Mercury Group

Chicago, IL | August 5 – 7

The name Mercury Group is derived from the Roman god Mercury, the patron god of commerce and communication. This name embodies the spirit of the group and encourages participants to discover better ways of working through idea sharing, up-to-date benchmarking information, and transparent collaboration.

Mercury Group Agenda


Meet the Breakthrough team and your Mercury Group peers at a Welcome Reception on the Loews Hotel Rooftop from 5 – 9 PM. Additional details will be emailed to registered guests.


7:00 AM – Breakfast: At the Loews Chicago Hotel
8:00 AM – Welcome: Mercury Group Welcome and Introduction
8:30 AM – Keynote: Doug Mueller, Breakthrough President and CEO
9:15 AM – General: Abundance of Supply, Choice, and Opportunity in the Evolving Energy Landscape
11:00 AM – Breakout:  Leveraging the Value of Fuel Recovery
11:00 AM – Breakout:  IMO 2020 – Market Transition or Transformation?
11:00 AM – Breakout: The Charge Towards Electric Vehicles in the Heavy-Duty Fleet
11:00 AM – Breakout: On-Cost or Opportunity? The Growing Prevalence of Carbon Pricing & Lifecycle Emissions
1:45 PM – General: The Breakthrough Evolution
2:15 PM – General: From Stories to Transparent Market Data – Solutions for Your Strategic Transportation Network
3:30 PM – Guest Speaker: John Kahan, Microsoft
4:00 PM – Speaker Panel: John Kahan, Microsoft; John Schmidt, US Venture; and Johnnie Dobbs, Walmart US

The Mercury Group will take place at the Loews Chicago Hotel. Following the Mercury Group, Breakthrough will be hosting networking and dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago. Details will be emailed to registered guests prior to the event.


7:00 AM – Breakfast: At the Loews Chicago Hotel
8:00 AM – Welcome: Mercury Group Welcome and Recap
8:30 AM – General: Benchmarking: Best Practices in Transportation Energy and Freight
10:45 AM – Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Fretheim, Nikola
12:00 PM – Breakout: Alternative Energies to Power the Freight of Today and Tomorrow
12:00 PM – Breakout: Autonomous Vehicles: How Far and How Fast?
12:00 PM – Breakout: Capacity Strategies: Pulling Back the Curtain
12:45 PM – General: Lunch and What’s Next for your Breakthrough Strategy

The Mercury Group will conclude around 2 PM. Breakthrough will be providing shuttles to the O’Hare and Midway airports that will be available at 2:30 PM. Contact us to reserve your seat.

Mercury Group Guest Speakers


John Kahan


John Schmidt
US Venture


Johnnie Dobbs
Walmart US


Elizabeth Fretheim

Why Attend the Mercury Group?

The Mercury Group meetings are probably one of the best meetings that are held in the industry. You have all the best, talented companies that come together. You are looking at all the data that has been aggregated amongst the clients, you get to hear all about all the new things that are being offered by Breakthrough, and you get to see what the trends are in the industry so you're better prepared as changes occur.

Why Attend the Mercury Group?

This is the event where people can see what’s happening, understand how it will affect them, and bring real practical strategies back to their organization. In a world that is changing and accelerating as fast as it is now, this gives people a chance to take a breath, think, share with others, and give back.

Mercury Group 2018 Highlights

The Mercury Group event brings Breakthrough together with clients to collaborate, share best practices, and create data-driven insights for immediate results and ongoing improvements in supply chains. Join Craig Dickman, Breakthrough Founder and Doug Mueller, Breakthrough President and CEO reflect on the 10th annual Mercury Group and how this event continues to drive innovation in the transportation industry.


Connect with the Mercury Group Team

Doug Mueller

Doug Mueller
CEO & President

Jenny Vander Zanden
COO, Breakthrough Fuel

Heather Mueller

Heather Mueller
COO, Breakthrough Supply Chain

Andy Martinelli
Director, Data Science

Erin Truax

Erin Truax
Brand Manager

Brett Wetzel

Brett Wetzel
Director, Applied Knowledge

Venue & Travel

Loews Chicago Hotel
455 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611



Breakthrough has reserved a limited block of hotel rooms for attendees of the Mercury Group event at the Loews Chicago Hotel at the price of $199 plus applicable taxes and resort fees per night. Group rates are available through July 19.

Please note, you must be a Breakthrough client or invited guest to book a hotel reservation.
Please contact our event organizer, Erin Truax if you have any questions or concerns.

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