2020 BevOps Fleet Summit AgendaClick on the buttons to view information:
Tuesday, March 17th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kick off your BevOps Fleet Summit experience with a round of golf at the Revere Golf Club. Shuttle service will be provided from The M Resort. A scramble format with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Breakfast, lunch and on course beverages will be provided.
You must be registered for the conference in order to participate in Golf Outing.
Sponsored byLearn More
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by and
Wednesday March 18th
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast / Exhibits Open
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Craft Spirits: A Rock N Roll Rebellion
Joe Heron, Co-Founder and Owner, Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.
Details the road to disruption in the U.S. beverage alcohol landscape.
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Pro-active Personnel Management: Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining a Top Team in Today's Challenging Employment ClimateGary Thompson, Executive VP & GM, Powers Distributing
Chet Willey, President, Chet Willey Associates
Julian Rayzor, General Manager, GG Distributing
10:15 - 11:00 am
Break / Exhibits Open
11:00 - 11:45 am
State of the Beverage Market Panel
Industry analysts present numbers and insights on where the major alcohol and non-alcohol categories are heading. A panel of beverage distribution professionals discuss the challenges of hiring and retaining exemplary staffers at a time when the U.S. is close to full employment. For instance, a common complaint among distributors is that it’s increasingly more difficult to fill all of the shifts because the millennial workers demand greater flexibility and are reluctant to work on the night team. Many operations are rethinking their schedules to accommodate this modern reality.
Lester Jones, Chief Economist, National Beer Wholesalers Association
Gary Hemphill, Beverage Marketing Corporation
Jeff Cioletti, Editor-in-Chief, Craft Spirits Magazine, The American Craft Spirits Association
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Load Buses for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Depart at 12:00 pm
Shuttle service sponsored by and
12:45 - 3:45 pm
Ride and Drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Buses return to Venue
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cocktail and Networking Reception / Exhibits Open
Sponsored by and
Thursday, March 19th
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast / Exhibits Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote Address: Iconic Brewery, Innovative Horizons
The Brewmaster at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore details how the beloved Irish brand opened its experiential production facility on American shores to be closer to the action in the U.S. beer landscape and quickly respond to the rapidly evolving trends in the world's most dynamic market.
Peter Wiens, Brewmaster, Guinness Open Gate Brewery
10:00 am - 10:15 am
Beverage Industry Awards
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Break for Breakout Sessions
10:30 am - 11:15 am
TRACK 1 - Portfolio Diversity: Venturing Into New Categories—and the Unknown
With the boom in the craft spirits segment, a growing number of beer distributors are diversifying beyond beer into spirits. What are the logistical challenges of going beyond your core category and expanding into what is, for many, uncharted territory?
TRACK 2 - Congestion Pricing & Emissions Surcharges: What They Could Mean for Your Fleet
Congestion Pricing has become common in cities overseas and in the next few years is likely to become more common in the U.S. How will this affect your business and what strategies can you develop to ensure the impact is minimal.
Gregory Jones, Freeway Management Specialist, US DOT Federal Highway Administration
11:15 am - 2:00 pm
Lunch and Exhibits in Exhibit Hall
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
TRACK 1 - Eliminating In-Bound Chaos: How Scheduling Technology Can Relieve Bottlenecks at Your Receiving Dock
Distributors continue to bemoan the chaotic situation at the receiving dock, as suppliers and their freight carriers work on their own schedules. A huge number of trucks arrive on Monday mornings, with less than half the number delivering later in the week. Fortunately, there are now online systems that enable carriers to schedule their loads on line. Once one day fills up, they’re pushed to the next. Hear from a distributor on what a godsend that’s been.
Scott Trotter, VP of Operations, Canyon Distributing
TRACK 2 - Telematics: Looking Beyond Efficiencies to Drive Better Quality of Life
See how a beverage distributor uses an integrated fleet tracking system to address labor challenges, create better jobs for their employees, and promote safety, all while running a more efficient business.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
TRACK 1 - The Future of Direct Store Delivery: Strategies to Improve Operations and Delivery Efficiencies
TRACK 2 - Optimizing the Last Mile
Experts detail how the combination of technology and operational ingenuity are simplifying what is often the most complex part of the supply chain.
Erich Wolters, VP of Solution Sales, Wise Systems
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
TRACK 1 - Sustainability Session: Does LEED Certification Still Matter & Other Eco-Questions
What are the costs versus the benefits of LEED Certification and how does the eco-friendly classification add value to your operation?
Dan Betz, VP of Operations, Andrews Distributing
TRACK 2 - Can't Find CDL Drivers? Get More Non-CDL Vehicles
We look at the strategies and technologies available to manage driver behavior and collaborate with your drivers on eliminating bad road habits.
Andrew Zak, Master Lead Fleet Technician, Silver Eagle Distributors
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
TRACK 1 - How to Prevent Catastrophic Warehouse Accidents
The whiskey world was shaken by two major warehouse catastrophes within less than a year of each other in Kentucky. Is your operation at risk and how can you ensure you never encounter such calamities?
Gary Yurt, President, Chief Safety Advisor, Industrial Safety & Training Services, Inc.
TRACK 2 - The Safest Investment: Key Advances in Driver Safety Solutions
We look at the latest in driver safety technology and how such systems are becoming standard on delivery fleet equipment across classes. They're investments that no fleet manager can afford NOT to make.
Dinner on own