Freight Efficiency With NACFE’s Mike Roeth & Friends is a regular podcast series that focuses on current technologies and practices that help fleets achieve the best possible freight efficiency for their given application. It also will provide insight into emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on freight efficiency. NACFE’s Executive Director, Mike Roeth, will interview executives from the trucking industry and other parties that are interested in improving the overall efficiency and sustainability of goods movement in North America, which includes currently available technologies as well as emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles. If you would like to suggest a topic for this podcast, please contact Denise Rondini, NACFE’s communications director at email@example.com
Ep. 81: Dave Beasley, vice president commercial tires – North America, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, talks about his 40 years at the company including his time in blimp operations. He also talks about trucking as a relationship business, the role of retreading, why cheaper tires are not always the best choice, the importance of sustainability and why you need to continue to learn and adapt.
Ali Javidan, founder and CEO of Range Energy, talks about electrified, powered trailers, how a Venn diagram led him to trucking, the role of empathy in product development and the importance of factoring in drivers when developing a new technology. He also explains how he is applying lessons learned during his career in racing and at Tesla and Google, as well as the need to lead with humility when developing new technology.
Brady Matoian, CEO of OK Produce, talks about being on the cutting edge of reducing emissions, his lifelong concern for the environment and passion around sustainability. He provides insight into OK Produce’s move to electric vehicles, the connection between the products they deliver and the best way to deliver them. He also says that while it hasn’t been easy or cheap to operate sustainably, it has been worth it.
Ed Chipalowsky, NACFE’s vehicle service and support manager, talks about his career as both a technician and an educator of technicians. He shares his thoughts on how the biggest changes in trucking impacted technicians and why older trucks are not better than new ones. He also talks about the most important skills today’s technicians need to be successful, the urgency for training for high voltage vehicles and why technicians shou...
Matt McLelland, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Covenant, talks about why he loves his role at the truckload carrier, brags about the strides the trucking industry has made on reducing carbon, and explains the green premium. He also shares his thoughts on why he is a huge fan of renewable diesel and the fact that there is a lot for the trucking industry to be excited about.
Jason Cannon, editor in chief of CCJ, talks about what brought him to trucking, why he’s stayed for a decade, the history of CCJ and what he sees as his role in covering the industry. He also shares his thoughts on the benefits of Run on Less, the industry’s ability to handle all the new technology it is facing and offers advice on how the industry can navigate through the current market changes.
Cristina Commendatore, editor in chief at Fleet Owner, shares the unique place Fleet Owner occupies in the trucking industry media, the role of a trucking journalist and about her career path. She also comments on how she thinks NACFE is doing, the opportunities in the trucking industry, why it's a great place for young people to work and the progress the industry has made in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
Melvyn Roeth, father of NACFE Executive Director Mike Roeth, talks about his commitment to farming, making equipment buying decisions, the importance of data to improve operations and the benefits of being involved in industry groups and associations. He also talks about becoming a conservationist and setting aside part of his farm for wildlife.
Seth Clevenger, managing editor of Transport Topics, talks about the role of the trade press in informing industry leaders, facilitating conversations and sparking discussions. He also talks about his career as a journalist and what’s changed for him in reporting on the industry. He comments on the transformational times trucking is in and encourages everyone in trucking to be open to all the new possibilities.
Dan Burrows, founder and CEO of TruckLabs, talks about the complexities of managing the tractor-trailer gap, the importance of wind speed and direction and the fuel savings that are possible when that gap is optimized. He also explains what average speed really means, shares lessons learned that can help other entrepreneurs that are bringing products to the real world of trucking and reminds us that a dollar saved is better than a ...
Eric Starks, chairman and senior consultant at FTR, talks about what the company does, how it works and why forecasting is important to the trucking industry. He also talks about how the pandemic changed tractor-trailer ratios and how that might be a permanent shift. And he shares his insights on what he sees for 2023, 2024 and 2025 for the industry.
Michelle Buffington, vehicle program specialist, California Air Resources Board, talks about the Modesto, CA Frito-Lay CARB project, how her upbringing led to her passion for the work she does today, but also how there is a great opportunity for trucking to impact the environment. She explains how CARB works using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich analogy and shares some things she learned about trucking that surprised her. She cl...
Rob Kelly, senior vice president at Forum Mobility, talks about his career including his work with solar and at Tesla, and shares what he finds interesting about freight movement. He also talks about the win-win-win of the move to clean transportation, how EVs are performing in drayage applications, trucking as a service and what needs to happen to move EV deployment along faster.
Ken Marko, fleet sustainability senior manager at US Foods, talks about his sustainability journey, his new position at US Foods and his role in helping the fleet achieve its sustainability vision. He also explains why US Foods is an ideal fit for EVs, offers suggestions to other fleets considering adding EVs, gives his impression of the Tesla Semi and encourages fleets to get involved with TMC’s S11 committee.
Marc-Andre Page, vice president of commercial operations at The Lion Electric, explains the history of the company and its focus on purpose-built electric trucks and buses. He also talks about the company’s new manufacturing facility in the US, the need to bring a positive experience to users of EVs, how successfully scaling electric trucks will take more than just producing quality vehicles and the importance of sharing experience...
Kenny Vieth, president of ACT Research, talks about Class 8 vehicle production over the last decade, what causes the ups and downs in vehicle sales, and why trucking is not for the faint of heart. He also talks about the impact of housing and industrial production on trucking, what we can expect in terms of vehicle sales through 2027 and the impact upcoming emissions standards will have on the industry.
Graham Doorley, CEO and founder of Solo Advanced Vehicle Technologies, talks about the company’s ground-up new design for a driver agnostic electric truck with a 500+ mile range. He also talks about his time at Tesla and Google, his passion for clean energy and the key things that are needed to help scale the acceleration of electric and autonomous technologies.
Andrew Bremer, managing director of DriveOhio, talks about the goals of the program, Ohio’s importance as a transportation center and the infrastructure needs for EVs and AVs. He also comments on the importance of partnerships and dialogues to make improvements and he shares information about the US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor and the I-70 Truck Automation Corridor.
Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, talks about working with OEMs and fleets to navigate into the future, the importance of TCO in clean transportation, and how taking risks is what will identify winners. He also talks about the three main drivers of the move to more sustainable transportation and gives advice on what the industry needs to be doing now to speed up adoption of alternative fueled vehicles.
Glen Kedzie, senior executive at the American Trucking Associations, talks about why everyone needs to pay attention to what happens in California, the give-and-take in the regulatory development process, the reason this next NOx rule will be the last, and why being a fleet manager will become one of the most difficult jobs. He also offers advice on collaborating with government regulators and urges trucking industry stakeholders t...
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