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12 PalletCentral • January-February 2015 undreds of pallet industry leaders and staff will come together March 11-13 (Tucson, Arizona) to celebrate business relationships and innovations in the wood packaging industry. NWPCA's 2015 Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) offers you and your team essential education and business connection opportunities you need to drive success for your company this year, and for years to come. Not just 2015, but 2016 starts now; the future starts now. Participate in education sessions and meetings focused on wood markets, tactical and strategic business management and leadership development. Visit exhibitors showcasing essential industry equipment and new products (page 16), and learn the latest trends that are literally 'driving' the industry for you to implement in 2015, and lead your business to greater success in 2016 and beyond. Throughout this edition of PalletCentral, we bring to you a sampling of what to expect for NWPCA's ALC Conference in March. The Future Star ts Now ALC keynote speech from Steven S. Little will enlighten attendees on the subject of business growth and the future of opportunity. As a former President of three fast-growth companies, he now advises thousands of leaders of growing organizations and communities each year. For over ten years, Steve was a senior consultant for Inc. magazine. He is the author of the best-selling books The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth (Wiley, 2005) and The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth (Wiley, 2008). His style has been described as "real-world," "highly credible" and "uniquely engaging." Steven S. Little keynotes focus on the need to implement functional and easy-to-use systems, for both employees and consumers. Little believes that employing these systems will make employees jobs more efficient and leave customers satisfied. Transforming Trucking The "Uberization" of transportation is upon us. Cargomatic, a Los Angeles-based technology platform, is leading the charge to New Ideas New Direction ALC PREVIEW H "An innovative on-demand transpor tation model is helping trucking companies and shippers get freight faster than ever before possible." – Brett Parker, Cargomatic, Inc.

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