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    Charlie Saffro

    CHARLIE SAFFRO

    Founder & Owner, CS Recruiting

    Charlie has over 14 years of direct recruiting experience within the Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain space and started CS Recruiting from the ground up over a decade ago. Today, she leads a team of over 40 and manages a multi-million dollar organization. As the President and Founder of CS Recruiting, she focuses on making meaningful connections to empower others to discover their full potential. Charlie has worked with many small to medium-sized businesses, as well as with Fortune 50 companies to help them identify the right talent for their organizational needs. Clients have included Third Party Logistics providers (3PL’s), Asset Based providers, Shippers (Manufacturers and Distributors) and Vendors to the industry (transportation technology/fleet solutions). CS Recruiting’s goal is to partner with clients and candidates to develop long-lasting relationships and make appropriate and time sensitive career matches. Charlie’s team of dedicated recruiters have experience filling positions of all levels; including C Level and Executive positions, Management roles and Independent Contributor seats.Charlie is a dedicated yogi and encourages her clients and team to practice mindfulness in the workplace and beyond. She is also the mother of three boys and active in her community, volunteering with organizations to help women in the workforce.

    Prasad Gollapalli

    PRASAD GOLLAPALLI

    Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Trucker Tools

    Prasad Gollapalli is founder and Chief Customer Officer of Trucker Tools. As Trucker’s Tools chief strategist and solution visionary, Prasad brings to the company nearly 20 years of experience in management and product strategy with trucking and shipping software companies.

    Tariq Khan

    TARIQ KHAN

    Founder & CEO, Global Diversity Marketing | Global Diversity University

    Tariq Khan is a published author, global sought-after keynote speaker and a recognized business leader who brings the combination of corporate and professional leadership experience along with academic learning. His expertise includes thought leadership, innovative marketing strategy, cultural transformation and the diversity and inclusion arena. He has had a distinguished twenty-year corporate career and has held senior leadership roles for major global Fortune companies, including ING, Nationwide, and MetLife. In his last corporate job, Tariq was Senior Vice President and Head of Market Development for ING.

    In 2010, Tariq founded his company, Global Diversity Marketing (GDM) in New York. GDM is leading management consulting firm that has helped global Fortune companies and coached C-Suites leaders to adopt and thrive in the changing environment.

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    ERIC CRAWFORD

    Vice President and Senior Analyst at ACT Research

    Eric joined ACT in April 2022, after spending fourteen years in investment research. Eric was an equity research analyst with UBS for 11 years, focused primarily on the machinery and engineering and construction industries.

    His investment experience also includes three years as portfolio manager with hedge fund Copernican Capital.

    Eric’s primary roles at ACT are analyzing and forecasting demand for heavy duty trucks, and trailers.

    Eric is a graduate of Trinity College (BA ’99), the University of Notre Dame (MBA ’08), and is a CFA charter holder.

    Jennifer Karpus-Romain

    JENNIFER KARPUS-ROMAIN

    TMSA Executive Director

    Jennifer is the Executive Director at the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association (TMSA), the only trade non-profit industry association of its kind serving sales and marketing professionals in logistics and transportation. Jennifer is responsible for the leadership, management, growth and overall performance of the association, as overseen by a dynamic, diverse Board of Directors made up of who’s who in executive positions across the industry.


    Jennifer also serves as an adjunct professor at Cuyahoga Community College, where she coaches students on digital marketing as well as social media programming and tactics. Her previous roles include Director of Marketing for Faye, owner of her own content development firm, and as well as numerous positions in publishing and marketing.