Team


Matt Chasen

CEO & Founder

As CEO, Matt leads uShip’s executive team in the company’s mission to create the most efficient marketplace for shipping that has ever existed. The idea for uShip was hatched in 2002 when Matt moved from Seattle to Austin in a nearly-empty rented moving truck. Inspired by the frustration of the moment, Matt has since turned uShip into a global online transport platform that leverages Internet and mobile technologies to effectively, affordably and automatically connect customer freight with available truck space. In 2012, Matt was named Austin Business Journal Best CEO of 2012 (small company category), and in 2011, he earned top honors in the Austin Under40 business and entrepreneur category. Also in 2011, Matt received the prestigious “Rising Star” Award from the University of Texas, which recognizes professional success of its extensive network of alumni. In 2010, he was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Texas. Prior to founding uShip, Matt spent five years in business development and engineering roles at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. He helped assess the technical and financial viability of new ventures including broadband in-flight Internet access and a theater ballistic missile defense system. Matt also led the avionics integration effort for the F-22 fighter aircraft and evaluated research proposals for NASA. Matt attended the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MBA in May 2004. During business school, while turning the uShip idea into reality, Matt interned for the Austin office of Hunt Ventures where he evaluated new investment proposals. In addition to his MBA, Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Bob Bearden

Chief Financial Officer

As uShip’s CFO, Bob oversees the company’s strategic financial planning, debt/equity financing, operational financing, budgeting, forecasting and capital investments, as well as the company’s accounting team. He brings over 20 years of experience in online travel, ecommerce and retail finance, including serving CFO of Hotels.com, Expedia.com Global Operations, Travelocity.com and IntentMedia.com. In addition, he has also held a senior finance position at truckloadsusa.com and a corporate development role at SABRE. Bob earned his MBA in Finance and Information Systems Management from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.


Dick Metzler

Chief Marketing Officer

As uShip’s CMO, Dick oversees uShip’s brand and marketing strategy, as well as online search, inbound/outbound marketing, business development and corporate communications that support cross-company initiatives, verticals, and stakeholders. As an experienced shipping and logistics marketing veteran, Dick has held leadership positions at some biggest names in freight, including FedEx Logistics, APL Logistics, DHL Express, Greatwide Logistics and XPO Logistics. During his career, he has brought to market some of the industry’s most well-known freight brands and services like DHL’s U.S. launch and the early version of FedEx home delivery. He is past president and chairman of the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA), and serves on several boards of directors. The American Society of Transportation & Logistics named Dick a Distinguished Logistics Professional in 2006, and in 2005, he was named Marketing Executive of the Year by both the Transportation Marketing and Communications Association (TMCA) and B2B Magazine.


Jay Manickam

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Operations & Co-Founder

Jay is one of the original co-founders of uShip and the company’s second employee, having met Matt Chasen while both worked toward their MBAs at McCombs School of Business (University of Texas Austin). As uShip’s executive vice president of strategy & operations, Jay is responsible for the functions of Finance, Analytics, and Marketplace Research. The Analytics function is involved in pre and post launch product testing and reporting, clickstream analytics, pricing, and segmentation. The Research function is engaged in data mining, surveying, statistical analysis, and algorithmic marketplace efficiency initiatives. Jay is also responsible for the internal operations of uShip, including the CTS (Community, Trust, and Safety) team which provides customer support, as well as Legal and Human Resources. From 2003 through 2013, Jay also oversaw uShip’s finance and accounting functions. In 2012, Jay won the Austin Business Journal’s Best CFO Award in the small company category. Before creating uShip with Chasen and Mickey Millsap, Jay worked as a consultant in various roles for Anderson, Deloitte & Touche and Intel. Previously, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Chemistry and a Masters in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jim Bramlett

General Manager, LTL Freight

Jim brings over 36 years of logistics and transportation leadership experience to uShip, where he is general manager of LTL freight. In his role, Jim leads uShip’s strategy development, deployment and sales initiatives to connect LTL carriers directly with shippers through the efficient uShip platform. Before joining uShip, Jim was COO of SmartFreightWare, a transportation management software (TMS) developer. At SmartFreightWare, Jim was responsible for implementing solutions that delivered efficiency for shippers to eliminate time and costs. Jim spent 12 years with Yellow Freight System where he was responsible for developing new services, leading the development of their international services and managing customer segmentation. Jim successfully helped transition Yellow from a pure LTL company to one offering expedited and guaranteed services. Jim has seven years of experience leading third-party logistics companies including Yellow Logistics Services and later founded freightPro.com, an early adopter of the Internet as a platform to engage customers and providers.


Timur Eligulashvili

Vice President for Commercial Sales

As vice president for commercial sales, Timur oversees uShip’s inside sales team around its LTL product. Prior to taking over this role in early 2014, Timur was vice president of commercial products, where he led the development of uShip’s commercial offerings, including Truckload, LTL, Carrier and PRO products. Timur brings over 10 years of logistics industry experience, working for 2 of the top 5 third party logistics companies in the US. Most recently, Timur was founder of Loadio.com, “the LinkedIn for freight professionals.” Prior to that, he was Director of Product Management for Echo Global Logistics, where he led the design and development of Echo’s LTL TMS, launched MyFreight.com, and was instrumental in the company’s growth from startup to IPO on the NASDAQ in 2009. Timur also held sales and analyst roles with CH Robinson Worldwide, Anixter, and Tranzact Technologies. He began his career at Honda Logistics’ subsidiary Midwest Express, where he implemented the use of an inbound automotive supply chain optimization system, and also developed and launched an online application for tracking in-transit inventory. Timur holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Northwestern University.


Meg Garrett

Vice President for Human Resources

As vice president for human resources at uShip, Meg is responsible for all support roles at uShip and ensures that employees have the tools and resources to do their jobs while being their voice to the management team. In 2013, Meg’s first year at uShip, she helped the company expand its employee base over 60 percent, including the hiring of a CMO and CFO, while also scaling employee development, culture, leadership training and employee benefits. Prior to joining uShip, Meg worked in management and director level roles at Datran Media, frog (formerly frog design), and the Austin Humane Society. She is passionate about early stage HR leadership positions and helping companies and leadership scale the business and staff while still maintaining their identity. In her spare time, she has helped co-found and run a local HR forum for startups in Austin, Texas. Meg received a B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University.


Nick Parker

Executive Vice President for Engineering

As executive vice president for engineering, Nick oversees uShip’s entire web site operations, data center infrastructure and software development, ensuring the company’s millions of shipping customers and thousands of transportation service providers can access their critical and time-sensitive shipment listings, communications and accounts. Nick leads a team of more than 60 people that is responsible for scoping, coding, testing, and maintaining uShip’s breadth of technical products and features across its marketplace, as well as the company’s corporate hardware and software infrastructure. In 2013, he was finalist for CTO of the Year during the 16th annual InnoTech in Austin.  Having joined the company in 2005, Nick was responsible for most of the coding in the initial iterations of uShip’s online shipping platform, and over time, has also led several strategic technical innovations including moving uShip to an agile development environment, single code base, and continuous deployment schedule. Before joining the uShip team, Nick was co-founder of id3 Solutions Inc., a Web development firm.


Jason Reneau

General Manager, uShip PRO

Jason brings more than 17 years of experience in B2B e-commerce companies, playing key roles in several notable successes and exits. As the general manager for uShip PRO, Jason is responsible for the strategy, marketing, and operations for all of uShip’s business-focused offerings. As part of the early founding group at FreeMarkets Online, the pioneer in B2B online auctions and eSourcing, Jason helped grow the company from a startup through its record-breaking IPO (1999) and into a global public operation. At FreeMarkets, Jason was part of the group that invented the industrial market-making process, served as the company’s IPO Project Manager, and was VP and GM over three different business units representing $50 million in annual revenue. Later, Jason helped launch Kiva Systems, the company that revolutionized distribution center logistics with learning mobile robotic systems, as the founding VP of Business Development. Kiva was acquired by Amazon in 2012 for $775 million. Most recently Jason founded and served as CEO of MindBites, the venture-backed video commerce marketplace and SaaS publishing platform. Previously, Jason worked at the consulting firm of McKinsey and Company. Jason is active in Austin’s entrepreneurial community and serves on the SXSW Interactive Advisory Board. He holds an Economics degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jason is a co-inventor on seven US patents dealing with the process and technology for online auctions.

 


Phil Strohl

Vice President for Business Development

As uShip’s vice president of business development, Philip directs efforts to identify and create long-term and mutually-profitable partnerships with auction and classifieds marketplaces, as well as transportation industry partners. Since 2007, he has been responsible for establishing partnerships with such partners as Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, eBay Motors, Boats.com, Yacthworld.com, BoatTrader.com, CycleTrader.com, Proxibid, OVE.com, iBoats.com, TerraPass, among others. Before joining uShip, Philip served as director of Business Development at Builder Homesite, Inc., as well as at HomeGain.com.


Lupo Westerhuis

General Manager, Europe

As general manager of uShip Europe, Lupo oversees all of the company’s European business, budget and marketing priorities, as well as new market evaluation and strategic growth opportunities within the European Union. Since joining uShip in February 2011, uShip’s business has continued to surge in Europe, having added market localization in multiple countries across Europe, including France, Spain, Austria and The Netherlands. Before coming to uShip, Westerhuis spent three years (2007-2010) with Marktplaats.nl (owned by eBay) as new business development manager, where he evaluated and implemented new verticals, partnerships, products and sales opportunities. Prior to Marktplaats, Westerhuis earned his MBA from INSEAD in 2007 and spent five years (2001-2006) with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen as a tax attorney. He is a Dutch native and currently resides in Amsterdam.


Dean Xeros

Vice President & General Manager, uShip Motors & Relocation

Dean Xeros (X-Zare-us) brings nearly 30 years of logistics sales leadership and auto transport experience to uShip, where he is vice president and general manager of uShip Motors and Relocation. In his role, Dean is responsible for industry sales, affiliate and partner relationships, and budget oversight for some of uShip’s highest volume categories including vehicles, boats, motorcycles, and household moves. Since joining uShip in early 2010 as the company’s first category manager, Dean has spearheaded several strategic partnerships, including eBay Motors, Cars.com and Oodle.com. Prior to joining uShip, Dean spent five years (2005-2010) as Vice President at DAS (Dependable Auto Shippers) where he served as a primary business contact with eBay Motors, affiliates, retail sales contacts and brokers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University (’82).