The Team

Executive team


The TransRisk executive team has collectively managed over $60B in freight contracts and deeply understands the market volatility challenges within the trucking and logistics industry. Coupled with a team of veteran trading exchange and regulatory executives, the TransRisk team is creating a solution that solves for an unserved and highly addressable market need – trucking rate and capacity volatility.

 

Craig Fuller: CEO/Managing Director

Craig is a serial entrepreneur that has built two successful businesses that served the long-haul trucking industry. One was Xpress Direct, the surge capacity/on-demand provider of US Xpress. XD did $144MM in revenue within its second year of operation and based pricing completely on a proprietary spot market business model. The other, Transfund$/TransCard was a fleet card provider that provided long-haul trucking companies with fuel card payment services, combining GPS location and fraud analytics to prevent fuel-fraud. This business was sold to US Bank.

 

David Sheppard: Global Managing Director of Exchange Operations

David is a Morgan Stanley veteran that spent a over decade trading, building businesses and managing a geographically dispersed team. David served as the Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s dry bulk commodities business, as well as Global Head of Coal. Prior to that, David was a Coal Trader for Sempra Energy and a Market Risk Analyst for RWE Supply & Trading GmbH.

 

Peter Kavounas: Chief Compliance Officer

Peter is an attorney with over a decade of financial services, derivatives, and technology regulation experience. He has worked with two AmLaw top 25 law firms, with two government agencies, both the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission where he co-authored 4 chapters of the final book, and with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the rule writing of Dodd-Frank. He has also worked with multiple exchanges, financial services, and startup companies to apply and operate as regulated exchanges under CFTC jurisdiction. For the past five years, he has run a global legal FinTECH startup advising entities as to governance, regulatory risk, business strategy and modeling, and corporate compliance within the Dodd-Frank regulatory framework.

 

Ben Murphy: Chief Product Officer

Ben is the former COO and founder of IDSC and Truckloadrate.com, the leading provider of truckload network optimization and provider of the largest rate indexes in the trucking industry. The company was sold to TMW Systems, the largest provider of trucking software and communications systems in the world.

 

Dan Conner: Chief Financial Officer

Dan is an experienced financial professional and an entrepreneurial Olin Business School MBA graduate. Prior to TransVix, Dan was a Senior Associate at Lewis & Clark Ventures, a St. Louis based Venture Capital firm. He previously founded and led Ascend Financial, a consulting firm providing early-stage companies with CFO services and fundraising coaching. Dan was also a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley where he launched a sustainable-investing practice that provided investment guidance and portfolio management for environmentally responsible investors.

 

John Bowes: Chief Commercial Officer

John is a highly experienced logistics market executive that was most recently President of Xpress Global Systems, LLC (XGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Xpress. John joined XGS in 1993 and served in several leadership positions, including Executive Vice President/General Manager before taking over as President in 2006. He also served as West Coast Regional Manager and Director of West Coast Operations during his tenure. Prior to joining XGS, he served as a Terminal Manager and Sales Manager for the Tom Duffy Company, a West Coast distribution company.

 

Lisa McGinty: Chief Marketing Officer

Lisa is a veteran marketer with 25 years of strategic marketing, business and brand development, and B2B marketing experience across financial and technology industries. Career experience includes marketing derivatives and trading product solutions to the investment communities through senior Marketing roles within a division of Thomson Reuters and energy market data provider, GlobalView.

 

Mark Walker: Chief Strategy Officer

Mark is an experienced veteran in the transportation industry with a 36 year career at CH Robinson. Most recently, Mark was on the CH Robinson Executive team as SVP of Transportation and held previous roles as CIO and President of T-Chek Systems.

 

Board of Advisors


Our Advisory Board is made up of highly experienced and respected individuals across financial investment, freight derivative and trading technology industries. Our Advisors are key contributors to our continued growth and evolution.

 

John Larkin

Mr. Larkin is Managing Director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Mr. Larkin joined Legg Mason in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. He was recognized as an All-Star Analyst by Institutional Investor in 2006 and as a Wall Street Journal All-Star Analyst five times, most recently for his stock picks during the year 2010. In addition, he was rated as number one by Forbes/StarMine in EPS estimate accuracy in the road and rail category in 2008, and as number one stock picker in 2003 by Forbes/StarMine in both the road and rail, and the airfreight and logistics categories. He received additional recognition in 2014 and 2015 by placing second in the 2014 StarMine stock picking survey in the road and rail category, third in the 2014 StarMine stock picking survey in the air freight and logistics category, and second in the 2015 StarMine stock picking survey in the air freight and logistics category. Previously, Mr. Larkin was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RailWorks Corporation. Mr. Larkin was also a key member of Alex Brown and Sons’ transportation team, serving as a Managing Director.  Mr. Larkin has held various positions in planning and economic analysis at CSX Transportation, Inc. Mr. Larkin earned his MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and the University of Texas, respectively. Mr. Larkin is a CFA charter holder. In addition, he is a member of the boards of advisers for CRST International and Comcar Industries, and is a member of the Baltimore CFA Society.

 

Chelsea C. White III

Chelsea (Chip) is an experienced logistics leader and one of the top minds in his field. He is the former director of the Trucking Industry Program, a study of the U.S. trucking industry supported by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. He was the Founding Engineering Co-Director of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations while on the faculty at the University of Michigan. White was a member of the Board of Directors for Con-way for 11 years until that company’s sale to XPO in 2015 and is a former member of the World Economic Forum Trade Facilitation Council.

 

Richard Metzler
Richard Metzler has over 30 years of C-Level leadership with subject matter expertise in M&A, partnerships and marketing within the logistics, transportation and ecommerce industries on a domestic and global basis. He has had senior leadership roles with companies that include FedEx, TNT, APL Logistics, Greatwide Logistics, XPO Logistics, and most recently as Chief Marketing Officer of uShip.com.

 

Michael Rainsford

Mr. Rainsford was highly successful Commodities Trader for Morgan Stanley’s Dry Bulk Trading Operations. Among his achievements was building out the derivatives platform for the container freight swap trading desk and organizing and hosting industry conferences in both London and New York. Rainsford was also President of the Container Freight Derivatives Association that designed the Container Freight Agreement – a tradable contract that helped to de-risk maritime container freight.

 

Investors


David Hunt

Mr. Hunt is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hunt Technology Ventures, L.P, and an early stage investor backing of relentless founders with disruptive ideas. Mr. Hunt has been investing long-term capital in private companies for the past 20 years, with a focus on investments in seed stage to Series A rounds in technology and biotechnology companies. Hunt Technology Ventures, L.P., is one of the largest private technology investors in North America.