72nd Annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Honors Four for Supply Chain Excellence

72nd Annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Honors Four for Supply Chain Excellence

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University's H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management hosted its annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 21, at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building, National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC).

Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event is a central component of the 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 shared 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.

Highlights for the day included:


Carlos Monje Jr., under secretary of transportation for policy in the Office of the Secretary, at the Department of Transportation spoke about the goals set by Secretary Buttigieg and the work to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Carlos Monje Jr.


Tesla, Inc. was recognized for supply chain excellence and making a significant contribution to the field of transportation, logistics and supply chain. Tesla is a world leader and a champion of advanced automotive technologies. Tesla has constantly pushed the envelope in the development of electric vehicle design, battery technology and autonomous vehicle operation. This focus on forwarding technologies and the realization of a viable electric car infrastructure has motivated much of the transportation industry to believe in life beyond fossil fuels. Albert Gore, east coast lead for public policy and business development, accepted the Salzberg Medallion, and the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence, on behalf of the company presented by Gretchen Ritter, vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer at Syracuse University.

Albert Gore

Jenna Fusco ’22 (WHIT/MAX/A&S), supply chain management, economics and history triple major, was awarded the Walter K. Zinsmeister award for being an outstanding supply chain management student.

Ziyu (Connor) Huang ’23, supply chain management and accounting double major, was honored with a $7,500 Brethen Scholarship for his essay on the challenges in designing COVID-19 vaccine supply chains.



Jamie Winders, professor of geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and director of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute


Kara M. Kockelman, Dewitt C. Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation, Department of Engineering, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Andrew M. Maxwell G06 (MAX), senior program manager and innovation strategist, C&S Companies

Dave Whitaker, chief of development, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance-NUAIR

The panelists brought expertise in fields from transportation, civil and electrical engineering, transportation economics, aerospace, public policy and social sciences to discuss the multifaceted topics of how autonomous vehicles are going to impact the world around us.



Paul Svindland ’93, CEO, STG Logistics


Farrukh Bezar, senior vice president of marketing, CSX

Dave Broering, president, non-asset-based solutions, NFI

Bethann Rooney, deputy director at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Tim Nolan, president and CEO, TOTE, LLC

The panel discussed what is happening in today’s supply chains from each professional’s perspective. Everything from water, rail, LTL, TL and warehousing, to shortages in parts, production, labor and much more. The panelists talked through the challenges, how they overcame those over the past year and a half, and what may lie ahead.

Kimmy Kimball