Noël Perry is the rare economist to specialize in transportation and logistics. Noël has followed his passionate interest in the way freight moves over a forty-year career, beginning on a loading dock and culminating in his role as a leading industry consultant. In private practice Noël continues his strategic work on customer logistics economics, North American transportation demand, carrier competition and ground-breaking research on truck driver supply and demand. His innovative work in freight demand modeling, modal price competition and driver labor economics are in wide-spread use. He also maintains his extensive relations with the logistics analysis community, from security analysts to analytical vendors to trade associations.
Before founding Transport Fundamentals Noël served for thirty years in senior research positions at Schneider National, Cummins Engine Company and CSX. That gives him a uniquely broad perspective on the market, covering three modes: rail, truck, barge and the supplier sector. Frequently published, he is a member of the Transportation Research Board, the Transportation Research Forum, the National Business Economists’ Issues Council, the Council Of Logistics Management and, in his spare time, the Society For American Baseball Research.
Noël holds degrees in Architecture from the University Of Pennsylvania and City Planning from Harvard University and is a graduate of Girard College, a unique primary and secondary school in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam war. In his spare time he is a gardener, singer, golfer and amateur World War II historian. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Pennsylvania.