13th Annual North American 3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum June 16-18 2015 | Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago
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2014 Speaker Line-Up

The speakers at last year’s 3PL Summit & CSCO Forum were hand-picked for their expertise, influence and leadership.  This was the event’s most prestigious speaker line-up to date.

Take a look at the types of speakers to expect in 2015 below, and register to get an advanced look at the 2015 line-up!

3PL Speakers

Xavier Urbain Xavier Urbain

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Xavier was named CEO of CEVA in January 2014. He brings a long and outstanding career in the Supply Chain industry to CEVA, serving on the Management Board and Board of Directors and in several senior executive positions at Kuehne + Nagel as well as CEO of ACR Logistics. He also held executive positions in logistics working for Mayne Nickless and serving as CEO of Hays Logistics. In addition, Mr. Urbain has led entrepreneurial ventures working mainly with private equity firms as senior advisor and a Board member. He started his career with Deloitte & Touche as an external auditor, before joining the international retail group Auchan, serving in both financial and logistics positions. He holds a PhD in economics and a degree in advanced accounting studies (DECS).

Xavier was named CEO of CEVA in January
Brad Jacobs Brad Jacobs
XPO Logistics

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Bradley Jacobs founded and led four highly successful companies prior to XPO, including two multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies: United Rentals, the world's largest equipment rental company, and United Waste Systems, the fifth largest waste management business in North America, which sold for $2.5 billion. Previously, Jacobs founded Hamilton Resources (UK), a $1 billion oil trading company, and co-founded Amerex Oil Associates, an oil brokerage firm with $4 billion in gross contract volume. Under his leadership, his teams accomplished nearly 500 acquisitions and 250 cold-starts. Mr. Jacobs has been instrumental in raising over $6 billion through debt and equity financings.
Speaker image coming soon Dan Spellman
Neovia Logistics Services

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Dan Spellman is President and Chief Operating Officer of Neovia Logistics Services LLC (formerly Caterpillar Logistics Services)   Neovia serves the supply chain management and logistics needs of clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, industrial products, aerospace and defense, and consumer durables.

Dan joined the Caterpillar in May 1977 and has had prior responsibility for Cat Logistics’ global transportation management; supply chain design and modeling; logistics planning, engineering, and program management functions; product and market development; and logistics strategy, including solution development, strategic alliances, and M&A activity. He previously led the global automotive unit and the European region for Cat Logistics, and served in various international leadership positions in logistics since 1992. Prior to 1992, Dan held the position of remanufactured products manager for Caterpillar Inc. and progressed through several marketing positions in Europe and Africa.

Dan has been an instructor in marketing at Illinois Central College and an external examiner and member of the curriculum development committee for the Master of Science program at the University of Central England. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (UK), and a member of the Institute of Directors (UK), the Institute of Logistics (UK) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (USA).

Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and operations research from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Derek Leathers Derek Leathers
President and COO

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DEREK J. LEATHERS is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises. Derek has worked in the transportation and logistics industry for over 20 years. Throughout his tenure at Werner, he has held integral roles in many facets of the organization, including the establishment of Werner’s Mexico operations, oversight for all the asset operating groups and leading the launch of Werner Global Logistics, which encompasses transportation management and freight movement within Intermodal, Ocean, Air and Brokerage. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Mr. Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association (CANACAR) and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Derek holds an Economics degree from Princeton University.
Mike McClendon Mike McClendon
East Coast President
Lineage Logistics

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Mr. McClendon is currently President, East Coast of Lineage Logistics and oversees the operations in the East and Southeast regions. Previously, he served as President of Richmond Cold Storage. Mr. McClendon has over 20 years of experience in distribution and logistics. He co-founded the American International Agribusiness Alliance, an agribusiness firm specializing in emerging market business development. He is currently an active member of the IARW and served as the 2010 Chairman of the WFLO (World Food Logistics Organization) which is a leading food distribution and logistics organization recognized around the globe. Mr. McClendon graduated from the University of Arkansas.
Christopher O’Brien Christopher O'Brien
Sr. Vice President
C.H. Robinson

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Christopher O'Brien has been a senior vice president at C.H. Robinson since May 2012, having served as vice president since 2003. Chris joined C.H. Robinson in 1993 and has served as the manager of the Raleigh, North Carolina branch as well as the general manager and later president of the company's European division. As a member of the executive team Chris has global enterprise wide responsibility for all customer related strategy and functions including overseeing sales, account management and marketing.  He also oversees several North American large account management centers and the company’s integrated Outsource Solutions customer offering.  Chris started in sales and account management roles at the company’s Chicago South office, and later was a C.H. Robinson on-site representative at a major global grocery retailer working as a consultant on a supply chain reengineering project focused on inbound logistics conversion. Chris is a member of Logistics Quarterly’s advisory board and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Michigan.
Dave Dallas Dave Dallas

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Dave Dallas is chief commercial officer.  He is charged with developing current and future channels of sales opportunity, which include current agents, new agents, and potential acquisitions. Dave rejoined the company in this new role in June 2013, having served as Sunteck’s vice president of sales and marketing between 2007 and 2008. Previously, he was with Landstar Transportation Logistics, serving as vice president of international, expedited, LTL and agency development for five years. Before that, he was president of TransMarkets Technologies, vice president of central region for Landstar Express America, regional sales manager with Roberts Express, and director of sales and marketing for Towne Air Freight. Dave spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy, with responsibility for recruiting and training. In 1991, he received the Navy Achievement Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy.
Tom Sanderson Tom Sanderson

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A 32-year veteran in the logistics technology, third-party logistics (3PL), and transportation industries, Tom Sanderson is CEO of Transplace, a leading provider of logistics management services and technology. Prior to joining Transplace, Mr. Sanderson was president and CEO of Clicklogistics, which he sold to BNSF and YRC. He was co-owner and president of PTCG, Inc, the company that created OptiBid. He sold PTCG to Sabre, who sold it as Logistics.com, and it is now operated as part of Manhattan Associates. Mr. Sanderson worked 8 years in the trucking industry, serving as president of J.B. Hunt Special Commodities, Inc., Vice President of Marketing for J. B. Hunt Transport, Vice President of J. B. Hunt Logistics (now Transplace), as well as marketing and IT roles at Schneider National. He has 6 years of consulting experience with Mercer Management Consulting and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Sanderson has an MBA from Indiana University.
Chuck Hammel Charles L. Hammel III
President and Owner

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Chuck Hammel is President and owner of PITT OHIO, a successful regional transportation company in North America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 20 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic area and employing over 2,900 employees, the company offers a wide range of opportunities for a career in transportation.

Daily PITT OHIO consistently delivers over 10,000 shipments to more than 14,000 destinations with a 98% on-time delivery record. The company has received countless safety and service awards throughout its 30+ years in the transportation industry.

Chuck Hammel is well known in the trucking industry. He is highly involved in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the American Trucking Associations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Riverlife, and on the Board of Trustees for the Senator John Heinz History Center. Chuck is a member of Carnegie Mellon’s University Transportation Center Advisory Council and The Duquesne Club.
Tommy Barnes Tommy Barnes
Con-Way Multimodal

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Tommy Barnes is president of Con-way Multimodal, a division of Menlo Worldwide Logistics that arranges third-party carrier services for over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy haul and specialized transportation for freight shipments. As president, Barnes is responsible for the strategic growth and financial and operating performance of the company.

Barnes joined Menlo in 2000 as a transportation project manager. He subsequently served as a senior logistics manager and director of transportation procurement for Menlo. Prior to joining Menlo, Barnes was director of transportation for Newell Rubbermaid in North America and Europe. He began his career with GATX Logistics as transportation manager for the company’s Chicago operations.

Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in business logistics and transportation from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, SMC3, the National Defense Transportation Association, and the American Trucking Associations.
Speaker image coming soon Robert Gifford
Senior Executive VP and President, Global Logistics
Ingram Micro Logistics

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Robert Gifford serves as senior executive vice president and president, global logistics of Ingram Micro Inc. Based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., Gifford has comprehensive responsibility and oversight for all elements of the company's distribution centers and supply-chain operations throughout the world, including the Ingram Micro Logistics fee-for-service business unit. He joined the company in June 2010 as executive vice president, global logistics.

Gifford has more than 30 years of experience in operations and supply-chain leadership. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, global supply chain for Ecolab Inc., a Fortune 500 manufacturer and distributor serving the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets. He led all aspects of the company’s supply chain globally, optimizing 37 manufacturing plants and 84 distribution sites, while integrating dozens of acquisitions during his six-year tenure.

Prior to Ecolab, Gifford was the vice president of worldwide logistics for the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was responsible for more than $2 billion in logistics operations encompassing everything from contracts to compliance to vendor selection and transportation. He joined HP following the 2002 acquisition of Compaq, where he spent seven years in manufacturing and supply-chain management.

Gifford holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in manufacturing management with a minor in industrial technology from San Jose State University. He is also actively involved with Second Harvest of Orange County, serving on their Board and with The Nature Conservancy, serving on the California Leadership Committee.
Mike Gardner Mike Gardner

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As chief development officer for the Americas region, Michael (Mike) Gardner oversees strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales, marketing, integrated logistics design, solutions, sustainability and innovation. He also has global responsibility for some of Exel’s largest clients.

Mike returned to Exel via the 2004 acquisition of Tibbett & Britten and has more than 30 years of industry experience with Distribution Centers Inc. (Exel), GATX Logistics, and APL Logistics.

Mike received his MBA in finance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Bachelor of Science in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), is active in many church and community activities and on the Board of Trustees for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Scott McWilliams Scott McWilliams
Executive Chairman

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Scott McWilliams currently serves as the Chief Customer Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board at OHL. In his 23 years with OHL, he has served as Site Manager, Vice President of Operations, President, and CEO. Prior to joining OHL, McWilliams worked for the Kroger Company and Super X Food and Drug for nine years in a variety of positions in logistics and supply chain management.

McWilliams is an active member of CSCMP, and WERC. He is a Director of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and on the editorial advisory board of DC Velocity magazine. He is currently the Chair of the Government Affairs and Diversity Council Committees for the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA). He was also past President of the Southeastern Warehouse Association. Currently, McWilliams serves on the board of directors of the IWLA, Tennessee State University Supply Chain Board, the University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Advisory Board, Alive Hospice and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. 

McWilliams is an elder at First Presbyterian Church, and has previously served on the Boards of the Warehouse Education and Research Council, American Red Cross, Second Harvest Food Bank, QPSI, Jobs for Life and Habitat for Humanity. McWilliams has a B.S. in Logistics from the University of Tennessee. Scott currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Leslie, and has two sons. Hayes is employed with HP in Atlanta, GA, and Douglas is a junior at the University of Georgia.

Sam Woodward Sam Woodward
President & CEO
Horizon Lines

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Horizon Lines - CEO and President
Publicly traded shipping company.

Traffic Tech Inc. - Vice Chairman 2008-2012
Privately held. Canadian based International 3PL. One of the larger 3PL's in North America.

Gemini Air Cargo - Chairman and CEO 2003-2008
PE (The Carlyle Group) owned. ACMI operator of MD11/DC10 fleets
Successfully sold to a PE fund.

SAW Ventures - founding partner 2000-2003
Privately held investment and management business specializing in Business Process logistics. Clients included freightQuote and Consolidated Freightways.

Yellow Corp (YRC Worldwide) - 1994-2000 SVP Operations and Planning. Publicly traded.
Largest LTL carrier in N. America. Stock rose from $9 to $25.

SH&E, Purolator Courier Corp., Pan American World Airways
Progressive management positions in finance, operations and planning.

Board positions
Present Horizon Lines (public

PriorHawaiian Airlines (public), Gemini Air Cargo (private), Motor CoachIndustries (private), Terminal Trucking LLC (private), Circle Express (public), Performance Transportation Services (private), Labconco (private), Pilot Freight LLC (private). Advisory boards: NACA, NDTA, Perot Systems, Platinum Technologies.

University of South Carolina BA (1974), PhD (ABD). Married with two children

Sid Brown Sid Brown

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Sidney R. Brown is Chief Executive Officer of NFI, a premier integrated supply chain solutions company.

NFI, founded in 1932 as National Hauling, has evolved from a trucking company in a regulated environment, into one of the largest privately-held third party logistics companies in the country. In the early 1980’s, the company, then known as National Freight, was focused mainly on over-the-road trucking services. The company quickly evolved into four affiliated companies providing transportation services (National Freight), warehousing and inventory management (National Distribution Centers), dedicated fleets and transportation management (Interactive Logistics) and real estate development (Real Estate). In 2008, the company continued to evolve and positioned all its companies under one corporate brand, NFI. NFI in North America now consists of Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution, Transportation, Intermodal, Real Estate, Transportation Brokerage, Contract Packaging, Solar, Global Freight Forwarding and NFI Canada.

Sidney attended Georgetown University and graduated in 1979. He began his career working for Morgan Stanley in New York City as financial analyst in the corporate finance department of the investment bank.  He moved on to pursue his MBA at Harvard University. Graduating in 1983, he joined the family business with his two brothers, Ike and Jeffrey. Working under his father, Bernard, Sidney worked in many different areas of the business and rapidly rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  Under Sidney’s guidance, the company began to grow rapidly across North America, through startups, acquisitions, and aggressive growth of the base business. Today NFI employs more than 7,000 people in the US and Canada and operates over 2200 trucks and more than 22 million sq. ft. of warehouse space.  Revenues have surpassed $1 billion and the company is well positioned to continue its explosive growth.

Sidney serves as Chairman of the Board of Sun Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNBC). He is also a Board Member of J&J Snack Foods (NASDAQ: JJSF) and FS Energy and Power Fund.

Sidney currently resides in Voorhees, New Jersey with his wife Sandy. They have three children Courtney, Eric and Jacob.
Jim Craig Jim Craig
BNSF Logistics

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I have spent nearly 30 years in the freight logistics market, in positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Though I have continually been given leadership roles in sales and marketing, I consider myself a very capable operations leader. My first position with NYK Logistics (GST Corp) was as Regional VP with both sales and operations responsibility. Led the Midwest Region from dead last in operating ratio to number one in three years and was recognized with 25th anniversary President's Award as a result of my efforts.

Customer engagement and solutions development and delivery remain my passion, so commercial leadership continues to be my primary role.

Specialties Sales Training & Guidance; Communications; Negotiations; Personnel Management; Customer Primacy and Support.
Susan Kichuk Susan Kichuk
SVP Corporate Development
DB Schenker

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Susan has worked with DB Schenker in various capacities over the last 7 + years in the areas of Strategy, Marketing and  Organizational/Corporate Development. Prior to officially joining DB Schenker, she was a management consultant with MICA consulting partners in the areas of strategy, leadership, and organizational effectiveness and a business professor at universities both in Canada and the U.S.  Prior to earning her doctorate in business, Susan worked for IBM in marketing and Bell Canada as an engineering/technical implementation manager.

Awarded the "Chairperson of the Year" by the California State Governor's office for Susan’s leadership and facilitation skills in bringing together and aligning senior executives across multiple industries, to create a strategy that was then used to guide future business development priorities and decisions for the Region.

Susan has a Ph.D. Business, McMaster University 1997. And a Bachelor of Engineering Science, University of Western Ontario 1991.
Herb Shear Herb Shear
Executive Chairman

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Jeff Silver Jeff Silver
CEO and Co-founder
Coyote Logistics

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After dominating the 3PL industry in the 1980s and 90s with American Backhaulers, Inc., the second largest North American freight brokerage, Jeff Silver took a 5-year hiatus to pursue an MBA from University of Michigan, as well as a Masters of Engineering in Logistics from MIT. He returned to the scene in 2006 and started Coyote. Coyote is one of the fastest growing third party logistics (3PL) companies in transportation. In 2012, Coyote was named #1 on Crain’s Fast Fifty List, Coyote was voted the #1 Midsize Workplace award by the Chicago Tribune for the second year in a row, and Coyote was awarded a Chicago Innovation Award for its Private Fleet service.

In 2011, Silver was named Ernst & Young Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year, and Coyote was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies for the third consecutive year. Silver serves on the boards for Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest Academy, and Northwestern University Transportation Center.
Jack Holmes Jack Holmes
UPS Freight

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Jack Holmes’ career in transportation began 34 years ago outside of Philadelphia, Pa., when he joined UPS as a package handler on a predawn shift. He was a delivery driver prior to being promoted into management, where he held leadership positions in Operations, Engineering and Human Resources. Jack served as President and Chief Operating Officer of numerous UPS locations before leading the transition team for UPS’s largest-ever domestic acquisition, the 2005 purchase of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight. 

Since 2007, Jack has served as President of UPS Freight, one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in the United States and a leading provider of truckload services. 

Widely respected for his business acumen, Jack was named to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May 2013. He is one of only three trucking industry representatives on the committee, which provides information, advice and recommendations to the U.S. Transportation Secretary on matters relating to domestic freight transportation and the implementation of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). 

Jack serves as co-chairman of the NFAC’s Conditions, Performance and Data Subcommittee and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute.
Brian Alexander Brian Alexander
Member of the Management Board & VP of Operations
Unyson Logistics

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Doug Waggoner Doug Waggoner
Echo Global Logistics

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Douglas R. Waggoner has served as Chief Executive Officer since December 2006 and has been a Board member since February 2008. 

Prior to joining Echo, Mr. Waggoner founded SelecTrans, LLC, a freight management software provider based in Chicago, Illinois. From April 2004 to December 2005, Mr. Waggoner served as Chief Executive Officer of USF Bestway, and from January 2002 to April 2004 he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for USF Corporation. Mr. Waggoner served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Daylight Transport from April 1999 to January 2002, Executive Vice President from October 1998 to April 1999, and Chief Information Officer from January 1998 to October 1998. From 1986 to 1998, Mr. Waggoner held a variety of positions in sales, operations, marketing and engineering at Yellow Transportation before becoming Vice President of Customer Service.

Mr. Waggoner holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from San Diego State University.

Michael Fahy Michael Fahy
syncreon Technology

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Mr. Fahy became President of the syncreon's Technology segment in 2013, having served as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Engineering for the segment since 2008. Mr. Fahy joined syncreon in 1996 as a process engineer in the Netherlands' operation, and subsequently became Engineering Director for the group in 2001. Mr. Fahy holds full responsibility for the company’s technology business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and is a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI).
Speaker image coming soon Greg Lehmkuhl
Con-way Freight

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Greg Lehmkuhl is president of Con-way Freight, the regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier and largest subsidiary of Con-way Inc. With more than 425 operating locations, Con-way Freight is the nation’s third largest freight trucking company. Con-way Freight handles approximately 59,000 shipments daily, representing 80 million pounds of goods, and provides day-definite delivery to support the supply chains of thousands of commercial and industrial businesses.

As president, Lehmkuhl is responsible for the company’s overall operating and financial performance, strategic planning, business plan development and direction of the company’s continuous improvement processes. He plays a direct role in change management, employee engagement and leadership development activities designed to enhance Con-way Freight’s operating performance and the end-to-end customer experience. Previously, he was executive vice president of operations for Con-way Freight, responsible for strategic planning, operational improvement and high-efficiency execution of the company’s nationwide trucking network. 

Lehmkuhl joined Con-way Freight in August 2008 from sister company Menlo Worldwide Logistics. As vice president of Menlo's Automotive Industry Group, he oversaw global strategic development, solution engineering and implementation, operations, sales, pricing, customer service and account management. Over an eight-year tenure he directed this group's growth from start-up to over 1,000 employees, providing value-added logistics and transportation management for a diverse group of automotive manufacturing and Tier 1 supplier customers. He was instrumental in Menlo's adoption of Lean methodologies for continuous improvement, since 2003 leading the design and implementation of Lean operating processes and practices throughout the Menlo organization.  Prior to joining Menlo in 2001, Lehmkuhl worked in global logistics and operations management with Delphi Automotive systems.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., where he earned a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis on materials and logistics management. He subsequently earned his MBA  from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. 

Bob Estes Rob Estes
President and CEO
Estes Express Lines

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Bob Estes Robert Nathan
Co-founder and CEO
Load Delivered Logisitics

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A recognized leader known for his passion for supply chain innovation, CEO Robert Nathan co-founded Load Delivered Logistics, a technology-enabled third-party logistics (3PL) provider, at age 25.

A Chicago-area native, Nathan’s career in supply chain and logistics began at age 16 by delivering fasteners to original equipment manufacturers. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Philosophy, Nathan stayed true to his passion for logistics and began his career at a top 100 3PL provider. With a focus on providing shippers with more cost-effective solutions, Nathan established himself quickly by developing and implementing the company’s first intermodal product.

His experience in multi-modal development was leveraged to launch Load Delivered despite an unstable economy. Nathan and his team of Millennials thrived early on and were able to achieve 978% revenue growth by 2013, earning a spot on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US for two consecutive years in addition to being named one of Food Logistics’ Top 100 3PL and Cold Storage Providers.

Determined to help streamline Load Delivered’s operations and its customers’ supply chains, Nathan was instrumental in developing several proprietary technologies. LoadFinder, one of the first freight-finding mobile applications designed by a 3PL, was developed to improve overall 3PL/carrier communication and optimize the carrier procurement process. More recently, Nathan launched LoadDex, a big data pricing tool that integrates historical data, cross-departmental collaboration, and other stability factors to predict the most accurate pricing and most efficient transportation mode. This tool systematically changed the way that Load Delivered does business; streamlining processes and recreating the way team members collaborate to attain accurate pricing.

Nathan has emerged as an industry thought leader through his dedication to mobility and automation; this has led to speaking opportunities at some of the industry’s most prestigious conferences, including: ALK’s Technology Summit, Eye-for-Transport’s Logistics & CIO Tech Forum, SMC3 Jump Start, BGSA Supply Chain Conference, and the TIA Annual Convention.

In late 2012, Nathan was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ coveted “40 Under 40” list. This accolade honors successful business professionals who have climbed to the top of their fields, positively impacting the business landscape before age 40. Nathan was also selected by DC Velocity as one of a handful of supply chain practitioners and logisticians to represent the list of 2013 Rainmakers. The list is comprised of thought leaders and professionals whose contributions have a lasting impact on the logistics and supply chain community. 

Nathan’s early success and infectious enthusiasm for logistics resulted in an advisory role on World Business Chicago’s Transportation and Logistics Strategy Team chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The group is tasked with growing the broader transportation and logistics community, fostering collaboration, innovation, talent development, and policy.
Chris Lee Chris Lee
SVP Strategic Development
BlueGrace Logistics

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Over the past 15 years, Chris has been responsible for the movement of over $1B worth of freight in the Less-than-Truckload, Truckload and International freight space. Having performed roles across sales and operations for Asset and Non-Asset transportation providers, he is an expert in assembling solutions to meet the needs of shippers, logistics providers and carriers alike.

When he's not moving freight, Chris spends his time at home In Dallas, playing sports, competing in extreme fitness challenges and dreaming about new ways to take the freight industry to the next level.

Specialties: Design, build, motivate, and manage sales platforms of all scales. Create logistics solutions for various channels of customers.Create and manage national portfolio of industry leading providers.
May Chew May Chew
APL Logistics

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May Chew is Vice President, Technology Services at APL Logistics. Currently based in Scottsdale, Arizona, she leads our Supply Chain Technology organization, oversees our IT systems re-engineering project and our Service Integrity function globally.

Ms Chew is responsible for our enterprise-wide service quality program aimed at delivering effective and reliable supply chain services to our customers through leveraging technology. In her last assignment as Senior Director, Global Solutions and Process Quality, she established our Costa Rica Customer Service migration and spearheaded our Logistics Super Suite project. Ms Chew joined NOL in Singapore in 1999 in a Regional Service Integrity role, leading key customer implementations, managing global processes and developing systems to support our global logistics operations and service excellence.

Ms Chew has 15 years of experience in Freight and Logistics industry.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Social Science (Economics, major) from the National University of Singapore.
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VP National Sales
Con-way Freight

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Jeff Rivera is vice president of national sales for Con-way Freight, the regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier and largest subsidiary of Con-way Inc. With more than 425 operating locations, Con-way Freight is the nation’s third largest freight trucking company. Con-way Freight handles approximately 59,000 shipments daily, representing 80 million pounds of goods, and provides day-definite delivery to support the supply chains of thousands of commercial and industrial businesses.

Directing a team of national account leaders, Rivera is responsible for developing business with large-scale corporate clients and major third-party logistics providers. His focus is on working collaboratively with customers to develop and deploy Lean-based transportation solutions to deliver continuous value through increased network efficiencies and improved supply chain velocity.

A 20-year veteran of the global logistics industry with experience in Lean manufacturing and warehousing, material flow and supply chain process engineering, Rivera was previously vice president of Eastern area operations for Con-way Freight. In this position he was responsible for the management and performance of the freight network operations in the eastern United States and Canada, comprising 100 service centers with 6,800 employees. Prior to joining Con-way Freight in 2012, Rivera spent nine years in leadership positions with sister company Menlo Worldwide Logistics. Before joining Menlo, he worked as a Lean manufacturing consultant and spent seven years with General Motors launching Lean warehousing start-ups and implementing synchronous material flow in assembly plants.

Rivera is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich. where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.


Sheila Hewitt Sheila Hewitt
Vice President, International

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Sheila Hewitt serves as Vice President of International for Transplace. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing sales and operations for Transplace’s ocean and air forwarding business. In addition to running her own ocean forwarding business for several years, Ms. Hewitt has a strong background in both technology and 3PL services. She served as Senior Director of International Sales for APL Logistics where she achieved 100% customer retention and $1 million+ revenue in the first full year of operation with limited personnel and systems. Ms. Hewitt also served as Director of International Sales for G-Log in addition to holding roles with Descartes on the technology side and DSL Transportation Services (an NVOCC). She has participated as an industry speaker at events including Freight Transportation Research Associates Conference, TPM Conference and RILA.
Allan Smith Allan Smith
BCG Logistics

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Allan Smith has been a pioneer in the development of distribution systems and programs for International Corporations throughout his career. With a focus in managing the supply chain in the most efficient manner, Allan’s experience in this rapidly changing fast pace environment gives a unique view of all aspects of warehousing, transportation, systems integration, and high velocity crossdock.

Allan has over Twenty years of experience in the Logistics industry. First as a Corporate Account Manager with G.N. Johnson developing and implementing distribution and warehousing systems, material handling equipment, order picking system design, and RF location and inventory control systems.

Later Allan became the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for FKI Logistics leading their efforts in automation of manufacturing and warehouses in Canada and 15 other countries.

To round out his knowledge of managing the supply chain in the new world economy Allan served for three years as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for CP Express, at the time the largest transportation organization in Canada.

In 1997 Allan Founded BCG Logistics Group. BCG focuses on Centralized supply chain for the North American Market with variable cost “One America” and “Canada Direct” solutions. Servicing major retail and automotive accounts and Large International 3PL’s.

Allan is very active in Supply Chain Education acting as co-chair of the fund raising committee for Supply Chain Management Research Centre and Degree program at Wilfred Laurier University. Laurier presently has the largest School of Business & Economics In Canada and developing the Premier global SCM degree program in Canada Education system .

Allan has a Business Management Degree from Mohawk College and is a past President of the International Material Management Society, a member of CSCMP, NASTRAC and WERC. Allan has many published articles in industry trade periodicals and speaks often in North America at Conferences and Education seminars on supply chain management.
Bruce Welty Bruce Welty
Quiet Logistics

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Chuck Moyer Chuck Moyer
Express Courier International

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Chuck has over 35 years of transportation experience and has served as a member of the CLDA Board of Directors since 1996. Chuck came to the customized logistics industry with 9 years of regional trucking and airfreight experience. His 30 years experience in the same day sector ranges from operating as an independent contractor to all positions up to and now including CEO for Express Courier International, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee). Chuck started his career in the courier industry with Priority Dispatch (Cincinnati) in 1983 and joined Express Courier (Nashville) in 1993. Express is a full service same day logistics provider that operates in over 40 markets with a fleet of 1,700+ vehicles.
Bobby Harris Bobby Harris
BlueGrace Logistics

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Bobby Harris is the Founder, President and CEO of BlueGrace® Logistics. Now an industry leader, the firm began in 2007 as a technology company in the logistics industry and evolved into a full-service third-party logistics provider in January of 2009.
BlueGrace Logistics has acquired several companies within the transportation industryin recent years, including; Freight Ready, Osky Technologies (LogistixxTech) andTransportation Solutions & Consulting. BlueGrace Logistics was honored as INC 500’s, 20th fastest growing privately held company in the United States in 2012 and 1st withinthe logistics and transportation industry.
Nikhil Sathe Nikhil Sathe

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Nikhil, known for his deep domain 3PL Industry expertise, brings over 25 years of international and C-level experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with proven track record of business turnarounds and strong P & L Management.

Nikhil has been the CFO of a premier non-asset 3PL, Kelron Logistics, for over 11 years and has been at senior positions in the transportation and logistics industry with increasing responsibility and expertise in M & A from deal sourcing to closing, financial stewardship and nurturing and building high performance teams.

Nikhil is known for his knowledge capital in the 3PL industry and is a regular speaker at recognized industry associations such as Eye for Transport (EFT), Transportation Logistics Council (TLC), Logistics Quarterly (LQ) and Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL) on Risk Management, State of the Industry panels and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Nikhil has an excellent track record of transforming unprofitable companies into realizing benchmark EBITDA, has also been an instrumental resource in M & A activity and has fostered very attractive growth trajectory for 3PL as an integral member of the Executive Team.

Nikhil is a member of CSCMP- Council for Supply Chain and Management Professionals (US), SCL- Supply Chain and Logistics Canada, ACG-Association for Corporate Growth-Toronto Chapter; AICPA- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; ICAI- Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants- New Delhi, India

Nikhil is educated in American CPA, Indian Chartered Accountant, holds undergraduate degrees in Commerce (B.Com) and Law (LLB) from University of Pune, India and also holds Executive MBA from Queens School of Business in Canada with Supply Chain and Logistics specialization.
Matt Bernstein Matt Bernstein
Helix Logistics

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Matt Bernstein is President of Helix Logistics, a third party logistics firm focused on specialized and management-intensive transportation solutions.   Prior to founding Helix Logistics, Matt was President of RR Donnelley Print Logistics and Vice President of Supply Chain at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. Matt began his career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he advised clients on supply chain strategy.  He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Duke University.

Randal Mullett C. Randal Mullett
Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs
Con-way Inc.

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C. Randal (Randy) Mullett is vice president, government relations and public affairs, for Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), a $5.5 billion freight transportation and global logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

As the company’s top policy executive in Washington, D.C., Mr. Mullett is responsible for Con-way’s Government Relations and Public Affairs activities as well as Corporate Communications encompassing public relations, brand and reputation management, web content, social media, internal communications and corporate social responsibility.

He also serves as Con-way’s chief sustainability officer. In this role, he directs corporate-wide initiatives focused on improving economic and environmental sustainability through continuous adoption of business practices that improve operating efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions. He reports to Douglas W. Stotlar, Con-way’s president and CEO.
Kelli Saunders Kelli Saunders
Morai Logistics Inc.

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Kelli Saunders has developed a versatile skill set from over 29 years of experience working in the field of logistics. As a well-versed professional, she is not only a provider of sound support to her staff but a thought leader to others in the field of logistics as a whole.

Originally recognized at Mode Transportation for her excellence in performance as a VP of Strategic Accounts, she has been driven by her desire to remain an agent of progress by creating her own company: Morai Logistics Inc. Kelli has taken initiative as an entrepreneur and started Morai Logistics as an agency of Mode Transportation in 2010. Specializing in cross-border (Mexico, US, Canada), domestic, and international logistics services, her company offers a full range of logistics services that set her apart as a third-party logistics service provider. Additionally, she assists her clients with a range of other services, including warehousing, management consulting and technology services when appropriate.

Kelli Saunders has received numerous honours for her expertise in strategic sales and as a small business owner, including Salesperson of the Year four times (Mark VII, Exel, Mode; 2000-2004). She was also the first recipient of the Chairman’s Award in 2002 and the former president of the Toronto Transportation Club (2010). Kelli recently earned WeConnect Canada’s Doing Business International Award for Morai Logistics (2012).

Outside of Morai Logistics, Kelli is very active in various organizations and events. She is a proud member of the Women Presidents Club, WeConnect International, and Who’s Who. In addition to learning and growing as an entrepreneur and small business owner Kelli enjoys spinning, running, golf, boating and travelling.
Todd Skiles Todd Skiles
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Supply Chain Solutions (SCS)
Ryder System, Inc.

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Todd Skiles is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) at Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami.  He is responsible for overseeing the sales and solutions teams for all of Ryder’s SCS verticals and functions. 

Mr. Skiles joined Ryder in 1986 as a Rental Manager, and has since held positions of increasing responsibility within both SCS and Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), including Account Manager; Director of Business Development for FMS; Director of Business Development for SCS; Group Director of Sales; and his most recent position as Vice President of Sales for FMS, Southeast Region.  His achievements include induction into the Ryder Roundtable in 1995 and serving as its Chairman from 2005 to 2006.  Additionally, Mr. Skiles is a decorated United States Army war veteran, having proudly served as a Captain and Company Commander during the Persian Gulf War.  He is also a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs and a Third Degree Master Mason.

Mr. Skiles attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree in Pre-Law Government Studies. 
Will Heywood Will Heywood
Senior Director of Strategic Development
DHL Supply Chain (Americas)

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Will Heywood is the Senior Director of Strategic Development for DHL Supply Chain in the Americas. In this role, he leads strategic planning and product development, and supports M&A activities across the region.

Prior to his current position, Will held a variety of strategic planning roles in the global Technology sector, both within DHL Supply Chain and the Deutsche Post group. He joined the company in 2001 after several years in management consulting, preceded by roles in consumer product manufacturing.

Will holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.
Doug Potvin Doug Potvin
Trinity Logistics

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Doug serves to equip and enable the company’s long term financial integrity, including developing more efficient ways of operating. Trinity has grown to over $300M in annual revenue, and in support of that growth, Doug maintains a focus on acquisitions and developing improvements in technology. In addition, he provides leadership and oversight to elements of Trinity’s Human Resources, Marketing, and IT departments. He also serves as a Pastor of a church in his community, and enjoys missionary work involving developing rural villages in Columbia. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College. Doug has a wife Sara and two children, Christopher and Mikalah. www.linkedin.com/in/dougpotvin
Lisa Dolan Lisa Dolan
Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy

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Lisa Dolan serves as Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy. Ms. Dolan is a highly seasoned Supply Chain Executive with experience in Global Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics Management. During her 17 years with ALOM, Ms. Dolan has implemented strategic Supply Chain plans that appreciably reduced costs and improved service and quality levels for some of the world’s most respected Fortune 100 clients in technology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. She has designed and managed deals and contracts for over 150 million dollars over the last 10 years. Prior to joining ALOM, Ms. Dolan worked in other supply chain and technology companies managing complex supply chain problems.

Ms. Dolan also applies her leadership skills by activity in professional organizations. She serves as the Immediate Past President of CSCMP SFRT in the Greater Bay Area. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and advancing the supply chain management profession. Ms. Dolan often represents ALOM at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She is a sought-after speaker at supply chain events and events that promote girls and women.

A leader in her profession, a contributor to her community, and a role model for women and girls, Ms. Dolan was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, receiving the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, 2013 award.

Shipper Speakers

Reuben Slone Reuben Slone
SVP Supply Chain

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Julio Nemeth Julio Nemeth
Senior Vice President - Product Supply, Global Operations

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Position Held & Dates

1990 Engineering DM, Hair & Personal Care, Quata Plant, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1991 Site Engineer, GM, Hair & Personal Care, Quata Plant, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992 Site Engineer/Production Mgr, Hair & Personal Care, Quata Plant, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1993 Production Mgr, Health Care Planning – Hair & Personal Care, Brazil
1994 Manager (in trng), Fem Care & Baby Care Technologies, Mexico
1995 Site Manager, “Itaqua” Feminine Care Plant, Brazil
1996 Operations Manager, Feminine Care & Baby Care, Louveria Site, Brazil
1997 Plant Manager, AD, “Pilar” Fabric & Home Care Site, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 Plant Manager, AD, (Fem-Baby-HC-BC)), Louveria Site, Brazil
2002 Director, Latin America Baby Care Product Supply, Caracas, Venezuela
2005 Director, North America Family Care Product Supply, Cincinnati, Ohio
2006 Manager-Product Supply, Global Family Care, Cincinnati, Ohio
2008 Manager-Product Supply, Global Family Care & 2015 Global Supply Network Design, Cincinnati, Ohio
2009 Vice President-Product Supply, Global Family Care, Cincinnati, Ohio
2010 Vice President-Product Supply, Global Family Care & Duracell, Cincinnati, Ohio
2011 Vice-President-Product Supply, Global Operations, Cincinnati, Ohio
2013 Senior Vice President–Product Supply, Global Operations, Cincinnati, Ohio


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Viju Menon Viju Menon
SVP Supply Chain
Verizon Communications

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Sy Price Sy Price
SVP Contracting

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VP Supply Chain
Solo Cup Company

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Charles Blevins is Vice President of Supply Chain at Solo Cup Company (now Dart Container Corporation). In this role, which he has held since 2010, Charles has been responsible for all supply chain disciplines from capacity planning through final customer delivery. This role covers S&OP process management, capacity and production planning, detailed plant scheduling, inventory deployment, plant warehouse operations, distribution center operations, customer service, transportation and master data. The purpose of this broad scope of responsibility is to provide a responsive organization focused on all aspects of customer fulfillment.

Charles brings first-hand experience to all of the above roles having led many improvement projects, systems implementations, and merger & acquisition integration activities throughout his 20 year career at Solo. Prior to his current role, Charles served as Vice President of Logistics since 2004.

As a result of the merger of Solo Cup Company and Dart Container Corporation in 2012, Charles has adapted the supply chain approach to meet the needs of the integration of these two companies.

Larry Monaghan Larry Monaghan
Senior Global Operations Management Executive
Former LG

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Jill Marcotte Jill Marcotte
Dealer Tire

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Terry Rowinski Terry Rowinski

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Jeff Starecheski Jeff Starecheski
VP Logistics Services
Sears Holdings Corporation

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Robert Lecinski Robert Lecinski
Director - Customer Logistics
Avery Dennison

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Category Manager - Global Strategic Sourcing

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SVP Supply Chain & IT
Griffith Laboratories

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VP Supply Chain

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SVP Enterprise Group Supply Chain

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VP Supply Chain
Abbott Nutrition

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Nancy Marino Nancy Marino
Columbus Consulting

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Greg McKinley Greg McKinley
VP Warehousing & Logistics

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Pierre Bassing Pierre Bassing
Head of Supply Chain

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Tim Williams Tim Williams
McGraw-Hill Education

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VP, Global Procurement Strategy

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Head of Physical Logistics

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Jeff Wood Jeff Wood
Global Procurement Senior Director
Motorola Mobility

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Global Transportation Management

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Senior Director Supply Chain
US Cellular

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VP Global Transportation Services
Big Lots

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GM Integrated Supply Chain

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Scott Spata Scott Spata
Vice President Supply Chain Development
The Home Depot

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Industry Experts

Yossi Sheffi Yossi Sheffi
Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics

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Stratman Partners Executives Coaching 

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Lead Researcher – Vested
University of Tennessee – (June 11th workshop leader)

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Richard Sherman Richard Sherman
Principal Essientialist Supply Chain
Trissential – (June 11th workshop leader)

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Rich Sherman is an internationally recognized pundit and author on trends and issues across supply chain management. He is currently Director of Strategic Development for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and also serves as Supply Chain Discipline Expert at Trissiential in their supply chain consulting practice. His book Supply Chain Transformation: A Practical Roadmap for Best Practice Results (Wiley, 2012) has received praise by practitioners, academics, and non-supply chain executives as a great read on business transformation. As a research director, he successfully launched the supply chain advisory services for AMR Research and led in the development the SCOR model, founding the Supply Chain Council, and serving on its Board. Throughout his career, Mr. Sherman has held senior management positions with visionary technology firms such as EXE, Syncra, and Numetrix, and marketing leading corporations such as Microsoft, IRI, Mercer Management Consulting, DEC, and Unisys. He has contributed scores of articles and speaks frequently on supply chain capabilities. Rich received his BA and MA from Notre Dame.
Speaker image coming soon Benjamin Gordon
Managing Director and Founder
BG Strategic Advisors

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Richard Bank Richard Bank
Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation

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Richard, a founder and Director of The Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation, is also president of Millennium International Consultants, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm specializing in commercial, governmental and international matters with particular emphasis on transportation, logistics/supply chain and international security issues.

Richard’s career spans more than three decades as an attorney, a diplomat and an international consultant. He has worked with U.S. and foreign clients in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

While at the State Department, Richard developed and implemented U.S. international shipping policy and supervised diplomatic activity in connection with the shipping, vessel-source marine pollution, supply chain and transportation-related trade practices and policies of foreign governments.

Richard headed U.S. delegations to the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMCO/IMO) where he was instrumental in establishing the Marine Environment Pollution Committee in response to oil tanker accidents which had created severe environmental damage to European shorelines. He also headed delegations to the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and for six years led the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Maritime Transport Committee.

Since leaving the State Department, Richard has worked with clients as an attorney and senior partner with a major international law firm, and as a consultant employing his understanding of the essential confluence of issues which involve business, governments and national and international regulatory structures.

Richard has represented and has been a consultant to European providers of environment-friendly power generating facilities employing waste-to-energy gasification systems, and is working with a UK/Norwegian company which uses leading edge technologies in the use of carbon-capturing production of clean, hydrogen-sourced energy to be employed, in part, in the transportation field.

Richard has written articles on supply chain security and transportation/logistics, international business and government relations.

Richard chaired the 2009 and 2010 Sustainable Supply Chain Summit which is attended by major corporate, government and academic leaders engaged in sustainable supply chain issues. He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Speaker image coming soon Nigel Johnson
Reclipse Partners

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John Bonno John Bonno

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John has more than 19 years of management consulting and industry experience. He has a strong track record of helping companies improve operational performance in the Consumer Products and Manufacturing industries. He is currently a key leader in AlixPartners’ Supply Chain and Distribution practice and co-leads the firm’s Distribution Footprint offering. His functional expertise includes international in-bound logistics, network optimization, supply chain strategy and execution, and procurement. Prior to joining AlixPartners, John spent over a decade with Deloitte Consulting. During his tenure at Deloitte, John was a key leader and contributor in Deloitte’s global Supply Chain practice.

Led the post merger integration supply chain work of two Consumer Product companies. Performed Manufacturing and Distribution Footprint analysis, which resulted in a reduced number of manufacturing and distribution facilities. Led the implementation activities, which generated over $27M in annual synergies.

Led the distribution network redesign and implementation for a major Consumer Products company. Consolidated the number of distribution centers by 50%, and generated annual benefits of $4M. Implemented the first distribution center (from site selection to fully operational) within 90 days.
Led the operational due diligence activities on behalf of a Private Equity firm looking to purchase a subsidiary of a major Consumer Products company. Scope of the due diligence included identifying improvements in the areas of manufacturing operations, direct material cost reduction through improved purchasing processes and enhanced inventory management capabilities, and international distribution. Identified improvement opportunities that positively impacted annual EBITDA by $3M

John holds a BSBA from Auburn University and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is also a Certified Production and Inventory Manager.
Steven LaVoie Steven Lavoie

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Steven LaVoie founded ArrowSteram in 2000 and is the current Chariman and CEO. With Steven’s extensive experience in foodservice and finance, combined with his passion and commitment to building trust among trading partners has helped him develop a unique vision for reshaping the supply chain. Since founding ArrowStream, he and his team have been dedicated to transforming the supply chain into a collaborative process and shared economic interests, while improving the bottom line. ArrowStream provides these opportunities for supply chains through its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.
Travis Rhyan Travis Rhyan
10-4 Systems, Inc.

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Travis Rhyan has been immersed in the freight and logistics industry for nearly 15 years. Early in his career, Travis managed intermodal/truckload brokerage operations for NYK Logistics where he was in charge of coast-to-coast support of customers, rail lines, and truckload/drayage carriers. In 2002, Travis exercised his entrepreneurial spirit by co-founding Redhawk Global, a 3rd party logistics firm specializing in Over-the-Road, Refrigerated, Intermodal, LTL and Household Goods moving services generated through an eCommerce platform. After selling his portion of ownership in Redhawk, Travis moved on to a five year career at Exel Logisitcs where he would master supply chain operations, support and custom business solutions. In 2010, due to his extensive experience, Travis would become the Vice President of Enterprise Operations at GlobalTranz Enterprises. He was tasked with, and successful in, driving top-line growth by building the framework to support a full truckload division and increasing the scope of national account business. With his success, drive and knowledge Travis quickly gained promotion to Executive Vice President of Technology and then Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of GlobalTranz. Here, he led growth initiatives through innovative software design and application delivery - in his fields of expertise – freight, logistics, and supply chain. In 2013, the entrepreneur in Travis would surface once again by founding a new startup, 10-4 Systems. With 10-4, his focus is on building real-time technology solutions for the transportation industry. Travis graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH where he studied Engineering, Management, and Mathematics.
Travis Rhyan James B. Connor
Duke Realty

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As Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Duke Realty, Jim is responsible for the company's real estate operations across the country, including its industrial, office, medical office and construction activities. Jim is a member of the company’s Executive, Investment, Operating and Internal Finance Committees.

Jim joined Duke Realty in 1998 and has served in several leadership positions during his tenure. Prior to being named COO, Jim was Senior Regional Executive Vice President for the company's Midwest Region, with responsibility for managing and leading business units in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. He also has served as Senior Vice President of the company's Chicago business operations, where he was responsible for tremendous growth in that market's office and industrial portfolios.

Before joining Duke Realty, Jim held numerous executive and brokerage positions with Cushman & Wakefield, most recently serving as Senior Managing Director for the Midwest area.
Alexsander M. Stewart Alexsander M. Stewart
Managing Director, Transportation and Logistics

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Ken Ackerman

Ken Ackerman
Executive Coach, Group Chair
Vistage International

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Ken has been active in logistics and warehousing management for his entire career. Before entering the consulting field, he was chief executive of Distribution Centers, Inc., a public warehousing company which is now part of Exel Logistics USA. In 1980, Ackerman sold the company and joined the management consulting division of Coopers & Lybrand. In 1981, he formed the Ackerman Company, a management advisory service.

Ken Ackerman is editor and publisher of Warehousing Forum, a monthly subscription newsletter. His newest books are Lean Warehousing and Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, both published in 2007. His other recent publications include Auditing Warehouse Performance and Warehousing Tips.

Ken has provided management advisory services to companies throughout the world. These clients include manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers, warehousing firms, carriers and trade associations. He has provided advisory support to several consulting firms.
Wolfgang Hall Wolfgang Hall
Global Industry Manager
Logistics Esri

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Wolfgang Hall manages the Logistics Industry at Esri, the global leader in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). He earned his Engineering degree in Electronics in Germany in 1991 and has a background in electronics, software development, consulting and business development.

Wolfgang has worked for over 25 years in transportation and logistics. As a consultant he supported many large corporations including FedEx, Sears, Onstar, and Chevron.
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Global Director, Automotive and Transportation Research
Frost & Sullivan

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Barrington Capital Partners

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Greg Aimi Greg Aimi
Director of Research

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Greg specializes in supply chain execution research at Gartner including global logistics and distribution strategies, leading processes, organizational structures, performance measurement, and logistics outsourcing. Greg advises clients on the how these functions can contribute to positive company performance. Greg was a pioneer of Supply Chain Execution Systems – the integration of transportation, warehousing, supply execution, and order fulfillment across an integrated supply chain network. His work has focused on balancing logistics cost and service tradeoffs in the face of changing dynamics of daily execution.
Stephan P. Brady Stephan P. Brady
Supply Chain Innovations Today

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Stephan P. (Steve) Brady, PhD, is the CEO and Founder of Supply Chain Innovations Today.  Steve has 28 years of experience as a Logistics and Supply Chain professional.  Dr Brady is a recognized thought-leader in the supply chain and technology space, driving innovation in multiple arenas.  Dr Brady’s consulting work includes collaborative supply chain management, SC Technology/RFID strategies, inventory management, and warehouse and transportation network design.  In addition, Steve has been engaged in work with the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative, driving the adoption of RFID at the item level in the Apparel and footwear industries.   Dr Brady has also provided consulting services on such topics as outcome focused performance, performance based acquisitions, and space logistics and interplanetary supply chain management.
He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration—Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr Brady, a retired USAF Lt Colonel, supervised over 40 research efforts while on the Graduate School faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology, with many of these efforts modeling the application of process and technology innovations to DoD and industry supply chains.
He has guest lectured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has had several publications appearing in the Transportation Journal, Journal of Transportation Management, The Air Force Journal of Logistics, and SOLE Spectrum. In addition, he is a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL).
Dr Brady is actively engaged in social media, and was recently recommended by SAP and FreightOS as a supply chain management “Tweeter to follow.”

Eric Kulisch Eric Kulisch
Trade and Transportation Editor
American Shipper Magazine

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Eric Kulisch has written for American Shipper magazine since 2003, covering international trade, logistics, customs and regulatory compliance, homeland and cargo security, freight transportation and infrastructure, intermodal connections, and technology.
He broke several stories about the political intrigue behind the Dubai Ports World controversy in 2006 and regularly reports on the inside decision-making at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In Dec. 2013, he won the “Supply Chain Journalist of the Year” award from the Seahorse Club in London for his cover story on omni-channel logistics and e-commerce.
Prior to joining American Shipper, Eric was a reporter at Transport Topics, a trucking industry publication. An investigative piece he wrote there about the security shortcomings of the Coast Guard’s hazardous material inspection program after the 9/11 attacks led to the Department of Transportation Inspector General opening an audit of the program.
Eric has also served as an assistant editor at Defense News. Early in his career he worked in the press office of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Eric is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Birgit Matthiesen Birgit Matthiesen
Director, Canada-U.S. Cross Border Business Affairs
Arent Fox LLP

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As a special advisor at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Ms. Matthiesen represented members’ interest in the United States and helped shape successful cross-border advocacy strategies on a wide variety of regulatory and legislative initiatives. A well recognized name within the Canadian trade community in both public and private sectors, Ms. Matthiesen has gained the trust and respect of Ottawa, provincial capitals, and CME member companies with her ability to “think Canadian south of the border” and to interpret for Canadian businesses the challenges they face in the US marketplace.

Prior to her work at CME, Ms. Matthiesen was a key member at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, serving in the Economic and Trade Policy Division for more than 20 years. Her primary responsibility there was to ensure access to the US market for Canadian exporters and shippers. In that role, she was part of the broader advocacy team of the Embassy and worked closely with Canadian Consulates throughout the US, while managing a number of critical initiatives—most notably the inaugural “All Politics is Local” advocacy effort on Capitol Hill, an event that is now an annual priority for the Embassy in Washington and involves 13 Consulates, over 50 CEOs, and hundreds of meetings with Congressional offices.

Among her other notable achievements, Ms. Matthiesen was tapped by the Privy Council of Canada to join an executive inter-agency team to develop the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada; in 2008, she joined with Michael Kergin, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, to author “A New Bridge for Old Allies," a border study report for the prestigious Canadian International Council; and in 2010, she formed the first Businesses for Better Borders coalition in support of the Beyond the Border Action Plan launched by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Speaker image coming soon Bruce Tompkins
Tompkins International

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Bruce Tompkins is a Partner for Tompkins International, the leader in total supply chain consulting, systems implementation, and material handling integration. With more than 30 years of progressive operations experience, he holds expertise ranging from traditional industrial engineering to manufacturing, materials management, and benchmarking/best practices.

Bruce is the Executive Director for the Supply Chain Consortium, the premier source for supply chain benchmarking and best practices knowledge. With a comprehensive repository of 10,000-plus benchmarks, the consortium offers members’ data search capabilities, online analysis tools, topic surveys and research and peer to peer networking. He also possesses extensive leadership background and knowledge in manufacturing processes, lean manufacturing implementation, Six Sigma methodologies, ISO/QS Quality Systems, safety, maintenance, energy management, and supply chain benchmarking and best practices analysis

He has authored more than 100 publications on topics across the supply chain. He facilitates the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium Leadership Forum, which is an annual conference event hosted by Tompkins International.

Prior to joining Tompkins International, he was Vice President/General Manager of Operations for Maytag Herrin Laundry Products. Bruce received his B.S. in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University.

Speaker image coming soon Valerie Bonebrake
Tompkins International

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Valerie Bonebrake is Senior Vice President for Tompkins International, a global supply chain consulting firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Valerie’s experience and leadership includes global business strategy development, mergers, acquisitions and alliances, sales and marketing, transportation and distribution operations, and supply chain re-engineering. Her commitment to developing effective strategies coupled with practical and efficient delivery of solid business solutions has resulted in profitable growth, efficient operating platforms and customer satisfaction for her clients.

Prior to joining Tompkins International, Valerie was the Executive Vice President and co-founder of MIQ Logistics. She also spent 19 years at Ryder, where she had progressively increasing responsibilities in sales and operations in truck rental, truck leasing, transportation management, distribution, and supply chain solutions.

 In 2010 Valerie was nominated as a top supply chain provider “Pro to Know.” She is a frequent speaker and contributor across North America and Europe for a variety of summits and expos.

Valerie received her Master’s of Science in International Logistics in 2008 from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Chris Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl
Managing Director
Armada Corporate Intelligence

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Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for the Missouri Society of CPAs and the Kentucky Society of CPAs.

Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.

Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.

Kevin Marchetti

Kevin Marchetti
co-Founder, Managing Director
Bay Grove Capital

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Mr. Marchetti is a co-Founder and Managing Director of Bay Grove Capital where he is active in all day-to-day activities of the firm and responsible for investment decisions. He is a board member of Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC the 2nd largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company in the U.S., comprising 22 million square feet and over 500 million cubic feet of capacity across 106 facilities.

Prior to co-founding Bay Grove, Mr. Marchetti was an investor with Ron Burkle and The Yucaipa Companies where he helped invest the Yucaipa Funds and eventually oversaw Mr. Burkle’s personal investment portfolio and sat on the board of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mr. Marchetti started his career with Morgan Stanley in its investment banking group. He graduated from Duke University with a major in Economics. Mr. Marchetti is on the board of Nevada Dental Benefits and the San Francisco Zoological Society and a past board member of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (“IARW”). He is also a member of the Fisher Center Real Estate Policy Advisory Board at UC Berkeley and the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee.
Steve Banker

Steve Banker
Service Director, Supply Chain Management
ARC Advisory Group

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Steve's technology focus areas include transportation management, managed transportation services, warehouse management, and supply chain planning.

At ARC, Steve has been covering supply chain technologies since 1996. He is one of the best known industry analysts covering supply chain management and a frequent speaker at industry events. He has been widely quoted in trade publications covering logistics, material handling, and supply chain management and has had his articles published in Supply Chain Management Review. In recognition of his contribution to the supply chain and logistics field, Steve was selected as a 'Pro to Know' by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Steve has a column in Forbes.com covering logistics and supply chain management and writes the Monday column in Logistics Viewpoints.

Steve's research includes ROI analysis of a variety of supply chain applications, benchmarking, and best practice reports. He has aided users in supplier and consultant selections, and suppliers with acquisitions and product roadmaps. Prior to joining ARC, he was a Professor at Stonehill College and Pennsylvania State University.

Jett McCandless
CEO, Blue Water Companies 

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Speaker bio coming soon.
Subhash Chowdary Subhash Chowdary
Founder and CEO
Aankhen Inc.

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Subhash was the Chief Architect at Apple Computer, USA. At Apple he co-authored the VITAL architecture pioneering the concept of portals, data warehousing and ‘web services’ for the enterprise. The concepts were the foundation for content delivery and access using personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as smart phones and tablets.  His unique experience spans managing manufacturing operations in India, US and development of information systems at large multinational enterprises across the world.

Other accomplishments include building supply chain performance management (KPIs) on the web leveraging portals, data warehousing and web services technologies.

Recent accomplishments include developing and deploying the concept of ‘Shouldbe Cost®’ computation creating breakthroughs in Financial Supply Chain management. Physical Supply Chain innovations include the development and deployment of supply chain security and visibility leveraging automated data capture and Bigdata technologies to build next generation real time supply chains in the cloud.

Contact Information:

Subhash Chowdary
CEO, Aankhen Inc.
2107 N First St, #570
San Jose, CA 95131, USA
Email: subhash@aankhen.com
Michele Carroll

Michele Carroll
Founder & President
Carrollco Marketing Services

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Michele Carroll founded Carrollco Marketing Services in 1993, an international marketing firm recognized for highly collaborative client relationships, celebrating 20 year record of results in 2014 – for clients in the services, software, clean tech and mobility sectors.  The Carrollco team is especially recognized for guiding startups to revenue in the Americas and global leaders to accelerate international growth.

From entrepreneurial roots in logistics, Ms Carroll’s corporate career spanned roles from field sales to corporate research, planning and communications.  As Director of Marketing for SeaLand Services, Director Market Research for American President Lines, Director Strategic Planning & Research for Itel Rail Corporation and Director Marketing for Emery Worldwide, Michele led and facilitated marketing, planning and launch of logistics and technology services and subsidiaries for billion dollar global leaders across all modes of transportation with more market-driven processes.

In 1993, she founded Carrollco Marketing Services, which serves a wide array of clean tech, mobility, software, hi-tech and services clients with market entry, business development and profitable growth in the Americas and around the world.  On an interim basis, she led marketing for the supply chain management consultancy, Eclipse Group, which earned the prestigious 'Fastest Growing in Silicon Valley' award two years in a row, then served as VP Marketing for the RFID platform innovator, Intelleflex Corporation.  Her marketing teams and clients have won industry recognition for market impact and revenue growth – including the ‘Reggie’ for Sales Impact, ‘Best in the West’ for Advertising, and secured millions in funding from Silicon Valley VC’s.

2008-2011 President of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) San Francisco Bay Area Roundtable, long-time Advisor to the CSCMP global organization and former President of Women in Logistics, Michele is member of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), the Northern California Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), and serves on the SF Bay Area Transportation & Logistics Cluster Leadership Group and Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church board of directors. 

Ms Carroll earned a Masters of International Business (IMBA) from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts with honors from Furman University, where she received the Betty McGowan Advertising Scholarship. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Mitch Glickman Mitch Glickman
Vice President, Corporate Development
Livingston International

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Mitch is focused on leading acquisition and other strategic growth initiatives for Livingston’s customs brokerage, international freight forwarding, and global trade management businesses.  To this role he brings broad experience in acquisitions/divestitures, finance, and strategic planning.  Some of Mr. Glickman’s recent transactions include the acquisitions of Norman G. Jensen, M.G. Maher & Company, JPMorgan’s customs and trade compliance services business (formerly Vastera), and HiPage. 

Prior to joining Livingston, Mitch was a Director at Culligan International, a private equity backed water treatment company, where he was instrumental in leading numerous finance and strategy projects.  He also held other roles in investment banking and private equity earlier in his career. 

Mr. Glickman earned an MBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Laurent Guerard Laurent Guerard
A.T. Kearney

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Laurent Guerard is a partner with A.T. Kearney and global leader of the firm’s Transportation, Travel and Infrastructure practice. Laurent has more than 25 years of management consulting experience and focuses on corporate and business unit strategy development across a wide variety of industries. He has conducted major strategy assignments in the package/postal, equipment leasing, third party logistics, IT services, hospitality, automotive, industrial, professional services, and retail sectors.

He has worked in all major regions including the U.S., Canada, Japan, India, China, France, Germany, the UK, Brazil and Russia.

He holds a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business.
Adrian Gonzalez Adrian Gonzalez
Adelante SCM

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Well-respected, trusted, and influential supply chain and logistics analyst and strategic advisor to high-level executives in manufacturing, retail, third party logistics, and technology companies.

Founder and lead researcher of 3PL Briefings (www.3plbriefings.com), a research service focused on providing supply chain and logistics executives with high-quality and trusted research, analysis, and briefings about the Third-Party Logistics (3PL) industry and leading practices in logistics outsourcing.

Founder, host, and creative force behind Talking Logistics (www.talkinglogistics.com), a weekly online video talk show where I interview "Thought Leaders and Newsmakers" in the supply chain and logistics industry.

Founder and President of Adelante SCM (www.adelantescm.com) focused on enabling supply chain and logistics young professionals to share knowledge, advice, and best practices with each other in a private, trusted, and solicitation-free environment.

Adjunct Instructor, Supply Chain Management, Northeastern University Executive MBA program.

Accomplished public speaker and effective listener, with excellent business and creative writing skills.

Prior to current positions, I was founder, lead writer, and creative force behind Logistics Viewpoints, a high-profile blog focused on logistics and supply chain trends, technologies, and services. I also successfully managed the development and market introduction of new products at Motorola, Clare, and Polaroid.

Specialties: Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Transportation Management, Logistics Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics (3PLs), Logistics Software, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Sustainability, New Product Introduction, Peer-to-Peer Learning, Social Media, Blogging