By Rich Weissman
Women leaders in logistics. Only a decade ago ago this may have been a foreign concept to many in the supply chain management universe but the glass ceiling is not only showing cracks, it is exploding. And well it should.
Enter Armstrong and Associates, Inc., Stoughton, Wisconsin supply chain management market research and consulting firm that recently published Leaders in Logistics: Women CEOs and Owners, a report about eight women, who, according to Richard Armstrong, Chairman of Armstrong and Associates, “are creative, hard working CEOs, presidents, and owners of successful trucking and third-party logistics companies.” Abstracts of three of these logistics leaders follow.
Andra M. Rush, Rush Trucking
Andra M. Rush founded the Wayne, Michigan-based Rush Trucking in 1984 and today it is the largest Native American owned business in the United States with revenue of approximately $150 million. Rush’s business is primarily automotive based with service lane programs for Ford, GM, Toyota and Chrysler. Rush considers itself an industry leader in truckload and milk-run transportation for short-haul, long-haul, and just-in-time operations.
Rush, who was working as a full time nurse, decided to begin a part time MBA program. During her studies she accepted a summer internship with Timely Air Freight. With inspiration from a benevolent mentor and an entrepreneurial streak, she founded Rush Trucking. What began as a three truck company, and some bootstrap financing, has successfully grown to a company with more than 700 tractors, 1200 trailers, 450 employees and company drivers, and 400 owner-operators.
Ann Drake, DSC Logistics
Since taking over the CEO reins of the Des Plaines, Illinois-based DSC Logistics in 1994, Ann Drake has adapted her company to focus on the integrated supply chain and collaborative partnerships. Her supply chain clients include Bic, Cardinal Health, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, R. J. Reynolds, and Yamaha. With revenue of about $325 million, DSC employees 2300 employees in 45 warehouses.
A proven leader, in 2012 Drake received the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the first women to be selected for the award in its 47-year history. She serves as vice chairman of the Northwestern University Transportation Center’s Business Advisory Council. Drake also serves on the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council and is also a strategy leader for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s World Business Chicago Economic Growth Plan.
Linda Childs Hothem, Pacific American Services (PACAM)
Linda Childs Hothem founded PACAM in 1987 with her late husband Ronald. With 100 employees and three Bay Area warehousing operations, this $20 million company serves the beer wine and spirits and consumer goods industries, supporting such clients as Coca-Cola, Diageo, Levi’s, and Nestle Waters. Their specialties include packaging, fulfillment, warehousing, and port logistics.
In 2012, Hothem was named as the first female chair of the International Logistics Association. She was also chair of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (2009-2011), identified as one of the Top 100 Women Owned Business by the San Francisco Business Times (2008), and as the 2008 honoree of the Woman’s Initiative for Self-Employment.
The accomplishments of the leaders profiled in Armstrong’s report are not lost on him. “I am struck by the contrast and advantage that accrues to advanced economies where women can lead and own important companies, says Armstrong. “What a difference from countries where girls have limited access to schooling and business opportunities.” He adds that the women in his study are leaders and owners with the primary responsibility of their companies. “Their successes reflect the important and continuing social changes in the United States.”
Endicott College Assistant Professor Rich Weissman teaches management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan Graduate School. He is also the director of corporate education, which includes the Center for Leadership, Endicott’s management development institute. He is vice chair of the planning committee and also serves on the technology committee and the Institution Review Board. A practitioner turned educator, Weissman has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of procurement and supply chain management. He has held positions with large business units of Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized contract manufacturing companies, small venture-backed Internet startup firms, and third-party procurement, consulting and strategic sourcing firms.
Rich holds an M.S. in Management from Lesley University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He is past president of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston and a recipient of the Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association.
George E. Krauter
When one defines third-party MRO (3PMRO) success, one assumes that fundamental operations are being executed and that expectations are being met (i.e., ROI goals are surpassed} Read More
The US Labor Department reported in March of this year that there were 6.6 million job openings, a record high. Although most of us applaud these numbers Read More
Millennials working in the supply chain management field don’t fit the mold that the older generation assumes for them. APQC’s recent study Read More
Staples Advantage is the one supplier that offers all the business solutions you need, all with the expertise of a specialty vendor. Read More
It started in 1972 with an idea, a new concept in distribution. Today, Digi-Key Corporation is one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the World. The stimulus for this growth is Digi-Key's customer-centered business philosophy… Read More
Procurement and supply management leaders have a seat at the table, and management’s expectations are high. But what do CEOs really want, and is purchasing delivering on these expectations? This webcast looks at how procurement and supply management … Read More
At world-class companies, purchasing’s influence touches just about every area of spending. But, how exactly do procurement teams get to the point where other departments approach them for help with sourcing such indirect categories as human resource… Read More