at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The three-day conference is designed to incorporate personal and professional development seminars looking at key issues facing both shippers and carriers, such as economic and legislative changes, rising insurance rates and fuel prices and threats to security.
"This summer meeting will be a can't-miss event, not only for SMC3's members and associates, but for anyone who is involved with the movement of freight," said Jack E. Middleton, president and CEO of SMC3.
A panel discussion made up of key industry speakers will cover insurance, fuel and security issues. Attendees will become familiar with how fuel and insurance costing works, as well as how to protect themselves from security breaches to their facilities, shipments in transit and internal information systems.
Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D., an economist and CEO of BrainWorks Ventures, will present his economic forecast for the remainder of the year and will take a look ahead into 2004. Ratajczak's presentation will focus on the specific informational needs of the shipper and carrier.
Also presenting with both the shipper and carrier in mind, John Bagileo, principal of the law firm of John R. Bagileo, will outline the latest legislative initiatives as well as future legislation that will affect the transportation industry.
The summer meeting will also feature an array of personal development seminars, including a keynote presentation by Mike Schlappi, the only wheelchair basketball player to compete and earn medals in the past four Olympic Games. Meeting attendees will receive a complimentary, autographed copy of Schlappi's book, Bulletproof Principles for Striking Gold
For more information, visit www.smc3.com, or call (800)845-8090.