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Consulting Team

JACK AMPUJA
PRESIDENT & CEO - BUFFALO, NY

30 Years of supply chain experience with five Fortune 500 firms. Background includes management roles in consulting, logistics services, manufacturing & distributing. In last corporate position headed a $200 million logistics division. Also has extensive educational background, teaching supply chain courses at three universities and serving as Executive-in-Residence at two of them. Currently serves as Executive Director of Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Niagara University.

PETER J. STIRLING
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - CHARLESTON, SC

Over 35 years in the food and beverage industry; 18 years in the systems area as director of applications supporting supply chain operations with both the Wm. Underwood Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Most recently Peter was corporate director/divisional Vice President of Ocean Spray Cranberries where he oversaw the international supply chain, customs compliance, tax structure compliance and grew the Latin American Business Unit by over 300%.

HARRY CLARK
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - FENELON FALLS, ONTARIO CANADA

40 years of staff and operational experience in logistics. A 20 year career with Manville Corporation being responsible for logistics operations across Canada and the most recent 20 years spent in logistics optimization through packaging. Software developer, certified trainer in packaging software and Chief Technical Officer of company.

MICHAEL JARMUSZ
VICE PRESIDENT INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION – BUFFALO, NY

30 years of experience in multi-channel industrial distribution. As CEO, Michael led the 2nd largest appliance parts distributor in North America, representing OEM manufacturers such as Whirlpool, General Electric, Maytag, and Electrolux; servicing clients including Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears. Michael’s career includes extensive leadership experience in warehousing, logistics, inventory management, ERP software, and B2B & B2C ecommerce. He has served on numerous industry boards and is current Executive Director of PartLinx, a nationally recognized industrial distributor joint venture.

RILEY McDONALD
VICE PRESIDENT ENGINEERING SERVICES VIDALIA, GA

Skilled business executive with more than 20 years of domestic and international supply chain operations experience both as a consultant and as an operating executive in retail, wholesale, consumer products, and healthcare verticals. Has also worked on specific projects involving 3PL distribution set up and facilities construction. Has served as Vice President at both Lesco / John Deere and Affinity. Riley has BS in Industrial Management and MS in Industrial Technology from Georgia Southern.

CHRIS RITZ
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - DAVIDSON, NC

35 years of experience in network modeling coupled with academic appointments at Wharton and Johns-Hopkins where he currently teaches Mathematics. Work experience at General Electric and Northrup-Grumman Aerospace. Degree in Mathematics from MIT and PhD from Cincinnati. Also has background in Statistical Modeling & Data Mining, Quantitative Decision Support and Inventory Strategy. Started consulting career with Harvey Shycon who is recognized for his work on customer service in logistics.

JOHN Hogg
Vice President Lean Services – Buffalo, NY

20 years of inventory management experience with Rich Products followed by 10 years of consulting with specific emphasis on Lean Management and Material Flow. Certified in Lean and Six Sigma by Villanova University, in Production and Inventory Management by APICS. He serves on the North American Leadership team for the Supply Chain Council and teaches Supply Chain Management at Niagara University. John has a BA and MBA from Canisius College.

Craig Densmore
Director, Packaging Innovation – Rochester, NY

More than 25 years of corporate experience, the last 10 with Birds Eye Foods as Director of Packaging Innovation where he introduced Steam Fresh Technology which grew to a $250 million business within three years and won the AmeriStar award. Craig has a BS in Printing and an MS in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology where he has taught Packaging Science since 1996 and leads the school's sustainability knowledge base.

RICHARD C. FITZGERALD
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT - FREMONT, CA

35 years of experience at staff and operational assignments in logistics. Progressed through the management ranks of several food and consumer packaged goods companies including American Can Company, Italian Swiss Colony Wines, Gerber Products Company, Tri Valley Growers and PowerBar. Dick served in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Specialist and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in Logistics from Michigan State University.

Guy Gessner
VICE PRESIDENT ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS – BUFFALO, NY

Over 20 years of consulting and teaching in management, marketing, distribution and logistics strategy. Significant consulting engagements have been with leading business process outsourcing companies, manufacturers, and retailers with global headquarters in the United States and Canada. Emphasis is on profitability and continuous improvement. Has served as interim business unit leader. Ph.D. in Marketing from SUNY/Buffalo.

Ray Klim, CIRM
Executive Consultant – Rochester, NY

Over 30 years executive leadership with Xerox in supply chain operations, lean strategic deployment, manufacturing and product life cycle management. Ten years as a consultant helping companies achieve high supply chain performance in numerous industries. Experienced in Business Process Management and Project Management. APICS certified and member of Expert Panel for a healthcare supply chain improvement initiative.

JIM KLING
SENIOR CONSULTANT - BUFFALO, NY

Over 20 years of teaching and consulting background. PhD in Transportation & Logistics from Maryland. Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at Niagara University where he founded the Center for Supply Chain Excellence. Specializes in Inventory Control and Transportation  Management in his consulting. Has served as expert witness in several transportation related cases and written numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

WILLIAM P. KUFFNER
VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING - BUFFALO, NY

30 years in the financial services industry, executive positions at M & T Bank, Continental Bank of Chicago and Citibank, international assignments in London, Athens and Senegal West Africa, with extensive experience in letter of credit processing. Bill's logistics background comes from his time as a Marine Corps Officer and Vietnam veteran where he served as a battalion logistics motor transport officer.

Gary MacNew
Regional Vice President – Calgary, Alberta Canada

More than 30 years of supply chain experience in food and consumer products with six major firms serving as Vice President at both Rich Products and United Farmers of Alberta. Extensive work in supply chain transformation, distribution network design, productivity improvement, cost reduction and process re-engineering. Gary is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BSBA and from Rutgers University School of Business with an MBA, majoring in Finance.

JEANNE MALLIA
SENIOR PACKAGING ENGINEER - ROCHESTER, NY

25 years of corporate experience including 15 years with Pactiv as Packaging Engineer. Masters degree in Packaging Science from RIT. Background in developing specifications for packaging, materials and graphics. Also has background in safety & ergonomic evaluations as well as package testing  and  project management.

DANIEL REILLY
Regional Vice President - ATLANTA, GA

Over 30 years as corporate executive and consultant. Served as Vice President of Distribution & Transportation for both Value City Department Stores and Big Lots.  Dan was also Director/General Manager of Distribution for Marshalls Department Stores (now a division of TJX).  His experience covers all phases of supply chain management, construction, material handling installation, site selection, productivity improvement, and safety analysis.

ROBERT J. STRASSBURG
Executive Consultant - Buffalo, NY

Over 30 years of experience in business consulting, organizational development and training, executive coaching, project engineering, and project/construction management. While an engineer at Praxair, Inc., Bob also developed, managed and presented award winning training programs. He is currently the principal consultant and CEO for Trinity Leadership Consulting, LLC, training and coaching in organizations ranging from small businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies in the principles of planning and logistics, time management, project management, communication, organizational effectiveness and leadership development.

 

 
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