Building on more than two decades of collaboration between the transportation industry and higher education, the Transportation and Supply Chain Institute is guided by a board of directors made up of leading executives across transportation, logistics, and supply chain.

Explore the Transportation and Supply Chain Institute Board and learn how they each contribute to our community.

Board Members

  • Arthur Adams, CSX

    Arthur Adams is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CSX, 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
    Diego Anchustegui

    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 University of Denver’s TSC Institute program.  

    His experience and ability in sales and operations give him a broad perspective on the market and the Mexican freight market.  

  • Abigail Anderson, CMA CGM
    Abigail Anderson

    Abby Anderson is currently the Vice President of Operations for CMA-CGM, the 3rd largest steam ship line in the World.  She took this role in October of 2021 and she has responsibility for all of CMA CGM’s import and export traffic that moves by rail in the United States and Canada. Abby has also had responsibility for the truck (door) program at CMA-CGM as well as equipment operations during her time there.  Since joining CMA-CGM, Abby has spent her time building relationships with the ports and railroads that she works with, as well as leading the operations team(s) to efficiently move CMA-CGM’s cargo through the US supply chain.

    Abby started her transportation career at CSX in July 2007 as an HR Management Trainee.  After a short stint recruiting trainmasters for CSX’s field management trainee program, Abby decided to change the direction of her career and moved into an operations role in January 2010.  Abby served as a Trainmaster in Cincinnati, OH at the Queensgate hump yard for nearly two and a half years.  In May 2012, Abby moved to Chicago and joined CSX Intermodal Terminals as a Manager of Safety and Security with responsibility for the terminals in the Midwest.  Abby spent the rest of her time at CSX in Intermodal Operations roles of increasing responsibility.  She ran the Northeastern terminals from Philadelphia to Worcester, MA from 2013 to 2017.  In 2017 she was awarded the Director of Terminal Operations role for the southeastern terminals and had responsibility for the terminals from VA to FL and as far west as Atlanta.  In this role she led the team through numerous storm recoveries, to include Irma that hit Florida in September of 2017.  She also led the safest of three regions with the least regional OSHA injuries and mishaps of any region from 2018-2021.  Under Abby’s leadership, her terminals were not only the safest, but the most efficient operations increasing lift per man hour by 25% in her time in the role.  Abby moved to her role at CMA CGM in the fall of 2021.

    Abby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Miami and a Master’s of Science degree in Transportation Management from the University of Denver.

  • 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 and Supply Chain Institute at the University of Denver (TSC Institute) 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.

  • Lee Beard, Swire Coca-Cola, USA
    Lee Beard

    Lee Beard brings over 25 years’ experience and extensive industry knowledge in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management to the TSCI Board.  He currently serves as SVP, Logistics at Swire Coca-Cola, USA where he and his teams deliver refreshment to Swire customers over two million times per year across 13 Western US states.  Joining Swire in January, 2023 marked his return to the Coke system after previously spending 10 years at Coke earlier in his career.

    He joined Swire from Nordstrom in Seattle, where he was SVP, Transportation and Global Logistics.  There, his teams were responsible for all aspects of Transportation across the US and Canada, including international ocean and air freight, domestic inbound, store delivery networks, e-commerce customer shipments and returns.  Prior to Nordstrom, Lee led Global Transportation at Nike where he and his team developed critical transportation capabilities to power their “Consumer Direct Offense” – a transformational e-commerce strategy to serve consumers personally at scale around the world. Before Nike, Lee spent ten years at Coca-Cola in a number of key transportation, logistics, and procurement leadership roles. While at Coke, he was a member of the executive startup team for a logistics-focused joint venture between The Coca-Cola Company and its largest US bottler. He also worked at Dell, Inc. for six years in various manufacturing, logistics, and global strategy roles. While at Dell, Lee was a member of a small team that designed a ground-breaking planning and replenishment methodology for Dell’s assembly factories that was implemented globally and earned a patent for the company (US7577577).

    Serving the supply chain and logistics profession has long been a passion for Lee. He has been active in CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) for many years, serving on the organization’s Board of Directors for the past seven years, and as Board Chair in 2022. He also served CSCMP as past chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee and past member of the Research Strategies Committee. Lee also is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, and Procurement.

    Lee earned a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife Claire reside in Draper, Utah. They are the proud parents of three sons: Parker, Preston, and Griffin.

  • Jared Bonneville, UPS
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    Jared Bonneville currently holds the position of Vice President of Marketing for UPS in the West Region. He is responsible for leading a team of Marketing Professionals in core marketing disciplines. They provide other members of the region’s leadership team requisite insights and guide the formation of strategies and action plans for focused growth and continuous profit improvement. His team works closely with the Region Sales Team to ensure that: strong collaboration exists between their respective teams, growth and improvement opportunities are clearly identified, strategies for opportunity pursuit are developed, date driven action plans are established, skill gaps are identified and filled and, standardized measurement is utilized to track results.

    Jared has 34 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, Jacob, and Luke. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Communication from Concordia University. 

  • Shannon Brown, ActionLogics

    Shannon A. Brown is the CEO of ActionLogics.  Before this role, he served as EVP Talent Experience and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Cravety.  Prior to this position, Brown was the 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 a former human resources executive for FedEx Express, Brown provided strategic direction for all human resources practices, policies and operations for the company. Prior to this 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 bachelor's degree from National-Louis University and his master's degree from the University of Denver.

  • Steven Cade, Liaison to TSC Institute for the Military Sealift Command

    Steven 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.

  • Rob Cannizzaro, IANA
    Rob Cannizzaro

    Rob Cannizzaro is the Chief Operating Officer at the Intermodal Association of North America.

    In this role, Rob is the key leader for the IANA's operations and business development activities, including industry technology products and services providing the leadership, vision, and management necessary to effectively grow the organization, ensure financial strength, and operating efficiencies, while ensuring a high level of service and value to IANA's members and customers. Rob came to this position from the organization’s Board of Directors.

    Prior to this, Rob spent over 25 years in Port, Terminal, and Ocean Carrier operations, holding roles such as Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Logistics, as well as positions in Procurement, Vessel Planning, Equipment Control and Risk Management.

    In addition, Rob serves on the boards of the University of Denver Transportation and Supply Chain Institute as well as the Containerization and Intermodal Institute.

    Rob holds B.S. in Marine Business and Commerce and an M.S. in International Transportation Management from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. Later, he taught graduate courses there for almost 10 years in an adjunct position. He also holds an M.B.A. from Centenary University of New Jersey.

  • Darin Cooprider, Ryder, Inc.
    Darin Cooprider

     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 Crowthy

    Gary Crowther is the Director Supply Chain Services and Business Development at CN Rail. Previously he served as Managing Director-Supply Chain Sales (North America) with CN Rail. He is a graduate of TSC Institute's Cohort 15.

    Gary has been with CN for 25 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

  • Faith Dennison, Maersk

    Faith Dennison is the Head of Lead Logistics for North America, directly managing the product team & indirectly responsible for the work of 150+ colleagues who execute SCM, Booking Services & 4PL/Control Tower across seven verticals containing the largest Maersk Customers.

    Prior to this role she was responsible for leading the rollout of the ‘Changing our Conversations’ framework within NAM focusing on improving the caliber of coaching between sales leaders and commercial client owners. Before that she spent 8 years onsite within The Home Depot corporate offices in Atlanta as the Global Account Director/Key Client Manager for Damco/Maersk.  Within this role, the continued development of THD’s supply chain and in turn, their integration to Maersk, was her primary objective. Throughout her tenure on the account, she created the first “Blue Lane” within Maersk where every touchpoint from PO creation, cargo transport, customs clearance, terminal offloading, drayage & transload touched every service offering under the APM Umbrella.

    Faith has predominately spent her time on the logistics and services side of the business in the Charlotte office. From 2001 - 2012 she worked in various freight forwarding, customer service & business development roles. Within that time frame she also moved to Hong Kong for several years to oversee the Key Account Management activities and was overall responsible for origin operations from all 43 ports of load out of 30+ countries for the Macy’s supply chain before returning to Charlotte. The entirety of her career has been in customer facing roles and it is this passion for the partners that drives Faith’s focus for the client centric culture at Maersk.

    Faith is a fervent Buffalo sports fan (but couldn’t be happier to no longer be subject to their winter weather), and a proud supporter of her alma matter UNC Charlotte where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She currently resides in Lake Wylie, SC with her Labrador Otis.


  • Wally Devereaux, Southwest Airlines

    Wally Devereaux is the Vice President, 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.

  • Adam Drouhard, Alaska Airlines

    As the managing director of cargo for Alaska Airlines, Adam Drouhard provides strategic and operational leadership to the Cargo division. He prioritizes a culture of safety while growing profitability with a focus on business development, process and performance improvement, and efficiency.

    Adam joined Alaska Airlines in 2007 as a cargo system control agent and he moved into a management role in 2009. In 2015 he became the director of cargo revenue, planning and postal affairs where he developed and implemented the growth plan for our freighter fleet. Adam moved into his most recent role as the director of cargo commercial strategy in 2019 where he created and led the strategy that drove cargo’s record growth the same year. Most recently, he developed a strategy to drive profits through cargo flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adam is highly respected for his strategic and collaborative approach to leadership and his ability to think outside the box. A visible leader, Adam listens and acts to employee feedback and resolves issues to ensure employees and guests have a remarkable experience.

  • 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 and Supply Chain 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.

  • Michael Frey, Pacific GeoSource

    Michael 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

    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

    Stacey Griffin is Senior Vice President of Intermodal Pricing at J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. In this role, Stacey is responsible for the growth and economics of Dry Domestic Intermodal at J.B. Hunt, a business segment with over $5 billion in annual revenue. She began her career with J.B. Hunt in 2002, as a Pricing Manager. Stacey has also held the positions of Intermodal Market Manager, Director of Pricing, and Vice President of Intermodal Pricing. Stacey's pre-transportation experience includes an extensive background in sales, advertising, retail management, and small business ownership. Before joining J.B. Hunt, Stacey completed her undergraduate degree in Finance, as well as an MBA at the University of Arkansas.  In 2011, she earned a master's degree, in Intermodal Transportation, from the University of Denver and currently serves on the board of the Transportation and Supply Chain Institute. 

  • Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach
    Noel Hacegaba

    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
    Michelle Halkerston
    Michelle Halkerston is CEO and owner of Hassett Logistics/Hassett Express LLC. She is a business leader who combines extensive experience in logistics and technology with a passion for developing high-performance teams and creative customer-centric solutions.  Since acquiring Hassett in late 2013, Halkerston has led strategic initiatives to position the transportation and logistics company for scalable growth while continuing to provide customers reliable and flexible solutions. 

    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.

  • Ron Harper, Sonepar

    Ron Harper is the Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics at Sonepar.  Prior to Sonepar, Ron was the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Nordstrom where responsibilities included US and Canada fulfillment and DC operations, vendor compliance, continuous improvement, and inventory integrity.

    Prior to Nordstrom, Ron was the Vice President of Logistics for Samsung Electronics America. Responsibilities included 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's Transportation and Supply Chain Institute.

    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.

  • James Hertwig, FYX Fleet
    Jim Hertwig

    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 is the Chief Executive Officer at FYX Fleet.  Prior to this position, he 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 and Supply Chain 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.

  • Jenny Johnson-Weeks, Intermodal Support Services, Inc.
    Jenny Johnson

    Jenny Johnson-Weeks 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 and Supply Chain Institute at the University of Denver. She is presently the president of the TSC Institute 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.

  • Tim Humbert, C.H. Robinson
    Tim Humbert

    Tim Humbert currently serves as Vice President of Intermodal at C.H. Robinson which operates a global suite of services and is North America’s largest transportation broker. His career spans twenty plus years in the North America Intermodal Industry supporting customers, suppliers and the industry as a whole to move us forward together. In addition to navigating C.H. Robinson’s Intermodal business, he is active in several initiatives giving back to communities via Robinson Cares and mentoring employees through various platforms within the organization to include Leadership Development, Key Account Sales Program, and employee resource groups. Tim remains active in the industry serving on the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Association of North America and Traffic Club of Chicago.

    Tim began his transportation and logistics career at C.H. Robinson in July of 2000. As a recent college graduate, he jumped right in wearing multiple hats from sales to operations meeting client commitments along the way. In 2005 and 2006, he had the opportunity to work through a transition plan of consolidating six intermodal offices into the centralized service it remains today and had responsibilities to hire and onboard nearly forty employees in less than a year.

    Tim’s leadership and industry engagement began to take shape in 2006 leading Intermodal West Coast Operations for CHR before being asked to open a new division within the organization in the dedicated drop trailer truckload space. Shortly after building this business, he returned to Intermodal leading pricing strategies for our customers while engaging in strategic programs with venders and suppliers. Simultaneously, he led an analytics team creating insights to action. In 2012, Tim was promoted to General Manager of North America Intermodal growing top line revenues and volume until promoted to Director in 2019.

    Tim has an undergraduate degree in education from Illinois State University and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. In addition to being an active alumnus supporting scholarships for MBA students, he is married and has three children. A fun fact is that Tim and his wife will complete their journey of visiting every Major League Baseball stadium in 2023 and finalize the tour of baseball at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

  • Ellen Kapiloff, NORCAM, Lacoste
    Ellen Kapiloff

    Ellen Kapiloff is a seasoned Supply Chain Executive with over 18 years of experience in International and Domestic Transportation, 3PL Management, Implementation, Organizational Transformation, and Direct to Consumer and Procurement.  She has worked for top importers such as Ralph Lauren and Nike, as well as start ups like Peloton. She joined Lacoste as Vice President of Operations for North America in June, 2022.

    Ellen started on the freight forwarder’s side working as a Business Analyst and being put on a rotational program from the warehouse to global account management. She learned the business from the ground up! 

    Originally from outside of Boston, Ellen has spent time all around the US and Canada.  She graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, earning her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Legal Studies. 

  • Travis Lawrence, The Home Depot
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     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 and Supply Chain Institute with a Masters of Science in Transportation Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.

  • Robert Ledoux, Florida East Coast Railway
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    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, Wanderu, Inc.

    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 and Supply Chain 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 has been actively engaged in the supply chain for 30 years and her passion is the transportation industry.  She gained experience and honed her leadership skills at Kraft Foods, J.C. Penney, and C & S Wholesale Grocers, before joining The Home Depot where she served as Vice President of Transportation and was an officer for over thirteen years.  She led a fantastic team of associates focused on ensuring all domestic and international shipments arrived on-time and within budget to distribution centers and stores.  She also has experience in direct-to-consumer final mile deliveries.   

    While at Home Depot, Michelle served as the founder and champion for Women in Supply Chain and was the Vice President advisor for Women’s Link, an associate resource group open to all women at the Store Support Center (corporate headquarters), and the Velvet Hammers, supporting female directors and above. 

    Michelle chose to retire from The Home Depot in March 2021 to focus on public and non-profit board activity.  Michelle serves on the board of directors for Werner Enterprises and Mastery Logistics Systems.  She also serves on the board of the Transportation & Supply Chain Institute of the University of Denver, the Transportation Executive Board of Indiana University, the AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) Advisory Board, in addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Rainbow Village board, a non-profit focused on ending homelessness and poverty, primarily for women with children.

    Michelle earned her M.B.A. from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and her B.S. in Business, with a concentration in Transportation, from Indiana University.  Michelle now serves as an adjunct professor at the Transportation and Supply Chain Institute at the University of Denver. 

  • Jack Mahoney, G2 Ocean, Atlantic
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    Jack Mahoney joined Bergen Norway-based G2 Ocean in January 2024. He is based in their Atlanta GA office, which handles G2 Ocean’s Atlantic trades.

    G2 Ocean is a joint venture of two of the world’s largest open hatch shipowning companies, Gearbulk and Grieg Maritime Group. Since the company was launched in 2017, G2 Ocean has become the world’s largest ship operator within the open hatch segment.

    G2 Ocean operates a fleet of over 120 open hatch and Ultramax. With operations covering 37 trade lanes and over 300 dedicated and experienced employees, G2 Ocean has the resources and in-depth local knowledge necessary to support industries worldwide with their logistics requirements.

    Before G2 Ocean, beginning in August of 2020, Jack was President and Chief Executive Officer of Westwood Shipping Lines, an independent vessel operator specializing in the trade between northeast Asia and the Pacific Northwest known for its reliability and safety record. There, he led the Westwood team to improved financial performance and increased team engagement while heightening customer experience. He led the company’s successful sale by Sumitomo Warehouse to Swire Shipping and was later named President of Swire Shipping North America following the acquisition’s close in June of 2022.

    Jack joined Maersk when it purchased Sea-Land Service. Before joining Westwood, he led Maersk's automotive industry commercial group in North America since early 2019. Before that, he had been President of Maersk in Canada since late 2015. There, he led Maersk's expansion into new markets and the launch of new ocean products. Preceding his time in Canada, Jack led Maersk's forwarder sales group in the USA, starting in mid-2013, from its NJ regional head office.

    From 2009, he was responsible for Trade Management in the USA, which followed three years in Copenhagen, where he was responsible for the Pacific Eastbound trade. That was after a similar two-year role in NJ.

    Before that, he was in sales and sales management roles in various US markets, including the Northeast, the Pacific Southwest, the South Atlantic, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest.
    Jack graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He earned his master's in Transportation with a concentration in Supply Chain from the University of Denver. While at Maersk, he was an International Trade and Logistics instructor at New York University. In 2019, he received his Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation. He is a Lean Six Sigma green belt. He is married to Emily, and their children are Will and Ellen.

  • Patrick McCrory, Palmetto Railways
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    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. 

  • Brian Meents, Hub Group
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    Brian Meents is Hub Group’s Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer responsible for Pricing, Analytics, Continuous Improvement, and Marketing. Brian joined Hub Group full time in 2009 following an internship with the Marketing team. He began his career in the newly formed Business Development group, where he focused on the growth of the company’s top accounts through strategy and analytical support.

    Following his tenure in Business Development, Brian worked on the implementation of the company’s corporate strategy initiatives. In 2016, Brian became Vice President of Account Management, where he focused on the development of client relationships, account strategy and innovation. Brian most recently served as Hub Group’s Executive Vice President of Account Management, Sales, and Marketing.

    Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from North Central College and an Executive Master’s degree in Transportation from the University of Denver.

  • Cami Misch, BNSF
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    As interim president for BNSF Logistics, Cami Misch is responsible for all programs and operations across the BNSF Logistics organization. A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway company, BNSF Logistics supports BNSF customers—using expertise, industry relationships, smart technology and a comprehensive portfolio of solutions—to efficiently solve logistics challenges.

    Cami began her BNSF Railway career in 1997 as manager of reporting and analysis. In 1998, she was promoted to director of forecasting. Since then, Cami has held a variety of leadership roles at BNSF with increasing responsibility on the Accounting and Marketing teams. She was then promoted to assistant vice president, Industrial Products, where she was responsible for sales and marketing efforts supporting chemicals, plastics and petroleum products business. She later served as assistant vice president, Domestic Intermodal Sales. Concurrent with her most recent position, Cami serves as Assistant Vice President, Consumer Products Marketing, responsible for the team that manages pricing, product development, reporting and analysis, as well as other marketing functions for BNSF’s Consumer Products business unit.

    Cami received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Kansas State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

    Cami has two daughters and lives in Keller, TX. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling.


  • 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 and Supply Chain 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.

  • Mike O'Malley, DCLI
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    Mike O’Malley serves as Senior Vice President, Government & Public Relations and Human Resources for Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI). He is the company’s primary point of contact with external stakeholders and also has responsibility for recruiting, retaining and developing employees to enable the company’s continued growth.

    His career includes more than two decades in public affairs, transportation, and supply chain-related leadership positions, including roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), CSX, and as President of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI).

    Mr. O’Malley holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a Master of Science in European Studies from the London School of Economics.

  • Rushi Patel, PS Technology, Union Pacific
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    Rushi is currently the AVP of Technology Commercialization at Union Pacific Railroad and also serves as the President and CEO of PS Technology (PST), a wholly owned subsidiary of UPRR. PST is based in Denver, CO and offers SAAS-based software and services for crew operations, safety, and training solutions to North American Class I and short line railroads, as well as various international customers.

    Prior to joining PST, Rushi held the position of AVP of Technology Strategy at Union Pacific Railroad, where he led the organization's 3–5-year digital transformation efforts. Earlier in his career, Rushi focused on operational excellence at Walmart International, working across 10 international markets to enhance operational productivity through the integration of processes and technology. He also gained valuable experience in supply chain organization during his time at Home Depot, where he held various roles in network planning, strategy, and workforce management.

    Rushi holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance & Risk Management from Georgia State University and a Master's degree in Management & Information Systems from NYU. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Rushi recently relocated to Denver, CO, along with his wife and two dogs.


  • Brian Powers, TTX Company
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    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 the Vice President - 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 and Supply Chain 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.

  • Sergio Sabatini, OmniTRAX
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    Sergio Sabatini brings 25 years of freight rail experience both in the Class 1 and short line space. Sergio is the President and COO of 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 18 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
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    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.

  • Heather Sheehan, Crispy Concepts, LLC
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    Following her 30-year supply chain career, Heather Sheehan now shares her executive experience through consulting, university teaching, and board membership with non-profit and for-profit organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Director of AWESOME, the senior executive supply chain women’s organization, where she led its extensive growth from 2015 to 2020.

    Heather is the former chief supply chain officer for Danaher Corporation where she had worldwide responsibility for non-production and logistics sourcing, strategy and implementation across their 40-plus operating companies that manufacture instruments and technologies for life science, environmental and industrial applications. Prior to Danaher, she held leadership positions with Honeywell, Union Pacific Corporation and NCR Corporation. She also served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) board of directors for 11 years including as Chairman of the Board. She has been named a “Supply Chain Pro to Know”, “Rainmaker” and “Thinker and Mover” and recognized with several leadership awards from various organizations and publications.

    Heather received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and MS from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the owner of Crispy Concepts LLC where she consults and teaches on leadership and supply chain. 

    Heather was the instructor of the TSCI Capstone Seminar course from 2019-2023 and produced and hosted the first two seasons of “Transport Talks” Institute webinars in 2020-2021.

  • Patrick Sherry, National Center for Intermodal Transportation, University of Denver
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    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 and Supply Chain 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 U.S. 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.

  • Tim Strauss, Amerijet International
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    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.

  • James E. Ward, Truckload Carriers Association
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    Jim Ward currently serves as the President of the Truckload Carriers Association. He began his transportation career in 1978 working for the Western Maryland Railroad before leaving to work for D.M. Bowman in January 1986. Jim served as Managing Director of the Transportation Industry Division for Willis of Nashville, TN starting in 1992 before returning to D.M. Bowman, Inc. in 1999, where he most recently served as President until March 2022.


  • Dean Wise, Dean Wise LLC
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    Dean Wise is the former Vice President, Network Strategy at BNSF. In this role, he oversaw 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)
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    George Woodward is the President of the Transportation & Supply Chain Institute's Board.  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.

  • Brent Yeagy, Wabash National Corporation

    Brent L. Yeagy is an industrial manufacturing leader with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive and commercial transportation industries. Since June 2018, Mr. Yeagy has been responsible for the strategic direction and operations of Wabash National Corporation in his role as President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Before his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Yeagy was President and Chief Operating Officer at from October 2016 to June 2018. Mr. Yeagy joined Wabash National in 2003 and held a number of positions with increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Manufacturing, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Trailer Products, and Senior Vice President – Group President, Commercial Trailer Products.

    Prior to Wabash National, from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Yeagy held various positions within human resources, environmental engineering and safety management for Delco Remy International. Mr. Yeagy served in various plant engineering roles at Rexnord Corporation from December 1995 through 1999. He also served in the United States Navy from 1991 to 1994.

    Mr. Yeagy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Science and a Master of Science in Safety Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA in Business Management from Anderson University. He has also attended executive programs at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business as well as Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Yeagy is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Nuclear Power Program and participated in the Navy’s Officer Candidate Program.