October 22 - 24, 2018
Oak Brook, IL
Associate Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit
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, Chris's 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.

Chief Commercial Officer
Werner Enterprises
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, D.C., Bill 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. Bill 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 and Head of Global Refining and Market Research
IHS Markit


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.

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.

Zipline Logistics
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.”

Senior Director, Logistics Strategy
Anheuser-Busch InBev