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.

Aimee Abengoza has held a variety of increasingly broader operations, sales and leadership roles in the international transportation and logistics industry since 1992. Today, she leads Agility Logistics’ Cruise Line & Marine Logistics business unit on a global basis.

Pamela S. Benkert, General Manager, WW Operations and Vice-President, Consumer Digital Group for Eastman Kodak, has over 25 years’ experience in supply chain and logistics, and leads the operations group spanning Strategic Products and Regional Execution. She holds an MBA (Clarkson) and a BA in Math and Business Admin. (Queens).

Elsie Blauwhoff, CPP, Corporate Procurement, Apotex, has a long career in supply management, starting at Robert Bosch, and eventually becoming the only member of PMAC (Purchasing Management Association of Canada) to have been Purchasing Manager at its head office in Toronto.  She has always had an interest in environmental issues and is a big proponent of green procurement.  Her expertise is primarily in the areas of waste management, ERP support, services procurement and contract management.

Rick Blasgen is the President and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, eventually becoming VP supply chain; he went on to similarly important roles at Kraft and ConAgra Foods. Blasgen has been a member of CLM’s Executive Committee, and is a past president of WERC. He was also chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee.
Valerie Bonebrake is Senior Vice-President, Global Supply Chain Services for Tompkins Associates. Valerie was the Executive Vice-President and a founder of YRC Logistics. Valerie spent 19 years at Ryder with responsibilities in transportation management, distribution and global supply chain operations.  She also sits on the advisory board at two universities.

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.

Bruce Danielson, Executive Communications Manager, UPS, 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, has worked with the Ford Motor Company and with TNT in various management roles, including North American representative on the board. He has served on the executive of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council and as executive vice-president of the ATA Council of Logistics, Alexandria, Virginia.

Melissa Gracey, President of DTA Services, learned about the logistics and transportation industry from her father, who bought the company after acting as General Manager of the National Traffic League and part founder of CITT. She is now full owner. Melissa studied at McGill before entering the investment business and joining her family business.

Molly Dubois started with C.H. Robinson back in November of 1992 at its Kansas City branch. During her career at C.H. Robinson, Molly has held various positions including involvements with the Dedicated Trucking Group and Minneapolis National Accounts. She worked as the onsite team manager at Land O’Lakes, and director of branch operations before taking her current position as a vice-president in July of 2005.

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.

Mark Humphlett is Director of Solutions Marketing—Supply Chain for Infor.  Mark has over fifteen years of experience in supply chain management and sales management and is a graduate of Georgia Tech.

Ann-Marie McIntosh, General Manager Small Business & Retail Division, Purolator,
is responsible for developing a business strategy for Purolator’s SMB channel and Retail Network. This includes managing a network of 150 retail stores and over 900 independent retail agents. Prior to joining Purolator, Mrs. McIntosh held a number of senior positions with AMEX Bank of Canada, including VP Client Management, Merchant Services division, and VP Marketing.
Michael J. Mikitka, CMP, CAE, executive director, senior director of conference, WERC, has been instrumental in expanding WERC’s benchmark annual conference to nearly 100 sessions, and led the effort to introduce WERC’s Industry Resources Event (WIRE). Michael is distinguished as one of fewer than 3500 to hold the designation “Certified Association Executive” (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives.

Diane A. Mollenkopf, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  worked as a logistics and product manager for several international organizations, primarily in the cosmetics industry, before pursuing an academic career. Dr. Mollenkopf’s research focuses on logistics/supply chain integration as well as environmentally responsible logistics/supply chain practices.  She is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Tom Nightingale is VP communications and chief marketing officer (CMO) for Con-way Inc. Nightingale and his team are responsible for strategic marketing, public relations, advertising, digital media, communications and market research for all of Con-way’s subsidiaries. Mr. Nightingale also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Oakes and Terry, a commercial cleaning contractor based in Penrith, England, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Transportation Marketing Communications Association (TMCA).

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.

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.

Ellen Voie is President, Women in Trucking. 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.

Susan L. Oaks is VP of A. T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. Her work focuses on streamlining clients’ supply chain operations. She has led post-merger integrations, restructured distribution agreements and helped her clients become more competitive. She holds an MBA from Michigan State.

Susan Promane has over 15 years of supply chain experience with a variety of companies including ICI Canada, CN Rail, Tibbett & Britten North America and Skulogix. Currently she is director of supply chain for Whirlpool Canada. She has an MBA and a BA (Honors) in business and economics from York University.

Tracey Raimondo, CITT, is VP Logistics at Normandin Transit and Immediate Past Chair of CITT. Tracey has been in logistics for over 20 years, with experience in the trucking and freight forwarding industries.  For over 15 years, she and her brother Eric had a 3PL company which they merged with Quebec-based Normandin Transit in 2007.  She graduated from CITT in 1996 and from UQAM in 1998 and has been actively participating at the Montreal area council and National Board of the CITT for over 10 years.

Della Sanders is VP of Safety and Compliance for Werner Enterprises. She joined the company in 1991 and became Director of Business Process Improvement in 1997. Since that time, Sanders has held the positions of Director of Marketing Services, Sr. Director Safety and Compliance and Associate Vice-President of Safety and Compliance. She was promoted to her current position in 2005.  Sanders is also on the board of directors for the National Safety Council.

Nicholas Seiersen, BSc (Hons.), MBA, PLog, LQ Executive Editor, is a Senior Manager with KPMG in Toronto. He specializes in supply chain consulting, particularly strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations, and teaches executive development at universities in Europe and North America.

Kate Vitasek is a thought leader in the area of Supply Chain Management.  Vitasek currently hosts an “Expert Insight” blog on performance management for Supply Chain Digest and has authored/contributed to four books, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ best-selling “Supply Chain Process Standards.”  She is the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Visions, recognized in 2007 by ARC Advisory Group as a “Top 10 Supply Chain Management Boutique Consulting Firm.”     

Kelley Walkup, Division Vice-President and General Manager for ACS Expedited Solutions, joined Truckload Management, Inc. in 1999.  The company was acquired by ACS (Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.) in 2004.  Walkup leads the company through her innovative vision of creating a better bottom line for carriers.

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