DAY ONE: Full Conference Audience

8:25 Welcome to Day 1 - Karla Sharp, Sr. Director, Petrochemical Update

Accenture Chairman: Ojas Wadivkar Accenture

8:30 MORNING KEYNOTE Producer Panel
  • Immediate supply chain needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  • The perceived impact of August/September plant closures on anticipated volumes and project completions
  • What Producers need from the transportation industry amid rapid production growth to be successful
  • Where Producers see the main long term bottlenecks

Accenture Moderator: Ojas Wadivkar Accenture

Formosa Plastics Rick Lissa Senior Director, Supply Chain Formosa Plastics

AkzoNobel Millissa Flanagan Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain AkzoNobel

Huntsman Corp Amy Hark Director, Americas & Global Logistics Purchasing Huntsman Corp

9:10 MORNING KEYNOTE Land & Sea Distribution Panel
  • Dealing with the fallout of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (recovery, backlog & rates)
  • Improving the resilience of our supply chain – how do we prepare for the next Harvey?
  • What are the perceived challenges for the next 3-5 years, given the additional volumes still to come online in the 1st wave of petrochemical projects?
  • Future plans through 2020
  • In their view, where can the petrochemical supply chain be optimized to be more successful?

IBM Moderator: Raman Chander Global Lead for CPIP Center of Competency IBM

Port of New Orleans Brandy Christian CEO & President Port of New Orleans

Dupré Logistics Reggie Dupré President & CEO Dupré Logistics

COSCO Container Lines Howard Finkel Executive Vice President COSCO Container Lines

9:50 Morning Coffee Break
10:20 Shale Gas Industrial Expansion - Global & Domestic Implications Over the Next Decade
  • Latest project infrastructure, product and logistics impact forecast from the ongoing North American petrochemical expansion and recent Gulf Coast infrastructural damage cause by Harvey
  • Deep analysis of the large North American polyethylene expansion ramifications to the local and global markets, supply chains and logistics with a focus on the upcoming export growth
  • Additional analysis and commentary on likely ethane and ethylene export growth from the U.S. over the next decade.

PLG Consulting Taylor Robinson President PLG Consulting

11:00 Overcoming Hurdles & Congestion Amid the Petchem Export “Gold Rush”
  • Current capacity versus optimum capacity – port-by-port
  • Initiative and expansion projects underway or completed to increase port capacity
  • The impact of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma on progress and the aftermath in terms of backlogs
  • What are Ports doing to mitigate risk related to future natural disasters?
  • Influence and control – what is the ports’ role in influencing supply chain optimization elsewhere?

JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure Moderator: Walter Kemmsies Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure

Port of Houston Authority John Moseley Senior Director, Trade Development Port of Houston Authority

South Carolina Ports Paul McClintock Chief Commercial Officer & Senior Vice President South Carolina Ports

GA Ports Authority Greg Van Brunt Regional Sales Manager, Trade Development GA Ports Authority

Port of Long Beach Don Snyder Director of Business Development Port of Long Beach

11:40 How Successful Have We Really Been in Optimizing Our Supply Chain to Deal with Growth (One Year On)?
  • Exploring how well the petrochemical supply chain is coping with increased volumes so far
  • What more must be done, and quickly, to support current petrochemical export volumes
  • Exploring new partnerships and the importance of partnering for supply chain success
  • What does the future hold, and must we act now?

Resources Global Professionals Moderator: Dr. David Bazzetta Business Advisor - Process Optimization Resources Global Professionals

Kansas City Southern Jennifer Fussell Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing Petroleum Kansas City Southern

Bulkmatic Camilo Gomez Gerencia Comercial Bulkmatic

BASF Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain BASF

Katoen Natie Frank Vingerhoets President Katoen Natie

Advision Sean Murphy Vice President Advision

12:20 The Growing Importance of Resin Distribution as a Channel to Market

How global trends impacting the plastics industry are changing the strategic importance of Distribution, including:

  • How consolidation at both the producer and converter levels are changing the structure and role of Distribution
  • How producers and their distribution partners are being challenged to satisfy rising customer expectations due to digital technology
  • How the Shale Revolution is creating new demands on distributors to expand their market reach
  • How global competitive pressures are transitioning distributors from product peddlers to total solution providers
  • And how new materials and manufacturing technologies are disrupting the Distribution space

M. Holland Dwight Morgan Vice President, Corporate Development M. Holland

12:45 Lunch Break
2:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE America’s Distribution Hub for the Next Generation
  • An update on Hurricane Harvey’s impacts to the Houston Ship Channel, and our recovery efforts
  • A State of the Port
  • Preparing for future growth

Port of Houston Authority Roger Guenther Executive Director Port Houston

2:55 MORNING KEYNOTE Hurricane Harvey - Houston Strong
  • An overview of the business implications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. Gulf Coast & East Coast
  • A summary of the bounce-back efforts and speed of response across our industry
  • Short term and long term challenges for our supply chain & recovery projections
  • Initiatives put in place to mitigate the damage of future events like these

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Harris County Judge Harris County

3:20 Managing a Complex Business Interruption Claim and Best Practices to a Successful Settlement
  • Purpose of Business Interruption Insurance
  • Business Interruption Values
  • Establishing a Team of Professionals
  • The Business Interruption Claim Preparation Process
  • Typical Grey and Contentious Areas
  • Business Interruption Claim Resolution

Berkley Research Group Robert Glasser Managing Director Business Insurance Claims and Forensic Accounting Berkley Research Group

3:40 Afternoon Coffee Break
4:30 Safety Advances in the Shipment of Flammable Liquids by Rail
  • Historical construction standards of the Class DOT 111 tank car
  • New construction standards of the Class DOT 117 tank car
  • Shipper and railroad operating requirements for flammable liquid shipments by rail
  • Industry progress in constructing new cars and converting existing cars
  • Status of Electronically-Controlled Pneumatic Brakes (“ECP”) on cars in unit-train operations
  • FRA request to consider the use of the Class DOT 117 for other products shipped by rail

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. James Rader Vice President of Regulatory Services The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

4:55 Packaging, Warehousing and Drayage
  • Hear from packing and warehousing companies on their general outlook for petrochemical production growth in North America from 2018 and beyond
  • Overview of newly completed and planned facilities for 2018 & 2019
  • Examples of how they are expanding operations, and developing partnerships with key suppliers to prepare for growth
  • Key lessons learned in optimizing the Plastic Resin supply chain
  • What challenges still exist?

Tricon Energy Moderator: Ritesh Kothari Director of Global Operations Tricon Energy

Vinmar International Tushar Bhuta Global Director of Supply Chain Vinmar International

Plantgistix Marc Levine President Plantgistix

National Property Holdings and Rail Logix Michael Plank Chairman & CEO National Property Holdings and Rail Logix

TGS Matt Fleming Vice President TGS

5:35 Shipper-Ocean Carrier Relationships: Opportunities & Challenges As Exports Grow
  • Shipper Problems with Refused Bookings
  • Carrier Problems With No-Show Shipments
  • Efforts to Use Technology to Find Solutions
  • What It Means for Container Shipping

The Journal of Commerce Joseph Bonney Senior Editor The Journal of Commerce

5:50 Chairman Day One Round Up & Key Take-Aways
5:55-7:30 Day One Evening Networking Party
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DAY TWO: Full Conference Audience

8:30 Welcome Back

JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure Chairman: Walter Kemmsies Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure

8:40 The Digital Supply Chain - What Does It Mean?

What does digitalization, its implications, challenges and opportunities mean for the petrochemical supply chain in terms of:

  • Operational efficiency
  • Tools
  • Data
  • Block Chain

Accenture Ojas Wadivkar Managing Director, Chemicals Accenture

9:05 From Supply Chain Toward a Digital Supply Network
  • A “real world” example of the transformation of a Supply Chain function to a Digital Supply Network – BASF and Industry 4.0
  • The primary components of the DSN and the most important aspect of the transformation to ensure success
  • BASF’s Freight Visibility Platform and how it has become a “game-changer” for the Chemical Industry

Resources Global Professionals Moderator: Dr. David Bazzetta Business Advisor - Process Optimization Resources Global Professionals

BASF Andy O’Connor Global Director and Head of Digital SC Development - BASF 4.0 BASF

BASF Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain BASF

Decartes Dan Cicerchi Vice President Decartes MacroPoint Solutions Decartes

KAG Logistics Mike Forbes Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President Logistics KAG Logistics

9:45 Connected Worker Opportunities
  • Digitizing workflow in field operations and inspections
  • Improved tracking of asset shipments
  • Directing work to improve productivity

Honeywell Chris Munnelly Director, Connected Worker Strategy Honeywell

10:10 Cybersecurity: The Other Side of the Coin
  • Understanding the complexity of cybersecurity and exposure to risk, with special emphasis on supply chain security
  • The range of potential threat actors, their capabilities, and incentives for attacking supply chains
  • How these attackers exploit supply chains and logistics systems in practice
  • Attack mitigation and reducing risk

IronNet Greg Conti Director of Research IronNet Cybersecurity

10:35 Morning Coffee Break
11:10 Re-Design: Innovations in the Way We Truck
  • Trucking initiatives for improving human capacity and productivity
  • Alternative transportation of trucks – how are trucking companies and railroad working together to reduce transportation times
  • Strategies for reducing delivery time and saving on cost

Sunburst Trucking Shaun Leone President Sunburst Trucking

Ferromex Ernesto Anguiano Commercial Director Ferromex

Dupré Logistics Mike Matte Senior Director of Business Development Dupré Logistics

11:50 Union Pacific: Looking Towards the Future
  • Infrastructure Strength: Rail solutions for the petrochemical market
  • Capital Investments: Continued investment in the south
  • Customer Experience: Service performance, agility and technological enhancements
  • Capacity Manager: Total rail visibility

Union Pacific Railroad Kenny Rocker Vice President & General Manager - Industrial Products Union Pacific Railroad

12:05 Lunch Break
1:45 Supply Chain and Logistics Opportunities in the Texas Gulf Coast – Industrial Sector Overview
  • Rail growth and expansion
  • Industrial Development
  • Marine infrastructure

TGS Matt Fleming Vice President TGS

2:10 Consolidation: ...the Key to the Congestion Conundrum?
  • Definition
  • Where is it needed?
  • Who wants it & who doesn’t?
    • What’s in it for me? (Owners, Terminals, Industry)
  • Why won’t it work?

Odfjell Terminals USA Melbourne Pinks Commercial Director Odfjell Terminals USA

2:35 Considerations and Strategies for Combatting Aging Fleets
  • Impact of single hull vessel scrappage measures
  • Emission regulations surrounding ‘most polluting’ inland vessels entering ports and current surcharge updates
  • What this will mean for these vessels and how is the industry replacing retiring vessels

RightShip Americas Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President - Americas RightShip Americas

3:00 Chairman Day Two Round Up & Full Conference Key Take-Aways
3:10 End of Conference
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A Special Thanks to our 2017 Advisory Committee:

  • Bill Wehrle
    Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain
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  • Ojas Wadivkar
    Ojas Wadivkar Accenture
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    Ojas Wadivkar is a partner of A.T. Kearney Middle East and is a senior member of the Energy and Process Industries Practice at A.T. Kearney. He has consulted companies internationally for more than 16 years, and has spent the last 6 years dedicated to clients in the GCC.

    He has consulted clients across multiple industries including process, electric utilities and petrochemical companies on issues ranging from supply chain and operations to defining business strategies and redesigning organizations. Additionally he has also consulted and implemented energy efficiency programs for U.S. Government sites. Mr. Wadivkar is a recognized expert within the energy industries space.

    In addition to being a Management Consultant he is also a Professional Mechanical Engineer (licensed in California, USA) and a Certified Energy Manager.

  • Walter Kemmsies
    Walter Kemmsies Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist
    JLL U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure
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    Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group.

    In this role, Walter executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.

    Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment.

    Walter’s professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.



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