2020 Specialized Transportation Symposium

Harmonization from a Manufacturer’s Perspective

Thursday, February 20
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Speaker: Kathy Barber, Caterpillar Inc

Kathy Barber Bio

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Barber is currently the Sr. Government Affairs Representative for the Southern Region representing Caterpillar Inc. in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Kathy began her lobbying career as a Legislative Liaison for Illinois Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. She has represented the American Cancer Society, YMCA of the USA, Walgreens, the Texas Retailers Association and the National Federation of Independent Business/Texas. Prior to her Government Affairs career, Kathy worked in the justice system as a law librarian and court clerk. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield. 

David Purdy Bio

David Purdy is the Corporate Asset Manager for Ascendum Machinery, one of the nation’s largest Volvo heavy equipment dealers.  He currently manages logistics for fifteen dealerships in three states in Southeast US.  He has worked in the heavy equipment industry for 17 years in the Gulf Coast and Southeast US markets.  His experience in the industry includes  operational management and logistical management with various heavy equipment dealers. 

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