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

Shelli Austin

InTek Freight and Logistics


For 27 years, Shelli has been a recognized leader in the logistics and intermodal/railroad industry.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in business from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and logistics and supply chain management from Penn State.

Shelli began her logistics career in the shipper world as a buyer and manager of freight services with Ingram Micro, which gave her a unique perspective before moving into the role of providing freight solutions as the co-founder and President of what is now InTek Freight & Logistics.

Shelli’s focus has been on the cutting edge of advances in the intermodal industry by finding unique logistics services that help shippers accomplish the impossible within their supply chain to build a competitive advantage.

Shelli has been instrumental in the intermodal space building strategic alliances with the Class I Railroads and the supporting companies required to make intermodal a successful strategic initiative for shippers across North America in their 53’ domestic and 40’ re-positioning intermodal programs.

Shelli and InTek Freight & Logistics has received several awards and recognitions over the years that include: Progressive Railroading’s ‘Rising Star’ award; InTek has be twice recognized as a top 5 fastest growing privately held company in Indianapolis; InTek has also been a two time honoree on the Inc 5000 fastest growing privately companies in the US; and this year InTek was listed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 100 employers to work for in Indiana.

Shelli is a big believer of giving back to the industry and the community she loves. She has been actively involved with the TIA, as a Board member supporting the Intermodal knowledge development within the group. Currently she is serving on the IANA Board holding the Chairman role. Shelli has participated as a panel speaker for the TIA, IANA, JOC, BB&T, NASSTRAC, MARS, and NEARS to offer education to the broker and shipper community on using Intermodal products. In the Indianapolis community, Shelli has held various board positions with leading charities supporting early childhood development.

Sessions With Shelli Austin

Tuesday, 26 September

  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm (CST) / 26/sep/2023 07:15 pm - 26/sep/2023 07:45 pm

    Catching the Rebound — How Domestic Intermodal Is Addressing Service for the Next Surge

    In the first quarter Journal of Commerce Intermodal Service Scorecard, most customers were satisfied with their transportation partners in 2023. More than eight out of every 10 shippers were somewhat or very satisfied with intermodal providers such as Hub Group, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, STG Logistics, and Swift Intermodal. Seven out of every 10 intermodal providers said service from the North American Class I railroads was heading in the right direction. But many survey respondents also were concerned that better service is a symptom of weak volume and are skeptical that service will be better when demand rebounds. This session will analyze the latest data on train speeds and on-time performance, and how operations and sales representatives can work together to maintain strong relationships with customers, even during times of disruption.