Michael Fischer takes Future Leader Award

Arlington, Virginia, USA: Michael Fischer, general manager, RLS Logistics has received the World Food Logistics Organization’s Don Schlimme Future Leader Award.

Fischer was presented with the award at the World Food Logistics Organization’s convention last week.

Entering the award was a “fantastic experience,” Fischer. said. “I am really honored to receive this award and grateful to RLS for supporting me in this endeavor.”

The Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes talented young professionals in North America, 35 years of age and under, 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 have had to 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.

The award is named in honor of Donald V. Schlimme, Ph.D, who passed away in 2012 and was a longtime member of the WFLO Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO Staff Advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his extensive knowledge.

Fischer competed for the award with the following finalists from an initial list of twelve nominees: Kyle Browning, operations manager, Americold Logistics; Seth Cross, operations supervisor, Agro Merchants;  Megan Hendricksen, director of communications, Lineage Logistics; Brittany Jacobs, health and safety specialist, United States Cold Storage; Dean Stahley, facility manager, Interstate Warehousing; Jonathan Szabo, chief operating engineer, Congebec Logistics; John Tippmann III, operations manager, Interstate Warehousing.

Paul Henningsen, president, Henningsen Cold Storage and immediate past chair, Michael Fischer, general manager, RLS Logistics, and Corey Rosenbusch, president, GCCA

As part of the selection process, each finalist was interviewed by a panel of judges made up of industry leaders. The field was narrowed down to three and each of those candidates delivered a short presentation to the panel of judges and the Convention attendees. A final recipient was selected after their presentations to the Convention attendees.

Additionally, the finalist experience included a recognition luncheon where they were honored by executives from their company as well as a leadership development workshop to complete their Convention experience.

“The dedication and quality of the emerging leaders within the cold chain continues to be so impressive,” Corey Rosenbusch, president, GCCA said. “Mike and his fellow competitors are excellent examples of how bright the future is for the cold chain with talented individuals such as these coming up through the ranks.”

Fischer will compete with other young leaders from around the world for the global GCCA NextGen Award at the Global Cold Chain Expo, taking place 10-12 June 2019 in Chicago IL.

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