Logistics Development Forum

August 6-8, 2018

Vail, CO



Tuesday, August 5th

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
Please join us for a pre-event gathering at the Stein Eriksen Resort on Tuesday evening for an opportunity to network with other attendees and speakers in a relaxed and casual environment, before the forum kicks off on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, August 6th

7:00am- 8.30am Breakfast
7.30am-8.30am One-on-One Meetings with Speakers
8.45am – 9.30am The Supply Chain Impacts Where Companies Locate. Maybe Yes, Maybe No.

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics

How do you tell the difference and how do you tell if you should:

  1. Bid on the project with a "cut and paste" because you won't win
  2. Pass because you know you are not going to make the short list
  3. Put on a full court press to win the project because you can

Tim will discuss what is happening in supply chain and logistics that you should know about, give you questions to ask the site selection consultant to determine the answers to the above questions, and make you "smarter" about the links between site selection and logistics.

9.30am -10.15am Collaborating for Success

Greg Boring, Vice President, Sales, Kenco Group, Inc.

What are the key factors to consider when determining the optimal location for a new port distribution center? Is the warehouse closest to the port always the best? Should your primary goal be to minimize transportation cost? How much influence should labor availability and cost have on your decision? How much of an impact can an Economic Development Authority have on the decision process? In this presentation, Greg will talk about how partners – Kenco, Georgia Ports Authority, and the Development Authority of Bryan County, GA – came together to develop an award winning solution.

10.15am -10.30am Break
10.30am - 11.15am The Impact of the Supply Chain on Industrial Real Estate

Adam Roth, Director, NAI Global Logisitics

Transportation continues to play a vital role in the transformation of commercial real estate; it has significantly changed the traditional real estate business into one that is focused on supply chain. In order to maintain or increase profit margins amidst rising costs, corporations are focusing on their supply chains holistically as opposed to separate, individual issues. The challenges the transportation sector is confronting are changing the industrial real estate landscape.

11.15am-12.00pm And You Want to Build Your DC Where?

Patrick Sedlak, Principal, Sedlak

This session will help attendees:


  • Understand: Numerous factors in site selection
  • Learn: Key levers in the decision making process
  • Alleviate: Pain points


12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm - 5.00pm One-on-One Meetings with Speakers
6.00pm - 8.00pm Group Dinner


Thursday, August 7th

7:00am- 8.30am Breakfast
7.30am-8.30am One-on-One Meetings with Speakers
8.45am – 9.30am “Right Sites” in a Dynamic Market

John Hoover, General Manager, Modalgistics

The logistics landscape is changing at a rapid pace. E-commerce, customer expectations, transportation shifts and energy plays are just some of the factors impacting the definition of “The Right Site”. We’ll explore how changing markets are changing the Supply Chain and the impact that can have on your sites.

9.30am -10.15am What Can Freight Do For Me? Positioning for Cargo Oriented Development Opportunities

Paula Dowell, PhD, Principal, Cambridge Systematics

The session will explore the top trends impacting future trade patterns and the resulting opportunities and challenges for local communities to capitalize on their logistics strengths. Major trends to be discussed include the role of energy and agriculture commodities, near-shoring and modal economics. Lessons learned from case studies of various inland ports and other cargo oriented development will be discussed and finally, we will discuss how you can put this information to use in assessing your sites.

10.15am -10.30am Break
10.30am - 11.15am Supply Chain Gaps and Labor Availability

Christine Chmura, Ph.D, President and Chief Economist
Chmura Economics & Analytics

How do gaps in the supply chain create logistical hot spots for economic development?
This session helps economic developers understand how they can leverage the gaps in the supply chain as opportunities for transportation and warehousing. It also explores the importance of labor for these firms. Metropolitan area, county, and block-level labor data are used to identify competitive advantages.

11.15am - 12.00pm Impact of Logistics on Site Selection & Economic Development

Dennis Cuneo, Regional Managing Partner - Washington, D.C.
Fisher & Phillips LLP

This session will explore the role that logistics plays in site selection & economic development - both on a macro-basis and on a micro-basis with specific case studies.

12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm - 4.00pm One-on-One Meetings with Speakers
5.30pm - 7.00pm Networking Reception


Friday, August 8th

7.30 am - 8.30 am Casual Breakfast