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Norris L. Beren

Norris L. Beren is the Chief Executive Advisor of Risk Reduction, Inc. and has more than

40 years of experience as a CEO advising CEOs in companies ranging from startups to

Fortune 500 multinationals. Specializing in working with trucking and transportation,

3PL and 4PL sectors and their shipper customersl, Beren helps companies face business

challenges arising from an uncertain economy, driver shortages, FMCSA regulations,

operational, regulatory and strategic issues, including spill over liability and insurance

challenges steaming from carrier/ broker/ shipper relationships and transactions. As

Chief Executive Advisor, he is recognized as an authority, consultant, speaker, trainer

and author on risk reduction, business growth, strategic and management issues. Beren

has made a career giving people “Straight Talk on Tough Topics.” To contact Beren,

email norris@rredinc.com.

J. Harwood Cochrane

J. Harwood Cochrane is President and founder of Overnite Transportation Company.

Prior to starting Overnite Transportation Company in 1935, he drove a horse-drawn

milk wagon. From a single delivery truck, he built a trucking empire that employed over

14,000 delivery drivers. In 1986, Mr. Cochrane sold Overnite Transportation Company

to Union Pacific Corp and in 2005, it was purchased by UPS. In 1991, Cochrane started

Highway Express trucking company and sold it in 2003. Mr. Cochrane is currently an

active member of the community through his efforts at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,

the Red Cross and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been both a husband and

father of three for nearly 80 years.

John M. Cutler, Jr.

John M. Cutler, Jr., a principal with McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, has been General

Counsel of NASSTRAC since 1999, when his partner, Dan Sweeney retired. Since

graduating from Georgetown Law School in 1976, Cutler has been a specialist in

transportation law, representing shippers before the ICC and STB, in federal and state

courts, and in legislative proceedings. Cutler was active in defending shippers against

undercharge claims during the undercharge epidemic, and currently assists members

and others with contract, bill of lading, claims, classification and other transportation

law issues. He also represents shippers by rail, air and water.

Aaron Ernst

Aaron Ernst is a Sales Engineer at RateLinx, focusing on sales and marketing

strategies that will increase brand awareness and the customer base. With a technical

background and degree from Vanderbilt University, Aaron worked for the world’s largest

developer of Electronic Medical Record software before joining the Supply Chain and

Transportation industry. After multiple implementation cycles with Fortune 500 clients,

Ernst continues to be both an internal and external resource for RateLinx employees and

strategic partners. Constantly researching industry trends and technical developments,

Ernst is well versed in technology implementations and logistics optimization strategies.

Carlos Fallas

Carlos Fallas is vice president and general manager-FedEx Freight de Mexico. Based in

Houston, Texas, Carlos is responsible for all aspects of the operations, sales, strategic

planning, customer service, revenue services and human resources associated with

our Mexico business. Carlos has nearly 40 years of international sales, marketing

and operations experience in the freight transportation and logistics industry. He

joined FedEx Freight in 2004 as general manager, Mexico and has played an integral

role in developing a solid team of LTL professionals and the launching our Mexico

door-to-door and intra-Mexico service products. Prior to joining FedEx Freight, Carlos

held senior management positions in Sales and Operations with other transportation

companies. Carlos, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, received his degree in

Law Enforcement from Pasadena City College and is also a graduate of the Program for

Management Development at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mike Gamel

Mike Gamel is the CEO, of Mexpress Transportation Inc. He started his career in the

trucking industry in 1966 with Yellow Transit, better known today as YRC. YRC provided

Gamel with the opportunity in Central California to perform all various job functions

at the local terminal level and to assist Yellow Transit with the expansion in Western

States. Following his career with Yellow Transit, Gamel was one of the Founders of

Industrial Freight, servicing the California market. Well known in the industry, Gamel

and his partner Carlos Duron started Mexpress Transportation. Mexpress Transportation

offered trucking service to and from Mexico, with the vision of eliminating the border

clearance process as well as the bottlenecks and delays associated with this process.

Today, Mexpress offers scheduled LTL and truck load service from Dallas and Los

Angeles to the airports in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara Mexico.

Brian J. Gibson, Ph.D.

Brian Gibson is a Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management at Auburn

University. He is co-author of State of the Retail Supply Chain Report and

industry leading textbooks. A former retail logistics manager, Gibson is active in

executive education, research, and consulting. His 20+ years of university teaching

and research experience is complimented by nearly ten years as a logistics manager

in the retail sector. Active in industry-focused research, Dr. Gibson conducts an annual

study of retail supply chain issues, and produces academic articles. He is recognized

as an innovative supply chain educator who is involved in corporate training, executive

education, and distance learning. Dr. Gibson also actively engages with the industry

through committee assignments for NASSTRAC, CSCMP, and RILA.

Jack Holmes

Jack Holmes is the President of UPS Freight. His career in transportation began 34

years ago when he joined UPS as a package handler. Holmes began his career with

UPS as a delivery driver and was later promoted into management, where he held

leadership positions in operations, engineering and human resources. Holmes served

as President and Chief Operating Officer of numerous UPS locations before leading

the transition team for UPS’s largest-ever domestic acquisition, the 2005 purchase of

Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight. Since 2007, Jack has served as President

of UPS Freight, one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in the United States

and a leading provider of truckload services. Widely respected for his business

acumen, Holmes was named to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by

the U.S. Department of Transportation in May 2013. He is one of only three trucking

industry representatives on the committee, which provides information, advice and

recommendations to the U.S. Transportation Secretary on matters relating to domestic

freight transportation and the implementation of the Moving Ahead for Progress in

the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Jack serves as co-chairman of the NFAC’s Conditions,

Performance and Data Subcommittee and sits on the Board of Directors of the

American Transportation Research Institute.

Tess Hopkins

Tess Hopkins is currently an undergraduate from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Hopkins

will be graduating from the University of Rhode Island this May with a Bachelor’s degree

in Supply Chain Management. Hopkins is a corporate procurement buyer at Toray Plastics

after interning for two summers and one semester. Hopkins is a member of the Sigma Delta

Tau sorority and has studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She’s been on the dean’s list for six

semesters and will be graduating with a CTL and a Green Belt in Six Sigma. She is also a

member of the Phi Beta Sigma Honor Society and Beta Gamma Delta Honor Society.

Doug Kahl

Doug Kahl is a Vice President, Sales for enVista, a leading supply chain consulting and IT

services firm, delivering innovative solutions that improve profitability, enhance customer

service and reduce waste from source to consumption. Kahl has spent the past 27-years

in the transportation industry with Airborne Express in sales, management and training

throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia; AFMS Logistics Management

Group as Director of Sales and Business Development; Unishippers Global Logistics, as

Regional Sales Manager and Transportation Products Director where he was responsible

for managing the strategic sourcing of transportation; and TranzAct Technologies, a freight

audit, payment, and comprehensive transportation management services provider as Vice

President and Executive Consultant in parcel services. Kahl is a contributing columnist to

Parcel magazine and has spoken on timely industry topics at numerous conferences. Kahl is

a member of NASSTRAC and CSCMP, where he serves on the Roundtable Board of Directors

for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Arizona. He has also been

recognized by Alpha Kappa Psi with their Distinguished Service Award and the American

Society of Transportation & Logistics as a Distinguished Logistics Professional.

C. John Langley, Jr., Ph.D.

C. John Langley, Jr. is NASSTRAC’s Education Advisor. In January of 2011, he joined

the faculty of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Group at Penn State University

in State College, PA. His previous university faculty positions included, the University

of Tennessee and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Langley has co-authored several

books, and he is working on the 9th edition of a textbook titled Supply Chain

Management: A Logistics Perspective. He also serves on the Boards of

Directors of UTi Worldwide, Inc., Averitt Express, Inc., and Forward Air Corporation.

John. G. Larkin

John G. Larkin is the Managing Director and head of transportation capital markets

research at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company. In 2001, Larkin joined Legg Mason and

led the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. Prior to joining Legg Mason,

Larkin was Chairman and CEO of RailWorks Corp., a publicly traded transportation

services company. Prior to serving as the CEO of RailWorks Corporation, Larkin

served as a managing director on Alex Brown and Sons’ transportation team. It was

during that time period that Larkin was recognized as a two-time all-star analyst

by both the Wall Street Journal and Institutional Investor magazine. From 1984

to 1987, he held numerous positions in planning and economic analysis at CSX

Transportation, Inc. In 2003, Larkin was recognized as the two-time #1 stock picker

for the rail and airfreight logistics categories in a Forbes.com/StarMine survey

and placed third in the rail category. Larkin has an M.B.A. from Harvard University

and a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and the

University of Texas. He is a CFA charterholder.

William Logue

William J. Logue is President and CEO of FedEx Freight Corporation. He provides

strategic direction for the Corporation’s less-than-truckload (LTL) companies

throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of

time-sensitive, critical shipments. Logue is currently a member of the Corporation’s

Strategic Management Committee (SMC). Before joining FedEx Freight in December

2009, Bill served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FedEx

Express – United States. Prior to that, Logue held various senior management

positions within the FedEx Express organization, including Senior Vice President of

Domestic Ground Operations (DGO) and Senior Vice President of Air Ground Freight

Service (AGFS). Logue joined FedEx in 1989, is the past Chairman of the Board of

Directors of the United Way of the Mid-South, currently serves on the Executive

Committee of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), and is a member of the

Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

Eric McGee

Eric McGee is a Senior Vice President of Transportation for J.B. Hunt Transport, a

Fortune 500, publically traded (NASDAQ) company, and industry leader in supply chain

solutions. He is currently responsible for J.B. Hunt’s 3PL/Brokerage business unit – one

of the fastest growing 3PL/Brokerage units in transportation, growing to nearly $600

Million in seven years – and specializes in truckload, intermodal, refrigerated, flatbed,

less-than-truckload, expedited, and single source solutions. Prior to this role, McGee

spent six years as Vice President of J.B. Hunt’s Intermodal Division, responsible for

Pricing and Finance. As a key strategic member of the Intermodal Leadership Team,

McGee strongly contributed to the development of J.B. Hunt’s Intermodal Division into

the industry standard. With 16 years of transportation experience, including experience

within four divisions of J.B. Hunt covering nine distinct services, McGee has the ability

to recognize and develop the fullness of opportunity within a customer’s supply chain.

Nick Owens

Nick Owens is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama at Auburn University

majoring in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Business Engineering

Technology and currently serves as the scholarship chair for his social fraternity.

Owens is also involved with other organizations on campus such as Auburn Supply

Chain Management Association, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and various

community service organizations. Owens looks forward to serving on the panel for

the event and hopes to establish strong professional relationships with the other

panelists and potential employers.

Mike Regan

Mike Regan is the President of TranzAct Technologies, Chairman of the Board of

the Board of Supply Chain Edge, and is currently Chairman of NASSTRAC Advocacy

Committee, He serves on the leadership teams of numerous industry groups, such as

NASSTRAC, the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, National Industrial

Transportation League (NITL), and has served on the Board of the Transportation

Intermediaries Association, where he was Chairman of the TIA Foundation. He is also

very active in several key industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain

Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Economics Club of Chicago. Prior to

starting TranzAct, Regan worked for the Bank of America, PriceWaterhouse, and the

Union Pacific Corporation.

Peter Rogoff

Peter M. Rogoff is the United States Under Secretary of Transportation for

Policy. In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary, while

providing leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating

proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives

across all modes of transportation. Prior to his current designation, Mr. Rogoff was

confirmed in 2009 as the Federal Transit Administrator by the U.S. Senate. Prior

to his FTA appointment, Mr. Rogoff served for 22 years on the staff of the Senate

Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as the Democratic Staff Director of the

Transportation Subcommittee. He is an acknowledged expert in the area of federal

infrastructure budgeting and finance, having had an active role in the financing of

each comprehensive surface transportation reauthorization bills dating back to the

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. He earned his M.B.A. with

honors at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and his B.A.

degree in American Studies at Amherst College.


Johnny Savu

Johnny Savu is a senior at Central Michigan University. He will be graduating in May

with a double major in Marketing and Logistics Management. He has completed three

internships, one with Aldi, and two with Marathon Petroleum and will be working full

time with Marathon in the purchasing department upon graduation.

R. Louis Schneeberger

Mr. Louis Schneeberger is President and Chief Executive Officer of Panther Expedited

Services. Panther is a $250 million transportation provider with a national platform in

premium freight logistics and international freight forwarding. Before being named

President and CEO in February 2013, Schneeberger served as the Chief Financial

Officer of Panther. Prior to his services at Panther, Schneeberger spent 15 years as

Chief Financial Officer and director of two publicly traded companies, Olympic Steel

(NASDAQ: ZEUS) and OM Group (NYSE: OMG). Schneeberger also served as Chief

Financial Officer of one of the largest private international producers and distributors

of commercial explosive products, Austin Powder Company.

Robert A. Voltmann

Robert A. Voltmann has been the President and CEO of the Transportation

Intermediaries Association since 1997. TIA is the only organization representing the

interests of North American transportation intermediaries of all disciplines: brokers,

domestic freight forwarders, air forwarders, international forwarders, logistics

management companies, intermodal marketing companies, and perishable commodity

brokers. Prior to joining TIA, Bob was the Director of Policy for the National Industrial

Transportation League. Before his NIT League position, Bob was appointed by

President George Bush to serve as Chief of Staff to Interstate Commerce Commissioner

Ed Emmett and prior to coming to Washington, DC, he worked for two economic

development and area planning associations.

Tom Wenzinger

Tom Wenzinger is the Director of Corporate Traffic at Advance Auto Parts.

Headquartered in Roanoke, VA, Advance Auto Parts is the largest automotive

aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both the do-it-yourself and

professional installer markets. Wenzinger is responsible for all transportation into and

out of company distribution centers and has been with the company for 5 years. Prior

to his career at Advance he spent many years with Best Buy in multiple supply chain

positions and is currently a member of NASSTRAC’s Executive Committee.

Mitch Weseley

Mitch Weseley, is the CEO of 3GTMS. Weseley has had 30 years of experience in the

TMS field and is widely regarded as the “father of the TMS industry,” having created

six successful companies in the technology and logistics industry. Most notably,

Weseley foresaw the market demand for the first and second TMS generations, and

both times created new companies and products that addressed the opportunities.

Weseley founded Weseley Software Development Corporation, which was sold

to McHugh Software International (later RedPrairie), and created Global Logistics

Technologies (G-Log) as a second-generation TMS to manage the large complexities

associated with shipping to all geographies and utilizing all modes. In 2005, G-Log

company was sold to Oracle to create their OTM offering and in February 2013, the

company merged with Transite Technology and has created the next generation of

transportation software.

Monica Wooden

Monica B. Wooden is CEO and Co-founder of MercuryGate International, Inc. Wooden

is a dynamic leader and skilled strategist, who has steadily developed MercuryGate

into one of the most sophisticated and flexible TMS solutions available today. Wooden

has created a culture that includes passionately delivering successful, customized

business solutions for each client, while building a high level of customer satisfaction.

MercuryGate supports its clients to meet their strategic goals, while overcoming the

demands of a rapidly changing marketplace. Monica is currently a member of the

Committee of 200, an invitation only membership organization of the world’s most

successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. In the past year, she has been

featured in Forbes, Southeast Women in Business, and received the 2013 Ernst & Young

Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region. Wooden earned a Bachelor’s

degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s from the University of Georgia.


 

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