KC DELIVERS: Optimizing Global Supply Chains from the Heartland

2022 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 3:00 to 5:00pm 
Kansas City Convention Center 

As the world continues to navigate through mass disruption in the global supply chain, companies are reevaluating existing networks to manage risk and implementing strategies to minimize future vulnerabilities. 

With record industrial development, a robust infrastructure network, central location and speed-to-market solutions, we’ll explore how #KCDelivers as a strategic logistics hub for the global supply chain.



Seroka_headshotEUGENE D. SEROKA
Executive Director

Port of Los Angeles

Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. As Executive Director, Seroka interacts with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, business leaders and local residents. A respected global trade expert, Seroka has advocated for rules-based trade agreements that benefit American exporters and manufacturers.
As chief of America’s top port, he is responsible for managing a more than $1.7 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. Under his direction, the Port has taken a leadership role in adopting cutting-edge technologies to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of the flow of cargo across global seaborne trade. More.


Omar Tova-headshotOMAR TOVAR
Chief Logistics Officer

Omar Tovar is Chief Logistics Officer at URBN, a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, Menus & Venues, and Nuuly. He joined the company in August 2016 after two years as Vice President of North America Supply Chain, Operations and Logistics at Nike Corporation. At a global level, Omar is responsible for origin logistics, transportation, distribution and fulfillment, supply chain innovation and management, sales and operations planning, call center operations, supply chain human resources and supply chain finance. 

Additional speakers to be announced soon.

2021 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing Recap 

On June 24, 2021, KC SmartPort held its 12th Annual Industry Briefing KC Delivers: The Hub for Food Logistics in Kansas City. Featured speakers Jason Robertson, vice president of food + beverage at CRB, and Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, addressed a crowd of more than 300 logistics, real estate and economic development professionals.

Robertson and Gutierrez discussed the top trends in the $5.9 trillion dollar global food and beverage industry, including changes in consumer purchasing habits, the need for speed-to-market solutions, quality of life in the workplace, increased automation and mounting supply chain challenges. In addition, they shared their views on the continued growth of the KC region as a hub for food and beverage logistics.

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