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Ohio Conference on Freight – Speakers Announced

“The Drive to Innovate”

The agenda for the 2013 Ohio Conference on Freight is being finalized and the speakers confirmed. The conference is Thursday & Friday, September 12 & 13 and will be held at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky.

Registration for the conference is open now. To review the complete agenda and see more details, go to www.ohiofreight.org.

Keynote Speakers

Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D.
Principal and Chief Economist, Kleinhenz & Associates
“Economic Overview and Outlook”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 9:45 a.m.

Kleinhenz & Associates is an economic, financial consulting, and wealth management firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Jack Kleinhenz, the firm’s chief economist, is also an adjunct professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and chief economist for the National Retail Federation headquartered in Washington, D.C. Formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Mr. Kleinhenz also served as chief economist and planning officer for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the nation’s largest chamber of commerce. He is currently the vice president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Christopher Steele
Chief Operating Officer and President North America, Investment Consulting Associates
“Site Selection and Freight Facilities”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:15 p.m.

Chris Steele has more than 20 years of experience in location strategy, site selection, and economic development. His background with a small city planning firm, a Big-Four consulting services firm (Ernst & Young LLP), and a world-class engineering and supply chain company (TranSystems Corporation) have given him a unique perspective on how location and place impact business and community success around the globe. Among his many past clients are Boeing, the State of Delaware, Tampa Committee of 100, The City of San Jose, KC Smart Port, and many other companies and communities. He is lead author of NCFRP 13, a guide for public officials on key private sector transportation site-selection drivers.

“Creating Cross-Border Connections”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m.

The U.S. Department of State issued a Presidential Permit to the State of Michigan for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. This development is hailed by many as critical to promoting cross border trade, bi-national prosperity, and job creation. What can commercial and transportation stakeholders expect next? Learn how this bi-national public private partnership is structured. Find out about the construction timeline on this $5.5 billion bridge project. A top Canadian official will share these details and more.

Michelle L. VanderMeer
Senior Director, North American Logistics, Whirlpool Corporation
“Maximizing the Freight Network through Supply Chain Collaboration”
Friday, Sept. 13, 8:45 a.m.

Michelle VanderMeer’s broad supply chain experience includes procurement, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, customer service, production planning, and vendor-managed inventory. As Senior Director for North American Logistics Operations at Whirlpool Corporation, her responsibilities range from optimizing warehouse labor, to customs compliance, to creating innovative transportation solutions, and helping set the logistics strategy for the largest appliance manufacturer in the United States. Before her work at Whirlpool, she had previous experience at M&M/Mars and at the Kellogg Company.


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