Logistics Speaker Series for Fall 2014

Important updates for Fall 2014 events:

Students must RSVP to attend these events.  The RSVP system will allow registrations until midnight the Wednesday prior to the event on Friday.  If you have submitted an RSVP and will not be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm.  To cancel an RSVP please send an email with your full name to:  Students with submitted RSVPs will receive an email confirmation at the email address provided on the RSVP form on Thursday prior to the event on Friday.  Thank you for your assistance with this format.

Friday, September 12
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170


David Little, Vice President, Logistics and Optimization, Martin Marietta Materials

David Little is the Vice President of Logistics and Optimization for Martin Marietta (MM), which is comprised of over 400 operations in 29 states, Nova Scotia, and the Bahamas. MM operates over fifty rail connected quarries on the UPRR, BNSF, KCS, NS, CSX, and CN railroads. MM Martin Marietta is the leading rail shipper of aggregates and the largest ballast supplier in the U.S. Martin Marietta utilizes a fleet of 5,000+ railcars to ship aggregates, cement, coal, lime, and magnesium hydroxide.

Mr. Little joined Martin Marietta in 1997. In addition to his current role, Mr. Little has held following positions:

  • Vice President Operation Services (Transportation, Land, Environmental, Capital, Purchasing) – MM West Group
  • Director Operation Services – MM West Group
  • General Manager – MM South Texas District
  • Plant Manager – MM Forsyth Quarry
  • Plant Manager – Florida Rock Industries Macon Quarry
  • Plant Manager – Florida Rock Industries Naples Quarry
  • Gulf Coast Sales Engineer – Schlumberger
  • Offshore Engineer – North Sea/Gulf of Mexico Schlumberger
  • Mine Engineer/Underground Mine Foreman – Cannelton Industries
  • Co-Op Student – Armco Steel Coal Operations

Mr. Little has experience in the Coal (underground), Petroleum (offshore), and the Aggregate industries.

A West Virginia native, Mr. Little holds a B.S. Mining Engineering Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a M.B.A. from Georgia College and State University. Mr. Little has also completed an executive training course at the Darden School – University of Virginia.

Married for 28 years, David and his wife, Angela, have two adult children.

Friday, October 10
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170

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Lynn Gravley, President & CEO, NT Logistics

Lynn is the founder, President and CEO of NT Logistics, Inc., headquartered in Frisco, Texas. His career in transportation began in 1988 when he established North Texas Carrier Corp., a contract carrier. NT Logistics, founded in 1999, is a premier non-asset based transportation and third party logistics provider for top manufacturers throughout the United States. For four consecutive years, NT Logistics was recognized by the SMU Cox School of business as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Twice a finalist for the Southwest Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year, Lynn is a 1987 graduate of the University of North Texas and is active in the University’s Sigma Nu Alumni Association.

In addition to his service on the UNT Logistics Center Board of Directors, Lynn has served on the Board of Trustees of Gunter ISD for 12 years, as well as the Gunter ISD Foundation Trust Board of Trustees, serving as past President for both organizations. Lynn is actively involved in his local church, and served on the Board of Directors of Christian Care Centers, Inc. in Mesquite, Texas.

Lynn is a private pilot and enjoys flying, hunting, scuba diving, and raising cattle with Dianne, his wife of 25 years, on their ranch in Grayson County Texas. They have three grown children.

Friday, October 24
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170


Joe Bongiovanni, Senior Vice President Distribution, TALG (The Apparel Logistics Group)

Joe Bongiovanni is in charge of all business development, operations, facilities and back office functions for TALG. He is a high-performance leader with 30 years of professional experience in 3PL, creating and executing value-based propositions that propel revenue and profit growth for clients. He is extremely strong in communicating competitive value and exploiting new distribution channels for customers. A proven operations performer skilled at leading improvement efforts aimed at lowering costs while enhancing service levels for customers in highly competitive, global markets.

Friday, October 31
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170


Tom McCoy, Senior Director Global Transportation Services, Sanmina SCI

Tom McCoy is Senior Director of Global Transportation and International Trade Compliance for Sanmina-SCI a global Electronics Manufacturing Services company. He is responsible for worldwide logistics supporting over 80 manufacturing plants in 18 countries. Tom has over 30 years of experience in the logistics industry. His background includes executive management, operations management and business development with global 3PL’s, contract logistics companies and asset based carriers. Tom has spent a majority of his career focused on international logistics primarily in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Friday, November 14
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170


Joseph Bowe, Vice President Distribution and Domestic Transportation, Pier 1

Joe Bowe is Vice President of Distribution and Domestic Transportation at Pier 1 Imports. The company’s network includes six regional distribution centers, a nationwide transportation team, two e-commerce fulfillment centers and a nationwide home delivery system. His team is committed to logistics as an integral part of sales and the customer experience.

Mr. Bowe grew up in Columbus Ohio and attended Ohio University earning a BBA in Marketing and Management. His career includes various leadership positions in transportation and distribution management at leading retailers such as Limited Stores, PetSmart and Pier 1 Imports.

Mr. Bowe's areas of expertise include facility development, technology, multiple facility network design, and omni-channel fulfillment systems. He is particularly committed to actively developing talent and growing leaders as a cornerstone of a healthy organization.

Friday, November 21
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170


James Gowan, Vice President Supply Chain & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

James Gowen is vice president, Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon. Since taking on these complementary roles in 2009, he has enlisted more than 13,000 Verizon employees in 23 countries around the globe in helping to reduce the company’s environmental footprint while increasing the efficiency of a growing enterprise.

Gowen has been deeply involved in the advancement of innovative and sustainable technologies and recently spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s flagship $100M green energy initiative which will enable Verizon to generate more than 70 million kilowatt hours of its own green energy. Gowen also oversees other green initiatives being implemented across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling, and management of end-of-life-cycle material recovery.

In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations including regional distribution centers and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for over $10 billion in annual through-put.

Having held several positions of increasing levels of responsibility at Verizon, Gowen was the lead architect of the company's supply chain strategy and led the strategic shift from a fixed to a variable inventory business model. While in corporate sourcing, he led the implementation of Verizon's eProcurement effort, and the standardization of Verizon's supply chain systems.

Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is a member of Penn State University’s Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board. Gowen is located at Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.