Annual Industry Briefing




KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing

2017 Annual Industry Briefing
Wednesday, April 26
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. 
Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City SmartPort’s Annual Industry briefing in 2017 is Big Freight – Behind the Deals in KC’s Freight-Based Development. Big Freight is all about why and how companies go through the process of identifying the need for a new facility. Questions like where it will be located; how do local economic development teams prepare to attract these deals; and how are costs, labor, incentives, real estate and other factors involved will be answered. 

Every project that considers Kansas City has multiple parts moving together to the final decision on selecting a location. Big-Freight will dig into these moving parts and get perspectives from our speakers on how each is identified, analyzed and connected to the whole to make the decision on a new location.

On April 26, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall, SmartPort will host Big Freight – Behind the Deals in KC’s Freight-Based Development and bring together leaders from many different areas to discuss how these deals become the success of our efforts when they locate in the Kansas City region. 

2017 Keynote:

Jim Della Valle, CVS/pharmacy
Jim Della Valle is a Senior Director for Supply Chain Transformation and Outbound Transportation leader for CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. In this role, his responsibilities include logistics and omni-channel strategy, capacity planning, overall facilities network planning and outbound transportation service to stores and customers.  Jim brings over 35 years of logistics operations experience to the company. Prior to his current role with CVS Health, Jim worked in distribution, customer service and logistics for CooperVision, Wabash National Corporation, Fisher Scientific and Baxter Health.  

2017 Speakers:

Kris Bjorson, JLL Chicago
Kris Bjorson is responsible for the development and management of the Retail/e-commerce Distribution group. With a focus on maximizing business results for corporations, he also co-founded the Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions practice which integrates supply chain strategy through industrial real estate implementation.

Greg Kindle, Wyandotte County Economic Development Council
Greg Kindle has served as the President of the Wyandotte County Economic Development Council since 2011. Greg has more than 20 years of experience in community and economic development primarily in the Kansas City market.  

Jim Roy, QPS Employment Group
Jim Roy is entering his 24th year in the staffing and recruiting industry. As Senior Regional Vice President for QPS Employment Group, he manages the development of 12 branch locations across three states (Iowa, Missouri, Kansas).  


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