Club Committees

Annual Dinner

Dennis Grim | Business to Business Communications | | CHAIR 
Jason Olinger | YRC Freight | 913-991-3165 | | VICE CHAIR

The Annual Dinner committee is responsible for our largest event of the year, which historically is held in the 3rd week in May, National Transportation Week. The dinner is also accompanied by a sponsorship golf outing the day before. The annual dinner team begins putting this event together months in advance and works closely with the Club director to ensure continuity. The committee plans every detail of the event including the venue and keynote speaker.

Committee Members:
Larry Cunat, DSI Security
Paul Deasy, Chicago Freight Car Leasing
Gabriel Forir, A&R Logistics
Blythe Gilio, CH Robinson
Jim Keuck, Keuck Consulting
Tom Tisa, CN


Jason Olinger | YRC Freight | 913-991-3165 | | CHAIR
Larry Cunat |  DSI Security 708-625-2296 | | VICE-CHAIR

The Education Committee is responsible for producing the Executive Series Educational Events. These events now consist of four Executive Series Luncheons as well as two Executive Series Logistics Mini-Seminars. The Committee strives for geographic outreach by scheduling at least two events in the Loop annually, as well as co-sponsoring a luncheon event every January with the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers. These events are all designed to provide Club members and their guests with unique opportunities to hear insightful commentary from senior industry leaders, as well as recognized industry subject matter experts.

Committee Members:
Denny Grim, Business to Business Communications 
Bruce Betts, Unaffiliated Jeff Clark, Eagle Training Services 
Chris Gerber, Mitsui Rail Capital 
Dan Heiser, DePaul University 
Mary Elisabeth Pitz, MEP&A, The Rail Supply Chain Summit
Justin Sorto, COFCO International


Joshua Chesser | Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. | | CHAIR
Russell Kazmierczak|  Clutch Global Logistics 708-562-2800 |  | VICE CHAIR

The Networking/Golf Committee is responsible for arranging a variety of social and sports related events during the year for the benefit of our members and guests. These events offer the members the opportunity to entertain their customers, while at the same time, allowing them to network with other members and guests in an informal social environment. The committee also assists in promoting membership during these events.

Members of The Traffic Club of Chicago enjoy up to 5 golf outings per year. Each outing offers a chance for our members to network and entertain customers at the area's top courses with raffles, door prizes and cash awards. This committee is responsible for course selection, sponsorship development, execution of events and creating a positive and fun atmosphere for our members and their guests.

Committee Members:
Casey Cathcart, Cathcart Rail Holdings / Bucyrus Railcar Repair
Jody Chisholm, Hempel (USA), Inc.
John Janczak, MSC
Caitlin Klein, MSC
Jan Marino, AllTranstek, LLC

Nathan Monico, Salco Products
Katie Rudersdorf, GATX


Dan Behr | Behr & Associates | 847-951-7245 | | CO-CHAIR
Tracy Davis | Acme Transportation 708-594-3900 | | CO-CHAIR

The Finance Committee is responsible for the Club's financial affairs, including management of Club investments, budgeting, monitoring of financial performance, and oversight of the Club's revenues and expenditures. The Finance Committee meets monthly, and the chair of the Committee participates in the Club's monthly Board meetings as well.

Committee Members:
Bruce Betts, Unaffiliated
Tim Delany, Dowell Group, LLP
Remy Diebes, REMPREX
Mike Halkitis, RSM US LLP
Todd Kahn, Chicago Freight Car Leasing
James McLaughlin, Merrill Lynch
Jason Olinger, YRC Freight
Bill Thomson, BMO Harris Bank
Tom Tisa, CN
Earl Wacker, AECOM


Russell Kazmierczak | Clutch Global Logistics 708-562-2800 |  | CHAIR
The membership committee strives to broaden the scope of members through the value the Traffic Club provides. With varying membership levels and through promoting the many benefits associated with membership, the committee strives to communicate the value of the club, and to broaden the scope of our members across all aspects of the transportation and logistics industries.

Committee Members:
Nick Clark, Donnelley Logistics Services Worldwide
Mike Faucher, RJW Group
Tim Humbert, CH Robinson
Mike Kelly, Chicago Freight Car Leasing
Ray Schiliro, DSV Solutions


Bryan Vaughan | VTG Rail | 312-520-8482 | | CHAIR
Jim Keuck |  Keuck Consulting 630-240-2650| | VICE CHAIR

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for administering the Club's scholarship program. The Club dedicates its Scholarship Fund to aid and enable the children and grandchildren of its members, who are full time students and are pursuing a degree at an accredited four year college or university. The funding of the program comes from corporate grants; estate giving; and from Club operations thru the year.

Committee Members:
Mathew DiPilato, Schneider
Russell Kazmierczak, Clutch Global Logistics
George Macko, SCO-Pro, LLC
Frank Moczulewski, Retired
Mike Mohan
Patrick Seger, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings


Social Media 

Blythe Gilio | CH Robinson 630-484-0731 CHAIR

The Social Media Committee helps promote the Traffic Club of Chicago on Social Media.


Daniel Wallace | FreightCar America | 312 909-1035 | | CHAIR

The Sponsorship Committee was developed to assist in the development and promotion of club sponsorship programs. 

Committee Members:
Mike Faucher, RJW Trucking
Donley Forrest, The Greenbrier Companies
Rimah Ibrahim, Transportation Incorporated
Ronald Kamstra, CN
David LaPorte, LaPorte CSA
Rob Liss, Echo Global

Strategic Planning

Tracy Davis | Acme Transportation Co. | 708-594-3900 | | CHAIR

The Strategic Planning Committee is an Ad-Hoc Committee that was developed in order to create a Strategic Plan for the Club.

Committee Members:
Denny Grim, Business to Business Communications
Tom Tisa, CN
Jason Olinger, YRC Freight
Bruce Betts, Unaffiliated
Dan Behr, Behr and Associates
Paul Deasy, Chicago Freight Car Leasing
Bryan Vaughan, VTG Rail

Young Professionals

Matt DiPilato | Schneider | 312-898-4812 | | CHAIR
Nick Clark | Donnelley Logistics Services Worldwide | 386-338-2616 | | VICE CHAIR/Director YP Membership
Blythe Gilio | CH Robinson 630-484-0731 Director YP Social Media
Caitlin Klein | MSC 630-803-3506 | Director YP Event Planning

Justin Sorto| COFCO International 773-531-7527 | Director YP Education/Technology

The Young Professionals Committee was developed to help encourage and increase exposure to the next generation of members.

Committee Members:
Adan Abarca, A&M Intermodal
Matthew Cooney, AllTranstek
Ryan Deveikis, AllTranstek
Jay Kraska, AllTranstek
Caleb Maki, BNSF
Chase Downing, BNSF
Aaron Decker, CN
Matthew Coduti, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad
Kristen Wright, FreightCar America
Herb Shields, Illinois Institute of Technology
Yiannis Loizides, Mitsui Rail Capital
Nathan Dickman, Schneider National Carriers Inc
Dan Benken, Strato Max
Steph Smith, Traffix USA
Matt Mahoney, Union Tank Car Company
Allison Motel, Scoular
Jenna Mock, APL
Valerie Pierucci, CH Robinson
Kim DeBiase, Hamburg Sud
Ajlin Tabakovic, Landstar
Ray Schiliro, DSV Solutions
Tory Blumenshine, Kraft Heinz Food Company
Courtnie Wilson, Seko