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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, 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.

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.

Peter Hall is Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Export Development Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Hall oversees economic and political risk analysis at EDC, in addition to managing the corporate information centre. Mr. Hall has been in the economic forecasting and analysis business for 18 years, and frequently addresses business audiences across Canada on a variety of economic and industrial issues. He holds a Bachelor's degree in business and economics from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree in economics from Carleton University.

Rich Moskowitz is the American Trucking Associations' (ATA's) Assistant General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Counsel. He has practiced environmental, administrative and corporate law for more than 15 years and is a frequent lecturer on regulatory issues affecting the trucking industry. Mr. Moskowitz represents the trucking industry before the environmental Protection Agency, the department of Transportation, Courts and Congress on a wide variety of regulatory issues, and presently specializes in environmental, energy, hazardous materials and other issues. Prior to joining ATA, Mr. Moskowitz, served as General Counsel to Wellesley Group, a solid waste transportation company, and as General Counsel to the National Solid Wastes Management association. Mr. Moskowitz also worked as an attorney at the law firms of Beveridge & Diamond and McKenna & Cuneo in Washington, D.C. Mr. Moskowitz graduated from Brandeis University in 1986 with honors in economics, and received his law degree with honors from George washington university in 1989.

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 is the past President of the Toronto Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management, (now CSCMP).

Herbert W. Shear is president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based GENCO. As the third-generation member of the family-owned business, Mr. Shear joined the business in 1971. With logistics knowledge and experience spanning more than 30 years, he has transformed GENCO from a regional trucking and distribution management company into a leading third-party logistics company that offers full product life cycle management services. Mr. Shear serves on the advisory boards for Southern Illinois University College of Business Administration, the University of Nevada, Reno Logistics Management Program and Northwestern University Transportation Center. He is an active member of World Presidents organization, CSCMP, Warehousing education and Research Council, Reverse logistics Executive Council and the Defense Business Board, a group of industry leaders who advise the U.S. department of Defense on best industry practices. He received hi! s bachelor's degree in Finance from Southern Illinois university and has also completed executive entrepreneurial and leadership programs at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon university and northwestern University.

Ms. Carol West is the President of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) and the Secretary of the international Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA). Ms. West's academic background includes studies for an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts Degree in Canadian Studies and a PhD. specializing in public administration and Canadian politics. She has taught as a Sessional Lecturer with the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. Ms. West is a founding director and the Secretary of the International federation of Customs Brokers association (an international organization with members in more than 40 countries). She was the IFCBA spokesperson at meetings of the WCO Task Force on Security and facilitation, and participates in the work of the Commission on Customs and Trade Regulations of the International chamber of Commerce.