Time to ‘Fall’ for the Indiana Logistics Summit

The leaves are changing colors and there’s a crisp bite to the morning air. We all know what that means: It’s time to register for the 2011 Indiana Logistics Summit on October 12-13!

Okay, the changes in the weather and trees also mean that fall is upon us (which is probably what you thought I was getting at with that first sentence).

But how better to celebrate the fall season than by simultaneously celebrating the logistics, transportation and distribution industries during the two-day conference that features presentations by more than 20 industry experts, networking opportunities, booth displays, a reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, golf at the Brickyard Crossing, Speedway track tours and more.

This year’s summit also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – where the event will be held – as well as the 50th anniversary of the Ports of Indiana. Special events are planned to recognize both. The event is co-hosted by Ports of Indiana and Purdue University.

You’ve got to move fast to register for the conference. The full agenda and online registration is available at www.indianalogistics.com.

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The Indiana Logistics Summit has brought hundreds of experts to this state over the past seven years, but this year’s program on Oct. 26-27 in downtown Indianapolis is truly going to be one-of-a-kind. The keynote speaker will be retired 3-star U.S. Army general William “Gus” Pagonis. And if you’ve ever heard him speak, you know attendees at this year’s summit are in for a treat.

Pagonis was not only known as the chief logistician for the Gulf War, but he also spent more than 10 years as the Head of Supply Chain for Sears Roebuck and Co., and he’s been a leader on the boards for RailAmerica, Genco Supply Chain Solutions and various other organizations.

Pagonis doesn’t pull any punches when he talks about “Leadership of the Supply Chain.” He is widely recognized as the logistics mastermind behind the Gulf War, but he has also established new standards for supply chain leadership in the corporate world. He calls the supply chain “the last frontier” of corporate America and the best place for companies to maneuver their operations to get a competitive edge.

Pagonis is truly one of the leading logistics professionals of our time. Anyone who has a leadership position related to logistics will certainly enjoy hearing him speak and greatly benefit from his insights on business strategy, management techniques and how to tap into supply chain opportunities

The 2010 summit, "Economic Recovery: Fact or Fiction? What’s coming down the road, rail, river and runway?," will feature speaker presentations and special events taking place over two days, including the Grand Hall Reception on Oct. 26, the Keynote Luncheon on Oct. 27, and extensive booth displays and networking opportunities scheduled throughout. Please visit www.indianalogistics.com to register, and we hope to see you there.


Rich Cooper is CEO of the Ports of Indiana.