Meet Your Leadership Team
Not your typical CEO, Nate believes in a collaborative leadership style that allows the team to use the full capacity of their talents and expertise to take charge in their own respective areas. With more than a dozen years of experience in investment banking—including more than 5 years at a firm that specializes in international logistics and transportation—Nate brings a unique worldview to the Navegate leadership team. Nate is driven, analytical and passionate about moving Navegate forward. He follows the adage, “What got you here won’t get you there.” He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his BA in finance from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business. He began his professional career working as an investment-banking analyst with Banc of America Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch) working out of its New York and London offices. In that capacity, he advised leading global consumer and retail companies on mergers, acquisitions and other capital-raising endeavors. Nate then returned to the Midwest, joining Republic Partners, a boutique corporate finance firm in Chicago that focuses on long-term value creation for its clients through M&A and other strategic planning initiatives. Before joining Navegate, he was Managing Partner at Chicago-based Saltspring Capital LLC, a strategic investor that specializes in the logistics industry.
Joseph G. Pelletier
Joe is a founding partner of Navegate Inc. He started in the supply chain industry 20+ years ago as a licensed customs broker, and still feels it's one of the best ways to learn the industry. Not stopping there, he moved on to spend 10 years in sales and another eight in senior management. As President, Joe oversees all of Navegate's branches, worldwide, and leads technology strategy. His leadership style is known as relentless and inspiring. He firmly believes in continually finding new ways for technology to support the logistics industry, and he makes sure Navegate continues to invest in people, taking time to help new recruits find their way. Joe earned a B.A. in History from his beloved University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves music and is often caught singing a tune around the office.
Chad is a founding partner of Navegate Inc. Look for him by the coffee, sharing an insight on the rapid economic and social development in China, where he studied, worked and traveled for six years. With over 20 years experience in logistics and supply chain management, Chad works with leaders across Navegate to develop and implement strategic business plans, evaluate financial performance, and identify areas in need of improvement. He believes in Navegate's commitment to developing human capital and their drive to continually improve their technology. Chad earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Drake University in Iowa, then started his career in logistics, focusing in on his interest in international business. At home, Chad relies on his easy grin and his dry humor to help him raise and learn from his kids and family.
Admittedly “not too bad” at golf, Curtis creates an invigorating work environment in which old school ways of doing business are continually challenged, and staying on the leading edge of supply chain software is imperative. As director of IT, Curtis oversees all projects that pertain to application development of the Navegate web portal, keeping everyone on task to build fantastic software. With 20+ years in the logistics software field, Curtis has experience building everything from desktop applications to collaborative web portals, and a special interest and expertise in integrating with ERP systems. Curtis earned his B.S. in Economics with a minor in Math and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Curtis claims that every day he learns something about the industry that he didn't know before.
Behind the “employee of the month” sign he has had on his desk for years, you'll find a good-humored H.R. professional passionate about his people. J.P.'s mission is to build a workforce so cohesive that it is Navegate's competitive advantage. Starting his career of 20+ years, he worked at a large third-party logistics (3PL) company, developing a top-flight recruiting division and managing it as a profit center. He later worked in various industries, including software, finally returning to supply chain management as Navegate's vice president of human capital. Working in a supply chain company with a software emphasis combines two of his key interests, and he gets excited at the prospect of consciously designing a culture, and connecting performance to productivity. In essence, he builds the people who build the company. J.P. has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. At home, he loves to work on his house, listen to music, and do a little woodworking.
Jim has more than 10 years of experience in accounting and finance with companies both international and domestic. He’s also certified CrossFit trainer and family man. Jim finds parallels between what it takes to be a fitness trainer and what it takes to be a good manager. As VP of Finance, Jim looks forward to solving problems at Navegate every day and helping the company make important decisions. He focuses on supporting and developing his employees, knowing that they are the force that powers Navegate. Jim focuses on the growth of the company, motivated in knowing that we have the opportunity to make a significant change to our industry. Jim earned a B.A. in Accounting and Management at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and his Masters of Accountancy at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. When he’s not wearing Navegate green, you can catch him sporting Ohio State’s scarlet and grey. He most looks forward to his business trips to China, where he is often mistaken for Vin Diesel. At home, you can find him spending as much time as he can with his wife and two children.