John T. Menzies III – 1944 – 2013
John T. “Jock” Menzies III passed away August 17, 2013 following injuries sustained in an accident at his home in Arnold, MD. Jock is remembered as a deep thinker, a problem solver, a diplomat, a gentleman, and a kind and loving father and husband.
Born in Baltimore, MD to John T. Menzies Jr. and Priscilla Fuller Menzies, Jock attended Fox Lane High School in Mount Kisco, N.Y , and was a graduate of Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Following college he began his career at The Terminal Corporation, a warehousing and marine terminal operation which had been purchased by his father and uncle in 1965. In 1981, Jock and his brother Scott purchased the company and Jock served as chairman.
Jock was deeply involved in logistics and transportation activities and advocacy, having held directorships with numerous associations. In 2009, the University of Maryland’s Supply Chain Management Society selected Jock as Person of the Year, and DC Velocity Magazine recognized him as a “Rainmaker” in the industry. Jock was also active with the International Warehouse Logistics Association Government Policy Committee, and served as a director of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. As chair of the Central Maryland Red Cross in 2003, Jock helped engage supply chain companies to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Isabel. This experience, coupled with time spent on the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina prompted him to join with the leaders of a number of supply chain associations in establishing ALAN. Jock served as the organization’s president from its founding until the time of his death.
An avid outdoorsman, Jock enjoyed kayaking on the Severn River, jogging, swimming, and golfing. He was a member of the Elkridge Club, where he celebrated his first hole-in-one in the spring of 2013. At the family’s request, a memorial fund has been established by ALAN to support supply chain education activities.
Kathy Fulton – Executive Director
Kathy Fulton was appointed executive director in August 2014, after serving as the organization’s interim president following the untimely death of founding president Jock Menzies. Fulton also served director of operations from July 2010 until her appointment as executive director. Her work is sponsored in part by Saddle Creek Logistics Services. Previously, Kathy served as the volunteer administrator for ALAN’s web portal—an online clearinghouse that matches relief needs on the ground with supply chain providers. Kathy was instrumental in developing and launching the portal during the 2008 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Prior to her appointment with ALAN, Kathy served as senior manager of technical services for Saddle Creek Logistics Services, overseeing the team responsible for infrastructure implementation and support, corporate systems, and business continuity planning. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Central Florida Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Mark E. Richards – Vice President
Vice President of Associated Warehouses (Orange, CA)
Mark Richards, who helped establish ALAN, is vice president of Associated Warehouses, a consortium of over 50 third-party logistics service providers operating throughout North America and Europe. Previously, Mark served as Regional Director of Distribution and Customer Service for Nabisco’s Food Service Division, and as National Distribution Manager for Gillette’s Oral-B division.
Mark has been active in numerous professional associations, including the Warehousing Education & Research Council, the International Warehouse Logistics Association, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). As chairman of CSCMP’s Board of Directors during 2005-2006, he helped found the American Logistics Aid Network.
Richard Sharpe – Vice President, Process & Technology
CEO, Competitive Insights (Atlanta, GA)
Richard Sharpe is the CEO of Competitive Insights, LLC, a firm that provides both supply chain Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and professional analytical services to enterprise customers including some of the nation’s most recognizable brands. CI’s proprietary mix of software and services collects and processes customers’ transactional data from multiple sources to support cross-functional, fact-based decisions that support the reduction of operating costs, maximizing profits and mitigating operating risks. Richard also helped to launch the American Logistics Aid Network. He is a frequent speaker at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and other industry-related forums, raising awareness of the importance of supply chain management.
Richard has served on the Board of Directors for the Warehouse Research and Education Council and on the Advisory Board for Georgia Tech’s Executive Masters in International Logistics Program. Formerly, he worked for AT&T, where he helped to develop the supply chain infrastructure that would support the regulated side of the BellSouth Corporation. He is also the past president of CAPS Logistics, Inc.
Clifford K. Otto – Vice President, Agency Relations
President, Saddle Creek Logistics Services (Lakeland, FL)
Cliff Otto is president of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, a nationwide third-party logistics company that provides warehousing, transportation, transportation management, packaging, fulfillment and real estate development services to a broad array of customers.
Previously, Cliff spent 11 years with CHEP USA, the domestic arm of CHEP, the global pallet services company. There, he served as senior vice president for North American sales. During his tenure, CHEP USA grew from a green field launch to a company generating over $750 million in annual revenue. Cliff also worked as a supply chain manager with the American Can Company and Baxter Healthcare, where he was vice president for logistics.
Cheryl A. Harrity – Secretary/Treasurer
Cheryl Harrity, a results-driven, executive-level supply chain operations professional and consultant, has a proven track record in building and strengthening business platforms, supported by over twenty years in supply chain operations experience and over eight years in supply chain performance management and best-practice benchmarking. Cheryl has held management positions at MGP Ingredients, CS Integrated, AEP Industries, Ryder Systems, Knouse Foods, and ACME Markets, and she has served in consulting roles for NaviChain Consulting, Supply Chain Visions and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Cheryl has served as the project team member for the 2009 release of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP’s) Supply Chain Management Process Standards. She co-led the development of the SCORmark tool offered by the Supply Chain Council (SCC) and served on the SCC Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model versions 8.0 and 8.1 project teams. Cheryl is published as a supply chain subject matter expert and thought leader in industry periodicals, white papers and business books. She has taught supply chain management courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has spoken at numerous supply-chain industry conferences. She has chaired the Roundtable Advisory Committee for CSCMP and served as an officer of the Seattle Roundtable and the New Jersey Roundtable.
Joel Anderson – Industry Liaison
Joel D. Anderson is the recently retired President and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), a position he held from March 2006 until December 2013. During his time at IWLA, Anderson worked with the organization’s board of directors to increase the presence and recognition of the third-party warehousing industry in Washington, DC and state legislatures. He revamped staff duties and responsibilities, and streamlined internal processes, including overseeing the installation of a modern data base.
Upon his retirement, IWLA honored Anderson by naming him a recipient of the “Jock Menzies Distinguished Service and Leadership Award” at IWLA’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition. This award was named for ALAN’s founding president; John T. “Jock” Menzies, who passed away in August 2013 following an accident at his home in Arnold, MD. Anderson also previously held progressive responsibilities at the California Trucking Association, departing the organization in 2005 after serving as Executive Vice President and CEO. Anderson’s first full time career position was as an economist with the California Public Utilities Commission.
Anderson holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA. He and his wife Barbara reside in Norman, OK and have two adult children, Timothy and Bethany.
Felicia Alexander – State Liaison
Felicia C. Alexander is a strategic and resourceful professional with over 20 years of logistics and supply chain management experience, including cross-functional roles in international business development, sales, project management and operations management. Currently she serves as a Global Account Strategist for Panalpina, a global supply chain solutions provider.
She is a board member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals serving as the Pacific Southwest Regional Advisor for local roundtables. She also dedicates time to community outside of the Industry in multiple leadership roles. Felicia is a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and American Legion Auxiliary. In her free time, she is an avid runner participating in races such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Orange County Food Bank Annual Turkey Trot and as well as volunteering her time building houses with the Habitat for Humanity.
She earned her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and she holds a M. A. from John F. Kennedy University. Felicia enjoys spending quality time as well as traveling around the globe with her husband Damon Alexander and their blended family of five children.
Jeff Tanner – Portal Administrator
Jeff Tanner, Vice President of Corporate Safety & Security for Kenco Logistic Services, has been in the warehousing business since 1999. In his current role, he manages safety compliance and training, regulatory compliance, workers’ compensation, security, and other liability and risk areas. Prior to joining Kenco, Jeff served as safety director and assistant personnel director at U.S. Pipe & Foundry, overseeing safety and compliance issues in a 900+ employee foundry/manufacturing facility. He also served as safety director at Raines Brothers, Inc.
Jeff is an active committee member of the International Warehouse Logistics Association/Occupational Safety and Health Administration Alliance, board member of the Tennessee Safety and Health Council, and president of the Chattanooga Area Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.