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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.

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.

David J. Closs, 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 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 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.

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.

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 is a student of Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma, has published 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 MBA in Finance from Baker College. Transfreight is a comprehensive Contract Logistics company who specializes in Lean Six Sigma Logistics techniques.