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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

by Reverse Logistics Association

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A Board of Advisors comprised of industry experts has been set up to monitor and assist the Reverse Logistics Association management team in making informed decisions. Advisors include:

Jack Allen – Cisco

Jack Allen is the Senior Director of Global Logistics for Cisco Systems Supply Chain Operations group. Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in IT and networking, with $50B in revenues annually. Cisco helps companies of all sizes transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate.

In his role, Jack manages logistics activities that support all of Cisco’s product revenue and returns. This includes forward and reverse logistics, export operations, transportation, warehousing, packaging engineering, customer logistics and logistics innovation practices. Jack’s team manages an end-to-end ecosystem of global partners consisting of the best and most innovative logistics corporations in the world. The Cisco network includes more than a dozen warehouses and ships over 250,000 units daily.

As a Supply Chain thought-leader, Jack’s current focus is creating innovative solutions for Cisco through the Logistics 3.0 Initiative – a signature program that drives cost savings, new logistics product offerings and forward thinking solutions across Cisco’s logistics network and beyond. His team has transformed Cisco to align and lead industry best practices while delivering the best customer experience.

One outcome of Logistics 3.0 is that it has paid for itself: the Logistics organization has generated significant cost savings and shareholder value over the years, up to and beyond one additional cent of earnings per share.

Jack currently serves on the board of Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute and on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Committee. He joined Cisco through the Scientific Atlanta acquisition and brings over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and supply chain.

On a personal note, he and his wife also coach two robotics teams of young students (ages 6 to 13) as part of Cisco’s STEM initiative to increase diversity and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for school-age children.

Bob Arvin – Walmart

Senior level Supply Chain Executive with 35 years experience in forward & reverse logistics, project management, engineering, transportation, Internet fulfillment, and Distribution Center operations.

Responsible for the Reverse Logistics Network at Walmart Stores, including National RTV & Secondary Market programs for Walmart Stores,, SAM\\\\\\\'S Clubs, & SAMS. com.

Past Responsibility for Walmart Apparel Distribution Network - replenishment of apparel, shoes, jewelry & GNFR to all Walmart Stores & SAM\\\\\\\'S Clubs in the US. Fulfillment of on-line apparel sales for

Past responsibility for regional General Merchandise & Grocery Distribution Center operations.

Tim Brown – Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute

Tim Brown is Managing Director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, an Academic Program Director in Georgia Tech Professional Education, and an instructor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his MBA from Georgia State University in 1990. He holds a B.S. in Management Science with a concentration in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Georgia Tech.

Mr. Brown has worked in the reverse logistics area for over twenty years; consulting with companies such as Philips, Apple, and IBM for development of their reverse logistics and service operations strategies, infrastructure, and procedures. Mr. Brown was chosen as a “Professional to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive. He has lectured across the globe and published articles on supply chain strategy, sustainability, and technology topics. He currently serves on the Executive Board of APICS Atlanta Roundtable and founded the Georgia Tech Supply Chain Network professional society. He has been certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) by APICS, project management (PMP) by PMI, and business transformation and supply chain process design by IBM. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2014, he served in supply chain consulting and operations management positions for over 25 years.

Ryan Holden – The Home Depot

Ryan started with The Home Depot in 2003 as a store sales associate. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including bulk distribution center Operations Manager, Manager of Return to Vendor Contracts, and currently Director of Returns and Repair Business. In Ryan’s current role, he is responsible for secondary market goods, company repair programs, and return to vendor business functions.

Chuck Johnston – goTRG

Chuck is COO at goTRG, a global leader in the implementation and execution of omnichannel and supply chain solutions.  He was formerly the Director of Reverse Logistics for The Home Depot, responsible for all return and repair operations. Prior to that he oversaw the Reverse Logistics operations for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chuck has been involved in the Reverse Logistics industry for over 20 years and is considered the foremost expert in the field.  He is a sought after speaker and considered one of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. In addition to his experience in the reverse space, he has led numerous Specialty Distribution Operations in his 23 years with Wal-Mart. While at Wal-Mart, Chuck was responsible for the development of a profitable, “best in class” Reverse Logistics organization that is still the benchmark for all other retailers. Under Chuck’s leadership, The Home Depot was able to improve the financial performance in the reverse and repair business by 48%. In just two years, the organization has grown to the second largest repair operation in the country.

Bernard Kiernan – Intel

Bernard Kiernan has been with Intel Corporation for over 20 years in a variety of roles from Quality Management, Services Management, Project and Program Management. Most of this time has been in the Reverse Logistics organization in the design, deployment and management of Reverse Logistics solutions across Intel’s broad spectrum of products. Senior Program Manager within Intel Corporation’s Global Reverse Logistics (GRL) group with responsibilities for identifying the current and future Reverse Logistics requirements of Intel Business Units and the development of Business Solutions which delight the customer and deliver value add Reverse Logistics services.

Thomas Maher – Dell, Inc.

Tom Maher joined Dell in 1997 and is the Senior Vice President for Global Service Parts. Mr. Maher is responsible for service parts life cycle support in over 100 countries.

Mr. Maher’s global service parts responsibilities include: planning, procurement, distribution, returns, repair, inventory management, supplier management and parts disposal. Mr. Maher’s organization supports all Dell hardware service offerings for each of Dell’s Business Units and Lines of Business. The Global Service Parts organization provides support ranging from mail in Depot Repair to 2hr response and Onsite Parts Management.

Prior to joining Dell Mr. Maher was with Vanstar where he held various positions in after market service parts support. Mr. Maher is an active member of the Reverse Logistics Association and Council of Supply Chain Professionals. In addition, Mr. Maher holds multiple advisory board appointments including: Reverse Logistics Association, Servigistics Advisory Board, and Executive Board for Arizona State Network for Supply Chain Excellence. Mr. Maher spoken globally on various topics on Inventory Supply Chain Management, and published multiple articles.

Mr. Maher holds a B.A. degree from Villanova University.

Steven Nickel – Google

Steven currently leads Google\'s global reverse logistics operations and value added support services development for all of its consumer hardware products. He\'s been with Google for nearly five years, but brings 20+ years of experience in consumer technology--building amazing teams, growing profitable businesses, and improving customer experiences.

Jim Rallo – Liquidity Services, Inc.

Jim Rallo serves as the President of the Retail Supply Chain Group which helps hundreds of the world\\\'s top retailers and consumer OEMs unlock strategic value in their reverse supply chain, enhancing brand protection for clients. His Retail Supply Chain Group team supports strategic supply chain initiatives which significantly drive recovery on surplus and overstock inventory through comprehensive and scalable multi-channel solutions, returns management, and product refurbishment.

From 2005-2015 Jim served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Liquidity Services. Liquidity Services has grown more than 10 times in top line sales and acquired a total of eight companies in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K, since Jim joined the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Jim served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Sleep Services of America, Inc. He also served as Vice President of Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown\\\'s Healthcare Investment Banking Group. Jim was recognized with top honors from the Tech Council of Maryland as CFO of the Year in 2013 and by the Northern Virginia Technology Council with the Public Company CFO of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2009.

Jim holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a bachelor\\\'s degree from Washington and Lee University. He is a CPA and serves as a founding member on the University of Virginia\'s Darden School of Business Strategic CFO Roundtable.

Julie Ryan – HP, Inc.

Julie Ryan joined HP (Compaq) in 1986 with over 22 years of experience in various reverse logistics capacities for US, Canada and Latin America. Julie currently leads the Americas Returns & Remarketing organization responsible for end to end reverse logistics which includes channel return approvals, physical claims and disputes, returns receiving, credit issuance, disposition management, remanufacturing, remarketing as well as planning, forecasting and reporting.

Tevon Taylor – FedEx Supply Chain

An 18-year FedEx veteran, Tevon brings significant experience to the RLA, including nearly six years with Information Technology and Solutions at FedEx Services and three years with the Worldwide Sales team. He joined FedEx Supply Chain in 2014 and has successfully managing numerous large strategic accounts and developing long-term customer relationships.

As Managing Director, Tevon leads and provides strategic direction to the Technology Sales team. He is responsible for all aspects of the FedEx Supply Chain growth effort within the Technology Business Unit, including the delivery of superior and sustainable supply chain solutions.

Tevon earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas.

Jeremy Witte – Best Buy

Jeremy received his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 2002 from Tarleton State University, part of the Texas A&M University System. He commanded a light-cavalry and reconnaissance platoon during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003-2004. He was next assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, serving at both the company and battalion level, where his final assignment included a 15 month deployment to Iraq where Jeremy was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat.

After separating from the Army in 2008, Jeremy has worked with large organizations such as Walmart,, and GENCO in various operational and supply chain leadership positions. Jeremy developed a strong passion for reverse logistics and recommerce, focusing a majority of his career building innovative, technology driven solutions throughout the industry. In 2011 Jeremy co-founded Elovations Services Group, a third party logistics provider, focused on partnering to develop the Global Shipping Program in support of cross-border trade with one of the worlds largest online marketplace platforms and their global technology ecommerce partners.

Jeremy joined Best Buy in 2015 as the Vice President of Returns, Damages, and Recommerce. He is responsible for leading the strategy, financial performance, and risk management of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of non-new inventory for Best Buy. He leads a cross-functional team consisting of operations, technology, business development, sales, analytics, and inventory management.

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