2023 Conference Sessions



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.


Sunday, March 5

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Disasters on the Silver Screen

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 will see how fiction stacks up against reality, and learn ways to ensure your business makes it all the way to the credits.

Springs Salon A-E


2:30 - 3:30 PM

Autonomous Trucking Presentation

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.

Springs Salon A-E

Monday, March 6

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Session 1 - 67TH Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Daymond John

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.


Daymond John
Founder/CEO of FUBU
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
Star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Session 2 - Inclusion in the Supply Chain

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.


Shelley Simpson
President, J.B. Hunt

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Session 3 - Innovation and Technology of the Future

In this session we will learn, what is around the corner with data visibility, new transparent platforms, connectivity and integration technology that will drive supply chain networks into the future.


Tracy Rosser
Supply Chain Consultant

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Session 4 - Traditional Vs. Digital Brokerage

A pro vs. con discussion on the virtues of traditional vs. digital brokerage. The session will highlight the 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.


Cassandra Gaines
CEO, Carrier Assure Inc.


  • Dan Lewis
    CEO, Convoy
  • Andrew Silver
    CEO, MoLo Solutions
2:15 - 3:15 PM

Session 5 - Seed to Sea and Everything In Between

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.


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

3:30 - 4:15 PM

Session 6 - Making Sense of an Uncertain Future

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.


Chris Caplice
Senior Research Scientist,

Tuesday, March 7

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Session 7 - Andrew Whitworth

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.


Andrew Whitworth
NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Session 8 - The Food that Feeds America

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.


Ethel “Stephanie” Stuckey
CEO, Stuckey’s Corporation

Darica Schneider
Director Transportation Operations, Univar Solutions

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Session 9 - Annual Economic Update: Bob Costello

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.


Bob Costello
Chief Economist & Senior Vice President American Trucking Association

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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.