Event Profile Intermodal Expo/TransComp Exhibition



By Tanya Rutledge

     As a hub and a central location for all types of transportation arteries, Houston has been added to a three-city rotation to host the Intermodal Expo/TransComp Exhibition, which will be the last co-located show of its kind before shifting to a new format in 2014.

     When the IANA Intermodal Expo & NITL TransComp Exhibition, which brings together top-level executives from the entire freight transportation spectrum, swings into the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston this November 17–19, it will attract as many as 2,000 attendees representing the full spectrum of the transportation industry, including rail carriers, ocean carriers, third-party logistics providers, shippers, port authorities and others.

     “The exhibition brings all of the intermodal players to our city when our economy is on fire, when decisions about the Panama Canal are being made, and when our port and rail networks are primed for growth,” said Marcia  Faschingbauer, President of Excargo Services, Inc., a Houston transportation and intermodal services provider.

     The show is a commingling of the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Expo and the National Industrial Transportation League’s Annual Meeting and 31st TransComp Exhibition. This year, the show will also combine with the Transportation Intermediaries Association’s fall meeting. The program for all three organizations is the same, and the groups work together to build the educational sessions and schedule.

     Both IANA and NITL will host their own shows beginning next year. IANA will have a three-city rotation of Long Beach, California, Fort Lauderdale and Houston. NITL will be held in Fort Lauderdale in 2014. “Houston was chosen because it is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the country, and we saw this as a good opportunity to get our show into another high-profile location,” said Joanne Casey, President and CEO of IANA.

     IANA’s statistics indicate that nearly 70 percent of the Expo’s attendees influence or make purchasing decisions for their companies, and 80 percent are actively seeking to develop relationships with the exhibitors, which are showcasing the latest products and services in the transportation industry. In addition to about 200 exhibitors on the showroom floor, the Expo/TransComp will offer more than 20 education sessions and a wealth of networking opportunities, including a November 18 reception that is being hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and the Port of Houston Authority.

     The scheduled opening speaker is William Logue, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Freight Corp. Brenda Mainwaring, Vice President, Public Affairs, Southern Region for Union Pacific Railroad, said Houston is the perfect fit for this event, given its place as a leader in the transportation industry.

     “Houston has been at the center of commerce for the railroad industry for more than 150 years, and it continues to be central to Union Pacific’s operations,” Mainwaring said. “What makes Houston particularly unique is that the community continues to recognize and embrace its importance as an industrial transportation hub, and the Greater Houston Partnership is always leading the charge.”

Photo: IANA

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