Ryder is a $6.6 billion, FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Founded in 1933, Ryder operates behind the scenes managing critical transportation and logistics functions for more than 50,000 customers, many of which make the products that consumers use every day.
Founded in 1909, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is an Am Law 200 firm and one of the Southwest’s largest full-service law firms – with more than 230 attorneys serving clients from three of the largest cities in Texas, as well as Colorado and Mexico, and covering more than 40 different areas of practice. Gardere’s International Trade Group focuses on international trade compliance and proven legal strategies to advance the growth of our clients’ businesses worldwide. With offices in the U.S. and Mexico, we have extensive experience decoding complex international trade regulations and preventing millions of dollars in potential fines and penalties. Gardere’s multidisciplinary approach to trade compliance leverages the capabilities of the Firm’s multiple practice groups to ensure our clients’ global trade operations are legally structured to maximize efficiency and profitability from end-to-end.
Wilson Elser, a full-service and leading defense litigation law firm (www.wilsonelser.com), serves its clients with nearly 800 attorneys in 30 offices in the United States and one in London. Founded in 1978, it ranks among the top 200 law firms identified by The American Lawyer and is included in the top 50 of The National Law Journal's survey of the nation’s largest law firms. Wilson Elser serves a growing, loyal base of clients with innovative thinking and an in-depth understanding of their respective businesses.
Gary Allen is Vice President of Supply Chain Excellence for Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the Supply Chain Solutions Engineering team, including Solution Design, Quality Management, Program Management, Continuous Improvement, and Product Development, to support business development and existing operations for the overall Supply Chain Solutions organization.
Mr. Allen has more than 24 years of experience in supply chain services. Prior to his position at Ryder, he led Ernst & Young LLP’s logistics consulting practice. He also spent seven years with Exel and 10 years with FedEx, where he had various leadership roles in product development, solution design, operational excellence, sustainability, business development, operations, and partner innovation.
Mr. Allen helped launch and co-author the “Annual Third Party Logistics Study” with Dr. John Langley from Pennsylvania State University, and has been recognized throughout the industry in both publications and public speaking engagements.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University.
Michelle Schulz is a founder and co-chair of Gardere’s International Trade Group. As a leading authority in the international trade and compliance arena, Michelle represents a variety of corporations in matters relating to compliance with U.S. and international regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and the various sanctions and embargo programs administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Under the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Michelle serves on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee for Export Administration, a senior-level advisory body to the U.S. Department of Commerce and, in particular, its Bureau of Industry and Security. She holds a secret level security clearance. For over 15 years, Michelle has guided clients through the establishment of effective export and import compliance programs. She has extensive experience in Customs fines, penalties, and forfeitures; export investigations; export license applications and agreements; and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and other aspects of international trade. Michelle speaks German and French.
Daniel Tranen is a partner in Wilson Elser’s Edwardsville, IL, office. He is an accomplished litigator who has handled matters across the litigation spectrum throughout the United States during his 18-year legal career. His practice ranges from the defense of entities in mass tort and single-claim product liability matters, class actions and insurance coverage matters to employment, transportation, environmental, toxic torts and commercial litigation disputes. In addition, Daniel has frequently defended individuals and entities in professional liability and securities claims as well as bar ethics complaints. He is a recurrent speaker and author on many of these topics. Daniel, a former associate and partner at Wilson Elser (2002–2010) in Chicago and Boston, returned to the firm in 2015 after moving back to his hometown of St. Louis, MO. He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and Massachusetts.