Speakers

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

  • David Binks, President, FedEx Canada More...

  • David J. Closs, LQ Executive Editor and the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of the Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain management, Michigan State University More...

  • Bill Conley, President, ATC Logistics & Electronics, a subsidiary of Aftermarket Technology Corp. (ATC) More...

  • Jim Davidson, President, iWheels More...

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

  • John Dischinger, Program Director, Integrated Supply Chain for IBM Corporation More...

  • Jim Eckler, President and CEO of Progistix-Solutions Inc More...

  • Claude Germain, COO of Schenker Canada More...

  • Arun Kumar, Director of Americas Logistics of Dell, Inc. More...

  • Tim Maloney is Managing Director of Newport Group Inc. More...

  • Robert Martichenko, President of LeanCor LLC More...

  • Nicholas Seiersen, LQ Executive Editor and Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto, Canada More...

  • Gene Tyndall, President of Supply Chain Executive Advisors, LLC. More...

  • Jonathan Zakary, Director of Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives & Logistics Management for Darden Restaurants 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 Binks was appointed president of FedEx Express Canada in June 2006. His responsibilities include overseeing the company's strategic direction covering sales, marketing, air and ground operations, customer experience and customs brokerage in collaboration with other FedEx operating companies in the region.

David is English, and joined FedEx in the 1980's in the UK. His strategic leadership in the Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent and Africa region, incorporating some 130 countries, and in Canada, where he served from 2000-2003, has been instrumental to the exceptional international growth of FedEx, which today connects over 90 percent of global commerce in one to three business days.

In his years with FedEx, David has played a key role in developing and executing successful strategies for revenue growth, profitability, customer experience, brand awareness and corporate reputation building.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Coventry University, UK, and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Board of Governors for Junior Achievement of Peel Region. He is an authoritative resource on topics such as global trade trends, leadership and related strategic business issues.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $32 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 260,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit fedex.com.

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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 the Council of the Supply Chain management professionals.

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William (Bill) L. Conley is one of the countries leading experts in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Highly driven, and with an unsurpassed level of professionalism and business acumen, Bill assumed his current role as President, ATC Logistics & Electronics, a subsidiary of Aftermarket Technology Corp. (ATC) in July 2002. In this Executive Officer role fro ATC, Bill is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the multi-faceted, geographically dispersed business, with full P&L responsibility for this $250 million annualized (approximately) business. He provides strategic vision and tactical direction for value-added logistics and supply chain services from post-manufacturing to end-of-life for high value, high velocity and serialized products.

Prior to joining ATC, Bill had an accelerated twenty-five year career with FedEx Corporation through sales/marketing and operations leadership -- becoming an internationally recognized leader and one of today's champions of the most sophisticated and technology enhanced integrated supply chain and logistics solutions innovators.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from the Parks College of St. Louis University, and continued his professional development with executive programs with The Wharton School of Business. He is a member of the Wings Club, the Reverse Logistics Executive Council, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and has published articles on building e-commerce and integrated supply chain solutions in large-scale, high volume markets. He has served on numerous non-profit, civic and corporate boards.

Aftermarket Technology Corp. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Company provides outsourced engineered solutions and supply chain logistics services to the vehicle (cars and trucks) OE service organizations and consumer electronics.

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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. Mr. Davidson joined TNT in 1983 and held various management roles, including roles in operations, staff, 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 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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John Dischinger is a Program Director currently responsible for managing the global partnership relationships that the Integrated Supply Chain has established with its key University partners and overseeing a number of key programs and initiatives associated with the development of Supply Chain talent in IBM. Prior to this role, John served as Manager, Education & Training for the Integrated Supply Chain and also served as Worlwide Operations Support Manager for the Global Logistics function of the ISC. He joined IBM in 1999 from Compaq Computer and Digital Equipment Corporations where he served in a variety of Supply Chain management roles including a 3 year international assignment in Digital's High Volume PC production operation in Irvine, Scotland. He has over 20 years international experience in Strategic Planning, Business Operations, Education & Training, Profit & Loss Management, and Sales leadership, all in the High-Technology industry. Background includes:

  • Global Operations & Program Management
  • District Sales & Service Management
  • Manufacturing & Logistics Management
  • Strategy Planning & Implementation
  • Education & Training Management
  • Worldwide Cross-Team Leadership
  • P&L & Budget Management
  • e-Business / Web based Tools & Applications

John holds a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelors Degree (B.A.) in Psychology from Boston University.

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Victor Deyglio is the president and CEO of The 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 (CITT), 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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Jim Eckler is President and CEO of Progistix-Solutions Inc. Progistix is a third party logistics services provider for technology companies such as Bell Canada and Xerox, and through its subsidiary Assured Logistics, retail companies such as Amazon.ca and Canada Post. Progistix is a subsidiary of Canada Post Corporation.

Jim's background includes over 25 years of experience in the logistics field. His business focuses on developing and operating logistics outsourcing services for companies that demand complex, high value services. His background includes business strategy development, operations productivity, and logistics information technology strategy. Prior to joining Progistix in 1995, Jim was a senior executive with another logistics company and for over 15 years prior to that, he was a logistics management consultant in the US and Canada.

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. As well, he is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario. Jim has authored numerous articles on a broad range of logistics topics and is the author of a textbook on transportation issued by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He is a frequent speaker and has lectured at York University, McGill University, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia.

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Claude Germain is 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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Arun Kumar serves as Director of Americas Logistics at Dell, Inc. and is based in Austin, TX. In this capacity, Arun is responsible for logistics and distribution activities of finished goods, OEM, 3rd Party and service parts to the U.S. Canada, Mexico and 45 Latin American countries. In his role at Dell he impacts positive customer experience by providing best in class service delivery of 70 Million shipments annually to both enterprise and residential segments and an improved reverse logistics program to enable faster credit to customers. His supply chain process improvement effort have generated significant cost savings, reduced cycle time and improved customer delivery experience. He has over eighteen years of senior management experience in global logistics, transportation, distribution and fulfillment.

Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Kumar served as Vice President at NextLinx Corporation. In addition, Arun's career includes a14-year tenure at FedEx Express, where he served as Managing Director of the Indian sub -continent and Managing Director of Operations Support for National Hub Operations. He is a recipient of the highest leadership award, the 5 Star, at FedEx.

He received a ME degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India. As an active sportsman he represented India in international Table Tennis tournaments and was also highly ranked in the US in the 1980s. He has served as the President of the Council of Logistics Management for Central Texas and is on the board of Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

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Tim Maloney is Managing Director of Newport Group Inc. Since 1990 Mr. Maloney and his firm have designed and coordinated projects for senior management of corporate organizations seeking to find an edge in the area of identifying, selecting, developing and retaining an engaged workforce.

He has written extensively and has contributed articles on strategic business issues such as creating entrepreneurial cultures, growth strategy, measuring business performance, strategic and tactical advanced sales and sales management development. He has previously designed an entrepreneurial start-up program that assisted over 3000 participants in launching viable businesses through partnerships with both the federal government and major Canadian banks.

Mr. Maloney has instructed in over 1000 seminars and workshops and provided advanced business education through colleges and industry specific associations across Canada.

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Robert Martichenko is President of LeanCor LLC. Headquartered in Florence, Kentucky, LeanCor delivers dedicated third party logistics services and training and education services to companies embracing Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma.Mr. Martichenko is a student of Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma, has published in several industry journals and co-authored the book "Lean Sigma Logistics", published by J.Ross Publishing. Mr. Martichenko holds a bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and an MBA in Finance from Baker College. Mr. Martichenko is involved with the council of Supply Chain Management professionals (CSCMP), the Lean enterprise Institute, the Supply Chain consortium at Saint Louis University, and LQ magazine.

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Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., P.Log, LQ Executive Editor, 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 is the Canadian Service Line lead for Operations Cost Management at KPMG. 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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Gene Tyndall is President, Supply Chain Executive Advisors, LLC. He is a globally recognized business executive, management consultant, speaker, trainer, and author. He has served as advisor to over 100 corporations and worked in over 40 countries. He has co-authored four books, written dozens of articles, and is frequently quoted as an industry expert and thought leader. Gene is formerly leader of the Ryder System Supply Chain Solutions Business, a $1.5B services provider to corporations around the globe. Prior, he was global leader of the Ernst & Young Supply Chain Management Consulting Practice. Gene advises executives of companies in all industries in improving shareholder value, customer satisfaction, profitable growth, operational excellence, and applications of technologies. In 2002 he was recognized as an Innovator of the year by Information Week magazine.

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Jonathan E. Zakary serves as the Director of Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives & Logistics Management for Darden Restaurants, the world's largest casual dining restaurant company encompassing over 1,375 company owned locations in North America and a joint venture in Japan. A seasoned, dynamic leader with a combination of senior level experience in accounting and finance in addition to supply chain management, his background contains significant breadth as well as depth including small growth company experience, mid-tier, and large world-class organizations. A CPA, Mr. Zakary previously served as a Vice President of Finance and Controller for Viacom, was instrumental in the successful launch of internet start-up Lending Tree, and started his career in public accounting with Deloitte. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and is active in several trade organizations including serving as a board member for the Florida chapter of the CSCMP.

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