2019 FTDC Program


Each segment and speaker will spend time discussing new tariff impacts and tips to help mitigate them, or best practices to lower costs elsewhere.

Sunday, October 27

  • 5:00 pm — Registration (Sponsored by Geodis)
  • 6:00 pm —  Cocktail Reception (Sponsored by RCS Logistics)

Day 1—Monday, October 28

8:00 am — Breakfast and Exhibits (Breakfast Sponsored by Apex Global Logistics)


9:00 am — Welcome Address & Update on Port Operations During the Age of Tariffs

9:15 am — Key Note: The Global Supply Chain, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

  • Sam Ruda, Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

9:45 am — Key Note: Brimstone or Hellfire? How lowering sulphur will impact the future of sustainable shipping

  • Takashi Masuda, SVP Marketing and Commercial, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

10:15 am — Networking Break (Sponsored by Geodis)


10:45 am — Booking Your Goods with an Air Carrier—Beating the December 15th Tariff Deadline

  • Mike Piza, Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Customs Brokerage, Apex Logistics International
  • Evan Rosen, President, Americas Region, EFL
  • Dean Tracy, Executive Vice President & COO, RCS Logistics
  • Moderated by Phil Marlowe, President/Logistician, Acuitive Solutions

11:15 am — A guided tour with the team at Geodis

  • The Geodis Team: Erin Williamson, Compliance Manager, US Customs Brokerage Product, and Mari Bermejo, Customs Brokerage Operations Manager
  • This section covers:
    • Origin Customs
    • 24-Hour Rule
    • CSI Process
    • Documentation Process
      • Ocean
      • Air
    • China Tariff Considerations

11:45 am – Getting Your Entries Through Customs & Other Tools to Consider in the Age of Tariffs

  • Jeff McCauley, Vice President, Global Accounts, Thomson Reuters
  • Jeremiah Pomerleau, Director Supply Chain & Trade, Indigo Trade Solutions
  • Kerry Rasmussen, Manager, Major Accounts, Farrow
  • Moderated by Quinn O’Rourke, Director of Compliance and Logistics, LaCrosse Footwear

12:15 pm – Lunch (Sponsored by Port of Long Beach, Wolverine Worldwide)


1:30 pm – Critical Port Enhancement Review (10-minute quick hits)

  • Ken Uriu, Business Development Manager, Port of Long Beach
  • Chris Chase, Marketing Manager, Port of Los Angeles
  • Sue Coffey, Director of Business Development, The NW Seaport Alliance

2:00 pm – Gotta Have My Shoes—how to get your goods through port ASAP (of course we’ll discuss tariffs)

2:30 pm — Circumnavigating in Crocs—an interactive discussion on footwear logistics with a global brand

3:00 pm — Networking Break (Sponsored by Thomson Reuters)

3:30 pm – Optimized to Ship—ways to get your packaging right-sized

  • Ryan Gaither, International Sales Executive, BillerudKorsnäs

4:00 pm — Convergence or Divergence: How to wrestle with buying global trade and logistics software in a hyper-speed market

  • Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, Journal of Commerce

4:30 pm — Like a Good Neighbor, Cargo Insurance is There

5:00 pm — Adjournment & Raffles

5:30 pm — Cocktail Reception (Sponsored by EFL)

Day 2—Tuesday, October 29


8:00 am — Breakfast and Exhibits (Breakfast Sponsored by Indigo Trade)

9:00 am — FDRA resource review for brands on supply chain visibility, customs classification and product safety compliance

  • Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)

9:30 am — Trade War & the Impact on Footwear

  • Matt Priest, President & CEO, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)

10:00 am — Footwear Family Trade Therapy Session—an industry sounds off

  • Tariff Mitigation
  • Exclusion Process
  • MTBs

10:30 am — Intellectual Property & Third-Party Platforms Pontification

  • Thomas Crockett, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)

11:00 am — Networking Break (Sponsored by Micropak)

11:30 am — The Science of Footwear Sustainability

  • Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
  • Erin Augustine, Director, Responsible Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide

12:10 pm — Product Safety Updates You Absolutely Need Right Now

  • Bao Vu, Of Counsel, Stoel Rives

12:30 pm – Lunch (Sponsored by the Port of LA, The NW Seaport Alliance, Superdryers)


1:45 pm – Critical Updates with Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

  • Eric Batt, Director, Apparel, Footwear & Textiles Center, Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

2:30 pm — Interactive Sample Review

  • John Pellegrini, Customs Counsel, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
  • Stacey Kalkines, National Import Specialist, Footwear, Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • Aliya Grosfeld, Laboratory Directory, Tariff Solutions, LLC

3:30 pm — Networking Break (Sponsored by Stoel Rives)

4:00 pm — The John Pellegrini Footwear Customs Concepts Hour

5:00 pm — Adjournment & Raffles

5:30 pm — Casual Cocktails at the Bar (Sponsored by Farrow)

A Special Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors!