WFLO Recognizes Young Leader in the Cold Chain Industry

ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 30, 2017 – The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), develops talent for the cold chain industry through the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award program which is held during the WFLO Institute East. Through the award program, a young leader is recognized for contributions to his company, knowledge of the cold chain industry, and leadership potential.

Matt Toogood, Operations Manager for United States Cold Storage (USCS), received the 2017 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award during the 53rd WFLO Institute East, which took place Feb. 18-22, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.

“The dedication and quality of the emerging leaders within the cold chain never ceases to impress me,” GCCA President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch said. “Matt is respected as a leader among his peers and is an example of the bright future our industry holds.”

Organized by WFLO, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. The award is named in honor of Donald V. Schlimme, Ph.D, who passed away in 2012 and was a longtime member of the WFLO Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO Staff Advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his extensive knowledge.

“Don Schlimme’s legacy will forever have an impact on our industry,” Toogood said. “It is my aspiration to honor it in my own career by striving to emulate so many of the attributes that he embodied.”

Toogood competed with three of his fellow Don Schlimme Future Leader Award nominees. Those nominees included Shawn Thomas – Snotemp Cold Storage, Andrew Pavlicin – USCS, and Devany Cocco – USCS.

Toogood has worked in the industry since 2010 and joined USCS in June 2016, where he oversees operations at the Fort Worth, Texas, facility.

He will compete alongside the Frank Vale Award (Australia), Tony Lewis Cold Store Operator Award (South Africa), and UK Young Manager of the Year (United Kingdom) recipients for the GCCA Global NextGen Award at the 126th IARW-WFLO Convention taking place April 22-25, 2017 in Dana Point, Calif.

More information on the WFLO Institute can be found at

(Left to right): 2017 Don Schlimme Young Leader Award recipient Matt Toogood, USCS; Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA President & CEO


Contact: Laura Poko, Director of Marketing & Communications, GCCA at +1 703 373 4300 ext. 218 or

About the Global Cold Chain Alliance
Comprised of its Core Partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry.

Thursday, March 30, 2017