Monday, January 25All times are in Eastern Standard Time

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Industry Keynote: Insights from the Top

Moderator: Bill Cassidy, Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Speaker: Brad Jacobs, Chairman & CEO | XPO Logistics

Over the past year, the North American trucking industry has taken an incredible economic hit. While much of the broader economy is hurting, the trucking industry’s challenges are unique. Join Jump Start 2021’s industry keynote speaker for an inside look at the road to recovery.

1:50 – 2:20 p.m.

Conference Chair Remarks

Speaker: Ramona Hood, President & CEO | FedEx Custom Critical

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Keynote: Sabato’s Crystal Ball

Moderator: Satish Jindel, Founder & President | SJC & ShipMatrix

Speaker: Larry J. Sabato, Professor | University of Virginia

Days after inauguration day, Dr. Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, will provide his insights surrounding the impact of the 2020 election. An authority on the subject, Sabato has authored more than two dozen books and essays on politics, also editing the political website Sabato’s Crystal Ball – considered the #1 leader in the field of political prediction by The Pew Charitable Trust.

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.


3:40 – 4:25 p.m.

Global Economic Update

Moderator: Mark Solomon, Senior Writer | FreightWaves
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, Associate Professor of Finance | Director, The Robson Program

2020 was an economic rollercoaster. Renowned global economist Dr. Jeff Rosensweig explains the dips and dives, twists and ascensions the markets have undergone. While it’s difficult to make predictions, he’ll also look to the year ahead to decipher what may be in store for a global economy still reeling from the impacts of coronavirus and election results.

4:25 – 5:10 p.m.

U.S. Financial Update

Moderator: Victoria Kickham, Senior Editor | DC Velocity

Speaker: J. Bruce Chan, VP & Senior Analyst – Global Logistics Equity Research | Stifel

With the effects of pandemic-related shutdowns, US economic growth has experienced some severe challenges. Where should logistics and the supply chain focus assets, expertise and investments for prosperity in 2021? Join expert J. Bruce Chan for the 2021 outlook.

Tuesday, January 26All times are in Eastern Standard Time

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday Keynote: The Decade Ahead: How will tech change our lives?

Speaker: Alec Ross, Best-selling Author & Former Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the State Department

The next 10 years are going to be even more disruptive than the last decade. What are the industries and businesses that are going to shake the marketplace? From artificial intelligence, 5G and super-computing to the life sciences and robotics, Alec Ross describes the changes that will impact our future, examining the cultural, political and demographic contexts out of which this change is emerging.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

Turning to Technology to Solve Trucking Issues

Moderator: Mike Levans, Group Editorial Director | Peerless Media
Speakers: Russ Felker, Chief Technology Officer | GlobalTranz
Priya Rajagopalan, Chief Product Officer | FourKites

The key to efficient trucking operations is stability. As the industry has experienced over the past year, challenges will come naturally. Pain points brought on by the pandemic and other issues such as the truck driver shortage, back office support, and ELDs are challenges best confronted with technology. Join our panel of experts as they identify critical issues that technology must solve for trucking.

2:50 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

I’ve Been Hacked! Now What?

Moderator: Eric Johnson, Senior Editor – Technology | The Journal of Commerce
Speakers: Joe Finney, COO | Dependable Supply Chain Services
Frank Hurst, President | Roadrunner Freight
Scott Marticke, Founder & President | Group Salus

When all parties in a supply chain work in and across different platforms, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of entry points for hackers to exploit. In the past year, cyber attacks have jeopardized the operations of numerous logistics companies. In this exclusive panel, representatives from these organizations will discuss how to respond to hackers and other cyber threats.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Today’s TMS Competitive Landscape

Moderator: Steven Huntley, President and Owner | Resource Logistics Group Inc.
Speakers: Jim Geer, Vice President – Solutions | MercuryGate
Brad McBride, President and CEO | Zero Down
Ron Penny, Director – NA Transportation and Logistics | OmniMax International

With a notable increase in sales and adoption in recent years, transportation management systems are becoming the backbone of any successful supply chain organization. Still on the fence? Come discover the core components critical to any TMS investment and how to narrow the field based on your business needs.

Wednesday, January 27All times are in Eastern Standard Time

1:00 – 2:10 p.m.

Transportation Regulations and the Year Ahead

Moderator: Paul Page, Deputy Editor – WSJ Logistics Report | The Wall Street Journal
Speakers: Daniel R. Furth, Consultant | Veedon Fleece Partners LLC
Tom Jensen, Senior Vice President – Transportation Policy | UPS
Randy Mullett, Principal | Mullett Strategies LLC

Sometimes it feels like the only regulatory certainty is uncertainty. That can be frustrating – even detrimental – when preparing your business for the coming year. This timely panel will look at some of the regulatory and insurance issues that will have a significant impact on the freight transportation world in 2021.

2:10 – 3:00 p.m.

Forecasting the Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Moderator: Bill Cassidy, Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce
Speakers: Jason Miller, Associate Professor of Logistics | Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business
Avery Vise, Vice President – Trucking Research | FTR

US trucking faces more uncertainty over demand as we enter 2021 and the ongoing capacity shortfall accelerates nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed trucking. Join FTR’s Avery Vise and Michigan State University’s Dr. Jason Miller as they explore the dynamics influencing a possible mid-year return to pre-pandemic levels.

3:00 – 3:10 p.m.


3:10 – 3:55 p.m.

Making Final Mile a Strength, Not a Weakness

Moderator: Ellen Voie, President & CEO | Women in Trucking
Speakers: Jason Bergman, Chief Customer Officer | YRC and President | HNRY Logistics
Steve Howard, President and Owner | Esquire Express and Esquire Logistics
Casey Sattler, Director – Final Mile Logistics | Cardinal Health

The final mile is often described as the most challenging, costly and technological deficient component of LTL. It’s also the most underappreciated leg of freight transport. Representatives from the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association will provide expert insight to help turn the final mile into your greatest strength.