Logistics Quarterly Magazine - Volume 15, Issue 3, 2009 - LQ Archives
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Logistics Quarterly Magazine - Volume 15, Issue 3, 2009

LQ’s mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics” is clearly evidenced in 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 ABNEY, President of UPS International, is responsible for the strategic development and management of UPS’s international package division. As part of UPS’s Management Committee, Abney is also responsible for overseeing UPS’s international package services within the United States. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Abney has served on the board of directors of the Air Couriers Conference of America (ACCA), including a term as co-chairman, and also as the chairman of the Airline Liaison Committee. He currently sits on the board of Cargo Network Services (CNS), a subsidiary of the International Air Transport Association.

DON ADDINGTON is Executive Vice President of ORTEC with responsibility for marketing and business development for the Americas. Addington has spent the past 20 years working with the Global 1000 clients developing achievable ROI models and successes. His passion for customer success is the defining characteristic of his leadership.

ELSIE BLAUWHOFF, CPP, Corporate Procurement, Apotex, has a long career in supply management, starting at Robert Bosch, and eventually becoming the only member of PMAC (Purchasing Management Association of Canada) to have been Purchasing Manager at its head office in Toronto. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of waste management, ERP support, services procurement and contract management. DAVID J. CLOSS, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, is John H. McConnell Chair Professor at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. He has consulted with more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations on logistics strategies and systems and is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

JOHN CUTLER, General Counsel of NASSTRAC, has over 30 years of experience as a transportation lawyer representing shippers of freight. He is a principal with the Washington, D.C. law firm McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, P.C.

JIM DAVIDSON, CEO, Wheels Group, has worked with the Ford Motor Company and with TNT in various management roles, including North American representative on the board. He has served on the executive of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council and as executive vice president of the ATA Council of Logistics, Alexandria, Virginia.

DAN DERSHEM has served as President & CEO of LeanLogistics from its inception and is responsible for the company’s strategy, direction, and guidance. Dershem is a 20-year veteran in both the logistics and information technology industries. He has infused a service-oriented culture throughout LeanLogistics, resulting in unsurpassed customer satisfaction and superb customer references. Dersham graduated first in class from Ferris State University with a B.Sc. in Business Management (with Highest Distinction). He currently serves on the Ferris State University College of Business Board of Advisors. He is a recipient of Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s Pros-to-Know award and was selected as one of the 40 Business Leaders Under 40 in Michigan by Business Direct Weekly.

DAVID FAORO is Director of Supply Chain for The International Group, Inc., a $400-million manufacturer of waxes and wax-based industrial products. In this role, he is responsible for customer service, purchasing, logistics and inventory management. For over 20 years, Faoro has worked in the chemical, food and beverage, office products and wholesale distribution sectors in all aspects of supply chain management. He holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics) from the University of British Columbia.

JOE GALLICK, serves as Senior Vice President of sales for Penske Logistics — a position he has held since 1999. He is responsible for the strategic direction and business development in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Gallick is a member of the Council of Logistics Management and is a corporate sponsor and spokesperson for the Penn State Center for Supply Chain Research. A graduate of Montclair University, Gallick holds a BS in Business Administration.

THOMAS J. GOLDSBY, PhD, is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Kentucky. He has held previous faculty appointments at The Ohio State University and Iowa State University. Dr. Goldsby holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, MBA from the University of Kentucky, and PhD in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Goldsby was a Logistics Analyst for the Valvoline Company. He previously worked for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Transportation Research Center.

BILL GRAVES, who served as governor of Kansas for eight years, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

FRASER HANSEN, Director, Business Development, joined Ryder Supply Chain Solutions in 1994. He has since held various positions of increasing responsibility in both sales and operations. For the past eight years, Hansen has supported Ryder's automotive, aerospace and industrial market vertical throughout North America and has been instrumental in assisting clients perform supply chain transformations. Prior to joining Ryder, He held senior positions with several North American truckload and LTL carriers. Fraser is a graduate from Humber College and has served on the Board of Directors of the CITT.

OMAR KEITH HELFERICH, PhD, is a consultant and university faculty member with experience in environmental/ safety engineering, supply chain, decision support systems, incident management, and continuity planning. Helferich received a Doctor of Business Administration with concentrations in operations, logistics and information management (1970) from Michigan State University.mHe received an MBA with concentration in Quantitative Methods, an MS in Environmental/Sanitary Engineering, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.

LUCAS KUEHNER, Managing Director, Panalpina USA, is a seasoned industry leader with extensive knowledge of supply chain management concepts worldwide. Educated in Switzerland and the U.K., he has held a variety of executive positions within the Panalpina organization since 2000.

KARL B. MANRODT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Logistics at Georgia Southern University, researching the role of information in logistics systems, performance measurement and technology. He is editor of the Journal of Transportation Management and his articles have appeared in many professional journals.

DR. MARY HOLCOMB, PhD, Associate Professor of Logistics at the University of Tennessee, focuses on process design and metrics. Her work has appeared in several professional journals and she is on the editorial board of Quality Management Journal and a former editor of the Transportation Energy Data Book.

CLIFFORD F. LYNCH, Executive Vice President, CTSI, has provided management advisory services in logistics since 1993. During the previous 35 years, he was Vice President of Logistics for the Quaker Oats Company and President of Trammell Crow Distribution Corporation. He attended public schools in Memphis, received his under- graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. Mr. Lynch is a member and past president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

DIANE A. MOLLENKOPF, PhD, associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, worked as a logistics andproduct manager for several international organizations, primarily in the cosmetics industry, before pursuing an academic career. Dr. Mollenkopf’s research focuses on logistics/supply chain integration as well as environmentally responsible logistics/supply chain practices. She is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

CHRIS NOREK, PhD, Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, has over 20 years of experience in supply chain and logisticsrelated experience in a unique combination of consulting, industry and academia. He has consulted for Accenture and CSC and worked for Apple Computer, Kimberly-Clark, and Office Depot. In addition, he has held tenure-track faculty logistics positions at both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee.

NICHOLAS SEIERSEN, BSc (Hons.), MBA, PLog, LQ Executive Editor, is a Senior Manager with KPMG in Toronto. He specializes in supply chain consulting, particularly strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations, and teaches executive development at universities in Europe and North America.

STEVE RAMESCU, President, Axsun Group

MICHAEL SHAVER is the Vice President of Gumro & Associates, a privately held, strategic consulting and logistics management company, headquartered in Rochester, Mich. He has held this position since 2000. In his tenure, Shaver has created and implemented a totally custom electronic pool and distribution management software program which was launched in 2001 and has since helped their partners with many distribution challenges. Additionally, he has launched dozens of diverse transportation and warehouse sites in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in both marketing and business from Mesa State College, where he attended after serving as a United States Marine.

KATE VITASEK is a thought leader in the area of Supply Chain Management. Vitasek currently hosts an “Expert Insight” blog on performance management for Supply Chain Digest and has authored/contributed to four books, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ best-selling Supply Chain Process Standards. She is the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Visions, recognized in 2007 by ARC Advisory Group as a “Top 10 Supply Chain Management Boutique Consulting Firm.”

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