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Keynotes

Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort is the number one sales trainer in the world and has created more million-dollar producers than all other sales trainers combined. His famous Straight Line System, used to train the most effective salesforces in the world, has been curated over the last thirty years and refined into a foolproof solution for turning virtually any individual into a world-class closer and top producer in their field.
Jordan is the best-selling author of three iconic books: Wolf of Wall Street, Catching the Wolf of Wall Street, and The Way of the Wolf. He is also the subject of the blockbuster movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, that was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Jordan is a dynamic and powerful motivational speaker on an international scale. He has toured the world multiple times performing live, in-person training events to millions of ambitious and forward-thinking salespeople, executives, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have benefitted greatly from his unparalleled wisdom, experience, and boundless energy.

Ben Mezrich

Best-Selling Author of Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. This power list of authors touted to be “the industry’s most sought-after word nerds” is based on stats like Mezrich’s multiple movie deals in production such as Woolly, his newest non-fiction book about the resurrection of the woolly mammoth from frozen DNA, Seven Wonders, Once Upon a Time in Russia, and The 37th Parallel. 

Howard Green

Journalist, Founding Anchor of BNN & Best-Selling Author of Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius & Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison

Howard Green is one of the founders and builders of Business News Network in Canada, where he anchored from 1999-2014. Green is best known for hosting BNN’s flagship interview show, Headline with Howard Green and for his bestselling books, Banking on America and Distilled, which was a finalist for the National Business Book Award.


Speakers

Joel Clum

Chief Operating Officer, Worldwide Express

Prior to joining Worldwide in 2015, Joel was a founding executive at the logistics consultancy CarrierDirect, which was recognized with an Inc 500 fastest growing companies award for their growth in 2014.  Joel began his career at Accenture Strategy, where he worked with multi-national companies on growth strategies in the US, Europe and China.  Joel graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance and is a member of the Eli Broad College of Business Advisory Board.

Bill Driegert

Senior Director, Uber Freight

Bill Driegert is the Director of Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics on demand business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across the US and Europe. Prior to joining Uber, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Pillow Homes. He also spent time at Amazon as Director of Planning and Innovation with oversight over new initiatives in final mile delivery and truckload. Bill was a founding team member of Coyote Logistics (acquired by UPS) and the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. He started his career building race-cars in Vermont before joining PepsiCo to start a more glamorous career in logistics. Bill lives in Tiburon, CA with his wife and 2 children and in his limited free-time still enjoys mountain biking and tinkering on old cars and motorcycles.

Jett McCandless

Founder and CEO, project44

Jett has two decades of experience working in the transportation and logistics space. In that time, he has become a recognized thought leader with a track record of innovation and success. Jett’s leadership has guided multiple startups from ideation stages through expansion.

Lee Klaskow

Senior Analyst, Transportation & Logistics, Bloomberg Industries

Lee has been analyzing the freight markets for decision makers since 2006. His current coverage spans global marine shipping, air freight and logistics sectors as well as the North American trucking and railroad industries. In addition to his industry work, Lee provides coverage on 20 freight transportation and logistics companies1 Bloomberg Intelligence. He is focused on providing differentiated research through channel checks and collaborating with colleagues in adjacent industries. Lee is an articulate public speaker and frequent contributor on Bloomberg television and radio as well as other media outlets. He also speaks at industry conferences as well as company and academic events. 

Brittain Ladd

Founder and CEO of Six Page Consulting

Brittain is considered a leading expert on the topics of strategy, supply chain management, transportation and last mile delivery. He has 15 years of experience in both industry and consulting across retail, high-tech, oil & gas, chemicals, mining and agriculture. Brittain has lived and worked globally and has extensive experience designing and implementing business strategies in China, India, SE Asia, Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Latin America. Most recently, Brittain has been serving clients in Russia. 

Brittain has worked for such companies as Dell, Capgemini, Deloitte and Amazon. In 2013, he wrote a research paper recommending that Amazon acquire Whole Foods making Brittain the first person to publicly make such a recommendation. He was the Worldwide Expansion Leader for AmazonFresh and Pantry before leaving to start his own consulting practice.

Ryan Rusnak

CTO and Co-Founder of Airspace Technologies

Ryan Rusnak is the CTO and co-founder of Airspace Technologies. He has a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Ryan’s projects have been featured in Popular Science, on the Discovery Channel, NBC, BBC, WIRED, Gizmodo and other media outlets. Some of the projects in his portfolio include the White House iOS application, web applications for the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Financial Research. Five ladder trucks were once called when his home made electric skateboard caught on fire and he has only electrocuted his wife once.

Robert Nathan

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Capstone Logistics

Robert Nathan is the Chief Supply Chain Officer of Capstone Logistics, a Top 50 3PL and leading provider of outsourced supply chain solutions to distribution centers in the grocery, foodservice, and retail industries. Nathan was formerly the CEO of LoadDelivered, a specialized 3PL firm in Chicago. He co-founded LoadDelivered in 2008 and grew the company organically until their acquisition by Capstone in 2018. In 2013, Nathan co-founded another business called Logistical Labs, a supply chain software firm that provide insights through data analytics and machine learning technology. Through Nathan’s commitment to innovation, both companies garnered recognition in the industry.

Graham Parker

Chief Executive Officer, Kontainers

Graham is a born entrepreneur founding his first freight company aged 22, achieving $1m in revenue year one and doubling every year to $20m. An MBA and Maserati 100 Entrepreneur he is CEO and Co founder at award winning Enterprise SAAS company Kontainers who will power more than one million bookings this year for 5 top 20 global shipping brands.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, CITP

Host for Lets Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC), blog and The Trade Squad

Sarah is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Lets Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC), blog and The Trade Squad on YouTube, Sarah helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series.

Frank McGuigan

Chief Executive Officer, Transplace

Mr. McGuigan has more than 25 years of experience in executive, operations and commercial leadership, and is currently chief executive officer at Transplace. He most recently served as president and chief operating officer at Transplace, where he led sales and operations for company’s Transportation Management, International and Brokerage businesses. While at Transplace, Mr. McGuigan has helped significantly expand its customer base, increase its geographic presence in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and complete several strategic acquisitions, which has enabled the company to triple its revenue and become one of North America’s leading providers of transportation management solutions and logistics technology.  

Brandon Fried

Executive Director, Airforwarders Association

Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders Association is one of the country’s leading experts on air freight and cargo security.  With more than 38 years of experience, Brandon represents the industry and the association by serving on several Federal Advisory Committees including: The TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee, The U.S. Department of Commerce Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, and 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.

Lior Ron

Head of Uber Freight

Lior Ron has been at the helm of some of the most exciting technological developments of the past decade. He began his career as the CTO for Israeli Army Intelligence before joining Google in 2007. There he became the product lead for Google Maps, helping to scale the business from 10 million to 1 billion users, as well as launch products including My Maps, Google Map Maker and Google Local. After Google acquired Motorola in 2011, Lior was the first Google employee recruited to transform Motorola products, launching the award-winning Moto X and Moto 360 product lines. In 2016, Lior co-founded Otto, a self-driving truck company that was later acquired by Uber. Today, Lior is the Head of Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics on demand business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across the US and Europe.

Jenny Xu

CEO, Carggo

Jenny Xu is the CEO of Carggo, with a mission to make freight transportation fair and efficient. She is a seasoned strategist and builder with over 15 years’ experience in the  of logistics and tech. Prior to Carggo, Jenny was the COO and CSO at FreightWaves, the Bloomberg for the Transportation industry. Jenny has a balanced deep strategic and operational insights to shippers, carriers and intermediaries. A graduate of University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance, Strategic Management, and Marketing.

Scott Auslund

Chief Operating Officer, Gulf Relay Logistics

Scott Auslund is the Chief Operating Officer for Gulf Relay Logistics. As a member of the executive team, Scott oversees the strategic development of the non-asset portion of the company, including technology solutions, freight brokerage, and managed transportation. 

Scott has led high-performing teams across multiple disciplines in the supply chain and logistics space. With hands-on experience in sales, operations, business intelligence, and strategic planning, Scott has produced outsized results for the companies he has partnered with to date. 

Scott has a passion for the supply chain industry and has worked alongside world-class educators to develop curriculum aimed at accelerating working professional’s knowledge of logistics. 

Ryan Rogers

Chief Transformation Officer, Covenant

As Chief Transformation Officer, Rogers holds responsibility for technology, continuous improvement, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, and strategic planning across seven individual business units within Covenant. He comes most recently from Amazon, where he served as a transportation executive, leading procurement and carrier development. Prior to Amazon, he served in multiple roles at U.S. Xpress Enterprises, including Corporate Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer. He currently serves as a mentor at Dynamo, is a member of the Chattanooga Technology Council, is a Leadership Chattanooga graduate, and was named in the “Top 20 Under 40” in Chatter magazine in 2015. He earned his MBA and undergraduate degrees from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Matt McLelland

Innovation Strategist, Covenant

Matt McLelland has more than 20 years of experience in IT and brings a fresh perspective to the supply chain industry. He serves as the Innovation Strategist for Covenant Transport, where his team works to ensure a more affordable, safer delivery of products to customers. He previously served as the Innovation Research Manager for Kenco Innovation Labs. During his IT career, McLelland served as Director of Enterprise Systems for Kenco Group and Director of Technology for the Maclellan Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Georgia.

Lori Ann LaRocco

Senior Editor of Guests, CNBC Business News

Lori Ann LaRocco is senior editor of guests for CNBC business news. She coordinates high profile interviews and special multi-million dollar on-location productions for all shows on the network. Her specialty is in politics, working with titans of industry. LaRocco is the author of “Trade War and Navigating the Bluster: Containers Don’t Lie” (Marine Money, Inc. 2019), “Dynasties of the Sea: The Untold Stories of the Postwar Shipping Pioneers” (Marine Money, Inc. 2018), “Opportunity Knocking” (Agate Publishing 2014), “Dynasties of the Sea: The Ships and Entrepreneurs Who Ushered in the Era of Free Trade” (Marine Money 2012), and “Thriving in the New Economy: Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds” (Wiley 2010).

Matt Silver

CEO & Co-Founder, Forager Logistics

Matt Silver is the CEO and co-founder of Forager Logistics and drives the long-term vision and strategy, with a specific focus on crafting the company’s service offering and platform to better manage cross-border transportation. Forager aims to automate as much as possible with cross-border transportation and provide better visibility to shippers moving freight into and out of Mexico and Canada. Silver is a twelve-year industry veteran, having joined one of the top brokerages in North America in its infancy in 2007. Matt has worked in every aspect of the logistics business, from driver tracking to booking freight and private fleet backhauls, before taking on the task of growing the company’s Mexico business from scratch to a multi-million-dollar business in a three-year span. After an office was opened in Mexico, Matt spent the following year growing the team’s Canadian business, as the face of the company on the ground in Canada.


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