Speakers and Panelists

  • Ron Blackburn, Supply Chain Account Executive, SAP
  • Rick Blasgen, President and CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Mark Casiano,  Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Odyssey Logistics & Technology
  • Warren Cohen, Vice-President Global Transportation & Trade Management, Becton Dickinson & Company
  • Ken Colbert,  Vice-President of Logistics,  Church & Dwight
  • Tom Elliott, Senior Director, Network Strategy & Management, Pfizer
  • Bob Murray,  Chairman, REM Associates
  • Dorcas Patterson,  Vice-President Worldwide Transportation and Global Logistics Category Leader, Johnson & Johnson
  • Suzanne Richer, President, Customs & Trade Solutions
  • Lindsey Shellman, Director of Business Development, Odyssey Logistics & Technology


Ron Blackburn is a Supply Chain, Line of Business Account Executive with SAP Americas based in Newtown Square, PA.  Ron started his career in Finance and Operations with McNeil Consumer Products Company (a Johnson and Johnson Company) in 1990.  In his various roles, Ron supported Sales, Marketing, and Operations as a Finance business partner and transitioned into an Operations role as the National Demand and Supply Planner for the Tylenol franchise managing Demand Planning, Sales and Operations Planning, Customer Service, Inventory Planning and new product introductions.  In 1998, Ron left McNeil to pursue a career in supply chain management software and applications joining i2 Technologies where he managed the Consumer Product Goods, Pre-Sales Solution Engineering team.  His software career includes experience in the enterprise application integration space at TIBCO Software helping organizations integrate back-end “big data” across applications to achieve real-time integration and supply chain visibility.  Ron earned his bachelors in Finance at Penn State University and his MBA at Villanova University.

Rick Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.  Blasgen began his career with Nabisco where he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics. At CSCMP he has responsibility for the overall business operations and strategic plan of the organization.  His efforts support CSCMP’s mission of leading the supply chain management profession through the development and dissemination of supply chain education and research.  Blasgen was recently designated by the US Department of Commerce to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee. Blasgen is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

Mark Casiano serves as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Odyssey Logistics & Technology.  In this role he leads all strategic and executional aspects for Odyssey sales, account management and marketing departments globally.  Mark is an accomplished executive with a respected transportation & logistics industry background spanning 28 years. He is known for his leadership skills and ability to build strong teams. Mark is also recognized for the innovative deals he structures and the ability to execute a wide range of strategies focusing on talent acquisition, yield improvement, partnership development and performance enhancement.  Prior to rejoining Odyssey, Mark was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Railex LLC., a refrigerated rail services and logistics company dedicated to perishables. Mark was previously Vice President of Global Solutions at Odyssey Logistics & Technology.  He was also Vice President of Sales at New England Motor freight, an inter-regional motor carrier heavily focused on the retail market, and prior to that spent 12 years as Vice President of National Accounts at Jevic Transportation, a specialized less-than-truckload motor carrier with a focus on the chemical market.

Warren Cohen is the Vice President of Global Transportation and Trade Management at Becton Dickinson.  Working with Regional and Business Supply Chain Leaders, Warren is responsible to lead the development of BD’s global transportation strategy.  Warren works closely with all BD Regional SC Leaders on reducing transportation spend as a % of sales, supporting sales growth, while also reducing BD’s carbon footprint.  Warren also focuses on sharing of internal and external best practices, development of a global Transportation Management System strategy, transportation governance and preparation of the Global Trade Management System. Warren partners with BD Global Procurement to insure enhanced engagement and management of BD’s major Global Logistic Providers.   Recently Warren also assumed responsibility for the BD intercompany movement of goods processes in preparation for BD’s SAP upgrade and steady state operation thereafter. Warren holds a Masters Degree in Logistics and an Undergraduate Degree in Economics and Transportation. Warren joined BD in 1999 from United Paper Mills, where he served as Vice President, Logistics. Prior to that, Warren held supply chain management positions for BASF, Nabisco Brands and Avon Products.

Ken Colbert is the Vice President, Global Logistics at Church & Dwight, a position he has held since 1999. In this role, Ken is responsible for leading Logistics globally which encompasses order entry, production planning, inventory deployment, transportation and warehouse strategy in support of the company’s tactical and strategic objectives.  Ken began his career in manufacturing management for The Coca-Cola Company.  Ken holds a BS degree in  Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Tom Elliott is responsible at Pfizer for leading global supply chain network strategy and management as part of the Global Supply Chain & Portfolio Management Intercompany Operations team. In this role, he and his team are accountable for improving the long-term competitiveness and performance of Pfizer's global supply chain network by assessing and initiating changes to trade flows, corporate-wide network change and master data management, physical network locations/roles and capabilities, to meet all Pfizer stakeholder requirements, synergy commitments and business continuity needs looking out 1-5 years.  He joined Pfizer in 2004 after working in various leadership roles in research & development, manufacturing and logistics/supply chain for the United Technologies Corporation Pratt & Whitney aerospace division. At Pfizer, he has been in a site leader role and initially worked in Pfizer global roles involving intercompany operations, strategic planning and market logistics performance. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a masters in engineering from the Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University.

Bob Murray is an adjunct member of the faculty here at Rider and President of REM ASSOCIATES, a consulting firm established to counsel corporate management in the area
of business operations and management. Bob has more than twenty five years’ experience in this field including product sourcing, import and customs regulations, production planning and scheduling, manufacturing, quality assurance, inventory management and control, physical distribution, warehouse operations, and transportation, including private fleet. This experience encompasses all aspects of management from strategy and planning to policy, procedures and operational cost control. Bob has extensive line, staff, and consulting experience within this discipline in a wide variety of industries with particular emphasis in consumer products, including fashion, tobacco, and electronics, food, and chemical industries. Prior to directing the activities of REM ASSOCIATES, Bob was the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Foot-Joy Inc., Division of General Mills, Principal with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Corporate Director of Logistics for Nabisco Brands, Manager of Consulting Services for A. T. Kearney, Inc., and held various physical distribution management positions within Scott Paper Company and National Gypsum Corporation. Bob’s faculty responsibilities at Rider are part of our global supply chain management offerings.

Dorcas Patterson is currently Vice President, Worldwide Transportation and Global Logistics Category Leader at Johnson & Johnson.  Dorcas joined J&J in September, 2006 as Worldwide Director, Logistics.  Dorcas' primary accountabilities include collaborating with supply chain, logistics, procurement, supply chain, and other business stakeholders to create value for J&J operating companies. Dorcas’ team focuses on delivering value in the areas of revenue growth, cost savings, supply chain optimization and customer service improvement through effective supply chain strategies and initiatives, efficient technology leverage, enhanced global compliance, and standardized best practices. During Dorcas’ career, he has worked in supply chain, logistics, procurement, engineering, operations, and finance with companies that include J&J, Gap, Nike, PepsiCo, Northern Telecom, and as a management consultant.  Dorcas earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and a MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas.

Suzanne Richer is President of Customs & Trade Solutions, Inc., an advisory firm focused on international customs compliance and cargo security programs. A licensed customs broker, Ms. Richer has extensive experience in advising corporations on Focused Assessments, C-TPAT cargo security applications and validations, and the Importer-Self Assessment (ISA) program.  Prior to establishing the firm, she worked for customs brokers, freight forwarders and importer/exporter firms in the ports of Detroit, Miami, Newark and Philadelphia.   In 2006, she was recognized by the Journal of Commerce as one of the top 20 Women in Transportation and in 2011, she was featured in the newly released book, Million Dollar Conversations, focused on women leaders within their industry.   Ms. Richer is currently working towards her black belt in Six Sigma certification. Ms. Richer recently completed working on the National Program Committee of CSCMP and now conducts training in the U.S. and overseas for the Global Trade Academy.   Ms. Richer was President of CSCMP – NYC from 2006 – 2008 and was asked to return to this position by the National CSCMP Association for 2013 – 2015.  She also serves on the Board at Baruch College for their international educational programs, and is on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities.   Ms. Richer earned her Masters degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelors of Economics from the University of Michigan.  Her articles on international trade topics appear in the Shipping Digest, Supply Chain Management magazine and Logistics Management, and she has authored four books on international trade topics.

Lindsey Shellman is Director of Business Development at Odyssey Logistics & Technology.  Lindsey’s responsibilities include sales, client training, account management and direct IT consultation relating to systems enhancements. She also collaborates with marketing department to drive WIN market exposure.