The East Coast’s premier conference for ports, logistics, and trade

Sponsorship packages are available for this event.
Please contact Hayes Howard at American Shipper by email, hhoward@shippers.com, or by phone, (904) 355-2601, for more information.

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Sponsorship Packages

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Level Cost Purchase
  • Recognition at networking maritime mixer, symposium and banquet as Title Sponsor
  • Representative to introduce one of the keynote speakers
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all materials, handouts, advertisements placed online and in print publications
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as platinum/title sponsor in sponsors section
  • Company logo located in rotating banner in event app
  • Recognition in three push notifications in event app
  • Right to distribute logo materials in registration packets
  • Individual table for distributing materials during the symposium
  • Right to host a hospitality suite before and after the banquet
  • Complimentary registration for 6 for Networking Mixer ($390 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 6 for Symposium and Banquet ($3,090 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 4 for Golf ($700 value)
$15,000
  • Recognition at symposium as a gold sponsor
  • Representative to be introduced by moderator as panel sponsor of one of the three symposium panels
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all materials, handouts, advertisements placed online and in print publications
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as a gold symposium sponsor in sponsors section
  • Recognition in push notification in event app prior to luncheon
  • Right to distribute logo materials in registration packets
  • Recognition in the banquet program
  • Individual table for distributing materials during the symposium
  • Complimentary registration for 3 for Networking Mixer ($195 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 3 for symposium and banquet ($1,545 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for golf ($350 value)
$7,500
  • Recognition at symposium as a silver sponsor
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all advertisements placed online
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as a silver symposium sponsor in sponsors section
  • Recognition in push notification in event app during breakfast or coffee break
  • Right to distribute logo materials in registration packets
  • Recognition in the banquet program
  • Shared table for distributing materials during the symposium
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for Networking Mixer ($130 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for the symposium and banquet ($1,030 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 1 for golf ($175 value)
$2,500
  • Recognition at the symposium as a networking lounge sponsor
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all advertisements placed online
  • Logo recognition in the Networking Lounge located across from the main Symposium panel room
  • Recognition in push notification in event app during Symposium
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app
  • Right to distribute logo materials and display signage in the networking lounge
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for Networking Mixer ($130 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for the symposium and banquet ($1,030 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 1 for golf ($175 value)
$5,000
  • Recognition at the banquet as a gold sponsor
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all materials, handouts, advertisements placed online and in print publications
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as a gold banquet sponsor in sponsors section
  • Recognition in push notification in event app prior to banquet reception
  • Recognition of sponsorship by signage during banquet cocktail hour
  • Recognition from podium of banquet
  • Right to host a hospitality suite before and after the banquet
  • Complimentary registration for 3 for Networking Mixer ($195 value)
  • Complimentary table for 10 at the banquet ($1,650 value)
$7,500
  • Recognition at the banquet as a silver sponsor
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all advertisements placed online
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as a silver banquet sponsor in sponsors section
  • Recognition in push notification in event app prior to banquet reception
  • Recognition of sponsorship by signage during banquet cocktail hour
  • Right to host hospitality suite before and after banquet
  • Complimentary registration for 2 for Networking Mixer ($130 value)
  • Complimentary registration for 5 for the banquet ($825 value)
$2,500
  • Signage at golf event on golf carts (electronic and tri-fold), breakfast, and at the turn
  • Prominent and tiered logo presence in event app as a golf sponsor in sponsors section
  • Logo and sponsorship recognition on all materials, handouts, advertisements placed online and in print publications
  • Right to distribute logo golf material to all golfers
  • Complimentary registration for 4 for golf ($700 value)
$2,500

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Questions? Call (757) 628-2663 or (904) 355-2601

Event Hosts

Conference Host

The Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) was organized in 1920 to promote, protect and encourage international and domestic commerce through Virginia's Ports. With a membership of over 450 companies, employing over 70,000 Virginians, the Virginia Maritime Association is widely recognized as "The Voice of Port Industries," the premier business organization to enhance competitiveness and promote commerce through Virginia's ports. The VMA is the primary advocate for the interests of the maritime industry, developing solutions and opportunities for its membership and Virginia's ports. As a member, you benefit by having a voice in the organization that sets the course for the future of business in the ports of Virginia.
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Symposium Co-Host

Howard Publications was founded by David A. Howard in 1951 and has published magazines covering international logistics and transportation since that time. American Shipper magazine was first published under that name in May 1974 and is designed to serve the information needs of shippers, carriers and third parties involved in international transportation and for executives managing international logistics and supply chains.
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Maritime Mixer Co-Host

The Propeller Club of the United States is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community on a national and international basis. Membership is organized into local clubs called "Ports." There are 52 port chapters in the United States, 33 Clubs overseas, 16 Student Port Clubs in the U.S., and 5 Student Ports overseas. The Propeller Club aggressively promotes the maritime industry through many of its programs and by partnering with other similar organizations. Our goal is to educate legislators and the public as to the importance and necessity of all waterborne commerce.
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Platinum

Platinum Title Sponsor

Norfolk Southern Corporation  is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.
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Platinum Title Sponsor

The Port of Virginia is America’s fifth-largest port, the #1 rail port on the East Coast and the Mid-Atlantic’s global gateway. The port is a catalyst for commerce – responsible for more than 375,000 jobs across Virginia and approximately $60 billion in spending on an annual basis. Because of the port’s strategic location, deep channels, best-in-class rail service and other advantages, the port regularly receives vessels in excess of 14,000 TEUs – the largest vessels calling the East Coast.  To ensure The Port of Virginia remains a critical economic engine for generations to come, it is investing $695 million in infrastructure projects that will increase annual container capacity 40% by 2020, and is working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure Virginia remains the deepest, widest and safest port on the East Coast. 
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Gold Symposium Sponsors

Sponsorships Available

Silver Symposium Sponsors

Silver Symposium Sponsor

For more than 35 years, Atlantic Intermodal Serviceshas provided superior container drayage for clients in key markets across the southeast. While we pride ourselves on being the premier intermodal transportation resource in our region, we also enjoy seeing the businesses and communities we support thrive. At AIS, we are committed to running a reliable, client-focused, sustainable organization. With locations in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Greensboro, Jacksonville, Norfolk and Savannah, we are perfectly positioned to fulfill nearly anyintermodal logistics or transportation need you may have. We are continually investing in efficiency by employing state-of-the-art technology and equipment. All of our trucks are equipped with the latest innovations in technology, allowing you to track the status of your cargo at any time. We are recognized by the EPA as a SmartWay Transport Partner for our commitment to improving the environmental performance of our freight operations.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Blume Global has been recognized in Gartner’s “2018 Real-Time Visibility Market Guide” across various categories, including modes of transportation, ways of tracking and geographies covered. See how Blume Global is evaluated against the competition.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Founded to serve the information needs of North American-based supply chain practitioners. Founded to create the most complete database of ocean sailing schedules, capacity, and service information. Founded to benchmark readers on subjects ranging from transportation management to customs compliance. Benchmarked 5,000 supply chains. Created and launched based on ComPair Data's database using advanced Business Intelligence tools.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Century Express of Virginia specializes in container drayage through the Port of Virginia. We offer refrigerated, hazardous materials, flatbed and step deck transportation. Our timely trans loading services of diversified products is geared to your precise requirements. Based in Hampton Roads, Century Express relies on advanced technology as well as interpersonal relationships to provide your business with the best quality service. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff, having backgrounds in ocean, rail and truck transportation, builds partnerships that help us grow together with our clients.

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Silver Symposium Sponsor

CrossGlobe provides logistics services in the mid-Atlantic region and specializes in transportation and warehousing. We work in partnership with the Port of Virginia and CSX railroad, and handle containerized and break-bulk cargoes – including project cargo, machinery, lumber, paper, pulp, rubber and steel. CrossGlobe provides drayage, local intermodal transportation and FTL/LTL distribution services to and from all the Port’s marine terminal facilities, rail yards, and customs exam stations.


CrossGlobe is an affiliate of Logistec, one of the largest cargo handling companies in North America operating 61 terminals in 37 ports across the U.S. East coast, Gulf coast and Canada. Together, we provide customers with an integrated, solutions-oriented approach that gets cargo to market on time and on budget.

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Silver Symposium Sponsor

At DCLI, we help drive your business by providing the high-quality intermodal equipment, innovative pricing, industry-leading technology, and experienced logistics professionals on which you depend.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Dewbery is a firm with deep subject-matter expertise as well as deep national resources and is committed to putting clients at the center of everything it does. Dewberry offers the expertise of market-facing professionals—many of whom are internationally recognized authorities— with proven track records of providing award-winning services and solutions to a wide variety of public and private-sector clients. The firm has built long-term, trusted relationships through unsurpassed client service and a dedication to solving the most complex challenges of today and tomorrow.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Givens, Inc. is your Source for Foreign Trade Zone, warehousing, drayage, truckload transportation, managed transportation and vendor managed inventory logistics services.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Livingston International is a leading trade-services firm, offering a range of critical solutions for businesses engaged in cross-border trade, including customs brokerage, trade compliance, international trade consulting, global trade management and freight forwarding. Livingston is the largest customs broker in Canada and one of the largest in North America. It uses advanced technology and deep expertise to provide clarity in a world of trade complexity to more than 40,000 business, so they can grow further, faster and smarter. Livingston employs almost 3,500 staff at more than 110 key border points, sea ports, airports and other strategic locations across North America, Europe and Asia.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

Port of Nansha, of the Guangzhou Port Group is the fastest-growing port in South China. Port of Nansha is the only deep-water port on the west bank of the Pearl River Delta. More than 60 quay cranes and 16 berths, and close to many vendors and manufacturers, has enabled Nansha to grow every year since its opening in 2004. Port of Nansha moved more 13.9 million TEUs in 2017 setting another new record! Plus, N.Amer volume was up 34% vs 2016! With over 50 liner services worldwide, partnering with the Top 20 ocean carriers, on-site Customs, foreign trade zone, shorter origin drays compared to Shenzhen, no congestion, and outstanding port performance … we are positioned well to set another record in 2018. Thank You for your Support!
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

TAL International is the Chassis leasing arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of TRITON INTERNATIONAL LIMITED. The merger of Triton and TAL International has created the world's largest and most efficient intermodal container leasing company with a container fleet of over 5.1 million TEU, resulting in industry cost leadership and an enhanced container and chassis supply capability. Triton International leases five types of equipment; dry freight containers, refrigerated containers, special containers, chassis and tank containers. We lease our equipment through a variety of short and long-term leasing structures, which are often highly customized to meet our customers' unique operating and financial objectives.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

TRAC Intermodal is America’s leading marine chassis pool manager and equipment provider. With nine pools under management across the U.S., TRAC Intermodal has the largest fleet of marine and specialty chassis in North America and operates an extensive network of facilities comprised of over 600 marine locations, 60 depots and 7 TRAC Service Centers.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

The United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) is a non-profit, incorporated membership alliance of East and Gulf Coast employers (Container Carriers, Terminal Operators and Port Associations) of the longshore industry. While serving as the representative of the Management groups in Master Contract bargaining, USMX also articulates industry positions on regulatory and safety issues, oversees coastwide longshore training, and administers fringe benefit funds and programs. The mission of USMX is to preserve and protect the interests of its members in matters associated with the maritime industry, including all labor relations issues affecting longshore and related activities.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

"Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries have a $91 billion impact on the Commonwealth’s economy and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is dedicated to further growing these sectors. Access to international markets is key to this development and VDACS has extensive resources to market and promote Virginia’s agriculture and forestry products around the world. Virginia farmers, agribusinesses and forest products companies are encouraged to contact the VDACS Office of International Marketing to learn more about how these services can assist them with exporting to new market.
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Silver Symposium Sponsor

XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global logistics company. We run our business as one highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with over 95,000 employees and 1,455 locations. We use our network to help customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains.

Today, XPO Logistics is on the radar in every industry that requires transportation or logistics. We’re working closely with customers to look at their entire supply chains, from point of origin to the end-consumer, to identify the opportunities. This collaborative approach is a major reason why customers trust us with an average of 160,000 shipments and over seven billion inventory units every day.
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Networking Lounge Sponsor

Sponsorships Available

Gold Banquet Sponsors

Gold Banquet Sponsor

CP&O, LLC is a joint partnership between two of the largest Stevedore/Terminal operating companies in the U.S., Cooper/T. Smith and Ports America Group, providing services at all major terminal facilities in the Port of Virginia. These facilities include the marine terminals operated by Virginia International Terminals in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News, and Lambert’s Point Docks, Inc., a Norfolk Southern Subsidiary. CP&O handles all types of cargoes including Containers, Ro/Ro, Forest Products, Steel, Rubber and Automobiles. Cruise vessels calling at Half Moone Cruise Terminal are handed by CP&O which provides all baggage handling and ship provision loading services.


Gold Banquet Sponsor

Since 1971, MRS-CMC has been focused on Intermodal Equipment M&R and superior customer service. The last twelve months has seen rapid expansion into Trucking, Over the Road Service, and Special Intermodal Trucker Programs. MRS-CMC is pleased to announce the expansion of CMC Logistics with an emphasis on Charleston, Savannah, and Memphis growth. Our foundation has always been safety and customer service as the pillars of a successful business. Intermodal continues to rapidly evolve and MRS-CMC is positioned to exceed those customers’ needs and demands.
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Gold Banquet Sponsor

McAllister Towing is one of the oldest, largest and most respected towing and transportation companies in the United States.  We have been providing reliable, safe and environmentally responsible service to our customers since Captain James McAllister founded the company in 1864.  The company operates a modernized fleet in excess of 75 tugs, including more than 20 state-of-the-art Z-drive tractor tugs, in a dozen ports covering the entire US East Coast from Portland, Maine to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In each port, McAllister is engaged in ship docking, general harbor towing, coastal towing and bulk transportation.  McAllister has been in the port of Hampton Roads for over fifty years.  McAllister Towing of Virginia serves Yorktown, Piney Point, Hampton Roads, Norfolk and the Chesapeake area with unsurpassed towing and general harbor assist work.
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Silver Banquet Sponsors

Silver Banquet Sponsor

Bank of America Private Bank is a leading private wealth management organization providing innovative and customized financial solutions to help meet unique lifestyle, family, business and philanthropic goals. Clients are served by teams of experienced advisors offering a range of financial services, including investment management, financial and succession planning, philanthropic and specialty asset management, family office services, custom credit solutions, financial administration and family trust stewardship.
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Silver Banquet Sponsor

Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a world leader in shipping and logistics. Its 509 vessels serve more than 420 ports on five continents around the world and carried nearly 21 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2018. With CEVA, a world leader in logistics services, CMA CGM handles more than 500,000 tons of airfreight and 1.9 million tons of overland freight a year. CMA CGM is enjoying sustained growth and is constantly innovating to offer customers new maritime, overland and logistics solutions. Present on every continent and in 160 countries through its network of 755 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs 110,000 people worldwide, of which 2,400 in Marseille where its head office is located.
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Silver Banquet Sponsor

Gilco, Trucking Inc. is a minority owned motor carrier serving the Port of Virginia for 41 years. OTR and Local operations serving regional and rail partners. Located less than one mile from VIG and PMT.
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Silver Banquet Sponsor

SunTrust is an organization driven by purpose and a personal touch. Suntrust is one of the nation's largest and strongest financial services companies, offering a full suite of products and services designed to meet the needs of their consumer, business, corporate and institutional clients.
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Silver Banquet Sponsor

Western Branch Diesel is a distributor and service provider for Detroit Diesel, John Deere, MTU, MTU Onsite Energy, Volvo Penta, Wheeltime, and Allison Transmissions.

Headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Western Branch Diesel operates out of 11 branches strategically located throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina. These branches provide sales and service to the construction and industrial, marine, mining and quarry, oil/gas, on-highway, and power-generation markets. The company’s 300+ team members include over 150 highly trained service technicians.
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Golf Sponsors

Golf Sponsor

FlexiVan® has been a leader in intermodal chassis leasing services in North America since 1955. It manages over 125,000 units in 300+ locations across the country, and has nine fully owned and operated service centers that provide easy access to chassis maintenance services. Leasing options range from chassis pool user agreements and managed fleets, to short and long term contracts with motor carriers, logistics providers, ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners. Meanwhile, to facilitate the daily booking, dispatching and overall chassis leasing process, FlexiDay® per diem rentals are supported by FlexiVan’s ChassisNow system. Professional, reliable and cost effective transportation solutions – Experience Delivered.
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Golf Sponsor

Leopard Tire


Golf Sponsor

For all your tire needs, contact Liberty Tire Company LLC of Portsmouth, VA. We offer roadside assistance, truck balancing, and more. We are family owned and operated, and you can expect nothing less than quality service from us.


Media Sponsors

Media Sponsor

The Boston Marine Guide, now American Journal of Transportation, was founded in 1919 by Edwin J. Lang. It was the preeminent trade journal for New England shippers of the day and in the last century has become one of North America’s leading Multi-Modal Trade and Logistics news services. With over 10,000 industry trade professionals reading the daily newsletter and print publication, it positions the AJOT as a valuable tool to reach BCO’s and Trade Intermediaries.
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Media Sponsor

Virginia Business is the only publication dedicated to covering economic activity in every sector and every region of the state. Since its creation in 1986, the magazine has attracted loyal readers and established a reputation as a “must read” for anybody who wants to stay abreast of economic events in the commonwealth. The publication has received 17 national journalism awards since 2010.
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Thank you to all of our sponsors for their contributions towards the Symposium and Networking Events!

Have a Question? Contact us!

Jennifer

Jennifer Parham

Event Manager
Virginia Maritime Association

jennifer@vamaritime.com
(757) 628-2663

Howard Hayes

Hayes H Howard

Symposium Sponsorship Contact
American Shipper

hhoward@shippers.com
(904) 355-2601

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