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42 PalletCentral • January-February 2019 palletcentral.com he top-notch education program during the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference (ALC), March 13-15 in San Diego, focuses around the central theme "From Inspiration to Implementation." The conference brings some inspiring ideas that you can implement into your business right away. Learn more about our program on these pages. Keynote Address Gutsy Leaders: Lead, Engage and Drive Recognized as one of the top 30 Minds on Leadership and one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation, Dr. Jackie Frieberg will deliver a business-minded and inspiring keynote as she addresses labor and the workforce. Jackie will motivate the audience with strategies for engaging and empowering others on how to become better leaders. Jackie is also an international best-selling author. Her award-winning books introduce you to revolutionary leaders who are creating the BEST companies. Her articles and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor's Business Daily, to name a few. Innovation is Everyone's Job! Building off her keynote, Dr. Freiberg takes a deeper dive in a special afternoon session. Attendees will walk away with the resources to change, become better leaders, build better cultures and become more accountable. The State of Jobs, Manufacturing & The Economy Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM's economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. Chad will address economic conditions for manufacturers and the state of jobs. Chad has also appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets. Trucking Trends and the Future of Transportation Bill Cassidy is a senior editor of The Journal of Commerce (JOC) for Maritime & Trade at IHS Markit. He will discuss trends in the trucking and transportation industry ranging from capacity to driver shortages, including hours of service, electronic logging devices, rising rates, and potential disruptors. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply-chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies. Fire Code Safety, Working Beyond Compliance Fire code safety expert, Bill Koffel, Koffel Associates, will lead a session on working beyond compliance. The session will highlight some lessons learned by facilities that experienced a fire: what practices worked and what new practices have been implemented to make them safer. There will also be a case study presented on how a facility can use a specialized "alternative approach" to achieve compliance with the new codes. Bill Koffel is president of Koffel Associates, a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm. He is recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. He remains active in the development process of industry's governing codes, standards and design guidelines, and represents NWPCA on code matters. Reducing Your Tax Bill: Using the R&D Credit, QBI Deduction & Other Tax Breaks Whether you're a financial person or not, this session will share strategies and tips for reducing your tax bill. Presenter Barbara Weltman is also a tax and business attorney. She will provide insight into how the new tax changes will impact your business and understand some tax credits available that you may not be taking. For example, software programs like the Pallet Design System™ qualify for the R&D tax credit. Learn how the qualified business T "From Inspiration to NWPCA THE PREMIER NETWORKING EVENT FOR THE WOOD PACKAGING INDUSTRY An ALC Preview

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