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Ryan Gellert: Climbing High 

Ryan Gellert: Climbing High 

Ryan Gellert is vice president, supply chain management at Black Diamond Equipment, a mountain sports products company. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Black Diamond operates manufacturing and distribution facilities there and in Southeast China; a sewing plant in Calexico, Calif.; a marketing office in Yokohama, Japan; and a sales, marketing, and distribution operation near […]

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Katie Reuland: Down to Business 

Katie Reuland: Down to Business 

Katie Reuland is operations director at Down, Etc., a San Francisco-based firm that makes and markets bedding items such as down comforters, pillows, featherbeds, and robes. The company markets its products primarily to upscale and boutique hotels in the United States, Ireland, France, Italy, and Panama. Responsibilities: Maintaining inventory; managing a third-party distribution partner; working […]

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Angela Duesterhaus: Joining the Jet Set

Angela Duesterhaus: Joining the Jet Set

Angela Duesterhaus is logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies. Headquartered in North Kansas City, Mo., PAS repairs and overhauls aerospace and industrial components such as gas turbine engines, airframe parts, and oil field equipment. Along with its facilities in North Kansas City, the company runs operations in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Singapore, Ireland, and […]

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David Fisher: Raising the Roof

David Fisher: Raising the Roof

David Fisher is director of global logistics at Johns Manville, a leading engineer and manufacturer of residential and commercial insulation, roofing materials, and engineered products. Responsibilities: Managing inbound and outbound activities, including international logistics and compliance. Experience: Air export agent, Schenker International; various positions, culminating in district vice president, Danzas AEI (now DHL-DGF); global logistics […]

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Ron Harris: Getting to the Essence

Ron Harris: Getting to the Essence

Ron Harris is chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, which grows, distills, produces, and markets essential oils created to promote good health. It also makes nutritional supplements and personal care items containing the oils. Responsibilities: Manufacturing, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, transportation, facilities, and real estate. Experience: Buyer, Chipman’s & Taylor’s; assistant buyer and department […]

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Jennifer Burkhardt: What’s Brewing?<br />

Jennifer Burkhardt: What’s Brewing?

NAME: Jennifer Burkhardt TITLE: Transportation manager, specialty coffee business unit COMPANY: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, since 2008 PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Network manager, strategic accounts manager, Schneider National; traffic coordinator, Seal Graphics Technologies; transportation analyst, Eagle Global Logistics; transportation manager, account manager, Central Refrigerated Service; transportation manager, corporate, Pacific Cycle. EDUCATION: BS, public administration, Upper Iowa University; […]

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David Ayers: Embarking on an ERP World Tour<br />

David Ayers: Embarking on an ERP World Tour

NAME: David Ayers TITLE: Lead business analyst, warehouse management, since September 2010 COMPANY: Newell Rubbermaid, East Longmeadow, Mass. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Transportation manager, training manager, U.S. Army, 27th Transportation Battalion; logistics manager, manufacturing manager, Jacobs Vehicle Systems —Danaher Corp.; financial advisor, UBS Paine Webber; shift supervisor, Jacobs Vehicle Systems; distribution and transportation manager, Lenox-Newell Rubbermaid EDUCATION: […]

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Colgate Logistics Delivers Smiles

Colgate Logistics Delivers Smiles

Cutting logistics costs makes management happy. Sharing savings and collaborating to improve efficiency makes customers and suppliers happy. And when it all hits the bottom line, even Colgate’s investors start smiling.

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Cheryl Harrity: Cooking Up World-Class Service

NAME: Cheryl Harrity TITLE: Corporate director of supply chain COMPANY: MGP Ingredients, Inc., Atchison, Kansas, since 2010 PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: Traffic specialist, fleet supervisor, warehouse supervisor, Acme Markets; consultant, logistics practice, KPMG Peat Marwick; vice president of transportation, CS Integrated; professor, Letter of Appointment, University of Nevada, Reno; practice lead, supply chain, APQC; partner, NaviChain […]

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Brian Hatfield’s Supply Chain Stylings<br />

Brian Hatfield’s Supply Chain Stylings

NAME: Brian Hatfield TITLE: Vice president of supply chain COMPANY: KPSS Inc., Linthicum, Md., since 2006 PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Production supervisor, The Dial Corp.; logistics manager, Sealright/Hutemaki; general manager, Lake River Corp.; regional logistics manager, director of supply chain, Alcoa Corp. EDUCATION: BS, finance and production management, Illinois State University, 1985; MBA, Keller Graduate School of […]

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