MCIEF FELLOWS2022-09-22T09:33:12-04:00

MCIEF FELLOWS

Our speakers are bold examples of dedication, expertise and professionalism. All are involved in the same activity of truly giving to MCIEF as partners, companions and comrades. Henceforth, our speakers shall be known as MCIEF FELLOWS. All fellows are granted special recognition and honor on behalf of MCIEF.

MCIEF Founder and Education Director Tommy Ruke deserves the most special recognition as the premier teacher of transportation Insurance issues. To honor Tommy and to recognize his most dedicated teaching fellows we award the designation and honor of THOMAS RUKE FELLOW with lifetime rights to all MCIEF activities.

MCIEF FELLOWS and THOMAS RUKE FELLOWS are experts; each dedicated to the MCIEF goal of providing the very best to the very best. Congratulations to all!

Candice Akers

Vice President |  AmWINS Transportation Underwriters, Inc

Candice Akers is a Vice President of Underwriting at AmWINS Transportation Underwriters, Inc. where she has worked for more than a decade of her almost 20 years in the industry. After studying English at Indiana University, she took a job with a managing general agency and began learning a new language…Insurance. Candice’s career focus has been on environmental/hazardous material transportation. While learning how petroleum is loaded/unloaded, what commodities Go Boom, and what a DOT audit entails, Candice has focused on building carrier and retailer partnerships as a program underwriter in a niche field. One her greatest rewards is successfully collaborating with teams of people focused on the same goal. Candice lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband and two children. When not behind the underwriting desk Candice enjoys roads trips to new places, seeing live music, and being outdoors with her family. She has recently become a soccer mom where she is learning how to navigate the dos and don’ts of the field while cheering on her son’s Bad News Bears team. It’s been like so much of life is, a blast.

Joe Beaman

Principal Geologist – Highlands Environmental Solutions, Inc

Joe Beaman is President and Principal Geologist for Highlands Environmental Solutions, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Beaman holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Geology, and is a licensed Professional Geologist in multiple states. Mr. Beaman possesses 30 years of environmental consulting experience, dealing with a wide variety of contaminants and environmental conditions. He has extensive experience managing and responding to fuel and chemical spill incidents, and contamination issues related to natural disasters. In addition to his environmental experience, Mr. Beaman has also served as a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and sworn law enforcement officer. His diverse experience gives him a unique perspective with regards to emergency and disaster response projects. Mr. Beaman has served with the Wake County Local Emergency Planning Committee since 2011, serving as past Vice-Chairman, Chairman, and currently Chairman of the LEPC’s Land Use Subcommittee. When not working, Mr. Beaman enjoys fishing, flying, and serving as Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 321 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bridgette Blitch

Shareholder – Blitch Westley Barrette, S.C.

Bridgette Blitch founded Blitch Westley Barrette with a passion to serve those in the supply chain. Since founding the firm, Bridgette has been a monthly speaker on the Dave Nemo Radio Show with her feature – Protecting Your Livelihood, where she discusses current legal events and best practices to confront risk in the transportation industry. As part of her practice, Bridgette regularly counsels motor carriers, shippers, brokers, warehouses, insurance agents, freight-forwarders, ocean transportation intermediaries, and insurance providers in matters related to the execution of transportation contracts, corporate matters, regulatory compliance issues, management-side employment law, coverage issues and insurance defense. Past experience includes representation of clients before the state and federal courts of Florida, Wisconsin, as well as before various administrative agencies. Bridgette has represented both buyers and sellers in multi-million-dollar mergers and acquisitions, and counseled clients on corporate restructure plans to mitigate risk exposures in the midst of rising nuclear verdicts. Bridgette is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Transportation Lawyers Association and serves as mediator for transportation parties in commercial and business disputes. Bridgette looks forward to sharing her expertise at the MCIEF Annual Conference this fall!

Tom Bray

Editorial Industry Consultant – J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

As an Industry Consultant in the Transportation Publishing Department, Editorial Resource Area, Tom specializes in motor carrier safety and operations management. He is responsible for developing and updating materials for existing products as well as developing content for new products.

Before joining the Editorial Resource Area at J. J. Keller in 2005, Tom worked in the trucking industry for 22 years, holding the positions of driver, driver trainer, safety supervisor, lead instructor, claims manager, training director, and safety director. During his employment in the industry he was responsible for DOT compliance, policy development, driver human resources, driver training, training program development, CDL testing, claims management, and accident and injury prevention.

Tom attended UW-Stevens Point, MidState Technical College, and Fox Valley Technical College. He is active in the Wisconsin Motor Carriers’ Council of Safety Supervisors, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, and the Wisconsin Motor Carriers’ Safety Director Development Committee. Tom is an instructor at MidState Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. and a firefighter and advanced EMT with the Amherst (WI) Fire District, holding the rank of Deputy Chief.

Scott Campbell

NUO | Inland – Transportation at Travelers Inland Marine

Scott Campbell is the National Underwriting Officer for Travelers Inland Marine, dedicated to the transportation and logistics industry. He oversees underwriting for a portfolio of various inland marine and property exposures with an emphasis on cargo. Scott leads the national underwriting team and has served in a variety of underwriting roles at Travelers for nearly 25 years. He received his CPCU designation in 1987 and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Drew Easton

Executive Vice President/Branch Leader – AmWINS Transportation Underwriters, Inc

Drew Easton is the proverbial “truck guy.” Having started a career in claims with Federated Insurance, he quickly found his way into underwriting at Great West Casualty Company. With a background in coverage interpretation and the risk transfer process, he was well-suited for his current role with Amwins where for the past eighteen (18) years he has maintained a proprietary Environmental Transport program and multiple carrier relationships.

John Elliott

President – Truckload Carriers Association

In 2003 Mr. Elliott founded Load One, LLC. With the help of a dedicated professional management team Load One has grown to over 150 million in annual revenue and operators over 500 power units. The company has won numerous awards and recognition and has been named as a “Best Fleet to Drive For” multiple times and a 2 time winner of CCJ Innovators Award, including 2019 Innovator of the Year. As well Mr. Elliott has been named personally as a Heavy Duty Trucking Innovator award winner and received the Mike Russell industry image award from the American Trucking Association.

Today the company is ranked as one of the 5 largest expedite companies in the United States by the Journal of Commerce. The company operates a state of the art operation serving both domestic and international customers with an emphasis on service and technology. Mr. Elliott was also the founder of ARC Supply Chain Solutions a global provider of 3rd party logistic services. He currently sits on their board of directors.

Mr. Elliott currently serves as Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association and as Vice President at large of the American Trucking Association. Previously he served as President of TEANA (The Expedite Association of North America). The organization focuses on the industry and political needs of its motor carrier members that are primarily in the expedited transportation vertical.

Mr. Elliott is a third generation transportation professional and has a degree in Aviation Management and Logistics from Eastern Michigan University and is blessed with one daughter.

Dave Heller

Vice President of Government Affairs – Truckload Carriers Association

David Heller is the Senior Vice President of Safety and Government Affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and is responsible for communicating and interpreting all trucking-related regulations – safety, legislative, and otherwise – to the membership of TCA and its congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.

Heller regularly develops and authors comments regarding trucking industry mandates based upon association policies and principles and serves as staff liaison for all federal and state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Department of Transportation and other related federal agencies. As a routine part of his job, he supports the association membership in the resolution to technical inquiries on the trucking industry, with particular emphasis on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). As evidenced by his participation in FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC), Heller has become a recognized industry expert in trucking.
Heller has appeared multiple times on CNN and Fox News as well as the Dave Nemo Show and Road Dog Trucking News with Mark Willis to explain TCA’s position on key legislative and regulatory issues while also authoring a monthly column for FleetOwner magazine. He is regularly approached for comment on industry-relevant matters by top trucking trade publications and offers a quarterly webinar to TCA members that provides updates to important industry issues that it faces daily.

Fred Marcinak

Founding Partner – Moseley Marcinak Law Group LLP

Fredric has over a decade of experience representing transportation companies, including both carriers and intermediaries, regionally and nationwide on casualty/accident and commercial litigation matters, including cargo/freight claims, collections/contract disputes, FMCSA and state regulatory compliance and permitting matters, and insurance coverage cases. In these litigation matters, Fredric has tried multiple cases to verdicts before juries and handled appeals for transportation clients.
Having handled complex litigation matters, Fredric has recognized that having a good game plan in advance is the best way to avoid costly lawsuits. Knowing this, he enjoys assisting with general business matters that transportation companies face every day, such as independent contractor leasing issues, complex workers compensation scenarios, regulatory compliance and safety issues, and contracting with customers and vendors. By working with clients on these issues as they manage their companies, Fredric hopes to help lay the groundwork to stay out of litigation or to be well positioned to defend it when it arises.

Before starting in private practice, Fredric served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Henry F. Floyd, U.S. District Judge, District of South Carolina.

Rob Moseley

Founding Partner – Moseley Marcinak Law Group LLP

Rob’s entire practice has been focused on the transportation and logistics industry. He has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdict in federal and state courts and has decades of experience representing trucking companies, brokers, logistics companies and their insurance carriers in disputes involving: commercial transportation accidents, federal and state safety regulations, freight claims, insurance coverage disputes

For several insurance companies and regional and national motor carriers, Rob serves as national counsel managing active litigation in 20 to 30 states at any given time.

Rob has developed a team of lawyers versed in the world of freight claims. The terms Carmack Amendment, Himalaya Clause, and on-hand notice are nothing new here. Rob has also obtained acclaim in pursuing cases for his collection of freight charges from shippers, including government agencies.

Transportation contracting is an area where Rob concentrates on reviewing and drafting shipping contracts and tariffs. He has defended brokers in negligent selection cases and is on the forefront of arguments related to federal preemption. Broker liability cases are not unfamiliar territory. Rob has handled some of the most serious and noteworthy broker liability cases in the country.

One of Rob’s assets is his ability to advise trucking companies on proactively assessing and addressing risk, both internally and externally, as well as planning for growth and development.

Independent contractors can be a troublesome area for motor carriers. Rob works with motor carriers to manage contractual relations and negotiate the Federal Regulations and decisions.

Dan Murray

Senior Vice President – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

Daniel Murray has more than 26 years of experience in a broad range of transportation fields including trucking research and economics, transportation safety technologies and autonomous vehicles.

As Senior Vice President for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Mr. Murray is responsible for managing ATRI’s transportation research, testing and evaluation activities, and he leads multiple national activities including the U.S. DOT-sponsored Freight Mobility Initiative. Prior to his employment with ATRI, Mr. Murray spent several years working in economic development for a Chicago business consortium and four years developing transit programs, policy and funding with the Regional Transit Board in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

He is actively involved in the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board as Vice Chair of the Trucking Research Committee, and presently sits on the Boards of the Freight Mobility Research Institute, Mid-America Transportation Center and the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee.

Dan received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and his MS from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Garth Pitzel

Director, Safety and Driver Development – Bison Transport, Inc.

Garth Pitzel is the Associate Vice President, Safety and Driver at Bison Transport. Garth first entered the transportation industry in 1981 and worked in various capacities before joining Bison Transport in 1994, becoming Director in 2001 and Senior Director in 2019 and Associate VP in 2020.
Bison Transport is one of Canada’s largest carriers and is recognized as the ‘Safest Fleet in North America’. As the Senior Director of Safety and Driver Development, Garth is responsible for safety and driver development programs and the advancement of Bison’s safety culture.
Garth is active in promoting the industry and in furthering transportation and workplace safety initiatives. He has been inducted to the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) Pioneer Club and was the recipient of the 2016 Clare C. Casey Professional of the Year award from the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). In 2020, Garth was honored with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association’s (STA) Service to Industry award. He is currently involved with the STA as a board member, and both the TCA Recruitment, Retention and Human Resources as well as the Safety and Security Committee. Garth has appeared at many industry related events as a speaker and presenter.
Married with three children, Garth makes St. Andrews, Manitoba home and in his free time enjoys woodworking, cottage life and snowmobiling.

Raul Soria

Director of Safety – Hill Brothers Transportation

Raul Soria is a Transportation leader serving as the Director of Safety for Hill Brothers Transportation headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with 20 years of experience responsible for all motor carrier fleet safety programs including DOT/ FMCSA/ OSHA/PHMSA regulatory compliance, claims administration, driver hiring, recruitment, onboarding, and training, for a truckload carrier with over 350 employees specializing refrigerated transportation across the US.

Dianna Stasny

Nonfleet Director – Nationwide E&S/Specialty

Dianna Stasny is the Director of the Non-fleet For Hire Trucking Team at Nationwide. She 30+ years’ experience in the insurance industry, has been in Truck Underwriting for 25 years, and with Nationwide for the past 12 years. She has her TRS designation and has not missed an Annual MCIEF Conference!

Jay Taylor

Managing Member – Taylor Johnson

J.W. Taylor is the founding member of the boutique transportation and logistics law firm, Taylor Johnson. Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer and AV rated as a Preeminent Lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell, J.W. uses his industry experience to represent transportation and logistics companies in matters of claims litigation, including personal injury litigation and ADR, cargo claims and contract disputes. In addition to litigation, J.W. is skilled in corporate restructuring, insurance design, equipment financing and risk management matters. A frequent speaker on matters concerning the transportation and logistics industry, J.W. is a member of MCIEF, Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), Transportation & Logistics Council (TLC), Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and sat on the Florida Trucking Association (FTA) Board of Directors from 2019-2022. Currently, J.W. serves on the Public Policy Committee and Membership Recruitment Committee of the FTA as well as the Polk State Corporate College, Supply Chain Management & Logistics Advisory Board.

Jeff Toole

Partner – Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary

Mr. Toole focuses on insurance program development, alternative risk programs, insurance coverage analysis, and employee benefit analysis. Mr. Toole also assists the firm’s motor carrier clients in securing self-insurance authority at both the federal and state level.

Jeffrey S. Toole is a partner who primarily practices in the areas of transportation insurance law and contract analysis, regularly reviewing and negotiating insurance contracts on behalf of the firm’s clientele. Mr. Toole has established and provides ongoing counsel to many captive insurance arrangements and regularly assists clients with collateral analysis, earned and unearned premium analysis, and related tax issues. His practice also includes coverage analysis, employment benefits, professional liability claims, litigation, and probate administration. A former intern to the Honorable Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court, Mr. Toole often speaks on issues of insurance program design and administration and has authored several articles related to transportation insurance issues.

Ellen Voie

Ellen Voie – President & CEO – Women in Trucking

Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation. She has been invited to speak to audiences in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Viet Nam, France, Mexico, and Canada in addition to being a popular speaker at conferences throughout the United States.
As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Voie currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.
Voie’s prior role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider, Inc. She was responsible for creating corporate-level programs to encourage non-traditional groups to consider careers in the trucking industry and designed initiatives to eliminate (or reduce) irritants that lead to driver dissatisfaction, which ultimately affects turnover. She also was responsible for communication to drivers (newsletter, audio magazine and driver website).
From March of 2000 through January 2006, Voie served as the Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International, Inc., a pen pal program between professional drivers and elementary students. She had served on the Board for three years prior and had become familiar with the program and its mission, and under her guidance the organization grew to become an internationally recognized mentoring initiative. In 2021, she will serve on the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC).
Voie’s background in the trucking industry began as the assistant and later Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin. She then worked as a dispatcher for a grain hauling carrier before becoming co-owner of a small fleet. After starting a family, she used her background to become a freelance transportation consultant to carriers in Wisconsin, licensing and permitting trucks for more than 16 years.
Voie earned her diploma in Traffic and Transportation Management in 1980 from LaSalle Extension University. In 2005, Voie earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives, the leading authority in association management and a professional society for the association industry. In December 2008, she attended Tri-C Truck Driver Academy in Cleveland, OH to earn her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Voie earned her Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she completed her Thesis research on the complex identities of women married to professional drivers. In 2015, she completed the Strategic Leadership program at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. In 2018, Voie completed the Finance for Strategic Decision Making program at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. Voie also completed the Women In Trucking Professional Development Certification.

Phillip Wigginton

National Director – Risk Management Services – Nationwide E&S/Specialty

Phillip leads the Risk Management Services team for Nationwide E&S Wholesale/Commercial Auto, which is a group of highly qualified consultants that work with insured trucking companies on industry best practices and regulatory compliance.

Phillip began his career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the age of 19 as a correctional officer and obtained his CDL at 21. After that, he moved to the transportation department, driving trucks and training inmates in the operation of trucks for the next seven years. He later went to work for the Texas Department of Public Safety as an investigator, conducting DOT compliance review audits and commercial vehicle inspections. Just prior to coming to work with Nationwide, he owned and operated a DOT consulting company and worked for an engineering firm as an HSE/DOT specialist where he was responsible for the safety management of 50 DOT-regulated vehicles and helped oversee the safety of over 1,000 employees.

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