Speakers

LQ's Executive Exchange will break new ground in supply chain knowledge sharing - up to half of the session time will be dedicated to a workshop format to discuss the practical applications and implications with the world class speakers and other logistics leaders that attend.

Below is the list of confirmed speakers for the November 10th Conference:

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

  • David J. Closs, Ph.D., LQ Executive Editor and 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...

  • Mr. Czmorek is currently a senior manager of the Customer Fulfillment team in Canada within IBM's Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) More...

  • Jim Davidson, President, iWheels Dedicated Logistics More...

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

  • Alan Gershenhorn, President, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, UPS Supply Chain Solutions More...

  • Thomas J. Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky More...

  • John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A. Dr. Langley is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. More...

  • Tom Nightingale is the Vice president, Corporate Marketing at Schneider National, Inc. More...

  • Kurt Ritcey, Partner, Deloitte. More...

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

  • Steven S. Subsara, Global Compliance Management Leader, Nortel 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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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. Czmorek is currently a senior manager of the Customer Fulfillment team in Canada within IBM's Integrated Supply Chain (ISC). Mr. Czmorek manages over 350 fulfillment professionals responsible for pre sales activities including contracting and post sales activities including order, backlog, billing, and accounts receivables. He leads teams focused on all facets of customer fulfillment including client satisfaction, business controls, expense plan management, and people leadership. In addition, Mr. Czmorek has responsibility for United States Small and Medium Business accounts receivable. His receivables portfolio totals six billion dollars. In late 2004, he assumed an Americas leadership role focused on deployment of fulfillment web based applications designed to maximize client self service capability. Mr. Czmorek has 21 years of IBM experience, including 15 years of managerial experience in customer fulfillment. Mr. Czmorek holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and graduated from the University of Regina with Distinction in 1984.  He resides in Toronto with his wife and three children.

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Jim Davidson, President, iWheels Dedicated Logistics, began his career in logistics at the Ford Motor Company in 1963 where he worked in all aspects of logistics for 17 years. 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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Victor Deyglio, LQ Executive Editor, is the president and CEO of the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute. 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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Alan Gershenhorn, President, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Alan Gershenhorn is the UPS Supply Chain Solutions president with responsibility for Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to this, he served as the company's president for global shared services.

Alan brings more than 26 years of extensive management and operations experience in various US and international positions.

He began his UPS career in the Southeast Texas District as a part-time package handler in 1979. He has extensive experience in many aspects of the company, including Industrial Engineering, and hub and package division management in the Southeast Texas and Northeast Texas Districts. Alan's international work began when he moved to UPS corporate headquarters in Atlanta in 1993 to join the International Marketing Department. There, he helped launch new international services.

Subsequent assignments took him to Europe and to Canada in January 1995, where he served as Region Marketing Manager and later as Canada District Manager. During his original tenure in Canada, Alan helped to restructure UPS Canada's operations, business plan and services, resulting in significant increases in revenue and profit.

Alan returned to Atlanta in March 1999 as International Marketing Manager, and subsequently served in the UPS Corporate Strategy Group, where he was responsible for the global transition and integration of Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) Inc., which UPS acquired in March of 2001, and the company's retail strategy and operations worldwide. Alan returned to Canada in January 2002 as the Canada Region Manager, and joined UPS Supply Chain Solutions in 2004 as President of SCS Global Transportation and Shared Services.

A native of Long Island, New York, Alan received a degree in finance from the University of Houston.

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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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John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A. Dr. Langley is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Langley is a former President of the Council of Logistics Management, and a recipient of the Council's Distinguished Service Award. In 2004 he was honored as one of the profession's top five logistics executives at the Richmond Events Logistics and Supply Chain Forum. He received his Ph.D. degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University. Dr. Langley has co-authored several books, including The Management of Business Logistics, a 7th edition textbook published in 2003. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of UTi Worldwide, Inc., Averitt Express, Inc., and Forward Air Corporation. He is also lead author of the annual study on the 3PL industry, the most recent of which is titled 2004 Ninth Annual Study of 3PL Service Providers: Views from the Customers.

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Tom Nightingale is the Vice president, Corporate Marketing at Schneider National, Inc. Mr. Nightingale leads the enterprise-wide, global branding and marketing of North America’s leading provider of premium truckload, intermodal, and logistics solutions. Mr. Nightingale and his team manage strategy process, market research, marketing communications, employment marketing, internal communications, and event marketing. He holds an MBA from Syracuse University with a concentration in organization and management and a B.S. in international marketing management from Siena College.

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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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Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., P.Log. LQ Executive Editor: Mr. Seiersen is a Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations. Mr. Seiersen is the Canadian lead for Supply Chain at BearingPoint. 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 French Logistics association ASLOG, member of European Logistics Association Business Management Committee.

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Steven S. Subsara, Global Compliance Management Leader, Nortel. Steve Subsara, Senior Manager, Global Trade & Compliance at Nortel Networks. Steve has responsibility for developing trade logistics business solutions and creating a model for optimizing trade compliance, cost management, asset velocity and supply chain security.

Steve has over 22 years experience in Customs and trade management with over 19 years at Nortel Networks where he has been focused on optimizing duty, managing Customs compliance and supply chain security. Steve helped drive Nortel Networks to a leadership position in its Compliance Measurement program with U.S. Customs (> 95%) and has designed and implemented effective duty management programs.Steve recently helped Nortel achieve C-TPAT validated certification with Best Practices noted and actively works with key Business Leaders to maintain its status and protect the security of its assets.

Steve currently works with Nortel's Global Trade Leadership team around the world to manage a divested business model focused on moving all trade compliance, cost management and supply chain security to the front end of Nortel's supply chain.  Steve graduated Summa Cum Laude in Business Administration and received a Small Business Management certification from Medaille College in Western New York.

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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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