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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.

Grant Goodale

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Convoy

Each year, for every 1 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 3 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.


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.


Kristi Montgomery

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

With 28 years of logistics and supply chain experience, 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.


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. Prior to DTN, Susich was founding partner/Co-President of Energy Management Institute (EMI), which was acquired by DTN in April 2018. EMI provided education, consulting and business information services to the energy industry. 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.

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, he 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.



Mikal Boe

Managing Editor, FreightWaves Maritime

Based in Singapore, a key maritime hub, Boe heads FreightWaves’ maritime market involvement, particularly in container, dry bulk and tanker sectors. Global maritime trade in energy, foodstuffs and consumer goods is a key target for FreightWaves services. Boe also leads the expansion of SONAR into maritime data and supports SONAR with economic analysis, sector news and customer events. Prior to FreightWaves, Boe spent 26 years in maritime shipping and commodities,  working with vessels, cargoes, derivatives, technology and economics. Previously Head of Asia for IMAREX and Chief Risk Officer with Eagle Bulk Shipping and Thoresen Thai Agencies, Boe brings experience and expertise both as a shipping executive and market analyst. He is credited with the formation of and the Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) in Singapore.


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.


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.