Management Team

Leaders

Russell Jones

CEO, Co‑Founder Serial Entrepreneur, HBS MBA

Russell co-founded Cargo Chief, his fourth startup, to address frustrations he experienced as a shipper. Previously, he co-founded and led two cloud-based physical security firms, Sentinel Vision and FireEar. Russell was also the VP of Marketing at B2B air freight marketplace, iCargo. Earlier, he was the CEO and co-founder of Clearvox Communications, the pioneer for the market for wireless phone headsets, which he sold to Plantronics. Russell has been awarded 6 patents, double majoring in MIS and Marketing from Boston University’s School of Management and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Michael Bykhovsky

President, Co‑Founder Entrepreneur, Physics PHD

Michael graduated from Columbia University earning a degree in Physics, then a masters at UCLA, finally returning to Columbia for PHD work. He then went to Wall Street working for a number of named banks including leading a risk control group at ABN-AMRO. Michael then started Applied Financial Technology without investors; AFT dominated the space of Mortgage analytics and it also analyzed bonds and derivatives. AFT was sold in to Fidelity Information Services. Michael has used his algorithm expertise to be an active investor in real estate and AI-based startups.

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Kirk Franzen

VP of Engineering, Co‑Founder Software Architect, Entrepreneur

Kirk is a proven product and engineering leader with over 15 years of practical experience building, delivering and leading teams that develop solutions to real world problems. He has lead the engineering at a number of rapidly growing software/SaaS startups. Including successful exists through acquisitions by IBM and QA Source. Most recently, leveraging his broad technology knowledge he directed the engineering of a marketplace for quality assurance talent used by thousands of buyers and sellers. Kirk received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science at Texas A&M University.

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Kyle Wilson

Dir. Customer Success , Co‑Founder Trucking Carrier Capacity Expert

Kyle started and received formal training at the largest freight broker CH Robinson. At CH he developed a new segment of business that grew quickly and was quite profitable. He then joined well respected freight forwarder SEKO Worldwide and helped them hone their freight buying. Kyle was instrumental in the record break growth of Cargo Chief brokerage division. He has purchased over $100 million in freight spend, while also managing many teams and products along the way. Kyle received a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.

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Advisors & Directors

Ben Levy

Board Member Co‑Founder, BootstrapLabs

Ben is the co-founder of BootstrapLabs, a VC firm focused on Applied AI Technologies. Prior to BootstrapLabs, he launched, built, and exited two FinTech startups. Praedea Solutions, a data mining software company using machine learning and image recognition technology, was acquired by Mergent. InsideVenture, a social network for the startup founders and institutional investors was acquired by SecondMarket. Previously, Ben was an Investment Banker who helped his clients raise over $300M from and close over $5B in M&A transactions.

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David Brown

Board Member Co‑Founder, BootstrapLabs

David has been an active private equity and venture investor for the last twenty years investing in sectors that include software, business services, financial services, clean tech, social media, mobile software services, storage, wireless towers and cable. He started at Salomon Brothers and was a Managing Director at Oak Hill Ventures for 16 years. David has invested in dozens of early stage SaaS companies including Pinterest and has learned the common trouble areas to avoid.

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Joe Ruiz

Board Member VP of Trucking Carrier

Joe is the Vice President of Fastrucking, a fast growing, asset based 80+ truck carrier, with brokerage and warehousing divisions. Previously he had founded LightHouse Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company which experienced significant growth. Prior to his stint at Lighthouse Logistics, Joe was a Sales Director at both Exel NAL and Hassett Air Express, and started as a salesman in the industry quickly progressing to top salesman at the giant freight forwarder BAX Global.

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Cindy Du

P/T CFO Financial Consultant

Cindy has over 20 years of corporate finance and accounting experience in a variety of commercial settings, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Cargo Chief, she worked as Corporate Controller at Intematix Corp. She is also serving as a member of the Board of Directors for RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. Cindy received her Masters in Accounting from the University of South Alabama and is also a licensed California CPA

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Herb Shear

Advisor Former CEO of GENCO (FedEX Supply Chain)

Herb now spends time making interesting supply chain company investments, usually at private equity level. Previously, for 40 years he lead his family’s 3PL business, GENCO that, Herb grew dramatically by focusing on reverse logistics as B2C/online volumes grew several fold. GENCO was sold a few years ago and is now FedEx Supply Chain. Herb deeply understands trucking carriers and freight brokerages as he has invested in both directly.

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Joel McGinley

Advisor Managing Director TranStrategy Partners

Joel has engaged at the highest level at the two top Load boards, DAT and Internet Truckstop, helping them grow significantly with organic growth plus adding new services, and set their direction. He then started and sold ELD firm, You Drove IT. Joel, working with venture capitalist started an early online matching service with a directory which he exited. Currently, Joel is leading the consultancy he started, Transtrategy Partners, that has helped hundreds of freight brokers that range from 10 to 400 employees.

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John Terry

Advisor Former CEO/CFO of Carriers

John Terry, an investor for his own account in the trucking industry, was previously EVP of IU International Corporation and CEO of its Freight Transportation Group which was then the largest trucking company in the US. Prior to that he had been the CFO of the government corporation that reorganized the Northeast Rail System after the collapse of the Penn Central and a senior officer of two other Fortune Companies. He has been an advisor to the World Bank and European Bank on transport matters and has been involved in freight transport in 31 countries.

Mark Liston

Advisor Broker Operations Specialist

Mark has extensive knowledge of the freight brokerage business that he has learned from 18 years of working with well-known brokerages including Harte Hanks, Sunteck Transport Group and XPO Logistics. At XPO Logistics, he was in charge of training continuous classes new Carrier Representatives on the best way to engage with trucking companies. Mark also lead the Cargo Chief Carrier Representative team, early on when Cargo Chief was a freight brokerage, establishing policies and procedures.

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Hana

Office Pup French Bulldog

Hana is our office Pup. Between chewing her bones, chasing golf balls around the office, and her long desk top naps, Hana can be found greeting visitors as they come into the office to make sure everyone feels welcome. She also likes to listen in during conference calls, and always works hard to make sure the office is free of crumbs left behind by employees. She is a vital part of the office making sure we take time out of the busy day to pet her and admire how cute she is.