November 06 - 08, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Tommy Barnes joined project44 in December 2015 as president after nearly 20 years of leadership experience in supply chain and freight transportation. Whether it’s running brokerages, advising technology startups or overseeing transportation procurement at a major consumer goods distributor, Barnes builds some of the best teams in the industry and is known for his strategic ability to maximize performance and generate growth.

Before joining project44, Barnes had led strategic procurement, directed technology investments, and guided operational performance for the less-than-truckload division of Coyote Logistics, one of the world’s leading third-party logistics companies, now a part of UPS. Prior to Coyote, he was responsible for managing approximately $2.4 billion in freight with carriers across all transport modes within the Con-way network as president of Multimodal Brokerage. He is a recognized industry leader and has given numerous keynote addresses about the future of logistics and supply chain transportation.

General Manager
Vice President, Transportation Solutions
Spend Management Experts
Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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 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.

Director of Research
Senior Editor, Trucking
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

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.

Senior Vice President, Engineering and Strategic Carrier Management
Managing Director, Supply Chain Services
Head of Industrial Research, Americas
JETCO Delivery

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.

Managing Director and CEO
Partner and Senior Consultant, FTR Associates and President
Gross Transportation Consulting

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.

Executive Vice President, Partner Alliances
Vice President
Chainalytics Freight Market Intelligence Consortium
Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Banyan Technology

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.

Senior Analyst, Transportation and Logistics
Bloomberg Intelligence
Jim Palmer Trucking
Chief of Staff
Transportation Intermediaries Association
Industry Pricing Analyst
DAT Solutions
Chief Development Officer
CenterPoint Properties
Executive Director, NASSTRAC, and President
Wabash Worldwide Logistics
Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

As executive editor of, Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC reporting team from Washington, D.C. His interests and coverage range widely, from global maritime regulation to import sourcing migration. Before joining the JOC in 2011, he reported on logistics in Jacksonville, Florida, and at various daily newspapers across the country, where he covered local business, politics, and crime. A Chicago native, he speaks regularly to industry groups, and is instrumental in development of JOC Events programming. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, the South China Morning Post and USA Today.

On-air Host/Anchor of Road Dog Trucking News
SiriusXM Satellite Radio

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.