2009 Annual Conference

June 7-9, 2009

“Supply Chain Trends & Leadership Strategies”

Jack T. Ampuja

President – Supply Chain Optimizers Buffalo NY & Toronto Canada

Executive Director – Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence @ Lewiston NY

A citizen of USA, Canada and Finland, Jack has over 35 years of supply chain management experience with five Fortune 500 firms. His career has included stints in consulting, manufacturing and third party logistics; jobs have ranged from direct supervision of Teamsters and Longshoremen at 23 years of age to Senior Vice President of Operations at a multi-billion dollar international company heading up a $200 million division with 800 employees. Jack has extensive knowledge of the food industry working 25 consecutive years for member firms of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He spent most of the 90’s as Vice President of Purchasing & Logistics for Rich Products in Buffalo.

Jack writes articles for trade journals and is a regular speaker on supply chain issues and trends making over 50 hours of presentations annually to management groups. He has spoken in Canada, Belgium and on behalf of the US Agency for International Development at the first logistics conference ever held in Ghana, Africa.

In conjunction with his consulting and educational efforts Jack serves on the Business School Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Massachusetts. At Niagara University he is also the Business Executive-in-Residence. For the Buffalo Niagara Partnership [Chamber of Commerce] he co-chairs the Logistics Council and serves on the board of directors for Continental 1 [Toronto to Miami Trade Corridor]. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Supply Chain Management Review.

Jack has a BS degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, a year of post graduate study in transportation at Northeastern University (Boston), and an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut.

“Strategic Collaboration”

Dennis Sullivan

President of Cost Containment Management Services
Regional Vice President for Supply Chain Optimizers
Adjunct Professor at the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College

Dennis J. Sullivan holds a B.S. degree (Transportation) from Niagara University and an MBA from Canisius College. He is President of Cost Containment Management Services, a Regional Vice President for Supply Chain Optimizers and an Adjunct Professor at the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. He has also held a similar position in the College of Business Administration at Niagara University.

He teaches Supply Chain related courses such as Business Logistics Management, Operations Management and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. He has also been the coordinator and an Instructor for the “Transportation and Traffic Management” and the “Purchasing and Supply Management” modules that are part of a certificate program for industry professionals offered by the Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Niagara University.

Throughout his career Dennis has held plant, regional and vice president level positions for a large multi-national manufacturing organization. His expertise includes over 25 years of technical, line, and staff management experience in logistics, distribution, transportation management, purchasing, warehousing, material control, scheduling and similar functions.

“Outlook for Fuel Cost & Planning Tactics To Deal With What Is Coming”

Dr. Jim Kling

Professor at Niagara University’s College of Business

Dr. Jim Kling has been a professor at Niagara University’s College of Business since 1990 and has been studying, teaching and consulting in the supply chain and transportation fields for over twenty years. He was born in Rochester, N.Y. and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland–College Park in 1989. Dr. Kling’s teaching specialty is supply chain management. He established the Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Niagara University in 2000, and leads its inventory and traffic management professional development courses.

Dr. Kling is also affiliated with Supply Chain Optimizers as a Senior Consultant. Over his career, Jim has worked on consulting projects large and small including transportation studies, C-TPAT readiness, inventory management, and as an expert witness in the area of transportation costing. During 2005-2006, Dr. Kling was granted a full year sabbatical to work with local businesses, primarily on projects designed to improve transportation and inventory management practices. During his sabbatical, Jim led a year long project dedicated to standardizing internal supply chain systems at a merged four-hospital system in Western New York State.