2016 Speaker Line-Up

The speakers at the 2016 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: Chicago were hand-picked for their expertise, influence and leadership. Look out for our prestigious 2017 line up - coming soon!

The North American logistics and supply chain leaders, all in one place at one time. Take a look at the speaker list for 2016.

If you would like to offer your expertise at the 2017 summit as a speaker, contact Danielle Horsnell on dhorsnell@eft.com or 1-800-814-3459 ex.4323 

3PL Speakers | Supply Chain Speakers | Industry Experts

Keynote Speakers

  • Jim Tompkins
    Tompkins International
    Jim Tompkins CEO
    Tompkins International
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    Dr. James A. Tompkins is an international authority on supply chain strategy and operations. As the CEO he provides leadership for Tompkins International. With more than 35 years experience, he holds an insider's view into what makes great companies even better. Jim has written or contributed to more than 30 books, and has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines. He has spoken at thousands of international engagements and received more than 50 awards for his service to the profession. Follow Jim's Twitter account @jimtompkins and connect with him on LinkedIn.

  • John Wiehoff
    CH Robinson
    John Wiehoff CEO and Chairman
    C.H. Robinson
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    John Wiehoff has been chief executive officer of C.H. Robinson since 2002 and became chairman of the board in 2007. In his current role, John oversees C.H. Robinson’s global operations which span through a network of over 280 offices and 13,000 employees in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

    During his time as CEO, John has directed the largest expansion in company history, nearly doubling the number of C.H. Robinson offices worldwide including opening the company’s first offices in Asia, tripling its employee, customer and carrier base, and completing 19 acquisitions. An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1992, John has also performed as vice president and chief financial officer, treasurer, and corporate controller.

    John serves on the Boards of Directors of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), a provider of off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles, and Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a provider of filtration systems. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.

3PL Speakers

  • Bradley Jacobs
    Bradley Jacobs CEO
    XPO Logistics
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    Bradley Jacobs is a career CEO. He has led two public companies: United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), which he co-founded in 1997, and United Waste Systems, Inc., founded in 1989. Mr. Jacobs served as chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals for the company's first six years, and as executive chairman for an additional four years. He served eight years as chairman and chief executive officer of United Waste Systems. Previously, Mr. Jacobs founded Hamilton Resources (UK) Ltd. and served as its chairman and chief operating officer. This followed the co-founding of his first venture, Amerex Oil Associates, Inc., where he was chief executive.

  • Judy McReynolds
    Judy R. McReynolds Chairman, President and CEO
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    Judy R. McReynolds is President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcBest Corporation®, responsible for managing the multi-billion dollar logistics services company, including oversight of the operating companies ABF Freight®, ABF Logistics®, Panther Premium LogisticsSM and FleetNet America®. Since 2010, Ms. McReynolds has also held the post of Director of ArcBest Corporation, and is the only member of the company’s senior management who serves on the board. Her nearly 25 years of transportation industry experience, including 18 years at ArcBest, provides significant value to the board.

    During her tenure, Ms. McReynolds has evolved the ArcBest strategic focus to include complementary logistics solutions beyond its core asset-based, less-than-truckload services in order to better serve customers across the supply chain spectrum. Building upon ABF Freight’s 90-year-old roots as an LTL leader, she has diversified ArcBest into a holistic logistics provider and solver of complex supply chain challenges through the addition of asset-light businesses. These include the 2012 purchase of Panther, which provides time- sensitive, mission-critical delivery and premium logistics, the 2013 formation of ABF Logistics as a complementary sister company to ABF Freight, and the 2015 purchase of Smart Lines and Bear Transportation. At the end of 2015, the asset-light businesses represented nearly one-third of ArcBest’s total revenue.

    Ms. McReynolds serves on numerous outside boards including OGE Energy Corp., First National Bank of Fort Smith, the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She also serves on the Dean's Executive Advisory Board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Chair of the UAFS Foundation Board and is a member of the American Trucking Associations Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McReynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

    Judy and her husband, Lance, who is an active Fort Smith community volunteer, have two grown sons.

  • Henning Goldmann
    Henning Goldmann CIO
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    Henning U. Goldmann joined Damco on 1 June 2014 as Global Chief Information Officer.

    Henning’s commitment to transform DAMCO into a state-of-the-art IT Demand Organization came to life from his first day at work. By harvesting maximal synergies within the group, DAMCO now has a cost leading IT department. IT innovation remains top of the agenda under his watch.

    In addition to his prowess in IT, Henning’s wealth of experience in business process design, lean processes and process optimization serve Damco well . His expertise and industry insights will be invaluable in driving Damco’s global IT transformation.

  • Will Heywood
    Will Heywood Vice President of Development
    DHL Supply Chain
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    Will Heywood leads DHL Supply Chain’s North American Operations and Corporate Development teams.  Over his 14 years at DHL, Heywood has worked in a number of strategic, M&A, operations and functional roles, based out of DHL’s Columbus, Ohio regional headquarters.  Prior to joining DHL, Will worked in management consulting and manufacturing.  He is a graduate of Kenyon College.

  • Curt Stoetling
    Curtis Stoelting President and Chief Operating Officer
    Roadrunner Transportation Systems
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    Curtis Stoelting is President and Chief Operating Officer of Roadrunner Transportation Systems since January 2016. Previously, Mr. Stoelting served as the Chief Executive Office and a director or TOMY International/RC2 Corporation from January 2003 to March 2013. RC2 Corporation (NASDAQ: RCRC was acquired by TOMY Company, Ltd. In April 2011. He previously served as RC2’s Chief Operating Officer from 2000 to 2003, Executive Vice President from 1998 to 2000 and Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Stoelting was with Arthur Andersen for 12 years.

    During his tenure and under his leadership at RC2, Mr. Stoelting successfully grew the company from $20 million in revenue to $430 million in revenue. He was instrumental in planning and integrating ten strategic acquisitions and coordinating RC2’s initial public offering and numerous follow-on equity offerings, as well as overseeing the eventual acquisition by TOMY Company. During his time with RC2/TOMY, Mr. Stoelting was instrumental in developing their business strategy, product souring, logistics and global infrastructures. He also directed the company’s product innovation, multi-channel management and multi-brand strategies.

  • Derek Leathers
    Werner Enterprises
    Derek Leathers President and CEO
    Werner Enterprises
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    DEREK J. LEATHERS is the president and chief executive officer of Werner Enterprises. Leathers has 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and more than 17 years of leadership experience with Werner. Throughout his tenure at Werner, he has held integral executive management roles leading multiple organizational service offerings, including the establishment and development of Werner’s Mexico cross-border operations, oversight for 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, Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association (CANACAR) and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Leathers holds an economics degree from Princeton University.

  • Chris O'Brien
    Chris O’Brien CCO
    C.H. Robinson
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    Chris O'Brien serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at C.H. Robinson and has been in the role since in December 2014. He actively oversees global customer strategy and functions for the company including sales, account management and marketing. In addition to providing corporate support for these functions, his teams oversee the Global Account Centers and lead the company’s integrated relationships through the Collaborative Outsource® solutions portfolio.

    Since joining the company in 1993, Chris has served in a number of roles including as an on-site representative at a major global grocery retailer, where he worked on a supply chain reengineering project focused on inbound logistics conversion. Chris is a member of Logistics Quarterly’s advisory board and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Michigan.

  • Oswald Reid
    Oswald Reid CEO
    syncreon US
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    Mr. Reid is the President and CEO of syncreon.US, a registered Minority-owned Business Enterprise and affiliate of syncreon. Prior to his current role at syncreon.US, Mr Reid has held operational leadership roles with General Electric, United Technologies. In 2004, he served as Director of Supply Chain Management for Hamilton Sundstrand where he led his team through supplier reduction activities while meeting all cost targets required with the six sigma processes. Mr Reid earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institutes in Brooklyn, New York, and a MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Tom Sanderson
    Tom Sanderson CEO
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    A 34-year veteran in the logistics technology, third party logistics (3PL), and transportation industries, Mr. Sanderson is CEO of Transplace, a premier provider of transportation management services, intermodal, truck brokerage and SaaS TMS solutions. He is the author of the Transplace Blog, regularly writing and reporting on economic and legislative changes related to transportation. Prior to joining Transplace, Mr. Sanderson was president and CEO of Clicklogistics, which he sold to BNSF and YRC. Mr. Sanderson was co-owner and president of PTCG, Inc., the company that invented optimization-based transportation procurement with its OptiBid software. He sold PTCG to Sabre, who sold it as Logistics.com, and it is now operated as part of Manhattan Associates. Mr. Sanderson worked eight years in the trucking industry, serving as president of J.B. Hunt Special Commodities, Inc., Vice President of Marketing for J. B. Hunt Transport, and Vice President of J. B. Hunt Logistics (now Transplace). He held marketing and IT roles at Schneider National. He has six years of consulting experience with Mercer Management Consulting and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Sanderson was the key contributor in Transplace’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013, which was a strategic acquisition by a firm with strong networks and experience in the transportation industry.

  • Doug Harrison
    Douglas Harrison President and CEO
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Doug Waggoner
    Doug Waggoner CEO
    Echo Global Logistics
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    Douglas R. Waggoner serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO). After becoming CEO in December 2006, he joined the Board of Directors in February 2008 and became Chairman in June 2015. During his time at Echo, he has built the organization into a leading, publically-traded, billion-dollar provider of technology-enabled transportation management.

    Before joining Echo, Mr. Waggoner founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight-management software provider. Prior to this, he grew revenue and improved efficiency as CEO of USF Bestway. He also served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at USF Corporation, working to integrate eight operating companies.

    From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Waggoner held three separate positions at Daylight Transport: Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President, and President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions in sales, operations, marketing, and engineering at Yellow Transportation, culminating in Vice President of Customer Service. Mr. Waggoner holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from San Diego State University.

    Mr. Waggoner also serves on a number of boards and advisory committees. He is a director of SP+ (NASDAQ: SP), a provider of professional parking, facility maintenance, security, and event logistics. He serves as the chairman of the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC), an organization committed to growing Chicago’s competitive advantage as a hub for supply chain, transportation and logistics companies. He also serves on the advisory board of Bellwether, a web- and mobile-application software development company. Additionally, Mr. Waggoner is a director of Daylight Transport, a member of the Northwestern University Business Advisory Committee for the Transportation Center and an advisor to the Center for Supply Chain Management in the College of Business Administration at Marquette University.

  • John Burke
    John Burke CEO
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    John oversees and provides executive leadership for all Armada operating organizations. He is a twenty-five year veteran in the foodservice industry and is a visionary in creating and executing innovative supply chain solutions for national restaurant brands.

    John joined Armada in 1992, and was instrumental in establishing the company’s warehouse solutions business in 1996, as well as its transportation solutions entity in 2006 — formerly known as Hub One Logistics and Leveraged Execution Providers (LXP), respectively. Under his leadership, Armada has become the largest fully integrated logistics provider to the foodservice industry with operations and offices around the country and annual sales over $2 billion. Current clients range from Fortune 500 restaurant brands to smaller restaurant concepts. Armada’s business model is founded in a deep-rooted commitment of extraordinary service to its clients by providing outsourced logistic solutions that create smaller, smarter networks. 

    John holds a B.S. in Business from Penn State University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the board of directors of the American Textile Company, and has previously served on the Pennsylvania Business Council Policy Roundtable and the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board.

  • Richard Piontek
    Richard Piontek President
    Redwood Logistics
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    Rich Piontek is Chief Commercial Officer of Redwood Logistics, LLC and is responsible for corporate development and the company’s approach to market strategy.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Rich has more than 30 years of experience in the logistics and supply chain services industry. Starting his career in 1984, he worked his way up from the warehouse floor, into the cab of a truck and ascended through a broad range of operations, sales, marketing, and general management roles. Based on his acquired knowledge and leadership experience, he has built a long and distinguished career making significant contributions as a senior executive for several leading global logistics providers.

    Prior to joining Redwood in 2012 as President of its Supply Chain Solutions business, Rich held leadership roles for Crowley Maritime Corporation, was Vice President & General Manager, Integrated Logistics for Livingston International, a Senior Vice President for Schneider National, and held a series of management and executive roles over 16 years at DHL Express.

    Over the past three decades, Rich has lived and worked all over the world applying his unique business and life experience, strategic perspective, and a proven ability to recognize and develop the people who serve as the foundation of our industry.

    With his extensive personal involvement in building, acquiring and integrating third-party logistics businesses, he brings a wealth of knowledge along with deep strategic insight to our discussion.

    Rich is a long-standing member of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), The Association for Corporate Growth, and is on the advisory board for the Supply and Value Chain Center at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago.

    Ray Greer President
    BNSF Logistics
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    Ray Greer has held various leadership positions with the country’s largest transportation and logistics companies. Ray is currently the President of BNSF Logistics, the wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Prior to BNSF Logistics, Ray held Executive leadership positions at Greatwide Logistics Services L.L.C., Newgistics Inc., Ryder Systems Inc. and Federal Express Corporation. Ray received his BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems and Telecommunications from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for DCT Industrial Trust, an industrial warehousing REIT, Evans Delivery, an intermodal drayage company and Amware Logistics who specializes in OMNI Channel logistics services. He has also served in such notable organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Whitehouse Council on US competitiveness. He has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “Rising Stars of Our Time” and has been recognized twice by CSCMP for "Outstanding Contributor to Logistics Education” and “Practitioner of the Year”.

  • Dan Ludwig
    Toll Group Americas
    Dan Ludwig CFO
    Toll Group Americas
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • ann drake
    Ann Drake Chairman and CEO
    DSC Logistics
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  • William Wascher
    SEKO Worldwide
    William Wascher President & CEO
    SEKO Worldwide
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  • Matt Goodman
    Matt Goodman President Global Trade Management
    Livingston International
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    Matthew Goodman joined Livingston in April 2012 with the acquisition of the customs and trade compliance services business of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., formerly known as Vastera. He has been leading this global trade management operation since 2005 and is now responsible for overseeing all aspects of Livingston’s global trade management business, carried out on behalf of clients in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to heading up this business, formerly known as global managed services, Matt was vice-president of the trade management services group at UPS, responsible for managed services operations and product commercialization.

    During his career, Matt has held a number of increasingly senior and diverse management positions, including roles at General Electric and Excell, a customer service provider. He has also served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard, and received recognition and numerous awards for his leadership. A Six Sigma Black Belt, process-driven and quality-focused professional, Matt holds a BS in business management from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the American Association of Importers and Exporters.

  • Tupa Gomes
    Tupa Gomes President Latin America
    Martin Brower
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    Tupa Gomes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1990) from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo. He has a Master‘s degree in Industrial Engineering (1995), from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo , AMP from INSEAD/France (2002) , YPO Harvard Presidents Program (2013-2016) and he is a Board Member Certified by The Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) in 2013.

    Tupa Gomes began his career with Dunkin Donuts as the Brazil Operations Manager in 1989, after which he worked for Insol/Yopa (joint-venture Nestle & Unilever) as an Industrial Engineer. He later became the Distribution Manager in São Paulo and then Brazil Logistics Operations Manager. In 1994, he accepted a Management position at Coopers&Lybrand for 1 year and he moved to Kibon S.A (Kraft Group) to restructure and take over the Logistics, Supply Chain and Customer Service Director’s position for Kibon Brazil operations, where he stayed until 1998.

    In 1998, he joined Martin-Brower Brazil as the General Manager. He has been working for Martin-Brower in various positions, including Vice President of MB Brazil, President of MB Brazil and since 2004 as President of Latin America. In 2015 he was relocated to Reyes Holdings Corporate office in Chicago.

    Founder and 1st Chair of The Brazil Food Service Institute since 2013 (institutofoodservicebrasil.org.br) a nonprofit organization to improve Food Service in Brazil and was a Board Member of Brazil Ronald McDonald House of Charity from 2009 until 2015.

    He is an active member of YPO/WPO organization and belongs to WPO Chicago Heartland/USA and Sao Paulo/Brazil chapters.

    The Martin-Brower Company a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings Company, a Food & Beverage private company with sales +$24B. The largest beer distributor in USA and the largest Foodservice QSR Distributor in the World, with operations in 19 countries.

  • Mike Bautch
    Mike Bautch President - Value Added Services
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    Michael Bautch was appointed President of Universal’s Value Added Services team January 2015 with three contributing companies; Logistics Insight Corporation (LINC), Universal Dedicated Inc. and Universal Logistics Solutions International Inc.  Previously Mr. Bautch served from 2012 to 2015 as President and General Manager over the business units that provide air freight, ocean, customs brokerage and ground expedite services.   His career in logistics started in 1988 and included key positions with FedEx Services from 1997 to 2012 as Managing Director of International Sales and US- Mexico cross-border distribution. During his 28 year career Michael has served on board positions with the District Export Council of Michigan (DEC), International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) and the World Trade Center of San Diego.   Mr. Bautch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

  • Rick Jordon
    Rick Jordon Former Senior Vice President Regional Head of Logistics - Americas
    Former Panalpina
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Michael Fahy
    Michael Fahy President
    syncreon Technology
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  • Scott Dobak
    Scott Dobak CEO
    Dicom Transportation Group
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  • Kristi Montgomery
    Kristi Montgomery VP, Innovation
    Kenco Management Services
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    Kristi Montgomery, Vice President of Innovation, Research & Development for Kenco Management Services, LLC, is a 25-year veteran of logistics and supply chain management technology as well as innovative solutions.

    Since joining Kenco in 1990, Kristi has served in various technology leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Technology. As the senior innovation officer, she leads a dedicated team of specialists in Kenco Innovation Labs who identify, research, and prototype creative ideas with the potential to impact the supply chain. Collaborating with customers, entrepreneurs, and vendors from multiple industries enables Kenco to think outside the box and create unique, customer-driven solutions. As the leader of this team, Kristi’s role is to identify opportunities and form partnerships to deliver innovative solutions internally and externally. As Vice President, Kristi serves as the research and development lead and delivers business value through technical and process innovation for the 200+ customers that Kenco serves in North America. Kristi is passionate about the relentless pursuit of innovation as an enabler of business solutions and driver of business value. Delivering innovation in supply chain is her passion and drives her to be a transformational agent of change.

    Kristi received her BS in Organizational Management from Covenant College and Certificate in Data Processing from Northwestern Technical College. She also received her Certified Information Executive designation from the Institute of CIO Excellence at the University of South Carolina.

    Kristi serves on the Board of Advisors for the local chapter of Women in Technology and for Girls, Inc., BuildIT program, is the Co-Chairman of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association Education Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Technology Council, and serves the industry speaking, participating as a panelist, and publishing articles on an annual basis.

  • Bob Walters
    Bob Walters CEO
    Freight Management Inc.
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  • Ken Nadler
    Dicom Transportation Group
    Ken Nadler CCO
    Dicom Transportation Group
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    Ken Nadler has held the role of Chief Commercial Officer at Dicom Transportation Group since March of 2014. In this capacity he is responsible for customer strategy and growth for the company including sales and marketing, pricing and yield management, and customer service.

    Since joining Dicom, he has developed and deployed sales, marketing and pricing strategies, and played important roles in the integration and growth of seven acquisitions in the US and Canada; more than doubling company revenue and expanding Dicom’s footprint into new geographies, and diversifying its portfolio of transportation and logistics services.

    Prior to joining Dicom Transportation Group, Ken held several senior leadership roles in the transportation and logistics industry at YRC and, most recently, Roadrunner Transportation Services where he served as Vice President-Integrated Solutions.

  • Robby Nathan
    Load Delivered
    Robby Nathan CEO
    Load Delivered Logistics
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    A recognized leader known for supply chain innovation, CEO Robert Nathan co-founded LoadDelivered Logistics, a technology-enabled third party logistics (3PL) provider, in 2008.

    A Chicagoland native, Nathan’s career in logistics began at age 16 by delivering fasteners to original equipment manufacturers. Upon graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Philosophy, Nathan stayed true to his passion for transportation and began working at a top 100 3PL provider. Nathan quickly established himself by developing and implementing the company’s first intermodal product.

    His experience in multi-modal development was leveraged to launch LoadDelivered in 2008 despite an unstable economy. With a strategic focus on technology and a recession-proof niche, Nathan and his team found early success within the food and beverage industry, earning the trust of Fortune 500 shippers and garnering several accolades along the way; Inc. 500/5000 (2012-2015), Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty (2014-2015), Food Logistics’ Top 100 3PL (2013-2015), Built in Chicago Top 100 Digital Company (2014- 2015).

    His determination to continuously innovate and automate antiquated processes did not stop at LoadDelivered. In 2012, Nathan launched Logistical Labs, a software company aimed at building an ecosystem of tools to help shippers, carriers, and 3PLs more efficiently navigate the ever-changing landscape of the industry. One of their tools, LoadDex, a web-based pricing platform, systematically changed the way in which LoadDelivered operated by creating more operational efficiency and effective rating.

    Throughout his career, Nathan has emerged as an industry thought leader, receiving multiple prestigious awards. In late 2012, Nathan was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ coveted “40 Under 40” list, an accolade which honors successful business professionals who have climbed to the top of their industry before age 40. In 2013, Nathan’s contributions to the supply chain and logistics community were honored by DC Velocity when they selected him as one of their 2013 Rainmakers. Most recently, Nathan was chosen by the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation as a member of The Blue Network – a list of Chicago’s Top 100 innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • David Broering
    David Broering Senior Vice President
    NFI Industries
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  • john wagner
    wagner logsitics
    John Wagner Owner and Chief Customer Officer
    Wagner Logistics
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  • Kalyan Sakthi
    Kalyan Sakthi Vice President, IT
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  • Tim Kutz
    Echo Global Logistics
    Tim Kutz CIO
    Echo Global Logistics
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    Tim Kutz serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO). He is currently heading the integration of Echo and Command Transportation’s IT platforms and leading the evolution of Echo’s proprietary logistics technology to ensure the company remains a technology leader in the 3PL industry.

    Prior to Echo, Mr. Kutz held roles in strategy, marketing and IT at Unisource. He led the company through its pre- and post-merger integration with xpedx to form Veritiv, a distributor of print, publishing, packaging, facility, and logistics solutions. Mr. Kutz served Unisource first as CIO — where he developed and executed IT transformation strategy to increase operational excellence — and then as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy & Market Creation. In this latter role, Mr. Kutz led a team that updated Unisource's operating model and delivered sustainable growth.

    Prior to Unisource, Mr. Kutz was a partner at Accenture. He developed and led the implementation of IT transformation and supply chain strategies for large manufacturing and distribution businesses. Mr. Kutz began his career at Union Camp Corporation, where he implemented supply chain technologies to support the $1.2B fine paper division.

    Mr. Kutz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

  • Allan Smith
    Allan Smith CEO
    BCG Logistics
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  • Chuck Moyer
    express delivers
    Chuck Moyer CEO
    Express (an LSO Company) and CLDA Board Member
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  • Jeff Thomas
    priotity dispatch
    Jeff Thomas CEO
    Priority Dispatch and CDLA Member
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  • Michelle Halkerston
    Hassett Express
    Michelle Halkerston President & CEO
    Hassett Express
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  • Tom Finkbiner
    Tiger Cool Express
    Tom Finkbiner CEO
    Tiger Cool Express
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  • Carol Kijac
    Carol Kijac Chief Sales Officer
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  • Jon Saunders
    Jon Saunders CEO
    Polaris Global Logistics
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  • Maike Sievers
    BLG Logistics
    Maike Sievers Director of Logistics Planning
    Sales and Marketing
    BLG Logistics
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    Maike Sievers has been a leader in the logistics and supply chain field for more than 20 years, both in manufacturing and third party logistics services (3PL). Currently, BLG Logsitics’ Director for Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Maike has been instrumental in growing the company’s footprint in the USA after serving as Director of Operations running the Logistics Parts Consolidation Center for BLG customer, Mercedes Benz. Prior to joining BLG, Ms. Sievers served in various leadership roles at BMW Group, Audi and Volkswagen Group, responsible for supply chain concepts in procurement and distribution as well as strategic factory planning. She holds several board positions, including the Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association and APICS Alabama.

  • Nikhil Sathe
    Nikhil Sathe CFO
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  • Kirk Serjeantson
    Kirk Serjeantson CIO
    Dicom Logistics
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    Matthew R. Fleisig Vice President
    Freight Forwarding TTS Worldwide
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  • Steve Harmon
    Spartan Logistics
    Steve Harmon President
    Spartan Logistics
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  • Paul Sarrapy
    Porteo Group LLC
    Paul Sarrapy President and CEO
    Porteo Group LLC
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Supply Chain Speakers

  • Mike Buseman
    Mike Buseman Senior Vice President and Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer
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    As Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer, Mike Buseman is responsible for global warehousing, semiconductor programming, computer and integration center services, operations and global trade compliance. Reporting to CEO Rick Hamada, Mr. Buseman is a member of the Avnet Executive Board and a corporate officer.

    Operating from 48 locations, Avnet’s logistics team provides specialized supply-chain and logistics services to the global electronic components industry. Avnet works with more than 800 suppliers and 100,000 customers in more than 120 countries. Mr. Buseman began his career as a process and manufacturing engineer, and is an accomplished operations and supply chain executive with global experience managing manufacturing and warehouse operations in the electronics manufacturing systems provider space.

    Mr. Buseman joined Avnet in 2013 from Plexus Corp, where he was executive vice president of global manufacturing operations. In this role, he ensured operational, fiscal and customer service execution, continuous improvement of performance metrics, allocation of capital and integration of global operations. Mr. Buseman joined Plexus in 2006 as vice president of global technology, quality and facilities. Prior to Plexus, he was vice president and general manager of operations for contract manufacturer Celestica. He joined Celestica through its 2002 acquisition of Manufacturers’ Services Ltd, where he was director of operations, engineering and technology.

    Mr. Buseman holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota State University. updated: December 17, 2014

  • Sheila Taylor
    Sheila Taylor VP Sam’s Club Logistics
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  • Frank Vorrath
    Johnson Controls
    Frank Vorrath VP Global Supply Chain
    Johnson Controls Inc.
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    Frank has over 18 years of international supply chain and logistics experiences. He had held supply chain and logistics leadership roles working in Germany, South Africa, Brazil and US delivering supply chain and logistic solutions for automotive and multi-industrial companies. Frank has been involved in the development and execution of global strategies, change management programs, supply chain solutions and supply chain network design, global key account management and supply chain project management. He worked for 14 years with UTi (DSV) and 3 ½ years for DHL in various leadership positions. In June 2015, Frank joined Johnson Controls where he leads the transformation and implementation of an enterprise wide supply chain excellence strategy to support its strategic goal of delivering world-class performance for its customers world wide.

  • Tonet Rivera
    Tonet Rivera SVP Global Supply Chain
    Mead Johnson Nutrition
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    • Currently Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Mead Johnson Nutrition, with responsibility for approximately two billion dollars in cost of goods in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

    • Responsible for 16 manufacturing sites in Asia, Europe and America.

    • Over 10 years as executive leader for SC in Asia and Europe.

    • Over 33 years of leadership experience in supply chain management: demand and supply planning, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and logistics, customer service

    • Experience in consumer banking and marketing.

    • Private pilot and aircraft owner.

  • Darrell Edwards
    Darrell Edwards Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
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    Darrell Edwards is the Chief Supply Officer and Senior Vice President for La-Z-Boy Incorporated. In this capacity, he leads an operations team composed of approximately 5,000 employees in the areas of manufacturing, distribution, lean engineering, supply chain operations, and research and development. Darrell has been with La-Z-Boy Incorporated for 11 years and has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Before being named to his current post, he was Senior Vice President of Operations, and before that he was Vice President of Manufacturing, additionally, he held the positions of Vice President of La-Z-Boy Tennessee and Vice President of La-Z-Boy South.

    Darrell’s area of expertise includes organizational strategy, leadership, and team building through talent management, specifically in the area of supply chain operations. As one of the lead executives responsible for the implementation of cellular production across La-Z-Boy’s branded manufacturing facilities, he played an integral role in establishing lean initiatives and strategies throughout the company’s production processes. Additionally, Darrell has led business units to achieve national and state recognition for operational excellence, and he is a frequent guest speaker at both national and regional forums.

    Darrell holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Masters Degree in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

    Darrell lives in Monroe, Michigan with his wife, Anita. Their daughter, Addison, is a University student.

  • Vince Hrenak
    Vince Hrenak Vice President - Supply Chain, Space and Airborne Systems
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    Vince Hrenak is vice president of Supply Chain for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. As a member of the SAS leadership team, he is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and providing support for more than 4,000 programs and contracts. Areas under his leadership include sourcing, procurement, subcontract and material program management, logistics and supplier quality.

    Hrenak has led numerous international supply chain efforts. Most recently, he served as Supply Chain vice president for Raytheon’s former Network Centric Systems business. There, he created the Strategic Enterprise Aligned Commodities process, which allows Raytheon to more effectively align technical requirements with supplier capabilities.

    Prior to joining Raytheon, Hrenak was vice president of Supply Chain for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. When General Dynamics acquired Gulfstream, he became corporate chairman of the Supply Chain Management Council, governing a budget of $8 billion. Before GD, Hrenak was director of Subcontracting and Aerospace Materials for Northrop Grumman.

    Hrenak served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 21 years, retiring having been selected full colonel six years early. During his military career, he was triple aircraft rated as Command Pilot, Navigator and Bombardier with 50 combat missions. Positions he held include: Air Force director of Contracting, Procurement, Quality and Manufacturing at the Pentagon; program manager or contracting director for various programs; and deputy and acting Systems Program Office director for the entire DoD F-16 fighter program worldwide.

    Hrenak earned an MBA in operations research; a master’s degree in public administration; a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and engineering; and an advanced degree in logistics from the DoD Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    He holds the DoD’s highest certifications in program management and contracts and acquisition, as well as professional certification in contracts management, information technology and industrial engineering. He serves on The Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies board of trustees, chairs the Aerospace Industries Association Supply Chain Management Council, and is an Executive Program Management instructor at the Defense Acquisition University’s Defense Systems Management College (DSMC).

    Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is a leading provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic warfare systems giving military forces the most accurate and timely actionable information available for the network-centric battlefield. With a workforce of 13,500 and 2014 sales of $6.1 billion, SAS is headquartered in McKinney, Texas, with operations across the U.S. and internationally.

    Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

  • Emile Chammas
    Sealed Air
    Emile Chammas SVP and CSCO
    Sealed Air
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    Emile Chammas is SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Emile leads our global Supply Chain organization that includes manufacturing, purchasing and logistics.

    Emile’s broad supply chain expertise, combined with his business acumen, strategic thinking and field experience working in many countries, are the ideal combination to lead our extensive global network of manufacturing, converting, large outsource supplier relationships and network of warehouse facilities.

  • Ken Evans
    Ken Evans Chief Logistics Officer
    Spirit Aerosystems
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    Ken Evans is Chief Logistics Officer for Spirit Aerosystems. Spirit Aerosystems is the leading manufacturer of aero structures for the worlds largest aerospace and defense manufacturers.

    In July 2015, Ken joined Spirit Aerosystems. In this role, Ken leads an organization of over 600 people and 3PL partners who manage transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing support across 5 global manufacturing sites. Spirit is in the process of transforming its inbound supply chain and manufacturing support.

    Prior to joining Spirit, Ken was an intrapreneur for Koch Industries for 4 years. As President of Koch Logistics, Ken successfully started market based logistics providers - Koch Rail, KBX Ma- rine, and KBX Logistics.

    Before joining Koch, Ken had twenty years of supply chain experience with global chemical manufacturers Celanese and Eastman Chemical.

    Ken serves as on the boards of - University of Tennessee, Global Supply Chain Institute; GT Nexus Manufacturing; Haugen Software.

    Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Logistics & Transportation from the University of Tennessee, and a master’s in business administration from East Tennessee State University. Ken earned his CPIM certification from APICS.

    Ken lives in Wichita, KS with his wife Gina and their three children.

  • Bennett West
    filtration group
    Bennett West SVP Supply Chain
    Filtration Group
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    Bennett is currently the Senior Vice President Corporate Supply Chain for Filtration Group. His team has responsibility for sourcing, planning, logistics and warehousing across the four divisions of Filtration Group. He is currently leading several major transformational initiatives including a global strategic sourcing project as well as a global network design effort. Filtration Group is a $1B broad line filter manufacturer with applications in air, liquid, gas, hydraulic and medical device filtration.

    Prior to his role at Filtration Group Bennett held partner roles at both Deloitte Consulting and EY Consulting. He was responsible for the sale and delivery of strategic supply chain consulting engagements. Bennett focused on supply chain strategy, sourcing and network design serving all types of manufacturing clients, most recently focused in automotive and consumer products. During this time Bennett held international roles in London and Moscow, delivering consulting projects in more than 20 countries during his tenure at Deloitte and EY.

    In addition to his consulting roles Bennett has held internal supply chain positions at Ford Motor Company and Mondelez.

    Bennett holds a BA from University of Illinois and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

  • Claudia Knowlton-Chike
    Emerald Performance Materials
    Claudia Knowlton-Chike SVP Supply Chain
    Emerald Performance Materials
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    As the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Emerald Performance Materials, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals, Claudia’s responsibilities include providing strategic direction to the supply chain function while also providing day-to-day leadership across procurement, logistics, supply/demand planning, customer service, and manufacturing.

    Prior to joining Emerald, Claudia served as General Manager of Global Logistics at GE Healthcare where she transformed their global logistics function by building domain expertise and deploying an aggressive three-year strategy to simplify the network. With her team, she delivered $35M a year in cost savings without sacrificing service levels. Claudia brings experience in a variety of technical and management roles in the end-to-end supply chain from IBM, GE and Motorola that includes supply/demand planning, worldwide order fulfillment and channel management, global logistics, new product introduction, customized solutions, brand management, and package engineering. As a packaging engineer, she has also developed and led environmental packaging practices that received numerous industry awards in design innovation.

    A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Stout with a BS degree in industrial technology/package engineering, Claudia went on to receive her project management professional certification from George Washington University, a masters certificate in supply chain management from Penn State, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.

    She is also passionate about education and giving back to the community. She is currently an Executive Advisory Board member of Grainger Supply Chain Management UW Madison. She has served as a campus relationship manager at Michigan State University, as the Chair of the Greater Rochester Area University Center Board which advocates for higher education in Minnesota, and has served as the lead for Girls in Engineering, working with technical women to develop and present energizing workshops that motivate young girls in the world of science, math, technology and supply chain. Claudia served as President and catalyst of the newly re-launched CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable.

    Claudia enjoys spending time with her husband and four children and designing clothing—Claudia’s Creations.

  • Jaro Caban
    Jaro Caban CAN Supply Chain
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    Jaro graduated with Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984.

    His career started soon after as a production manager of an automated plant of ZTS in Czechoslovakia producing hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic circuits and components for some major off-road vehicles OEMs (e.g. Caterpillar, Komatsu, etc).

    After a short period of working in Martimex, an import-export Central European trading company, between 1991 and 1992 he was managing a private investment and a local consulting company involved in industrial privatization and manufacturing turnarounds.

    Looking for broadening his business focus he graduated with MBA at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    Between 1992 and 2002 as a project and senior delivery manager at Deloitte & Touche and Deloitte Consulting he led and implemented multiple operational improvement Supply Chain and Manufacturing focused projects in Europe, USA and Indonesia in the Process, Life Sciences, FMCG, CPG, Discrete and Telecom manufacturing sectors.

    For the next 8 years Jaro had been managing operational changes and leading global corporate supply chain functions as a Manager and Corporate Supply Chain Director at SCA Packaging, Ruukki and Arovit Petfood.

    He started at Provimi in September 2010 as a Vice President Supply Chain reporting to COO of Provimi.

    After acquisition by Cargill in 2011, Jaro continues in a similar global supply chain role leading the global S&OP, supply chain process improvement and micro-ingredients / equipment global supply for Cargill’s CAN (Cargill Animal Nutrition) Enterprise.

    Jaro is married and has two children aged 28 and 24.

  • Wendy Wadas
    Morton Salt
    Wendy Wadas Sr. Director Customer Service & Logistics
    Morton Salt
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Sougata Dasgupta
    Sougata Dasgupta Global Supply Chain Operations
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Fred Hartung
    Fred Hartung VP SC Solutions and Global Logistics
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    Fred Hartung is the Vice President of SC Solutions and Logistics  for Jabil Circuit, Inc and is based in Florida.   Fred leads a team that has corporate responsibility for Advanced Planning, Production Scheduling, SC Solutions, SC Tool Development, Inventory Control, SC Design and Optimization, Logistics, Trade Compliance and other functional areas.

    Fred holds a BS degree in marine engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy and a MBA in finance from the Wharton School. Prior to joining Jabil Circuit in 2005, Fred held positions at Chiquita Brands, AlliedSignal and Solectron.  Before attending graduate school, Fred sailed as a ship’s officer in Sunoco’s oil tanker fleet.

    Fred was born in London and in addition to living in the UK and the USA, he has lived in Cambodia, Italy, Austria and Singapore.


  • Barbara Hodel
    Barbara Hodel Parts Distribution Director
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    Barbara Hodel is a global supply chain executive with 25+ years of leadership experience, a history of driving exponential revenue and profit gain through ‘positive disruption,’ and a rare blend of expertise in Fortune 50 supply chain, operations, finance and IT

    She is currently one of Caterpillar Inc.’s most senior executives, leading a worldwide organization of 5,000 and managing an annual spend of more than $1B. Her parts distribution team provides end-to-end supply chain management for 20+ global distribution centers serving more than 2,000 dealer locations around the world.

    Barbara assumed this role in 2010 during a period of rapid expansion and was challenged to improve industry-lagging performance across a number of key metrics. Through a Lean-based process reengineering effort and new investment in facilities and systems, she has transformed the organization into a recognized industry leader in terms of customer service, parts availability and supplier delivery performance. She is now working to further optimize the supply chain through enhanced dealer collaboration and a $100M automation initiative.

    Barbara joined Caterpillar in 1990 and during that time she has worked across numerous divisions, international borders, economic conditions, and functions, gaining an outstanding breadth of experience along with a proven ability to adapt to any situation. Throughout her career, she has driven success through a combination of strategic thinking, effective team leadership and a comprehensive approach to global change management. Her teams are always viewed as true business partners, and their impact is both immediate and sustainable.

    Barbara holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting from Bradley University, and has also studied at Stanford University and the Kellogg School of Business.

  • Deborah Winkleblack
    Deborah Winkleblack VP International Logistics & Compliance
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    Ms. Winkleblack is responsible for International and Domestic Logistics and Transportation (Import, Export, Domestic, and Information Systems), PO Mgmt, Vendor Mgmt., Customs Compliance, Duty Drawback, and Freight Bill Audit.

    Prior to Claire’s, she was with Montgomery Ward in a variety of domestic and international positions. She has been an adjunct facility member at several local colleges, teaching courses in Ocean Freight and Principles of Importing and Exporting.

    She holds a M.B.A., along with a B.S. in Psychology and a certificate in Transportation.

  • Charles Blevins
    Charles Blevins VP Supply Chain
    Dart Container Corporation
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Jim Hourigan
    Jim Hourigan COO
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    Jim Hourigan is the Chief Operating Officer of BuildDirect, an e-commerce pioneer based in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in the online distribution of building materials and home products.

    Building upon a strong early foundation with A. H. Robins and A.C. Nielsen, Jim's leadership aptitude quickly advanced him into executive positions with a series of consumer and medical device companies that includes Inviro Medical, Medline, and London International.

    Jim's educational credentials include an MBA with a concentration in Operations from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, and the completion of executive education programs at INSEAD University in Paris and Ashridge Business School in London.

    In addition, he's attained CIRM certification through APICS and is the holder of multiple patents related to manufacturing and product design. Jim speaks regularly on leadership and global supply chains and co-authored the book "The Castle" about the challenges/opportunities created by modern ERP business systems.

    Jim also serves on the FedEx Advisory Board, he was appointed in January 2015 for an initial two year term. The board meets to discuss industry trends, supply chain networks, operations research and business opportunities for FedEx.

    Jim is active in the community and is the Chairman of the Board for Kids up Front Canada a charitable organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax that provides access to arts, culture, sports and recreation for underprivileged kids who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

    Jim also serves on the BC Technology Industry Association - COO Council - BCTIA is a not-for-profit organization that supports the development, growth, and advancement of technology companies in British Columbia.

  • Randy Eck
    Randy Eck Director Global Transportation and Logistics Outsourcing
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    Randy Eck is the Director of Supply Chain Technology Solutions within the Customer Fulfillment Planning and Logistics Group (CPLG) at Intel Corp. In this role, Randy and his team are responsible for defining CPLG’s technology vision and then developing and deploying the solutions in support of that vision. He also partners with Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG) to bring innovative IOT+ technology to Intel’s supply chain. Prior to his current role, Randy was responsible for Global Transportation and Logistics Outsourcing where he oversaw all transportation and logistics sourcing strategies, procurement and supplier management. Randy is a 22+ year Intel Supply Chain veteran and has also held various roles in Planning, Sales and Marketing Operations and Packaging Engineering. Randy has a BS in Business Management from the University of Oregon and an MS in International Logistics from Georgia Tech.

  • Steve Thompson
    cardinal health
    Steve Thompson Director
    Strategic Solutions for Cardinal Health Integrated Logistics Services
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    Steve Thompson is Director, Strategic Solutions for Cardinal Health Integrated Logistics Services. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he works with healthcare providers and device manufacturers to improve efficiencies and lower costs.

    Since joining Cardinal Health, Thompson has developed customized supply chain solutions for Medical Distribution, Provider and Manufacturer 3PL, Presource Products and Services, and the Pharmaceutical Technologies manufacturing business.

    Thompson builds on more than two decades of supply chain management experience in the automotive sector. He began his career at General Motors (GM) of Canada Ltd and Delphi Automotive Systems, later working in supply chain management and manufacturing with Lear Corporation.

  • Don Jones
    Don T Jones Director, Global Parts Supply, Quality and Packaging
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    Don is the Director of Global Parts Supply, Quality and Packaging for Caterpillar’s Customer & Dealer Support Division. In this role, he manages a department responsible for collaborating with all Caterpillar manufacturing facilities and over 8,500 external suppliers to ensure demand for aftermarket parts is met through world-class performance of the global supply base.

    Jones, who joined Caterpillar in 1988 from Motorola, has held various positions in the areas of international telecommunications, information systems development, supply chain solution implementations, logistics sales and general manager roles. He left Caterpillar in 2004 to own and operate a residential construction corporation, returning to Caterpillar Logistics in 2008 as Global Quality General Manager where he led the company to record levels of quality control. He was named to his current role in 2012 and has since led aftermarket parts supply to record and Best in Class performance. Jones holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Georgia Tech.

  • Stuart McGillvray
    Stuart McGillivray Export Planning & Global Projects Manager
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    Stuart McGillivray is the Director of Strategy and Resource Management for the aftersales area of Toyota’s US operation. Stuart has 17 years of experience in international supply chain, having led on logistics projects for Japan, the Middle East, and Latin America. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Stuart lived and worked in Mexico for seven years. Between 2004 and 2010, he designed, launched, and ran the service parts supply chain for Toyota’s Mexico dealers. He holds a Master’s degree in logistics from MIT and is currently completing an MBA at the National University of Singapore.

  • Richard Sheng
    TE Connectivity
    Richard Sheng Head of Customer Service Analytics
    TE Connectivity
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Scott Campbell
    Mike’s Hard Lemonade
    Scott Campbell Director Logistics & Customer Service
    Mike’s Hard Lemonade
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    Scott Campbell is the Director of Customer Service and Logistics within the Supply Chain group for Mark Anthony Services (mike’s hard lemonade). Scott and his team are responsible for Demand Planning, S&OP, Customer Service, Inventory Management, and Logistics. He has been with mike’s for 4 years and is involved in the execution of supply chain solutions, transportation systems, and network designs. Prior to mike’s Scott has held various roles at a 4PL software/logistics company and an intermodal transportation carrier. Scott is a graduate of University of Dayton with BS in Operations Management and Finance.

Industry Experts

  • Danny Halim
    Danny HalimVice President, Industry Strategy
    JDA Software
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    Danny Halim stands at the forefront of the most innovative supply chain, retail and logistics solutions provider. He’s spent the last five years developing business insights, driving innovations and delivering measurable results in the areas of supply chain, category management and logistics for many businesses globally. In his 17-year tenure with JDA, Danny has built a reputation for building go-to-market strategies, incubating new business models, and directly getting involved with customers to identify opportunities and develop solutions. His solution delivery and product management experience in the earlier years with JDA helped him leverage pragmatic and realistic approaches to develop valuable insights and practical recommendations for JDA’s customers. Danny is an active member of the GMA/FMI Trading Partner Alliance’s On-Shelf Availability Committee, a frequent industry speaker and has authored several thought-leadership whitepapers. On the personal side, he is an avid scuba diver, world traveler, married and expecting his first child in 2016.

  • Terry Norton
    Terry NortonSenior Director, 3PL Americas Business Unit
    JDA Software
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    Terry Norton is the Senior Sales Director of the 3PL Americas business unit at JDA Software, where he leads a team responsible for developing the 3PL industry solution vision and establishing, growing and retaining strong customer relationships with logistics service providers and transportation companies. Terry brings a proven leadership record to JDA, building and leading successful supply chain execution teams across the Americas.

    Terry brings more than 27 years of supply chain and sales management experience to this role. Prior to JDA, Terry held leadership positions at Manhattan Associates, Global Logistics Technologies (G-Log) and McHugh Software International, the predecessor company to Red Prairie. Terry began his professional career at Yellow Freight Systems, where he held a variety of operational and sales management positions of increasing responsibilities.

  • Matt Bernstein
    Matt Bernstein CEO
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    Deep experience in transportation and transportation technology with leadership roles at venture stage businesses and Fortune 500 companies (GE, ArcelorMittal, RR Donnelley, Booz Allen)

  • Tommy Barnes
    Tommy Barnes President
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Abtin Hamidi
    Cargo Chief
    Abtin Hamidi EVP
    Cargo Chief
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    Abtin Hamidi is EVP at Cargo Chief,a tech-enabled 3pl that unlocks hidden capacity by empowering carriers and providing superior service to shippers. He has been a leader in the freight brokerage segment of the industry for over a decade. He was instrumental in growing XPO Logistics from its early days to over a billion in sales. As a Regional President, he started and grew the Chicago Branch significantly in its first year. Additionally, Abtin was one of the early leaders at Echo Logistics where he was the top sales person out of hundreds and subsequently was promoted to Director, leading multiple teams and setting company policies. Abtin has also been an executive at a number of startups and has consulted for dozens of freight brokerages.

  • Onur Uranli
    Sealed Air
    Onur Uranli Global Director
    Strategic Marketing
    3PL Segment Product Care
    Sealed Air
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    Winning multiple awards, in sales, marketing, and operations, I am a visionary business leader with over 20 years of management experience in business intelligence.

    I help companies improve their cash conversion cycle in the areas of e-commerce fulfillment, global supply chain optimization, third party logistics visibility, sustainable industrial packaging, inventory control and finance.

    With my extensive int’l work & travel experience, I have in-depth knowledge of global trade & markets and keen understanding of int’l business & customs practices on 6 continents.

    With my extraordinary commercial experience and global marketing campaign management skills, I have launched many high impact campaigns.

    As a results-oriented sales & marketing leader, I combine business acumen with innate leadership abilities to recruit, build, and retain top-performing talent with a proven track record of exceeding targets and driving business results across a variety of industries, sectors and global geographies.

    As an adept sales negotiator, I have focused at developing interactive business relationships with C level executives, created strategies with complex global clients, and implemented customized solutions on a global scale.

    I also have specialized and developed skills in: Marketing 3PL, Multimillion Dollar Negotiations; Packaging Systems, End-of-Line Automation; Worldwide Logistics & Supply Chain Management; Solutions Based Consultative Sales in Retail, CPG, Hi-Tech, Aerospace and Healthcare Verticals; Global E-commerce & Technology in Order Fulfillment, End-to-End Contract Logistics; Vendor Consolidation; Supplier/Purchase Order Mgt.; AOP Budget Administration and P&L Mgt.

    As a former Merchant Maritime Captain, I am intrigued by innovation and opportunities for growth. I am willing to travel & relocate to utilize self-intellectual capital in Commercial Marketing Management. Board Member of ATC, TABA, TACCI, TCC, US Chamber of Commerce.

    Twitter: @onuranli

  • Ken Piro
    Ken Piro Vice President, Sales and Marketing
    PINC Solutions
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • John Anderson
    John Anderson Advisory Director
    Greenbriar Equity
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    Mr. Anderson joined Greenbriar in 2011. Prior to joining Greenbriar he was a Managing Director with Fenway Partners where he founded and co-led the Transportation and Logistics investment practice. Before joining Fenway, Mr. Anderson was Executive VP with two railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and CSX Transportation, and was a partner with McKinsey & Co.

    • Current Portfolio Company Involvement
    • Lazer Spot, Inc.
    • SEKO Logistics
    • Transplace Holdings
    • World Freight Company International
    • Education
    • Stanford University, BS
    • Harvard Business School, MBA


  • Drew McElroy
    Drew McElroy CEO and Co-Founder
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Ben Braverman
    Ben Braverman CRO
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    Ben Braverman is the Chief Revenue officer at Flexport. He leads a team of international trade consultants to provide freight solutions that offer supply chain visibility. Before joining Flexport, Ben served as URX's Head of Growth where he generated revenue requisite for $12M in Series A funding less than 6 months post-launch. Ben previously led Heyzap's publisher SDK sales team where he increased network size 40x annually and achieved profitability. He co-founded SaaS authentication service FortKnock after attending Vassar College.

  • Dave Gardner
    Dave Gardner Management Consultant
    Speaker and Author
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    Dave Gardner is a management consultant, speaker, blogger and author based in Silicon Valley.

    He's been in the front row for the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. Since 1992, Gardner & Associates Consulting has focused on accelerating growth through change.

    His clients include large corporations such Cisco, Dell, Applied Materials, Nanometrics, LSI Logic and FujiFilm and a number of lesser-known start-ups and small and medium businesses.

    Dave has held management and senior management positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service, and Product Management in a variety of high-tech industries, in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, capital equipment manufacturing and in the fire/rescue vehicle industry.

    He holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He is a member of the Leadership Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University.

    Dave is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting (SAC). He is Board Approved by SAC in “Configurable Products and Services Strategy & Implementation.” He’s the author of Mass Customization: An Enterprise-Wide Business Strategy.

    Dave has been inducted into the Million Dollar Consulting ® Hall of Fame. He is a Fast Company Expert Blogger and a member of Dell’s Customer Advisory Panel.

  • Percy Stocker
    Percy Stocker Managing Director
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    Ubimax Co-Founder Percy Stocker is passionate by driving market adoption for innovative products while ensuring a companie's internal operational excellence. Percy has more than 10 years of work experience in professional services and consulting. He holds an information management diploma (Diplom-Informatiker) from the Technical University of Munich. Before funding Ubimax, Percy worked several years for Arthur D. Little as an IT strategy consultant with focus on technology innovation management and R&D organization and performance. During his professional career Percy also worked several years for SAP SE as interim manager within a program setup to ensure fast market adoption of SAP’s innovative in-memory database HANA.

  • Steve Banker
    Steve Banker Supply Chain Services Director
    ARC Advisory Group
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    Steve heads up the Supply Chain & Logistics consulting team at ARC. Steve has authored many market research and strategy reports and has managed consulting projects for manufacturers, retailers, software providers, and venture capital firms.

    Steve's technology focus areas include transportation management, managed transportation services, warehouse management, and supply chain planning.

    At ARC, Steve has been covering supply chain technologies since 1996. He is one of the best known industry analysts covering supply chain management and a frequent speaker at industry events. He has been widely quoted in trade publications covering logistics, material handling, and supply chain management and has had his articles published inSupply Chain Management Review. In recognition of his contribution to the supply chain and logistics field, Steve was selected as a 'Pro to Know' by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Steve has a column in Forbes.com covering sustainability and transportation and writes the Monday column in Logistics Viewpoints.

    Steve's research includes ROI analysis of a variety of supply chain applications and 3PL services, benchmarking, and best practice reports. He has aided users in supplier and consultant selections, and suppliers with acquisitions and product roadmaps. Prior to joining ARC, he was a Professor at Stonehill College and Pennsylvania State University.

    Steve holds an MBA from Babson College and a Ph.D from Indiana University.

    Connect with me - www.linkedin.com/in/stevebanker

  • Inna Kuznetsova
    Inna Kuznetsova President and COO
    INTTRA Marketplace
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    Inna Kuznetsova is the President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA, a SaaS portal for ocean shipping, processing a quarter of all containers in global trade. INTRA provides solutions for booking and tracing containers, creating bills of lading, ocean schedules and business analytics. In her role Inna is responsible for the full INTTRA’s P&L and growth objectives and leads sales, service delivery, marketing, strategic alliances, product management, IT infrastructure and software development.

    Inna also serves on board of Sage PLC (SGE.L), the leading provider of business management software to small & medium businesses, as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

    Prior to joining INTTRA Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Board of CEVA Logistics, where she led the global sales, marketing and solution design organization in 2012-2014. At that time CEVA was a privately owned, $9B 3pl company, providing the full range of logistics services across multiple industries in 160 countries.

    Before CEVA Inna spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different executive positions primarily in growth areas of business or turnarounds. In her last role she was the Vice-President, Marketing & Sales Enablement, IBM Systems Software and ISVs, and prior to that was the head of IBM Linux business.

    Inna started her career in IBM in Moscow in 1993 and moved to the US in the end of 1996. She was profiled by Forbes in Russia as the first VP of Russian origin in IBM headquarters and interviewed by Glamor, CEO, and other leading publications in the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and China. She also is the author of two bestselling career books in Russian.

    She holds PhD. in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia, and MBA from Columbia Business School.

  • Jett McCandless
    Jett McCandless CEO
    View Bio

    In Jett’s nearly two decades in the transportation and logistics industry, he’s risen from working graveyard shifts at YRC to pay for college, to Principal and EVP at GlobalTranz, to CEO and Founder of CarrierDirect, and now CEO and Co-Founder of project44, an innovative company providing the standard of web services-enabled API communication to the global supply chain. This enterprise SaaS technology is already being adopted by well-known retailers, 3PLs and transportation companies, cementing Jett’s visionary role in the industry. Jett has an unparalleled record of innovation and hyper growth, leading companies from idea stages through expansion, leveraging his vast experience, industry insights and strategic partnerships to lay the groundwork for success. Jett focuses strongly on building the best team in the industry, leading and inspiring his team to achieve exceptional results. In his spare time, he can be found near a body of water, surfing or wake boarding, or in the mountains heli-skiing.

  • Ben Gordon
    Ben Gordon Managing Director
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    Benjamin Gordon is founder and Managing Partner of BG Strategic Advisors. Clients include a range of leading companies from Wall Street, venture capital, and the supply chain industry. Benjamin is responsible for leading key client engagements and setting the direction of the firm.

    Prior to founding BG Strategic Advisors, Benjamin 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. He generated 3PLex feature stories in the New York Times, Business Week, ABC, Journal of Commerce, Lehrer News Hour, and other media. Benjamin recruited a CEO in late 2000 and formed BG Strategic Advisors the following year. 3PLex has since been sold to Maersk.

    Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin led strategy projects in transportation and technology at Mercer Management Consulting, where he developed one of the first e-marketplace strategies for a logistics client. Previously, Benjamin worked with the CEO of Automotive Management, Inc. (AMI) to grow its logistics operations. Benjamin also worked as a venture capitalist with the BRM Group, where he assessed business-to-business e-commerce companies.

    Benjamin is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he has boosted young adult volunteerism in the greater Boston area. In three years, the organization has grown to over 2,000 members in five locations.

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

  • Bruce Welty
    Locus Robotics
    Bruce Welty Chairman
    Locus Robotics
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    Bruce has been automating warehouses with his partner Mike since before the Internet. A pioneer and visionary in WMS, he’s built, bought and sold some of the industry’s most innovative companies. He’s automated warehouses for Fortune500s, eCommerce startups, and even built a fulfillment company that ships more than $1 billion worth of eCommerce orders a year. After Amazon acquired Kiva, he thought it might be time the warehouse folks built their own solution.

  • Bonnie Keith
    Bonnie Keith President
    The Forefront Group
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    Bonnie Keith is a strategic sourcing visionary with 30 years of operations and supply management experience. She is a sought after business coach with a solid reputation for helping organizations and their suppliers develop highly collaborative and sustainable business relationships that shift from “value exchange” thinking to “value creation” thinking.

    Bonnie is the Founder and President of The Forefront Group, a WBENC certified woman owned small business with focus on sustainable strategic supply management transformation. The Forefront Group is a trusted business partner to both large and small companies. The Forefront Group is proud to have served hundreds of clients since its inception in 2002, including 50 Fortune 1000 clients.

    Keith is also an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Tennessee where she supports the Vested and graduate and executive programs, including being a key faculty member for custom Strategic Sourcing programs for the United States Air Force. She also teaches at HEC Paris and with other executive development organizations around the world.

    Bonnie is the proud author of the acclaimed book - Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models for Modern Procurement, - released in November 2015. The Sourcing Industry Group’s review shares their enthusiastic review, stating “Trust me when I tell you that after reading this book, you will be able to empty much of your bookshelf.”

    Prior to founding The Forefront Group, Keith served in Corporate Executive and Officer positions for General Electric Company, Asea Brown Boveri, Ltd., PepsiCo/Tricon, Amerisource/Bergen and American Standard Companies. In these roles she provided procurement/supply management strategies that made significant financial contribution to shareholder value.

    Keith served on the White House Year Advisory Council for the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2000. She has also been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Corporate Finance Magazine and Drug Store News and is an Advisory Board Member to the Vested movement.

  • Valerie Bonebrake
    Tompkins International
    Valerie Bonebrake SVP
    Tompkins International
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    Valerie Bonebrake has more than 25 years of industry experience in logistics services. She has worked with an array of companies and industries in North America and across the globe. She also has been recognized by Ingram Magazine as one of the Top Ten Female Executives in Kansas, and was a 2010 recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know award. Valerie was co-founder of YRC Worldwide subsidiary Meridian IQ (now MIQ Logistics), a global third party logistics company, where she served as EVP/COO. Valerie spent 19 years at Ryder Systems, Inc., in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the company's supply chain solutions segment. Valerie holds a M.S. in International Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Kelly Reed
    Tompkins International
    Kelly Reed Executive Vice President, Material Handling Integration
    Tompkins International
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    Kelly Reed is a "veteran" supply chain authority in every sense of the word. A 2014 recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know award and a 2014 MHI Roundtable member. Kelly has more than 30 years experience in Supply Chan Management, Distribution Center design and material handling systems integration, warehouse control system design and implementation, and system life cycle support. He has worked extensively with many public, private, and government businesses to improve their supply chain planning, execution, and warehouse operations. Prior to joining Tompkins International, Kelly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in a variety of supply chain leadership positions. He received his B.S. in Business Administration at Ohio State University and his M.S. in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

  • Michele Carroll
    Michele Carroll President
    Carrollco Marketing Services
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    Michele Carroll directed marketing for SeaLand Services, Emery Worldwide and Itel Rail, before founding Carrollco in 1993, which has served 300+ clients with market entry and Americas market growth. President of CSCMP San Francisco, past President of Women in Logistics, Michele serves on the Doing What Matters Global Trade & Logistics Sector Leadership and on the MDUUC board of trustees. She has a BA with honors from Furman and International MBA from the University of South Carolina.

  • Rich Sherman
    Richard Sherman Author and Thought Leader
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    Rich Sherman is an internationally recognized author and thought leader on trends and issues across supply chain management. He currently serves as Senior Fellow, Supply Chain Centre of Excellence, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). His book Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap for Best Practice Results (Wiley, 2012) has received praise by practitioners, academics, and non-supply chain executives as a great read on business transformation. As a research director, he successfully launched the supply chain advisory services for AMR Research (now Gartner) and led in the development of the SCOR® model, founding the Supply Chain Council, and serving on its Board. Mr. Sherman has served on the working committees for several industry initiatives including DAMA/Quick Response, Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR). Throughout his career, Mr. Sherman has held senior management positions with visionary technology firms such as EXE, Syncra, and Numetrix, and marketing leading corporations such as Microsoft, Information Resources (IRI), Mercer Management Consulting, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), and Unisys. He has contributed scores of articles and speaks frequently on supply chain trends and models. Rich received his BA and MA from Notre Dame.

  • Michael Solomon
    Erik Markeset Principal
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    Based in Mexico City, Erik has over 20 years’ experience in the supply chain sector. He has worked with retailers, manufacturers, distributors, logistics services providers, and software companies, and he counsels analysts and investors on the logistics industry in Mexico and LatAm in general. Erik has significant management consulting experience in business strategy, technology implementation and operations improvement.

    Mr. Markeset is CEO and founder of Tsol, a boutique consulting firm with a Latin American scope. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on logistics in LatAm, technology adoption, and related supply chain topics. Erik is former president of CSCMP Roundtable Mexico and is founding board member of Mexico’s logistics professionals association: CONALOG and is member of the Editorial Board of T21, Mexico's leading logistics monthly magazine.

    Prior to Tsol, Mr. Markeset was a Principal with A.T. Kearney in Chicago and San Francisco. He started his career as a U.S. Air Force officer with tours in Omaha, Ankara and the Pentagon.

    Mr. Markeset earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Princeton University, an M.A. in International Relations from Creighton University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and understands basic French and Italian.

  • Michael Solomon
    Michael Solomon Director - Enterprise Sales - West
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Ricardo Salgado
    Ricardo Salgado CEO and Founder
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    Ricardo Salgado is the CEO and founder of Loadsmart, a tech-enabled freight broker based in New York City. Previously, Ricardo worked for 13 years as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he led principal investing teams across London, Sao Paolo, and New York. He led the restructuring of YRC, one of the largest motor carriers in the US with $5 billion in revenues. Ricardo completed his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech where he now serves on its Advisory Board.

  • Cathy Morrow Roberson
    Logistics Trends
    Cathy Morrow Roberson Founder & Head Analyst
    Logistics Trends & Insights
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    Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Logistics Trends & Insights LLC provides customized logistics research and consulting services utilizing a global network of trusted and experienced analysts.

    Founder and Head Analyst, Cathy Morrow Roberson, has over 15 years of experience in the logistics market including ten years with UPS Supply Chain and several years with specialized consulting firms. Besides being quoted in publications such as Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Commerce, Cathy also has published numerous articles in such publications as Air Cargo World, CIO Review and Baltic Transport Journal.

    A big fan of all things supply chain, Cathy has a particular interest in e-commerce, cold chain logistics, air and ocean freight, freight forwarding and industry-specific logistics.

  • Mark Nix
    Cloud Logistics
    Mark Nix CEO
    Cloud Logistics
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    Mark Nix serves as Cloud Logistics' chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Nix has 30 years of supply chain software experience in helping clients of every size address their global needs while working for some of the finest organizations in the industry. Mr. Nix serves as a Partner with Nix Venture Partners, is on the Board of Directors with the One Step Closer Foundation, and advises various charities. Mr. Nix served as VP of Major Account Sales at Manhattan Associates, an EVP with One Network Enterprises, worked with IBM's Nistevo division, Metasys, and the TranScape/Vocam/PBTS divisions of PBI . He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tennessee.

  • Jay Moris
    Jay Moris Chief Marketing Officer
    Invata Intralogistics
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Richard Sharpe
    Richard Sharpe CEO
    Competitive Insights
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    Richard Sharpe is the CEO of Competitive Insights, LLC. Competitive Insights (CI) is a leader in providing Integrated Business Planning (IBP) solutions that transform large volumes of disparate transactional data (Big Data) into specific, fact based operational insights. These insights are used to create cross-functional strategies that drive profit performance improvements.

    CI’s IBP solutions provide specific and precise Cost To Serve and Profit measurements by Customer and SKU. These measurements are also the basis for developing supply chain risk mitigation strategies that help protect the enterprise’s ability to generate profits. Competitive Insights was designated a 2014 Gartner Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Management.

    As an industry leader for the 25 years, Richard is a frequent speaker at national gatherings and industry related forums. He actively promotes the collaborative power of integrated supply chain, sales, finance and marketing created strategies. With most companies still working with “siloed data” Richard challenges executives to consider the role of IBP in gaining competitive advantage.

    Richard is a lecturer in Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business and the Industrial & Systems Engineering Executive Development Programs.

    Richard writes the DC Velocity blog on Analytics and Big Data and has authored articles in national publications including co-authoring an article in DC Velocity on Supply Chain Risk Management. Richard has also been designated as a “Rainmaker” by the same publication.

    Richard is a founding member of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), a non-profit consortium of 26 supply chain professional organizations serving Disaster Relief Agencies in times of crisis.

    Prior to Competitive Insights, Richard was President of CAPS Logistics, Inc. CAPS pioneered supply chain optimization solutions which were adopted by 15% of the Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

    Richard received his MS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while doing graduate work for the U.S. Navy – Atlantic Fleet. He earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.

    Richard was inducted into the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni as part of the Engineering Hall of Fame and The Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Georgia Institute of Technology.

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    KeyBanc Capital Markets
    Todd Fowler Director
    KeyBanc Capital Markets
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Ken Ackerman
    Ken Ackerman President
    The Ackerman Company
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Bob Sabath
    Bob Sabath Director of Supply Chain Practice
    Transportation and Logistics Advisors, LLC
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Alan Todd
    Alan Todd CEO
    View Bio

    Alan Todd is CEO of CorpU.

    A pioneer in the field of corporate learning, Alan has served as Chairman, CEO and co-founder of KnowledgePlanet, a company that helped launch the online learning revolution. The company grew to serve millions of people in over 150 countries and amassed more than $150 million in value.

    Alan was named Inc. Magazine / Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for High Technology in the late ‘90s. More recently, he was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to the Higher Education Commission, charged with improving college access and affordability for commonwealth residents.

    Alan is a founding member and trustee of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the first private non-profit university in Pennsylvania established in over 100 years. He also serves as a Wharton entrepreneur-in-residence and education entrepreneurship adviser at the Penn Graduate School of Education.

    He is a member of the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University and a member of the board of advisors of Penn NEST - Networking Education Entrepreneurs for Social Transformation - based at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a trustee at Dickinson College, on the Business Advisory Board at Pennsylvania State University and Messiah College, and has acted as an education advisor to the Saudi royal family.

    Alan completed his doctoral coursework and holds a master's degree from The University of Pennsylvania.

  • Cynthia Kalina Kaminsky
    Cynthia Kalina-Kaminsky Ph.D. President
    Process & Strategy Solutions, PLLC
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    Mixing industry experience, her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a specialization in Management, Cynthia consults and advises in operational, supply chain, and business transformation. Since 2001, Process & Strategy has helped organizations gain competitive standing through strategic alignment tied into effective process innovation. As the President of Process & Strategy, she continues as she began, working to make factories and organizations globally competitive through alignment not only of strategy and process, but also people and practices.

    To keep her tool set current, she works with academic teams and global programs. Cynthia is currently working with The University of Massachusetts – Boston and MIT. She also holds a strategic alliance with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. federal agency, as an Enterprise Development Network (EDN) loan originator enabling bilateral SME business expansion between the U.S. and developing countries.

    Cynthia trains the APICS certification curriculum to industry professionals in supply chain and operations management; previously headed the Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Texas-Arlington; was the Commercialization Manager for the Automation & Robotics Research Institute; worked in industry as a manufacturing and process engineer, and has taught in various university Colleges of Business and Colleges of Engineering. She currently trains government personnel in industry manufacturing techniques, methodologies, and tools sets as a Professor of Industrial Manufacturing and Supply Chain Project Management at the Defense Acquisition University.

    Cynthia received her B.S. and M.S. in engineering from The University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. She holds certification as a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management), a CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), SCOR-P (Supply Chain Organizations Reference-Model Professional), a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma, and Level III certification in Production, Quality, and Manufacturing from DAU.

    Please link in with her and her network of supply chain and operations professionals at http://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthiakalinakaminsky

  • John Golob
    John Golob CEO
    View Bio

    John Golob’s experience spans Silicon Valley to Wall Street. Before starting Lanetix, a CRM and collaboration SaaS company backed by Salesforce.com, John started his career with IBM, finishing first in its sales training program before joining Goldman Sachs Equities Sales and Trading and covering the IPOs of tech giants such as EBAY.

    After graduating from Harvard Business School, John held operating roles in the Kleiner Perkins tech portfolio, including E.piphany (acquired by SSA Global), Good Technology (acquired by Motorola) and Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!). All told, the six start-ups he joined between 1996 and 2013 were acquired for $350 million on average representing over $5B in value creation.

    Most recently, John worked with Jeff Epstein, former CFO Oracle and co-authored the Bessemer Ventures white paper, “30 Questions and Answers that every SaaS Revenue Leader Needs to Know” a virtual how-to guide to scaling a SaaS-based business.

    Finally, John was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Primera Capital before starting Lanetix, a company he founded with Aaron Sasson (founder of GT Nexus, recently acquired by Infor for $670 million). Lanetix is backed by Salesforce.com and offers apps for the commercial operations teams at ocean carriers, 3PLs and freight forwarders.

  • Sid Nair
    Sid Nair Sr. Director, Transportation & Compliance
    Teletrac Navman
    View Bio

    Product Management Leader with extensive experience in various transportation sectors like Agriculture, Aerospace, Connected Cars, Fleet Management.

    Currently Sr.Director at Teletrac-Navman Wireless, leading strategic planning, product management and UX efforts to build the best SAAS fleet management solution serving Trucking, Private Fleets and OEMS.

    Prior to Teletrac, was a Director at Magellan. Primarily focused on building next generation Cloud based Connected Car solutions. Previously served in key leadership roles a Honeywell, Trimble, John Deere in various product development and strategy roles.

    Specialties:Product Roadmap, Leading Cross functional teams, Strategic Planning, Product Line Financials, Building great teams, GPS applications, Voice Of Customer, Design Thinking

    Recent News: Judge at #CES2016 Vehicle Intelligence

    XYHT Magazine Profile - http://www.xyht.com/civiltransportation/sid-nair/.

  • Steven Hausman
    Steven Hausman President/CEO
    Triumph Business Capital
    View Bio

    Steven Hausman is President/CEO of Triumph Business Capital a leading provider of factoring and payment processing services to the transportation market and an operating subsidiary of Triumph Bancorp, Inc.,, a financial holding company with diversified lines of community banking, commercial finance and asset management activities (NASDAQ Global Select Market ticker symbol TBK). Steve is a 4th generation trucker, has an MBA from the University of Michigan, and over 30 years’ experience in commercial finance. Originally from New York, Steve is an IFA Certified Account Executive in Factoring (CAEF) and currently serves as Pitmaster of the Triumph BBQ Team and on the Advisory Board of Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Hemal Shah
    Hemal Shah Global Head - Travel Solutions & Strategy
    Sutherland Global Services
    View Bio

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon.

  • Bobby Waid
    Charter Brokerage
    Bobby Waid CEO
    Charter Brokerage
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    Bobby Waid, a licensed customs broker, is the chief executive officer of Charter Brokerage. He received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Houston.

    Mr. Waid’s area of expertise is customs duty drawback, particularly for the petroleum, chemicals and airline industries. He has represented numerous clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

  • Travis Rhyan
    Travis Rhyan President & CEO
    10-4 Systems
    View Bio

    A highly experienced logistics professional, Travis is focused on the integration of the latest, most advanced technologies throughout the entire suite of 10-4 products. His dedication has built a foundation and a host of tools designed to optimize your operation’s performance and profitability.

  • Greg Aimi
    Greg Aimi Director, Supply Chain Research—Logistics
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

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    Jeff Howard Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Management
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Maria Taylor
    Maria Taylor MD
    Penn State Executive Programs
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    Maria Taylor is the Managing Director for Penn State Executive Programs, where she is responsible for creating innovative solutions to help clients build the leadership and organizational capability to meet their strategic objectives and create competitive advantage. Previously, Maria served as the Director of Learning Solutions for Raytheon Professional Services, a global leader in learning services and outsourcing operating in over 70 countries.

    Throughout her career, Maria has combined strategic and financial acumen with organizational and leadership development to build the processes, systems and talent required for rapid and profitable growth. She has worked with clients in strategic and market planning, talent and learning systems solution design, and executive education.

    Maria co-authored Human Resource Transformation (Davies-Black 2008) and The Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the 6 Key Trends Shaping the Future (Davies-Black 1998). She has published articles and papers in the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Management Development, and The Institute for the Study of Organizational Effectiveness. Ms. Taylor received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

  • Gary McCullough
    ARI Packaging
    Gary McCullough Chief Executive Officer
    ARI Packaging
    View Bio

    Gary’s more than 30-year career has included roles as a Corporate Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, President and Senior Executive in market-leading consumer and commercial companies including The Procter & Gamble Company, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Abbott Laboratories, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Career Education Corporation. A former U.S. Army Infantry Officer, Gary has twice been named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” MBA Northwestern University, BS Wright State University.

  • Seth Eliot Wilson
    Headhaul Capital
    Seth Eliot Wilson Managing Partner
    Headhaul Capital
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Monica Wooden
    Mercury Gate
    Monica Wooden CEO
    Mercury Gate
    View Bio

    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • George P. Moakley
    Intel Corporation
    George P. Moakley Lead Solution Architect
    Intel Transportation Solutions Division
    Internet of Things Group
    Intel Corporation
    View Bio

    As Lead Solutions Architect for Intel’s Transportation Solutions Division, George Moakley is responsible for working with customers to help them understand how they can effectively apply IoT to their current business challenges and opportunities, and to use the insights from current customer engagements to develop compelling new IoT edge intelligence solutions for distributed analytics in fleet, freight, and asset management. His favorite work balances vision with pragmatism; realizing something novel and compelling can be accomplished NOW.

    George has more than 30 years of industry experience, including 25 years at Intel, plus experience in the precious metals and retail industries and in aerospace engineering. At Intel, George has been an Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner for manufacturing systems and Intel IT, founded and managed an Intel Labs program developing and prototyping Internet of Things solutions and infrastructure, and managed product development for Intel’s professional services group.

    George pursued an MS degree in Zoology at Arizona State University and has a BS degree in Biology from City College of New York. He holds patents and filings in distributed systems et al. and has been responsible for numerous published articles and industry presentations.

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    Mike Erickson Founder and CEO
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    With an extensive background in transportation management and contract negotiations, President and Founder Mike Erickson has been involved in the transportation industry for nearly two decades. Mike founded AFMS in 1992 after spending many years with Airborne Express as one of their top District Managers. As the founder and CEO, Mike has overseen the growth of AFMS from a leading regional freight-consulting firm to a nationally recognized logistics consulting organization, with offices in key cities throughout the US. AFMS has become the most well respected transportation and contract negotiation consulting firm in America. Most recently, AFMS was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in America when they made the Inc. 500 two years in a row.

  • Steve Matthews
    Steve Matthews Practice Director, Internet of Things
    View Bio

    Steve Matthews is Director of the Internet of Things Practice at Teradata, where he leads a team of industry experts who help customers realize real-world value from their data.

    For over 25 years, he has worked to deliver technology solutions to industry, starting in the front line of oilfield operations, drilling wells in many different corners of the world before moving into management positions in Technology, Software Development, Business Intelligence and Market Analysis.

    Since joining Teradata, Steve has worked with Data Scientists to uncover significant business insights for numerous clients in in Oil & Gas, High Tech manufacturing and other disciplines. As interest builds in the Internet of Things, he is dreading the hype, but excited by the possibilities for analytics to deliver radical change and competitive advantage.

  • Anil Nair
    Anil Nair Vice President and Head of Travel, Transportation and Logistics vertical business unit
    View Bio

    Anil Nair is Vice President and Head of Travel, Transportation and Logistics vertical business unit at HCL. He brings over 25 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within sales and marketing. In his current role at HCL, he is responsible for setting and supporting the company’s strategy of aligning its versatile industry expertise with its clients business priorities, accelerating its growth and enhancing the technology portfolio. Anil provides executive leadership and vision, overseeing client relationships and developing and retaining talent – all while bringing clients the full strength of HCL’s capabilities. Anil has been associated with the Transportation vertical for the past 15+ years with leadership roles at IBM, CSC and Dell providing valuable insights and experience in leading transformational engagements to bring new thinking and thought leadership.

  • Hugh Williams
    Hughenden Consulting
    Hugh Williams Managing Director
    Hughenden Consulting
    View Bio

    Speaker Bio Coming Soon

  • Raanan Cohen
    Raanan Cohen CEO
    View Bio

    Raanan founded Bringg in 2013 with the vision of changing the way businesses deliver in the on-demand era.

    Raanan is a seasoned entrepreneur. He was the Founder & CEO of MobileMax, leading the company from concept to multimillion-dollar international sales and IPO. He has also served in various management positions at Nokia-Siemens, BroadServe and Cash-U/Unipier. Raanan is a happily married father of twin girls and two boys. As an avid sports addict, Raanan has completed numerous marathons and triathlons including ironman & ultra-marathon distances.

  • David Sparkman
    ACWI Advance
    David Sparkman Founding Editor
    ACWI Advance
    View Bio

    David Sparkman is the Founding Editor of ACWI Advance, the newsletter of the American Chain of Warehouses Inc. He also writes articles and a monthly column called “The Regulated Workplace” for Material Handling & Logistics magazine, where he serves as on the Editorial Advisory Board. His career includes working in trade press journalism and strategic communications for American Trucking Associations, the National Private Truck Council, American Moving and Storage Association, and International Warehouse and Logistics Association.

Industry Endorsements & Testimonials For 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: Chicago

  • loadsmart

    "Fantastic opportunity to meet with industry peers to learn about and discuss relevant issues. Will be back!"

    - Mark Gurevich, Business Development Manager, LoadSmart
  • APL Logistics

    "Good networking forum"

    - Gail Paepke, Director, Technology Solutions, APL Logistics
  • unishippers

    "The 3PL & Supply Chain Summit: Chicago was a great opportuinty to sharpen yoour saw and network within the industry to acquire new ideas and forsee the future in the transportation world."

    - Jeff Williams, VP Corporate Accounts, Unishippers
  • Redwood Logistics

    "Great emphasis on emerging technology"

    - Steve Wilson, VP Logistics Engineering, Redwood Logistics
  • groupon

    "Great event for networking with other industry professionals & learning about some emerging trends in the supply chain space"

    - Vikram Subramanian, Director - Supply Chain, Groupon
  • Genpro

    "As usual great opportunity to network with the best in our industry. Always a great opportunity to listen to thought leaders. Overall an excellent event. This is my 12th consecutive EFT conference this year."

    - Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Genpro
  • Dart Container Corporation

    "I thought the conference was very informative.  It was interesting to hear how other companies are addressing similar issues."

    - Edward Goetting, Director, Sales & Operations Planning, Dart Container Corporation
  • BuildDirect

    "The conference for me was a great opportunity to see and participate in some informative sessions with some of the leading 3PLs in the industry. The conference was also great to meet and reconnect with colleagues devoted to improving supply chains."

    - Jim Hourigan, COO, BuildDirect.com
  • spartanlogistics

    "Really good opportunity meet other senior professionals in our industry"

    - Steve Harmon, President, Spartan Logistics
  • Con-way Multimodal

    "The event was had an intimate feel that worked well for networking. The 1-1 meeting I participated in went well and have potential to produce new clients for my company."

    - Mike Friedly, Director Business Development, Con-way Multimodal
  • Worldwide Express

    "The event was well organized, with an outstanding venue and speakers. I found the sessions most informative and educational. Thoroughly enjoyed the event."

    - Nancy Marino, Partner, Columbus Consulting

2016 Sponsors

Charter Sponsor

  • JDA

Gold Sponsor

  • project44

Silver Sponsors

  • 10-4
  • Echo
  • HCL-sq
  • Kronos-sq
  • Nulogy
  • Sealed-Air
  • sutherland
  • syncreon

Bronze Sponsors

  • Charter
  • HubTran
  • iDashboards
  • Lanetix
  • Loadsmart
  • PINC
  • ProAct International
  • RevenovaTMS
  • ProLogistix and Select Staffing
  • TMW

Lanyard Sponsor

Agenda Sponsor

  • J B Hunt

Keycard Sponsor

  • APL

Delegate Bag Sponsor


Workshop Sponsor

  • Teradata

Pen Sponsor

  • Sphere

Welcome Letter Sponsor

  • Port of Nansha of Guangzhou Port

Exhibition & Meetings Sponsors

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