Indiana Logistics Summit to Kick Off Sept. 22

2015 LOGISTICS SUMMIT LOGO JPEGThe Indiana Logistics Summit is fast approaching, and will convene in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Sept. 22 (and a VIP Colts tailgate reception will be held at Crane Bay on Sept. 21). Visit or call (866) 515-0023 to register or receive more information. (Registration is $175 per person, or call Liz Folkerts at (317) 232-9205 for information on group rates.)

There is something for everyone at the 2015 Indiana Logistics Summit as top executives from Google, GE Aviation, Indianapolis Colts, Fair Oaks Farms, NCAA, Harvard Business School, IndyCar and others will be featured speakers at the 13th annual event on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Indiana Convention Center. The Summit will bring 300 leaders to Indianapolis to hear educational presentations about logistics from a variety of industries and to celebrate the Indianapolis Colts’ home opener on Monday Night Football.

In conjunction with a “Logistics in Sports” segment, the evening reception for Summit attendees will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at The Crane Bay as part of the Colts VIP Tailgate leading up to the Colts game versus the New York Jets. Tickets to the reception are complimentary with Summit registration, and include a Morton Steakhouse buffet, cocktail bars hosted by Jim Beam, visits from Colts cheerleaders and former players, the live broadcast site for the Colts’ pregame show, an NFL memorabilia auction and much more.

The Indiana Logistics Summit is co-hosted by Purdue University, the Ports of Indiana and Conexus Indiana to promote the logistics industry and showcase the critical role this sector plays in the national economy. Some topics to be featured at this year’s program include:

– The Role of Logistics in Attracting Indiana’s Mega Projects
– A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Logistics in Sports
– Closing the Skills Gap to Improve U.S. Competitiveness
– New Solutions for the National Transportation Infrastructure Crisis
– Emerging Technologies: Unmanned Systems, Smart Drones and What’s Next?

There will also be a special “Logistics U” program for high school students to learn about career and educational opportunities in logistics.

“This is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in logistics, sports, drones or the future of our economy,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “Logistics is something that Indiana knows very well. Our robust transportation infrastructure and central location create tremendous logistical advantages for businesses that move products by air, rail, truck and water. The Summit celebrates the importance of this industry and provides an important platform for informative discussions among businesses, leaders and transportation professionals. This year’s program will offer a diverse group of topics that will appeal to a broad audience.”

The Summit program opens with the Keynote Breakfast featuring a presentation titled “Grass to Glass Logistics” by Mike McCloskey, the CEO of Select Milk Producers and owner of Fair Oaks Farms, one of the nation’s largest dairies. The Northwest Indiana dairy recently announced a new partnership venture with Coca-Cola that is aimed at revolutionizing milk consumption across the country.

There will also be an inside look at the Indianapolis Colts’ ‘Midnight Move’ from Baltimore, the NCAA’s coordination of 90 national championships per year, and a preview of the ‘100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.’ Emerging technologies will be explored in a futuristic session focused on the development of drone delivery systems, the launch of the state’s first college major in unmanned vehicles and companies with real-world applications for drones in logistics. Top national experts will also share recommendations for how businesses, government and academia can help address two of the biggest challenges facing the logistics industry – aging transportation infrastructure and workforce development in closing the skills gap.

Transportation’s Future Focus of Summit

08Solving the National Transportation Crisis is the theme of the 12th annual Indiana Logistics Summit. More than 300 participants are expected from the transportation, logistics, distribution and manufacturing industries.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith are among the speakers. Innovator Lawrence Burns, who spent 40 years with General Motors, will deliver a presentation on The Future of Transportation.

Purdue University, Conexus Indiana and the Ports of Indiana are the hosts for the Oct. 7-8 event at the Indiana Convention Center. Learn more and register.

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

Race Over to IMS for the Indiana Logistics Summit

You don’t think about it, but you’d sure notice if it were missing. Grocery stores would be empty, there would be no new clothes hanging from the racks at your favorite department store. Supplies for new buildings and construction projects? Nope. Those would be gone too.

The management of moving goods – also known as logistics – happens all around us, and typically without Americans realizing that it’s occurring. While you might not notice every semi-trailer on the road or plane overhead, as soon as you didn’t have the goods you wanted, the lack of those things would be much more obvious.

So, to shine some light on and celebrate the logistics, transportation and distribution industries, the Indiana Logistics Summit will take place October 12-13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). 

Co-hosted by Purdue University and the Ports of Indiana, the summit is bringing together 20 top logistics experts and CEOs to discuss how logistics, distribution and transportation affect the country and Indiana.

The event will also highlight the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Ports of Indiana, with special events occurring throughout the two-day summit to honor those anniversaries.

Event highlights include:

  • Hall of Fame Museum reception with bus tours around the IMS track, and a special presentation by Speedway historian Donald Davidson 
  • Keynote addresses by Gary LaGrange, president of the Port of New Orleans, and Derek J. Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises 
  • A major clean energy announcement about the sixth largest United States truck fleet, Republic Services;
  • A presentation by John Vickerman on the state of logistics in America
  • A Super Bowl update from Super Bowl Committee Vice Chair Cathy Langham.

Learn more online.

GUEST BLOG: Logistics Leaders About to Get Their Marching Orders

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 to register, and we hope to see you there.


Rich Cooper is CEO of the Ports of Indiana.