2023 Conference Agenda



The 2023 Food Shippers of America Annual Conference will take place March 5-7 in Palm Desert, CA at the J.W. Marriott Palm Desert Resort.



FSA is pleased to offer attendees a conference app to help make the most of your experience. All event details and resources will be right at your fingertips! Check your inbox for our email with download directions and link.

Agenda at a Glance
All times are in Pacific time zone

*Schedule subject to change. Check back regularly to view the most current schedule.

Saturday, March 4

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Early Conference Registration
South Registration Desk


Sunday, March 5

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

Golf Grab and Go Breakfast
Oasis Grill Pool Patio
Sponsored by Burns Logistics Solutions Inc. and Trailiner Corp.

7:30 AM

FSA Morning Tournament Round - Shotgun Start
The JW Marriott Golf Club - Palm Desert

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Conference Registration
South Registration Desk
Password: FSA2023

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Welcome Luncheon
Springs Terrace and Ballroom

Upon your arrival and conference check in, this luncheon is a great start for you to seek out old friends, meet new ones and start your networking!

Sponsored by PLM Trailer Leasing and Covenant Logistics Group

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Continuing in 2023 - Opportunity for Strategic Networking
Santa Rosa Ballroom

We will have available designated meeting areas for you to have one-on-one meetings. At your disposal will be tables and chairs on a first come basis to assist in your networking efforts.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Disasters on the Silver Screen
Springs Salon A-E

From the earliest B movies to the latest streaming hit, disaster movies continue to be a popular genre. Whether it is a giant city stomping lizard, an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, or even a deadly virus outbreak, Hollywood has a unique way of portraying catastrophic events. In this interactive workshop, you’ll see how fiction stacks up against reality, and learn ways to ensure your business makes it all the way to the credits.

Presented by: Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FSA Member Networking
San Jacinto Ballroom

New for 2023! Please join your fellow FSA members in a room set aside exclusively for networking and sharing best practices on current challenges.

Note: No suppliers allowed for this members-only event.

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Autonomous Trucking Presentation
Springs Salon A-E

Waabi is an autonomous developer that is focused on trucking, using its proprietary software to automate driving on commercial delivery routes. Attend this informative session to hear an update on the evolving commercial autonomous trucking landscape, regulatory environment, technologies and commercialization.

Presented by: Dustin Kohl, Head of Transporation, and Sam Loesche, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Waabi

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

7th Annual Sisters Within the Supply Chain Afternoon Tea
The Pointe

Sorry guys! This networking opportunity is for Ladies Only. This is our annual tribute to the growing number of women in the Supply Chain Community who have earned their own unique time to network.

Sponsored by Tucker Freight Lines

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

First Time Attendee Reception
San Jacinto Ballroom

Your first time? Plan on attending the First Time Attendee Reception to gather with other “newbies” and meet the Officers, Board Members and Advisors of Food Shippers of America along with the 2023 Conference Co-Chairs.

Sponsored by PLS Logistics Services

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception
The Grove

Come enjoy a cocktail, reconnect with old friends and reach out to make new ones while enjoying the California evening!

Sponsored by Freightplus and Tucker Company Worldwide

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Buffet Dinner
JW Pavilion

Continue your networking and catching up with old (and new) friends while enjoying a buffet dinner immediately following the Welcome Reception.

Sponsored by Alvys Inc., DAT Solutions and Surge Transportation

Monday, March 6

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast
Springs Terrace
Sponsored by Royal Transportation Services Inc. and NFI Industries, Inc. 

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

FSA Members & Annual Meeting Breakfast
Springs Salon A-E

Designated time for FSA members to receive an update on the Association. Food Shippers of America President David Domencic, Director of Procurement, ARMADA, will open the annual meeting at 7:15 AM followed by the Treasurer’s report as required by FSA by-laws.

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Comments
Sinatra Ballroom

David Domencic, Director of Procurement, ARMADA and President of Food Shippers of America, will open the 67th annual conference and introduce our 2023 Conference Co-Chairs: Mark Purdy, Sr. Manager Dry Transportation, General Mills, and Craig Paulsen, Vice President, Schneider.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

12th Annual Presentation of the John J. Murphy Scholarship
Sinatra Ballroom

We are pleased to have the 2023 recipient of the John J Murphy Scholarship present to receive the award from Food Shippers of America Chairman of the Board Steve Stein, Danone North America. All 2023 award recipients will be acknowledged at this time.

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

67th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Daymond John
Sinatra Ballroom

Daymond John is a businessman, investor, television personality, author and motivational speaker. He is well known as the founder, president, CEO of FUBU and star from ABC’s Shark Tank reality television show. Mr. John will share his philosophy and business practices that helped him achieve personal and professional success.

Note - Recording Mr. John’s presentation is not allowed without express written consent.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Conference Break
Sponsored by Hoosier Logistics

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Continuing in 2023 – Opportunity for Strategic Networking
Santa Rosa Ballroom

We will have available designated meeting areas for you to have one on one meetings. At your disposal will be tables and chairs on a first come basis to assist in your networking efforts.

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Inclusion in the Supply Chain
Sinatra Ballroom

Innovation starts with inclusion. The introduction of new ideas, the exposure to differing perspectives and the collaboration among diverse identities is a bridge to new opportunities. A culture of inclusion expands beyond just one way of thinking and attracts a workforce ready to disrupt and adapt. Hear from J.B. Hunt President Shelley Simpson on the future of inclusion in supply chain and learn more about how companies can invest in programs that drive innovation, acceleration, and growth.

Presented by: Shelley Simpson, President, JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Technology in Supply Chain... Are YOU Behind?
Sinatra Ballroom

In this session, Tracy Rosser will provide valuable insights into some key technologies that will drive supply chains into the future. Data visibility. New Transparent platforms. Connectivity and integration technologies. The space is changing, and it is changing fast. Whether you are a shipper, receiver, or provider, Tracy's unique background will help you determine how your company stacks up, and you will walk away with practical ideas to ensure you are not left behind.

Presented by: Tracy Rosser, Supply Chain Consultant

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Conference Attendee Buffet Lunch
JW Pavilion/The Grove
Sponsored by Redwood Logistics and Convoy Inc.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Invitation Only: Speaker and Sponsor Luncheon
Springs Salon A-E

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Golf Awards Presentation

Justin Allen, Sales Vice President, Andrus Transportation and Food Shippers of America Golf Chairman, will announce the 2023 golf tournament winners.

Note: Winners must be present to receive awards

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Traditional Versus Digital Brokerage
Sinatra Ballroom

A pro vs. con discussion on the virtues of traditional vs. digital brokerage. The session will highlight similarities and differences to each approach to help shippers determine how to balance the effective use of both alternatives to meet their supply chain needs.

Presented by: Cassandra Gaines, CEO, Carrier Assure Inc.; Dan Lewis, CEO, Convoy; Andrew Silver, CEO, MoLo Solutions

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Seed to Sea and Everything in Between
Sinatra Ballroom

Hear how the future food supply chain will adapt to keep America from going hungry as vested industry participants cover the key issues facing every food shipper from the ground to the shelf.

Presented by: Alyssa Correale, SVP Strategic, Fleet Partnerships, Uber Freight; Russell Leo, CEO, RLS Logistics; Joe Dagnese, CEO, Peco Pallet; Adam DeGroot, CEO, DeGroot Farms; Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Conference Break
Sponsored by PECO Pallet, Inc.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Making Sense of an Uncertain Future
Sinatra Ballroom

We are living in an age of constant change. On a daily basis we are faced with an onslaught of new potential technologies, emerging disruptive social trends, and constantly shifting economic and political landscapes. These trends are exacerbated by the increasing complexity and connectiveness of products. Managers and supply chain executives need to be able to see through this uncertainty to ensure success for their organizations. Today, we have the tools to help us see through the fog and better prepare. In this session, we will review available tools and techniques that can be used to better prepare organizations for a future that is ever changing and unpredictable.

Presented by: Chris Caplice, Senior Research Scientist, MIT and DAT

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Conference Close of Day
Sinatra Ballroom

The day’s highlights will be reviewed, along with conference housekeeping before day ends in preparation for the evenings events by Conference Co-Chairs.

Presented by: Mark Purdy, Sr. Manager Dry Transportation,General Mills; Craig Paulsen, Vice President, Schneider

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception
Springs Terrace
Sponsored by PECO Pallet, Inc.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Annual Banquet Event
Sinatra Ballroom

Continue your networking while enjoying an amazing sit-down dinner immediately following the Cocktail Reception.

Sponsored by Bay & Bay, CN and DTL Transportation Inc.

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Evening After Dinner Dessert Reception
Springs Ballroom

Join your fellow conference goers for dessert and an after dinner beverage to continue your networking.

Sponsored by Hoosier Logistics, Inc. and Surge Transportation

Tuesday, March 7

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast
Springs Terrace
Sponsored by Hirschbach Transportation Services, Inc. and Lineage Logistics

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Continuing in 2023 – Opportunity for Strategic Networking
Santa Rosa Ballroom

We will have available designated meeting areas for you to have one on one meetings. At your disposal will be tables and chairs on a first come basis to assist in your networking efforts.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Opening Comments & FSA Gives Back
Sinatra Ballroom

Conference Co-Chairs Mark Purdy and Craig Paulsen will start the day with a recap of the opening day’s key takeaway points then Food Shippers of America President David Domencic will present the organization’s annual “Give Back” acknowledgments to:

  • Feeding America
  • FIND Food Bank
  • American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)

Presented by: David Domencic, Director of Procurement, ARMADA; Mark Purdy, Sr. Manager Dry Transportation, General Mills; and Craig Paulsen, Vice President, Schneider

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Andrew Whitworth
Sinatra Ballroom

NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion Andrew Whitworth, talks about his success in the NFL, being the oldest tackle in NFL history, and oldest offensive lineman to win a Super Bowl and how the principles that guided him can be used everyday. Whitworth was named the 2021 Walter Payton NFL man of the year, and discusses the importance of giving back to the community.

Presented by: Andrew Whitworth, NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Food That Feeds America
Sinatra Ballroom

Follow the unlikely journey of Stephanie Stuckey who stepped away from her career as a lawyer, the House of Representatives and Director of Sustainability and Chief Resilience Officer in Atlanta, GA to buy her family’s old company back and rebrand the roadside oasis, Stuckey’s. Board member, Darica Schneider, will sit down with this “accidental CEO” and navigate through the New Great American Road Trip to learn how Stephanie has taken this reinvented icon from rags to riches amid economic hard times through innovation, collaboration, and incredible acceleration.

Presented by: Ethel “Stephanie” Stuckey, CEO, Stuckey’s Corporation; Darica Schneider, Director of Transportation Operations, Univar Solutions

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Annual Economic Update
Sinatra Ballroom

Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Association, returns to present current economic data and its effects throughout the Supply Chain. Don’t miss this session for up-to-date invaluable information to take back and share with your company’s executive leadership.

Presented by: Bob Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, American Trucking Association

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Conference Closing
Sinatra Ballroom

David Domencic, Director of Procurement, ARMADA and incoming Food Shippers of America President, will close the 67th Annual Conference.


Schedule subject to change. Check back regularly to view the most current schedule.


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