Annual Forum

3 Days of Powerful Speakers,
Networking Opportunities and Education
San Diego, CA
August 1-3, 2022

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$495 for members

$675 for non-members

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Sunday - July 31

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Forum Sponsor's Welcome Reception - Del Frisco's Steakhouse - Hosted by True North

The outstanding networking event in appreciation of the NHDA FORUM sponsors will be held at Del Frisco's, located at historic Lane Field, in North Embarcadero, and anchoring the waterfront InterContinental San Diego.

Monday - August 1

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

NHDA Board of Directors Meeting - Broadway A&B

Open to members of the NHDA

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Registration and Box Lunch - Bayview Foyer and Terrace - Hosted by Ryder

GENERAL SESSION - Bayview Ballroom - Hosted by Dispatch Track
1:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Forum Welcome and NHDA Annual Meeting - Bayview Ballroom

Don Staniszewski, President NHDA​

Election of New Officers and Directors 

Geoff Chasin, Incoming President

1:15 PM to 5:15 PM

General Session - Bayview Ballroom

Economic, Retail and Home Delivery Trends: How are challenges in the economy, supply chain and workforce impacting retail and home delivery?

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

An Overview on Economic and Supply Chain Impacts – Dr. Tyler Goodspeed

Dr. Tyler Goodspeed is the Kleinheinz Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 2020 to 2021 he served as Acting Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, having been appointed by the President as a Member of the Council in 2019. In that role he advised the Administration’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as subsequent economic recovery packages. He resigned from the Council on 7th January 2021, having previously served as Chief Economist for Macroeconomic Policy and Senior Economist for tax, public finance, and macroeconomics, playing an instrumental role in designing the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

2:15 PM to 3:00 PM

The State of the Blue-Collar Workforce - Lisa Powell , Senior Vice President - EmployBridge

Lisa Powell serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of EmployBridge. EmployBridge is the largest industrial staffing company in the U.S. focused on the supply chain and service industries. EmployBridge produces “The Voice of the Blue-Collar Worker”, the nation’s largest survey of America’s hourly workers. Now in its 16th year, the survey continues to illuminate the unique factors that attract, motivate, and retain hourly employees. As threats to the supply chain persist, the importance of blue-collar work to our economic health and quality of life has been brought into sharp focus, and so have the challenges faced by working Americans each day.

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

The scale of the Final Mile “Bulky Goods” Sector - Evan Armstrong, President - Armstrong & Associates

Just how big is our logistics sector?  Evan Armstrong will roll-out the NHDA’s comprehensive research analysis defining the scope and scale of the Bulky Goods delivery and set-up logistics segment.

3:30 PM to 3:45 PM


3:45 PM to 5:15 PM

The Retail Perspective Panel 

Senior retail supply chain executives share insights on the shared challenges in Final Mile. Topic areas to include retailer background check requirements, shared liability coverage, cybersecurity collaboration, increasing vehicle insurance costs, and others.

Moderator: Rob Davis, President & CEO - Diakon Logistics

Steve Anderson, Executive Vice President - Williams Sonoma

Shawn Cockerill, Executive Director for Final Mile Delivery  – GE Appliances

Ivan Kucher, Vice President of Delivery Experience - Bob's Discount Furniture

5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

The Women in Home Delivery Council Wine and Cheese Reception - Bayview Terrace

Networking event

Tuesday - August 2

8:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Concurrent Session: Focus on Assembly and Installation - Broadway A&B

Topics for discussion include leveraging and incorporating assembly companies into your operations; how to accept the business you turn away due to complex assembly needs; and sourcing reputable assembly companies for your business.

Moderator - Mike Giaccone, President and CEO - Assemblers Inc. 

Adam Staples, Vice President - Select Express (AIT)

Michael Florkowski, President and CEO - SPAR Assembly & Installation

GENERAL SESSION - Bayview Ballroom - Hosted by Openforce
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

The Technology Roundtable

The leading technology providers to the final mile segment share perspectives on the emerging technologies shaping home delivery. Topics to include: Blockchain, Ai, autonomous vehicles, robotics, augmented reality, and applying big data.

Moderator - Josh DeLay, Vice President - J.B. Hunt Final Mile

Bob Bauer, Vice President & Co-founder - DispatchTrack

Scott Jennings, Industry Strategy & Market Development - Checkr

Nick Lawrence, Executive Vice President - Proforma Screening Solutions

Kris Lamb, CEO - Uship

8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

Risk Management Roundtable:

Final Mile risk management experts discuss how the insurance sector is working with 3PLs to mitigate risk management challenges including cyber threats, nuclear verdicts, rising insurance requirements from retailers, and how technology can reduce vehicle claims and costs.

Moderator: Colleen F. Shepherd, President - Vanliner Insurance Company

Lisa Paul, Chief Strategy Officer - Transportation, Hub International 

Ryan Erickson, Executive Vice President, McGriff

Bryan Paulozzi, Vice President - Risk Strategies

9:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Break - Hosted by XPO Logistics

9:45 AM to 10:30 AM

Workforce:  Recruiting Talent in a Tight Market

Moderator:  Leslie Bellus, Executive Vice President - 98 Ventures

Dylan Schweitzer, Vice President of Talent Acquisition - Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Ellen Voie, President & CEO - Women in Trucking

LaQuenta Jacobs, Chief Diversity Officer - XPO Logistics

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Environmental, Sustainability & Governance – The New Language of Investment and Client Expectations         

Moderator: Emily Phillips, Vice President Advanced Solutions - XPO Last Mile

Dan Saccardi, Program Director - Ceres Investor Network 

Alex Rafla, Principal - Clarendon Capital LLC

Heather Moore, Technical Director of Sustainability - LRQA

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Keynote Address - Bayview Terrace - Presented by Vanliner Insurance Company

Ben Nemtin: Leaders Pursue Their Bucket Lists

Ben co-founded The Buried Life movement and his message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and networks like CNN, FOX, and CBS.


A decade ago, Ben was knocked off his feet by a heavy depression. To help him feel more alive, he and his three best friends created the world’s greatest bucket list, borrowed a rickety old RV, and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. Most importantly, each time a dream was achieved, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. The foursome played basketball with President Obama. They had a beer with Prince Harry. They raised over $400,000 for charity and placed a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette. Ben’s bucket-list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.

12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

Luncheon - Bayview Terrace - Hosted by JB Hunt

GENERAL SESSION - Bayview Ballroom - Hosted by Checkr

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Regulatory Roundtable

An overview of the regulatory environment in Washington, D.C. and the states, how it impacts Final Mile, and initiatives underway to protect the segment.

Moderator: Sarah Wellman, Director of Government Relations - Ryder Systems

Evan Armstrong, Vice President, Workforce - Retail Industry Leaders Association 

Prasad Sharma, Partner - Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary

2:45 PM to 3:00 PM


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Proving the Independence of your Contractor Relationships: A Mock Mediation Scenario

Mediator: Hon. James Lambden -- Justice James Lambden brings nearly four decades of experience as a trial lawyer, trial court judge and Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal.


Plaintiff’s Counsel: Bryan Nelson, Partner - Taylor Johnson

Defense Counsel: Adam Lounsbury, Partner - Jackson Lewis P.C.

Defending Company Owner: Betty Marek, Executive Vice President - UST Select


Expert Panel:

          Moderator:  Paul Mello, Partner - Hanson Bridgett

Doug Grawe, General Counsel - Openforce

PINNACLE AWARDS CELEBRATION - Hosted by the Tenney Group

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

NHDA Pinnacle Awards Reception - USS Midway

The Pinnacle Awards Reception opens an evening of celebration and comradery with your industry peers to start the annual awards dinner.


8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

NHDA Pinnacle Awards Dinner - USS Midway

The annual NHDA Pinnacle Awards Dinner is a terrific evening of fine dining and fellowship.  This year we will recognize the contributions of Don Staniszewski.

  • Host: Joe Llano, Spirit Logistics & Spencer Tenney, The Tenney Group


Wednesday – August 3, 2021


7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

The Enterprise Networking Breakfast - Layover Terrace

Presented by Enterprise Truck Rentals, the breakfast is a great chance to connect with colleagues, do a little business, and catch a bite to eat before heading to the airport.

  • Hosts: Jesse Richardson and Michael Pugh