VP/ DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION
Over 20 years experience at director level in transportation and logistics management for such companies as Boise Office Solutions, Kimball International, and Nestle USA. Ability to develop, implement, and manage successful transportation and supply chain strategies designed to reduce costs and improve customer service. Examples are the implementation of a “World Class” Transportation Business Plan at Boise which dramatically improved customer delivery capabilities and the reduction of delivery costs at Nestle of over $15 million on an annual basis.
Supply Chain Management
National/ Multiple Location Scope
Union/ Non-union/ Owner-op
BOISE OFFICE SOLUTIONS 1996-2003
As one of three businesses operated by the $7.5 billion Boise Cascade Corporation, Boise Office Solutions is a $3.8 billion premier office products distribution company with distribution capability throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
Director, Transportation, Itasca, IL
Responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing management of a “World Class” corporate transportation strategy to ensure effective management of an over $130 million annual freight budget while meeting all customer delivery requirements. Next-day customer delivery volume of approximately 50,000 deliveries moves daily through a domestic distribution network of 40 Distribution Centers and 45 cross docks utilizing a combination of private fleet delivery, operating on 864 local delivery routes, along with 200 select complementary small package, LTL, and TL carriers.
· Developed and implemented an operational model to allow for local route private fleet delivery at one-half the cost/carton of small parcel carrier alternatives in dense delivery areas:
· 17 member corporate transportation organization developed to include region transportation, fleet operations, and systems management, along with transportation purchasing expertise
· Delivery Specialist position developed to attain route effectiveness and customer service expectations – hailed as the company’s “ ambassadors” to its’ customers by the company president
· Directed the development/implementation of routing/scheduling, manifesting, and electronic Proof of
Delivery systems to improve customer service and to reduce costs with savings of over $2 million
· Initiated a strong partnership with complimentary carriers, including UPS, resulting in the ability to
enhance customer service levels while improving delivery economics – with the most recent carrier
rate negotiation achieving an annual savings of $800,000
KIMBALL INTERNATIONAL 1994-1995
An $850 million company, Kimball manufactures fine wood products including office furniture and systems, lodging furniture, contract wood products, and pianos in over 35 plant locations in the United States, Mexico, and Europe.
Corporate Logistics Director, Jasper, IN
Responsible for defining the role and organization for the newly established Logistic function with the objective to maximize customer satisfaction and corporate profitability. Total volume included over 150,000 truck shipments annually to showrooms, distributors and customer job sites at a cost of $40 million. The corporate logistics group consisted of three direct reports and over 100 individuals including support staff and private fleet drivers.
· Established processes and procedures to insure the regulatory compliance of the private fleet, proper management organization, effective financial reporting, and most profitable lane positioning
· Renegotiated LTL rate levels that resulted in $1.3 million in annual cost savings
· Directed the evaluation of the existing Logistic Information Systems and implemented a new system of third party freight bill payment to reduce costs and improve transportation data availability
NESTLE USA 1975-1994
In 1991 Nestle consolidated the three food companies it owned in the United States - Carnation Company, Hills Brothers and Nestle Foods – creating the $7 billion Nestle USA. Prior to that consolidation I was with the $3.5 billion Carnation Company.
Director of Transportation, De Kalb, IL
Responsible for directing all transportation activities for operating companies within Nestle U.S.A. Total volume included over 500,000 truck, rail and inter-modal shipments annually at a cost of $300 million through a network of 12 D.C.s, 56 factories, 200 co-packers, and 18,000 customers with over 48,000 ship to locations under 3 different temperature environments. The transportation group consisted of three direct reports and 700 individuals including transportation managers and analysts and private fleet management staff and drivers.
• Reorganized and consolidated three transportation groups with divergent corporate cultures from the
companies that now form Nestle U.S.A. and integrated the private fleet into the transportation group reducing overhead by $500,000 annually
• Developed and implemented transportation strategies designed to achieve $15 million
in variable freight savings and improve customer service levels including:
· Core Carrier Partnership Program provided increased negotiating leverage by redirecting over $40 million annually in transportation costs through 10 core carriers from an unfocused 600 carrier environment
· Mode conversion to convert truck shipments to rail and intermodal and the use of TL continuous move strategies to reduce costs
• Directed development and implementation of a Transportation Management System to assist in achieving savings by enhancing the efficient use of carriers and continuous movement through centralized load planning and tendering. This approach improved service levels and reduced costs $1.7 million
V.P. & General Manager, Carnaco Transport Inc., Oconomowoc, WI (1985-1991)
Responsible for management of all areas of operations for this I.C.C. contract carrier operating as a private fleet for Carnation Company. Carnaco Transport, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnation Company, had revenues of $60 million annually in 1991 operating at 16 terminal locations with 500 power units throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada and transported goods for both Carnation Company and over 100 additional companies including Kraft and James River.
Distribution Center Manager, Ft. Wayne, IN (1975-1985)
Responsible for all areas of operation at this 300,000 sq. ft. Carnation Company distribution facility with an annual operating budget of $1 million (excluding freight).
Indiana University – Bachelor of Science in Business
University of Wisconsin – additional logistics coursework
Council of Logistics Management
American Trucking Associations