Our Team

Ryan Daube
Founder/CEO

Ryan’s focus is on leading growth at AFN by ensuring that our team is always at the forefront of advising customers on how to most efficiently transport their goods within the constantly changing logistics market.  As someone who enjoys working with numbers and solving problems, Ryan fell in love with this dynamic industry during his first job, right out of college.  Four years later, he co-founded AFN to put his leadership skills and interests to work building a unique logistics company that is squarely focused on putting the client first.  Ryan is actively involved in several community and charitable initiatives, including Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).  Prior to founding AFN, he worked as a customer sales representative for American Backhaulers.  He graduated from Indiana University.

AFN President BarnettBlaine Barnett
President

Blaine has over fifteen years of comprehensive sales, operations, marketing, and business management experience with expertise in product and technology innovation and operational efficiency. At AFN, Blaine leads all day-to-day operations as we continue to build our reputation and stature as one of the country’s premier logistics providers. Prior to joining AFN, Blaine worked in several strategy, sales, technology product development and customer satisfaction leadership roles in the consumer, commercial, and international divisions of Life Fitness. His experience there, coupled with his time managing large stores at Restaurant Depot, has given him insights as both a receiver and shipper of product in manufacturing and retail environments. He credits these experiences as critical in developing skills his role at AFN requires. Blaine is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned his MBA at the University of Chicago.

Mike Nervick, Dounder, AFNMichael Nervick
Founder

Michael began his logistics career as a carrier sales representative for American Backhaulers in 1996.  Building on his success, Michael co-founded AFN in 2003 with Ryan Daube, growing AFN into one of the top 30 full service third party logistics providers.  Michael has built great relationships with many of the best carriers in the nation over the years as a pioneer of the concept of treating carriers like clients and is well known within AFN for his “sharpening the axe” philosophy of continuous improvement.  Today, Michael remains a stakeholder with a vested interest in our success and actively networks in the business community through memberships in The Economic Club of Chicago and other organizations.  He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin and attended the Chicago Management Institute at The Booth School of Business.

 
Adam Wakefield
Vice President of Sales

Adam leads AFN’s sales team to ensure that we all excel when executing on our customer service promise.  His responsibilities include implementing account strategies to service existing customers and acquire new customers. In his role, Adam is in communication with top accounts and continuously developing better ways to deliver superior solutions to our core customers.  Innovation and process improvement are therefore always at the top of his agenda.  Adam credits his strategic problem-solving skills to years spent in athletics and compares game planning for sports to strategy planning for business.  He has worked in the logistics industry for more than a decade and, prior to his current role, held numerous positions within AFN as well as other leading companies in the industry.   Adam graduated from Valparaiso University.

Chad McGinn
Chief Financial Officer

Chad joined AFN as CFO in 2004.  His previous position, as a regional finance manager responsible for a $100 million division at a construction rental company, prepared him well for running the finance and accounting functions at AFN.  Chad also manages AFN’s relationships with banks, IT service providers, independent auditors and benefit vendors and was involved in the site selection and initial planning of our facility. Chad loves the game of golf for its traditions, including honor and integrity, so much that his kids start swinging clubs as soon as they can walk.  He earned a BBA in Accounting from St. Norbert College.

Jared Palmer
General Counsel and Director of Security

Jared leads our recently combined Client Services and Legal Departments. In this role, he leads the logistics coordination and legal teams to focus on the strategic implementation of proprietary risk management processes so that shipments reach their intended destinations. During Jared’s tenure, he has helped distinguish AFN as an industry leader in theft prevention of high value and high risk commodities. He also developed and launched the AFN Strategic Partnership Summit, a unique annual gathering where shippers and carriers exchange information about industry issues. Jared is an adjunct professor of transportation law at his alma mater, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to acquiring his JD, he graduated as a Founders Scholar recipient from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Jared serves as chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the National Cargo Theft Task Force and is a member of the CargoNet Advisory Committee. He has authored numerous articles on cargo theft, logistics, insurance, and risks affecting the logistics industry and is actively involved in federal lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

Oleg Yanchyk
Vice President of Business Intelligence

As AFN’s Vice President of Business Intelligence, Oleg leads our efforts to collect, analyze and act on trends and data that help us help customers become more effective and profitable.  His main focus is on company-wide strategy to ensure that our internal processes, systems, technology are all aligned so we operate efficiently to serve our customers.  Prior to assuming this position, Oleg ran the procurement department at AFN.  He began his career with Schneider National, where he held a number of positions, including Account Analyst, Carrier Sales Operations Manager and Customer Response Manager.  Oleg earned a degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance, Computer Information Systems, and Management from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN and holds an MBA in Logistics and Operations from the University of Tennessee.

AFN Director Carrier Sales and Operations NesselBrian Nessel
Director of Carrier Sales and Operations

Brian leads AFN’s Carrier Sales and Operations.  On the Carrier Sales side, his goals are to provide premier logistics solutions to our carrier base through leadership development, profitability improvement and high levels of customer service while directing the team to build strategic long term carrier partnerships.  On the Operations side, Brian leads our efforts to deliver premier logistics solutions to AFN’s customers through strategic planning, leadership development, and overall direction of the operations team by collaborating with internal and external parties to ensure AFN meets and exceeds customer expectations.  A self-described “die hard” sports fan, Brian spends considerable time following his favorite teams.  He joined AFN in June 2006, after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington where he earned a BA in Communication and Media Studies and a Minor in Business.

Kira Meinzer
Vice President of Human Resources

Kira comes to AFN with over 15 years of Human Resources and Logistics experience at American Backhaulers, CH Robinson, and Dyson.  Her role at AFN is to ensure that our people strategy aligns with our business strategy.  She is a PHR-certified HR professional with broad and deep experience in recruiting and retention, training and development, talent management and general human resources functions.  Her leadership extends to all aspects of HR including workforce planning, training/development, compensation/benefits and employee relations.  Kira is active in the national and local HR community to ensure that AFN is at the forefront of implementing innovations that allow us to recruit, reward and retain the best talent possible.  As a result of her efforts, we’ve been designated one of “Chicago’s Top 100 Places to Work”. Despite a demanding work schedule, she finds time for biking, cooking, travel and yoga, which she says helps her find harmony between her work and her personal life.  Kira graduated from Indiana University, with a BS in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business.

Eric Malcolm
Director of Sales Strategy and Marketing

Eric focuses on our sales and marketing strategy and uncovering opportunities with existing accounts while managing our sales pipeline.  He sets the strategic direction for the sales and marketing teams to help meet our business goals, exceed customers’ expectations and build our brand and reputation. If any project requires an infusion of energy, Eric (who often rides his bike to the office and runs year round in Chicago!) can usually be seen spearheading it.  He began his logistics career at C.H. Robinson where he provided global supply chain solutions to a portfolio of accounts that he built and managed.  Prior to joining AFN, he worked at the RMI Company, where he sold information technology and software for the rail industry.  Eric graduated from Miami University (OH) Farmer School of Business and also holds an MBA from Emory University Goizueta School of Business.