Whitman’s annual Salzberg program to recognize honorees for achievements in supply chain management


The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will host the 2013 Annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Program on Thursday, October 3rd at 2 p.m., in Whitman’s Helaine and Marvin Lender Auditorium. Industry executives from leading corporations will share insights into trends, advancements and innovation in the fields of supply chain management (SCM), transportation and logistics. The event will also include the presentation of the coveted Salzberg Medallion, which recognizes individuals and organizations for significant accomplishments in supply chain management.

The Salzberg Program will include a panel discussion on The Power of Public/Private/Partnerships, moderated by Barry LePatner of LePatner & Associates, LLP and author of the new book, Too Big to Fail: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward.

A highlight of the program each year is the award presentation of the Salzberg Medallion, which recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. The 2013 Salzberg Award recipients to be honored at the event are Earl E. Congdon Jr., executive chairman of the board of Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., and Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., one of the world’s leading logistics companies.

Congdon currently has served as executive chairman of the board of Old Dominion Freight Line since 2008 when he stepped down from his 45-year post as chief executive officer. The Thomasville, NC-based company was founded by Congdon’s father in 1934 with one truck. Through geographic expansion and strategic acquisitions, Congdon helped transform Old Dominion from a small regional company to an international, publicly traded corporation.

Named by Forbes, in both 2012 and 2013, as one of “America’s Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies” and in 2013 by Fortune as one of the “World’s Fastest Growing Companies,” Old Dominion employs more than 14,000 people and serves North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and China.

“Earl E. Congdon Jr. is a towering figure in American industry and the Whitman School of Management is honored to recognize his accomplishments in supply chain management with the prestigious Salzberg Award,” says Whitman Dean Kenneth A. Kavajecz. “Under his leadership, Old Dominion has been a model of service quality and integrity for decades. The company’s growth and sterling reputation are a tribute to Earl and Old Dominion’s commitment to a quality management process that is fully integrated into the way the company operates.”

Kuehne + Nagel is a leading international logistics company. With a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions, its strong market position lies in seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and road/rail businesses. The company delivers highly flexible logistics services through partnerships with leading carriers and superior visibility of freight movements via its global information system.

Kuehne + Nagel’s strategy of offering comprehensive logistics services at uniform standards to customers around the world is supported by 62,500 employees at more than 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. It is recognized worldwide as the number one global seafreight forwarder and third in both global air cargo forwarding and provision of global contract logistics.

“Kuehne +Nagel also epitomizes the spirit of the Salzberg Award,” offers Frances  Gaither Tucker, chair and associate professor of marketing and supply chain at Whitman. “Exceptional customer orientation, detailed industry know-how, operational excellence and internal efficiency have been the foundation of Kuehne + Nagel’s provision of unparalleled customer service to international shippers for 123 years. The company’s new regional structure has accelerated its response time to changing market situations and business opportunities, while its lean management approach facilitates faster senior-level decision making, thereby further increasing efficiency.”

Those who would like to attend or learn more about the event should contact Agnes Magnarelli at (315) 443-1383 or ahmagnar@syr.edu. More details can be found here: http://whitman.syr.edu/salzberg2013.

The Salzberg Medallion is the oldest supply chain award in the US, created in 1949 with a gift from Murray Salzberg in honor of his father Harry E. Salzberg, a transportation entrepreneur. The annual Salzberg Memorial Program is a central component of the Whitman School of Management's Supply Chain Management program, which is consistently recognized among the best in the country by leading publications and organizations. The Salzberg event enriches the student learning experience by fostering collaboration among students, faculty, staff and practitioners to enhance supply chain education and advance the industry.

Previous Salzberg Award recipients include: Michael Haverty, executive chairman, Kansas City Southern (2012); C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (2011); Dr. Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II professor, MIT (2011); PepsiCo (2010); Michael Ward, CEO, CSX Transportation Inc. (2009), NIKE Inc. (2008); Richard Haupt, director of Transportation & Traffic Department, Ford Motor Company (1987); Frederick W. Smith, founder of Fed EX (1981). A full list can be viewed here.