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Chairman's Corner March 2017

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

A World-Class Learning and Collaborative Event

Greetings from the sunny US South. We are not yet halfway through February, yet the weather feels a bit like Spring -- which reminds us that we are that much closer to Transport Symposium 22.  This, then, is a good time to remind you that registration for the Symposium is open. We have early bird discount rates available, group discounts, plus the exclusive IFPTA Member fee - so get those registrations in soon.  

As we stated in our Chairman's Corner message in the Q4 2016 IFPTA Journal, the goal of this column is to provide updates on the conference program and speakers. This year’s program is taking shape and will be a world-class learning and collaborative event.  If you have not already done so, you can visit the Symposium website ( to see the latest program schedule including the panel discussions, dates, and times.  

You will notice we have made every attempt to represent as many geographic areas, forest product segments, transport modes, and service providers as is possible.  We are still building out the list of industry experts to feature on each of these panels, but if you, or someone you know has a particular interest in participating on a panel, let us know right away and we will try to accommodate as best we are able. For more information, send an email to  

As we all know, events with the global economy, especially within the global forest products logistics sector, seem to evolve at an ever-increasing pace.  This year’s program is designed to address these changes and provide you with real-world information and a perspective that may help you better address the strategic and daily management of your logistics issues.  

We already have an amazing line up of exhibitors and sponsors, but we have a range of exhibit and sponsorship packages to fit your specific objectives and to align your company with the forest products logistics industry. For more information, contact the RISI team via email at

In the interest of recruiting and nurturing participation in forest products international logistics by the younger generation, we are doing all we can to make it possible for students and interns to attend the Symposium for a day.  We’ll have more information about this in the coming weeks.

The Symposium belongs to all of us and we want it to address as many interests as we can. We encourage you to reach out to us with any suggestions you may have for the program. Just send us an email at

We look forward to see you in Savannah this September.

Mike McInerney and David Laurine
Conference Co-Chairs
PPI Transport Symposium 22