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2016 CITT Town Hall Thinking “Outside The Gate”

Published: March 15, 2016

Collaboration and cooperation along the supply chain will be the focus of the 2016 Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall at CSULB. A reception precedes the event beginning at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s town hall, “Partners in Innovation,” will discuss how ports, terminals, truckers, shippers and labor are finding new ways to work together–thinking outside the box and outside the gate.

CITT Executive Director Thomas O’Brien, College of Continuing and Professional Education Dean Jeet Joshee and CSULB President Jane Close Conoley will each present opening remarks at the event with additional comments expected from Rep. Alan Lowenthal, 47th Congressional District.

The program will also include a tribute to Domenick Miretti, a long-time contributor to the international trade community and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) liaison to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, who passed away in February. Miretti earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSULB and then a Ph.D. from UCLA. He was one of the founders of the CITT Town Hall and one of its biggest champions. CITT’s O’Brien noted the theme of “Partners in Innovation” is one that Miretti strongly endorsed.

“It is fitting that we honor someone who bridged gaps between all of the industry stakeholders on a night when we are discussing how those same stakeholders are seeking out common ground,” said O’Brien.

The program will begin with an introduction from Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of the Journal of Commerce, who will open with comments on the evening’s main topic, “What drives the need for innovation and better coordination along the supply chain?”

Mongelluzzo will then moderate a roundtable discussion with scheduled panelists Michael Christensen, Senior Executive Lead, Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach; Tracy Burdine, Director of Client Services, Yusen Terminals; Fred Johring, President, Golden State Express/Logistics; Steve Miller, Chief Procurement Officer, P.F. Chang’s; and Paul Trani, President, ILWU Local 63, Marine Clerks Association.

The panel discussion will be preceded by and set up with a video produced by CSULB’s Advanced Media Production.

Audience members will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session with the panelists, and METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano will provide closing remarks.

The CITT town hall events began in 1999 and were held annually through 2009 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center for all but one of those years. A new program called Point/Counterpoint was established in 2011 and ran for two years, before CITT brought back the popular town hall format in 2013.

The event’s major sponsors are the U.S. Department of Transportation and Caltrans. Additional sponsors include the Port of Long Beach, SCAG, Metro, Aerospace, APM Terminals, ILWU, Majestic Realty, Long Beach City College/Doing What Matters, Watson Land Company, BNSF Railway, and Los Angeles Custom Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association.

For additional information, contact Alix Traver or call (562) 985-2876.

–By Shayne Schroeder