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TPM20: What We Missed: The Trucking and Intermodal Outlook

Start Date:4/2/2020

Start Time:12:00 PM CDT / 1:00 Pm et

Duration:240 minutes


TPM20 may have been canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but The Journal of Commerce will present some major sessions of the TPM20 program in a series of half-day webcasts available for anyone. In Part 3 of the series, join us as we present the outlook for the trucking, intermodal, and drayage sectors, including best practices in managing detention and demurrage, and what the landscape looks like for California and other drayage operators in the dispute over driver classification. Can’t make the full event? Join for any or all segments. Please check back for updates!

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Intermodal, Trucking, and Southeast Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit           
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit             
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit    

1:00 - 1:05 pm Welcome Remarks:
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit             

1:05 - 2:00 pm Trucking 2020: What Now?   
Jack Atkins, Managing Director, Research Analyst, Transportation, Stephens Inc.
Jeniffer Boukal, Supply Base Manager, Global Logistics, Deere & Company
John Janson, Director of Global Logistics, SanMar
Lee Klaskow, Senior Analyst, Transportation & Logistics, Bloomberg Intelligence
Jeff Tucker, CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide

2:00 - 3:00 pm Shipper Strategies: Managing Detention and Demurrage                              
Rachael Acker, Logistics Manager, Wolverine WorldWide (WWW)
Lori Fellmer, Vice President, Logistics and Carrier Management, BassTech International
Robert Loya, Vice President, CMI West, CMI Transportation
Rich Roche, Vice President, International Transportation, Mohawk Global Logistics

3:00 - 3:45 pm Managing Container Flow Through Marine Terminals and Rail Ramps                     
Walker Banks, General Manager, GeoStamp
Weston LaBar, Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Trucking Association, President and CEO, Ventures 52
Bill Rooney, Vice President, Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel
Michael Symonanis, Director, North America Logistics, Global Container Logistics Group, Louis Dreyfus

3:45 - 4:30 pm California AB5: Where Does Trucking Go From Here?                       
Mark Bartmann, Senior Director, Seafreight Drayage Solutions, North America, Kuehne + Nagel
Alex Cherin, Partner, and Executive Director, Englander Knabe & Allen, and Executive Director, Intermodal Conference, California Trucking Association
Jaime Laurent, Shareholder and Labor and Employment Attorney, Littler
Greg Sanders, CEO, Rail Delivery Services

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Ari Ashe

Associate Editor, Southeast Ports and Intermodal Rail

JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Ari Ashe has more than a decade of journalism experience working in busy newsrooms of Washington, DC. He earned two bachelor’s degrees at George Washington University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In 2006, he began his career with WTOP-FM in Washington, DC, a 24/7 all-news radio outlet. Beginning as a producer, he was the commuter transportation beat reporter from 2012 through 2015. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism during this three-year stretch. In 2016, Ashe moved over to covering commercial transportation for Transport Topics, a publication of the American Trucking Associations, covering the business of trucking, railroads, and ocean carriers, including quarterly earnings reports and economic news affecting the industry. He joined the JOC in 2018 and reports on the Southeast US ports, intermodal, and trucking.

William Cassidy

Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation

JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's Road Dog Trucking program and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

Bill Mongelluzzo

Executive Editor

Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Bill joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 before returning to Southern California. Bill began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC's TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.

Jack Atkins

Managing Director - Research Analyst, Transportation

Stephens Inc.

Jack Atkins is a research analyst covering the truckload, less-than-truckload, airfreight, logistics, and maritime sectors. He joined Stephens Inc. in August 2007 as a research associate in the Industrials Group, with a primary focus on industrial distribution and service companies. He was promoted to analyst on the transportation research team in 2011. Atkins holds a B.A. in history from Auburn University and an M.A. with a concentration in history from Virginia Tech

Jeniffer Boukal

SBM International logistics

Deere & Co.

Jeniffer Boukal is the supply base manager of global logistics in charge of ocean, drayage, freight forwarding, and air at John Deere, a global agricultural, construction, forestry, and commercial equipment manufacturer. Boukal is responsible for the Deere global sourcing functions for internal and external customers to their contracted ocean carriers, drayage carriers, and freight forwarding suppliers. She joined Deere & Company in February 2007 and has held multiple positions within JDAS, WWL, and IM&S. Some of her experiences include pilot, GIS, engineering, IT, metrics, North American transportation, drayage, international transportation, global strategic sourcing, and leading global cross functional teams. Prior to working for Deere, Boukal worked for J2 Aviation and Walmart. She graduated from Daniel Webster College with an MBA, Southern Illinois University with a B.S. and A.S. in global business management and aviation, and University of Wisconsin Madison with a B.S. and A.S. in audio and electrical engineering.

Rachael Acker

Logistics Director

Wolverine World Wide (WWW)

Rachael Acker is the logistics manager at Wolverine WorldWide (WWW) with responsibilities for global ocean and air transportation, all North American ground transportation, and third-party program oversight. Acker began her career at WWW in 1998 and has held various positions within the company over that time. She has supported several large projects including the SAP implementation for the US and the subsequent SAP implementations for Canada and Europe. She transitioned to logistics in 2012 specifically to support the WWW acquisition and integration of the brands Sperry, Keds, Saucony, and Stride Rite into the WWW Supply Chain.

Weston LaBar

Chief Executive Officer

Harbor Trucking Association & Ventures 52

Weston LaBar is chief executive officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and president and CEO of Ventures 52, a bespoke venture capital and private equity advisory focused on early-stage transportation technology start-ups. He has a decade of experience as a strategic advisor and executive leading trade associations and private sector ventures, as well as managing large advocacy and external affairs projects. He is active in local, state, and federal policymaking on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, LaBar has led countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with various partners and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community

Mark Bartmann

Senior Director

Seafreight Drayage Solutions, North America, Kuehne + Nagel

Mark Bartmann, senior director of seafreight drayage solutions in North America for Kuehne + Nagel, has been in the industry for 28 years. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Bartmann has spent the past 20 years in the United States. He has extensive experience on the seafreight side of the business, holding positions nationally at Kuehne + Nagel, including import manager in New York, seafreight manager for Kuehne + Nagel New England in Boston, general manager of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, and regional director of the West Coast, based in Los Angeles. In Long Beach, California, Bartmann was vice president, Americas, for UTi Worldwide for a period, before rejoining K+N North America in 2014 to lead its Seafreight Drayage Solution Group.

Robert Loya

Vice President, CMI West

CMI Transportation

Robert Loya is vice president of CMI West, within CMI Transportation. Loya directs and oversees all aspects of CMI West’s Wilmington and San Diego operations, safety, and security, including financial management, purchase tracking, IOO relationships and compliance, safety compliance and adherence, marine terminal relationships, commercial development, and vendor relationships. He oversees its C-TPAT security program and provides security expertise for all CMI locations. Loya ensures that operations teams are meeting CMI client expectations in a cost-effective and productive manner, keeping administration and expense activities in line with corporate guidelines, and championing a fair and ethical environment for all employees and contractors. He is an advocate for the industry, active in local and national associations, such as the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Interchange Executive Committee. He is currently the California Trucking Association’s Southern California intermodal chair, Harbor Trucking Association president, and an American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference board member. He represents CMI at industry workshops and is a member of the Federal Maritime Commission’s demurrage and detention and innovation teams, Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach Supply Chain Optimization Working Group, PierPass advisory committee, and Extended Gates sub-committee. Loya is currently a member of the Operational Supply Chain Management Advisory Board for the College of Business at Cal State University of Long Beach.

John Janson

Director, Global Logistics


John Janson, Logistics Director, SanMarJohn Janson is the logistics director for SanMar, an award-winning supplier of apparel and accessories. Janson has more than 20 years of experience in piloting global logistics for industry-leading companies including MWI Animal Health/AmerisourceBergen,, Micron, and Micron PC. Founded in the Pacific Northwest, SanMar has passionately and successfully served the imprinted sportswear market for more than 45 years. Janson is known to be a results-driven executive who invests in his team and focuses on strong relationships and team-building skills. His ability to operate strategically and tactically across multiple facets of company operations has made a difference between domestic and international customers. His career has given him quality, experienced knowledge of all aspects of global transportation, distribution, and logistics. Janson is a graduate of Boise State University.

Lee Klaskow

Senior Freight Transportation and Logistics Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence

Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a new dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG, and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on the Bloomberg Professional services at BI . He specializes in freight transportation and logistics, including global marine shipping, air freight and logistics sectors as well as the North American trucking and railroad industries.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Klaskow was a senior analyst at Longbow Research and Prudential Equity Group, where he covered freight transportation and logistics companies. He has also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate and execute global equity transactions for both ABN Amro Rothschild and J.P. Morgan. Klaskow began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets.

Klaskow earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and management from Ithaca College, and his master’s in business from Fordham University.

Jeff Tucker

Tucker Company Worldwide

Jeff Tucker is third generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage. Jeff is immediate past chairman of the board for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (“TIA”). He has testified before Congress, and has advised on national highway safety matters as a USDOT Administrator. Jeff is a member of the NITL board - the largest shipper organization - and chairs its Highway Transportation Committee. He has co-authored TIA’s “Carrier Selection Framework ” and his commentaries appear in Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and Wall Street Journal.

Lori Fellmer

Vice President, Logistics and Carrier Management

BassTech International

Lori Fellmer is vice president of logistics and carrier management for BassTech International. The majority of Fellmer’s professional life has been on the transportation provider side of international shipping, including 20 years with a major ocean carrier and five years in freight forwarding. Her responsibilities spanned regulatory, trade, sales, and operations. In 2011, Fellmer moved to the BCO side of the business, working with Ashland Chemical and, more recently, with the chemical firm BassTech International. Fellmer’s volunteer work includes her current role as treasurer for the International Commerce Club of New Jersey.

Bill Rooney

Vice President

Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel

William F. Rooney has 46 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently vice president of strategic development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. Until October 2010, Rooney was president of Hanjin Shipping America, accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was senior vice president of service delivery for CMA CGM. Previous to that position, he was vice president of ocean services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider. Rooney also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. His board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

Jaime Laurent

Shareholder and Labor and Employment Attorney


Jaime Laurent is a labor and employment attorney, as well as a shareholder, with Littler. He has extensive experience in both general and complex civil litigation. Laurent defends businesses from labor and employment claims and regulatory actions brought by government agencies including, but not limited to, misclassification claims, discrimination and harassment claims, and wage and hour claims. He advises numerous companies on a wide range of labor and employment legal issues including operational issues, state and federal statutory compliance, investigations, contracts, negotiations, and independent contractor issues. Laurent has also been working with Motor Carriers to develop strategies that address Assembly Bill 5.

Greg Sanders


Rail Delivery Services

Greg Sanders is currently chief executive officer of Rail Delivery Services, an intermodal drayage and logistics service provider based in Fontana, California. Sanders has more than 30 years of experience in the logistics industry with an emphasis on North American transportation and executive leadership. He served as CEO of ITS Logistics, chief commercial officer of Redwood Logistics, and president of North American transportation for Ozburn Hessey Logistics. He is currently on the board of directors for the TIA and is an active member of the California and American Trucking Associations. Sanders received his degree in finance from Santa Clara University and his MBA from Long Beach State.

Walker Banks

Walker Banks currently sits as the General Manager at Transport Software Solutions – the firm behind the Harbor Trucking Associations Truck Mobility Data Program and GeoStamp. Walker helps manage and maintain several divisions related to the product development, business development, marketing, and sales aspects of TSS alongside the CEO and board of directors. Having been brought into the start up world by mutual family friends, Walker has continued to enjoy the development and delivery of net new products to an industry in need of them. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Film, and Arabic from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Global Affairs form Chapman University in Orange, CA.

Rick Roche

Rich Roche is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and was commissioned in the US Naval Reserve. During his seagoing career, Roche sailed aboard breakbulk ships, oil tankers, roll-on, roll-off vessels and containerships where he upgraded his license to the chief mate of vessels any gross tons upon oceans and first-class pilot in New York Harbor. Roche began his shoreside career in Manhattan where he was licensed as property and casualty broker specializing in marine cargo insurance. He worked in sales for Hapag-Lloyd in Connecticut and Rochester, New York, before moving into freight forwarding in Syracuse, New York. Gaining his experience at DSL, Roche opened his own NVOCC and customs brokerage operation in 2001 and sold to Mohawk Global Logistics in 2009 where he continues to work today as vice president of international transportation. In this current position, Roche enjoys contract negotiation with carriers, maintaining supplier relationships, and supporting the forwarding industry nationally through NCBFAA where he is chairman of the NVOCC subcommittee. He regularly appears as an expert witness in maritime-related cases that include cargo claims, documentation and contract disputes.


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