Supply Chain Americas 2023 Conference Program

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*Schedule is subject to change. Sessions and speakers will be updated and added as information becomes available.

Monday, October 30, 2023

5:30 PM | Doubletree Hotel Ballroom

Opening Reception and Award Program | Not included in the conference program, separate ticket purchase required

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

7:30 AM |East Hall

Americas Networking Breakfast

8:40 AM   

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Ivan Barrios, President, World Trade Center Miami

Vincent Ryan, Senior Director, Global Key Accounts, Polar Air Cargo
                      Key Sponsor – Air Cargo Americas

8:45 AM   

Welcome Remarks & Conference Opening 

  • The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami Dade County
  • Manny Mencia, Chairman, World Trade Center Miami
  • Ralph Cutié, Director, Miami-Dade Aviation Department  CLICK TO VIEW SPEAKER BIO


9:00 AM   

Call to OrderEmir Pineda, Director of Marketing & Air Service Development
                                              Miami International Airport / Air Cargo Americas Steering Committee           

9:00 AM 

Where Are We Headed? Navigating the Future of Global Air Cargo and Supply Chain


As the world continues to witness transformative shifts in logistics and trade, it becomes essential to understand the current landscape of the global air cargo and supply chain industries. In this session, we will embark on a comprehensive exploration, providing a perspective from leadership on the existing state, advancements, and hurdles faced by air and supply chain logistics in the international arena.

By participating in this session, attendees will gain a comprehensive outlook on the global air cargo and supply chain industries. From progress and innovations to challenges and future possibilities, our discussion will equip participants with the knowledge and foresight to navigate the ever-changing landscape of air and supply chain logistics on the international stage.

Introduction:            Ralph Cutié, Director & CEO Miami International Airport 
Keynote Speaker:    TO BE ANNOUNCED

10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM | East Hall

Envisioning the Future of Dedicated Freighter Aircraft: Global Demand and Trends

The dedicated freighter aircraft industry is witnessing a surge in demand as global logistics requirements continue to evolve. In this session, we will closely examine the prevailing market trends and forecast the future of freighters. A crucial aspect of our discussion will revolve around determining the most suitable approach – new builds, conversions, or a hybrid strategy – to fulfill the mounting needs in the thriving global freighter market.          

By attending this session, participants will gain comprehensive insights into the trajectory of the dedicated freighter aircraft market. Our discussions will equip attendees with a nuanced understanding of the role of new builds, conversions, and integrated solutions in meeting the surging global demand for freighter aircraft. Join us as we explore the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in this ever-evolving aviation sector.    

Moderator:                    Peter Scholten
                                     Chief Commercial Officer
                                     AIR ONE Aviation Limited

Speakers:                    Gregg Gildemann
                                    Regional Director-Market Analysis, 
                                    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
                                   Santiago Saltos
                                    Regional Safety Director , LATAM & the Caribbean

                                   Tim Strauss
                                    Chief Executive Officer
                                    Amerijet International Airlines
                                   Juan Cruz Correa
                                    Chief Commercial Officer                
                                    Avianca Cargo


12:00 NOON

Exhibit Hall Opens

5:30 PM

Reception on Show Floor

7:00 PM    

Exhibit Hall Closes

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

8:00 AM| East Hall

Americas Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM

Call to Order - Christine Richard, Senior Director Marketing 
                       Amerijet International Airlines / Air Cargo Americas Steering Committee           

9:00 AM

Strategic Planning In A Shifting World: Leveraging Trade Diversification

This compelling session explores the transformative effects of shifting geopolitical dynamics on the future of global trade. We delve into the implications of disruptions which are leading corporations to diversify their trading relationships to mitigate risks and harness opportunities.

In an era marked by geopolitical uncertainties and trade complexities, corporations must nimbly adapt to changing dynamics. This session aims to dissect the nuanced strategies businesses should adopt to maximize trade prospects, enhance resilience and serve diverse markets in light of protectionist tensions and measures.

Moderator:              Lenny Feldman
                               Managing Partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. 

Speakers:               Bhavani Parameswar
                               President, Indivate, Inc. 

                               Kenneth Smith Ramos
                               Partner, AGON 


10:15 AM

Coffee and Refreshments                                           

10:30 AM |East Hall

Cargo Platforms Ascend: Unveiling the Trends in Online Cargo Booking

As the digital era continues to unfold, the logistics industry is undergoing a profound transformation with the advent of online cargo booking platforms. These digital portals are redefining how global forwarding operates, catering to the demands of real-time connectivity and efficiency. In this session, we aim to uncover the disruptive influence of these platforms and their far-reaching impact on traditional logistics practices.

Join us for an illuminating session that explores the burgeoning realm of online cargo booking platforms. In today's fast-paced world, where real-time demand governs operations, these cutting-edge portals are revolutionizing the global forwarding community by providing seamless cargo booking and transparent pricing. This discussion will delve into the transformative power of digital solutions as they reshape the traditional logistics landscape.

Introduction:               Dr. Greg Maloney, Ph.D
                                   Professor, Department of Marketing & Logistics
                                   Florida International University
Moderator:                  Brandon Fried
                                   Executive Director
                                   The Airforwarders Association 
Speakers:                   Tristan Koch
                                   Chief Commercial Officer
                                   Awery Aviation Software

                                   Chris Mazzeo
                                   VP Global Operations
                                   Amerijet International Airlines 

                                   Olivier Houri
                                   Executive VP & Chief Revenue Officer            
                                   Edip Pektas

                                   Milind Shah
                                   Director, Technology & Business Solutions
                                   Polar Air Cargo

12:00 NOON

Exhibit Hall Opens

7:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Closes

Thursday, November 2, 2023

8:00 AM |East Hall

Americas Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM

Call to Order - Lorena Sandoval, Director Cargo Sales 
                       American Airlines Cargo /  Air Cargo Americas Steering Committee

9:00 AM

Embracing Sustainability in Freight Transportation: Overcoming Challenges and Driving Change

The path to achieving sustainability in the freight transportation industry is marked by numerous challenges. However, this session will shed light on how transportation and logistics providers are proactively responding to government regulations, environmental concerns, and shifting industry trends. By reevaluating their operations and embracing innovative approaches, these providers are paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.

Join us for an engaging conference session that delves into the crucial topic of sustainability in freight transportation. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the transformative efforts being made by transportation and logistics providers.

Moderator:                 Mark Szakonyi
                                  Director & Executive Editor
                                  Journal of Commerce 
Speakers:                   Richard Broekman
                                  CCO & Head of Sustainability
                                  Atlas Air
                                  Juan Carlos Liscano
                                  VP for Miami, the Caribbean & Latin America
                                  American Airlines  
                                  Bruce Brecheisen        
                                  Executive Vice President
                                  Seaboard Marine 
                                  Cristina Oñate
                                  VP, Marketing & Product Development
                                  LATAM Cargo

10:15 AM

Coffee and Refreshments                                          

10:30 AM |East Hall

Unveiling the Near-Shoring Shift: Exploring Manufacturing Relocation to the Americas

The concept of near-shoring has gained significant attention in recent times as businesses contemplate moving their manufacturing and production operations geographically closer to their consumer markets. In this session, we aim to address the validity of the near-shoring buzz, shedding light on the extent of this shift to the Americas and analyzing its implications.

By engaging in this session, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the near-shoring landscape, its relevance to the Americas, and its potential impact on global manufacturing and supply chains. We aim to equip attendees with valuable insights to make informed decisions and harness the opportunities presented by this evolving trend.

Moderator:                Alice Ancona, SVP & COO, World Trade Center Miami

Speakers:                 Amanda Montañez
                                 Assistant Director, Savills 

                                 Mark O’Connell
                                 Executive Chairman & Founder, OCO Global


12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Opens


12:00 PM | Doubletree Hotel Ballroom

The World Trade Center Miami | The State of Global Ports Event: “A Dynamic Dialogue with Leading World Airports & Seaports” | Not included in the conference program, separate ticket purchase required.

5:00 PM    

Exhibit Hall Closes

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