FTR Hires Industry Veteran Don Ake and Enhances Truck and Trailer Outlook


FTR, the leader in transportation intelligence, has hired Don Ake as Vice President of Commercial Vehicles. In his new role with the company, Ake is directing the enhancement of FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook subscription.

Ake has more than twenty years of experience in the transportation industry, including sixteen years with Hendrickson where he developed models, methods and processes to accurately forecast truck and trailer builds and product demand. He has taught economic courses at Wesleyan University, master’s level courses at both Indiana Wesleyan and Walsh University and been a guest lecturer at the University of Akron. Ake has a B.S.B.A. and an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Akron.

FTR’s new enhanced Truck & Trailer Outlook under Ake’s direction will provide subscribers added data, analysis and commentary to give them more tools in their own business planning and their understanding of the market variables. Eric Starks, President of FTR commented “We wanted a game-changer step with our Truck & Trailer Outlook, and we knew Don was the best guy to champion the cause. He has made an immediate impact on our ability to forecast and analyze truck and trailer demand. We are excited to have Don join our award-winner team of experts at FTR.” FTR will host a webinar Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 (EST) introducing Ake and the enhanced content of the new Truck & Trailer Outlook product. Discussion will cover future equipment demand for medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers. To register, please contact Helen Lile at (888) 988-1699 Ext. 45.

FTR, located in Bloomington, IN, has been a leader in transportation forecasting for over 20 years. The company’s U.S. Freight Model collects and analyzes all data likely to impact freight movement and is based on specific characteristics for over 200 commodity groups. FTR’s forecast reports cover trucking and rail transportation and include demand analysis for commercial vehicle as well as railcar. Specially designed reports are offered to participants in both industries to cover specific needs. For more information about the work of FTR visit or call Helen Lile at (888) 988-1699 Ext. 45.