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LQ's mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics,” is clearly evidenced this issue with articles written by professionals and logisticians from America and Canada who are leading and transforming business by creating new roadmaps and definitions for leadership in this exciting field.

Heather Cartwright, PMP, P.Log. assists organizations with business strategy planning and implementation support focused on operations and project management. Ms. Cartwright is the CEO of Logixsource Consulting Ltd. She has also held senior-level positions with Ernst & Young, CGI Group and Frigidaire Canada.

David J. Closs, Executive Editor: Dr. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of the Eli Broad College of Business, Depart. 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 CLM.

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 rolls 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.

Terry Esper, Assistant Professor recently received his doctorate from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. His teaching specialties include supply chain management, strategic transportation management, and purchasing/supply management. Dr. Esper holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Philander Smith College and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. In addition, he has garnered professional experience as a senior traffic administrator and logistics solutions strategic planner for Hallmark Cards and Hallmark.com

David Faoro is the Director of Business Process Improvement for Unisource Canada, Inc. His 20-years tenure in logistics and supply chain functions has included positions in the wholesale and distribution, office products, industrial services, food processing and chemical sectors. Mr. Faoro has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia and an M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business. He is a member of Supply Chain & Logistics Canada and the Council of Logistics Management (CLM).

John Ferguson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, joined Fort Erie-based PBB in 1987. Mr. Ferguson holds a degree in business and economics and is a Certified Canadian Customs Specialist and is a graduate of the Waterloo, ON-based Wilfrid Laurier University’s Supply Chain Management Executive Program.

Benjamin Gordon is Managing Director of BG Strategic Advisors, Boston-based consulting firm providing supply chain companies with CEO-level advisory services in the areas of strategy, technology and finance. Benjamin is responsible for leading key client engagements and setting the direction of the firm. Prior to BG Strategic Advisors, Benjamin founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Mr. Gordon received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

Michael Haughton is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. He received a B.Sc. in economics and accounting from the UWI, an M.S. in management science and a Ph.D. in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University. He currently teaches courses in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems, and Electronic Commerce.

Rebecca S. Jasper, CPIM, MBA, is currently President of JASPERsolutions LLC, a supply chain consultancy firm. She has 13 years of management, consulting and supply chain experience working in the steel, ferrous products, aluminum, health, chemical, oil & gas, e-commerce, linen supply, entertainment, fast food and utilities industries. She has consulted in the USA as well as in Japan, France and in the Congo. Rebecca Jasper is fluent in Japanese and French. She has a BBA in International Business from St. Mary's College and a second major in Japanese from the University of Notre Dame. She received her MBA in Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Shailendra Jha, is an Associate Professor, Operations and Decision Sciences, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi, and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Iowa. Dr. Jha is involved in the design and delivery of educational programs for The Laurier Institute.

Robert Martichenko is the Vice President of Logistics Operations for Transfreight LLC, headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky. In his corporate development role, Mr. Martichenko is responsible for Business development, Contract Operations and Product Development. Mr. martichenko, a student of Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma, has published articles in several industry journals and contributed the chapter on “Lean Six Sigma Logistics” in Michael George’s book “Lean Six Sigma.” Mr. martichenko holds a Bachelor Degree in mathematics from the University of Windsor and an M.B.A. in Finance from Baker College. Transfreight is a comprehensive Contract Logistics company who specializes in Lean Six Sigma Logistics techniques.

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 and MBA from Syracuse University with a concentration in Organization and management and a B.S. in International marketing/ management from Siena College.

Robert Novack is an Associate Professor of SCM in the Department Supply Chain and Information Systems, Penn State. He received his B.S. in Business Logistics in 1977 from Penn State, an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Business Logistics in 1979 from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Business Logistics in 1987 from the University of Tennessee. From 1979 to 1981, Dr. Novack worked in Operations and Planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Novack has published numerous articles in the Journal of Business Logistics (CLM) and the Transportation Journal, among others. Dr. Novack is a member of AST&L, CLM and WERC.

Peruvemba Ravi is an Assistant Professor, Operations and Decision Sciences, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, an M.S. from the University of Rochester, and an M.S.B.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Theodore Stank is the John H. Dove distinguished Professor of Logistics at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Stank’s research interests focus on the strategic implications associated with integrated logistics and supply chain management concepts, specifically related to integration, information exchange, and operational responsiveness. He has worked for Abbott Laboratories, served as an officer in the United States Navy, and performed consulting and executive education services for numerous firms.

Alan Saipe has been involved with Supply Chain & Logistics Management for most of his working career, as a management consultant, an educator and as a line manager. He consults with selected clients as the Principal of Saipe & Associates. Dr. Saipe is the Program Director of the Center for Supply Chain & Logistics management, Schulich School of Business, York University, which provides executive development courses. He is also the President of Supply Chain Surveys, Inc., a firm that specializes in corporate benchmarking surveys. Dr. Saipe obtained his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, and his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the university of Toronto.

Donald Tham, Ph.D., P.Eng , is a Professor and Industrial Internship Program Coordinator at Ryerson University, Toronto, for the Schools of Aerospace, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. He has a B.Tech., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Ryerson, University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto in the areas of industrial engineering, management science and information systems respectively. Dr. Tham serves as the Director of Education, Council of Logistics Management (CLM), Roundtable, Toronto. He is also a co-founder of Nulogy Corporation.