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Logistics Quarterly Magazine - Volume 16, Issue 2, 2010


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.

Geoffrey (Geoff) Bennett is President and co-founder of the Kelron Logistics family of companies, one of Canada’s largest third-party transportation logistics companies, headquartered in Mississauga, Ont. Prior to founding Kelron, Bennett held senior level positions in various major Canadian companies, including Director of Operations at Gelco Same Day (now Dynamex Express) and Sketchley Cleaners.

Jim Butts, Senior Vice President of Transportation for C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., has been with the company since 1978, and joined the executive team in 2002. Butts is responsible for the relationships with several key customers in the retail, consumer products, paper, manufacturing and agriculture industries, aiding them in logistics and supply chain systems design, including the use of third-party logistics services in supply chain planning and execution. He is also responsible for C.H. Robinson’s transportation corporate sales and marketing activities.

Craig Callahan, Vice President of  Logistics and Corporate Sales for Werner Enterprises, began his career at Werner in 1995 as a management trainee. Callahan has held various leadership positions in customer service, operations, and sales. In his current role, he is responsible for leading Werner’s business development efforts with their strategic account base, which comprises a large portion of their domestic truckload business and represents the foundation of the company. Callahan is also responsible for driving growth in the logistics area of Werner’s business in both the United States and Mexico, a key cornerstone to Werner’s future.
Callahan serves on the board of directors for College World Series of Omaha, Inc. and on the planning committee for the Food Shippers of America Association.

David J. Closs, PhD, is an LQ executive editor and 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. Closs is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

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.

Alicia Duval
, Vice President of Healthcare at GS1 Canada, spearheads activities to introduce global standards and supply chain practices to the Canadian healthcare and pharmacy sectors. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to increase public, government and stakeholder awareness of GS1 Canada’s mandate, and for advancing GS1 Canada’s standing as an important supply chain partner and stakeholder. Alicia is GS1 Canada’s lead representative on the global GS1 healthcare initiative, an effort to lead the healthcare industry to the effective utilization and development of global standards, with the primary focus on improving patient safety.

Jim Eckler
is President of Eckler Associates and former President and CEO of SCI Group Inc. SCI is the parent of three leading Canadian supply chain management service providers: Progistix-Solutions Inc., SCI Logistics Ltd. (including Assured Logistics & AMG Logistics), and First Team Transport Inc. Eckler’s background includes over 30 years of experience in the supply chain management field. His business focuses on developing and operating high performing supply chain outsourcing services for companies that demand complex, high value services. Eckler is a past chairman of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Canada and a frequent speaker on a wide range of supply chain topics. He is also a founding member and a director of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE).

David Faoro
is the Director of Supply Chain for The International Group, Inc., a $400-million manufacturer of waxes and wax-based industrial products. He is responsible for customer service, purchasing, logistics and inventory management. Faoro has worked in the supply chain field for over 20 years in the chemical, food and beverage, office products and wholesale distribution sectors in all aspects of supply chain management. He has his MBA from the Ivey School of Business and his B.Comm. (Logistics) from the University of British Columbia. Faoro is a past president of the Toronto chapter of CSCMP and is a member of the LQ Advisory Board.

Kevin Fletcher
, Executive Vice President of Logistics Services for Landstar Transportation Logistics, Inc., joined the company in 2005. His focus is the development, implementation and ongoing improvements of logistics solutions that deliver greater supply chain efficiency and cost-effectiveness to Landstar’s customer base. Fletcher is responsible for third-party transportation and warehousing services, freight under management, logistics engineering, and logistics technology services.
Prior to Landstar, Fletcher was Director of Transportation for Menlo Worldwide Logistics where he was responsible for transportation procurement and operations. He has also held management positions for carriers in the LTL, small package, and global air cargo arenas. 
Fletcher earned his B.Sc. in Transportation and Physical Distribution from Auburn University.

homas 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. Goldsby holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, an MBA from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. Prior to entering academe, 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.

Melissa Gracey,
President of DTA Services, learned about the logistics and transportation industry from her father, who bought the company after acting as general manager of the National Traffic League and part founder of CITT. She is now full owner. Melissa studied at McGill before entering the investment business and joining her family business.

Bill Graves
is President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations in Arlington, Va. Prior to joining ATA, Graves was a two-term governor of Kansas.

Ajay Gupta
, CITT, the Director of International Supply Chain Logistics and Operations for Sterling Agility, is an international operations and supply chain professional with over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, warehousing and inventory management, customer order processing and fulfillment operations, customer service, export controls and compliance, and global logistics, in multi-national and multi-cultural settings.  He has worked in India, the United States, and Canada, and handled short-term assignments in West Asia and Europe.
Gupta holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance, as well as IATA/UFTAA, CITT, and P.Log. designations. He is a member of Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL), Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC, now GS1), the Council of Industrial Advisors (Gerson Lehrman Group), and a national director on the board of CITT, amongst other affiliations. In 2007 Gupta co-founded Sterling Agility, a boutique consulting firm based in Toronto, Ont.

Jim Handoush
serves as Co-Chief Operating Officer for Landstar System, Inc. He is responsible for Landstar’s supply chain transportation integration companies — National Logistics Management (NLM) and A3 Integration LLC (A3i) — Landstar’s warehousing, intermodal and international service offerings, as well as national and international account development.
Handoush joined Landstar in 1996 with more than 10 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry in the areas of finance, administration and operations. He has held several positions at Landstar since being named Landstar Logistics Vice President of Finance in 1996, including Landstar Global Logistics Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and President of Landstar Global Logistics.  Handoush holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from San José State University in California.

Cameron Joyce
, President of Accuristix (formerly McKesson Logistics Solutions), leads the company at an exciting time as it begins operating under its new name and with a renewed focus on client-centric innovation. As president, Joyce and his team are dedicated to advancing healthcare logistics.
Joyce is currently on the board of directors of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and is Co-chair of the Canadian Council of the IWLA.

John Langley,
PhD, is the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive Programs. Langley serves as SCL’s principal liaison with the logistics and supply chain business communities, teaches executive education programs, including the Executive Masters in International Logistics program, and serves as Faculty Director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain Executive Forum.
Langley received B.Sc., MBA, and PhD degrees at Penn State University in mathematics, finance and business logistics. He joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 1973 where he served for 28 years, most recently as the John H. "Red" Dove Distinguished Professor of Logistics. Among his awards and honors, Langley served as president of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), and was the recipient of the CLM Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Alumnus Award in Penn State's Business Logistics Program. He also co-founded the Center for Logistics Research, Supply Chain Forum, and Office of Corporate Partnerships at the University of Tennessee.
He has co-authored three major texts in the areas of business logistics and supply chain management and has authored numerous logistics-related articles, technical reports and presentations. He is an active member of several professional associations and serves on the boards of directors of Averitt Express, Inc., Forward Air Corporation, and UTi Worldwide, Inc., and participates as an advisory board member to numerous firms in the supply chain technology business. He is actively involved with business and executive development and has extensively consulted in both the public and private sectors. Langley is recognized world-wide for his expertise in logistics and has addressed countless conferences, forums, universities, groups, and industries.

Mike Ledyard
is a veteran of international sourcing, manufacture and importation of product and tooling, especially from China and Eastern Asia. He is an author and frequent speaker on process measurement and improvement, and was selected as one of the Top 20 Logistics & Supply Chain Executives of 2001–2002. Ledyard is also a co-founder of Supply Chain Visions.

Clifford F. Lynch
, President of C.F. Lynch & Associates, 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 Corp. Lynch holds an undergraduate 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 and is a member the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and Supply Chain Management Review. He is also a member of the Warehousing Education and Research Council and the Advisory Council to the Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee. Lynch is a member and past president of the Council of Logistics Management and has received numerous awards in the logistics field. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, a frequent lecturer at other colleges and universities, an author of numerous articles on the subject of logistics and has written two books on logistics outsourcing.

Valerie McSween
is Vice President, Eastern Region, for Mactrans Logistics Inc., a third-party logistics provider specialized in North American freight transportation. She began her career 15 years ago with Speedy Transport where she was introduced to all aspects of the LTL transportation. She also worked at Day & Ross as an account manager. McSween earned her CITT certification in 2004, and completed an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 2008 at the Université du Québec. She has held her current position with Mactrans Logistics for the past three years and is the Montreal CITT Council Chair and a Director-at-Large with the CITT National Board of Directors.

Chris Norek
, PhD, Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., has over 20 years of experience in supply chain and logistics 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 positions at both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee.

Andrew Paxton
, CITT, has over 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He has worked for third-party logistics providers and transportation users with product ranging from consumer electronics to insulation.  He currently works in the food industry. Paxton has been involved with the CITT Toronto Area Council since he graduated in 1994 and served as the Chair. He has been on the CITT Board of Directors since 2004 and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of Development.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), MBA, P. Log., is an LQ Executive Editor who 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.

Reuben Slone,
Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for OfficeMax, joined the company in November 2004 as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain. He is responsible for inventory management, supply chain operations, real estate, store development, facilities, and indirect procurement for the company. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS, and Ernst & Young. Harvard Business Review published two of his articles: “Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround” and “Are You the Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain?” Slone is co-authoring a book based on the latter article entitled Driving Value through the Supply Chain: Shaping the Agenda, to be published by Harvard Business School Press.

Ginnie Venslovaitis,
Director, Transportation Operations, Hudson’s Bay Company, started her career in the U.S. Customs Clearance industry. She holds her U.S. Customs broker’s license and spent many years qualifying goods for free trade in private industry. After moving to Canada, Venslovaitis worked in the food industry managing the domestic and cross border transactions for Borden Catelli. Since that time, she has had numerous opportunities and experiences on SAP project implementations and gained a great understanding of the total business enterprise. In 2010 she joined the Hudson’s Bay Company. Venslovaitis is Vice Chair of Finance for the CITT, Chair of CITA, and a member of the SCL. She holds both CITT and P.Log. designations.

Kate Vitasek
is a thought-leader in the area of supply chain management and is a well-recognized authority on performance management and performance-based approaches for business. She is the lead researcher and faculty member for the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education, working in the area of outsourcing and performance-based approaches. She is also the founder of Supply Chain Visions, a Top 10 supply chain management boutique consulting firm.

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