Logistics Speaker Series for Fall 2015
Important updates for Fall 2015 events:
Students must RSVP to attend these events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until the classroom seating capacity (BLB 170 = 105) has been met. If you have submitted an RSVP but will no longer be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm prior to the event on Friday to allow another student to attend in your place. To cancel an RSVP please send an email with your full name to:
Julie.Willems-Espinoza@unt.edu. Students with submitted RSVPs will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the RSVP form by Thursday prior to the event on Friday. Thank you for your assistance with this format.
Friday, September 4
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: BLB 170
Scott Farrar, Global Account Manager, SDV
Scott Farrar is a global account manager for SDV, a global logistics firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of French conglomerate Bollore Group.
Farrar holds a BBA degree from the University of Georgia, having graduated Summa cum Laude in 1994, with an International Business major. Farrar spent nearly a decade with Lufthansa Group and seven years with global logistics firm Kuehne + Nagel. Farrar has specialized in the aerospace vertical for most of his career, and is a licensed customs broker.
Topics to be covered will include Farrar’s career path, aerospace logistics, and an overview of SDV. Questions related to freight forwarding, aerospace logistics, customs brokerage, etc. are welcomed.
Friday, September 25
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: BLB 170
John Magee, President and CEO, Crane Worldwide Logistics
John Magee is the President and CEO of Crane Worldwide Logistics, a global freight forwarding business headquartered in Houston, Texas. John has more than 21 years of transportation industry experience. He began his business career in 1994 with Eagle Global Logistics (EGL) and was part of their growth into one of the largest global freight forwarding companies in the United States. After learning the business, John served in roles such as National Account Manager, Managing Director, Vice President of the South Pacific, Vice President of the U.K., Ireland and Benelux, and Senior Vice President of the South-Central U.S./Latin America region. He retired from the company upon its 2007 acquisition by CEVA Logistics and later took on the position of President and CEO of Crane Worldwide Logistics.
Crane Worldwide Logistics is dedicated to becoming the industry’s premier global provider of customized transportation and logistics services by delivering innovative, efficient and cost effective solutions. Our solutions create strategic value and a competitive edge for our global customers; while providing a challenging and rewarding work environment for our greatest asset, our own employees.
We provide transparency to our customer’s global supply chain and provide the best service in the industry. These are the reasons why we are growing — because we challenge the norm. When Crane Worldwide was formed in 2008, we were convinced that superior people coupled with game-changing technology would transform the industry. Disrupting an old industry where innovation is rare has been a difficult task, but our team embraces this challenge and does this by living by our five Value Propositions: Our People; Our Service Execution; Our Information Technology; Our Compliance & Quality; and Our Account Management.
Our customers drive our decisions and 100 percent satisfaction is our goal. Therefore, we are responsible to our customers, employees, partners, communities and our environment. We understand the urgency in today’s competitive market; and we are accessible anytime or anywhere. We also strive to be trustworthy in every facet of our business. We are open and honest and promise pro-active communications. Lastly, we are going to work with you to get things right the first time through questioning, analyzing, planning and following through on what we say.
With his substantial international experience, John has been well positioned to guide Crane Worldwide Logistics in its planned global expansion. His hands-on experience with supply chain operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas combined with his in-depth knowledge of the logistics industries’ best practices give him exceptional insight into strategies for competitive success in worldwide freight forwarding operations. Crane Worldwide has grown from 12 offices and $40M in business in 2008, to 110 offices in 24 countries and nearly $700M in business in 2014.
John was recently named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Gulf Coast Area in the Manufacturing and Distribution division. He is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) as well as several logistics industry professional associations, including The Global Sourcing Council and Supply Chain ASIA. His bachelor’s degree in Business Administration was conferred by the University of North Texas in 1994, where John now sits on the Board of their Center of Logistics within their Business School. John has been married to his wife, Sally, for 18 years and has 3 children, Adelaide, Camille, and Declan. In his free time, John enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and cooking.
Friday, October 16
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170
International Logistics Panel:
John Birt, Vice President Transportation, Williamson-Dickie’s
Mr. Birt has over 35 years in logistics having worked for two leading global logistics organizations and prominent importers/exporters, including Williamson-Dickie Mfg. where he is currently employed. Following his graduation from Texas A&M, Mr. Birt joined a regional freight forwarding company in Houston, Texas specializing in the international construction and offshore drilling industries. This company was later acquired by Panalpina World Transport. It was here that Mr. Birt learned the fundamentals of international shipping (ocean and air), freight forwarding, ocean/air chartering, Customs brokerage, maritime law, cargo insurance, letters of credit, domestic transportation, project cargo movements, and what would later become known as “supply chain management”. Mr. Birt became a licensed Customhouse Broker in 1988.
After almost 15 years with Panalpina, Mr. Birt joined County Seat Stores as Import Mgr. and, after 5 years, joined Pier 1 Imports as Dir. Transportation and Customs Compliance where he was later promoted to VP of Transportation and Customs Compliance. Following almost 6 years with Pier 1, Mr. Birt joined Venator Group (Footlocker) as their Dir. of Transportation/Customs Compliance and, after almost three years, returned to Texas as the Branch Manager for the global forwarder, Schenker. He then joined Williamson-Dickie in 2005 as the VP of Transportation/Customs Compliance and promoted to VP Global Transportation/Customs Compliance in 2009.
In the logistics arena, Mr. Birt feels that as much as things have changed over the years, the fundamentals have not. It is Mr. Birt’s view that, in today’s world, one must combine an understanding of the fundamentals of logistics with an understanding of the technologies that support today’s complex supply chains. Supply Chain management includes more than simply moving goods from one point to another. The supply chains of today are made up of many moving parts and, much like synchronized swimming, all the components must work in harmony to produce the best results.
Kevin King, Senior Manager, Demand Management, Fujitsu Network Communications
Kevin King is an 18-year veteran of supply chain management in the telecom industry. He is currently the Senior Manager of Demand Management at Fujitsu Network Communications in Richardson, TX. His team presides over forecast analytics and process development. Over the course of his career at FNC, Kevin has managed warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, demand planning, and operations both domestically and abroad.
He holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Telecom Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and recently completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He has utilized his education, experiences, and certifications for recognized achievements in on-time delivery, inventory turns, and business development. Kevin also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson and is a committee chair for Dallas Cup.
Tom McCoy, Sr. 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, October 30
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170
Mark Whittaker, Vice President Transportation, PepsiCo
Mark is presently Vice President of Transportation, PepsiCo, located in Plano, TX.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mark chose to attend college in his home state where he earned a BSBA degree in Transportation and Logistics at Ohio State University.
Mark worked his way through college as an Inventory Control Clerk at the Hance Corporation. Upon graduation, he joined Frito Lay in 1984, where he held a position as a Traffic Supervisor at the Beloit Plant in Wisconsin. Over the years he has held numerous jobs with increased responsibilities, including Traffic Manger, Area Operations Manager, Distribution Manager and Director of Transportation and Logistics with Frito-Lay. Presently, as Vice President of Transportation, PepsiCo, Mark has created and leads the Transportation organization, at PepsiCo. This organization is a mixture of transportation management, centralized strategy, planning, technology, integration and procurement of Transportation across the enterprise. Mark also leads the Pepsi Logistics Company – an internal logistics service provider for PepsiCo and other companies.
Mark is an instrument rated pilot and he also enjoys running, bicycling and taking to the open road on his motorcycle.
Mark is Married, no children
Additionally, he is a long term member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker at several Universities. Mark is a member of the University of North Texas Logistics Advisory Board of Directors.
Friday, November 6
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170
UNT Logistics Alumni Panel:
Robert Condit, Director, CGI
Robert Condit is a Consulting Director and US SAP Practice Lead for CGI, a global end-to-end IT and BPS leader committed to helping our clients win and grow since 1976.
Before assuming his current position, Robert served as an Executive Consultant for CGI leading, architecting, and supporting multiple delivery engagements for the US ERP and SAP Practice.
Prior to joining CGI in 2007, Robert held numerous leadership positions with Verizon starting as a senior buyer and moving up through the ranks to an operations manager supporting all large distribution centers and over 1200 supply locations. During his tenure at Verizon, he reduced millions in supply chain cost, implemented continues improvement initiatives, implemented numerous WMS and ERP systems, including SAP, and was key to the successful recovery of logistics operations following the events of September 11, 2001.
From 1995 to 2000, Robert worked in law enforcement as a public service officer and jailer for the City of Hurst and a police officer for the City of Euless. And from 1989 to 1997, Robert honorably served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer and Marine Security Guard. During his tour in the Marines, he earned the rank of staff sergeant, lead Marines into battle during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, supported numerous humanitarian efforts in Asia, and help positions at the US Embassy in New Delhi, the Vatican, and Rome.
Robert has an associate’s degree from Tarrant County Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in logistics from the University of North Texas, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Robert is also a certified purchasing manager and certified in transportation and logistics.
Brian Heldebrandt, Director Supply Chain Operations, Verizon
Brian Heldebrandt is currently responsible for International Logistics Operations with team members based in Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. In support of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Brian’s team is responsible for warehouse operations based in Venlo, Netherlands, international logistics support, spare part operations, reverse logistics and asset disposal. In support of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region Brian’s team is responsible for forward material staging and delivery as well as reverse logistics, re-use, asset disposal and special project support based in Sydney, Australia. In support of the Latin America (LATAM) region Brian is responsible for the implementation of an end to end supply chain solution in 15 countries with logistics operations based in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Brian also has responsibilities for international contract manufacturing product integration into the existing domestic Verizon supply chain operation. Finally, Brian serves as staff support for Verizon’s Vice President of Supply Chain Operations focused on strategy development and budget management.
Brian joined Verizon in 1998 after spending 2 years at United Parcel Service (UPS) in their Industrial Engineering department. At Verizon he has spent his career in the Supply Chain Operations organization working in purchasing, inventory planning, systems development, SAP implementation, transportation management, supply chain strategy, fleet and field operations. Brian holds an MBA from The University of Dallas in Operations Management and a BA from the University of North Texas in Marketing and Logistics. Brian is the current Vice President of Programs for the Dallas Fort Worth Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Martin Nevison, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Region, DHL eCommerce
Martin Nevison is currently a Regional Sales Manager for DHL eCommerce and has over twenty five years in transportation and logistics management. During that time, he has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies to support their domestic and global logistics initiatives.
After more than a decade with FedEx in Operations, Management, and Sales, Martin left in 2001 to join a small group of individuals to help pioneer the U.S. Postal Service Workshare program. That company eventually evolved into DHL eCommerce and has since spawned an entire new category of shipping providers known as “Workshare Partners.” The parcel model they created continues to grow today which uses the USPS for final delivery here in the US and other postal entities worldwide. In 2015, DHL eCommerce is on the cutting edge of the eCommerce industry providing turnkey solutions throughout the supply chain in over 220 countries.
In his current role, Martin supports domestic direct to consumer distribution, direct inbound consumer models from China, international shipping including fully landed cost models, and reverse logistics.
Martin has a Bachelor degree in Production and Operations Management from the University of North Texas and was UNT’s Outstanding Production and Operations Management Major of the Year in 1996. During his tenure at UNT Martin was also a Wall Street Journal Academic Achievement Award recipient and a Lorch Folz Memorial Scholarship winner.
Friday, November 20
12:00 – 1:00pm
Location BLB 170
Brenda Gautier, Director of Carrier Engagement, MW Logistics LLC
Brenda Gautier is the Director of Carrier Engagement at MW Logistics, LLC in Dallas, TX. She received her B.S. from Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio before moving to Texas to begin her career in logistics. After her 12 year career as an Operations Manager she became certified in logistics through the AST&L and was promoted to Director of Operations. After several years of service as the Director of Operations her career path shifted into a newly created position as the Director of Carrier Engagement. Brenda is a member of AST&L, CSCMP and a local transportation club in DFW. She currently resides in Savannah, TX with her daughter and her dog Lily.