Team AFN

Our Team

Ryan Daube

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.

Michael Nervick

Michael 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.

Owen Schnaper

Owen Schnaper

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer, Owen is responsible for the execution of AFN’s strategy, the alignment and prioritization of company resources, and ensuring operational excellence across the organization. Owen graduated from the University of Dayton with a BS in Finance, and joined AFN early in the company’s history as a Carrier Sales Representative. Owen went on to pursue his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility with AEI and Baird. Owen was most recently the CEO of Salmon Cove, a classic apparel brand that he led through a turnaround process which resulted in increased sales revenues of 200%.

Brian Winshall

Brian Winshall

Executive Vice President of Business Development

In his role as Executive Vice President of Business Development, Brian leads our customer-centric teams in identifying new business opportunities and creating innovative, value-add supply chain solutions that help drive the success of our customers. With more than nineteen years of experience, Brian has built a strong and successful sales and leadership background in the logistics industry. Brian also brings with him a passion for continuous learning and many years of leadership experience in mentoring, teaching and coaching sales and account management teams. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, which is the number-one-ranked supply chain management program in the United States.

Adam Wakefield

Adam Wakefield

Vice President of National Accounts

As the Vice President of National Accounts, Adam ensures AFN’s commitment to fostering long term relationships with our clients. His responsibilities include implementing account strategies to service existing top accounts and deliver on our brand promise. In his role, Adam is 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.

Jeff Daube

Jeff Daube

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Jeff has been a proud part of AFN from the very beginning. His role today in the AFN organization is unique: he is primarily focused on developing AFN’s people, both personally and professionally. Jeff’s contributions are distinct from his colleagues in Human Resources, in that he serves as a coach, mentor, and sounding board for each and every AFN team member.

Jillian Lee

Jillian Lee

Vice President of Human Resources

Jillian leads AFN’s Human Resources function and plays a key role in helping drive the company’s organizational effectiveness priorities through a focus on talent acquisition and talent management. Throughout her career, Jillian has proven to be a business leader who builds strong partnerships that help shape strategy and drive results, while implementing best-in-class human resources solutions. Her 12 years of human resources experience with Brunswick, coupled with previous roles in legal and customer service, has given her a unique perspective of business, allowing her to create HR programs with risk, operations and the customer in mind. Jillian earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Binghamton University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Peter Malling

Peter Malling

Vice President of Information Technology

Peter has over 20 years of experience designing, developing, implementing and supporting IT solutions in manufacturing, telecommunications and healthcare companies. He has built, managed and mentored teams across multiple disciplines in IT including software developers, business analysts, networking engineers, system administrators, telecommunications administrators and business intelligence architects. Peter applies this broad range of experience to creating systems that strengthen AFN’s relationship with both customers and carriers. Peter graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Computer Studies.

Brian Nessel

Brian 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. On the Operations side, Brian leads our efforts to deliver premier logistics solutions to AFN’s customers through strategic planning of the operations team. A self-described “die hard” sports fan, Brian spends considerable time following his favorite teams. He joined AFN in 2006, after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington where he earned a BA in Communication and Media Studies and a Minor in Business.

Kirk Purcell

Kirk Purcell

Director of Strategic Planning & Business Intelligence

As Director of Strategic Planning & Business Intelligence, Kirk partners with the executive team to develop and drive AFN’s long-range strategic programs. He has over twenty years of business experience as both an operations professional and an entrepreneur. Kirk was most recently with BP, where he spent the last twelve years in roles of increasing responsibility within their Finance, Operations and Strategy functions. His vast experience in financial analysis, project management, transportation and operations is a tremendous asset to AFN and the strategic planning process. Kirk holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Lynn Kenning

Lynn Kenning

Director of Program Management

In her role as the Director of Program Management, Lynn is responsible for leading all program management activities, including project management and continuous improvement, which is the creation, implementation and support of best practice processes to enable growth, support scalability and drive operational excellence. Lynn has over twenty-two years of experience, most recently as a Program Manager with CDW, where she oversaw a portfolio of key strategic projects and led a team of project managers. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Telecommunications from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and she is a certified Program Management Professional (PgMP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).