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RALPH W. SHRADER 201Solid Connections in a Liquid World
In the summary of my background that Gordon just shared, you probably noticed that it was pretty short on logistics experience. You're the logistics experts, and I don't want to pretend that I can add to your knowledge of your field.
However, all of you here are leaders as well as logistics experts-and I do have some perspectives on leadership today that I believe relate to the challenges you face in both the managerial and technical aspects of your profession.
Although it's not listed in my biography, my very first job-actually my first several jobs-were in the logistics field. And it gave me an appreciation early on for some of the challenges and rewards of getting people and goods from point A to point B. I was 18 and working in Jacksonville, Florida, as a customer service agent for Greyhound Bus Lines. So, being invited to speak at a logistics conference in my native state of Florida really does feel like "coming home."