Donald Broughton, Principal, Managing Partner - Broughton Capital LLC
Donald Broughton, managing partner and principal of Broughton Capital will discuss the opportunities and threats for freight demand, including the effects of the coronavirus on the supply chain, why tariffs are terrible taxes, the trade deals we need for the North American manufacturing sector, and the almost-too-good-to-be-true potential for predictive analytics in trucking.
Jim Buell, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, FleetNet America
Jim Buell joined FleetNet in 2012, bringing more than 30 years of expertise in sales and marketing management. He is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of all sales and marketing strategies for FleetNet America. Additionally, Jim facilitates growth and goal attainment of new and existing accounts while also working to maintain and improve customer satisfaction levels. Prior to joining FleetNet, he held sales and marketing roles in Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, Clorox, and Johnson Wax.
Amy Davis, Vice President, Cummins, and President of Cummins’ New Power Segment
Davis joined Cummins in 1994 and has held numerous roles. Since 2015, Amy has served as Vice President of the Filtration business, where she achieved record revenues. Prior to this, she served as President of the Cummins Northeast distributor, where she also oversaw significant revenues and profit increases.
Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University (U.S.) and has completed the Executive Program in Marketing Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (U.S.). She and her husband have four children.
Brian Fielkow, CEO of Jetco Delivery and Executive Vice President/Board Member of the GTI Group
Brian Fielkow is a senior executive, author and keynote speaker. Brian is passionate about building high performing business cultures, with a special focus on employee engagement and safety culture. Brian approaches business with the philosophy of “strong on the inside - unbeatable on the outside.”
Brian currently serves as CEO of Houston-based Jetco Delivery and Executive Vice President of Montreal-based The GTI Group. GTI purchased Jetco from Brian’s ownership group in 2019. Since acquiring Jetco in 2006, Brian invested in people, fleet and technology resulting in ten-fold growth and a highly differentiated business model. The company offers open deck/heavy haul, intermodal, dedicated van, and freight brokerage services.
Alec Gizzi, President, JBS Logistics
Alec A. Gizzi, CTB - holds a BS Degree in Business Administration as well as a MBA from Lewis University Romeoville, IL. Mr. Gizzi has been working in the logistics industry since graduating from Lewis in 1979. He and his partner Sam DiMaio, started JBS Logistics, Inc (Naperville, IL) in 1986. JBS has brokerage and motor carrier authority as well as warehousing space in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and El Paso. A member of (TIA) since 1986, Mr. Gizzi currently serves on the TIA Board of Directors as Past Chair and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is married to Karen and they four children; Lauren, Anna, Joseph, and Sarah.
John G. Larkin, CFA, Operating Partner, Clarendon Capital
John Larkin was named an Operating Partner at Clarendon Capital in May of 2019. His mission is to assist with deal sourcing, capital raising, and the creation of value within portfolio companies. Previously, Larkin joined Legg Mason in October 2001 to form and to lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. For 17 years, Larkin headed up Stifel’s transportation and logistics research effort. In January of 2018, Larkin transitioned from Stifel’s Research Department to Stifel’s Investment Banking team. While in Investment Banking, Larkin advised numerous publicly traded and privately held transportation and logistics companies as well as many financial sponsors with investments in the transportation and logistics space. Over the years, Larkin has been recognized as an all-star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine numerous times, a Wall Street Journal All-Star analyst on several occasions, and has been awarded multiple Starmine stock picking and earnings estimate accuracy awards. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Envio Express (dba Liberty Transport), is a member of The Boards of Directors for CRST International, eNow Energy, LeanStaffing, and Phoenix Intermodal, and is a member of the Boards of Advisors for Freightwaves, LoadSmart, DFMData, Baton, and Urgent Care Travel. Larkin is married and is the proud father of four adult children. He resides, with his wife of 37 years, Nancy, in Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, and Saranac Lake, NY.
Derek Leathers, Werner CEO
Leathers is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Werner Enterprises. Since beginning his career at Werner Enterprises in 1999, 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. He holds over 26 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and more than 19 years of leadership with Werner.
Malea McElyea, Vice President of Business Development, CalArk
Malea McElyea serves as the Vice President of Business Development of CalArk. She is responsible for initiating and closing sales opportunities to significantly accelerate growth and profitability. Malea holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.
Paul Menig, Founder, Business Accelerants
Paul Menig has spent his career building businesses. For 35 years, he worked at General Electric, Eaton Corporation, and Daimler AG. During that time, Paul gained experience in building new businesses based on high-tech products for multiple industries. These include the military, aerospace, medical equipment, industrial automation, and transportation.
Since establishing Business Accelerants, Paul has helped several hundred businesses, including startups, family-owned enterprises, and small-cap public companies. He specializes in guiding leaders on how to develop a long-term strategy to keep them accelerating their profitable growth. Through business consulting, Paul wants them to generate more revenue from their business and onto their personal balance sheet. He also aims to see company leaders set aside more time for life and spend it with their family and friends.
Jason Miller, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Logistics
Miller is a tenured Associate Professor of Logistics and the John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business. His primary research stream examines firms' logistics operations, with an emphasis on studying motor carrier safety, productivity, pricing dynamics, and driver turnover.
Ed Nagle, CEO of Nagle Companies
Ed Nagle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nagle Companies. He was the first of four brothers “recruited” to work for his parents Ed and Joanne Nagle in June 1984. Ed brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience with his approach to business.
Entering the trucking industry in 1978 at 15, he performed duties in facility maintenance at the “Toledo 5” truck stop, then as a pump boy, mechanic, and for the last 2 years as a manager. Upon graduating from the University of Toledo, Ed was named VP of Operations, a role he held until he was named President/CEO when Ed and Joanne retired at the end of 1997.
Michael Nischan, Vice President of Transportation Logistics Risk Control, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants
Michael Nischan is vice president of the Transportation Risk Control Practice of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, working out of the Southeast Region office in Atlanta. With more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, private industry management, and consulting, Michael has a genuine understanding of what it takes to operate a fleet safely and profitably. He helps motor carriers achieve and exceed regulatory requirements, develops management and training programs, implements operational controls to enhance efficiency, and educates all members of an organization on compliance and security measures.
Cameron Ramsdell, President, Variant
As President of Variant, a division of U.S. Xpress, Ramsdell works to maximize the opportunities as the speed of technology development and adoption in the trucking industry accelerates. Prior to his time in technology, Cameron led Coyote’s Strategy group where he was responsible for acquisitions and the company’s expansion into Mexico and Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Ben Schill, Vice President, Paper Transport
A down-to-earth leader who wants a great place to work for his employees, Vice President Ben Schill sets the tone for everyone at Paper Transport, Inc. with his high energy, openness to ideas, and willingness to create change.
Recognizing the need to move things forward in the transportation industry, Ben works closely with the PTI team to discover, research, and implement new technology and business practices. Under his watch, PTI has pioneered safety developments, predictive driver analytics, remote connectivity improvements, and extended driver training through open source technology. Through these innovations, PTI’s drivers, operations team, and office support professionals are able to easily communicate with one another, leading to a workplace that is open, engaging, and supportive.
Stephen Setliff, Managing Partner, Setliff Law
Stephen Setliff represents clients in complex litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts across the United States. His multifaceted trial practice includes representation of clients across a broad array of industries, with a focus on transportation companies, including trucking companies. Stephen also represents trucking companies, their insurers, and their drivers in a wide variety of claims, including catastrophic personal injury, property damage, and toxic cleanup. He also handles workers’ compensation claims, negotiating, drafting, and enforcement of commercial agreements.
Alex Voets, Manager of eMobility Product and Sales Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America
Alex Voets is the manager of eMobility Product and Sales Strategy at Daimler Trucks North America. He leads a team that analyzes how electric trucks disrupt the market, defines go-to market strategies and conceptualizes and defines key strategic aspects of the electric truck offering: pricing, sales strategy and warranty. Alex interfaces with customers and the industry for electric trucks through presentations and panel discussions on use cases, infrastructure, incentives, market outlook and introduction, while also overseeing key strategic projects to successfully bring electric trucks to market and establish DTNA as market leader.
Keith Wilson, Titan Freight
A second-generation TITAN, Keith Wilson may have called TITAN home for the past 25 years but it has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Keith graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. Post graduation his first five years were spent working for NBC’s prime-time sales in NYC and traveling and working around the world. Returning to his home in Oregon, he began working alongside his father at TITAN. Using his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland and the support of his entire team, he has transformed TITAN into one of the most modern, safe, and technologically advanced carriers in the nation.