The FreightWaves executive team and panel of experts have collectively managed over $60B in freight contracts and deeply understands the market volatility challenges within the trucking and logistics industry. Coupled with a team of veteran trading exchange and regulatory executives, the FreightWaves team is creating a solution that solves for an unserved and highly addressable market need – trucking rate and capacity volatility.
Craig Fuller: Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Craig Fuller is CEO and Founder of FreightWaves, the only freight-focused organization that delivers a complete and comprehensive view of the freight and logistics market. FreightWaves’ news, content, market data, insights, analytics, innovative engagement and risk management tools are unprecedented and unmatched in the industry.
Prior to founding FreightWaves, Fuller was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also is a trucking industry veteran, having founded and managed the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises, the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America.
George Abernathy: President
George Abernathy has responsibility for all revenue and commercial efforts at FreightWaves, including SaaS, Trucking Freight Futures and membership engagements. He is the former President of Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third-party logistics and truck brokerage services. He also held the COO role and was a key contributor in the company’s sale to Greenbriar Equity Partners in 2013. George has more than 30 years of supply chain and transportation industry leadership experience with carrier, broker and technology companies. Previously, he held senior management positions at J.B. Hunt, Logistics.com, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.
John Engstrom, Chief Strategy Officer
John “JT” Engstrom serves as FreightWaves’ Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the Market Expert team of analysts, FreightWaves’ proprietary research group Freight Intel, and the commercial engagement team. Engstrom will also help with corporate strategy, partnerships, and prepare the company for the next stage of growth. Prior to joining FreightWaves, JT was a top Transportation & Logistics analyst and Wall Street investment banker at STIFEL. Prior to that in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation & Logistics management consulting practice. Engstrom’s first job out of college was writing route optimization models and algorithms for truckload carriers.
Fergus Caldicott: Chief Technology Officer
Fergus Caldicott is passionate about providing the right solutions to customers that deliver on their needs. At FreightWaves, he is responsible for the product, technology and data science teams. Previously he was Vice President Technology at DAT Solutions, the largest freight load board and freight data analytics provider. Fergus also served as General Manager of Getloaded Inc and was instrumental in its acquisition, executive management and eventual integration into DAT. He has also served on the board of the Transportation Intermediaries Association. Fergus has more than 25 years of experience leading world-class software organizations, from small Bay Area startups to multinationals such as BT and Mars Incorporated.
Dan Piscatelli: Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for financial reporting, fundraising, human resources, contract management and review, Dan Piscatelli also serves as FreightWaves’ corporate secretary. He has over 30 years of domestic and international financial management expertise in financial valuation, decision-making, planning and project implementation. His background includes public accounting, roles in venture capital in Poland, as a CFO in Shanghai for a large multinational manufacturer and over 17 years of strategy and M&A leadership at RR Donnelley and Morningstar, Inc., a leading investment data, research, ratings and investment management solutions provider. Dan has completed dozens of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments and two IPOs.
Dean Croke: Chief Insights Officer
At FreightWaves, Dean Croke is active in vehicle telematics, data analytics, data science and standards development at BiTA. Prior to joining FreightWaves, Dean was Vice President of Data Products at Spireon, where he led the development of high-frequency telematics data products. He also ran Lancer’s long-haul truck insurance business after years as Vice President of Omnitracs Analytics, where he developed data science technologies for transportation companies. Dean was one of the founders of FleetRisk Advisors (which became Omnitracs Analytics) and has 35 years of experience in data analytics, transportation, supply chain management, data mining and insurance risk management.
Lisa McGinty: Chief Marketing Officer
Lisa McGinty leads FreightWaves’ marketing and creative strategy and execution across all brands and assets. She is a seasoned marketing executive with nearly 30 years of experience developing and marketing brands and services across financial markets, payments and freight transportation industries. She held senior marketing roles at Thomson Reuters, GlobalView Software, edo Interactive and most recently, Fleetcor. Lisa is experienced in leading marketing and branding efforts for mature businesses representing over $250 million in annual revenue, as well as bootstrapping as an early stage employee at innovative technology start-ups. She prefers the latter.
Daniel Pickett, CFA: Head of Data Science
Daniel Pickett leads the FreightWaves data science team collecting, cleaning and analyzing freight market data to drive actionable insights in the freight markets. The data team is focused on finding industry activity metrics to inform the freight/logistics community about market conditions at the local (not national) level. Using his career blend of technology and capital markets, Daniel is also focused on what real-time logistics data can provide regarding the health of the economy, the consumer and global trade.
Arlen Stark: EVP of Research and Event Operations
Arlen Stark is actively building the FreightWaves Research Institute, FreightWaves Freight.Tech 100 and data licensing partnerships. He is also responsible for strategic and operational execution of FreightWaves’ event series. Previously he was Vice President of Strategic Business Development at FreightWaves and Head of Commercialization for the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). He was an early stage employee at CastleLake and helped the company build out its accounting infrastructure as it launched its first distressed credit onshore and offshore funds. Stark has more than 18 years of experience in consulting, product management, strategy, project management and accounting with expertise in financial services, payments and transportation.
David Bradford: EVP of Commercial Engagement – FreightWaves Community
David Bradford oversees commercial activities and product execution of the FreightWaves Community (FreightWaves.com, Waves events and BiTA membership). BiTA is developing education, content and engagement around technology applications and standards for the freight industry. The Waves events showcase top subject matter experts involved in technology and the freight markets. Morgan Stanley described the first Waves event, Transparency18, as the “CES of Transportation.” Alexa.com, a website tracking firm owned by Amazon, ranks FreightWaves.com as the number one news site involved in freight and logistics news, globally. David has been active in trucking industry sales and management for two decades. He previously held positions at U.S. Xpress, TransCard, Covenant Transport and Lipsey Logistics.
John Bowes: EVP & General Manager
John Bowes is a highly experienced logistics market executive who was most recently President of Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Xpress. John joined XGS in 1993 and served in several leadership positions before becoming President in 2005. Prior to joining XGS, he served as a Terminal Manager and Sales Manager for the Tom Duffy Company, a West Coast distribution company.
Ken Smith: VP of Technology
Ken Smith leads the architecture and technology strategy for FreightWaves and the BiTA Community Group. He has over 20 years of experience in IT management, information strategy, data collection and manipulation of unstructured, semi-structured and structured data and enterprise level architectures. Involved in several technology startups, he has held leadership, consulting and development positions throughout his career. Ken led the development of one of the trucking industry’s most successful digital recruiting platforms. While FreightWaves has no plans to build a similar platform, it is important to have that experience at the company because drivers are widely considered the most important factor in the success of a commercial fleet.
John Kingston: Executive Editor and Oil Market Expert
John Kingston works with the editorial team to broaden coverage, content and data that readers need to understand how the freight markets are impacted by regulatory, economic, technology and business developments. John is also a FreightWaves Market Expert covering the oil and energy markets. Much of his career was spent at McGraw-Hill/S&P Global, primarily at the Platts division. He was Platts’ leading “talking head,” appearing on television business shows and presenting at conferences on energy and blockchain issues. In 2015 he joined S&P’s management team, serving as President of the McGraw Hill Financial Institute and Director of Global Market Insights. He launched the S&P Global Task Force on Blockchain to determine how the nascent technology would impact the company.
Ellis Smith, General Manager of Content
Ellis Smith has worked in nearly every segment of the media industry, with roles as publisher, editor, producer and reporter at daily news organizations in Georgia, Tennessee and Iowa. As a business reporter, he covered trucking, manufacturing, finance and white-collar crime. As a digital editor, he won awards for breaking news and special projects and was part of a team that was named as a Pulitzer finalist for a series on generational poverty. Prior to joining FreightWaves, he was general manager and editor of The Hawk Eye, Iowa’s oldest newspaper. Ellis lives in Chattanooga with his family.
Brian Straight: Managing Editor
Brian Straight helped launch FreightWaves’ media site in early 2017 as our first editor and journalist and continues to serve as Managing Editor. A winner of a Jesse H. Neal Award for business media journalism and a multiple winner of American Society of Business Publication Editors editorial excellence awards, he oversees the editorial quality of FreightWaves.com and leads the editorial team. Under his guidance, FreightWaves.com has become the most trafficked freight industry digital news operation globally. Brian has spent more than a decade covering the freight industry and has won over three dozen editorial awards dating to his time managing daily newspapers. Before joining FreightWaves, he was responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com.