Presentations of Speakers at the NCLC Summer Conference
June 7 - 9, 2009
85 Members Attended the 2009 Philadelphia Conference
"Managing Uncertainty - Controlling Logistics:
Are Industry Best Practices Leaving You Behind"
Topic & Speaker
||Presentations of Speakers
“Supply Chain Trends & Leadership Strategies”
Jack T. Ampuja
President - Supply Chain Optimizers Buffalo NY & Toronto Canada
Executive Director – Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence @ Lewiston NY
A citizen of USA, Canada and Finland, Jack has over 35 years of supply chain management
experience with five Fortune 500 firms. His career has included stints in consulting, manufacturing
and third party logistics; jobs have ranged from direct supervision of Teamsters and Longshoremen at
23 years of age to Senior Vice President of Operations at a multi-billion dollar international company
heading up a $200 million division with 800 employees. Jack has extensive knowledge of the food industry
working 25 consecutive years for member firms of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He spent most
of the 90’s as Vice President of Purchasing & Logistics for Rich Products in Buffalo.
Jack writes articles for trade journals and is a regular speaker on supply chain issues and
trends making over 50 hours of presentations annually to management groups. He has spoken in Canada,
Belgium and on behalf of the US Agency for International Development at the first logistics conference
ever held in Ghana, Africa.
In conjunction with his consulting and educational efforts Jack serves on the Business School
Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Massachusetts. At Niagara University he is also the
Business Executive-in-Residence. For the Buffalo Niagara Partnership [Chamber of Commerce] he
co-chairs the Logistics Council and serves on the board of directors for Continental 1 [Toronto to
Miami Trade Corridor]. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Supply Chain Management Review.
Jack has a BS degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, a
year of post graduate study in transportation at Northeastern University (Boston), and an MBA degree
from the University of Connecticut.
President of Cost Containment Management
Regional Vice President for Supply
Adjunct Professor at the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius
Dennis J. Sullivan holds a B.S. degree (Transportation) from Niagara University and an
MBA from Canisius College. He is President of Cost Containment Management Services, a Regional Vice
President for Supply Chain Optimizers and an Adjunct Professor at the Richard J. Wehle School of
Business at Canisius College. He has also held a similar position in the College of Business
Administration at Niagara University.
He teaches Supply Chain related courses such as Business Logistics Management, Operations
Management and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. He has also been the coordinator and an Instructor
for the “Transportation and Traffic Management” and the “Purchasing and Supply Management” modules that
are part of a certificate program for industry professionals offered by the Center for Supply Chain
Excellence at Niagara University.
Throughout his career Dennis has held plant, regional and vice president level positions
for a large multi-national manufacturing organization. His expertise includes over 25 years of
technical, line, and staff management experience in logistics, distribution, transportation management,
purchasing, warehousing, material control, scheduling and similar functions.
"Outlook for Fuel Cost & Planning Tactics To Deal With What Is Coming"
Dr. Jim Kling
Professor at Niagara University’s College of Business
Dr. Jim Kling has been a professor at Niagara University’s College of Business since
1990 and has been studying, teaching and consulting in the supply chain and transportation fields
for over twenty years. He was born in Rochester, N.Y. and completed his Ph.D. at the University of
Maryland--College Park in 1989. Dr. Kling’s teaching specialty is supply chain management. He
established the Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Niagara University in 2000, and leads its
inventory and traffic management professional development courses.
Dr. Kling is also affiliated with Supply Chain Optimizers as a Senior Consultant. Over
his career, Jim has worked on consulting projects large and small including transportation studies,
C-TPAT readiness, inventory management, and as an expert witness in the area of transportation costing.
During 2005-2006, Dr. Kling was granted a full year sabbatical to work with local businesses, primarily
on projects designed to improve transportation and inventory management practices. During his sabbatical,
Jim led a year long project dedicated to standardizing internal supply chain systems at a merged
four-hospital system in Western New York State.