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Invited and Confirmed Speakers for LQ's June 10, 2010 Executive Exchange

Evan Armstrong

Evan P. Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Evan has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management. As President of Armstrong & Associates, Inc., he oversees many of our market research initiatives and provides consulting services to supply chain participants in the following areas: business planning, logistics outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, market analysis and benchmarking, transportation management, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Prior to joining Armstrong & Associates, Inc. in February 2000, Evan was Vice President of Pricing at Roadrunner Freight Systems, Inc. (a $120 Million non-asset based transportation provider). He has held sales and marketing and operations positions with major providers of small package transportation, LTL transportation, and third-party logistics services. Evan has developed and implemented transportation and logistics systems and has spearheaded startup logistics operations for Fortune 500 customers. He has an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing and a BBA - Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Christopher Barry, P. Log., Senior Director, Infrastructure Planning, Research In Motion Limited, has more than 20 years’ experience in Asian supply management, including strategic sourcing and procurement, contract manufacturing, logistics, emerging market entry and Joint Ventures. A former paratrooper and military logistics officer, he has an M.A. degree in Trade and Logistics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He was, most recently, Vice President, Supply Management for a US $1.0 billion multiproduct manufacturer until its recent purchase by a private equity group. He speaks English, French and Chinese.

Jim  Butts

Jim Butts, Senior Vice President, Transportation, of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., has been with the company since 1978, and joined the company's executive team in 2002. Jim 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, VP - Logistics and Corporate Sales, Werner Enterprises. Craig Callahan began his career at Werner Enterprises in 1995 as a Management Trainee. Throughout his 14 years with the company, Craig has held various leadership positions in Customer Service, Operations, and Sales. In his current role as Vice President of Logistics and Corporate Sales, Craig 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. Craig is also responsible for driving growth in the logistics area of Werner's business in both the U.S. and Mexico, which is a key cornerstone to Werner's future.

Mr. Callahan is a native of Nebraska and graduated from Creighton University in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He serves on the Board of Directors for College World Series of Omaha, Inc. Craig also serves on the Planning Committee for the Food Shippers of America Association. He resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Bekki and two lovely daughters.

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).

Jim Eckler is President and CEO of SCI Group Inc. SCI is the parent of three leading Canadian supply chain management services providers: Progistix-Solutions Inc., SCI Logistics Ltd. (including Assured Logistics & AMG Logistics), and First Team Transport Inc. These subsidiaries serve clients such as Bell Canada, Siemens, Xerox, Amazon.ca, Lowes, Rogers, Toys r’Us, Trane, and Canada Post. SCI is a subsidiary of Canada Post Corporation. Jim’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. Jim is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and in Management Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He 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 Center for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE). In the community he serves on the Board of the Headwaters Health Care Centre and is an active fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Cameron Joyce

Cameron Joyce, President, Accuristix: Cameron Joyce leads Accuristix at an exciting time, as the company (formerly McKesson Logistics Solutions), begins operating under its new name and with a renewed focus on client-centric innovation. As President, Cameron and his team are dedicated to advancing healthcare logistics.

Cameron 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.

Richard P. Kane

Richard P. Kane, Dick Kane is the President and CEO for Kane is Able, Inc. headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dick represents the third generation of Kane family to work in the business, which will be celebrating its 80th year in business in 2010. Dick is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of 12 corporate entities consistently generating double digit growth. He maintains full accountability of P&L for 18 distribution facilities totaling 8.5 million square feet and he leads an executive team providing general oversight of over 1200 KANE associates in all major markets of the United States. Dick’s professional affiliations include the International Warehousing Logistics Association (IWLA), Warehouse Education & Research Council (WERC), the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Vistage International CEO Group, and King’s College Family Business Forum. Dick is the current Chairman of the Board for Marywood University and is a board member (and past Chairman) of Penn & Northeast Regional Railroad Authority. Dick holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton. He resides in Clarks Summit with his wife, Erin. They have three daughters: Hilary (fourth generation working for KANE), Chelsea, and Shannon.

Arthur Mesher, Chief Executive Officer, Descartes: As Chief Executive Officer of Descartes, Art Mesher oversees the Company's marketing and sales, product development, network operations, and customer and corporate services, with direct responsibility for the executive management team. In 1998, Mr. Mesher joined Descartes where he led the creation of the first on-demand logistics network that provides application and communication capabilities for all three major modes of transportation: truck, air and ocean. In his role as EVP Strategic Development, Mr. Mesher helped implement success-based pricing and logistics innovation services, enabling the acceleration of value for Descartes customers. In May 2004, Mr. Mesher was appointed to Descartes' Office of the CEO and subsequently appointed CEO in November 2004. In 2006, under Mr. Mesher’s guidance, Descartes was awarded the International Stevie Award for the "Best Business Turnaround" in The International Business Awards awarded to companies that showed a significant operational and financial improvement during 2006 over 2005 as well was recognized as The Best Canadian Company by Canadian Business Magazine. As a thought-leader, innovator and business developer in the supply chain field, Mr. Mesher is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and at academic institutions such as MIT, Penn State and Northwestern and the author of numerous articles and white papers. Notably and most recently, Mr. Mesher was selected as the 2008 Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient. The CSCMP Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the art and science of supply chain and logistics management. This award is considered by supply chain management professionals throughout the world as the highest honor bestowed upon an individual.

Pete Rector, Chief Technology Officer, GENCO Supply Chain Solutions. Pete Rector is a 10 year veteran of GENCO Supply Chain Solutions serving as its Chief Technology Officer and member of its executive team. With over 40 years of logistics management experience in the synchronous movement of product and information through one of the world's leading retail supply chains and now GENCO, Pete currently leads GENCO's IT , Engineering, Lean Six Sigma, Sustainability and R&D Teams. Credited with bringing innovative new technologies and sustainable processes to the very competitive logistics landscape, Pete's ability to craft and implement game changing technologies and processes has driven GENCO to the forefront of innovation in the industry, improved long term customer satisfaction, and enhanced return on investment for GENCO.

Reuben Slone, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, OfficeMax. joined OfficeMax in November 2004 as executive vice president, 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, Mr. 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 in October 2004 and Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain. Mr. 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. Mr. Slone received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 where he graduated cum laude.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor, is a Senior Manager with KPMG in Toronto. 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.

David E. Yundt, President and CEO, Plexxus: Plexxus provides leading edge business support solutions to Ontario's Health Care Sector. It is a not-for-profit shared service organization with a mandate to provide supply chain as well as as transactional finance, human resources and payroll services to member healthcare organizations located in the Greater Toronto Area.

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BCG C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. GENCO GENPRO GENCO
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