Monday Keynote: Lee Corso, Sports Broadcaster and college football analyst, ESPN
Lee Corso, one of college football’s most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts, is a key member of ESPN’s college football team, serving as an analyst on the three-time Emmy-Award winning College Game Day. Corso, who joined ESPN in 1987 and is the only original College GameDay on-air personality, will celebrate his 26th season with the network this year. He joined ESPN after 28 years as a coach at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach. Corso was recently honored with the U.S. Sports Academy Ronald Reagan Media Award — given to those who have made outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting.
Tuesday Keynote - Matthew Rose, Chairman & CEO of BNSF Railway Company
Since 2000, Rose has been Chief Executive Officer of BNSF Railway Company, which became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in 2010. He has also held the position of Chairman since 2000. The BNSF Railway Co. operates one of the largest rail systems in North America, with 32,000 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. Prior to that, Rose served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He joined Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) in 1993 and held several positions in the Merchandise Business Unit.
Virginia Albanese, President and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical
Virginia Albanese is President and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical, a leading North American expedited freight carrier located in Green, Ohio. The company provides 24/7 service throughout the United States, Canada and internationally, delivering hundreds of thousands of critical shipments each year. The company also has a subsidiary, FedEx Truckload Brokerage, to meet customers’ truckload shipping needs. Albanese is chairwoman of The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and immediate past chair of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.
Sherry Askew, Transportation Manager, Revlon
Sherry Askew is Transportation Manager at Revlon Consumer Products. She started her career in transportation in 1994 as the executive administrative assistant to the Vice President of Transportation. Prior to joining Revlon, she was with Roses Stores, Inc., and held a variety of positions there. Revlon recognized her globally in 2010 for her efforts in reducing transit times from the Oxford, N.C., facility to their Revlon Mexico distribution center. Askew attended the Institute of Logistical Management in Delanco, NJ and is currently attending Barton College in Wilson, NC. Additionally, Askew is a Logistics Instructor for Vance Granville Community College, and is an active member of the NASSTRAC Education Committee.
Doug Bley, Director of Global Logistics, Pentair
Doug Bley is the Director of Global Logistics for Pentair with its global operating headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. Pentair is a global water, fluid, thermal management, and equipment protection partner with industry leading products, services, and solutions. With revenues of approximately $8 billion, Pentair employs 30,000 people worldwide, working with clients and partners on six continents. Bley has been with Pentair since 2005 and prior to that worked in the Supply Chain consulting industry, direct marketing, and automotive industry. His primary responsibilities are removing waste in the Supply Chain by applying Lean principles to global material flow across the Pentair spectrum of businesses.
Gregg Bostick, Vice President of Transportation and Logistics, SUPERVALU, Inc.
Gregg Bostick has 20+ years of Supply Chain experiences. The major portion of this time has been in start-up and re-organization of process deficient companies. These experiences have included position within Penske Corporation, ES3, LLC, Pinnacle Foods and currently, SUPERVAL. He has implemented various WMS, TMS and YMS technologies and has honed various versions of the "closed-loop spend management”, too. He has significantly reduced carrier turn-over through solid carrier partnerships, increased warehouse stability, increased thru-put, and increased dynamic mode-shifting.
Ken Burroughs, Vice President, Revenue Management, UPS Freight
Ken Burroughs is currently VicePresident, Revenue Management with UPS Freight, the nation's fourth largest LTL carrier, based in Richmond, VA. He has been with UPS Freight for the past seventeen years and has been in the transportation industry for over 40 years. Ken has had a varied background and experience in both the LTL and TL motor carrier sectors. He is a member and former board member of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association representing the state of Virginia. Ken is also a longstanding member of the SMC³ board of directors and currently serves as it’s vice chairman.
Steve Carter, Director, Global Logistics Planning & Strategy, Target Corp.
Steve Carter is Director, Global Logistics Planning & Strategy for Target Corp. He is responsible for designing and implementing innovative strategies that optimize Target’s global logistics network while ensuring transportation meets the cost, capacity and consistency needs for this retailer’s global supply chain. He previously held other transportation and distribution positions at Target, was Director of Distribution – North America at Reebok, and VP of Distribution for two divisions of McLane Co. Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and MBA/MSE (Systems) from the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania, and has been a member of NASSTRAC’s Executive Committee since 2008.
John M. Cutler, Jr., McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway
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 the undercharge epidemic, and 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.
Brendan Daly, Vice President, Supply Chain Americas
Brendan Daly is Vice President of Supply Chain Americas at Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. Brendan has been with Zodiac since 2011, and is responsible for all supply chain functions including organizational development, manufacturing, customer delivery, working capital, sales and operations planning, distribution and transportation. Prior to Zodiac, Brendan worked for Cooper Industries, Ltd., where he served as Vice President of Operations and Director, Supply Chain & Logistics. Prior to that he served as Director, Global Transportation for The Stanley Works, and prior to that was Director of Logistics for Philips Consumer Electronics.
Paul J. Dugent, Vice President Pricing, Estes Express Lines
With 40 years of multimodal experience with companies such as Penn Central, Conrail, Smith’s Transfer and Jones Motor Group, Paul Dugent is currently VP of Pricing for Estes Express Lines, where he is responsible for Yield Management. He has spoken numerous times at professional organizations and universities on the topic of LTL pricing. Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association and also represents the state of Virginia on NMFTA’s Classification Resource Committee.
Kathy Fulton, Director of Operations for the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)
Kathy Fulton is Director of Operations for the American Logistics Aid Network, a non-profit supporting disaster recovery by engaging industry to address the unmet needs of relief organizations, communities, and people. ALAN works to identify sources of logistics and supply chain aid including warehousing, transportation, and expert knowledge. Fulton previously served as the Senior Manager of Technical Services for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. She is an active speaker at emergency management and industry conferences on topics such as disaster logistics and supply chain resilience.
Brian J. Gibson, Ph.D, Wilson Family Professor, Auburn University
Dr. Gibson serves as the Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. His 18 years of university teaching and research experience is complimented by nearly ten years as a logistics manager in the retail sector. Dr. Gibson is widely engaged in outreach through corporate research and consulting projects. He is currently working on a talent development research project for CSCMP, serves on the NASSTRAC Education Committee and the Logistics Steering Committee for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and is a content developer for Accenture’s Supply Chain Academy.
Thomas F. Jensen, Vice President, Washington, DC office of UPS
Thomas Jensen is a Vice President in the Washington, DC office of UPS. In this capacity, he is UPS’s leading federal advocate on all modes of transportation legislative and regulatory issues including: domestic aviation policy, commercial vehicle fleet matters, highway policy, ocean freight shipping, and railroad and intermodal transportation concerns. Tom began his UPS career in the Public Affairs Department in 1990, and has since held a variety of assignments including Operations, Business Development, Human Resources and in the Legal Department. From 1996 to 2000, he served as a Region Public Affairs Manager, where he was responsible for state legislative, regulatory and political activity, as well as federal grassroots initiatives, in a seven-state Midwest and Mid-Atlantic territory. .
Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Janet F. Kavinoky is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy, funding and finance, and leads the U.S. Chamber’s efforts related to maintaining, modernizing, and expanding transportation and infrastructure. Kavinoky is vice president of the Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a nationwide effort by business, labor, transportation organizations, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system.
John Langley, Ph.D., NASSTRAC Education Advisor
John Langley 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 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.
C. Randal Mullett, Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Con-way Inc.
C. Randal (Randy) Mullett is Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs for Con-way Inc. In this position, Mullett is responsible for all government relations activities for Con-way and its subsidiaries at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to this position, he served for 14 years as a service center manager for Con-way Southern Express, one of the less-than-truckload carriers of Con-way Transportation Services. Prior to joining Con-way, Mullett spent 13 years with Roadway Express where he held a variety of increasingly responsible positions.
Nancy O’Liddy, Director of Government Affairs, TIA
Nancy O’Liddy holds the position of Director of Government Affairs for the Transportation Intermediaries Association. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing the third party logistics industry, conducting business in domestic and international markets. O’Liddy represents TIA’s legislative, regulatory and public policy interests before Congress, the Administration, Federal Regulatory Agencies, State Governments and International Organizations. She joined TIA in February 2008 and brings with her a long career of government relations experience in both the public and private sectors.
Mike Regan, President, TranzAct Technogies and NASSTRAC Advocacy Chairman
Mike Regan 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. Regan also is Chairman of NASSTRAC's Advocacy Committee andChairman of the Board for Supply Chain Edge. Prior to starting TranzAct, Regan worked for the Bank of America, PriceWaterhouse, and the Union Pacific Corporation.
Jeff Tucker, CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide
Jeff Tucker is CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage. Jeff is co-founder and CEO of QualifiedCarriers.com, a risk management and compliance tool for shippers who use motor carriers. Tucker co-founded QualifiedMarineTerminals.com monitoring its namesake for the shipping and oil industries. Jeff is incoming vice-chairman of TIA, and served on the TCA and NITL boards. Jeff chairs, and co-authored each edition of TIA’s "Carrier Selection Framework.” In 2012 Jeff testified before Congress on CSA, and was later named by FMCSA Administrator Ferro to the MCSAC CSA Subcommittee. His thoughts and commentaries often appear in Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation and Logistics Journal.
Gail Rutkowski, President, Wabash Worldwide Logistics
Gail Rutkowski is President of Wabash Worldwide Logistics and is a veteran of more than 25 years in the transportation industry. She has experienced both sides of the industry, from shipper to carrier, from small shipments to truckloads, from domestic to international. She started and ran the logistics services division at AIMS Logistics before leaving to start Wabash Worldwide Logistics. Gail is a member of the NASSTRAC Executive Committee and is a past President of the association. She is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Chicago Traffic Club.
Shelly Simpson, President, Integrated Capacity Solutions, J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Shelley Simpson currently serves as President of the Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) business segment for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. After graduating in 1994 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she began her career with J.B. Hunt. Her career has included positions across various business segments including Director of Pricing for both Truck and Intermodal, Vice President of Economic Analysis, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, President of ICS and in 2011 she assumed the sales and marketing executive responsibilities and was appointed as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.
James Welch, CEO, YRC Worldwide
As Chief Executive Officer, James Welch leads YRC Worldwide and its operating companies. During his 33-year tenure in the transportation and logistics industry, Welch has established a proven track record of leading organizations through difficult challenges and moving them to positions of improved operational efficiency and profitability. Welch is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamex Inc., a position he took following a 29-year career at Yellow Transportation, a YRC Worldwide subsidiary. Welch began his career with Yellow when he was 23; he rose through the ranks and served from 2000-2007 as President and CEO. Welch has worked in both domestic and global settings.
Jim Wicker, President & CEO, J.W. Logistics, LLC
Jim Wicker is President and CEO at JW Logistics, a business services company focused on providing last-mile transportation and distribution logistics solutions throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years of industry experience, including a role in senior management at Dynamex, Inc. where his responsibilities included information technology, corporate development, business development and national accounts, ultimately becoming President of Dynamex U.S.A. JW Logistics was established in 2011, with a focus on providing a superior customer experience through tailored logistics solutions, management consulting and technology integration.