Don Ake

Vice President, Commercial Vehicles

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.


The Commercial Vehicle Market Cycles Down the Hill

Dec. 11, 2015
This economic recovery has most assuredly been slow and steady. Just look at GDP growth for the last 5 years...

Snapping Back – But Not Ahead

Oct. 6, 2015
The U.S. economy registered a surprising 3.9% GDP growth in Q2 after eking out just a 0.6% gain in Q1. Of course the extreme winter weather (for the second consecutive year) tanked...

Getting Back to Where We Were Before

Aug. 14, 2015
After the Great Recession some economists claimed the U.S. economy would not suffer the same fate as the Japanese “lost decade,” when it took Japan...