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Eric Starks
Chairman and CEO, FTR Transportation Intelligence
Wednesday, January 23 | 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Eric Starks is Chairman and CEO of FTR, the industry leader in freight transportation forecasting. Eric has spent his entire career in the freight transportation sector and is a leading researcher in freight modal share analysis and forecasting. His background includes research in both rail and truck freight movements and asset equipment purchases. He is currently one of the premier industry forecasters on transportation equipment demand for rail cars, commercial trucks and trailers.

Eric is a frequent speaker at Wall Street analyst meetings, association events, and private meetings. He has a unique ability to communicate to his audiences how the economy, logistics, freight, and equipment demand impacts their respective business. He is an active member of the transportation community, former board member for NITL, and was instrumental in the creation of the Indiana University Transportation Board.

Eric holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University and is married and resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Shannon and four children (all boys) who keep them busy. As an avid athlete, he enjoys participation in endurance sporting events that include swimming, biking and running. His most recent pursuit was a 1/2 Ironman triathlon.


Phil Gwoke
Consultant, BridgeWorks
Wednesday, January 23 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Around BridgeWorks HQ, Phil is known as the motivator and the historian. As an internationally recognized speaker, Phil has shared his wisdom and inspired audiences in 40 different states and 4 contents to over 100,000 people. Before becoming a speaker he pursued his passion to help people be their best selves as a high school teacher, college admissions professional, marketng coordinator, corporate trainer and even small business owner. He has maintained strong ties to his local community as a mentor and consultant to young entrepreneurs, and brings his diverse background and skill-set to the BridgeWorks team. 

Phil is one of BridgeWorks’ resident Gen Xers, and brings his unique humor, experiences, research, and generational expertise to every keynote, workshop and training session he delivers. He is a firm believer that with the proper motivation, training, and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. With his down-to-earth, relatable style and dedication to presenting research in a digestible, entertaining way, Phil has become a fast favorite with audiences around the country. 

Long before becoming a BridgeWorks Gen Expert, Phil owned and ran a coffee shop in Minneapolis. He’s the proud father of a collegiate Gen Edger, and is adjusting to life as an empty-nest Gen Xer.


Kenneth W. Gronbach
President, KGC Direct, LLC
Thursday, January 24 | 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Kenneth W. Gronbach is a gifted keynote speaker and nationally recognized author, expert and futurist in the field of Demography and Generational Marketing. He makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real life examples which make it relevant to today’s culture, business climate and economy. With nearly three decades experience in retail advertising and marketing, Ken saw the direct results of shifting demographics in his clients’ profits. Eventually, his passion for the subject changed the direction of his career, to the benefit of readers of his books and attendees of his keynotes and other presentations.

As a Keynote speaker, Ken entertains his audiences with his own special brand of wit, humor and common sense, making complicated concepts clear with real-world explanations anyone can easily understand. Ken’s overall perspective is macro – a view from 30,000 feet, and very big picture. Even non-technical audiences will take away immediately usable information from his presentations. Ken is always positive, upbeat, and pro-America.


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