The summit was held on April 2-3, 2014. Industry leaders shared their knowledge, exchanged ideas and presented best practices to enhance Texas’s economic competitive edge through freight movement.
The summit started with a tour of the Port of Houston in the afternoon of April 2 leading into a welcoming reception at the Hyatt Hotel. On April 3 the summit began with opening remarks provided by Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley. Closing remarks and observations were made by Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston.
- Develop a strategy for efficient freight movement to enhance the state’s attractiveness as a trade and commerce driven state to attract and retain businesses
- Provide the context for linking freight transportation investments to the economic growth and global competitiveness of Texas
- Provide a basis for aligning and prioritizing resources, initiatives, and transportation improvements to address critical freight transportation issues facing Texas
Speakers included representatives from economic development agencies, manufacturing, retail, energy sector, ports, railroads, air cargo and trucking. Three expert panel discussions covered:
- Efficient freight movement as the key driver of Texas’ economic vitality and competitiveness
- The role of transportation in maintaining Texas’ advantage in manufacturing, retail and the energy sectors
- Increasing Texas’ global trade, economic development and commerce through a robust multimodal transportation system
Partner at Global Security Intelligence Systems (GSIS)
Aguilar spoke on Thursday April 3 during breakfast and discussed a broad range of national and international security issues including border operations, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, viability assessment and strategic planning and implementation. Aguilar is a former Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Vice President of Transportation, The Home Depot
Livingstone was the lunch Keynote Speaker and discussed how important transportation is to the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer to serve its 2,200 retail stores and customers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, Canada and Mexico.
Panel One: Efficient Freight Movement as the Key of Texas' Economic Vitality and Competitiveness
- Carlton Schwab - Texas Economic Development Council
- Bob Pertierra, - Greater Houston Partnership
- David Marquez - Bexar County Economic Development
Panel Two: The Role of Transportation in Maintaining Texas' Advantage in Manufacturing, Retail and Energy Sectors
Panel Three: Increasing Texas' Global Trade, Economic Development and Commerce through a Robust Multimodal Transportation System
- John LaRue - Port of Corpus Christi
- Jim FitzGerald - BNSF
- Michael Webber - Webber Air Cargo
- Patrick Maher - Gulf Winds International
2015 Texas Freight Leadership Summit
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