Freight in the Southeast, 2012


This year's conference was held in Norfolk Virginia, March 14-16. The Freight in the Southeast Conference focused a lot of different topics, which are reflected in the agenda below. Thank you for attending, and hopefully, I will see you next year.

For each speaker, I posted their bio and powerpoint presentation, if they used a powerpoint presentation.

You can view photos from the sessions here.

.Information on Sponsors is posted here...


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Tour of APM Terminal - You can view the photos here.

1:00-1:30 pm
Welcome Remarks

Jeff Keever, Senior Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs,  Virginia Port Authority
Tony DiFilippo, President & CEO, VisitNorfolk
Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, ITTS

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Panel One - Economics and the Southeast - When Will The Recovery Occur

Moderator:  Thomas Bartkiewicz, LADOTD presentation

Jack Wells, Chief Economist, US Department of Transportation bio presentation

John S. Woodcock, Director of Market Development,  TTX Company bio presentation

Ann Battle Macheras, Vice President, Regional Division, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond  bio

3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 5:00 pm
Panel Two - The Role of Government and Truck Operations

Moderator: Jeremy Edgeworth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - bio

Leo Penne – Program Director, Freight Transportation and Economic Development at AASHTO bio presentation
Wayne Davis – Hauling Permit Program Manager, Virginia Department of Motor Vehiclesbio

Dale Bennett - President & CEO at Virginia Trucking Association bio presentation

6:30 - 8:30 pm

ITTS Business Dinner  (by invitation only)
Franklin-Sangria-York Room (2nd Floor)


Thursday, March 15, 2012 – Morning Sessions

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast Buffet Norfolk I-II
Moderator: Bruce Lambert, ITTS
Workshop meeting – Data for Transportation Planning


8:00 -8:20

8:30- 9:30 am
Panel 3 - The Role of Logistics in the Southeast - Why Does This Matter?

Remarks: Sean Connaughton – Secretary, Virginia Department of Transportation

Moderator:  Juan Flores, Florida DOT bio
Rich Biter, Assistant Secretary, Intermodal Systems Development,  Florida Department of Transportation bio presentation
Jeff Heller, Group VP - International Intermodal, Norfolk Southern bio presentation
Jeff Keever, Senior Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs,  Virginia Port Authority bio presentation


9:30 - 10:00 am



10:00 - 11:30 am
Panel 4 - Economic Development Issues

Moderator: Marsha Fiol, Virginia DOT

Hon. Patrick O. Gottschalk,  Partner, Williams Mullen bio presentation
Charles McSwain, Charles McSwain Consulting bio presentation
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi bio presentation
Ken Wester, ADHS Program Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission bio presentation
Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, American’s Central Port bio presentation


11:45-1:15 pm

Keynote Speaker

Rodolfo Sabonge, Panama Canal Authority bio presentation



Thursday, March 15, 2012 – Afternoon Sessions

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Panel 5A - Corridors - What Are They & Can They Work?

Moderator: Tony Kinn,Virginia, Director of OTP3

Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer, American Transportation Research Institute bio Presentation
Ryan Houfek, AVP for Intermodal Sales CSX bio
Barbara Nelson, Principal Planner, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission bio presentation
Paula Dowell, Cambridge Systematics bio presentation
Karen White, Economist, FHWA bio presentation

ITIC Model can be accessed here


Panel 5B - Latin America & The Southeast - Growing Markets, Growing Connectivity

Moderator:  Tom McQueen, Georgia DOT
Arno Hart, RNO bio

Sonney Jones, Division Director – Transportation, Dal-Tile Corporation bio presentation
Shawn Ricks, US Department of Commerce bio presentation
Ricardo Sanchez, Chief, Infrastructure Services Unit at UNECLAC (CEPAL) bio longer presentation



3:30 - 5:00 pm
Panel 6A - Urban Freight Railroad Operations

Moderator: Robby Burt, Mississippi DOT

Rob Case, Principal Transportation Engineer, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization bio presentation
Chris Luebbers, Group Manager International Marketing, Norfolk Southern bio
Karen McClure, Federal Railroad Administration bio presentation
Cannon Moss - Norfolk & Portsmouth Beltline bio presentation

Panel 6B - Connecting Markets to Support Export Shipments

Moderator: Doug Frate, South Carolina DOT

Patrick Donovan, Rahill Institute bio

Eric McDonald, Director, Richmond, VA US Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Service, US Commerce Department bio presentation
Gordon Wilmsmeier, Economic Affairs Officer UNECLAC (CEPAL) bio presentation
Juan Villa, Program Manager, Mexican Office, Texas Transportation Institute bio presentation

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Harbor Cruise and Reception - You can view the photos here.


Friday, March 16, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast Norfolk I-II Workshop meeting – Marine Highways
Moderator: Rich Biter, Florida DOT  bio presentation
Lauren Brand, US Maritime Administrationbio presentation

8:00 - 9:30 am
Panel 7 - The Legislative Framework - How Do You Link Local, State & Federal Transportation Policy

Moderator:  Dennis Decker, LA DOTD
Geoff Bowman- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bio
Virginia Delegate John A. Cosgrove bio
Robert Barclay, Suffolk Councilman, Ports Law bio

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:30 am
Panel 8 - Where Do We Go From Here?

Moderator: Bob Rock, Tennessee DOTbio

David Tyeryar, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia bio
Steven Curtis – Collins Engineering, ASCE Board Member bio presentation
Dwight Farmer, Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission  bio
Pam Kordenbrock, Tennessee Division Administrator, FHWA bio
Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director Infrastructure and Economic Development, McQuireWoods Consulting bio

11:30 am – 12:00
Closing Remarks

David Tyeryar, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia



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