Ike Brown - Vice-Chairman and Co-Owner, NFI Industries
Ike Brown is vice-chairman and co-owner of NFI and president of NFI Intermodal, as well as a board member. Brown’s career with NFI officially started in 1977 handling regional sales in New England and various National Accounts. In 1980, Brown moved to Dallas to oversee NFI’s fledging Texas/Southwest operations. During the 80’s Brown grew NFI to be the largest contract carrier in Texas and a major TL carriers in the Southwest. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Boston University in 1976. As well as his duties with NFI and The Four Bs, Brown also has held a board of director’s seat with Sun Bancorp, Inc. Brown currently serves on the board of directors for the Truckload Carriers Association, as well as the Scholarship Committee.
Trevor Milton - Chief Executive Officer, Nikola Motor Company
Trevor Milton is the chief executive officer of Nikola Motor Company which designs and manufactures electric components, drivetrains and vehicles including the Nikola One and Nikola Two electric semi-trucks. With its most recent round of funding, Nikola has reached unicorn status with a valuation of over $1Billion and over $6.5Billion in presales. Milton is a serial entrepreneur who before Nikola, was the chief executive officer of dHybrid Systems, LLC a natural gas storage technology company that was acquired by one of America’s largest steel providers, Worthington Industries, Inc. Milton has an eye for innovation, market needs and product perfection. Milton also the author of several patents and has helped advance green technologies through his years of industry experience. A self-proclaimed lover of electric vehicles and powertrains, Milton and his team have created the most fuel efficient electric semi-truck ever built.
Roger Nielsen - President and Chief Executive Officer, Daimler Trucks North America
Session Title: Keynote Address
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24 — 10:30am to 10:50am
Roger M. Nielsen has been the chief executive officer and president of Daimler Trucks North America LLC since April 6, 2017. Nielsen is responsible for Daimler Trucks North America LLC’s entire North American truck manufacturing network, as well as all levels of operations in manufacturing engineering, information technology, purchasing, logistics, customer application engineering and truck order administration. Nielsen joined Daimler Trucks North America LLC in 1986 as an industrial engineer. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, including industrial engineering manager; plant manager, Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant, North Carolina; general manager, materials; and general manager, manufacturing operations. Nielsen transferred to DaimlerChrysler in Germany in 1998 where he served as director of production network planning and technical clearing, within DaimlerChrysler’s Commercial Vehicles Division before assuming the position of general manager of operations at Western Star Trucks in 2000. In January 2001, Nielsen served as the president of Freightliner Specialty Vehicles Group, responsible for Daimler Trucks North America LLC’s American LaFrance, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Thomas Built Buses business units. Nielson has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies, the Gaston North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Oregon State University’s Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Nielsen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Paul Rosa - Senior Vice President of Procurement and Fleet Planning, Penske Truck Leasing
Paul Rosa is senior vice president of procurement and fleet planning for Penske Truck Leasing, responsible for all vehicle and non-vehicle purchases, including asset management, supplier relations, residuals management and fleet planning activities for a company fleet of over 270,000 vehicles. Rosa’s career at Penske has spanned over two decades, and has accrued over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Rosa joined the company as district rental manager in Hartford, Connecticut in 1993, then progressed through the roles of area rental manager in New England, manager of consumer rental, quality black belt, quality master black belt, manager of commercial rental, director of vehicle planning, and vice president of vehicle supply and planning.
Peter Voorhoeve - President, Volvo Trucks North America
Peter Voorhoeve is the president of Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corp while also serving as president and chief executive officer of Volvo Group Australia. Voorhoeve led Volvo Group Australia since 2013, prior to which has held several senior management positions in the areas of aftermarket support, supply chain management and parts logistics during his nearly 20 years with the Volvo Group. Voorhoeve is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of success. His drive and intense focus on customer satisfaction help to build on the success of the exciting new products and services. Voorhoeve holds a Master’s degree in industrial engineering and management science from the University of Technology in Eindhoven,