2020-21 Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Award and Lecture Program from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management

2021 Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Award and Lecture Program from Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management

This year’s program is a series of webinars that bring supply chain experts together to discuss trending topics in the field. Join us for an upcoming webinar.

Salzberg Program Webinar Archive

“Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program”

October 21, 2021

Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event, is a central component of Whitman School’s Franklin Center, which is consistently recognized as one of the best supply chain management programs in the country by top publications and organizations. During the event, industry executives from leading corporations share insights into trends, advancements and innovation in the fields of supply chain management, transportation and logistics.”

The Salzberg Medallion is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards in the field of transportation and supply chain management—in part because of the caliber of past honorees and in part because of the program’s rigorous selection process.

This year’s Salzberg Medallion recipient is:

Tesla, Inc.

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.  Tesla believes the world will not be able to solve the climate change crisis without directly reducing air pollutant emissions—including carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs)—from the transportation and power sectors.   To accomplish its mission, Tesla designs, develops, manufactures, and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and energy generation and storage systems, installs, and maintains such systems, and sells solar electricity.

Accepted by Albert Gore, east coast lead for public policy and business development, Tesla, Inc

Keynote Speaker: Carlos Monje Jr., under secretary of transportation for policy, Department of Transportation (DOT)

Carlos Monje Jr. serves as under secretary of transportation for policy in the Office of the Secretary. Monje managed the agency review process for domestic agencies for the Biden-Harris Transition. Monje previously served as acting under secretary and assistant secretary for transportation policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation where he oversaw implementation of surface transportation programs, the discretionary grant programs, and efforts to promote equity and economic development. Monje is the first in his family born in the United States. His family is from Argentina.

The Zinsmeister Award for student excellence in supply chain management and the Brethen Scholarship Prize will be conferred during the Salzberg event.



“Logistics M&A Outlook: Will Corporations Still Ride the Bull Market?”

M&A activity in the transportation and logistics sector was booming in 2020. Will the trend continue in 2021? The panel discussed industry insiders as they reflect on last year’s exceptional deal flow and expectations for the year ahead.

Topics include:
• What were the key drivers of acquisition activity in 2020 and will they continue in 2021?
• How will acquirers reflect on 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on valuations?
• Will 2021 see a greater deployment of autonomous vehicles and "Uberization" of freight brokerage?

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Moderator: Ron Leibman ’83 MBA: Partner, McCarter & English

Ron Leibman is a partner and head of the Transportation, Logistics & Supply Chain Management practice at McCarter & English LLP. A respected leader in supply chain law, he delivers business-oriented legal solutions for manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, carriers and third-party logistics providers in the modal selection and contracting, regulatory compliance, outsourcing/insourcing, dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Leibman also guides clients through the constantly evolving technological landscape, including blockchain and smart contracts, big data, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.

Leibman is a member of Syracuse University’s Supply Chain Advisory Board at the Whitman School of Management, the Steering Committee of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey's Transportation Forum, and Law360's Transportation Editorial Advisory Board. The prestigious legal guide Chambers USA has named him a "Leading Individual Nationwide" for his transportation and logistics experience, noting that his "insights and advice are always spot on” with "expertise [that] spans across all impactful areas" of his clients' business. In addition to his law degree, Ron holds an MBA in transportation/distribution management from Syracuse University.

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Panelist: Josh Putterman: Managing Partner at Bluejay Advisors, LLC

Josh Putterman is co-founder and Managing Partner at Bluejay Advisors, LLC (www.bluejay-advisors.com), an advisory firm focused solely on the transportation and logistics space since 2013 with headquarters in Jacksonville Beach, FL and offices in Denver, CO. Bluejay consults and advises clients principally around transactions through retained buy side searches, sell-side mandates and due diligence and market research assignments. Clientele ranges from large private equity and infrastructure firms to multi-billion-dollar family offices to private businesses and public bodies. The firm also has a robust federal grant application practice and has won $154M for our clients.

Prior to founding Bluejay, Putterman spent 16 years at Class I railroad CSX with equal parts in finance and operations and six years as Vice President Strategic Relations at short line railroad holding company RailAmerica that was taken private and later public by Fortress Investment Group. There he reported to the CEO and was principally responsible for that company's relations with all seven of the Class I railroads in North America in addition to all short lines, passenger agencies and the Government Affairs Team. He was a member of the short line advisory group for the four biggest Class Is and was appointed to the Rail Industry Working Group created by the US Surface Transportation Board. Putterman has served in board positions for two private transportation companies, both asset and non-asset. He holds a bachelor's in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Panelist: Jason Seidl ’93: Managing Director, Cowen and Company

Jason Seidl joined Cowen in 2013 as part of the acquisition of Dahlman Rose and covers air freight & surface transportation. Prior to joining Dahlman Rose in 2008, he spent nine years on Wall Street following freight transportation companies. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his stock picking and EPS accuracy in several national polls and surveys, including most recently Thomson Reuters and Tipranks. Seidl also spent over four years working in trucking/parcel transportation. He has a bachelor's degree in transportation distribution management from Syracuse University and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a member of the Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board for the Whitman School, president of the board of directors for the North East Association of Rail Shippers and a contributing editor for Railway Age.

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Panelist: Paul Svindland ’93: CEO, STG Logistics

As CEO, Paul Svindland is responsible for the strategic leadership of STG Logistics, working closely with the executive and management teams to oversee business planning, acquisition strategy, operations, sales initiatives, profitability, cash flow and other business goals.

Svindland brings an executive vision, honed from a decades-long career with both public and privately held companies in the logistics industry. These experiences include being the CEO of Celadon Group, one of North America's largest asset-based truckload carriers; Chairman and CEO of Farren International, a leading, private-equity backed flatbed trucking company; COO of Pacer International (now XPO Intermodal); and at AlixPartners where he led the Transportation and Logistics consulting practice. He spent his early years with Maersk.

Svindland also serves on the board of two PE-backed companies, BDP International and Stella Environmental, as well as public company RoadRunner (RRTS). He earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“NAFTA to USMCA: What’s New? What’s Changed?”

The presentation explored the differences between NAFTA and USMCA and help the audience understand importers, exporters and producers' new responsibilities. Speakers shared at how USMCA will make compliance easier and where it will add complexity.

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Moderator: Gary La Point

Gary La Point is a professor of supply chain practice, as well as the co-director of H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain and co-director of Harry Salzberg Memorial Program at the Whitman School.

La Point worked in private industry for 17 years and has been a full-time faculty at Whitman for the past 19 years. He teaches classes in Operations Management, Logistics Strategy, Distribution Center Operations, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management. He has overseen 150+ Lean Six Sigma projects in the private industry, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Defense.

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Moderator: Fran Gaither Tucker

Fran Gaither Tucker is an associate professor of marketing and supply chain at the Whitman School.

Tucker has been a faculty member for over 40 years, teaching marketing management and supply chain management to Ph.D., MBA and undergraduate students. She was also the department chair for the marketing department (previously the marketing, retail and supply chain department) for 14 years. Her research interests include relationships between logistics, supply chain and marketing, benchmarketing to improve profitability, global marketing strategy and healthcare marketing.

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Panelist: Robert Stein

Robert Stein is the vice president at Mohawk Global Trade Advisors.

Stein's extensive experience in Customs brokerage and freight forwarding is spread across many roles, giving him a unique perspective on the field. In both release and entry roles, working at the northern border helped him learn a great deal about cross border trade and USMCA. At the same time, his work as a regional FDA trainer and vice president for a brokerage/freight forwarding firm gave him a deeper understanding of trade compliance. Stein is also an active speaker to the trade community, lecturing throughout the year on Incoterms, import compliance and USMCA. He is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist and Vice President, Trade Advisors.

“Moving from Supply Chains to Demand Chains: Next Gen Technology for New Era Healthcare, Manufacturing and Retail”

The panelists introduce the latest technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) era designed to facilitate the continuous monitoring of the supply chain, its ecosystem and security by employing cloud technology.

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Moderator: Michael Belfiore

Michael Belfiore is an author and journalist reporting on the technological innovations shaping our world.

Belfiore has reported on game-changing technologies for Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, Air & Space, Financial Times, Foreign Policy and many other outlets. He is also the author of two books on advanced technology development for HarperCollins and writes blog posts, white papers and other content for technology brands. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with his two daughters. Find him at michaelbelfiore.com.

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Panelist: Amir Khoshniyati

A capable, dynamic and authentic leader, Amir Khoshniyati has produced a track record of exceeding results in strategy, business development, marketing and sales, with over a decade of focus in the technology sector.

Exceptionally accomplished and recognized, Khoshniyati has a great ability to understand new concepts, address cross-functional challenges and execute complex projects seamlessly. Khoshniyati’s industry and business acumen, coupled with his immense drive, enable his customers and business partners' success. Prior to joining Avery Dennison, Khoshniyati was part of the Smartrac Legacy Organization for over 2.5 years leading Product Marketing and the NFC Business. Khoshniyati has 6.5 years of channel experience with Microsoft and was part of the great move to the cloud with the roll-out of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and designed four value-add solutions that are key add-ons to the product stack today.

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Panelist: Robert Schmid

Robert Schmid is the Chief IoT Technologist, aka “Mr.IoT.”

Schmid has more than 20 years of experience transforming Global Fortune 100 and start‐up companies to new 21st century technologies. He has deep expertise in delivering business value through innovative solutions and effective partnerships in the areas of wearables, the IoT, social media, mobile workforce, cloud computing, merger integration, complex integrations, ERP implementations and off‐shore and outsourcing for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s clients. He is a frequent author and public speaker.

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Panelist: Steve Statler

Steve Statler is the author of Beacon Technologies, the presenter of the Mister Beacon podcast and a Senior VP at Wiliot, where he is responsible for product management, marketing and business development. Wiliot is a semiconductor company connecting people and products with a postage stamp-sized, battery-free Bluetooth tags powered by harvesting energy from radio waves.

Prior to Wiliot, Statler consulting company specialized in Bluetooth beacon technology, training and advising manufacturers, venue owners, VCs, as well as makers of beacon software and hardware. Previously he was the Senior Director for Strategy and Solutions Management at Qualcomm's Retail Solutions Division, helping to incubate Gimbal, one of the leading Bluetooth beacons in the market.

About the Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program

Established in 1949, the Harry E. Salzberg Program enriches the student learning experience by fostering a close community of students, faculty, staff and practitioners of supply chain who collaborate to advance the state of knowledge, engage the mind and stimulate the best effort of all.

For more information about the 2021 or the 2022 Salzberg program, contact:
Gary La Point
Co-director of Harry Salzberg Memorial Program
Professor of Supply Chain Practice
Email: gelapoin@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-3331

Julie Niederhoff
Co-director of Harry Salzberg Memorial Program
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Email: jneiderh@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-3399


About the Supply Chain Management Program at Syracuse University

The Future of Supply Chain is Orange.

Are you interested in developing supply chain expertise? Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a master’s program in supply chain management with more than 100 years of experience.

Founded in 1919 as a specialization in traffic and transportation, the program has evolved into a nationally renowned, innovative program that focuses on improving efficiencies in supply chain management. Designed to prepare students to oversee the life cycle of a product, the program trains professionals to make meaningful decisions through risk management, financial management and improving deficientness in distribution and manufacturing.

Learn more about the Syracuse University supply chain management master’s program.

For more information about the master’s program in supply chain management, contact:
Chris Wszalek
Executive Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment
Email: cwszalek@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-4744