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2017 Fall Leadership Conference Speakers
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November 8 - 9, 2017

We are excited the following speakers will be joining us at the Leadership Conference.  Join us as we will discuss Contracts, what should be in them and what do people most often leave on the table; What are shippers looking for from carriers and what do they want a partnership or just transactions; True cost/benefit of technologies, how to decide if a technology is worth adding; Recruiting and human resource issues and solutions.






Jason Fischer

Chick-fil-a - Director, Supply Chain - Distribution

Jason Fischer serves the Chick-fil-A Support Center by leading the distribution team for the US business. Chick-fil-A is privately held and family owned and is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, with over 2,200 locations in 48 states and the District of Columbia. In 2016, annual sales were over $8 billion.  With 49 consecutive years of positive sales growth, Chick-fil-A has set itself apart by pioneering innovations and delicious products.

Jason started his career in distribution working in the Wal-Mart Supply Chain, where he held various positions learning the value of leadership and innovation.  Previously, Jason served as the Vice President of U.S. Operations for Martin-Brower.  Jason provided leadership and support for Martin-Brower's distribution across the U.S. Business. Martin-Brower is McDonald's largest distributor in the United States, Canada and Latin America, delivering over 251 million cases of product to more than 9,600 restaurants each year. Martin-Brower operates 15 distribution centers in the United States, six centers in Canada, one in Ireland, one in Puerto Rico, one in Costa Rica, one in Panama, and four in Brazil with over 4,000 employees. Martin-Brower also provides distribution services for Chipotle restaurants. 

Jason holds a MBA and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Jason and his wife, Veronica, have a daughter, Riley Grace, and live in the Atlanta area. In 2018, Riley will attend the University of Florida.  She will play volleyball for the Gators.  If they are not hanging out or at volleyball tournaments watching Riley play, Jason can be found on the golf course.


Mike Casteel

United Parcel Service - Director of fleet Procurement

Mike has been with UPS for 38 years.   His experience spans a variety of managerial positions in operations, supply management, risk management, energy and automotive related procurement roles.

Currently, Mike is responsible for all fleet related procurement activities for UPS in the US and Canada, and has a leading role in developing the financial strategies involved in the deployment of the UPS alternative fuel fleet, including the large scale natural gas fleet projects currently underway.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in business and multiple certifications in negotiations, supply chain management and is a certified procurement manager.

William A. Merrigan

WestRock - Senior Vice President, Enterprise Logistics

Bill Merrigan is Senior Vice President, Enterprise Logistics. He leads all companywide logistics functions including network design; transportation; warehousing for roll stock and recycled fiber; and finished goods distribution. He also oversees freight procurement and freight execution. Prior to joining WestRock/Rock-Tenn in 2015, Bill served in a variety of supply chain and logistics leadership roles for a number of major companies in the transportation, grocery, convenience store, forest products and chemical industries, as well as in several consulting roles. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College.


Michelle D. Livingstone

The Home Depot - Vice President of Transportation

Michelle Livingstone serves as Vice President of Transportation for The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot‘s multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries. Michelle joined the Company in October 2007 with more than 25 years of transportation supply chain experience.  Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.


Michelle is actively engaged in the industry.  She serves as a director on the boards of the Transportation Institute of University of Denver and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation.  In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association where she serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Logistics Steering Committee.  She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level.

Michelle was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.  She also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women. Most recently Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the National Freight Advisory Committee which is focused on our nation’s freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy. Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Brian Kinsey

Brown Integrated Logistics, Inc. - President & CEO

Brian Kinsey is CEO of Brown Integrated Logistics, Inc. 

Kinsey holds a B.S. in Behavioral Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Boston, MA


Dustin Barney

AGCO Corporation - Director, Logistics and Materials Management North America

Dustin Barney is the Director of Logistics and Materials Management for AGCO in North America. Dustin is responsible for all Transportation activities for the North America region and the functional North America Materials Management strategies. The North America Materials Management and Logistics team supports AGCO’s Global Supply Chain long-term strategy by providing an optimized and balanced approach between cost and service in areas such as inventory management, supplier performance, ERP software implementation, material distribution and warehousing. Dustin has spent the past 15 years in various Supply Chain roles in the agriculture and mining sectors. Prior to joining AGCO in 2013 Dustin worked for Caterpillar in their Global Mining division. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment through well-known brands including Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®. AGCO headquarters are in Duluth, GA and it is listed as AGCO on NYSE.

Barney Holds a BA in English from West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV and a Masters of Business Administration from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA.


Noel Perry

FTR Transportation Intelligence - Truck and Transportation, Lead Author

Noël Perry is the rare economist to specialize in transportation and logistics. Beginning on a loading dock and culminating in his role as a leading industry consultant, Noël has followed his passionate interest in the way freight moves for over 40 years.

Noël continues his strategic work on customer logistics economics, North American transportation demand, carrier competition and ground-breaking research on truck driver supply and demand. His innovative work in freight demand modeling, modal price competition and driver labor economics are in wide-spread use. He also maintains his extensive relations with the logistics analysis community, from security analysts to analytical vendors to trade associations.

Noël served for thirty years in senior research positions at Schneider National, Cummins Engine Company and CSX. That gives him a uniquely broad perspective on the market, covering three modes: rail, truck, barge and the supplier sector. Frequently published, he is a member of the Transportation Research Board, the Transportation Research Forum, the National Business Economists' Issues Council, the Council of Logistics Management and, in his spare time, the Society for American Baseball Research.

Noël is the lead author for FTR's monthly subscriptions, Trucking Update and State of Freight INSIGHTS. INSIGHTS provides Noël's on-going research, analysis, and commentary on hot topics affecting the trucking and transportation markets.
Noël holds degrees in Architecture from the University Of Pennsylvania and City Planning from Harvard University and is a graduate of Girard College, a unique primary and secondary school in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam war. In his spare time he is a gardener, singer, golfer and amateur World War II historian. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Pennsylvania.


Karla Staver

Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC - Director of Safety and Claims Prevention

Karla Staver is Saia's director of safety. In this role, she oversees Saia's Safety Department and provides leadership for the company's regional safety management team. Additionally, Staver's responsibilities include ensuring all drivers understand and follow company and Department of Transportation policies and procedures, overseeing all safety training, employee/company compliance with all government regulations, and the reduction and prevention of injuries and accidents.

A 15-year transportation industry veteran, Staver previously worked as Saia's regional human resource manager for both the company's Atlanta and Charlotte regions. She also has served as a Saia regional safety manager and safety administrative supervisor.

Staver and her husband live near Canton, Ga. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.


Gregory M. Feary

Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C. - Managing Partner

Gregory M. Feary is President of the firm and also serves as a managing partner who practices primarily in a wide range of areas including transportation laws, independent contractor laws, transportation insurance laws, legislative support and transportation contract matters. He is the Vice Chair of the ATA/NAFC Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Committee and a member of the ATA Insurance Task Force for which he serves as Chairman of the Lawyer’s Subcommittee. He also served as ATA’s national transportation insurance law counsel throughout the 1990s. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Purdue University's Center for Transportation Distribution Logistics.  Mr. Feary was named to The BTI Client Service All-Stars 2012 and 2016 list and as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Indiana by the Indiana Super Lawyers® peer selection survey.   He is also AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and recognized as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation” by Martindale-Hubbell™ and American Lawyer Media. Mr. Feary currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law-Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  

Mr. Feary has created and counseled many captive insurance companies and is the author of The Definitive Industry Primer on Occupational Accident Insurance in Trucking. He is also the author of both Independent Contractor Employment Classification:  A Survey of State and Federal Laws in the Motor Carrier Industry, 35 Trans. Law J. 139 (2008) and 1995 Developments in Workers' Compensation, 29 Ind. L. Rev. 1139 (1996) and drafted Indiana's law deeming owner-operators of trucks to be independent contractors for purposes of workers' compensation.


Rob Moseley

Smith Moore Leatherwood - Partner, Transportation and Logistics Industry Leader

Rob Moseley is the head of Smith, Moore and Leatherwood’s  Transportation Industry Group representing trucking companies, brokers and logistics companies (and their insurance carriers), with disputes involving commercial transportation accidents, federal & state safety regulations, commercial insurance coverage disputes, freight claims, and other disputes involving trucking companies. He has tried over 75 cases to jury verdict in federal & state courts of unlimited jurisdiction.

Rob is an expert in contract review and drafting, and has a well-earned reputation as an advisor who helps trucking companies proactively assess and address risk both internally and externally.  Mosely is also one of the leading experts on CSA and HOS issues and his breakout session will focus on those areas.


MAtthew P. Stone

Smith Moore Leatherwood - Partner, Transportation

Matt Stone's practice is focused on resolving motor vehicle liability claims against companies, drivers and insurers in the transportation industry. He represents motor carriers, specialty haulers, bus lines and motor coaches, waste haulers, mobile cranes and emergency and non-emergency transportation providers. He has extensive experience handling claims from the on-scene investigation through trial and appeals and has been named a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Transportation by Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Daily Report.

Matt also regularly represents automobile dealerships in litigation, consumer and regulatory issues. He served as lead defense counsel for the auto dealership in Melton v. General Motors, et al., the landmark case involving a defective ignition switch that led to GM’s recall of more than 2 million vehicles, a Congressional inquiry into GM's conduct, and record-breaking civil penalties levied against GM by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).

He has tried cases in all of Georgia's federal judicial districts and many of Georgia's 49 judicial circuits, and he has represented clients in more than 75 appeals to the state and federal appellate courts in Georgia.

Matt is a member of industry-specific groups, including the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA), the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC) and the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (GADA).

He is one of two attorneys in the Country to be approved as an instructor for the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), which provides internationally-recognized, university-affiliated professional certification and training for truck, bus, and transit fleet professionals. He teaches a segment on litigation during the quarterly NATMI classes held at GMTA.

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