Patrick Duffy named President of BiTA

Patrick Duffy was named the President of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA),  effective May 3, 2019.

BiTA is holding its 2019 Spring Symposium today (May 9) in Atlanta.

In a letter to the BiTA Board of Directors, Duffy stated that “BiTA, and particularly the Standards Council Board, represents the most innovative companies operating within the supply chain industry. I’m committed to seeing BiTA enable valuable commercial outcomes for its members through the development and publication of open-source and royalty free data standards.”

Duffy continued, “Since its inception, BiTA and its members, have undertaken the audacious task of defining the data standards to govern technology which enables the flow of goods and services powering the world’s economy.”  

Duffy deeply believes that the world is a supply chain, and that data standards run civilizations. He joined the BiTA team from the trade publication American Shipper and its sister data company, ComPair Data, where he was Research Director and Senior Consultant, respectively.

“I’m so excited to collaborate with our amazing member community to catalyze the digitization of legacy analog processes and accelerate the development and adoption of data standards for supply chain and transportation industries,” Duffy said.

Duffy was quick to recognize that BiTA has been a collaborative effort among many individuals. Duffy wanted to recognize the founder and visionary CEO of FreightWaves, Craig Fuller, and Ken Craig, Vice President of Special Projects for McLeod Software, who launched BiTA in 2017; Arlen Stark, the BiTA Chief of Staff, for taking the idea of BiTA and running with it; Chris Burruss, the first BiTA Standards Council President, for laying the groundwork for the acceleration of standards development processes; and Dale Chrystie, the first Chairman of the BiTA Standards Council Board, for his willingness to strategize and take BiTA to the next level; and BiTA’s members, who make all of this possible.

“Without their vision and leadership, we could not be embarking on this next phase of BiTA’s journey to redefine interoperability across supply chain and transportation technologies, setting the stage to unlock tremendous value globally,” Duffy concluded.

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Maria Baker, Staff Writer

Maria is a staff writer who has covered everything from the environment to sign-on bonuses and women in the industry. She is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she majored in English literature and minored in environmental studies. Maria loves writing about freight almost as much as she loves Emily Dickinson and the self-imposed challenge of finding the best iced mocha in Chattanooga.


  1. Wouldn’t it be normal to give a little history at the bottom of the article who Patrick Duffy is, and what are his credentials?

  2. Funny, I worked with Patrick Duffy when he was “Research Director” at American Shipper and he directed zero research projects. He lost the company a lot of money and then quit abruptly when he got too caught up in his web of lies and excuses. Maybe BiTA needs to take a deeper look into his history.

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