Steering Our Efforts

There are scores of good things we could say about the folks on this page.  However here’s the most important:  All of them are here because they believe in the power of logistics and the importance of giving back.

These individuals work tirelessly to ensure that ALAN remains efficient and agile, not to mention readily accessible to the non-profit organizations and communities that need us most. We’re lucky to have them on our team and glad to have the privilege of introducing them to you.

ALAN Staff and Board Members
John T. Menzies III (1944-2013)
Founding President
John T. “Jock” Menzies III passed away August 17, 2013 following injuries sustained in an accident at his home in Arnold, MD. Jock is remembered as a deep thinker, a problem solver, a diplomat, a gentleman, and a kind and loving father and husband. Born in Baltimore, MD to John T. Menzies Jr. and Priscilla Fuller Menzies, Jock attended Fox Lane High School in Mount Kisco, N.Y , and was a graduate of Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Following college he began his career at The Terminal Corporation, a warehousing and marine terminal operation which had been purchased by his father and uncle in 1965. In 1981, Jock and his brother Scott purchased the company and Jock served as chairman. Jock was deeply involved in logistics and transportation activities and advocacy, having held directorships with numerous associations. In 2009, the University of Maryland’s Supply Chain Management Society selected Jock as Person of the Year, and DC Velocity Magazine recognized him as a “Rainmaker” in the industry. Jock was also active with the International Warehouse Logistics Association Government Policy Committee, and served as a director of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. As chair of the Central Maryland Red Cross in 2003, Jock helped engage supply chain companies to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Isabel. This experience, coupled with time spent on the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina prompted him to join with the leaders of a number of supply chain associations in establishing ALAN. Jock served as the organization’s president from its founding until the time of his death. An avid outdoorsman, Jock enjoyed kayaking on the Severn River, jogging, swimming, and golfing. He was a member of the Elkridge Club, where he celebrated his first hole-in-one in the spring of 2013. At the family’s request, a memorial fund has been established by ALAN to support supply chain education activities.
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Kathy Fulton
Executive Director
Kathy Fulton is ALAN’s executive director. She leads the organization in facilitating donations of logistics services and equipment to enable delivery of millions of dollars’ worth of humanitarian aid. Kathy served as the organization’s director of operations from 2010 until her promotion in 2014. Kathy’s passion is the intersection of supply chain and emergency management, focusing on the critical role logistics and supply chain professionals play in disaster relief. She serves on national workgroups focused on efficient coordination of logistics activities during disasters, including those hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Research Board, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and the National Emergency Management Association. Preceding her work with ALAN, she was senior manager of information technology services at Saddle Creek Logistics Services, where she led IT infrastructure implementation and support, corporate systems, and business continuity planning. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and master’s degrees in business administration and management information systems from the University of South Florida.
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Mark E. Richards
Vice President
Mark Richards is ALAN’s vice president as well as one its co-founders. As such, he plays a pivotal role in ALAN’s strategy, fundraising, and governance, while also serving as vice president of Associated Warehouses, a consortium of more than 50 logistics service providers that he has worked with for 25 years. A longtime logistics expert, he has also held key leadership positions with Nabisco, where he served as regional director of distribution and customer service for the Food Service Division, and Gillette, where he was national distribution manager for the company’s Oral-B division. In addition he has worked with two public warehousing companies in various operational and administrative capacities. Throughout his career, Mark has been actively involved with numerous industry organizations, including the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), WERC (the Warehouse Education And Research Council) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He is a former president of both WERC’s and CSCMP’s Southern California chapters and also was chairman of CSCMP’s board of directors in 2005-2006. It was while serving as the latter that he played an instrumental role in establishing ALAN, which he has actively supported in some capacity ever since. His six-step process on selecting a third-party logistics provider and creating win/win relationships has been featured in various national publications and presented at numerous professional organizations’ national and international conferences. And he is a frequent speaker at industry events. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in business from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He makes his home in Orange, CA with his wife of 39 years, Beth.
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Richard Sharpe
Vice President, Process & Technology
Richard Sharpe is ALAN’s vice president of people, process and technology as well as one of it founding members.  A longtime logistics professional, writer, speaker and thought leader, he is also CEO of Competitive Insights LLC, which he formed in 1998, and serves as a lecturer at Georgia Tech. In addition, he served as president of CAPS Logistics Inc. Over the past 25 years, he has been a frequent speaker at national gatherings and industry-related forums, where he actively promotes the collaborative power of integrated supply chain, sales, finance and marketing created strategies. He has authored numerous national articles and currently writes a blog on analytics and Big Data for DC Velocity, which designated him as one of its official “Rainmakers” in 2004. His other honors include being inducted into Georgia Tech’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni as part of the Engineering Hall of Fame and being named one of the school’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Richard received his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology while doing graduate work for the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida. He is also an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, where he has served as a den leader for more than a decade.
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Clifford K. Otto
Vice President, Agency Relations
Clifford K. (Cliff) Otto is ALAN’s vice president of agency relations, a role that entails managing relations with ALAN's partner network. He is also CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, a Lakeland, FL-based 3PL that he has worked with since 2001.   Prior to joining Saddle Creek, Cliff spent 11 years with CHEP USA where he became senior vice president for North American sales after serving as general manager of the company’s midwest region. He also held various executive management roles in logistics and finance with Baxter Healthcare and American Can Co. An active industry leader, Cliff has held several leadership roles with various grocery industry associations as well as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.  He also has served as the national president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), Chairman of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and as a member of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Board’s Logistics Advisory Committee. Locally he serves on a number of boards and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s 12th and newest university. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Cliff and his wife Kathy reside in Lakeland, FL.
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Cheryl A. Harrity
Secretary/Treasurer
Cheryl Harrity is ALAN's secretary and treasurer. She is also a results-driven, executive-level supply chain operations professional and consultant with a proven track record in building and strengthening business platforms. Her distinguished career includes more than 20 years of supply chain operations experience and 10-plus years spent in supply chain performance management and best-practice benchmarking. Cheryl has held management positions at MGP Ingredients, CS Integrated, AEP Industries, Ryder Systems, Knouse Foods, and ACME Markets, . In addition, she has served in consulting roles for RGP (a former Deloitte Company), NaviChain Consulting, Supply Chain Visions and KPMG. A frequent speaker and published supply chain thought leader, Cheryl has managed projects for numerous industry organizations such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the Supply Chain Council (SCC), and the Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC). She holds a Professor, Letter of Appointment position at the University of Nevada, where she teaches senior and graduate level supply chain management courses.
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Mike Gardner
Board Member
Michael (Mike) Gardner has been a member of ALAN’s board of directors since 2016. He is also the president and CEO of Kane Is Able, Inc. (KANE), a national, third-party logistics company that was one of the inaugural recipients of ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards. Prior to joining KANE, Mike was chief development officer at Exel Logistics and also held leadership roles with Distribution Centers Inc., GATX Logistics, and APL Logistics. His distinguished, 30-year logistics career also includes active memberships with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the International Warehouse Logistics Association. Mike received his MBA in finance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is active in many church and community activities, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where he serves on the board.
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Penelope Menzies
Development Chair
Penelope Menzies is ALAN’s Membership Chair. As such she spends much of her time tirelessly working on behalf of the organization her late husband, Jock Menzies, founded and led - and carrying on his legacy of brilliance, kindness, humor and “can do” attitude. The daughter of a British civil engineer, she was born in North Borneo (then a British Colony) and raised there until the age of nine, when she left home to attend boarding school in Hampshire, England. Several years later she moved to the United States to rejoin her parents and complete her final year of high school. In between, she spent many school holidays traveling to the various countries where her parents were stationed, including Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong and Turkey. Penelope attended the University of Colorado and received her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from the University of Maryland. She also attended the Johns Hopkins University, where she pursued international studies. Following graduation, she worked with the National Geographic Society and the Maryland Sister States Program before joining the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), a new international trade initiative created by Maryland’s governor. Five years later, she became that organization’s executive director and two years after that, she was the elected to its board of directors. Both roles involved extensive international travel and interaction with leaders from many countries. Penelope married Jock Menzies in 1995, happily combining two families that now include two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren and a new grandchild expected in July. In 2005, she also became part of an additional family when Jock founded ALAN, and she became an active volunteer. Although Jock sadly passed away following an accident in 2013, Penelope has continued to remain an active part of the compassionate organization he helped create. When not working on an ALAN project, her pastimes include traveling, gardening, nature, orchids, pets, exercise, her children and grandchildren, though not necessarily in that order.
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Ian Wright
Board Memeber
Ian is ALAN’s Metrics Committee Chair and a member of the board of directors. He is also a 35-year global supply chain professional who has worked with many leading businesses, logistics companies, consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies and been involved in all aspects of operations and logistics management. Now working as one of the the principals with Logistics Sciences LLC, Ian has spent more than half of his distinguished career in senior-level roles for supply chain-related functions. His areas of expertise include: global and domestic logistics; third-party logistics management, development, operations, control, review and selection; transportation management and planning/optimization; supply chain and logistics network planning; and logistics technology (including software design, development, selection and implementation, planning, visibility, inventory, transport, warehousing, optimization, and decision support tools).
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Claire Pincket
Intern
Claire is ALAN's Operations Support Intern. Her primary project is developing an interactive map to provide situational awareness and amplify non-profit logistics needs during a disaster. A native of Lakeland, FL, Claire is a senior at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA, where she is studying Mathematics.
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Volunteers

Matt Clark
Region 2 Director
Cameron Peel
Region 3 Director
Felicia Alexander
Region 9 Director
Alan Van Boven
Region 10 Director
Tim Feemster
Texas State Director / Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Expert
Steve Kling
Minnesota State Director
Joe Tillman
Dangerous Goods Expert
Joel Anderson
Warehousing Industry Liaison
Wolfgang Hall
GIS Specialist
Alex Stark
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair