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

How will you connect this year?

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KEYNOTE ANNOUNCED
Emmy Award winner and entrepreneur Ross Shafer to give keynote!
TUESDAY ENTERTAINMENT
Jazz singer Matt Dusk serenades Connections 2014
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MONDAY ENTERTAINMENT
Comedian Henry Cho will make you laugh ’til you cry!

Premier Sponsor:

AGENDA

SUNDAY 6/22 MONDAY 6/23 TUESDAY 6/24 WEDNESDAY 6/25
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

MEDIA PARTNERS:

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

ATTENDEE ROOM RATE:
$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.

BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!
Melissa York  |  myork@smc3.com  |  770.486.5829

View Sponsorship Opportunities


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Preferred Sponsors:
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EVENTS

NASCAR SIMULATOR EVENT
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.

A NIGHT OF COMEDY WITH HENRY CHO
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

MATT DUSK
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.

NETWORKING

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.

GUEST EVENTS

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!

NAPLES BAY CRUISE
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

PRICING

  ADVANCED
ENDS MAY 20
REGULAR
AFTER MAY 20
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

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

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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