Partnership Between Kansas City and the St. Louis Region Highlights the Importance of Reconstruction and Adding Capacity to Missouri’s Statewide I-70 Corridor
Thursday, May 26 – St. Louis Regional Freightway and Kansas City SmartPort are teaming up to demonstrate support for the Interstate-70 corridor from Kansas City to St. Louis. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) High-Priority Unfunded Needs Report includes a financial placeholder to reconstruct and add capacity to I-70. This panel will highlight the importance of I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis from a global freight perspective as a transportation corridor supporting the global supply chains for the aerospace, automotive, and Ag industries and others, and providing a critical link to multimodal connectivity and reliability. Attendees will also hear from a representative of a manufacturing company that relies heavily on this corridor for its domestic and global distribution.
Executive Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises for Bi-State Development
The St. Louis Regional Freightway is led by Executive Vice President – Multi Modal Enterprises, Mary Lamie.
Mary Lamie was selected to lead the St. Louis region’s new freight district in July of 2015. As Executive Vice President – Multi Modal Enterprises she is responsible for evaluating the freight needs of the bistate region and the freight network’s operational status. She develops public-private partnerships and creates the foundation for planning, marketing and advocacy of the bistate region as a national freight hub.
Mary is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in transportation, engineering and management, including 22 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation. For the last seven years of her time with IDOT, she has served as Deputy Director of Highways Region 5 Engineer, where she was responsible for 27 counties in southern Illinois, 3,300 lane miles of state highways and 1,700 bridges. Her engineering and project management experience includes a wide variety of transportation projects that require extensive coordination with local, state and national leaders. Her efforts have also focused on working with governmental agencies and the private sector to develop transportation priorities and funding strategies.
Mary received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Masters of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri Science and Technology.
She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a Woman of Influence and, in 2020, Mary was selected as one of the recipients of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s inaugural Women in Supply Chain Awards.
President of Kansas City SmartPort
Chris Gutierrez is the President of Kansas City SmartPort, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization that works to attract freight-based companies to Kansas City. With more than 30 years of experience in logistics and international business, he has worked in the public and private sector in economic development while being a champion of manufacturing, distribution and warehouses throughout the bi-state Kansas City region.
Manager Supply Chain Operations, True Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Chester Jones manages the Supply Chain Operations team at True Manufacturing Company, Inc. His team is responsible for coordinating the company’s overall supply chain both domestically and internationally. He directs the day-to-day operation of specific company verticals and is responsible for the design and implementation of supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities or cost reduction strategies. Jones is a former U.S. Marine, and he worked 18+ years as an ERP Consultant, filling Project Management and Solution Implementor roles specifically in logistics and manufacturing modules.