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 & Managing Director
Craig Fuller is CEO and Managing Director 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: Chief Revenue Officer
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. Abernathy 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.
Ibrahiim Bayaan: Chief Economist
Bayaan serves as FreightWaves’ subject matter expert on macroeconomic conditions and the effects that they have on freight markets. He writes regularly on economic developments and provides critical analysis on the outlook for freight. Prior to joining FreightWaves, he led economic analysis at UPS, a role he began in 2010. He played a key role in revamping UPS’ international, domestic and regional forecasting procedures, developing statistical models explaining macroeconomic activity and the effects on transportation patterns. Bayaan was also responsible for disseminating the economic outlook inside and outside of UPS, delivering key insights on the economy and effects on the transportation industry.
John Bowes: Executive Vice President & General Manager
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. Bowes 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.
David Bradford: Executive Vice President of Commercial Engagement - FreightWaves Community
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.
Bradford 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.
Fergus Caldicott: Chief Operating Officer
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. Caldicott 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. Caldicott 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.
Dean Croke: Chief Analytics Officer
At FreightWaves, Dean Croke is active in vehicle telematics, data analytics, data science and standards development at BiTA. Prior to joining FreightWaves, Croke 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. Croke 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.
John Kingston: Executive Editor
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. 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.
Lisa McGinty: Chief Marketing Officer
McGinty leads FreightWaves’ marketing and corporate communications functions. 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. McGinty 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.
Daniel Pickett, CFA: Chief Data Scientist
Pickett leads the FreightWaves data 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, Pickett is also focused on what real-time logistics data can provide regarding the health of the economy, the consumer and global trade.
Dan Piscatelli: Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for financial reporting, fundraising, human resources, contract management and review, 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. Piscatelli has completed dozens of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments and two IPOs.
David Sheppard: Chief Strategy Officer
Sheppard leads the FreightWaves strategy for the Trucking Freight Futures contracts and market risk management solutions. Based in London, he oversees FreightWaves’ international operations. An experienced commodity trader, Sheppard spent 10 years leading Morgan Stanley's global dry bulk commodity businesses, and over 15 years trading physical commodities and derivatives.
Ken Smith: Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, 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.
Smith 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.
Arlen Stark: Executive Vice President of Research
Stark is actively building the FreightWaves Research Institute, FreightWaves Freight.Tech 100 and data licensing partnerships. 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.
Brian Straight: Managing Editor
Straight helped launch FreightWaves’ media site in early 2017 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.
Straight 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.
Jenny Xu: Managing Director, Freight.Tech
Xu leads Freight.Tech, a startup and innovation engagement platform connecting early and growth-stage startups with investors, strategic partners and leading corporations. She founded the Commercial Emerging Technology group at Bridgestone Americas, leading the design, development and launch of technology-enabled solutions for commercial fleets, and building capabilities in lean startups, design thinking and partnership with tech startup and venture capital communities.
Board of Advisors
Our Advisory Board is made up of highly experienced and respected individuals across financial investment, freight derivative and trading technology industries. Our Advisors are key contributors to our continued growth and evolution.
Mr. Larkin is Managing Director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Mr. Larkin joined Legg Mason in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. He was recognized as an All-Star Analyst by Institutional Investor in 2006 and as a Wall Street Journal All-Star Analyst five times, most recently for his stock picks during the year 2010. In addition, he was rated as number one by Forbes/StarMine in EPS estimate accuracy in the road and rail category in 2008, and as number one stock picker in 2003 by Forbes/StarMine in both the road and rail, and the airfreight and logistics categories. He received additional recognition in 2014 and 2015 by placing second in the 2014 StarMine stock picking survey in the road and rail category, third in the 2014 StarMine stock picking survey in the air freight and logistics category, and second in the 2015 StarMine stock picking survey in the air freight and logistics category. Previously, Mr. Larkin was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RailWorks Corporation. Mr. Larkin was also a key member of Alex Brown and Sons’ transportation team, serving as a Managing Director. Mr. Larkin has held various positions in planning and economic analysis at CSX Transportation, Inc. Mr. Larkin earned his MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and the University of Texas, respectively. Mr. Larkin is a CFA charter holder. In addition, he is a member of the boards of advisers for CRST International and Comcar Industries, and is a member of the Baltimore CFA Society.
Albrecht brings significant transportation expertise to FreightWaves' Board of Advisors and has been involved with transportation research since 1988. Prior to founding Sword & Sea, Albrecht served two separate stints as Managing Director of BB&T Capital Markets, starting in 2000, where he followed the surface transportation section, including intermodal, truckload and less-than-truckload carriers. He moved on to Stephens Inc. as Managing Director in 2005 before returning to BB&T Capital Markets in 2009. Albrecht also worked for ABN AMRO and A.G. Edwards & Sons. He has been involved in over 40 equity deals in his transportation career. Albrecht is frequently quoted in national media, including leading publications the Wall Street Journal, Logistics Management, Transport Topics and the Journal of Commerce. Albrecht is a seven-time Wall Street Journal All-Star, according to the publication’s rankings of analysts. He has been a featured speaking at top industry events, including American Trucking Association conferences, Food Shippers of America, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, CSCMP, SMC3, Transplace, Truck Trailer Manufacturers, Truckload Carriers’ Association, and IANA
Goldberg previously spent 25 years in leadership roles at McGraw-Hill Financial, including eight years as President of the Commodities and Commercial Markets Division, which included market leading data and business information franchises Platts, J.D. Power and McGraw-Hill Construction. Under his leadership, the Division transformed its product portfolio, global position and dramatically improved financial performance. Previously, he served as head of corporate affairs and chief of staff to The McGraw-Hill Companies Chairman and CEO, Terry McGraw.
Frank is a senior executive and accomplished leader with a proven track record of building foremost information services companies. Mr. Frank is a trusted advisor to data and analytics companies in the agriculture, financial and commercial real estate sectors. He has invented, built and sold companies and has served as an operational leader responsible for over 8,000 employees and contractors in multi billion dollar revenue businesses. Prior to launching his advisory practice, Mr. Frank was most recently the President of Thomson Reuters’ $2.3B Investment & Advisory (I&A) Division. Selected by the CEO to lead post-merger integration of Thomson Financial and Reuters Research and Asset Management. Shaped a $2.3B division comprised of 4 global operating units (Investment Management & Sell-Side Research, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Corporate Services). Mr. Frank created the ADR.com portal and sold the business to Thomson Financial. As an executive managing director of the Thomson Financial Corporate Services team, Mr. Frank extended the ADR.com technology platform into portals for leading North American stock exchanges, financial institutions and created the leading Investor Relations desktop product. In 2005, Mr. Frank was asked to assume leadership of the Thomson Financial Investment Management Division. He quickly restored profitability with development of an innovative new desktop offering, regaining the division’s status as company’s largest revenue and margin producer. Since 2012, Mr. Frank has served as operating partner with oversight of a diverse set of B2B information companies including AGDATA, Trepp and EDR. He also has board positions with a number of financial technology and information companies.
Kar is the leading global expert on commercial vehicle technologies, econometrics, applications, and markets, with special focus on connected vehicle technologies and their markets. TransRisk is an information services platform that leverages private data to bring transparency and risk-management to the opaque trucking and freight markets.
He recently joined Fleet Complete, a leader in mission-critical connected vehicle IoT solutions, as Chief Strategy Officer. Previously he served as Global Vice President-Automotive & Transportation Research at Frost & Sullivan. His industry knowledge, growth strategy development and implementation experience, and ability to understand the impact of technologies on business models of various commercial vehicle stakeholding companies make him a leading voice in global trucking and the transportation industry.
Chelsea (Chip) White III
White is an experienced logistics leader and one of the top minds in his field. He is the former director of the Trucking Industry Program, a study of the U.S. trucking industry supported by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. He was the Founding Engineering Co-Director of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations while on the faculty at the University of Michigan. White was a member of the Board of Directors for Con-way for 11 years until that company’s sale to XPO in 2015 and is a former member of the World Economic Forum Trade Facilitation Council.
DeJesus is an accomplished leader in the data, analytics and technology industries. He’s currently SVP of Data Products for Forrester Research and leads their analytics business line responsible for productizing information assets. Prior Michael was VP of Advanced Analytics at IHS Markit, a broad provider of global B2B market, industry and technical information. He led the launch of a new firm-wide advanced analytics based growth strategy to capture the fast-growing market that analytics/big data/IoT presents for data and information providers. Before this he was with IHS’ M&A team and played a leading role in developing, executing and integrating 15 strategic acquisitions to drive growth and expand IHS’ data and analytic capabilities. Michael has also held several other B2B commercial operations and product management roles within the data and research space.
Mark is an experienced veteran in the transportation industry with a 36 year career at CH Robinson. Most recently, Mark was on the CH Robinson Executive team as SVP of Transportation and held previous roles as CIO and President of T-Chek Systems.
Donald Broughton: Chief Market Strategist
Broughton founded Broughton Capital in early 2017 after spending more than 20 years as a leading Wall Street analyst at two firms. With Avondale Partners, he served as the firm’s Chief Market Strategist and Senior Transportation Analyst for nearly a decade. Before that, Broughton spent more than 12 years at A.G. Edwards, where in addition to being the Senior Transportation analyst, he was the Group Leader of the Industrial Analysts and served on the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee.