Strategic Advisor, Trade & Transportation
Specialty Soya & Grains Alliance
As strategic advisor for trade and transportation for the Specialty Soya & Grains Alliance (SSGA), Bruce Abbe is focused on specialty grains, international trade development issues, and expanding competitive shipping options. His consultancy, Abbe Communications & Management Services, provides strategic expertise on transportation, international trade, and supply chain development. Prior to SSGA’s creation in 2019, Abbe was president and CEO of the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), a position he held for 11 years. In March, the regional agriculture export trade entity merged with another specialty food soybean trade group with substantial cross membership to form the national export trade association SSGA, expanding trade in value-added, identity-preserved grain and soy food ingredients. Abbe currently services on the executive committee of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee representing the interests of agricultural shippers. He has been active on the leadership committee of the national Agriculture Transportation Coalition, which is made up of US container export shippers from all agricultural sectors. Abbe has more than 35 years of professional experience in public affairs, communications, and organizational management for agricultural and business organizations at the state and national level. Abbe is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in communications and political science.
CEO and Co-Founder
Mike Albert launched DrayNow in 2017. The company seamlessly connects intermodal freight and carriers on a freight-matching marketplace. After raising $6.5 million in a pre-series and Series A, DrayNow operates in 70 percent of intermodal markets across the United States. Albert founded Draynow with Brad Frith and Craig Probe in 2016, after founding TransNoble, a Philadelphia-based drayage carrier in 2014. Previously, he worked across the logistics industry, first as a dispatcher at Penske, and eventually running Penske’s global automotive division as vice president. From there, Albert went to RoadLink Transportation as senior vice president, and then to Kane is Able as senior vice president of operations. Albert has a bachelor’s in operations management from Susquehanna University and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt from General Electric. He speaks regularly to industry groups and publications as an expert on the intermodal and drayage industry.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
In June 2019, Erin Aleman was unanimously appointed executive director of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) by the agency’s board of directors. The first professional planner, and first woman, to lead the agency, Aleman brings more than a decade of accomplishments in developing transportation and land-use policies to CMAP as it embarks on implementation of ON TO 2050, the region’s new long-term comprehensive plan to help the seven counties and 284 municipalities of northeastern Illinois improve quality of life using strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and more. Previously, she was vice president at policy and advocacy consulting firm Metro Strategies. From 2015-2018, she held leadership positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), initially bureau chief and then director of the office of planning and programming. At IDOT, Aleman provided strategic guidance, implemented performance-based tools, developed the Illinois State Freight Plan, and was responsible for developing multimodal policy initiatives. She has come full circle by rejoining CMAP, where she began her remarkable ascent fresh out of graduate school in 2007 as the agency’s Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellow. She rose through the ranks to become principal planner in 2011. During that period, Aleman helped create the highly successful Local Technical Assistance program, led regional outreach for GO TO 2040 — the agency’s first long-term comprehensive plan — and completed more than 20 local planning projects. She holds a master’s in urban planning with emphasis on design and development, is a certified mediator, strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, and a member of the American Planning Association and Women’s Transportation Seminar.
Fruit of the Loom
Brad Allen is the director of transportation for Fruit of the Loom. He is responsible for all transportation modes and contractual activities in United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Asia for the organization’s many iconic brands (i.e. Fruit of the Loom, Russell Athletic, Vanity Fair, and Spalding). Allen joined Fruit of the Loom in 2016 and has more than 15 years of supply chain experience. He previously spent nine years with Toyota Motor Corp. and three years with Volvo Group Trucks, serving in various logistics management capacities. Allen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville.
Associate Editor, Southeast Ports and Intermodal Rail, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Ari Ashe has more than a decade of journalism experience working in the busy newsrooms of Washington, D.C. He earned two bachelor’s degrees at George Washington University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In 2006, he began his career with WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., a 24/7 all-news radio outlet. Beginning as a producer, he was the commuter transportation beat reporter from 2012 through 2015. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism during this three-year stretch. In 2016, Ashe moved over to covering commercial transportation for Transport Topics, a publication of the American Trucking Associations, covering the business of trucking, railroads, and ocean carriers, including quarterly earnings reports and economic news affecting the industry. He joined the JOC in 2018 and reports on the Southeast US ports, intermodal, and trucking.
Co-Founder and CEO
Ohad Axelrod is the co-founder and CEO Fr8Hub, a digital freight matching company based in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Fr8Hub’s mission is to revolutionize the once-complex process of over-the-road cross-border shipping. Fr8Hub’s digital freight marketplace directly matches cross-border shippers throughout Mexico and the domestic United States (to and from border cities) with available carriers and drivers for their loads. In Ohad’ s accomplished executive career, he has developed winning, cross-functional teams and driven business growth in both startup and corporate environments. Prior to Fr8Hub, Ohad served as Head of Growth & Operations at Lifion and was the North American General Manager of Sarine Technologies, preceded by management positions with HP. Ohad is a graduate of Technion-Machon Technologi Le' Israel with an MBA from IDC Herzliya and Global Business graduate degree from the University of California-Irvine.
Director, International Transportation and Trade Compliance
The Michaels Cos
Belinda Bathie is the director of international transportation and trade compliance for The Michaels Companies. She is responsible for the flow of import product from origin to the various Michaels distribution centers. Bathie joined Michaels in 2017 and has more than 25 years of experience in various areas of the supply chain, including international logistics, warehouse operations, domestic transportation, and trade compliance. Her career has included roles at JCPenney, Kohls, and Best Buy.
Jim Becker is the CEO of Becker Logistics. He joined the logistics industry in 1991 and, in 1997, started from his kitchen table the company known today as Becker Logistics. Becker built his company on the founding core values of integrity, quality, innovation, safety, competitiveness, openness, respect, and equal work-life balance. These foundational values, combined with his leadership and industry expertise, have enabled Becker to author an impressive growth story in Becker Logistics; expanding the company 10 times (1,000%) since 2013. He is also an international bestselling author.
Director, Transportation Consulting, Economics and Country Risk
Paul Bingham is director of transportation consulting for the economics and country risk team at IHS Markit. With over 30 years of experience in the trade and transportation sector, Bingham applies the company’s information products and models for clients who need to understand freight and logistics. He analyzes and forecasts freight transportation and supply chain logistics, including cross-border commodity flows between Mexico and the US. Bingham’s primary focus is on North American transportation, including the international supply chains that serve North America. He has provided market analysis to seaports and the US Department of Transportation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, including multimodal trade analysis for port and harbor planning for Gulf Coast ports. Bingham rejoined IHS Markit this year after having worked at IHS Markit-predecessor firms Global Insight, Data Resources Incorporated (DRI), and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA). He serves as an appointed member of the US Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, a group that provides industry advice to the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Transportation on policies affecting supply chains in the US. He is the former chair and current emeritus member of the US National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Systems Group. He is also a past National Council Member of the Transportation Research Forum.
The Triangle Group
Leveraged Logistics Resources
President and CEO
C&K Holdings Acquisition L.L.C.
Michael Burton is President and CEO of C&K Holdings Acquisition L.L.C. since 2003, when he led the leveraged buyout of C&K Holdings. C&K Holdings Acquisition L.L.C is the parent company of C&K Trucking, LLC; Skyline Express, LLC; and AV Logistics, LLC. C&K completes over 400,000 intermodal drayage moves annually and has demonstrated above-industry revenue growth for the past ten years. C&K operates in excess of 800 tractors and provides International Logistics solutions to some of the largest retailers/manufacturers in the US, through its AV Logistics subsidiary. Prior to his career at C&K, Mr. Burton was Senior Vice President and Division Head of Commercial Lending at LaSalle Bank N.A. In this position, he provided financial and capital structure guidance to middle market companies. Mr. Burton is an active member in multiple industry associations including the Illinois Trucking Association Advisory Board, the Intermodal Association of Chicago, the Traffic Club of Chicago, CMAP’s Freight Advisory Committee, and the Northwestern Transportation Center’s Advisory Board. Mr. Burton is involved in several charitable and civic boards including Misericordia’s Advisory Board, Village of Glenview’s Planning Commission and the Village of Glenview’s Ten year Strategic Plan Committee. Mr. Burton holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a business degree from the University of Illinois.
Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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.
Vice President, Operations
Bradley Caven has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry in sales and operations. Caven began his career with PITT OHIO in 1997 as a terminal manager. In 2002, he was promoted to director of operations for Eastern operations, responsible for the operations of 12 terminal locations. In 2008, Caven was promoted to his current position of vice president of operations, responsible for overseeing the operations of 21 terminal locations at PITT OHIO, a $400 million transportation provider headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Caven received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Defiance College in 1987.
Consulting Principal, ECR Trade & Transportation
Paul Ciannavei has 30 years of experience in transportation modeling and freight data, having lead all aspects of Transearch research and development as the product evolved into a highly detailed county-level data set. Ciannavei has also worked on multiple iterations of the Freight Analysis Framework and its forecasts. Ciannavei works closely with clients in both the public and private sectors to develop specifications for their Transearch needs, and leads user training sessions and other post-sale client support needs. He also provides analytical support to the IHS Trade & Transportation team on a wide-array of freight industry projects. Ciannavei has served multiple terms on the TRB Freight Data Committee. Ciannavei also has extensive experience in motor carrier operations and marketing, having worked for LTL and truckload carriers, including ownership of a small, specialized transporter of vintage and exotic automobiles. Ciannavei led the evolution of Transearch from a US state/BEA-level database to a North American county-level source incorporating motor carrier flow data. He assesses market and client needs and feasibility of research and development for TRANSEARCH, reviews potential source data, devises and refines processing algorithms, and overseas order specifications. He also provides user training to explain applications of the data in the public transportation sector planning process.
Senior Director, Inbound Operations
Jon Dibee is the senior director of inbound transportation operations for Walmart’s US supply chain. He is currently responsible for all ambient truckload, less-than-truckload, and parcel movement of product from all domestic origins to all Walmart distribution centers and stores. Dibee additionally supports all Walmart-controlled truck load carrier operations within the e-commerce network. He works directly with collect suppliers over 4,600 ship points to support on time service (OTIF) goals. Dibee joined Walmart in 2006, after six years at Target as a regional transportation manager and distribution senior group leader. He is a veteran of the US Airforce and holds an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s in technical management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Director, National Sales and Product Development
Sarah Eggleston is the Director of National Sales & Product Development at Sunset Transportation, a national 3PL in St. Louis, Missouri. She leads new business initiatives for the growing logistics company, including overseeing new customer acquisition and operational placement in Sunset’s seven national branch locations. Through a collaborative approach, Sarah focuses on learning and understanding each prospective client through a deep dive into analytics, processes, and supply chain pain points. Working closely with Sunset’s IT development team, she is also responsible for leading the strategy and design for all customer-facing technology platforms on the Product Development side of her role. Before her current sales and product role, Sarah spent her first year at Sunset leading the Financial Services division as the Director of Freight Audit & Payment Services in 2017. Prior to joining Sunset, Sarah spent four years with a small supply chain consulting company, specializing in domestic US LTL pro9ram management and international ocean and air consulting. There, she focused on logistics and supply chain data analytics to positively impact the supply chains of Fortune 500 global shippers. Fluent in Spanish, Sarah focused on growing the company’s Latin American footprint and notably designed and implemented the first Mexican Freight Audit & Payment capabilities, later expanding into Argentina and Brazil. Sarah received a double major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as a B.S in Spanish from Missouri State University. She is married to Korey Eggleston and they live in St. Louis with their 1-year old son, Maxwell.
Vice President, Sales
Tim Evans, vice president of sales at Loadsmart, is responsible for growing the company’s revenue through new and existing customer sales engagements. Evans has more than 25 years of sales management experience, including leadership positions at a number of technology firms. This includes work in a number of different market segments such as network security, mobile computing, compliance, and consumer products. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and a master’s in management from Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, Carrier Solutions
Vice President, Supply Chain Services
Cece's Veggie Co.
Lane Forsander is the Director of Logistics for Cece’s Veggie Co headquartered in Austin Texas. Forsander began her career in transportation in 2004 at JB Hunt in Northwest Arkansas where she was rapidly promoted through the ranks and eventually tasked with relocating to Southern California to help open the first field office for the brokerage division. In 2017 she joined Arrive Logistics. in Austin Texas as an Operations Manager and quickly transitioned to a National Sales Executive role managing a book of business that averaged $600k in revenue each month. As a passionate vegetarian, Forsander received the opportunity of a lifetime to join Cece’s Veggie Co as the director of logistics in November of 2018 where she has since implemented strategies that have resulted in overall savings of 30% annual freight spend.
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
Steve Gniadecki is the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at RXBAR where he leads a team of passionate and entrepreneurial professionals responsible for customer supply chain, distribution, eCommerce fulfillment, logistics, and warehousing. Before joining RXBAR in 2016, Steve gained valuable experience across sales and operations planning with several transportation and logistics service providers.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Steve Golich is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Alliance Shippers Inc. He joined the Alliance Shippers team 20 years ago as vice president of special projects, responsible for sales and operations and started the freight handling business Selective Distribution LLC as an Alliance subsidiary prior to his 2001 promotion to regional vice president. As regional vice president, Golich managed all sales, operations, and administrative functions for the Orland Park, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin offices. In 2015, he was promoted to executive vice president. Golich was named COO following the January 2, 2018 passing of Ronald Lefcourt, president of Alliance Shippers. This role encompasses additional duties of overseeing the daily operation of all company offices and services. Golich earned a degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University. Before joining Alliance Shippers, he gained experience through various positions in the transportation and distribution industry that twice led to his appointment as president of mid-size transportation companies.
President and Founder
Larry Gross is a 39-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, Colorado, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters. Gross is an acknowledged expert on the intermodal sector who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community. His “Land Lines” column appears monthly in The Journal of Commerce. He is also the author and creator of “Intermodal in Depth,” an analytical report 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 six years, including participating in the “Inside Intermodal” opening general session. He enjoys teaching and 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 that he headed for over a decade. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in arts and design from MIT.
Vice President and Portfolio Manager
Bibby Transportation Finance
Mitchell Highsmith is Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Bibby Transportation Finance (BTF). With more than16 years in the banking and commercial finance industry, Mitchell still loves rolling up his sleeves and working with complex accounts to find solutions that best suit the clients’ needs. Mitchell prides himself in being a part of every funding solution BTF works on. Mitchell joined BTF in 2010 as an underwriter, and by 2014, he expanded to Bibby Financial Services (BFS) Risk Department, working on audits and critical analysis for factoring deals in other industries, while maintaining his role at BTF. Taking on these additional responsibilities allowed Mitchell to gain key insight into the various industries that transportation businesses work with as part of the supply chain. In 2017, Mitchell became BTF Portfolio Manager, and in 2018 was promoted to VP of BTF, overseeing BTF’s credit, underwriting and account management departments. When it’s time to relax, Mitchell and his wife love to go out on the water and enjoy a bit of peace outdoors. Quote from Mitchell: “Transportation is a lively, exciting and challenging industry. There’s always change. It’s like riding a bull – you never know what direction you’re going in. After more than 10 years, I still see something new almost every day. Success is only achieved by helping people who depend on you. That goes for clients, as well as the team you manage.”
Director, Supply Chain and Business Operations
Global Logistics Director
John has 20+ years of experience piloting global logistics for industry leading companies including, MWI Animal Health/AmericansourceBergen, Bodybuilding.com, Micron and Micron PC. He is known to be a results driven executive, who invests in his team with strong relationship and team building skills. John’s ability to operate both strategically and tactically across multiple facets of company operations has made a difference with customers domestically and internationally. His career has given him quality, experienced knowledge of all aspects of global transportation, distribution and logistics.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Eric Johnson is the JOC’s senior editor of 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. He 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.
Senior Analyst, Transportation & Logistics
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 the freight transportation and logistics companies. He has also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate and 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
Kristy Knichel is president and chief executive of Knichel Logistics. Knichel’s career spans 22 years and many, many hours of dedication and hard work. During her time as CEO of Knichel Logistics, she has been the Intermodal Logistics Conference Chair on the TIA Board of Directors; participated in numerous industry panel events with the JOC, IANA, and the TIA as an intermodal expert; participated in podcasts for Women in Supply Chain with Sarah Barnes and Daughters in Charge; made two appearances on Sirius/XM Road Dog Trucking with Women In Trucking; and has grown her business to over $73 million in revenue.
Head of Intermodal Product Management, North America
Kenny Kristensen leads commercial intermodal product management for Maersk, focusing on building customer-facing product solutions within inland transportation across rail, barge, and trucking. His team focuses on pricing for all Maersk intermodal business, working with customers and the Maersk sales team to build products and individual solutions. Prior to relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina, in January, Kristensen spent 15 years at Maersk’s Copenhagen headquarters, where he led or started agencies in Africa and worked as ocean trade manager for the Africa and Pacific trades.
Chief Operating Officer
Jon Krystek is the Chief Operating Officer of Knichel Logistics, an industry leading and award winning 3rd Party Logistics and Freight Brokerage Company that specializes in Intermodal Rail, full truckload brokerage and LTL. Krystek joined Knichel Logistics in 2005 as a Rate Analyst and spent time in pricing, intermodal and brokerage operations prior to his current role. He has a Bachelor’s in International Business from Gannon University in Erie, PA and a Master’s in Intermodal Transportation from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. Krystek has been involved and participated in various industry conferences to include IANA and the TIA, a past JOC Inland participant and speaker and has been quoted in various industry publications.
APM Terminals North America
InTek Freight and Logistics
Rick LaGore, CEO of InTek Freight and Logistics, LagGore earned his MBA in finance from ball state university in muncie, indiana and his BSBA from the ohio state university in columbus, ohio. Previously LagGore was the CFO for Integrated Distribution Service, the regional president for LTS Logistics, regional vice president for LOGISCO, Vice President of N.A. Logistics Operations for Ingram Micro – Wireless Div., and General Manager of MacMillan Publishing Logistics, Production & Customer Service for Pearson Education. LaGore is a frequent participant on industry panels for IANA, JOC, Act Research, FTR and a number of financial organizations that focus on the logistics and supply chain market. LaGore is also a frequent Contributor to Various Logistics & Supply Chain Magazine Frequent Blogger on Logistics & Supply Chain Issues & Solutions on InTek Freight & Logistics Site. LaGore received the Indianapolis 40 Under Forty Award in 2005.
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Development
Dunavant Logistics Group
Don Lake, senior vice president of enterprise development, has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of global supply chain management. He has been with Dunavant since 1999, holding positions such as vice president of global operations and senior vice president of international logistics. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Executive Vice President, National Sales
Donna Lemm is the Executive Vice President of National Sales for IMC Companies, the largest marine drayage provider in the United States. She is responsible for directing the company’s national sales footprint serving every major port and rail operation in the United States with IMC Companies intermodal drayage capacity, equipment management, inland terminal operations and tailored supply chain solutions. Donna is an active champion for US agriculture and forest product members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. Donna is an active speaker on both a regional and national scale in addressing the challenges facing the U.S. shipping and intermodal community. She is an active participant in the FMC Memphis Supply Chain Team initiative for a single gray chassis pool in Memphis.
Andrew Lynch is President and co-founder of Zipline Logistics, an award-winning North American 3PL that specializes exclusively in the transportation of retail consumer goods. He works alongside clients ranging from some of the largest food and beverage businesses in the world to the brightest up-and-coming CPG brands in North America. Lynch and his team leverage data intelligence and strong industry relationships to help clients uncover transportation savings, build scalable supply chain strategies, and ace retailer compliance programs. 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.
Ronald C. MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Ronald C. MacDonald has served as the company’s senior vice president of marketing from the inception of Cornerstone Systems in 1997. MacDonald’s transportation career started with the L&N (now CSXT) marketing department in Louisville, Kentucky. He has held various transportation management positions with an intermodal truck line in Cincinnati, Ohio, and with another intermodal marketing company in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a transportation certificate and B.S. in commerce from the University of Louisville.
Chief Operating Officer
Georgia Ports Authority
As chief operating officer of the Georgia Ports Authority, McCarthy is responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and strategic development of GPA’s six operating facilities, while maintaining world-class operational standards. He is accountable for safety, operations, equipment maintenance, facilities and engineering. McCarthy has held senior management and executive positions in APM Terminals and CMA-CGM America. McCarthy obtained a Bachelor of Science from the Maritime College at the State University of New York, a diploma in terminal management at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy at Kent College, Dartford UK, and a Masters in Business Administration from William & Mary University, Mason School of Business. He has served as chairman of the board for Consolidated Chassis Management Company and as a member of the board of directors for the Ocean Carrier Equipment and Maintenance Association. McCarthy and his wife, Heather has three children. They live in Savannah, GA.
Vice President, Intermodal
Mark McKendry, Vice President of Intermodal at NFI, is responsible for NFI’s intermodal sales and operations teams. Mark has spent the majority of his 20 year career in transportation at a Class 1 railway and possesses a deep understanding of railway operations and sales processes.
Sean McShane is currently president of C&K Trucking and a board member of C&K Holdings. McShane became involved with C&K in 2009 when the company acquired TMS (Transportation made Simple), a large intermodal drayage company headquartered in New Jersey. McShane, the company president, had built TMS from the start and grown the business to more than 240 trucks and seven terminals. Previous to TMS, he held various management positions at Maersk and BTT, where he started in the Maersk training program. He worked in all areas of operations including vessel and yard management on numerous marine terminals. Prior to Maersk/BTT, McShane served our country NCO in the United States Marine Corp.
Jose Minarro is a Managing Director based in Laredo, Texas for Sunset Transportation, leading the first office of its kind specializing in customs and cross-border logistics in Sunset’s 30-year history. The office provides transportation management, TMS and capacity solutions, MX/US customs brokerage services and clearance, warehousing, and transloading access to create a comprehensive solution for both northbound and southbound cross-border shipments. With Jose’s 20+ years of expertise in this niche, Sunset now has the capability to manage customers’ international shipments with complete supply chain visibility and control, from start to finish, including customs expertise unparalleled in the US/MX 3PL space. Prior to joining Sunset, Jose spent 11 years with Transplace; one of two founders of Transplace Mexico. He started a business from the ground up, growing the division to 850 employees and over 120,000 annual cross- border shipments. In 2012, his leadership won Transplace Mexico the prestigious CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation award. Before Transplace, Jose worked for ProTrans and Expeditors for a total of 11 years, also starting their MX/US cross border and customs brokerage divisions from scratch. The growth experienced in both companies was exponential, experiencing year over year average growth of 50%+.
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 $816 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) which is a nationwide LTL network that spans 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.
Sean Mulford is a broker for Agniel Commodities. Mulford is an experienced cash broker with demonstrated success in the international grain and feed trading industry.
Vice President, Operations
As GlobalTranz’s vice president of operations, Brian Nessel oversees the organization’s truckload brokerage operation and is focused on innovation, process improvement, and developing impactful transportation strategies and solutions on behalf of GlobalTranz’s clients. Nessel leads a team of more than 150 logistics experts that specialize in creating long-term relationships with carriers, vendor partners, and other service providers in order to create lasting mutual value. He has more than a decade of experience in optimizing and improving transportation operation processes for organizations of all sizes across virtually every industry vertical. Nessel is passionate about developing superior solutions for GlobalTranz’s core partners. He earned a BA in telecommunications from Indiana University.
Manager, Third Party Intermodal Containers
Archer Daniels Midland
Megan Opiekun is Third Party Intermodal Container Manager at Archer Daniels Midland Company. Megan has served in a variety of transportation roles at both Caterpillar & ADM. Megan has been with ADM for 8 years and currently manages container freight at ADM’s Ramp, a focal point of the Midwest Inland Port. Megan graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management in 2008. She currently serves on the Western Illinois University Supply Chain Management Advisory Board.
Director, Inbound Logistics
Scott Orbin is the Director of Inbound Logistics for KeHE Distributors, a specialty, natural and organic wholesale food distributor. He leads tactics and strategies related to the inbound flow of product into the KeHE distribution network. Scott has 20 years of industry and consulting experience primarily in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail and Distribution industries. Before joining KeHE, Scott worked as Group Lead-Transportation for Kraft Heinz and set strategic direction and planned, directed and controlled the purchase of domestic transportation services across a $1B budget. Prior to this Scott spent 10 years in various management roles in Transportation and Supply Chain at True Value. In addition to his work experience, Scott earned an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri’s College of Business.
Vice President, Operations
James Osborn, is Vice President of Operations for Hanover Foods Corporation. He spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps and spent his last 3 years of his active duty service in Washington, D.C. in logistics as NCOIC Logistics Liaison supporting all Marine Movement in the National Capital Region. Following James military service, he worked in many roles, both on the carrier and shipper side. James has a clear understanding of all aspects of Logistics, Management and Supply Chain and enjoys bridging the gap between shipper, carrier and customer.
Senior Manager, Transportation Procurement
Chief Strategy Officer
With over 15 years of technology and supply chain experience, Chief Strategy Officer Chris Pickett is responsible for helping the management team develop, evolve, and execute a company growth strategy geared toward leveraging Coyote’s unique operating advantages across an increasingly dynamic global market and competitive landscape. Pickett also leads Coyote’s Collaborative Transportation Management (CTM) program, an innovative technology and process solution for shippers of all sizes across North America. The CTM offering leverages Coyote’s core advantages in network scale, integration, and process technology and talent development to help shippers create visibility, collaboration, and control across the end-to-end supply chain — all while managing costs and improving service levels. Before joining Coyote in 2006, Pickett served in various strategy and consulting roles at Adjoined Consulting (now Capgemini), Agile Software Corp. (now Oracle), Electron Economy (now Viewlocity), and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Throughout his career, Pickett has architected, implemented, and managed large supply chain management and customer service-related projects for a variety of global market leaders in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and consumer technology sectors. He earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998, a Master of Engineering in logistics from MIT in 2003, and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Old Dominion Freight Line
Greg Plemmons joined Carolina Freight Carriers Corp. after attaining degrees in Business Management and Economics from North Carolina State University. After completing the sales training program at Carolina, Greg held the positions of Account Executive, Service Center Manager, National Account Executive and District Sales Manager. Greg joined Old Dominion Freight Line in 1997 as Regional Sales Director before being named Director of the newly formed OD Global Division in 2000. In that role, Greg oversaw all sales and operations for Old Dominion outside the continental U.S. as well as their ocean container drayage division. Since that time Greg and has held progressively senior positions and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sales for Old Dominion Freight Line, the second largest LTL carrier in North America.
Brent Wm. Primus
Primus Law Office
Brent Wm. Primus, J.D. is currently the chief executive of Primus Law Office, P.A. and the CEO of transportlawtexts Inc. He attended College at Lawrence University where he majored in philosophy. Upon graduation from Lawrence in 1968, Primus served two years with the American Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in rural India. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Minnesota Law School. He has practiced law for more than 45 years and taught an educational course titled “Transportation, Logistics and the Law” all across the country for more than 10 years. In addition to receiving the Transportation Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Transportation & Logistics Council, Primus has authored or edited major transportation works including Freight Claims in Plain English, 4th Ed. (editor) – “the book” for freight claims, Motor Carrier Contracts Annotated (author), US Domestic Terms of Sale and INCOTERMS 2010 (co-author), 2015 Update to Transportation, Logistics and the Law (author).
Chief Strategy Officer
Michael Redisch is the former CEO of Atomic Transport and current chief strategy officer of Anthym Logistics. Redisch is a seasoned entrepreneur of over 20 years and has been an executive in the transportation industry since 2013. He has been a regular panelist on Cowen & Associates quarterly calls, a previous speaker at NEARS, and has been cited as a thought leader by The Wall Street Journal. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served in a board capacity within YPO. Redisch earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Michigan State University.
Chief of Relationship Development
Mr. Regan is well known and active within the logistics industry. He serves on the boards of numerous industry groups such as the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), as the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee. He’s also active in several industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), where he is a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Regan has been a featured contributor and has published several blogs in industry periodicals such as Logistics Management. Prior to founding TranzAct, he worked for the Bank of America, PriceWaterhouse, and the Union Pacific Corporation.
Director, Supply Chain
Bumble Bee Seafoods
Sharon Regan has extensive Supply Chain experience with roles in Transportation, Distribution Center management, light manufacturing, E-Commerce and P&L management for a trio of innovative companies. With in-depth knowledge of big box Wholesale Club, National Retail and Food Manufacturing Supply Chains Sharon has a passion for uncovering the opportunities resident in each.
Senior Vice President, Customer Relations
Dave Reiss has been in the logistics and supply chain industry for 25 years and is currently serving as the Senior Vice President, Customer Relations for Arrive Logistics, Atlanta, GA. Before his work at Arrive Logistics, Dave held logistics leadership positions at WestRock (Fortune #159 Ranking), Simmons Bedding Company, The Home Depot (Fortune #27 Ranking), and The Coca-Cola Company (Fortune #100 Ranking) specializing in logistics and supply chain strategy, operations, and procurement. Dave graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Forensic Science. Dave currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Taryn and their two kids Madison and Jake. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball, football, and working out.
Vice President, Intermodal and Rail
Adam Rodery, Vice President, Intermodal and Rail at Mode Transportation earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from university of arkansas in fayetteville, AR and a masters in intermodal transportation systems from the university of denver in denver, co. Rodery’s first job in transportation was in high school transporting corn and soybeans to varions co-ops in SE Missouri and NE Arkansas for Dekalb. Rodery previously was the Sr. Director Intermodal at Mode Transportation, Director Operational Process Improvement at Exel Transportation, Manager Premium Services at Kansas City Southern, and Manager Intermodal at JB Hunt Transportation.
Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Ruffcorn, Chief Operating Officer manages the day to day operations of all modes and sales of Trinity’s 7 Regional Service Centers located in Delaware, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa, and Florida. Her ability to lead effectively across state lines comes from her ability to plan and execute well. Having held most every position in the company from Logistics Specialist to Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Sarah leads from hands on experience and has immersed herself in every aspect of logistics management. A big believer in servant leadership and giving back to the community, Sarah supports the Trinity annual Leadercast event, and was the local key speaker in 2016. She was Director of the Trinity Foundation board in 2007 and 2008 along with participating in annual community events each year. She coaches and mentors other young leaders to assist in their growth and success and was awarded the 2015 Delaware Business Times Best 40 under 40 award for being one of the region’s best and brightest young professionals. She currently serves as the co-chair of the TIAs Women in Logistics Committee, and is a member of AWESOME- Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education. Sarah is a Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Western Illinois University. Sarah is no stranger to the transportation logistics business, having spent 17 years with Trinity in several roles throughout the company. She started as a Logistics Specialist, then moved to Operations Team Lead, National Account Manager, Operations Director, Director of HR, VP of Operations, SVP of Strategic Development, and now COO. In these roles she has led major changes in the company, from companywide compensation roll outs, several complete operational software implementations, multiple team/department restructures, and executive re-alignment.
American Intermodal Management
Nathan Seeds is currently the CEO of American Intermodal Management, LLC, an intermodal asset management and leasing company founded in 2016 to bring innovative, high-quality, technology-enabled assets to the US maritime and intermodal markets. Prior to AIM, Seeds was the Chief Operations Officer of APL, where his career spanned nearly 24 years. Seeds started his career in operations at APL's terminal in Los Angeles, where he participated in the opening of the Global Gateway South terminal, including oversight of new terminal systems and technology deployment. He went on to develop extensive experience managing day to day operations in North America including terminal operations and technology, labor relations, trucking and intermodal, equipment and maintenance, alliance and industry cooperation, fleet and cargo management. In 2012, Seeds was appointed to head APL's global operations in Singapore where he was responsible for marine, network and terminal operations, equipment and maintenance, ship management and technical services, environment and security. Seeds has served on various industry boards of directors including PMA, OCEMA, and PMSA. He is a US Navy veteran and holds an MS degree in intermodal transportation.
Director, Planning and Technology
Vice President, North America Surface Transportation
C.H. Robinson Worldwide
Phil Shook currently serves on the board of directors for the university of denver’s transportation institute as is co-chair of the development committee. Shook has also served on the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America from 2010-2015 and was Chairman of the Board in 2013 and 2014. Shook has also served on the Board of the Illinois Trucking Association and also has lectured at many universities including, University of Maryland, University of North Florida, Arizona State University, and University of North Texas. Shook is a regular contributor to industry publications such as Transport Topics, DC Velocity, and more.
Illinois Soybean Association
Transport and Export Infrastructure Lead
Scott Sigman is the transport and export infrastructure lead for the Illinois Soybean Association. Sigman has more than 30 years of experience in global trade and transportation planning, shipping, and freight infrastructure. He leads projects and programs to assess container intermodal and bulk multimodal freight operations.
Co-Founder and CEO
Matt Silver is the CEO and Co-Founder of Forager, a technology focused solution provider in the cross-border logistics industry. Prior to founding Forager, Matt was a rising star and key leader for one of the top freight brokerages in North America, effectively leading the expansion of their business in both Mexico and Canada. He brings over a decade of industry experience, and invaluable expertise having worked in roles spanning every aspect of the logistics business. Under his leadership and vision Forager is working to innovate and automate the movement of freight across The United States, Mexico and Canada by developing ground-breaking technology that will transform the cross-border logistics industry and offer customers a fast and seamless solution for international shipping.
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President, Highway Services
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Shelley Simpson is executive vice president and chief commercial officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, and president of the company’s Highway Services business unit. Simpson’s 25-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as a customer service representative, she has held multiple senior-level positions for business segments across the company. In 2007, she was named president of Integrated Capacity Solutions, a business unit she helped create, and quickly made it the fastest-growing area of the company. While continuing to develop ICS, Simpson assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities in 2011 and was appointed chief marketing officer. She took on additional leadership in 2014 as president of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business segment, helping improve the efficiency of the company’s fleet. As technology expanded the company’s digital capabilities, Simpson’s role evolved to encompass the commercialization and business development of all J.B. Hunt services. In 2017, she was named chief commercial officer and leads the strategic direction of marketing, sales, customer service, and product development, including J.B. Hunt 360, the company’s technology platform for freight matching and operational efficiency. To support the company’s ability to provide comprehensive solutions, J.B. Hunt combined the management of Truckload and ICS services that same year by creating Highway Services, of which she was named president and continues to oversee. She holds a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Arkansas.
Director, Freight Operations
Director, Global Container Logistics Group
Michael Symonanis has worked for more than 14 years at Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC), based in Memphis, Tennessee. Before LDC, he worked at NOL/APL for 14 years in sales and operations roles in the Midwest and Mid-South. Within American Cotton Shippers (ASCA), Texas Cotton Association (TCA), and Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), Symonanis focuses on domestic and international logistics and supply chain issues with members and stakeholders. In these roles, he furthers LCD’s active engagement to address industry opportunities and challenges led for so many years by Sheila Bracken and the late Steve Wyman.
Tucker Company Worldwide
Jeff Tucker is third generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage. Jeff is past chairman of the board of directors for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). He chairs the committee for, and has co-authored each edition of, TIA’s “Carrier Selection Framework” which provides guidance on the selection of safe motor carriers. Jeff has testified before Congress on truck safety matters, and was named by a USDOT Administrator to a special committee to advise USDOT on highway safety. He is on the board of directors for the National Industrial Transportation League, and chairs its Highway Transportation Committee.
Big G Express Inc.
Randy Vernon is the President of the Big G Express family of companies headquartered in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He has been with the company for 24 years and has served in his current role since 2009 when the company became a 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Randy has almost 40 years in the transportation industry with time spent at Roadway Express and Con-Way Southern. Randy and his wife Kim have been married for 41 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Executive Vice President
Dunavant Global Logistics Group
Mike Williams, executive vice president of Dunavant Global Logistics Group, has more than 20 years of logistics and transportation experience, having held senior logistics positions for several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Dunavant, he spent four years with Williams-Sonoma as director of parcel transportation, with global responsibility for parcel transportation management. Prior to that, Williams was controller for AutoZone’s supply chain division, where he won the AutoZone Extra-Miler award for distinguished service. In his past role as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Green Mountain Technology, Williams was operationally responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of GMT’s Parcel Spend Management solution. He completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and holds an MBA from the University of Memphis.
Vice President, Sales
Steve Wutke is responsible for all sales, marketing, and customer service efforts for Prime, one of North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking companies. Wutke started with Prime in 1984 as director of operations for the company’s refrigerated division. As vice president of sales and marketing, he also manages all in-house sales associates and outside sales representatives. Wutke has a master’s degree in administration from Pittsburg State University.
Redwood Logistics and a Senior Adviser at CI Capital Partners
Mark Yeager is currently CEO of Redwood Logistics and a senior adviser at CI Capital Partners, a leading New York based private equity firm with $1.9 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Simplified and CI, Yeager served in a variety of roles at Hub Group. He was vice chairman of the board of directors from November 2008 through August 2015, president from January 2005 through August 2015 and chief operating officer from May 2004 through August 2015. During his 23-year career at Hub, Yeager was also president of field operations, division president, and secretary and general counsel.