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Ohio Conference on Freight – Speakers Announced & Registration Open

Confirmed as keynote speakers for the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight are Marc Levinson, author and economist; Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist, Key Private Bank; Jennifer Thompson, senior policy/research assistant, Brookings Institution; and Steve Tripp, head of worldwide vehicle transportation, Chrysler. The conference is September 13 & 14 at Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky.

Dr. Levinson’s career has centered on making complex economic issues understandable to the general public. Much of his work has been international in focus dealing with international trade and globalization, international finance and financial regulation, and energy and environmental issues that cross international borders. He is the author of five books, including The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. His background is in journalism and he has been a writer and editor for Newsweek, and The Economist of London. He has served as advisor to the U.S. Congress on transportation and industry issues and as senior fellow for international business at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Levinson’s education includes a bachelor's degree from Antioch College, master’s degrees from Georgia State University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a doctorate from the City University of New York.

Dr. McCain oversees the work of the portfolio managers and research staff who monitor the economy and formulate investment strategies for clients. He is often asked to speak to the media. His comments and interviews have been featured in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and Business Week, as well as on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Dr. McCain joined a predecessor of Key Bank in 1987, after spending six years on the faculty of the University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and undergraduate degrees in psychology and accounting from Boise State University.

Ms. Thompson is with the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Her work focuses on infrastructure investment policy and public private partnerships in the U.S. Prior to joining Brookings, she was a consultant in the Global Infrastructure Department at the International Finance Corporation where her work focused on economic and financial impact assessment of the IFC’s infrastructure investments. She has a master’s in international affairs from the Fletch School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s in geography from Dartmouth College.

Mr. Tripp has been with Chrysler since 1985 and the head of Worldwide Vehicle Transportation since 2009. He has held positions at Chrysler in most areas of logistics and supply chains including inbound and international transportation, material handling engineering, and production control. He worked in transportation at Ford for six years prior to joining Chrysler. He has a bachelor’s in economics from State University of New York (Binghamton) and an MBA in transportation and logistics from the University of Tennessee.

Registration for the Ohio Conference on Freight is now open. For more information, contact Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext 119. Also see www.ohiofreight.org.

The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight is a collaborative project of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in association with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the National Association of Regional Councils.

The 2012 event is a product of the financial and/or organizational assistance of many partners: Canadian National Railway Company, Government of Canada, Eastman & Smith Ltd., HDR Engineering, Inc., Norfolk Southern Corporation, Ohio Association of Regional Councils, University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute & University Transportation Center, and Toledo Lucas County Port Authority.


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