Truck Freight

Tuesday, September 12th

From sessions to networking, we impact your decision-making

This freight-focused assessment of the trucking industry will dive deep into the current state of the economic, regulatory, and industrial factors that impact the demand for freight and rate pressure. With an excellent agenda featuring renowned industry speakers as well as exclusive forecasts powered by the FTR Freight•cast forecasting methodology, you'll leave the 2022 FTR Transportation Conference with a crystal clear understanding of where the trucking market is headed in the near and long terms.

  • Exclusive economic and freight forecasts from FTR

  • Examinations of regulatory and legal developments and a dive into the nagging driver supply issues

  • Keynote session providing insights from a major industry executive

  • Carrier, shipper, and broker perspectives on the state of the market and expectations for the coming year

  • Discussion of specific developments that could transform how the market operates

What should you expect for the Truck Freight session?

  • Exclusive economic and freight forecasts from FTR

  • Examinations of regulatory and legal developments and a dive into the nagging driver supply issues

  • Keynote session providing insights from a major industry executive

  • Carrier, shipper, and broker perspectives on the state of the market and expectations for the coming year

  • Discussion of specific developments that could transform how the market operates

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Truck Freight Agenda

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6:30 AM - Indy Canal Run/Walk

Meet in the Crowne Plaza lobby. Start your day off right with a 3 or 5-mile run, or a 2-mile walk down the Indy canal. A great time to enjoy the beauty of Indianapolis and engage with your colleagues. Participants also receive a complimentary running shirt.

8:45 AM - Welcome
9:00 AM - Economic Outlook: Where is the Consumer Sector Heading?

The American consumer has been the bedrock of the U.S. economy and the freight market's strength since the middle of 2020. With soaring inflation and Fed monetary policy aimed at fighting it by slowing the economy, all eyes now focus on where things likely are heading with consumer spending and the retail sector.

Mark Mathews, National Retail Federation

9:45 AM - The Road Ahead: FTR’s Perspective on the Truck Freight Outlook

Fueled by consumer stimulus and a disrupted labor market, trucking has enjoyed an unprecedented period of market profitability and growth. Ongoing disruptions likely will maintain a solid floor on market conditions, but the risks to the outlook are higher.

Avery Vise, FTR

10:15 AM - Carrier Perspectives on the Trucking Market: Will Things Stay Great?

Tight capacity and robust freight generally have kept carriers’ utilization and rates high, but high costs for fuel and labor represent a risk to carrier profits and stability. Trucking executives will share their perspectives on today’s market and the road ahead.

Bill Kretsinger, American Central Transport
Brad Pinchuk, Hirschbach Motor Lines

Avery Vise, FTR

10:45 AM - Networking Break
11:00 AM - Shipper Perspectives on the Trucking Market: Will Things Ever Get Better?

Shippers have never struggled with high rates and tight capacity for such an extended period or seen such an abrupt shift in distribution requirements. Transportation executives for shippers discuss how they have tried to cope with the pandemic market.

Rob Haddock, Coca-Cola North America
Meredith Neizer, ARMADA

Eric Starks, FTR

11:30 AM - Broker/Logistics Perspectives on the Trucking Market: Will We Ever See Balance?

Supply chain disruptions coupled with tight and shifting truck capacity have kept brokers and third-party logistics firms very busy for about two years. Executives of intermediaries will address their market experiences and expectations for the future.

Jeffrey Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc. 
Shaun Beardall, England Logistics

Avery Vise, FTR

12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Truck Freight Keynote

In 65 years, Werner Enterprises has grown from a single truck to one of the largest and most diverse transportation providers in the nation. Along the way, it has been a pioneer in various respects, such as its adoption of electronic logs nearly 20 years before they became the norm in truckload. Craig Callahan, Werner's chief commercial officer and a 26-year Werner veteran, shares thoughts on the freight industry, including insights from the company's environmental strategy that he oversees.

Craig Callahan, Werner Enterprises
Eric Starks, FTR

1:30 PM - The View from Wall Street: Perspectives on Trucking From Equities Analysts

Following insights from those involved day to day with trucking, we will hear from analysts who help the investment community understand trucking and logistics. We will discuss what trends and strategies are attractive to Wall Street and which are not.

Ken Hoexter, Bank of America
Lee Klaskow, Bloomberg

Avery Vise, FTR

2:00 PM - Beyond Autonomous: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Freight Management

Most of the attention given to artificial intelligence in trucking relates to autonomous driving, but A.I. has broader applications in freight transportation that are already being implemented. Hear how some are employing machine learning to improve efficiency today.

Tom Curee, Kingsgate Logistics
David Dunst, Paper Transport

Jonathan Starks, FTR

2:30 PM - Networking Break
2:45 PM - Washington Update: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Although Congress weighed in on trucking issues in 2021 as part of the infrastructure package, further legislation is always possible. However, the Biden administration is only beginning to weigh in on safety and labor regulations, and the Supreme Court has some important transportation-related issues on its docket.

Anne Reinke, TIA
Prasad Sharma, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson, & Feary, P.C.

Avery Vise, FTR

3:15 PM - Perspectives on How Trucking is Changing

Autonomous vehicles and electric trucks grab lots of attention, but the true benefits of those technologies are years away. In the final session of the Truck Freight track of the FTR Transportation Conference, we examine how market stresses in recent years are changing business models and the structure of the trucking industry.

Thom Albrecht, Reliance Partners
Craig Harper, J.B. Hunt
Leah Shaver, The National Transportation Institute

Avery Vise, FTR

5:30 PM - Evening Reception: Sponsored by RailState

Location: Illinois Street Ballroom, Union Station

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Truck Freight Speakers

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Thom Albrecht CFO & CRO, Reliance Partners
Shaun Beardall EVP, Logistics Services, England Logistics
Craig Callahan EVP Sales & CCO, Werner Enterprises
Tom Curee Sr. Vice President, Kingsgate Logistics
David Dunst IT Manager, Paper Transport
Rob Haddock Group Director, Planning & Logistics, Coca-Cola North America
Craig Harper Chief Sustainability Officer & EVP, J.B. Hunt



Ken Hoexter Managing Director, Bank of America



Lee Klaskow Sr. Transportation & Logistics Analyst, Bloomberg
Bill Kretsinger Chairman & CEO, American Central Transport
Mark Mathews VP, Research Development & Industry Analysis, National Retail Federation
Meredith Neizer Chief Logistics Officer, Armada
Brad Pinchuck CEO, Hirschbach Motor Lines
Anne Reinke President & CEO, TIA
Prasad Sharma Partner, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson, & Feary, P.C.
Leah Shaver President & CEO, The National Transportation Institute
Eric Starks Chairman & CEO, FTR
Jonathan Starks Chief Intelligence Officer, FTR
Jeff Tucker CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc.
Avery Vise Vice President, Trucking, FTR
Bill Witte Witte Econometrics

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