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National leaders to speak on key issues facing government and supply chain management at URI forum, Nov. 12

Media Contact: Ericka Tavares, 401-874-2935

KINGSTON, R.I., Oct. 23, 2013 - Two well-know supply chain and transportation industry leaders will speak on how new government regulations and policies will impact supply chain in Rhode Island and throughout the country at a University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration event. Entitled “Government and Supply Chain Management – A Washington Report,” the November 12th forum at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick will focus on timely issues that could affect all businesses, large and small.

“Any business that does shipping or receiving should not miss this forum. This event will also be of benefit to carriers of all different modes of transportation including truck, rail, air, and water,” said URI College of Business Administration Professor Joe Estrella, who organized the event, which is expected to draw industry professionals from around the country. “Anyone who moves product will not want to miss it.”

Featured speakers include:
John M. Cutler, Jr., is a respected advocate for logistics and transportation who has been general counsel of two leading shipper associations, The Health & Personal Care Logistics Conference and National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, since 1999. Specializing in transportation law, Cutler has represented shippers in federal and state courts and in legislative proceedings. He is the author of Rules of the Game: Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing the Supply Chain Manager.

Mike Regan serves on the boards of many industry groups including the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, National Industrial Transportation League, and the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council. He’s active in industry organizations, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and he is chairman of the Board for Supply Chain Edge. A featured columnist in industry periodicals, he is frequently quoted in industry publications.

The forum will focus on key topics including: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, commonly known as Map 21, which funds $105 billion in transportation programs during fiscal years 2013 and 2014; capacity challenges; carrier issues; cost management; infrastructure; and hours of service.

“People don’t realize just how important supply chain is.” Estrella said. “Supply chain impacts everyone! Efficient and effective supply chain management is the key ingredient for success in today’s competitive business environment."

URI’s popular Supply Chain Management Program has been named one of the best in the country by two different industry groups. One of the main reasons for this positive recognition is the URI program ranks among only 28 U.S. and Canadian universities and maritime institutes that have programs certified by the American Association of Transportation and Logistics, a mark of academic rigor.

Registration is required to attend “Government and Supply Chain Management – A Washington Report” at: Registration

Cost is $75 per person and includes dinner. For more information, call 401.874.4362.