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Logistics: A Dominant Industry in Central Florida


Polk Real Estate and Economic Update
November 1, 2018 at ​8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Logistics: it impacts everyone. From delivery of our office supplies, food, computers, computers and data systems and any item within our homes and offices — logistics planning touches them all.

Central Florida has become a highly desired center for logistics. The 7th Polk Real Estate and Economic Update will showcase logistics – local companies using the latest technology to move and source those items we each use every day – and the impact these successful enterprises have on our local economy.

Event Agenda

  • 8:00 AM Registration & Networking Social with Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Welcome
  • 8:45 AM Keynote Presentation - In Search of the Next Dominant Design in Supply Chain
    Dr. Tom Goldsby  Goldsby-(1).jpg

  • 9:30 AM Logistics Panel: Wholesalers, Retailers, End Users
    Moderator: Scott Ramey, Supply Chain Consultant and Adjunct Professor
- Jeff Day, Director of Transportation and Maintenance. Publix Super Markets
- Rick Meyer, Vice President, Supply Chain, W. S. Badcock Corporation
- Jason Witty, Vice President of Operations, Florida, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • 10:15 AM Networking Break
  • 10:30 AM Third Party Logistics, Infrastructure Providers
    Moderator: Dr. Deepak Iyengar, Associate Professor of Business, David P. and Constance Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics
- Mark Cabrera, Chief Operating Officer, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
- Gene Conrad, Airport Director, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
- Wade Elliot, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Port Tampa Bay
  • 11:30 AM Economic Development Award
  • A special presentation honoring Publix Super Markets for their overall economic impact to the county and the region.
  • Student Presentation
  • 12:00 PM Lunch Buffet
  • 12:15 PM Real Estate Panel

- Industrial Market Overview – Greg Ruthven, The Ruthvens
- Retail Market Overview – Gary Ralston, Saunders Ralston Dantzler
- Office Market Overview – Wesley Beck, Beck Kryger Capital Partners
- Residential Market Overview – Bob Adams, Highland Homes

Parking and shuttle service from First Presbyterian Church, 157 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland.

For more information, call 863.616.6458.

 Don’t miss out!

November 1, 2018
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

George W. Jenkins Field House

$50 / person
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included

Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters



      Peterson & Myers, P.A.



     Center State      Chastain Skillman      Mid-Florida
     Century 21         Novasol Energy         Suncoast Credit Union



Bank of Central Florida     Citizens Bank & Trust       Publix Super Markets Charities    Central Florida Development Council    Crossman & Company    

Highland Homes        Kimley Horn        Heacock Insurance        Lanier Upshaw       Saddle Creek

The Lakelander        Montrose Environmental        Hancock Whitney        Sihle Insurance Group       Lakeland Realtors         Keller Willimas

The Ruthvens        Prestige Worldwide Group        Coldwell Banker