Conference Agenda

2023 Ohio Conference on Freight

September 5-7, 2023

Day One

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Pre-Conference Event: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Air Cargo Tour
  • Spaces limited.
  • Included in conference registration.
  • Reserve your space when registering.
  • Transport to/from downtown Cincinnati and parking details will be shared directly with tour registrants in advance.
  • Note: For those flying into CVG Airport on September 5th, we suggest an arrival time no later than 1:00 p.m. EDT in order to participate in the tour.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Pre-Conference Welcome Reception
  • Join us at River’s Edge Event Center for a cocktail reception on the banks of the Ohio River as we kick off the OKI Conference on Freight. Complimentary open bar and appetizers are included. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the Hyatt Regency and the River’s Edge Event Center. Co-hosted with the Central Ohio River Business Association.
  • BB Riverboats 101 Riverboat Row Newport, KY 41071

Day Two

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast
  • Regency Ballroom

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Welcoming Remarks & Breakfast Keynote

The Resurgence of CVG: Remaking a Legacy Passenger Hub into The Future Air Cargo Port and Beyond

At the height of COVID, while other airports were struggling, CVG’s air cargo was growing. According to Airports Council International (ACI), CVG topped the list as the fastest growing airport in terms of cargo traffic over the last decade (2008-2018), with a 41% increase. Overall, CVG is ranked #7 in North America and #17 internationally in air cargo tonnage handled as of 2022. In 2013, CVG landed weight was 51% passengers and 49% cargo. But by 2019, the tables turned as CVG experienced a 10-plus percentage change in landed weight to 41% passengers and 59% cargo. The conference will be a great opportunity for CVG’s Chief Innovation Officer to share the airport’s story and, more importantly, CVG’s future plans, especially the use of its campus for technological investments and triumphs, for remaining ahead of the curve as disruption leaders!

Brian Cobb, Chief Innovation Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

  • Networking break with exhibitors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 1A – A Conversation with the People Who Move Our Freight

We all hear about the issues facing truck drivers, train engineers, and boat captains, but what are the people moving our freight really experiencing? What do they find rewarding about their jobs? What challenges do they face? In this conference session, attendees will learn firsthand from three people whose careers are to deliver the stuff we all depend upon.

Jackie Alf, Executive Vice President, John R. Jurgensen Co. and Member, OKI Intermodal Coordinating Committee

John Esterly, Locomotive Engineer, CSX and State Legislative Chairman, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainsmen, Division 34 (Columbus, Ohio)

Desiree Ann Wood, Truck Driver and President, REAL Women in Trucking and Truckers Emergency Assistance Responders

Chris Primm, Boat Captain, American Commercial Barge Line


Breakout Session 1B – The Intersection of Freight Data and Civil Infrastructure

This session will focus on freight data and how it can be leveraged to better manage civil infrastructure. First, Florida’s Freight Operations Exchange (FOX) system will be discussed, demonstrating the value of data collection and integration. Next, a discussion of transportation network resiliency will examine ways that strategic collaborations between stakeholders can yield more reliable infrastructure. Finally, a study of connected and electric vehicles in Florida will be presented including their impact on freight mobility.

Craig Toth, Vice President, HNTB Corporation

Erik Zuker, PE, Bridge Engineer, HNTB Corporation

Thomas Hill, State Modeling Manager, Florida Department of Transportation

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday Luncheon Riverside Chat: Freight and the Brent Spence Bridge 

This moderated conversation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary, Jim Gray and Ohio Department of Transportation Director, Jack Marchbanks will share the regional and national importance of the Brent Spence Bridge on freight and how the $1.6 billion federal funded project will further this bi-state partnership as a template for large freight transportation infrastructure projects of the future.

Moderator: Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Boone County Kentucky Fiscal Court and President, Board of Directors, The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Tech designer - A new way to design

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Networking break with exhibitors

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 2A: What does Waterborne Freight Mean to You? River, Great Lake, and Coastal Perspectives

The term “waterborne freight” conjures a different image depending on where you live and work across our great country. In this conference session, attendees will hear from leaders representing the three “sub-systems” of the U.S. waterborne freight network — an inland riverport, a Great Lakes port and an eastern Coastal port. Each will share their firsthand experiences and viewpoints on current and future waterborne freight opportunities and challenges.

Moderator: Penny Traina, Executive Director/CEO, Columbiana County Port Authority and Member, Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee

Brian Wright, President/CEO, Owensboro Riverport Authority and Member, Kentucky Freight Advisory Committee for Transportation

Joe Cappel, Vice President, Business Development, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Chair, Ohio Freight Advisory Committee

Chris Gullickson, Director of Development and Transportation Policy, The Port of Virginia


Truck Parking Technology and Trends in the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) Region

This session provides an overview of truck parking issues and innovations to improve awareness of parking availability on freight corridors. The MAASTO Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute/Mid America Freight Coalition technology test are reviewed. The session concludes with a facilitated discussion on truck parking opportunities related to alternate fueling and automation.

Moderator: Ernie Perry, Facilitator and Researcher, Mid America Freight Coalition, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jolanda Prozzi, Program Manager: Environment and Planning, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Anupam Srivastava, Research Associate, Mid America Freight Coalition, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Networking break with exhibitors

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 3A: Innovations in Freight Rail Safety

The safety of freight rail has been a frequent topic in the news this year ever since the February 3rd train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. However, rail safety has always been a high priority within the industry to both public and private stakeholders. This conference session will highlight ways technological innovation is being leveraged to help minimize or prevent potential physical, environmental, and economic impacts that can occur in relation to freight rail-related incidents.

Moderator: Sharmili Reddy, ACIP, Executive Director, Planning and Development Services of Kenton County

Sarah Zibart, Geographic Information Management Specialist, Ohio Rail Development Commission

 Jen Kouns, Market Director, Woolpert

Jeremy Kramer, Vice President, Louisville and Indiana Railroad Company


Breakout Session 3B: Get to Know the Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS)

The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) is a multi-state coalition (Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia) with a focus on regional freight planning to enhance the ability of member states to facilitate a transportation network that supports the movement of goods to promote state, regional, and national economic vitality.  This session will highlight ITTS efforts.

Moderator: Josilyn Mitchell,  Advanced Transportation Planning Engineer, Arkansas Department of Transportation

Tyler Graham, Freight Planner, Texas Department of Transportation

Chris Lindsey, Senior Associate, Integrated Policy and Planning, Cambridge Systematics

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

  • MAFC 2023 Annual Meeting (invitation only)
  • ITTS 2023 Annual Meeting (invitation only)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Join your fellow conference attendees at the Hyatt’s SunGarden on the mezzanine level for cocktails and light bites.
  • Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
  • 151 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Day Three

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

ITTS Workshop: Preparing for an Uncertain Future: A SWOT Analysis of the Freight System and Trade

Domestic and global trade face many challenges, including supply chain disruptions, natural disasters, and pandemics. Additionally, federal transportation policy and emerging technology influence how Transportation agencies address goods movement on the freight system. This workshop will identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to that system.

Moderator: Jason Ryan Wallis, AICP, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Presenter: Christopher Lindsey, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Associate, Integrated Policy and Planning, Cambridge Systematics


Ohio Freight Advisory Committee: Fall Meeting

The Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) is comprised of public and private sector stakeholders representing a broad cross section of modal, geographic and industry components of Ohio’s freight system, including truck, rail, water and air as well as freight-related associations, planning organizations and federal, state and local government agencies. This will be the fourth and final meeting of the committee for 2023.

Randy Lane, Statewide Freight and Maritime Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation

Joe Cappel, Chair, Ohio Freight Advisory Committee and Vice President, Business Development, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Robyn Bancroft, Vice Chair, Ohio Freight Advisory Committee and Strategic Initiatives Manager, The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Hot breakfast buffet

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote Panel – Beyond The Hype: Where are We Really in Terms of A.I. and Freight?

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) have ignited the fourth industrial revolution. New technologies and innovations are minimizing the use of raw materials, improving operational efficiencies and optimizing supply chains. Our speakers will share current capabilities of technology in use today and enlighten attendees on future possibilities.

Bill Eisele, Associate Agency Director and Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute     

Mike Ferritto, Factory Manager, Nestle Purina North America-Williamsburg Township, Ohio 

Stephen Mensah, Associate/Traffic Engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. 

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

  • Networking break with exhibitors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 4A: Advanced Air Mobility – The Future of Freight is Looking Up

In the freight technology race to full deployment, air cargo is considered the clear forerunner. Although obstacles like building out a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) network and FAA restrictions on uncrewed aircraft exist, the future use of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) technologies for the transport of small (< 15 lb) and large (500+ lb) cargoes is achievable within our lifetimes. Join this conversation to learn what we expect to see traveling our skies within the next 5-10 years.

Naashom Marx, Director of Strategic Innovation, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Tim Sweeney, Sector Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace, JobsOhio — Ohio Economic Development


Breakout Session 4B: Supply Chain Resiliency: Slipping the Punch, Taking the Punch, Getting Up Off the Canvas

Natural disasters and human-caused disruptions have devasted roadways, waterways, railroads, pipelines, runways, and our power grid. The need for supply chain resiliency is felt throughout the globe across all freight modes. In this conference session, a boxing analogy will be used to frame a conversation on tactics for preparing, withstanding, and recovering from threats and catastrophic impacts to our supply chain networks.

Moderator: Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director Soy Transportation Coalition

Josh Compton, COO/Principal, ClearView Management Resources

Pamela Yonkin, Sustainability & Resiliency Director, HDR, Inc.

Jason Craig, Director of Government Affairs, C.H. Robinson

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Networking break with exhibitors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch and Conference Finale
  • Freight Lightning Talks

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.