Wednesday, February 4, 2004

SMC Stages winter meeting

Members of the transportation industry ramped up on the latest issues and developments impacting the transportation industry at SMC’s 49th annual winter meeting January 20-21 in Atlanta.

SMC, a leading provider of technology tools for transportation, put together invigorating speakers and transportation experts for its two-day meeting.

“I really enjoyed all of the events of the SMC winter meeting. It was very refreshing to see different details of business that we don't seem to look at in large groups,” Belinda L. Crissman, account manager, Alliance Shippers Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, said.

“There was a wealth of information disseminated at this meeting,” Jerry Neal, director of national account pricing, Old Dominion Freight Line in Thomasville, North Carolina, said.

The meeting, entitled “Information: The Catalyst for Connecting Relationships, Technology and Communication” featured presentations on technology and communication challenges; an e-business panel discussion; and updates on legislation, the economy and energy.

“Balancing good communication with technological knowledge is one of the keys to disseminating the information our industry needs to face current legislative and economic challenges,” Jack E. Middleton, SMC president & CEO, said. “This meeting truly provided SMC“ members and guests with the tools to accomplish this.”

Keynote Speaker Roger Crawford enthused SMC members and guests with his speech focusing on resiliency, “How High Can You Bounce?” “This was a great inspirational way to kick off the program,” Frank Wurst, logistics analyst, American Standard in Piscataway, New Jersey, said.

SMC holds two annual meetings - one in the winter and one in the summer. The 49th annual SMC summer meeting is scheduled to take place June 16-18 in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information about SMC, visit or call 1-800-845-8090.

SMC, also known as Southern Motor Carriers Rate Conference, is a leading nationwide provider of technology tools for transportation.

SMC enables its customers to achieve greater success in the marketplace by supplying advanced technology tools, superior data management services, and smart processes that ensure the accurate and timely availability of pricing information throughout the transportation community.

SMC3 presently serves more than 5,000 customers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and is committed to remaining at the forefront of technology and pricing intelligence through a dedicated staff and partnerships in the industry. The company is headquartered in Peachtree City and has a satellite office in Louisville, Kentucky.

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