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2018 IWLA Convention & Expo Speakers

Robert Stevenson - Keynote Speaker


It’s All About Delivering Meaningful, Relevant, Solutions

With more than 30 years of extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Robert Stevenson understands what it takes to succeed. He teaches companies how to deal with risk, competition, and the ever-changing business environment.

As the 2018 IWLA keynote speaker, he'll demonstrate how applying experience, research, case studies and competitor perspectives will help your warehouse succeed in the 21st century. 


Richard Montañez - Monday General Speaker


Richard Montañez leads Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions across PepsiCo's North American divisions, leveraging best practices internally and externally to develop community partnerships. Throughout his career Montañez has worked in various assignments and roles across all PepsiCo division and functions.

He started his PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in 1976 as a janitor in its Rancho Cucamonga plant. He is recognized as the creator of the Flamin' hot line of products including Flamin' Hot Cheetos, which influenced future ethnic products and the first Frito-Lay Hispanic marketing team. In 1990 Richard helped write and launch the Continuous Improvement Initiative. He was instrumental in creating the first operation cost improvement team. In addition, Montañez helped influence Hispanic products and marketing promotions for KFC and Taco Bell.

A very special thanks to returning Diamond Sponsor Impact Logistics for underwriting Richard Montañez's appearance. Find out more about Impact's staffing solutions by click on their logo.


Kevin Phillips - Breakout Session

Kevin_M_Phillips_PicKevin Phillips’ practice is concentrated in all aspects Warehouse Legal Liability including property losses, general liability, regulatory compliance, enforcement of warehousemen liens and review of storage contracts. Phillips represents warehousemen, shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, in tort, contract, bailment, warranty and statutory-based actions. He is also IWLA’s retained legal counsel for its 3PL-warehouse members.
In addition to Phillips’ litigation practice, he drafts, negotiates and reviews warehousing and transportation documents, including warehouse receipt, bills of lading, freight contracts, standard contract terms and conditions, security agreements and tariffs. He also has experience instituting and enforcing warehousemen’s liens and the recovery of unpaid storage charges.
Phillips is a member of several warehouse associations, including the International Warehouse Logistics Association, the Warehouse Education Research Council and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.

Marc Blubaugh - Tuesday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

Marc BlubaughMarc S. Blubaugh is a partner and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, which was recently recognized yet again by U.S. News & World Report as the “Transportation Law Firm of the Year” for 2017.  Mr. Blubaugh has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and, since 2007, he has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Transportation Law by the “The Best Lawyers in America” publication.  He is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association.

Mr. Blubaugh has litigated a wide variety of transportation and logistics-related cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as before administrative bodies.  Among other things, he has substantial experience in representing international and domestic carriers, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, warehousemen, and other third-party logistics providers in a wide variety of surface, air, and ocean disputes. 

Mr. Blubaugh received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his J.D. with honors in 1997 from The Ohio State University, where he was awarded the distinction of Order of the Coif and was an associate editor of The Ohio State Law Journal.  Mr. Blubaugh is active in a number of transportation and logistics-related trade associations in addition to the Transportation Lawyers Association, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (where he was a two-term President of the Columbus Roundtable), the Intermodal Association of North America (where he serves as outside General Counsel), the American Trucking Associations, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, the Ohio Trucking Association, the International Warehousing Logistics Association, and the Transportation Logistics Council.






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