Join your colleagues in Scottsdale, September 24-27, 2023!

The 132nd GCCA Convention will be held September 24-27, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona, at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. You are invited to join hundreds of cold chain industry executives for a few days of education, networking and relationship building. This event is designed specifically for temperature-controlled warehousing, transportation, logistics and design/build leaders as well as all the industry suppliers that support the cold chain industry through their products and services.

Keynote Presentations

  1. Walker Smith, Knowledge Lead, Kantar J. Walker Smith has been described by Fortune as “one of America’s leading analysts on consumer trends.” He is co-author of four highly regarded books, a blogger, a former marketing management and Marketing News columnist, and a former public radio commentator. He will join the Convention to discuss Consumer Marketing Trends.

Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s First Female Official Thomas is the NFL’s First Female Official and one of Sports Illustrated’s 100 Most Influential NFL Figures of All Time. Thomas changed the game in the world’s most quintessential male-dominated sport –football – when she became the first female NFL official. Now she’s inspiring others to dream big and believe anything is possible. She will share her story of how she became the first fulltime female official in NFL history and how her history-making career has opened doors for other women to follow in her footsteps.

Supplier Showcase

The Supplier Showcase is where attendees can connect with the top industry solutions providers and stay informed on new automation solutions, equipment, technology, construction trends and other industry solutions to innovate their businesses. Designed to offer conventioneers a place to meet, relax and recharge, the Supplier Showcase is open daily and located next to the General Session room. All coffee and refreshment breaks will take place in the Showcase, providing ample time for sponsors to engage with attendees as they enjoy a cup of coffee while discussing business needs. Sponsors may also utilize their space in the Supplier Showcase throughout the event for one-on-one meetings. See a current list of Showcase exhibitors in the side bar.

Cold Chain Café

The Cold Chain Café creates an exchange of ideas and discussion on critical issues facing the industry. Participants choose from a list of different topics, join the table at which the issue is being discussed and spend 20 minutes sharing ideas. Participants then switch tables to discuss their ideas. These roundtable conversations provide attendees a chance to share ideas, ask questions and solve problems with their peers in a small group setting. The moderator will guide the participants through questions they have submitted in advance, diving into the subjects that matter most to attendees and the industry.

NextGen Future Leader Award

The GCCA NextGen Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the global cold storage industry. Each of the candidates competing for the NextGen Award at the Convention are recipients of their regional Future Leader Award. Each candidate will present at Convention as well as engage in one-on-one interviews with the judges. The award recipient will be named during the Convention’s Closing General Session.


Prominent social activities and the supplier showcase all give attendees and industry suppliers unparalleled access to build partnerships with key decision makers. Other networking opportunities include an opening night reception, a golf tournament, a themed party, an after-hours party as well as coffee breaks, breakfasts and group activities.

Tech Talks

Industry thought leaders will deliver informative presentations on innovations in the cold storage industry. The GCCA Education team works with Tech Talk presenters to create a high-level industry perspective on how their solutions, tools and/or technology can help support their customers’ businesses, and how they see the industry evolving.

Focus Sessions

This year, attendees can choose three of the six focus sessions offered during the convention. These smaller, more focused educational offers cover topics including:

  • Innovations in Warehouse Technology & Automation
  • Evaluating & Investing in Sustainable Technology and Aligning It to ESG Goals
  • Food Loss and Food Waste in the Cold Chain
  • End-to-end Cold Chain Solutions
  • Trends in Warehouse Legal Liability Insurance
  • Maintaining Warehouses of the Future
  • Case Study in Energy Excellence

The cold chain industry is growing and changing. From advanced technologies to new regulations as well as political and economic uncertainties, our industry must be nimble, flexible and ready for change. Throughout the Convention we will focus on the top challenges and opportunities facing the industry and discuss solutions for your business. Make sure to register your team today!

132nd GCCA Convention Supplier Showcase & Exhibitor List

Advance Storage Products


Baltimore Air Coil


Dambach Lagersysteme USA, Inc.

Datex Corporation


Evapco Inc.

FCL Builders

Frazier Industrial Company

GAF Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, L.L.C.

Green Span Profiles

Griffco Design/Build Inc.

Hansen-Rice Inc.

Jamison Door Company

Kingspan Insulated Panels

M&M Carnot

Providence Engineering

Performance Structural Concrete Solutions L.L.C.


Rack Builders Inc.

Ramp Systems, Inc.

RefrigiWear Inc.

Rytec High Performance Doors

Slate River Systems, Inc.

Stellar Stow US Inc.

Ti Cold

Tippmann Group

Vapor Armour

Viking Cold Solutions

WAGNER Fire Safety Consulting GmbH

List current as of July 5, 2023


September 1, 2023


Cold Chain Development, Commodity Storage & Handling, Design Build, Education, Employee Safety, Energy, Food Loss & Waste, Food Safety & Audits, Government & Regulatory Affairs, HR/Talent, Insurance & Risk Management, Legal Issues, Refrigeration & Engineering, Supply Chain Operations, Sustainability, Technology, Transportation & Logistics