GCCA reveals its Future Leader Award Finalists

Arlington, Virginia, USA: The World Food Logistics Organization, a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, has revealed the recipients of its 2021 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award.

The five finalists were chosen out of 25 applicants as some of the best and the brightest North American future leaders in the temperature-controlled logistics industry.

The finalists are Eric Geiger, warehouse manager, Americold Logistics Emily Goracke, customer account manager, SnoTemp Cold Storage; Colt Miller, warehouse supervisor, Mattingly Cold Storage; Tamara Palefsky, continuous improvement manager, United States Cold Storage; and Troy Stokes, senior project manager, Lineage Logistics.

“This class of Don Schlimme Future Leader Award finalists demonstrates the quality of individuals involved in the cold chain industry and the great potential we have for the future,” Matthew Ott, president, Global Cold Chain Alliance, said.

“These nominees show great passion for their work and go above and beyond to get the job done. We are proud to work with them and are excited for the winner to be announced in a few weeks.”

This year’s application review happened virtually and applicants for the award were evaluated by a panel of industry leaders. The finalists will compete for the top honor at the IARW-WFLO Convention (October 7-10, 2021 in Austin, Texas).

The Don Schlimme Future Leader Award Recipient will then be eligible to compete against other GCCA future leaders from around the world in the 2021 Global NextGen competition happening virtually, later this year.

Established in 2015 by the World Food Logistics Organization, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes talented young professionals in North America, who have the potential to become future leaders and make a positive contribution to the development of the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in their work, the potential to excel further in the many facets within the industry, and possess insight into their organization’s strategic values and direction, policies, and ways of working.


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