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Brian Armieri, MercuryGate

Brian Armieri is the Chief Technology Officer at MercuryGate. Brian joined MercuryGate in 2002 and has 25 years of experience in leading-edge technology initiatives. He coordinates MercuryGate’s efforts on both day-to-day activities and longer-term research efforts, and helps to ensure quality and consistency across MercuryGate’s emerging products and technologies. Before his appointment as CTO, Brian served as President of Nexien Corp., a consulting group providing expertise, outsourcing, and training services based on Sun Microsystems’ Java2 Enterprise Edition platform. Brian’s long career as a consultant has given him experience in a wide range of industries including finance, insurance, healthcare, higher education, and government. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Click here for Brian’s commentaries.

Jason Craig, C.H. Robinson

Jason Craig is Manager, Government Affairs at C.H. Robinson Worldwide. Jason has over 15 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative affairs impacting the transportation and produce industries for C.H. Robinson. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to Transportfolio and the TMC Blog Jason is a graduate of Carleton College and serves as an election judge in the City of Minneapolis. Click here for Jason’s commentaries.

Ben Cubitt, Transplace

Ben Cubitt is Senior Vice President, Consulting & Engineering at Transplace. With more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience in freight optimization, Mr. Cubitt has a deep familiarity with the freight procurement field working for consulting firms and multiple Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products, paper and automotive industries. Mr. Cubitt has led and assisted with bid projects for companies such as MeadWestvaco, Kellogg’s, The Home Depot, Colgate-Palmolive, RockTenn and McCormick Foods. Mr. Cubitt joined Transplace in July 2010 after four years as Vice President, Supply Chain for RockTenn Corporation. At Transplace he leads the engineering and consulting teams. He has been a CSCMP member for more than 20 years and has served as a track chairman at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference. Click here for Ben’s commentaries.

Tim Dalton, LeanLogistics

Tim Dalton is Procurement Manager at LeanLogistics, where he oversees all Full-Service and DIY Procurement project. Tim has a BSBA from Central Michigan University where he majored in Logistics and Marketing and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Click here for Tim’s commentaries.

Adrian Gonzalez, Talking Logistics / Adelante SCM

Adrian Gonzalez is Founder and Host of Talking Logistics; he is also Founder and President of Adelante SCM, a peer-to-peer learning and networking community for supply chain and logistics young professionals. Prior to his current roles, Adrian held various leadership positions at ARC Advisory Group, Motorola, Polaroid, and Clare. Adrian speaks frequently at industry events and conferences and is regularly quoted in industry publications. He is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Click here for Adrian’s commentaries.

Rob Howard, Grand Junction

Rob Howard is the founder and CEO of Grand Junction (, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing the unique requirements of local delivery and customer-facing logistics. Prior to Grand Junction, he cofounded Ensenda, a non-asset based third-party logistics (3PL) provider focused on the last mile. Rob has a fifteen-year track record of driving innovation and leading both start-ups and nonprofits to success. Click here for Rob’s commentaries.

Chris Jones, Descartes Systems Group

Chris Jones is the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Services at Descartes. He has over 20 years of experience in the supply chain market, holding variety of senior management positions including: Senior Vice President at The Aberdeen Group’s Value Chain Research division, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for SynQuest and Vice President and Research Director for Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions at The Gartner Group. Click here for Chris’ commentaries.

Jordan Kass, C.H. Robinson

Jordan Kass is Vice President of Management Services for C.H. Robinson. In his role, Jordan has global responsibility for Managed TMS®, offered through TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, and all C.H. Robinson management services. Prior to his current role, Jordan was Executive Director for TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson. Jordan has a B.A from Indiana University. Click here for Jordan’s commentaries.

Peter Mento, C.H. Robinson

Pete Mento is Director, Global Customs and Trade Policy, at C.H. Robinson. He is a Licensed Customs House Broker and brings industry recognized Foreign Relations Expertise. Pete is an accomplished policy academic who has written many articles and work papers on Trade Theory and Trade Practices. He is especially well versed in matters of import compliance, customs valuation, duty minimization, international finance, and defense industry compliance, free trade as a force for the elimination of poverty and cross border free trade agreements. Pete received his Masters Degree in Government (Trade Theory Focused) from Harvard University and his undergraduate work at Maine Maritime Academy, where he served five consecutive terms as a member of the advisory board. Click here for Peter’s commentaries.

Art Mesher, Descartes Systems Group

Art Mesher is Chairman and CEO of Descartes Systems, where he has led the creation of the first on-demand logistics network that provides application and communication capabilities for truck, air, and ocean transportation. Mesher has been involved in the development of business applications for distributed computing since the 1980s, helping to grow the logistics software company Vocam Systems, which went public and was then sold to Pitney Bowes. Mesher was also President of Advanced Logistics Research, where he helped companies develop and deploy emerging technology-based supply-chain strategies, and he launched the Integrated Logistics Strategies Services practice at Gartner. Mesher is also the Chairman of the Core Group, developers of the Core Recreational Complex and Elite Athlete Performance Centre in Kitchener, Waterloo. Click here for Art’s commentaries.

Scott Nemeth, Ryder

Scott W. Nemeth is a Group Director of Transportation Management (TM) at Ryder. He is a logistics and operations professional with 22+ years of experience in transportation management solutions, business development, implementations, product development and account relationship management. Throughout his career Mr. Nemeth has implemented and operated numerous TM solutions for customers across a variety of industry segments. Click here for Scott’s commentaries.

Clark Petersen, C.H. Robinson

Clark Petersen, Director of Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson, is committed to delivering exceptional value every day. He joined C.H. Robinson through the acquisition of Phoenix International Freight Services in 2012. For eight years while at Phoenix International, Clark was responsible for the development of the purchase order, vendor management, and bundled logistics service offerings. Clark has more than 20 years of experience in the forwarding and logistics industry. His past roles include operations management as well as business and service program development. In his current position he is responsible for the continued growth and development of C.H. Robinson’s purchase order and vendor management service offerings and their supporting technologies. Click here for Clark’s commentaries.

Michael Rackley, Ryder

Michael Rackley is Senior Director of Product Completion for Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. In his role, he is responsible for designing plant layouts, engineering specifics, demand planning requirements, shop floor requirements as well as creating awareness for the product completion center solution. Mr. Rackley joined Ryder in 2004 and since then has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Ryder, he worked as the Director of Quality for Lego Systems for 2 years. Before Lego Systems, he worked for Coca Cola USA for 22 years in roles of increasing responsibility and eventually became their Corporate Director of Quality for US Facilities. Mr. Rackley earned a BS in Biology from Lubbock Christian University and an MS in Microbiology from Abilene Christian University. He was also certified as a Logistics Professional with Georgia Tech University. Click here for Michael’s commentaries.

Mario Rivera, Ryder

Mario E. Rivera is a Director of Supply Chain Excellence at Ryder. He is a logistics and engineering professional with 10+ years of experience in supply chain engineering, optimization and solutions design and development, operations and business development. Throughout his career, Mr. Rivera has been involved in designing, implementing, and supporting numerous supply chain solutions for Ryder’s customers across a variety of industry segments. Click here for Mario’s commentaries.

Steve Raetz, C.H. Robinson

Steve Raetz is Director, Supply Chain Integration at C.H. Robinson. Steve has 22 years of industry experience. He currently supports strategies designed to enhance the realized value that logistics operations have on supply chain and business initiatives. Steve is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and serves on two university supply chain advisory boards. Click here for Steve’s commentaries.

Anthony Vitiello, UltraShipTMS

Anthony Vitiello is Director of Marketing at UltraShipTMS, where he brings 20 years of success in marketing and public relations to the position. Prior to UltraShipTMS, Mr. Vitiello held marketing leadership positions with a Fortune 500 software company, an international public relations agency serving Silicon Valley companies, and an exclusive, high net-worth wealth management firm serving professional sports figures and top energy industry executives. A published columnist and prolific blogger, Mr. Vitiello is responsible for generating and curating Ultra’s Supply Chain Collaborator blog and the company’s library of technical papers, business case studies, e-newsletters and other materials. Mr. Vitiello graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in liberal arts. Click here for Anthony’s commentaries.

Peter Yost, MercuryGate

Peter Yost is the Director of Business Development at MercuryGate International. He has 30 years of experience in technology sales & marketing, including 10 years in the logistics industry. He is responsible for MercuryGate’s domestic and international partner ecosystem that is expanding the company’s reach into Europe, Asia and South America. Peter has a BBA in Marketing and Information Technology from Georgia Southern University. Click here for Peter’s commentaries.


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