2005 Agenda

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Mon., May 23, 2005

1:00 PM Registration & Exhibits Open

2:30 – 4:30 Tennis Tournament – Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island – http://www.familycircletenniscenter.com

2:00 – 4:30 Bonus Education Session
Location: Riviera Theatre

Wood Packaging Regulations for Export & Import Shipments – Packaging certificates are “out.” Approved stamps are “in” with regards to shipments containing coniferous and non-coniferous wood. USDA says this is the number one topic discussed with export/import companies on any given day! Come learn from the experts about the packaging regulation changes that will impact your export and import shipments. Countries participating in these packaging regulation changes include: New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Philippines, Switzerland, Australia, India, South Africa, EU, South Korea, China, Taiwan and the U.S.


Pest Alert! – Why these Regulations are Necessary & Overview of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

Susan P. Kostelecky, Export Certification Specialist 
North Carolina and South Carolina U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS 
Raleigh, NC

Heat Treatment Inspection Services
Dan Eaton, President/Owner
Carolina Inspection Services, Inc. 
Monroe, NC

4:45 – 5:30 Port Expansion Update

Fred Stribling
V.P. Marketing & Sales 
SC State Ports Authority
Charleston, SC

6:00 PM Welcome Reception
Market Street Circle, Charleston Place Hotel

Tues., May 24, 2005

7:00 AM Registration Opens

7:15 Buffet Breakfast – Cypress, Dogwood, Live Oak Ballrooms, Charleston Place Hotel

7:50 Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address

Welcome: Clarke Thompson, International Trade Director, S.C. Department of Commerce and 2005 Conference General Chairman – 
Columbia, SC

Invocation: Rev. Willis T. Goodwin, President of the Charleston Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance – Charleston, SC

Presentation of the Colors: U.S. Air Force Military Color Guard – Charleston Air Force Base

Welcome to Charleston: The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Mayor, City of Charleston 

Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker: Rick Wen, Vice President Business Development & Public Affairs, OOCL ( USA ), Inc. – 
San Ramon, CA  

Keynote Speaker:  
Mr. Manuel E. Benítez, Deputy Administrator, Panama Canal Authority

Engineer Manuel Eduardo Benítez Hawkins began his career with the Panama Canal in 1978 as an Apprentice of Precision Instrument Mechanic. In 1982, upon completion of the apprentice program, he was appointed as Precision Instrument Mechanic in the Electrical Division, Engineering and Construction Bureau of the former Panama Canal Commission.

In 1986, after earning his bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Technological University of Panama, he was selected for the position of Electrical Engineering Technician. He was promoted in 1989 to Electrical Engineer in the Electrical Division, where he worked until 1993 when he was subsequently promoted to Multidisciplinary Supervisor and later appointed Supervisory Electrical Engineer. For his outstanding professional performance, in 1997 he was promoted to Manager of the Electrical Division with responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of the thermoelectric and hydroelectric plants, substations, transmission lines, energy control and distribution systems; the installation, repair, and maintenance of the ACP’s electrical systems; the repair of electrical equipment; operation of the equipment used to control the water level in Miraflores, Gatun, and Madden lakes; and the operation and maintenance of the Miraflores and Mount Hope water treatment plants.

In September 2001, Mr. Benítez was appointed Industrial Services Director, a position in which he served until August 30, 2004, when the Board of Directors selected him Acting Deputy Administrator, effective September 1, 2004.

As Industrial Services Director, Mr. Benítez supervised the operation and maintenance of all infrastructures and facilities for the provision of drinking water, electricity, and chilled water air conditioning, in addition to the industrial shipyard that provides maintenance to all ACP floating and industrial equipment. His performance as head of the Industrial Services Department contributed to reinforce the new philosophy used in managing the interoceanic waterway, maximizing its resources for the country’s benefit.

Engineer Benítez completed the Executive Development Program at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management and has complemented his formal academic studies by attendance at professional seminars in different fields, including a wide range of maritime-related fields.

8:45 Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

9:15 Business Sessions 1 & 2 in the morning to include the following timely topics – All held in the Riviera Theater:

“Meet the Ocean Carrier CEO’s/Executives”- A panel of ocean carrier executives discuss the latest and future trends in the area of international trade.

Moderator: Bill Armbruster, Editor, Shipping Digest




Claudio Bozzo, Executive Vice President – Mediterranean Shipping Co.



Philip Connors – Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Sealand





Bob Sappio – Senior Vice President Transpacific – APL Limited





Rick Wen – Vice President Business Development & Public Affairs – OOCL (USA), Inc.


“Trucking Industry Update” – A panel of experts will give updates on the current rules and regs related to hours of service and further updates related to Truckload/Intermodal, LTL & Related Services, and Container Drayage.

Moderator: Howard Abramson, Publisher & Editorial Director, Transport Topics Publishing Group Alexandria, VA 

Mike Hoes, Vice President Schneider National – Atlanta, GA

Rob Estes, President, Estes-Express – Richmond, VA

Clark BrownPresident of Bridge Terminal Transport – Charlotte, NC




12:00 Noon World Trade Luncheon – Cypress, Dogwood, Live Oak Ballrooms, Charleston Place Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Bernard B. Kerik – Kerik served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department where he oversaw the rescue, recovery and investigation of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001 . He also served as the First Deputy and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections, and most recently as Iraq’s Interim Minister of the Interior and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq ‘s Coalition Provisional Authority.



Introduction & Announcements: Clarke Thompson, International Trade Director, South Carolina Department of Commerce and 2005 Conference General Chairman – Columbia, SC

Invocation: Rev. Willis T. Goodwin, President of the Charleston Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance – Charleston , SC

Presentation of International Trade Scholarships: Mr. Mark Condon, Executive Director, South Carolina World Trade Center – Charleston, SC

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Mr. Vince Marino, President, Container Maintenance Corp. – Mount Pleasant, SC

Introduction of 2005 Conference General Chairman

Luncheon Closing

2:30 PM Business Session 3 – “The Impact of Homeland Security on Importing and Exporting” Riviera Theater – A diverse panel discusses the impact of homeland security rules facing international trade

“Homeland Security – Project SeaHawk – The National Prototype” – Project Seahawk is a multi-jurisdictional, multiple agency proactive task force consisting of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Coast Guard. All operate under a unified command. The task force operates out of an operations center which displays images and data from various sensors, including land and sea radar, cameras, thermal imaging, intrusion detection devices, and radiological detection devices, all of which provide intermodal and maritime domain awareness.

Roderick S. Wallace, President, R.S. Wallace & Associates, LLC – Charleston, SC



Panelists:  Sean Kittrell, Assistant United States Attorney & Director of Project Seahawk Task Force – Charleston, SC


Pam Zaresk, Area Port Director, US Customs and Border Protection – Charleston, SC




Captain John Cameron, Captain of the Port, U.S. Coast Guard – Charleston, SC



Stephen E. Connor, Director, Security, Risk Management and Human Resources, SC State Ports Authority –
Charleston, SC

Carl W. BentzelSenior Advisor, Transportation, Infrastructure & Homeland Security, DCI Group

The Big Picture:  
Jim Patton, Director, Cargo, Transportation & Trade Policy (Acting), Border & Transportation Security Directorate, Department of Homeland Security – 
Washington, DC

Sandra Ann Scott, Director, International and Governmental Relations, Yellow Roadway Corp. – Washington, DC



4:00 PM Business Session 4: “RFID – Strategies & Technologies – Riviera Theater 

Discussion on RFID hardware, tags and printers, and software interfaces


Ms. Kathy Shook
Printer & Media Account Executive
Intermec Technologies – Everett, WA

Mr. Bob Glavin
Director of Marketing
Paxar Corp. – White Plains, NY

Mr. James Higgins
V.P. of Services
Unified Barcode & RFID, Inc. – Schaumburg, IL

4:00 Adjourn for the day

7:00 – 11:00 PM “A Night on the Town” – Charleston Place Hotel –

7:00 – 8:30: Food & Music in the Grand Ballroom with live music by Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals

8:30 – 9:30: Hilarious entertainment from comedian/magician Glenn Strange

9:30 – 11:00: Dancing in the Grand Ballroom – Dessert & Cigar Bars

Wed., May 25, 2005

7:15 AM Breakfast Buffet – Cypress, Dogwood, Live Oak Ballrooms, Charleston Place Hotel

7:45 AM Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker:

Keynote Speaker: James Welch – As President and Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Transportation, James Welch is responsible for leading a $3 billion transportation services company that is widely regarded as a leader in the industry. Welch was appointed to this position in June 2000. Under his leadership, Yellow has leveraged its transportation expertise to offer customers a wider array of services to build continued growth. Prior to his current position, Welch was the Central Group Vice President, a position he accepted in March 1998. Welch joined the company in June 1978. He has served in several positions, including Account Executive, Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Division Vice President and Vice President of Operations and Network Support. Welch graduated from West Texas A&M in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and business. He serves on the boards of the Motor Freight Carriers Association and the Kansas City

8:15 AM “Free Trade – Is it Right for America” – Cypress, Dogwood, Live Oak Ballrooms, Charleston Place Hotel – A panel of experts debate the pros and cons of free trade, particularly in light of the new quota relaxations.

William Watson
, Chief Americas correspondent for Lloyds Register – Fairplay – 
Miami, FL



Daniel J. Ikenson, Trade Policy Analyst, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Catoe Institute – Washington, DC



John F. “Jock” Nash, Legal Counsel, Milliken & Co. – Washington DC


Drawing for choice of an 11 or 7-day Caribbean Cruise – Courtesy of Mediterranean Cruise Lines USA and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

10:00 AM Conference Adjourns

12:00 PM Golf Tournament – Patriots Point Links, Mount Pleasant, SC – http://www.patriotspointlinks.com

12:00 – 4:30 PM Optional Land and Sea Tour of Charleston and Ft. Sumter – departure in front of Riviera Theatre

6:30 – 10:00 PM Down-home Southern Beach Party 
Citadel Beach House, Isle of Palms – Live music by Gary Irwin & Shrimp City Slim

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