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Tony Darnell

Title: Shipping Manager
Company: Lippert Components


Tony comes with over 28 years of experience in transportation, ranging from being an owner/operator to a leader of people. Growing up with a father as a truck driver and earning an allowance by detailing his Kenworth, Tony learned to drive a stick shift on a 10-speed transmission. Life changes called for a quick transition into taking over the family’s transportation business where he ran as an owner/operator. While a commercial driver, Tony earned his bachelor’s degree and took over a company’s shipping department, learning leadership lessons the hard way.

Fast forward, Tony stands before you now with experience in many types of equipment and multiple years running Shipping teams at two of the largest players in the recreational vehicle industry.

With a focus on cultural improvement and building strong successful teams,Tony currently contributes to Lippert’s “Business as a Force for Good” by volunteering at various charities and coaching youth sports. When he’s not involved at work, Tony is the Executive Director of a non-profit, Northern Indiana Transportation Club and co-founder of a podcast “Hold My Beer: We’re Taking Freight”.



Shippers Panel

One of the biggest asks TMSA gets is to put together a panel of shippers for our members to hear direct insight from the source. Ask, and you shall receive.  

We’ve assembled a dynamite panel of logistics executives at shippers who will give you direct voice-of-customer input for sales and marketing success.  We’ll discuss what matters to shippers today, what they are most concerned with and what they value in their partners.  

Attendees of this session will walk away knowing: 

  1. What matters most to shippers
  2. How priorities have evolved and shifted in recent years.  
  3. A typical process for selecting a vendor. 
  4. How a potential provider can best demonstrate their value/set themselves apart from competitors.  

Date/Time: Monday, June 12 at 1 p.m.