Speakers and Panelists

The 2018 NIT League Transportation Summit will bring some of the top thinkers, analysts, and decision makers in freight transportation and business leadership to Dallas to share their insights. Here are just some of the speakers you’ll hear and meet.



Opening Keynote: Derek Leathers

Werner Enterprises CEO Derek Leathers will set the stage for the 2018 Summit with his opening keynote presentation on developing a strategic plan in a time of regulatory uncertainty. He will share his insights on the different influences at play in the transportation industry, such as economic factors, transportation-specific issues, political changes, and developing technologies.


Dinner Keynote: Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding is the founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development, speaking, training, and executive coaching firm based in Denver, Colorado. He has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, educational institutions, and corporations around the globe, and his October 2015 book, The Heart-Led Leader, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal national bestseller. He will speak on the value and importance of building a professional network you can rely on in uncertain times.



The Next Wave of Transportation

What’s next on the freight transportation horizon? Scott Moscrip, CEO of Truckstop.com, the Internet’s first load board, will share insights into a new forecasting concept that estimates freight rates 12 months into the future based on historical and seasonal data.

Workforce Development 

Recruiting workers to fill freight transportation positions, confronting daily operational changes, effectively managing vast supply chains, and keeping employees actively engaged are just some of the concerns logistics professionals face throughout their careers. This session will address those challenges head on, offering insight for the seasoned veteran and those new transportation and logistics professionals alike.

Featured Speaker: Stephen Timme, Finlistics 

Improved supply chain management (SCM) practices have the potential to increase companies’ overall financial performance. This presentation provides insights on areas of hidden value, ways of using SCM to unlock them and how to better show the value of SCM in the boardroom.

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Emergency Preparedness—Are You Ready?

Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Forest fires. Terrorist acts. These are just some of the challenges companies face above and beyond their daily operations. Developing emergency response plans for your facilities, staff, and operations are a crucial aspect of keeping your businesses running and protecting your greatest assets—your people.

Capacity Challenges in Every Transportation Mode—What to Do?

More than ever before, North American transportation networks are interdependent. When one mode is disrupted, other modes are affected. Today’s ongoing economic recovery, combined with truck regulations, rail disturbances, a rewrite of the world’s retail experience, and other factors, has stretched capacity like never before—pushing prices to historically high levels. Join a distinguished panel of industry executives as they share their experiences, insights and predictions and explore the current and future state of capacity across ocean, air, truck, and intermodal transportation.This is a must-attend session for anyone in the industry who wants to be positioned for success in a time of unprecedented upheaval.

Technology on the Horizon 

How will artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, connected transportation systems, and other technologies affect the freight transportation environment over the next 5-10 years? This panel session will offer a variety of perspectives on technology, freight logistics, and the transportation workforce. Speakers will include:



Freight Transportation’s Rapidly Changing Complexion

Technologies like enhanced autonomy, platooning/peloton technology, and increasingly sophisticated transportation management systems are already providing solutions today, and more changes are on the way. If you’re responsible for freight transportation, customer service, or procurement of materials, you can’t afford to miss this panel discussion. Speakers will include:

Ocean Transportation Today

Join key members of the maritime freight sector as they discuss current and future developments that will affect ocean transportation globally. Speakers will include:

Back to the Future of the Railroad Industry

Journey with our distinguished rail panel to a future of improved service and growth. The panelists will discuss how the customer and railroading experiences can be improved and how the industry and the rail network can handle the increased volume and enhance the domestic and international supply chains. In addition, it will be a great opportunity to see how railroads, shippers, and other rail industry suppliers can work together to make the rail industry the best it can be for all parties. The panel will also look at new technologies and discuss how they could be a factor in how the railroad industry will change. Speakers will include: