• Inland Distribution
  • September 25- 27, 2023 | The Westin Chicago River North

Douglas R. Waggoner

Echo Global Logistics


Douglas R. Waggoner has served as Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics since December 2006 and was a Board member from 2008-2021. Mr. Waggoner served as Chairman of the Board from 2015 until 2021.

Prior to joining Echo, Mr. Waggoner founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight management software provider based in Chicago, Illinois. From April 2004 to December 2005, Waggoner served as Chief Executive Officer of USF Bestway, and from January 2002 to April 2004 he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for USF Corporation. Waggoner served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Daylight Transport from April 1999 to January 2002, Executive Vice President from October 1998 to April 1999, and Chief Information Officer from January 1998 to October 1998. From 1986 to 1998, Waggoner held a variety of positions in sales, operations, marketing and engineering at Yellow Transportation before becoming Vice President of Customer Service.

Sessions With Douglas R. Waggoner

Tuesday, 26 September

  • 03:45pm - 04:15pm (CST) / 26/sep/2023 08:45 pm - 26/sep/2023 09:15 pm

    Inland Fireside Chat: The 3PL Perspective With Doug Waggoner

    The 3PL industry has changed dramatically since Doug Waggoner joined Chicago-based Echo Global Logistics as CEO in 2006. Echo led the first wave of technology-based 3PLs, growing rapidly in its first decade. Acquisitions have fueled Echo’s growth as it competed with a newer generation of so-called digitally native brokerages as well as traditional brokerages that have “gone digital.” Waggoner has been a force in the digital evolution of the brokerage and 3PL industry that is now accelerating, in part due to funding from private equity investment firms such as The Jordan Company, which acquired Echo in 2021. 3PLs face new challenges and opportunities in the post-pandemic world, as new technologies emerge, and distribution networks are reset. In this fireside chat, Doug will discuss his perspective on a changing marketplace, Echo's growth opportunity and shipper priorities, and the logistics intermediary of the future.