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FreightWaves Research Institute announces voting panel for Freight.Tech 25 awards

The FreightWaves Research Institute has announced the list of 55 voters who will be choosing the inaugural winners of the Freight.Tech 25 awards, to be announced at FreightWaves’ MarketWaves18 conference, being held Nov. 12-13, 2018, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

To register for MarketWaves18, visit

“Taking the opportunity to vote is the best way to show value in the hard work being done to change and improve all aspects of the freight industry by these leaders,” says Lori Heino-Royer, director of business innovation for Daimler, and one of the esteemed panel of voters.

The Freight.Tech 25 winners will be chosen from the Freight.Tech 100, which was recently announced. Freight.Tech 100 was chosen by an initial panel of 9 voters from more than 500 nominations. It honors the most innovative companies in the freight business today.

Accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) will handle the next stage of voting for the Freight.Tech 25. The voters, a who’s who of freight, include top executives and company founders, venture capitalists, sales and marketing executives, digital leaders, deans and directors of some of the top leading supply chain and transportation schools in the country, chief innovation officers, and chief technology officers. Participating voters were chosen to represent a broad array of perspectives from across industry to include not only C-suite, investor and academic representatives, but also those who represent small, mid-sized and large companies as well as start-ups and established businesses.

Voters get the opportunity to learn more about these companies and their technologies, something Eric Rempel, CIO of Redwood Logistics, says benefits everyone.

“Redwood is super excited to participate in the Freight.Tech 100 because it provides an inside view to promising technologies that cross the competitive divide,” he says. “As a voter, we get this unique opportunity to learn more about the most innovative offerings, and then potentially work with these companies to bring their services and technologies to our customer base.”

Among the voters is Jake Medwell, a founding partner of venture capital investment firm 8VC. Medwell points out how the Freight.Tech 100 opens eyes to how much innovation is really taking place in transportation.

“The logistics and supply chain industry is so vast and complex that it allows for highly-focused companies working on a single element of the supply chain to create billions in enterprise value,” Medwell says. “It’s been incredible to see all of the entrepreneurial activity in the space, and I continue to be impressed by how many companies are working to optimize these unique and important verticals of the market.”

Each voter will review the companies in the Freight.Tech 100 and rank their top 25. KSM will audit the results, assigning a point value for each company based on a sliding scale (first place receives 25 points, second place 24, and so on). The Freight.Tech 25 will be revealed at MarketWaves18.

Special recognition will take place for the top 5 companies.

“I’m honored to be a voter and to help evaluate some of the leading innovators and thought leaders in the industry,” William Dreigert, director of Uber Freight, remarks.

FreightWaves and KSM were not eligible for the competition.

The FreightWaves Research Institute focuses on surveys, research, awards and training & education.

More information on each of the 55 voters can be found here:

The Freight.Tech 25 voters are:

Voter, Company, Title

 Jake Medwell, 8VC, Founding Partner

Matt Pyatt, Arrive, CEO

Chris Hines, Atipical Holdings, Founder

Nancee Ronning, BNSF Logistics, Chief Commercial officer

Chad Boblett, Boblett Brothers, Owner

Craig Dickman, Breakthrough Fuel, Chairman & Founder

Chris Ripani, Bridgestone, SVP, Fleet Management Solutions

Jared Flinn, Bulkloads, Partner

Geoff Turner, Choptank, President/CEO

Ryan Rogers, Covenant Transport, Chief Transformation Officer

Amy Boerger, Cummins, VP Engine Business

Lori Heino-Royer, Daimler, Director Business Innovation

Tobias Waldeck, Daimler Truck Financial, VP Sales & Marketing

Greg Hirsch, Daseke Companies, SVP Product Management

Greg Callegari, Edge Logistics, Chairman & Co Founder

Mark Walker, Eka Solutions, President

Jason Beardall, England Logistics, President

Sandeep Kar, Fleet Complete, Chief Strategy Officer

Chris Stallman, Fontanalis, Partner

Matt Elenjickal, FourKites, CEO

Craig Fuller, FreightWaves, CEO and Managing Director

Bob Farrell, Globaltranz, CEO

John Anderson, Greenbrier Equity Group, Partner

Chris Henry, InGauge, President

Shelley Simpson, JB Hunt, EVP & CCO

Shoaib Makani, Keeptruckin’, Founder & CEO

Susan Fall, LaunchIt PR, Owner

Robert Nathan, Load Delivered, CEO

Garrett Neil Olson, Maersk, Digital Operations Lead

Tom McLeod, McLeod, President

Andrew Silver, MoLo, CEO

Mauricio Paredes, P&S Freight, CTO

John Langley, Penn State, Supply Chain Professor

Andy Moses, Penske, SVP Product Management

Jake Fields, Platform Science, CTO

Ty Findley, Pritzker Group, Senior Associate

Jett McCandles, Project 44, CEO

Eric Rempel, Redwood Logistics, CIO

Brian Aoeh, Refashiond, Partner

Chad Eichelberger, Reliance Partners, President

Henry Popplewell, SkyBitz, CEO

Glynn Spankenburg, Spankenburg Partners, Partner

John Larkin, Stifel Investment Banking, Managing Director – Transportation and Logistics

Dakota Semler, Thor, CEO & Co-Founder

Frank Adelman, TransFlo, President & CEO

Tom Sanderson, Transplace, Executive Chairman

Mark Botticelli, Trimble, CTO Transportation

Jordan Graft, TriumphPay, EVP Payments

Paris Cole,, CEO

Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide, CEO

Bill Dreigert, Uber Freight, Director

Shay Scott, Univ of Tennessee, Exec Dir, Supply Chain, Haslam School of Business

Adriene Bailey, University of Denver, Transportation Institute, Executive Director – Program Development & Curriculum

Kingshuk Sinha  University of Minnesota Chairman Department of Supply Chain

Max Fuller, USX, Chairman

Angel Pu, Warburg Pincus, Vice President 

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