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WHAT IS CONNECTIONS?

It’s a three-day supply chain event produced annually by SMC³ that provides the ideal environment for qualitative, valuable networking and industry education. Carriers, shippers, logistics service providers and technology providers consistently attend the summer’s premier collaborative supply chain intelligence event for its unrivaled networking opportunities, top-tier presenters and timely content to finish the year strong.


WHAT OUR ATTENDEES ARE SAYING

SPEAKERS


  • FRANK LUNTZ
    Founder/President
    Luntz Global

    Monday Keynote

    Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, while Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under,” and Newsweek magazine identified him as No. 24 on their American Power Elite survey. He finished 87th in a Time magazine global poll of the “most influential people in the world.” Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week, “the hottest pollster” by The Boston Globe, “pollster extraordinaire” by the BBC, and was a winner of The Washington Post’s coveted “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit, and “the person you turn to for the truth” by Bloomberg News. His focus groups have become so influential that Barack Obama had this to say following the PBS presidential debate: “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”

LEADERSHIP SERIES

  • Rebecca Brewster
    President and COO
    ATRI
  • James H. Burnley, IV
    Former US Secretary of Transportation
  • SATISH JINDEL
    Founder and President
    SJX and ShipMatrix
  • Noel Perry
    Chief Economist
    Truckstop.com
  • JAY SILBERKLEIT
    Chief Information Officer
    XPO
  • Avery Vise
    VP - Trucking
    FTR

SPEAKERS

  • DENNIS ANDERSON
    Chief Strategy Officer
    ArcBest
  • JEFF BERMAN
    Group News Editor
    Peerless Media
  • Bill Cassidy
    Sr. Editor - Trucking and Domestic Transportation
    Journal of Commerce
  • Daniel Curling
    CTO
    Worldwide Express
  • Andrew Dawson
    CPO
    InXpress
  • Victoria Kickham
    Senior Editor
    DC Velocity
  • MIKE KELLEY
    VP - Sustainability and Membership
    SMC³
  • Todd LaFond
    VP - Strategic Partnerships
    Flock Freight
  • George Lauriat
    Editor-in-Chief
    American Journal of Transportation
  • John Luciani
    COO - LTL Solutions
    A. Duie Pyle
  • Jim Mullen
    Chief Strategy Officer
    NMFTA
  • Randy Mullett
    Founder and Principal
    Mullett Strategies, LLC
  • Keith Prather
    Managing Director
    Armada Corporate Intelligence
  • Cathy Roberson
    Trade Analyst
    Journal of Commerce
  • Jason Seidl
    Managing Director - Industrials - Airfreight and Surface Transportation
    TD Cowen
  • Jessica Thompson
    VP - Membership
    Transportation Intermediaries Association
  • Kent Williams
    EVP - Sales and Marketing
    Averitt

AGENDA

24

Monday




  • MON

    6:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Registration & Guest Relations

  • MON

    7:00 - 9:00 am

    Networking Breakfast

  •  

    9:00 – 10:15 am

    Monday Keynote:
    Frank Luntz

  • MON

    10:15 am - 4:00 pm

    Guest Event: All Aboard!

  •  

    10:15 - 11:15 am

    Connections Leadership Series: The Drive to Excellence with SJ Consulting Group, Inc.’s Satish Jindel

  • MON

    11:15 - 11:30 am

    Networking Break

  • MON

    11:30 am - 12:15 pm

    General Session 1: Have We Reached the Freight Inflection?

  • MON

    12:15 – 1:30 pm

    Networking Lunch

  •  

    1:30 – 2:15 pm

    Connections Leadership Series: The Drive to Excellence with XPO Logistics’ Jay Silberkleit

  • MON

    2:15 – 3:15 pm

    General Session 2: One Giant Leap for LTL

  •  

    4:15 – 6:30 pm

    Networking Reception: I’d Rather Be a Cowboy

25

Tuesday




  • TUE

    6:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Registration & Guest Relations

  • TUE

    7:00 – 9:00 am

    Networking Breakfast

  • TUE

    7:45 – 8:45 am

    Digital LTL Council Meeting

  •  

    9:00 – 9:50 am

    Connections Leadership Series: The Drive to Excellence with ATRI’s Rebecca Brewster

  • TUE

    9:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Exclusive Workshop: Transportation Contract Law
    Presented by SMC³ with Moseley Marcinak Law Group

  • TUE

    9:30 – 11:00 am

    Guest Event: Art & History Tour

  • TUE

    9:50 – 10:30 am

    General Session 3: Reshaping the 3PL Industry

  • TUE

    10:30 – 10:45 am

    Networking Break

  • TUE

    10:45 – 11:30 am

    Connections Leadership Series: The Drive to Excellence with Truckstop.com’s Noel Perry and FTR’s Avery Vise

  • TUE

    11:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Guest Event: Reserved Poolside Cabanas

  • TUE

    11:30 – 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

  • TUE

    11:45 am – 6:00 pm

    2024 SMC³ Golf Classic

  • TUE

    6:30 – 10:00 pm

    Networking Reception: Whiskey and Wolves

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Wednesday




  • WED

    6:30 am – Noon

    Registration & Guest Relations

  • WED

    7:00 – 9:00 am

    Networking Breakfast

  • WED

    9:00 – 11:00 am

    Guest Activity: Rise and Shine with SMC³

  • WED

    9:00 – 9:50 am

    Connections Leadership Series: The Drive to Excellence with former US Secretary of Transportation’s James H. Burnley IV

  • WED

    9:50 – 10:30 am

    General Session 4: Trucking’s Big Environmental Moment

  • WED

    10:30 – 10:45 am

    Networking Break

  • WED

    10:45 – 11:30 am

    General Session 5: Cracking the Code on Truckload-Shipper Collaboration

  • WED

    11:30 – 11:40 am

    Grand Prize Drawing

VENUE

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Experience the breathtaking, unique beauty of the American West at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Co. Surrounded by scenic trails, lush valleys and the larger-than-life Rocky Mountains, this iconic resort offers the ideal picturesque backdrop for Connections 2023.

*You must be registered for the conference to make a hotel reservation. A booking link will be included in your registration confirmation email.

HOTELS & TRANSPORTATION

The Broadmoor

1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Hotel Reservations: 855.634.7711
Contact the hotel at 719.362.3276 to arrange shuttle transportation to and from the airport.

*You must be registered for the conference to make a hotel reservation. A booking link will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Preferred Overflow Property

The Mining Exchange
A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa

8 S. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

8 S. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Property is located approximately 15 minutes from The Broadmoor.


Book at a discounted rate

Getting There


Attendees can fly into the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) or Denver International Airport (DEN). Round-trip and one-way shuttle service is provided by The Broadmoor and Gray Line Private Transfer for a fee.


Learn more about The Broadmoor’s transportation options to COS and DEN here.

Parking


Valet Parking: the overnight Valet Parking Fee for Hotel Guests is $40.00 per night. Based upon availability, Valet parking for those visiting our restaurants or shops is complimentary.


Self-Parking: the overnight Self-Parking Fee for the Hotel Guests is $35.00 per night with full in and out privileges. For those visiting property, but not staying overnight, Self-Parking is available at an hourly fee.

GOLF

2024 SMC³ Golf Classic

The 2024 Annual SMC³ Golf Classic will be held at The Broadmoor’s East Course, known for its wide, tree-lined fairways and expansive greens. The East Course is ranked among the best golf courses in the country, and has been home to many major tournaments, including the 1959 US Amateur (Jack Nicklaus’s first major win), the 1995 US Women’s Open and the 2018 US Senior Open.

*Golf teams are assigned prior to the event. If you have a specific team request, please email Ashley Flynn at aflynn@smc3.com. Golf requests are not guaranteed, and onsite switching will result in a one-year suspension from participation in the golf tournament.

Tournament Registration:

  • Registration fee: $300 per player
  • Registration fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart and green fees, boxed lunch plus refreshment beverage cart

Sponsor a Hole!

For more information, contact Kristin Allen at kallen@smc3.com or 800.845.8090.

SPONSORS

PRICING

Before
April 19

SMC³ Carrier Members

$1,195

Before
April 19

SMC³ Associate Members

$1,495

Before
April 19

General

$2,595

Before
April 19

Guest

$495

After
April 19

SMC³ Carrier Members

$1,395

After
April 19

SMC³ Associate Members

$1,695

After
April 19

General

$2,795

After
April 19

Guest

$495