Donate to the Anthony M. Leo WFLO Scholarship

Donate: Anthony M. Leo WFLO Scholarship​ Fund


This year, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and RLS Logistics are pleased to announce the Anthony M. Leo Scholarship Fund. Before his passing in March 2021, Tony was a highly engaged member of the association serving as Treasurer of the Board, participating on numerous committees, presenting at events and a passionate advocate for training and educating the next generation of future cold chain leaders.

In honor of all he did for the association and the industry, the Anthony M. Leo Scholarship Fund was created to provide a scholarship to a third-party cold chain logistics industry employee to attend the WFLO Institute for each of the three years of the program. One scholarship recipient will be chosen each year by a group of Tony’s industry colleagues.

The scholarship will cover an individual’s registration, airfare, hotel, meals and other honors over 3 years. RLS Logistics will match contributions made to the Tony Leo Scholarship Fund to allow for a second individual to Institute in 2023.





Thank you to our contributors! View contributors here.

About Tony Leo

The Global Cold Chain community lost a valued and respected leader – Anthony (Tony) Michael Leo, CEO of RLS Logistics, on March 11, 2021. He was active in the business community and local charities and was serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) at the time of his passing.


As CEO of RLS Logistics, Warehouse Group, Tony was instrumental in helping RLS become one of the largest family-owned cold chain logistics providers in the Northeast. Devoted husband and father, Tony enjoyed bringing his family to various business events all around the world. His sense of humor and wit was enjoyed by family and friends alike. Tony was well respected by his industry peers and colleagues. He truly loved nothing more than spending time with his family and working on the growth of the family business.

About WFLO Institute

There are two North American Institutes this year:

  • WFLO Institute East in Atlanta, GA, January 8-10, 2023
  • WFLO Institute West in Tempe, AZ, January 29-31, 2023


WFLO Institute attendees are tomorrow’s leaders. The program, in its 55th year, offers a n authoritative 360-degree perspective on the cold chain logistics industry that can only be obtained at the WFLO Institute.


The scholarship includes registration, airfare, hotel, meals and other honors.


Nominate one of your company’s up-and-coming leaders to attend one of the WFLO Institutes and further their education of the industry and your business.


They will be evaluated on the following criteria:

•How the Institute will affect their ability to become a future leader in the industry

•The individual’s attitude, leadership skills and overall dedication to the industry

•Their current status as a high-performing professional member of your organization


Nominate a Scholarship Recipient

Students from every professional area come to the Institute to enhance their individual specialty while developing a 360-degree understanding of their company and the third-party cold chain logistics industry. The program is tailored for current or potential supervisors and managers in the following areas: • Operations • Administration • Engneering • Marketing • IT • Construction • Sales • Human Resources


NOMINATIONS OPEN October 27, 2022




Submit a Nomination Here


Application Review Task Force


The recipients of the 2023 Scholarship will be chosen by a group of industry executives including:

  • Lori Cogit, RLS Logistics
  • Andy Fisk, Vertical Cold Storage
  • Bryan Hedge, RLS Complete 
  • Jason Lafferty, RLS Cascadia
  • Charlie Newell, Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company
  • Frank Plant, San Diego Refrigerated Services
  • Mike Pokel, Midwest Refrigerated
  • Tim Siddiq, MW Cold 



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