A busy cargo port with many shipments

Transportation: A Cross-Industry Conversation between Carriers and Shippers

Headline after headline, carriers and shippers are facing increased challenges from capacity to new technology. During the Lunch and Learn, Jon Holztrager is going to facilitate discussion to allow carriers and shippers to better understand these challenges and hopefully draw inspiration for solutions and innovation.

Discussion Topics

  • Carrier Capacity
  • Application of technology for small carriers
  • Autonomous trucks
  • Shipper/carrier common ground
  • Driver-friendly freight


Jon Holztrager

Jon Holztrager

Jon Holztrager is Director of Supply Chain Partnerships and an adjunct faculty member with the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

 He is an accomplished supply-chain professional with expertise in total delivered cost reduction, operating asset strategy, supply chain transformation and best-in-class supply-chain results. Jon held senior roles with multi-site, executive responsibility for  various regional, North American, and global  supply chain operating groups. He has experience in pulp & paper, consumer disposables, consumer electronics, and electric utility sectors. The majority of his 35 year career was spent with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Sony, and the Tennessee Valley Authority – the Nation’s largest public power provider.   

Jon now teaches supply chain operations with an emphasis on practical aspects of leading manufacturing, purchasing, distribution, and transportation teams. He also works closely with UT Supply Chain Forum members and other companies who are engaged  in recruiting, organization development, and operations improvement. Additionally he serves as a Customer Emeritus Board member for Dallas-based ISNetworld.   

A picture of Joe Buckley

Joe Buckley

Joe Buckley is a Lecturer in the Department of Supply Chain Management.  He teaches Junior and Senior level supply chain courses.

Buckley comes to the University after a twenty-eight year career in industry.  He has held positions such as, Vice President Procurement Services, Vice President Finance, and most recently served as Director, Materials Management and Transportation for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Joe’s supply chain leadership and expertise include:  inventory management, logistics and network design.  In addition, Joe is a licensed CPA and has additional expertise in accounting and finance functions.

Joe has been married for 25+ years to his wife Kelly.  They have 3 daughters: Lauren, Rebecca and Rachael.