving data in support of a request for pricing. Challenges occur when the NDA isn't adequately structured or becomes unreasonable for the carrier; in some instances, NDAs include no expiration date. Industry experts in this session will take a hard look at NDAs and how to craft a suitable agreement.

Moderator:
John Bagileo, Attorney & Principal  |  The Law Office of John R. Bagileo

Speakers:
Paul Dugent, VP, Pricing  |  Estes Express
Joshua Rockhold, Director of Delivery & Logistics  |  Harland Clarke
Greg West, VP, LTL  |  C.H. Robinson



A Change of Pace: The Impact of Future Labor Laws

Since 2015, the Department of Labor has proposed major changes to the rules for overtime exemptions. If passed, these new regulations would mean that this year, 4.6 million workers will be newly qualified for overtime. While motor carriers are protected from overtime exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act, there are still questions about how drivers engaged in intrastate commerce are impacted. Join Arnall Golden Gregory's Ashley Kelly as she dives into labor law changes.

Speaker:
Ashley Kelly, Partner  |  Arnall Golden Gregory

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: Optimizing Profitability Through Data Analytics

From decisions concerning the best equipment for the job to managing the day-to-day activity of drivers, data analytics continue to prove critical for the trucking industry. Using proprietary modeling technology, this session's knowledge experts looks at how carriers can take driver performance metrics, GPS data, and data from vehicle and equipment manufacturers and morph that information into meaningful, actionable analytics.

Speaker:
Thomas Fansler, President  |  Vusion



Trending Now: Corporate Healthcare

Healthcare is a huge area of cost for any business, and companies in the transportation sector are no exception. While healthcare reform will ultimately bring benefits to the country, there will certainly be challenges for businesses implementing the law's requirements. Our knowledge expert will guide attendees through the key facts of the Affordable Care Act and clarify the crucial provisions for transportation organizations.

Speaker:
Peter Jundt, Licensed Insurance Agent  |  HealthMarkets

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: The Era of Strategic 3PL Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers have dominated all facets of the transportation landscape for the last two years, and no companies have been more active than the industry's top 3PLs. On a global scale, these companies are linking up and reshaping the transportation market. As a result, foreign 3PLs could look for inroads in the domestic market, and new trends could emerge in how the business of LTL is carried out. Join this session's thought leader as we explore the era of 3PL mergers and acquisitions.

Speaker:
Richard D. Armstrong, Chairman & CEO  |  Armstrong & Associates Inc.



Defining Success Through the RFP Process

The RFP process can be complex and time consuming; automating RFPs is a great way to simplify and streamline the process. Automating bids allows customers to invite hundreds of national and regional carriers with a click, organize and analyze bid responses, and extract awarded lanes in a format ready for use in contract creation. Join Unyson's expert in carrier procurement, Art Nourot, as he looks at what success means in the RFP process.

Speaker:
Art Nourot, VP, Carrier Procurement  |  Unyson



Best Practices for Selecting and Implementing Dimensional Technology

Dimensional measurement technology continues to evolve and make its mark on the LTL industry, even as debate between dimensional and classification rating rages on. For LTL professionals seeking a future road map to dimensioning technology, join our panel of experts as we explore the best practices for selecting and implementing dimensioning technology on the dock and in the field.

Speakers:
Bob Amon, Key Account Manager  |  Mettler Toledo
Jason Wiley, Business Manager, Transportation & Logistics  |  Mettler Toledo

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Session: Behind the Scenes with SMC³

Join SMC³ for a "behind the scenes" look at SMC³'s products and service offerings. You'll have unprecedented access to the technology professionals who envision, develop and implement the powerful tools created by SMC³, with discussions on CarrerConnect XL, Bid$ense, product integration and more. This is your opportunity to see product demonstrations and address your product and implementation questions directly to the experts.

Moderator:
David Knight, CIO & Sr. VP, Product Development & IT Services  |  SMC³

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Networking Break
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Ignite Speed Meetings

Supercharge your conference networking opportunities with this one-of-a-kind event! Open to all registered conference participants, IGNITE allows you to engage with carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. Over 200 seven-minute meetings are held over the popular 2-hour networking event.

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner & Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy LIVE!

Get ready for endless laugh-until-you-cry moments as Connections 2016 presents Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy. Belushi returns to his improv and Saturday Night Live roots with this ensemble cast, promising a night of belly laughs, happy tears and sketch comedy gold.

6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 a.m.
Delivering the Last Mile

With the rise of online commerce fueling business-to-consumer shipments, last-mile deliveries are more important than ever before. For this integral part of the supply chain, shippers want the right carriers with the right delivery network to fulfill customer expectations. This session explores the best practices for last-mile delivery, the pros and cons of the uberization of the last mile and the expectations among all parties involved in the process.

Speakers:
Geoffrey Muessig, CMO & EVP  |  Pitt Ohio
Kirk Godby, Partner  |  FM2 Logistics Solutions
Will O'Shea  |  Chief Marketing & Sales Officer  |  XPO Logistics – Last Mile

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Guest Event: Rise & Shine with SMC³

A celebrated tradition, guests can “rise and shine” on the final day of Connections and enjoy a light breakfast, followed by a vibrant presentation by Hilary Rose, photo stylist, field editor and location scout for over 25 years. Her work has graced the pages of Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens. Guests will receive a copy of her acclaimed book, Been There Shot That.

9:05 – 9:20 a.m. Networking Break
9:20 – 10:20 a.m.
The State of the U.S. Regulatory Environment

Truckers, shippers and other players in the U.S. transportation sphere continue to face a grab-bag of onerous regulations. This year, newly enacted legislation, including the long-awaited extension of federal highway funding, have forced all parties to reevaluate their practices while keeping an eye out for future rules on operational and ratings standards for commercial truckers. Our trusted panel of regulatory experts will examine current rules and the evolving regulatory environment.

Moderator:
Randy Mullett, Principal  |  Mullett Strategies LLC

Speakers:
John Bagileo, Attorney & Principal  |  The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
Tom Jensen, Vice President  |  UPS

10:20 – 10:35 a.m. Networking Break
10:35 – 11:20 a.m.
The Slow-rolling Crisis: New Perspectives for Attracting Drivers

The specter of a driver shortage has been floating over the industry for what seems like a decade, but recently, the situation has gotten worse. In 2015, the American Trucking Associations reported a domestic shortage of between 35,000 and 40,000 drivers. This is quickly becoming an untenable situation – many terminals across North America are currently overflowing with freight awaiting transport. High turnover rates, increased operating costs, an aging workforce and recruitment obstacles have directly impacted the shortage. During this panel, experts will explore what new creative strategies are proving effective for securing the next generation of drivers.

Moderator:
Page Siplon, CEO  |  TeamOne Logistics

Speakers:
Ed Burns, President  |  Burns Logistics Solutions
Elise Leeson, VP of Human Resources  |  Averitt Express

11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
A Call to Action – Now What?

SMC³ conference attendees glean a wealth of information during illuminating panels and keynote speeches, but often leave the event wondering how they can apply this detailed information and create action items. In this new session, a panel of industry insiders will provide the key takeaways from Connections 2016 and show attendees how to integrate these ideas into their businesses.

Moderator:
Mike Levans, Group Editorial Director  |  Peerless Media

Speakers:
Art Nourot, VP, Carrier Procurement  |  Unyson
Page Siplon, CEO  |  TeamOne Logistics
Tom Jensen, Vice President  |  UPS

11:50 a.m. – Noon Closing Ceremony & Grand Prize Drawing

Agenda

SUN 6/26

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open

MON 6/27

6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:10 a.m. Keynote Presentation:
The Road to the White House – The Final Mile with Dr. Frank Luntz
9:10 – 9:25 a.m. Networking Break
9:25 – 9:35 a.m. Conference Chair Presentation
9:35 – 10:25 a.m. Thought Leader Session:
The Captain's Seat
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guest Event: Art Institute of Chicago Tour
10:25 – 10:40 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 – 11:30 a.m. Thought Leader Session:
Scoring Your Shipper of Choice
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 2016 Annual Golf Classic
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. J.B. Hunt & BNSF Facility Tour
1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Academy Workshop:
Transportation Contract Law, Part I

TUE 6/28

6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. A–Z: The Emergence of Amazon as a Global 3PL
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Networking Break
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Expert Presenter Session:
Forecasting the Temperature of the Global Economy
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Expert Presenter Session:
U.S. Financial Update with David Ross
10:45 – 11:05 a.m. Ask the Experts
11:05 – 11:45 a.m. Intermodal's Track to Recovery
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Academy Workshop:
Transportation Contract Law, Part II
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • The Intent of the Nondisclosure Agreement
  • A Change of Pace: The Impact of Future Labor Laws
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Optimizing Profitability Through Data Analytics
  • Trending Now: Corporate Healthcare
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • The Era of Strategic 3PL Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Defining Success Through the RFP Process
  • Best Practices for Selecting and Implementing Dimensional Technology
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session:
Behind the Scenes with SMC³
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Networking Break
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy LIVE!

WED 6/29

6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration & Guest Services Open
6:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 a.m. Delivering the Last Mile
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Guest Event: Rise & Shine with SMC³
9:05 – 9:20 a.m. Networking Break
9:20 – 10:20 a.m. The State of the U.S. Regulatory Environment
10:20 – 10:35 a.m. Networking Break
10:35 – 11:20 a.m. The Slow-rolling Crisis: New Perspectives for Attracting Drivers
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. A Call to Action – Now What?
11:50 a.m. – Noon Closing Ceremony & Grand Prize Drawing

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Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Frank Luntz, Author & Futurist

Considered to be the "Nostradamus of pollsters," Dr. Frank Luntz has written, supervised and conducted more than 2,500 surveys, focus groups, ad tests and dial sessions in more than two dozen countries and six continents over the past 20 years. His "instant response" focus group technique has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America's election day coverage and on PBS' Frontline. Also a New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Luntz's most recent book, WIN, reached No. 2 on Amazon and No. 3 on The New York Times Business Best Seller List in its first month in print.

Honorary Chair

Scott Lane
Chief Information Officer
Beaver Street Fisheries

Bob Amon
Key Account Manager
Mettler Toledo
Richard D. Armstrong
Chairman & CEO
Armstrong & Associates Inc.
John Bagileo
Attorney & Principal
The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
Rick Blasgen
President & CEO
CSCMP
Ed Burns
President
Burns Logistics Solutions
Paul Dugent
VP, Pricing
Estes Express
Thomas Fansler
President
Vusion
Kirk Godby
Partner
FM2 Logistics Solutions
Adrian Gonzalez
President
Adelante SC
Tom Jensen
Vice President
UPS
Peter Jundt
Licensed Insurance Agent
HealthMarkets
Ashley Kelly
Partner
Arnall Golden Gregory
David Knight
CTO & Sr. VP, Product Development & IT Services
SMC³
George Lauriat
Editor-in-Chief
American Journal of Transportation
Elise Leeson
VP of Human Resources
Averitt Express
Mike Levans
Group Editorial Director
Peerless Media
Rob Moseley
Chairman, Transportation Industry Group
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Geoffrey Muessig
CMO & EVP
Pitt Ohio
Randy Mullett
Principal, Mullett Strategies LLC
Art Nourot
VP, Carrier Procurement
Unyson
Will O'Shea
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer
XPO Logistics – Last Mile
Ted Prince
COO
Tiger Cool Express
Dr. Don Ratajczak
Consulting Economist
Georgia State University
Joshua Rockhold
Director of Delivery & Logistics
Harland Clarke
David Ross
Managing Director of Global Transportation & Logistics
Stifel
Tom Sanderson
CEO
Transplace
Page Siplon
CEO
TeamOne Logistics
Shawn I. Tureman
Group VP, Domestic Intermodal Marketing
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Greg West
VP, LTL
C.H. Robinson
Jason Wiley
Business Manager, Transportation & Logistics
Mettler Toledo

Sponsorships

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. Select unique opportunities from our a la carte menu to customize your sponsorship for maximized benefits!

Become a Sponsor Today!

Premier Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Benefactors

How Does It Work?

Ignite consists of a series of "speed meetings" between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are ten minutes long, with a three-minute break between appointments. Meet requests are matched electronically and schedules will be generated based on preferences and availability. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short registration form and select their top five to ten contributors... voila, it's that simple.

Secure Your Space as Contributing Organization at Ignite!

Ignite consists of a series of "speed meetings" between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are ten minutes long, with a three-minute break between appointments. Meet requests are matched electronically and schedules will be generated based on preferences and availability. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short registration form and select their top five to ten contributors... voila, it's that simple.

Contact: Melissa York
myork@smc3.com
770.486.5829

Two Ways to Benefit from Ignite!

AS A CONFERENCE ATTENDEE:

Ignite speed meetings are designed to help you super-charge your conference networking opportunities! You'll have the unique opportunity to engage the carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. After we match attendees with contributors, your Ignite meeting schedule will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the event. Too many contributors to choose from and not enough time? Be sure to stick around – the company of your choice might have an opening!

AS A CONTRIBUTING ORGANIZATION:

Are you ready to grow your business? Put the power of Connections and its broad industry appeal to work for you. As a contributing organization, you'll receive a designated table at the event for two company representatives, your company name listed on the Connections 2016 Ignite web page, your company logo on all Ignite event signage and in the Connections 2016 conference guide and app. Your representatives will also be designated as Ignite Contributors on their name badges. Check out our sponsorship opportunities to find out how you can attend Ignite for free or at a discounted rate!

*All contributing organizations must be registered for Connections 2016 and have paid the $1,000 Ignite fee by June 1, 2016.

Secure Your Space at Ignite Today!

Contact: Melissa York | myork@smc3.com | 770.486.5829

Past Contributors Include:

“Nothing is more valuable in a conference than networking. When you can organize the network into specific pre-arranged meetings, if only for an introduction, it enhances the value of the conference exponentially.” - uShip

Events

2016 Annual Golf Classic

Monday, June 27rd  |  11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This year's golf tournament will be held at nationally renowned Cog Hill. Named one of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest, course No. 4 – Dubsdread has challenged professionals and amateurs alike while hosting numerous PGA Tour and USGA tournaments. This year's tournament format is a Captain's Choice Scramble with Shotgun Start.

Tournament Registration

Registration Fee:
$225 Single

Registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart and green fees, boxed lunch plus refreshment beverage cart and post-tournament cookout

Register for the tournament during the online conference registration process

Premium golf clubs (TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, Ping – includes logo pouch w/ 6 golf balls & tees) are available at the course for an additional fee ($55) to be paid at registration

Golf Sponsorship Opportunities

Check out our sponsorship opportunities for unique opportunities to showcase
your company at the Annual Golf Classic!

Tournament Sponsor:

South Course

Tournament Registration

Registration Fee: $225 Single

Registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart and green fees, boxed lunch plus refreshment beverage cart and post-tournament cookout

Register for the tournament during the online conference registration process

Premium golf clubs (TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist, Ping – includes logo pouch w/ 6 golf balls & tees) are available at the course for an additional fee ($55) to be paid at registration

Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy

Tuesday, 6/28 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Get ready for endless laugh-until-you-cry moments as Connections 2016 presents Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy. Belushi returns to his improv and Saturday Night Live roots with this ensemble cast, promising a night of belly laughs, happy tears and sketch comedy gold.

J.B. Hunt & BNSF Facility Tour*

As an alternative to our annual golf tournament or Academy workshop, attendees can participate in our J.B. Hunt & BNSF Facility Tour. A landmark in the history of rail freight transportation, today Corwith is the primary origin and destination for domestic container business to and from the Midwest, Texas and the Pacific Southwest, with container cranes loading more than 2,300 containers per day. Take an exclusive look inside the day-to-day operations of one of the busiest intermodal facilities in the United States.

*This event requires pre-registration. There are limited spaces available, so register early!

Networking

With more than 20 hours of dedicated networking events designed with you in mind, you'll have ample opportunity to engage with the 300+ supply chain professionals in attendance.

Venue

Swissotel Chicago

323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago IL
Toll Free Reservations: 888.737.9477

Swissotel Chicago, designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, is an award-winning, four-diamond, all-glass luxury hotel, ideally situated in the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Just steps away from The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, Swissotel Chicago offers an exclusive setting with stunning views stretching along the lakefront from Navy Pier to Millennium Park.

Book your room online at our special rate through our exclusive hotel booking site!

Mention SMC³ or Connections 2016 to secure our special room rate of $229 per night (single/double). This rate is only available through June 6th, 2016 and is subject to availability.

Getting Around

Swissotel Chicago is located 20 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Taxi fare is approximately $40 one way.

Pricing

  Advance - Before May 5 Regular - After May 5
SMC³ Members $565 $655
SMC³ Associates $765 $865
General Registration $875 $985
Shipper Registration $765 $865
Student Day Rate $150
Groups of 3 or more *Contact SMC³ Registrar
Golf $225
Guest Program $245
Advance - Before May 5
SMC³ Members $565
SMC³ Associates $765
General Registration $875
Shipper Registration $765
Student Day Rate $150
Groups of 3 or more –
*Contact SMC³ Registrar
Golf $225
Guest Program $245

Regular - After May 5
SMC³ Members $655
SMC³ Associates $865
General Registration $985
Shipper Registration $865
Student Day Rate $150
Groups of 3 or more –
*Contact SMC³ Registrar
Golf $225
Guest Program $245

Questions?

SMC³ Registrar: Amy Stankosky | 800.845.8090 x5802 | astankosky@smc3.com

SMC³ Registrar: Amy Stankosky
800.845.8090 x5802
astankosky@smc3.com

SMC³ Cancellation Policy

The conference registration, less a $105 fee, is refundable only if cancellation is submitted in writing to Amy Stankosky on or before May 5, 2016. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received after May 5th.

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