William (Bill) Shea

Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI)


William (Bill) J. Shea, Jr. has been the CEO of Direct ChassisLink Inc. and an investor in the company since 2012. In that capacity, Shea has shaped the strategic vision of DCLI and facilitated the acquisition of major legacy chassis fleets while maintaining oversight of the company's growth and financial performance. Mr. Shea’s remarkable career in the transportation industry spans almost 40 years. Shea co-founded Kelley Transportation Services in 1984 and Bay Cities Leasing in 1989, managed the first domestic container and chassis pool, called EMP, for Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern in 1994, oversaw the creation of DCLI in 2010 and was the thought leader behind the 2015 creation of the Pool of Pools, the grey daily-use chassis pool that operates in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He serves on the board of directors of DCLI and is chairman of the Blume Global board.

Sessions With William (Bill) Shea

Wednesday, 28 September

  • 01:00pm - 01:45pm (PST) / 28/sep/2022 06:00 pm - 28/sep/2022 06:45 pm

    Intermodal V: Containers, Chassis, and the Pursuit of Equipment to Meet Demand

    With a surge in international imports and domestic intermodal traffic, the supply chain needs more equipment to efficiently move the freight. To satisfy demand, there must be more containers, more chassis, and more productivity in the intermodal networks. But not everyone is making the same level of investment. While large intermodal providers, less-than-truckload providers, and US retailers are growing their container fleets, US Class I railroads Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific are focusing instead on buying more chassis. Equipment lessors DCLI and Milestone Equipment Holdings have felt the pressure to supply enough equipment to move the freight. This session will analyze the investments in containers, chassis, and other equipment necessary to handle the future of freight.