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Tuesday, March 19th

11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Golf Tournament
sponsored by Vehicare

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception
sponsored by ABCO

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Wednesday March 20th

7:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast / Exhibits Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Address: E-commerce & the Digital Distribution Frontier

Cory Rellas, CEO, Drizly

Cory Rellas, CEO of online alcohol deliver service Drizly, talks about the impact of e-commerce on beverage distribution and how partnering with wholesalers is enhancing operations across the supply chain.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break / Exhibits Open

10:30 - 11:30 am

General Session Panel: Going Big: Harnessing Big Data in Fleet & Warehouse Operations

Dan Betz, Executive Vice President, Operations, Andrews Distributing
Lester Jones, Chief Economist, The National Beer Wholesalers Association
Kris Hacker, VP of Analytics & Business Development, Columbia Distributing

Beverage operations are inundated with data from the road, from trading partners and within their own facilities. A panel of distribution experts offer their insights on what it all means and how you can manage it to optimize your operation.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibits Open

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Roundtable Luncheon / Exhibits Open

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

CDL Training, Recruitment & Retention

Steve Golladay, Manager and Owner, Total System Thinking Solutions

Finding qualified drivers is challenging enough. Keeping them on your team is an even bigger challenge. We look at strategies for finding, training and keeping your road team engaged.

Cyber-security for Today’s Beverage Facilities

Steve Holtsclaw, Director of IT, Del Papa Distributing

We are long past the days when warehouse security meant just locking the doors. A beverage distribution IT expert explores the rapidly changing world of cyber-security.

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

On Autopilot: The Potential Impact of Autonomous Vehicles

Matthew Trentacosta, Automotive Advisory Services Consultant, IHS Markit

Self-driving forklifts may be finding their way into beverage warehouses, but self-driving vehicles for beverage delivery seem to be years away. What’s the outlook for this new technology and how could it potentially impact your operation?

End to End Automation for a Smarter Warehouse

Bob Ogden, director of operations, R.H. Barringer Distributing Co.

A distributor offers a detailed case study on the implementation of tech tools across his entire operation and how it’s reduced errors, streamlined processes and delivered a rapid return on investment.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Break / Exhibits Open

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

All-Electric: The Future of Sustainable Fleets?

Susan Beardslee, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Transportation & eFreight, ABI Research

An expert in vehicle electrification discusses the prospects for electric truck technology and how it could play a more meaningful, expansive role in beverage distribution.

Recruiting & Retaining for Today's Automated Warehouse

Gary Thompson, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Powers Distributing

In today’s increasingly tech-heavy distribution environment, warehouse teams must constantly be developing new skill sets. Find out how to find, train, retrain and retain first-rate staff for this modern reality.

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Containing Costs Amidst Rising Freight & Fuel Prices

Julio Lopez, Fleet Supervisor, Silver Eagle Distributors

The all-too-brief reprieve from surging fuel prices seems to be ending, while the cost of freight continues its upward trajectory. What should your operation be doing to manage this new normal?

Strategies to Reduce Risks & Costs When Upgrading & Expanding

Chet Willey President, Chet Willey Associates
Julian Rayzor Sales Manager, GG Distributing L.L.C.

About to outgrow your facility? Are you in the market for a system upgrade? Find out how to manage growth, whether you’re moving to a new facility, expanding your existing one or investing in new tools and technologies.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception / Exhibits Open

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Thursday, March 21st

7:00 am - 11:00 am

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Exhibits Open

8:30 am - 9:10 am

Keynote Address: Classic Brands Tackle the Modern Supply Chain

Ron Kane, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Pabst Brewing Co.

Ron Kane, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Pabst Brewing Co, details the complexities of the evolving U.S. distribution landscape from the perspective of the country’s fifth-largest beer company.

9:00 am - 10:00 am

General Session Panel: Safety Training & Management on the Road and in the Warehouse

Panelists: Gary Yurt, President/Chief Safety Adviser, Industrial Safety & Training Services
Brian Lundberg, Operations Manager, Atlas Distributing
Eric Joseph, V.P. of Operations, Del Papa Distributing

Our expert panelists ponder policies and best practices for a safer working environment across all levels of your organization.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break / Exhibits Open

10:30 am - 12:00 pm


10:30 am - 11:15 am

What's on the Regulatory Horizon

David Consider, Senior Safety Adviser, National Safety Council

Catch up on all of the most important road regulations that will directly impact your business.

From Receiving Docks to Store Shelf – What Works, What Doesn’t Work?

Greg Ellis, President, Precision Distribution Consulting

Explore the sequence of best practices for a day in the life of a case. These include in sequence receiving, storage, mixed SKU, quality control, truck loading, fleet composition, go to market strategy and ultimately store shelf deliveries.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

A World-Class Vehicle Maintenance Plan

Andrew Zak, Master Lead Technician, Silver Eagle Distributors

Hear from a pro about how to set up an optimal maintenance schedule and what facets of your fleet need to be addressed at which intervals. Take home few more tools and techniques to minimize downtime.

When Mother Nature Intervenes: Protecting Your Supply Chain in the Wake of Natural Disasters

Greg Stephens, Director of Facility Management, Silver Eagle Distributors

Silver Eagle Distributors is based near the heart of one of last year’s most destructive storms. Learn vital techniques from the Houston-based wholesaler on all levels of natural disaster preparedness to ensure minimal disruption to your business and the local supply chain.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Load Buses and travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Ride & Drive/Equipment Demo

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

sponsored by Frieghtliner

Ride & Drive/Equipment Demo

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Return to M Resort

5:00 pm

Open Evening for Sponsor/Customer Dinners and Networking

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Friday, March 22nd

8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:15 am

Facility Tour

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Nevada
Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
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