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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Adrienne Moranas Starts at IFF

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF)has named Adrienne Moranas scent design manager. She most recently worked as a fragrance development manager at Agilex Flavors & Fragrances Inc.


Mathew Stevenson Named Marketing Manager

“Matt’s experience as our Quality Assurance Manager makes him well aware of what our customers want and need in a PCB manufacturer,” said Terry Heilman, CEO of Sunstone Circuits. “Matt brings the perfect combination of analytic skills, as well as strong strategic planning and project management abilities to the marketing team. His role managing our email efforts will be important in keeping our ongoing communications with customers relevant and timely.”



One Stop Logistics Acquired by Echo Global Logistics

“One Stop is a profitable and impressive operator in the market for over the road transportation solutions,” said Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics. “With this acquisition, we continue to position Echo for further growth by expanding our national coverage and leveraging our technology, our carrier network and our service offering.”


David Wickwire Joins Axios Mobile Assets

“We are excited to have Dave head up our Pooling and Logistics Division and become part of the Axios Mobile Assets team. Dave’s expertise in the logistics arena is a perfect complement to our pallet platform solution and will assist in maximizing our platforms value and overall client value proposition. With Mr. Wickwire’s addition, Axios can become the fully integrated logistics solution and service that clients have been seeking — the level of data and transparency within our solution will unlock multiple 3PL, vendor and retailer opportunities for potential savings,” stated Rich MacDonald, President and CEO of Axios Mobile Assets Corp.


Save-A-Lot Plans to Develop Colorado Distribution Center

“This project represents a significant investment in Denver and the surrounding markets,” said Ritchie Casteel, president and chief executive officer of Save-A-Lot.Save-A-Lot currently operates more than 1,300 stores across 39 US states. Currently, the Denver market has 15 Save-A-Lot stores. The new distribution center will help support the company’s growth plans in Denver and the surrounding states.


Rod Daugherty New VP of Product Strategy at Blue Ridge

Daugherty joined Blue Ridge as VP of Product Strategy to build on Blue Ridge’ success providing profit-optimizing, supply chain planning solutions to companies around the globe. Daugherty commented, “I am excited to work with a team and a solution at Blue Ridge that takes a completely fresh perspective on supply chain planning.” He went on to say, “The Blue Ridge solution draws on the processing power of the Cloud to understand what is actually driving demand. When retailers and wholesalers understand what drives a customer purchase — weather, promotions, social media, etc.- they can forecast much more precisely and plan their inventory operations much more profitably.”


Dean Kaplan New NTTC Chaiman

The National Tank Truck Carriers membership elected Dean Kaplan as the organization’s 2015-2015 chairman at the association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas on April 28. Kaplan also is chief executive officer of K-Limited Carrier Ltd in Toledo OH.

“The opportunity to serve as your Chairman is very close to the pinnacle of my career as a tank trucker and it offers me the ultimate opportunity to give back to the industry I love and deeply care about,” Kaplan said. “During my term wielding the chairman’s gavel, I plan to focus on two important areas.


J&C Trucking Acquuired by Bay & Bay

The acquisition will bring greater value to customers, according to Sam Anderson, president and CEO of Bay & Bay. “The addition of J&C Trucking to our tank division is powerful,” he said. We’ll achieve an even higher operating ratio due to the overlap in freight networks and improved equipment efficiency. It’s a real win for customers.”


Omron Awards TTI's Todd Zara Supplier Manager of the Year

Kris Whitehouse commented on Mr. Zara’s honor, “Todd has been a critical piece to the success of our mutual business. He has worked diligently to educate all TTI branches on our various technologies and programs. Todd does not hesitate to roll up his sleeves and get involved. We are proud to present this award to him this year.”


Perimeter Global Logistics Announces New Client Acquisitions

Perimeter Global Logistics(PGL), an emerging global leader in freight management and contact logistics,  announced it has recently added Elite Multifamily Interiors, the Texas Rangers, Motion Industries, and The Freeman Company to its already impressive list of clientele.   

According to Lyn Lamothe, CEO, “we are proud that our reputation and capabilities allow us to consistently add new clients while continuing to serve our current partners. Many of our clients have been with us since our inception, a true testament both to our clients’ trust and our associates’ excellent work.”



Thomas Giacalone New VP of E-Commerce at Vera Bradley

Robert Wallstrom, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, noted, “Growing our e-commerce business is a critical piece of our five-year strategic plan, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Giacalone’s background and caliber join Vera Bradley to lead this important function.”  


Allan Smith New CIO at Lululemon

Lululemon Athletica quietly named Allan Smith its new CIO in January, promoting him after a stint as the yoga-gear maker’s VP of IT engineering and operations.


Dr. Jeffry Nimeroff New Zeta CIO

“This hire is another critical step in Zeta Interactive’s trajectory to be the leader in the Big Data, Customer Acquisition and CRM sectors,” says David A. Steinberg, CEO of Zeta Interactive. “As we looked at our growth plans against our capabilities, we determined that we needed an Enterprise Tech leader to complement our divisional tech leads in order to achieve our ambitious goals. Achieving our vision to be the premiere Customer Lifecycle Marketing platform company requires us to attract the top talent in the space.  We are thrilled to bring aboard someone with Jeff’s pedigree and skill set to Zeta.”


Home Depot Opens Three Fulfillment Centers

“This is a significant investment in our ability to say ‘yes’ to customers with confidence,” says Mark Holifield, Home Depot’s senior vice president, supply chain. “Yes, you have access to our entire inventory to fulfill your order. Yes, you can expect a speedy delivery. And yes, you can rely on information updates about your delivery.”

The Locust Grove facility initially employs 125 workers, Home Depot says, though plans call for 300 workers in all. The chain will build the other warehouses in Perris, CA, located in Southern California, in Riverside County southeast of Los Angeles; and Troy, OH, which is north of Dayton.


Schneider Hiring 200 Drivers in Houston

Schneider, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is immediately hiring 200 professional truck drivers in Houston TX and the surrounding area to meet a wide variety of growing business needs across its customer base.

The greatest opportunity is within the company’s tanker division, which is looking to add 100 company drivers and owner-operators to its ranks based on expanding business in the Lone Star State.


Microstrategy Hires New CMO Marcus Starke

“We are extremely pleased to have a recognized marketing innovator like Marcus join us at a very exciting time for the company,” said Michael Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated. “Marcus brings global marketing expertise, not only from his time with SAP but also from leading marketing communications agencies.  Marcus is a thought-leader who’s passionate about innovation, and his track record as a disruptive force in strategy, marketing and communications couldn’t be better suited to our plans to transform the market with our offerings.  His hire represents the latest in a series of concrete steps that MicroStrategy has taken to enhance the customer experience and capture market share in the global market place.”


Steve Buckman Named VP of Operations

According to Weber Logistics’ CEO Harry Drajpuch, “Steve brings a level of experience and perspective to the job that few in the industry can match. During his career, he has been involved in every facet of logistics, including legal, information systems, finance, human resources and, of course, warehouse operations. Our customers and associates will all benefit from this broad logistics understanding.”


New Fulfillment Center Built by Wilsons Leather

The new direct-to-customer fulfillment center will open in Redlands, CA next month; the facility will be the retailer’s most western location (currently its Colorado location is its westernmost). One of the key reasons Innotrac is opening this new center is to meet the demands of its retail customers. According to COO Robert Toner, “we’ve had repeated requests from our clients for dual locations; specifically for one of those facilities to be located on the west coast. For many of our clients, reducing time in transit to their customers is becoming more critical in today’s competitive landscape. Having a national footprint that reaches most of the major markets in a couple of days with standard delivery will help our clients reduce time in transit and shipping costs.” 


Curtiss-Wright Appoints VP of HR

The Curtiss-Wright Corporation has selected Joanne M. Karimi to serve as its vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, Ms. Karimi was employed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, leading the company’s human resources function. Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. 


Highway Hero Finalists Named by Goodyear

“The Goodyear Highway Hero Award recognizes truck drivers who put their lives on the line to help others,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. “Each of our Highway Hero finalists took action without concern for his own safety in order to save another person from a life-threatening situation.”