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We look forward to welcoming attendees to Indianapolis in November for the 2021 Claims & Safety Seminar.

 daniel_murray 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), Daniel 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.

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 B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and his M.S. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

 chad_krueger Chad Krueger

is the senior vice president of Central Analysis Bureau (CAB). CAB provides industry-leading products for in-depth motor carrier analysis. He has more than 15 years of insurance agency and insurance carrier risk management experience, with a focus on injury and crash prevention related to fleets. Prior to his career in the insurance world, Chad was director of safety at a mid-sized, regional fleet where he oversaw risk management programs including OSHA, FMCSA and insurance. Prior to joining CAB, he drove the development of the industry leading BASICS Calculator™ and has since, introduced the MC Advantage™ suite of tools for fleets.

After serving in the U. S. Navy, Chad obtained his undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety & Health Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designations. He currently serves on the board of the Nicolet Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and resides in Appleton, Wisconsin
 nathan_lundquist Nathan Lundquist

is senior vice president of claims at Protective Insurance and oversees the Company’s commercial auto claims operations. He is focused on protecting motor carriers through claims strategies that build strong relationships and control severity for insureds. As part of his role, Nathan oversees complex and potentially high-exposure commercial trucking litigation across the country. He is an industry leader in the areas of medical financing and lien-based medical services. He frequently presents on strategies to combat reptile theory and mitigate the nuclear verdict potential associated with catastrophic losses. Prior to joining Protective, Nathan spent several years as a litigator representing motor carriers and other corporate entities. He holds a B.A. from Wabash College and a J.D. from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

Steve Bryan

is a veteran technology leader who fell in love with the trucking industry when he founded Vigillo in 2007. Vigillo was acquired by SambaSafety in a private equity-backed transaction in 2017. Steve served for 3 ½ years on the Executive Team at SambaSafety as the EVP and GM of Transportation, overseeing the regulated trucking industry offerings within the broader SambaSafety business. Steve is now back as CEO and one of four co-founders of Bluewire LLC, a cutting-edge AI Software as a Service (SaaS) company, launched to provide motor carriers and their insurance partners with a scientific, data-driven methodology to protect against the vulnerabilities which lead to reputation-damaging false narratives.

Steve earned a Masters of Business Administration, J.D. and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Willamette University. He lives with his wife of 30 years in Portland, Oregon where they divide their time between their 5 adult chi 
 dr_daniel_mollicone Dr. Daniel Mollicone

is chief scientist and CEO of Pulsar Informatics, Inc. Dr. Mollicone holds degrees in Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He has played an active role in the development of the field of fatigue risk management and has acted as principal investigator on research funded by US Department of Transportation (DOT), US Federal Aviation Administration FAA, US Department of Defense (DOD), US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Transport Canada related to assessment of fitness for duty and fatigue risk management. 
 laura_cyrus Laura Cyrus

director of corporate engagement with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has been with the organization since 2013, beginning as an intern while completing her master’s degree at the Korbel School within the University of Denver. There, she studied international human rights, completing dual specializations in forced labor and human trafficking and international administration and law. Laura has served in various positions during her time at TAT and enjoys being involved in both the macro and micro aspects of running a national non-profit organization. She travels nationally to speak on behalf of TAT, enabling her to build relationships with relevant industry stakeholders and activate new partners.

Whether speaking with supply chain leaders, sustainability and CSR directors, trucking company executives, or the everyday heroes of the road (aka American truck drivers), Laura enjoys sharing her passion on the topic of anti-trafficking efforts and encouraging everyone to find the most effective way they can be a change-maker in this work.
 jim_ward Jim Ward

is currently president of D. M. Bowman, Inc. based in Williamsport, MD. Jim has more than 30+ years of experience in the transportation industry in various management positions in Trucking, Rail and Risk Management. His employment spans from CSX, Willis Advanced Risk Management Services and D. M. Bowman, Inc. where he has been in his current role since 1999.

Jim remains very active in the transportation industry and is currently the Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association. He has had the privilege of speaking on a variety of topics affecting our industry at conferences held by NIT League, CCJ, McLeod, ATA, TCA, ATRI and the University of Georgia Trucking Profitability Symposium.

He has been married to Starla for 40 years and has two sons, two wonderful daughter in laws, a grandson and granddaughter.
 jeff_bw Jeff Mercadante

is currently the vice president of safety & risk at PITT OHIO, LLC. During Jeff’s 33-year tenure with PITT OHIO, the company has won numerous safety awards presented by the American Trucking and State Associations. Jeff is the Chairman of the American Trucking Association’s Safety Committee and a member of Bendix Corporation Fleet Council. Additionally, he is a board member of CCAC’s Educational Program for Trucking. Previously, Jeff was the President of Pennsylvania’s Motor Truck Association Southwest Chapter.

Jeff attended West Virginia University where he majored in Business Management and was also a member of the West Virginia wrestling team. He and his wife Penny reside in Hampton Township. They have four grandchildren and are members at Wildwood Golf Club. Jeff is an avid golfer and also enjoys paddle tennis, hunting and cooking.
tom_serafin  Tom Serafin 

is currently the director of safety and training for Florida Rock and Tank Lines (FRTL) and has nearly 21 years of safety and operations experience in logistics. As a Florida attorney, he focuses on risk management and compliance at all levels of the organization while continuously evaluating areas for improvement. Before his promotion to his current role in safety, Mr. Serafin served as a district manager on the operations team and oversaw six different terminals. Prior to joining FRTL over 7.5 years ago, Mr. Serafin practiced law as a commercial real estate attorney and commercial lending lawyer which was preceded by his 10 years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. In the Corps, Mr. Serafin flew F/A-18Ds as a weapons systems officer and was director of safety and operations at the squadron and group levels. Now, Lieutenant Colonel Serafin serves as a Marine reservist in his 21st year and leads a unit that manages over 7,000 ready reserve Marines. While most of his time has been in aviation logistics leading Marines, the correlation between aviation and trucking has proven to be remarkably similar, and beneficial from an operational and safety perspective, and optimization.

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