Logistics Speaker Series for Spring 2017

Important updates for Spring 2017 events:

Students must RSVP to attend these events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until the classroom seating capacity (BLB 080 = 200) 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: 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, February 24
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080


Adrian Barbera, Regional Vice President, Schneider

Friday, March 3
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080


Matthew Rooney, Director, Economic Growth, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Matt Rooney joined the Bush Center in June 2015 from a career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At postings in Washington and abroad, Matt focused on advocating market-driven solutions to economic policy challenges in both industrialized and developing countries, and on protecting the interests of U.S. companies abroad.

In Washington, Matt was on loan to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create a high-level private sector advisory body for the Summits of the Americas, working closely with the U.S. private sector and with companies and business associations from throughout the Americas to negotiate an agenda to promote economic integration in the region for presentation to the leaders of the Americas. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for relations with Canada and Mexico and for regional economic policy. Prior to this, as Director of the Office of Economic Policy, he led interagency and international negotiations in 2008 that produced the Secretary’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative, designed to engage with America’s free trade agreement partners on strategies for ensuring that the benefits of globalization are broadly shared throughout society.

Abroad, Matt was Consul General in Munich, a Consulate General providing a full range of Consular and export promotion services, supporting a permanent presence of 30,000 U.S. forces in two major base complexes, and performing political and economic analysis in support of U.S. diplomatic objectives in Germany. As Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, he laid the groundwork for free trade negotiations between the United States and the five countries of Central America, and promoted market-based reforms for electrical power. Prior to this, Matt served in various posts in Germany, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire.

Matt studied Economics, German and French at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master’s Degree in International Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. With his wife Dianna, Matt has two young adult sons.

Friday, April 7
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080


Beau LaMothe, Chief Commercial Officer, Perimeter Global Logistics (PGL)

Beau Lamothe is the co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Perimeter Global Logistics. Established in 2006 and headquartered in Irving, Texas, PGL has quickly established itself as an emerging leader in the 3rd Party Logistic (3PL) industry. As the CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), Beau is responsible for the company’s long term strategic direction and the development of the organization including marketing, sales and the company’s service offering. In a short 8 years, Beau has lead PGL into an emerging global leader with over 13 offices across N. America and China, and well over 160 team members.

PGL has shaken up the logistics industry by melding together advanced technologies to allow for supply chain visibility, traditional logistics standards and practices with newer business practices to enable them to better service clients and predict the demands of a 21st Century global supply chain. This unique approach to the industry has been proven by acquiring and retaining over 600 clients including The Texas Rangers, Tracphone, Motion Industries, Freeman Trade Shows, Elite Multi-Family, Verizon Data Centers, Bexel, Dallas Airmotive and BBA Aviation, and Zodiak Seats to name a few.

Friday, April 7
2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: BLB 055


Southwest Airlines Senior Executive Panel Discussion
Co-hosted by The Logistics Center and the UNT AAAE Student Organization

Matt Buckley, Vice President, Cargo & Charters
Jim Ruppel, Vice President, Customer Relations & Rapid Rewards
Chris Wahlenmaier, Vice President, Customer Support & Services

Matt Buckley, Vice President, Cargo & Charters

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."

Title: Vice President, Cargo & Charters

JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for generating ancillary revenue through the effective sales and support of Cargo and Charter services. Oversee the development and implementation of programs to support the department's pursuit of operational excellence and achieving performance goals.

EXPERIENCE: SWA Since 1982 --- Ramp Agent-MAF; Ops Agent-MAF and SFO; Marketing Representative-East Bay; Manager of Cargo-Ground Operations; Cargo Marketing Manager-Marketing; General Manager of Cargo; Director of Cargo; Director of Cargo and Mail; Director Cargo, Mail & Central Baggage Services; Senior Director System Support-Ground Operations; Senior Director Marketing Planning-Media Advertising ; Senior Director Stations; Senior Director Cargo and Operational Excellence Programs; Senior Director Cargo & Charters-Vice President, Cargo and Charters.

EDUCATION: BS General Studies; West Texas State University


FIRST PAYING JOB: Paper boy - Amarillo Globe News

PROUDEST MOMENT: The day I married Gretchen

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Inspect what you expect (emphasized with a Texas twang).

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Keep your eyes open for opportunities to help others in the workplace. It may just be the single most important reason for your existence that day, month or year!

Jim Ruppel, Vice President, Customer Relations & Rapid Rewards

Leadership is...
"Practicing the Golden Rule, choosing to be a positive influence, and respecting others."

Title: Vice President Customer Relations & Rapid Rewards

JOB DESCRIPTION: Jim is responsible for the general management of Customer Relations, Customer Advocacy, and the Customer Relations function of the Rapid Rewards program.

EXPERIENCE: Prior to working at Southwest, Jim was employed by Case-Dunlap as an advertising specialties sales representative. At Southwest, he has served in Dallas as a provisioning agent, a ramp agent, a baggage service representative, manager of central baggage claims, and director of Customer Relations.

EDUCATION: Jim earned a B.S. in business administration from Centenary College in 1976.


FIRST PAYING JOB: Working as a baggage clerk for Tom Thumb Food Stores in Dallas.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Always remember there are two sides to every story and the truth is usually in the middle.

Chris Wahlenmaier, Vice President, Customer Support & Services

Title: Vice President, Customer Support & Services

JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for leading Southwest's Customer Support & Services Department

EXPERIENCE: An airline industry veteran of more than 30 years, Chris started his airline career in 1979 as a Ramp Agent before holding positions in Customer Service and Operations (Agent and Supervisor). He joined Southwest Airlines in 1989 and has expanded his career by serving Southwest's Customers and Employees through the following roles: Customer Service Manager at Chicago's MDW in 1989; Station Manager in Tulsa in 1990; Station Manager at MDW in 1991; Regional Director Ground Operations in 1995; and Sr. Director Ground Operations in 1999. Chris was then promoted to Vice President-Station Operations and was appointed Vice President Ground Operations in 2006 prior to becoming Vice President Customer Support and Services in 2014.


FAMILY: Chris is the proud father of a wonderful son: Christopher. Chris is happily married to his wife, Tracey. Tracey has two sons, Nick and Matt. He is also “papa” to his beautiful granddaughter born on Christmas Eve.

FIRST PAYING JOB: Pumping gas, changing oil, and fixing flat tires at a local gas station (long before self-service). Made a whopping $1.25 an hour and was proud of each paycheck!

PROUDEST MOMENT: Chris states that his son has brought so many proud moments from the day he was born.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Before taking any job my Dad would always preach, "Whatever you do, do it with all your might." I've tried to honor that advice going into every job I have been blessed to have.

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Be patient and enjoy the journey. Opportunities will come.

Friday, April 28
1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: BLB 080


Timothy J. Hein, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Oncor

Timothy J. Hein is the Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement for Oncor. Oncor is a Texas-based regulated electric delivery business and is the nation's sixth-largest U.S. transmission and distribution company serving approximately 10 million consumers.

He has more than 30 years of experience working in wholesale distribution and the utility sectors. Prior to joining Oncor in 2010, Tim worked for HD Supply in a variety of positions including both the VP of Strategic Alliance Development covering North America and the VP of Sales & Operations for the Southwestern United States. While serving in this capacity, Tim had the opportunity to work with electric utilities to develop strategic agreements including business process outsourcing solutions. In January 2010 Tim decided to tryout the other side of the desk and joined Oncor as the Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement. The Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, and Supplier Relationship Management organization is structured to drive value for Oncor and ensure that the key functions of Oncor’s sourcing lifecycle are executed successfully managing approximately 1,000 suppliers and annual spend of over $1.6 billion.

Industry & Professional Affiliations
Tim is a graduate from the University of Tulsa with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, majoring in accounting and is a licensed CPA. He is an active member of the Utility Supply Management Alliance (USMA) board of directors and Past President of the organization. Additionally Tim also serves on an Advisory Board for TCU – Neeley School of Business.

Tim has been an active supporter of Boy Scouts of America for over 13 years, currently serving as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1225 and previously serving as Committee Chairman and Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 1225.

Tim and his wife Lisa will be celebrating their 26th anniversary in May with their 4 sons, Bailey, Logan, Griffin and Parker who range from 14 to 21 years of age. Lisa is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Besides actively supporting the needs of their sons, Lisa also donates significant time to volunteer work in their community.