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.

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.

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.

Mr. Casiano leads all strategic and executional aspects for Odyssey sales, account management, marketing & communications and customer experience departments. His responsibilities include directing operational sales force effectiveness, leading functions essential to sales productivity including: cross business unit sales, planning, quota setting, process optimization, training, program implementation, administration and overall management. Mr. Casiano is an accomplished sales and marketing executive with a respected transportation & logistics industry background spanning 30+ 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 (XPO) 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.

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.

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.

Jared Miller, Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, leads Odyssey’s Corporate purchasing (non-freight) and facilities management functions and Sample Fulfillment (Odyssey CMC) and Odyssey Overland (Bulk Truck Brokerage) business units.

Jared has over 20 years of diverse operational experience.  A veteran of the United States Air Force, he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA while on active duty.

Jared resides in Connecticut and is located in the Odyssey Corporate Headquarters in Danbury.

Business Units

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.

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.

Paul Sever, President of CMI Logistics began his career with CMI over 28 years ago as Business Development Manager after having worked in other business development roles in management consulting and third-party logistics.

During his tenure at CMI, Paul was singularly responsible for building the company’s revenue and income base, instituting operational protocols for efficiency and cost controls, making CMI the dominant provider of intermodal services to the North American metals industry. He also conceived and led the company’s efforts to open new launch points in the mid-south and landing points in the U.S. Rockies and Western Canada, opening new service lanes for CMI customers and growing the company’s revenue base.

With Odyssey Logistics & Technology’s acquisition of CMI in 2014, Paul was named Executive Vice president and General Manager of the business unit, giving him overall responsibility for profitability, operations and revenue expansion.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Business Administration and Computer Applied Information Systems from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a post-graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Penn State University.

Paul resides and works in Cranberry Township, PA with his wife Donna and their two daughters Kassady and Kate.

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.

Ken’s expansive history in the intermodal industry began over 30 years ago when he served as a container yard operator. He then spent over 20 years at shipping and logistics company NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) in various management roles, moving from Cincinnati to Chicago where he ultimately joined the Interdom team in 2010.

With Odyssey Interdom, Ken has been instrumental in developing our service offering, managing operations and developing partnerships to enhance our customer’s needs. His expertise in logistics and knowledge of the intermodal market will continue to provide incredible benefits to our global customers. His understanding of our markets, customers and suppliers will facilitate continued growth across all sectors.

Ken attended Benedictine University and is located in our Palos Heights, Illinois office.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 Chief Commercial Officer 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 VP 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.