Logistics Executive Lecture Series

The Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management sponsors the Logistics Executive Lecture Series which promotes excellence in student-centered education. These lecture sessions expose students, faculty, and researchers to senior industry leaders. Students directly interact with senior executives and gain first-hand knowledge regarding the challenges they face and the leadership strategies being deployed by participating firms.

Important information for all events

For all events, registration is required. Registration closes at 12:00 noon on the day before the event. Virtual meetings will be recorded and post-event attendance reports will be sent to the professors. Reports include a list of registered participants, and the arrival and departure times of each attendee.

Register online before 12:00 noon on the day before the event. After registering, students will immediately receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the registration form. The in-person classroom location and the link to the virtual event will be sent to the same email address one day before the event.

The class number entered on the registration form will be the class for which the student receives the attendance credit. Students have the ability to change the class number for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘edit’ in the event they have registered for. Students also have the ability to cancel registration for a registered event by logging in and clicking ‘cancel’ in the event they have registered for. If a student has registered for an event and is not be able to attend, they should cancel their registration no later than 24 hours before the start time of the event. The registration system will allow students to register for an event until capacity restrictions have been met. Students should register early in the semester as events fill up very quickly!

Upcoming Events

  • Chainalytics provides data-driven supply chain consulting services to help companies capture the maximum value from their supply chain. With end-to-end supply chain expertise, we align a company’s supply chain to its corporate strategy. We support supply chain transformation at every planning horizon – strategic, tactical, and operational – and across multiple domains. Most modern companies have dynamic, evolving supply chains requiring complex processes and enabling technologies — both of which require constant evaluation. Furthermore, all supply chains exist within a larger corporate strategy that demands continuous and often proactive cost management. In this presentation, Dan & Sal will cover an overview of Chainalytics offerings & trends they’ve seen over the last few years. They will talk about client projects they’ve recently been a part of and the work that took place. The last section will be an open Q&A where students can ask questions related to past, current, and future trends, data analytics, issues currently in the supply chain industry or career-related questions.

    Date: Friday, February 3rd - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Dan Zoltowski
    Director, Business Consulting for Chainalytics

    Dan Zoltowski has 22+ years of experience driving value-focused transformation across multiple industries with an emphasis on procurement, supply chain management, and operations. He has spent the bulk of his career in supply chain consulting advising clients on innovative solutions to reduce costs, enable growth, optimize operations, and minimize risk. His experience spans the entire operating model including strategy definition, organization design, process optimization, digital enablement, and cross-functional governance.

    Salman Adil
    Principal, Supply Chain Consulting for Chainalytics

    Salman Adil is a Principal at Chainalytics. Salman has led complex projects in the areas of business transformation, operational cost reduction, and M&A integration and implementation of supply chain technology. Salman joined Chainalytics with extensive industry experience. At Chainalytics he has worked across competency areas including supply chain operations, packaging, and integrated demand & supply planning. Salman has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and completed an honors thesis in Supply Chain Design of Multi-Product Facilities to Optimize Service and Minimize Changeover costs.

  • The discussion you need that will help your career; this presentation includes tips for successful intern interviews, what managers are looking for in their top performers, pros and cons of small and large companies, how to change perceptions of generational biases, asking for outrageous opportunity, turning learning into action, and promoting women in transportation.

    The Ladies Leadership Coalition (LLC) is a podcast for women in business by women business owners. Comprised of 6 women, each comes from a different walk of life and has encountered obstacles of their own. This podcast is to share those stories and to give listeners advice on being a successful boss lady in business.

    Date: Friday, February 10th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Sharon Siar
    Founder & CEO, Saving Our Sisters

    Sharon Siar is the CFO of Talon Freight Services and the Founder and CEO of Saving Our Sisters, LLC. She has 30+ years of transportation experience. Throughout her career, she has held sales, operations, and leadership positions in both small and large organizations. In 2002 Sharon co-founded a freight brokerage and asset-based company where she created the curriculum, taught a freight brokerage class, and offered consulting services for people who wanted to start their own businesses in logistics. In 2008, she sold the company and became a full-time consultant before entering into the international sector of logistics. During the covid shutdown, Sharon took the opportunity to become a certified life coach. In March of 2021, Sharon retired (for 2 weeks) and became VP and CFO of Talon Freight Services as well as founding Saving Our Sisters, LLC an organization designed to help women learn and grow professionally and personally.

    Nicole Glen
    Founder & CEO, Candor Expedite

    Nicole Glenn is the Founder and CEO of Candor Expedite, a Solution Seeker who is Freight Passionate, and a Podcast Host. She has 22 years of transportation experience including roles in administration, operations, sales, management, leadership, and executive. Nicole is a logistics solutions specialist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwood University in 2009 and considers herself to be one of the lucky ones who is in love with her work.

  • In this presentation Mitchell Ward will discuss how the logistics industry has changed over the last couple of decades in terms of talent, technology, and supply chain management. He captures his audience with stories illustrating how logistics affects all aspects of society.

    Date: Friday, February 17th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Mitchell Ward
    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of MW Logistics, LLC

    Mitchell Ward is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Dallas-based MW Logistics, LLC. a company that he founded in July 2001. MW Logistics, LLC designs logistics and transportation solutions for businesses by working with asset-based partners to secure shipping capacity and services across multiple transportation modes, including over the road, rail and bulk/tanker options. Achieving profitability early on, MW Logistics has emerged as one of the leading third-party logistics providers in North America.

    Mitchell, an advocate for giving to others, is committed to giving back to communities through philanthropic initiatives and college work programs. Through the MW Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of his company, he supports several Dallas community organizations and college programs each year. Over the last few years, MW Cares brought together several organizations, businesses and area Food Banks to deliver the largest food giveaways in the history of North Texas giving away over a million pounds of food that fed over 60,000 people each year.

    Mitchell has been an avid supporter of his alma mater Texas State University since his graduation, serving in multiple capacities on various boards. In 2022, Mitchell was the recipient of the Texas State Distinguished Alumni Award which recognizes alumni that have achieved prominence and made a significant impact on the lives of others through their professions, accomplishments, affiliations, and service to the society and the university.

  • How does my experience working in a restaurant apply to supply chain? What about the finance class I took two years ago? Or history of international relations post WWII?

    Date: Friday, March 10th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Abby Mayer
    Founder & CEO of Supply Chain Boost

    Abby has over 12 years of supply chain experience across the discipline with proven expertise in supply chain design & execution, outsourced 3PLs and consulting. She is currently employed within Ryder's Transportation Management Center with responsibility for a team focused on analysis, optimization & execution of over 50 customer networks with a total annual spend of $3 billion. With the impending boomer retirement, there is immense opportunity & an urgent need to increase the supply chain candidate pool with students graduating with supply chain, economics & other business-related degrees. Supply Chain Boost is here to fill that gap.

  • The historic merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railways to form CPKC connects Mexico, the U.S. and Canada with a single-line railway for the first time. This seamless connectivity has unlocked investment and competition that will deliver faster, more consistent and reliable transportation options for North American shippers. In this session, we will review the intermodal services of CPKC and the value intermodal rail services provide to the global supply chains of retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, producers and growers.

    Date: Friday, April 14th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Ricky Stover
    AVP Sales & Marketing, Domestic Intermodal at Canadian Pacific

    Ricky Stover joined Canadian Pacific in December 2020 leading sales and marketing for the International Intermodal and Automotive lines of business. In July 2022, he was appointed to his current role leading CP’s North American domestic intermodal services.

    Ricky has valuable and diverse leadership experience across railroad, intermodal and trucking business sectors. Before joining CP, he served as Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at C.R. England – North America’s largest temperature-controlled transportation provider.

    Ricky began his transportation career at BNSF Railway, where he held several roles of increasing responsibilities within the intermodal and industrial products business units. After earning his MBA at Texas Christian University, Ricky joined the faculty as Adjunct Professor of Supply Chain Logistics within the Neeley School of Business. Ricky now serves as a board member for the Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management at his alma mater, the University of North Texas.

  • Who is coming to UNT? Come participate to find out!

    Date: Friday, April 21st - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Jason Thigpen
    Manager at C.H. Robinson

    C.H. Robinson. Great People. Great Causes.

  • This session will take a deep dive into Fastenal’s cutting edge approach to automate the Industrial supply chain experience for end users. You will get a glimpse into the interworkings of what makes all the systems tick that makes Fastenal the most disruptive innovator in the Industrial market.

    Date: Friday, April 28th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Bo Harris
    Regional Sales Manager at Fastenal

    Bo Harris has 15 years of experience in Sales and management with Fastenal Company. In 2007 he started with the company during his senior year at Texas A&M as an hourly Fulfillment center intern. Upon graduation later that year, he moved into an Account Manager role and took over a branch of his own in late 2008. He ran a very successful branch in Gainesville, TX which led to being promoted into the District Manager role in late 2012, and he held that position until May of 2022 when he began his current position as a Regional Sales Manager. Much of his career success stems from being an outside-the-box thinker, empowering those around him, and focusing on four core intangibles that he embraces in all interactions - Positivity, Communication, Collaboration, and Consistency. Bo lives in the North DFW area with his wife and two kids and is the acting Board President at Ector ISD, which he sat on since 2015.

    Matt Billington
    District Manager at Fastenal

    Matt Billington has 16 years of experience with Fastenal and is a District Manager over the Dallas area, including Denton. He started as an Assistant Manager and has now been a District Manager for half of his career. Matt is married and has 5 kids.

    Justin Shannon
    District Manager at Fastenal

    Justin Shannon started with Fastenal Part-Time while waiting tables and going to school online in 2014. he worked his way up through the branch network over the last 8 years while also attending college as an online student. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and was recently promoted into a District Manager role for the North Texas area. He is happily married to his wife of 7 years with 2 boys (6 and 14). Justin is heavily involved in his community with coaching and youth sports and enjoys traveling with his family when they aren’t at a sporting event.

Previous Events

  • Do you know the advantages of completing an internship? Let’s list a few. Employers prefer to hire graduates who’ve gained hands-on experience related to their major. Internships extend your classroom learning into a real-world setting. Internships provide you with an opportunity to reinforce your choice of major and career path. Internships allow you to gain practical experience and transferable skills by working in a professional environment. Internships give you a competitive advantage in the job market because of the knowledge and skills you develop in the position. Internships help you develop a network of professional contacts in your career field. Internships provide insight into your future career.

    In this presentation Brian Hirsch and Beth Kent from RCOB Career Center will be providing an overview of the internship searching process including: Qualifications to intern, Process for applying for internships for credit, Where the opportunities are, and How to use Handshake and LinkedIn to navigate job openings.

    Date: Friday, January 27th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Location: In-person and online (room number and virtual link will be sent to all registered participants one day before event starts)
    Brian Hirsch, Ed.D.
    Senior Associate Director of the Career Center at G. Brint Ryan College of Business

    Dr. Brian Hirsch is the Senior Associate Director for the UNT Career Center in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. Dr. Hirsch is a proven leader in career services and higher education with over twenty years of experience in diverse roles. His responsibilities have included expanding recruiter bases, creating increased opportunities for placement, career advisement, oversight and coordination of on-campus recruitment, employer relations, job and program development, student retention, teaching, leadership development, outcomes assessment, producing publications, marketing, supervision and budget management. Dr. Hirsch has extensive involvement with student affairs including leadership development, Greek Life, Student Activities, Student Retention, and Drug Education and Prevention.

    Beth Kent
    Career Coach at the UNT Career Center

    Beth Kent is a Career Coach with the UNT Career Center and supports the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. Beth is an accomplished, well-respected professional with extensive experience in Higher Education. She began her career at UNT in 2006 after leaving an Executive Team Lead position in retail management and has over 16 years of experience in Higher Education between Student and Academic Affairs. Her responsibilities have included internship program development and planning, academic program and student management, student academic and career advising, for-credit internship management, collaboration with academic departments and student organizations on recruiting and events, preparing and conducting workshops and presentations. Beth is passionate about guiding students during their academic career and believes all students can find their ‘success’ when we take time to coach and guide them on developing and highlighting their skills and talents. She is described as detail oriented and a good listener.