8th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium

Friday, December 3, 2004 - 11:45am
United States

The Forces of Change Impacting Freight Transportation and Logistics

The 2004 symposium focused on the forces of change impacting freight transportation and logistics, particularly the movement of goods by truck. Issues such as congestion, security, infrastructure condition, truck availability, cost, and hours-of-service regulations were discussed by representatives from the business community and the public sector. The symposium also addressed how these challenges are impacting other freight transportation modes and what implications they have for future technologies.




  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies
  • Greg West, President, Council of Logistics Management Twin Cities Roundtable

Opening Keynote Speaker

Gary Petersen, Director of Transportation, General Mills

  • Gary Peterson shared his perspective on the current issues and challenges facing the freight and logistics industry.

Panel: The Future of Trucking: Forces for Change

Moderator: Robert Johns

  • Private Sector Perspective: Jim Butts, Vice President for Transportation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  • Public Sector Perspective: Cecil Selness, Transportation Operations Manager, Mn/DOT


  • John Hausladen, President, Minnesota Trucking Association
  • Anita Benson, County Engineer, Lyon County, Minnesota
  • Natalio Diaz, Director of Metropolitan Transportation Services, Metropolitan Council

Panel: Implications for Other Modes, Technology, and the Infrastructure

  • Moderator: Greg West, National Sales and Marketing Manager, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  • Moderator: Richard Stewart, Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center, University of Wisconsin—Superior
  • Moderator: Dan Murray, Director of Research, American Transportation Research Institute


  • Karen Donohue, Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Laden, Founding Principal, Trade Innovations, Inc.
  • Bill Kascel, Vice President of Transpacific Development, Kuehne & Nagel, Inc.
  • Cecil Selness, Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Closing Speaker

  • Warren Hoemann, Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Invited)

Wrap-up and Adjourn

  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies


Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: