MarketWaves18 Keynote Speaker

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis has published 16 books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street. Among his books are the NYT #1 best-seller Flash Boys, which reveals how the legal – but highly questionable – practice of high-frequency trading allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage. Three previous books – The Big Short, The Blind Side and Moneyball – were adapted into blockbuster movies.


Lewis is a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing writer to Vanity Fair. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Gourmet, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs and Poetry magazine. He has served as an editor and columnist for the British weekly The Spectator and as senior editor and campaign correspondent for The New Republic. He has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC-TV’s Nightline; created and presented a four-part documentary on the social consequences of the internet for the BBC; and recorded stories for the NPR show “This American Life.”


Jason Schenker

Chairman, The Futurist Institute / President, Prestige Economics

Ranked one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world, earlier this year Schenker was ranked one of the top 100 most influential financial advisors in the world by Investopedia. He attends OPEC and U.S. Federal Reserve events, and has given keynotes for public companies, industry groups and the Fed. He's advised NATO and the Department of Defense on the future of work, blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. A columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, Schenker has written eight books, four of which have become #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. At Prestige Economics, he advises executives, industry groups, institutional investors and central banks. He also founded The Futurist Institute in October 2016.


Jon Birger

Economist and Author, DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game

Consumer trends and macro-demographics impact freight demand and flows. MarketWaves18 taps into Jon Birger to help interpret the direction of socio-demographic trends and behavior to understand how future consumers will drive the freight market. This fascinating dive will highlight how current trends in family dynamics will change how future generations spend their money and impact freight flows. A contributing writer for Fortune magazine, Birger was also a senior writer at Fortune and Money. His writing has also has appeared in Time, Barron's, Fast Company, The Washington Post and New York magazine. He’s also a familiar face and voice on television and radio, having appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, BBC World Service, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and National Public Radio.


Marc Levinson

Author, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

An independent historian, economist and journalist, Levinson was formerly finance and economics editor of The Economist magazine in London, an economist for a New York bank and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His book The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, which shows how a seemingly simple invention helped reshape the global economy, has become a business history classic. Levinson’s most recent book, An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy, is a groundbreaking international history of the 1970s. He writes and speaks frequently on shipping, retailing and economic growth.


Chris Barber

Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, North America, GreyOrange

GreyOrange is a multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for supply chain automation in distribution and fulfillment centers. Barber is a proven leader and performer in sales, operations, general management, financial management, strategic planning and marketing in the material handling automation and supply chain logistics industries, He has extensive experience in developing sales operations and implementation teams, managing P&L and optimizing processes. Barber uses the creative application of technology to solve business problems and delivers positive results for customers and the shareholders he represents. Prior to GreyOrange, he was Regional Vice President at Honeywell Intelligrated, responsible for sales and delivery operations and the financial performance of the Southern Region.


Philip von Mecklenburg-Blumenthal, PhD

Vice President of Sales, Freightos

In his PhD thesis, Von Mecklenburg developed a product to secure ocean freight rates with financial derivatives. He helped build the Freightos marketplace and is currently expanding Freightos’ established global success with online freight automation across enterprise shippers. He is also responsible for expanding the reach of the Freightos Baltic Index, in cooperation with the Singapore Stock Exchange.

He previously held a variety of executive roles in both Germany and the United States at DB Schenker, a global logistics leader.


Jaco Booyens

Chairman, Eden Green Technology

Booyens serves as President/CEO of After Eden Pictures (a film production studio). He is a member of the executive team of Eden Green Technology and serves as Co-Chairman. As an executive and Chairman of BC&W Solutions, his focus is on developing energy solutions in the Caribbean and strengthening the link between U.S. energy and developing markets.


Brian Bowers

Member, FreightWaves Advisory Board

With 40 years of global transportation experience, Bowers provides a unique multi-modal perspective. He was one of the original principals at the Hub Group, spent 10 years with Schneider National, Inc., where he wrote and implemented the strategic plan for Schneider Intermodal, and led the creation of cross-border intermodal and automotive networks to Mexico at Kansas City Southern Railway. He also held leadership positions with North American Van Lines and Roadway Express. Bowers has a passion for the role Mexico  plays in global trade and the value of connectivity within the global supply chain.


Paul Cusenza

Chairman & CEO, Nodal Exchange and Nodal Clear

Cusenza led Nodal Exchange as it commenced trading in April 2009 as a commodities exchange, providing participants the ability to trade and central counterparty clear hub, zone and nodal power futures and options contracts in North America. The company also offers natural gas contracts and is planning to introduce trucking freight and environmental contracts. He has over 30 years of experience in building and managing businesses, including as co-Founder and co-President of personal genetics company, 23andMe. 


Don Daseke

CEO & Chairman, Daseke, Inc.

Daseke Inc. is the largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation in North America. Daseke’s combined fleet of more than 5,000 tractors and 11,000 flatbed and specialized trailers serves North America’s most respected industrial shippers. The company began trading on the NASDAQ in 2017. Daseke was the Southwest Region winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in April 2018 he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans, joining U.S. presidents Eisenhower, Ford and Reagan and others. 


Shaleen Devgun

Executive Vice President and CIO, Schneider

Devgun leads Schneider’s strategic technology, engineering and business transformation initiatives as a member of the executive team. He joined Schneider in 2009 as Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Solution Delivery and facilitated an intense program to define and implement the use of information-led business insights across the enterprise.

Prior to joining Schneider, Devgun spent 12 years in management consulting roles with DiamondCluster International and Deloitte.


David Dolan

Managing Director, DCS Advisory

DCS Advisory is a leading investment bank with global expertise and reach. Based in Washington, D.C., Dolan is a Managing Director focused on M&A and capital raising for companies in the transportation, supply chain and logistics software sectors. He has experience in the enterprise mobility, fleet management, transportation management solutions, supply chain management and logistics technology sectors. He has completed over 50 debt, equity and M&A transactions totaling more than $5 billion.

Prior to DCS Advisory, Dolan was a Vice President at Updata Advisors and a Senior Associate in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.  


Scott Friesen

Vice President of Strategic Analytics, Echo Global Logistics

Echo Global Logistics (Nasdaq: ECHO) is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Friesen joined Echo in 2016 and leads the analytics function and analytic capability development for the company. He also represents Echo on the Executive Board of the Blockchain in Transportation Alliance and serves as an adviser to an Artificial Intelligence start-up company. Earlier in his career he served as Senior Director of Analytics for the Customer Insights Unit of Best Buy.


Eric Fuller

CEO, U.S. Xpress

Before being named President and CEO, Eric Fuller served for five years as U.S. Xpress’ President and COO, responsible for operations including OTR, dedicated services, customer service and planning. As company founder Max Fuller’s oldest son, he has had the unique opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of U.S. Xpress from the inside out. He is particularly attuned to the day-to-day challenges the employees face, because he has worked in a wide variety of roles across the company for nearly 20 years. Like his father, Fuller is adept at inspiring people to innovate solutions for customers and the company.


Jesse Gastelle

Economist, Transportation Services Division, USDA-AMS

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and has programs in five commodity areas (cotton and tobacco; dairy; fruit and vegetable; livestock and seed; and poultry). The Transportation Services Division (TSD) provides comments to federal transportation regulatory agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board and Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, on behalf of agricultural shippers under authority given the Secretary of USDA. TSD also supports domestic and international agribusinesses through market reports and economic analysis. Gastelle’s expertise is in railroad data and economics.

Grant Goodale

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Convoy

Each year, for every one percent improvement in truck routes and utilization, nearly 400 million gallons of fuel and 100 million hours of time can be saved, as well as three billion miles from being driven. As more truckers and companies shipping freight join the Convoy network, its software creates smarter routes that efficiently batch shipments for the drivers, helping their businesses thrive, saving on transportation costs and curtailing environmental waste. Prior to Convoy, Grant worked at Amazon, founded/served as CEO of Massively Fun, and held senior positions at multiple startups including Reactivity and Context Optional.


Nick Gowen, Sr.

Senior Vice President of Transportation, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

With a career at J. B. Hunt Transport, Inc. that spans nearly 25 years, Gowen has held a number of key positions, and since 2017 has been the Senior Vice President of Transportation, with responsibility for dry brokerage. He spent his first few years in Dedicated Contract Services working on-site with customers in the Southeast, the moved into an engineering role at corporate headquarters. In 2006, he joined Intermodal and served in operational and pricing roles.  Gowen transitioned into brokerage with Integrated Capacity Solutions in 2012, and expanded the field branch footprint, successfully opening of over 30 field offices.


Chris Henry

Program Manager, TCA Profitability Program (TPP), Truckload Carriers Association

TPP is an exclusive business improvement initiative of the Truckload Carriers Association. As a member of the TPP team, Henry's primary roles are development and marketing of the inGauge cloud-based benchmarking service and improving industry data standardization. He is a group facilitator within the Best Practice Group Program, currently managing and facilitating three Best Practice Groups within the Dryvan, Refrigerated and Flatbed market segments.


John Larkin, CFA

Managing Director, Investment Banking, Transportation & Logistics, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Larkin has been with Stifel since 2005 and heads Stifel’s investment banking, transportation and logistics areas. Previously he led Legg Mason’s entry into the transportation markets. At Stifel, he has received recognition from Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and StarMine for his expertise as an analyst.


Shoaib Makani

CEO and Co-Founder, KeepTruckin

KeepTruckin is a leading fleet management platform that builds modern technology products to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry.

Before KeepTruckin, Makani was an early stage investor at Khosla Ventures, where he honed his interest in the efficiencies of online marketplaces and led investments in Instacart, Everlane, HackerRank, and other consumer and enterprise technology companies. Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Shoaib was an early team member at AdMob, helping the company expand into Asia and Latin America before its acquisition by Google. He is an active angel investor and advisor to startups.


Kristi Montgomery

Vice President of Innovation, Research & Development, Kenco Innovation Labs

Montgomery leads a  team at Kenco Innovation Labs who identify, research and prototype creative ideas with the potential to positively impact the supply chain. Collaborating with customers, entrepreneurs and vendors from multiple industries enables Kenco to think “inside” the supply chain box and create unique, customer-driven solutions. As the senior innovation officer, recognizing that no single approach works for every customer, she leads R & D, utilizing design thinking and open innovation to deliver business value for the 200+ customers that Kenco serves in North America.

William O’Donnell

Managing Director, Prologis Ventures

Prologis Ventures is the innovation platform and venture capital arm of Prologis. With over 18 years of experience in real estate and technology, O’Donnell heads this new group’s efforts to invest in cutting-edge technology for supply-chain logistics and real estate. He joined legacy AMB in 2003 and established a successful track record of building and acquiring investment platforms and companies globally.


Garrett Neil Olson

Head, Digital Operations & Partnerships, AP Moeller – Maersk

Focused on improving the customer experience, increasing productivity and growing revenue through digital innovation, Olson joined AP Moeller – Maersk
in 2016 as Strategy & Execution Partner, managing the Digital and Commercial strategic portfolios. In 2017 he was appointed to his current position.

Olson began his career working in London for Zurich Financial Services (2006-2009) and subsequently became Chief of Staff to the CEO General Insurance in Zurich. In late 2011 he became Head of Global Corporate Strategy Latin America, with responsibility for strategy formulation/execution across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. In 2014, Olson became Regional Strategy & Business Development Partner, developing digital strategy and managing investments in artificial intelligence, big data processing and machine learning programs.


Angel Pu

Vice President, Warburg Pincus

 Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $45 billion in private equity assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 165 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Pu joined the Technology, Media & Telecom group of the firm in 2013, and leads investments in supply chain and logistics. Prior to Warburg, she was at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division.


Eric Rempel

Chief Innovation Officer, Redwood Logistics

Joining Redwood in 2004 as its chief technology officer (CTO), Rempel played a key role in the creation of a Redwood flagship product - its proprietary transportation management system (TMS). He led the design of Redwood’s TMS by integrating powerful transportation automation into customer supply chains, based on a web interface that can be accessed with an internet connection. TMS remains an integral part of how Redwood delivers value to its brokerage clients. Rempel became Redwood Logistics’ Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) in 2017, focusing on developing diverse solutions and services for clients.

He founded 3PLogic in 2009, (now Redwood Supply Chain Solutions, or SCS). Focused on integrated enterprise systems, 3PLogic’s technology was the catalyst for RedwoodConnectSM , a supply-chain integration platform. From 2010-2015 Redwood SCS grew exponentially ( by over 8,000%).


Ravi Shanker

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

As an Executive Director, Shanker covers the North American transportation industry. He joined the firm’s global automotive industry research team in 2004 as a research associate before picking up lead coverage of North American Autos in 2009 through 2015. Shanker has been recognized by The Financial Times/StarMine as a top-10 stock picker across Wall Street, top auto stock picker and been named a "Rising Star" by Institutional Investor.

Chris Stallman, CFA

Partner, Fontinalis Partners, LLC

Fontinalis Partners is a $170 million venture capital firm investing in the future of mobility. At Fontinalis, Stallman is responsible for leading and supporting investments across a variety of next-generation mobility segments. He serves on the firm’s investment committee, leading and supporting investments across a variety of next-generation mobility segments on a stage-agnostic basis.


J. Scott Susich

Director of Data Analytics and Advisory Services, DTN, LLC

DTN empowers customers with decision-support solutions in agriculture, energy, commodity and financial analytics, and weather-sensitive industries. DTN is based in Minneapolis with offices globally. Susich was founding partner/Co-President of Energy Management Institute (EMI), which was acquired by DTN in April 2018. He also has worked with energy producers, distributors and retailers, as well as fleet and facility operators in the oil, gas and power industries. Susich has testified in the U.S. Senate on fuel pricing; assisted the IRS in fuel tax evasion investigations; and been an industry authority for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and major broadcast networks.


Jeff Tucker

CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide

Tucker is the third-generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage. He also is the immediate past chairman of the board for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and co-authored TIA’s “Carrier Selection Framework.” He has testified before Congress, and has advised on national highway safety matters at the request of the FMCSA Administrator. Tucker is a member of the National Industrial Transportation League board and chairs its Highway Transportation Committee. His commentaries have appeared in Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and The Wall Street Journal.


Doug Waggoner

Chairman of the Board of Directors/Chief Executive Officer,  Echo Global Logistics

Waggoner became CEO of Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ: ECHO) in 2006 when the company was one year old and had revenues of $35 million. He has built Echo into a publicly traded, nearly $2 billion provider of technology-enabled transportation management.

Before Echo, Waggoner founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight-management software provider, grew revenue and improved efficiency as CEO of USF Bestway and served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at USF Corporation. He also held positions at Daylight Transport (including President/Chief Operating Officer) and YRC Freight (culminating in Vice President of Customer Service).

Waggoner serves on the Board of Directors of SP+ and Daylight Transport. He is on the Northwestern University Business Advisory Committee for the Transportation Center and an advisor to the Center for Supply Chain Management at Marquette University.

Alden Woodrow

Expert, Autonomous Trucking

The co-founder and CEO of a logistics-focused startup, Woodrow has over a decade of experience developing automated technologies for power, aerospace and trucking. He most recently held senior product management roles at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (via Otto, acquired in 2016) and Google’s X lab (via Makani Power, acquired in 2013), and previously was an economic and environmental consultant on projects ranging from climate change policy to dog house manufacturing.

FreightWaves Industry Specialists


Craig Fuller

CEO & Managing Director, FreightWaves / Managing Director, Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA)

Craig Fuller is the CEO and Managing Director of FreightWaves, the largest provider of news, content, data and analytics for the freight and logistics markets. FreightWaves is the #1 trafficked news site in the freight industry globally, and the creator of the SONAR Freight Market Dashboard. The company is also the founder of Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a forum of technology companies, manufacturers, carriers, 3PLs and shippers committed to implementing blockchain technology standards and education for the freight 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 has been deep in the freight industry, having founded and managed the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America, the Xpress Direct division of U.S. Xpress Enterprises.


George Abernathy

Chief Revenue Officer, FreightWaves

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,, Sabre, Transflo and North American Van Lines.



Ibrahiim Bayaan

Chief Economist, FreightWaves

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.



Fergus Caldicott

Chief Operating Officer, FreightWaves

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, FreightWaves

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, FreightWaves

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.


Kirk Purcell

VP of Predictive Analytics

In FreightWaves’ SONAR platform, Purcell works with clients across the freight market to help them utilize SONAR and the data it generates for predictive and actionable outcomes. He coordinates internal efforts between FreightWaves’ data science, product and editorial teams to deepen the company’s engagement with existing and prospective clients. In addition, Purcell helps clients build predictive decision-making tools aligned with internal workflow processes.

Prior to joining FreightWaves, he redefined the data infrastructure and established a strong business intelligence capability in a mid-sized third-party logistics (3PL) company and spent 12 years with a global oil exploration company in various roles that included corporate strategy, financial modeling for capital decisions, project management and logistics asset management.


Daniel Pickett, CFA

Chief Data Strategist, FreightWaves

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.


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.