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Franklin Advisory Board

Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board

The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management is served by the Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board, which meets twice per year and plays a role in fundraising and student placement, and provides curriculum and Salzberg Memorial Program input.  Here are the current members of the board.

David Aquino

David Aquino is currently the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations at Barco Uniforms in Gardena, CA. He was formerly the Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy at educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Prior to HMH, David was research director with AMR/Gartner, responsible for the research and analysis of supply chain developments in apparel and footwear, beverage, and supply chain organizational design.

Prior to Gartner, David was the vice president of supply chain at Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel, where he was responsible for developing the process, organization, and proprietary supply chain technology to support the direct sale apparel organization and several key integration efforts between the three operating divisions. David was also the vice president of supply chain at consumer products company AAi. FosterGrant, and held key supply chain positions with Scholastic, Pepsi Bottling Group and Unilever.

David earned his BS in marketing in 1993 from Syracuse University and his MBA from Fordham University. He is certified in production and inventory management from the Association for Operations Management (APICS) and is also currently an Adjunct professor of Supply Chain Management in the MBA program at Northeastern University.

Steven R. Becker

Steven Becker is Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the world’s largest wine and spirits distributor. In addition to his financial responsibility, Mr. Becker actively oversees the company's government relations activities, both at the state and federal levels.

Prior to joining Southern Wine and Spirits in 1985, Mr. Becker began his career in the alcoholic beverage industry at Knickerbocker Liquors Corporation, a large New York wholesaler, in 1978.

Mr. Becker currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, a Washington, D.C.-based industry trade association representing the national and state interests of all wine and spirits distributors in the country.

Mr. Becker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Syracuse University, a J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Abbe, his wife of 36 years. They have 2 children, Robert (and Annie) and Meredith. They also have 2 grandchildren, Isabelle and Juliette. The Beckers are active in numerous charities in Florida and nationwide.

Chantel Campbell-Goutcher

Chantel Campbell-Goutcher '94 BS is currently the Director of Merchandise Design & Analysis with CSX Transportation, one of is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. She has been with CSX since earning her BS in Transportation and Distribution Management from the Whitman School in 1994. She began her career as an Operations Management Trainee, working in Field operations as a Trainmaster in one of their 12 major hump switching yards in Nashville, TN. After a variety of operating positions at both the Divisional and Network level, Chantel joined their Customer Service Center, responsible for process improvement and project management for their Customer Service, Customer Accounting and Customer Operations groups. While in this role, she earned her MBA from the University of North Florida in 2000 and became a certified CSX Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt. In her current role, she leads a team responsible for the design and implementation of the merchandise carload operating plan, with particular focus on the first and last mile service at the customer facility.

Robert L. D'Avanzo

Robert L. D'Avanzo, is a senior partner in Accenture's Communications and High Tech practice, having joined the firm in 1990. His education and professional experiences are in supply chain management and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Accenture, D'Avanzo held supply chain positions at Ocean Spray Cranberries and Hub Air International. He earned a BS in operations management from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 1988.

D'Avanzo is co-author "Supply Chain Directions for a New North America" and has published numerous articles on management strategy. D'Avanzo led Accenture's research into supply chain mastery and high performance. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, professional association meetings, and corporate events.

D'Avanzo is active in several civic, social, and charitable organizations. In addition to his role on the Franklin Advisory Board of Syracuse University, he is a director on the boards of the Family Resource Network and the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, and a Trustee of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ.

Caryn Espy

Caryn Espy is currently the North America Business Waste Manager at Unilever in Englewood Cliffs, NJ responsible for reducing end-to-end supply chain waste and promoting sustainable operations. She was formerly an Operational Excellence Manager for Unilever’s Foods brands. Prior to this, Caryn held several roles within logistics at Unilever in Trumbull, CT.

Caryn earned her BS with Honors in Supply Chain and Retail Management from Syracuse University in 2009.

Garard Grannell

Garard Grannell graduated from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 1988 with a double major in supply chain management and marketing management.

Currently, Grannell is president & CEO of Mohawk Global Logistics which employs 120 people and is based in Syracuse. Mohawk provides international trade services including import and export freight forwarding, customs clearance service, warehousing, and distribution services. The company also has offices in Albany and Rochester and plans on opening several more offices in the Northeast in the next five years. This responsibility takes Grannell to Asia and Europe one or two times per year.

Grannell has served on the board of directors and as president of the Transportation Club of Central New York. He also serves on the Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board in the Whitman School. He is also a guest lecturer for Export NY, a program sponsored by Whitman and National Grid to encourage local companies to expand into the global marketplace.

Grannell serves on the board at the Huntington Family Center, a not-for-profit human services organization located on the West side of Syracuse. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and was named a 40 under 40 recipient in 2000 for his business accomplishments and community involvement. Mohawk Global Logistics was selected as second fastest growing company in sales and employee growth in Central New York as part of the FastTrack 50 in 2006.

Patrick Hackett

Patrick Hackett is director of international supply chain at Bed Bath & Beyond. He is responsible for transportation, distribution and customs compliance-related activities for all U.S. and Canadian imports and exports supporting 890 Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy BABY stores.

Prior to his current role, Hackett held several corporate and manufacturing site supply chain-related positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb encompassing the areas of transportation, procurement, production planning, and inventory management. Prior to that, he was a supply chain consultant working for both KPMG Peat Marwick and Deloitte & Touche where he focused on clients in the retail, consumer product, and food industries. Before consulting, he worked for Hills Department Stores where he was responsible for carrier contract negotiations, and implementing inbound, and outbound freight management systems. He started his professional career at IBM as a transportation analyst.

He graduated from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in transportation & distribution management and marketing.

Anthony Ilacqua

Anthony Ilacqua is a Senior Transportation Analyst and program manager for the New York State Department of Transportation's Office of Traffic Safety and Mobility in Albany, New York. The division is responsible for traffic operations and safety, truck and bus inspection, motor carrier compliance, and rail safety oversight. He was formerly the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works in Syracuse, and had also previously worked for the New York City Transit Authority as a Materials Management Supervisor.

He earned his MBA degree from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 1987. He has been a member of the advisory board for the Franklin Program for several years, with an interest in supporting the learning experiences of supply chain management students in matters of public policy as it relates to the transportation industry.

Nancy Jenkins-Kennedy

Nancy Jenkins-Kennedy is currently the director, global logistics, IBM Corporation since July 2010 - Global process owner for Parts Logistics supporting the IBM Maintenance Business. She is responsible for Global process leadership for Inventory, Parts planning, New Business and Multi Vendor offerings, Network Operations research, Unit cost and delivery.

Prior to this position she was the Worldwide Director of Logistics Network optimization and design for IBM Corporation responsible for Quality Management framework in Logistics, Environmental regulations and reporting, Logistics packaging and labeling and hazardous materials. IBM Logistics focal point for Global Delivery excellence initiatives impacting serviceability and visibility for our clients.

Previously, she held multiple positions in IBM Latin America. Responsibilities included all logistics operations in Latin America, as well as planning and operations support.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Ronald Leibman

Ronald Leibman joined Riker Danzig Scherer, Hyland & Perretti as counsel in January 2003. He practices in the firm's corporate group, concentrating in the areas of transportation and logistics. Leibman focuses his practice on the business needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, motor carriers, third party logistics providers, and other logistics-related businesses. He is also experienced in commercial litigation and corporate law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Leibman was a senior logistics executive at Wakefern Food Corporation (ShopRite Supermarkets) and Fortunoff's. In addition to his law degree, he has an MBA in transportation/distribution management from the Whitman School.

Representative clients include Ahold USA, Capacity LLC, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Gerber Products, International Paper, National Starch and Chemical, Prestige Brands, Rema Foods, Silverline Building Products, and Wakefern Food.

Leibman is on the board of directors of the Institute of Logistical Management and is a member of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics, and Policy. He has recently been listed as a Member in National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. Leibman has written and lectured on a variety of transportation and logistics topics. His articles include "Workplace Injuries: New OSHA Standards Hit Power Equipment Operators" (New Jersey Law Journal, August 12, 1999).

John Levine

John Levine is president of Pinsly Railroad Company, which was founded in 1938 and presently operates five railroads, three distribution companies, and a motor carrier. Levine, the great grandson of Harry E. Salzberg and the grandson of the Pinsly Railroad Company founder Samuel M. Pinsly, is a fourth generation railroader. Since 1971, he has held positions in the maintenance of way, mechanical, and traffic departments. In 1978, he was promoted to vice president and has been involved in the the creation and startup of the Arkansas Midland Railroad, Florida Central Railroad, Florida Midland Railroad, Florida Northern Railroad, Pioneer Valley Railroad, Railroad Distribution Services, and Pinsly Motor Express. In 2000, Levine became the third president in Pinsly's 71-year history. Levine is a member the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council of the Surface Transportation Board, New England Railroad Club, Massachusetts Railroad Association,Florida Railroad Association, North East Association of Rail Shippers, and Operation Lifesaver. He is a former chairman and current member of the CSXT Short Line Caucus Committee.

Charles P. McCausland

Charles P. McCausland, Lt. General, US Air Force (retired), was the director of the Defense Logistics Agency, responsible for inventory management of more than four million spare parts; industrial commodities; fuels and petroleum products; consumable items such as medical supplies, clothing, and subsistence; cataloging; property and hazardous material disposal; storage and distribution; and the contract administration of all military procurements. Staffing of the agency exceeded sixty thousand personnel, with an operating budget in excess of three billion dollars. The annual buying/sales program exceeded twelve billion dollars.

During his tenure, supply chain management was introduced and adopted at the Department of Defense. McCausland was also a member of the Joint Logistics Commanders.

Prior to being assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency, McCausland held a variety of positions in the Air Force Logistics Command. He served as the vice-commander; chief of staff; and deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, for logistics operations, and for maintenance. He also served as the commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah. Prior to that, McCausland served as the commander of the Defense Contract Administration Region, Los Angeles, and of the DOD Cataloging Activity in Battle Creek.

Now retired, McCausland is a director and a member of the Audit Committee of the Dynamics Research Corporation in Andover, Mass. He is a director and past president of the Ontario County Association for Retarded Children, and a trustee of the Finger Lakes Community College, both in Canandaigua, N.Y. McCausland is a 1957 graduate of Syracuse University's The College of Arts and Sciences.

Matthew E. Menner

Matthew E. Menner is the senior vice president, sales & alliances for Transplace-a leading third party logistics and technology solutions provider focused on transportation management business processes outsourcing. Menner leads their field sales organization, develops and executes alliances strategies, and oversees industry analyst relations for Transplace. He brings more than 18 years of transportation and logistics industry experience. Prior to joining Transplace, he served as senior vice president of Global Sales and Alliances for Optiant, a leader in strategic supply chain design and optimization. Through a series of acquisitions over the course of a decade, Menner rose to the position of vice president of sales at Manhattan Associates, a global leader in supply chain execution solutions. Menner's recent position has been achieved through a culmination of rich experiences from a number of diverse companies which include:, Sabre, Princeton Transportation Consulting Group, Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture) Logistics Strategies Practice, Burlington Northern Railroad, and St. Johnsbury Trucking Company.

Menner earned an AA in 1990 from Green Mountain College, a bachelor's degree and MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He was honored by Syracuse University as the 2007 Young Alumni of the Year and the 1997 Green Mountain College Young Alumni of the Year Award Recipient.

Menner serves on the Whitman Advisory Council. He was also the vice president, strategic development for the Council of Supply Chain Professional (CSCMP) New England Roundtable. Lastly, he recently served as the education chairman and board member to the Transportation and Marketing Communications Association.

He also has served as a Green Mountain College Trustee since 1999 holding positions as a member of the executive committee, chair of the development committee for the comprehensive capital campaign (first in the history of the 170 year old institution, achieving $9.5 million against a goal of $8.0 million, and nominating committee, recently completing his role as a member of his second presidential search committee.

In the battle against cancer, Menner is the captain and COO for Team Eradicate of the Pan Mass Challenge. This team of 35 riders who have raised in excess of a $1.3 million in nine years, contributing meaningfully to the aggregate fundraising for the Pan Mass Challenge of $240 million.

Menner and his wife Megan, a Cornell graduate and currently the vice president of human resources for EMD Serono reside in Wayland, Mass.

John O'Sullivan

John O’Sullivan has served as Mohawk Global Logistics' chief financial officer since 2009. Prior to his appointment as Mohawk’s CFO, he held CFO and CEO positions for various business units of YRC and USF corporations, both publically traded LTL trucking companies.

John’s experience in logistics covers a broad spectrum, including: mergers and acquisitions; Sarbanes-Oxley; turn-arounds, IT, HR, ERP system implementations and labor negotiations.

John began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he rose to senior manager. While at KPMG, John oversaw the audits of companies ranging from middle market to Fortune 500, in numerous areas including manufacturing, banking and retail.

John has a BS with honors from Syracuse University and was a former NYS certified public accountant. He serves on the Franklin Advisory Board at Syracuse University and is active in International youth exchange with Rotary International.

Nicholas T. Pinchuk

Nicholas T. Pinchuk is president and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), an S&P 500 company. He is also a member of Snap-on's Board of Directors. Prior to that, Pinchuk served as senior vice president and president of Snap-on's Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group since June 2002. Prior to joining Snap-on, Pinchuk served in several executive operational and financial management positions at United Technologies Corporation, including president of global refrigeration operations of its Carrier Corporation unit and president of Carrier's Asia-Pacific Operations. He also served in financial and engineering managerial staff positions at the Ford Motor Company from 1972 to 1983. Pinchuk held the rank of First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1970 to 1971.

Jason H. Seidl

Jason H. Seidl is the director of equity research department at Dahlman Rose & Co., covering the airfreight & surface transportation sector. He was formerly vice president in equity research at Credit Suisse. He began his career in transportation equity research with Furman Selz in 1998 and continued to follow the railroad, trucking, and airfreight industries throughout the company's reincarnations as ING Barings and then ABN AMRO. Following the closure of ABN AMRO's US equities division, he joined Avondale Partners LLC in 2003 and continued his coverage of the transportation space there. Seidl remained at Avondale until 2005, when he shifted his franchise to Credit Suisse. Seidl has a solid transportation background outside of the investment industry as well--having worked for the New Jersey Bureau of State Use Industries in fleet management for two and a half years while spending another year with Roadway Package Systems (now FedEx Ground). He holds an MBA in finance from Rutgers University and a BS in transportation distribution management and marketing from the Whitman School. He is a contributing editor to Railway Age, a member of numerous transportation groups and has been recognized for both stock-picking and earnings accuracy by several nationwide analyst surveys, including the 2008 Financial Times World's Top Analysts awards.

Steve Sezna

Steve Sezna currently serves as the chief operating officer at CaseStack, a company best known for its collaborative retailer logistics programs and supply chain management cloud-based technology products. In 2001 Steve joined the startup CaseStack as the director of business development and later served as vice president of strategic partners and vice president of operations before becoming COO. Prior to joining CaseStack he held various retail and supply chain management roles at Strouds, Target and Federated Department Stores.

Steve was a dual major at Syracuse University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a B.S. in marketing from the Whitman School of Management. Steve returned to Syracuse and earned an MBA in innovation management from the Whitman School.

John Springer

John Springer is chief operating officer and director of global supply chain of Nike Golf & Affiliates. Springer has extensive global supply chain management and logistics experience, having held both domestic U.S. and international logistics positions at IBM Corporation, Union Pacific Corporation's third party logistics unit, and at Dell Computer from 1995 to 2002. Springer joined Nike Inc. in 2002 as director of global operations-Nike Golf.

Paul Svindland

Paul C. Svindland joined EZE Trucking Holdings Inc. in April 2014 as Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining EZE, Paul served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Pacer International (now an XPO company). Prior to Pacer International, Mr. Svindland was a Managing Director of AlixPartners LLP, a global business-advisory firm, where he co-led the global transportation and logistics practice, working with carriers and shippers, to improve their overall operational and financial performance. He joined AlixPartners in October 2006 as a Director and was promoted to Managing Director in December 2009. From 2000 to October 2006, he served at ICG Commerce, a leading sourcing, procurement and logistics company where he developed and led the firm's global logistics practice. Mr. Svindland's experience also includes several years in management roles with Maersk Inc., the steamship line.  Mr. Svindland earned his BS degree from Syracuse University School of Management and his MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Richard Zarski

Richard Zarski, VP manufacturing, brings a strong mix of new product launch, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics management, quality and service parts logistics experience to his role. Dick's particular strength and focus is in logistics process and quality. He is responsible for ISO 9001:2000 certification for Frontech North America, having received numerous Best Practice nominations by external auditors BSI and DNV.

Other accomplishments include the launch of a new Reverse Logistics Operation for Fujitsu America providing numerous improvements and efficiencies in supplying parts to customers and service organizations.

Dick is also Co-Chairman of the Fujitsu North American Logistics Committee charged with streamlining North American logistics practices within the United States and the world, which has resulted in significant savings to Fujitsu North American operating companies.