October 08, 2022 (All day) to October 12, 2022 (All day)
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego, California, United States

Focus Sessions

Monday, 10 October


10:30 – 11:30am – Focus Sessions: Round 1


Energy Disruption:  Rising Costs and Global Implications for the Cold Chain

Warehouse energy usage is the second highest cost in the cold storage industry behind labor. Managing energy usage costs is a high priority for temperature-controlled 3PL operators around the world. In this session, we will examine the rising cost of energy, current implications across the supply chain and solutions to improve cold chain efficiency.


Moderator: Chris Murphy, CEO, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group


-          David Finkelstein, President, Baja Frio S.A. de C.V.

-          Michael Lynch, Vice President of Engineering, United States Cold Storage, Inc.


Improving Food Loss and Food Waste in the Cold Chain

Studies show that roughly 40 percent of what we produce in terms of food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Hear from warehouse members and the association regarding the role they are playing to minimize food loss and waste as well as plans being made to improve and maintain a sustainable infrastructure to support these efforts.

Moderator: Amanda Brondy, Vice President International Projects, GCCA


-          Justin Brandt, General Manager, Nor-Am Cold Storage

-          Ken Whah, President & Regional Partner, RLS Great Lakes



Tuesday, 11 October


1:45 – 2:30pm – Focus Sessions: Round 2


Updated IARW Terms and Conditions - What's Changed?

IARW’s Warehouse Legal Service Partner, Scopelitis, has recently updated the industry standard Terms and Conditions.  Hear from Scopelitis about the new Terms and Conditions, what has changed, and what you need to know as you implement the new documents with your customers. 


Kevin Phillips, Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson& Feary, P.C

Eric Meyers, Attorney, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson& Feary, P.C




Outlook for Port Operations

We know there have been a number of challenges at the ports over the last few years but there is a lot that is going well. Our panelist will discuss current operational successes as well as ongoing trends and what is on the horizon in terms of port operations.

Moderator: Todd Lanter, IRTA Chairman & Director, Transportation & Network Integration, Lineage Logistics


-          Rich Burke, President/COO, Konoike-Pacific California, Inc.

-           Jim Henderson, Vice President, Global Sales & Business Development, Lineage Logistics

-          Rafael Rocha, VP Commercial, Emergent Latin America


3:15 – 4:00pm – Focus Sessions: Round 3


Trends in Warehouse Legal Liability Insurance

Many warehouse members participate in the IARW Warehouse Legal Liability Insurance program administered by Lockton Companies. Participate in this session and hear from two Lockton representatives on trends and updates regarding the insurance market, receive advice on how to best prepare for any changes, and get your questions answered by the experts.


Joe Howard, Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies

Tracey Wild, Unit Leader Senior VP, Lockton Companies


The Rising Temperature of Talent: A Cold Chain Perspective

The labor market has evolved rapidly over the last few years, causing a sudden surge in demand, pent-up attrition levels and candidates expecting more autonomy over how, when and where they work. Cold Chain organizations that do not address these changes risk higher levels of turnover, decreased engagement and paying a higher level of premiums to attract talent. In this panel discussion, join our the Future Leader Award candidates for what will most likely be a lively discussion on how to navigate these challenges.


Moderator: Adam Thocher, Senior Vice President, of Global Programs & Insights and WFLO Executive Director


-          Clifton Alt, Operations Manager, InterChange Group

-          Judina Arends, Operations Manager, Bradner Cold Sotrage

-          India Grayson, Warehouse Lead, Agile Cold Storage

-          Kulsoom Khan, Energy Efficiency Manager, Congebec Inc.