AOC Symposium Education Sessions

This year, the GCCA Assembly of Committees Education Symposium will focus on government issues impacting the cold chain. This new focus in programming will allow GCCA members to take advantage of being in the U.S. Capital and leverage GCCA’s network of partners in Washington. Sessions will be presented by agency representatives, coalition partners and leading policy experts. The Symposium will feature three tracks covering policies related to Administration, Operations and Transportation.

We are currently working on the education program. Check back here for updates.

Education Session Descriptions


New Labor Regulations: Overtime Rules, OSHA Recordkeeping, Restrictions on Safety Incentive Programs & Increased OSHA Penalties

Nickole Winnett, Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C. 

Industry Statistics – New Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey & NASS Capacity Reports

Alissa Cowell-Mytar, Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Nicolas Betker, Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Warehouse Legal Policy Issues Update

John Horvath, Attorney, Horvath & Weaver P.C.

Small Business Tax and Healthcare

Jessica Summers, Small Business Legislative Council


Refrigeration Regulations – RMP/PSM and IIAR 2

Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)

Eric Smith, Vice President and Technical Director, The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR)

Global Food Trade Outlook

Claire Mezoughem, Agricultural Economist – Senior Livestock Analyst, Office of Global Analysis – Global Commodity Analysis Division, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Impact of GMO Labeling on the Cold Supply Chain

Michael R. Gruber, Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Single Window for Trade Facilitation

Maria Luisa Boyce, Senior Advisor for Private Sector Engagement Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, Office of the Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)


IRTA Refrigerated Transportation Best Practices Guide

Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Updates

Prasad Sharma, Partner, Scopelitis

SOLAS Container Weights and Port Issues

John Gold, Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation (NRF)

Trucking Capacity Report

Bob Costello, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, American Trucking Associations (ATA)