Speakers

Wednesday, May 22, 2018 | Speakers, Presentations, and Panels (Day 2)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Bettina Warburg
Blockchain Expert, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Animal Ventures
Bettina Warburg is a thought-leader in the emerging blockchain space and leads the blockchain practice at Animal Ventures, including research, development, and commercialization across the ecosystem of blockchain innovation. In 2016, Bettina was invited by TED to be one the first speakers ever to unpack the topic of blockchain to a global audience. She has given talks and curated conferences such as Skoll World Forum, Salzburg Global Seminar, City Innovate Summit, Personal Democracy Forum, and numerous universities around the world.
Don Tapscott
Co-founder and Executive Director at Blockchain Research Institute
Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored over 15 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages. In 2017, Don co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose 70+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations.
Jason Schenker
World’s Leading Financial Futurist
Jason is known as the world’s top ranked Financial Market Futurist and consistently ranked as one of the most accurate forecasters in the world by Bloomberg News. For over over a decade, he has been a Keynote Speaker and Presenter at conferences, a Guest Host for Bloomberg Television, and a Guest on CNBC. As the President of Prestige Economics, he advises executives, corporate boards, public corporations, private companies, central banks, and governmental bodies. As the Chairman of the Futurist Institute, he has been the driving force behind creating a professional certification program to help analysts and economists become futurists.
Tony Seba
RethinkX, Author Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation
Tony Seba is a world-renowned author, thought leader, speaker, educator and entrepreneur. Seba is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation – How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030”, “Solar Trillions” and “Winners Take All”. Seba is also a co-founder of RethinkX, a think tank that focuses on technology disruption and its implications for society and co-author of “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030“.

 



BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

 

George Abernathy
Chief Revenue Officer at FreightWaves
Prior to joining TransRisk, George led the the Transflo sales and business development organization. He has also served as President of Transplace during the company’s rapid ascension into becoming a top 3PL, managing billions in North American freight spend.
Thom Albrecht
CFO, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Celadon Group
Thom has been involved with transportation since 1988. He is a seven-time Wall Street Journal All Star and has been recognized on eight separate occasions as best analyst in his sector among regional/ boutique firms by Institutional Investor magazine.
Brian Aoaeh
Particle Ventures
Brian is with Particle Ventures based in New York City. He also started The New York Supply Chain Meetup, which brings together people who are dedicated to exploring supply chain innovation based on cutting-edge technology.
Ibrahiim Bayaan
Chief Economist at FreightWaves
Prior to FreightWaves, Ibrahiim spent nearly a decade building up the forecasting capabilities and creating the economic messaging at UPS. Today, he focuses on understanding the links between movements in the macroeconomy and the implications for freight markets.
Chad Boblett
Owner at Boblett Brothers LLC
After ten years in the Marine Corps, Chad became a truck driver. Four years later, he bought a truck and started Boblett Brothers trucking company. Chad has learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in the industry and enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with others looking to do the same.
Donald Broughton
Principal Managing Partner at Broughton Capital, LLC
Donald founded Broughton Capital, based in the Greater St. Louis area, in early 2017 after spending more than 20 years as a leading Wall Street analyst at two firms: Avondale Partners and A.G. Edwards.
Dean Croke
Chief Analytics Officer at FreightWaves
Prior to joining FreightWaves, Dean was Vice President of Data Products at Spireon where he headed up the development of new high-frequency telematics data products. Dean is also well versed in the development of advanced Data Science technologies for transportation companies.
Lauren Domnick
Senior Director of Analytics, Omnitracs Analytics
As Senior Director of Analytics at Omnitracs Analytics, Lauren builds predictive models for transportation clients while also managing the predictive modeling and analytics team. Lauren has been with the organization for more than a decade, helping customers understand how to use the data collected through technology as a resource to increase ROI and overall productivity.
Clint Elcan
Vice President at J.B. Hunt 360
Clint is Vice President for J.B. Hunt 360™, the latest component of its next-generation supply chain solution bringing shippers and carriers together into a single e-commerce platform. Clint is a transportation industry veteran and tech entrepreneur in geolocation based mobile apps and services.
Mark Ehrlich
Director, Van Product Line at Wabash National
Mark has 15 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, holding various sales role at The Lincoln Electric Company and product development, business development and engineering roles at Wabash National. He is responsible for all product engineering, operational engineering support, product development, product roadmap and product innovation at Van Product Line
Peter Emahiser
CEO of Tadmore Transportation
Pete has 30 years Material Handling and Supply Chain Experience from Fork Truck operator to International Logistics. Most recently as Owner and Operator of Tadmore Transportation. In his spare time he is a Moderator of Rate Per Mile Masters on Facebook, as well as an avid Reader of Technology and Economics.
Scott Friesen
VP of Strategic Analytics, Echo Global Logistics
Scott leads the analytic function at Echo Global Logistics, (Nasdaq: ECHO) a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. He also represents Echo on the Executive Board of BiTA, the Blockchain in Transportation Alliance and serves as an adviser to an Articifial Intelligence startup company.
Craig Fuller
CEO and Managing Director at FreightWaves, Managing Director at Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA)
Craig is a serial entrepreneur who has built two successful businesses that served the long-haul trucking industry: Xpress Direct (XD) and Transfund$/TransCard. Today, Craig continues to find success in the industry through FreightWaves and BiTA.
Mark Goldstein
Managing Partner at Advisors.fund
Based in San Francisco, Mark has co-founded a dozen internet-related ventures over the past thirty years in a number of verticals. Now he runs Advisors.fund, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on funding and helping great founders, with deep domain experience in their respective industries, bring innovation and efficiency to the forefront. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began his career at Apple.
Grant Goodale
co-founder and CTO at Convoy
Grant is the co-founder and CTO of Convoy. Prior to Convoy, Grant worked at Amazon, founded and served as CEO of gaming studio Massively Fun, and held senior positions at multiple startups including Reactivity (acquired by Cisco) and Context Optional (acquired by Adobe).
Sandeep Kar
Chief Strategy Officer at Fleet Complete
Sandeep is the leading global expert on commercial vehicle technologies, econometrics, applications and markets -- with a special focus on connected vehicle technologies and their markets.
John Kingston
Executive Editor at FreightWaves
Prior to FreightWaves, John had a 30-year career with McGraw-Hill/S&P Global. It was here where John launched the Platts Dated Brent assessment — the world’s leading benchmark for the price of physical, light North Sea crude — and earned the 2015 IAEE Award of Excellence in Written Journalism.
Bill Kozek
VP for Strategic Initiatives, Navistar
Bill is currently Senior Vice-President for Strategic Initiative at Navistar. In this role, he is responsible for leading Navistar’s efforts to commercialize next generation technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing and Blockchain technologies.
John Larkin, CFA
Investment Banking – Stifel at Stifel Financial Corp.
John is the Managing Director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. He joined Legg Mason in October 2001 lead the firm’s entry into transportation markets. Since then, John has received recognition from Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and StarMine for his expertise as an analyst.
Kenny Long
President of Patriot Star
Kenny Long is the host of the weekly, live call-in podcast Trucking With Authority and co-founder of the business training company You Drive U. Through his podcast and You Drive U, Kenny shares the knowledge and first-hand experiences has gained as the active CEO of the all owner-operator, carrier Patriot Star and the 3PL Patriot Star Logistics.
Jett McCandless
Founder and CEO, project44
Jett has two decades of experience working in the transportation and logistics space. In that time, he has become a recognized thought leader with a track record of innovation and success. Jett’s leadership has guided multiple startups from ideation stages through expansion. 
Gerry Mead
Executive Director of Innovation at Phillips Industries
As the Director of Innovation at Phillips Industries, Gerry represents the "fleet's perspective" on final features and functions for the TrailerNet product. Gerry spent a decade specifying equipment for some of the top 100 carriers in the country — with his last four years being at U.S. Xpress.
Andy Moses
SVP of Global Projects, Penske Logistics
Andy has amassed over three decades of transportation industry experience. At Penske, he is entrusted with go-to-market pricing, engineering, design and operating strategies for the company's dedicated contract carriage, distribution center management and transportation management products.
Robert Nathan
CEO at Load Delivered Logistics
Robert is the CEO and co-founder of LoadDelivered, a specialized third-party logistics (3PL) firm in Chicago. He started LoadDelivered in 2008 and. with the help of his talented team, has grown the company organically year over year since its inception.
Rod Nofziger
Chief Operating Officer, OOIDA
Rod Nofziger serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the largest organization representing the interests of owner-operators and small business trucking professionals in the United States. In his present capacity, Mr. Nofziger oversees various advocacy and business operational activities for the Association and its subsidiaries.
Thiago Olsen
Managing Director at Engage Ventures
Thiago is a physicist, entrepreneur, early-stage technology investor and is the Managing Director of Engage Ventures, an independent, venture fund and growth program established by 10 Fortune 1000 brands. Thiago is also a Venture Partner at Tech Square Ventures, a seed & early-stage venture fund that invests in cloud, internet of things, and university spinouts.
Blake Patton
Managing Partner at Tech Square Ventures
Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures. He represents Tech Square Ventures on the boards of Cypress.io (Chairman), Pointivo (Chairman), PreTel Health, Sequr and UserIQ and is a board observer of Haste and Salesfusion. Blake also serves as Tech Square Venture’s fund manager for Engage, an innovative accelerator and venture fund in partnership with 10 leading corporations and Georgia Tech.
Jason Penkethman
Chief Product Officer, Spireon Inc.
Jason has extensive experience in telematics, mobile and cloud-based technology and leads product innovation and strategy at Spireon for automotive and fleet transportation. Prior to joining Spireon, Jason played key roles at companies including Telogis, Comtech and Smith Micro.
Daniel Pickett, CFA
Chief Data Strategist at FreightWaves
Daniel is a an experienced leader in capital markets technology, research and trading. He has worked for blue chip firms including Vanguard, USAA and Unum. Daniel has also conducted consulting engagements with firms ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Kate Rahn
Vice President of RADAR Sales, BlackBerry
Kate’s experience in the transportation and logistics technology industry spans over 20 years. She has had the privilege to work with carriers of all sizes across North America, providing cutting edge technologies and solutions that have helped create efficiencies for both the carriers and the industry in general. Her passion is building and working with great teams who successfully create long term business partnerships.
Eric Rempel
Chief Innovation Officer, Redwood Logistics
Eric leads the development of cutting-edge customer supply chain management solutions and services, such as Redwood’s proprietary TMS that combines historical analytics, market data and operational best practices. Eric is a national speaker on advanced technologies including API-lead architecture, cloud computing, supply-chain integration & automation, big-data analytics, and emerging technologies.
Lori Heino-Royer
Director, Business Development - Daimler Trucks North America
Lori’s career has helped her develop deep industry knowledge through experience in finance, sales and portfolio management. She has received Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Orchid Award and the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Award for Women in Manufacturing.
Doug Schrier
Vice President of Product and Innovation at Transflo
Doug Schrier leads Transflo’s product and innovation organization.His leadership includes 15 years of Innovation, Technology and Management experience in a wide array of companies. He specializes in helping optimize systems through combining innovation and lean principles.
Ravi Shanker
Executive Director at Morgan Stanley
Ravi joined Morgan Stanley’s global automotive industry research team in 2004. Since then, he has been recognized by the Financial Times/ StarMine as a top-10 stock picker across Wall Street and by Institutional Investor as a “Rising Star.”
Giordano Sordoni
COO & Co-founder of Thor Trucks
With experience in consulting, venture capital and nonprofit organizations, Giordano has committed his career to seeking out business opportunities that satisfy the triple bottom line: profitability, positive social impact, and empowering people and small businesses.
Chris Stallman, CFA
Partner at Fontinalis Partners, LLC
Chris is a Partner at Fontinalis Partners, a $170 million venture capital firm investing in the future of mobility. At Fontinalis, Chris is responsible for leading and supporting investments across a variety of next-generation mobility segments, and he serves on the firm’s investment committee.
Jason Story
Partner at Interlock Partners
Jason is a partner at the Texas-based venture capital firm, Interlock Partners. He serves as the principle investor in a number of startups and is very involved in product development and strategy. He has a passion for growing startups and the experience to make it happen.
Roni Taylor
Vice President of Strategy and Business at Spireon, Inc.
A seasoned veteran of the transportation industry, Taylor has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product management. Her career has spanned a number of fleet telematics providers, helping them establish product road maps and increase customer reach.
John Verdon
Head of Partnerships, KeepTruckin
John Verdon is the Head of Partnerships at KeepTruckin, a leading fleet management platform that builds modern technology products to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry. In his role, John is responsible for evaluating the state of the trucking industry and growth opportunities for KeepTruckin, as well as building relationships with other pioneers driving the industry forward.
Jake Yormak
Partner at Story Ventures
Jake is a founding partner at Story Ventures where he focuses on the data stack from creation to infrastructure to application. His investment focuses include the intersection of hardware and intelligent software, building blocks of the data ecosystem, and applied artificial intelligence.

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