Speakers

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Tim Almack

Partner, Katz Sapper & Miller

Tim Almack is a partner in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit & Assurance Services Group. As the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Transportation Services Group, Tim works with clients to ensure accurate financial and tax reporting, analyze and improve key performance indicators, and utilize resources to assist clients in increasing profitability, and thus the value of their companies. Tim is very involved with many state trucking associations, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), FreightWaves, and other industry organizations that promote general transportation knowledge and best practices. Additionally, he is a board member for KSM Transport Advisors, LLC. 

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Sergey Bort

VP of Marketing & Strategic Business Development, GP Transco

Sergey is the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Business Development at GP Transco, an asset-based carrier in Joliet, IL. Sergey received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology from North Central College. After spending 7 years managing marketing in architecture, software, and engineering, he joined GP Transco in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing, developing, and executing all marketing and PR activities at GP Transco, as well as building and executing the company vision for the future.

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Greg Brown

Chairman/CEO, BR Williams

Brown is the Chairman/CEO at BR Williams based in Oxford, Alabama. Brown received a bachelor's degree in account and mathematics from Jacksonville State University and the Alabama Bar Certification from Birmingham School of Law. He was awarded the Rocque Dameo Award for his service as an ATA State Vice President in 2016. 

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Cedric Daniels

Electric Transportation Manager, Alabama Power Company

Cedric Daniels is the Electric Transportation Manager for Alabama Power Company a Southern Company. During his 41 years with Southern Company, Cedric worked in power generation, human resources, external affairs, customer services, and marketing. Since 1999, he has managed ways customers receive economy, efficiency, and environmental benefits using electricity as their transportation (On-Road - Cars, Trucks, Buses and Off-Road - Warehouse/Distribution, Mining, Seaport/Marine, Aviation, Railways) fuel. Cedric has served as an advisor or officer or board member of Electric Power Research Institute's Electric Transportation Program, Alabama Clean Cities, CalStart, Plug-In America, and Edison Electric Institute, contributing to the implementation of Electric Transportation developments. 

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Matt Duncan

Vice President of Driver Recruiting, Covenant Logistics

Matt Duncan is the Vice President of Driver Recruiting for Covenant Logistics. With nearly 10 years of experience within the transportation industry, Matt began as an Account Manager for Landair within a year, became the Director of Maintenance. After 4 years, he became the Senior Director of Recruiting before moving to Covenant. Before shifting to the transportation industry, Matt worked as a Contract Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds three degrees from the University of Tennesse: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Sport Management, and an MBA in Marketing.

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Darren Epps

Senior Director, Advanced Vehicle Technology, Ryder

Darren Epps was named Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology in March 2021. Previous positions include being  electric transportation manager at Atlanta-based Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. Epps holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Ryder specializes in fleet management, supply chain management, and dedicated transportation management. It also offers full-service leasing, rental and maintenance, used vehicle sales, transportation management, professional drivers, e-commerce fulfillment, and last-mile delivery services.

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Greg Feary

President/Managing Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary

Greg Feary is president and managing partner of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, a law firm serving the transportation industry throughout the United States. Feary focuses on independent contractor issues and legislation, as well as transportation insurance and corporate structure designs to reduce exposure to the firm’s transportation clientele. He audits his clients’ independent contractor programs and provides legislative support for many organizations and clients. Feary drafted Indiana's law deeming owner-operators of trucks to be independent contractors for purposes of workers' compensation and is the author of both Independent Contractor Employment Classification: A Survey of State and Federal Laws in the Motor Carrier Industry, 35 Trans. Law J. 139 (2008) and 1995 Developments in Workers' Compensation, 29 Ind. L. Rev. 1139 (1996). He also authored The Definitive Industry Primer on Occupational Accident Insurance in Trucking. After serving as the American Trucking Associations’ national transportation insurance law counsel throughout the 1990s, Feary now serves as the vice-chair of the ATA/NAFC Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Committee and as chairman of the Lawyer’s Subcommittee for the ATA Insurance Task Force.

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Chris Haney

Director of H.S.S.E. & HR, Payne Trucking

Chris has over 21 years of experience in Hazardous Material Transportation Safety & Operations Management. Compliment this with a 13-year Senior Management career in the High-Profile Luxury Resort Industry and he brings to the team over 30-years of diversified Management experience. Both Chris and his wife, Deborah, spent time as drivers early in their careers acquiring knowledge and experience as Owner Operators and eventually becoming Small Fleet Owners. Chris received his Director of Safety Certification from the North American Transportation Management Institute and the University of Central Florida. He has been recognized by the industry in several publications for innovative approaches to Safety & Training.

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Cornelius Jones

Regional Technical Expert-Transportation, Shell

Cornelius Jones, Regional Technical Expert-Transportation for Shell, has 24 years’ of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry (16 years in Lubricants and 8 years in Upstream Production) in a variety of positions. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of South Alabama and an MBA from LeTourneau University.

In Cornelius’ career (US, UAE, Sweden and Africa), he has held the following positions:

  • Americas Quality Manager
  • Distributors’ Business Consultant
  • Distributors’ Marketing Manager
  • Commercial Vehicle Lubricants Territory Sales Manager
  • North America Transport Technical Manager
  • Projects Quality Engineering Surveillance Manager
  • Projects Quality Advisor
  • Construction Lead
  • Construction Advisor

His expertise is focused in quality integrity and lubrication, which is enhanced by his unique ability to leverage his interpersonal skills with his technical skillset. This includes having a genuine passion for people, understanding the impact of people’s differences, and holding a desire to motivate others to expand their talents and push boundaries.

Additionally, Cornelius has a broad range of industry certifications and is invested in a number of industry associations.

Certifications:

  • CAT engine technology training
  • Certified Lubrication Specialist (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers)
  • Certified QA/QC Lead auditor under IRCA per ISO 9001:2008
  • Dresser/Waukesha engine technology training
  • Faulk gear maintenance training
  • SKF bearing maintenance training
  • Cummins EPA 2010-2017 ISX15/X15 engine technology training

Associations/Affiliations:

  • AQS Management Systems, Inc.
  • National Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
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Michael Lasko

Manager of Safety & Quality, Boyle Transportation

Mike Lasko has been working in transportation for over 19 years. He began his career as a professional driver before moving into operations and safety management. Michael joined Boyle Transportation in 2015. He is a certified Smith System Advanced Driving Concepts instructor, DOT trained and certified hazardous materials instructor and is also certified ISO 9001:2015 internal auditor. In 2018, Michael was the winner of the Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine Safety and Compliance Award. Prior to joining Boyle, he was the Safety Manager for New Penn Motor Express and had previously worked for Panera Bread as the northeast Distribution Manager and the Chairman of Panera Bread's Transportation Safety Committee. Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bristol College and attended Bryant University. 

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Rachel Lovell

Vice President of People Operations, Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Rachel Lovell is the Vice President of People Operations at Milan Supply Chain Solutions. She is an experienced Fleet, Recruiting and HR Manager. Driven by hard work and determination, Rachel takes pride in providing the best experience possible for Milan Drivers, Employees and Contractors. As the Vice President of People Operations, her goals include to strengthen driver/operations relationships and creating a great experience for new drivers during the onboarding process. Rachel is married and a mother to 3 children and 2 dogs. She enjoys Fishing, Alabama Football, and St Louis Cardinals Baseball.

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Mike McDonald

Director of Maintenance, Benore Logistics Systems

Mike McDonald has over 30 years of experience in truck fleet maintenance operations and efficiency improvement. He began his career as a truck technician after trade school, earning a degree in Diesel Truck Technology and Service Management, and became an ASE Certified Master Auto and Master HD Truck Technician. After moving into management, he consulted for several years in fleet maintenance, safety, and technology/systems development and implementation. He has been an active member of TMC since 2005, spending most of his time in the S2 (Tire and Wheel) study group, and has led and contributed to several RP's around tire spec'ing and management. He was awarded CCJ Innovator of the Month in August of 2008 for the development and implementation of a safety management system. Mike is currently the Director of Maintenance for Benore Logistics Systems in Greer SC, where he resides with Ellyn, his wife of 34 years, and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and working on his yard and antique tractors.

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Rob Moseley

Founding Partner, Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Rob's entire practice has been focused on the transportation and logistics industry. He has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdict in federal and state courts and has decades of experience representing trucking companies, brokers, logistics companies and their insurance carriers in disputes involving: commercial transportation accidents, federal and state safety regulations, freight claims, and insurance coverage disputes. For several insurance companies and regional and national motor carriers, Rob serves as national counsel managing active litigation in 20 to 30 states at any given time.

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Rachel Moses

Director of Commercial Services, Business Development & Green Cities, Electrify America

Rachel Moses is director of commercial services, business development & green cities at Electrify America. Prior to joining Electrify America, Rachel served as manager and director of Infrastructure solutions for Greenlots from July 2013 to February 2017. Greenlots, a U.S.-based leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management software and solutions, was acquired by Shell New Energies US LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc., in 2019. Rachel holds a bachelors degree in international relations and international business from the University of New South Wales.

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Eric Nelson

Vice President of Safety & Recruiting, Smith Transport

Eric Nelson has over 20 years of executive experience in the transportation industry, including executive roles in safety, risk management and recruiting. Eric has been award the Safety Professional of the Year award by the Arkansas Trucking Association, Smart Drive Safety Ambassador of the Year and countless other honors. In his current role, Eric serves as Vice President of Safety for Smith Transport, Inc.

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Mauricio Paredes

VP of Business Technology, P&S Transportation

Mauricio, 'Mo', Paredes and his team empower P&S with technology, systems and processes to win and serve our drivers, employees and customers. Mo joined P&S in 2012, bringing applicable experience from a wide range of industries. He enjoys spending as much time with his family and friends. He received a Bachelors in Telecommunications from Kean University, a Masters of Business and Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology and various Technology Certifications.

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Mike Roeth

Executive Director, North America Council for Freight Efficiency

Mike Roeth has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 35 years. He is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and is the trucking lead for RMI, a non-profit organization that works to transform global energy systems across the economy. Roeth specializes in brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale. He was awarded the prestigious 2020 L. Ray Buckendale Lecturer and manuscript author. Roeth served on the second National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Committee on Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles is a Department of Energy Merit Reviewer and past Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association. He understands the customers, operations, and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability and quality, sales, materials, and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins. Roeth has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

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Leah Shaver

President & CEO, National Transportation Institute

Leah Shaver is the President & Chief Executive Officer at The National Transportation Institute (NTI), the trucking industry subject matter experts on professional driver wages, best practices and programs and in 2019 joined the lineup of Talk Radio Hosts on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio.

Recognized as a Top Woman to Watch in Transportation, Leah is a subject matter expert on driver compensation and strategies addressing driver recruiting, retention, and development of the driver candidate pool.  

In addition to owning and operating NTI and contributing on-air at SiriusXM, Leah serves on the Board of Directors of The Next Generation in Trucking Association, as an officer on the Board of Directors of the Women In Trucking Association, on a variety of advisory boards, and volunteers as a licensed foster care provider and advocate.

 
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Eric Starks

Chairman & CEO, FTR Transportation Intelligence

Eric is Chairman & CEO of FTR, the industry leader in freight transportation forecasting. Eric has spent his entire career in the freight transportation sector and is a leading researcher in freight modal share analysis and forecasting. His background includes research in both rail and truck freight movements and asset equipment purchases. He is currently one of the premier industry forecasters on transportation equipment demand for rail cars, commercial trucks and trailers.

Eric is a frequent speaker at Wall Street analyst meetings, association events, and private meetings. He has a unique ability to communicate to his audiences how the economy, logistics, freight, and equipment demand impacts their respective business. He is an active member of the transportation community, former board member for NITL, and was instrumental in the creation of the Indiana University Transportation Board.

Eric holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University and is married and resides in Bloomington, Ind. with his wife Shannon and four children (all boys) who keep them busy. As an avid athlete, he enjoys participating in endurance sporting events that include swimming, biking and running. His most recent pursuit was a 1/2 Ironman triathlon.

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John Thomas

SVP of Sustainability and Alternative Energy, TravelCenters of America

John D. Thomas has over 30 years of experience in product engineering, operations and executive leadership, having most recently served as Vice President, Operations at Toyoda Gosei, a leading global manufacturer of automotive components, safety systems and LEDs. Prior to that, he founded and served as Lead Consultant for the Emerging Technologies Group within ET Consultants focused on global cleantech projects. Mr. Thomas also previously served as CEO of the electric vehicle startup, Helix Motors, Inc., and as a Board Advisor to the Global Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. In addition, he founded and led ALTe Powertrain Technologies, Inc. as CEO, and served as VP of Operations for Detroit Chassis LLC, a Ford JV. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Thomas served as Senior Program Director & General Manager at Tesla Motors, most notably leading the team that created and engineered the Tesla Model S automobile and the initial factory to build the vehicle. In 2012, he was included on the esteemed Ernst & Young EV100 list, which comprises individuals who are increasing demand, influencing policy, and driving mass roll-out, thereby helping to make electric vehicles more rapidly affordable for everyone. Mr. Thomas began his career in Detroit, holding roles at Collins & Aikman, GKN Automotive, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. He earned an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, and two Bachelor’s Degrees from Lawrence Technological University in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.

 
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Jim Ward

President of D.M. Bowman, Inc, and current chairman of the Truckload Carriers Assocation

Jim Ward is president of D.M. Bowman, a 382-truck fleet based in Williamsport, Md. Under his direction, the company has transitioned from truckload carrier to a full-service transportation company, offering its customers dedicated fleet services, short haul, linehaul, brokerage, logistics and warehousing for dry van, flatbed, bulk and specialty services. Ward is the 2021-2022 chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association. In addition, he serves on TCA’s Board of Directors, Financial Oversight Committee, Highway Policy Committee, Regulatory Policy Committee and Recruitment & Retention Human Resources Committee. Ward has been in the transportation industry for 43 years. He started his career with the Western Maryland Railroad prior to joining D.M. Bowman in 1986, and also served as managing director of the Transportation Industry Division for Willis of Nashville.

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Keith Wilson

President & CEO of Titan Freight Systems, Inc.

A second-generation TITAN, Keith Wilson may have called TITAN home for the past 25 years but it has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Keith graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. Post-graduation his first five years were spent working for NBC’s prime-time sales in NYC and traveling and working around the world. Returning to his home in Oregon, he began working alongside his father at TITAN. Using his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland and the support of his entire team, he has transformed TITAN into one of the most modern, safe, and technologically advanced carriers in the nation.

 
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Shawn Yadon

CEO, California Trucking Association

Since 2014, Shawn Yadon has been the CEO of the California Trucking Association – the largest statewide trucking industry association in the United States. He previously held positions in government and corporate affairs at Copart, a leader in online car auctions, and a premier destination for the resale and remarketing of vehicles. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Trucking Proud, Inc., and is a member of the research advisory committee for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). He is a graduate of California State University-Sacramento, where he earned a bachelor's in business administration.