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Speakers, Moderators and Facilitators



Robert Voltmann

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Robert A. Voltmann has been the President and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association since 1997. TIA is the only organization representing the interests of North American transportation intermediaries of all disciplines: brokers, domestic freight forwarders, air forwarders, international forwarders, logistics management companies, intermodal marketing companies, and perishable commodity brokers. Prior to joining TIA, Bob was the Director of Policy for the National Industrial Transportation League. Before his NIT League position, Bob was appointed by President George Bush to serve as Chief of Staff to Interstate Commerce Commissioner Ed Emmett and prior to coming to Washington, DC, he worked for two economic development and area planning associations..

Ryan Bloor

Ryan Bloor, CCLP, PMP, Director, Logistics Services, Celestica, is a sector veteran who has been implementing transportation management platforms and processses for 8 years, with 21 years of industry experience. Ryan has worked in logistics project management, including optimizing warehousing and receiving and shipping operations. He also has experience as a trade compliance manager and 8 years in various leadership roles.

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).

Sean Coakley

Sean Coakley, Senior Vice President, Kenco: Kenco is a leading provider of distribution, transportation and supply chain intelligence solutions. He is responsible for internal and external business development; providing direction for strategic planning, sales, communications and marketing activities for all of the Kenco operating companies.

Previously, Coakley was with Ryder Supply Chain Solutions where he held positions of increasing responsibility within the operations and sales departments. Prior to his tenure at Ryder, he worked for professional services firms Electronic Data Systems and Arthur Anderson. Coakley’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economics in 1995 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; and a Master’s degree in International Business Administration in 1997 from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He obtained the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional designation in 2012.

Kenco is the largest woman-owned third-party logistics company in the United States. Our mission is to be the preferred supply chain partner in North America. Privately held and financially strong, Kenco has built lasting customer relationships for over 60 years. We provide integrated logistics solutions that include distribution and fulfillment, comprehensive transportation management, material handling services, real estate management and information technology—all engineered for Operational Excellence. .

Krista Collinson

Krista Collinson serves as Vice President, Logistics, Ecommerce and Business Development, for Toysrus Canada. In this role, she works with the Canadian executive team on the development of short- and long-term logistics, supply chain and Omni-channel strategy for the business. She is recognized globally in the Toysrus family as being a key global leader in Omni channel, supply chain, technology and logistics, successfully leading the way for many countries, in new strategic initiatives within the company.

Krista is an accomplished professional, with over 20 years of retail experience. She has proven track record of increasing revenues, profits and market share through savvy business and infrastructure initiatives. Her deliberate approach to building businesses and managing infrastructure to support growth has been a key deliverable to EBITDA contribution over the years.

She has proven track record in Canada in the Omni channel space, building for the future and integrating within the retail business to delivering a best in class experience for customers. She recognizes the impact of inefficiencies in the business as it impacts the most important part of the value chain, the customer. She has successfully started up an ecommerce business in Canada that continues to see double digit growth annually.

Her most recent work included, opening a new Distribution Centre in Delta, Vancouver with a 3PL partner, supporting the growth of business, implemented strategic sourcing changes and overall changes to the replenishment model for retail stores in 2011 with a 3 month start-up of 180,000 sq ft facility with full automation and WMS support. The Omni channel growth in 2012 was supported with the opening of 55 store fulfilment operations across Canada building on to the network of the 3PL fulfilment centre for Ecommerce.

In the same year, Krista successfully led the transformation of supply chain automation and merchandise operations, moving the organization to demand driven supply chain methods in inventory management, forecasting and replenishment. This included a full organizational change to a sales and operations planning model, with a customer centric approach to merchandise operations in the organization. With the main deliverable of improving availability on shelf to consumers, changing order cycle times, while driving inventory investment out of the company and improving turns.

Krista is an avid fundraiser, supporter of giving back to communities and supporter of corporate sponsorship of social responsibility. Krista is the Chair for Toysrus Golf Classic for the past five years, supporting the growth of charity event annually. Krista has served on the Board of Directors for Starlight (Ont) from Feb 2012 to July 2013, also served as co-chair of their Gala Fundraising committee.

Krista is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Brock University.

David Faoro

David Faoro is Director Supply Chain, The International Group Inc. and General Manager of Tank Carrier Services, Inc. David has a diversified background with emphasis in Supply Chain, Operations Management and General Management. David has worked in the Supply Chain field for over 25 years. He has worked in the Chemical, Food and Beverage, Office Products, and Wholesale Distribution sectors in all aspects of Supply Chain Management. David has his M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business and his Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics) from the University of British Columbia. David is a Past-President of the Toronto chapter of CSCMP and is a member of the Advisory Board of Logistics Quarterly. David has also taught Supply Chain programs at Seneca College in Toronto. David is married with two children and lives in Aurora, Ontario. When not working, he is an avid cyclist in the summer and teaches snowboarding during the winter.

Virginia 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.

Mitch Glickman

Mitch Glickman,Vice President, Corporate Development, Livingston International: Mitch is focused on leading acquisition and other strategic growth initiatives for Livingston’s customs brokerage, international freight forwarding, and global trade management businesses. To this role he brings broad experience in acquisitions/divestitures, finance, and strategic planning. Some of Mr. Glickman’s recent transactions include the acquisitions of Norman G. Jensen, M.G. Maher & Company, JPMorgan’s customs and trade compliance services business (formerly Vastera), and HiPage. Prior to joining Livingston, Mitch was a Director at Culligan International, a private equity backed water treatment company, where he was instrumental in leading numerous finance and strategy projects. He also held other roles in investment banking and private equity earlier in his career. Mr. Glickman earned an MBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Thomas Goldsby

Thomas J. Goldsby, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, The Ohio State University: Dr. Goldsby has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky (2005 - 2011), The Ohio State University (2000 - 2005), and Iowa State University (1998 - 2000). Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville (1992), M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1993), and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University (1998).

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.

Joe O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor: As Vice President of Transportation at Office Depot, Inc., Joe O’Connor oversees all North American transportation support and procurement. In this role, he leads the fulfillment operations, supporting the replenishment of inventory for more than 2000 stores as well as the contract and direct business. During the Office Depot/OfficeMax merger, O’Connor managed the merger integration transportation team. O’Connor joined OfficeMax in 1987 and has served as Regional Vice President, General Manager, Operations Manager, Shift Manager and Distribution Supervisor. During his time with the organization, he has led transformation initiatives, initiated private fleet delivery for the Chicago market, and mentored key Supply Chain leadership. Prior to joining OfficeMax, O’Connor spent two years as a Production Supervisor at Frito Lay/Pepsi Co. O’Connor attended the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, focused on Operations Management.

Chris O'Brien

Christopher O'Brien, Senior Vice President, C.H. Robinson, has played a key role in driving the company's sales and account management strategies as part of the executive team. O'Brien has global enterprise wide responsibility for all customer related strategy and functions including overseeing sales, account management and marketing. He also oversees several North American offices and the company's integrated Outsource Solutions service line.

An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1993, vice president since 2003, and senior vice president since May 2012, O'Brien has held positions in sales and account management; on-site account manager at a major grocery retailer; manager of the Raleigh, North Carolina office; general manager; and president of the company's European division.

In addition to his role at C.H. Robinson, O'Brien serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota's Landscape Arboretum and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Michigan.

Barb Pitroski

Barb Pitroski is the Vice President of Capacity and Implementation Solutions for GENCO’s Transportation Logistics, one of GENCO’s three service-based business units. Barb delivers effective, value-driven solutions in areas including implementation and project management, strategic capacity planning, rate and contract negotiation, cost analysis, process development, and consulting services.

She provides leadership and direction to clients and teams in these areas and has successfully managed implementation projects and  multimode, strategic transportation procurement events in the automotive, retail, food and beverage, paper, manufacturing, and government sectors.

Barb has more than 25 years of comprehensive experience in logistics, transportation, and management. Her responsibilities have included transportation purchasing, freight payment, project management, customer service, business development, freight brokerage, and consulting for transportation and logistics clients.

Before joining GENCO, Barb held positions in purchasing, vendor payment, and business implementation at Schneider Logistics. She also held management roles in the private education and retail industries.

Barb received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Barb has shared her expertise at a number of speaking and Web engagements.

GENCO is the industry leader in delivering product lifecycle logistics solutions that create efficiencies in the supply chain to maximize value and reduce costs. GENCO manages 38 million square feet across 130 warehouses, and $1.5 billion in freight annually throughout North America. GENCO’s customers include many Fortune 500 companies in the technology, consumer and industrial, retail, and healthcare markets and federal government agencies. GENCO’s value-added services include inbound logistics; warehousing & distribution; fulfillment; contract packaging and kitting; transportation management; returns processing & disposition; test, repair, and refurbishment; product liquidation; and recycling.

Tom Sanderson

Tom Sanderson, CEO, Transplace, is a 34-year veteran in the logistics technology, third-party logistics (3PL), and transportation industries. He is CEO of Transplace, a premier provider of transportation management services, intermodal, truck brokerage and SaaS TMS solutions. Prior to joining Transplace, Sanderson was president and CEO of Clicklogistics, which he sold to BNSF and YRC. Sanderson was co-owner and president of PTCG, Inc, the company that invented optimization-based transportation procurement with its OptiBid software. He sold PTCG to Sabre, who sold it as Logistics.com, and it is now operated as part of Manhattan Associates. Sanderson worked 8 years in the trucking industry, serving as president of J.B. Hunt Special Commodities, Inc., Vice President of Marketing for J. B. Hunt Transport, and Vice President of J. B. Hunt Logistics (now Transplace). He held marketing and IT roles at Schneider National. He has 6 years of consulting experience with Mercer Management Consulting and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has an MBA from Indiana University, has been married for 33 years and has three children.

Nikhil Sathe

Nikhil Sathe is currently CFO of Genpro, a New Jersey based 3PL, partnering with the President to scale this organization by strong organic growth, optimized operations and targeted acquisitions. Nikhil has extensive background and increasing responsibility in Logistics and Transportation for more than 20 years and combined experience of over 30 years in financial stewardship and M & A especially in 3PL asset and non-asset space.

Prior to Genpro, Nikhil worked as a CFO of Kelron Logistics( Presently XPO Canada) for about 11 years, the company he contributed to grow from a boutique shop to a recognized player in the 3PL non-asset place in North America.

Nikhil also has had a very successful tenure with Fritz/ UPS for over 6 years and was mainly involved with M & A in international and North American targets.
Nikhil brings wealth of knowledge in finance, management and operations in 3PL with extensive international experience.

Nikhil has been a regular speaker at major industry associations in the US and Canada for over 8 years.

Nikhil is educated as CPA from the US, CA from India and Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada. Nikhil is a member of FEI( Finance Executives International), CSCMP, AICPA and SCL and ACG Toronto Chapter.

Kelli Saunders

Kelli Saunders, President, Morai Logistics, Inc., has developed a versatile skill set from over 29 years of experience working in the field of logistics. As a well-versed professional, she is not only a provider of sound support to her staff but a thought leader to others in the field of logistics as a whole.

Originally recognized at Mode Transportation for her excellence in performance as a VP of Strategic Accounts, she has been driven by her desire to remain an agent of progress by creating her own company: Morai Logistics Inc.  Kelli has taken initiative as an entrepreneur and started Morai Logistics as an agency of Mode Transportation in 2010. Specializing in cross-border (Mexico, US, Canada), domestic, and international logistics services, her company offers a full range of logistics services that set her apart as a third-party logistics service provider. Additionally, she assists her clients with a range of other services, including warehousing, management consulting and technology services when appropriate.

Kelli Saunders has received numerous honours for her expertise in strategic sales and as a small business owner, including Salesperson of the Year four times (Mark VII, Exel, Mode; 2000-2004). She was also the first recipient of the Chairman’s Award in 2002 and the former president of the Toronto Transportation Club (2010). Kelli recently earned WeConnect Canada’s Doing Business International Award for Morai Logistics (2012).

Outside of Morai Logistics, Kelli is very active in various organizations and events.  She is a proud member of the Women Presidents Club, WeConnect International, and Who’s Who. In addition to learning and growing as an entrepreneur and small business owner Kelli enjoys spinning, running, golf, boating and travelling.
Nicholas Seiersen

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

Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek, Faculty Member, Graduate and Executive Education, University of Tennessee: Author, educator, and business consultant Kate Vitasek is a nationally recognized innovator in the practice of supply chain management. She is the founder, faculty and lead researcher in the concept of vested (also known as vested outsourcing), which was developed in conjunction with the University of Tennessee. She is a pioneer in the university's Performance-Based Logistics work, authoring the industry's first book on the subject, and she currently serves as a faculty member in UT's Graduate and Executive Education. Kate's approaches and insights have been widely published. She is the author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' best selling mini-book series, Supply Chain Process Standards, and has contributed to other management books as well. Kate has written more than 75 articles that have been published in respected academic and trade journals, including the Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Aviation Week, Distribution Business Management Journal, The Manufacturer, World Trade Magazine, Supply Chain Quarterly, and Outsourced Logistics. She also hosts an "Expert Insight" blog on performance management for Supply Chain Digest. She is the creator and author of an upcoming book series on vested for Palgrave Macmillan. The Journal of Commerce recently recognized Kate as a "Woman on the Move in Trade and Transportation" for her leadership in the profession, and DC Velocity Magazine dubbed her a "Rainmaker" for her efforts in helping to build the logistics and supply chain profession. Logistics Quarterly and Supply Chain Digest have both honored her as a "Woman in Supply Chain" and she was honored as a "Woman of International Influence" by Global Executive Women. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals as well as on the Supply Chain Council's Deliver Committee. Kate's career includes positions with P&G, Microsoft, Kroger, Accenture and Founder of Supply Chain Visions - a boutique consulting firm recognized by ARC Advisory Group as a Top 10 Boutique Consulting firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with an MBA in Logistics; she also holds a B.S. in Marketing.

Ellen Voie

Ellen Voie is the President and CEO of Women In Trucking and founded the Women In Trucking Association in March 2007. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Voie's prior role was the manager of retention and recruiting programs at Schneider, Inc., North America's largest truckload carrier. Voie serves on the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association board of directors and was the 2014 recipient of the Frank W. Babbitt award. In 2012, Voie was honored by the White House for being a "Transportation Innovator Champion of Change." She holds a commercial driver's license as well as a pilot's license.

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