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LQ Advisory Board Announcement

We are pleased to announc that Russ Dixon, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, TNT Logistics North America, has accepted an invitation to join LQ’s Advisory Board.

Mr. Dixon is senior manager of corporate communications for the North America business unit of TNT Logistics. He’s responsible for managing the company’s external and internal communications processes, which include public relations, events, collateral and Internet content. These efforts are targeted at growing the company’s business in several key markets, such as automotive, tires, electronics, utilities, retail and fast moving consumer goods.

Mr. Dixon is an industry veteran with more than 25 years experience in transportation and logistics. He joined TNT Logistics North America in February 2004. Before that he was marketing director for VEXURE, an emerging logistics company. In addition, he spent 20 combined years with GATX Logistics and P-I-E Nationwide in progressively responsible marketing communications positions.

He is a graduate of the University of North Florida, receiving both his masters and bachelor of administration degrees. He’s also a member of the Council of Logistics Management and has served in several positions in CLM’s First Coast Roundtable, most recently as president.

CLM’s New President 2004-2005

At this year's CLM Annual Conference, incumbent first vice president, Mark Richards, becomes the 41st president of CLM, as specified under the Council of Logistics Management's bylaws. The bylaws state that the first vice president automatically succeeds to the presidency at the annual meeting that immediately follows the meeting at which he or she was elected.

Mr. Richards received his BA in Business Administration from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, and his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

His six-step process on selecting a third party provider and creating win/win relationships has been featured in Traffic Management, Warehousing Forum, and Outsourced Logistics and presented at numerous Council of Logistics Management (CLM) meetings. Mark’s work has also been presented at annual conferences of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association (IWLA), CLM, National Industrial Transportation League (NIT League), and the International Logistics Congress in Toronto, Canada.

Mark began his career in logistics over 25 years ago with a multi-city public warehouse company, Distribution Centers, Inc. In addition to holding a variety of operations and administrative positions at two public warehouse companies, he has had extensive experience with two Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations, Nabisco and Gillette.

At Nabisco, Mark held the position of Regional Director, Distribution and Customer Service for the Food Service Division. In this position, he was responsible for warehousing, transportation, inventory management, and customer service for the 15-state Midwest region.

Mark’s position at Gillette was National Distribution Manager for Gillette’s Oral-B division of oral health care products. In this position, he had nationwide responsibility for warehousing, transportation, inventory allocation and control, and special packaging.

Throughout his career, Mark has been actively involved with Warehousing Education & Research Council (WERC), CLM, and IWLA as a speaker. He has also held various leadership roles with several of these organizations, including serving as President of WERC and President of CLM’s roundtable in Southern California. He was appointed to CLM’s Executive Committee at the 1999 Annual Conference, and currently serves as the Council’s First Vice President.

Sixteen years ago, Mark left Oral-B to become Vice President of Associated Warehouses, a consortium of over 50 third party logistics service providers operating over 110 million square feet of space throughout North America and Europe. Mark is also a partner in two additional logistics services companies—a freight pre-audit and processing company called The Logistics Department and a transportation claims management company called Western Transportation Management Services.


The Council of Supply Chain Management
Professionals (CSCMP)

Effective January 1, 2005, the Council of Logistics Management will become the Council of Supply Chain management Professionals (CSCMP).

The decision to become CSCMP was made to meet the changing needs of members who have an expanded and fulfilled a more critical role within their companies compared to the role of logisticians five years ago. Members in this field also tend to interact with more people within and outside their organizations. As the profession’s premier association, CSCMP is evolving to reflect what’s happening in the supply chain.

With a broader emphasis on the entire supply chain, CSCMP will provide its members with enhanced content that incorporates the whole supply chain, from logistics and procurement to manufacturing operations and sales/marketing to help its membership deal more effectively with the broaden requirements of the profession.

Following the establishment of an official definition of supply chain management in 2003, a CLM committee of members representing the range of CLM membership was formed to explore the idea of refocusing the association, develop name ideas, and recommend programming changes.

This change reflects on ongoing evolution in the industry. In 1985, the National Council of Physical Distribution Management (NCPDM), became the Council of Logistics Management for the same reason that CLM is now becoming CSCMP. At that time, it was recognized that members’ responsibilities had evolved to encompass the broader field of logistics.

The new CSCMP web site address will be It will go live January 1, 2005.