Steering Committee Members
John F. Cannon, MS, PE
John Cannon, Vice President of Engineering with the Wabash National’s tank trailer business, has served the cargo tank industry for almost 29 years. He earned his BS and MS degrees from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer. At Wabash, and its other companies – including Brenner Tank, Cannon has held positions in engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales.
He has been active in our industry’s trade associations. Cannon currently is a Director with the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, and previously served as Chairman of the trade group’s Tank Executive and Tank Engineering committees. Also, he has been a regular contributor to National Tank Truck Carrier initiatives and events, including his leadership of the Corrosion Prevention Initiative and the launch of the Liquid Products Database.
Finally, Cannon has long served as an industry advocate. During various US DOT rulemakings of the past three decades, including Docket HM-183 in the 1990’s, he was active in public hearings and other efforts to optimize industry safety and stakeholder interests. He has testified before a Congressional subcommittee and two NTSB hearings on cargo tank safety issues.
Stephen Torres currently serves as the Safety Director at Schneider National Bulk Carriers, the specialty bulk liquid chemical, dry, and food hauling division of Schneider. In his twenty five years with Schneider, Steve has also served in Operations and Customer Service leadership roles in both the van and flatbed divisions, at the company’s corporate headquarters in Green Bay, as well as at Operations Centers in various parts of the country. In addition to his duties at Schneider Bulk, Steve currently serves as a committee member on the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Committee, representing liquid bulk carriers, and as a four-state regional coordinator for TRANSCAER®, the voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.
In 2009 and 2010, Steve was recognized by TRANSCAER with awards for his contributions to the advancement of the organization’s principles. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy; a Masters Degree in Transportation and Logistics Management from the American Military University; and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. Steve currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve’s Logistic Corps. Steve, his wife Cynthia, and his two daughters live near New Orleans, LA.
Randy Vaughn – CDS
Randy Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Administration / Risk Management with Superior Bulk Logistics, Inc, in Oak Brook, IL. Randy’s responsibilities includes overseeing the corporations departments of Environmental Health Safety and Security Team, Human Resources, Quality Assurance Departments and Risk /Insurance Department which oversee the corporation divisions. Randy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation Logistics and an Associate of Science degree in Human Resources Management from the College of the USAF. Having earned the certification of Certified Director of Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Center for Integrated Transportation Safety and Security, Randy has served the cargo tank industry for over 38 years.
Randy has been extremely active in our industry’s trade associations. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member with the Illinois Trucking Association, Executive Board Member with the American Chemistry Council Partners, National Chairman with the National Tank Truck Carriers Association for the Safety & Security sector, currently a member with the IBCA and member with CVSA Hazardous Committee.
Randy and his wife of 44 years have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren and live near Chicago, IL
Peter R. VanDyne, CSP, CFPS
Peter R. VanDyne is the Technical Director Loss Control Advisory Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Milwaukee, WI. He is the Midwest Division Transportation Specialist responsible for, assisting field consultants, providing field consulting services to policyholders and working with agency and broker contacts to provide loss control services.
Peter has earned certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO and a Master of Arts degree in Business from Webster University in Saint Louis, MO.
Peter is currently an active member of American Society of Safety Engineers, Fox Valley Technical College Decision Driving Center Advisory Board, Wisconsin Safety Congress Planning Committee, and the Wisconsin Council of Safety Board.
Tom Heagney is the Quality Manager for Cargill Corn Milling and is responsible for assuring transfer and wash stations in North America follow food safety and customer requirements. He has been in this role since 1999. Tom works closely with Cargill transportation and external bulk food grade carriers on requirements and improvements. Tom has been with Cargill for 18 years and during his career he has developed food safety and quality programs for sweetener transfer and trailer wash stations, developed and led quality audit systems, and worked closely with customers to assure their expectations are met. Tom has been an active member of the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) since 2005 and is currently the chairman of the Supply Chain committee and leader of the HFCS sub-committee, within the Sweetener committee. Tom has worked with the Sweetener committee in developing, approving and implementing the 72 hour trailer wash rule, completing the new Sweetener Vessel Wash Guidelines, and revising the HFS guidelines. Tom graduated from the University of Florida with a BS degree in Microbiology and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a MBA. Tom currently lives in Memphis, TN.
Dan was previously the Director of Safety and Security for the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG). Dan has thirty-four (34) years in the truck transportation business including twenty-four (24) years in chemical and food grade bulk transportation. Dan has been the KAG Director for Safety and Security for the last ten (10) years. Dan’s current position is the VP of Safety, Security and Compliance for Transport Service, DistTech and Specialty Products Group, which our all part of the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG)
Lori is responsible for The Dow Chemical Company’s Global Supply Chain Environmental, Health, Safety and Security performance, focusing on road transportation, marine packed cargo and non-Dow warehouses. Her role includes development/oversight of Dow’s programs related to the safe and secure transportation of products by road and package marine globally, including Dow’s Requirements for the Safe Transportation of Toxic Inhalation Hazards by Road. Job elements also include tracking/root cause analysis of safety and security incidents, and auditing of external carriers, terminals and warehouses contracted by Dow. Lori works closely with Dow Third Party Logistics Service Providers to proactively influence their programs such that Dow’s expectations for the safe/secure transportation of our products are realized.
Lori has been employed by Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, for 35 years. She has held a variety of safety-related roles, with extensive experience in regulatory compliance, process hazard analysis, process safety controls and administration and mechanical integrity. Lori supported the UCC Corporate Distribution Operational Safety program beginning in 1993, leading or participating in team facility and terminal Operational Safety Program Audits in North America, Latin America and the Middle East. In 2001, she joined Dow’s Hazardous Material Distribution Coordinator team, ensuring that Dow facilities in several states were trained on and compliant with Transportation regulations, before moving to her current expanded role in 2003.
Barry Sherman is the Logistics Manager for Solvay Chemicals and has over 30 years in the chemical industry dealing with safe handling of both hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals. He has over 15 years of experience in the supply chain industry dealing with all aspects of safe rail to truck transfer, hazardous material trucking, and safety of handling by end users with a focus on safety and practical solutions to the problems encountered in this ever changing supply chain industry.
His experience on the shipper side of the supply chain offers the CTRMC another view of the issues confronted in the day to day operations of delivery of chemicals to a wide range of end users processes. Experience with customer interaction and problem solving associated with making all types of truck delivers of hazardous chemicals aids in the work of the CTRMC.
Owen McLean has over 14 years of OSHA and DOT compliance experience in the transportation and warehousing industry. He is currently a Loss Prevention Team Lead with Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. where his primary responsibilities include regulatory safety reviews, performing OSHA 10 and 30 hour training courses, as well as operational safety analysis on existing and prospective clients. Prior to joining Baldwin & Lyons, Owen was a Safety, Health & Security Manager for a global third party logistics company covering high-tech consumer accounts in Indiana, Texas, Ohio, and California where he was also responsible for the review and investigation of Workers’ Compensation claims. Owen holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications, and also earned a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.
John O Connell
John is versed in all aspects of the tank truck industry worldwide for over 40 years. Starting his career in the UK with an Engineering degree and worked for Drum Industries in Sales. Then moved to the US and became VP of Sales and VP Business development. He was part of a successful team that built Syltone (Drum) into a formidable supplier to the tank truck sector.
After 33 years he moved on to OPW/Civacon and used his skills in Sales/Business development and Strategic planning to build alliances and work on acquisition to help Civacon through there next growth phase.
John has been extremely active in all the associations, NTTC,TTMA,API, and of late the CTRMC using his diverse knowledge in mechanical, hydraulic and electrical application and how they help the end users to unload/unload and transport products safer and more efficiently.
With his experience he is able to communicate effectively with all levels from driver to the CEO’s, oems to the dealers to help better the industry.
John is now consulting in strategic planning and business development for the road tank industry.