2021 BevOps Fleet Summit Tentative Schedule

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibitor Set-Up

9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Golf Outing

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.
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

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7:30 am - 5:00 pm

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast / Exhibits Open

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Address - 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 Climate
Gary 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

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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

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7:30 am
Registration Open

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

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10:15 am - 10:30 am
Break for Breakout Sessions

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Track 1: Operations/Facilities

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?

Camilo Rojas, III, VP of Marketing, Silver Eagle Houston

Track 2: Fleet Management

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

12:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sponsored Roundtable Discussion in Expo 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.

Chris Koch, Director of Information Systems, Adams Beverages
Drew Ezzell, Systems & Logistics Manager, Adams Beverages
Derek Jones, Business Development Executive, Encompass Technologies

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

TRACK 1 - The Future of Direct Store Delivery: Strategies to Improve Operations and Delivery Efficiencies

Larry Crabbe, VP of Operations, the House of Larose (Retired)
Robert Grace, VP of Operations Development, EnVista

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
Networking Break

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.

Brian Kirk, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Silver Eagle Distributors

Mitch Miller, Director Health, Safety & Environment, Silver Eagle Distributors

5:00 pm
Dinner on own
8:30 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Tour of Breakthru Beverage facilities

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