Learning Lounge

Monday, April 18
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Belmont 4 & 8

This year’s Learning Lounge is forward-facing with a focus on innovation and fostering the next generation of industry talent. This session will play host to the 2nd annual GCCA Global NextGen Award Competition and industry TechTalks.

GCCA Global NextGen Award Candidate Presentations

The following award-winning young professionals will speak:

  • Melissa Hunt, S&D Logistics | Frank Vale Award Winner – Australia
  • Colin Longmuir, Henningsen Cold Storage Company | Don Schlimme Future Leader Award Winner – North America
  • Kane Thomason, XPO Logistics | UK Young Manager of the Year – United Kingdom

The candidates will be competing for the GCCA NextGen Award, which recognizes future leaders in the cold storage industry around the world.


Three industry thought-leaders will deliver informative presentations on innovations in the cold storage industry. Don’t miss these exciting presentations to see the future of cold storage.

Evapco_125x49 Small Charge Ammonia Systems
Ferrite Microwave Tech logo_145x50 The Benefits of Microwave Tempering
NZA logo Advantages of a New Underground Defrost System

Featured Presentation: How Economists Have Changed the World for the Better Robert E. Litan, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Robert-Litan-2016-Convention-150x150A master story-teller with a keen sense of humor, Robert Litan will take us on a fascinating journey that is completely different from your normal economics speech. Called one of the best economic writers ever – he is smart, accomplished and wonderfully entertaining.

Drawing on his acclaimed book, Trillion Dollar Economists, Litan explains how the ideas of economists have changed, and are continuing to change businesses in ways that many, including entrepreneurs and executives, may not realize. He makes this case in a lively fashion, using examples from many different industries and sectors of the economy (even sports and on-line dating!). Read more