Event Attendees to Consider USPS Mailbox Monopoly Issues

Additional Speakers Announced for “Delivery by Design” Event to be Held January 23, 2017—Limited Seating!

More information and registration details

Event attendees at PostalVision 2020’s “Delivery by Design,” one-day event to be held January 23, 2017, will be an integral part of key discussions around USPS Mailbox monopoly issues.  The event will focus on looking at today’s mail/parcel delivery environment and the growing challenges from projected ecommerce growth.

Participants will explore the existing delivery landscape, trends for tomorrow, and the challenges for users, service providers and other stakeholders.  This event will complement parallel efforts by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its Congressionally-requested study of the USPS monopoly.

“Delivery by Design” will be held at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, in Arlington, VA, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, followed by an optional off-site reception (see below for more details).  Seating for this event is limited and seats are going fast so register TODAY!

In addition to the key speaker line-up already announced, we have added even more thought leaders and stakeholder representatives to the discussion.   Shown below is the latest round of speaker announcements – to see the complete agenda, along with speakers, bios, and session descriptions, visit the PostalVision 2020 web site at (http://www.postalvision2020.com/delivery-by-design) and click on the Agenda link.

Ramesh Ratan (high-res)Ramesh Ratan is CEO and member of the board of directors of Bell and Howell, a leading global provider of multi-channel communications and commerce solutions. He is also a member of the board of directors of BCC Software LLC, a Versa Capital company.  Previously at Pitney Bowes, as President, Marketing Services Solutions, Ramesh developed a new business platform to drive revenue growth via partnerships with global marketing data services providers. He also has served as Chief Operating Officer at the Direct Marketing Association, where he led a new growth strategy focusing on data- and analytics-driven marketing.


Mamatt-swain-150sqtt Swain is a Senior Director at Keypoint Intelligence, a market intelligence firm born out of the combination of InfoTrends and Buyers Lab. Mr. Swain is responsible for driving global research and consulting initiatives in the customer communications market. Extensive annual business and consumer research—in addition to studies conducted for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General—helps Mr. Swain bring a unique perspective to this event.

Keith Weidner serves as Chief Counsel, Legal Policy and Legislative Advice, in the U.S. Postal Service Law Department.  In this role, Keith focuses on legislative, regulatory, and other postal policy matters, including issues regarding Board governance and the Postal Service’s pension and health benefits obligations.  He has been with the Postal Service since August 2004.  Prior to his current position, Keith served as a staff attorney in the Rates and Corporate law groups in the Law Department, with one particular focus being the implementation of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.

linda-sherry-consumer-actionLinda Sherry serves as Consumer Action’s director of national priorities and one of the organization’s chief spokespersons.  She joined the San Francisco-based national consumer education and advocacy group in 1994 from a background as a weekly newspaper reporter. Consumer Action, founded in 1971, has a national reputation for multilingual consumer education on personal finance issues. Sherry is an expert on credit card pricing and practices. She is regularly called upon for interviews and background information by the national and local media (TV, radio and print), Congress and federal regulators to provide information about consumers and credit cards.

 As previously announced, one of the key highlights previously announced for the event is a debate around the pros and cons of the existing USPS mailbox monopoly by three prominent industry influencers.  Moderated by the Hon. Robert Taub, Acting Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), debaters will include James Campbell, renowned consultant and USPS monopoly expert; Jim Sauber, Chief of Staff for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)David Williams, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government (and former Inspector General for the USPS), and.  Each panelist will take a position on the existing monopoly (to retain, modify, or abolish), with participation and feedback around each position being provided by the diverse group of stakeholders attending the event.

Off-Site Reception to Follow Event.   PostalVision 2020 will hold an optional off-site reception following this event at The Liberty Tavern from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.   The Liberty Tavern is located at 3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201. close by the GMU Schar School of Policy and Government, where our Delivery by Design event will be held.

Hotel Room Block Available at Hyatt Arlington.   Ursa Major Associates / PostalVision 2020 is pleased to have reserved up to 20 rooms for attendees of our “Delivery By Design” conference on January 23rd at the Hyatt Arlington, conveniently located adjacent to the Rosslyn Metro station, for the special rate of $169.00/night.  Rooms are available for the period beginning Sunday January 22nd through Thursday 26th, for the convenience of attendees of additional postal events taking place during the week. Reservations may be made online now (through December 20, 2016) on this dedicated booking website.  For more information and directions, check here.



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