Speaker Bios

 

Robert Brown, Senior Director of External Affairs, TuSimple
Mr. Brown is responsible for the federal, state, and strategic partnerships for TuSimple. Working with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics in the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to TuSimple, he worked for the state of California, was Vice President at the Mitchell Firm, taught at Oxford University and University of California, San Diego.
 
Carrie Bruno, Vice President of Human Resources & Safety , Cash-Wa Distributing Co.
Carrie Bruno is Vice President of Human Resources & Safety at Cash-Wa Distributing and has been with the company for over 4 years. She has a Masters in Human Resources Management from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and has more than 20 years HR experience, most of which is in food manufacturing and distribution. With CWD, she has been able to work with Transportation and Operations to help improve the people process, work on strategy with management and work to create a customer focus in HR for both internal and external customers.
 
Kevin Bullock, Vice President & Controller, Ben E. Keith Company
 
Shannon Finn Connell, Principal, The Capo Initative
Shannon Finn Connell, Ph.D. is an executive coach, author and organizational change leader. A former executive with SYSCO, Shell Oil and Procter & Gamble, Shannon worked internationally in China and Latin America before combining her corporate experiences and academic pursuits. While maintaining leadership positions in business, she was appointed adjunct professor of management in the MBA program at Rice University. Shannon serves on the Dean’s advisory board of University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences and is an advisor to the Navy SEAL Foundation where he supports Special Operations Warriors transitioning from active military service to civilian life.  Shannon obtained her Ph.D. in organizational development, researching design thinking as a problem-solving methodology in global organizational change initiatives.
She also holds an MBA from North Central College and bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati.
 
Jeff Crenshaw President, Continuum, Inc.
Jeff Crenshaw is President of Continuum, Inc., a Memphis based business continuation and post-recovery planning service.
 
Don Davis, SVP, National Accounts, Fleet Advantage
Don possesses over 27 years of industry experience working with North America's top corporate fleets in business development and management of national accounts. Don is responsible for helping companies understand their total cost of ownership and provide solutions for life cycle asset management and financing of class 8 tractors and trailers. Don has spent his career building relationships based on trust and ensures companies achieve an optimum vehicle life cycle, maximize fuel economy and productivity while achieving sustainability goals.  Don manages and oversees the National Account vertical with the top private fleet and for-hire carrier clients throughout the U.S. He has specific expertise in structuring complex finance and service offerings in the transportation marketplace. Prior to Fleet Advantage, Don spent time at Paccar, Penske, and served in several executive sales roles with other truck fleet organizations throughout the country.
 
Joe Doyle, Director of Sales of ProCat Distribution Technologies
Joe is ProCat’s National Director of Sales and has twenty-five years in the technology space, first in the ERP market providing solutions to manufacturers, and now in the distribution technology market providing solutions to foodservice and convenience store distributors.  Joe’s focus has always been on improving operational efficiency, reducing operational costs, and helping his customers to be better partners with their clients.
 
Don Durm, PLM Fleet, LLC, Vice President, Customer Solutions
Don is a 25-year veteran of PLM, an international industry expert, writer and keynote speaker on cold chain handoff applications, regulatory compliance, and supply chain technology.  Recognized four times by Food Logistics Magazine as one of the Rock Stars of the Supply Chain for his work in food safety, supply chain technology efficiencies and regulatory compliance and is listed as one of five Supply Chain Champions you must know.  Don was recognized by FDA as an industry expert with his work with the Agency on the New Era of a Smarter Food Safety initiative and provided guidance to USDA on the White House Executive Order 14017, America’s Supply Chains to improve and reimagine food supply chains.  Recently he testified in Washington DC before the joint House/Senate Agriculture Committee on technology application to build a more resilient food supply chain.  He has traveled the world, invited by both businesses and governments working to improve global cold chain quality and safety challenges.
 
Frank Finn, Principal The Capo Initiative
Frank D. Finn is a recognized leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. As the former President of McCain Foods US, Frank brings unparalleled experience in designing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that drive organizational change. Previously he worked in executive level positions at Royal Dutch Shell and PepsiCo, both domestically and internationally. Frank serves as an advisory board member to Michigan State University’s hockey program and is an advisor to the Navy SEAL Foundation where he supports Special Operations Warriors transitioning from active military service to civilian life. Frank holds an executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Chartered Director certification from McMaster University and bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University
 
Aaron Gelb, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey
 
Corey Gilchrist - Vice President of Total Rewards, Shamrock Foodservice;
 
Tim Hindes, Co-founder, Stay Metrics and Product Retention Manager, Tenstreet
As CEO of Stay Metrics, Tim works with trucking companies to improve driver retention. Tim started his career in trucking as an owner operator in the early eighties, later becoming a dispatcher. An opportunity to sell freight in rural Indiana built him a reputation and a desirable book of business, opening up the door to start a terminal for Jim Crane and leading to a 10 year career in product management and turn around including an opportunity to execute a business model for the early XPO team. A self-taught entrepreneur with multiple successful startups, Hindes helps businesses create cultures that focus on the employee.
 
Shane Holloway, Facility Manager, Ben E. Keith Company
Shane Holloway is a warehouse veteran with over 26 years’ experience. Shane has spent time on days and nights in management. The past 4 years has been in Facilities manager responsible for a monthly budget on building and equipment repairs. Living in Oklahoma City with his wife and 2 young sons. He also has 3 older children and 2 grandchildren. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
 
Gary Johnson, Director, Risk and Compliance Management, Lytx
Gary has more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, with an emphasis on occupational safety and health, human resources and employee management. In February 2014, Gary joined video telematics leader Lytx, where he provides service consulting and innovative program solutions to fit the risk and compliance needs of Lytx’s 3,000+ commercial transportation and government clients. Gary works with Lytx clients to structure enterprise risk management programs to fit their specific needs, and develops alternative risk solutions to benefit the transportation industry.
 
Jon Krueger, SAFe and Lean Portfolio Lead, GFS
Aaron R. Gelb is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office where he leads the firm’s Midwest OSHA practice.  Mr. Gelb regularly advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving federal OSHA and state OSH programs, while managing a full range of litigation against OSHA. Mr. Gelb regularly presents on OSH matters across the country and currently leads the Illinois Manufacturers Association’s workplace safety and health educational series.  Mr. Gelb attended college at the University of Chicago and law school at the University of Texas in Austin.  He lives steps away from Wrigley Field with his wife, three daughters and two dogs.
 
Jeremy Lake, Assistant Transportation Manager, Ben E. Keith Foods, Oklahoma City
I am currently the Assistant Transportation Manager at Ben E Keith – Oklahoma.  I started out as a Route Service Associate and then got promoted to Transportation Supervisor and I have been the Assistant Manager since November 2017.  The best part of my job is seeing young employees grow and develop into great employees at the top of their profession and advance their career at Ben E Keith.
 
Kent Latta, Director, Product Engineering Refrigerated, Great Dane;
 
Larry Lipschultz, CFO, Golbon
 
Lynnleigh Maloney, VP HR Strategic Planning & Execution, Performance Group
 
Frank Meek, Technical Services Manager, BCE
Frank Meek provides technical support and guidance for Orkin in the areas of training and education, and operations and marketing. As a board-certified entomologist and an almost 35-year industry veteran, he is an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management. For more information, email fmeek@rollins.com or visit https://www.orkin.com/commercial.
 
Michael Mortensen, Principal, Jackson Lewis
Michael T. Mortensen is a principal in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on traditional labor relations, workplace law, and preventive advice and counseling. Mike's extensive labor relations experience includes collective bargaining, labor contract administration, grievances and arbitration hearings, NLRB proceedings, litigation, work stoppages, acquisitions and divestitures, and multiemployer benefit plans. He also serves as a trusted partner and advisor in all aspects of employment law, including administrative agency investigations and proceedings, discipline and discharge, complex investigations, workplace compliance, leave and accommodation administration, and HR policy management. Mike spent several years directly interacting with employees on behalf of management during union organizing drives in a wide variety of industries and locations across the country. He devotes a significant amount of time advising employers faced with union organizing, corporate campaigns, large-scale protests and demonstrations, and representation elections, as well as assisting with the development of comprehensive programs to promote positive employee relations and effective leadership.  He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and holds a BA from Creighton University.
 
Ben Nemtin, New York Times best-selling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life.
As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben's message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC News, and Oprah, who called Ben and his friends "truly inspiring." An acclaimed speaker, Ben has keynoted business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Levi's, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. In 2019 Ben was named in the World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus. It all stems from a battle Ben had with depression over a decade ago. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world's greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a girl with a much-needed bionic arm--Ben's bucket list quest has inspired millions to realize their true potential.
 
Joe O'Hea, Account Manager, VAI - Vormittag Associates, Inc.
 
Lev Pobirsky, Sr.,Director of Safety at Pepsi-Cola and National Brand Beverages
 
Suzanne Rajczi, Ginsberg's Foods;
Suzanne Rajczi became Chief Executive Officer for Ginsberg’s Foods, Inc. in January 2017.  Ginsberg’s is a century old, family owned, broadline foodservice distributor, located in Hudson NY.  Her strategic leadership has helped Ginsberg’s become one of the largest independent foodservice distributors in the Hudson Valley. During her 38-year career with the company, Rajczi has served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Merchandising, as well as worked in sales, marketing, and purchasing. Suzanne’s national foodservice network and industry acumen has led her to leverage strategic partnerships with national organizations such as the NPD, Supply Track Distributor Board member, Distributor Advisor for Technomic and UniPro. She is on the Board of Directors of UniPro, and presently on the IFDA Board of Directors. She has served as Chairperson of IFDA’s Women’s Leadership Forum as well as the Chair of UniPro’s Sales and Marketing Committee.
 
Brady Rickman, Night Manager, Ben E. Keith Foods, Oklahoma City; 
Brady Rickman, born in 1984 in Oklahoma City. Graduate Stigler High School in 2002, started working for Ben E. Keith in the fall of 2003, graduated OSU-OKC in 2021. Happily married to wife Marty Rickman, for 12 years, with 2 beautiful daughters Ally, age 10, and Gabriella, age 5.  I have spent the last 21 years of my life in the food distribution industry, ranging from front line cook at a restaurant, to now managing 85 employees overseeing a distribution center responsible for an average of 420,000 cases a week, 15 million dollars weekly in shipping sales, and a monthly payroll register over 300,000. When I started my role as the outbound facility manager, our department had an average of 8 months of tenure and after 4 years in this role, and a pandemic wreaking havoc on our labor force, we have increased the average tenure to 3.82 years as a shift. The cause for this was the complete investment into our team members, as your best way to improve your talent is to train them and instill every bit of knowledge you can. The best “team” you can make is better than running with a few stellar employees, make each link in the chain as strong as possible to help reduce the chance of a breakdown from your group.
 
Ilhiana Rojas, BeLIVE Consulting
Ilhiana Rojas is a seasoned Business Strategist, Executive and Career Transformation Strategy Coach & consultant, a Diversity & Inclusion Catalyst, a Hispanic Advocate, a Bestselling Author, and an International Motivational Speaker. Ilhiana has over 20 years of executive experience in top Fortune 500 companies leading and coaching professionals, teams, and businesses into success. Her expertise includes leadership development, diversity & inclusion practices, high-performing teamwork, purpose-driven culture mindset, resilient & agile behaviors, and personal branding. Through her coaching strategies, programs, and workshops, Ilhiana has impacted over 1000+ professionals, fostering new skills, attitudes, and behaviors with clear action-driven blueprints resulting in positive career, business and workplace performance. Ilhiana is a Certified Professional Coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation), a Certified DISC+VALUES Coach by InstituteSuccess, and holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. Ilhiana graduated with honors as a Chemical Engineer in Mexico City, and lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two kids.
 
Paul Rosa, SVP, Procurement & Fleet Planning, Penske Truck Leasing
Paul Rosa is Senior Vice President of Procurement and Fleet Planning for Penske Truck Leasing, responsible for all vehicle and non-vehicle purchases, including asset management, supplier relations, residuals management, and fleet planning activities for a company fleet of over 350,000 vehicles. Rosa’s career at Penske has spanned over two decades, and he has accrued over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He joined the company as District Rental Manager in Hartford, Conn., in 1993.  Rosa then progressed through the roles of Area Rental Manager in New England, Manager of Consumer Rental, Quality Black Belt, Quality Master Black Belt, Manager of Commercial Rental, Director of Vehicle Planning, and Vice President of Vehicle Supply & Planning.  He was named Senior Vice President of Procurement and Fleet Planning in 2014.
 
Shelley Row, P.E.
A professional engineer and former executive, Shelley Row, is a leadership decision­making expert…and recovering over­thinker. She works with managers and executives to make insightful decisions using their infotuition® ­ the intersection of business pragmatics, gut feel and neuroscience. She is an author, speaker and consultant.
 
Mayo Rude, Director of Sales, Truck Body Division, Great Dane;
 
Shailu Satish, Co-founder, Dispatch Track;
Shailu Satish has overseen the rapid growth of teams, products, and customers at DispatchTrack since the beginning. Prior to DispatchTrack, Shailu received her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Mississippi before running a global team for Hewlett-Packard's enterprise product suite. Her wide-ranging technical experience—combined with her team-building talents—have helped her lead the company towards sustainable growth.
 
Steve Stomel, Founder & CEO of ProCat Distribution Technologies
Steve Stomel is the Founder and CEO of ProCat Distribution Technologies.  Started in 2001, ProCat brings cost-effective technology to food distribution companies.  The company offers 14 modular software solutions to support critical functions in the warehouse including Receiving, Cycle Counting, Order Picking, Loading, Put-away, and Replenishment. Over 200 warehouses across the United States rely on ProCat’s technology every day.
 
Dr. Tony Vercillo, Chief Executive Officer, S. Bertram
Author, professor and marketing and distribution expert Dr. Tony Vercillo is chief executive officer for S. Bertram, a Linden, NJ based foodservice distributor. He has performed marketing, distribution and cost reduction projects for clients in more than 30 countries around the world, and launched more than 20 products into the global marketplace. He spent twelve years as an international business consultant, four years as a chief operating officer and regional vice president for a major financial services firm, and nine years as the national manager of distribution for PepsiCo. Dr. Tony Vercillo is a lead instructor in the Effective Management certificate program at California State University, Fullerton.
 
Mike Walsh, Futurist and CEO of Tomorrow
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. A global nomad, futurist and author of the bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, he advises some of the world’s biggest organizations on digital transformation and disruptive innovation in this new era of machine intelligence. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his podcast, 'Between Worlds'. His latest book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to be smart when machines are smarter than you, offers a hopeful and practical guide for reinventing leadership and organizations. Mike's other books include Futuretainment (winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York), published by Phaidon, and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide: researching trends, collecting case studies and presenting on the future of business and leadership.
 
Lance Wheeler, Food Safety Manager, BEK OKC
Lance began his Food Safety Career in 1991 when he joined The HoneyBaked Ham Co.  During his 25 year tenure he progressed from employee to assistant manager, store manager then district manager.  During this period he crafted his skill set through daily employee interaction, applications of Food Safety in retail, manufacturing and distribution.  In 2016 he progressed into food service distribution and became Food Safety Manager for Monterrey Provisions.  In 2017 he was offered the opportunity to join Ben E Keith Foodservice Distribution of Oklahoma as Food Safety/Occupational Safety Manager.   With Ben E. Keith he is able to apply his knowledge in employee communication and training, manufacturing, receiving, storage, loading, final mile distribution and delivery stages. His professional achievements include: Serve Safe Certified 1992 -2016, PCQI    FSPCA   Preventive Controls for Human Food, FDQI    FSPCA   Food Defense   Intentional Adulteration and Contamination Assessment, National HACCP Certification, AFDO –( Association of Food and Drug Officials) – Seafood HACCP Certification, Internal Audit Certification, Sanitation in the Food Industry, Food Defense and Food Fraud, Food Allergen and Recall, and most recently Food Safety Professional Certification from Oklahoma State University.
 
Rich Wolowski, CEO, Gordon Food Service;
Rich Wolowski became Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Food Service in November 2016 after having previously served as president & COO. Beginning his career with Gordon in 2004, he has held key positions in the company including Director of Program Sales, General Manager of the Central States Division, Senior Manager of U.S. National Accounts Sales/Distribution, and North America eBusiness. He previously served as Vice President of supply chain technology at Amphire Solutions as well as ten years as Vice President of National Accounts for US Foods. Along with his seat on the Gordon Food Service Board, Rich is also Vice Chairman of the IFDA Board of Directors and Markon Cooperative. In 2021, Rich became a member of Business Leaders for Michigan organization.
 
Erich Wolters, VP of Solutions at Wise Systems
Bringing deep account management and leadership experience, Erich works with Wise Systems’ customers to address their last-mile routing challenges and help them reach their goals. Previously, Erich was Vice President at Gartner, and held sales leadership positions at Forrester Research, and Business Wire. Erich holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Boston University.
 
Jennifer Chierek Znosko, Shareholder, Littler
Jennifer C. Znosko is an experienced employment attorney whose practice extends to numerous areas of employment counseling and litigation. As a seasoned attorney and former human resources professional, Jen brings a unique and valuable perspective to any employment or personnel challenges faced by her clients.