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2018 IWLA Convention & Expo Speakers

Robert Stevenson - Keynote Speaker


It’s All About Delivering Meaningful, Relevant, Solutions

With more than 30 years of extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Robert Stevenson understands what it takes to succeed. He teaches companies how to deal with risk, competition, and the ever-changing business environment.

As the 2018 IWLA keynote speaker, he'll demonstrate how applying experience, research, case studies and competitor perspectives will help your warehouse succeed in the 21st century. 


Richard Montañez - Monday General Speaker


Richard Montañez leads multicultural sales & community promotions across PepsiCo's North American divisions, leveraging best practices internally and externally to develop community partnerships. Throughout his career Montañez has worked in various assignments and roles across all PepsiCo division and functions.

He started his PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in 1976 as a janitor in its Rancho Cucamonga plant. He is recognized as the creator of the Flamin' hot line of products including Flamin' Hot Cheetos, which influenced future ethnic products and the first Frito-Lay Hispanic marketing team. In 1990 Richard helped write and launch the Continuous Improvement Initiative. He was instrumental in creating the first operation cost improvement team. In addition, Richard helped influence Hispanic products and marketing promotions for KFC and Taco Bell.


A very special thanks to returning Diamond Sponsor Impact Logistics for underwriting Richard Montañez's appearance. Find out more about Impact's staffing solutions by click on their logo.



Helene Sanford - Monday Afternoon Panelist

Sanford_Helene-formal_(002)Helene Sanford, the vice president of Human Resources Saddle Creek Corporation has been with Saddle Creek since 2015 and prides herself on helping businesses succeed through their people strategies.  Sanford’s 25 year career spans many industries as she has served as the director of human resource and compensation for Intersil, a semiconductor company that designs and manufactures integrated circuits, vice president of human resources for MediaMap, a public relations research firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and the vice president of human resources for a division of Thomson Financial.  She began her career in the defense industry in human resources working for DynCorp, based in Reston, Virginia.  She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2003 and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


Kevin Phillips - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

Kevin_M_Phillips_PicKevin Phillips’ practice is concentrated in all aspects Warehouse Legal Liability including property losses, general liability, regulatory compliance, enforcement of warehousemen liens and review of storage contracts. Phillips represents warehousemen, shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, in tort, contract, bailment, warranty and statutory-based actions. He is also IWLA’s retained legal counsel for its 3PL-warehouse members.

In addition to his litigation practice, he drafts, negotiates and reviews warehousing and transportation documents, including warehouse receipt, bills of lading, freight contracts, standard contract terms and conditions, security agreements and tariffs. He also has experience instituting and enforcing warehousemen’s liens and the recovery of unpaid storage charges.

Kevin is a member of several warehouse associations, including the International Warehouse Logistics Association, the Warehouse Education Research Council and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.

Shannon Cohen - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

Shannon_CohenShannon McClellan Cohen provides legislative counsel services to the firm’s clients. Her primarily practices in the areas of emerging technologies, independent contractor issues and legislative services. Shannon also monitors forthcoming and active legislation and regulation pertaining to issues affecting motor carriers, with an emphasis on legislation touching on the independent contractor status of owner-operators using her extensive background with and familiarity of owner-operator programs and issues attendant to the design of a successful owner-operator model. She regularly assists in drafting and revising legislation and assessing and communicating the impact of such legislation on the trucking industry. Shannon has also been a featured speaker on these topics to industry stakeholders and associations.

Shannon earned her bachelors of science degree from Indiana University. She continued at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. cum laude and served on the board of Indian Journal of Global Legal Studies. She is a member of Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Virginia Addicott - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker


Virginia Addicott is president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical®, a leading North American expedited freight carrier located in Green, Ohio. The company provides 24/7 service throughout the United States, Canada and internationally. She joined FedEx Custom Critical in 1986 and quickly worked her way up the ranks, holding director positions in various departments where she placed a strong focus on organizational culture, customer satisfaction and developing people.

Virginia has been recognized for her leadership both at work and in the community. In recent years she has been inducted into the Northeastern Ohio Business Hall of Fame (2013), received the Women of Power Award from the Akron Urban League (2013), and also received the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council (2014). She has also been named to the Inside Business Power 100 list for the past six years (2011-2016) and the Crain’s Cleveland Business Power 150 (2014). In addition, FedEx Custom Critical has been recognized as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces, receiving the NorthCoast 99 Award 15 times, and has also been selected to the Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces list in 2013. She was also named honorary chair for the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational Tournament, the first-ever woman to be named honorary chairperson for the tournament.

Virginia earned a bachelor of science degree and an EMBA from Kent State University. In 2013 she was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to the Kent State Board of Trustees. She is past chair of The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and past chair of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on a number of other boards, including Akron Children’s Hospital, the Akron Community Foundation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). 


Seth Morales - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

SETH2Seth is President of Morales Group, an Indianapolis based staffing and performance management firm. Since 2005, Seth brought his business determination and passion for building meaningful relationships to the Morales Group. Led by an outstanding character and drive to surpass expectations, Seth quickly rose to leadership positions.  

As a leader at MGI, Seth validates why MGI is one of the best places to work in Indiana. Seth was elected by Governor Pence to serve on the Indiana Commission for Hispanic Latino Affairs and volunteers each summer with Project Stepping Stone, a college prep program that helps Hispanic high school students successfully prepare for college and beyond. In addition, Seth was a three-year starter and honorary captain of the Purdue Big Ten Championship Football team that played in the 2001 Rose Bowl. He earned his BA from Purdue University and completed his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Committed to servant leadership in his professional and personal life, his Christian faith paves the way in all decisions. 


Rodney Patterson - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

image-to-come-2Rodney Patterson is a highly experienced as an educator, author, consultant, leader, and facilitator within the field of diversity, inclusion and engagement. Career success in developing comprehensive, transformative strategies for universities, and corporate entities, producing lasting results. Background in promoting diversity in corporate, educational, non-profit, religious and government organizations. Skilled in developing programs aimed at recruiting, developing, advancing, and retaining a stable, diverse, highly qualified, and engaged administrative, faculty, staff and student workforce. 

Currently, Rodney is the corporate diversity officer at CoBank ACB. He provides direction, guidance and consultative support to the entire Farm Credit System comprising 4 banks, 80 associations, over $250 billion and 16 employees. Developed and implements human capital and marketing plans that emphasize diversity and inclusion. Created and leads the CoBank Human Equity Strategy, providing subject matter expertise and leadership to achieve full integration of inclusion and engagement practices, processes and tools into all appropriate aspects of the bank’s corporate culture.

Rodney received his bachelor’s degree in theology from Valparaiso University and master’s degree in college and university administration from Michigan State University. He has also published the following: Male Bonding: Men Relating to Men: in June, L. & Parker, M. (eds.) 1996. Men to Men, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 79-96, Best Kept Secret For Job Hunters, 2013. Colorado Biz Magazine, Denver, Colorado, Black Farmers: Historical Trends and Contemporary Challenges, 2014. Farm Credit AGgregator, Greenwood Village, Colorado, Trumping The Race Card (A National Agenda: Getting beyond Race and Racism (September, 2015). 


Andre Thornton - Monday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

AndreThornton_Bio_Head_ShotAndré Thornton acquired ASW Global, LLC, in January of 2007 after ASW merged with the Cleveland-based company GPI Procurement Services.  As the Chief Executive Officer, André sets the direction of the company and directs operational aspects so that they follow the strategic plans and policies of the organization.  

Thornton has thirty years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures.  As one of the principals in Apple Partners, he led a highly successful restaurant management group that was sold to Applebee’s International.  He also founded a successful consulting company and continues to speak nationally on Executive Leadership, Organizational Change, and Diversity; having engagements with more than one-thousand groups and businesses. 

Thornton played professional baseball for twenty-one years and was an honored recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 1979, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and team contribution.  He spent eleven seasons with the Cleveland Indians where he was a two-time All-Star and received the coveted Silver Slugger Award in 1984.  Additionally, Thornton was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.  

Thorton graduated magna cum laude, obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Capital University.  He is co-author of the book Triumph Born of Tragedy and was twice featured in McGraw-Hill/Irwin national educational videos for his entrepreneurial and marketing leadership success at GPI Procurement Services where he served as President and CEO.  Thornton has served on numerous boards including the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Greater Akron Chamber, and currently serves on the board of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association.  His leadership roles also included serving as Kent State University President’s Ambassador and he is a member/graduate of Leadership Cleveland 1997. 


Marc Blubaugh - Tuesday Morning Breakout Session Speaker

Marc BlubaughMarc S. Blubaugh is a partner and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, which was recently recognized yet again by U.S. News & World Report as the “Transportation Law Firm of the Year” for 2017.  He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and, since 2007, he has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Transportation Law by the “The Best Lawyers in America” publication.  He is a past president of the Transportation Lawyers Association.

Marc has litigated a wide variety of transportation and logistics-related cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as before administrative bodies.  Among other things, he has substantial experience in representing international and domestic carriers, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, warehousemen, and other third-party logistics providers in a wide variety of surface, air, and ocean disputes. 

Marc received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his J.D. with honors in 1997 from The Ohio State University, where he was awarded the distinction of Order of the Coif and was an associate editor of The Ohio State Law Journal.  Marc is active in a number of transportation and logistics-related trade associations in addition to the Transportation Lawyers Association, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (where he was a two-term president of the Columbus Roundtable), the Intermodal Association of North America (where he serves as outside general counsel), the American Trucking Associations, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, the Ohio Trucking Association, the International Warehousing Logistics Association, and the Transportation Logistics Council.

John Grubor - Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Session Speaker


John Grubor is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Contract Logistics for GEODIS North America where he has leadership responsibility over 130 facilities and approximately 40MM square feet of warehousing and fulfillment space.  After joining OHL, now GEODIS, as the vice president of engineering he has held increasing roles of responsibility supporting new business development and implementation.  Prior to taking on the role of head of contract logistics, John was most recently senior vice president of solutions and engineering where he led all aspect of solutions, DC design, implementation and industrial engineering.   

John earned his bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  


Marc Maiona - Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Session Speaker


Marc is the founder and president of LeaseCalcs, Inc., establishing the firm in 2010 as the first SaaS solution to address and solve the problems resulting from the new lease accounting standards from the FASB & IASB. Marc and LeaseCalcs have established their expertise in the intricacies of the new and existing lease accounting rules and his feedback and analysis has been sought by and provided to the IASB and FASB as they developed the new standards. 

Marc began his career in commercial real estate with Cushman & Wakefield in Southern California, later joining CyberLease. Over the years Marc has represented large, sophisticated tenants across a broad spectrum of industries, including firms like Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, General Dynamics, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Boston Consulting Group, Andrews & Kurth, Cooley and scores of others. 

His many articles on the subject of commercial leasing and lease accounting issues have been published in leading industry publications such as Corporate Real Estate Journal, and Marc’s and LeaseCalcs’ insights have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Compliance Week and the Journal of Accountancy. Marc has also contributed to the operating costs section of the book entitled Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases by John Wood and Alan Di Sciullo published by Law Journal Seminars Press. He regularly serves as a faculty member for CLE and CPE accredited seminars on the subjects of lease accounting and additional rent provisions in office leases, including the “Negotiating Commercial Leases” program for Practising Law Institute, and similar programs for Lorman, Surgent / CPENow and other providers of continuing education, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in commercial leasing disputes. 

Marc received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate ("AECRE"), as an Associate Member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Editorial Board of Henry Stewart Publications’ Corporate Real Estate Journal.


Krista Thompson - Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Session Speaker


As the senior attorney of business transactions at FedEx Supply Chain, Krista Thompson provides strategic legal advice and counsel to the company, particularly in the areas of fulfillment, e-commerce and distribution. 

In her role, Krista designs and delivers on legal approaches, plans and controls which minimize risk and achieve long-term business objectives for FedEx Supply Chain.

With her extensive background in supply chain management, commercial transactions and international business, Thompson is known for her industry knowledge and proven ability to advise senior level management on key business trends. 

Krista serves on the board of directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel in Western Pennsylvania, and she was recently recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times with the ‘Business Women First’ award. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.


Steve Congro - Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Session Speaker

Steve_Congro_2Steve Congro serves as director of omnichannel fulfillment technology for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company operating over 17.5 million sq. ft. in 44 locations nationwide. Steve oversees Saddle Creek’s technical strategy and vision surrounding omnichannel and fulfillment systems in the order management, warehouse, and transportation space. In his role Steve, collaborates with Saddle Creek’s Information Services Team and operations staff as well as Saddle Creek’s technology partners and clients, working to develop processes for new and existing Saddle Creek Clients, as well as keeping an eye towards future needs and industry trends. 

Prior to Saddle Creek, Steve served as the director of supply chain solutions for Fanatics, a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company. Fanatics is the world’s largest online retailer of licensed sports merchandise and the official online store partner for every major professional sports league in America. During his nearly 12 year tenure, Steve oversaw the company’s order management, warehouse management, and transportation systems that run Fanatics’ customer service and fulfillment network. During his time there, Fanatics’ saw a 20,000 percent growth in business, and expansion into facilities across the nation.
Steve graduated from Jacksonville University with a bachelor of science in computing sciences. He began his professional career in technology working for the City of Jacksonville, Florida, where he designed and implemented technology solutions for America’s 12th largest municipality. 


Ned Bauhof - Tuesday Afternoon Breakout Session Speaker

Ned_Bauhof_high_resolution_picNed Bauhof is a principal and vice president with Precision Distribution Consulting, Inc., an independent distribution consulting firm located in York, Pennsylvania.  During his 25 years in consulting, Ned has managed and performed network strategy, facility optimization, Greenfield warehouse design, facility expansion, and automated material handling projects. In addition to work throughout the United States he has successfully executed projects in 17 countries including the Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Ned also co-authored a national warehouse initiative that details the design, operations, staffing, and productivity improvement for the United States network of 300+ warehouse facilities.  

He has experience across numerous industries including beverage, consumer packaged goods, dairy, electronics, industrial, packaged food, paper, pet food, and produce.

Ned received his bachelors from Mount Union College.  He is a member of the NBWA and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).  He has published numerous articles for various industry publications and often speaks before trade organizations.

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