Surround yourself with industry experts and discover what it means to lead the supply chain. Hear from the supply chain leaders of today who are driving tomorrow's success. SMC³ takes pride in securing the industry's finest presenters to probe the innovations, challenges and latest technology shaping today's transportation climate.
Legendary Football Coach, Analyst | ESPN
Legendary coach Lou Holtz appears on ESPNEWS, ESPN College GameDay programs, SportsCenter as well as serving as an on-site analyst for college football games. During his 26 year tenure as a head football coach, he amassed a 243-127-7 career record. Each year brought new teams with different players but always the same result – success. The recent College Football Hall of Fame inductee will share his strategies for elevating the standard of excellence through maximized opportunities and minimized obstacles – the "game plan" for success.
Manager, Customer Relations Unit | Panama Canal Authority
Since 2002, Marianela Dengo has served as manager of the customer relations unit of the Panama Canal Authority. Prior to her current position, she led the ACP's marketing division specialized services segment, responsible for market and economic research, competitive intelligence, and customer relations. Dengo has worked with the Canal organization since 1991, holding several managerial positions in various divisions of the agency. Prior to her Canal career, she held marketing positions in Kodak Corporation – Panama Branch and Xerox of Panamá.
Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
John Bagileo has practiced transportation law for 40+ years, representing the interests of carriers, shippers and transportation intermediaries in regulatory matters. He has represented clients before state courts, federal district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before federal and state transportation regulatory agencies. An expert in transportation law, Bagileo has authored transportation articles and is a frequent presenter for shipper and carrier associations and the Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.
Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Joseph Bonney is senior editor at The Journal of Commerce (JOC), based in Newark, N.J. He has held a variety of positions with the JOC, including managing editor, editor-in-chief, reporter and columnist. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper magazine, a newsman with the Associated Press and a reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. He is co-author of "The Box That Changed The World", a history of containerized shipping published in 2006.
Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
William Cassidy is senior editor for trucking at The Journal of Commerce – the logistics and transportation online news service and biweekly magazine founded in 1827. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor and associate editor. Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He has also covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress and federal agencies.
VP | Yusen Logistics
Jordan Dewart is a 16-year veteran of Yusen Logistics Mexico, where he currently serves as vice president. Dewart has worked in the NAFTA marketplace since 1995, and his expertise includes international logistics and supply chain (specifically air and ocean forwarding); intermodal and truck transportation; and customs brokerage and warehousing.
Senior Director of Logistics | DICK'S Sporting Goods
Joshua Dolan, senior director of logistics for DICK'S Sporting Goods, is responsible for the successful sourcing, integration and execution of all transportation modes–both domestic and international–including U.S. Customs compliance for internationally sourced products. Prior to joining DICK'S sporting goods, Dolan held leadership positions with Pep Boys Auto, IKEA, Reebok and UPS Supply Chain Solutions (formerly Fritz Companies).
|Paul J. Dugent
Vice President, Pricing | Estes Express Lines
With 40 years of multimodal experience with companies in the industry, Paul Dugent currently serves as vice president pricing for Estes Express Lines, where he is responsible for yield management. Dugent is a frequent speaker at SMC³ and other professional organizations' events on the topic of LTL pricing, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and represents the state of Virginia on NMFTA's classification resource committee. Dugent serves on SMC³'s education advisory committee, representing the carrier perspective.
|Mercedes Hernandez Garner
Acting Manager/Head of Section | KIA Motors
Mercedes Hernandez Garner is acting manager/head of section at KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), their first manufacturing site in North America. Garner is tasked with managing the logistics and customs compliance section of the purchasing department and is responsible for the import and export regulatory compliance for KMMG. Her 24 year career includes 13 years with the Port Everglades Department of Broward County in the foreign trade zone and five years managing imports from Asia and exports to the Caribbean and Latin America for Toyota Tsusho America. Garner also served as the company's liaison for government relations to the Caribbean and Latin America.
Founding Partner | Purdue Partners, LLC
Heidi Green–a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC—is an experienced economic development professional working with companies and governments around the world to implement growth strategies. With the 2012 acquisition of Benton Express, Inc., Green took an active role in the sales and marketing operations of the $50 million trucking company. Her career has also included roles as deputy commissioner of global commerce and commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and director of intergovernmental affairs for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
VP, Product Strategy & Software Alliances | SMC³
Brad Gregory is vice president of product strategy and software alliances at SMC³ and is responsible for driving the company's product strategy and developing partnerships with supply chain technology providers. He also works with select shipper, carrier and third-party accounts. With 25+ years of experience in supply chain and LTL transportation, Gregory is a regular speaker at industry meetings, educating the participants in LTL operations, costing and rating practices.
|Benjamin J. Hartford
Senior Equity Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Co.
Benjamin J. Hartford, CFA, has covered the transportation industry since 2005 and is the senior equity research analyst covering the transportation and logistics sector at Robert W. Baird. Hartford and his team have been recognized by the Financial Times as the No. 2 earnings estimator (road and rail) and the No. 3 earnings estimator (air freight and logistics). Hartford regularly presents his research to public and private companies' strategic advisory boards and has been featured on national media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg Television and Radio.
VP, Intermodal & Automotive Marketing | Norfolk Southern Corp.
Jeff Heller, vice president of intermodal and automotive marketing at Norfolk Southern Corporation, is responsible for six business divisions and subsidiary companies, including domestic and international intermodal, triple crown services and automotive and supply chain. Since beginning his career in 1980, Heller has held various sales and marketing management positions in container shipping and intermodal, both in the United States and abroad. Before joining Norfolk Southern's International Intermodal group in 1994, he was based in Rotterdam for TFL/P&O Containers where he was responsible for European/U.S. conference and pricing affairs.
President | Sea Star Line, LLC
Peter Keller, president of Sea Star Line, LLC, has extensive experience in port and terminal development, liner industry activities, labor relations, intermodal operations and supply chain economics and strategies. Keller previously served as EVP and COO of NYK Group Americas, Inc. where he oversaw policy matters for all NYK Group operating companies in North America, including NYK Line, NYK Logistics, Yusen Terminals and Ceres Terminals. In partnership with Target stores and TTSI, he also co-founded the Coalition for Responsible Transportation ( CRT), an industry-wide organization committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.
CTO & VP of Product Development & IT Services | SMC³
In his role as chief technology officer and vice president of product development and IT services, David Knight works closely with the SMC³ product strategy team to manage software development for all SMC³ products and deliver products to market. Knight brings extensive expertise in managing and developing transportation and supply chain software applications and customer implementations to his role. In previous roles, he worked for IBM as a technology consultant and with MercuryGate as vice president of IT development.
President | Drug Transport Inc.
As president of Drug Transport Inc. (DTI) since 199, Rick Lockwood solves the distribution challenges of the healthcare industry by providing creative and personalized solutions to any logistics challenge. DTI delivers critical shipments to hospitals, nursing homes and clinics throughout the south. DTI is the only company in the southeast to have been awarded the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Transportation Quality Partnership Award three years consecutively.
|Kenneth M. Manning
President | Transportation Costing Group, Inc.
Ken Manning is president of the Transportation Costing Group (TCG), which was founded in 1982 and has become the premier supplier of activity-based costing software to the trucking industry. He began his career at Ford Motor Company, American Trucking Associations and Middle Atlantic Conference, where he served as director of economics and cost analysis. Manning is active on several boards, including the National Finance and Accounting Council of The American Trucking Associations and the commercial division of TechAmerica. He is also an active member of the Truckload Carriers Association and the LTL and Distribution Carriers Association.
|Karl B. Manrodt
Professor | Georgia Southern University
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D.–professor of marketing and logistics at Georgia Southern University and director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation—has worked closely with consulting firms, associations, carriers, software providers and shippers for almost 20 years. He was the first executive director in the office of corporate partnerships at the University of Tennessee, supporting strategic business and industry partnerships. A former CSCMP board member, he is currently an editorial advisor for leading journals and recently authored "Vested Outsourcing," "The Vested Way: How a "What's in it for We" Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships" and "Vested: How P&G, McDonald's, and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships."
President & CEO | McLeod Software
Tom McLeod is president and chief executive officer of McLeod Software, which he founded in 1985. He has long been active in the American Trucking Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, and the Alabama Trucking Association, where he has held leadership positions. McLeod is a thought leader in the transportation industry, specifically on the use of information technology to support trucking and freight brokerage operations.
Chairman, Transportation Practice Group | Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
Rob Moseley concentrates in civil litigation and is the chairman of the transportation practice group of Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP. He represents the parties to transportation contracts, including shippers, trucking companies, brokers, forwarders and other logistics providers. Moseley also represents trucking companies and their insurance carriers in disputes involving commercial transportation accidents, commercial insurance coverage disputes, freight claims and other disputes involving trucking and logistics companies. He is a board member of the South Carolina Trucking Association, a member of the safety and loss prevention management council of the American Trucking Association and a member of both the National Truck & Heavy Equipment Claims Council and the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.
Vice President, Carrier Procurement | Unyson Logistics (A Hub Group Company)
Art Nourot is vice president of carrier procurement for Unyson Logistics and directs the design and development of the company's strategic carrier networks. Nourot is focused on optimizing carrier service, cost and capacity for the benefit of clients by facilitating growth and development. Since joining Hub Group, Inc. in 1998, he has held several key leadership roles, including operations director for Unyson's western region and director of highway services for Hub Group's Golden Gate operations. Nourot serves on SMC³'s education advisory committee, representing the 3PL perspective.
President | New Century Transportation
Mark Olszewski joined New Century Transportation as president in February 2013, bringing a unique portfolio of leadership skills and experience directing full-scale transportation operations. Throughout his career, Olszewski has managed many diverse cultures, consistently improving productivity, claims, safety, service and revenue growth. He currently oversees New Century's management and operations, in addition to the design and implementation of revenue growth strategies.
VP, Pricing | Old Dominion Freight Line
Todd Polen is vice president of pricing for Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) and manages the company's pricing and yield management. He began his career in ODFL's rate and audit departments, where he was responsible for agent audit/payouts and spot quotes, and subsequently served as national account pricing coordinator and manager and director of the costing department and weighing and inspection. A prior member of board of directors at the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), Polen still serves NMFTA as a member representing ODFL.
Partner | Surface Intermodal Solutions
Ted Prince–a partner at Surface Intermodal Solutions–brings consulting expertise ranging from intermodal strategy, new product development and supply chain improvement to e-commerce applications and acquisition support. He was formerly principal consultant with T. Prince & Associates, LLC; president of Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC; vice president of intermodal and international for Kansas City Southern; and chief operating officer of "K" Line America's North American trades. Prince is frequent lecturer and has published 300+ articles and columns, including his monthly column, "Moving Right Along," in The Journal of Commerce.
|Don Ratajczak PhD
Consulting Economist | Georgia State University
Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and consulting economist for leading businesses and governmental agencies. Ratajczak is one of the world's most celebrated economists and a primary source of economic forecasting information. His analyses of business cycles, international trade, economic forecasting and Federal Reserve policy are featured regularly on CNN, CNBC and in major print media. Hailed the nation's "top economic guru" by BusinessWeek magazine, Ratajczak is a recipient of the prestigious Blue Chip award for forecasting accuracy.
Managing Director | Transplace Mexico
Troy Ryley–managing director for Transplace Mexico–is based in Laredo, Texas and works with Transplace offices throughout Mexico. Ryley has extensive operations, logistics and business development experience in countries and regions including Taiwan, Mexico, Central and South America, England and East Africa. His most-recent work has been in Mexico and Latin America with firms including Distribution Services Ltd. (now DAMCO), Expeditors International and TNT Express Worldwide.
Group Manager, Transportation | The Clorox Company
Jeff Shoemaker is group manager of transportation at The Clorox Company, a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. A proven leader with over 26 years of consumer packaged goods supply chain and business experience, Shoemaker has held a broad range of roles across the supply chain–from plant engineering and operations to product commercialization and supply chain strategy, design, planning and distribution.
EVP | Transportation Costing Group, Inc.
Bill Shults is the executive vice president of Transportation Costing Group (TCG), Inc., and has worked in transportation cost analysis for over 30 years, playing a large part in TCG's successful development and implementation of cost information systems for motor freight carriers.
SMC³ Education Advisory Committee
Greg Smith is a member of the SMC³ Education Advisory Committee. A former executive for freight and logistics at IBM Corporation and a partner with research and consulting firm The Colography Group, Smith has also held positions at Qantas Airways, where he was global head of cargo, and Flying Tigers, serving in sales and marketing roles.
Senior Editor | DC Velocity
Mark Solomon–senior editor at DC Velocity since 2008–has worked in the transportation industry since 1983 as a journalist and public relations professional. He began his career at the old Traffic World magazine, later joining The Journal of Commerce as an associate editor covering transportation. In 1994, he launched a public relations firm, Media-Based Solutions, which represented clients in the transportation, logistics and financial services industries. Solomon earned his bachelor's degree from American University and is proud to note that during his career, he has "seen enough transportation and business trends to know what goes around eventually comes around."
VP, Sales | SMC³
Kevin Springer is vice president of sales at SMC³, where he is responsible for the development and support of all SMC³ end-user shipper, carrier and logistics relationships. Springer has 15+ years of experience in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industries. His knowledge of operations and IT processes helps SMC³ customers leverage pricing technology to better manage their supply chains.
Editor in Chief | World Trade 100
Perry Trunick brings 30+ years of experience in the logistics industry to his editor-in-chief role at World Trade 100 (WT100). Prior to joining WT100, Trunick held editorial positions at Inbound Logistics, Penton Media and GIE Publishing. He is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department; a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Institute of Supply Management; and a former member of the Society of Logistics Engineers.
President | Holland, Inc.
Scott D. Ware is president of YRC Worldwide subsidiary Holland, Inc., which leads the industry in providing on-time, reliable LTL shipments in the central and southeastern United States and eastern Canada. As Holland's vice president of operations and line haul, Ware was responsible for managing and executing major operational initiatives focused on performance improvement. He has also served in operational and sales management positions with Con-way and Saia.
President & CEO | TMW Systems, Inc.
David Wangler–president and chief executive officer of TMW Systems Inc.–engages regularly with leading transportation service organizations who are broadening their logistics capabilities with new technologies across a range of platforms. In the rapidly expanding transportation technology market, he has guided TMW revenue to five-fold growth, building on his executive experience with software firms in the United States and abroad, including SupplyWorks Inc., Baan, Marcam Solutions and Wonderware Corporation.
Transportation Manager | Southwire Company
Jeff Williams–transportation manager at Southwire Company–has spent 15 years on the shipper's side of the transportation industry in roles ranging from local department manager to corporate traffic and transportation manager. Williams has worked with carriers and strategic challenges in all facets of transportation, including ground, air and ocean. At Southwire, he is responsible for a great deal of the company's international compliance and interacts with regulatory agencies in countries including the United States, Canada and Mexico. He also leads efforts to reduce cost, improve efficiency and bring the very highest-quality carriers to serve Southwire's growing global market.
CEO & Co-Founder | MercuryGate International
As the chief executive officer and co-founder of MercuryGate International, Monica Wooden is a dynamic leader and skilled strategist. As executive vice president of the Americas for a global company, she grew the business from $8M in revenue to $26M during her three-year tenure, contributing significant profits to the parent company. As an executive for IBM, she created new business ventures that were deployed worldwide over nine years. Wooden's mission is to deliver highly successful business solutions for her clients, while building a high level of customer satisfaction.
Director | NCBFAA Educational Institute
As director of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute, Kiko Zuniga has also served as chairman, president, treasurer and vice president, and as senior counselor for the board (present). Zuniga–who owns 50 percent of F. Zuniga Inc. and is a partner in Diamond Distribution Center–has also served in roles including immediate past chair and former managing director of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA), president of the Laredo Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association and was a board member of The Laredo Development Foundation.