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MeadWestvaco’s Chris Rocke Named Honorary Chairman for Connections 2014

May 27, 2014 – Atlanta, Ga. – SMC³ announced MeadWestvaco sourcing manager for ground transportation, Chris Rocke, will serve as honorary chairman for Connections 2014, SMC³’s supply chain and logistics summer conference held June 22-25 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fl.

“After working with SMC³ on their conferences and workshops for more than five years – first as an attendee, then a presenter and later as a member of the Education Advisory Committee – I am honored to serve as the inaugural Conference Chair for Connections 2014. I’ve seen first-hand the thoughtful planning, attention to detail and commitment to quality that SMC³ puts into their educational programs and I’m proud to be a part of them,” Rocke stated.

Appointed by SMC³ and the Education Advisory Committee, Rocke was selected from a broad field of supply chain professionals, and was chosen for his proven leadership and commitment to promoting supply chain innovation and encouraging professional education at every level. As honorary chairman, he will serve as goodwill ambassador for the event, providing strategic input for content and planning.

Additional thought leaders headlining Connections 2014 include:

  • James Welch, CEO at YRC Worldwide
  • Rick DiMaio, vice president of distribution for Office Depot
  • Captain Chaim Shacham, maritime consultant
  • Brian McKiernan, senior vice president of development at CenterPoint Properties
  • Lynn Pitts, director of economic development at Florida Power & Light
  • Satish Jindel, president at SJ Consulting Group & ShipMatrix Inc.

These thought-leaders help comprise a conference featuring 20+ hours of quality content and 15+ hours of dedicating networking opportunities. For more information on Connections 2014, visit

About SMC³

SMC³ is the leading provider of data, technology and education as an integrated solution to the freight transportation community. SMC³ delivers its core competency – LTL pricing expertise – through collaborative pricing technology that supports end-to-end, ongoing predictability in shipper/3PL-carrier relationships. Best known for its CzarLite®, Bid$ense® and RateWare® solutions, the company serves more than 5,000 customers throughout North America, including shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight-payment companies. The company also partners with leading transportation software developers for complete interoperability. For more information about SMC³, visit

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