2023 Logistics Conference

June 12-14 / 2023

Event Information:

Registration for the 2023 Logistics Conference is now CLOSED. To inquire further about attending the conference, please contact Mike Padjen at or by calling 336-881-1010.

Room availability at the Francis Marion Hotel for the 2023 Logistics Conference is extremely limited as reservations are filling up quickly. Make your reservations as soon as possible by CLICKING HERE.

Click HERE to download a detailed conference agenda.

AHFA’s Specialized Furniture Carriers, part of the Solution Partners supplier division, will hold its 2023 Logistics Conference from June 12-14 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Four-time U.S. Olympian luger Ruben Gonzalez is the opening keynote presenter for the June 12-14 event at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C. A self-described “ordinary guy,” Gonzalez was not athletic growing up and recalls being the last kid picked for teams in physical education classes. He’ll share how his life changed when he took up the sport of luge. “His message will inspire attendees to think bigger, aim higher and take bolder action,” says Mike Padjen, executive director of AHFA’s Specialized Furniture Carriers division, which sponsors the annual conference. Gonzalez is now training in Park City, Utah, for his fifth Winter Olympics in 2026.

The conference will cover a broad range of topics important to today’s transportation and logistics executives in the home furnishings industry. A panel discussion presented by the Material Handling Institute will address the current and future state of automation in the furniture/bulk package supply chain. Additional sessions will cover the state of the ocean shipping and trucking industries, the future impact of sustainability and ESG initiatives on the furniture supply chain, an economic outlook and more.

The conference program also includes several social events, including a private reception at the South Carolina Aquarium in historic downtown Charleston, where attendees will enjoy  sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor from the open-air decks. A tour of Charleston Port, the deepest harbor on the East Coast, and a pre-conference golf outing at Westcott Plantation also are on tap.

To maximize attendees’ conference experience, the discounted conference room rate of $209 at the Francis Marion is available for four days prior to and four days after the conference dates, subject to availability. Reservations at the group rate can be made HERE or over the phone by calling (877) 756-2121 and referencing the AHFA Logistics Conference. The deadline for reservations at the discounted rate is Friday, June 2.

The Logistics Conference is open to all transportation and logistics executives in the home furnishings industry. Sponsorships at three different levels are available. To learn more details, please contact Mike Padjen at or by calling 336-881-1010.


Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

(877) 756-2121

PLATINUM SPONSOR: South Carolina Ports

GOLD SPONSOR: North Carolina Ports

SILVER SPONSOR: Bluewater Logistics Group, LLC. + Gulfstream Shippers Association

BRONZE SPONSORS: CV International + Furniture Shippers Association







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