Fleet Operations Consulting, USMC Retired
After completing four years of military duty in United States Marine Corps, Mr. Fortuna’s career started as a mechanic with Smith & Solomon Trucking Company. Over his 55-year truck transportation career he served as Vice President of Fleet Services for Waste Management’s International Fleet of 56,000 wheeled and tracked vehicles, was Vice President of Maintenance for Ryder Transportation Resources, and is currently the Managing Principle of Fleet Operations Consulting LLC, a Tennessee based Transportation Consulting Company. He is recognized as a leader and innovator in planned maintenance, productivity improvements, cost reduction and vehicle performance engineering.
Senior Vice President 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 more than $4.5M in transportation research, testing and evaluation. Prior to his employment with ATRI, Mr. Murray spent three 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 and the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee.
Over the Wall Thinking
Over the Wall Thinking is a teamwork, innovation and organizational change series developed and taught by Andy Papathanassiou. Andy is a Stanford University master’s graduate who has been involved in NASCAR racing since 1991. His coaching, team-building and innovation talents have helped transform the industry and been part of hundreds of wins and multiple championships with Hendrick Motorsports for decades.
Andy Papathanassiou takes us into this world starting with his personal story and how his career in NASCAR began, oddly enough, by breaking the law! How passion overcomes obstacles and makes things happen. He talks about the make-up of highly successful teams. Whether it’s pit crews, sales teams or groups that come together to accomplish any goal, the characteristics of successful teams are universal. Andy discusses leadership and the role of the individual. He coined the term, “Over The Wall Thinking,” to describe his philosophy. Over The Wall Thinking focuses on the athletic mindset. It doesn’t matter if you know anything about or participated in competitive sports such as racing. It doesn’t even matter if you like sports at all. The cognitive building blocks of competitive athletics give each of us the ability to lead a more engaged, successful and happier life.
Industry Engagement Director for NACFE
As the Industry Engagement Director for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), Dave Schaller works closely with fleets to provide guidance on fuel economy, technology, and more. The NACFE “Annual Fleet Fuel Study” reports on industry trends over the past decade and points the way to GHG Phase 2 compliance.
Senior Reporter for Transport Dive
Jim Stinson is a senior reporter for Transport Dive. He has previously reported for Transport Topics and reported on commercial real estate and the economy for the Nashville Business Journal and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. He has covered the White House and statehouses in Alabama and Indiana for various newspapers and news sites. He studied business at Boston University and journalism at Indiana University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is based in Washington, D.C., and has been at Industry Dive since February 2020.