Emerging Leader Award

CSCMP's Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award (ELA) recognizes up-and-coming leaders for their early yet meaningful contributions to the supply chain management and logistics industry. The selected individual(s) are recognized for their achievements and represent their companies and peers.


Any active CSCMP member who is age 32 or under at the time of the nomination deadline and is doing something exceptional outside of their normal scope of work which grants them distinction. Self-nominations are accepted. 

Submitting a Nomination

Nominators will need to provide a descriptive summary of the nominee’s achievements and contributions in 500 words or less. Nominees will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Career contributions and activities. 
  • Recognition in supply chain. 
  • Active involvement in CSCMP.
  • Commitment to supply chain industry. 
  • Certifications and continuing education.

The summary should describe specific aspects of the nominee’s business and professional experiences, providing detailed examples. The nomination submission must also include one letter of recommendation. 

All qualifying nominations undergo a blind review by the Emerging Leader Award Selection Committee, who are tasked with selecting the winners. 

ELA Rules

  • The nominator must be a CSCMP member.
  • The nominator may also write the letter of recommendation.
  • Letters of recommendation written by current members of CSCMP’s Board of Directors are not allowed.
  •  A member of any CSCMP committee is not eligible for the award. 

The nomination period for the 2024 Emerging Leader Award runs from January 8 – February 9 (No Extensions will be granted). Submit a nomination.


2023 Emerging Leader Award Recipient

Mukul Parkhe
Lead Industrial Engineer
DHL Supply Chain

Jonathan Porter
Founder & CEO
Porter Logic

Past Recipients

2022: Andrii Aleksyeyev,, Supply Chain Director, Milk Alliance
2021: Gleb Mikulich, Supply Chain Specialist, ToolsGroup
2020: Courtney Cook, eCommerce Operations Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
2020: Orlando J. Gillespie, Founder & CEO, Supply Chain Collaborative Consulting Consortium (SC4 Consulting)
2019: Anahi Arza, Logistics Operations Lead, Unilever
2019: Parker Holcomb, Founder and CEO, CoLane
2018: Kimberly H. Caron, Supply Chain Manager, Peerless Plastics
2018: Bo Liao, Manager, Advanced Analytics, Western Digital
2018: Chris Ricciardi, Chief Operating Officer, Logistical Labs
2017: Nathan Chaney, Branch Manager, MainFreight
2017: David Perez, Director, Cushman & Wakefield
2016: Diego De la Garza, Associate Director, Source One Management
2016: Brian Jacobson, Manager, C.H. Robinson
2016: Paul Rohrbaugh, President, Sterling Simulation
2015: Eyual Getahun, Process Specialist, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
2015: Ravi Kiran Unnam, Global Lead, Supply Network Design, Mondelez International
2014: Susan E. Conley, Program Specialist, Caterpillar, Inc.
2014: Mengxiao (Michelle) Zhang, Lean Logistics Team Lead, LeanCor, LLC
2013: Keiko Arai, Associate Contract Specialist, Global Outsourcing, Bell Helicopter
2013: Florian Schick, Senior Associate, SCM Practice, McKinsey & Company
2013: Amanda Tolhurst, Senior Manager, Internal Materials Operations, Whirlpool Corporation