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Cool Pioneers

Tuesday, April 19 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Belmont 1,5; Nolita 1, 2

Within the cold chain industry, there are pioneers who are innovating in human capital development, cost-savings, and time-savings. The presenters for these sessions are IARW warehouse members, like you, who have made an impact on the industry through their innovations. Hear about their perspectives during “Cool Pioneers.”  You’ll have the opportunity to listen to two of these 30-minute presentations.

  • Talent (human capital development)
  • Treasure (cost-savings)
  • Time (time-savings)

Pioneering Topics

Building Effective Executive Leadership Teams
Doug Harrison, President and CEO, VersaCold
Belmont 5 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. & 9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Leading organizations to improve and optimize complex supply chains demands a comprehensive range of knowledge, skills, and experience. Leadership teams that bring diverse experience in all areas of supply chain, logistics, and operations management through a variety of channels ensure a team built for success. How do you go about forming this team? Experiences are easy to see on a resume, but how important is cultural fit – and how do you hire for that element? One company has found great success in their model, by sticking to their company’s core values and leadership principles.

ESOP – Another Alternative 
Rich Bauer, President and CEO, Southeast Food Distribution
Nolita 1 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. & 9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Southeast Food Distribution started in 1958 as a family business distributing frozen poultry in the Miami area under the name Poultry, Inc. Fifty-eight years later, the company has expanded by acquiring other food service companies and expanding its geographic reach. Southeast has found great success in its model of employee ownership. ESOPs can be used to provide a market for the shares of a departing owner of a profitable, closely held company. Join this session to learn about Southeast’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and their continued success after family ownership.

Implementing Automation: USCS Case Study
Michael Lynch, Corporate VP of Engineering, United States Cold Storage
Nolita 2 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. & 9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
The benefits of automation are seen throughout the supply chain – improved efficiency, consistency, and quality. What considerations should be taken into account when planning an automation implementation? What challenges could you encounter along the implementation period? And, what talent is needed to successfully implement and carry out an automated facility? Join this session to learn from United States Cold Storage’s experience in this field.