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Board of Directors
Seated, left to right: Linda Caffee, Mary Aufdemberg, Mary (Clark) Brown, Phyllis Cochran. Standing: Mark Rousseau, John White, Stan Hampton, Jeff Hammonds, John Dietze, and Bryan Most.
WIT Vice Chair:
WIT Board Members:
Andreea Crisan, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
John Dietze, Senior Vice President - Dealer Sales Leader
Brandie Fuller, Vice President of Marketing
Marne Keller-Krikava, President & CEO
Bryan Most, Vice President, Private Fleet
Andreea Raaber, Vice President Business Development
Leah Shaver, Chief Operating Officer
John White, Chief Marketing Officer
As Director of Product Marketing, Aufdemberg oversees the development, management, and execution of the Freightliner Trucks integrated marketing strategy. Responsibilities include managing business sales tools, promotions, training, and industry events, as well as brand communications and interactive initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Aufdemberg served as manager, Center for Education and Marketing at Thomas Built Buses, Inc., a Daimler Trucks North America company. There, she was responsible for marketing communications and training activities. Aufdemberg, who has been with Daimler for nearly 10 years, has also held management positions with Daimler Truck Financial. Aufdemberg has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA in international marketing and finance from DePaul University. She is a member of Women in Trucking.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Hampton is the Vice President of Driver Personnel at J.B. Hunt and is tasked with hiring commercial truck drivers for J.B. Hunt’s fleet of over 15,000 trucks and is heavily involved in J.B. Hunt’s military hiring initiatives. Originally from Springdale, Ark., he attended Northwest Arkansas Community College prior to beginning his 22-year career at J.B. Hunt. He is currently furthering his education at the University of Arkansas. During his time at J.B. Hunt, he has held 13 positions spanning across departments including Marketing, Operations, Safety, and Driver Personnel. In addition to serving on the Women In Trucking board, he was also named to the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. Hampton currently resides in Rogers, Ark., where he enjoys cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks, camping, fishing, and supporting the work of 2ndMilk, an organization he travels to Africa with in support of their missionary outreach programs to feed babies and orphans.
Patrick Pendergast is the Group Director of Talent Acquisition for Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500® commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company headquartered in Miami. He is responsible for designing and executing staffing strategies that facilitate over 9,000 hires annually.
Pendergast joined Ryder in 2010, and has held various positions of increasing responsibility since, including Manager of Central Support Recruiting and Director of Fleet Management Recruiting Services and Senior Director of Driver and Technician Staffing. He has more than 20 years of staffing and recruiting experience with a diverse background in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Gettysburg College and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Mary (Clark) Brown is currently a General Manager at C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics companies. She started her career at American Backhaulers after she graduated from Indiana University in 1994. She was hired as a sales representative and was promoted to general manager in September 1997. As a general manager, she is responsible for assisting in hiring new employees, providing training and education, analyzing and monitoring branch productivity and performance metrics, as well as overall branch performance.
As a female manager in the transportation industry, Brown is asked by other women to help guide them with their careers. Recently she participated as a panel member in a Leadership Networking Circle organized by a C.H. Robinson human resources team. In 2009, she joined the National Association of Professional Women and connects with women from different organizations and share best business practices. She was raised in a suburb of Chicago and currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Adam and two children, Nicole and Patrick.
WIT Board Members:
Caffee has been team driving with her husband Bob since 2005 as an owner operator. They are currently leased to Landstar Express America. Before becoming a team driver, she rode with Bob for four years when he was a driver for a large truckload carrier. She enjoys trucking and staying informed of events. Her passion is helping new people get into our industry and becoming successful.
Caffee and her husband are often the featured speakers at expedite workshops and also at the Expedite Expo. She is a moderator on Expeditersonline and also on Women In Trucking forums. She is the chairman of the Trucking Solutions Health Council, a member of the Trucking Solutions Group, and writes a blog for Expediters Online and maintains the Trucking Solutions Group Facebook page. Another one of this couples’ passions is staying involved with Trucker Buddy International and they currently have several classes in France. Caffee also is one of Freightliner’s Team Run Smart Pros and can be seen at many events in the Freightliner booth. She can also be followed at teamrunsmart.com.
In 2014 TA/Petro recognized Caffee and her husband with the TA/Petro Citizen Driver award. They choose the North Las Vegas Petro Stopping Center and when you visit, you will see their names on the entrance to the facility.
Caffee wanted to become involved with Women In Trucking to bring awareness to other women about this phenomenal group. She feels the everyday obstacles women face are the same that men face, as the dock is as high for the men as it is for ladies. She believes women bring a different aspect to the industry. Women are a small sector in the industry. Through WIT, women can help each other reach our goals.
Founded in 2001, Andy Transport is a Canadian asset-based transportation company, family owned, with operations across Canada and the United States. Andy Transport received several awards and nominations for its performance, including being selected as Regional Finalist in Canada’s Best Managed Companies program for three consecutive years. Andy Transport has also been ranked by PROFIT magazine as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies for two consecutive years. Over the past 15 years, Crisan has held progressive roles at Andy Transport in accounting, operations, insurance, and business development, as well as strategy and PR. She took on her current position in May 2015.
Crisan received a Licentiate in Law (LL.L) cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2013 and was called to the Québec Bar in 2015. In addition to playing an active and strategic role in the development and growth of both Andy Transport and Andy Logistics, she is very active in the business community and sits on various boards and committees such as the Traffic Club of Montreal. In 2013, she was featured in Today’s Trucking in the Top 20 under 40 as an emerging leader in the transportation industry. A former Taekwondo champion, Crisan enjoys exercising and playing sports. She is also an avid reader and a passionate traveler.
BMO Transportation Finance is located in Irving, Texas, and serves all aspects of the U.S. transportation industry, including Manufacturer, Dealer and End User with a product offering that includes wholesale, retail and leasing.
Dietze originally is from Papillion, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture Economics. He began his career with the Associates in 1985 (acquired by Citigroup in 2000) and held a number of positions within the business including operations, risk and sales prior to moving into his current Senior Management position in September of 2011. His exposure into various parts of the business has provided him an in-depth knowledge of the entire transportation supply chain and has positioned Dietze as a true expert in the industry.
He and his wife Bonnie have two children, Kevin and Leann. He enjoys time with his family, golfing and keeping track of Nebraska football.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Fuller has more than 15 years experience in advertising, marketing, and communications. She is responsible for global marketing strategy and initiatives that include advertising, marketing, public relations, internal communications, integrated campaigns, interactive and social marketing, and community relations. She is also the steward of the company’s brand, leading activities that serve to protect the value of the Great Dane name and image.
Fuller has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the Advertising and Marketing department during her 15 years with the company, including Director of Advertising and Industry Relations. At the age of 31, she became the first female executive in the company’s history.
Fuller is active in organizations both within and outside the transportation industry, and is a board member of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, she has a BBA in Economics with emphasis in International Business. She and her husband live in Savannah and have three children.
J. J. Keller & Associates is a $220 million family-owned business providing solutions to assist organizations with safety & regulatory compliance and risk management. As a third-generation family member, she has held a number of strategic positions in market development, market research, strategy, and business planning, and most recently as a member of the executive team.
In her current role as President & CEO, Keller-Krikava is responsible for working with the executive leadership team to motivate, guide, and lead a high performance organization – maximizing growth and profits in line with the vision, mission, and values. The role is focused on maximizing the organization’s operating performance and achieving its corporate financial and strategic goals while fostering an environment of accountability, excellence, collaboration, and innovation.
In addition to her own personal philanthropy, she is a board member in the J. J. Keller Foundation, which combined with funds housed at the Community Foundation has gifted over $40 million.
Most has been with Walmart Stores for 16 years and has led a variety of high performing teams in Supply Chain Management, Global Transportation, and Private Fleet Operations. In his current role, he has responsibility for all Walmart Private Fleet drivers, transportation offices, truck shops and Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) in the Eastern U.S. supporting Transportation operations for Walmart.com, import, apparel, grocery, and general merchandise deliveries to Walmart and Sam’s Club retail operations. The private fleet of over 7,200 drivers, 6,000 tractors, 53,500 trailers and 5,600 refrigerated trailers travel approximately 700 million miles each year, and did it as one of America’s safest private fleets. Walmart drivers deliver more than products to the stores. They ensure that Walmart's mission of "Every Day Low Prices" reaches its customers and communities.
Most has also lead global teams of diverse associates who used global leverage to create long-term logistics strategies supporting more than $10 billion in direct import volume from more than 50 sourcing origins for all International markets. He was responsible for the Global Logistics teams in Bentonville, Arkansas and Shenzhen, China including Regional Logistics teams in India, Dubai, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Additional responsibilities include the Jones Act Trade team that services the Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico markets. He lives in Rogers, Ark., with his wife Robin and their two daughters.
A forward-thinking executive with a balance of strategic/business planning and marketing experience, Raaber joined BCVS in 1986 as a Senior Marketing Analyst. During her 25 years at BCVS, she has held numerous roles in marketing, business planning, customer research & development, new ventures, and has held her current position as Vice President Business Development since 2007 - driving both U.S. and global business development including advanced engineering technology projects and mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of the Bendix Leadership Committee.
Over the years Raaber has maintained strong industry involvement, actively serving on the AMRC, MEMA, ATA and Allied Committee for Trucking committees. She holds a BBA and an MBA, both from Kent State University in Ohio, where her accomplishments have received a lifetime recognition in the President’s Office. She and her husband are residents of Solon, Ohio, and they have two grown children, Natalie and Matthew.
Shaver's career has been spent supporting long-term growth and expansion of the transportation industry while reinforcing its best resource – Professional Truck Drivers! Prior to joining NTI (the truckload industry subject matter experts on company driver and owner operator compensation history, changes, and benchmarks), she spent 14 years with a Midwest-based multi-platform truckload carrier. During her tenure there, she served on the Executive Committee and held numerous positions in Driver Recruiting and Human Resources. She specialized in driver selection, hiring, development, wellness, and retention, as well as developing, implementing, and managing an award-winning driver mentoring program for new drivers.
In her current role, Shaver oversees development of all business operations within The National Transportation Institute and also serves on the Executive Committee. NTI provides original economic research on company driver and owner operator compensation history and changes to carriers, insurers, consultants, publishers, shippers, and nearly every equity analyst who follow transportation sector stocks. NTI’s largest subscriber base remains in the transportation sector’s for-hire and truckload fleets, widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the direction and velocity of the Class A CDL market wages and emerging pay strategies.
Shaver frequently speaks to industry executives and organizations about driver compensation and strategy as it relates to driver recruiting, retention, and expansion of the driver candidate pool, serves on the board of the Women In Trucking Association, and volunteers in her community. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have worked together for over a decade.
With more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, White joined U.S. Xpress in 2005 as Vice President of Operations. White’s oversight of the company’s truckload operations has greatly assisted in the further development of the variety of service offerings at U.S. Xpress.
A graduate of the John Wiley Jones School of Business at the State University of New York, White has worked in a variety of capacities within the transportation industry. Before joining U.S. Xpress, White served as the Vice President of Marketing Services and Pricing at Swift Transportation. He was the Director of Pricing at M.S. Carriers, where he also worked as a Regional Sales Manager and a Divisional Sales Manager. Prior to his stint with M.S. Carriers, White served as a Regional Sales Manager at J.B. Hunt.