Rider & Associates, LLC, founded in 1985 by owner and President Susan Rider, was established to help businesses achieve their goals. The consultant agency was dormant for a few years while Rider joined the logistics industry to gain practical and expert knowledge to add to the arsenal of tools, techniques and content afforded to her clients. "I enjoy helping people and that is the core of the company's mantra," said Rider. The company will focus on the customer and providing tools and services that accomplishes the customerís goals. "I have been fortunate to know and work with many leading experts in the industry and many have joined me in an alliance or partnership with Rider & Associates to accomplish those goals."
The most important goal of Rider & Associates is not to meet the customer expectations but exceed them. Assembling a team of leaders in their respective fields with seasoned expertise that have the same mantra always has been the goal. I think you will agree that the task has been accomplished.
Susanís foray into the warehouse management software industry started at RTS but later was more involved at Manhattan Associates and lastly RedPrairie.
She is currently President of WERC, past chairman of LESA and frequent speaker at DC Expo, Georgia Tech, Frontline, NACDS, ProMat and many other industry associations. Susan serves on the editorial advisory board for Modern Materials Handling and Distribution Center Management. Sheís also on the advisory board of U of L Logistics program. Recognized by MMH in a previous year's issue as one of the top 10 logistics industry people to watch. She has been referred to as a "shaker, mover, doer" in the industry.
James L. Allen
Jim founded Midwest Distribution Systems (MDS), a public warehousing and fulfillment services company. This division of Allen Management provided distribution and transportation services to many mid-west clients. He was actively involved in the strategic management of this company until he sold his interest in this operation. With over thirty years of experience, Jim has gained special insight into the application of technology to warehousing and distribution challenges.
Jimís work experience includes six (6) years with Chrysler Corporation in the Manufacturing Management Development Group prior to founding Midwest Distribution Systems. Jim has served as an ad hoc program coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Management Institute, Warehousing Distribution seminars and is an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College in the Supply Chain Program. In addition, Jim is a past President of the Warehousing Education and Research Council, and a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Anne Davis, PhD
From 2000 to 2006 Jim was the Vice President of Warehouse Operations for ConAgra Foods, Inc. where he led the team responsible for reengineering ConAgraís distribution network. From 1985 to 2000, Jim worked in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Kraft Foods, ultimately serving as the Senior Director of Distribution for Kraft Foods North America.
He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) and Food Shippers of America.<\p>
Paul was previously with MaternOhio Management Services as their Chief Information Officer. Prior to MaternOhio he was Director IT Service Management and Project Implementation Manager at Exel Logistics. Paul also worked at FedEx as their Manager OF Systems Development and Project Engineer where he headed up the business applications advisors, help desk and software development staffs and offshore software development team. While at Fed X he received the Information Technology Department Hall of Fame award. Before joining Fed X, Paul filled the role of Industry Marketing Manager and Sales Engineer at GE.
Demonstrated ability to discover market needs, introduce new products, grow market share, manage projects and motivate people. Possesses strong entrepreneurial, interpersonal and effective problem solving skills, Tom specializes in sales and marketing management, engineering and project management, strategic planning and product marketing, system integration, installation and start-up, international business and after sales service and support. Tomís industry expertise includes Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Distribution ,Aerospace, Wholesale & Retail Drug Distribution, Automotive Manufacturing, Food & Beverage Processing & Distribution, Water Treatment, Cosmetic Manufacturing & Distribution, General Manufacturing, Electronic Manufacturing & Distribution and Consumer Products Manufacturing. Tom has worked with companies such as Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Eaton Corporation, Cummins,Procter & Gamble, GPA Consultants,SI Handling Systems,Litton,Knapp(Austria),MORK (Denmark) and Murata (Japan).