April 14, 2015

Most of America’s consumers know or understand little about how items get to their favorite stores’ shelves. People who are in the business of getting those items into shoppers’ hands, however, know a lot more.

Almost all aspects of the supply chain, and many of the roadblocks the industry faces, will be thoroughly examined during a comprehensive panel discussion at the 2015 Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on April 23 in Pomona. The morning panel features key representatives from companies and organizations that cover the full scope of the industry, from the ports to retail locations visited by almost every consumer in the country.

The panel discussion is entitled “Overcoming SoCal Supply Chain Chokepoints,” and will illustrate the complexities surrounding the movement of goods on the oceans, highways and rails. The discussion will include presentations by executives in the warehousing and retail industries, giving the audience a broad perspective on shipment of goods and the places where problems often arise.

More importantly, this panel is made up of professionals who have faced these issues before and come up with solutions.

The panelists are:

Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Long Beach;

Alex Cherin, Senior Vice President at law firm Englander, Knabe & Allen, who works on policy issues with both the Port of Long Beach and with the California Trucking Association;

Scott Moore, Vice President for Public Affairs for the nine states in the Western region for rail giant Union Pacific;

Michele Grubbs, Vice President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents ocean carriers and marine terminal operators in more than 20 West Coast ports;

Jon Gold, Vice President for Supply Chain Operations for the National Retail Federation, the largest trade group for the retail industry;

Reade Kidd, Director of International Logistics for Home Depot, the third largest importer in the United States;

B.J. Patterson, CEO and President of Pacific Mountain Logistics, a third-party distribution operation based in Ontario.

Fran Inman, Senior Vice President at Majestic Realty, one of the nation’s largest real estate development companies with properties in many Southern California communities, will be the moderator for the panel.

The panel starts at 9:15 a.m., following the welcoming remarks from Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), and Larry Crosby, Dean of the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

The day-long Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit will be at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona. It will be the first-ever fully regional summit, where experts and professionals from six Southern California counties gather to discuss one of the region’s major industries. The event is co-hosted by the IEEP and by the new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain and Logistics at Claremont Graduate University.

Other topics to be discussed during the day include diesel emissions, new technologies and how government agencies can help, or not hurt, the logistics industry. Special presentations include a discussion on the use of modern GIS tracking by Esri’s Wolfgang Hall and a keynote address on developing warehouse jobs for handicapped workers from Randy Lewis, the former Senior Vice President at drug retailer Walgreens.

Additionally, Noel Massie, President of the Southern California District for UPS, will be honored with the inaugural Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

More information, including RSVP registration and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website, http://supplychainsummit2015.com.