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

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June 21-24, 2015    |    San Diego, CA

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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. The Road Ahead
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 – 11:55 a.m. Designing a Demand-Driven, Omni-Channel Supply Chain
11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Special Presentation: The Warm Springs Story
12:10 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. U.S. Financial Update
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Ask the Experts
3:00 – 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
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Creating Value in a Complex Industry
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.

Tony Allison
West Coast Regional VP | Averitt Express

Tony Allison is west coast regional vice president for Averitt Express. His current responsibilities include operations management, customer supply chain analysis and profitable sales growth. Allison's 30+ years of experience encompasses all facets of logistics and transportation including operations, sales and sales management. He helps drive further efficiencies within his customer's supply chains, and he has developed and coached award-winning sales teams in Texas and California, receiving high honors for sales growth and profitability.

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.

Tommy Barnes
President | Con-way Multimodal

Tommy Barnes is president of Con-way Multimodal, a division of Menlo Worldwide. As president, he is responsible for the strategic growth and financial and operating performance of the company. Barnes joined Menlo in 2000 as a transportation project manager. He subsequently served as a senior logistics manager and director of transportation procurement for Menlo. He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), SMC3, the National Defense Transportation Association, and the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Chris Brooks
Executive Editor | The Journal of Commerce

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and its online news, analysis and interactive site, www.joc.com. A 26-year company veteran, Brooks' career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing, to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. For the better part of the last decade, he has managed the JOC's day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists.

Ed Burns
President | Burns Logistics Solutions Inc.

Ed Burns is the president of Burns Logistics Solutions Inc., a freight transportation sales agency for asset-based carriers and warehouse providers through the United States, Canada and Mexico. A veteran in transportation freight sales for more than 21 years, Burns spends the majority of his professional time seeking out and securing collaborative business partnerships.

William Cassidy
Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce

William Cassidy is senior editor for trucking at The Journal of Commerce – the logistics and transportation online news service and weekly magazine founded in 1827. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor and associate editor. Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine. He has also covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies.

Rick DiMaio
VP, Distribution | Office Depot Inc.

Rick DiMaio is vice president of distribution at Office Depot Inc., a leading global provider of products, services and solutions through 2,200 worldwide retails stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and award-winning e-commerce sites. DeMaio is responsible for leading the warehousing, distribution, lean and field industrial engineering operations for the company's North American division. A supply chain veteran of more than 20 years, DiMaio has served in multiple leaderships roles within the supply chain, including home delivery, online fulfillment, network design and supply chain strategy.

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.

Harold Friedman
Sr. VP, Global Corporate Development | Data2Logistics

With more than four decades of experience helping clients reduce their transportation costs, Harold Friedman currently serves as the senior vice president of global corporate development for Data2Logistics. He has also worked for CorPay Solutions and Chase Trans-Info in multiple leadership roles. In 2007, The American Society of Transportation & Logistics named him as a Distinguished Logistics Professional, recognizing his career-long contributions to the industry.

Ted Gifford
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff | Schneider National

As a distinguished member of technical staff at Schneider National, Ted Gifford’s responsibilities include lead design of models/algorithms for various problems related to transportation networks, revenue management, supply chain design and capacity planning. He is also engaged in statistical analysis, data mining and simulation in areas like workflow efficiency, safety performance and vehicle maintenance.

Mike Grayson
SVP, Operations | Worldwide Express

Mike Grayson is senior vice president of operations at Worldwide Express. He oversees freight operations, full truckload services and the LTL carrier portfolio, including rate negotiations, introduction of new carriers, capacity and yield management. He joined the company as a franchise owner in Atlanta in 2003, and has since grown to include additional markets in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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’s natural gas highway.

F. Martin Harmon
Author & Freelance Writer

A veteran journalist with more than 43 years of writing experience, F. Martin Harmon was most recently public relations director at Georgia's Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, where he was responsible for handling all communications. While at the institute, Harmon was the recipient of 16 state or national awards. Now retired from state service, he pursues freelance writing opportunities for local magazines and corporate publications.

John Harnett
Sr. Director of Sales | Purfresh

John Harnett is senior director of sales for Purfresh, an industry innovator in smart reefer technology and active atmosphere control for perishable commodities. Harnett is responsible for expanding his company's "total active environment/smart reefer" technology with ocean carriers, leasing companies and ports. Over the course of 30+ years in the transportation industry, his roles have included director of trade and director of refrigerated sales, U.S. at CMA CGM.

Mary C. Holcomb
Associate Professor & Fellow | The University of Tennessee

Dr. Mary C. Holcomb is associate professor and Gerald T. Niedert supply chain fellow at The University of Tennessee. Prior to her current position, her professional career involved 18+ years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in transportation research and policy issues for the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation and Defense. She also has industry experience with the former Burlington Northern Railroad, General Motors and Milliken & Company. Dr. Holcomb is a principal researcher in a longstanding annual study, "Logistics and Transportation Trends and Issues." The study, conducted over 22 years, examines macro- and micro-level practices and development in the industry.

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.

Sonney Jones
Director of Transportation | Dal-Tile

Sonney Jones, director of transportation at Dal-Tile, is a bilingual logistics professional with experience in sales, operations and engineering. Prior to his current role, he previously worked for carriers like YRC, SAIA, USF, CSX and Crowley Maritime. In 2011, Jones was presented with the "Pioneer Award" from The Journal of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation for his contributions to the redesign of the Dal-Tile supply chain, which incorporated the M-10 Marine Highway.

Scott Lane
Chief Information Officer | Beaver Street Fisheries

As chief information officer of Beaver Street Fisheries, Scott Lane is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for their hardware and software technology platforms as well as the daily operations and support for a major seafood distribution company in Jacksonville, Fl. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he serves as professional (adjunct) faculty in the transportation & logistics flagship program at the University of North Florida, where he currently teaches multiple supply chain courses.

George Lauriat
Editor-in-Chief | American Journal of Transportation

George Lauriat has served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Transportation since 1984. He has published more than 3,000 articles, one book and has written or researched four television specials. Lauriat worked in Hong Kong in the early 1970s where he traveled and wrote for The Far Eastern Economic Review in addition to other publications such as The Financial Times, The Times, International Herald Tribune, Sea Trade and Lloyds Shipping Economist.

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".

Brian McKiernan
SVP, Development | CenterPoint Properties

As senior vice president of development for CenterPoint Properties, Brian McKiernan is responsible for the origination, development, execution and integration of park teams for new and existing business opportunities. He focuses on maximizing transaction volumes and land absorption through a focused national strategy to identify and leverage supply chain cost savings. Prior to his current role, McKiernan served as Captain in the United States Air Force from 2001 to 2006.

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.

Larry W. Minor
Associate Administrator for Policy | FMCSA

Larry W. Minor is the associate administrator for policy at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). His responsibilities include strategic planning, program evaluation and policy and program development activities concerning driver qualifications, hours of service, truck and bus safety regulations and requirements for inspection, repair and maintenance programs for commercial vehicles. He previously served as chief of FMCSA's Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division from 1999 – 2005 and director of Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations from 2005 – 2007.

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.

Chuck Odom
VP, Global Development | Averitt Express Inc.

Charles "Chuck" Odom is vice president of global development with Averitt Express Inc. He has extensive management experience in international and domestic distribution/transportation, supply chain solutions management, marketing, finance and operations. A respected speaker and author, Odom's most recent white paper, "Global Transportation Challenges" has been published in multiple industry publications. His paper explores evolving manufacturing and implementation.

Lynn Pitts
Director of Economic Development | Florida Power & Light

As director of economic development for Florida Power & Light (FPL), Lynn Pitts is responsible for leading the company's efforts to help local and state organizations attract new business to the state of Florida. Prior to joining FPL, he served as a senior vice president at Savannah Economic Development Authority. Pitts also played a major leadership role in transforming Georgia Power's economic development department; under his direction, the department was named six times to Site Selection Magazine's "Top 10 Best Economic Development Groups."

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.

Jeff Rivera
VP, National Sales | Con-way Freight Inc.

Jeff Rivera, vice president of national sales at Con-way Freight Inc., is responsible for developing business relationships with large-scale corporate clients and third-party logistics providers. His focus is on working collaboratively with customers to develop and deploy lean-based transportation solutions to deliver continuous value through increased network efficiencies and improved supply chain velocity. A 20-year veteran of the global logistics industry, Rivera has experience in lean manufacturing and warehousing, material flow and supply chain processing.

Chris Rocke
Sourcing Manager, Logistics | MeadWestvaco Corporation

As corporate sourcing manager for MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), Chris Rocke is responsible for strategy and contract negotiations for LTL, truckload and parcel spend across all MWV locations. He spent 13 of his 20+ years in the transportation industry with a major LTL carrier; as a result, he offers a unique perspective from both the carrier and shipper verticals. Rocke's experience includes contract negotiation, dedicated fleet management, operations analysis for process improvement, bid execution and implementation.

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).

Rick Schiappacasse
Director of Latin American Sales | JAXPORT

As director of Latin American sales for JAXPORT, Rick Schiappacasse is responsible for strengthening relationships and attracting new cargo business between North Florida and Latin America. A veteran maritime professional with more than 35 years of industry experience, including 22 years with the Maryland Port Administration, Schiappacasse most recently served as the director of Latin American and Caribbean sales for the Port of Baltimore. He is also an active participant in trade and transportation organizations, currently serving on the board of directors at the European Association of Propeller Clubs located in Brussels, Belgium.

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.

Greg Smith
Enterprise Consultant | Tech Mahindra

Greg Smith, enterprise consultant for Tech Mahindra, collaborates with clients who have large and complex transportation requirements in the retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses. Prior to his current role, Smith served as industry director for transportation and logistics at Oracle Corporation, where he led the global efforts in selling and marketing technology solutions to the freight and logistics industry segment.

Sundar Swaminathan
Sr. Director of Industry Strategy & Solutions Marketing | Oracle Corporation

Sundar Swaminathan is senior director of industry strategy and solutions marketing for the travel and transportation industry at Oracle Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for marketing Oracle’s industry solutions to the airline, logistics service provider, hospitality, ports and ocean shipping industries globally. Swaminathan brings over 22 years of experience in the manufacturing and information technology industries. Prior to his current position, he was a director in the cargo and logistics practice at Sabre Holdings Corporation.

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.

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.

Greg West
VP, LTL Transportation | C.H. Robinson

Greg West current serves as the vice president of LTL transportation at C.H. Robinson. He is responsible for sales, operations, carrier management, training and all other aspects involved in growing the company's less than truckload business. West also holds additional responsibilities in growing the company's consolidation centers and European Groupage business. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson, West spent 17 years at Roadway Express, where he held operations and sales positions.

Kent Williams
Regional VP, Sales & Operations | Averitt Express

Kent Williams is regional vice president of sales and operations for Averitt Express in Florida and Georgia. He has worked in the transportation industry for 29 years, 26 of those being on the Averitt team in a variety of positions, including sales, operations, service center management and regional leadership.

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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The Road Ahead
James Welch | YRC Worldwide

Designing a Demand-Driven, Omni-Channel Supply Chain
Rick DiMaio | Office Depot

Supply Chain Impact: The Reshaping of Ocean Transport
Captain Chaim Shacham | Maritime Consultant

A New Formula for Brick & Mortar Warehousing
Brian McKiernan | CenterPoint Properties

Big Returns Through "Big Data"
Moderator: Greg Smith | Tech Mahindra
Ted Gifford | Schneider National
Harold Friedman | Data2Logistics

Attracting Transportation-Dependent Industry & Trade
Lynn Pitts | Florida Power & Light

The New Dawn of 3PL-Shipper Relations
Moderator: George Lauriat | American Journal of Transportation
Mike Grayson | Worldwide Express
Greg West | CH Robinson
Jeff Rivera | Con-way Freight Inc.
America’s Natural Gas Highway
Moderator: Bill Cassidy | The Journal of Commerce
Michael DelBovo | Saddle Creek Transportation
Randy Mullett | Con-way Inc.
James Harger | Clean Energy Fuels Inc.

The Surprising Source of Cold Chain Growth
Moderator: Rick Schiappacassee | JAXPORT
Chuck Odom | Averitt Express
John Harnett | Purfresh Inc.
Scott Lane | Beaver Street Fisheries

Creating Value in a Complex Industry
Moderator: Tommy Barnes | Con-way Multimodal
Dr. Karl B. Manrodt | Georgia Southern University
Mary Holcomb | The University of Tennessee

Shipper-Carrier & Multi-Shipper Collaboration
Moderator: Perry Trunick | World Trade 100
Tony Allison | Averitt Express
Sonney Jones | Dal-Tile
Ed Burns | Burns Logistics Solutions


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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.

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

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