Speakers from 2017
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.
Bob Biesterfeld was named president of North American Surface Transportation in January 2016. Prior to that, he served as vice president of North American Truckload from January 2014 - December 2015 and vice president of temperature controlled transportation and sourcing services from January 2013 – December 2014. Previous to his executive roles, Bob was general manager of the West Sourcing region from 2003 – 2011. He began his career with C.H. Robinson in 1999 in the Corporate Procurement and Distribution Services office. Bob serves on several industry and non-profit boards and committees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University.
Joseph Bonney is senior editor for breakbulk and project cargo at the JOC within IHS. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. In his current role, he covers the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry, the International Longshoremen's Association and containerized shipping related to the Gulf of Mexico. He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston. During the 1980s, he spent five years as the company's Gulf Coast correspondent and maritime editor. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper, a newsman with the Associated Press and reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He is co-author of "The Box That Changed the World," a history of containerized shipping published in 2006. Joe speaks regularly to industry groups. After working out of the JOC's New York-New Jersey home office for 15 years, he relocated to New Orleans in May.
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 in the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s 10 annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Brooks’ 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.
Chris Burroughs is the Senior Director Government Affairs for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). He brings over eleven years of Congressional affairs experience to TIA.
During his time on Capitol Hill, Chris gained invaluable knowledge of the legislative process. He began his career working on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in 2006 and then later the House Natural Resources Committee.
In 2009, Chris joined the Twenty-First Century Group, a bipartisan government affairs firm, as their Director of Government Affairs. In this position, Chris advocated on behalf of multiple clients involved in the transportation, telecommunications, health care, tax, and defense arenas.
Additionally, he represented TIA on their issues of interest on Capitol Hill. In 2011, Chris joined TIA as their Senior Government Affairs Manager. Chris earned a BS degree in Political Science from Shepherd University located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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, DC, Cassidy 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. Cassidy 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.
With over 25 years of supply chain engineering experience, Mr. Colbern currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and Consulting for Transplace. He has extensive Operations Planning, Network Design, Solutions Engineering, Process Improvement and Sourcing experience in senior supply chain management positions with transportation and retail companies. Prior to joining Transplace, Mr. Colbern spent 20 years with Yellow Freight / YRC with his last role being VP of Engineering and Operations Planning, he also spent over 7 years with Wal-Mart in the areas of Global Supply Chain and Industrial Engineering. Mr. Colbern earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Barry Conlon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Overhaul, an Austin, Texas-based tech startup providing a real-time visibility and customizable risk management system designed to bring compliance to the trucking industry. Barry is a dedicated supply chain security professional, with more than 30 years of experience within that discipline.
One of the originators of the global, modern-day supply chain security industry — as a Chief Executive Officer he reorganized and grew the risk management firm FreightWatch into the global leader of innovative, supply chain security solutions — solutions which have been adopted as best-practices by shippers of high-value freight worldwide. Barry also has a military background, which includes extensive Tier-1 Special Operations experience.
Jackie Dixon is the Corporate Sr. Procurement Manager for Rheem Manufacturing Company. In this role, Jackie is responsible for the purchasing of transportation services for six Rheem divisions which represents more than $100 Million in domestic and international freight spend. In her 25 years in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry, Jackie has held Senior Management positions with several Fortune 100 and 500 companies to include Walmart Stores, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive and the Coca-Cola Company.
Jackie holds a B.S. degree in Transportation and Physical Distribution from Auburn University.
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.
David is the Global Head of Industrial and Logistics Research for CBRE. He focuses primarily on expanding the Global Industrial Research team's insight generation and market intelligence to help guide real estate strategies, identify risks and validate decision-making, and serves as the CBRE spokesperson on the industrial real estate environment. David has developed and owned the Industrial thought leadership agenda and has been responsible for the production of major reports touching topics crucial to the industry including e-commerce, ports and logistics, and technology trends.
Mr. Egan holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Active in the local real estate community, he has served as an advisor to the Kellogg Real Estate alumni program and as a guest speaker at the Real Estate Center at DePaul University.
Norm joined EROAD in 2017 to lead our North American business. He has more than 30 years' experience in the transportation and telematics sectors, in some of the largest businesses in the US market. He was previously COO at I.D. Systems, Inc., a producer of wireless asset management systems for the transport sector, and prior to that, led sales, services and marketing efforts at Omnitracs for the US and Canada.
Michelle Ellwanger serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for NonStopDelivery, Inc (NSD). NSD is a national leader in direct-to-home delivery services for large commodities like high-value consumer electronics, appliances, fitness equipment, furniture, outdoor living, home improvement products and much more. NSD supports major retailers and E-tailers by designing and implementing solutions for an excellent customer experience.
In her role, Michelle's responsibility spans from customer engagement to operational execution. Michelle began her career in the industry 20 years ago and has been in various operations, pricing, project management, sales and consulting roles during that time. Her experience ranges from carrier to freight forwarder to consultant within various companies over the years. With a passion for the people and service, her focus is on designing and building solutions, teams and companies to deliver just that.
Andrew Fuller is assistant vice president, domestic, at CN. He oversees sales and marketing activities for the railroad's domestic intermodal segment, with operations across Canada, the US, and Mexico generating more than $1.1B in annual revenue. Over his 25 years in the rail industry, Fuller has developed a passion for coaching a strong team of professionals and working with clients from a diverse group of industries including retail, trucking, food and beverage, and forest products. He holds a master's in business administration from Concordia University, and has volunteered on the board for the Food Shippers of America and within his local community.
Craig Fuller is the CEO and Founder of TransRisk, the first provider of financial instruments in trucking, including Futures, Forwards, and Options. Prior to founding TransRisk, Craig was the CEO and Founder of TransCard, a fleet card provider that was sold to US Bank in 2012. He was also the founder of Xpress Direct, the largest provider of on-demand trucking in the US and division of US Xpress Enterprises.
Denny Grim is a "Story Teller." His company creates content and uses "Story" to deliver messages so clients can get, keep and grow their people and their customers. Denny's unique B2B system employs Content Marketing methods that position client company executives as leaders & subject matter experts. Then Denny puts them in front of targeted audiences.
Collaboration, Association and Media Strategies are key to his formula for success. Business to Business Communications initiates unique market driven concepts that differentiate their clients from competitors. The plan is to "tell the story" inside the marketplace sharing their purpose, their vision and their mission while sharing their "core values" of honesty, integrity, truth and trust.
Denny is the Publisher, Producer & President of Business to Business Communications.
His marketplace includes freight transportation and logistics. The company helps clients connect through Thought Leadership, Relationship Management, Network Development and Targeted Marketing.
A 38-year veteran of the freight transportation sector, Larry Gross is president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO. He is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. His column "Land Lines," appears monthly in The Journal of Commerce, and he is the author and creator of "Intermodal in Depth," an analytical newsletter covering all aspects of the intermodal sector. Gross has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for the past four years. He also has authored business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida, the 2018 Operation Stimulus competition in Denver, as well as the IANA Expo Academic Challenge. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Gross enjoyed a long career in intermodal equipment development and sales. He is the individual most closely associated with the innovative RoadRailer intermodal system, an organization he headed for more than a decade. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's in arts and design from MIT.
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.
Matthew Harding is a vice president of the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium (FMIC) at Chainalytics. The FMIC currently provides transportation market intelligence to over 200 shippers and 3PLs globally. The FMIC processes over $60 billion in annual transportation spend covering North America, South American, Europe, and Russia markets.
Harding's prior leadership roles include vice president of consulting at a major 3PL leading all engineering and contract logistics activities. He also held various roles in software and consulting services, leading projects focused on areas of transportation procurement, transportation management, and supply chain systems implementation.
Harding holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering with honors distinction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was awarded the MIT Supply Chain Fellowship where he earned his master's of engineering in logistics from the Center of Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to being named President of YRC Freight, Darren Hawkins was senior vice president of sales for the company. He brings more than 24 years of experience in the national LTL industry in both operations and sales roles.
Hawkins started his career as a dock supervisor at then Yellow Freight in Memphis, Tennessee and rose through the ranks in a variety of sales and operations roles. Hawkins worked at Yellow Freight from 1991 to 2009 and Con-way Freight from 2009 to 2012 before returning to YRC Freight in 2013.
Hawkins brings a unique mix of expertise in both operations and sales. He is a results-driven leader, a clear and motivating communicator and a trusted and empowering manager. His focus throughout his transportation career has been to lead through safety and service.
Hawkins holds a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and supply chain management from the University of Memphis and currently serves on the school's Marketing and Supply Chain Advisory Board.
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.
Hutto is a transportation and logistics professional with more than 20 years of leadership in sales and marketing. His focus includes brand consulting with Fortune 500 companies with specific experience in product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications, and research. He currently serves on the TIA and NASSTRAC Board of Directors. He has been happily married to his wife Teresa for 22 years, and they have six children.
Dr. Stephanie Ivey is the Associate Dean for Research with the Herff College of Engineering and a Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis. She also directs the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute. Her research includes focus on urban transportation planning and livability assessment. She also has a strong record of workforce research and outreach, with particular emphasis on transportation workforce development, partnerships between industry and academia, and increasing representation of women in STEM.
She serves as faculty advisor for the University of Memphis student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and is a member of the ITE Transportation Education Council and the TRB Standing committee on Maintenance and Operations Personnel. She also serves on the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Transportation Industry Council.
John Janson is the director of global logistics for SanMar, a leader in wholesale distribution of apparel, activewear and accessories based in Issaquah, Washington. He has proved to be a results-driven executive, experienced with and knowledgeable on all aspects of global transportation and logistics.
He is a strategic thinking negotiator skilled in direct model architecture and execution. Janson has 30 years of experience in developing and managing complex global supply chain networks. His career includes leadership roles at Micron PC, Western Electronics, Transform Solar, Bodybuilding.com and MWI Animal Health/AmerisourceBergen.
Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG (environment, social and governance), and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on 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 companies. He also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate, develop, and execute global equity transactions for ABN Amro Rothschild and JP Morgan. He began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets. He holds a bachelor's in finance and management from Ithaca College, and a master's in business from Fordham University.
Jeff is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain Executive leader with 30 plus years of expertise in Lean Operations and extensive transformational experience in all aspects of business and supply chain. His experience spans two industry leaders including both Toyota and Caterpillar, as well as leading inside Basin Holdings, a private equity firm. His roots are firmly based on the Toyota Production System.
Jeff executes his strategic collaborative leadership style through a customer focused, responsive total cost End-to-End value-chain approach, achieving substantially reduced costs and improved stability, creating a competitive advantage.
His mission has always been to build high-performance teams and broaden the understanding of a total cost value-stream approach to substantially reduce costs and create a competitive advantage through a comprehensive Lean Business Systems re-engineering approach. He is a recognized industry expert in Supply Chain and logistics and a frequent speaker at conferences.
Eric Lien is currently employed by Arrive Logistics, the fastest growing third party logistics company since its inception in 2014. As SVP of Corporate Development, Eric is responsible for developing best practices and disciplines for Arrive's employees, carrier partners and customers. Prior to joining Arrive Logistics, Eric had multiple leadership roles in supply chain and transportation with General Mills and Schneider National.
Michelle D. Livingstone is Vice President – Transportation for The Home Depot. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot's multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries.
Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2007, Michelle served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.
Michelle is actively engaged in the industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors of The Transportation Institute of the University of Denver and also serves on the board of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) where she chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the Logistics Steering Committee. She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children's Shelter and is part of the Executive Committee where she leads the Development Committee. She also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women and for AWESOME, an industry group focused on advancing women leaders in supply chain. Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the National Freight Advisory Committee which was focused on our nation's freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy. She was also appointed to the Department of Transportation's Port Metrics Working Committee in July 2016.
Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Patrick Maher serves as executive vice president for Gulf Winds International based in Houston. Maher uses his 15 years of logistics and supply chain experience to lead Gulf Winds highly talented teams in business development, marketing, logistics, and driver development. He holds a bachelor of finance degree from Louisiana State University.
Maher started his logistics career with Knight Transportation where he learned the business through various operations and sales roles. During a 10-year tenure at Gulf Winds, he was blessed to work in several areas of the business before being named to the executive team in 2015. He focuses on expanding Gulf Winds strategic vision and corporate culture in the marketplace.
Maher is actively involved in several charities including serving as a board member on More Than the Move Foundation.
McCarthy is responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of GPA's multiple operations, while maintaining world-class operating standards. His areas of responsibility include all operations, safety, engineering, facilities maintenance; information technology; equipment maintenance; breakbulk and bulk operations; and the director of protective services and strategic planning.
Prior to his tenure with the GPA, McCarthy served in senior management and operations positions at Sealand Services, APM Terminals, Virginia International Terminals and CMA CGM. McCarthy obtained a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Maritime College, a diploma in terminal management at Lloyd's Maritime Academy at Kent College, Dartford UK, and a Masters in Business Administration from William & Mary University, Mason School of Business. He has served as chairman of the board for Consolidated Chassis Management Company and as a member of the board of directors for the Ocean Carrier Equipment and Maintenance Association.
McCarthy and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, 16, and two sons, aged 15 and 18.
Mr. Minarro has been employed with Transplace for 10 years and is currently the SVP of Customs in Mexico. He brings more than 20 years of experience managing customs operations for companies at the Mexico and U.S border. He specializes in Mexican customs brokerage, U.S. customs brokerage, managing multi-modal customs operations, warehousing, transportation, and supply chain management for global logistics companies between Mexico and the U.S. Mr. Minarro received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mark Montague, a senior industry pricing analyst for DAT Solutions, has a career spanning 37 years of transportation-related activities. He started as a dispatcher/analyst before moving into pricing and supply chain design.
Prior to joining DAT Solutions, Montague worked in third-party logistics at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Hub Group Distribution, and DSC Logistics. His primary focus has been on truckload and less-than-truckload pricing and negotiation, with additional experience in quoting rail intermodal, ocean, and air freight shipments. He has also worked on consulting assignments and for brokerage and trucking companies in a variety of operational roles.
Montague's educational background includes an MBA in transportation from Indiana University and a BS in mathematics from Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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 35 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.
15 years of experience in eCommerce Supply Chain Management. Managing all aspects of Direct-To- Consumer fulfillment. Expertise includes choosing carriers, managing 3PL providers and improving the customer experience. Implemented programs such as Drop-Ship Fulfillment and Reverse Logistics platforms in dynamic eCommerce and omni-channel environments.
Currently: Senior Director, Supply Chain at Purchasing Power in Atlanta GA
Prior: Director, eCommerce Shipping Strategies and Vendor Fulfillment at Toys R Us in Wayne, NJ
Other industries: LTL Transportation, Food Distribution, Brick & Mortar Retail
Aaron Parrott is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations Practice. He specializes in digital supply networks, enterprise lean transformation and supply network advanced analytics. Aaron helps clients complete large-scale transformations in the supply network, develop analytic solutions to address their most complex business issues, and implement digital solutions to manage complex supply networks. Before joining the firm in 2007, Aaron worked in manufacturing operations for eight years and spent five years working in telecommunications. He holds an M.B.A. from Baker University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Terri Reid is the Director of Global Transportation and Supply Chain for Caleres, Inc.
She oversees transportation activities for two regional Famous Footwear distribution centers, 35 pool distribution sites, over 1200 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail stores, and International inbound for the Caleres Wholesale division.
Terri has been active in the Transportation industry serving as a member of NASSTRAC, since 1989. She is President of NASSTRAC, has served in numerous capacities on NASSTRAC's Executive Committee. She has also held memberships in CSCMP, The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), is a member of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA) and is an active member of the Descartes BearWare Customer Steering Committee.
Terri is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her MBA in Decision Support Systems. She currently resides near Nashville, TN with her husband, Michael.
Amos Rogan is the LTL Operations Leader for Averitt Express, a leading transportation and logistics service provider headquartered in Cookeville, TN. With nearly two decades of transportation industry experience, Rogan began his career as a dock associate before eventually moving into leadership roles.
Specializing in making Averitt's LTL operations as productive and efficient as possible, he collaborates with customers to improve service times, reduce handling and identify carrier/shipper synergies. Rogan's direct accountabilities are focused on productivity and performance measurement, equipment management, technology enhancements and the overall day-to- day operations of Averitt's LTL division.
In her current role as Vice President of Analytical Solutions at Spend Management Experts (SME), Melissa Runge serves as a strategy consultant, bringing transparency and understanding to clients' supply chain spend across primary logistics disciplines including transportation, fulfillment and distribution. Her work has led to multi-million-dollar annual savings for a myriad of clients, including those in the Fortune 500 set. Additionally, Melissa holds responsibility for long-term revenue forecasting for SME. Prior to landing at SME, Melissa held positions at such Fortune 500 companies as UPS, Georgia Pacific, Kimberly Clark and AGCO. Runge holds a BA from University of Kentucky and an MBA from Oglethorpe 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.
As a nationally known DOT/FMCSA expert and a 20-plus year veteran of the transportation safety community, John has conducted countless safety seminars, driver safety meetings and mock compliance reviews for motor carriers throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in law enforcement with both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and as a Wisconsin State Patrol Motor Carrier Inspector. John also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Hazardous Material (HM) Specialist; ensuring compliance with applicable HM regulations via all transportation modes of transportation, with a focus on aviation.
John worked closely with the National Drug/Alcohol Technical Advisory Group and the National ELD team, and has been recognized as the FMCSA Safety Investigator of the Year for two consecutive years.
John will leverage his comprehensive knowledge and experience to help your organization reach new heights in terms of safety strategy, safety culture, risk assessment, and compliance.
Page Siplon is a seasoned and 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. He was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Georgians" for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the state and federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the US Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice chairman. At the state level, he was selected by then Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia's Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Transportation Club of Atlanta, CSCMP's Atlanta Roundtable, and co-chairs the Metro Atlanta Chamber's Supply Chain Leadership Council.
Greg Smith is currently employed by Tech Mahindra, a global technology giant based in India with a major global presence. Mr. Smith works as an Enterprise Consultant to the Freight and Logistics clients of Tech Mahindra, as well as doing supply chain consulting for Tech Mahindra with other major clients who have large and complex transportation requirements in the retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses.
Prior to his current assignment, Greg worked for Oracle Corporation from March of 2008 until July 2013 as the Industry Director for Transportation and Logistics. In this role Mr. Smith lead Oracles global efforts in the selling and marketing of technology solutions to the Freight and Logistics industry segment.
Mr. Smith has spent his entire career in the freight and logistics industry, the last 18 years has been spent working with transportation companies from the IT side of the industry. For many of those years, Mr. Smith worked for IBM Corporation, where he served as Global Segment Executive for Freight and Logistics. He was responsible for developing and delivering strategic and tactical plans to deliver more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue from transportation sector.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Smith was a partner with The Colography Group, a firm that performed research and consulting. The Colography Group develops statistically verifiable survey research in the freight and logistics segments of the transportation industry. Prior to those engagements he served as Global Head of Cargo at Qantas Airways, living in Sydney for two years, and prior to that he held a number of sales and marketing positions at Flying Tigers, where he worked for more than 18 years.
Mr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree from The University of Long Beach, and his master's degree from the University of Southern California.
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 round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.
As chief commercial officer, Brian Thompson oversees SMC³'s sales, marketing and industry education departments. Before joining SMC³, Thompson worked at YRC Worldwide for 17 years, most recently serving as vice president of pricing and yield management. During his time at the carrier, he gained experience in pricing, sales operations and sales strategy, serving as a leader in developing customer-centric solutions.
As a long-time industry expert, Thompson helps tailor SMC³ tools to address new developments and changes in the transportation arena. His vast experience serving shippers and 3PLs gives him a detailed understanding of what these customers need in a transportation solutions provider.
Thompson holds an MBA from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Truman State University.
Jeff Tucker is third-generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America's oldest privately held freight brokerage. Tucker is immediate past chairman of the board for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). He has testified before Congress and has advised on national highway safety matters at the request of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator. Tucker is a member of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) board — the largest shipper organization — and chairs its Highway Transportation Committee. He has co-authored TIA's Carrier Selection Framework and his commentaries appear in The Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and The Wall Street Journal.
As Senior Vice President for global engineering and sustainability, Mark Wallace is responsible for the optimized and efficient operations of UPS's facilities, drivers and package flow technologies. He is also responsible for driving UPS's broad spectrum of sustainability programs and initiatives in the 220 countries and territories it serves. He is a member of the UPS Management Committee, a group of senior executives responsible for the company's strategic direction.
Wallace was previously president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. In this role, he led the company's global contract logistics operations, helping customers in numerous industry segments optimize supply chain planning, warehousing, and distribution services. He also served as vice president for industrial engineering, where he was responsible for capacity planning, package and hub operations, methods and work measurement, technology support, and daily network and contingency planning. Prior to this position, Wallace directed international engineering to support UPS's global expansion, operations support and network planning.
Wallace began his UPS career in 1986 in Arizona as an engineering specialist and driver. During his career, he has held various engineering and operations leadership positions in the West, Southwest and North Central parts of the US.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Wallace serves on the board of USA for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
A Minnesota native, Mark earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.
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.