DECEMBER 3, 2020 // VIRTUAL EVENT

The Freight Industry’s First Free Virtual Space Logistics Conference

What would you think about a cargo rocket lifting off from China and landing 30 minutes later in Los Angeles, ready to unload millions of tons of freight in need of trucks? How will transportation strategies rely on satellite communications in the age of space tourism? Opportunities abound for those interested in designing the networks of the future. Featuring experts from NASA, SpaceWaves will dive deep into the intersection of supply chains and space technology. Expect to discuss the transportation strategies of 2025 and beyond! This event isn’t designed for those who seek to rely on old and tired approaches to logistics and transportation. You’ll take part in an event to determine the possible, the innovative, and the new world of transportation, logistics and supply chains that we can build. 

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SPEAKERS

Industry Leading Speakers

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 leads the Freight Intel Group at FreightWaves, which publishes proprietary research on all things transport and logistics. Kevin, the founder of CarrierLists, is a former freight broker and holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Andrew Cox
Benjamin Gordon

Benjamin Gordon is Founder of BGSA Holdings and Cambridge Capital in Palm Beach. He draws on a career spent investing in, advising and building supply chain and technology companies. At BGSA Holdings, Benjamin led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $1 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 Gordon Philanthropy

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.

Media

A recognized expert, Benjamin has been interviewed in major media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, FreightWaves, Dynamo, Authority Magazine, Yahoo Finance, CorpGov, The Native Society, CNBC and others.A published author, Ben has written for Fortune, CNBC, Freightwaves, SupplyChainBrain, Data Driven Investor, Supply Chains, Medium, Supply Chain 247, Supply Chain Management Review, the Middle East Quarterly, and others.

Education

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

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 began her career at J.B. Hunt after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1994 with a marketing degree. Since then she has taken on numerous positions across a variety of business segments including President of ICS. As President of ICS, Shelley developed this newly-created business unit into the fastest growing area of the company, expanding its total number of available services and increasing annual revenue from $92 million to more than $850 million. Under Shelley’s leadership, the ICS employee count has grown to exceed 850 people in 42 field branch locations throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2011, Shelley was appointed Chief Marketing Officer and assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities. As CMO she has contributed to the enterprise revenue growth of $3.5 billion to $4.8 billion. In 2014, her executive leadership role expanded to include President of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business unit. Recently, Shelley was named Chief Commercial Officer and oversees the commercialization of J.B Hunt 360 and the overall direction of sales and marketing. She was also named President of the newly established Highway Services, which was created to help unify the management of all asset and non-asset J.B. Hunt services.

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 Waddoner

Douglas R. Waggoner has served as Chief Executive Officer since December 2006 and has been a Board member since February 2008. 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 began her career at J.B. Hunt after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1994 with a marketing degree. Since then she has taken on numerous positions across a variety of business segments including President of ICS. As President of ICS, Shelley developed this newly-created business unit into the fastest growing area of the company, expanding its total number of available services and increasing annual revenue from $92 million to more than $850 million. Under Shelley’s leadership, the ICS employee count has grown to exceed 850 people in 42 field branch locations throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2011, Shelley was appointed Chief Marketing Officer and assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities. As CMO she has contributed to the enterprise revenue growth of $3.5 billion to $4.8 billion. In 2014, her executive leadership role expanded to include President of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business unit. Recently, Shelley was named Chief Commercial Officer and oversees the commercialization of J.B Hunt 360 and the overall direction of sales and marketing. She was also named President of the newly established Highway Services, which was created to help unify the management of all asset and non-asset J.B. Hunt services.

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

Prior to joining Transfix, Shen spent almost 20 years in leadership roles at Silicon Valley’s leading technology companies, such as eBay, IDEO, and Wealthfront. In early 2018, when presented with the opportunity to apply best-in-class technology to the trucking and logistics industry, Shen moved back to her native New York to help Transfix establish itself as a leader and innovator in the $800 billion domestic trucking market.

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 has responsibility for all revenue and commercial efforts at FreightWaves, including SaaS, Trucking Freight Futures and membership engagements. He is the former President of Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third-party logistics and truck brokerage services. He also held the COO role and was a key contributor in the company’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013. George has more than 30 years of supply chain and transportation industry leadership experience with carrier, broker and technology companies. Previously, he held senior management positions at J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.

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
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 has significant legal experience in the transportation industry both as in-house counsel for some of the largest transportation companies in the industry and as a transportation litigator at a nationwide law firm. Cassandra prides herself on keeping pace with the quickly changing industry and helping her clients stay ahead of legal issues just around the corner.Cassandra is the founding partner of a boutique transportation law firm and consulting group dedicated to transforming legal service in the industry. Prior to establishing her law firm, Cassandra served as the Associate General Counsel of Claims and Litigation at Schneider National Inc. Cassandra not only led a team of adjusters at Schneider but was responsible for the legal outcome of all claims and litigation arising from the transportation of goods. She managed hundreds of lawsuits and attorneys across the country and developed a unique understanding of litigation trends and strategies in the transportation industry.Prior to Schneider, Cassandra worked for one of the largest transportation brokerages in the industry, Echo Global Logistics Inc., where she was the lead in-house attorney and Director of Cargo Security. At Echo, Cassandra built a legal department, developed a contract management program, and managed a carrier-compliance department. She was responsible for reducing cargo theft, during a time in which the industry was plagued with theft across the country.Prior to going in-house, Cassandra was a transportation litigator at a nationwide law firm. During that time, she gained experience representing trucking and logistics companies in litigation, contract negotiation, cargo claims, unpaid freight charges and risk management matters.Cassandra’s legal practice is enhanced by her prior business experience in New York City at two Fortune 500 companies, where she gained a wide range of experience in sales, marketing, operations (including wholesale and distribution) and management. Cassandra’s holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Financial management from Cornell University. She received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law.

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 leads the Freight Intel Group at FreightWaves, which publishes proprietary research on all things transport and logistics. Kevin, the founder of CarrierLists, is a former freight broker and holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

George Abernathy

George Abernathy has responsibility for all revenue and commercial efforts at FreightWaves, including SaaS, Trucking Freight Futures and membership engagements. He is the former President of Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third-party logistics and truck brokerage services. He also held the COO role and was a key contributor in the company’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013. George has more than 30 years of supply chain and transportation industry leadership experience with carrier, broker and technology companies. Previously, he held senior management positions at J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.

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 leads Prologis Ventures, the venture capital, innovation and corporate development arm of Prologis. With over 22 years of experience in both real estate and technology, he heads efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate.

O’Donnell joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally. He has led some of the company’s more complicated transactions, including the restructuring of six of Prologis’ private equity funds representing more than $4.5 billion in assets; privatization of G. Acción; establishment of two strategic capital vehicles; and AMB Property Corporation’s investments and ventures in India, China, Mexico, Singapore and Korea. O’Donnell brings private equity fund management expertise including capital raising, joint venture negotiation, asset management, work-outs, and debt structuring, as well as acquisition and development experience throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining AMB, O’Donnell was Director of Acquisition Solutions at Acxiom Impact, a leading digital marketing company, and a management consultant at Cambridge Technology Partners.

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 leads the Freight Intel Group at FreightWaves, which publishes proprietary research on all things transport and logistics. Kevin, the founder of CarrierLists, is a former freight broker and holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.

Alfonso Quijano

Electronic Engineer and technology executive focused on the logistics industry. Participated in the creation of state of the art technology solutions such as fully automated vehicle access control systems with ALPR. Seasoned full stack software developer knowledgeable in various high and low-level programming environments, IT project manager, and leader of software divisions, taking projects from zero to completion on live production environments in record time. Versatile engineer with operations experience focused on building highly efficient technology teams and all supporting company departments, including HR, Marketing, Sales, PR, and IT.

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 has responsibility for all revenue and commercial efforts at FreightWaves, including SaaS, Trucking Freight Futures and membership engagements. He is the former President of Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third-party logistics and truck brokerage services. He also held the COO role and was a key contributor in the company’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013. George has more than 30 years of supply chain and transportation industry leadership experience with carrier, broker and technology companies. Previously, he held senior management positions at J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.

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 has 30 years of experience in leadership and supply chain technology. As a member of the executive team for fortune 500 transportation supply chain company, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Tracy built and led the technology team. In her role as Senior Vice President Information Technology, she was responsible for IT Strategy, technology vendor relationships and key customer technology roadmaps. In 2007, Tracy was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT leaders and in 2008 received the Information on Demand Innovation award from IBM. Tracy was the former president of the NWA Network of Executive Women. Tracy has served on the Information Technology Research Institute Board, the Credit Counseling of Arkansas Board, The Arkansas Stem Coallition Board, The Peoplenet Customer Advisory Council, the University of Arkansas Innovation Center of Excellence board and the Samsung Executive Advisory Board. Tracy joined NewRoad Capital Partners as an operating partner in 2018. Tracy is currently on the Board of Directors for Platform Science and Emerge as well as serving as Board Observer for Bardavon Health Innovations.

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 Director of Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics on demand business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across the US and Europe. 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 has responsibility for all revenue and commercial efforts at FreightWaves, including SaaS, Trucking Freight Futures and membership engagements. He is the former President of Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third-party logistics and truck brokerage services. He also held the COO role and was a key contributor in the company’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013. George has more than 30 years of supply chain and transportation industry leadership experience with carrier, broker and technology companies. Previously, he held senior management positions at J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.

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

Kodiak was founded in 2018 by Don Burnette and Paz Eshel to redefine long-haul trucking using safe and reliable autonomous technology.Between growing e-commerce and a strong economy, demand for trucking is on the rise. The trucking industry faces major problems: a shortage of drivers, difficult working conditions, and extremely high turnover. According to the American Trucking Association, the industry faced a shortage of 51,000 commercial truck drivers at the end of 2017.Long-haul trucking is primed for autonomous technology. Highway driving is more structured and predictable than urban driving. This means there are fewer decisions for drivers to make and a better fit for autonomous vehicles.We believe that autonomous trucks will play a major role in filling the gap while improving safety, enhancing truck driver quality of life, increasing efficiency, reducing congestion and emissions and creating jobs across the economy.As industry veterans with more than a decade of experience putting autonomous cars on the road, we are excited to be at the forefront of the coming self-driving truck revolution.

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, delivering greater efficiency and effectiveness to the market.

Johnny brings 18 years of cargo broking experience and a passion for entrepreneurship to the fore. Previously a cargo broker at Lochain Patrick and, before that, a founding member of Roanoak, he grew books of business that included such impressive names, as Macy’s, Volga-Dnepr, the Olympics, and Walt Disney.

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
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Heather Devine
Rachel Premack

Rachel is a senior transportation reporter at Business Insider. She focuses on logistics — particularly trucking and how deliveries are changing with the rise of e-commerce.Rachel has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, France24, national radio programs, industry podcasts, and other outlets to discuss her reporting on the trucking industry.Previously, Rachel was a journalist in Seoul, South Korea. Her articles were published in The Washington Post, Forbes, Foreign Policy, The Ringer, Quartz, CityLab, Business of Fashion, The Verge, and others. She's also published research on the Korean and Japanese economies in SAGE Business Researcher, a scholarly publication for business school students.Originally from Metro Detroit, Rachel studied history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her Twitter account is @rrpre. She was previously a Stigler Center Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the spring of 2019.

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.