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LQ's mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics,” is clearly evidenced this issue with articles written by professionals and logisticians from America and Canada who are leading and transforming business by creating new roadmaps and definitions for leadership in this exciting field.

David J. Closs, Executive Editor: Dr. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of the Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University. He has consulted with more than 100 of the world's Fortune 500 corporations regarding logistics strategies and systems. He is an active member of CLM.

Jim Davidson, President, iWheels Dedicated Logistics, began his career in logistics at the Ford Motor Company in 1963 working in all aspects of logistics for 17 years. Mr. Davidson joined TNT in 1983 and held various management roles including roles in operations, administration and general management for a number of different divisions. He also served as the TNT board member representing North America at their European-based board meetings. He has served on the executive council of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council as well as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics located in Alexandria, Va.

Victor Deyglio, Executive Editor, is the president and CEO of the Toronto-based Canadian Professional Logistics Institute. Some of Mr. Deyglio's roles and responsibilities at the Institute include strategic leadership, program and project development and management, research design, training and organizational management. He is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, and the former General Editor of Canadian Transportation Law Reporter. Mr. Deyglio has taught at numerous universities and colleges in Canada. He has two Ph.Ds.

Wayne Fisher is a Principal in Plexus 360, a company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Mr. Fisher has more than 25 years experience in the North American healthcare industry with leading multinational organizations in the pharmaceutical, consumer health and health technology markets. He has been President of a leading consumer health company and has held senior management positions in sales and marketing. He served on the board of new technology companies and the Non Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada (NDMAC) and was Chair in 1995-1996. He currently serves on the Board of the Council On Drug Abuse. Plexus 360 develops marketing logistics solutions that help marketers build effective customer relationship management programs.

Rebecca S. Jasper, CPIM, MBA, is currently President of JASPERsolutions LLC, a supply chain consultancy firm. She has 13 years of management, consulting and supply chain experience working in the steel, ferrous products, aluminum, health, chemical, oil & gas, e-commerce, linen supply, entertainment, fast food and utilities industries. She has consulted in the USA as well as in Japan, France and in the Congo. Rebecca Jasper is fluent in Japanese and French. She has a BBA in International Business from St. Mary's College and a second major in Japanese from the University of Notre Dame. She received her MBA in Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Alan Law is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. His on-going research interest in structural and cultural features of logistics and supply chain labor markets stems from his years as an accountant in the transport industry followed by subsequent concerns to highlight the complexity, richness and potential of logistics careers and their development. The article appearing in this issue is one of several in a series using data from the recent (2004) and on-going survey of logistics practitioners.

Robert Martichenko is the Vice President of Logistics Operations for Transfreight LLC, headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky. In his corporate development role, Mr. Martichenko is responsible for Business Development, Contract Operations and Product Development. Mr. Martichenko is a student of Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma, has published in several industry journals and contributed the chapter on “Lean Six Sigma Logistics” in Michael George’s book “Lean Six Sigma.” Mr. Martichenko holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and an MBA in Finance from Baker College. Transfreight is a comprehensive Contract Logistics company who specializes in Lean Six Sigma Logistics techniques.

Dr. John T. (Tom) Mentzer is the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and logistics at the University of Tennessee. He has written more than 180 papers and articles, and seven books. Dr. Mentzer was recognized in 1996 as one of the five most prolific authors in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and in 1999 as the most prolific author in the Journal of Business Logistics. He was awarded the Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Teacher award in 2001. Professor Mentzer serves on the editorial review boards of numerous journals, is a past president of the Council of Logistics Management, a past president of the Board of Directors of the Sheth Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association Foundation. He was formerly President, and is presently Chair of the Board of Governors, of the Academy of Marketing Science, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science - a distinction granted to less than 40 scholars worldwide. Professor Mentzer has served as a consultant for over 100 corporations and government agencies, is on the boards of directors of several corporations, and previously worked for General Motors corporation.

Tom Nightingale is the Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Schneider National, Inc. Mr. Nightingale leads the enterprise-wide, global branding and marketing of North America’s leading provider of premium truckload, intermodal, and logistics solutions. Mr. Nightingale and his team manage strategy process, market research, marketing communications, employment marketing, internal communications, and event marketing. He holds and MBA from Syracuse University with a concentration in Organization and Management and a BS in international Marketing/Management from Siena College.

James Stock holds BS and MBA degrees from the University of Miami (Florida), and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is Professor of Marketing & Logistics at the university of South Florida, Tampa. He has held faculty positions at several universities including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Air Force Institute of Technology, and Michigan State. Dr. Stock has been an invited speaker on reverse logistics, supply chain and customer service topics in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Republic of Georgia, Italy, Norway, North America, Sweden, and South Africa. He is the author or co-author of over ninety publications including books, monographs, articles and proceedings papers. He has served as Editor of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (1990-2003) and managing Editor of the Logistics spectrum. Dr. Stock is a member of the editorial review boards of several international journals in the areas of marketing, logistics and supply chain management. Professor Stock is co-author of strategic logistics management, 4th ed., and Fundamentals of Logistics Management, first edition. He is also the author of development and Implementation of Reverse Logistics Programs and Reverse Logistics, published by the Council of Logistics Management, and product returns/Reverse logistics in Warehousing: strategies, Policies and Programs, published by the Warehousing education & Research Council. Dr. Stock has received the Armitage Medal (1988) and the Eccles Medal (2003) from SOLE-The International society of Logistics in recognition of his scholarly and educational contributions to the logistics discipline.