Speakers

  • Richard Armstrong, co-editor and publisher of Who's Who In Logistics More...

  • Rick Blasgen is President and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) More...

  • 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 More...

  • Jim Davidson, President, iWheels Dedicated Logistics, began his career in logistics at the Ford Motor Company in 1963 working in all aspects of logistics for 17 years. More...

  • Victor Deyglio, Executive Editor, is the president and CEO of the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute More...

  • John Ferguson is General Manager of Canadian Operations at Schneider National Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and related services. More...

  • Sue Gadsby, C.P.P. C.P.M., is Director, Procurement, Apotex Inc. More...

  • Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President, Sales, Penske Logistics More...

  • Claude Germain, Executive Vice President & COO, Schenker of Canada Limited More...

  • Tom Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky More...

  • Benjamin Gordon is Managing Director of BG Strategic Advisors More...

  • David Griffith is the Vice President, Global SCM, BAX Global More...

  • Dipan Karumsi, Project Manager, Supply Chain Consultant More...

  • Gene Long is president of UPS SCS Consulting Services, a unit that provides supply chain management strategies that more closely align business goals with operational capabilities. More...

  • Charles (Chuck) Lounsbury is a Senior Consultant, and the former Senior Vice President of Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 global transportation and supply chain management solutions company. More...

  • Jason Reiman, Director, Customer Service & Planning, Hershey More...

  • Kurt Ritcey, Partner, Deloitte More...

  • Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., LQ Executive Editor: Mr. Seiersen is a Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto, Canada More...

  • Walter Zinn, Ph.D., Ohio State University More...


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

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Prior to joining CSCMP, Mr. Blasgen served as the Senior Vice President of Integrated Logistics for ConAgra Foods. He has also held senior-level executive positions at Nabisco and Kraft. Mr. Blasgen is a member of CSCMP's Executive Committee, and past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He also chairs the Grocery Manufacturers of America Logistics Committee and is a member of Northwestern University's Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee. Mr. Blasgen is a 1983 graduate of Governor's State University with a degree in business administration.

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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 Council of Supply Chain Management professionals.

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Mr. Davidson joined TNT in 1983 and held various management roles including roles in operations, administration and general management for a number of different divisions. He also served as the TNT board member representing North America at their European-based board meetings. He has served on the executive council of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council as well as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics located in Alexandria, Va.

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Some of Mr. Deyglio's roles and responsibilities at the Institute include strategic leadership, program and project development and management, research design, training and organizational management. He is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Canadian Institute of traffic and Transportation, and the former General Editor of Canadian transportation Law Reporter. Mr. Deyglio has taught at numerous universities and colleges in Canada. He has two Ph.Ds.

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In this position, Mr. Ferguson leads the development and execution of business strategy in the Canadian marketplace across all lines of business. Mr. Ferguson comes to Schneider National after an 18-year career with PBB Global Logistics, Inc., a third-party international logistics provider based in Fort Erie, Ontario. In the role, Ferguson played an integral part in the company's evolution from a customs broker to a global logistics company and acquired extensive knowledge of supply chain management and international trade practices. Mr. Ferguson was a recipient of the prestigious Ontario Global Trader Award and of SCL Canada's Innovation award. He currently serves as the director of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and is president of the Transportation Marketing and Communication Association (TMCA). He holds a Qualification by the Canada Customs & Revenue Agency and is a certified Canadian customs specialist (CCS), a designation from the Canadian Society of Customs Brokerage. He has authored numerous articles and is recognized as an expert in the industry.

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Sue Gadsby has more than 20 years experience in supply and logistics management and more than 10 years experience in travel management in various manufacturing and distribution environments. In her current position, Sue is Director, Procurement at Apotex Inc., a global organization, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company, employing over 4000 in Canada. Sue specializes in re-engineering purchasing functions into a strategic resource within organizations. Prior to joining Apotex, she had similar responsibilities for Bayer Inc., where she reshaped the organization, along with the purchasing practices and supplier relationships. She has been on global teams to develop and implement best practices in the area of procurement, has been an active member on various industry advisory boards, spotlighted in leading purchasing, legal and travel management publications, and lecturers in public forums in the area of procurement, bid law, and travel management. Sue currently is on the board of the Senior Purchasing Executive Roundtable (SPERT).

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Joseph Gallick serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales for Penske Logistics - a position he has held since 1999. He is responsible for strategic direction and business development of a $1.1 billion international business spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Gallick joined Penske in 1988 as Area Sales Manager for the Metro New York Region of Penske Truck Leasing. In 1996 he was named Vice President of National Accounts and had responsibility for major account business development in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Penske, Gallick served as Sales Manager of the New York Region at Gelco Truck Leasing for ten years. Gallick is a member of the Council of Logistics Management and is a corporate sponsor liaison to the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration and the Penn State Center for Supply Chain Research. A graduate of Montclair State University, Gallick holds a BS in Business Administration.

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Claude Germain A successful entrepreneur and executive in the field of logistics and logistics technology, Claude Germain joined Schenker as EVP and COO, accountable for the Canadian P&L, in 2005. Schenker is one of the largest logistics service providers in Canada, with sales approaching $500MM. Prior to Schenker, Claude was CEO and Founder of Cube Route in 2003. Cube Route is an on demand software firm specializing in last mile logistics and was named on of the Top 25 start-ups in Canada in 2004. It has over 35 clients across North America, and has raised close to $15MM in equity financing. As the former Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Grocery Gateway Inc; President of the operating division for PEP International Logistics; and a management consultant, specializing in distribution, for The Boston Consulting Group, Claude has extensive experience in building successful logistics organizations. In 2002, Claude and the management team at Grocery Gateway received the Top Logistics Company in Canada award. Claude holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Physics from Queen's University.

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Thomas J. Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Professor Goldsby's areas of research include logistics strategy and supply chain integration. He has served as a logistics analyst and researcher in the corporate and public sectors and has received awards for his teaching and research. He has published articles in several academic and professional journals including the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Management Science, Supply Chain Management Review and Journal of Operations Management. He currently serves as a member of the Council of Logistics Management, American Society of Transportation and Logistics, and Warehousing Education and Research Council.

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Benjamin Gordon is Managing Director of BG Strategic Advisors, Boston-based consulting firm providing supply chain companies with CEO-level advisory services in the areas of strategy, technology and finance. Benjamin is responsible for leading key client engagements and setting the direction of the firm. Prior to BG Strategic Advisors, Benjamin founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Mr. Gordon received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

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Mr. Griffith holds overall responsibility of the Business development, Solution Design, and implementation processes of global supply chain solutions spanning multiple geographic regions. Over the past year and a half, he has been focused on developing strategic global relationships and enhancing the solutions capabilities through close coordination with BAX's technology group. Mr Griffith joined the BAX Global Supply Chain Management team in 2001. Prior to BAX, Mr. Griffith served as VP of Global Operations for Speedchain, Inc. and Global Account Executive for Fritz Companies. He worked extensively in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Mexico on complete logistics and supply chain management solutions.

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Dipan Karumsi is currently working with IBM as a Project Manager and Supply Chain Consultant with a focus around International Logistics, Global Sourcing and Customs Compliance. His most recent assignment included work in IBM's Integrated Supply Chain Division, where he managed various supply chain projects related to global trade management. He received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Management and Logistics, and completed his MBA in Finance at Ohio State University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is a Licensed Customs Broker with US Customs.

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Mr. Long brings to UPS SCS Consulting Services more than 30 years of extensive supply chain management expertise in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining UPS, he served as global director of supply chain consulting for Ernst & Young, and as president and chief operations officer with SiteStuff.com, an internet-based marketplace for commercial real estate operators. In addition, Long was the director of worldwide logistics at Dell Computer, where he was responsible for physical distribution, remote inventory and delivery activities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Long also served as vice president of global logistics for Burlington Air Express, where he created a third-party logistics company serving clients around the world. Prior to that, Long has held corporate transportation and procurement management positions with Intergraph Corporation, Harris Corporation and McDermott, Inc. He started his career as an auditor with Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust.

Mr. Long holds a bachelor's degree in business from Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga., has completed graduate studies at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and holds professional certifications in logistics, transportation and financial operations.

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Charles B. (Chuck) Lounsbury is a dynamic and charismatic Executive with over 30 years of experience leading multinational corporations in the logistics, construction, and consumer products industries. His many roles in the public, private and government sectors have included CEO, COO, CMO and CIO as well as University Professor.

He joined Ryder Systems in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Global Customer Solutions. Subsequently, he served as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Acquisitions, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Senior Vice President of Electronics, High Tech and Consumer Industry groups.

Before Ryder, Mr. Lounsbury was President and Chief Executive Officer of Skyway Freight Systems, a broad-based provider of supply chain management services to the high technology, retail and electronic commerce industries, formerly a division of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Prior to Skyway, Mr. Lounsbury was part of Toro's three-member Office of the President. Where he was responsible for research and development, manufacturing, procurement, logistics, information technology, customer service and the international division.

Mr. Lounsbury also served Leaseway Transportation Corp. (now part of Penske Logistics) in a number of senior executive positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Lounsbury is a sought after speaker at industry events and has written numerous articles on marketing and logistics . His views have been quoted by prominent trade and professional publications including Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal.

A former Professor of Marketing, he has served on the executive faculty at Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, University of British Columbia, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. He also was an adjunct professor of leadership and business ethics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and their First Executive in Residence as well as Chairman of their Global Business Advisory Council.

Mr. Lounsbury was elected to the College of Business Hall of Fame at Southern Illinois University and serves on its Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Transportation Center of Northwestern University, and has served on the boards of several other corporate, academic, and non-profit organizations. He has also been active in Big Brothers, Junior Achievement, Outward Bound, and United Way. Mr. Lounsbury received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and did his graduate work at the University of Rhode Island.

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Kurt Ritcey, Partner, Deloitte. Mr. Ritcey is a management consultant and specializes in improving supply chain operations for clients in many industries including manufacturing, consumer business and energy. He has directed improvement projects throughout the supply chain including: strategic sourcing, e-procurement, demand management, inventory management, distribution and warehouse operations. Mr. Ritcey leads Deloitte's Canadian Sourcing and Procurement practice, focusing on assisting clients to improve business results by implementing strategic sourcing, procurement transformation, supplier relationship management and electronic procurement solutions. In addition to work in Canada and the U.S., Kurt has worked in Hong Kong, Germany and Mexico. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Civil Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

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Jason Reiman is the Director, Customer Service & Planning at The Hershey Company. He was held positions in Production Planning, Inventory Management, and Demand Planning. He has been a leader of the company's Sales & Operations Planning process since it was initially implemented in 2002. Prior to working for The Hershey Company, Jason was a Supply Chain Consultant for Manugistics, Inc. Jason graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Business Logistics.

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Nicholas Seiersen B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., P.Log. LQ Executive Editor: Mr. Seiersen is a Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto, Ontario. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations. 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 written for 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, (now CSCMP), Vice President of the French Logistics association (ASLOG), and a member of the European Logistics Association business Management committee.

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Walter Zinn, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Professor Zinn's research interests focus primarily on the impact of customer service policies on the determination of safety stocks. As part of this focus, his research addresses issues such as the effects of inventory centralization and sales forecasting on safety stocks, logistics partnerships and, more recently, consumer reactions to stockouts. Professor Zinn is also interested in logistics issues in Latin America and received a logistics innovation award from the Latin American Logistics Center. His research has been published in such academic journals as the Journal of Business Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, The International Journal of Logistics Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Business Horizons. Professor Zinn is also a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Business Logistics and The International Journal of Logistics Management. He recently completed two studies for the World Bank, both discussing supply chain management problems generated by imperfections in public policy, and works regularly with the business community as a speaker at logistics conferences and meetings in the United States, Brazil and other countries in Latin America.

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