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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, LQ 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 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Robert Martichenko is President of LeanCor LLC. Headquartered in burlington Kentucky, LeanCor delivers Logistics and Supply Chain management services to organizations embracing Lean and Six Sigma principles.

Mr. Martichenko holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and an M.B.A. in Finance from Baker College.
Past President of the Cincinnati Council of Supply Chain Management professionals (CSCMP) Roundtable, Mr. Martichenko now serves as a regional advisor to a group of CSCMP roundtables.

Jeff Schutt, Ph.D., consults on supply chain planning and execution for Menlo worldwide’s Professional Services group. He has taught in the management Department at the University of Texas and served as a Partner in the Supply Chain Solutions practice of CSC Consulting. He is also an alumnus of optimization pioneers Analysis, research, and Computation, Inc. and of the seminal logistics firm Cleveland Consulting Associates. Dr. Schutt holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. His insights on logistics are based on over twenty years of approaching it from multiple perspectives: operations, planning, consulting, and software; and in diverse business sectors: consumer goods, industrial products, automotive, paper, aerospace, high-tech, retail, and distribution.

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 B.S. in international marketing Management from Siena College.

Mary Collins Colcomb is an associate Professor of Logistics & transportation in the College of Business administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Holcomb holds B.S., M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee. Her professional career involved 18 years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in transportation research and policy issues for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. department of Defense. Dr. Holcomb’s background also consists of varied industry experience with Milliken & Company, the former Burlington Northern Railroad, General Motors, and two years of collaborative research with Procter & Gamble.

Michael Lane Morris, Ph.D., CFLE, is Acting Head, Human Resource development, College of Business administration, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Morris’ research agenda reflects a multi-dimensional focus. For the past decade, Dr. Morris has explored the effective processes and dynamics for designing, evaluating, and marketing performance-based training programs that optimize personal and interpersonal results in community and corporate settings. Dr. Morris’ specific scholarship interests include topics such as Work/Life Integration Issues, Program Evaluation Strategies, Employee engagement, occupational Stress, collaborative HRD (Teambuilding), Positive psychology, and Appreciative Inquiry.

Christopher D. Norek, Ph.D. is a founding Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting firm specializing in strategy, technology, returns management and training. He has been in the logistics field for over 15 years both in industry with Accenture, Kimberly-Clark, Apple computer, and CSC as well as a professor at both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee. Dr. Norek has consulted for firms including SAP,, Accenture, Office Depot, Cingular wireless, The Sports Authority, Party City, and Aramark Uniform services. He has been active in publishing for journals in the field and speaking for many organizations and university executive development programs including the Council of Logistics management, NASSTRAC, Georgia Institute of technology, University of Tennessee, university of North Florida, and University of Louisville. Dr. Norek holds logistics degrees from Penn State, Tennessee, and Ohio State.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., LQ Executive Editor: Mr. Seiersen is a Senior Manager with BearingPoint, based in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations. His preferred opportunities allow companies to increase value and/or take costs out of the total supply chain. Mr. Seiersen is the Canadian lead for Supply Chain at BearingPoint. He has helped clients across the Western Hemisphere save millions. From strategic sourcing to warehouse layout, from network design & master scheduling to shop floor scheduling and control, Mr. Seiersen has worked with many clients in many industries improve their operations at tactical and operational levels, all the way to advising 3PL strategic forays into new businesses.
Mr. Seiersen holds a B.Sc. (hons.) in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Industrial Management. He teaches executive development courses at top Universities in Europe and North America. He has numerous publications in North America and Europe on ePurchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Cost-to-serve. He is the past President of the Toronto Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management, Vice President of French Logistics association ASLOG, member of European Logistics Association Business Management Committee, and serves on several global journal advisory boards in France.