October 08, 2021 (All day) to October 10, 2021 (All day)
Austin Marriott Downtown, Austin, Texas, United States

General Sessions

Opening General Session & Luncheon

 Friday, October 8 | 11:45am - 1:25pm

Keynote Presentation: Dustin Garis

Brand Innovator, Customer Experience Pioneer

Formerly Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and AMEX

Throughout his disruptive career at some of the world’s most breakthrough companies, such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, and Ericsson, Garis was known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his ability to push the boundaries of innovation, customer experience, and change leadership.


State of the Association: Matthew Ott, President & CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)

Welcome Remarks: Ron Buford, IARW Chairman & Dan Kaplan, WFLO Chairman

Tech Talks: TBD, Dematic and Rob Adams, Tippmann Innovation


Lunch Sponsored by: The Raymond Corporation

Keynote Presentation Sponsored by: Coldbox Builders


General Session | Saturday, October 9th | 8:45am-9:45am

Discussion Panel: Cybersecurity

Moderator:  Timothy Smit, Global Privacy & Cyber Risk Consulting Leader, Lockton Companies

Panelists: Sanjay Lall, CIO, Americold  | Piet Mejjs, VP, Business Development, NewCold | Karen Reece, VP, Eskimo Cold Storage

An interruption in the security and efficiency of the cold chain industry means a potential interruption to the local, national and international food system. With third-party logistics companies in the spotlight more than ever before due to the pandemic, the chances are higher and ramifications crippling. Hear from those with first hand experience on ways your company can foster a healthy culture of security that addresses both the technological and human elements of data defense.


Tech Talk: ndustrial

Panel Discussion Sponsored by: Vapor Armor


General Session | Sunday, October 10th | 9:30am-11:00am

Don Schlimme Future Leader Award Competition

Finalists: Eric Geiger, Americold Logistics | Emily Goracke, SnoTemp | Colt Miller, Mattingly Cold Storage | Tamara Palefsky, US Cold | Troy Stokes, Lineage Logistics

This award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. This year 5 candidates will be competing for the award and a chance to move on to compete in the GCCA Global NextGen Award competition, which recognizes future leaders in the cold storage industry around the world.


Tech Talk: EVAPCO