2019 Alabama Global Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

Tuesday, November 12 & Wednesday, November 13
The Battle House Hotel | Mobile, Alabama


There’s a lot that goes into being Made in Alabama – and even more that comes out of it.
Supplies, materials, personnel, and products make their way
to and from Alabama every
day by land, sea and air; connecting Alabama industries seamlessly to the rest of the nation and the globe.

On behalf of the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 8th annual Alabama Global Supply Chain & Logistics Summit. The Summit will bring together industry experts and government leaders to address future trends, infrastructure updates; impacts to Alabama’s global supply chain network.


Summit Outline

Tuesday, November 12                                                                                                 

All Summit activities are business casual.  

1:00 – 5:00 pm                          Summit Registration
                                                         The Battle House Hotel Lobby, 26 North Royal Street

3:00 – 4:30 pm                           Optional Tour of Alabama State Docks & APM Terminals Mobile
                                                         Advanced Registration Required


5:00 – 6:30 pm                          Opening Reception
                                                         The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street

Walking directions from The Battle House: 
Head north on North Royal Street. Take a left on St. Francis Street and continue straight for 0.2 miles. The Steeple, a former church, will be on your left. 


Wednesday, November 13                                                                                                          

The Battle House Hotel
Moonlight Foyer and Moonlight AB                                                    


8:00 – 8:20 am                             Registration & Exhibitor Networking Breakfast
Moonlight Foyer


8:20 am                                          Welcome Remarks
                                                          Bill Sisson, President & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

8:25 am                                          Opening Remarks
                                                          Hilda Lockhart, Director of International Trade, Alabama Department of Commerce

8:30 am                                          Alabama’s Advantage in Distribution & Logistics
There’s a lot that goes into being Made in Alabama – and even more that comes out of it. Supplies, materials, personnel, and products make their way to and from Alabama every day by land, sea and air; connecting Alabama industries seamlessly to the rest of the nation and the globe.
                                                          Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, State of Alabama


8:50 AM                                         Managing a Global Supply Chain in an Ever-Changing Global Environment
The ongoing changes to United States trade policy, including the U.S.-China trade war, the future passage of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement and the implementation of tariffs, have caused major shifts to global supply chains. Hear thoughts from industry experts on the future of these policies and how they will impact Alabama businesses.
                                                          Moderator:                Michael Berson, Associate, Adams & Reese
                                                          Panelists:                    Rick Deaborn, Executive Director, The PassUSMCA Coalition
                                                          Graham Jones, Senior Project Manager, Aker Solutions
                                                          Scott Mulhauser, Partner, Billy Pulpit Interactive
                                                          Hamp Tanner, Director of McWane Supply Chain Team, McWane, Inc.


10:00 am                                        Customs & Border Protection – Business Transformation Initiative
Through strategic transformation and resource optimization the Customs & Border Patrol is working to address challenges and facilitate legitimate trade and travel through the utilization of technology and stakeholder partnerships.
                                                          Donna Dedeaux, Director of the Port of Pascagoula, Customs and Border Protection


10:20 am                                        Networking Break
                                                          Moonlight Foyer


10:35 am                                        Recruit, Train, and Retain Talent for Supply Chain 4.0
The integration of digital technologies into the supply-chain function has made it more critical than ever to recruit, train, and retain the best supply-chain talent. The challenge becomes even greater as more and more tasks are automated, requiring a shift not only in skillsets but also mind-sets. In a fast-moving and competitive talent marketplace, how can supply-chain organizations best position themselves for this next stage?
                                                          Moderator:                Dr. Reginald Sykes, President, Bishop State Community College
                                                          Panelists:                    Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT
                                                          Rolf Wrona, Vice President of Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz United States International


11:25 am                                        Walmart Import Distribution & it’s Impact on Alabama
In 2017, Walmart chose Mobile as the site of its newest import distribution center, the 6th center of its kind. What advantages helped Mobile standout from other cities along the Gulf Coast? And how does this benefit Mobile?  Hear from APM Terminals on how this $135 million project transformed Mobile’s ability to compete and increase regional economic growth.
                                                          Denson White, Manager of Client Services, APM Terminals


11:50 am                                        Exhibitor Break
                                                          Moonlight Foyer
Enjoy a refreshing soda mojito while networking with attendees and exhibitors. Be sure to place your business card at each exhibitor’s table to be entered to win a pair of Apple AirPods and a wireless charging mat. Limit one card per table. The more tables you visit, the greater your chances to win.


12:30 pm                                        2019 Alabama Global Supply Chain & Logistics Keynote Luncheon
                                                          Bryan Riley, Director, National Taxpayer’s Union Free Trade Initiative
                                                          Introduction: Ben Kennemer, Vice President of Commercial Banking- South Alabama and South Mississippi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


1:20 pm                                           Dessert & Coffee Break
                                                          Moonlight Foyer


1:40 pm                                          Alabama’s Infrastructure & Gas Tax Update
The recently passed Alabama Gas Tax aims to improve infrastructure throughout the state. Learn how this will be beneficial to the trucking industry as well as provide funding for necessary updates to the Ports of Huntsville and Mobile.
                                                          Moderator:                Justice Smyth, Outreach Director, University of  Alabama Transportation Institute
                                                          Panelists:                    Drew Harrell, Deputy Chief of Staff, Business Council of Alabama
                                                          Jimmy Lyons, Director & CEO, Alabama State Port Authority
                                                          Jim Hutcheson, Business Development Manager, Port of Huntsville


2:30 pm                                          Cyber Security for the Supply Chain
As cyber crime surpasses $1.5 trillion annually, it’s time to change our perspective on cyber security. Hear how increasing cyber security measures can make a company’s supply chain more efficient and reduce risk.
                                                          Glenda Snodgrass, President & Lead Consultant, The Net Effect


3:00 pm                                          Closing Remarks and Apple Bundle Giveaway
                                                          Hilda Lockhart


3:30 pm                                          Optional Tour of Airbus
                                                          Advanced Registration Required
                                                          Sponsored by Airbus                                                  


All summit activities are business casual. Breakfast and lunch are included in Wednesday’s programming.
**Tour availability is based on first come, first served upon registering for the Summit.


Featured Topics

Alabama’s Advantage in Distribution and Logistics

Alabama Secretary of Commerce, Greg Canfield, will discuss our state’s unique logistical advantage and how this benefits companies that choose to locate here.


Recruit, Train, and Retain Talent for Supply Chain 4.0

This panel discussion moderated by Dr. Reginald Sykes, President of Bishop State Community College, and featuring Ed Castile, Alabama Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Workforce Development Division and Director of AIDT; Rolf Wrona, Vice President of Human Resources for Mercedes-Benz United States International; and leaders from other key Alabama industries will explore the impact of automation on supply chain and how companies can prepare their workforce for this shift.


Walmart Import Distribution & its Impact on Alabama

Denson White, Manager of Client Services at APM Terminals, will discuss Walmart’s decision to locate their only Gulf Coast import distribution center in Mobile, the impact this has already has on Alabama’s deep water port, and how this will continue to impact the state as a whole.


Featured Tours

Tour the Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama’s deep-water seaport, at the Port of Mobile, is located just 32 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and handled more than 58 million tons of cargo in 2018.  The full-service public seaport terminals are owned by the Alabama State Port Authority and are served by major ocean carriers transiting today’s global trade lanes. The Port Authority’s container intermodal investments top $550 million making it one of the fastest growth container ports in North America. The terminal and its companion container intermodal rail facility serve primarily goods for the automotive, agribusiness, aviation, metals, chemicals and retail/distribution industries.  With over $1.2 billion invested to date in public port facilities, the Port of Mobile ranks as the second largest steel port in the nation, while maintaining a large market position in export of metallurgical coal and forest products.


Investment and expansion continue as the Port Authority and its partner construct an Automotive Logistics (RO/RO) Terminal that will serve a growing Southeast U.S. automotive industry.  The Port Authority is also developing a logistics park at the container intermodal complex to serve value-added, distribution and light manufacturing projects dependent upon first-class container intermodal investments.

Details to be provided after completing registration.


Tour APM Terminals Mobile

APM Terminals Mobile is a 115-acre, deep-sea container terminal at the Port of Mobile. The state-of-the-art container terminal is adjacent to an intermodal rail facility that provides direct and efficient transfer of containers between vessel and rail. Operating since 2008, APM Terminals Mobile offers an improved option in the US Gulf for reaching Midwest markets as well as Alabama and neighboring states.


With a draft of 13.7m, a turning basin to accommodate vessels of up to 1,300 feet in length, and equipped with Super Post Panamax Ship to Shore Cranes with a maximum reach of 22 container rows, the terminal can handle vessels up to 14,000 TEU capacity. This meets the new “Panamax” limit of the expanded Panama Canal locks. The terminal has expansion capacity to handle more than 1.3 million TEUs annually (currently 650,000 TEU).

Details to be provided after completing registration.


Tour the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility

In 2015, Airbus opened an A320 Family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – officially called the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The new assembly line, which is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, facilitates assembly of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Assembly began in 2015 – with first delivery of a Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016.


The company’s location in Mobile also includes a final assembly line for the single-aisle A220 aircraft, producing jetliners destined for U.S. customers. Airbus officially began manufacturing the A220 in the U.S. in August 2019, targeting to be producing between 40 and 50 of these aircraft per year by the middle of the following decade.

Details to be provided after completing registration.

Opening Reception

The Steeple

251 St Francis Street

Mobile, Alabama 36602



The Steeple is a 5-minute walk from the Battle House Hotel. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Business casual.


Become an Exhibitor

What is the cost to exhibit?

The cost to exhibit is $350. This marketing opportunity offers a cost-effective way to reach potential customers through exhibiting and networking. It provides a perfect platform to connect with qualified decision-makers and build brand recognition. The exhibitor package includes:

  • Two (2) Complimentary Summit Registrations
  • One (1) 6′ x 6′ Exhibitor Table
  • Marketing in the Summit Program
  • Promotion on the Summit Webpage
  • Exhibitor Space Available on November 13


Who exhibits?

  • Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers
  • International Service Providers i.e. Banks, Law Firms, etc.
  • Private Business Sector
  • Third Party Logistics Providers

Who will attend?

  • Alabama’s Domestic & International Business
  • Regional Economic Developers
  • State & Local Government Officials
  • International Service Providers

If you would like to exhibit, click HERE for the form or email Kayley Shepard or call 251-431-8629. Space is limited.




The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

26 N Royal Street

Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: 251-338-2000


Room Rate: $149.00 USD

Booking Deadline: Friday, October 11

Reserve Today




Register online here. For questions, contact Kayley Shepard at 251-431-8629.

Registration Fee: $135.00

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 6

Premier Sponsor

Bank of America Merrill Lynch works with companies of all sizes to help them operate more efficiently and seize opportunities. Whether updating technology, acquiring another company or conducting business globally, our banking professionals have the solutions and expertise to assist your business. We have the capital, capabilities and can connect you to a full range of financial services from investment banking to cash management to retirement services while also providing a full array of wealth management expertise to CEOs, executives and employees. In complex, opportunity- filled environments, you want the best strategies and platforms to drive growth, efficiency, control and personal success. That’s why Bank of America Merrill Lynch develops a deep understanding of you and your business to deliver comprehensive ideas, solutions and guidance. Helping you achieve the full potential and value of your business in Alabama, that’s the power of a local connection, with you year by year, wherever you want to grow.

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