2010 Annual Conference Info

2010 Annual Conference to be held
in Chicago, Illinois
June 13 - 15, 2010

Sunday June 13, 2010
3:00 - 5:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 pm Registration and Welcome Reception
Chagall Foyer, A & B
Monday June 14, 2010
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
Picasso Foyer, A & B
8:00 - 8:30 am Opening Remarks - Co-Chairmen
George Manno, Just Born, Inc.
Harry Norris, Howell's Motor Freight, Inc.
8:30 - 9:15 am

Not Me – Them!
     Liability Apportionment Between the Shipper, Broker,
     Carrier and Warehouseman

Joel Steiner, Esquire*
Joel H. Steiner is a partner in the firm of Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon of Chicago, Illinois. He has been engaged in the of practice transportation law for over thirty five years. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1968, BA - History) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (1971, JD). He is a past Commissioner and Chairman of the Traffic Commission of the City of Highland Park, Illinois, a municipality in Lake County, Illinois. He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers' Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He assisted the Illinois Commerce Commission's staff in drafting legislation which was enacted as the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law. Bar admissions include the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as the Illinois Supreme Court and various United States District Courts.

Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner and Bazelon provides comprehensive representation with respect to a wide spectrum of transportation and transportation related matters. A broader description of the firm’s practice can be found on its web site:
www.trans-law.com      Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon
        Chicago, Illinois

        *Bio available
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  • When something goes wrong, who is legally responsible?
  • When there are so many parties involved, who is ultimately responsible or do several parties have liability?
  • Does the answer differ if it is cargo damage, an accident involving employees of a party or an innocent third party, or if the delivery is just late?
  • Are there ways to minimize your liability?
9:15 - 10:00 am

You Are Liable
     But Does Your Insurance Cover It?

Robert Reeb, Esquire*
Rob was born in Stockton, California. He graduated in 1985, cum laude, from the University of Dallas with a BA, majoring in politics. In 1988, he was admitted to the Illinois bar after earning his law degree, and a master's degree in political theory, both with honors, from Loyola University of Chicago. Prior to his civil experience, Rob served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a prosecutor and staff counsel. Since then, Rob has regularly practiced before Illinois State and Federal Courts, as well as in the Federal District Courts in Indiana and Wisconsin. He is one of the founding shareholders of Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C., established in 1997, a firm specializing in maritime and transportation law.

During his career, Rob has been active in various professional and service organizations, including the Propeller Club, Port of Chicago (President, 2000-2002); the Illinois State Bar Association; the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor); the Transportation Lawyers Association; and the Intermodal Association of North America.

Practice Description: Mr. Reeb is a civil trial lawyer with experience in maritime and transportation law, including intermodal cargo losses; personal injury defense under the Jones Act and LHWCA; transportation intermediaries (freight forwarders, NVOCCs and customs brokers); industrial equipment transportation; major trucking accidents; marine and inland marine insurance, including hull, P & I, open marine cargo insurance and motor truck cargo legal liability; and domestic and international air carriage. He also advises clients and handles litigation in matters involving products liability, commercial law and technology law.
     Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.
        Chicago, Illinois

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  • Where there are overlapping responsibilities and functions, does your insurance cover your liability?
  • Are there gaps in your insurance?
  • What happens when the policies of more than one party may be involved?
  • Which policies – cargo, liability coverage, endorsement liabilities, errors and omissions, or additional insured liability are involved?
10:00 - 10:30 am Open Discussion on Overlapping Liability and Insurance Issues
     Joel Steiner, Esquire & Robert Reeb, Esquire
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 Noon

Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

Donald J. Vogel, Esquire*
Donald J. Vogel is a partner with the Chicago office of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., and focuses his nationwide practice in the representation of management and individuals in the defense of Title VII, ERISA, Multi-Employer Pension Plan Amendment Act and STAA Whistleblower claims, and related employment/wrongful discharge/discrimination claims in state and federal courts. He frequently counsels clients on their rights and responsibilities under labor and employment contracts, offers advice on various business issues, and has represented numerous clients in cases before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, State and Federal Departments of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Council, National Labor Relations Board, and arbitration cases before mandatory State Court Mediation Panels, the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Don is a past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association and is a recipient of the TLA's Distinguished Service Award. He is a frequent author of papers and lectures on issues involving labor law, ERISA withdrawal liability, independent contractor issues, and other employment-related topics. Don received his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Indiana, and before numerous U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeals. He is also a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois and Indiana Bar Associations, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association.
     Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.
        Chicago, Illinois

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A discussion of topical labor and employment law issues, including the latest on federal action. The latest on:

  • Carrier Safety Monitoring Act
  • Employee Free Choice Act
  • American With Disabilities Act
  • FMLA
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Arbitration bills,
  • Social Networking in the Workplace
  • Whistleblower and other retaliatory discharge claims
12:00 Noon - 2:00 pm Lunch
Great Hall
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Innovative Cold Chain Management
     Doing Good and Saving Money

David Sterling* David Sterling has more than 25 years experience in finance and supply chain management from both a consulting and industry perspective. His multidisciplinary background provides an excellent perspective which he has leveraged in several areas across the supply chain. Over the last several years, David has especially focused within the food industry in the areas of distribution economics and distribution strategies.

David's background was greatly impacted during the early part of his career through eight years of management experience with supply chain industry leader, Federal Express. As the leader of the internal consulting group, David was responsible for identifying long-term improvement processes throughout the entire FedEx global network and addressing critical issues impacting FedEx operations. His responsibilities included leading initiatives to address service issues in Asia, Europe and throughout the U.S. A key element of his responsibilities also included development of operational risk management initiatives throughout the world. Because of the wide-ranging impact of the group’s work, his scope of responsibilities included regular interaction with FedEx senior executive management.

David's experience also includes five years at consulting leader, Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young, where as a member of executive management, he led comprehensive supply chain engagements for major corporate clients. His focus industry segments included telecommunications, utilities, transportation and distribution. In addition, David was a member of the Global Sourcing and Supplier Management Committee which developed leading edge strategies for client projects. His major responsibilities included sales, client management, and project delivery for millions of dollars of revenue on an annual basis.

Recently, Sterling Solutions has partnered with the university in becoming a founding member of the Integrated Food Chain (IFC) at Georgia Tech. The IFC will work with food and technology firms in enhancing food traceability, food safety and also food quality. One of the goals of the IFC is to apply a systems level approach to the food system in order to better understand the appropriate control points, sampling requirements, sensor requirements, data requirements, policies and procedures that would ensure the safety of the food chain but not impose significant costs on the system.

David holds an MBA from Christian Brothers University and is certified as a CPA (inactive) in the State of Tennessee. He began his career as a CPA for Deloitte Touche, where he spent nearly three years. David is also very active in civic and church ministry organizations. He currently is Chairman of Board of Trustees for Evangelical Christian School, a large multi-campus private school in the Memphis area.
 and Nick Pacitti*
As a seasoned Supply Chain Executive, Nick Pacitti has over 25 years of extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering logistics improvement strategies and solutions. His experience and strengths include distribution network design supported by balancing manufacturing, warehousing and transportation strategies and technologies in optimizing assets while improving service and cost performance. Nick’s industry and senior management experience with Kraft and Nestle provides a true practitioner’s perspective in executing operations improvement and revenue enhancement initiatives. His successes included reengineering current operations and engineering new ventures through systems, coordinated marketing and logistics strategies, sophisticated deployment of distribution assets and improved operations.

Nick is currently Chairman of the Food Logistics Technical Subcommittee and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Food Marketing Institute (Washington DC) and their Safe Quality Food Institute. In this role Nick is developing and guiding the development of food logistics and security practices for the industry in concert with leading retailers, 3PLs and food processors. These standards will assist firms to achieve the globally recognized SQF certification.

Nick also works closely with Georgia Tech in the development and launch of the Integrated Food Chain Center where he is defining a structural approach with continued reliance on sound policy, process and performance measures which have been developed for the food chain. In addition, Nick is working with various Federal agencies in developing a joint private-public sector project in better assuring food safety throughout the US.

Nick holds two Masters Degrees, an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MA from Kent State University. An undergraduate degree was awarded Magna Cum Laude from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. Nick’s industry credentials include certifications by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Nick is a seasoned high school and college football official. He was recently selected from throughout the U.S. to referee in the McDonald’s USA vs. Ohio Champions tournament.
     Partners,Sterling Solutions, LLC,
        Memphis, Tennessee

    Co-Founders of Integrated Food Chain Center
    Georgia Tech University
       Atlanta, GA
        *Bios available
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When margins are being squeezed by retailer’s pressures for bigger discounts and more services, cost reductions have to come from areas not considered before. Cold Chain Management is reducing spoils from damaged or mishandled products by assessing how the process works and making adjustments without capital.

3:30 - 4:30 pm Review of Speaker Topics and Wrap-Up
     George Manno, Just Born, Inc
     Harry Norris, Howell's Motor Freight, Inc.
6:30 - 10:00 pm Reception and Dinner
Chagall Foyer A & B
Tuesday June 15, 2010
7:00 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Picasso Foyer, A & B
8:30 - 12:00 Noon Members Meeting / Business Discussion


Marty Bourque
Lindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc.
(603) 501-9627

Dan Horgan
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution
(908) 351-2800 Ext 211

Jerry Gimmel, General Counsel NCLC
 (301) 840-8565