Product Development, Sales and Marketing for XRMentor™
Matt Johnston leads Product Development, Sales and Marketing for XRMentor™, an instructor led training and self-guided procedure platform enhanced by mixed reality. He has led software and product development projects for Fortune 100 firms, NASA and various branches of the United States Department of Defense. He currently serves as the chair of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Training task force for the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council helping the trucking industry adopt next generation technologies to increase productivity and reduce rework.
Senior Editor at Commercial Carrier Journal, Truck Parts Service and Hard Working Trucks
Tom Quimby got his start in the industry over 40 years ago under the watchful—or rather the unflinching eagle eye of his dad, Stephen Quimby, a longtime industry professional and aggravated Charger fan who after managing endless piles of truck parts would still happily accompany his son on critical junkyard missions. Tom grew up in the San Diego area and graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in English before heading to Florida for his first job in journalism. Twenty-two years later, his insatiable appetite for research and writing has landed him on the front page of The Washington Times more than once and paved the way for an editorial position at Randall-Reilly where Dad would be proud to know that his son gets to drive and write about Class 1 – 8 trucks and vans. A busy father of four, Tom enjoys wrenching on his own small fleet, gardening, fishing, photography and taking his 16-year-old son to the junkyard.
Associate News Editor Print and Multimedia for Transport Topics
Dan Ronan is the Associate News Editor Print and Multimedia for Transport Topics, the leading online and print publication covering the trucking, freight and logistics industry. Ronan’s specialty is business and financial reporting. He is also the anchor of Transport Topics’ Live on Web monthly newsmaker roundtable and the host of Transport Topics Radio, a weekly news show on SiriusXM’s Road Dog News Channel 146 which covers the trucking industry. Ronan also serves as a part-time news anchor on Sirius XM as the back-up host for Road Dog Trucking News and Road Dog Live.
Industry Engagement Director for the NACFE
Dave is the Industry Engagement Director for the NACFE (North American Council for Freight Efficiency). He has more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, including 27 years at Navistar. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue, holds five U.S. patents, and has written several SAE papers and NACFE publications.
John Wayne Walding
SFC, US Army Green Beret, CEO/Founder of Gallantry Global, and Co-Founder of Live to Give
SFC (R) John Wayne Walding, born on the 4th of July, was raised in Groesbeck, Texas. He spent nearly 12 years in the United States Army, including seven years in the prestigious 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he served on ODA 396/3336 as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant, and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper Instructor. On April 6, 2008, John lost his right leg to sniper fire during the battle of Shok Valley. He continued to fight alongside his brothers for four more hours earning him the Sliver Start and Purple heart. The incredible story of that six-hour fight is detailed in the book No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer. John’s military awards and badges include the Silver Star as well as the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Airborne, Air Assault and Special Forces tab.
Post-injury, John attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee ever to become a Green Beret Sniper. Using a hand crank, he went on to compete in the 2009 Boston Marathon, in which he finished 4th, as well as being a top 10 finisher in the 2010 New York Marathon. He ran the 2010 Army 10 Miler, the 2016 Dallas Half marathon and recently completed one of the hardest marathon routs in the world, the Bataan Death March with a 45lbs ruck sack. John is the founder of 5 Toes Custom, a Dallas based company of unique custom firearms. He founded and currently runs Gallantry Global Logistics. It’s Gallantry’s mission to be a place for both transitioning and combat wounded veterans to regain their north star in the company of fellow vets who understand that the battle never ends. John Co-Founded Live To Give and they are a beverage company that gives 50% of their net profits to Veteran and First responder charities. He also travels the country speaking to veterans’ organizations, corporations and the public about leadership, excellence, overcoming adversity using his motto “Lean Forward, Fight Hard”. John strongly believes his biggest accomplishment is marrying his beautiful wife, Amy and having their four wonderful children: Emma 17, Sam 16, Andie 11, and Hannah 8. They reside in Little Elm Texas.