Bruce Abbe is executive director of the Midwest Shippers Association. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, MSA is a regional non-profit trade association cooperative established to serve growers, processors, traders and handlers of premium, identity-preserved grain and commodity grains and oilseeds from the upper Midwest. Founded in 2002, MSA assists its members and the grain industry in marketing, transportation and shipping to domestic and foreign export markets, with a strong focus on containerized shipping.
MSA works in partnership with other commodity, farm and agribusiness organizations, state and federal agencies, international trade, and economic development organizations to expand the high-value, premium grain industry and to improve cost competitive shipping from an upper Midwest, five-state region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin). MSA's members also include shipping, logistics, transloaders and other suppliers to the region's grains industry. Abbe joined MSA in January 2008 as the organization's first full-time executive director. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in public affairs, communications and organizational management for agricultural and business organizations. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in communications and political science.
Rick Barnes serves as the Chief Integration Officer at Dicom Transportation Group.
Since February 2014, Dicom has completed 8 acquisitions expanding the company's services across North America increasing annual revenue from $170 million to $400 million. With 80+ operating facilities and 4,400 employees and contractors, Rick is responsible for the strategic amalgamation of these business units.
Based in Canada, Rick has worked for 35 years in the transportation industry and the last 20 of those for the Dicom Group serving as Executive Vice President, Vice President Operations and Sales as well as Regional Manager. Prior to Dicom, Barnes worked for Purolator Courier at both the Corporate and Field Operating levels.
Tommy Barnes is the President of project44, where he previously sat on the advisory board before taking on his current role in 2015. Tasked with driving project44's portfolio of freight API products through relationship development with carriers, shippers, and 3PLs, as well as forging strategic partnerships with TMS and other technology platforms, Tommy relies on his decades of industry experience and leadership.
Prior to project44, Tommy held the positions of President of LTL Services and Senior Vice President of Operations at Coyote Logistics, where he guided operational performance of one of the world's leading third part logistics companies. He also held the position of President of Multimodal Brokerage at Con-Way, where he was responsible for managing $2.4 billion in freight across multiple modes.
Barnes has a stellar reputation for building some of the industry's most effective teams, and for his strategic ability to maximize performance and generate growth for his companies. A well-recognized industry leader, Tommy has given numerous keynote addresses regarding the future of logistics and supply chain transportation. Industry professionals both inside and outside of project44 look to Tommy Barnes for leadership and guidance.
Jeff Brady has spent more than 25 years working in the field of logistics across several business sectors.
Currently, Brady is the director of transportation and logistics for Harry & David; a premium gourmet food and gift Omni channel retailer and direct marketer now owned by 1-800 Flowers, where he oversees all domestic and international logistics functions. He has spent time in distribution center organizations as well as in senior transportation leadership roles in high-profile retail companies such as PETCO, Jack in the Box, and Restoration Hardware.
Brady is a recognized speaking expert on topics ranging from intermodal conversion; dedicated fleets, transportation network optimization, small parcel and partnership/leadership development.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Roxanne Bullard began her association with Truckstop.com as an inside sales representative then moved to sales administrative and premier account support. She has also served as the marketing coordinator, retention and customer loyalty manager, and is now tasked with gathering, recording, and analyzing data that provides insight on the company direction and development.
Ed Burns is the president of Burns Logistics Solutions Inc., a LSP based in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania. Burns Logistics Solutions is a freight sales agency for asset based carriers and warehouse providers throughout the US and Canada.
The Burns Logistics Solutions business model thrives on collaborative business alliances. Burns spends most of his professional time seeking and securing such business partnerships and, in 2012, he was one of the inaugural Alliance Award winners, sponsored by the SMC3 based in Atlanta.
Burns serves on the advisory board of Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute, in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He is also a regular guest speaker at Penn State Berks in their business and entrepreneurial classes. Burns has been in transportation freight sales for more than 23 years and his company will celebrate its eighth anniversary this November.
Visionary. Dreamer. Entrepreneur. Ed Burns is focused on helping people and organizations to dream boldly and pursue their dreams relentlessly.
Burns is the founder and CEO of Melior Marketing, an inbound marketing agency that specializes in growing clients' revenue and brand through the web. Melior challenges the status quo of marketing through innovative strategies and approaches.
Burns is fascinated by the current workforce issues facing the economy and how they relate to business ownership and success. He also loves scotch, good cigars and great books. He spends his free time as an armchair philosopher.
For the last 2 years, Dale Butterfield has worked for American Tire Distributors (ATD), North America's largest tire distributor, based in Huntersville, NC. Prior to joining ATD, Dale spent over 18 years experiencing multiple facets of the transportation industry while working for other large shippers like Lowe's Companies and Microsoft. A graduate of Iowa State University, Dale resides in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife and 2 children.
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor and associate editor. Based in Washington, D.C., Bill has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Chuck Clowdis has 30 years of experience in diverse areas of transportation. He currently leads IHS consulting projects tailored for both private and public sector clients, such as federal and state departments of transportation, municipal planning organizations and transport service providers, including river barge operators, railroads, air cargo operators, motor carriers, steamship lines and dray operators, as well as providers of third-party logistics services. He has assisted transport providers in refining their markets, streamlining their operations and focusing and pricing their service to offer optimum price versus service levels. He often works with transport planners and planning firms on freight flow plans, as well as airport master planning for enhanced cargo operations. Prior to joining IHS, Clowdis held executive positions at TNT North America, Sun (Oil) Carriers, and Transcon Lines, and was executive consultant and principal for the national transportation practice of Ernst & Young LLP from 1983 until 2000. Former chairman and president of the American Trucking Associations' Sales & Marketing Council, Clowdis joined IHS in 2008.
Roquita Coleman-Williams is nearing 20 years as a logistics professional. She began her career with UPS where she served in various sales and marketing management roles. In 2008, Coleman-Williams joined CN Railroad’s supply chain division; a progressive rail team focused on international supply chain innovations
In 2011, Coleman-Williams broadened her leadership experience as the first African American president of the Memphis World Trade Club. In 2014, she was appointed by the Mayor AC Wharton and Memphis City Council, to the board of commissioners for the Memphis Area Transit Authority. In this role, she governs policy for Tennessee’s largest transit system.
She has been recognized nationally as a Rising Star of North American Railroads, Next Generation of
Freight Leaders and Memphis Top 40 Under 40. In September, she was honored as a 2016 Memphis Business Journal Super Women in Business.
Barry Conlon is the CEO and co-founder of Overhaul, an online marketplace designed for, and trusted by, enterprise shippers. Conlon is a dedicated supply chain security professional, with more than 30 years of experience within that discipline. He is one of the originators of the global, modern-day supply chain security industry; as a CEO he reorganized and grew the risk management firm FreightWatch into the global leader of innovative, supply chain security solutions, which have been adopted as best practices by shippers of high-value freight worldwide.
Jordan Dewart is President of Yusen Logistics Mexico. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Mexico in the NAFTA marketplace since 1995. He has expertise in International Supply Chain Logistics, specifically Air & Ocean Forwarding, Intermodal and Truck Transportation as well as Customs Brokerage and Warehousing. Dewart earned a Bachelor's of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. Born in Swift Current, Canada, he currently resides in Celaya, Mexico with his wife and three children.
Scott Dobak is responsible for corporate strategy, merger and acquisitions, and long-term growth initiatives of the Dicom Group, which has more than 4,400 employees and contractors across Canada and the US.
Dobak has a proven track record of building enterprise value through operational improvements, organic growth and accretive acquisitions.
Since becoming CEO of Dicom in 2014, Dobak has led the company’s acquisition of eight businesses, expanding the company’s services across North America, resulting in revenue growth from $170 million to $400 million.
As a seasoned transportation and logistics executive, Dobak has extensive experience building strong, motivated and successful leadership teams in both operations and business development.
Prior to joining Dicom, he was responsible for Roadrunner’s less-than-truckload and third-party logistics divisions and a $775 million P&L.
He started his career in transportation and logistics at YRC Worldwide where he held a variety of leadership positions during his 20-year tenure. Dobak holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business and economics from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
Michael L. Ducker is president and CEO of FedEx Freight. He provides strategic direction for the corporation’s less-than-truckload companies throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of time-sensitive, critical shipments.
During his FedEx career, Ducker was CEO of FedEx Express and president of its international business, president of FedEx Express Asia Pacific in Hong Kong for four years and led the Southeast Asia and Middle East regions from Singapore, as well as Southern Europe from Milan, Italy.
Ducker serves as secretary treasurer on the executive committee for the American Trucking Associations and as a member of the American Transportation Research Institute board of directors. He previously served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and currently is chairman of the chamber’s executive committee. He is a member of The Salvation Army national advisory board and executive committee. He also serves as a board member of Amway Corp. and International Flavors and Fragrances.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he received his M.B.A. from a joint program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Meg Schmidt-Duncan serves as director of operations for Koch Logistics, with responsibilities for contract negotiations, cartage, invoice auditing and cargo claims. Prior to Koch Logistics, she held various sales and management responsibilities for 24 years at YRC Worldwide. She is a member of NASSTRAC and TIA, and past president of the CSCMP Twin Cities Roundtable. She was awarded the William K Smith Distinguished Service Award in 2012 from the Center of Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota for her dedication to education and teaching in the field of transportation and logistics.
Todd Ericksrud has spent the last 10 years of his logistics career focused on the synchronization of international and domestic transportation. This complex supply chain black hole has fascinated Ericksrud, and he is responsible for solutions that have increased global supply chain reliability while providing visibility to eliminate time, inventory and cost.
With more than 25 years of transportation and logistics industry experience across multiple modes and verticals, Ericksrud has experience in implementing and managing solutions across North America, Europe and Asia.
A Minnesota native and 2011 Supply Chain “Pro To Know,” he holds a master’s degree in international logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Since purchasing Jetco in 2006, Brian Fielkow has maintained a business philosophy of providing an extra level of service to anticipate customers’ every need. To accomplish this philosophy, he has focused on maintaining employee continuity, integrating technology and improving the quality of the company’s fleet. By creating unique and measurable value propositions for his employees and clients, Fielkow has worked to “de-commoditize” the business to separate Jetco from its competitors.
He began his professional career as a lawyer in 1989 after earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to acquiring Jetco, he served as executive vice president of Recycle America Alliance, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., and chief operating officer of The Peltz Group. He is the author of Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Company Culture — a “how to” guide for business leaders to grow their company by establishing a sustainable and healthy company culture, and Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield, which is due out this fall and gives leaders in safety-sensitive industries the tools to create a vibrant safety culture. Fielkow speaks to audiences internationally about how to create a safe and overall company culture.
Jonathan Gold serves as vice president, supply chain and customs policy, for the National Retail Federation. Gold joined NRF in October 2007 and is responsible for representing NRF before Congress and the administration on supply chain and customs issues impacting the retail industry. He currently serves on the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Department of Transportation Port Performance Metrics Working Group. Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was responsible for giving policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade related matters. Before joining CBP, he was vice president, global supply chain policy, for the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Larry Gross is a 36-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the president of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, Colorado, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters, and a partner and senior consultant at FTR Transportation Intelligence, a leading freight transportation research and forecasting firm. He is the principal author of the monthly FTR publications “Intermodal Update” and “Rail Update” as well as “Land Lines,” a monthly column in The Journal of Commerce.
Gross is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. He has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for a number of years. Gross enjoys teaching and has authored a number of business case studies dealing with intermodal topics.
He is the executive most closely associated with the RoadRailer intermodal system, having worked with the product since its inception in 1980.
Lance Healy is the co-founder and chief innovation officer of Banyan Technology and is often referred to as a serial entrepreneur with a talent for converting great ideas into viable businesses. While at his first company, Healy recognized the need for more transparent communications channels between freight shippers, their customers and their carriers, which formed the foundations of Banyan Technology. Since 2001, he has built a 15-year tradition of product innovation and industry recognition to manage a growing cloud-based software enterprise. Healy leads a team of 34 employees at corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s from Ohio University.
With 20 years of ocean, land and railroad transportation Laura is an expert in the NAFTA market and helped in the implementation of several transportation solutions between Mexico, US and Canada with Grupo TMM (TFM now Kansas City Southern de Mexico), Hub Group as Mexico Managing Director and now with Union Pacific. Some of the services managed: Triple Crown – Mexico roadrailer, Domestic Mexico roadrailer, crossborder piggyback and intermodal container. Laura has been Member of the board in the Intermodal Transport Mexican Association for 2 years now and she also participates as member of the board in the Supply Chain Association CONALOG.
Marco Huijsman, master of sciences, studied business economics and logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has 20 years of experience in supply chain management, training and business consultancy. As managing partner and consultant he focuses on projects where multimodal transport, business process, supply chain and ICT come together. With his company, Cofano Software Solutions, he won an innovation award for the supply chain software they developed.
His expertise is in identifying and advising on supply chain optimization; the design, development and integration of supply chain management ICT systems (purchase, planning and control, warehouse and transport); and the redesign of international supply chains.
Reynolds Hutchins is associate editor for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Based in Washington, D.C., he reports on North American intermodal rail, U.S. Southeast ports, U.S. freight infrastructure and Customs regulation. Hutchins joined the company in 2015 from Norfolk, Virginia — home to the state port and the largest naval station in the world — where he covered the maritime and transportation industries. His work has been quoted in the Associated Press and Washington Post. He received a bachelor's from Wake Forest University in English and political science, with an emphasis on the developing politics and economics of Middle East states. Before covering the transportation sector, Reynolds helmed the state and national politics desk at the single daily newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Stephanie Ivey is an associate professor with the department of civil engineering, and director of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center at the University of Memphis. Her research includes focus on journey to school in urban areas, transportation planning, livability assessment in freight-centric communities, and strategies to engage citizens in the transportation planning process. Additionally, she has a strong record of focused workforce research and outreach related to increasing representation of women in transportation. Ivey is also the project director for the West TN STEM Hub, a regional initiative focused on increasing K-12 students’ preparedness for and interest in STEM careers. She serves as faculty advisor for the University of Memphis student chapters of WTS and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and volunteer coordinator for the ITE Transportation Education Council.
Steven Kim is senior director of digital assets and internet of things (IoT) at SAP. Kim is responsible for incubating and commercializing a range of digital transformation solutions focused on digital assets, extended supply chain and IoT.
He has been with SAP for more than 10 years in various leadership roles and previously led solution management teams for SAP procurement solutions and Ariba Network solutions. Kim is an industry veteran, starting his career over 22 years ago working with manufacturing and supply chain planning systems. He has many years of direct experience designing and implementing supply chain, procurement and business network solutions in various industries and has a keen interest in applying network-based approaches to solving complex supply and demand problems. He has worked with many high-tech, aerospace, automotive, mill and mining and industrial machinery companies in supply chain, manufacturing and procurement projects.
Allie Knight started driving in the cold early months of 2014. She’s been documenting her travels on YouTube since late April of the same year. Still a rookie at heart, her main focus is capturing her daily life and adventures as a long haul driver in full 1080p for public consumption. She’s amassed an audience 60,000 strong and still growing. She’s touched a number of different freight types, including open flatbed and refrigerated. Recent uploads can be found on www.allieknight.com.
Tammy has over 20 years' experience in IT, of which over 11 was spent in transportation and logistics. Tammy has successfully led program and system development for companies such as Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Schneider National and Rockwell Automation, which have resulted in more efficient use of staff and hard dollars saved. She is the backbone for MatchBack Systems technology resource and vendor management, business partnership and governance.
Tammy holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, and has the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.
Griffith V. Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, an 1,100-person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.
As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations in Bainbridge and Columbus. Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he administers a $280 million annual budget.
Before becoming executive director, Lynch served as GPA chief operating officer for five years. As COO of the single largest container terminal in North America and second busiest U.S. auto port, he was responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of all operations, and maintaining world-class operating standards. His duties included overseeing ambitious capital improvement and development programs for five deep water ports and two inland terminals while maintaining strong relationships with numerous customers, labor officials and supply chain partners.
A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings more than 27 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.
Lynch graduated from the State University of New York at Maritime College in 1988 and immediately began his training as a vessel planner. Over the course of his career, Lynch held executive positions in both sales and operations at terminals in New York and Virginia before joining the GPA in 2011.
Walter Lynch is CEO of Zipline Logistics, a specialized 3PL that provides multi-modal transportation services exclusively for retail and food and beverage customers. Regularly appearing on the Inc. 5000 list for disciplined and impressive growth, Lynch leads the company's targeted expansion strategies, talent development programs, and technology investments. Lynch also works directly with Zipline's business leaders to identify actionable insights that benefit the efficiency and costs of customer supply chains. As a result, the company is renowned nationwide for its consultative approach to transportation data intelligence.
Chris Mazza has more than 25 years of experience in the container shipping industry as an operator and providing related technology solutions. Prior to joining ClearMetal, Mazza held senior-level positions at XVELA and International Asset Systems on the technology side and worked for Maersk Line, DSR-Senator Line and Triton Container International.
Richard Metzler is the chief marketing officer at uShip. He is an experienced shipping and logistics veteran, with over 25 years in the logistics, transportation and e-commerce industries. Metzler has held leadership positions at several major freight companies, including FedEx Logistics, APL Logistics, DHL Express, Greatwide Logistics and XPO Logistics. Over the course of his career, he has brought to market some of the industry’s most well-known freight brands and services, DHL’s U.S. launch and the early version of FedEx home delivery are two examples. He is an avid thought leader on supply chain logistics, the sharing economy and the transportation marketplace, having been featured on Forbes and Chain Store Age. Metzler was named a Distinguished Logistics Professional in 2005 and 2006 by the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, and Marketing Executive of the Year by both the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association and B2B Magazine.
Chuck Moyer, chief commercial officer of LSO, attended the University of Northern Kentucky and has more than 39 years of transportation experience. Moyer currently serves as a first vice president of the CLDA (Customized Logistics Delivery Association). In addition to his 32 years in the customized logistics industry, Moyer has seven years of regional trucking and airfreight experience.
He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including topics on final-mile delivery, mergers and acquisitions, and how same-day and regional carriers benefit the global supply chain. His 30-plus years of experience in the same-day sector ranges from operating as an independent contractor to all positions including CEO of Express Courier International.
Matt Mullarkey is the senior vice president of strategic planning and projects for CenterPoint Properties. Mullarkey works with the company’s investment committee and board of directors to identify, source and execute new business opportunities and provide strategic support across its acquisition, development and operations platform. Prior to this position, Mullarkey was vice president in the acquisitions group.
He joined CenterPoint in 2000 as an investment officer responsible for sourcing and executing investment opportunities for the company as well as its investment joint venture with CalPERS. Mullarkey focused on acquisitions, but also was responsible for the creation of several innovative joint ventures with both development and capital partners. Before joining CenterPoint, he was manager of finance for RREEF, responsible for securing debt capital to facilitate acquisitions for the firm’s pension fund clients.
Mullarkey earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, is a C.P.A. in Illinois and completed an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and economics at the University of Chicago.
C. Randal (Randy) Mullett is founder and principal of Mullett Strategies. Helping clients navigate the intricacies of Washington, D.C., he focuses on transportation/freight policy, sustainability, security and issue advocacy messaging. Prior to his current role, Mullett was vice president, government relations and public affairs, for XPO Logistics (previously Con-way) As a member of Con-way’s executive leadership team, he had responsibility for all government relations, corporate security and public affairs activities including public relations, corporate communication, brand management, social media and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, he was Con-way’s chief sustainability officer, and president of the Con-way Foundation.
Before going to Washington, he spent 25 years in LTL trucking operations and sales management. He has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, Cargo Airlines Association, American Benefits Council and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Additionally, he is a member of the USDOT’s National Freight Advisory Committee and DHS’s Highway and Motor Carrier Sector Coordinating Committee. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Supply Chain and Logistics. Mullet holds a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and an MBA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Sharon Perry has been Carhartt’s vice president of logistics since January 2009. During that time, she has established a best-in-class international and domestic transportation system covering all modes of transportation. The company’s systems include providing status information for all orders. She has oversight for Carhartt’s US customs program, the Canadian non-resident importer program and the Mexico Annex 24/Maquiladora program. Perry is a 35-plus-year veteran of the supply chain industry and has held a variety of positions with beneficial cargo owners, 3PLs and ocean carriers, including general manager of global supply chain with BlueLinx Distribution, senior manager of international logistics with The Home Depot and director of marketing and line manager at Nedlloyd Lines USA.
Steve Rand was named Hub Group’s executive vice president of sales in March 2016. In this role, he leads the strategy for Hub Group’s commercial activities including directing the nationwide sales force, vertical alignment, new business generation and shareholder value growth. He is also jointly responsible for rail contracting.
Prior to this current role, Rand served as executive vice president of rail relations from November 2015 to March 2016 and senior vice president of automotive from March 2015 to November 2015.
Previously, he was president and CEO of Rand Maritime from March 2014 to March 2015 and president and CEO of AMPORTS, the largest automotive port processor in North America, from September 2007 to March 2014. At AMPORTS, he was instrumental in designing a successful sales process that transformed a company facing adversity into a business that delivered shareholder value and profit. From January 1995 to August 2007, he led CSX Intermodal’s commercial activities as vice president of sales and marketing.
Mike Regan is extremely well known within the logistics industry and serves on the boards of numerous industry groups such as the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association. He is very active in key industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, where he served as the chairman of the advocacy committee.
He has received numerous industry honors such as being named as a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity, “Executive of the Year” by the National Industrial Transportation League, and “Member of the Year” by NASSTRAC. Most recently Regan received CSCMP’s prestigious 2014 Distinguished Services Award.
Regan has been a featured columnist in industry periodicals and is often quoted in industry periodicals such as DC Velocity and Logistics Management, where he is also a featured blogger. He frequently lectures throughout the country on numerous industry related topics and the “sustainable career.”
Gregory Ritter has responsibility for XPO Logistics’ business development in North America, including strategic account activities, cross-selling and other processes relating to the profitable growth of the company’s customer base. Ritter has more than three decades of sales and management experience in multimodal transportation logistics. Prior to XPO, he served as president of Knight Brokerage, a subsidiary of Knight Transportation. Previously, Ritter spent 22 years with C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
David is a 20-year veteran in strategic marketing and currently serves as the Marketing Director for the high tech segment.
David directs a team responsible for marketing UPS's portfolio of best-in-class logistics and transportation solutions to serve the unique needs of customers in the high tech sector. Dave has in-depth knowledge of how customers can use logistics to save money, improve efficiency, and grow their business.
David joined UPS in 2010. Prior to UPS, he performed strategic marketing functions for Cox Communications, The Home Depot, and CVS Pharmacy.
David is active in industry associations, including the National Defense Transportation Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College, and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston College.
With 25 years in the intermodal and container shipping industries, Rubin is deeply familiar with ITS Technologies & Logistics’ business and customers. His experience includes serving as CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest chassis owner and lessor in the US, and group vice president of operations and logistics at Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), one of Japan’s big three shipping lines. Most recently, he served as CEO of Horizon Lines, which was a SeaLand successor company and the largest US domestic container shipping line until its sale to Matson Navigation.
Rubin served as a director of the Intermodal Association of North America for six years, and chairman of that organization in 2011. In the mid-2000s, he served on the executive committee of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association, a trade association that owns Consolidated Chassis Management, the largest pure chassis pool-management company in the US.
Rubin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School with a B.A. in History and B.S. in Economics, respectively. He received his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and obtained a CPA license in New York.
Brad Rudasill joined Whirlpool Corp. in 2007 and has held various roles within the integrated supply chain group. He is currently NAR transportation manager, responsible for carrier management and operations in the domestic transportation network. This represents inbound material moves and outbound finished goods flow across all modes of transportation as well as cross border operations for Mexico and Canada. Rudasill holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
Gail Rutkowski, executive director of the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, is a veteran of more than 30 years in the transportation industry. She has experienced both sides of the industry, from shipper to carrier, from small shipments to truckloads, from domestic to international. Her experience runs the gamut from private fleet management with Quaker Oats and Belden Wire and Cable, to truckload sales with C. H. Robinson, to transportation management with Thomas & Betts and Medline Industries.
She started and ran the logistics services division at AIMS Logistics before leaving to start Wabash Worldwide Logistics.
Rutkowski is a past president of NASSTRAC and was a member of its executive committee. She was selected NASSTRAC Member of the Year in 2001, 2005, and 2012. She is a frequent speaker at a number of industry conferences and has published articles in Traffic World and LQ Magazine. In 2005, she was named one of the top 50 people in logistics by World Trade Magazine.
Klaus Schnede earned a shipping merchant and broker degree from the Hamburg (Germany) School of Business in Maritime Transportation
He worked at the Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg headquarters in various capacities, including marketing, operations and pricing. Based in North America since 1985, Schnede’s experience includes sales, marketing and pricing management with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, P&O, "K" line and CP Ships. He has more than 10 years of experience in cost management.
From 2003 through 2005, Schnede worked as a senior procurement manager for the Atlanta-based NVO Cendian Corp., responsible for freight cost procurement including air, less-than-containerload, bulk parcel tanker, ISO tank and full containerload shipments.
Since 2005, he has worked as the manager, North America, responsible for marine, air, forwarding procurement and trade compliance for Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Jeanne Sebring is the director of north american logistics for International Paper. She is responsible for North American transportation, distribution and logistics across all transport modes, including waterborne activity for International Paper.
Sebring’s depth in supply chain/logistics got its start 29 years ago. She started executing, and eventually leading, commercial functions in carrier marketing, sales and customer service and solutions/consulting across multiple modes and various industries. Over time, she migrated to the customer side, choosing to take the shippers’ perspective. She leveraged her supply chain capability to lead people and organizations in sourcing, global solutions and operations. She currently sits on the executive board of REACH Memphis and STB’s Rail Shipper Transportation Advisory Council.
Jeanne holds her BA from the University of Maryland and MBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Page Siplon is the CEO of TeamOne Logistics, a nationally recognized workforce expert exclusively focused on the asset-based transportation and logistics industry. Founded in 2003 and based in Alpharetta Georgia, TeamOne Logistics serves customers in 111 locations and has 800 employees across 31 states. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker,” which annually identifies the top 10 logistics professionals in the nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Siplon worked for a decade as the executive director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics.
Michael Symonanis has worked for more than 11 years at Louis Dreyfus Co., a privately held global commodity trading and merchandising firm. He is based in Memphis. Prior to joining Louis Dreyfus, Symonanis worked with NOL/APL for 14 years in sales and operations roles.
He remains actively engaged with industry organizations and stakeholders on US cotton shipper issues including the American Cotton Shippers, Texas Cotton Association, Agriculture Transportation Coalition and the Trade Stabilization Agreement Shipper Advisory Board. In these roles, Symonanis furthers his organization’s commitment to actively address industry opportunities and challenges led for so many years by Sheila Bracken and the late Steve Wyman.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, has earned graduate degrees in supply chain management at Penn State University and in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University and practices continued learning within other academic programs.
Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.
Dean Tracy has been in the international logistics and transportation field for over 25 years and is a well-seasoned practitioner in all facets of import logistics. Currently, Tracy is the managing director for Global Integrated Services, which is a management consulting firm for companies that are importing from overseas and are in need of assistance in setting up their supply chains to manage the importing process in each and every phase of import logistics. Tracy spent the first half of his career on the service provider side of the business with both liner organizations as well as 3PL organizations all affiliated with the carriers, including a five-year expatriate posting in Hong Kong. He spent the last 16 years with the second-largest home improvement retailer and grew their importing business to be the fourth-largest importer in North America and the 15th-largest importer in the world as their director of international. Tracy is, and has been, an advocate for the betterment of the industry as a whole and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Co-founder and vice president of logistics at 3Gtms. J.P. is on the 3Gtms executive team and is responsible for channels and partnerships. Prior to 3Gtms, he was a solution principle and account manager at SAP for its transportation, warehouse, and event management offerings in North America. He previously oversaw marketing for SAP's transportation and logistics global business unit. Before SAP, J.P. also served in various executive positions including senior vice president and general manager for Descartes Systems' supply chain applications business and co-founder and senior vice president for G-Log, which later became Oracle's TMS. Prior to G-Log, J.P. was vice president of logistics at Weseley Software, which became the TMS for Red Prairie, now part of JDA Software. He earned degrees in transportation and logistics and marketing from Ohio State University.
Matt Williams is the president and co-founder of Pro Star Logistics. He built Pro Star Logistics on the core principles of integrity, results, and value-added transportation partnerships. Under his direction, Pro Star Logistics has experienced rapid growth by providing results oriented solutions to both simple and complex transportation challenges.
Pro Star Logistics’ success is derived from Williams’ understanding of all three sides of the logistics equation; the shipper, the carrier and the broker. After earning his degree in logistics and operations management, Williams gained experience at United Parcel Services, 3Com, Manufacturer’s Services Ltd., US Express, Watkins Motor Lines and FedEx Freight. The combination of core principles and diverse industry experience has resulted in excellent customer retention and loyalty for Williams and his company.
Mark Willis serves as a journalist with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Willis, who has more than 30 years of experience in the news media, has interviewed presidents, sports celebrities and maybe even your neighbor. He has worked as an anchor at KRLD in Dallas and the Texas State Network. He was also news director for the ABC Radio Networks in Dallas. Willis currently serves as the Region 6 Coordinator for the Radio and Television Digital News Association.
Mark Yeager is currently a senior adviser at CI Capital Partners, a leading North American private equity firm with $1.9 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining CI, Yeager served in a variety of roles at Hub Group. He was vice chairman of the board from November 2008 through August 2015, president from January 2005 through August 2015, and chief operating officer from May 2004 through August 2015. During his 23-year career at Hub, he was also president for field operations, division president, and secretary and general counsel. Before joining Hub, Yeager worked as an associate at the law firms of Grippo and Elden, and Sidley and Austin. Yeager is currently the vice chairman of the board of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. He has a bachelor of arts from Indiana University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University.
Sealand Services out of NYC and move up in the company to Area Manager. Following 14 years with Sealand Ed moved over to Ned Lloyd Lines for 5 years becoming Vice President of the North East Region working on cargo to and from the USA to all global areas. Following this Ed moved to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) starting in the Trans-Atlantic, moving into Refrigerated Trades and finally for the last 15 years into the VP position for exports from North America to Asia, the Middle East, the Sub Con, and India.
Prior to joining Sealand Ed has been spent three years in Trucking management, two years in Warehouse management and three years in line production with Ford Motor Co. During his long career Ed has been involved in all aspects of shipping both export and import to include inland movement, via Truck, and Rail including extensive work on inland origins for all commodities. Ed has also been extensively involved in the oversight of Customer Service, Contracting, Pricing, and Operations.
Ed is now retired from OOCL and has started his own company named Griffin Creek Consulting. Ed continues to be involved in major commodities movements via Container, working with clients to ensure they are advantaged in all aspects of container movements.
The export markets are extremely volatile and Ed has the experience and strength to help customers attain the best services and cost savings available.
Presently Ed is consulting on a major Warehouse development, Exports of Agri products including Cold chain management and other products such as Hay and Grains. Also working with importers such as Lowes on cost savings and process management.