The Top 100 For-Hire Carriers and Forecasting the Shifting Business Climate

The business climate may feel unpredictable: while freight demand is expected to increase, the enforcement of the ELD mandate will possibly force out some drivers and reduce hauling capacity. So, how are the top CEOs at the top fleets dealing with the forecast?  Watch the replay below.

  • find out what carriers are doing to prepare for increased demand for freight hauling
  • learn what sectors are growing and which ones are shrinking. 
  • see whether we are seeing a shift away from Over-the-Road toward dedicated contract carriage  
  • hear about future of international trade
  • meet the half-dozen newcomers to Transport Topics’ Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

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Seth Clevenger is Managing Editor/Features at Transport Topics and editor of iTECH, which focuses on the application of information technology in trucking. Previously he covered local government, business, schools and sports in Smyrna, Del., for the Dover Post Co. Clevenger is a 2005 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Daniel Bearth is senior features writer at Transport Topics, which he joined in 1988. Bearth’s primary responsibility is the development of the four annual rankings features: For-Hire, Private Carriers, Logistics Companies and Global Logistics. He also covers business, finance and labor.  

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Managing Editor, Features 

Michael Ducker is President and CEO of FedEx Freight. He provides strategic direction for the corporation’s less-than-truckload companies throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of time-sensitive, critical shipments. He serves on the executive committee of ATA.

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CEO, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Eric Fuller is CEO at U.S. Xpress Inc., where he has worked for nearly 20 years in various management roles across the company. For the past five years, he has served as president and chief operating officer, responsible for operations including OTR, dedicated services, customer service and planning.

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ATA Economist 

Bob Costello is chief economist and senior vice president for American Trucking Associations, managing ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. He also conducts economic analyses and has testified at congressional hearings on trucking issues.

Bob Costello 

Derek Leathers

CEO, Werner Enterprises 

Derek Leathers is President and CEO of Werner Enterprises, a member of the TT 100 For-Hire Carriers list. Leathers has worked in the industry for over 20 years. At Werner his roles have included oversight of all of the asset operating groups and the launch of Werner Global Logistics.

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