MONDAY: October 18, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Exhibitor Move-In

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.   IRPT Executive Committee Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     IAMPE Commissioner’s Tract

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     IRPT Board Meeting

3:00 p.m.                           Bus pick up at Hotel
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.       Welcome Tour, Reception and Dinner at Port Bienville

TUESDAY: October 19, 2021

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                      Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      Exhibition Hall opens

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    General Membership Meeting & Basin Breakout Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                  Networking Break                                 

10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.       Legislative Update
Introduction: Chad Cailteux, 5R Enterprises and IRPT Director

PIDP Efforts, Application Rate and Path Forward:
Inland River Transportation Caucus: Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
117th Congress Infrastructure Package: John Anderson, Van Scoyoc Associates
Earmarks and what they mean for Marine Transportation: James Kearns, Jones Walker  

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Keynote Luncheon & Welcome
Moderator: Anthony Gex, IRPT President
Sponsor Welcome: Port Bienville, Hancock County, Mississippi
Senator Roger Wicker
Governor Tate Reeves (invited)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Federal Agency Update
WRDA Implementation Priorities from NWC Navigation Caucus
Dredging, Emerging Harbors and Low Use Rivers

IRPT’s WRDA 2022 Priorities: Dede Smith, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
Update U.S. Army Corps:
Patrick Chambers as Chief of Operations, Mississippi Valley Division
Introduction and Update Maritime Administration: Timothy Pickering, Maritime Administration

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.            Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Strengthening Communications and Emergency Response (Panel Discussion)
Real world examples and Special Presentation: Dede Smith, IRPT
USCG Response to Bridge and Appurtenance Hits / Flood Recovery Efforts (safety): Lt. Paz, U.S. Coast Guard
Emergency Response Team efforts: Fred Taylor, Chairman, Arkansas River (priority transit and cargo)
USACE Response and responsibilities during emergency scenarios: Jared C. Gartman, USACE MVD,
Panel Q & A

5:00 p.m.                           Bus pick up at Hotel
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.       Reception and Dinner at Point Cadet


WEDNESDAY: October 20, 2021

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.            Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.            Exhibition Hall opens

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.           Port Resilience Handbook: Prepare, Respond, Recover
IRPT’s Port Resilience Initiative: Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals 

Port/Terminal Property Resilience: Jim Kearns, Jones Walker
The Why: Tom Fuhrhop, Environmental Restorations 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.         Intermodal Operations
Sponsor introduction (video): Tangent Technologies
IRPT’s Mapping System: Tools to Connect – Now including rail terminals: Aimee Andres, IRPT

Calculating origination and destination pricing: Captain Monroe, IAMPE
Intermodal Challenges: Crystal Gitchell, ASLRRA
Property Management, including leasing and optimizing space (utilization): Captain Monroe, IAMPE

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.       Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Trade/Commerce, Import/Export, Economics of Transportation
Alan Barrett, Higby and Barrett

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          National Infrastructure Protection
David Wren, InfraGard                             

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         Keynote Luncheon
Christopher Swift, Foley & Lardner LLP: Global Supply Chain Disruption and Future Strategies    

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Commodities Update/Forecast
Sponsor Introduction: James McGary, RetroDomes

Agriculture and Forestry: Mike McCormick, Mississippi Farm Bureau
Grain and Fertilizer: Anthony Fletcher, Consolidated Grain and Barge
Liquid Bulk:

Scrap Recycling Industries: Joe Pickard, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
Question and Answer 

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.       Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Business Development
Walter Kimmsies, Kimmsies Group

Cassia Galvao, Texas A & M
Question and Answer                                                                                

5:00 p.m.                         Bus pick up at Hotel
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Port of Gulfport Tour and Send-Off Reception

Exhibitors can break down at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, but we encourage you to break down on Thursday, so you will come enjoy the sunset cruise.


THURSDAY: October 21, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon    Exhibitor break down


This year’s conference offers many popular sponsorship levels and benefits. All sponsors for the 2021 IRPT Conference will be acknowledged on IRPT’s website, listed in the conference agenda/brochure, displayed during the conference, and included in all e-blasts and publications.

If you are interested in securing your exhibit space or would like to participate as a sponsor in our 2021 Annual Conference, contact Aimee Andres at (618) 980-6523 to reserve your exhibit space and discuss sponsorship opportunities which WILL maximize your company’s exposure at the event.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our exciting conference in Biloxi where we trust your company will reap great rewards and find your association with IRPT a profitable and beneficial experience.

Hear from Our Attendees

"Attending a conference with IRPT is the best way to network with a diverse group of industry professionals and learn about all the new issues floating around the inland marine industry. With nearly two decades within the marine industry, I cannot think of a better opportunity than an IRPT conference that allows you to grow and expand upon the knowledge which our industry professionals have to offer."

                                          - Bill Stahlman, America's Central Port


While the speakers are always exceptional, you cannot put a value on the connections that are made at conference. Connections that I call when I’m in a tough spot, connections that know a guy who knows a guy that can do what I need done, connections that have made the mistake that I’m getting ready to make, etc. In an ever-changing industry, it's invaluable to learn from and connect with others that are in the industry.”

- Lucy Fletcher, AGRIServices of Brunswick

All activities (except special outings, i.e. port tours and receptions) will take place at the IP Casino Resort Spa is located at 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.

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Conference Countdown


Thank you to the 2021 Conference Sponsors: Diamond

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Retro Domes
Natchez Adams County Port
Hancock County (Bienville)

Thank you to the 2021 Conference Sponsors: Gold

Port of Morgan City
Port of Memphis
Bulk Equip
DCL Dust Control
Marine Solutions
F&M Mafco new

Robert B. Miller & Associates


Thank you to the 2021 Conference Sponsors: Silver