U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary LaHood is the SMC3 2011 Jump Start Keynote Speaker on January 18, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga. - December 2, 2010 - SMC3 is excited to announce that U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood will be the keynote speaker at the SMC3 2011 Jump Start Conference. Jump Start will take place January 17-19, 2011 at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel, Atlanta, Ga., and Secretary LaHood will speak from 9:45-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18th.

"We are proud to have Secretary LaHood join us at Jump Start," said SMC3 President and CEO Jack E. Middleton. "The Secretary's attendance is an honor to me and to our organization and an exceptional opportunity for the SMC3 members, customers and transportation, technology, business and policy leaders and affiliates who attend. His keynote remarks will precede a CEO Forum, with chief executives from UPS Freight, C.H. Robinson and Schneider Logistics. Together, this high-level group of speakers and panelists will give attendees insight into some of the major trends affecting U.S. trucking and supply chains, as well as the DOT's ongoing safe, smart, efficient, and sustainable transportation initiatives, which will extend well into the 21st century."

The 2011 Jump Start conference will also feature:
" Sessions on supply chain risks and rewards and social media and logistics
" An expert panel offering transportation insights
" Financial, economic, regulatory and legislative updates from industry experts
" Special interest sessions on the temperature-controlled market; LTL costing for Canada, Mexico and the United States; and the benefits and pitfalls of supply chain outsourcing
" The NAFTA outlook

For more information about the SMC3 2011 Jump Start Conference, visit the SMC3 website (smc3.com) or the conference overview page (http://smc3apps.smc3.com/conferences/winter/2011/overview.asp).

About SMC³

SMC³ is a leading provider of data, technology and education as an integrated solution to the freight transportation community. SMC³'s core competency is its pricing expertise, which it delivers through data services and technology tools that simplify processes and promote collaboration between buyers and sellers of transportation services. The company also partners with leading transportation software developers for complete interoperability.

Throughout the year SMC³ offers educational programs that focus on key industry issues and advanced learning. These well-attended events are noted for their content, speakers and networking opportunities. The company currently serves more than 5,000 customers operating throughout the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico. SMC³'s customer base covers all aspects of freight movement, and includes shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight-payment companies.

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