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Invited and Confirmed Speakers for LQ’s December 2nd Executive Exchange
Graham Allen

Graham Allen is a Senior Program Manager with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, BPS Supply Chain Secretariat. Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance Mr. Allen was the Corporate Manager Land Transportation for Falconbridge Limited. In addition to his Falconbridge responsibilities he was Chair of the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) and prior to that Chair of the Canadian Shippers Council. He is a recipient of the Supply Chain Executive of the Year award for his team's regulatory re-write of the Shipping Conferences Exemption Act, which partially deregulated the Canadian ocean shipping container market. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, a P.Log and currently on the national Board of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

Richard Armstrong

Richard Armstrong, Chairman, Armstrong & Associates, 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? He has over 20 years experience as a consultant, educator and motor carrier executive. Dick is licensed to practice before FMCSA and FMC. His publications cover the globalization of logistics, supply chain management, transportation operating efficiency and DOT regulations.

Jim  Butts

Jim Butts, 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.

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).

Casey Chroust

Casey Chroust leads RILA’s efforts in the association's five key retail disciplines: supply chain, finance, human resources, asset protection, and enterprise issues, which includes sustainability, product safety and IT. He manages all best practice, benchmarking and research initiatives as well as educational programming and executive networking to promote operational excellence within the industry. Chroust works intimately with retailer, product manufacturer and service provider executives while managing RILA’s executive leader councils and steering committees.

Prior to joining RILA in 2007, Chroust spent a decade at BearingPoint, formerly KPMG Consulting, in their retail management consulting practice. In this capacity, he consulted with numerous Fortune 500 retail companies and their senior executives on various strategic initiatives within store operations, supply chain, merchandising and store development. Chroust developed BearingPoint’s retail supply chain event management and retail store development solutions. He lived overseas for several years working for international retailers in England, Peru and Thailand.

Recognized as one of the leading retail experts in the U.S., Chroust has been quoted in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and appeared in several television segments, including media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Women’s Wear Daily, Mass Market Retailers, Fox News, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been a featured speaker at numerous retail conferences and events.

From 1997 to 2000, Chroust served on the Board of Trustees for Denison University, his alma mater.

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson, President, DART Supply Chain Solutions. Prior to moving into the service provider sector Mr. Davidson worked within the manufacturing industry, beginning in 1963 with the Ford Motor Company. With seventeen years of experience gained in all aspects of logistics, he joined TNT in 1983 as a regional manager and progressed quickly to the position of President and CEO of North America. In 2001 he accepted an invitation to join the Wheels Group where he served as CEO, a position he held until his recent merger with DART. In addition to his executive management duties, Mr. Davidson has served on the executive of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council and as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics. He is currently Chairman of the Logistics Institute.

Jim Eckler

Jim Eckler, President and CEO, SCI Group.

Jim’s background includes over 30 years of experience in the supply chain management field. He focuses on developing and operating high performing supply chain outsourcing services for companies that demand complex, high value services. Prior to joining SCI Group, he was a Vice President for another 3PL firm and prior to that had over 15 years experience as a supply chain management consultant for many leading North American firms.

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 as Treasurer of the Headwaters Health Care Centre and is an active fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Thomas Goldsby

Thomas Goldsby PhD. is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Kentucky. He has held previous faculty appointments at The Ohio State University and Iowa State University. Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Goldsby was a Logistics Analyst for the Valvoline Company. He previously worked for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Transportation Research Center. He has also served as a consultant to manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers. Dr. Goldsby’s research interests focus on logistics customer service and supply chain integration. He also has interest in the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published several articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings. He is co-author of Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005). Dr. Goldsby has twice received the Accenture Award for best paper published each year in the International Journal of Logistics Management (1998 and 2002) and has received recognitions for excellence in teaching at Iowa State University and The Ohio State University.

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.

Derek J. Leathers

Derek J. Leathers, Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises President of Werner Global Logistics: Derek has worked in the international logistics industry for nearly 20 years and was an integral part of many facets of the transportation portions of the NAFTA implementation process throughout the past two decades. Mr. Leathers has served as an advisor for two US ambassadors to Mexico as well as serving on the American Trucking Association's Cross-Border Advisory Committee for North America. Mr. Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association (CANACAR) and has successfully led the launch of multiple new logistics products in low-cost countries. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Mr. Leathers was Vice President of Schneider National's Mexico operation, and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Most recently, he helped guide Werner’s expansion into Asia. Mr. Leathers is a native of Texas, and holds an Economics degree from Princeton University. Mr. Leathers serves as Vice President to the not-for-profit organization, ‘PlaySmart’.

Clifford F. Lynch

Clifford F. Lynch is Executive Vice President of CTSI. 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.

Peter McMahon

Peter McMahon, Executive Vice-President, Supply Chain and Information Technology, has accountability for the timely and cost effective flow of product from the suppliers to the stores, as well as the company’s information technology systems and projects. Mr. McMahon joined Loblaw Companies Limited in February 2006, bringing with him an already distinguished career in the retail business spanning more than thirty years, the last twenty-three in Supply Chain services. Beginning with small independent retailers in the United Kingdom, Peter went on to assume positions of increased responsibility with both Sainsbury and Tesco and a large global retailer. Mr. McMahon has worked his entire career in retail and supply chain, and has spoken frequently about logistics and physical distribution in a number of forums.

Philippe Richer

Philippe Richer, Philippe Richer, Deputy Director, Service Industries and Consumer Product Branch, Industry Canada, Government of Canada. Philippe has been managing the supply chain management and logistics innovation research initiatives at Industry Canada since May 2002. In that function, he is responsible for developing and coordinating research and policy related to e-business and supply chain innovation, smart borders, skills, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Key Performance Indicators and global sourcing. Prior to joining Industry Canada, Philippe held different supply chain analytical functions at Michelin in France as well as at Nortel Networks and Plats du Chef in Canada and Europe. He holds a bachelors degree in Operation and Production Management as well as an International MBA in information systems.

Paul Ragan

Paul Ragan, Senior Vice President, Operations, SCI Group. Paul’s background includes over 30 years of experience operating supply chain related businesses in the retailing and 3PL sectors. He puts his experience to use in the delivery of strategic, tactical and business solutions to drive profitability and service expansion. Paul is directly responsible for all of SCI’s operations focusing on ensuring a consolidated and cohesive operations team.

Prior to joining SCI in April 2005, Paul held senior executive positions at several distribution and third party logistics companies. Prior to that time Paul was president of a company providing distribution and transportation services to a Canadian specialty store retailer and was the director of distribution for Hudson’s Bay Co.

Paul holds a Business Management degree from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Nikhil Sathe

Nikhil Sathe Nikhil Sathe, is the CFO of Kelron Logistics, a leading North American Logistics and Supply Chain Group. Kelron Logistics is engaged in Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Execution on behalf of its large and mid sized clients looking for optimization, Supply Chain Efficiency and cost reduction. Kelron has been consistently recognized as the leading Logistics Service Provider (LSP) by Food ShippersŐ Association, Inbound Logistics and earned Frito Lay carrier of the year awards since 2006.

Nikhil joined Kelron Logistics Group in 2000 after a successful tenure in South Africa for more than 11 years. Nikhil held progressive finance and management roles with a track record of financial stewardship and leadership in diverse industries. Nikhil embarked on his exciting voyage with Logistics and Supply Chain in 1996 with a Financial Leadership role with Fritz (now UPS) in Southern Africa. Nikhil has extensive international experience with growing responsibility and expertise in finance, management and operations. Nikhil has extensive background in Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate governance and business transformation.

Nikhil received Indian CA qualification in 1986, American CPA in 2002 and Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada in 2004. Nikhil is a member of CSCMP, a US based professional association (Council for Supply Chain and Management Professionals), SCL a Canadian Logistics Association (Supply Chain and Logistics Management Association), and FEI (Finance Executives International). Nikhil has been an active industry speaker in prestigious North American Industry Associations such as TLC (Transportation Logistics Council), SCL, Eyefortransport and Logistics Quarterly Symposiums.

Nikhil lives in Toronto with his wife Gouri. Their only son currently studies at a University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Nicholas Seiersen

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.

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