MICHAEL H. BELMER, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montship Inc. was born in Brighton, UK, moved to Canada with his family at the age of two and grew up in Montreal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College in 1972. He began his career with Montreal Shipping Company, as Montship was then known, in 1964, holding progressively senior positions in Treasury, Information Systems and Sales and Marketing, before being elected to the Board of Directors in 1991. He served as Executive Vice-President before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 1996. He is past Chairman of the Shipping Federation of Canada, past President of Mariner’s House of Montreal, current Chairman of the Board of Trafalgar School, and President of the Hermitage Club.
GEOFFREY (GEOFF) A. BENNETT is the president and co-founder of the Kelron Logistics family of companies, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Kelron is one of Canada’s largest third party transportation logistics companies, with more than 110 employees working out of three operating locations in Canada, generating annual revenues approaching $100 million. Prior to founding Kelron, Mr. Bennett was a Director of Operations for Ontario’s largest dry cleaning chain, Sketchley Cleaners. His tenure in supply chain management also includes holding senior level positions in various transportation companies, including Director of Operations at Gelco Same Day (now Dynamex Express), one of North America’s largest same day and rush messenger, expedited and dedicated delivery networks.
DAVID J. CLOSS, Ph.D., LQ Executive Editor, 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 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
JOHN M. CUTLER JR. is General Counsel of both NASSTRAC and the Health and 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, as well as 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, CEO, Wheels Group, 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 and as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics located in Alexandria, Virginia.
BILL GRAVES, who served as governor of Kansas for eight years, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.
WIM LAGAAY, Senior Vice President and Area Operations Manager, Maersk Line, is responsible for the procurement of operations services, equipment control, marine operations, Maersk Domestic and inland intermodal services. He is also a board member for Bridge Terminal Transport, Inc. and Maersk Equipment Service Company. Having joined Maersk following the P&O Nedlloyd integration, Mr. Lagaay has an extensive background in the industry, having worked in Europe, Africa and North America. Mr. Lagaay is a Certified Management Accountant, received his B.A. from the University of Cape Town with studies in commerceand economics. He is a competitive sailor, a military veteran, a husband and father of two.
KEITH MATTHEWS is Executive Vice President and Co-Chairman, as well as co-founder, of Kelron Logistics, one of Canada’s largest 3PLs, with three transportation operating facilities for on demand transportation and a 108,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility. Along with being one of the top 25 freight brokers in the United States, Kelron Logistics is one of the top 36 3PLs in North America. Keith heads up Kelron’s sales and marketing activities, which are more than $80 million annually, as well as leading the company’s Transportation Management Group, responsible for network design, implementation and execution of single source transportation solutions. During his tenure in the industry, Keith founded the Expedite Division of Dynamex Express in the late 80s. He also co-founded DDK Marketing Inc., a successful industrial/ commercial air cleaning and air quality business. Keith has a background in computer programming and systems design and has earned his Logistics Executive Certification from the University of Tennessee.
TOM McHUGH is the Director of Supply Chain Process & Technology for CVS/pharmacy, the retail arm of CVS Caremark, the pharmacy healthcare giant. Tom has been with CVS for over 10 years and has accumulated over 30 years experience in the retail industry managing various aspects of merchandising, replenishment and distribution for grocery, Rx, HBC and general merchandise product categories. Tom has senior level experience in supply chain business disciplines as well as technical expertise in the development and integration of their underlying I/T infrastructure including inventory forecasting and replenishment, POS, ERP, EDI, supplier collaboration methodologies, logistics, distribution, transportation management, supply chain visibility and supply chain financial integration.
CHRISTOPHER D. NOREK, Ph.D., is a founding Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting firm specializing in strategy, operations, technology, training and SMB supply chain transformation. He has been in the logistics field for over 20 years both in industry, with Accenture, Kimberly-Clark, Apple Computer and CSC, and in academia, as a professor at both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee. Dr. Norek has consulted for large firms including Lowe’s, SAP, Amazon.com, Accenture, Office Depot, Schneider National, Cingular Wireless, The Sports Authority and Party City. He also does focused work with SMB companies including Malt-O-Meal, Chatsworth Products and ADCO Products. He has been active in publishing for journals in the field and in professional associations, including CSCMP and NASSTRAC, where he is Education Chair. Dr. Norek holds supply chain/logistics degrees from Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State.
JEFF PARKER has well over three decades of experience in marine transport and intermodal logistics, most of it with Hamburg Süd. He joined the company’s North American division, Columbus Line, in 1976 as a terminal manager in Philadelphia, and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility with the company, today serving as Vice President, Customer Service for Hamburg Süd Region North America.
SCOTT PICHETTEis Line Manager Canada, Montship Inc., as an agent for Hamburg Süd. Scott has been with Montship Inc. for the past 14 years, originally starting with Montship in Montreal, and he now resides in Toronto. He is President of the Toronto Steamship Association and has been active with the association since 1998. Scott is fully responsible for all aspects, both sales and operations, for Hamburg Süd Canada since 2000.
MICHAEL REGAN is CEO and Chairman of the Board, TranzAct Technologies, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1984. TranzAct Technologies provides logistics decision support technology and expertise that enables companies to lower their transportation costs and generate significant savings through sound logistics solutions. Mike serves as Chairman of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and on the boards of numerous industry groups. He is the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee for NASSTRAC. KURT RITCEY, Partner, Deloitte, is a management consultant who specializes in improving supply chain operations for clients in many industries, including manufacturing, consumer business and energy. He has directed improvement projects throughout the supply chain, including strategic sourcing, e-procurement, demand management, inventory management, distribution and warehouse operations. In addition to work in Canada and the U.S., Kurt has worked in Hong Kong, Germany and Mexico. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and an M.B.A. from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
ROBERT SHAUNNESSEY has been Executive Director of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) since 2003 and has worked in the distribution industry for more than 30 years. He was a founder and partner of third party logistics provider Sterling Logistics Corporation. Earlier in his career, he served as President and CEO of Records Management Services and President of Midwest Distribution for ITEL-GATX Administration for DSC Logistics.
GREGORY L. WERNER, President and Chief Executive Officer, was elected a Director of Werner in 1994. He was a Vice President of the company from 1984 to March 1996 and was Treasurer from 1982 until 1986. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in March 1996 and became President in April 1997. Mr. Werner has directed revenue equipment maintenance for the Company and its predecessor since 1981. He assumed responsibility for the company’s management information systems in 1993, and also assumed the duties of Chief Operating Officer in 1999. He was named Chief Executive Officer of the company on February 8, 2007.