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9:15 a.m.
Speaker: Page Siplon, Executive Director

Center of Innovation for Logistics

Topic: "The Changing EcoSystem: Panama Canal v.2.0 and Other Factors"


Page Siplon is the Executive Director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics and has served in this capacity since 2005. Prior to joining the Logistics Innovation Center, Siplon served a combined 12 years in first the United States Marine Corps and then United States Air Force. During this time, Siplon provided circuit-level maintenance on a wide variety of ground-to-air and ground-to-ground communication systems. Specifically, he led the deployment and integration of encryption techniques and cryptographic devices for tactical, enterprise-scale, secure voice and data platforms. This work included support for all branches of the Dept. of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and numerous NASA activities. Siplon, originally from New York, received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also completed a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering focused on digital signal processing. Siplon has also received an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College, along with completing multiple military leadership academies.

10:30 a.m.
Keith Lewis, Task Force Agent
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Major Theft Unit &
Bob Hastings, Cargo Theft Investigator
Hastings Investigations & Consulting

Topic: "Supply Chain Security"

Keith Lewis has 22 years in the third party logistics industry and 11 years in law enforcement for the DeKalb County Georgia Police Department. The last three years he has been a Task Force Agent for the Major Theft Unit of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Task Force Agent Lewis is a former member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association’s Board of Directors. He has also served as past chairman of GMTA’s Safety Council. He is the 2009 recipient of the Council’s Cargo Theft Prevention Distinguished Service Award and a three-time winner of both the Uniform Officer of the Year and Detective of the Year for DeKalb County.

Robert J. Hastings is President of Hastings Investigations & Consulting. Specializing in cargo theft investigations and training for the insurance, trucking and logistics industry, Hastings has been an active member of the Southeast Transportation Security Council (SETSC) since its inception in 2003. He has 26 years of investigative experience, starting his career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 1985 and transitioning into the corporate security arena. He has held corporate security investigator and management positions with Brown Transport Corporation (Atlanta), the Limited Corporation (Columbus, Ohio), and Revco Drugs, Inc. in Ohio and Georgia.

1:30 p.m.
Brad Lafevers, CEO
Atlantic Western Transportation Inc. &
Jonathan Lafevers, President
Cordele Intermodal Services Inc.

Topic: "The Cordele Inland Port Creating Opportunities"


Brad Lafevers is Chairman, CEO and President of Atlantic Western Transportation Inc. AWT is a transportation and logistics holding company which operates the Heart of Georgia Railroads (HOG) and has interests in other logistics and transportation based services. Lafevers is also Chairman and CEO of Southeast Railcar Inc., a full service railcar repair and maintenance company in Americus, Georgia. Lafevers is Chairman and CEO of Cordele Intermodal Services, Inc., a provider of inland intermodal services and an operator of the Cordele Inland Port in Cordele, Georgia. He is also Past President of the Georgia Railroad Association as well as Board Chairman of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and active in many capacities in the community.

Jonathan Lafevers is a resident of Americus, Georgia, where he resides with his wife, Heather.  He is currently the President and CCO of Cordele Intermodal Services, Inc.  Previously, Jonathan has worked in varying capacities in the rail industry including business development with the Heart of Georgia RR and rail software sales with Railcar Management of Atlanta, Georgia.  Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Logistics and Information Technology.  Later he received a Master’s of Marketing from Texas A&M University.  Jonathan is a member of various trade organizations and was recently elected to the board of directors for Colony Bank of Cordele, Georgia.

2:45 p.m.
Robert Morris, Sr. Director
External Affairs,Georgia Ports Authority

Topic: "Fueling Our Economy, Creating Jobs, and Supporting the Environment"

Robert Morris is the Senior Director of External Affairs for the Georgia Ports Authority. The GPA operates and maintains deepwater port facilities in Savannah, Brunswick and inland barge terminals in Bainbridge and Columbus. He is responsible for the development, supervision and coordination of public and governmental affairs programs and activities of the GPA and represents the Authority with all levels of government, the media, the public, and the industry. Morris began his career as a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he covered state and municipal governments. He has held several other positions in journalism, including metro editor of Atlanta Magazine, United Press International and The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Prior to joining the GPA, Morris served as Director of Communications for the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.