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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

$550 per person

Hyatt Regency - Houston Galleria
Houston, TX

If you're responsible for setting your company's transportation budgets, pricing capacity with precision, or protecting your margins, you need to attend this one-day session from the FTR Events team. 

These new small-group sessions provide the perfect blend of quantitative analysis, forecasts, and intimate networking with the industry's elite decision-makers.

Taking place at the brand new Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria with upscale amenities and a relaxed atmosphere, this one-day session is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and grow your transportation network and knowledge base. (Secure your discounted room rate here by October 21, 2023)

Here's a look at the agenda:

7:30 AM - Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - Welcome & Introductions
8:45 AM - The U.S. Economy: Is This Normal Now?

The economy has seen a series of shocks and whipsaws in the past three-and-a-half years, and even as indicators suggest a broad settling, we continue to see echoes and consequences of the pandemic disruption. Will 2024 finally bring an economy we can anticipate? Or is the new normal just waiting for the next unseen shoe to drop?

Presenter - Eric Starks

9:30 AM - Trucking Outlook: When Will the Market Start to Tighten?

Following the craziness of late 2020 through early 2022, the trucking market has been favorable for shippers for a unusually long period – at least by the standards of the past decade. We will review current conditions and the latest forecast and discuss markers we watching for signs of trucking's next upswing.

Presenter - Avery Vise, FTR

10:30 AM - Networking Break
10:45 AM - Rail Outlook: Making Sense of Different Paths.

Carload and intermodal have been on starkly different trajectories in the last few years, and that has only intensified in the last 12 months. This session examines the fundamentals and outlooks for each side of the rail freight market and whether carload and intermodal will start to come closer together in 2024. 

Presenter - Todd Tranausky

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11:45 AM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Industry Keynote

A leading chemical and petroleum shipper speaks about the threats and opportunities they see for the market moving forward. This conversation will allow attendees to ask questions and hear answers about what they are watching to determine business outcomes in the year ahead.

Matt Reinhart, HF Sinclair
Todd Tranausky, FTR 

2:00 PM - Electrified Freight Transportation: Charging Ahead or Running Off the Grid?

Regulations at the federal and state levels and corporate drives for sustainability are pushing toward electric propulsion for commercial vehicles faster than we might have envisioned a decade ago. This session will address the technology paths, timelines and current and expected challenges to battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and whether diesel has a role in freight transportation of the future.

Presenter - Mike Roeth, NACFE

3:00 PM - Networking Break
3:15 PM - Charting a Course for Compliance: Navigating Regulatory Concerns for Leading Shippers

In today's ever-evolving global marketplace, leading shippers face an array of complex and constantly changing regulatory challenges. To maintain a competitive edge while ensuring adherence to applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards, shippers must chart a course for compliance.
This session is designed to provide shippers with invaluable insights into the regulatory landscape and equip them with practical strategies to navigate the intricate web of compliance concerns.

Presenter - Avery Vise & Todd Tranausky
Moderator - Jonathan Starks

Meet the Speakers

Matt Reinhart
Matt Reinhart Vice President, HF Sinclair
Mike Roeth
Mike Roeth Executive Director, NACFE
Eric starks
Eric Starks Chairman of the Board, FTR
Jon Starks
Jonathan Starks CEO, FTR
Todd Tranausky
Todd Tranausky VP, Rail & Intermodal
Avery Vise VP, Trucking

Share your expertise, exchange ideas, and collaborate with fellow professionals at this crucial event designed to equip you with the latest insights and strategies for the upcoming holiday shipping season. Please fill out the form to reserve your spot for the 2023 FTR Shippers Symposium on November 14th in Houston, Texas!

Once the registration form is submitted, we will send a confirmation email with hotel room block information.  

Please click here to view the FTR Symposium Series Terms & Conditions

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