Logistics Executive Lecture Series

Important updates for Fall 2018 events

Students must RSVP to attend all events. The RSVP system will allow registrations until the classroom seating capacity (BLB 170 = 104) has been met. Events fill up very quickly, so make sure to RSVP early in the semester!

Students with submitted RSVPs will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided on the RSVP form by Thursday prior to the event on Friday.

If you have submitted an RSVP but will no longer be able to attend, please cancel no later than Thursday at 5:00pm prior to the event on Friday to allow another student the opportunity to attend in your place. To cancel an RSVP please reply to the confirmation email or send an email with your full name to: Julie.Willems-Espinoza@unt.edu. Thank you for your assistance with this format.

Please bring your student ID for entry to logistics events. You will swipe your student ID upon entry and exit from the classroom to receive attendance credit. Please arrive early in order to access the card swipe system and be seated so we may start the events on time.

  • Friday, September 21st - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Morgan Meeks

    Vice President, Transportation Operations, AAFES

    Morgan Meeks is the Vice President of Transportation Operations for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange), at Headquarters, in Dallas, Texas. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and direction for the Exchange’s global supply chain transportation operations and E-commerce delivery options.

    The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense. Established in 1895, the Exchange today is the 56th largest retail organization in the U.S. With annual revenue of $8.3 billion, the Exchange employs approximately 34,000 associates, including military personnel. In 2016, the Exchange produced $384 million in earnings, all reinvested into the military community.

    The Exchange operates more than 2,700 facilities, including department and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, and other specialty retail businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and 36 countries. Additionally, the Exchange operates an approximately $2.6 billion receivables credit card portfolio. In order to support combat readiness and provide foreign-based service members and their families with U.S. products, the Exchange also operates bakeries in Europe and Asia and water plants in Europe under six licenses from U.S. consumer goods companies, including Wonder Bread, Krispy Kreme and Culligan.

    Meeks is a native of Warren, Ark. She began her Exchange career as a Logistics College Trainee at Dan Daniel Distribution Center in Newport News, Va. Since that time Meeks has held a variety of Exchange positions, including Supervisor Logistics Operation Specialist in April 2002 where she specialized in fashions distribution. In July of 2003 she was promoted to Logistics Operations Manager I at the Dan Daniel Distribution Center. She was then moved to the Exchange Headquarters in Dallas, Texas to work as a Warehouse Management Operations Specialist. She oversaw the implementation of the Exchange’s first Transportation Management System. In August 2007, she was promoted to Logistics International Traffic Manager where she worked closely with USTRANSCOM and SDDC to move Exchange cargo around the world. In September of 2008 she was promoted to Senior Logistics Analyst working directly with the Exchange’s world-wide distribution center network. November of 2011, Morgan became the Assistant Distribution Center Manager at the Waco Distribution Center, and in 2012 was promoted to Distribution Center Manager. In August of 2013 she was moved to Dallas and became the Director of Transportation for the Army and Air Force Exchange overseeing the world-wide fleet, import program, exports, commercial tenders, freight payment, and worked directly with the implementation of Oracle Transportation Management System. Meeks was named the Vice President in November 2017.

    Meeks attended the University of Arkansas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Statistics. She attained her Masters of Business Administration and Strategic Leadership from Amberton University.

    Meeks holds a professional certification from Accenture in Retail Supply Chain Certification (RSCC).

  • Friday, September 28th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Amy Carovillano

    Vice President, Logistics & Distribution, The Container Store

    In her 30+ years with The Container Store, Amy Carovillano has been instrumental in the formation of its culture and business philosophy as well as the company’s strategic growth, direction and operational excellence. The Container Store, a nationwide specialty retailer, offers over 10,000 storage and organizational products through their stores, online and B2B channels that help consumers accomplish organization projects, maximize their space and make the most of their home.

    Soon after joining the company, Amy opened The Container Store’s first Houston location in 1988 as Store Manager. Under her guidance the store instantly became the company’s highest volume location as she set new standards for store operations. With Kip Tindell, the co-founder and Chairman, Carovillano helped develop and communicate for the first time the company’s Foundation Principles™. These core philosophies are the heart and soul of the company’s unique culture – a culture that has led to The Container Store being honored as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” for an unprecedented 19 years in a row.

    In 1996, Amy became the company’s Vice President of Logistics and Distribution and has been the driving force in The Container Store’s logistics and supply chain strategic direction as the company has grown into a $850 million business with 90 stores nationwide. She has taken the company from its small manual warehouse to the automated best practice 1.1 million square foot centralized distribution and online fulfillment operation in Coppell, Texas, featured in the Jan 2018 issue of DC Velocity. Under her leadership, the brand plans to open a second distribution and fulfillment center in the mid-Atlantic area in 2019. Her true passion is to shatter the stereotypes of typical warehouse environments by creating a truly special place to work, one where employees can have fun and be treated with respect while working in an upbeat, team-based environment. It is this “employee first” approach that has led to a high performing distribution center, efficient product flow and an engaged work force.

    Today, as Vice President of Logistics and Distribution, Amy directs all areas of supply chain, distribution, logistics, vendor performance, imports and transportation. Regarded as a leader in the logistics and distribution field, she has served on the Warehouse Education Research Council (WERC) executive board, was featured in a cover story by Modern Material Handling and has been highlighted as one of DC Velocity magazine’s “Thought Leaders.” This March, Amy was named a recipient of the inaugural Great Place to Work For All Leadership Awards presented by The Great Places to Work Institute. She was selected for being a leader who has played a critical role in helping The Container Store deliver on strategic growth and business goals by creating a high-trust culture that makes TCS a great place to work for every employee.

    Amy has a BS from the University of Minnesota in Microbiology and Biochemistry. She and her husband have four grown children and split their time between Dallas/Fort Worth and their vacation home in her favorite place, Walt Disney World.

  • Friday, October 5th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Tim Nelson

    President & CEO, Shoreside Logistics

    Tim Nelson is a 38-year veteran in the transportation field and is currently the President of Shoreside Logistics in Jacksonville, Florida. Shoreside Logistics operates 240 trucks in the Southeastern part of the U.S. as well as a 95K square foot cross-dock facility. Shoreside is part of the Saltchuk family of companies that provide transportation and logistics to North America and the Caribbean.

    Tim is originally from Ohio where he graduated from Northwestern Business College (now UNOH) and started his career in trucking. In 1988, he ventured away from trucking and entered the airfreight sector working for Airborne Express. In 1995, he returned to the trucking industry and relocated his family to Salem, Illinois to become Operations Manager for Earl L. Henderson Trucking.

    The defining moment in Tim’s career occurred in 1999 when he joined Michaels Arts & Crafts as the Regional Transportation Manager for the East Coast in Jacksonville. In 2005, he was promoted to Director of Domestic Transportation for North America and moved to Highland Village, Texas where he worked for 10 years. Michaels provided Tim the platform to gain knowledge and exposure in transportation at the national level.

    In 2015, Tim moved back to Jacksonville as Vice President of Operations at Spectrum Logistics which was a division of Interstate Distributor Co. also owned by Saltchuk. As Spectrum improved in both safety and operations, it was decided to split Spectrum away from Interstate. At that point, Spectrum was re-branded as Shoreside Logistics.

    Tim spent 3 years on the BNSF Railroad Customer Advisory Board, 3 years on the Transportation Infrastructure Committee for RILA and is currently serving on the University of North Florida Coggin Transportation & Logistics Dean’s counsel.

    Tim has been married to his wife Robyn for 36 years and they happily reside in Jacksonville where their 2 sons (Brandon & Caleb) live as well. Tim’s hobbies include his Grandkids, Drag Racing and Fishing.

  • Friday, October 26th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Debbie Keehn

    Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Celanese Corporation

    Debbie Keehn is currently the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Celanese Corporation. Prior to this role Debbie held a number of executive roles in Celanese and ExxonMobil.

    Debbie Keehn is a thought leader and change agent with over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas and chemical industries. Her strategic thinking and organizational development talents have carried companies through rapid transformation leading to breakthrough results. Debbie’s formula for success is simple: “people first” delivers extraordinary results.

    Guided by this formula, she has produced significant results in companies across multiple functions including supply chain, product innovation, financial shared services, information technology, M&A and human resources.

    Debbie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Sam Houston State University and is a member of the Celanese Advisory Council for Women.

  • Friday, November 16th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    BLB 080
    Speaker(s):
    Richard Cano

    Founder & CEO, Protivix Business Solutions, LLC

    Richard V. Cano is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Protivix. With 20 years of technology and consulting experience, he guides the company’s growth strategy and directs sales and marketing initiatives. Cano works with business and IT leaders to help them develop the best technology solutions to solve complex business problems, fully leveraging their technology investments. He assumes an active role in providing solution strategy, architecture and design recommendations for Protivix strategic accounts, in all practice areas. Partnering with local and national Microsoft teams to support enterprise customers for more than 15 years, today Cano is engaged in supporting clients’ strategies in moving to the cloud. He helps businesses adapt to the pace of technology change within the enterprise, deploying Microsoft’s latest cloud solutions.

    Before joining Protivix, Cano served as vice president for technology and professional services companies Immedient and Pcubed, supporting Microsoft-based practices. His technical expertise in Microsoft technologies such as CRM, SharePoint and Project Server has delivered business value to companies in industries including retail, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing. He believes a robust IT-business partnership helps drive business development.

    A Fort Worth, Texas native, Cano currently resides in The Colony, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Texas, with minors in business and computer science.

    Cano and his wife Maria value family time with their children Victoria, Viviana and Vincent. They enjoy the kids’ school activities, and like boating, attending concerts and traveling.