Title: Director, Client Solutions
Education: Bachelor of Science, Finance, concentration in logistics, Central Michigan University (1994)
Number of Years with Cardinal:
Industry Experience: Over 20 years of logistics experience in the military and third party logistics
Before Cardinal: Director of Logistics Engineering for Ryder at the Toyota Account in Georgetown, KY
Landing in Logistics
My interest in logistics began in the United States Marine Corp. as a result of my assigned duties as a Marine Aviation Logistics Computer Operator. I expanded my skill set and increased my knowledge after discovering the logistics program at Central Michigan University. My professor, Dr. Cook at Central Michigan University, also encouraged me to continue to pursue my logistics passion. After 20 years, my enthusiasm and interest in logistics is still holding strong!
Why Mike is “Deer” to Cardinal
- I am a United States Marine and specialized in Aviation Logistics. During my service, I was assigned to MALS 31 in Beaufort, SC, for 3 years and MALS 12 in Iwakuni, Japan, for one year.
- I spent seven years working for Toyota in Kentucky as Director of Logistics Engineering. I was responsible for running an engineering department that did all inbound materials routing and scheduling under the guidelines of JIT Inventory Management. In addition, I spent time as the Director of Business Development and implemented new ways to grow business within the Toyota Group of Companies.
- I am passionate about deer hunting and Quality Deer Management, and have dedicated my spare time to improving deer hunting in Michigan. I am currently the Vice President of the Michigan State Chapter for Quality Deer Management. In this voluntary role, I work with our DNRE on legislative initiatives and with our 17 chapters throughout the state on “grass root” initiatives and educational activities.
Going Out on a Limb and Creating Superb Results
I have worked for Cardinal Logistics since 2000 providing support to our sales team on a multitude of logistics related projects to develop customized solutions for our clients.
Our engineering, information technology and operational teams work together to customize each of our solutions to meet each customer’s individual needs. We bring value through eliminating waste, improving driver productivity and introducing technology that meets each customer’s current challenges.
A Supply Chain Challenge + Cardinal = Excellent Results
Recently, one of our window manufacturer customers continued to experience a large volume of spikes seasonally, so we developed a customized plan to improve this ongoing problem.
We engineered a solution that placed drivers in the market instead of at the manufacturing facility. This allowed us to have the flexibility to use the drivers with other accounts during slower periods and also use them exclusively to perform deliveries during peak times. During the peak times, we rely on partner carriers to perform the less customer-intensive line-haul activity. At the remote locations, which are designed to be near population centers where we have existing drivers and accounts in the market, we cross-train and use drivers from other accounts.
The problem is solved. Our customer is happy. The job continues to be done – but now more efficiently.
View the full case study here: Simonton Windows – A Window of Opportunity
Changing Directions Midflight
Cardinal continues to demonstrate our ability and willingness to respond as our customers’ business changes. This was most evident during the recent downturn in our economy. We recognized that our customers’ businesses would be changing so we adjusted our efforts to better fit their specific needs.
The bottom line is that Cardinal does what we say we are going to do. If you are in a position where you would like to change carriers, then I challenge you to put our solutions to the test.