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9:00 am

Opening Message

Opening Message

Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWavesTim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWavesCraig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Emily Szink

Emily Szink is the EVP of Media at FreightWaves overseeing editorial, TV and Audio. Emily is an award-winning journalist with close to a decade of on-camera experience. She has done almost every kind of reporting from sports, to the breaking news and court beat, to lifestyle reporting.Emily’s TV career started in Dayton, Ohio when she was still a senior at the University of Dayton. She beat out hundreds of hopefuls in an “American Idol” style contest to become the face of the Dayton’s CW Network.After Dayton, Emily moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to be the Morning Anchor for Rapid City’s NBC affiliate. Emily just couldn’t get enough of her 2 a.m. alarm clock and continued her morning news career in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for almost six years. While in Nebraska, Emily won numerous local, state and regional awards for her exclusive interviews and original reporting.Emily came to FreightWaves in May of 2019 as FreightWavesTV’s first anchor.

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

9:05 am

Keynote with Ron Klain, General Counsel, Revolution and Former Ebola Response Coordinator, White House followed by a live Q&A with Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves - Sponsored by DDC FPO Solutions

Keynote with Ron Klain, General Counsel, Revolution and Former Ebola Response Coordinator, White House followed by a live Q&A with Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves - Sponsored by DDC FPO Solutions

Ron Klain

Prior to joining Revolution, Ron was a Partner and National Practice Group Chair at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  While on leave from the firm, he gained national notice as General Counsel for the Gore Recount Committee in 2000, in recognition of which he was selected as one of National Law Journal’s “Lawyers of the Year” and was featured in the HBO film Recount. Ron began his legal career as a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White, and later served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition to his career in law and business, Ron has extensive public service experience, most recently as the White House Ebola Response Coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015.  Earlier, he served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden and a Senior Aide to President Obama; Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno; and Staff Director for the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee.  He has served as a top debate preparation advisor to Presidents Obama and Clinton, as well as Democratic Presidential nominees Al Gore, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

Active in a number of civic and non-profit groups, Ron has served as Chairman of the Board of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation, a member of the Board of Visitors of Harvard Law School, and a Board Member of the American Constitution Society and the American Progress Action Fund.  He also serves as a Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post.

Ron is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University (where he serves as an Adjunct Professor) and holds a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and won the Sears Prize for the highest grade average in 1985.

Emily Szink

Emily Szink is the EVP of Media at FreightWaves overseeing editorial, TV and Audio. Emily is an award-winning journalist with close to a decade of on-camera experience. She has done almost every kind of reporting from sports, to the breaking news and court beat, to lifestyle reporting.Emily’s TV career started in Dayton, Ohio when she was still a senior at the University of Dayton. She beat out hundreds of hopefuls in an “American Idol” style contest to become the face of the Dayton’s CW Network.After Dayton, Emily moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to be the Morning Anchor for Rapid City’s NBC affiliate. Emily just couldn’t get enough of her 2 a.m. alarm clock and continued her morning news career in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for almost six years. While in Nebraska, Emily won numerous local, state and regional awards for her exclusive interviews and original reporting.Emily came to FreightWaves in May of 2019 as FreightWavesTV’s first anchor.

9:45 am

FreightWaves NOW

FreightWaves NOW

Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves; Zach Strickland, Market Analyst, FreightWaves; and Andrew Cox, Market Research Analyst, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

9:55 am

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

10:20 am

Great Quarter, Guys

Great Quarter, Guys

  • Hosted by Kevin Hill, Director of Editorial & Research, FreightWaves and Andrew Cox, Market Research Analyst, FreightWaves, with guest Benjamin Gordon, Founder and Managing Partner, BG Strategic Advisors
  • Watch video here.
Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is the executive publisher at FreightWaves, where he formerly served as director of editorial and research. Kevin is also the host of Put That Coffee Down, the popular freight sales podcast, a former freight broker and the founder of CarrierLists. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Andrew Cox
Benjamin Gordon

Benjamin Gordon is founder and Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital. He draws on a career building, advising, and investing in supply chain companies. Benjamin has led investments in outstanding firms including XPO, Grand Junction, Bringg, Liftit, and others.

Prior to Cambridge Capital, Benjamin built BGSA Holdings into a global leader in M&A for the supply chain sector. As CEO of BGSA, Benjamin led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $2 billion worth of supply chain transactions. Benjamin has worked with firms such as UPS, DHL, Kuehne & Nagel, Agility Logistics, NFI Logistics, GENCO, Nations Express, Raytrans, Echo Global, Dixie, Wilpak, and others.

Prior to BGSA Holdings, Ben founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Benjamin raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, CNF, and Ionian. 3PLex was then purchased by Maersk. Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin advised transportation and logistics clients at Mercer Management Consulting. Prior to Mercer, Benjamin worked in his family’s transportation business, AMI, where he helped the company expand its logistics operations.

Benjamin is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he boosted young adult volunteerism, expanding the organization to over 100,000 members in twenty locations. Benjamin has also served on the Boards of several non-profit groups, including the Palm Beach United Way, the Palm Beach Federation, the Palm Beach Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the JDC, the JCCA, the Middle East Forum, and various other community organizations.

Benjamin received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

For more info on Ben, please visit his LinkedIn profile, or follow Ben Gordon’s Blog: Links in the Supply Chain.

11:00 am

Industry Keynote with Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Highway Services, J.B. Hunt followed by a Live Q&A with Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves

Industry Keynote with Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Highway Services, J.B. Hunt followed by a Live Q&A with Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves

Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson is Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Shelley’s 27-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s continued progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as an hourly customer service representative, she has held multiple positions for business segments across the company. 

In 2007, Shelley was named President of Integrated Capacity Solutions, a business unit she helped create. While continuing to develop ICS, Shelley 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, and in 2016 when she began overseeing customer experience. In 2017, to support the company’s ability to provide comprehensive solutions, J.B. Hunt combined the management of Truckload and ICS services by creating Highway Services, of which she was named President until December 2020. 

Shelley was named Chief Commercial Officer in 2017 and today leads the strategic direction of marketing, sales, customer experience, and external product development, including J.B. Hunt 360, the company’s technology platform for freight matching and operational efficiency. As the company evolves J.B. Hunt 360 and its technology-driven services, Shelley is also responsible for commercializing them on a global scale as the leader of International Services. In 2020, she was named Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources and leads the company’s efforts to create a more inclusive culture and work environment. 

Listed as number 315 on the Fortune 500 list, J.B. Hunt has received numerous recognitions that include being named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune, a Top 75 Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics, and a Military Friendly Employer by VIQTORY. The company ranked among the top of the following lists: FreightWaves FreightTech25, Transport Topics Top 100 Largest For-Hire Carriers, and Transport Topics Top 50 Logistics Companies, along with many more. Whether leading by example or through active participation, Shelley is devoted to promoting the advancement of women, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all at J.B. Hunt, in the transportation and logistics industry, and within her community. She pioneered three company employee resource groups – Growing and Retaining Outstanding Women (GROW); Latinos Engaging, Advancing, and Developing (LEAD); and PLUS(+) (LGBTQIA+). 

Shelley serves on the board for multiple organizations, including the Mercy Health Foundation, the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council, the BNSF Customer Advisory Board, and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas; she is also a council member for the Chief Human Resources Office Council and the University of Arkansas’ DEI Council. She is on the selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, and the DSA Selection Committee for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. 

In 2016, she received the Distinguished Woman of the Year award by Women In Trucking and was named 2017 ATHENA Woman of the Year at the NWA Business Women’s Conference. In 2020, she received the Power50 Award by the National Diversity Council and was named a 2020 Top Influencer by Arkansas Money & Politics. In 2021, she was named one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digital and has recently been named one of the 2022 Top 100 HR Professionals by the National Diversity Council.

Originally from Russellville, Shelley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She lives in Rogers, AR with her husband David and three children. 

11:30 am

SONAR 6.0

SONAR 6.0

  • Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves
  • Watch demo here.
Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

11:55 am

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

  • Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Freightcaster, FreightWaves, with guests Doug Schrier, Vice President of Product and Innovation, Transflo, and Glenn Jones, GVP of Product Strategy, Blume Global
  • Watch video here.
Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent
Doug Schrier

Doug Schrier leads Transflo’s product and innovation organization. In 2017, he joined the company as VP of Product and Innovation after serving as VP of Continuous Improvement and Program Management for Covenant Transportation Group, a $700M Transportation and Logistics Company. His leadership includes over 15 years of Innovation, Technology, and Management experience in a wide array of companies. He earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Kennesaw State University(Formerly Southern Polytechnic State University).

Glenn Jones

From the world’s largest global retailers, manufacturers and consumer products companies to the smallest owner-operator drayage trucking companies, success depends on end-to-end visibility and orchestration of global supply chain networks. Every move. Every mode. Every mile. With its AI-enabled, data-driven digital platform and solutions for real-time visibility, logistics execution, asset management, optimization and financial audit & settlement, Blume Global leverages more than 25 years of data insights, its globally connected network, and advanced technologies to help enterprises be more agile and responsive, improve service delivery and reduce costs. Learn more at blumeglobal.com.

12:30 pm

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

12:50 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Freightcaster, FreightWaves

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent

1:05 pm

How Shippers and Carriers Can Future-Proof Their Business

How Shippers and Carriers Can Future-Proof Their Business

  • Ricardo Salgado, Founder and CEO, Loadsmart and JT Engstrom, Chief Strategy Officer, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
JT Engstrom

John “JT” Engstrom serves as FreightWaves’ Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the Market Expert team of analysts, FreightWaves’ proprietary research group Freight Intel, and the commercial engagement team. Engstrom will also help with corporate strategy, partnerships, and prepare the company for the next stage of growth.Prior to joining FreightWaves, JT was a top Transportation & Logistics analyst and Wall Street investment banker at STIFEL. While at STIFEL, in partnership with Board of Advisors member John Larkin, JT was consistently ranked among the top three equity analysts by StarMine in both the road & rail as well as airfreight & logistics categories between 2014 and 2018. Throughout his tenure in investment banking in 2018 and 2019 JT focused on public market, private equity, and family office deals completing nearly $1 Billion in transactions in trucking and asset light logistics.Prior to that JT was in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation & Logistics management consulting practice. Engstrom’s first job out of college was writing route optimization models and algorithms for truckload carriers.

Ricardo Salgado

I’m passionate about technology, innovation and improving the world.Loadsmart is revolutionizing transportation logistics by inserting transformative technology to reimagine the entire truckload shipment lifecycle. We are not happy with the status quo. We believe there is a better, more efficient and socially responsible way to move freight across the world.After a career in global finance, I chose to roll up my sleeves and actually build a company. I returned to my engineering roots and I’m applying everything I learned at Goldman Sachs across New York, London, and Brazil in Loadsmart.I'm energized about giving back in dynamic and collaborative settings. As a Georgia Tech alum, member of their ISyE Advisory Board and a "Mentor Jacket" I'm able to participate in a thriving tech ecosystem which promotes creativity, entrepreneurship, and progress.I firmly believe in learning by doing.My favorite quote: “you don’t regret what you do, you regret what you don’t do.“In my spare time (which is very limited), I love to kitesurf!

1:30 pm

Industry Keynote with Doug Waggoner, Chairman and CEO, Echo Global Logistics and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

Industry Keynote with Doug Waggoner, Chairman and CEO, Echo Global Logistics and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

  • The Impact of COVID-19, the Adoption of Technology, and the Future of Freight
  • Watch Industry Keynote here.
Doug Waggoner

Douglas R. Waggoner has served as Chief Executive Officer since December 2006 and was a Board member from 2008-2021. Mr. Waggoner also has served as our Chairman of the Board since June 2015.

Prior to joining Echo, Mr. Waggoner founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight management software provider based in Chicago, Illinois. From April 2004 to December 2005, Mr. Waggoner served as Chief Executive Officer of USF Bestway, and from January 2002 to April 2004 he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for USF Corporation. Mr. Waggoner served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Daylight Transport from April 1999 to January 2002, Executive Vice President from October 1998 to April 1999, and Chief Information Officer from January 1998 to October 1998. From 1986 to 1998, Mr. Waggoner held a variety of positions in sales, operations, marketing and engineering at Yellow Transportation before becoming Vice President of Customer Service.

Mr. Waggoner holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from San Diego State University.

Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

2:05 pm

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

2:30 pm

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

Nick Hobbs, President DCS and Final Mile Service, J.B. Hunt and Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Highway Services, J.B. Hunt

Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson is Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Shelley’s 27-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s continued progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as an hourly customer service representative, she has held multiple positions for business segments across the company. 

In 2007, Shelley was named President of Integrated Capacity Solutions, a business unit she helped create. While continuing to develop ICS, Shelley 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, and in 2016 when she began overseeing customer experience. In 2017, to support the company’s ability to provide comprehensive solutions, J.B. Hunt combined the management of Truckload and ICS services by creating Highway Services, of which she was named President until December 2020. 

Shelley was named Chief Commercial Officer in 2017 and today leads the strategic direction of marketing, sales, customer experience, and external product development, including J.B. Hunt 360, the company’s technology platform for freight matching and operational efficiency. As the company evolves J.B. Hunt 360 and its technology-driven services, Shelley is also responsible for commercializing them on a global scale as the leader of International Services. In 2020, she was named Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources and leads the company’s efforts to create a more inclusive culture and work environment. 

Listed as number 315 on the Fortune 500 list, J.B. Hunt has received numerous recognitions that include being named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune, a Top 75 Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics, and a Military Friendly Employer by VIQTORY. The company ranked among the top of the following lists: FreightWaves FreightTech25, Transport Topics Top 100 Largest For-Hire Carriers, and Transport Topics Top 50 Logistics Companies, along with many more. Whether leading by example or through active participation, Shelley is devoted to promoting the advancement of women, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all at J.B. Hunt, in the transportation and logistics industry, and within her community. She pioneered three company employee resource groups – Growing and Retaining Outstanding Women (GROW); Latinos Engaging, Advancing, and Developing (LEAD); and PLUS(+) (LGBTQIA+). 

Shelley serves on the board for multiple organizations, including the Mercy Health Foundation, the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council, the BNSF Customer Advisory Board, and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas; she is also a council member for the Chief Human Resources Office Council and the University of Arkansas’ DEI Council. She is on the selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, and the DSA Selection Committee for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. 

In 2016, she received the Distinguished Woman of the Year award by Women In Trucking and was named 2017 ATHENA Woman of the Year at the NWA Business Women’s Conference. In 2020, she received the Power50 Award by the National Diversity Council and was named a 2020 Top Influencer by Arkansas Money & Politics. In 2021, she was named one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digital and has recently been named one of the 2022 Top 100 HR Professionals by the National Diversity Council.

Originally from Russellville, Shelley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She lives in Rogers, AR with her husband David and three children. 

2:40 pm

Autonomous Vehicle Tech in the Trucking Industry: Challenges it Solves, Technology, Benefits and Deployment

Autonomous Vehicle Tech in the Trucking Industry: Challenges it Solves, Technology, Benefits and Deployment

  • Vijaysai Patnaik, Product Lead, Trucking, Waymo and JP Hampstead, Director, Passport Research, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
JP Hampstead

John Paul conducts research on multimodal freight markets and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to building a research team at FreightWaves, JP spent two years on the editorial side covering trucking markets, freight brokerage, and M&A.

Vijaysai Patnaik

Vijaysai Patnaik works on building self-driving trucks and cars at Waymo. He is Product lead for Waymo trucking and works closely on self-driving software (Perception) as well. His past experience includes Google, tech startups (ecommerce & logistics), venture capital (Accel Partners) and consulting (McKinsey) across US, India and Israel. He has an MBA from Harvard.

3:05 pm

Industry Keynote with Paris Cole, CEO, Truckstop.com and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

Industry Keynote with Paris Cole, CEO, Truckstop.com and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

  • Partnership with FreightWaves, CyberSecurity & Malware
  • Watch Industry Keynote here.
Paris Cole

Paris Cole is responsible for all facets of Truckstop.com including leading the executive and management teams, and multiple corporate functions including business growth and financial planning. He also oversees ITS Financial Services, the company’s finance arm. Prior to coming on board at Truckstop.com, Cole was the controller for Cochlear Americas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Idaho State University.

Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

3:30 pm

Improving Shipper & Carrier Relationships Through Tech

Improving Shipper & Carrier Relationships Through Tech

  • Lily Shen, President and CEO, Transfix and JP Hampstead, Director, Passport Research, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
JP Hampstead

John Paul conducts research on multimodal freight markets and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to building a research team at FreightWaves, JP spent two years on the editorial side covering trucking markets, freight brokerage, and M&A.

Lily Shen

Lily Shen is CEO & President at Transfix. She joined the company after more than two decades in Silicon Valley with a vision to build the world's most connected and intelligent freight platform. In her first year, Shen tripled Transfix’s growth by developing an innovative carrier strategy that provides unparalleled flexibility and service, and contributed to a 5x increase in Transfix’s enterprise customer base, which now includes Unilever, Staples and Target. In 2020 Transfix rolled out a suite of products and services that further enable the company to harness the vast potential of the rapidly-evolving digital freight space.

Prior to joining Transfix, Shen held numerous senior leadership positions at renowned companies such as eBay, Wealthfront and IDEO, and served as an advisor to leading global platforms including WeChat, Coupang and Mercari. At eBay she built new business lines and grew key verticals for the global marketplace. At Wealthfront, she was instrumental in launching one of the leading fintech platforms today, and at IDEO, she led the mobility and advanced technology practices.

Shen earned a Bachelor of Science from New York University’s Stern School of Business and currently lives in her hometown of New York City.

3:55 pm

Fuller Speed Ahead

Fuller Speed Ahead

  • Hosted by Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves with guest Peter Rentschler, CEO, CarrierDirect
  • Innovations in the Market
  • Watch video here.
Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Peter Rentschler

4:35 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Freightcaster, FreightWaves

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent

4:55 pm

Icebreaker Presented By Loadsure

Icebreaker Presented By Loadsure

Slack, Zoom, WebEx are all well and good, but they never seem to fully scratch that real-world-event itch do they? (Even though we try!) When we’re at events it’s the side chats after a presentation that help us with key takeaways. It’s the one-on-one conversations over lunch or a cold beer that recharge us and provide critical new career opportunities.IceBreaker presented by Loadsure is a fun and super-easy way to experience enjoyable face-to-face conversations with other FreightWaves LIVE @ HOME speakers and attendees. Put simply: It doesn’t stink.Remember: at the end of each day, fun is just 4 clicks away. Look in the FreightWaves LIVE @ HOME slack channel for info on how to join IceBreaker presented by Loadsure. Just pull up a chair (and a beer or Spicy v8), make new friends, cement business connections, and have some laughs.

9:00 am

Opening Message and Shipper of Choice Award Presented By Transflo

Opening Message and Shipper of Choice Award Presented By Transflo

  • Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves; Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves; and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves
  • Presented By Transflo
  • Watch video here.
Emily Szink

Emily Szink is the EVP of Media at FreightWaves overseeing editorial, TV and Audio. Emily is an award-winning journalist with close to a decade of on-camera experience. She has done almost every kind of reporting from sports, to the breaking news and court beat, to lifestyle reporting.Emily’s TV career started in Dayton, Ohio when she was still a senior at the University of Dayton. She beat out hundreds of hopefuls in an “American Idol” style contest to become the face of the Dayton’s CW Network.After Dayton, Emily moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to be the Morning Anchor for Rapid City’s NBC affiliate. Emily just couldn’t get enough of her 2 a.m. alarm clock and continued her morning news career in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for almost six years. While in Nebraska, Emily won numerous local, state and regional awards for her exclusive interviews and original reporting.Emily came to FreightWaves in May of 2019 as FreightWavesTV’s first anchor.

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

9:20 am

Industry Keynote with Derek Leathers, CEO, Werner and George Abernathy, President, FreightWaves

Industry Keynote with Derek Leathers, CEO, Werner and George Abernathy, President, FreightWaves

  • Portfolio Value From Your 3PL; Why Assets Really Matter
  • Watch Industry Keynote here.
Derek J. Leathers

DEREK J. LEATHERS, 49, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Werner Enterprises. Derek has worked in the transportation and logistics industry for over 20 years. Throughout his tenure at Werner, he has held integral roles in many facets of the organization, including the establishment of Werner’s Mexico operations, oversight for all the asset operating groups and leading the launch of Werner Global Logistics, which encompasses transportation management and freight movement within Intermodal, Ocean, Air and Brokerage. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Mr. Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico’s trucking association (CANACAR) and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Mr. Leathers holds an Economics degree from Princeton University.

George Abernathy

George Abernathy, Emerge President and Board Member, has more than 30 years of supply chain and technology experience. Notably, George is the former President of leading industry publication FreightWaves where he was responsible for all revenue and commercial efforts, including SaaS, media, and virtual & physical events. George has a breadth of direct industry background, having held executive leadership positions at Transplace, J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com and Sabre Logistics.

9:50 am

FreightWaves NOW

FreightWaves NOW

Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves; Zach Strickland, Market Analyst, FreightWaves; and Luke Falasca, SONAR Sales Executive, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

10:00 am

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

10:25 am

Corporate & Social Response During Crisis

Corporate & Social Response During Crisis

  • Matt McLelland, Innovation Strategist, Covenant Transportation Services and Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Matt McLelland

Matt McLelland has more than 20 years of experience in IT and brings a fresh perspective to the supply chain industry. He serves as the Innovation Strategist for Covenant Transport, where his team works to ensure a more affordable, safer delivery of products to customers. He previously served as the Innovation Research Manager for Kenco Innovation Labs. During his IT career, McLelland served as Director of Enterprise Systems for Kenco Group and Director of Technology for the Maclellan Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Georgia.

Emily Szink

Emily Szink is the EVP of Media at FreightWaves overseeing editorial, TV and Audio. Emily is an award-winning journalist with close to a decade of on-camera experience. She has done almost every kind of reporting from sports, to the breaking news and court beat, to lifestyle reporting.Emily’s TV career started in Dayton, Ohio when she was still a senior at the University of Dayton. She beat out hundreds of hopefuls in an “American Idol” style contest to become the face of the Dayton’s CW Network.After Dayton, Emily moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to be the Morning Anchor for Rapid City’s NBC affiliate. Emily just couldn’t get enough of her 2 a.m. alarm clock and continued her morning news career in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for almost six years. While in Nebraska, Emily won numerous local, state and regional awards for her exclusive interviews and original reporting.Emily came to FreightWaves in May of 2019 as FreightWavesTV’s first anchor.

10:45 am

On The Spot

On The Spot

  • Zach Strickland, Market Analyst, FreightWaves and JP Hampstead, Director, Passport Research, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

JP Hampstead

John Paul conducts research on multimodal freight markets and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to building a research team at FreightWaves, JP spent two years on the editorial side covering trucking markets, freight brokerage, and M&A.

11:00 am

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

11:30 am

The Future of Freight & The Importance of Supply Chain Innovation

The Future of Freight & The Importance of Supply Chain Innovation

  • Grant Goodale, Founder and CTO, Convoy and JT Engstrom, Chief Strategy Officer, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Grant Goodale

Goodale is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Convoy, whose software creates smarter routes that efficiently batch shipments for the drivers, helping their businesses thrive, saving on transportation costs and curtailing environmental waste. Prior to Convoy, Grant worked at Amazon, founded/served as CEO of Massively Fun, and held senior positions at multiple startups including Reactivity and Context Optional.

JT Engstrom

John “JT” Engstrom serves as FreightWaves’ Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the Market Expert team of analysts, FreightWaves’ proprietary research group Freight Intel, and the commercial engagement team. Engstrom will also help with corporate strategy, partnerships, and prepare the company for the next stage of growth.Prior to joining FreightWaves, JT was a top Transportation & Logistics analyst and Wall Street investment banker at STIFEL. While at STIFEL, in partnership with Board of Advisors member John Larkin, JT was consistently ranked among the top three equity analysts by StarMine in both the road & rail as well as airfreight & logistics categories between 2014 and 2018. Throughout his tenure in investment banking in 2018 and 2019 JT focused on public market, private equity, and family office deals completing nearly $1 Billion in transactions in trucking and asset light logistics.Prior to that JT was in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation & Logistics management consulting practice. Engstrom’s first job out of college was writing route optimization models and algorithms for truckload carriers.

11:50 am

The Impact of Nuclear Verdicts

The Impact of Nuclear Verdicts

  • Cassandra Gaines, Transportation Lawyer and Consultant, Gaines Law Group, LLC
  • Watch video here.
Cassandra Gaines

Cassandra Gaines is a transportation law expert and industry business leader who, in the past years, has helped many transportation companies meet any necessary legal requirements. She has taken advantage of her entrepreneurial spirit by creating various platforms to educate, transform, and revolutionize the Transportation and Logistics Industry.

Recently named one of the 100 People Transforming Business in North America by Business Insider, Cassandra joins prestigious alumni such Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, and Jeff Bezos.

A lawyer at heart, Cassandra has shifted her offering from legal services toward providing education through new and innovative platforms, different channels of communications like podcasts and live shows, as well as coaching services for companies and individuals that need legal guidance. She has dedicated her career to helping transportation companies succeed.

Cassandra created her show called MadGaines Live, a non-traditional platform that extends through all her social media platforms where her ever-growing community of more than 230,000 viewers unite, learn, and have fun with colleagues and industry leaders.

Cassandra has built her career in the transportation industry as both a law firm litigator and as in-house counsel at some of the largest companies in the industry. For a time, she was the lead in-house attorney and director of cargo security for Echo Global Logistics, one of the largest transportation brokers in the industry. And after that, as associate general counsel of risk management at Schneider National Inc., one of the nation’s largest trucking companies.

Leveraging Her Expertise

Being able to work with major companies within the industry allowed Cassandra to understand its nuances. It only felt natural to become a founding partner of a boutique transportation law firm, Gaines Law Group LLC. It has allowed her to help other companies stay ahead of the game, avoid any legal issues, and transform the way these services are looked at within the industry.

12:05 pm

Put That Coffee Down

Put That Coffee Down

  • Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Kevin Hill, Director of Editorial & Research, FreightWaves with guest George Abernathy, President, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is the executive publisher at FreightWaves, where he formerly served as director of editorial and research. Kevin is also the host of Put That Coffee Down, the popular freight sales podcast, a former freight broker and the founder of CarrierLists. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

George Abernathy

George Abernathy, Emerge President and Board Member, has more than 30 years of supply chain and technology experience. Notably, George is the former President of leading industry publication FreightWaves where he was responsible for all revenue and commercial efforts, including SaaS, media, and virtual & physical events. George has a breadth of direct industry background, having held executive leadership positions at Transplace, J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com and Sabre Logistics.

12:55 pm

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

1:15 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Freightcaster, FreightWaves

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent

1:35 pm

Where Data Is Driving You

Where Data Is Driving You

  • Dan Conner, Founder and Partner, Ascend Venture Capital
  • Watch video here.
Dan Conner

Dan founded Ascend out of a relentless passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. As a c-level operator at disruptive startups, as a quantamental management consultant, and as an investor in big ideas, Dan has cultivated a career in enabling the future states of industries. He specializes in new marketplaces, programmatic decision-making processes, and science that pushes the boundaries between fiction and reality.Prior to Ascend Venture Capital, Dan was a mainstay on the operations side of high-growth startups, leading teams to build scalable operational and financial infrastructure. To begin his venture capital career, Dan was poached from his own company to join Lewis & Clark Ventures, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm, at a time when the fund was itself a new venture. Previously, he led Ascend Financial, a consulting firm providing early-stage companies with CFO services, fundraising coaching, and operational strategy design. Dan founded Ascend Financial as a capstone on his portfolio management career at Morgan Stanley and is a CFA Charterholder.Dan is an Olin Business School MBA graduate and holds an undergraduate degree from Yale in mechanical engineering; he also holds a masters in advanced renewable technologies from Washington University in St. Louis. He’s started three businesses and thrived as a performance engineer in the field. In addition to being a startup geek, Dan also enjoys the outdoors, runs triathlons, and sings karaoke poorly with his infinitely supportive wife, Molly Mulligan.

1:50 pm

Fuller Speed Ahead

Fuller Speed Ahead

  • Hosted by Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves with guests Will O’Donnell, Managing Partner, Prologis Ventures
  • Impact of COVID on Global Supply Chain
  • Watch video here.
Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Will O'Donnell

William O’Donnell is the Managing Director of Prologis Ventures, the innovation platform and venture capital arm of Prologis. With over 23 years of experience in both real estate and technology he heads this new group’s efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. Mr. O’Donnell joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. In addition, he has private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work- outs, debt structuring and disposition. Mr. O’Donnell also has acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining AMB, Mr. O’Donnell was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact a leading digital marketing company and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners. Mr. O’Donnell received his Bachelors of Arts in English and Spanish from Duke University.

2:25 pm

Bots and Robotic Process Automation Technology Impacts on the Industry

Bots and Robotic Process Automation Technology Impacts on the Industry

  • Alfonso Quijano, COO, Lean Tech IO and CTO, Lean Staffing Solutions and Kevin Hill, Director of Editorial & Research, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is the executive publisher at FreightWaves, where he formerly served as director of editorial and research. Kevin is also the host of Put That Coffee Down, the popular freight sales podcast, a former freight broker and the founder of CarrierLists. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Alfonso Quijano

Alfonso is an Electronic Engineer, full-stack developer, and technology executive focused on the logistics industry. He has participated in creating state-of-the-art technology solutions such as fully automated vehicle access control systems with ALPR. He has taken projects from zero to completion in live production environments in record time. His passion for entrepreneurship and technology led him to join Lean Staffing Solutions. Alfonso started to grow his technology team, which consisted of only four people back in 2018. However, he believed in this project and moved to Medellin with the ambition to create something extraordinary. Today, that project is known as "Lean Tech", a company that provides highly performant development teams for US-based companies through a nearshoring model specialized in the logistics industry.

9:00 am

Opening Message

Opening Message

Emily Szink, EVP of Content, FreightWaves, Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves, and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves

Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Emily Szink

Emily Szink is the EVP of Media at FreightWaves overseeing editorial, TV and Audio. Emily is an award-winning journalist with close to a decade of on-camera experience. She has done almost every kind of reporting from sports, to the breaking news and court beat, to lifestyle reporting.Emily’s TV career started in Dayton, Ohio when she was still a senior at the University of Dayton. She beat out hundreds of hopefuls in an “American Idol” style contest to become the face of the Dayton’s CW Network.After Dayton, Emily moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to be the Morning Anchor for Rapid City’s NBC affiliate. Emily just couldn’t get enough of her 2 a.m. alarm clock and continued her morning news career in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for almost six years. While in Nebraska, Emily won numerous local, state and regional awards for her exclusive interviews and original reporting.Emily came to FreightWaves in May of 2019 as FreightWavesTV’s first anchor.

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

9:05 am

The Ways in which the Coronavirus May Reset the Way We Do Things

The Ways in which the Coronavirus May Reset the Way We Do Things

  • Brook Sutherland, Industrial and M&A Columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, Bloomberg and George Abernathy, President, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Brooke Sutherland

Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.

George Abernathy

George Abernathy, Emerge President and Board Member, has more than 30 years of supply chain and technology experience. Notably, George is the former President of leading industry publication FreightWaves where he was responsible for all revenue and commercial efforts, including SaaS, media, and virtual & physical events. George has a breadth of direct industry background, having held executive leadership positions at Transplace, J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com and Sabre Logistics.

9:25 am

Driving Diversity

Driving Diversity

  • Tracy Black, Operating Partner, NewRoad Capital Partners; Luann Abrams, Founder, CEOX; and Lori Heino-Royer, Ambassador, CEOX
  • Watch video here.
Tracy Black

Tracy Black is a partner at NewRoad Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm located in Rogers, Ar. She serves on the board of Platform Science an IoT fleet management platform company based in San Diego, CA, Emerge a digital freight platform based in Phoenix, Az, and as Chairman of the board for Pickup a final mile delivery service based in Dallas, Tx. She also serves as board observer for Bardavon Health Innovations based in Kansas City, KS. Previously, she served on the executive team as SVP IT at J.B Hunt Transport a fortune 300 transportation logistics company based in Lowell, Ar where she led the IT organization and was responsible for the companies technology strategies including mobility, telematics, cloud migration, digital transformation, analytics and software development. Tracy led the effort to establish an Innovation Center of Excellence for artificial intelligence and machine learning with the University of Arkansas and J.B. Hunt. Tracy is currently serving as a mentor for Endeavor, a global organization founded on the belief that job creation, innovation, and overall prosperity flourish where there is robust support for entrepreneurship. Tracy has served as the President of the NWA Network of Executive Women, President of University of Arkansas CSEG Alumni organization, and as a board member for Credit Counseling of Arkansas, Samsung Executive Advisory Board, Arkansas Academy of Computing, and the Information Technology Research Institute. Tracy is a member of the Arkansas Executive Forum. Tracy received the distinguished alumni award from the University of Arkansas in 2014. She was named a Premier 100 IT leader by Computerworld. In 2020 Tracy received the NWA Women in Business Award.

Luann Abrams
Lori Heino-Royer

Lori started her career as a Certified Public Accountant providing her with a great foundation for understanding how decisions impact the bottom line. She has developed deep industry knowledge through her leadership experience in strategy, connectivity technology, the business of autonomous, finance, sales and program management. Her skills shine brightest when she has the chance to organize chaos!

Lori is skilled and passionate about telling stories that rally others to deliver their best results. She provides shelter for the ideas of others, helping them to structure their ideas into real products.

Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Portland State University. In addition, she holds professional credentials as a Certified Public Accountant and a Project Management Professional and a Certified Foresight Practitioner. Lori serves as board director for Portland State University’s Alumni Association.

10:00 am

FreightWaves NOW

FreightWaves NOW

Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves; Zach Strickland, Market Analyst, FreightWaves; and Andrew Cox, Market Research Analyst, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

10:10 am

Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic With Real-Time Logistics Technology

Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic With Real-Time Logistics Technology

  • Bill Driegert, Head of Operations & Co-Founder, Uber Freight
  • Watch video here.
Bill Driegert

Bill Driegert is the Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across North America. Prior to joining Uber, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Pillow Homes. He also spent time at Amazon as Director of Planning and Innovation with oversight over new initiatives in final mile delivery and truckload. Bill was a founding team member of Coyote Logistics (acquired by UPS) and the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. He started his career building race-cars in Vermont before joining PepsiCo to start a more glamorous career in logistics. Bill lives in Tiburon, CA with his wife and 2 children and in his limited free-time still enjoys mountain biking and tinkering on old cars and motorcycles.

10:30 am

The Great Debate: Are Volumes On The Up And Up?

The Great Debate: Are Volumes On The Up And Up?

  • Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves; Zach Strickland, Market Analyst, FreightWaves; and George Abernathy, President, FreightWaves
  • Watch debate here.
Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Zach Strickland

Zach Strickland, the “Sultan of SONAR,” curates the weekly market update. Zach is also one of FreightWaves’ Market Experts. With a degree in Finance, Strickland spent the early part of his career in banking before transitioning to transportation in various roles and segments, such as truckload and LTL. He has over 13 years of transportation experience, specializing in data, pricing, and analytics.

George Abernathy

George Abernathy, Emerge President and Board Member, has more than 30 years of supply chain and technology experience. Notably, George is the former President of leading industry publication FreightWaves where he was responsible for all revenue and commercial efforts, including SaaS, media, and virtual & physical events. George has a breadth of direct industry background, having held executive leadership positions at Transplace, J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com and Sabre Logistics.

10:45 am

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

11:10 am

Building an Autonomous Freight Shipping Business

Building an Autonomous Freight Shipping Business

  • Don Burnette, CEO, Kodiak Robotics; Linda Baker, Reporter, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Don Burnette

Don Burnette is the Founder & CEO of Kodiak Robotics. Don is one of the autonomous vehicle industry’s true pioneers, with more than ten years experience working on self-driving software development. He began his career as a software tech lead for the Google self-driving car project, the predecessor to Waymo. After over five years at Google, Don left the company to co-found Otto, the first self-driving truck startup, which was acquired by Uber. After nearly two years as Software Technical Lead at Uber, Don left to found Kodiak.Don earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Florida. He also earned a Master’s degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

11:35 am

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

12:00 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Co-Host of What The Truck?!? and Host of Freight Forecasting, FreightWaves with guests Lance Healy, Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Founder Banyan Technologies; Stephen Bindbeutel, Director of Portfolio Strategy, Truckstop.com; David Bell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lean Staffing Solutions and CEO, Lean Tech; and Derrick Dunker, AVP of Operations, TriumphPay

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent
Derrick Dunker

Derrick grew up in Kansas City and went to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in economics with a minor in business finance. During college, he worked as a bank teller for Arvest Bank where he learned a lot about the retail banking world. Following graduation, he was offered a job with RTS Financial Service Inc. as an Account Representative.. While at RTS, he was promoted several times from Account Representative to Team Coordinator to Operations Supervisor and finally to a Senior Supervisor role over the course of his 4 year tenure. His experience with RTS has yielded a wealth of knowledge with regard to factoring and the trucking industry as a whole. Derrick looks forward to this new opportunity with TriumphPay, utilizing his factoring & industry knowledge to help move the needle.

David Bell

David Bell is the co-founder and managing director of Lean Staffing Solutions and CEO of Lean Tech, a Lean Staffing Solutions Company. He has been a leader in the transportation industry for over 25 years beginning his industry career in 1993. In his early career he started has a dispatcher at Precise Transportation and then joined Gateway Transportation Services as the Operations Manager.

In 2001, David joined Cargo Transportation Services, Inc. where he served as CEO until 2011 when Cargo was bought by Smith Transportation Services, Inc. David was an equity holder and the COO of Smith Transportation until 2018 when it was sold to a Private Equity firm.

1:10 pm

Company Demos

Company Demos

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Director of Market Experts, FreightWaves

Anthony Smith

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

1:40 pm

Fuller Speed Ahead

Fuller Speed Ahead

  • Johnny McCord, CEO and Founder, Loadsure and Craig Fuller, Founder and CEO, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Craig Fuller

Craig Fuller is the CEO and founder of FreightWaves, the leading provider of data and analytics for the global logistics industry. FreightWaves provides the fastest view of transportation and logistics market activity, across all modes. The company is also the No.1 source for media and market analytics in the global freight industry.Prior to founding FreightWaves, he was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises.

Johnny McCord

A cargo insurance innovator, Johnny is focused on evolving centuries-old insurance traditions to deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness to the market while holding onto a human-centric approach. His end-to-end digital cargo insurance solution, Loadsure, was the only Lloyd’s of London coverholder approved in 2019. It was also a Lloyd’s Lab selection, 2021 InsurTechNY Early-Stage InsurTech Competition winner, and runner-up for Insurance Insider’s 2020 Disruptor of the Year Award. Previously a cargo broker with Lochain Patrick and a founding member of Roanoke International, Johnny brings 18 years of cargo broking experience to the fore.

2:05 pm

Branding: How Your Personal Branding as an Extension of The Company You’re Working For Is Vital For Success Post COVID-19

Branding: How Your Personal Branding as an Extension of The Company You’re Working For Is Vital For Success Post COVID-19

Steve Ferreria, CEO, Ocean Audit Inc. and Elaine Pofeldt, Journalist and Author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business

Elaine Pofeldt

Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist and speaker who specializes in careers and entrepreneurship. She is author of the new book The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business (Random House, January 2018), where she looks at how entrepreneurs are scaling to $1 million in revenue prior to hiring employees.

Steve Ferreira

Steve Ferreira has a 37-year background in global container shipping. He established Ocean Audit in 1994 when he realized general freight audit practices reverse no more than 50% of overcharges occurring in ocean transportation. Today, Steve’s process is leading edge and utilizes machine learning to identify and validate ocean freight invoice errors. Initial recovery validation can be accomplished with only a very basic requested client-side report. Steve Ferreira is often featured in leading business publications like USA Today, Journal of Commerce and as a guest commentator on CNBC.

2:30 pm

How to Improve Fleet Performance With In-Cab Mobile Technology

How to Improve Fleet Performance With In-Cab Mobile Technology

  • Erik Anderson, Vice President, Enterprise Accounts at Stratix and Michael Vincent, Co-Host of What The Truck?!? and Host of Freight Forecasting, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Michael Vincent
Erik Anderson

Erik oversees the nation-wide Named Account Sales Team and is responsible for the success and expansion of Stratix’s large base of existing accounts. Erik brings a background of over 30 years sales experience in the mobile computing industry. From his early years as Director of Sales for Symbol Technology’s Transportation and Logistics group, to his more recent tenure as Vice President of Sales at Agentek, Erik brings a broad array of industry knowledge in mobility hardware, software and services. His career began many years ago in transportation software and on-board computing technology with two different startup companies in T&L technology. Erik is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL where he majored in Business Administration and Finance.

2:55 pm

Role of Private Equity in Trucking, Logistics, and FreighTech Now

Role of Private Equity in Trucking, Logistics, and FreighTech Now

  • John Larkin, Operating Partner, Clarendon Capital and JT Engstrom, Chief Strategy Officer, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
JT Engstrom

John “JT” Engstrom serves as FreightWaves’ Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the Market Expert team of analysts, FreightWaves’ proprietary research group Freight Intel, and the commercial engagement team. Engstrom will also help with corporate strategy, partnerships, and prepare the company for the next stage of growth.Prior to joining FreightWaves, JT was a top Transportation & Logistics analyst and Wall Street investment banker at STIFEL. While at STIFEL, in partnership with Board of Advisors member John Larkin, JT was consistently ranked among the top three equity analysts by StarMine in both the road & rail as well as airfreight & logistics categories between 2014 and 2018. Throughout his tenure in investment banking in 2018 and 2019 JT focused on public market, private equity, and family office deals completing nearly $1 Billion in transactions in trucking and asset light logistics.Prior to that JT was in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation & Logistics management consulting practice. Engstrom’s first job out of college was writing route optimization models and algorithms for truckload carriers.

John Larkin

3:15 pm

Transportation and International Trade

Transportation and International Trade

  • Darren Prokop, Professor of Logistics, University of Alaska Anchorage and Nate Tabak, Border and North America Correspondent, FreightWaves
  • Watch video here.
Dr. Darren Prokop

Dr. Darren Prokop joined University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2000, reaching the rank of full Professor in 2010. Originally from Canada, Darren worked for many years in business, government, and academia.Darren received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manitoba in 1999. Prior to his academic career he worked in government as an economist and in the private sector in manufacturing and inventory planning.His goal at UAA is to help the College of Business and Public Policy achieve its mission for Alaska and beyond.Dr. Prokop loves teaching! He's been teaching in universities since 1993. Darren makes it his personal mission to take complex topics and boil them down to common sense. This helps us to understand what’s truly going on in business systems or in the public policy-making process. He's always said, "if you can’t explain it simply, you simply can’t explain it."

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist who covers Canada for FreightWaves. He spent seven years as an investigative reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley.

3:45 pm

Cross Border Transportation of Pharmaceuticals, Like Vaccines and PPE

Cross Border Transportation of Pharmaceuticals, Like Vaccines and PPE

  • Heather Devine, Partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP and Rachel Premack, Transportation Reporter, Business Insider
  • Watch video here.
Heather Devine
Rachel Premack

Rachel Premack is the editorial director at FreightWaves. She writes the newsletter MODES, the go-to newsletter for supply chain insiders (and outsiders).

Before joining FreightWaves in 2022, Rachel was a senior features reporter at Business Insider. She created the trucking beat at Business Insider, and has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, France24, and other major outlets to discuss her coverage.

Prior to that, Rachel was a journalist in Seoul, South Korea. Her articles were published in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg CityLab, The Verge, and others.

Rachel was a Stigler Center Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the spring of 2019. Rachel grew up in Metro Detroit and received her Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan. Her Twitter account is @rrpre.

If you'd like to get in touch with Rachel, please email her at rpremack@freightwaves.com or rpremack@protonmail.com.



4:10 pm

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

WHAT THE TRUCK?!?

Hosted by Tim Dooner, Director of Audio, FreightWaves and Michael Vincent, Co-Host of What The Truck?!? and Host of Freight Forecasting, FreightWaves

Tim Dooner

Dooner is currently creating new podcast, radio, video, and multimedia content for FreightWaves. He is hard at work on developing the next greatest podcast known to man. Dooner is a 14-year supply chain industry veteran who has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. Having worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the field. He is a co-host and producer on What The Truck?!? and the host/producer of FreightWaves Insiders.

Michael Vincent

4:30 pm

Icebreaker Presented By Loadsure

Icebreaker Presented By Loadsure

Slack, Zoom, WebEx are all well and good, but they never seem to fully scratch that real-world-event itch do they? (Even though we try!) When we’re at events it’s the side chats after a presentation that help us with key takeaways. It’s the one-on-one conversations over lunch or a cold beer that recharge us and provide critical new career opportunities.IceBreaker presented by Loadsure is a fun and super-easy way to experience enjoyable face-to-face conversations with other FreightWaves LIVE @ HOME speakers and attendees. Put simply: It doesn’t stink.Remember: at the end of each day, fun is just 4 clicks away. Look in the FreightWaves LIVE @ HOME slack channel for info on how to join IceBreaker presented by Loadsure. Just pull up a chair (and a beer or Spicy v8), make new friends, cement business connections, and have some laughs.