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

General Sessions

Sunday, 9 October


2:00 – 4:15pm – COLD CHAIN CAFÉ

The Cold Chain Café is designed to spark thought-provoking discussions. Participants selected 3 topics from 8 total topics to discuss with groups over the course of the one-hour program. At the end of the session, participants share lessons learned.




Welcome and Global Cold Chain Update

Matthew R. Ott, President & CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)

Farewell Comments from the IARW Past Chairman

Ron Buford, IARW Immediate Past Chairman and President & Regional Partner, RLS Premier

Keynote Presentation - Human Capital [R]evolution

Peter Sheahan, Founder & CEO of Karrikins Group, Best-Selling Author, and Global Business Leader

Come join Peter to listen and learn through his presentation: Human Capital [R]evolution. Beyond supply chain, the major constraint to post-pandemic growth are labor shortages and the war for talent. The good news - This may be new for the US, but it isn’t new for other parts of the world, and there is a proven playbook for alleviating this problem in the short term and solving it for the long term. The hidden gift of this crisis is a unique window of opportunity to make long-needed changes to the way we attract, engage, and retain the human capital we need to do business. Now more than ever you have permission to take a new approach, and a willingness to accept progress over perfection.


Monday, 10 October


9:00 – 10:00am – GENERAL SESSION


State of the Associations

Moderator: Matthew Ott, President & CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance


World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO)

Daniel Kaplan, WFLO Chairman and Director, Vertical Cold Storage & Rack Builders Inc.

Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA)

Marko Dzeletovich, CEBA Chairman and Founder & CEO, Coldbox Builders

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) & International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA)

Manuel Cabrera Kabana, IARW Chairman and Director, Friopuerto Investment

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


Tech Talk

Matt Rivenbark, Sales Director of Food & Beverages, SSI Schaefer



Tuesday, 11 October


9:00 – 10:00am – GENERAL SESSION


GCCA Don Schlimme Future Leader Award – Candidate Presentations

Clifton Alt, Operations Manager, InterChange Group

Judina Arends, Operations Manager, Bradner Cold Storage

India Grayson, Warehouse Lead, Agile Cold Storage

Kulsoom Khan, Energy Efficiency Manager, Congebec Inc.

Brian Magnus, General Manager, Midwest Logistics, United States Cold Storage 


Tech Talk

Logan Stuller, Account Manager, Ti Cold



12:00 – 1:30pm – GENERAL SESSION/ LUNCH


International Disruptors and the Importance of Advocacy

GCCA continues to expand its global advocacy initiatives though dedicated resources in both Canada and Brazil, newly formed partnerships in Europe and the UK as well as the education offered during the recent Global Cold Chain Policy Forum. Understanding the key disruptors impacting the cold chain globally and how the association can work with members to mitigate the impact of these issues on your businesses is critical. Join us for this panel discussion where industry leaders will cover everything from Energy to Supply Chain, Labor and Climate/Environmental Regulations.

Panel Sponsor: Eric Finnerty, Owner/President & CEO, Vapor Armour

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


Lisa Battino, Vice President of Compliance and Safety, United States Cold Storage

Shane Brennan, Chief Executive, Cold Chain Federation

Marianne Kintzel, Executive Officer, Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association of Australia Ltd. (RWTA)

Tim Ludwig, President & CEO, Bradner Cold Storage

Vivianne Moreira Leite, Chairwoman, GCCA Food Safety Committee and Partner, CAP Logistica Frigorificada 



Tech Talk

Kurt Liebendorfer, Vice President EVAPCO



Wednesday, 12 October




Keynote Presentation - Politics, Today and Tomorrow

Ronald Brownstein, CNN Senior Political Analyst, Senior Editor for The Atlantic, and Contributing Editor for National Journal

Blending history, a sophisticated analysis of polls and voting trends, and insider assessments of both parties’ brands, Brownstein will explore what is next for America’s major political parties. Finally, he combines this assessment of the electoral environment with an analysis of the current presidential term, the challenges that face upcoming elections, and what legitimate policy choices exist for resolving hotly-debated issues.


GCCA Don Schlimme Future Leader Award – Announcement of Award Recipient