57th Annual NDTA Transportation and Logistics Forum and Exposition: Kansas City, MO September 13-September 17, 2003.

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GREETINGS FROM THE NDTA CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Welcome to the 57th Annual Transportation and Logistics Forum and Exposition. I assumed the role as Chairman of the Board of NDTA in July, and would like to once again thank Jeff Crowe, my predecessor, for his tireless commitment over the past decade to the progress and initiatives of the Association. Jeff is now Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce, but we are delighted that he will continue to support NDTA as a member of our board. Under Jeff's leadership, last year's Forum was superb and this year we expect to have an even better experience.

As you will see, the structure of the Forum's professional program is new and different. Our Forum planning committee worked very hard to put together a challenging and professionally rewarding program. The headquarters office conducted a survey in the Defense Transportation Journal and tried to implement many of the suggestions received. As members and attendees, we ask that you attend all sessions, participate and give feedback. The benefit we obtain from the conference will be directly related to what we put into it.

Transportation is indeed "the life blood" of the American economy, and today's transportation issues deserve extensive discussion. This year's theme "Current Challenges and Transformation" is a timely topic reinforced by the headlines we read daily. Since the events of September 11th both the public and private transportation sectors have faced unprecedented challenges. The Forum track sessions and roundtables will focus our attention and efforts on understanding these challenges and the demands we face to transform our organizations, secure our homeland and improve our global transportation systems.

I am honored to welcome our keynote speakers, roundtable leaders, track leaders, participants and the NDTA membership to this year's Forum. Let me extend our special thanks to Mr. William Zollars, Chairman, President and CEO of Yellow Corporation for accepting our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Forum Opening Ceremony. Thanks as well to Admiral James Loy, USCG (Ret.), Administrator, TSA and General John Handy, USAF, Commander, USTRANSCOM, for joining us this year to speak on Security and Transformation. We will also have the opportunity, to hear from LtGen Gary Hughey, Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM, who will speak at the Military Awards Luncheon, and the Honorable Diane K. Morales, DUSD (L&MR), who will speak at the Recognition Breakfast.

Finally, I want to express our sincere appreciation to our corporate members for their continuing support in sponsoring various Forum events, and to our exhibitors, who continue to exceed expectations each year. To all our industry attendees and government participants, let us know how we may add value for you. Thanks in advance to the headquarters staff of NDTA and the dedicated group of volunteers who work diligently to make the Forum a success each year. I look forward to seeing you during this exciting event.

Andrew Fogarty, Chairman of the Board

FORUM CO-CHAIR GREETINGS

Welcome to Kansas City! It is an honor to co-chair the 57th Annual NDTA Transportation and Logistics Forum and Exposition. This should be an exciting Forum. The Yellow Corporation is proud to sponsor the "Welcome to Kansas City" Reception at Historic Union Station on Sunday, September 14th. If you have not already purchased your ticket for this NDTA scholarship event, stop by Registration and get one. We promise it will be a fun evening and give you the opportunity to taste the finest barbeque Kansas City has to offer.

We encourage you to enjoy your stay in Kansas City. Kansas city has many exciting attractions, including great food and music. It is home to several historic sites, such as the Harry S. Truman Home and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to name a few.

The theme of this year's forum is "Current Challenges and Transformation." As a result of the state of the world and an ever constant threat of terrorism, we as industry leaders and professionals have plenty of current challenges, but at the same time we must transform our organizations to meet future challenges to Defense Transportation.

The Forum Professional Program has been re-designed in an effort to enhance professional dialogue. The critical importance of training and education for the transportation industry, especially in strengthening the safety and enhancing the security of the American people, continues to be an important theme for the NDTA. At this Forum, we will look at Distribution, Security, Current Military Operations, Travel Services and Advanced Planning for Industry.

Since we are introducing a new format this year, we will have an evaluation for you to complete after each track session. We ask that you provide your feedback so we can continue to improve the quality of our program. For every completed evaluation form you turn in, we will give you an additional ticket for the Grand Prize Drawing to be held before the close of the Forum.

Along with our professional program, there are a number of special events planned for your enjoyment. Again, please sign up for the Sunday night scholarship event at Union Station. For those who arrive on Saturday evening, we have arranged transportation to the 18th and Vine St. distract for you to experience the jazz scene along with transportation to the Ameristar Casino boat. Our guests and spouses will have an opportunity to visit the Country Club Plaza, an exquisite shopping area and place of art, noted for its beautiful statues and fountains. Please visit the exhibit hall and see the best in the transportation industry. We look forward to meeting you all during the Forum and hope that this Forum will be the one of the best ever.

Mr. Gregory A. Reid

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Yellow Corporation

MG Robert T. Dail, USA

Director of Operations (TCJ3)

U.S. Transportation Command

THE FORUM TEAM

Forum Co-Chairs

Mr. Gregory A. Reid and MG Robert T. Dail, USA

President of NDTA

LTG Ken Wykle, USA (Ret.)

NDTA Headquarters Staff

COL Denny Edwards, USA (Ret.)

Vice President, Marketing Exhibits Manager

COL Mark Victorson, USA (Ret.)

Vice President, Membership

Nancy Alexander

Vice President Finance

Leah Ashe

Director Technology/Database

Susan Leigh

Director of Public Relations

Mary Konjevoda

Marketing Assistant

Angie Payne

Secretary to the President

Special Staff

Peggy Bluff

Debbie Bretches

June Campbell

Terri Dalton

MSgt patsy DeMichelle

Karen Edwards

Lisa Fasching

Anne Grabowski

Norbert Grabowski

Ken Massey

SFC Sharon Mullens

Lynn Nelson

Brian O'Donell

Don Perkins

Rose Phillips

Joe Rampino

Mary Ramsey

Marie Rohrbough

LtCol Stephen Rohrbough

Carolyn Salmans

Wesley "Shorty" Salmans

Scott Stewart

Cindy Thurgood

Craig Thurgood

Mary Wykle

DAILY EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 1:00pm-3:00pm Chapter Workshop 1:00pm-5:00pm Registration 3:00pm-5:00pm CORP Meeting 7:00pm-12:00am Optimal Events * Ameristar Casino Casino Shuttle 7:00pm-11:30pm (Transportation provided to Casino Boat) * Jazz at the 18th & Vine Historic District Jazz Clubs Shuttle 7:00pm-11:59pm (Hourly shuttle last--pickups at 11:30pm, 11:45pm & 12am) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 8:00am-5:00pm Registration 7:30am Depart Hotel for Golf Tournament 8:00am-3:00pm Golf Tournament 12:00pm Optional Events * Truman Library (12:00pm-4:00pm) * Nelson Art Gallery (12:00pm-2:30pm) * Arabia Steamboat Museum (1:00pm-3:30pm) 3:00pm Golf Tournament Ends--Return to Hotel 6:00pm-10:00pm Scholarship Event at Union Station MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 7:00am-8:00am A-35 Breakfast 7:00am-5:00pm Registration 8:30am-10:00am Opening Ceremony CORPORATE TRANSFORMATION Keynote Speaker--Mr. William Zollars, Yellow Corporation 10:15am-11:30am Round Table (Transformation) 10:30am-3:30pm Guest Tour 11:30am-1:30pm Military Unit Awards Luncheon 2:00pm-5:00pm NDTA Forum Professional Development Tracks I-V 5:00pm-6:00pm Exhibitors, Sponsors and Chairman's Circle Reception 6:00pm-8:30pm President's Reception and Grand Opening of Exhibits (Period I) 8:30pm-12:00am Networking Evening (list of restaurants provided on-site) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 7:00am-5:00pm Registration 7:30am 8:30am Recognition Breakfast Keynote Speaker--Ms. Diane K. Morales, DUSD (L&MR), DoD 9:00am-9:45am SECURITY Keynote Speaker--ADM lames M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), TSA 10:00am-11:30am Round Table (Security) 11:30am 2:00pm Exhibits Revisited (Period II) 2:00pm-5:00pm NDTA Forum Professional Development Tracks I-V 5:00pm-5:45pm A-35/CorTrans Logistics Duck Drop 6:30pm-7:00pm Annual Forum Reception 7:00pm-10:00pm Chairman's Awards Dinner 10:00pm-12:00am Sato Travel/Dollar Rent A Car Hospitality WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 7:00am-10:00am Registration 7:30am-9:30am Annual Board Meeting and Breakfast Bar 9:45am-10:15am MILITARY TRANSFORMATION Keynote Speaker--Gen John Handy, USAF, Cmdr, USTRANSCOM, AMC 10:30am-11:30am Professional Development, Motivational Speaker, Mark Sanborn 11:45am-2:00pm International Awards Luncheon 2:00pm-3:00pm Exhibitor's Grand Prize Drawing and Official Close of Forum EXHIBITOR'S SCHEDULE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Noon-4:00pm Exhibit Set-up (Crown Center Exhibit Hall) MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 8:00am-4:00pm Exhibit Set-up (Crown Center Exhibit Hall) Set-up must be done by 4pm 5:00pm-6:00pm Exhibitor's Appreciation Reception (Empire Ballroom) 6:00pm-8:30pm President's Reception/Official Opening of Exhibits (Exhibit Period I) (Crown Center Exhibit Hall) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 11:30am-2:00pm Exhibits Revisited/Buffer Luncheon (Exhibits Period II) (Crown Center Exhibit Hall) 2:30pm-5:30pm Exhibit Tear-down WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 2:00pm-3:00pm Exhibitor's Grand Prize Drawing (Crown Center Exhibit Hall) ATTENTION: Dress for all attendees in the audience and all exhibitors at activities listed on the Daily Events Schedule is Business casual, i.e. coat and slacks, NO ties. EXCEPT for the Chairman's Award Dinner, which is black-tie preferred. Awards, panelists, speakers and others...

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