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 https://www.freightwaves.com/marketwaves18/.
“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.
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More information on each of the 55 voters can be found here: https://www.freightwaves.com/research-institute-awards
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, Triumph, EVP Payments
Paris Cole, Truckstop.com, 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