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.
Prior to joining Truckstop.com, Boren worked in the telecommunications industry for 10 years for AT&T and Verizon, where he provided enterprise class technology solutions to Fortune 500 and Inc. 500 companies. At Truckstop.com, he has served as the VP of Sales and the General Manager of the Mobile and Telematics division. In his current position, Boren is focused on creating strategic partnerships and bringing seamless mobile solutions to the marketplace for Truckstop.com.
Brian Broadhurst serves as the VP of Transportation Solutions at Spend Management Experts (SME), a leading transportation spend management consultancy helping companies optimize spend across the supply chain. Brian is responsible for account delivery services across all modes, internal process improvements, and strategic data modeling initiatives. A customer advocate, Brian has negotiated savings for companies large and small ranging from ecommerce retail to brick & mortar retail, conducted analyses on distribution center footprint, and service level conversion. Brian has been featured in various publications and selected as a 2016 "Pro to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
Prior to SME, Brian led large-scale global transportation cost reduction initiatives across multiple industries and all transportation modes. He began his career at UPS designing and pricing transportation service offerings for third party clients. Brian is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Engineering.
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 serves as the Director of Research for Truckstop.com, where she is responsible for gathering and analyzing data across the industry and the company.
A nine-year veteran of Truckstop.com, Bullard began her career in the sales and marketing departments. She has held various positions within the company, amassing an extensive knowledge of the industry and Truckstop.com's customer base. She focuses on maintaining Truckstop.com's competitive position in the market, while gathering and understanding customer needs and challenges through various avenues of customer interaction. This includes leading a strategic Customer Advisory Board, focus groups, surveys, and more. Bullard's duties include analyzing marketing penetration and customer segmentation/profiling, providing insight on gaps within the market, and spearheading customer awareness. She also concentrates on communicating the value provided by Truckstop.com's marketplace with the entire industry, and educating on the importance and relevance of spot market data.
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.
Joe Dunlap is a Managing Director at CBRE and leads Supply Chain Services advisory practice. As head of Supply Chain Services, Mr. Dunlap has global responsibility for supply chain advisory services for Industrial & Logistics clients. He oversees a team of supply chain professionals, project managers, modelers, data scientists and business analysts to help solve client's business problems. Mr. Dunlap has over 25 years of supply chain experience. He has specialized for more than 15 years in supply chain consulting in functional areas including strategy and business case development, organizational design, demand planning, supply chain network design, distribution operations design, 3PL decision support, supply chain execution systems implementations, visibility solutions and more.
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.
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.
Dave Halsema serves as EVP of MacroPoint. Bringing over 30 years of sales and leadership including roles as VP of Sales Operations at Total Quality Logistics, as well as Senior Level roles at The Hearst Corporation and AT&T. Today, Halsema helps MacoPoint be the market leader in complete transportation visibility.
Erik Hansen is Vice President Sales & Marketing with Kansas City Southern, leading the Intermodal business unit in the U.S. and Mexico. Before joining the Company in August 2014, he held various positions with the Maersk Group, the latest of which was five years in Mexico City as Managing Director of Maersk Line for Mexico and part of Central America. From 1992-2007, he worked as country and regional CFO for subsidiaries in A.P. Moller – Maersk in the Far East and later in Latin America. Erik has a degree in Financial and Management Accounting from Copenhagen Business School and has taken executive courses at IMD in Switzerland, at Columbia Business School in New York, as well as the DTU Executive School of Business in Denmark. He lives in Kansas City.
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.
Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a new dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG, and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on the Bloomberg Professional services at BI <GO>. He specializes in freight transportation and logistics, including global marine shipping, air freight and logistics sectors as well as the North American trucking and railroad industries.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Klaskow was a senior analyst at Longbow Research and Prudential Equity Group, where he covered freight transportation and logistics companiess. He has also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst.
Klaskow helped originate developand execute global equity transactions for both ABN Amro Rothschild and J.P. Morgan. Klaskow began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets.
Klaskow earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and management from Ithaca College, and his master's in business from Fordham University.
Mark Montague's career spans 36 years of transportation related activities starting as a dispatcher/analyst, moving into pricing and supply chain design.
Prior to joining DAT, Mark worked at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Hub Group Distribution, and DSC Logistics. His primary focus has been on truckload and LTL pricing and negotiation with additional experience in quoting rail intermodal, ocean and air freight shipments. He has also worked consulting assignments and for brokerage and trucking companies in a variety of operational roles.
Mark 's educational background includes an MBA in transportation from Indiana University and a BS in mathematics from Viterbo University.
Michael P. Murphy, Chief Development Officer of CenterPoint Properties, oversees all conventional and complex development activity and opportunities. Mr. Murphy has spent more than 30 years in Chicago industrial real estate, having developed more than 40 million square feet of industrial and distribution space for some of the world's most recognizable shippers, BCOs and retailers to enhance supply chain efficiency throughout the nation. Mr. Murphy is responsible for leading the development of more than 6,500 acres, taking much of the land from superfund and nearly obsolete brownfield sites, to state-of- the-art intermodal campuses from coast to coast. He is a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Mr. Murphy received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.
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.
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.
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.