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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.

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.

John M. Cutler Jr. is General Counsel of NASSTRAC and the Health & Personal Care Logistics Conference, and a frequent speaker on legal issues affecting transportation and logistics. He is the author of Rules of the Game: Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing the Supply Chain Manager, published in 2006 by CSCMP, and other publications. Mr. Cutler, who has 30 years experience in transportation law, is a principal with the Washington, DC law firm McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, PC.

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.

Till Dengel is Solution Manager for Logistic Service Providers, SAP AG. As the Solution Manager for Logistic Service Providers, Till Dengel is responsible for the solution strategy and business planning for the sub-segments 3PL/4PL, Trucking, Container Liner Shipping and Terminals, on a global scale. Mr. Dengel started his SAP career in 2000 within the global SAP consulting branch, where he worked as a senior consultant in numerous projects within logistics in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. As a senior consultant he designed and implemented business processes within his clients' sales, transportation and freight costing divisions. A major part of his career was spent in a customer development project supporting the development of a freight purchasing internet platform. Prior to working with SAP, Mr. Dengel worked in different DHL organizations for five years. Apart from his professional career, he lectures on supply Chain Management & Logistics topics at the University of Applied Science in Mannheim, Germany. Mr. Dengel holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of cooperative education, located in Mannheim, Germany.

Bill Graves is President and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade and safety organization of the United States trucking industry. Through its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and other organizations, it represents motor carriers before all branches of the government. In January 2003, Mr. Graves completed 22 years of public service in the state of Kansas highlighted by two terms as Governor of Kansas. He was reelected to his second term with the largest percentage of votes in Kansas's history making him the state's longest serving republican governor. Prior to his election as governor, he served two terms as Kansas Secretary of State. In 1991 the international Corporation of administrators recognized the office of the secretary of state, under his leadership, for its outstanding service to the businesses it served. Governor Graves has been involved in the trucking industry his entire life. For almost 70 years, members of his family have operated trucking companies offering a diversity of services.

Renate Jalbert is the Managing Director, Customs Regulatory Affairs of FedEx Express Canada. Ms. Jalbert is FedEx Canada's premiere authority in customs regulatory affairs, bringing to the role several years experience in leading FedEx customs strategy development in Canada as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During her career, she has had responsibility for the carrier and warehouse customs compliance and customs brokerage operations for FedEx, and represents the company on national policy committees. As a recognized expert in the increasingly complex field of customs and cross border security, Ms. Jalbert is an opinion leader, speaker and media interviewee on the subject of trade regulations and the impact to Canadian business. She is an active contributor in industry forums and holds memberships in organizations including the International Air Transportation association (IATA), Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, Importers & exporters Association, Association of International Customs & Border Agencies, Customs Trade Consultative Committee and the American Trucking Association.

Christopher D. Norek, Ph.D. is a founding Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting firm specializing in strategy, technology, transportation operations, returns management and supply chain training. He has been in the supply chain/logistics field for over 15 years both in industry with Accenture, Apple Computer, Kimberly-Clark, and CSC as well as a professor at both the University of Tennessee and Auburn University. Dr. Norek has consulted for firms including SAP, IKEA, Lowe's,, Cingular Wireless, Accenture, The Sports Authority, Party City, and Aramark Uniform Services. He has been active in publishing for journals in the field and speaking for many organizations and university executive education programs including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP-formerly CLM), NASSTRAC, Georgia Institute of Technology, university of Tennessee, University of North Florida and University of Louisville. He holds logistics degrees from Penn State, Tennessee, and Ohio State.

Gary Smith is Vice President of Global Logistics for IBM's Integrated Supply Chain division. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Smith worked at both PepsiCo Food Systems (a 2,000-employee division that supplied 15,000 Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC restaurants across North America) and Chicago-based truck and engine manufacturer Navistar International Corp. He earned an MBA from the University of Detroit and a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in economics from Boston College, which included a year studying in Paris, France, at the Institute of European Studies and the Sorbonne.

Al Zorner, Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc., has over 30 years experience in both supply chain and information technology roles. Included in Mr. Zorner's background are major supply chain and technology roles with the chemical giant, Union Carbide, Director of Technology/CIO at Foxwoods Resort Casino (the largest casino in the Western world), and Technical Executive/CTO for the IBM Interactive Media Group that became the incubator and the premier e-business center within the IBM umbrella. He is a seasoned professional with experience in the various methodologies of management science as well as the application of software solutions to provide a competitive edge and/or operational efficiencies within the supply chain. Mr. Zorner earned his Bachelor degree in Engineering and Masters in Management Science Engineering from Stevens institute of Technology