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Speakers for LQ's July 14, 2011 Executive Exchange

(Confirmed and invited speakers)

James Bookbinder

James H. Bookbinder works with third parties and transportation carriers as director of WATMIMS, the University of Waterloo's center for research in logistics and manufacturing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SCL Canada.

Jim's current research involves supply chain models in NAFTA and European Union. Dr. Bookbinder was guest editor of a special issue (Vol. 41, Issue 6, 2005) of Transportation Research E on "Global Logistics;" he is currently editing a book on that subject.

David J. Closs, Ph.D., 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 the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Lieutenant-Colonel John Conrad, Emergency Management Ontario has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer (MARS) in 1987.

After retraining as an army combat logistics officer he has served in virtually every command billet possible in 1 Service Battalion in Western Canada from platoon commander to Commanding Officer in 2005-2006. Over half of his career has been spent with the Army of the West in 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. Subsequent postings have included a year on Atlantic Area Staff in Halifax, a year at Army Doctrine in Kingston as well as the G4 (Principle Staff officer for Logistics) for HQ Land Forces Central Area in Toronto. He has served in late 2006 to May 2007 as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and has served on the faculty of the Canadian forces College in Toronto, Ontario.

Lieutenant Colonel Conrad has previous operational experience in Cambodia (Mar to Nov 1993) with UNTAC and North West Bosnia (Mar to Sep 2000) with SFOR. Most recently he has completed a tour as the Commanding Officer of the National Support Element, the logistics battalion responsible for sustaining the Canadian Task Force in Southern Afghanistan from February to August 2006 Operation Archer/US Operation Enduring Freedom). He is married to Martha Rutherford Conrad and has four children Aidan (12), Morgan (9), Harriet (7) and Grace (5).

John Ferguson

John Ferguson is President and CEO of SCI Group Inc., one of Canada's largest third-party logistics providers. SCI is comprised of three operating units: Progistix, SCI Logistics and First Team Transport and offers significant value-added warehousing, distribution, contract logistics and transportation services across Canada. Its major customers include Bell Canada, Rogers, Amazon.ca, Toys R Us, Xerox and Siemens.

Ferguson is responsible for SCI's national footprint of 13 distribution facilities, over 1.5 million square feet, a dedicated transportation fleet and 1,200 SCI associates. Ferguson has over 20 years of experience in logistics and international trade. Prior to his role with SCI, he was Vice President and General Manager of Schneider's international logistics business based in Savannah, Ga. In this role, he was responsible for several operating units including contract logistics, port warehousing, transportation, and global freight forwarding services. Ferguson also served as Vice President and General Manager, Canadian Operations at Schneider National Inc. with responsibility for cross-border, expedited, dedicated truckload, intermodal and logistics operations.

Before joining Schneider, Ferguson was part of the executive team at PBB Global Logistics, where he held several senior roles in operations and sales. He is the recipient of several awards including recognition for leading one of the first privately led trade missions to China as well as SCL Canada's innovation award.

Ferguson is a graduate of Brock University in Business and Economics and recently held director positions in the Ontario Trucking Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and on the national board for Boy Scouts of Canada.

Virgina Garbutt

Virginia Garbutt, Director Strategic Network Planning and Improvement, Walmart Canada. Virginia has been working with Walmart Canada for over 11 years. As Director of Strategic Network Planning and Continuous Improvement, she is responsible for Logistics Network Strategy, DC Design, DC Construction Engineering and Sustainability. Virginia has led the design, build and implementation of Wal-Mart Canada's 9 Distribution Centers totalling 5.9 million square feet.

Virginia leads the team that designed and pioneered Walmart's first sustainable distribution centre in Balzac, Alberta. The Perishable Distribution Centre features 30+ environmentally-friendly design features, including wind and solar technologies, smart refrigeration, LED lighting and hydrogen fuel cell technology. This facility is targeted to be 60% more energy-efficient than traditional centres.

Cameron Joyce

Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D is a  Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University. He has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University and Iowa State University. Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. 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 TransportationResearch Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and as a research fellow at the Kentucky Transportation Research Center. He has also served as a consultant to manufacturers, retailers, logistics service providers, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and NGOs.

Dr. Goldsby’s research interests focus on logistics customer service and supply chain integration. He also has interest in the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published several articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings, having conducted seminars throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is co-author of Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005) and a research associate of the Global Supply Chain Forum at the The Ohio State University.

Dr. Goldsby has twice received the Accenture Award for best paper published in the International Journal of Logistics Management (1998 and 2002) and the Bernard J. LaLonde Best Paper Award in the Journal of Business Logistics (2006). He has received recognitions for excellence in teaching at Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Kentucky. He is recognized as one of the twenty-five most productive researchers all-time in the field of Logistics Management.

Christopher J. Kane

Chris Kane is the Chief Customer Strategy Officer at KANE IS ABLE, INC. –www.kaneisable.com – a third-party logistics company started by Chris’s grandfather in 1930 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Before assuming his current role, Chris worked in KANE’s warehousing and freight operations.

Chris is actively involved in many professional and community organizations, including the Center for Supply Chain Research at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, the Scranton Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, the Traffic Club of Northeastern PA, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, the International Warehouse Logistics Association, the Warehouse Education Research Council, the American Trucking Association Sales & Marketing Committee, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the American Marketing Association, the Pennsylvania Transportation & Logistics Association, and the Traffic Club of New York.

Chris received his B.S. degree in Marketing from the University of Scranton.  KANE helps consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies warehouse and distribute goods throughout the U.S.  Its CPG logistics services include transportation, distribution, packaging, cross-docking, load consolidation, and inventory management.  During Chris’ tenure, he has led the company from a strong, regional player in the Northeast U.S. into one of the leading third party providers with a nationwide presence in all major markets.

Chris publishes a monthly newsletter, CPG Logistics that offers tips on efficient CPG product distribution.  Additionally, he is an active blogger on the subject of distribution for DC Velocity.

He lives in Clarks Summit, PA with his wife, Kathleen and their two sons, Christopher and Zachary.

Greg Naul

Greg Nault, Logistics’ Manager Nature’s Path Foods. Greg has been started his logistics career with Premium Brands, Vancouver in 1980.  In 2002 Greg joined Nature’s Path Foods.  Natures Path foods is an organic foods company manufacturing a variety of great-tasting organic foods.  As logistics manager, some of Greg’s milestones include: Opened Nature’s Path DC in Richmond BC in 2003 for distribution of dry goods across North America. 

To support a large Natural Food consuming market, opened a CA DC in 2003 to help support customer pick up (CPU) demand.  Opened DC  in 2004 in Arkansas for Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club distribution.  Completed a distribution optimization model with CH Robinson Worldwide in 2005, creating a bench mark and strategic vision.  Moved Primary USA distribution to Seattle WA 2007.  Completed second network Optimization study 2010 supporting an expansion of manufacturing and sourcing strategy.

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Werner Enterprises.Steve Phillips is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Werner Enterprises. Steve joined Werner Enterprises in 1988 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. In 2004, he was named Vice President – Customer Service and was promoted to Vice President of the Van Network in 2006. In January 2008, he assumed his current role of Senior Vice President of Operations, in which he is responsible for driver, equipment, security, terminal and sustainability management. Through his oversight of Werner Enterprises' sustainability initiatives, the company has saved over 30 million gallons of fuel and has reduced its carbon footprint by 350,000 tons in the past three years.

Steve also serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and as a member of the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership representing Werner Enterprises. He resides in Omaha, Neb., with his wife Jane and his two children, Ryan and Brooke.

Steve Phillips

Steve Raetz, Director of Supply Chain integration,   C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Steve has been with CHRW for 21 years and currently provides research and recommendation leadership toward the evolution of CHRW’s supply chain value proposition supporting client sales and relationship strategies. Previously he has lead a team of professionals from multiple disciplines who provide logistics operations strategy consulting, business process transformation and integration, solution design and relationship strategy to Robinson’s internal branch offices and directly to clients.

  Previous experience included General Manager of Minneapolis National Accounts where he managed a team of 60 account managers focused on some of CHRW’s largest complex accounts. Steve also served as the S.E. Regional Transportation Manager for the Quaker Oats Co.  Steve has a BS degree in Mathematics and Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Nikhil Sathe

Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics, a leading North American Logistics and Supply Chain Group. Kelron Logistics is engaged in Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Execution on behalf of its large and mid sized clients looking for optimization, Supply Chain Efficiency and cost reduction. Kelron has been consistently recognized as the leading Logistics Service Provider (LSP) by Food ShippersŐ Association, Inbound Logistics and earned Frito Lay carrier of the year awards since 2006.

Nikhil joined Kelron Logistics Group in 2000 after a successful tenure in South Africa for more than 11 years. Nikhil held progressive finance and management roles with a track record of financial stewardship and leadership in diverse industries. Nikhil embarked on his exciting voyage with Logistics and Supply Chain in 1996 with a Financial Leadership role with Fritz (now UPS) in Southern Africa. Nikhil has extensive international experience with growing responsibility and expertise in finance, management and operations. Nikhil has extensive background in Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate governance and business transformation.

Nikhil received Indian CA qualification in 1986, American CPA in 2002 and Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada in 2004. Nikhil is a member of CSCMP, a US based professional association (Council for Supply Chain and Management Professionals), SCL a Canadian Logistics Association (Supply Chain and Logistics Management Association), and FEI (Finance Executives International). Nikhil has been an active industry speaker in prestigious North American Industry Associations such as TLC (Transportation Logistics Council), SCL, Eyefortransport and Logistics Quarterly Symposiums.

Nikhil lives in Toronto with his wife Gouri. Their only son currently studies at a University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Nicholas Seiersen

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor. 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.

Nicholas Seiersen

Bob Simon, Director of Process Solutions and leads GENCO ATC’s Process Solutions team and has been with GENCO ATC since May 2007.  His primary responsibilities include directing a team of Lean Six Sigma Black Belts, who support GENCO ATC facilities in their continuous improvement efforts.  Bob is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has been the project lead on this initiative since its inception.

Bob’s other responsibilities include leading GENCO’s energy initiatives and has facilitated the retro-fitting of numerous GENCO and customer facilities.  Bob has deployed Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology and was instrumental in securing a $6.1MM cost share award from the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the advancement of hydrogen fuel cell technology.. 

Prior to joining GENCO, Bob was with Amazon.com for 8 years as a Fulfillment Center Manager, Operations Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt. 
Other work experience includes General Manager of the Unilever co-packaging operation in Carlisle PA for Berkeley Contract Packaging and various operational roles with FedEx Ground.

Bob is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Indiana University of PA from which he holds a BS degree in Business.   He currently resides in Pittsburgh PA with his wife Amy and 2 daughters, Alexis 12 and Alaina 11.  Bob’s interests include Golf and anything his girls like to do, Soccer, Gymnastics, etc. 

Tom Schmitt

Tom Schmitt, President and Chief Executive Officer As President and Chief Executive Officer of Purolator, Mr. Schmitt is responsible for the development and implementation of Purolator's long-term strategy as well as running the day-to-day business of the company.

Prior to joining Purolator, Mr. Schmitt spent 12 years at FedEx where he held several executive roles of increasing responsibility. He served most recently as FedEx's Senior Vice President of FedEx Solutions, leading an integrated FedEx division providing turnkey customized solutions for strategic customers. Mr. Schmitt previously was President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Global Supply Chain Services, where he was directly responsible for all supply chain services throughout the FedEx operating companies.

Mr. Schmitt co-authored a book, Simple Solutions, in which he shares details about his approach to management and leadership.

While based in Memphis with FedEx, Mr. Schmitt was very active in the community and, as Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber, led the largest economic development initiative in the city's history. In 2009, he was named to the BusinessTN Power 100, a list of the 100 most influential Tennesseans.

Prior to joining FedEx, Mr. Schmitt spent eight years with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies, providing strategic development and operations expertise for the transportation, logistics, retail, utilities and telecom industries.

Mr. Schmitt graduated with first class honours from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, and he later earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar at the top of his class.

As Purolator's President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Schmitt also serves as a member of the Board.

Abrie de Sward

Abrie de Swardt holds the position of Marketing Director at IMPERIAL Logistics, the leading logistics and supply chain management company in southern Africa with a large European footprint. He has over nineteen years experience in the field of Supply Chain Management, including Manufacturing, Procurement, Warehousing and Distribution. He has been involved in various Supply Chain Optimisation initiatives during his career and amongst others led the Simba logistics team to be awarded the “Most Outstanding Supply Chain Achievement in PepsiCo International Europe, Middle East and Africa” for 2003. He has been employed by Sasol, ABB, Simba/Frito-Lay and Kraft Foods SA. He has an M Comm. from University of Stellenbosch and completed the Advanced Executive Program at UNISA SBL in 1998.

 Abrie is a member of the Supply Chain Council Leadership Team and the Board of the Federation of Supply Chain Management Associations (FSCMA). Abrie was presented with the South African Breweries (SAB) award at the SAPICS 2010 Annual Conference for the most innovative presentation at the conference.

Doug Waggoner

Douglas R. Waggoner, Doug has been the Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics Inc. since December 2006. Mr. Waggoner has 20 years of experience in the trucking industry.

He served as the Chief Executive Officer USF Bestway inc. at USF Corp. He served as the President of USF Bestway Inc., a subsidiary of USF Corp. since June, 2004. He served as a Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for YRC Regional Transportation, Inc. (formerly Usfreightways Corporation ... (USF Corp.)) since January 16, 2002.

Before joining USF, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Daylight Transport, Inc. from 1998 to 2002 and he also served as the Chief Information Officer, during which he led the development of a leading edge, enterprise transportation management system.

His prior experience includes various positions in operations, sales, marketing and technology with Yellow Freight System, Consolidated Freightways and McLean Trucking Company. He has been a Member of Board of Directors of Echo Global Logistics, Inc. since February, 2008. Mr. Waggoner earned Bachelor of Arts in Economics from San Diego State University in 1980.

Colin Yankee

Colin Yankee, Director of Distribution, Target Canada, has been a leader in Target’s distribution network since 2004. He is currently responsible for leading the development and implementation of Target’s distribution network for the company’s first international expansion into Canada. In this capacity, Colin leads and partners with a broad team focused on distribution network design, systems development, distribution center operations, transportation, non-retail/reverse logistics, and inventory replenishment strategies that will support the opening of Target stores in 2013.

Colin began his career as a United States Army officer, leading cavalry soldiers in various reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition units. Colin has held various leadership positions within Target’s distribution and transportation organizations, including responsibility for domestic transportation operations for the eastern United States and leading Target’s import warehouse in Suffolk, Virginia. Colin received his BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He later earned his MS in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

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