08:30 - 08:40 Chairman Intro

Greif Luis Villasor Director of Sales & Marketing Greif

08:40 - 09:05 What Texas' Production Boom Means for Petrochemical and Logistics
  • Session Details TBC

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Texas Railroad Commissioner

09:05 - 09:50 Houston Still Strong - A year on from Hurricane Harvey
  • Develop a better understanding of how to improve resilience of our supply chain and preparing for the next hurricane Harvey.
  • Take a fresh look at what we achieved and learned this past year?
  • Understand what is still to be done thinking ahead through 2020.

Sector Houston-Galveston Captain Kevin D. Oditt Sector Commander Sector Houston-Galveston

FEMA Jeffrey Dorko Assistant Administrator - Logistics FEMA

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Chad Burke President & CEO Economic Alliance Houston Port Region

Florida Marine Moderator: Brent Ice EVP & General Manager Florida Marine

09:50-10:15 Improving efficiencies in site logistics
  • Bulk transports via rail can be very time consuming and therefor costly, both in infrastructure & assets.
  • Increasing the efficiency of site logistics & transport operations can be achieved through automation and innovation.
  • BASF introduces BASF Class Tank Containers (B-TC), light & quieter railcars, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV’s) and a fully automated TC storage yard on a European site.

BASF Helen De Wachter Head of Global Supply Chain BASF

10:45-11:30 KEYNOTE: Producer Fireside Chat- Supply Chain Needs in 2019 and Beyond
  • Hear from key industry players about the volumes coming online and what the immediate supply chain implications.
  • Develop a better understanding of producers needs from the supply chain community- immediate and looking ahead.
  • Understand a producer’s view of the supply chain and their key concerns.

CP Chem Bob Rhoades General Manager, Global Supply Chain CP Chem

Formosa Rick Lisa Senior Director of Logistics Management Formosa

Shell Chemical Joe Kelly Logistics Manager - Polyethylene Shell Chemical

Greif Moderator: Luis Villasor Director of Sales & Marketing Greif

11:30-12:15 The Digital Supply Chain - What Can it Do for You?
  • From Supply Chain Toward a Digital Supply Network
  • “Real world” example of the transformation of a Supply Chain function to a Digital Supply Network
  • Make Supply Chain 4.0 a reality today!

US Customs and Border Protection Vincent Annunziato Director, ACE Business Office US Customs and Border Protection

Citizens Reserve Inc Martin Kaczynski Director of Product & Operations Citizens Reserve

MercuryGate John Martin CEO MercuryGate

Shell New Energies Karn Sood Business Development Shell New Energies

Voyager Moderator: Matthew Costello CEO Voyager

12:15-12:45 Logistics Inside Out 
  • Diamonds inside your fence line 

Hanson Professional Service Inc. Dave ThomsonEVPHanson Professional Service Inc.

13:30-14:15 LUNCH WORKSHOP: Next-Gen Digital Risk Management for the Petrochemical Industry Supply Chain
  • We are seeing increased cyber threats impacting the Petrochemical industry, and the majority involve incidents related to the supply chain
  • Cybersecurity should be an enabler for SCRM transformation
  • Industry-wide challenges with SCRM require a “Next Generation” approach

Fortress Fortress Information Security

14:15-14:55 What the Truck?
  • ELD 101- The must-have information on what new tracking regulations actually mean for trucking and how it will affect transportation times.
  • Be sure that your route to market is fully prepared, hear about the initiatives trucking companies are taking to improve human capacity and productivity.
  • Ensure your product gets to market as promised

Dupre Reggie Dupre CEO Dupre

ExxonMobil Marcos Villarreal Category Specialist Manager ExxonMobil

A&R Logistics Inc. Dan Jaworski SVP of Sales and Marketing A&R Logistics Inc.

Jetco Logistics Moderator: Brian Fielkow CEO Jetco Logistics

14:55-15:20 A Strategic & Cost Efficient Gateway in South East Asia
  • Connecting US Gulf Coast to Asia Pacific : Westports Malaysia

Westports Malaysia Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam General Manager, Marketing & Conventional Westports Malaysia

15:50-16:30 Advancing Your Capabilities Toward a Digital Supply Network: What Will be your Road Map?
  • Master the art of developing an action plan in the new era of digitalization to ensure you aren’t left behind
  • Learn how to successfully adopt and exploit these technologies to optimize your supply chain.
  • Get the facts on what does digitalization, its implications, challenges and opportunities really mean for the petrochemical supply chain in terms of operational efficiency
  • Hear from leading experts on Blockchain real talk- what it means and how can it add value

Ineos Richard Scharchburg Logistics Operations Manager Ineos

Chevron Corey Vickers Global Logistics Category Manager Chevron

Dupre Bob Verret CIO Dupre

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics LLC Artur Zgoda Director of Supply Chain IT solutions Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics LLC

American Global Logistics Moderator: Doug McBee Senior Vice President of Sales American Global Logistics

16:30-17:10 Improving Rail Service Reliability and Consistency
  • Hear from our experts on they are strengthen infrastructure through rail solutions for the petrochemical market
  • Get a play by play on current and upcoming capital investments and how it will increase rail capacity
  • Understand efforts toward a better customer experience. Hear on Service performance, agility and technological enhancements.
  • Practical steps that can be taken for great visibility

Shell Chris Jackson Logistics Manager Shell

Savage Services Phillip Hoskins Sr. Director Business Development Savage Services

IntelliTransc Kenneth Sherman VP & General Manager IntelliTrans

PLG Consulting Moderator: Taylor Robinson President PLG Consulting

17:10-17:15 Chairman Day One Conclusion

Greif Luis Villasor Director of Sales & Marketing Greif

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08:30-08:40 Chairman’s Intro

Greif Luis Villasor Director of Sales & Marketing Greif

08:40-09:05 Transformative integrated water resources infrastructure management on America’s Energy Coast
  • Hear from US Army Corp of Engineers on the latest studies and projects, both ongoing and budgeted, for watershed flood risk management, coastal storm risk management, ecosystem restoration, and navigation
  • Understand how these changes will help to protect the energy industries from future flood risks and will support a vibrant economy, resilient communities, and healthy coastal ecosystems for generations to come

US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District Edmund Russo Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District

09:05-09:25 Intermodal Innovation for Chemical Shipments
  • As supply chain managers scrambled to secure capacity and manage increasing costs throughout 2018, Schneider’s unique 40-foot intermodal containers became the answer for a growing number of chemical shippers.
  • Hear how Schneider’s intermodal solution increased load acceptance, freed up drivers for other loads and reduced transportation costs for one such chemical shipper.
  • Learn how this solution can be implemented into your supply chain.

Schneider Jason HoweSVP & General ManagerSchneider

09:25-09:45 Trade Wars 101
  • As Trump shakes up global trade get the facts the current US political environment’s effect on the future of petrochemical supply chain.
  • Understand how the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and on imports of chemicals and plastics from China will affect your supply chain and if/what the cost will be.
  • Know now to prepare for the future.

American Chemistry Council Ed Brzytwa Director of International Trade American Chemistry Council

09:45-10:30 Managing the Wild Swings in Supply Chain Export Needs
  • Its True! The US Petrochemical exports are rising to record levels.
  • Get an expert analysis and commentary of the ramifications to the local and global markets, supply chains and logistics with a focus on the upcoming export growth
  • A discussion how to manage and prepare the supply chain for the next mass exportation of petrochemicals
  • An Experts eye on current and optimum capacity, initiatives for expanded services and more
  • Get ahead of emerging bottlenecks and stay updated on the innovate solutions in place to maximize operational excellence
  • Be sure your business in the position to best take advantage for the next wave of exports

Chevron Reggie Brown Global Category Manager, Logistics Chevron

Kansas City Southern Jennifer Fussell VP Sales and Marketing Kansas City Southern


Port Corpus Christi Jarl Pedersen CCO Port Corpus Christi

CMA CGM Brian Roberts Vice President of the Gulf Region CMA CGM

CEVA Logistics Moderator: Michel Loutchaninoff Business Development Director, Ocean, South Region CEVA Logistics

11:00-11:45 Drafting a Plan in the New Age of Petrochemicals
  • A fresh look at U.S. Port positioning to support growth in the petrochemical industry
  • Get the facts on current and optimum capacity, initiatives for expanded services and more
  • Listen to our experts and their critical view on emerging bottlenecks and solutions/plans in place to maximize operational excellence
  • Control versus influence over supply chain efficiency for Ports specifically

INVISTA Paul Brunsman Global Marine Manager INVISTA

SABIC Paul Jepson Manager, Inventory, Specialties SABIC

South Carolina Port Authority Paul McClintock VP Sales & Marketing South Carolina Port Authority

The Greater Houston Port Bureau Captain Bill Deihl President The Greater Houston Port Bureau

U.S. Maritime Administration Brian Hill Western Gulf Gateway Director U.S. Maritime Administration

Octagon Moderator: Clifford Lee VP Octagon Supply Chain, LLC

11:45-12:10 OPTIMIZE! How to manage trucking costs in times of tight capacity
  • Truck capacity is tight, and rates are rising. That’s old news!  Best in class shippers are managing trucking costs and creating capacity in today’s trucking environment. Brian Fielkow will share seven best practices that proactive shippers can use to manage costs and protect themselves from the capacity crunch.

Jetco Logistics Brian Fielkow CEO Jetco Logistics

13:10-13:25 Growth in the Gulf: Rail’s Critical Role in Supporting Customer Supply Chains
  • Gulf Investments to Support Increased Market Demand
  • Rail Solutions for Supply Chain Fluidity
  • Unified Plan 2020 Update

Union Pacific Doug Craven AVP Union Pacific

13:25-14:20 Strictly Business - Optimization of Supply Chain Year on Year
  • Get the facts on how well the petrochemical supply chain is coping with increased volumes so far.
  • Understand and work towards overcoming the main barriers to an optimal supply chain.
  • Get the low-down on new partnerships and the importance of partnering for supply chain success.
  • Hear from the ultimate authority on what more must be done, and quickly, to support current petrochemical export volumes. What does the future hold, and why must we act now?

Kuraray America Inc. Eric Eileraas Global Procurement MangerKuraray America Inc.

Deloitte Mark Koeppen Principle Deloitte Consulting

Center for Houston’s Future Brett Perlman CEO Center for Houston’s Future

Martin D. Parker Office of Ports & Waterways Planning Maritime Administration

Plantgistix Moderator: Sam Diaz President Plantgistix

14:20-15:05 Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail- The Cornerstone of Procurement in Mega Projects
  • Drive efficiency and effectiveness in inbound logistics
  • Deliver operational excellence, reduce risk and drive business profitability associated with project cargo logistics services by considering them early
  • Develop and review logistics plans and solutions to ensure that sufficient allowance is made for contingencies and identify critical areas of risk

Air Liquide Joye RunfolaSr Project Logistics Specialist.Air Liquide

Advisian Sean Murphy Senior Vice President - Americas Advisian

NAI Ohio Corridor Moderator: Bryce Custer Petrochemical & Energy Services NAI Ohio Corridor

15:05-15:10 Chairman’s Conclusion


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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

  • Hanson

Gold Sponsors

  • Dupre Logistics
  • Savage
  • Schneider
  • Westports

Silver Sponsors

  • advisian
  • AR
  • DCG
  • IntelliTrans
  • JET
  • MercuryGate
  • Plantgistix
  • transwide

Packaging/Bag Sponsor

  • intersack

Slido Sponsor

  • Trackmobile

VIP Networking Zone Sponsor

  • AGL

Drinks Sponsor

  • universiity-of-houston

Port Sponsors

  • Port-of-Corpus-Christi
  • Port freeport

Railroad Sponsors

  • Kansas
  • union pacific

Charge Station Sponsors

  • siemens


  • BDP
  • Eceplast
  • Fortress
  • TGS
  • trinity rail


  • abl
  • AsiaTek
  • Boss
  • Bourque Data Systems
  • Brown Eagle Logistics LLC
  • clipperdata
  • DoverMEI
  • Eceplast
  • EMS
  • GBI
  • GeoMetrix
  • Greenbrier
  • Hanson
  • hoyer
  • IntelliTrans
  • intersack
  • JET
  • Kansas
  • Katoen-Natie
  • leogistics
  • LLamasoft
  • MFM
  • novaflex hose
  • novaflex hose
  • Odyssey
  • Patriot Rail
  • QTS
  • Railserve
  • Reliable Turbine Services, LLC
  • Rescar
  • Savage
  • Schneider
  • Shuttlewagon
  • siemens
  • SPSI
  • system-id
  • TGS
  • Trackmobile
  • transwide
  • Trimac
  • trinity rail
  • xeneta
  • xpo logistics

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