CEO of Inc. 5000’s #1 ranked firm to keynote Bravo!/I.Q. luncheon at BizExpo

Brad Hollister, founder of SwanLeap.

Brad Hollister the chief executive officer of Madison-based SwanLeap, which was ranked No. 1 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, will be the keynote speaker at the Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) awards luncheon at the 15th annual BizExpo conference on Thursday, May 30, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Brad Hollister

SwanLeap, a logistics technology company, was also ranked No. 1 on Deloitte’s 2018 North America Technology Fast 500 list.

Hollister and Jason Swanson launched the business, originally called ClearView Audit LLC, in 2013 in Elkhart Lake.

SwanLeap uses artificial intelligence to manage logistics and shipping operations, which it says makes supply chains more efficient and lowers freight costs.

The company achieved a 75,000% three-year growth rate to bring its annual revenue to $99 million in 2017. The company had nearly $400 million in revenue in 2018, Hollister said.

SwanLeap’s software allows companies to save 27.6 percent on shipping costs, Hollister says.

Hollister previously worked as a freight broker and for a publicly-traded trucking company, and says he saw that some of the existing logistics technology was antiquated.

SwanLeap’s platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide transportation management, shipping technology, and freight and parcel auditing. Its goal is to streamline the supply chain using a technology that was not previously harnessed in logistics, Hollister said. When companies implement SwanLeap’s platform, they are able to gather data needed to make better decisions on finances and operations, he said.

Donald Baumgartner, the founder of Milwaukee-based Paper Machinery Corp., will receive the 2019 Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award at the luncheon. Click here to see a list of the other award winners who will be honored at the event.

BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor Molly Dill contributed to this report.

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Andrew Weiland is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Weiland is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, and son, Zachary. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his son’s youth baseball and basketball teams.

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