CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame

CSCMPs Supply Chain Hall of Fame

At the 2016 Annual Conference, the creation of CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame was announced to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have created, innovated, and mastered the discipline of supply chain management. The Hall of Fame signifies the life-long accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in.

CSCMP is committed to preserving the history of some of the greatest, life-changing innovations and inventions from around the world, celebrating the astounding practitioners and academics who have made the supply chain management industry what it is today. From mass production assembly lines to ocean freight containers, from UPC to tracking systems, the evolution of physical distribution to logistics to supply chain management has changed the face of history time and time again.

But it is not only the concepts, inventions, and innovations that should be celebrated and remembered, it is also the people who took an impossible dream and made it a reality. This honor recognizes individuals that have made a significant impact on the landscape of supply chain management. Nominees must have experienced significant success in the industry, illustrated extraordinary leadership skills, and served as a role model to supply chain students, young professionals, and budding entrepreneurs.

Nominating Categories 

To be eligible, each Hall of Fame nominee must have 20 years in supply chain and logistics field and fall under one of the following categories:
Industry Transformers 

  • Technology 
  • Businesses or Process 
  • Legislative & Regulatory 

Knowledge Creators and Communicators 

  • Researchers 
  • Authors 
  • Journalists 
  • Consultants 

Industry Leaders 

  • Practitioners 
  • Industry Leaders 

CSCMP Distinguished Award Winners

CSCMP's Distinguished Services Award is the highest honor we bestow upon an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines. Therefore, each of the Distinguished Service Award past winners were inducted into the Hall of Fame at CSCMP's 2016 EDGE Conference. And all future Distinguished Service Award winners will automatically be inducted each year. 

The nomination period for the 2024 Hall of Fame runs from January 8 – February 9 (No Extensions will be granted). Submit a nomination. 


CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame 2023

Lynn Fritz
Chairman and CEO of Fritz Companies 

Ted Stank
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Past Inductees


Beth Ford


President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Beth is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food. In addition, she is the convener of The American Connection Project to help bridge the digital divide.

Masao Nishi


Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Masao Nishi is a supply chain management, logistics, and transportation professional. He has held management consulting, business development, and operations responsibilities. Currently, he is Principal at M. Nishi Strategic Advisory. Previously he was Vice President, Supply Chain Management and a Corporate Officer at Sysco Corporation, a $50 billion food service distributor.


John Menzies


Founder of American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)
John T. “Jock” Menzies III was a Baltimore warehousing executive who turned his logistics talents to global disaster relief, helping hundreds of thousands of people survive in the wake of earthquakes and hurricanes.

Dale Rogers


Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Dale Rogers is the ON Semiconductor Professor of Business at the Supply Chain Management department at Arizona State University. He is also the Director of the Frontier Economies Logistics Lab and the Co-Director of the Internet Edge Supply Chain Lab ASU.


Taiichi Ohno


Creator of the Toyota Production System (LEAN)
Taiichi Ohno was a Japanese industrial engineer and businessman. He is considered to be the father of the Toyota Production System, which inspired Lean Manufacturing in the U.S. He devised the seven wastes (or muda in Japanese) as part of this system. He wrote several books about the system, including Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production.

Matthew A. Waller, Ph.D.


Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Matthew A. Waller, Ph.D. is Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is also Professor of Supply Chain Management and holds the Sam M. Walton Endowed Leadership Chair in Business at the University of Arkansas. He is co-inventor of U.S. Patent No. 6,341,269 B1 for a System, Method and Article of Manufacture to Optimize Inventory and Merchandising Shelf Space Utilization.


James Casey


Founder and Former Chairman of UPS
James Casey was an entrepreneur who founded the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington, which later became United Parcel Service. UPS is now one of the world’s largest package delivery and supply chain management companies. Along with UPS, Casey founded two philanthropic organizations focused on child welfare: the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs. Casey is a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Hall of Fame and the Logistics Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth Dole


Former United States Senator
Elizabeth Dole is a politician and author. Dole served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor under George H. W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross. She also served as North Carolina's first female U.S. Senator from 2003 to 2009. In 2012, Dole founded the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to help military caregivers and their families.

Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt


Creator of the Theory of Constraints 
Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt was an author, philosopher and business leader who developed the Optimized Production Technique, the Theory of Constraints (TOC), the Thinking Processes, Drum-Buffer-Rope, Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) and other TOC derived tools. Due to his knowledge and expertise in the development of new business management philosophies and systems, he was a sought-after consultant and trainer by many of the world’s largest corporations, including General Motors, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, NV Philips, ABB and Boeing. He founded Creative Output, Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute and Goldratt Group.

George Raymond Sr.


Inventor of the Wooden Pallet and Pallet Jack 
George Raymond Sr. patented the wooden pallet and pallet jack nearly 80 year ago. Raymond founded the company Lyon Iron Works, which later became Raymond Corporation. The Raymond Corporation is credited with hundreds of inventions and has been granted patents including the first electric narrow-aisle lift truck, the first electric reach truck, and the first electric double deep reach truck. Its trucks are sold all over the world.

Kathy Wengel


Distinguished Service Award Winner 
As Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson, Kathy is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and has direct responsibility for one of the largest and most complex global supply chains in the world, delivering pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer health products and services to more than a billion patients and consumers every day. She leads a global team of more than 50,000 people in planning, manufacturing, distribution, customer service, and technical operations, partnering with thousands of suppliers, customers and healthcare providers. She also has corporate-wide responsibility for Quality & Compliance, Environmental Health Safety & Sustainability, and Engineering, Real Estate and Property Services.


Michael Dell


Founder of Dell Technologies 
Michael Dell is a businessman, investor, philanthropist and author. Dell is the chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world's largest technology infrastructure companies. Dell Technologies is an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information.

Peter Drucker


Founder of Modern Management 
Peter Drucker was a management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. Drucker was also a leader in the development of management education, he invented the concept known as management by objectives and self-control, and he has been described as "the founder of modern management".

George Stephenson


Inventor of the Stephenson Railway Gauge 
George Stephenson was an engineer and principal inventor of the railroad locomotive. Pioneered by Stephenson, rail transport was one of the most important technological inventions of the 19th century and a key component of the Industrial Revolution. Stephenson and his son engineered and built the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. The standard gauge used throughout much of the world is due to him.


Jeff Bezos


Founder of 
Jeff Bezos is a technology entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Bezos is the founder of Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer. The Seattle-based company sells books, household goods and other products through its flagship website. It also controls the Whole Foods grocery chain and offers cloud computing and video streaming services. Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post. Bezos is considered a pioneer of e-commerce.

George J. Laurer


Inventor of the UPC Barcode 
George J. Laurer was an engineer responsible for developing the Universal Product Code, commonly known as the barcode. He worked for IBM for 36 years, and is the holder of 25 patents. During his career, IBM recognized and rewarded him for many technical innovations. He received the prestigious “Raleigh, N.C. Inventor of the Year” award in 1976. In 1980, he was honored with IBM’s Corporate Technical Achievement award for his work on the Universal Product Code proposal that was issued in 1970 by McKinsey & Co. and Uniform Grocery Product Code Council, Inc.

Dr. Nancy Nix


Distinguished Service Award Winner 
Dr. Nix is formerly Executive Director of the EMBA Program and Professor of Professional Practice in Supply Chain Management at the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University. She received her doctorate in Logistics from the University of Tennessee and her MBA from Temple University. She has extensive management experience with the DuPont Company and Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India.

Henry Ford


Category: Industry Leader (2016)
Henry Ford was an American industrialist who founded the Ford Motor Company, which sells automobiles and commercial vehicles. He began as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company, during which time he built his first gasoline-powered horseless carriage, the Quadricycle. Before he established the Ford Motor Company in 1903, most American middle-class families could not afford to own automobiles. But, after only five years in business, the company rolled out the first Model T. In order to meet overwhelming demand for the revolutionary, and affordable, automobile, Ford introduced revolutionary new mass-production methods, including large production plants, the use of standardized, interchangeable parts and, in 1913, the world's first moving assembly line for cars.

Johnnie Bryan (J.B.) Hunt


Category: Knowledge Creator and Innovator (2016)
Born in Arkansas during the Great Depression, J.B. sacrificed his education to ensure his family's survival. From picking cotton and driving a truck to inventing a rice hull press and starting several businesses, J.B. was always up for a challenge. J.B. co-founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. in 1969 with his wife and business partner, Johnelle. What started as just five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers grew into the largest publicly-held truckload carrier in the U.S. In 1989, he sealed a deal that forever changed the face of the transportation industry: he and Mike Haverty, president of the Santa Fe Railway, partnered to move freight from truck to rail. The joint venture was the start of something revolutionary. Before long, other companies began following suit, ushering in a new era of intermodal.

Malcom McLean


Category: Industry Transformer (2016)
Malcom McLean started a small trucking company, McLean Trucking, to transport farmers' goods and supplies. In the 1950s, he sold his business and focused on the need for an easier method of unloading goods from trucks and transferring them to ships. He gambled big on a container venture that required refitting ships and designing trailers to stack below or on the decks. In 1956, his first container ship set sail. McLean's new company, Sea-Land, worked with the Port of New York Authority's to develop a new container port anointing cargo shipping as the method of the future. More and more ports adapted to the containers, and shipping was revolutionized. McLean sold Sea-Land but continued to produce inventions such as "econoships" that carry cargo at the equator while smaller ships pick up and deliver containers.

Chris Caplice


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2016)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Chris Caplice was the Executive Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He has dedicated himself to being a leader in supply chain management, from his involvement in education to his innovative work in identifying and developing technologies that have contributed to the improved efficiency and effectiveness of transportation, logistics, and supply chain processes. His research has been used to improve operations, cut costs, and improve service levels and has had a dramatic impact in shaping the supply chain discipline as we know it. He is among an elite group of supply chain professionals who have made contributions to the discipline from both an industry and an academic perspective.

Robert Martichenko


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2015)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Robert Martichenko was the Chief Executive Officer at LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Widely recognized as a leader of practice and knowledge creation in the field of supply chain management (SCM), he has had a global impact to the study and practice of lean supply chain operations. He has devoted his career to improving professional standards, educational opportunities, and operational thought leadership in SCM, and is a long-time advocate of supply chain innovation. His foresight in the field of end-to-end SCM has helped prepare the industry for changing business conditions resulting from globalization, market and product complexity, and changing customer preferences and demand patterns.

Mike Regan


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2014)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Mike Regan was Chief of Relationship Development at TranzAct Technologies, Inc. He has been a champion of innovation and creativity, caring deeply about the people in the SCM profession, and has shared his knowledge in ways that positively impact the community. His vast and significant contributions have left an indelible mark on the industry. He is described by industry leaders as "an innovator in supply chain businesses, and a tireless champion of a wide range of causes for decades." He has been both a visionary and an evangelist for improved logistics performance by all stakeholders, including shippers, carriers, and intermediaries, and believes that collaboration is a key factor in improving supply chains.

Abré Pienaar


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2013)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Abré Pienaar was the Chief Executive Officer at iPlan. He has had a career that spans academic, professional, and business organizations and has made an impact through teaching, writing, leading, consulting, and volunteering. His impact has been felt globally, with his focus on educating supply chain professionals around the world. He is a founding member of the South African Institute of Industrial Engineers, at which he steered the organization to include a focus on the management of downstream supply chains. When none was available, he wrote a book in Afrikaans on the concepts and principles of manufacturing systems, making the latest thinking about MRP, just-in-time, activity based costing, and other supply chain concepts broadly accessible to South African industry.

Ann Drake


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2012)
At the time of her receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Ann Drake was Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics. Due to her contributions to the logistics and supply chain professions she has been described as "a tireless advocate for the importance of the supply chain and a visible example of using logistics to drive performance, growth, and manage change." She has been at the forefront of one of our industry's proudest achievements: opening opportunities to both men and women. Ann continually guided DSC through transformations aimed at providing supply chain leadership to customers with changing needs. She has also received the Kellogg School of Management's Alumni Merit Award and was named Illinois Institute of Technology's "Industry Leader of the Year".

James R. Stock


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2011)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. James R. Stock was a Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing at the University of South Florida. His contributions to logistics and supply chain management, and its development as an international discipline, are extensive and his impact has been felt globally, from undergrads to C-level executives. He has been a prolific and globally recognized author, his numerous publications have been read and frequently cited by students, practitioners, and academic peers, and have brought him fans and friends from all corners of the world. And, he is the only individual to have served as editor of two of the industry's most prestigious journals, The Journal of Business Logistics and The International Journal of Logistics and Physical Distribution Management.

Charles L. Taylor


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2010)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Chuck Taylor was the Founder and Principal/"Head Coach" of Awake! Consulting. A longtime executive with decades of experience, Chuck made a lifetime commitment to finding practical solutions to industry problems and went above and beyond to share that knowledge with others. He felt it was important for logistics and supply chain professionals to be engaged in "big picture" issues that would affect the industry as a whole, as well as in day-to-day operations and business management for their own companies. A keen analyst, Chuck worked tirelessly to educate his peers about the consequences of the end of "cheap oil," urging them to prepare their supply chains for potential fuel shortages and to play active roles in shaping national energy policy.

Joel L. Sutherland


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2009)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Joel Sutherland was the Managing Director of Lehigh University's Center for Value Chain Research. His distinguished 30-year career has been defined by innovation. From his executive beginnings at Denso, where he mastered Toyota Production System/Lean principles to his visionary leadership in outsourced logistics with CSX and Transplace to his role as the managing director of Lehigh University's Center for Value Chain Research, Joel has dedicated his career to creating innovative techniques, processes, and solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and effectiveness. He is an inspirational leader who believes in leading by example, and he does. He has contributed enormously to raising awareness of the supply chain management profession around the world.

Arthur Mesher


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2008)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Art Mesher was the Chief Executive Officer at The Descartes Systems Group Inc. He has emerged as one of the foremost pioneers, business developers, and thought leaders in the supply chain and logistics industries, and is considered by many to be one of the founders of the on-demand logistics networks we know today. He has a natural ability to identify supply chain and logistics trends; is focused on promoting the use of innovative technology to address these trends; and is passionate about educating stakeholders on the importance of embracing these trends. Art has developed and applied emerging technologies that have helped to build the logistics industry on a global scale. As a "champion" for the industry, Art has an incredible drive to make the world a better place through logistics.

Thomas W. Speh


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2007)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Tom Speh was a James Evans Rees Distinguished Professor of Distribution at The Richard T. Farmer School of Business, Miami University of Ohio. The long history of his leadership has had a significant impact at CSCMP, the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), Miami University, and as an industry professional. He spent his career committing his time and knowledge to advancing the logistics and supply chain professions. He co-founded the Warehousing Research Center, creating an avenue for getting practical research accomplished. He is highly recognized throughout the industry for his innovative development of a PC-based model used for determining warehouse costs; this model continues to be utilized today.

Herbert S. Shear


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2006)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Herbert Shear was the Chief Executive Officer at GENCO. Throughout his career, he has contributed his experience and expertise to the advancement of logistics and supply chain education on an international level. A third-generation owner of a family-managed business, he led GENCO to its status as one of the top ten largest commercial warehousing operations in North America. He has authored and co-authored numerous supply chain management and reverse logistics articles and is recognized as a pioneering force behind reverse logistics. His innovation, leadership, and published works have had a tremendous global impact on supply chains, organizations, and the individuals who work in the profession.

Martin G. Christopher


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2005)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Martin G. Christopher was the Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield University in the UK. His work in the field of logistics and supply chain management has gained international recognition, focusing on the interface between marketing and logistics, and the impact of industry globalization on logistics. He has been widely published and co-founded The International Journal of Logistics Management. Martin's contribution to the field not only involves a strong academic contribution to logistics and supply chain theory but also the ability to translate that theory into practical applications for industry. As a result of his efforts, the fields of logistics and supply chain management have been advanced in both the university classroom and the boardroom.

John T. (Tom) Mentzer


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2004)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, John T. (Tom) Mentzer was the Distinguished Professor of Logistics at The University of Tennessee. He has an unmatched publications record of innovative research on a wide variety of problems and issues critical to the discipline, an extensive variety of service contributions to the profession, and acknowledged leadership in every organization in which he participates. He has been at the cutting edge of the academic ranks in promoting rigorous methods in the research processes used to investigate logistics and SCM issues. World-renowned for his expertise in the area of forecast management, his research and executive training over the years has significantly increased the critical role that forecasting plays in the management of demand and supply chain management.  

H. Lee Scott, Jr.


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2003)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, H. Lee Scott, Jr. was Chairman of Wal-Mart Corporation. A 24-year veteran of Wal-Mart, Scott had been instrumental in continually improving the company's distribution network, one of the most technologically advanced and efficient networks in the world. Under his leadership, excess inventory in the stores was eliminated and achieved record sales increases with minimal increases in inventory levels, a significant achievement in the retail business. In addition to his focus on operational improvements, Scott is recognized for his development of people within the organization by encouraging collaboration across all department lines, providing better ways to identify and implement new ways to improve customer service.

Donald J. Schneider


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2002)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Donald Schneider was Chairman of the Board at Schneider Logistics, Inc. He began as a mechanic's helper and eventually succeeded his father as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schneider National, Inc. He actively worked to ensure the company remained at the forefront of customer service and innovation. His emphasis on professionalism, customer focus, and the right people and technology was instrumental in the company's success. He was the first to adopt satellite-based communications and positioning in trucks and, in 1993, he established Schneider Logistics, a technology-based global lead logistics provider enabling customers to effectively manage the flow of material, funds, and information throughout their supply chains.

Ralph W. Drayer


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (2001)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Ralph Drayer was the first Vice President of Customer Service & Logistics at Procter & Gamble and was instrumental in the development of P&G's industry-leading supply chain capabilities. He was responsible for Procter & Gamble's global implementation of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR). He has also played a prominent leadership role in the commercial standards movement within the CPG industry. He served as co-chairman of the Grocery Industry's ECR Best Practices Committee and chairman of the GMA Distribution and Logistics Committee. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at DSC Logistics, Inc. and served as its Member of Advisory Board of Directors.

Richard F. Powers


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1999)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Richard Powers was the Co-Founder and President of INSIGHT, Inc. Prior to the founding of INSIGHT, Dr. Powers served as President of the Council of Logistics Management in 1990. He has worked for the Department of Defense on the largest distribution system study ever undertaken and served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense on defense manpower policies and programs. Dr. Power's contributions to the field of supply chain management are only outweighed but his pursuit to share his knowledge with others. He is a frequent conference and seminar speaker and has published in the areas of logistics, human resources, management science, and management information systems.

William C. Copacino


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1998)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, William Copacino was a Managing Partner at Andersen Consulting Strategic Services Practice. His work inherently dealt with the larger picture, such as how to make many moving pieces flow together as seamlessly as possible to achieve the goals of his clients. By redefining the meaning of "logistics strategy," Bill served as a leading thinker and innovator. His writings, speeches and professional work with clients helped to reposition logistics as an indispensable tool for gaining competitive advantage in the marketplace. Bill influenced the top management in hundreds of companies to business activity and strategic science. He played a vital role in elevating the logistics activity to full participation in corporate planning and business processes.

Yossi Sheffi


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1997)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Yossi Sheffi was a Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He represents a unique combination of contributions ranging from science to engineering and management, from theory to practice, and from developing processes for large corporations to entrepreneurial activities. He has proven that industry experience can make one a better researcher and teacher while a strong theoretical background can make one a better practitioner. He had developed two successful companies, LogiCorp and PTCG, while also authoring numerous scientific publications. His scientific contributions include innovative decision support systems for carrier operations and the development of logistics concepts and processes now used by leading global shippers.

Larry S. Mulkey


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1996)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Larry Mulkey was the President of Ryder Integrated Logistics. Through his leadership of Ryder Integrated logistics, he has shaped the third party logistics (3PL) industry and had positively affected the logistics profession in a manner highly worth emulating. Once focused solely on the automotive industry, he and Ryder took the third party logistics concept to a wide variety of other industries and introduced technology as an integral part of the 3PL offering. His vision was instrumental in putting together an organization with the right combination of innovative thinking and operational excellence and speaks on the subject of integrated logistics and supply chain management to broad senior executive audiences.

Joseph C. Andraski


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1995)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Joe Andraski was Vice President Integrated Logistics at Nabisco Inc. He led the Nabisco Sales organization through a major change management initiative, reducing head count by 50% and reducing sales expense, as a percent of sales, from 12% to under 6%, at the same time exceeding forecasted sales. He is considered to be one of the retail industry's thought leaders, and the father of Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment. Under his leadership, CPFR is now a common business practice found around the world. He developed the VICS CPFR Certification Program and VICS Item Level RFID Initiative. He is also the founder of Collaborative Energizer, LLC.

Roger W. Carlson


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1994)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Roger W. Carlson was the Executive Vice President at Exel Logistics-North America. Roger Carlson was a rare breed in the supply chain operations field. His combination of warehousing expertise and human relations skills enabled him to successfully function in both warehouse operations and marketing roles. He was very active in the American Warehouse Association (now IWLA) as president and as an educator of its members. He conducted numerous seminars for the members on how to price and market their services. At the time, he was one of the foremost pricing experts in the industry. During his long career, he increased the knowledge of thousands of logistics service providers, warehouse users, and students.

C. John Langley


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1993)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, C. John Langley was a John H. Dove Distinguished Professor at The University of Tennessee. Highly regarded in both academic and professional pursuits, and recognized as one of the world's leading scholars in his field, he has been involved in supply chain management and business logistics for decades. He is a popular speaker at professional conferences and participates as a faculty member at executive logistics programs offered at a number of leading universities. He has co-authored three major industry texts, including an annual study conducted to identify key trends and issues relating to the use of outsourced logistics services by customers in North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific and South Africa.

Howard S. Gochberg


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1992)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Howard Gochberg was the former Vice President of Land O'Lakes, Inc. He is known throughout the field as a man of vision and a man of his word. He helped make a reality of his vision of a centralized logistics organization in the largest dairy cooperative in the United States and had a reputation of being a change agent who delivered on commitments. In his tireless pursuit to advance the logistics and supply chain management profession, he has set high standards as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers of America's logistics committee and was instrumental in handling NCPDM's name change to CLM. He is recognized by his colleagues in the logistics profession as a pragmatic leader and a mentor for others in the field.

John J. Coyle


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1991)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, John Coyle was the Executive Director of the Center for Logistics Research at The Pennsylvania State University. He has played a leading role in developing the logistics and transportation program at Penn State and has been involved creating instructional televised modules. Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics, he has also written hundreds of publications in the areas of transportation and logistics and presented papers on these topics at numerous professional meetings. He has been honored with many awards including the Philadelphia Traffic Club's Person of the Year Award, the Eccles Medal from the International Society of Logistics, and the Lion's Paw Medal from Penn State.

Roger W. Kallock


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1990)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Roger Kallock was the Co-Founder and Chairman of Cleveland Consulting Associates (CCA). He has been an innovator in the use of information technology and champion of the value of such technology for logistics modeling, forecasting, and analysis. He has combined the scientific aspects with the complex business issues in a clear and comprehensive way. His unwavering commitment to logistics and "spreading the word" have greatly contributed to the increased attention paid to logistics and the recognition of logistics as a competitive advantage. These accomplishments are only surpassed by his relentless pursuit to initiate educational activities for students and practitioners.

Frederick W. Smith


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1989)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Fred Smith was the CEO and Chairman of Federal Express Corporation. In a 16-year period, he managed to create a multibillion-dollar industry and changed the way business was conducted. He invented the "hub and spoke" distribution system—used today by both air cargo companies and passenger airlines—and created jobs for more than 60,000 people. He has been a pioneer, showing how information technology can be used to build a competitive advantage including his implementation of a computerized tracing system designed to tell the company (and the customer) where any package is at any time. He is a man of vision with great leadership ability that has changed the face of the industry.

George A. Gecowets


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1988)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, George Gecowets was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM). In 1970, he was attained as the first full-time Executive Director of CLM and increased membership by over 5,000. His many contributions to the logistics industry include his role in awarding contracts for CLM's first true research. In his continuing efforts to make young people aware of career opportunities in the industry, he was instrumental in establishing research grants, scholarships, and career awareness programs, including student internships and an employment clearinghouse service. The logistics profession would not be where it is today without his continuous dedication and valuable advice and counsel.

Ronald E. Seger


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1987)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Ronald Seger was Vice President at A.T. Kearney, Inc. With a selfless dedication to the improvement and advancement of the industry, Ron has played an important part in the development of the logistics profession. As Director of Distribution at Chesebrough-Pond's, Inc., he implemented a new, computerized order entry system, introduced engineering standards and performance measurements, set up a private fleet, and installed management development programs. He was instrumental in the development of Warehouse Information Network System (WINS), two accounting and cost control studies with the National Association of Accountants, and the concept of "supply chain management" itself.

Douglas M. Lambert


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1986)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Douglas Lambert was the Professor of Marketing at the University of South Florida. With a high profile in both the academic and practitioner communities, Doug has continually demonstrated a strong ability to take complex ideas and communicate them effectively to both academic and business audiences. Beyond his teaching and research activities, he has written numerous industry-focused papers and publications and has served as a consultant to industry leaders, such as AT&T, the Pillsbury Company, and Schweppes Limited (UK). Through these contacts, he sought to conduct research of real, hands-on value to the industry and provide meaningful, generalizable results to bring to the public domain. 

Arthur W. Todd


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1985)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Arthur Todd was the Director of Purchases at Lincoln Electric Company. His contribution to the transportation industry can only be described as "above and beyond." On the leading edge of logistical technology throughout most of his distinguished career, he sought to bring to light important concepts and practices needed for the growth of the profession through numerous writings and speeches. But it was his foresight and direct involvement with changes brought about by transportation deregulation that has had such a profound impact on the industry. From his involvement in landmark transportation issues to the pursuit of a reasonable and equitable shipping environment for all, Art Todd's commitment to the profession is incredible.

Bob Packwood


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1984)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Bob Packwood was Oregon State Senator in the United States Senate. Although not a distribution practitioner, he was recognized as someone who has had more impact on the transportation and distribution industry than anyone currently in the field. He led the transportation industry from that of a regressive regulation to a free-market operation. He was steadfast in spearheading the resurrection of the US transportation system into a more efficient and competitive posture. His efforts had a profound impact on the transportation industry and his perseverance in producing practical solutions to transportation problems contributed to improving the distribution process and enhancing the practitioner's ability to effectively manage the distribution function.

Bernard J. Hale


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1983)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Bernard Hale was the Vice President, Distribution Services at Bergen Brunswig Corporation. He is a leader, an innovator, and a person who has had a deep, long-term commitment to education and professionalism in the distribution industry. His untiring dedication toward this end has taken him all over the world to speak at universities and numerous other groups and has set an example for all that know and work with him, and earned him the respect of thousands across the country. Despite the time constraints generated by his responsibilities, Bernie always made time to help others. Although not an educator by profession, Few have done more than Bernie Hale to encourage and foster the practical motivation of students and practitioners in the industry. 

Jerome D. Krassenstein


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1982)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Jerome Krassenstein was Vice President, Marketing Services at Chessie System Railroads. He was president of NCPDM and contributed greatly to the organization's educational mission and helped in the formulation of roundtables, the annual conference, seminars, and sponsored research programs. His innovations in the field of physical distribution management include the conversion of equipment and handling facilities from coal to grain to avoid a major bottleneck in the U.S. Grain Export Program and the implementation of Chessie Motor Express (CMX) which linked intermodal operations with the trucking productivity of owners-operators resulting in door-to-door service under the control of a single management.

Robert V. Delaney


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1981)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Robert Delaney was Manager of Distribution at the International Paper Company. Delaney had a prominent role in shaping the direction of logistics across the American manufacturing and distribution world, but his greatest impact came with the annual State of Logistics report he helped launch with co-author Rosalyn Wilson in 1990. This report put the first hard numbers to the real costs of moving goods to market. Delaney analyzed the trends that have been driving subtle changes in freight transportation, putting a seemingly chaotic world of business into a cogent narrative and describing changes that blended the world of academics with the daily reality of warehouses and freight terminals in full swing.

Clifford F. Lynch


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1980)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Clifford F. Lynch was Vice President of Distribution at the Quaker Oats Company. A capable and knowledgeable executive and leader, his contributions to physical distribution are too numerous to list. Throughout his distinguished career, he has dedicated himself to working with members of the academic community to help schools improve their transportation and distribution curriculum and working with educators to broaden the horizons of entry level and middle distribution managers at Quaker Oats. Always in the forefront of the field, he also directed two self-study programs, in the form of self-instruction workbooks (one for supervisors and the other for warehouse employees), designed to reduce damage to specialized railroad equipment.

Wendell M. Stewart


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1979)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Wendell Stewart was Vice President at A.T. Kearney, Inc. A pioneer in the development of the integrated physical distribution system, he continually promoted and thought of new and improved techniques. Known as one of the worldwide leaders in the field of distribution, he has been an instrumental and motivational force behind taking distribution from a "green eyeshade" function to a top level responsibility in the corporate structure. He has completed innumerable research projects on topics such as costs and functions by industry and productivity measurements, the first of their kind. He was also instrumental in establishing the A.T. Kearney Grant for doctoral research into the physical distribution area.

Robert J. Franco


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1978)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Robert Franco was the Vice Chairman of Spector Industries. Nationally known for over thirty years for curing "sick corporations," Robert developed expertise in distribution economics, becoming a pioneer in the field now known as supply chain management. He started his career with ESSO (Standard Oil), then moved to the consulting firm Drake, Startzman, Sheahan and Barclay before he joined the ailing Railway Express Agency (REA) in 1961. Within six years he had become the youngest operating Vice President in American railroading history. After restoring REA to profitability, Robert went on to a number of other companies in varying capacities, charged with the same objective.

Kenneth B. Ackerman


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1977)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Ken Ackerman was the Chairman of Distribution Centers, Inc. Author and consultant, he has provided management advisory services to companies throughout the world. Ackerman's levelheaded advice focuses on time-tested, real-world practices that are grounded in common sense and basic business principles. Ackerman knows warehousing inside and out. He co-wrote his first book in 1972 and has gone on to publish many others. He also edits and publishes Warehousing Forum, a subscription-based newsletter. He is the first person ever to receive recognition from three different organizations: WERC's lifetime membership, the IWLA's Distinguished Service and Leadership Award, and CLM's Distinguished Service Award.

Bernard J. La Londe


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1976)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Bud LaLonde was the Professor of Marketing & Logistics at The Ohio State University. He helped define the principles and practices (that now are widely accepted as the core of sound supply chain management) and put forth a vision for the profession. In his revolutionary vision, he wanted to combine physical distribution management with materials management (procurement and manufacturing) and call the entire infrastructure Business Logistics. A giant on the academic front, Bud has been an active contributor to the field of physical distribution management as a researcher, author, speaker, and consultant and has frequently contributed to professional journals and trade publications.

Burr W. Hupp


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1975)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Burr Hupp was the Managing Director, Drake Sheahan/Stewart Dougall. A founder and charter member of NCPDM, he has been extremely active throughout the history of the organization and is directly responsible for establishing the John Drury Sheahan Award, no called the Distinguished Service Award. His contributions to furthering the physical distribution management concept through his work in the field, as well as the organization, has been instrumental in creating acceptance of it at the top management level of many major US firms and had actively fostered the concept, giving him the credit of having a major effect on the emergence and growth of the physical distribution management.

James L. Heskett


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1974)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, James L. Heskett was the Professor of Business Logistics at Harvard University. His major contributions to the field have been as an educator, a consultant to both shippers and suppliers, and a sought-after advisor for general management professionals. His contributions have spanned beyond the US with his missionary role to teach and practice good physical distribution management on other continents. His reputation as an educator, businessman, and advancer of the art, executed by many articles, books, and personal appearances, are only overshadowed by his reputation for complete intellectual honesty, open-mindedness, and his unique ability to gain acceptance from a broad range of people.

Robert E. Schellberg


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1973)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Robert Schellberg was the Vice President, Distribution at Eastman Kodak Company. His enduring interest in business, as well as his personal motivation to excellence, led him down a path of enduring commitment to the development of physical distribution to its fullest dimensions. He helped originate, donated the design, and led the execution of the advanced function of Kodak's Distribution Division. However, that is only the foundation of Bob's contributions to the field. Leading a team of Kodak practitioners in physical distribution and business practice, he pioneered a speech and lecture program for college campuses, exposing thousands of students to the fundamentals of our profession.

Warren Blanding


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1972)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Warren Blanding was the Executive Vice President at Marketing Publications, Inc. He profoundly influenced the art and science of physical distribution management as a prolific writer and promoter of the physical distribution concept and has been directly, and indirectly, involved in several "firsts" in the industry. In addition to designing the NCPDM logo and letterhead, his accomplishments include, but are not limited to, founding of a trade publication dedicated to physical distribution and producing the first slide film, and then the first motion picture, widely used to explain physical distribution concept. He was also the first to promote the physical distribution concept outside the country.

Mark Egan


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1971)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Mark Egan was a Tourism Advisor for Turkey. He was a charter member and first executive director of NCPDM before accepting a position as Western Manager of Corporate Development for the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). During that time, he spent a considerable amount of time in developing countries under the sponsorship of the U.S. Agency for International Development, seeking to bring both local and international resources to bear on local transportation and distribution systems. His goal was to rectify the lack of facilities, trained labor, and basic management expertise to improve the distribution systems in those developing countries, thus improving their quality of life.

Gayton E. Germane


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1970)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Gayton Germane was a Professor of Logistics and Director, Logistics Management Program, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He had been active in various aspects of physical distribution management in business, government, and educational sectors for many years. He transferred to Stanford as part of a group of young academics hired to strengthen its Business School. While there, he founded the Transportation Management Program for Executives, the school's second executive education program. He also served on the school's faculty committee charged with making recommendations for implementing "The New Look," a movement supported by the Ford Foundation.

Bruce J. Riggs


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1969)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Bruce Riggs was the General Traffic Manager at Norton Company. He began with the Norton Company in 1954 and was active in various aspects of physical distribution management. He served in a number of official capacities in organizations such as Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity, National Defense Transportation Association, National Industrial Traffic League, and the American Society of Traffic & Transportation, as well as the President of NCPDM. He was also named "Transportation Man of the Year" by Delta Nu Alpha. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the New York State Department of Transportation and a past President of the Greater Troy Chamber of Commerce. 

Edward W. Smykay


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1968)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Edward Smykay was a Professor at Michigan State University. He is a founding member and past president of NCPDM and was one of the best known personalities in physical distribution and logistics matters in the world. He formulated an approach, a way of thinking about distribution systems, and new perspective on functions which has been separated and forgotten in many different areas of U.S. corporations. He not only formulated this approach and this perspective but, through his writing, speaking, and personal ability to reach all levels of management, led the way to acceptance of the total distribution concept. He went on a two-year leave of absence from MSU to develop business school programs for the Turkish government.

E. Grosvenor Plowman


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1967)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, E. Grosvenor Plowman was the former Vice President, Traffic at the U.S. Steel Corporation. Dr. Plowman had a distinctive and unmatched career spanning more than 45 years of service which includes business management, teaching, writing, and public service—all oriented to one, or all, of the elements involved in the physical movement of goods from the end of the production line to the user. After his retirement from U.S. Steel in 1963, he served as Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Transportation during which time he established a research program that dealt with high-speed railroad transportation, computerization of freight rates, transportation costing, and maritime policy.

Donald J. Bowersox


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1966)
At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Don Bowersox was the Vice President/General Manager at E.F. MacDonald Stamp Company. Dr. Bowersox, one of the most well-known and influential supply chain management academics in the world, was often referred to as the "grandfather of logistics". He was a founding member and second president of NCPDM, which later became CSCMP. Over his career, Bowersox established himself as one of the leading thinkers in distribution and transportation management. He wrote the first college textbook on physical distribution management, the first of some 17 books he authored or co-authored. He also wrote more than 250 journal articles on marketing, transportation and logistics.

Will Gribble


Category: Distinguished Service Award Winner (1965)
Will Gribble was the first person to be honored with the Distinguished Service Award. At that time, Will was the Director of Customer Service at Pillsbury Company. He was one of the 13 founding members of NCPDM and Chairman of the Program Committee. He published numerous articles for publications such as Super Market Merchandising, AMA, and National Business regarding topics on business logistics. He gave lectures at both Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and Michigan State. His enthusiasm and dedication to the development of the field was inexhaustible. He was instrumental in preparing and presenting all four initial programs for NCPDM and he regularly received high praise for his significant efforts and success.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Hall of Fame Opens Space at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas

CSCMP proudly announces the official October 8, 2020 opening of the CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame will for the time being be hosted by the University of Arkansas, in a brand-new building located in Rogers, Arkansas. The building will house an exhibit honoring the inductees in the Hall of Fame and will at the same time serve as an event space for certain activities, as a service to CSCMP, its membership and the Supply Chain Profession.

The following link will take you to the Hall of Fame part of the University of Arkansas’ website, where you will find additional information about the Hall, its illustrious inductees, and brief recorded speeches commemorating the occasion of the grand opening.

CSCMP hopes this new space will shine a light on the people and institutions that have had the most profound impact on shaping the supply chain discipline and the industries built around it, inspiring the ongoing improvements that continue to create efficiencies and opportunities for businesses to reach ever greater heights in effectively serving their constituents.