Managing Director Supply Chain Management Institute University of San Diego | Joel has over thirty years’ experience as a supply chain professional holding executive-‐ level positions for many well-‐known companies. Joel was the first American vice president for Denso -‐ Toyota’s largest global parts supplier; vice president at International Paper – where he was involved in creating and growing xpedx into a multi-‐ billion dollar distributor; and vice president at ConAgra -‐ where he was responsible for all logistics operations for their fresh meat business. Joel has worked abroad, starting and managing a 3PL in Germany for Sealand Services. In the late 1990’s Joel was hired by J. B. Hunt Transport to help create a new company that would later become Transplace – a multi-‐billion dollar 3PL offering logistics technology and transportation management services. Wrapping up his industry career Joel was President and COO of Air-‐Road Express – ultimately selling the company in 2005. Joel earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS degree from the University of Southern California – where he also served as an adjunct professor. In 2006, Joel joined Lehigh University as Managing Director of the Center for Value Chain Research and taught graduate-‐level courses. Joel is currently at the University of San Diego where he is Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute and serves as an adjunct professor. Joel is a frequent speaker at professional groups and universities around the world. He has dozens of published papers and has authored numerous logistics articles. Joel is a past Board Chair of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and in 2009 received their highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award. He also received the Professional Achievement Award from Logistics Management magazine, was recognized as one of the Top 20 Logistics Executives by CLO magazine and the Logistics & Supply Chain Forum, and was honored as a Thought Leader by Supply Chain Quarterly and DC Velocity magazines.