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Alan Amling

Alan P. Amling, Global Logistics and Distribution Marketing, UPS Supply Chain Solutions: Alan Amling oversees marketing efforts for UPS Supply Chain Solutions Logistics and Distribution. He moved into this role after serving as head of the New Product Development Concepts Team, overseeing the development of some of UPS’s largest product and marketing initiatives. In addition to traditional products and services, Amling was focused on supporting UPS’s Decision Green platform.

Prior, Amling managed the development and marketing of UPS Trade Direct, the first wave of bundled supply chain solutions. Previously, Amling was responsible for marketing UPS’s electronic commerce solutions. Amling helped to define the company’s electronic commerce vision, and delivered solutions through the formation of strategic alliances with Internet commerce leaders and the development of new technologies. Throughout his career, Amling has aligned UPS’s business processes and product offerings to put its customers in the driver’s seat.

Amling began his UPS career in 1982 working as a seasonal employee for four years performing a variety of jobs including feeder and package loader. Since rejoining UPS in 1992, Amling has held numerous positions with the company, including serving as a long-range planning manager for UPS Airlines. He also has worked in UPS’s strategic planning and marketing groups.

A native of Grants Pass, Oregon, Amling holds a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. He earned his B.A. in Business and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.

James Applegate

James Applegate, Vice President Corporate Sales & Marketing, Landstar Transportation Logistics: As Vice President of Corporate Sales & Marketing for Landstar Transportation Logistics, Jim Applegate is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the existing customer base as well as development of new business opportunities through alliances and sales activities.

He works out of Landstar's Southfield Michigan service centre. Applegate joined Landstar in 2009, as part of Landstar's acquisition of National Logistics Management, Inc. (NLM) where he held a variety of positions including President of NLM Supply Chain Solutions, responsible for delivering integrated transportation and distribution programs for the automotive industry.

He served also as the VP of Sales responsible for sales and new business development activity for all of NLM's holdings. Applegate holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also holds an Owner/President Management degree from Harvard Business School.

Dick Armstrong

Richard Armstrong, Chairman, Armstrong & Associates, is a third-party logistics expert who specializes in supply chain evaluation and outsourcing. Armstrong is the co-editor and publisher of Who's Who In Logistics? He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant, educator and motor carrier executive. Armstrong is licensed to practice before FMCSA and FMC. His publications cover the globalization of logistics, supply chain management, transportation operating efficiency and DOT regulations.

David J. Closs

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).

Tyler Elm

Tyler Elm, MBA, MRM, BSc, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Sustainability, Canadian Tire Corporation

Tyler is charged with corporate and competitive strategy for the Corporation and its strategic business units - Canadian Tire Financial Services, Canadian Tire Petroleum, Canadian Tire Retail, FGL Sports, Mark's and PartSource. A leader in his field, Tyler specializes in employing business sustainability as a strategic framework for innovation, growth and organizational enhancement in profit-seeking organizations.

In addition to his role with Canadian Tire, Tyler is a Member of the Retail Council of Canada's Sustainability Task Force; a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Energy and Environment Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Expert Advisory Committee at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy; and Co-founder of the Global Business Sustainability Network, a private environmental for-profit serving more than 20 member corporations with a cumulative annual revenue of $1.5 trillion.

Tyler was recently named one of Canada's "Clean50"- one of 50 individuals in Canada who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism, and was recognized for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility - an award honouring corporate Canadians who are transforming business practices and creating social and environmental change. Tyler has an unprecedented wealth of first-hand knowledge, experience and success at incorporating sustainability into business operations and culture of industry and government. In addition to his experience and accomplishments with Canadian Tire, Tyler was one of the principal architects of the business sustainability strategies at two US-based global retailers, a Principal Strategy Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM Consulting, and a Registered Professional Biologist whose applied research and work in conservation biology focused on conserving biodiversity in industrial forest environments.

Greg Hewitt

Greg Hewitt is President of DHL Express Canada. As President, Hewitt is responsible for building the DHL Express Canada team and leading the day-to-day operations of “the logisitcs company for the world.” He will continue to oversee the separation of the international operations in Canada and the implementation of the strategic alliance with Loomis Express. He is responsible for developing bottom-line results through the strategic management of initiatives and a customer-service oriented, professional and effective work force focused entirely on the customer. He oversees all aspects of the Canadian DHL Express organization with a focus on driving profitable growth as the company continues to aggressively expand its business.

Hewitt brings with him significant DHL management experience at the executive level since joining in 2003. Just prior to this new appointment, Hewitt was located in Bonn, Germany as Vice President of Sales Development for DHL Express Europe, where he played a key role in improving sales performance via a structured focus on sales process reengineering. During the U.S. restructuring period from 2008-2009, Hewitt served as Vice-President of Customer Retention, identifying crucial opportunities for sales process improvement in all phases of the Customer Life Cycle. Hewitt has also held prior Vice-President positions for DHL Express Canada in both the Field Sales and Commercial Functional Areas as a critical player in the strategy formulation and execution of these functions during a business turn-around within the country.

Prior to joining DHL, Hewitt worked at Loomis Courier Service and was the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at the time of the DHL acquisition. During his tenure with Loomis, he held a variety of sales roles of increasing responsibility and complexity.

Bill Horrocks

Bill Horrocks, Vice President, Supply Chain/Logistics at Rogers Communications Inc. As the Vice President of Enterprise Supply Chain & Logistics Management for Rogers Cable, Wireless & Rogers Retail, have accountability for fulfillment, warehousing, transportation, inventory management, purchasing (Cable/Retail), reverse logistics, refurbishment, ESCL Care and equipment repair services. More than 35 years experience in supply chain, information technology, procurement, as well as systems design and development in both the logistics and technical services environments. Prior to joining Rogers, was Vice President of Global Solutions Design and Implementation with a leading Global Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) headquartered in Miami, Florida. Professional Logistician (P.log), Aerospace Engineer, Electronics Engineer.

Michel Khennafi

Michel Khennafi, Manager, Logistics Parts & Service Organization, CASE NEW HOLLAND (CNH): Michel is an accomplished and recognized Supply Chain and Logistics professional who has 15+ years of business successes on both domestic and international levels. His areas of expertise are the creation, the implementation and the management of very efficient medium to large Supply Chain solutions and Distribution Networks. Michel's expertise has been acquired and developed during his professional experience in Europe and in North America with CLE 128 (Supply Chain Execution and Transportation Management Systems), Catalyst International, Inc (Supply Chain Execution), Ryder Systems Integrated (Third Party Logistics.) Michel Khennafi has designed and implemented Supply Chain Solutions for companies in the Automotive Industry (Siemens, Renault SA, Volkswagen, GM, Uni-select, Dana), the pharmaceutical industry (Wyeth, Dade Behring, Eli Lilly, Aldrich Chemicals) and successfully managed logistics projects for Sony, Panasonic, Boeing, Castle Metals, Lauzier. Today, Michel manages the Distribution Network for The CNH North American Parts and Service Organization (NAPO.)

Over the last six years, Michel has assembled a team of experienced and committed Supply Chain and Outbound specialists and significantly transformed the CNH North American Distribution network making it one of the most efficient network in the Industry (as measured by the North American Service Part Conference) both in terms of service to the customers (internal and external) and in terms of costs to CNH. Michel is also passionate about Operations Research (OR) and has designed and implemented many changes to the CNH distribution models and strategies using OR models and techniques.

Clifford F.Lynch

Clifford F. Lynch, C.F. Lynch & Associates: Mr. Lynch has broad experience in supply chain management, having served as Vice President – Logistics for Quaker Oats, President of Trammell Crow Distribution Corporation, and for the last fourteen years, Principal of C. F. Lynch & Associates, a supply chain management advisory firm. He is a past recipient of the CSCMP Distinguished Service Award, past president of CSCMP, and a member of a number of other organization and advisory boards. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles on the subject of logistics and supply chain management.

Walter Kowal

Walter Kowal, CPA, Internal Audit Manager, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.Walter Kowal joined John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. in 2003 and currently is the Internal Audit Manager as well as the Resource Conservation Manager. Previously, Walter was an Audit Senior at Blackman Kallick Bartelstein, a Senior Internal Auditor at USG Corporation, an Inventory Financial Analyst at Zenith Electronics Corporation and a Floor Trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Walter has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Walter is a CPA and is currently pursuing an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Loray D. Mosher

Loray D. Mosher, PhD, Assistant Director at the Supply Chain Management Research Center (SCMRC), in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.  Prior to working with the SCMRC, Dr. Mosher spent time as a Counselor, a Vice Principal, a University professor, as well as concurrently running a small business. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the 5013(c) Corporation Global Education Foundation. Her commitment to matters related to diversity and inclusion are such that she went on to obtain a Doctoral Degree in Leadership for Educational Justice in 2010. Though her originating lens is education related, her contributions to the world of business leadership are exemplary.

Tadd Moreland

Tadd Moreland is a Senior Project Engineer for GENCO ATC, North America’s 2nd largest third party logistics provider. As part of GENCO ATC’s Corporate Engineering team, Tadd is responsible for providing Engineering support to GENCO ATC’s various business units as well as supporting new business development. Tadd focuses on developing and enhancing warehouse layouts, improving facility processes, leading capital improvement projects and pricing new business.

Tadd also leads GENCO ATC’s corporate sustainability efforts. This includes developing and defining strategy, tactical program execution and environmental reporting. In addition, Tadd also provides leadership in new and ongoing sustainability initiatives.

Tadd received his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Steve Raetz

Steve Raetz, Steve Raetz joined C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. in 1989 and currently is the Director of Supply Chain Integration. Previously, Steve provided leadership to C.H. Robinson’s consulting and solution design teams, managed the Minneapolis National Accounts team and served as the S.E. Regional Transportation Manager for the Quaker Oats Co. In addition, Steve serves as Chair for the Board of Advisors to IA State University’s MIS and Supply Chain Management program and sits on two other University advisory committees. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Stephen Rodgers

Stephen Rodgers, Director Global Manufacturing Operations, March Networks, Stephen joined the March Networks team in October 2007, as the Director Global Manufacturing Operations. Stephen Rodgers has more than 30 years experience in Global Operations, Lean Manufacturing, Technical Innovation, and Customer Service in the security, computer, telecommunications, and aerospace industries.

Prior to joining March Networks, Mr. Rodgers served for over 4 years as Operations consultant and Operations Manager for Sanmina-SCI in Ottawa, a global EMS provider. Prior to his tenure at Sanmina Mr. Rodgers spent 2 years as Plant Operations Manager for DRS Flight Safely and Communications where he was a member of the senior management team managing acquisitions and interdivisional optimization.

At DRS Mr. Rodgers made significant transformations to the value propositions, involving the migration of the supply chain to COTS, and the adoption of lean manufacturing. Prior to DRS, Mr. Rodgers held similar senior management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation in his 20 year tenure; here was a key member of the management team that lead to the Kanata Ontario manufacturing location to be bench marked as best in Class.

Tom Schmitt

Tom Schmitt, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Purolator. As the Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Purolator, Mr. Schmitt was 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 Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Schmitt had also served as a member of this firm's Board.

Nicholas Seiersen

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor. Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor, is the Corporate Supply Chain Manager of Poland-based KGMH's International operations. He is responsible for the Supply Chain of the Copper mines in: Sudbury (Ontario), Nevada (USA), and Chile, as well as the new mine projects. He is based at the company's corporate operations in Toronto, Canada.

KGHM International operates mines in Canada, the USA and Chile and is currently constructing the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile and actively progressing its Victoria project, the newest discovery in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Michael Silvio

AJC (Allan) Smith, President & CEO, BCG Logistics Group: Allan Smith has been a pioneer in the development of distribution systems and programs for international corporations throughout his career. With a focus in managing the supply chain in the most efficient manner, Allan's experience in this rapidly changing fast pace environment gives a unique view of all aspects of warehousing, transportation, systems integration, and high velocity crossdock. Allan has over twenty years of experience in the logistics industry. In 1997 Allan Founded BCG Logistics Group. BCG focuses on Centralized supply chain for the North American Market with variable cost "One America" and "Canada Direct" solutions. Servicing major retail and automotive accounts and Large International 3PL's. Allan is very active in Supply Chain Education acting as co-chair of the fund raising committee for Supply Chain Management Research Centre and Degree program at Wilfred Laurier University .Laurier presently has the largest School of Business & Economics In Canada and developing the Premier global SCM degree program in Canada Education system. Allan has a Business Management Degree from Mohawk College and is a past President of the International Material Management Society, a member of CSCMP, NASTRAC and WERC. Allan has many published articles in industry trade periodicals and speaks often in North America at Conferences and Education seminars on supply chain management.

Donald W. Showell

Donald W. Showell is a Sr. Director of Solutions Execution and Standards (Network Design and Transportation) for the Global Supply Chain Services Team, Ryder Integrated Logistics, providing strategic direction and leadership in the field of transportation. Donald and his team provide logistics engineering, supply chain assessments, network designs and solution development for new business opportunities, as well as act as a resource for Ryder Integrated Logistics’ existing operations continuous improvement programs. Donald and his team have engaged in solutions across many verticals, such as, High Tech, Energy Sector, Newspaper and Retail. Donald is also Lean Six Sigma certified and a Green Belt practitioner. Donald for the last 15 years participated and led many of Ryder’s successful integration network projects.

Donald has been with Ryder Integrated Logistics for 17 years. Donald has been involved in the field of logistics and supply chain management for 28 years ever since graduating from Hampton Institute (University) in 1983 with a BA in liberal arts.  Donald in June of 2002 received a Master of Science in International Logistics at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Donald’s career began as an Inventory Control Supervisor, counting beverages for Pepsi Cola on route trucks in New York to Kraft Inc., Breyers and Sealtest distribution.  In 1986 Donald moved to the Transportation Management and Inbound Logistics with Distron (Division of Burger King) Distribution Company managing 25 State inbound logistics network.  In 1988 Donald found himself at Pepsi Bottling Company in the Midwest Division as Special Projects Distribution Manager, and in 1992 he was selected as one of 1,000 Managers to participate in the re-engineering of Pepsi Cola’s Business “Changing The Face Of The Company”.

In 1993 Donald joined Sweetheart Cup, one of the largest paper and plastic utensils companies, as the Director of Distribution and Transportation, leading the Western operations.  He managed over 2.4 million square feet under roof facilities throughout the Midwest and West.  He was also responsible for $45 million in purchase transportation.

In 2009 Ryder was selected by Shell to transition the Off Shore logistics with a control tower solution.  Donald and his team designed, implemented and provided continuous improvement solution support. Donald has led multiple teams to perform consultive logistics studies within the Onshore and Off Shore supply chain.   Donald is a member of Ryder’s Strategic focus in the Energy and Oil Sector.

Lauren Spirnak

Lauren Spirnak is a Senior Project Engineer for GENCO ATC, North America’s 2nd largest third party logistics provider. As part of GENCO ATC’s Corporate Engineering team, Lauren is responsible for providing Engineering support to GENCO ATC’s various business units as well as supporting new business development. Lauren focuses on developing and enhancing warehouse layouts, improving facility processes, slotting and solution design.

Lauren has led the development and implementation of GENCO ATC’s iSmart application. The iSmart application is an innovative tool used to connect operations supervisors directly to the warehouse management system through an iPod device. The iSmart device enables supervisors to remain on the warehouse floor while still having visibility of work details coming through the warehouse management system.

Lauren received her BS in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Linda Wytovich

Linda Wytovich, Logistics Manager, Fresh & Easy

Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek is an internationally recognized innovator in the practice of supply chain management and outsourcing and is the lead researcher in the award-winning concept of Vested Outsourcing based on research with the University of Tennessee. Vitasek is co-author of two must-read books based on the concept: Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing and Vested Outsourcing Manual: A Guide for Creating Successful Business and Outsourcing Agreements.

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