2019 Speakers

Grant Arnold

Supply Chain Solutions Manager, CHEP

Grant Arnold is a Supply Chain Solutions Manager at CHEP.  He started in September 2018, but previously worked at the company from 2005-2010 in various roles including Logistics, Transportation, and Planning.  In his current role he provides supply chain advisory services to the CHEP customer base and focuses heavily on transportation.  In between his time at CHEP he worked for Container Centralen which owns and maintains a pooled shipping platform for the horticultural industry.  During his time there he started an in-house transportation brokerage to haul customer freight and was responsible for the entire 3PL warehouse network.

 

Tim Chelette

Professional Truck Driver, Big G Express

Tim Chelette has been a professional truck driver for 16 years and has accumulated more than 2 million accident-free miles. He is a professional truck driver for Big G Express.

Tim has received many safe driving awards in his career. He was named Tennessee Driver of the Year in 2018 and is a member of the Tennessee Road Team. In 2016, Tim was named Big G Express Driver of the Year. He also founded and plans the St. Jude Motorcycle Ride that has raised more than $16,000. In September of 2013, Tim was named the Big G Express Driver of the Month.

Tim lives with his wife, Teresa, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and has six children and four grandchildren.

Bob Costello

Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations, American Trucking Associations

Bob Costello is the Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry. As Chief Economist, he manages all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac. Bob also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.

Bob also heads up ATA’s International Trade Policy and Cross Border Operations Department. In this capacity, he works on issues related NAFTA/USMCA, tariffs, customs, and immigration.

Dean Croke

Chief Insight Officer, FreightWaves

At FreightWaves, Dean Croke heads up the Market Expert team responsible for creating freight market insights and analysis for SONAR customers. He is also responsible for data acquisition and data analytics in addition to being a spokesperson for standards development at BiTA.
Prior to joining FreightWaves, Croke was Vice President of Data Products at Spireon, where he led the development of trailer telematics data products. He also ran Lancer’s long-haul truck insurance business after years as Vice President of Omnitracs Analytics, where he developed data science technologies for transportation companies. Croke was one of the founders of FleetRisk Advisors (which became Omnitracs Analytics) and has 35 years of experience in data analytics, transportation, supply chain management, data mining and insurance risk management.
Dean has also completed 2 million miles as an over-the-road driver in Australia and is an active participant in trucking industry community outreach events, Make-A-Wish Foundation and fundraising events using his 2003 Peterbilt show truck called “The Grumpy Pete”.

Alan Davies

Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company

Alan Davies is a Supply Chain Senior Expert based in the Miami office of McKinsey & Company. He has extensive global experience in end-to-end operations, having held manufacturing, lean six sigma, and supply chain roles in Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America.

Within McKinsey, Alan supports many clients in their end-to-end supply chain improvement. He also leads our Supply Chain IT service line and within that leads our Supply Chain BlockChain program. Alan leads Supply Chain learning for the practice

Matt Elenjickal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FourKites

Matt founded FourKites in 2014, and his vision for the product continues to define FourKites’ success and growth. Prior to founding FourKites, Matt spent seven years in the enterprise software space, working for market leaders such as Oracle Corp and i2
Technologies/JDA Software Group. Matt has led high-impact teams that implemented logistics strategies and systems at P&G, Nestle, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Tyco, Argos and Nokia across North America, Western Europe and Latin America. Matt is passionate about logistics and supply chain management and has a keen sense for how technology can disrupt traditional silo-based planning and execution.
Matt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Chicago.

Steve Fields

Line-Haul Driver, YRC

Steve Fields has been a professional truck driver for 32 years and has accumulated 3.1 million accident-free miles.  He is a line-haul driver for YRC.

Several days each month, Steve speaks to the news media, schools, community groups, and industry and government officials about highway safety and the essentiality of the trucking industry.

Steve has been competing in State Truck Driving Championships for over 20 years; placing first in his division at the Missouri State TDC in 2003 and 2011 and at the United Way TDC in 1994.  He also won the title of Missouri Grand Champion in 2003.  Steve was named Missouri State Driver of the Month in September 2004 and January 2012, as well as Missouri Driver of the Year in 2004.  He was also named Yellow Transportation’s Driver of the Year in 2004 and 2006.  In 2005, Steve was a speaker at the “Be Ready Be Buckled” kick-off Campaign with Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.  Steve was named to Yellow Transportation’s Road Team in 2006 and was appointed to the Yellow Transportation Safety Committee in 2007.

Steve is also a member of the Trucker Buddy (www.truckerbuddy.org) program and was a recipient of the America’s Road Team Tony Sifford Impact Award.

Steve resides in Independence, Missouri.  He has three children.

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Geoff Freeman is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trade association for America’s $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer products industry. Since taking the helm, Freeman has launched a strategic campaign to transform GMA into a powerful, modern advocacy organization aimed at driving growth across the industry. Freeman has instituted key organizational changes to deliver on this mandate and promote key industry values including affordable access, consumer choice and product innovation.

Rob Haddock

Group Director, Planning and Logistics, The Coca-Cola Company

Rob is a seasoned professional with over 38 years of supply and operations management experience with the Coca-Cola Company ranging from plant management, customer service, transportation, business liaison, vendor managed inventories, operational excellence, transportation management, production & deployment planning, integrated business planning & SAP SME. In his current role, he is responsible for leading all Coca-Cola North America’s transportation & On Time In Full performance.  Rob is a company-wide driver for innovation and process improvement.

Gary Kinneer

Director of Managed Transportation, Weis Markets, Inc.

Gary is responsible for the coordination of 1000+ weekly inbound shipments to the Weis Market’s Distribution Center in Milton, PA.  More specifically, in collaboration with Merchandising, Procurement and other internal stakeholders, focusing on improving supply chain efficiencies through automated scheduling of inbound deliveries and inbound transportation optimization with support of the Weis Market’s fleet and 3rd party carrier partners.  Gary has extensive supermarket industry experience, prior to his current role Gary held various leadership positions in Store Operations.  Gary received a BS in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.  He currently resides in Camp Hill, PA with his wife.

Arnold Kogan

Principal, Boston Consulting Group

Arnold Kogan is a Principal in the New York office of the Boston Consulting Group and a leader in the Consumer and Operations practices.  He has more than 10 years of experience helping clients across center store categories (e.g., beverage, toys) and perimeter store categories (e.g., meat, dairy) transform their end-to-end supply chains to enable channel growth, increase EBITDA, and manage working capital. 

Shruti Lal

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Shruti is a leader in McKinsey’s NA consumer operations practice with over a decade experience working with consumer clients on a broad range of operations and strategic transformations, for example future supply chain strategy, end to end planning, logistics network design, , manufacturing asset and network optimization, and data/tech enabled operations.

Glenn Lawse

Vice President, Supply Chain North America, Ferrero NA, Inc.

Glenn Lawse is Vice President of Supply Chain, North America for Ferrero, Inc. responsible for driving an optimized balance between service levels, distribution cost, and inventory through continuous improvement in supply chain efficiencies.  He leads a team across the United States and Canada with direct responsibility for supply and demand planning, warehousing and distribution, inventory optimization, and customer service and logistics.  Prior to joining Ferrero in February 2017, Glenn spent 15+ years within Johnson & Johnson in roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Strategy, Manufacturing Network Strategy, ERP Strategy, and Supply Chain & IT Project & Portfolio Management. 

Jodi Lee

Senior Customer Supply Chain Leader, Procter & Gamble

Jodi is a Senior Customer Supply Chain Leader at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and has been partnering with Meijer for the last 2 years.  She has worked at P&G for 27 years and is based at their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, OH.  Jodi has spent 7 years developing and improving P&G’s internal supply chains in brands such as Olay, Secret, Old Spice, Dawn, Swiffer and Febreze. She also spent 5 years in Display Contract Manufacturing developing supply chains with external suppliers in Oral Care, Personal Health Care, Shave Care and Pet Care.  Jodi also led the US Customer Service Organization training programs and led a variety of Customer Service teams including P&G Professional products.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati OH.

Administrator Raymond P. Martinez

Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Raymond P. Martinez is the sixth Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) since its establishment by Congress in 2000.  Nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ray was sworn into office by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on February 28, 2018.  The Agency he leads regulates more than 530,000 trucking companies, 12,000 bus and motorcoach operators and approximately 4 million interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

Ray possesses extensive experience in highway safety, large agency management and public service.  Immediately prior to his arrival at FMCSA, Ray served for eight years as Chairman and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission where he was involved in all aspects of roadway safety.  As Chief Administrator, he oversaw 2,500 employees and was responsible for a $330 million annual operating budget as well as more than $1 billion in annual revenue.  Additionally, he was a member of the State Planning Commission, which handled matters including land use, transportation planning and environmental protection.

Tom McCall

Vice President of Logistics, Meijer, Inc.

Tom began his career with Meijer in 1987 at the Lansing Complex.  He has held various Leadership positions in Distribution, Inventory Control and Logistics.  In his current role, he is responsible for all Inbound Logistics, both Domestic and International, Outbound Logistics for 242 Meijer Stores across six states and the Corporate Aviation Department. He also oversees all Reverse Logistics and Unloading Services for Meijer.  Tom holds a degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

Brooks McMahon

Vice President , Convoy

Brooks and his team are responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships and evaluating new growth strategies for the company. Before taking on this role, he helped lead the Demand (Revenue) organization, including overseeing the Enterprise Business from its inception in early 2017 until the end of 2018. Before joining Convoy, Brooks served in a variety of senior management roles at TINYpulse, Marchex, Getty Images and Corbis. Brooks earned an MBA from the University of Washington and a BS from Santa Clara University.

Joe Metzger

Senior Vice President, KNA Supply Chain, Kellogg Company

Joe Metzger joined Kellogg as Senior Vice President, KNA Supply Chain in October 2016. He is also a member of the company’s KNA Leadership Team.

Mr. Metzger joined us from the Kraft/Heinz Company where he was employed from 1988 until September 2016.

In 1988, Mr. Metzger began his career with Kraft/Heinz holding various roles in the factory in Plant Quality and Production. He was promoted to Plant Manager in 1998 and from there held several roles which moved him up through the company and provided experience in Procurement, Customer Logistics, Manufacturing and Integrated Supply Chain for Foodservice and Planters. In 2013, he was promoted to the role of Vice President Integrated Supply Chain Meals and Enhancers and lastly to Vice President, Manufacturing Meal Solutions & Desserts.

Mr. Metzger’s recent Community and Civic Leadership includes serving on the Executive Board of Directors and Board of Directors for the National FFA.

Mr. Metzger received a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota. He currently resides in Lindenhurst, IL with his wife and two daughters.

Sean O'Keefe

Director of Supply Chain Engineering, Merchants Distributors

Sean O’Keefe is the Director of Supply Chain Engineering, for Merchants Distributors. In that role, Sean applies two decades of Supply Chain and Engineering expertise to drive value, efficiency, and innovation for Merchants Distributors.  His current role includes managing Supply Chain Process Improvements, Network Expansion, Warehouse Innovation, and Retail Engineering Support. Sean has been with Merchants Distributors for just under 2 years.  Prior to working at Merchants Distributors, Sean worked for Lowe’s Home Improvement. 

Notable successes at Merchants Distributors include supporting the opening of a new distribution center, utilizing engineering process improvement methodologies to improve efficiency, enhancing our retail in store ecommerce operation, and leading the company through the warehouse innovation process.

Fernando Perez

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Fernando Perez is a Partner in the Miami office at McKinsey & Company. He is a leader in McKinsey & Company's Americas Operations Practices. He leads the DELIVER (logistics) service line for the Americas and focuses his work on improving the supply chains of packaged good manufactures and distributors. 

  • CEO of a world leading fresh tilapia processing company, Tropical Packing Ecuador, with 1,300+ employees serving the US, Europe and Latin America through a supply chain that delivered fresh fillets via air cargo and a DSD network
  • MBA in Operations and Finance, New York University
 

Priya Rajagopalan

Chief Product Offcier, FourKites, Inc.

Priya Rajagopalan is a seasoned business leader with 17 years of experience in product management, marketing, and strategy. Previously, Priya was the head of Product Management for the Metadata Business Group of TiVo Corporation, where she had global responsibility for its video, music, books, and games metadata products. While at TiVo, she led geographic expansion for video metadata across Western Europe and the APAC region and spearheaded the acquisitions of Veveo, a semantic search & recommendations engine, and Integral Reach, a cloud-based predictive analytics firm.

Prior to TiVo, Priya worked at Flexera Software, where she led product management for the award-winning FlexNet Producer suite of ERP-adjacent enterprise applications and launched a new product line aimed at high-tech device manufacturers. In her prior career in consulting, she advised leadership teams at technology firms such as Hewlett-Packard, Emerson, 3M, and ADP.

Mike Regan

Co-Founder and Chief of Relationship Development, TranzAct Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Regan is extremely well known and active within the logistics industry. He serves on the Boards of numerous industry groups such as the American Society of Transportation & Logistics, where he is a Distinguished Logistics Professional (DLP), National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), where he is the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association, where he served as Chairman of the TIA Foundation. He is also very active in several key industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Mr. Regan is also the Chairman of the Board for Supply Chain Edge.

Robert Regnier

Senior Project Manager - Transportation, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Robert Regnier joined Land O’Lakes in 2012 and has held several roles within Supply Chain Logistics. Currently, Robert is serving as both the Supply Chain Business Project Manager and Change Manager for a large scale TMS upgrade and implementation. Robert’s background includes procurement, analytics, customer logistics, vendor managed inventories and transportation management.

Michael Ryba

Director, Boston Consulting Group

He has over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain and advises senior executives in Retail, CPG and Distribution on supply chain vision, network design, S&OP, inventory deployment and optimization, transportation and DC / FC operations. He leads BCG's Retail Supply Chain benchmark, in collaboration with the Food Marketing Institute.

Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the association of food retailers and wholesalers, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Tom Scollard

Vice President, Dedicated Contract Carriage, Penske Logistics

Tom Scollard is Vice President of Dedicated Contract Carriage for Penske Logistics. He is responsible for developing and implementing product line growth and profit strategy. Scollard brings more than 30 years of transportation and logistics experience to the business.

He joined Penske in 2010 as a Strategic Account Executive servicing DCC accounts before being named to his current position.

Prior to joining Penske, he served as Vice President of Sales for Quickway Distribution Services. He also worked at Rollins (prior to its purchase by Penske) as DCC Director of Logistics Sales and in national account sales.

Scollard got his industry start at Lee Way Motor Freight working in operations and sales. Scollard is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Franklin College.

 

Chad Seideneck

Manager of Inbound Logistics, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Chad has more than 10 years’ experience in warehousing and logistics at Giant Eagle, Inc.   He has held various positions of leadership in operations and finance throughout his career.  In his most current role, he is focused on supply chain strategies and efficiency, LTL improvement initiatives and utilization of their existing fleet for brokerage services

Christopher Smith

Executive Director, Corporate Distribution, Associated Wholesale Grocers

Christopher Smith is Executive Director, Corporate Distribution for Associated Wholesale Grocers. In that role Chris applies decades of logistics experience to introduce efficiencies, reduce expense, and create value for the retailer owners of Associated Wholesale Grocers.

Notable successes include applied strategic transportation network efforts in outbound planning, asset rationalization, surge capacity planning, integrated transportation software systems, forward freight hauls, one way lanes, and fleet profile mixing (private, dedicated, contract) rationalization.

From the first case of milk he loaded on one of his Dad’s trucks, Chris understood that the best way to meet the customers need was to put in the work to exceed their expectations. Every day Chris encourages those on his team to do that very thing.

Theldorine “Dee” Sova

Professional Truck Driver, Prime Inc.

Theldorine Sova has been a professional truck driver for 27 years and has accumulated over 2 million accident-free miles. She is a professional driver for Prime Inc.

Theldorine has received Prime Inc.’s 2017 Highway Diamond of the Year award and was a Real Women in Trucking “Queen of the Road” finalist the same year. She is a member of Prime Inc.’s Driver Advisory Board and Highway Diamond’s program.

Theldorine is the founder of Trucking Divas Rock. Her mission is to motivate women in the trucking industry. She was a member of Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) from 2004-2014. During her time at MADD, Theldorine held several leadership roles ranging from Secretary to President of the organization.

Theldorine lives with her husband, William Sova, in Sacramento, California. They have three daughters.

Paul Thompson

Domestic Logistics Director, Inbound Logistics, Meijer, Inc.

Paul Thompson Directs multi channel corporate logistics services across all businesses in a cost-effective and service-sensitive manner. Executes cost control strategies across the corporation, including retail margins and operational P&L’s. Develops transportation strategies that includes multimode solutions for the organization and with partners. Leads team responsible for sourcing and negotiating domestic service providers across all modes: Small parcel, LTL, Truckload, intermodal and unloading services.

Jason Wicklund

Transportation Manager, Land O Lakes, Inc.

Jason Wicklund is a Transportation Manager and Buyer, for Land O’Lakes. In that role Jason applies over a decade of Supply Chain expertise to drive value and innovation for Land O’Lakes.  His current role includes managing temperature control and dedicated platform along with providing leadership around innovation in the transportation space.  Over the past 10+ years Jason has held multiple roles at Land O’Lakes in multiple business functions.  Prior to working at Land O’Lakes, Jason worked for Menlo Worldwide and State of Minnesota for the Governor’s Office.

Notable successes include developing a sustainable vendor management platform, leveraging the digital networking for capacity, finding ways to enhance the customer experience, and working on many cross functional projects and initiatives that drive growth for Land O’Lakes.