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IRPT Annual Conference – October 18-20, Biloxi Mississippi

October 20, 2021

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 WrenInfraGard 

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.       Employee Protection and Insurance
H. Winchester Thurber, IV, American Equity Underwriters: Longshoremen and Workmen’s comp

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:
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 can join us as we tour Port of Gulfport then enjoy music and dinner on the Sunset Cruise.


Register for Conference here.


Book your hotel room here.

By Phone
1-888-946-2847, extension 1
Reference group code “S210273.”


For more information about Conference and to view the entire Agenda, visit the IRPT Conference Page.


October 20, 2021


IP Casino Resort Spa
850 Bayview Ave
Biloxi, MS 39530 United States
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