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.
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.
PETER J. STIRLING
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%.
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.
35 years of corporate logistics experience after a degree in Transportation. 10 years with Jones Chemical and Wegman's Food Markets followed by six as President/Owner of a nationwide truckload carrier serving Eastman Kodak, Wegman's, Xerox and large retailers. For past 20 years Phil has worked as a supply chain consultant to manufacturing and distribution enterprises as well as sales and marketing advisor to small and medium sized trucking firms.
30 years of supply chain experience in both food and non-food businesses holding Senior Management positions in the wholesale, retail, manufacturing and logistics industries in union and non-union environments. Has specialized in building supply chain infrastructures in fast growing companies. He has managed and negotiated freight in truckload, LTL, air, small parcel, ocean container and private fleets. Has also been responsible for networks of warehouses both as a user and provider of third party logistics services.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
RILEY E. MCDONALD
Over 25 years of experience in supply chain management & logistics engineering with extensive background in pick-pack operations. BS Industrial Engineering & MS Industrial Technology. VP of Supply Chain for biggest commercial turf care product supplier in US and Caribbean markets. Director of Distribution & Systems Engineering for largest provider of medical, dental and veterinarian products in US to office practitioners.
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.
Over 30 years experience in International Logistics and high volume pick-pack operations with companies handling a diverse range of products. He has developed distribution strategies for four companies importing from over 30 countries. Scott has an undergraduate degree from Penn State and a Master's degree in Quality Systems from the Nation Graduate School of New England; he is a black belt in Six Sigma, has Lean experience and a "Jonah" certificate from Washington State University. Scott is a licensed US Customs Broker.
35 years of technology industry experience. Part of the management team for the startup and rapid growth of Northern Telecom and Sears Canada corporate Data Centers. Directed the rollout of the NT’s initial worldwide network. Most recently responsible for global vertical marketing at Psion Teklogix focusing on delivering real time data solutions for the cold chain, refrigerated warehouses, food industry and container ports. A recognized expert in RFID.
More than 20 years of start up and business ownership experience as an entrepreneur primarily in computer industry. Robert's past has helped in efforts for companies to measure and optimize the value of technology possibilities, content and applications. This background has generated a culture of innovation coupled with technology insight, operational expertise, business development and common sense solutions.
ROBERT J. STRASSBURG
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.
DENNIS J. SULLIVAN
Over 30 years of technical, line, and staff management experience in all aspects of supply chain management. Dennis has held plant, regional and senior management level positions for a large multi-national manufacturing organization throughout his career. He is also an adjunct Professor in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business Administration at Canisius College.