Logistics Executive Lecture Series

Important information for all events

Students must RSVP to attend all events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until the classroom seating capacity (BLB 080 = 200) has been met. Events fill up very quickly, so make sure to RSVP early in the semester!

Students with submitted RSVPs will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the RSVP form by Thursday prior to the event on Friday.

If you have submitted an RSVP but will no longer be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm prior to the event on Friday to allow another student the opportunity to attend in your place. To cancel an RSVP please reply to the confirmation email or send an email with your full name to: David.Nowicki@unt.edu. Thank you for your assistance with this format.

Please bring your student ID for entry to logistics events. You will swipe your student ID upon entry and exit from the classroom to receive attendance credit. Please arrive early in order to access the card swipe system and be seated so we may start the events on time.

  • Friday, February 15th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Carter Truly

    Vice President - Controller, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Texas Instruments

    Carter Truly is the world-wide controller for the technology and manufacturing group at Texas Instruments. This includes responsibility for capacity planning at the factories, capital planning and expenditure, and cost oversight and compliance.

    Carter joined TI in 2002 as a finance co-op/intern in Sherman, TX. He has held several roles within TI including High Speed Product Finance & Operations Director, and TI Financial Planning Director. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Texas as well as an MBA from the University of Texas.

  • Friday, February 22nd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Rick Elieson

    President, American Airlines Cargo

    Rick Elieson was named president – Cargo in March 2017. He oversees the airline’s cargo business, including operations, customer service, marketing, sales and strategy.

    Rick joined American in 1994, and began his career on the Japanese desk in American’s Fort Worth Reservations office. He has led organizations in Revenue Management, Digital Marketing and AA Vacations. He most recently oversaw the company’s global co-branded credit card business, and led the company’s domestic credit card negotiations resulting in an industryleading structure in a deal announced in2016.

    Rick has also led organizations in Pricing Strategy, Pricing Operations, Merchandising, Loyalty Strategy and he established the company’s first Revenue Integrity group.

    Rick earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, Commerce. He is a National Geographic ublished photographer and volunteers on his school district’s Technology Board and as a Boy cout leader. He is also an executive sponsor for Latin Diversity Network – American’s Employee Business Resource Group that promotes the values of career development, volunteerism and personal growth.

  • Friday, March 1st - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    David Stemm

    Executive Director, Stevens Transport

    David Stemm serves as Executive Director at Stevens Transport – the premier temperature controlled truckload carrier headquartered in Dallas, TX. Stevens Transport leads the industry in the safe, on-time delivery of highly perishable food commodities – in some cases delivering the food you eat directly from the field to your local market. David provides strategic leadership across the organization with intense focus on operational efficiency, cost management, and innovation and implementation of new technology.

    Prior to joining Stevens Transport in 2016, David served multiple leadership roles at Knight Transportation, a national truckload carrier based in Phoenix, AZ. His wide ranging experience began in 2005 as a summer internship which catapulted him into responsibilities that included the management of Service Centers in Portland OR, Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, David and his team engineered an expedited service offering which allowed Knight to penetrate deep into the transportation spend of some of America’s most highly sought after e-commerce shippers.

    David earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Arizona State University in 2008. He, his wife and two sons live in Dallas.

  • Friday, March 29th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Brent Hudspeth

    Vice President, Enterprise Capacity Solutions, Transplace

    Mr. Hudspeth has 25 years of supply chain and transportation industry experience in executive and consulting roles. During his ten-year tenure with Transplace, Hudspeth has held Supply Chain Consulting, Transportation Management and Strategic Capacity leadership roles. Presently, he leads Transplace’s Enterprise Capacity team which provides North American freight services to a diverse mix of manufacturing, retail and distribution companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hudspeth held executive roles in both logistics services and consulting organizations, with a continued focus on achieving greater productivity. These companies include AT Kearney, Coca-Cola and NextJet. Hudspeth has contributed articles and been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Commerce. Brent has served as a two-time president of the Dallas-Ft. Worth CSCMP Roundtable, Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 82 at Highland Park Presbyterian, and board member of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association. Mr. Hudspeth holds a MBA from Stanford University and BA from Washington & Lee University.

  • Friday, April 12th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Daniel Medalie

    Vice President, Central Region, Pegasus Logistics Group

    As the VP of Sales for the Central Region of Pegasus Logistics, Daniel has multiple areas of responsibility.

    Based in Coppell, TX, Daniel oversees the sales activities of six team members who cover a broad expanse of states including Texas, Georgia, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska. Taken together, this expansive geography accounts for over $20 million annually, with total company revenue exceeding $150 million through 2018.

    Additionally, Daniel heads up ongoing sales recruitment for Pegasus which focuses on expanding the Peer Development Program (PDP.) When new members join the Pegasus Sales Organization, Daniel provides valuable mentoring and training assistance for the duration of their first year to help them adapt to the industry’s jargon, culture, and metrics. Since the PDP’s inception and inclusion into the Pegasus model, six entry-level have seen their performance levels exceed industry standards in their initial year.

    Prior to his position at Pegasus, Medalie oversaw the operation of a Denver-based freight forwarder where he oversaw long-term client relationships, international brokerage services, and warehouse operations.

    A graduate of The University of New Mexico in 2000, Daniel earned a BBA in Production and Operations Management. He entered the shipping and logistics industry in 2001.

    Daniel’s personality lends itself to interpersonal relationships with all levels of client and company personnel. He possesses a creative approach to building close ties with those who are willing to expend the effort to achieve success, both for themselves and the company.

    A cross-fit “fanatic,” Daniel is also an avid reader and known simply as “Medalie” within the Pegasus offices. Given the opportunity, he will engage you in a variety of topics, ranging from watch collecting, to Netflix binging, and anything automotive.

    Currently residing in Roanoke, TX, with his wife, Amy and their two children, Daniel keeps a busy schedule, finding himself at the local gym at 5 am to squeeze in the day’s activities.

  • Friday, April 26th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Doug Miller

    Vice President, Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc.

    Doug started his PepsiCo career in 1996 within the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo. His first assignment was in Topeka, KS and supported a 115 OTR private fleet operation that serviced the Mid West. Doug held a variety of Frito-Lay field and headquarters leadership assignments over his first sixteen years. Key experiences and assignments included TMS projects, Supply chain integration, warehouse operations, transportation, manufacturing, and sales operations in PepsiCo locations that spanned Plano, TX, San Antonio, TX, & Dallas, TX.

    In 2012, Doug moved over to the beverage side of PepsiCo and supported key transportation projects and teams that provide logistics for iconic brands like Pepsi, Quaker, Gatorade, Tropicana, and Naked Juice. While in beverages, Doug started up the Pepsi Logistics Company, Inc. which operates as a transportation intermediary for external companies and is ranked among Top 50 brokerage firms in the United States (Source; Transport Topics – April 2018, Armstrong & Associates – July 2018) with offices in Plano, TX, Chicago, Ill and Bradenton, FL.

    Prior to joining PepsiCo, Doug earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.