University of Maryland Business School Honors Logistics Leader for Industry and Humanitarian Contributions

Oct 30, 2009, 11:51 ET from University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business today named John T. "Jock" Menzies -- chairman of the Terminal Corporation, a warehouse, trucking and distribution company -- as the 2009 "Person of the Year." Each year the Smith School's logistics, transportation and supply chain management program and student-run Supply Chain Management Society and Supply Chain Club present the award to an influential industry leader. Menzies accepted the honor at a ceremony that was part of Industry Day, which also includes networking events and a career fair for logistics and supply chain management students.

"Jock Menzies industry leadership and wider contributions provide a great inspiration to our students," said G. "Anand" Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. "In addition to heading up a major Mid-Atlantic logistics company, his leadership in industry-coordinated philanthropic efforts demonstrates the power of using business principles for social good -- an understanding of which we hope our students carry with them and apply no matter what career they pursue."

In addition to heading Baltimore-based Terminal Corp., Menzies is a director and first president of the American Logistics Aid Network, an organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to provide efficient distribution of humanitarian aid for disaster relief. The organization matches donations with areas of greatest need through its Web portal, then determines the best way to supply those goods and services through transportation and supply chain partners.

Currently, Menzies also serves on the boards of the Harford Mutual Insurance Co., the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He is chair of the Transportation Coalition of the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce and active with the International Warehouse Logistics Association Government Affairs Committee. Past activities include directorships of the International Warehouse Logistics Association, the North Atlantic Ports Association, the Warehousing Education and Research Council, the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, the United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. From 1989 through 1991, he was chairman of Baltimore's Private Sector Port Committee, and in 1992 and 1993 he was the first president of the Maryland Distribution Council.

Menzies received a B.A. in economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

The annual Industry Day and the "Person of the Year" award ceremony are organized by Smith School students and faculty. The Supply Chain Management Society provides networking and career development opportunities for Smith School undergraduate students, while the Supply Chain Club provides similar opportunities for the MBA students. Each year, the groups work with faculty and staff to plan Industry Day and invite companies and organizations to participate. Representatives and recruiters from more than 30 companies were expected to participate in this year's event at the university's College Park, Md. campus.

Previous "Person of the Year" honorees include Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals; John D. Porcari, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation; a joint award shared by Jeffrey N. Shane, under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Ron Widdows, chief executive of global transportation company APL Ltd.; the Dell Corp., accepted by Ro Parra; Jeffrey Crowe, chairman of Landstar System Inc.; Linda Morgan, former chair of the Surface Transportation Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission; Michael J. Ward, chairman, president, and CEO of CSX Corp.; Don Schneider, president of Schneider National Inc.; Herb Johnson, past president of the Council of Logistics Management; and Edward Emmett, president of the National Industrial Transportation League.

The Smith School's logistics, transportation and supply chain management program is consistently recognized among the best business school programs in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranked the undergraduate program No. 10 and the MBA program No. 13 in the United States in 2009. Smith's supply chain management curriculum incorporates all aspects of the industry, including expanding global networks and cutting-edge technology. In addition to offering a range of academic courses, the school is home to the Supply Chain Management Center, which provides research, consulting services and education highlighting the latest advances in e-supply chain management.

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