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FreightWaves Market Experts

We’ve brought together a best-in-class team to create our FreightWaves Market Experts Team. Designed to provide SONAR users with dedicated access to some of the best subject matter experts in the freight industry, our Market Experts study freight trends, impacts, movement and data, and provide market insights and strategies exclusively for SONAR and Passport users.

Each team member represents a unique set of industry expertise. Collectively, they help to craft a complete picture of what’s happening in and around the freight markets through a multi-lens approach. Combining their deep tribal knowledge and industry experience with data and insights from SONAR, they’re able to deliver valuable and near-time market insights like only FreightWaves can.

The FreightWaves Market Expert Team:

  • Publishes daily and monthly commentary, conducts webinars and speaks at key freight industry events.
  • Accessible via a SONAR subscribers-only live message (Slack) channel, email and Twitter and can handle any freight market question you can ask.
  • Provided at no extra cost to SONAR users and are here to give you a distinct advantage in the market.

Our FreightWaves Daily Watch is a daily briefing email that’s distributed exclusively to licensed SONAR users. Think of it as your SONAR playbook for the day. It’s designed to provide quick-read insights from our Market Experts into what happened in the global economy overnight, what’s happening in the freight market today, and what you need to watch over the next 24 hours. In addition to highlighting what’s happening in the freights markets for that day, our Market Experts share recommended strategies on how this information can be used to your advantage. The Daily Watch playbook email is released 5 days a week at 9:00AM ET.

Meet the Experts

Michael Baudendistel

Market Expert, Rail Intermodal; Research Analyst; Community Leader – The Stockout (CPG)

Rail/Intermodal • Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) • Rail Equipment Manufacturing and Leasing • Truck Equipment and Components

Mike Baudendistel is an analyst and Market Expert at FreightWaves focusing on the railroad, intermodal and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. Prior to joining FreightWaves, Baudendistel served as a senior sell-side equity research analyst covering the publicly traded railroads, suppliers that manufacture and lease railroad equipment, and suppliers that manufacture trucks, trailers, engines and other components. He has 16 years of experience following the freight transportation industry with experience that also touched the truckload, Jones Act barge and domestic logistics industries. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Henry Byers

Market Expert, International Freight Forwarding

Ocean Containerized Freight • FCL/LCL • International Trade Data • Ocean Contract & Spot Pricing • Market Analytics • Forecasting • Routings & Capacity Utilization

Prior to joining FreightWaves, Henry has spent most of his career working for domestic and international 3PLs right here in the heart of Freight Alley, in Chattanooga, TN. His experience includes leadership roles within multiple 3PLs that each possessed different operating models in the domestic and international markets. Working within these varying 3PL models allowed him to see and understand the strengths and pitfalls of each, and where there is still opportunity for improvement within each industry. Most recently, he spent over 3 ½ years in international freight forwarding where he held leadership roles in business development, pricing, procurement, and analytics. During this time, he focused intently on researching, analyzing, and reporting on the air and ocean freight markets, which included him traveling abroad to meet and negotiate with ocean carriers and foreign partners. His unique experience within both the domestic and international freight markets provides him with a comprehensive understanding of how the data made available in SONAR can best be utilized by shippers, carriers, and 3PLs/4PLs to help navigate the complexities of global and domestic supply chains.

JP Hampstead

Director, Passport Research

Trucking Markets • Ocean Markets • Logistics Technology

JP Hampstead is a strategic analyst at FreightWaves and veteran of the media and research teams. Prior to FreightWaves, JP earned a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Anthony Smith

Lead Economist

Economic Analysis • Housing and Construction • Trend Forecast • Manufacturing • Technology Evaluation • Consumer Trends

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

Tony Mulvey

Senior Analyst

Trucking Markets • Financial Analysis • Freight Brokerage • FreightTech Trends

Tony Mulvey joined the FreightWaves team as an analyst focused on producing equity-like multi-modal research for the transportation industry. Prior to FreightWaves, Tony received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee.

Michael Rudolph

Research Analyst

Freight Brokerage

Michael Rudolph is a research analyst at FreightWaves and is a former freight broker. Prior to entering the logistics industry, Michael worked in academia. He holds an MA from the University of Chicago.