ALAN ANNOUNCES STAFF AND VOLUNTEER POSITION APPOINTMENTS

KathyFulton  Joel D. Anderson  Felicia C. Alexander
Kathy Fulton Joel D. Anderson Felicia C. Alexander

 

Lakeland, September 3, 2014 – The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) today announced that Kathy Fulton has been appointed as the organization’s executive director.  Fulton had been serving in an interim role following the untimely death of founding president Jock Menzies in August 2013. From 2010 until her appointment last year, Fulton served as ALAN’s director of operations.

The organization, which is supported by 23 professional and industry supply chain associations, coordinates the donation of logistics products and services to improve nonprofit organization’s ability to respond to disasters. Under Fulton’s leadership, the organization has continued to serve in this capacity, engaging support for such events at the spring tornadoes that devastated small towns in Arkansas and Mississippi and the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

ALAN also announced the addition of two volunteers who will support the organization’s outreach to businesses, emergency management, and nonprofit organizations.  Joel D. Anderson, former president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association joins ALAN as an industry liaison. Anderson will lead the strategy, research, and implementation of private and public funding initiatives to support ALAN’s annual operating needs and programs.   Felicia C. Alexander, a business development professional with diverse experience in supply chain management and real estate, joins ALAN as the agency liaison for California. Ms. Alexander will be the point of contact for emergency management and nonprofit organizations requesting assistance from ALAN.

Mr. Anderson has a long history in the logistics industry, having recently retired as 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.

“ALAN is thrilled to have Joel as a member of the team,” stated ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton.  “His experience, connections, and passion will ensure more businesses have the opportunity to participate in the life-saving logistics activities provided by the ALAN network.”

Ms. 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 the Chief Operations Officer of IMEX Connections a logistics consulting firm. 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.

“Local knowledge and connections are critical to delivering effective logistics solutions,” says Fulton.  “Having ‘boots on the ground’ allows us to rapidly assist with disaster relief challenges.  Following the recent American Canyon earthquake, Felicia was able to quickly engage with the nonprofit agencies to ensure they had the logistics supplies and services they needed to assist survivors.”

Mark Richards, VP of Associated Warehouses Inc. and Vice President of ALAN’s board of directors says of the appointments, “One of the most critical factors in being able to successfully provide support to disaster relief efforts is trusted relationships.  This has been one of Kathy Fulton’s strengths since joining ALAN.  We are excited about her taking on an even larger leadership role as Executive Director and the opportunities this will create for her to continue to nurture her current relationships and expand her impact in the disaster preparation and relief communities. We’re also delighted to have two well known and respected industry professionals such as Joel Anderson and Felicia Alexander join the ranks of ALAN’s expanding volunteer base.  Their deep and diverse network of relationships in the logistics and supply chain profession, their passion for helping others, and their expertise in knowing how to simply get things done will further enhance ALAN’s ability to meet the needs of those we serve.  It is an exciting time for those who are associated with the ALAN organization.”

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