Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. He’s an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world including: FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia, and Comedy Central. His large and highly engaged social media following includes nearly 300,000 Twitter followers, more than 187,000 Facebook followers, more than 125,000 Instagram followers, and more than 90,000 email subscribers who look to him for his unique blend of humor, honesty, and hope. He lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two teenage daughters. His latest book, Soundtracks, will be available nationwide April 6, 2021.
Seth Becker is the Vice President of Recruiting Operations for Randall-Reilly, the top driver recruiting advertiser in the country and proprietor of some of the best-known brands in trucking, from CCJ, Truckers News, and Overdrive to the Great American Trucking Show. He brings close to two decades of progressively responsible experience in leadership and recruiting across multiple Fortune 500 companies in industries such as Higher Education and Trucking. Seth was a major contributor to a 5-part editorial series called Reasons You Fail at Recruiting Drivers, and records a monthly video series focused on improving the interactions recruiters have with drivers. He holds a BA in Marketing and an MBA.
Jim Bierfeldt is the Chief Strategist who oversees or implements programs, assuring focused, senior-level support. As needed, Jim leverages his extensive network of creative specialists to access services appropriate to your need and budget. Jim has had a long career in marketing and communication strategy, including nearly 20 within the logistics industry. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Fordham University, and has been an active member of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the International Warehouse Logistics Association, and the Warehousing Education and Research Council.
Kara Brown is the Chief Executive Officer at LeadCoverage, a B2B demand gen, sales, and PR consultancy specializing in the supply chain, heavy industrial and technology industries. Brown was one of the first employees at Echo Global Logistics which grew quickly in three years and her name is on the company’s 2009 IPO press release [NYSE: ECHO].
Gary Cornelius is the Vice President of Business Development of TCW, Inc. He has been with TCW a total of 15 years, with his current tenure starting in 2013. Gary is a 35-year veteran of the transportation industry, beginning in intermodal drayage, spending many years in domestic long-haul transportation and then returning to TCW in 2013 to assume an executive management role that led to his current role. His experience is in both Sales and Operations, with his passion being in Sales and Sales leadership. Gary led TCW through a structure change in 2016 to create their first Sales Team and Department, focusing on selecting and growing the right team members to be the face of the company in the marketplace.
Aaron Craddock is the Founder and CEO of Craddock Holdings, a rapidly growing digital marketing company specializing in lead generation. Craddock Holdings partners with ad agencies and direct clients in the transportation, logistics, and truck driver recruitment industries. Founded in January 2019, Craddock Holdings continues to push the limits of hypergrowth and is on track to grow over 500% in 2021.
Eileen Curran is Senior Director, Global Marketing & Communications for Odyssey Logistics & Technology, a global logistics solutions provider. She has spent two decades in industrial marketing developing strategies focused on generating sales through innovative marketing technologies and processes. She prides herself on team building and works across her dynamic organization to unify marketing and communications with sales to strengthen branding and drive growth.
Maria works to bring her own experience and personality to all sessions by combining a natural sense of humor and down to earth demeanor. These have proven to be the perfect combination in capturing and keeping the attention of every audience, whether it is personal growth or a variety of management levels. Her passion as a personal development and communications expert is in providing others with the skills to strengthen their self-awareness no matter where they are in their lives.
Denny Grim is a person of influence, a consultant, a mentor, and a connector to leaders in logistics. He is a “Storyteller.” He interviews Leaders and Legends in business, then using digital technology creates ‘your story’ and delivers it to the most important people in business…your “Hand Picked – Targeted” audience; the ones you can’t live without. Denny’s company (Business to Business Communications) is a Business Development and Communications Consultancy using “Story” to deliver key messages so that clients can Get, Keep and Grow their people and/or their customers. Their market focus is Transportation, Distribution, Warehousing, Third Party Logistics and Manufacturing’s Supply Chain. Business to Business Communications’ clients connect and engage through Thought Leadership, Relationship Management, Network Strategies and Targeted Marketing & Communications concepts.
Ken Guest is Chief Revenue Officer of Sandler Training at The Ruby Group. Guest has 25-plus years’ experience in business consulting, including recruiting, training, sales, and sales management with tangible and intangible products of varying degrees. Guest developed an interest in executive coaching and sales training when he was a student of the Sandler system. He saw a dramatic improvement in his own sales and when running a sales force for a company, he saw equally dramatic improvement with his sales people. His favorite part of working as a trainer/coach for The Ruby Group, LLC is the satisfaction of seeing companies improve and reach their goals as a result of working with him and the Sandler Training methods. While Guest does not consider himself to be motivational, improved performance and job satisfaction tend to create the continued motivation in his clients, and he enjoys the benefit of seeing this. Guest’s enthusiasm, infectious positive attitude and excellent communication skills have earned him a reputation that many would envy.
Will Haraway is the Chief Content Officer at LeadCoverage. He has 20 years of executive experience in B2B Technology Marketing. Will is a certified analyst relations practitioner by the Knowledge Capital Group and has helped companies including Manhattan Associates, Aptos, Atlantix Global Systems, American Software, and Rubicon Global improve their brand reputations with marketing results that help increase sales.
Dan Hellmann is a 15 year veteran in the logistics space and currently the Chief Sales Officer for Hubtek, a logistics workforce optimization company. Originally from Indiana he attended the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, he began his career at Total Quality Logistics where he spent 7 years in sales and sales management. During this time at TQL he was consistently ranked in the top 2% company-wide out of 1,500 Account Executives and achieved Presidents Club. After his departure from TQL, Dan started a brokerage for a former customer where he had ownership stake. After 6.5 years the company had grown to three offices and $45MM in yearly revenue, he sold his shares and joined Hubtek.
As CSO he oversees the Sales and Marketing departments and is responsible for customer retention, increasing the customer base and sales through market penetration strategies, planning advertising campaigns and delivering new product offerings. Dan is active in the Transportation Intermediaries Association where he is a member of the Young Executive Committee and he is a former Advisory Board Member for Metro State University’s Center for Professional Selling. Currently, he lives in Arvada, CO with his wife Becca and two sons; Grayson (3) and Henry (6 months). During his free time you can find him on the golf course cursing under his breath and looking for his lost golf balls.
Elena Izakson is the SVP and Head of Marketing at Redwood Logistics. Headquartered in Chicago, Redwood is a platform company that has been providing solutions for moving and managing freight for nearly 20 years. As the head of marketing, Elena is responsible for building the brand and promoting the company’s diverse portfolio of products and services, including digital freight brokerage, flexible freight management, and innovative SaaS platform offering.
Jennifer serves as Director of Marketing for Faye. From journalism to PR to marketing, she has been around the written word for her entire professional life. Previously, she has held roles in the publishing and marketing industries, as well as managing her own content and publishing firm.
Courtney Keenan is the Customer Experience & Marketing Manager for RLS Logistics, a 3rd Party Logistics provider specializing in solving complex cold chain supply chain challenges for its customers. As the CX leader, Courtney guides the team and has successfully implemented several initiatives that have improved overall customer experiences at RLS Logistics. Additionally, Courtney leads Marketing efforts for the company. Aligning business development and marketing has been an initiative that has resulted in increased website leads, improved SEO, and new deals won. Courtney is currently attending CX University to become a Certified Customer Experience Specialist.
Holly LaBoda helps logistics companies of all shapes and sizes get, keep, and grow larger customers. As a Partner and Co-Founder of Luminaries Consulting, she loves working with clients to help them achieve their goals. A pragmatic business success partner, she takes a holistic view of an organization’s, or individual’s, current state and future goals and helps them design practical ways to bridge the gap. She wants to see all her clients get real results, fast.
Michelle LeBlanc is the founder of Drop & Hook, a fully remote content marketing and social media agency specifically built to support transportation and logistics businesses. She has been leading social media and content marketing projects for more than a decade, counseling c-level leaders at Fortune 1000 firms and shepherding fledgling brands to launch. Previously she worked at marketing agencies Fuseideas and Industrium (formerly Kemp Goldberg Partners), leading social media, email, content, and inbound marketing efforts, and held social media strategy roles at advertising firm KBS+, and at IIR USA, a marketing event firm.
Patrick McFarland is the Director of Marketing at ITS Logistics (a premier third-party logistics company that provides creative supply chain solutions with an asset-lite transportation division that ranks #35 in North America, a top-tier asset-based dedicated fleet, and innovative omnichannel distribution and fulfillment services). For more than two decades McFarland has worked in marketing, advertising and graphic design in industries including logistics, higher education, healthcare, publishing, advertising and more. McFarland earned a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and a Minor in Psychology of Marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno.
An expert in taking complex technical topics and making them easy to understand, Nathan Misirian is a leader in the world of search engine marketing and a passionate speaker, skilled at crafting engaging presentations where the audience feels comfortable participating and asking questions. When he’s not working one-on-one with clients, Nathan speaks on the topic of search engine marketing to bring leaders to a better understanding of how it works and the influence it has on today’s business world. Nathan also volunteers his time speaking at various nonprofit organizations that he is involved in, such as Champions for Learning, The Future Institute, Uncharted Learning and Immokalee Foundation
Nadine Nocero-Tye has over 10 years of experience in both the B2C and B2B world of digital marketing. She has worked with a variety of companies both domestic and abroad, including mid-market and Fortune 500 organizations. Nadine has leveraged her skills in brand building and digital strategy to provide her clients with custom solutions to help them reach their business objectives. Prior to moving back to Chicago, Nadine worked in-house and for firms nationally and abroad in Seoul, South Korea - honing her relationship and communication skills across different industries and cultures.
Priscilla Peters has over two decades of experience in the transportation industry, specializing in driver recruiting, retention, marketing, advertising, communications and training. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing & Training for Conversion Interactive Agency, the leading driver recruiting and retention agency in the trucking industry. Priscilla speaks nationally for organizations on topics relating to transportation marketing, driver recruiting and retention. She brings insight and first-hand experience on how transportation and logistics organizations should think differently when it comes to advertising and marketing. She has experience working for both a large motor carrier and experience with the leading advertising agency in the market.
He earned his degree in Business Administration and has more than 18 years of experience as Chief Executive Officer. He has been involved in diverse projects and areas bringing him a broad perspective and experience in his professional career. He has been a shareholder and member of diverse boards of directors from the Logistics, Insurance, Construction industry, as well as the Avocado production field, incentive programs, and payroll outsourcing.
As COO, John is responsible for all fundamental and business functions including general management, administration, sales, legal, marketing, finance, and fulfillment. John’s 29-year career has been focused on starting, growing, supporting, and developing organizations. He has spent most of his career in some facet of equipment financing and has been integral in the evolution of the company and its focus on technology, healthcare, and automation technology leasing. John has worked in large enterprise organizations as well as entrepreneurial and start-up organizations and finds his most rewarding experiences are working and developing personal relationships with teammates, clients, key partners, and stakeholders.
Jill Schmieg is founder and chief strategist at Sol de Naples Marketing, a Florida-based marketing services firm. After spending more than 10 years in the logistics industry, Jill now provides marketing advisory services and project management to fellow marketers struggling with access to the talent and resources necessary to achieve best-in-class performance. Her firm specializes in branding, communications, campaign development, marketing automation, marketing effectiveness and ROI.
Rueben M. Stokes is a “JEDI” (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) subject matter expert and trusted Advisor to Corporate Leadership Teams. In 2020, he retired from his role as Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion for Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Massachusetts-based Fortune 250 corporation. In 2021, he established Bemstar, LLC, an exclusive C-Suite focused DEI advisory practice.
Stokes currently serves on the Leadership Advisory Board of ApiJect Systems Corporation, is a past member of the 100 Black Men of America, a graduate of Leadership Miami, served on the HR Advisory Board of Directors for the Florida State University School of Business and was a member of the Board of Advisors at the Boston Museum of Science. In addition, Stokes has authored industry articles and the book, Super Selling Secrets for the Real World.
Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation. As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Voie currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.
Conrad spent his formative years as a copywriter at advertising agency, Young & Rubicam in Chicago where his clients included International Trucks, Jim Beam and Leinenkugel’s Beer. Today he specializes in writing blog articles, case studies, websites and white papers for companies in transportation and logistics. He brings an agency style of writing and working to the companies he works for, including Crowley, TradeLens, RLS Logistics, JAXPORT and CustomsNow.
Grant Wood is known for his broad experience with disruptive innovation and for his work on reconfigurable super-computing, renewable energy, industrial manufacturing, and for having built one of the world’s fastest financial services systems. He brings passion, humor, and a unique perspective to the topic of innovation and has shared his vision with industry groups and private companies internationally. In 2021, for his work on disruption innovation, he was selected by EY to be a Wavespace Luminary.
Elias Wynshaw is the Director of Studio Los Feliz, a production company located in Los Angeles with special interest in the transportation and logistics industries. He has created internationally distributed content for Daimler, Cummins, Tenneco, and Meritor.