LQ’s mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics” is clearly evidenced in 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.

Graham Allen is a Program Manager with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, BPS Supply Chain Secretariat. Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance Mr. Allen was the Corporate Manager Land Transportation for Falconbridge Limited. In addition to his Falconbridge responsibilities he was Chair of the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) and prior to that Chair of the Canadian Shippers Council. He is a recipient of the Supply Chain Executive of the Year award for his team's regulatory re-write of the Shipping Conferences Exemption Act, which partially deregulated the Canadian ocean shipping container market.

David J. Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, is John H. McConnell Chair Professor at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. He has consulted with more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations on logistics strategies and systems and is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

John Cutler, General Counsel of NASSTRAC, has over 30 years experience as a transportation lawyer representing shippers of freight. He is a principal with the Washington, D.C., law firm McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, P.C.

Bruce Danielson, Executive Communications Manager, UPS.  Mr. Danielson is responsible for developing strategic messages and event opportunities for UPS senior executives that support UPS’s growth, brand/reputation, thought leadership, employee relations and policy goals. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a degree in Public Relations. He has spent his 26-year professional career in the field of corporate communications, specializing in executive communications.

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 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.

David Faoro is Director of Supply Chain for The International Group, Inc., a $400-million manufacturer of waxes and wax-based industrial products. In this role, he is responsible for customer service, purchasing, logistics and inventory management. For over 20 years, David has worked in the chemical, food and beverage, office products and wholesale distribution sectors in all aspects of supply chain management. He holds an MBA. from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics) from the University of British Columbia. A Past-President of the Toronto chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and a member of the Advisory Board of Logistics Quarterly, David is married with two children and lives in Aurora, Ontario.

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.

Kenneth Johnson is the President and CEO of Shippers Warehouse, Inc., a Dallas based provider of supply chain solutions.  Shippers Warehouse is the largest and oldest independently owned asset-based 3PL in the southwest United States, with 11 facilities comprising over 4,500,000 square ft. in Texas and 500,000 square ft. in Georgia.

Derek J. Leathers is Chief Operating Officer, Werner Enterprises and President, Werner Global Logistics. Derek has worked in the international logistics industry for nearly 20 years and was an integral part of many facets of the transportation portions of the NAFTA implementation process throughout the past two decades. Mr. Leathers has served as an advisor for two US ambassadors to Mexico as well as serving on the American Trucking Association's Cross-Border Advisory Committee for North America. Mr. Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association (CANACAR) and has successfully led the launch of multiple new logistics products in low-cost countries. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Mr. Leathers was Vice President of Schneider National's Mexico operation, and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Most recently, he helped guide Werner’s expansion into Asia. Mr. Leathers is a native of Texas, and holds an Economics degree from Princeton University. Mr. Leathers serves as Vice President to the not-for-profit organization, ‘PlaySmart’.

Clifford F. Lynch, Executive Vice President, CTSI, has provided management advisory services in logistics since 1993. During the previous thirty-five years, he was Vice President– Logistics for the Quaker Oats Company and President of Trammell Crow Distribution Corporation. He attended public schools in Memphis, received his under- graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. Mr. Lynch is a member and past president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and has received numerous awards in the field of logistics. He is an adjunct at the University of Memphis and a frequent lecturer at other colleges and universities.

Robert Martichenko is President of LeanCor LLC.  LeanCor delivers Lean training, consulting, third party logistics and supply chain services. Robert has years of supply chain, logistics and Lean implementation experience. This experience includes multiple Lean Supply Chain implementations supporting successful organizations including Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Robert complements his professional experience with a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor, an MBA in Finance from Baker College and is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt.

Chris Norek, PhD, has 15 years of experience in supply chain and logistics-related consulting for companies such as Computer Sciences Corporation and Accenture. He spent three years as a professor of logistics and transportation, and has worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Apple Computer and Office Depot as well as independent consulting for amazon.com, Aramark Uniform Services, The Sports Authority and Accenture/Andersen Consulting.

Jeff Russell, Chief Information Officer, Majestic Steel USA., has more than 15 years experience in the Information Technology working as a consultant and executive, in the Manufacturing, Distribution, Healthcare and Retail industries. Mr. Russell has a BS in Computer Information System from California State LA, Certified Security+ Specialist.

Warren Sarafinchan, CITT, has over 15 years of experience managing supply chain operations with a focus in the consumer packaged food and beverage industry.  He is currently the Supply Chain Director for Mars Canada Inc., located in Bolton Ontario. He obtained his professional designation from the CITT in 1995, and is already in his fourth year as a member of the national Board of Directors.  Additionally, Mr. Sarafinchan is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Supply Chain Management program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. 

Tom Sanderson is President and CEO of Transplace, a leading provider of logistics technology and transportation management services. Since 2003, Mr. Sanderson has led Transplace to substantial success and continued growth. Headquartered in the Dallas area, the company serves a large and rapidly growing customer base of more than 500 manufacturers, retailers and food & beverage companies. He has a master’s in business from Indiana University and is the co-author of numerous articles and a book – Creating Profitability: The Sales and Marketing Challenge – as well as a frequent speaker at industry events.

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 and 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).

Oliver Silver, Director Marketing, Ryder Canada, began his transportation and logistics career with Hertz and Ryder in the U.K. in progressively senior sales, operations and general management roles. In 1981, he moved to Canada, and was Ryder Canada’s General Manager in Quebec, Western Canada, and Toronto, prior to national roles in marketing, sales, pricing, asset management and customer retention. Mr. Silver, a B.Sc. from Leeds University, and a P.Log member, is a frequently published writer.

Ellen Voie is President, Women in Trucking. Inc. Previously, she was Manager of Retention and Recruiting at Schneider National, North America's largest truckload carrier. She has been Director of Trucker Buddy International, has written extensively about trucking and family issues, and published a book entitled Marriage in the Long Run.

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