October 22 - 24, 2018
Oak Brook, IL
Manager, Middle Mile Logistics
President, Americas
Globe Express Services
Blakeman Transportation
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 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.

Burns Logistics Solutions

Ed Burns is the president of Burns Logistics Solutions Inc., a LSP based in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania. Burns Logistics Solutions is a freight sales agency for asset based carriers and warehouse providers throughout the US and Canada.

The Burns Logistics Solutions business model thrives on collaborative business alliances. Burns spends most of his professional time seeking and securing such business partnerships and, in 2012, he was one of the inaugural Alliance Award winners, sponsored by the SMC3 based in Atlanta.

Burns serves on the advisory board of Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute, in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He is also a regular guest speaker at Penn State Berks in their business and entrepreneurial classes. Burns has been in transportation freight sales for more than 23 years and his company will celebrate its eighth anniversary this November.

Executive Vice President
Atlantic Intermodal
Chief Operating Officer
Ozark Motor Lines
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, 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.

Executive Director, Economics
IHS Markit
Vice President
Raider Express
Vice President, Business Development
Gulf Winds International
Vice President and Head of Global Refining and Market Research
IHS Markit


Director, Transportation
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Gross Transportation Consulting

Larry Gross is a thirty-seven-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters. He is the author of "Land Lines", a monthly column in the Journal of Commerce.

Larry 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. He enjoys teaching and has authored a number of business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Design from MIT.

He splits his time between New Jersey and Durango CO and enjoys the special qualities of each location.

Chief Commercial & Operations Officer
Port of Long Beach, California

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is Chief Commercial & Operations Officer for the Port of Long Beach, California. He is the senior executive responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth at the Port, which handles more than $180 billion of cargo each year. Noel also leads the Port's Business Development, Port Operations, Customer Service and Security departments, and collaborates with customers and industry partners to design strategies to drive efficiencies and optimize the supply chain.

Prior to his current role, Noel served as the Port's Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for managing the day-to- day business activities of the Port. He began his career at the Port as the Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Noel has more than 23 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the Port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a Chief of Staff for an elected official, a business executive for a growing international company, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.

Noel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds degrees in economics (BA and MA), business administration (BS) and urban planning (MPL). He also earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne. Noel is a Certified Port Executive and Port Professional Manager and serves on boards and committees of various industry-related organizations, including the Marine Exchange of Southern California, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce and the American Association of Port Authorities.

Hackett Associates

Daniel is a partner at Hackett Associates, where he is active in maritime strategy issues, logistics management, and port logistics. He is a certified urban planner, and specializes in financial, economic, and geographic information systems analysis.

Mr. Hackett runs the forecast and is editor of both the North American and North European editions of the Global Port Tracker. The monthly reports track, respectively, container imports to the largest terminals in Canada and the United States, and container imports and exports to the busiest terminals in
Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Recent projects include advising a major shipping alliance on regulatory issues; conducting market studies for new or expanded container terminals; and developing a commodity/region level import/export forecast for the U.S. Maritime Administration. He served as a Subject Matter Expert on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Port Performance Freight Statistics Program for the past two years.

BlueGrace Logistics
President and Founder
Drayage.com and LoadMatch Inc.

Jason Hilsenbeck is the President and founder of both the LoadMatch & Drayage.com websites.

In 1999, he created the LoadMatch.com website to provide street turn match-back visibility for empty containers. In 2001, he created the Drayage.com website to provide a Directory of Draymen, which FF/NVOs use to submit dray rate bids for import containers.

Now over 16 years later, there are over 2,400 unique draymen profiles in the drayage directory for U.S. and Canada, and thousands of empty containers posted in the equipment matching area.

Prior to the websites, Jason started his career in the intermodal business in 1994 at Genex, a 3rd-Party IMC & OTR brokerage in Chicago doing operations and sales.

Jason graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Transportation & Distribution.

He is a member of IANA, TIA, NCBFAA, and currently Chairman of the Intermodal Association of Chicago.

Senior Vice President
Intermodal Cartage Company, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer
Dohrn Transfer
Global Logistics Director

John Janson is the Director Global Logistics for SanMar, a leader in wholesale distribution of apparel, activewear and accessories based in Issaquah WA. He has proved to be a results driven executive, experienced and knowledgeable with all aspects of global transportation and logistics.

He is a strategic thinking negotiator skilled in direct model architecture and execution. John has 30 years' 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.

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Eric Johnson is senior editor, technology, at The Journal of Commerce, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson reports regularly on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes such as procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering the logistics technology landscape and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC area.

Manager, Domestic Logistics
Senior Analyst, Transportation and Logistics
Bloomberg Intelligence

Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a new dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG, and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on the 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 companiess. He has also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst.

Klaskow helped originate developand execute global equity transactions for both ABN Amro Rothschild and J.P. Morgan. Klaskow began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets.

Klaskow earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and management from Ithaca College, and his master's in business from Fordham University.

President and CEO
Knichel Logistics
General Manager
Kottke Trucking
Chief Operating Officer
Knichel Logistics
Executive Vice President, Sales
IMC Cos.
Co-Founder and President
Zipline Logistics
Executive Vice President
Gulf Winds International

Patrick Maher serves as Executive Vice President for Gulf Winds International based in Houston, TX. Patrick 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.

Patrick started his logistics career with Knight Transportation where he learned the business through various operations and sales roles. During his 10-year tenure at Gulf Winds, he has been blessed to work in several areas of the business before being named to the Executive Team in 2015. Patrick focuses on expanding Gulf Winds strategic vision and corporate culture in the marketplace.

Patrick is actively involved in several charities including serving as a Board Member on More Than the Move Foundation.

Industry Pricing Analyst
DAT Solutions

Mark Montague's career spans 36 years of transportation related activities starting as a dispatcher/analyst, moving into pricing and supply chain design.

Prior to joining DAT, Mark worked at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Hub Group Distribution, and DSC Logistics. His primary focus has been on truckload and LTL pricing and negotiation with additional experience in quoting rail intermodal, ocean and air freight shipments. He has also worked consulting assignments and for brokerage and trucking companies in a variety of operational roles.

Mark 's educational background includes an MBA in transportation from Indiana University and a BS in mathematics from Viterbo University.

Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President

Geoffrey Muessig has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started his career with PITT OHIO in 1988 as a sales representative. Today he serves as the organization's Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President.

Geoff is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of PITT OHIO, a $660 million dollar transportation solutions provider that is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He has successfully brought many new PITT OHIO service offerings to market including: Fast Track, an award-winning, expedited Less-Than- Truckload (LTL) guaranteed shipping service; Heat Track, a guaranteed temperature controlled LTL shipping service, and The Reliance Network (TRNet), a nationwide LTL network that spanned North America.

Geoff has received an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago as well as an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

He has resided with his wife in Pittsburgh, PA since 1995.

Nagle Cos.
Senior Director, Advanced Vehicle and Global Fuel Products
Ryder Systems
Manager of Logistics and Process Improvement
Hanover Foods Corporation
Chief Relationship Officer, TranzAct Technologies, and Advocacy Chairman

Mike Regan is extremely well known within the logistics industry and serves on the boards of numerous industry groups such as the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association. He is very active in key industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, where he served as the chairman of the advocacy committee.

He has received numerous industry honors such as being named as a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity, “Executive of the Year” by the National Industrial Transportation League, and “Member of the Year” by NASSTRAC.  Most recently Regan received  CSCMP’s prestigious 2014 Distinguished Services Award.

Regan has been a featured columnist in industry periodicals and is often quoted in industry periodicals such as DC Velocity and Logistics Management, where he is also a featured blogger. He frequently lectures throughout the country on numerous industry related topics and the “sustainable career.”

Director, Transportation and Logistics
Brakebush Brothers
Chief Executive Officer
TeamOne Logistics

TeamOne Logistics is a nationally recognized workforce expert exclusively focused on the asset-based transportation and logistics industry. A partnership with TeamOne eliminates workforce risk and helps reduce cost and complexity, allowing companies to re-focus on the revenue side of their business, concentrate on existing customer relationships, and fine-tune operations. TeamOne Logistics has a unique business model. What we provide is distinctive. We are a long-term enhanced alternative to the driver staffing/leasing companies the transportation industry has endured for too long. Founded in 2003 and based in Alpharetta Georgia, TeamOne Logistics currently serves customers in 111 locations, and has 800 employees across 31 states.

In logistics, no matter the scale of your operation, your "human infrastructure" should be a key asset in separating you from the competition. Especially for companies enabled by trucking, where in large fleets annual driver turnover rates can exceed 100%, and complex federal regulations are changing how and when drivers can operate. Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State's leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds companies overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry focused Centers.

As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SirusXM's Road Dog Radio Show.

Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a "2012 Logistics Rainmaker" which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a "Pro to Know" by Supply &amp; Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also 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 U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then Governor 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.

Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to- air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate's degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College, and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming Georgia (north of Atlanta) with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (15) and Lily (10).


Chairman and CEO
American Global Logistics

Jon Slangerup joined American Global Logistics as chairman in April 2017 and was appointed Executive Chairman and chief executive officer in July 2017. With domain expertise in multi-modal logistics, enterprise software and environmental technologies, Jon has built businesses throughout North America, Europe and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries.

Previously, Jon was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary U.S. gateway moving over $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. As CEO, he delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth and successfully managed a $4 billion capital infrastructure expansion program.

Jon's career began inmilitary and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become President of FedEx Canada.

Operations Manager
Acme Transportation
Tucker Company Worldwide

Jeff Tucker is third generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America's oldest privately held freight brokerage. Jeff 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 as a USDOT Administrator. Jeff is a member of the 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 Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and Wall Street Journal.

Director of Pricing
Knichel Logistics