Episode 40

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Dan Ronan is associate news editor/print and multimedia at Transport Topics. Ronan has been awarded eight Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalism excellence. Ronan was a network correspondent with CNN and serves a part-time news anchor on SiriusXM’s Road Dog News.

Senior Features Writer, Transport Topics

Dan Bearth

Associate Editor/Print and Multimedia, Transport Topics

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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. 

Dan Ronan

Jason Foshaug is president and CEO at VelocityRater, an Atlanta-based company that helps carriers and shippers collaborate to reduce dwell times. He also served in several roles at Coca-Cola over 10 years, including four years as vice president of logistics, private fleet and contract manufacturing procurement.

Brad Jenkins serves as vice president of supply and distribution for Pilot Flying J and Pilot Thomas Logistics. Jenkins oversees day-to-day operations related to supply, logistics, trading, retail pricing, business development and strategic opportunities. He has an extensive background in the oil industry.

Jason Foshaug

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Speaker four, Hayden Cardiff

President & CEO, VelocityRater LLC

Brad Jenkins 

VP of Supply and Distribution, Pilot Flying J 

Orchestrating The Supply Chain 

Could high-performing private trucking fleets become competitive self-standing transportation businesses? 

Ask experts in the industry, including some very innovative executives, and the answer is yes. And the reason has much to do with the ways they can wield their specialization and leverage capacity. 

In a live news roundtable, the Transport Topics team gathers the biggest actors in this bubbling drama - a sought-after business expert who once helmed Walmart's transportation unit, a forward-thinking head of a major private carrier, and a detention expert. Led by Transport Topics’ journalists, the frank and lively discussion promises to reveal the ways these players will change the competitive landscape.

Ron Drogan is president of Red Classic Transportation Services of Charlotte, N.C., which is wholly owned by Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Drogan has more than a decade of executive level experience in international and domestic transportation, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain logistics and warehousing/distribution.

Chris Sultemeier is a consultant and former executive vice president of logistics for Walmart Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in the retail, distribution and logistics industries. Sultemeier helps retail, distribution, shipping and transportation companies build out or streamline operations.

Ron Drogan 

President, Red Classic Transportation 

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Chris Sultemeier

Consultant, Business Operations

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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