Building on more than two decades of collaboration between the transportation industry and higher education, the Transportation Institute is guided by a board of directors made up of leading executives across transportation, logistics, and supply chain.
Explore the Transportation Institute Board and learn how they each contribute to our community.
Arthur Adams, CSX
Arthur Adams is Senior Vice President Sales, responsible for leading all sales portfolios within the industrial products, food and agriculture, fertilizers and regional sales segments. He also oversees customer engagement and TRANSFLO services.
Since joining CSX in 2007 with experience in the retail and healthcare sectors, Adams has helped strengthen CSX’s market position and customer relationships. In his previous role as head of marketing services, he led the transformation of customer service operations and e-solutions enhancements.
Adams holds a master’s degree in intermodal transportation management from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Jacksonville University.
Diego Anchustegui, EASO
As Chief Commercial and Operating Officer of EASO/ZigZag Logistics, Diego Anchustegui works on day-to-day operation and sales for the organization. Diego focuses most of his energy on accomplishing the company’s two-year plan of aggressive revenue and profit growth. He is head of network planning and operates the Intermodal, trucking, dedicated, and logistic divisions.
EASO is one of the most important logistics companies in Mexico and is recognized for being the largest domestic Mexican IMC. Diego also operates the newly formed U.S. subsidiary Zigzag Logistics INC. that operates a fleet of privately owned 53 ft containers within the U.S. and Mexico-Canada-U.S. borders.
Diego has been involved in the family business for more than 12 years gaining experience in the over the road, dedicated, warehousing and Intermodal business. He has been recognized as one of the most influential logistic personalities under 30 in Mexico by the magazine T21. He has been part of internships at Conway (now CFI), CMI (now NFI) and has completed the Executive Master Degree at Denver’s Universities DTI program.
His experience and ability in sales and operations give him a broad perspective on the market and the Mexican freight market.
Adriene Bailey, Oliver Wyman
Adriene Bailey is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Logistics practice, with a particular focus on rail, intermodal, and third-party logistics. She started her career at Oliver Wyman in the Boston and San Francisco offices, and has subsequently held senior positions at various transportation and logistics firms, including two Class I railroads before rejoining Oliver Wyman in 2019.
Ms. Bailey earned a BS in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Ms. Bailey is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver (DTI) where she previously served as its Chair; is a past member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA); sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Advisory Council; and serves on the Board of Directors of Stuart Dean – a private company dedicated to preserving the value of commercial and historically important buildings.
Linda Bauer Darr, American Council of Engineering Companies
Linda Bauer Darr is the President and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Linda’s career spans over 30 years focusing primarily on transportation and infrastructure policy. In her current role, she works with a federation of 52 state and regional organizations. ACEC is the business association of the nation’s engineering industry.
Prior to ACEC, Linda served at the helm of two other trade associations: one for the railroad industry and one for the moving and storage industry. Her association work began at the American Trucking Associations heading up ATA’s international trade policy. From there she was appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Budget and Programs at USDOT in the Clinton Administration presiding over a $50 billion budget and helping the President build initiatives to drive development in the Mississippi Delta. Post-DOT, she spent 7 years overseeing policy, communications, and research at the American Bus Association. Linda serves on the Board of the University of Denver Transportation Institute, the Management Committee of the Americans for Transportation Mobility Committee and the Transportation Construction Coalition and sits on the US Chamber’s Committee of the top 100 trade association CEOs.
Linda has proudly served as ACEC’s CEO since August 2018 defending the interests of its 5,600 member firms that drive the design of America’s built environment and its transportation, water and energy infrastructure.
Jason Berry, Air Canada Cargo
Jason Berry was appointed Vice President, Cargo in January 2021, with oversight for all aspects of Air Canada’s cargo business, including leading, directing, developing and implementing customer-centric initiatives and solutions, and responsibility for commercial business and its profitability.
Berry has more than 25 years of cargo experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining the company, Berry held leadership roles in commercial and operational capacities at Alaska Airlines, Cargolux Airlines, Menzies Aviation and McGee Air Services. He began his career with Cargolux in 1995 as a warehouse agent, moving on to greater roles of increasing responsibility before assuming leadership positions in the ground handling sector. Berry joined Alaska Airlines in 2013, completing his tenure with the airline as Managing Director, Cargo. His most recent role was serving as President of McGee Air Services, a wholly owned ground handling subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.
Berry is a graduate of Central Washington University and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Busines.
Steve Blust, Institute of International Container Lessors
Steven R. Blust is senior advisor to the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL). Blust is a veteran of the international transportation industry with over 40 years of experience. Blust held the position as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. He was a member of the President's cabinet level committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). Blust previously held the position of president/CEO of Tampa Bay International Terminals, Inc. He also has held executive positions with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc., and management positions with the Jacksonville Port Authority and Crowley Delta Lines. His industry experience includes container fleet management, equipment repair, marine terminal management, ocean carrier liner trade management, operation of a U.S. Customs centralized examination station and foreign trade zone, and public port administration. Blust graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, and received a master of business administration degree from Tulane University, in New Orleans.
Jared Bonneville, UPS
Jared currently holds the position of Vice President in Corporate Marketing/Transportation. He is responsible for leading the organization's North American transit time and weekend services enhancements.
Jared has 32 years of UPS experience across multiple functions and in many UPS locations.
Jared started with UPS in Minnesota and his early career focused on operations and sales. In 2000, he joined the Field Marketing function taking on various positions in Pricing, Strategy, and Access Channels. In 2006 he relocated to Atlanta as a member of the New Product Development and Segment Marketing Teams and was promoted to Director of Analytics and Infrastructure in 2010. Jared relocated next to Dallas in 2011 as a District Director of Marketing.
Jared returned to Atlanta in 2017 to lead a cross-functional team in developing network enhancements to improve North American transit times for the US Business Unit. Jared also held an assignment in the Corporate Strategy Group as the Director of US Strategy Programs.
Jared is married to Heather and they have two boys, Luke & Jacob. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management & Communication from Concordia University.
Shannon Brown, FedEx
Shannon A. Brown is senior vice president/chief human resources and diversity officer for FedEx Express, a $22.4 billion global transportation company with over 140,000 team members in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. As the most senior human resources executive for FedEx Express, Brown provides strategic direction for all human resources practices, policies and operations for the company. Prior to his current role, Brown served as senior vice president of human resources for FedEx Ground. He began his career at FedEx more than 30 years ago as a package handler at the Memphis hub. Brown earned his bachelors degree from National-Louis University and his masters degree from the University of Denver.
Steven Cade, Liaison to DTI for the Military Sealift Command
Mr. Cade is the Executive Director of the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Military Sealift Command’s mission is to provide assured logistics, strategic sealift, and conduct other specialized missions at sea in support of Navy and joint global operations. MSC is a Type Commander reporting to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, responsible for manning, training, and equipping a force of 130 ships and 8300 personnel. MSC is also the Naval Component Command for U.S. Transportation Command and is aligned to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition supporting acquisition procurement and contracting functions.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Cade served as Director for Fleet Capabilities and Force Development (N8/N9) at U. S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, the Navy’s headquarters for global force management and the Naval Component Commander to U.S. Northern Command. At USFF he was responsible for integrated Fleet capability and readiness assessments to support Navy programming and acquisition planning, transition of new capabilities into the Fleet, and development of warfighting concepts of operations and experimentation programs. During his time at USFF he also served as Deputy Director, Fleet Warfare Programs (N8B), leading warfighting capability analyses, and as Deputy Executive Director, responsible for Fleet readiness assessments, strategic planning, and headquarters administration. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2010.
Mr. Cade served as a Surface Warfare Officer during his career on active duty, completing sea-duty assignments in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets and deployments supporting operations in the European, Pacific, Central, and Southern Commands. Major staff assignments included duty in Operations and Plans on the staff of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet; Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and as a program manager for U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Capabilities and Resource Integration (N8) and Readiness and Training (N4/7). He was designated a Navy Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for East Asia/Pacific during his time on active duty.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Cade graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School and the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Cade holds masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School (Weapons Systems Curriculum) and in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He has been recognized with the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service and the Department of Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in addition to personal and campaign awards while on active duty.
Lora Cheatum, Kansas City Southern Railway
Ms. Cheatum is senior vice president human resources of Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU). Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Ms. Cheatum has nearly 30 years of human resources and business leadership experience. She joined KCS from Layne, where she had been senior vice president global human resources since 2012. In that role, she led the human resources function for a global water management, construction and mining company with 4,000 plus employees in 80 locations in the U.S. and on five continents.
Prior to Layne, she spent nine years with Kansas City Power & Light, most recently as vice president procurement and previously as vice president human resources, where she led human capital strategy development and execution, focused on competency-based sourcing, succession planning, talent management and reward. She has also held human resources and operations management roles with Walmart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Ark. and Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. in Louisville, Ky.
Ms. Cheatum holds a master of business administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of arts in education from Washburn University. She has served on the advisory board of St. Luke’s Northland Hospital and INROADS and was an advisory board member for the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and was executive speaker for Supply Chain Management.
Darin Cooprider, Ryder, Inc.
Darin Cooprider is Sr. Vice President Consumer Packaged Goods & International Operations for Ryder System, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for the strategic management, operational, and financial performance of Ryder’s Consumer Packaged Goods and International Business Units. Ryder’s CPG & International Business Unit provide distribution management, transportation management, dedicated transportation, packaging and other value-added services.
Darin has over 30 years of experience in operations management, transportation, global sourcing and 3PL implementation and management. He joined Ryder in 2009 as Vice President of Retail, and assumed his current role in 2020. Prior to joining Ryder, Darin held executive supply chain leadership positions with Johns Manville (A Berkshire Hathaway Company), The Home Depot and Kmart Corporation. Darin began his career in the food and beverage Industry, holding operating positions with The Keebler Company and Nabisco Foods. In addition to his operational and executive roles, Darin also spent several years providing strategic advisory services while at Deloitte Consulting & Accenture.
Darin received his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and has attended numerous executive programs, including the Supply Chain Strategy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Darin is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Gary Crowther, CN Rail
Gary Crowther is the Director of Marketing – Intermodal for CN Rail. Previously he served as Managing Director-Supply Chain Sales (North America) with CN Rail. He is a graduate of DTI's Cohort 15.
Gary has been with CN for 21 years in various management roles in both operations and sales with the railroad. Gary is based in Toronto at CN's Intermodal headquarters.
Prior to joining CN, Gary spent five years in the motor carrier transportation industry in Canada.
Gary attended Queens University and McGill University executive management programs. He has a M.S. in Transportation Management from the University of Denver
Wally Devereaux, Southwest Airlines
Wally Devereaux is the Managing Director of Cargo and Charters for Southwest Airlines. He started his career with Southwest in February, 1992 as a Customer Service Agent at Dallas Love Field. Since that time, he has served in various roles at Southwest Airlines in the Ground Operations, Corporate Communications, and Marketing Departments.
Wally joined the Cargo and Charters Management team in 1999 as the Cargo National Account Manager where he spent seven years working with Southwest’s largest Cargo Customers. He held a variety of positions in the department before being promoted to his current role 2018.
Wally serves on the board of directors for the Center for Logistics Education and Research at the University of North Texas, and is the proud recipient of the Airforwarders Association’s 2007 James Foster Memorial Award.
He’s a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Matt Faure, Trimac Transportation Limited
Matt Faure was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Trimac Transportation in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, Matt was Vice-President Marketing & Sales for Canadian Pacific, since October 2012. He was responsible for leading CP's Intermodal marketing and sales activities, which include Domestic North America and International Import/Export.
Prior to being appointed to his previous role in 2010 as General Manager, Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions & Market Development, Matt held increasingly senior commercial roles in the Domestic Intermodal and Potash and Fertilizer sectors of CP's business.
Before joining CP in 2006, Matt held various leadership positions in a North American transportation company. He was also involved with a growth company in the transportation sector for over a decade.
He served as vice-chairman of the Board of Director of the Lanzhou Pacific Logistics, and he is currently a Director of CargoM's Board and a Director on the University of Denver's Transportation Institute Board.
Matt received an MBA from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal in 2003 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He is also a graduate of the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.
Mike Frey, Pacific GeoSource
Frey is the President of Pacific GeoSource (PGS), a value-engineered pavement reinforcement solutions corporation that works across a diverse range of infrastructure sectors. Frey founded PGS in 2009, utilizing his experience as a construction project manager and estimator to create a unique pavements industry company that can provide turnkey solutions from discovery through post-project monitoring and testing. PGS works directly with owners, consultants, and contractors to increase pavement performance and reduce project costs.
PGS started as a regional company covering only the Pacific Northwest. Today, it has grown to 25 employees stationed across the United States, providing engineering expertise and reinforcement materials to highway, port, county road, intermodal yard, commercial development, and other key sectors. The company's engineering office and headquarters is located in Oregon.
In addition to his role with PGS, Frey serves as a managing partner for P&H Development and as a shareholder and board member for BOSTD America.
P&H is an Oregon-based development company with a focus on commercial development. Frey started P&H in 2013 to build a warehouse facility for Pacific GeoSource. Several successful projects have been completed since, and new construction starts are underway.
BOSTD America, based in Oklahoma, manufactures punched and drawn geogrid reinforcement materials for the North American construction industry. Frey founded BOSTD America along with 3 other partners in 2015.
Brandon Fried, Airforwarders Association
Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders Association is one of the country’s leading experts on air freight and cargo security. With more than 40 years of experience, Brandon represents the industry and the association by serving on several Federal Advisory Committees including: The TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and The U.S. Department of Commerce Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He also served three terms on the CBP Commercial Operations Advisory Committee.
While still a forwarder, Brandon joined the Airforwarders Association and was soon elected Chairperson in 2001. He served two consecutive terms as Chair and remained an active member of the Board of Directors. In 2005, he sold his forwarding company and was appointed Executive Director of the Association.
He also represents forwarder interests as Chair of the advisory Board of Cargo Network Services, an IATA company.
In Washington, Brandon is the public face of the Airforwarders Association testifying in Congress, working with the Department of Homeland Security, and frequently appearing in national media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch and the New York Times.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Brandon holds a master's degree in business administration and lives in Chevy Chase, Md. with his wife Kim and has two children, Evan and Jordan.
Stacey Griffin, JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Stacey Griffin is Senior Vice President of Intermodal Pricing at J.B. Hunt Transport Services. In this role, Stacey is responsible for the growth and economics of Dry Domestic Intermodal at J.B. Hunt, a business segment with over $4 billion in annual revenue. Stacey began her career with J.B. Hunt in 2002 as a Pricing Manager for Intermodal. She also held the positions of Intermodal Market Manager, Director of Pricing and Vice President of Pricing. Stacey's pre-transportation experience includes an extensive background in sales, advertising, retail management, and small business ownership. Stacey completed both her BSBA Finance and her MBA at the University of Arkansas before coming to JB Hunt, and also completed her Masters of Science in Intermodal Transportation from the University of Denver in 2011.
Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach
Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director, is responsible for managing the day-to-day administration and operations of the Port of Long Beach. Previously, he served as the Port’s Chief Commercial Officer and successfully managed the Port’s commercial operations during a period of significant industry realignment. He led the recovery of its largest terminal following the biggest bankruptcy in shipping line industry history, setting the path for record cargo volumes in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Hacegaba has more than 24 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the Port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned degrees in economics (BA and MA), business administration (BS) and planning (MPL). He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.
He currently serves on the Boards of various industry and non-profit organizations, including the Marine Exchange of Southern California and the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), where he serves as Chairman of the Board.
Michelle Halkerston, Hassett Logistics
Prior to Hassett, Halkerston worked in a variety of technology and strategy roles at major 3PLs (Penske and FedEx), a transportation software startup and NASA. Halkerston engages with other leaders to advocate on behalf of the freight forwarding community, most recently in her role as Chairperson of the Airforwarders Association. She is also a member of CSCMP and AWESOME, where she sits on the Advisory Board. Halkerston has been asked to share her experiences and perspective at industry events including CSCMP, Air Cargo, CNS, EFT and FreightWaves conferences.
As a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Halkerston is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion. She appreciates the power of storytelling and role models in helping others see what is possible and has shared her story in a number of settings including CSCMP, AWESOME, International Women’s Day events, and Forbes. Halkerston was selected as a 2019 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Finalist.
Halkerston holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Mount Union and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University. In addition to the Board roles mentioned above, she also supports and participates in local community initiatives including Habitat for Humanity. Halkerston served as the Honorary Chair for the DuPage Habitat for Humanity 2019 Executive Build.
Edward Hamberger, CP Board of Directors
Mr. Hamberger joined CP's Board of Directors after serving more than two decades as the CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), making him the longest-tenured head of the nearly 100-year-old organization.
Mr. Hamberger has over 40 years of experience in public policy and private legal practice, having worked in the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government.
He began his career in transportation as general counsel of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. He subsequently served as assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation and managing partner at Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell in Washington, D.C. He also served as an appointed member of the Private Sector Advisory Panel on Infrastructure Financing and as a member of the Presidential Commission on Intermodal Transportation.
Mr. Hamberger's breadth of experience complements CP's ongoing dedication to safety and technological innovation, and he is a trusted resource as it relates to policy evolution of the industry.
Between 1998 and 2019, Mr. Hamberger served as chair of the board of directors for Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) and was a board member of Railinc during that same period. He received his Juris Doctor and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
*Member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk and Sustainability Committee
Ron Harper, Sonepar
Ron Harper is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Nordstrom. Responsibilities include US and Canada fulfillment and DC operations, vendor compliance, continuous improvement, Inventory Integrity.
Prior to Nordstrom Ron was the Vice President of Logistics for Samsung Electronics America. Responsibilities include warehouse operations, transportations, parts distribution, reverse logistics and logistics liaison activities for consumer electronics and home appliance divisions.
Prior to Samsung Ron was Vice President of Global Logistics and Flow for J.C.Penney Company. Responsibilities included international and domestic logistics, including ocean, dray, rail, truck and small package delivery to include the final mile delivery of furniture and appliances. Harper was also responsible for inventory placement, flow types for retail and .com channels, EDI and vendor compliance services.
Harper's previous roles include Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for J.C.Penney and Senior Director of Operations for the PepsiCo. Harper was responsible for the national Chilled DSD (Direct Store Distribution) supporting Tropicana, Naked Juice, Gatorade, and Sabra Hummus brands. Harper was with PepsiCo for approximately 12 years serving in multiple supply chain function in both beverage and salty snack divisions.
Harper earned his Master of Science degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University. He serves on the Board of Supply Chain Management at the University of North Texas. He also serves on the Board of Directors for University of Denver Transportation Institute (DTI)
When not working, Ron enjoys spending time with his wife Christine and daughter Lia. He and his family enjoy traveling both domestic and abroad. His hobbies include running, golfing, basketball and watching home improvement television.
Jeff Heller, Norfolk Southern
Jeff Heller was named Vice President Intermodal and Automotive on July 1, 2013. In this role, Jeff has responsibility for Norfolk Southern’s intermodal and automotive marketing, sales and intermodal customer service. NS’s Intermodal and Automotive department includes five business divisions and subsidiary companies for Norfolk Southern Corporation:Domestic Intermodal; International Intermodal; Automotive; Thoroughbred Direct and Triple CrownServices; and Intermodal Customer Service.
Jeff joined Norfolk Southern’s International Intermodal group in 1994 at the corporate headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, and was appointed Group Vice President International Intermodal in April of 2004. Prior to joining NS, Jeff held various sales and marketing management positions in the container shipping business, both in the U.S. and abroad.
James Hertwig, Florida East Coast Railway (retired)
Jim Hertwig, a native Pennsylvanian, brings 47 years of freight transportation experience to transportation consulting. Jim specializes in providing business advisory and consulting service in the logistics industry inclusive of Intermodal, Rail, Truckload, LTL and Ocean transportation
Jim served over seven years as President and CEO of Florida East Coast Railway until his retirement in December 2017. He worked for six years as President of CSX Intermodal, Inc. Previous to his association with CSXI, Jim spent nearly nine years as President of Landstar Logistics, a transportation services company and one of the largest truckload carriers in North America.
During 1994 and 1995, Jim served as President and CEO of Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation and also
as Chairman and CEO of Red Arrow Freight Lines, two large regional LTL carriers. Before that, he spent eight years as President and CEO of Con-Way Intermodal, a multimodal truckload service provider and International NVOCC. Jim also spent 13 years holding key management positions at CF Motor Freight, a nationwide LTL carrier.
In October 2017, the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver elected Jim to serve as Board Chair. He had previously served for over ten years on the Board prior to this election. He was awarded the 2016 IANA Silver Kingpin Award, which is the intermodal industry’s most prestigious award, recognizing his long-term contribution to intermodalism. Jim was most recently selected to serve a 3-year term on the Federal Reserve Trade & Transportation Advisory Council commencing 2017. He recently concluded a third term on the Board of Directors for Intermodal Association of North America and his panel participation on a Technical Peer Review of the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) study of the Panama Canal Expansion. In 2012, Jim was the first person outside the maritime industry to receive the Golden Compass Award from Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Trucking Association, the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and was FECR’s representative to the Board of Directors for the Association of American Railroads.
Ryan Houfek, Direct Chassis Link, Inc.
Ryan Houfek joined DCLI in September, 2016 and leads the sales and marketing teams as Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, Ryan will instrumental in driving the high growth ambitions of DCLI, as well as developing and implementing new strategies in the fast changing chassis landscape.
Prior to joining DCLI, Ryan spent 9 years with CSX Transportation's intermodal division. He held various leadership roles, most recently as the AVP Marketing, where he led the Marketing, Yield Management, Customer Service, Commercial Technology, and Interline Relations teams. Prior to that role, he led CSXT Intermodal's Sales team as AVP Sales, and joined the company in 2008 as the Director of International Sales.
Ryan was introduced to international transportation when he joined CMA CGM in 2005, where as Director of Procurement, he was responsible for all rail, drayage, and barge contracting and cost management. Before joining CMA CGM, he held various rules in sales and marketing at Norfolk Southern, most notably playing a key role in developing the EMP rail container program.
Ryan has his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the College of William & Mary. He served on the board of the North Florida Land Trust.
Jenny Johnson, Intermodal Support Services, Inc.
Jenny Johnson is President and majority owner of Intermodal Support Services, Inc. ISS provides various services to the rail industry including intermodal equipment inspections, FMCSA compliance inspections, gate operations, and administrative services. ISS has 100 employees throughout the United States and in 2013, ISS incorporated in Mexico as ModalSupport de Equipo.
Jenny began her transportation career with the Norfolk Southern Railroad, where she served on the team that successfully implemented the terminal operating system at all intermodal terminals on the NS system. In addition to her experience in transportation, Jenny spent several years working with an internet-based banking software provider managing a technical support team which served over 1,000 customers.
Jenny received her BBA in Marketing and Logistics from the University of Georgia, and has an MS degree in Intermodal Transportation Management from the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. She is presently the president of the DTI Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the program. Jenny previously served on the IANA Board of Directors representing the Supplier Division from 2007 – 2013.
Travis Lawrence, The Home Depot
Travis Lawrence is vice president of human resources for The Home Depot, the No. 1 home improvement retailer in the world. He is currently responsible for the development and execution of human resource programs for the company's retail logistics, import and domestic distribution centers, fulfillment centers, delivery fleet, transportation, inventory planning and replenishment operations, global sourcing and product development. Travis along with his leadership team strive to maintain a best-in-class organization to bring the company’s values to life for more than 25,000 supply chain associates.
Prior to this assignment, Travis served as senior director of human resources for the U.S. retail and HR operations for ~2000 stores. In this role, he led nine core departments in the development of strategic programs, capital/expense planning and operational processes. He was instrumental in creating measurements, metrics and deliverables to drive HR performance across 2500 field practitioners who supported 450,000+ associates through the execution of HR programs that addressed talent management, acquisition, career development and associate relations activities.
Travis has more than 30 years of experience in fast-paced, high-volume retail management. He joined The Home Depot in 1989 and has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in both operations and human resources for the U.S. retail and supply chain organizations.
He currently resides in Kennesaw, GA with his wife Deborah. Travis has two daughters, three grandchildren, and two dogs. He attended the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Denver Transportation Institute with a Masters of Science in Transportation Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.
Robert Ledoux, Florida East Coast Railway
Robert Ledoux has more than 30 years of legal and management experience in corporate law and business and transportation transactions.
Prior to joining FECR, Bob worked at CSX Transportation, Inc in various legal positions including Assistant General Counsel for public project initiatives, engineering, passenger services, and Intermodal.
From 1981 to 1987, he worked as a budget analyst for the Department of the Navy, and then served for five years as Corporate Counsel & Secretary for Planning Systems Inc., in McLean, Virginia. He spent the next six years as Senior Attorney and Assistant Secretary for Software AG of North America, Inc. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with PSINet, Inc.
He is affiliated with the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the Florida State Bar and the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Craig Lentzsch, DTI Faculty
Craig R. Lentzsch is a senior corporate executive with significant experience in the transportation, distribution and retail sectors as a CEO and CFO with both public and private companies. He recently retired as the Executive Chairman of All Aboard America! Holdings, a private equity funded motorcoach operator in the southern part of the United States. In addition he is an Operating Partner with Satori Capital, an Advisory Director for Bulkley Capital, an Advisor and Director for Wanderu, Inc., a venture funded travel aggregator, and an advisor to Vonlane, a luxury, scheduled service motorcoach company providing first class service in Texas. He retired as the president and chief executive officer of Coach America Holdings, Inc. the premier provider of ground transportation and travel services in the southern half of the United States in 2007.
Mr. Lentzsch led Greyhound Lines, Inc. from November 1994 to June 2003 as its president and chief executive officer. He served from 1992 to 1994 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Phoenix-based Motor Coach Industries International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of intercity coaches and transit buses in North America. In 1980 he co-founded BusLease, Inc. which became the largest motor coach leasing company in the US.
Mr. Lentzsch currently serves on the board of directors of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver where he teaches Transportation Finance. He has completed five years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Winston School (which serves children with learning differences in the first through the 12th grades) in Dallas, Texas.
In 2008 he was elected to the board of Dynamex, Inc., (DDMX), a publicly held provider of same day delivery and logistics services where he chaired the audit committee and served on the Special Committee that negotiated the sale of the company in 2010.
He was appointed in 2007 by Congressional leadership to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission where he actively participated in the Commission's review of highway and public transit funding mechanisms.
Michelle Livingstone, The Home Depot (retired)
Michelle Livingstone is Vice President – Transportation for The Home Depot. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all domestic and international shipments into Home Depot‘s distribution centers and outbound to stores.
Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2007, Michelle served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.
Michelle is actively engaged in the industry, devoting her time to the Transportation Institute of the University of Denver, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Network of Executive Women, and AWESOME, an industry group focused on advancing women leaders in supply chain.
Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Mark McGowan, CMA CGM (America) Inc.
Mark McGowan joined CMA CGM (America) LLC in May of 2008 as Vice President, Human Resources. In his role, he is in charge of guiding the company’s capital initiatives in the United States to ensure that they closely align with the company’s overall strategic directives. Prior to joining CMA CGM, Mr. McGowan worked with Lillian Vernon Corporation/Direct Holdings Worldwide where he attained the position of Vice President, Human Resources. He managed the yearly recruitment and training of 3,500 seasonal workers as well as the human resource functions for more than 1,200 year-round employees. Mr. McGowan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in industrial relations and human resources management from LeMoyne College and holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Patrick McCrory, Palmetto Railways
Patrick McCrory transitioned into the Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer role at Palmetto Railways in 2015, where he is responsible for all sales & marketing, business development, strategic planning and major project development for the organization. Upon being hired at Palmetto Railways in February 2013, Patrick assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to being employed by Palmetto Railways, Patrick worked in marine terminals and longshoring with APM Terminals serving in a number of management positions including operations, training, safety and human resources throughout the APM Terminals North American network. Transitioning into the railroad industry in 2010, Patrick held terminal management positions at intermodal terminals located in Ohio and Georgia for CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc.
As a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, Patrick obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation and a United States Coast Guard Third Mate Oceans, Unlimited Tonnage License for Merchant Mariners. Additionally, Patrick earned a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management from the University of Denver.
Patrick holds membership in the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Intermodal Association of North America and the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Charleston.
John Milliken, Board of Commissioners, Virginia Port Authority
John Milliken is the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Port Authority and has served in that position under five Virginia Governors. Prior to his service on the Port Board, he served in a number of transportation related positions in state and local government including the Commonwealth's Secretary of Transportation, Member and Chairman of the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, elected Member and Chairman of the Arlington County Board, and a Member of the Transportation Planning Board of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. A graduate of Haverford College and the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced infrastructure law in the Washington area until his retirement from Venable LLP in 2015. Currently he serves as Senior Fellow in Residence at the Schar School of Policy at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Erik Olson, Korn Ferry
Erik Olson is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, responsible for advising our Industrial Manufacturing clients on how to succeed by releasing the full potential of their people while taking full advantage of Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation. As a member of the Global Industrial Markets leadership team, he is also responsible for our Future of Manufacturing solutions.
Mr. Olson has more than 30 years of advisory experience partnering on successful transformations with global manufacturing and supply chain leaders. His career has focused on numerous strategic imperatives including corporate restructuring, operational effectiveness, digital transformation, functional strategy, journey management, growth enablement, and merger integration.
Mr. Olson joined Korn Ferry from a global advisory firm where he was most recently responsible for their North America Supply Chain & Operations practice across 19 industry segments.
Additionally, Mr. Olson directed the North America Management Consulting practice for a global advisory firm. Industries in scope included Energy, Utilities, Chemicals, Metals, Mining and Forest Products.
Mr. Olson is active on various Boards including The Posse Foundation, Supply Chain 50 and the University of Denver Transportation Institute. He also speaks regularly with industry conferences, professional associations and media outlets.
Mr. Olson earned his B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia.
José Antonio Pérez Antón, Grupo ADO
José Antonio Pérez Antón is director general for Grupo ADO Bus Conglomerate in Mexico City, Mexico. At Grupo ADO, Pérez manages 1200 employees within a $60M business that is responsible for serving all of the Gulf Coast of Mexico. He has established flexible route logistics, adjustable between 2.8 and 3.2 million miles a month, which has resulted in improved efficiencies. Pérez has conducted market studies and developed strategies for entering new routes, resulting in a 10 percent market share increase. He is also responsible for the development of a copilot system, which announces changes in the speed limit to the driver. Prior to becoming the director general, he was the general manager of Grupo ADO. He is currently vice president of CANAPAT Passenger Mexican Bus Association. He is a graduate of Universidad Anahuac with a BS in industrial engineering and holds an MS in intermodal transportation systems from the University of Denver.
Brian Powers, TTX Company
Brian Powers is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for TTX Company. Brian is responsible for the development and implementation of organization-wide programs encompassing all aspects of human resource management including employment, benefits, compensation, training, placement, organizational development, and compliance. He directs labor-management relations, negotiates and interprets the collective bargaining agreement, and serves as a point of contact for management on labor matters. His duties also include the administration of office services and facilities management.
Brian joined TTX in 1998 as Manager, Human Resources. He was named to successive positions of increasing responsibility over the course of his tenure, and assumed his current responsibilities in 2008.
Prior to joining TTX, Brian served as a Labor Relations Officer for both the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and Metra Commuter Rail. Brian is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and earned an M.S. in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. He resides in Deerfield, Illinois with his wife and two children.
Steve Rhode, Schneider
Steve Rhode is general manager of SFI Trucks and Financing, an affiliate of Schneider. SFI Trucks and Financing has been leasing new and gently used class 8 trucks to owner-operators across North America since 1995. Rhode assumed leadership of SFI Trucks and Financing in 2018.
Previously, Rhode was vice president, Intermodal rail management at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the workgroup that deals closely with the railroads on topics such as rail service, new service design, contract negotiations and issue resolution.
Rhode began his professional career with Schneider in 1994 as a corporate accounting manager. Since then, he has held various roles with Schneider, including director of business support-maintenance operations, where he maintained vendor relationships, and director of rail relationships, where he managed Schneider's eastern rail partners.
Prior to joining Schneider, Rhode worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. for three years, where he was an audit team member serving clients across the manufacturing and transportation industries.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master's in intermodal transportation management from the University of Denver. Rhode is also a licensed CPA and serves as the chairman of the board for the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Rhode supports his community in various ways, including serving on the board of the Navarino (WI) Nature Center and is a board member of the Shawano Soccer Club.
Greg Ritter, XPO Logistics
Gregory Ritter has responsibility for XPO Logistics’ business development in North America, including strategic account activities, cross-selling and other processes relating to the profitable growth of the company’s customer base. Ritter has more than three decades of sales and management experience in multimodal transportation logistics. Prior to XPO, he served as president of Knight Brokerage, a subsidiary of Knight Transportation. Previously, Ritter spent 22 years with C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
Tim Rock, TranSystems
Tim began his career as an Army Officer in the US Army Engineers Corps where his appreciation for transportation and logistics is rooted. He joined TranSystems in 1997 and is currently a Principal, Regional Vice President and Market Sector Leader for TranSystems, a transportation engineering consulting firm. He has previously served as the Director of Special Projects for Hulcher Services and as Chief Operating Officer for Kelly-Hill Company. Tim has 33 years of experience in all phases of design and construction, including concept development, A/E selection, inspection and evaluation, design, project/program management, construction management and quality assurance. Tim holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Washington and Lee University and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University. Tim is currently an active member of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association) and serves on its Committee 24: Education and Training, CMAA (Construction Management Association of America), NRC and SAME (Society of American Military Engineers).
Chad Rolstad, CP Rail
Chad Rolstad is Vice President, Human Resources for CP Rail. He joined CP as Assistant Vice-President Strategic Procurement on April 10, 2017. He worked diligently to build a world-class strategic procurement team that provided company-wide strategies and best practices. During this time, he showed outstanding leadership capabilities, which lead to his appointment as Assistant Vice-President Human Resources in August 2018.
On February 15, 2019, Mr. Rolstad was promoted to Vice-President Human Resources after cultivating a team that is focused, strategic and attuned to the demands of an operating company and culture at CP.
Prior to joining CP, Mr. Rolstad held various leadership positions at BNSF railway in marketing and operations. He has a BSc. from the Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from Duke University
Sergio Sabatini, OmniTRAX
Sergio Sabatini brings 25 years of freight rail experience both in the Class 1 and short line space. Sergio is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer and President for OmniTRAX. Prior to being President, Sergio was the Chief Operating Officer for 6 years.
Prior to joining OmniTRAX’s Leadership team in 2013, Sergio served in several capacities with Canadian Pacific Railway over the course of eighteen years. These roles included the management of road and yard terminals in Field Operations, direct management, and oversight of all aspects of Safety, Risk Management and Hazardous Materials, as well as coordinating the company’s development and implementation of the strategic plan.
Sergio earned his M.B.A. from Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada. He also holds a Bachelor of Science and a technical diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
Eugene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles
Eugene (Gene) D. Seroka was appointed president of the Americas Region for APL in April 2010. APL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global transportation company engaged in shipping. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Seroka is responsible for all of APL's sales and operations activities in North, Central, and South America. He manages sales for the company's Liner Shipping as well as overseeing its four US marine terminals and intermodal operations throughout the US. Seroka is a 21-year veteran of NOL with extensive international experience. From April 2008 until his appointment of president, he was based in Dubai, serving as vice president, Middle East and East Africa; from April 2008 to October 2005, in Singapore, as Vice President of APL Logistics Ltd.; and from June 2003 to October 2005, in Jakarta as managing director of PT. APL and APL Logistics Indonesia. In 1999 he was posted as director of sales and marketing for APL (China) Company Ltd. He received a BS in marketing and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. Upon graduation, he joined APL as a sales support representative in the Cincinnati office. In addition to his international experience, he has also served in a variety of positions with APL throughout the United States.
Patrick Sherry, National Center for Intermodal Transportation, University of Denver
Dr. Patrick Sherry is a professor with a specialization in human factors, safety, intermodal transportation and occupational psychology at the University of Denver. Since 2002 he has served as the Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. In addition to scientific research he has consulted extensively with Fortune 500 transportation companies throughout the US and Canada in the areas of safety, intermodal workforce development in transportation, and leadership training. Most recently he has been involved in supervising research in the areas of intermodal container tracking and security, identifying appropriate work schedules that limit or reduce fatigue and increase performance, identification of workers with high risk safety profiles, and training and development of executives in intermodal and logistics transportation. Sherry led several pioneering efforts with US railroads designed to implement behaviorally based safety and peer feedback programs that resulted in significant reductions in reported injuries.
Sherry addressed the US House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and identified five major challenges facing the US transportation system in 2006 and in 2007, he addressed this same committee on the proposed revision of the railroad Hours of Service laws. Sherry has been extremely active in the identification and development of leaders in business and industry. Applying cutting edge behavioral science to training and education he was a co-founder of the Pioneer Leadership Program – an on-campus training program that had the highest enrollment of students on campus. In addition, he directs and evaluates potential participants for the Founding Fathers Project, an in-depth study of 40 CEOs and leaders of transportation companies. Most recently Sherry co-authored a study on the workforce development needs of professional in the transportation industry. Sherry is a regular advisor to the Transportation Working Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and recently addressed the Transportation Ministers 6th Bi-annual meeting in Manila Philippines on the topic of Human Capital Infrastructure Development in Times of Economic Crisis. He has conducted highly successful training workshops for the APEC focusing on the development of capacities needed to function effectively in the intermodal transportation industry. Sherry and his team have conducted these workshops in Manila, Philippines; Beijing, China; and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ed Stander, UPS (retired)
Ed Stander is the Vice President of U.S. Operations for UPS.
Ed demonstrated a successful history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. In his current role as the Vice President of Transportation for the U.S. since 2014, Ed oversees the design, engineer surface transportation, network planning activities, scheduling and operational execution.
He provides expertise in advanced network optimization, creating the strategy of the transportation group, and is instrumental in the education of future UPSers.
Tim Strauss, Amerijet International
Tim Strauss is the CEO of Amerijet International.
Prior to Amerijet, he was appointed Vice President, Cargo for Air Canada in April 2017, with oversight for all aspects of Air Canada's cargo business, including leading, directing, developing and implementing customer-centric initiatives and solutions, and responsibility for commercial business and its profitability.
Strauss has more than 31 years of cargo experience in both the airline and freight forwarding industries. Prior to joining the company, Strauss held leadership roles in global sales and operations at Northwest
Airlines, Delta Air Lines and in Hawaiian Airlines. He began his career with Emery Worldwide in 1987 (now UPS Supply Chain Logistics) where he held roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a cargo handler and completing his tenure as Vice President of Transportation and Logistics.
Mr. Strauss advanced his understanding of the logistics industry via studies in management at The Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cambridge Institute.
Tom Williams, BNSF Railway
Tom G. Williams was named group vice president, Consumer Products in July 2017. In this role, Tom is responsible for BNSF's domestic and international intermodal marketing and sales, as well as the automotive business.
Tom previously served as vice president, Industrial Products, since November 2016. In this role, he was responsible for marketing and sales for chemicals, plastics and petroleum products.
Tom joined the former Santa Fe Railway Company in 1993 in Schaumburg, Ill. He held various positions in Intermodal Marketing, Automotive Marketing and Industrial Products Marketing prior to assuming the role of assistant vice president, Intermodal / Automotive Operations in the Service Design and Performance group at BNSF. In February 2014, Tom was promoted to vice president, Industrial Products Sales.
- Bachelor of Science in business finance, Indiana University at Bloomington
- Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago
- Advanced Management Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration
- Transportation Executive Board member – Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
- Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – Tarrant County
- Southwest Region Trustee – Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Board of Directors – Intermodal Association of North America
Dean Wise, Dean Wise LLC
Dean Wise joined BNSF as vice president, Network Strategy in February 2010. In this role, he oversees BNSF’s strategy process, network franchise development, shortline business development, public-private partnerships, interline and haulage management, line dispositions, and non-rail uses of the BNSF right-of- way. Wise was previously a partner at Norbridge, Inc., a management consultant firm focusing on the freight transport and logistics industry. Prior to joining Norbridge, he was vice president for Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman, where he was responsible for North American surface transportation consulting. Wise’s prior experience also includes management positions at Temple Barker & Sloane, Inc., Conrail and Southern Pacific Transportation Company.
George Woodward, Southern Pacific Transportation (retired)
George Woodward was Executive Vice President-Chief Commercial Officer with Southern Pacific Transportation Company (now part of Union Pacific) where he held various operating, marketing and engineering positions. Prior to that he was Vice President-Marketing with Consolidated Rail Corporation and a member of the senior management team that led the initial public offering of Conrail. He was Senior Vice President with ALK Technologies, Inc. (recently acquired by Trimble Navigation) and provided financial advisory and valuation studies for numerous major rail industry mergers and restructurings. Woodward is currently a lead Director and Chair-Audit Committee with the Board of the Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad and a former member of the Board of Directors of TTX Company, a transportation equipment management firm and former Director and member of the Audit Committee at IVANS Company, an insurance industry information exchange. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He holds a BS in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Phil Yeager, Hub Group
Phil Yeager was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Hub Group in 2019, after serving as Chief Commercial Officer since 2018. Phil formerly held the role of Executive Vice President, Account Management and Intermodal Operations since 2016 as well as Vice President of Account Management and Business Development since 2014. Phil joined Hub Group in 2011 as the Director of Strategy and Acquisitions. Prior to joining Hub Group, Phil served as Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank, and as an investment banking analyst for Lazard Freres & Co.
In addition to his responsibilities at Hub Group, Phil also serves on the boards of the University of Denver’s Transportation Institute, the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital-Chicago.
Phil earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.