Episode 37

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Joe Howard is executive editor of Transport Topics. He returned to TT in January 2017 after spending the prior 16 months in a communications role for two councils within American Trucking Associations. He had served in a variety of editorial roles at TT from 2008 to 2015.

Senior Features Writer, Transport Topics

Dan Bearth

Executive Editor, Transport Topics

Trucking, logistics, supply chain, year in review, news

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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. 

Joe Howard 

Santosh Sankar is cofounder and director of venture capital firm Dynamo, where he is responsible for the strategic vision, planning and investing of the company’s global seed fund. The 2010 graduate of Penn State University was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for venture capital last November.

Bob Voltmann is in his 19th year as president of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the  professional organization of the third-party logistics industry. He also has been director of policy for the National Industrial Transportation League and chief of staff to the Interstate Commerce Commissioner.

Santosh Sankar

Co-founder and Directer, Dynamo

Bob Voltmann

President, Transportation Intermediaries Association

It was just an idea until it found a $38 billion market in desparate need of finding new efficiency...

Then came the seed capital, the incubator mentorship, and the accelerator program. Now, that small idea is on the verge of changing the supply chain completely -- and everybody is interested.

The thing is, this story is not exceptional; these days, it's the rule. Good ideas now stream into the logistics marketplace, where investors wait, hungrily eyeing business potential. In fact, Transport Topics Senior Features Writer, Daniel P. Bearth reports that since 2013, investors have poured a whopping $14.4 billion into this space. Constant innovation is the only way forward for those hoping to meet the changing needs of shippers and carriers.

But that notion can be difficult to digest, especially in a space where margins are tight and risk needs constant managing. How will you exist in this change-or-be-changed space? How do you put it all together in a way that makes business sense today?

Mike Roeth is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the trucking efficiency operations for the Carbon War Room. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Ohio State University and a master’s in organizational leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Evan Armstrong is president of Armstrong and Associates, a consulting practice that provides clients with expertise in 3PL strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, 3PL pricing and performance benchmarking, and legal/expert witness engagements.

Mike Roeth

Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency 

Evan Armstrong

President, Armstrong and Associates

Show time: 12 PM ET, Wednesday December 13

While we prepare the replay, take a look at our full interview with Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist (right). Join in as he looks back on the 2017 year in trucking, calling it a "transition year" and expecting better things for 2018. His interview with TT's Joe Howard is part of our Dec. 13 LiveOnWeb program, "2017 Year in Review."

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