Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, FTR
Don Ake is Vice President, Commercial Vehicles at FTR. Don has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 16 years with industry supplier Hendrickson International. Don has a very strong forecasting and market analysis background. While at Hendrickson Don developed forecasting models, methods and processes to accurately forecast Truck and Trailer builds and product demand. Don wrote an industry economic newsletter and gained a reputation as a top industry analyst. His industry supplier background provides a "customer perspective" at FTR.
Don is responsible for forecasting class 8 truck and trailer demand. He also provides analysis and commentary on the commercial equipment industry and the economy. Don has taught economics courses at Indiana Wesleyan University and marketing courses at Walsh University. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Akron. Don has a BSBA. and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Akron.