We officially kicked off the 13th annual Shipper Symposium today and those lucky enough to attend had quite the fortuitous day. To start things off, many attendees took part in our yearly Charity Golf Classic, which was played at the famous TPC Four Season Las Colinas golf course. While our theme this year is, “Fortune Favors the Bold”, the golfers taking that approach for today’s game most certainly tempted luck. We thank all who participated and a big congrats to all the winners!
After golf, a networking cocktail hour allowed the many supply chain, economics and industry professionals to gather and mingle before George Abernathy, Transplace President and Chief Commercial Officer, welcomed attendees. He kicked things off by announcing the day’s golf winners and addressed a few housekeeping items including highlighting a 3D printing station and a brand new feature this year – the Shipper Symposium App. He closed out his welcome speech by introducing the evening’s keynote speaker saying, “My expectation is that everyone here will walk away with a tangible lesson.”
Attendees were then treated to a sensational opening keynote address by Jeffrey Ma, former member of the MIT Blackjack Team. Ma shared a wealth of information during his presentation, “The $100,000 Lesson: Business Lessons from the World of Blackjack.” His talk centered on using data and information to make decisions – sharing his experience with how he applied this thinking and approach to the game of blackjack and weaving a story of how he got to where he is today. “I’ve made it my career to use data to make better decisions,” said Ma. He shared with the audience how his system of understanding the value of the past, focusing on the big picture, ignoring emotion and not being loss averse has helped him stay ahead. His final takeaway for attendees: “In the shipping world, you have to deal with a lot of struggles and challenges, but if you’ve got a good system – stick with it.”
Capping off the night was our welcome dinner and Casino Night under the Stars where attendees threw caution to the wind and tested their luck playing anything from craps and roulette to Texas hold ‘em and of course, blackjack. We can’t wait for what the rest of the 13th annual Shipper Symposium will bring!
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