Speakers

Speakers

 
 
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David Arsenault, Vice President of Marketing, Randall-Reilly

David's career at Randall-Reilly began in 2012 as the content editor for the corporate marketing team. In his current role as Senior Director of Marketing, David drives the company's strategy for content marketing, lead generation, and digital advertising. He has a passion for storytelling and crafting marketing campaigns. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, coaching football, playing drums, and building furniture.


 

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Seth Becker, Vice President of Recruiting Sales, Randall-Reilly

Seth Becker has been involved in dynamic recruiting strategies for almost his entire career. He joined Randall-Reilly in 2017 to manage the recruiting sales team, and brought with him 14 years of experience in leadership. He has helped maximize productivity in two different Fortune 500 companies. After learning of his success as an enrollment manager at University of Phoenix, Knight Transportation brought Seth on to help direct its driver recruiting program and ensure the continuous growth and development of both recruiters and their managers. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration.


 

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Al Barner, Senior VP of Business Development, Fleet Advantage

Al Barner is a Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) and possesses over 24 years of industry experience in business development and management of national accounts for national private fleets. Al joined Fleet Advantage in 2010 and is responsible for providing solutions for life cycle asset management and financing of class 8 tractors and trailers. He has specific expertise in structuring complex finance and service offerings in the transportation marketplace. Al also oversees and manages the regional sales team. Prior to Fleet Advantage, Al was a member of Ryder’s Full Service Leasing team and was inducted into the Ryder Round Table in 2002 as a Director of Business Development. 


 

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Rebecca Brewster, President & Chief Operating Officer, ATRI

She is the recipient of several awards including the 2016 Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking, the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award from the Women in Trucking Association, and the 2010 J.R. Bob Halladay award given by the 50 state trucking associations. Brewster has been with ATRI for over 28 years. Prior to that, she was the Public and Governmental Affairs Director for the Cary, N.C., Chamber of Commerce and a Fleet Analyst with Moen, Inc. She has a B.A. in English from Wofford College and is a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.


 

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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.


 

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Blair Ewell, Senior Vice President of Trucking, USAT Capacity Solutions

Ewell joined USA Truck as senior vice president of trucking in August 2019 with over 30 years in transportation management. Ewell began his career in 1986 with Ryder System. In 1989 he served three years with the United States Army Logistics Corp. in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He has served in several leadership roles, including vice president and terminal manager, and Regional vice president of network for Swift Transportation. He served as COO at Mesilla Valley Transportation until starting his own consulting business in 2016. Ewell most recently served as executive vice president of HMD Trucking in Chicago. USAT Capacity Solutions was recognized as CCJ’s 2021 Innovator of the Year.


 

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Jean Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Central Analysis Bureau

Jean Gardner, Esq. is the Chief Executive Officer at Central Analysis Bureau. For more than 30 years she was an active litigation and coverage attorney in private practice. Her national practice focused primarily on transportation and logistics, including inland marine, property, and commercial auto insurance coverages, where she represented varied insurance carriers on both coverage and defense issues, as well as direct representation of trucking companies, warehouseman and other logistic providers assisting them in operations and risk management. Central Analysis Bureau, Inc., is a well-known provider of financial and safety monitoring for insurers, brokers, and producers of motor carrier insurance. Ms. Gardner is actively involved in analyzing the data and determining the trends in the transportation and related insurance industries to allow these industries to understand the exposure, know the insured, and complement a particular appetite for risk. Ms. Gardner writes the monthly “Bits and Pieces” report relied on by the industry to keep them up to date of events impacting the underwriting of transportation entities and lectures throughout the country on these related topics. She is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Conference of Freight Counsel, the National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation and is also a consultant to the Inland Marine Underwriters Association and an active member of the Transportation Committee.


 

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Ed Kentner, Director of Social Media, National Carriers, Inc.

In August of 2000, Ed Kentner joined National Carriers, Inc., as Director of Driver Recruitment. A 100% owner-operator company at the time, National Carriers provided customers both livestock transportation and refrigerated deliveries. Backhaul freight brought trucks back into the Midwest. As tractor needs increased, Kentner accepted a new position as Director of Truck Leasing. This opportunity provided former and first-time owner-operators an opportunity to continue or begin their careers. During this period, he focused on coaching and mentoring lease owners through innovative techniques that included business seminars. National Carriers has continued to seek high-quality professional drivers by adding company-owned trucks to their fleet. Kentner accepted a newly created position as Director of Social Media, designed to attract and engage qualified owner-operators and company drivers. His efforts support operations, safety, settlements and recruiting. Each Sunday evening, Kentner hosts a driver forum on Facebook Live entitled "What's UP, NCI?" where National Carriers drivers and administration provide an open discussion of issues concerning the transportation industry. 


 

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Scott Maldonado, Vice President of Trucking Operations, Randall-Reilly

Scott Maldonado is the Vice President of Trucking Operations at Randall-Reilly. With 25-plus years of experience in transportation and recruiting, Scott has a wide range of expertise in such areas as negotiation, operations management, freight, advertising, and cold calling. He has worked with hundreds of fleets to achieve drastic improvements in their processes, recruiting, go to market strategies, and cost efficiencies. Prior to joining Randall-Reilly, he was the Director of Operations and Sales for Navajo Express and the Director of Recruiting and Driver Services at Swift Transportation.


 

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Jason Michels, CEO, Long Haul Trucking

Jason Michels joined Long Haul Trucking in 2000 as an owner-operators. Since coming off the road in 2003, he's experienced successful career growth through sales and operations which ultimately led to him becoming Long Haul's Vice President and most recently, CEO. Jason has been a cornerstone of Long Haul growth over the past 21 years. Since converting from a privately owned company to an ESOP in 2013, Jason has made a direct impact in helping Long Haul's stock value grow from $8.15 in 2013 to $187.32 in 2020, for their employee owners. Jason is an acting member of the MTA (Minnesota Trucking Association) and continues to work daily in utilizing his skills and knowledge of driving to help advocate for truck drivers and the trucking industry.


 

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Jeremy Stickling, Chief Administration Officer, Nussbaum Transportation

Stickling joined Nussbaum Transportation in June 2007 as an accounting assistant. In the 14-plus years since he has worked his way to become director of human resources to vice president of human resources and safety to chief administration officer – a position he’s held since June 2019. A graduate of Western University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Stickling was instrumental in Nussbaum’s implementation of a driver behavior management tool, which was developed to remove fairness issues that arise when comparing driver performance based solely on fuel economy statistics. The system captures real-time data from the engine control module, including G-force sensor data, time spent at different speed intervals and throttle actuation and aggregates that information with following distance observations from onboard event recorders to score drivers on a skills rating formula that measures smooth driving, speed management, throttle usage and space management. Nussbaum was recognized as CCJ’s 2017 Innovator of the Year.


 

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Timmy Tran, Vice President of Systems and Technology, JLE Industries

Tran joined flatbed carrier JLE Industries in March 2018 as director of IT and quickly expanded his role to vice president of systems and technology, a position he's held since January 2019. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and management, Tran has been instrumental in developing a proprietary software system, DriverOS, that helps load planners and managers better serve the needs of drivers. The company has expanded DriverOS to become an enterprise-wide platform for decision making and automating workflows. Most recently, Tran has been working with a data science team at JLE Industries to develop advanced tools for drivers that account for individual driver preferences and work habits. Drivers can choose their own loads through a mobile app that provides recommendations to help drivers maximize their earnings and has effectively decentralized the load planning process.


 

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Shuie Yankelewitz, Chief Operating Officer, Central Analysis Bureau

Shuie Yankelewitz is the Chief Operating Officer at Central Analysis Bureau and the architect of the industry leading CAB system. He joined CAB over 15 years ago, bringing his extensive background and experience in computer science and data analytics to the company. With his total immersion into the insurance and transportation industry, Shuie led the way for the strategic development and expansion of CAB, making it the foremost provider of analytics on the motor carrier industry. Shuie works closely with the FMCSA and the DOT as they look to ensure the safety and stability of motor carriers operating on our nation’s highways. He speaks at many industry events on these very sophisticated and often complicated issues and is now a recognized expert in these fields. In the day-to-day, you can find him directing his team in creating new and exciting programs to further enhance the services CAB provides to its subscribers.


 

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