About: Leadership

Our supply chain experts lead world class logistics solutions:

Odyssey’s supply chain experts average more than 25 years of experience. Serving as engineers, technologists, and transportation and logistics professionals in all relevant modes of transportation, our leaders possess the expertise that differentiates us from the competition, and enables our clients to make smarter supply chain solutions decisions. Odyssey’s deep management bench provides the expertise, market intelligence and best practices that inform the ongoing business process improvements that result in sustained cost savings and optimized operations.

Executive Leadership

supply chain expertsAs Chairman of the Board, Admiral Ed Straw brings his distinguished career in logistics and operations management to Odyssey. He is the founder and managing partner of Osprey Venture Partners, a firm that assists young entrepreneurs find investment capital and provides assistance with early stage business development. As the former President, Global Operations of The Estée Lauder Companies. Admiral Straw has many years of experience developing and managing operations in both major corporations and the U.S. military.In his role at Estée Lauder, he led the manufacturing, research and development, information systems, package engineering, quality assurance and global supply chain (procurement, inventory management, and distribution) areas, which supported all 20 of the company’s global brands. Before joining the Estée Lauder Companies, he was Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Compaq Computer Corporation, and President of Miami-based Ryder Integrated Logistics, a North American third-party supply chain services provider. Prior to entering the private sector, he had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, retiring as a three-star Admiral in 1996.In addition to Odyssey, he is on the boards of Performance Equity Management, Helius Medical Technologies, Lenitive Scientific and the Boston Consulting Group.Admiral Straw is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University. He and his wife, Christine, reside in New York City and Georgetown in the District of Columbia.

Bob Shellman Odyssey LogisticsIn his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey, Mr. Shellman heads up a global logistics and supply chain management company with major offices and affiliates in the U.S., Europe and Asia. During 2014, Growth Cap publications named Mr. Shellman one of the Top 25 CEO’s in B2B software. Through Mr. Shellman’s leadership, Odyssey has experienced significant double digit growth.Prior to founding Odyssey in 2003, Mr. Shellman was Chief Executive Officer of UniGlobal Logistics. UniGlobal Logistics managed transport and logistics for over $9 billion in global product sales for Honeywell, BP, Shell Chemical, Union Carbide, EQUATE and a number of global brand name clients.Before running UniGlobal Logistics, Mr. Shellman held the role of Director for Union Carbide’s Supply Chain Operations. Union Carbide had over $6 billion in global sales in both consumer and industrial products. At Union Carbide, Mr. Shellman moved through various senior positions of increasing responsibility.Mr. Shellman earned a BA in Public Accounting at C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University and in Business Administration at the State University of New York. Mr. Shellman is married with two daughters. He resides with his wife in Southbury, Connecticut.

Ray Maier Odyssey Logistics

As one of the Odyssey founding executives, Mr. Maier was instrumental in establishing the business infrastructure supporting the Company’s growth and global expansion. Today, he oversees all legal affairs including corporate governance, contracts, mergers & acquisitions, licensing and regulatory compliance and other administrative functions including human resources, risk management and insurance.

Prior to joining Odyssey, Mr. Maier was Group Counsel for Union Carbide Corporation, serving as General Counsel for global chemical business units with sales in excess of $1.5 billion. Mr. Maier has more than 30 years of experience in providing legal counsel and services to businesses in a variety of fields, including electronics, industrial gases and, for more than 13 years, in the chemical industry. With extensive experience in corporate and international contexts, he has been lead counsel on numerous significant transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and financings in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Maier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, and J.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He is a member of the State Bars of New York and Connecticut.

Cosmo Alberico Odyssey Logistics

Mr. Alberico is responsible for leading Odyssey’s global finance and operational functions, including P&L responsibility for Odyssey’s business segments. Mr. Alberico leads the development of key business metrics quantifying Odyssey’s service value in reducing capital costs, creating network efficiencies and providing expert operational work process management. His broad breadth of financial and operating experience leading global teams in a wide array of industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, professional services and technology giving him exceptional insight into the challenges facing Odyssey’s clients.

Prior to joining Odyssey in 2005, Mr. Alberico gained experience in building and running global finance teams in North America, Europe and the Far East with PepsiCo, DunsNet (a division of D&B), Sprint, and System Management ARTS. During his tenure with System Management ARTS, Mr. Alberico oversaw an aggressive growth strategy which led to more than a 400 percent increase in net revenue over a three year period.

Mr. Alberico holds both an MBA and a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Mr. Alberico currently serves as Chairman on the Western Connecticut State University Executive Advisory Council as well as on the Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut Board of Directors. Mr. Alberico has two daughters and resides with his wife in Newtown, Connecticut.

Mr. Casiano leads all strategic and executional aspects for Odyssey sales, account management and marketing departments. His responsibilities include directing operational sales force effectiveness, leading functions essential to sales productivity including: planning, quota setting, process optimization, training, program implementation, administration and overall management. Mr. Casiano is an accomplished sales executive with a respected transportation & logistics industry background spanning 28 years.

Prior to rejoining Odyssey, Mr. Casiano was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Railex, LLC., a refrigerated rail services and logistics company dedicated to perishables. Mark was previously Vice President of Global Solutions at Odyssey Logistics & Technology. He was Vice President of Sales at New England Motor freight, an inter-regional motor carrier heavily focused on the retail market leading a sales force of more than 60 sales executives. The prior 12 years were spent as Vice President of National Accounts at Jevic Transportation, a specialized less-than-truckload motor carrier with a focus on the chemical market. Mr. Casiano began his logistics career with Conway Transportation Services spending 10 years in escalating sales roles.

Lori Davlos Odyssey Logistics

Ms. Davlos began with Odyssey at its founding in 2003. Currently in the position of Senior Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller, she has been instrumental in establishing the Accounting, Finance, and Treasury functions that support the global operations of the company.

Before joining Odyssey, she held key positions with Wheaton Van Lines, Union Carbide Corporation, and Dow Chemical Company. Her background includes responsibilities in financial planning and analysis; mergers and acquisitions; business analysis and valuation; and financial, tax and management accounting; as well as leadership of accounting functions at large industrial organizations. Ms. Davlos holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Albert Lee Odyssey LogisticsMr. Lee leads global technology operations and technology strategy for Odyssey. He brings to Odyssey over 20 years of enterprise systems management, business technology transformation and engineering experience.

Prior to joining Odyssey in 2019, Mr. Lee served as Chief Technology Officer for OTG, a global airport hospitality and property management organization. At OTG, he oversaw the design, development and delivery of one of the largest tablet-based order-to-fulfillment solutions in the world. He has successfully delivered technology-driven operational efficiencies, data-driven recommendation systems and unique airline system integrations that have helped to increase OTG’s global revenues in excess of 500% over a seven-year period.

Mr. Lee has also held technology leadership positions at a variety of notable new media and publishing organizations including New York Media and The McEvoy Group, leading key strategic initiatives for digital transformation. He has also served numerous engineering roles at organizations including Thomson Scientific & Healthcare (now Clarivate Analytics).

 

As one of Odyssey’s first employees in the APAC region starting in April of 2008, Toby Gao, currently serves as VP, Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the logistics procurement & managed logistics services business operations in the region. Gao is also involved in the business development and management of our consulting and chemical sampling solutions.

Toby’s 20+ years of experience includes every facet of the logistics and supply chain industry making him well equipped to provide world class solutions to our customers with global supply chain requirements. In his career, Gao has led extensive analytical projects for key clients to use data to identify opportunities for clients to optimize their supply chain and realize savings and process efficiencies.

Gao received his Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science as well as a Master Degree in Material Science from Center South University in China. Gao went on to receive his MBA degree in Logistics & Supply Chain/Marketing (Dual concentration) from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Toine Matthijssen has more than 35 years of experience in European supply chain and logistics management. He joined Odyssey Logistics Europe BVBA in 2008 as director of client services & business development for the European Operations and was appointed managing director on April 1, 2009.

Matthijssen had previously been responsible for directing logistics, transportation and customer service operations in Europe for Chemtura Corporation and its predecessor company. He had also been employed at General Electric Corporation in Europe for 25 years during which time he held management positions in functions including manufacturing, commercial, logistics and customer service.

Toine received his degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical College at Breda, The Netherlands, and holds economic certificates from the Business School of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Mr. Midkiff has been with Odyssey for ten years, and has more than 28 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain planning, analysis, and management. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that client transitions to Odyssey services are successful. He is also responsible for Odyssey’s Analytics Group, which performs network optimization projects, supply chain rationalization, and overall client data analysis. Prior to his current role, he was a Director of Project Management at Odyssey.

Before joining Odyssey, Mr. Midkiff worked with a number of market leaders, including Union Carbide, EQUATE, and Dow Chemical. He has led supply chain network analysis, cost reduction planning, and work process optimization for major industry segments. As a supply chain manager for EQUATE, he was responsible for designing and implementing the work processes that enabled day-to-day shipments to Europe, the Far East and Middle East. In that position, he also assumed the role of SAP subject matter expert for Sales & Distribution.

Mr. Midkiff holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Glenn Riggs Odyssey Logistics

Mr. Riggs brings to Odyssey almost three decades of experience in supply chain management. A member of Odyssey’s founding team in 2003, he is currently responsible for Corporate Strategy, M&A, Engineering, HSE&S and Procurement for FTL, Rail and Facilities within Odyssey’s Managed Service business.

Mr. Riggs strengthens Odyssey’s deep bench management, adding powerful expertise in the operations of all transport modes within global supply chains and delivering specialized knowledge in industry data and optimization modeling.

Before Odyssey, Mr. Riggs moved through a number manufacturing, materials management and supply chain positions of increasing responsibility for Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.

Mr. Riggs holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Business Units

David Begin began his career as an educator, teaching high school biology in Stamford, Connecticut. After leaving the field of education, Begin entered the private sector, where he worked in marketing and general management at a small international packaging company in the electronic chemicals industry. The company manufactured high-purity aerosols and small-package chemical products for the electronics market. In this position for five years, he had responsibility for the company’s profit and loss activities.

It was during this period that Begin recognized the need for an independent company dedicated to sample fulfillment services for the chemical industry. In response to that market deficiency, in 1984 he co-founded Chemical Marketing Concepts, Inc., a global leader in sample fulfillment, small revenue orders and logistics services. The business was acquired in 2011 by Chemical Marketing Concepts LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Odyssey Logistics & Technology), where he remains at the helm. Across his highly-successful career, he has acquired more than 32 years of experience in chemical packaging and entrepreneurial business management.

Begin holds an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven, Connecticut and a B.S. in biology from Colorado State University.

Keith Hancock is President, Multimodal Global Solutions.  Previously, he served as President and CEO of Capital Transportation Solutions LLC (CTS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Odyssey. Hancock provides Odyssey with collective management experience spanning more than 30 years in operations, enterprise and P&L management for diverse global enterprises, including expatriate assignments in Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining CTS, in 1997 Hancock formed Castle Pines Associates, LLC, a business development/consulting company that specialized in supporting private equity acquisitions, emerging growth and start-up companies through its offices in Colorado, Florida and Georgia.

Hancock’s early career experience with companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 500 includes a diverse background in international consulting, mergers and acquisitions, finance and consumer products research, development, marketing and sales. For more than a decade, Hancock assumed roles of increasing responsibility with Schneider Investments, HSA Associates, Avalon Marketing, Avon Products and Dean Witter Reynolds.

Hancock attended the University of Southern California, University of Redlands, University of Phoenix and John Marshall Law School. He holds degrees including Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration and Juris Doctor and is a member of the Georgia Bar.

John Nikolich is Vice President, International Transportation Management (ITM), where he holds leadership roles for Global Marine Sourcing, Odyssey International, International Forwarders, Inc. (IFI) and the UniGlobal NVOCC Business Units.

Prior to his current position, Nikolich has served as Director, Global Marine and Pack Marine Commercial Manager. In addition to leading the company’s strategy and procurement activities associated with ocean containerships, barges, tankers, and ISO tanks, he managed commercial negotiations for UniGlobal Logistics LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Odyssey, and a licensed NVOCC. He also worked as a marine procurement manager, purchasing ocean containership services on behalf of Odyssey’s clients. Before joining Odyssey, John served as Regional Account Executive with containership carrier Hamburg Sud North America.

Nikolich holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Rhode Island, one in marine affairs, the other in sociology.

As one of Odyssey’s first employees in the APAC region starting in April of 2008, Toby Gao, currently serves as VP, Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the logistics procurement & managed logistics services business operations in the region. Gao is also involved in the business development and management of our consulting and chemical sampling solutions.

Toby’s 20+ years of experience includes every facet of the logistics and supply chain industry making him well equipped to provide world class solutions to our customers with global supply chain requirements. In his career, Gao has led extensive analytical projects for key clients to use data to identify opportunities for clients to optimize their supply chain and realize savings and process efficiencies.

Gao received his Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science as well as a Master Degree in Material Science from Center South University in China. Gao went on to receive his MBA degree in Logistics & Supply Chain/Marketing (Dual concentration) from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

As a consultant and executive, Kevin has personally advised hundreds of senior executives around the world on supply chain strategy and execution inclusive of transportation, warehouse management, auto-identification, network design, and technology. Kevin has a track record of success with over 25 years delivering bottom-line results for clients across many industries from consumer goods and consumer package goods, textiles, retail, and the chemical and process manufacturing industries.

Prior to Odyssey Logistics, Kevin was a senior vice president at RELY Software and part of the early executive leadership team that pioneered global transportation management inclusive of event management and visibility. During that time, he was responsible for developing the company’s core market making and strategic account management processes, establishing a market-entry footprint in both North America and Europe, creating their business model, consulting practice, as well as establishing the company’s first strategic relationships. From 1991 to 2000 Kevin was also at EDMS, Manhattan Associates, and Voxware where he served in both executive and business development roles. Kevin was instrumental in developing each organization’s strategic positioning and presence in their respective marketplaces.

Kevin has a BA in English and Philosophy from of the University of Rhode Island and is a member of APICS and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He has traveled extensively and has broad cultural and business knowledge in North America, Europe, Southeast and Southwest Asia.

Toine Matthijssen has more than 35 years of experience in European supply chain and logistics management. He joined Odyssey Logistics Europe BVBA in 2008 as director of client services & business development for the European Operations and was appointed managing director on April 1, 2009.

Matthijssen had previously been responsible for directing logistics, transportation and customer service operations in Europe for Chemtura Corporation and its predecessor company. He had also been employed at General Electric Corporation in Europe for 25 years during which time he held management positions in functions including manufacturing, commercial, logistics and customer service.

Matthijssen received his degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical College at Breda, The Netherlands, and holds economic certificates from the Business School of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Mr. Midkiff has been with Odyssey for ten years, and has more than 28 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain planning, analysis, and management. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that client transitions to Odyssey services are successful. He is also responsible for Odyssey’s Analytics Group, which performs network optimization projects, supply chain rationalization, and overall client data analysis. Prior to his current role, he was a Director of Project Management at Odyssey.

Before joining Odyssey, Mr. Midkiff worked with a number of market leaders, including Union Carbide, EQUATE, and Dow Chemical. He has led supply chain network analysis, cost reduction planning, and work process optimization for major industry segments. As a supply chain manager for EQUATE, he was responsible for designing and implementing the work processes that enabled day-to-day shipments to Europe, the Far East and Middle East. In that position, he also assumed the role of SAP subject matter expert for Sales & Distribution. Mr. Midkiff holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Deborah Pritchard’s work experience encompasses chemical research and development with pilot plant scale-up and more than three decades of blended experience in the chemical industry and in entrepreneurial business management. In 1978, early in her career, she was a research chemist at Ciba-Geigy, and a quality assurance manager for Byk Chemie. From 1980-1984, she worked at Miller-Stephenson, a high-purity electronic chemicals company, where she managed the laboratory in addition to being responsible for new product development, quality assurance, safety and environmental compliance. While there, she also provided technical service on epoxy resins and curing agents.

Motivated by her frustration at not being able to obtain chemical samples from large manufacturers, Pritchard co-founded Chemical Marketing Concepts, Inc. in 1984. The business was acquired in 2011 by Chemical Marketing Concepts LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Odyssey Logistics & Technology), where she continues to serve as Vice President.

Pritchard holds an M.S. in organic chemistry from New York University and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut.

Bill Ritter is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Distribution Systems Logistics Company, Inc. (ADS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Odyssey. With over 30 years in supply chain management experience, Bill is an innovator with a track record of increasing productivity and profitability through team building and leveraging new technology. After starting his career with the Illinois Central Railroad in the Operations Department, Bill joined ADS in 1984 and quickly progressed through the ranks. During his tenure he restored profitability and reliability to the trucking division of ADS’ sister company, ServiceCraft, and prepared the company for its successful sale in late 2004. Returning to ADS in 2008 and Bill led the organization through a rapid and successful reorganization/restructuring, restoring the company to industry leading profitability.

After leading the sale of ADS to Linx Partners of Atlanta, GA in July, 2011, Bill used a mix of innovative management strategies and strategic development initiatives to establish a long-term profitability model for ADS.

Bill and wife Barbara reside in New Buffalo, MI and South Orange County, CA.

Rick Rudie is founder and president of Odyssey’s subsidiary, Interdom LLC (successor to Interdom Partners, acquired by Odyssey in 2012), a leading intermodal marketing company specializing in the provision of rail services to the international and domestic shipping community. The company, which he started in the mid-1980s, was formed in response to the advent of double stack railroad cars. An entrepreneurial spirit, Rudie saw this as a dramatic turning point in the transportation industry. The cars not only enabled railroads to double capacity while utilizing the same space, but they dramatically reduced freight damage and claims by creating a smoother ride. With the heightening of environmental concerns, Rudie knew this new service provided a solution for shrinking a shipper’s carbon footprint.

Prior to starting Interdom Partners, Rudie served in multiple sales and marketing positions within the international steamship line industry. He was a sales representative for several steamship lines/agents: L.A.S.T, Inc., Korea Shipping Co., and EAC Lines. He later became a national sales manager for two container leasing companies: Interpool, Ltd. and Flexi-Van Leasing. It was with these firms that he traveled the U.S. extensively, working with cargo owners in all transport modes to establish shipper pools for large exporters.

Working with railroads, trucking companies, and an array of other transportation companies lead him to develop independent stack train service, creating the opportunity for customers to receive the benefits of double stack trains without the commitment of large-scale volume.

Rudie graduated cum laude from the College of Business at Northern Illinois University.

Michael Salz was an owner of Linden Bulk Transportation Co., Inc., a bulk carrier and intermodal depot, with terminals in Linden, NJ (HQ), Joliet, IL, Pasadena and Houston, TX, St. Gabriel, LA and Bensalem, PA. The Company was acquired by Odyssey in 2016 and now operates under the name Linden Bulk Transportation LLC (“Linden Bulk”). Michael continues in his leadership position and serves as President of Linden Bulk.

Michael has over twenty-five years’ experience in the trucking industry, working first in package transportation for Linden Motor Freight Co., Inc. before transitioning to Linden Bulk in 2004. Michael currently holds positions with the National Tank Truck Carriers’ Association (Director; Vice Chairman, Advocacy Committee; Member, Chemical Committee), Linden Industrial Association, and First Bank NJ (Board of Directors). Michael also has an ownership interest in Linden Warehouse and Distribution Co., Inc., a NJ based public warehouse company, and serves on their Board of Directors.

Michael earned his BA in Urban Studies specializing in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Annick Casier comes to Odyssey with extensive experience in beverage logistics and supply chain management. Her experience includes over 15 years with PepsiCo and Tropicana Europe as well as various roles within ASEP Trans and IceGen Corporation, a provider of refrigerated solutions for the juice and beverage industries. Annick has obtained college degrees in Europe and is fluent in four languages. As President of Odyssey FoodTrans, Annick will be based out of Belgium and will be responsible for all global operational functions of Odyssey FoodTrans.


Lou Trillo serves as president of North American Transportation at Odyssey Overland LLC. Prior to this post, he was president of Omni Bulk Logistics, a brokerage company he founded in 1982, which was acquired in 2004 by Odyssey Overland, a subsidiary of Odyssey Logistics & Technology.

Trillo began his long, distinguished career in logistics as a tank truck driver; at first transporting only petroleum and then broadening his cargo to include chemical products. He quickly transferred his mastery of road transportation into the operations arena, which included time as a dispatcher. While in that position, he developed and launched a successful backhaul program for long-haul units, resulting in increased loaded miles as well as revenue for the company and its drivers.

After four years, Trillo departed that company to venture out on his own. He started Omni Bulk Logistics, one of the first national bulk tank truck brokerages formed as a result of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (MCA).

A former business owner who also served in the field, he brings his well-rounded transportation experience to Odyssey Overland LLC. As leader of this Odyssey subsidiary, he continues a long tradition of offering clients a superior customer service experience and proven, user-friendly processes in over-the-road transportation of both liquid and dry bulk commodities throughout North America. Under his guidance, the company’s expert and knowledgeable staff, along with its network of fully vetted, high-quality bulk haulers, deliver Odyssey Overland clients reliable service that includes high levels of coverage in spot market scenarios.

As Vice President of WIN™ Business Services, Lindsey leads her team of experienced professionals in delivering the industry’s premier cloud-based transportation management solution. Since the inception of the WIN™ service offering, Lindsey has demonstrated a history of growing and empowering successful sales, operations and development teams.

In her previous roles as Sales/Account Manager and Director of Business Development of WIN™, Ms. Shellman accumulated years of logistics & supply chain industry proficiency and strong sales experience. With a proven ability to lead highly successful teams in improving customer’s processes and resolving complex technical matters, Lindsey and her team are equipped to provide customers with high-valued transportation management solutions.

Shellman holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Communications from The University of Connecticut.

Barb Slawter has spent the better part of two decades in management roles in the logistics industry, specifically in the management of multimodal ISO tank movements. Prior to joining Optimodal, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Odyssey, Ms. Slawter spent several years as Manager of Customer Service for Matlack’s International ISO Tank division from 1996-99. She joined Optimodal Inc. in late 1999, advancing to the position of VP of Operations.

Optimodal Inc. was acquired by Odyssey in 2010, and Ms. Slawter continued in her capacity as Vice President, Operations. In February of 2018, she was promoted to VP & General Manager, Optimodal, inc., where she continued to show immense proficiency in her field, while demonstrating leadership and team building throughout the organization. Ms. Slawter now serves as the President of Optimodal, Inc, Odyssey’s chemical ISO tank transport service.

Ms. Slawter graduated from Penn State University with a BS in marketing and a minor in business logistics.