Jeff Blakeman was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University (TTU) and graduated in 1985 with a BBA in Marketing. Upon graduating from TTU, Blakeman worked for Fruehauf Corp. as a sales representative from 1985-1988. In December 1988, he fulfilled a lifelong dream in starting Blakeman Transportation Inc. (BTI) with his father Bob Blakeman and brother Chad Blakeman. BTI is a freight brokerage company that moves freight of all kinds over the contiguous United States and Canada.
Bill Bliem, senior vice president of Fleet Services at NFI, oversees the end-to-end management and maintenance of the company’s truck fleet of more than 4,000 tractors and 9,000 trailers and material handling equipment. Bliem and his team manage NFI’s purchasing, licensing and tolls, and fuel departments.
The team also leads the company’s sustainability initiatives by identifying and implementing new technology to improve aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, and emissions. Across its dedicated and drayage fleets, NFI leverages sustainable technology including natural gas, clean energy, electric tractors, and more. As a three-time award-winning EPA SmartWay partner and High Performer, NFI continuously improves fuel/asset utilization and reduce waste, focusing on KPIs like MPG and SmartWay emissions metrics.
Bliem joined NFI in 2009 as vice president of maintenance, bringing more than 30 years of fleet and maintenance experience to NFI.
Bliem is a US Navy veteran and holds a Green Belt in Six Sigma from Villanova University.
Michael Braun is the VP of Customer Solutions at Xeneta, the ocean freight rate intelligence platform, headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Braun leads the company's index-based contracting, the Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI). He has close to 15 years experience in the transport logistics industry with core expertise in strategic procurement. Prior to joining Xeneta, Braun was a consultant in ocean freight procurement where he led projects for over 150 enterprises, mainly international shippers within the Eurostoxx 50 or DAX 30 group.
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.
Ed Burns is the president of Burns Logistics Solutions Inc., a logistics service provider based in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania. Burns Logistics Solutions is a freight sales agency contracted with multiple asset-based carriers and warehouse providers throughout the United States 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, GA. Burns was also recognized as one of Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s 2017 “Pros to Know.”
In addition to the time devoted to his own business, Burns serves on the occupational advisory council for the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Schnecksville (Lehigh Valley), Pennsylvania. He also sits on the transportation committee for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
As a regular guest speaker at the business and entrepreneurial classes of Penn State Berks, Burns has been able to share his insights on the key skills necessary to facilitate success is today’s business culture. Having been in transportation freight sales for over 26 years, Burns is pleased to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Burns Logistics Solutions in November 2018.
Robert Burnsed is the executive vice president at Atlantic Intermodal Services. He has over 30 years of port/inland operation, logistics, and safety experience in the intermodal industry. AIS provides drayage services in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region of the US. Burnsed is a member of Atlanta Maritime Association, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, and Atlanta Logistics Connection.
Mike Burton has been the president and CEO of C&K Holdings Acquisition for the past 15 years. C&K Holdings Acquisition is the parent company of C&K Trucking, Skyline Express, and AV Logistics. With approximately 800 active trucks, C&K Trucking provides intermodal drayage services in Chicago; Baltimore; Norfolk and Front Royal, Virginia; South Kearny, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida; and Dallas. AV Logistics provides international logistics services to large and medium-size importers and/or exporters.
Burton takes a proactive, hands-on approach. He is focused on providing support to the executive management team, who in turn focus on innovative solutions to improve C&K's customer experience, safety, operations, and service.
He has held this position since 2003, when he led the leveraged buyout of C&K Holdings. Prior to his career at C&K, Burton was senior vice president and division head of commercial lending at LaSalle Bank, N.A. In that position, he provided financial and capital structure guidance to middle-market companies.
Burton is an active member of multiple industry associations including the Illinois Trucking Association, Freight Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Intermodal Association of Chicago, and Northwestern Transportation Center.
Burton holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a business degree from the University of Illinois. He is actively involved in Misericordia, an organization that provides a offers a community of care that maximizes the potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.
Craig Callahan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Werner Enterprises. Callahan is responsible for enterprise-wide sales and business development efforts across Werner's entire suite of transportation and logistics service offerings.
Callahan joined Werner in 1995 as a management trainee and has held several leadership positions within Customer Service, Operations and Sales. In 2005, Callahan joined the Sales team and was promoted to Senior Director of National Accounts. Under his leadership, the Corporate Accounts revenue has grown significantly. In 2009, Callahan was named Vice President of Sales, assuming additional sales leadership responsibilities for business development and growth initiatives in Dedicated, Contract Logistics, Intermodal and Cross-Border Services. In 2015, Callahan was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales, gaining additional responsibilities for Field and International Sales.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Callahan serves on the Board of Directors for College World Series of Omaha, Inc., a nonprofit organization formed in 1967 to organize and enlist community support for the success and growth of each year's event. Callahan lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his two children. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Creighton University.
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.
Chris G. Christopher Jr. is executive director in the economics services of IHS Markit. He brings 25 years of experience as an economist and forecaster. He is a leading member of the US Macro forecasting team and directs a couple of macro forecasting services for IHS Markit. Prior to IHS Markit, Dr. Christopher worked for FedEx Services, Regional Economic Models, the New York State Legislative Tax Study Commission, and taught at various colleges and universities. Dr. Christopher writes a quarterly column for CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. He also serves on the board of economic advisers for the New York State Assembly, and is a member of the NABE (National Association of Business Economists) Outlook committee, and a member of the NABE Travel & Transportation Roundtable. He also is a NABE Certified Business Economist,, Consensus Economics 2013 forecast accuracy award winner, and a member of the team that was awarded the Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy.
Tracy Davis began his career in transportation as a shift supervisor at an less-than-truckload carrier in Cleveland. After moving to Washington, DC, Davis worked in government and public affairs at Amtrak and then briefly managed media relations for Air Travel Card. Upon his return to Amtrak, he managed the US testing, demonstration, and tours of the Swedish X2000 and German InterCityExpress high-speed trains. Davis then became product line director of the New York-New Orleans train the Crescent. Davis moved to Chicago to become director of service support for the Amtrak mail and express initiative.
When Davis left Amtrak, he became a founding member and vice president of the shortline railroad holding company Iowa Pacific Holdings. In 2007, Davis formed Acme Transportation Company to acquire the assets of an intermodal trucking and warehousing company in Chicago. He holds a B.S. from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and an M.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland.
Brad Elam is Vice President of Business Development for Gulf Winds International, a supply chain leader in drayage, transloading and domestic deliveries. In November 2012, Brad began his career at Gulf Winds as a sales manager in Dallas.
He is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He currently volunteers his time on the Executive Committee for the DFW Fellowship of Christian Athletes Tom Landry Open.
Daniel Evans, IHS Markit Vice President, leads IHS Markit's Global Refining and Marketing research. Mr. Evans leads a team of analysts focused on identifying and describing demand-side trends and shifts in the refining and marketing segments. His particular areas of expertise are strategy, competitor financial performance modeling and analysis, asset modeling and valuation, competition analysis, refinery modeling and analysis, and crude trade flows. He joined IHS Markit with the acquisition of PFC Energy. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Daniel worked for Statoil in corporate strategy where he was responsible for analyzing global business opportunities and framing the strategic investment context for senior management. Daniel holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Leeds University, and studied jointly at the University of California, Berkeley.
Charles Ferraro manages transportation and logistics strategic sourcing in North America for Cabot Corporation. Operating in 24 countries and generating $3 billion in annual revenue, Cabot is a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company headquartered in Boston. Ferraro is responsible for strategic initiatives that drive supply chain efficiency and resilience across all transportation modes, including ocean, rail, drayage, full-truckload, less-than-truckload, bulk truck, barge, and warehousing. Ferraro earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and supply chain management from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Matthew Gordon is the director of transportation engineering for Anheuser-Busch InBev based in St. Louis, Missouri. Gordon and his team are focused on delivering strategic, transformational projects, which include reducing our CO2 emissions across the value chain. He has over 10 years of experience across various logistics functions and previously worked within the global team Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Gordon earned his bachelor of science degree in information technology management from St. Louis University, and his master's in business from Washington University in St. Louis.
A 38-year veteran of the freight transportation sector, Larry Gross is president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO. He is an acknowledged expert on intermodal matters who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. His column "Land Lines," appears monthly in The Journal of Commerce, and he is the author and creator of "Intermodal in Depth," an analytical newsletter covering all aspects of the intermodal sector. Gross has played a key role in the creation of educational content at the IANA Intermodal Expo for the past four years. He also has authored business case studies for use in the IANA Academic Challenge competition at the University of North Florida, the 2018 Operation Stimulus competition in Denver, as well as the IANA Expo Academic Challenge. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Gross enjoyed a long career in intermodal equipment development and sales. He is the individual most closely associated with the innovative RoadRailer intermodal system, an organization he headed for more than a decade. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's in arts and design from MIT.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the port, including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, and security.
Previously, Dr. Hacegaba served as the port’s managing director of commercial operations and chief commercial officer. In this role, he was the senior executive responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth. Dr. Hacegaba successfully managed the port’s commercial activities during a period of significant industry realignment and led the swift recovery of its largest terminal following the biggest bankruptcy in shipping line industry history, clearing the path for record volumes in 2017 and 2018. He also led the port’s operations, customer service, and security functions and collaborated with customers and industry partners to drive efficiencies and optimize the supply chain.
Dr. Hacegaba began his career at the port in 2010 as the executive officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position that reported directly to the board and coordinated the governing body’s policy, administrative, and communications functions.
He 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 company engaged in international trade, a research analyst for a policy research group, and as a management consultant.
Dr. Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned degrees in economics (B.A. and M.A.), business administration (B.S.) and urban planning (MPL). He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.
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.
Bobby Harris is founder and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, a North American third-party logistics provider based in Tampa, Florida, with offices in downtown and suburban Chicago and 10 other US cities. BlueGrace Logistics' focus on high-performance shipping technology and its progressive approach to transportation management help companies of all sizes drive savings and simplicity into their supply chains. Harris began his career on warehouse loading docks, and with an entrepreneurial spirit built expertise in the transportation industry. He launched BlueGrace in 2009 with eight employees, and has grown the company to more than 500 employees. In 2012, Inc. 500 named BlueGrace the 20th fastest growing company in the US. In 2014, Harris won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Emerging Category and went on to be named one of four national finalists. BlueGrace has been named one of Tampa's best places to work and is listed as Tampa's single largest minority-owned business. Harris is a member of the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council. He holds a bachelor's in psychology from the University of South Florida.
Jason Hilsenbeck is president and founder of the LoadMatch & Drayage.com websites. In 1999, he created LoadMatch.com to provide street turn matchback visibility for empty containers. In 2001, he created Drayage.com to provide a directory of draymen, which freight forwarders and non-vessel-operating common carriers use to submit dray rate bids for import containers. Nearly 20 years later, the directory includes more than 3,200 unique draymen profiles for the US and Canada, as well as thousands of empty containers posted in the equipment matching area. Hilsenbeck started his career in the intermodal business in 1994 at Genex, a third-party intermodal marketing company and over-the-road brokerage in Chicago doing operations and sales. Hilsenbeck graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in transportation & distribution, and is a member of the Intermodal Association of North America, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, and the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America. He also serves on the board of the Intermodal Association of Chicago.
Harrison Hoof III serves as senior vice president for Memphis, Tennessee-based Intermodal Cartage. He began his career in transportation in 1982 as a terminal operations manager, and his experience has spanned more than 36 years and encompassed all aspects of the transportation industry, including less-than-truckload, truckload, air freight, and intermodal. He holds a bachelor's in business administration from Memphis State University, is a member of the Texas Trucking Association, and is involved in several local charities.
Robert Howard is chief operating officer at Dohrn Transfer, a Midwest-based less-than-truckload motor carrier. He is responsible for leading the company's operations, maintenance and safety departments, as well as development of the company's strategies.
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.
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology 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.
Mitch Kinney is domestic transportation manager for SanMar, a leader in wholesale distribution of apparel. He joined the company in 2017 after seven years at Walgreens as manager of small parcel, where he built a nationwide two-day delivery network that enabled $40 million in inventory cost reduction and maintained 97 percent on-time delivery transportation cost reduction.
Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG (environment, social and governance), and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on 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 companies. He also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate, develop, and execute global equity transactions for ABN Amro Rothschild and JP Morgan. He began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets. He holds a bachelor's in finance and management from Ithaca College, and a master's in business from Fordham University.
A lifelong Pittsburgh native, Knichel is a second-generation logistics executive. As president, Knichel has been the driving force behind her company's yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC community, along with its certification as a Women's Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Small Business.
Her recent honors include receiving the Business Women First Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times, the inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from Women in Trucking, and the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards by Enterprising Women magazine. She is actively involved with organizations such as IANA, TIA, the Pittsburgh Traffic Club, and has been a mentor to other women entrepreneurs via the Pittsburgh Business Times' Mentoring Monday events. She is also involved with the Positive Athlete program as an annual scholarship sponsor.
Jon Krystek serves as the chief operating officer of Knichel Logistics, a leading provider of intermodal transportation and brokerage services based out of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Krystek began his career within the pricing department of Knichel and has held positions of responsibility in areas of pricing, procurement, vendor management, and operations.
Krystek holds a master's degree from the University of Denver's Transportation Institute and an undergraduate degree from Gannon University.
Donna Lemm is the executive vice president of national sales for IMC Companies, a leading provider of container drayage, equipment management, and supply chain solutions, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Lemm is responsible for directing the company's national sales footprint serving every major port and rail operation in the United States. She serves on the advisory board for the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and is an active champion for US agriculture and forest product exporters. She works diligently to bring stakeholders together in an effort to improve process and efficiency within the US supply chain.
Andrew Lynch is co-founder and president of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning logistics service provider that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods and food and beverage products. Starting his career in carrier procurement and management within a Fortune 100 logistics company, Lynch has held positions of responsibility in all areas of third party logistics. He is responsible for leading relationship management, business innovation, organizational alignment, and overall strategic direction for Zipline and its client base.
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.
Richard McDuffie has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of a global supply chain within industries ranging from automotive, retail, food, consumer products, and commodities. He provided the leadership and vision to develop Dunavant into a global logistics service provider. McDuffie leads his management team in delivering clients lower-landed cost solutions with improved customer service. Formerly, he was vice president of supply chain for the Fortune 300 retailer, AutoZone, and vice president of global logistics for Williams-Sonoma.
Brian McKiernan joined CenterPoint Properties in October 2006 and is currently responsible for the origination, development, execution, and integration of park teams for new and existing business opportunities. He coordinates, communicates, and integrates development teams to maximize transaction volumes and land absorption through a focused national strategy to identify and leverage supply chain cost savings resulting in maximized yields on transactions.
Before joining CenterPoint, McKiernan served as captain in the United States Air Force from March 2001 until he was honorably discharged in March 2006. He served as a business advisor to the United States Central Air Force, Middle East division, where he managed the deployment and budget for 25 offices in 18 countries. He advised senior leadership on business operations for 200 acquisitions and construction project valued in excess of $250 million. McKiernan graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a B.S. in management in 1999.
Mark Montague, a senior industry pricing analyst for DAT Solutions, has a career spanning 37 years of transportation-related activities. He started as a dispatcher/analyst before moving into pricing and supply chain design.
Prior to joining DAT Solutions, Montague worked in third-party logistics at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Hub Group Distribution, and DSC Logistics. His primary focus has been on truckload and less-than-truckload pricing and negotiation, with additional experience in quoting rail intermodal, ocean, and air freight shipments. He has also worked on consulting assignments and for brokerage and trucking companies in a variety of operational roles.
Montague's educational background includes an MBA in transportation from Indiana University and a BS in mathematics from Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
As CEO of Montgomery Transport and other Montgomery entities, Rollins Montgomery owns and is very actively involved in all six of his successful organizations, all headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. These include three specialized transportation carriers, a full-service third-party logistics brokerage company and a thriving professional staffing service. In all, the Montgomery entities employ more than 550 people and have cumulative annual growth rates of over 30 percent, with plans to continue expanding existing entities and new ones alike. Montgomery attributes his success to his ability to assemble great teams and surround himself by the best employees and customers in the industry. The culture at the Montgomery Transport and its entities allows each employee to experience a great quality of life along with the opportunity to grow as an individual and work in an innovative environment. Additionally, Montgomery is extremely passionate about his community and charitable involvement with the March of Dimes and other organizations.
Geoffrey Muessig has more than 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, overseeing the sales and marketing efforts at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based $710 million transportation solutions provider. He has successfully brought many new Pitt Ohio service offerings to market including: Fast Track, an award-winning, expedited less-than-truckload guaranteed shipping service; Heat Track, a guaranteed temperature-controlled LTL shipping service; and The Reliance Network, a nationwide LTL network that spans North America. Muessig holds a master's from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Chris Nordh is senior director of advanced vehicle technology and energy products for the Fleet Management Solutions segment of Ryder System, a Fortune 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. He is responsible for developing and executing Ryder's role in providing the broadest range of transportation solutions and the enablement of new and innovative solutions to come to market and reach customers that have needs that match these products. Nordh also manages Ryder's fuel and energy solutions team with the goal of broadening Ryder's offering and lowering overall customer total cost of consumption. He holds an MBA in management science and a bachelor's in industrial engineering from the University of Miami.
James Osborn is manager of logistics and process improvement for Pennsylvania-based Hanover Foods. He has more than 12 years of experience in all aspects of logistics, transportation, and operational management, including in the US military and national and global shipper and carrier organizations.
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.”
Rob Roberson is the director of logistics for Nucor Corporation. Nucor is the largest steel producer in North America. Robertson is responsible for logistics strategy and best practice adoption across the Nucor supply chain. He has more than 25 years of experience in logistics and transportation with Nucor. Roberson is also a proud veteran of the US Army. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by the United States Secretary of Transportation. He holds a BA in business administration from Strayer University.
Mike Schwersenska joined Brakebush Brothers in 1999 in operations. He was promoted to fleet manager one year later. In 2014, with the continued growth of the company, Schwersenska was named director of transportation and logistics, a position from which he oversees all North American outbound and inbound transportation operations, carrier performance, and rate and service negotiations. He is responsible for implementing strategies to increase productivity, quality customer service, and cost-saving efficiencies. Under Schwersenska's leadership, Brakebush has received national recognition for its work on network optimization, brokerage, and specifications for fuel savings. In 2010, he earned a Certificate of Transportation and Logistics Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He finished his B.S. in business administration in 2015. Schwersenska became a Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) in 2014 and currently serves on the NPTC board of directors as vice chair and as chair of its membership committee.
Page Siplon is a seasoned and active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker,” which annually identifies the Top 10 logistics professionals in the nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive magazine in 2014. He was 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 US Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice chairman. At the state level, he was selected by then Gov. 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. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Transportation Club of Atlanta, CSCMP’s Atlanta Roundtable, and co-chairs the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Supply Chain Leadership Council.
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, The Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development magazine, Site Selection magazine, Inbound Logistics, and Modern Material Handling. He is also frequently referenced in state-wide newspapers.
Jon Slangerup joined American Global Logistics as Chairman in April 2017 and was appointed Executive Chairman and CEO in July 2017. With domain expertise in multimodal logistics, enterprise software, and environmental technologies, Slangerup has built businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries. He previously was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary US gateway moving $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. Slangerup's career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become president of FedEx Canada.
As AFN's vice president of customer supply chain, Rachal Snider leads the company's supply chain solutions team in identifying and implementing joint customer and AFN initiatives that drive profitability, efficiency, and best-in-class service standards. Prior to joining AFN, Snider most recently served as senior manager of customer supply chain for The Kraft Heinz Co., working closely with leading retailers and ecommerce websites. She brings to AFN a wealth of expertise and diverse experience in procurement, product supply, materials management, operations, commercialization, supply chain management, financial analysis, and business consulting and development in the consumer packaged goods industry.
Snider has a BS in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in supply chain management from Michigan State University.
As chief logistics officer, Al Toliver is responsible for leading the team that is designing, delivering, and executing tailored supply chain solutions for a variety of customers. The goal of the team is to help companies improve their supply chains through industry expertise, technology, discipline, and visibility all powered by a team of logistics professionals focused on delivering value.
Toliver joined Redwood in 2016 to help grow the business and drive a process-based environment. He has more than 25 years of experience in transportation and logistics. Prior to joining the Redwood team, Toliver held senior leadership roles at truckload and less-than-truckload carriers as well as non-asset-based logistics companies.
He began his career as an accountant and ultimately leveraged those skills into a career in logistics. Toliver is a licensed CPA and has extensive training in process and continuous improvement. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and his MBA from Marquette University.
Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority and thought leader on end-to-end supply chains. His focus over the last several years has been in the areas of e-commerce, omnichannel, unichannel, robotics, Internet of Things, and harnessing the power of digital disruptions. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for its global consulting and implementation businesses. As the chief entrepreneurial officer, he has devoted more than 50 percent of his time since 2015 to three new ventures: MonarchFx, SensorThink, and Tompkins Robotics.
Dr. Tompkins has received many awards, most notably the prestigious Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). The award recognizes the contributions he has provided to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering.
Dr. Tompkins has written and contributed to more than 30 books. He received a BS in industrial engineering, MS in industrial engineering, and Ph.D. all from Purdue University. Purdue has named him a Distinguished Engineering Alumni.
Jeff Tucker is third-generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America's oldest privately held freight brokerage. Tucker 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 at the request of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator. Tucker is a member of the National Industrial Transportation League (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 The Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and The Wall Street Journal.
Andy Vanzant is senior vice president of operations at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Covenant Transport, a leading expedited truckload carrier in the United States. A 20-plus-year veteran within the transportation industry, Vanzant has a combined 18 years with Covenant Transport. Prior to his current role, Vanzant served within Covenant as a pricing analyst, regional sales manager, and vice president of sales.
Combined with his years spent living in various parts of the country —including the Midwest and Southeast — Vanzant’s experience and diverse career in trucking provide valuable insights into today’s fast-paced transportation and logistics space. Currently, he oversees more than 1,300 trucks and approximately 2,400 professional drivers at Covenant Transport, managing service for some of the largest shippers in the country and helping deliver the modern convenience of e-commerce for millions of Americans.
Laura Venchuk is the corporate logistics manager for Kuriyama of America, a leader in wholesale distribution of industrial hose and accessories. In this role, she is responsible for the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments for the corporate and affiliate distribution centers. She also oversees imports, exports, and government compliance. Venchuk has gained a wide range of knowledge throughout her 25-year career in logistics and transportation. She has experienced the industry from different perspectives, from shipper to carrier, domestic to international, manufacturing to distribution.
Venchuk earned her M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management. She holds a B.A. degree in business from National Louis University and is a Licensed US Customs Broker.
Sheila Weatherly joined Knichel Logistics in 2007 as a rate analyst in Knichel Logistics’ pricing division. Within one year, she was promoted to manager of rates and pricing. She was subsequently promoted to her current position, director of pricing, in September 2015. In this position, she manages four rate analysts and oversees the pricing of Knichel Logistics’ intermodal, less than truckload, and brokerage divisions. She played a major role in the restructuring and integration of the previously separate brokerage pricing under her supervision in order to streamline operations and increase productivity. Weatherly is also responsible for developing personnel, standardizing processes and efficiencies, and driving excellence through key metrics.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Grove City College and is an active mentor at Chatham University’s Center for Women's Entrepreneurship where she has been a valuable influence to the local business community of female business leaders.