DSC Advisory Board
Charles Brazik, Antonia Shusta, Bob Rich, Ann Drake, Ralph Drayer,Joanna Drake Earl, Justin Zubrod, Nancy Nix, Robert Beach
Robert Beach is an independent consultant and former executive with Cargill, Inc., a privately held food, agribusiness, industrial, and financial services company based in Minneapolis.
Beach joined Cargill as Tax Counsel in 1975 and held a number of legal, administrative, and operational posts, both in the US and in Europe until his retirement in 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he had dual responsibilities of Global Compliance Officer and head of the Investment Risk Group for a Cargill business unit named Black River Asset Management. In these roles, Beach was responsible for Black River’s compliance function in the thirteen countries in which Black River had a presence, and also led a group which analyzed and approved investment proposals for private equity transactions.
He is a member of the board of Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, a Wayzata, Minnesota based social services organization dealing with issues of housing and employment services in Wayzata and certain surrounding communities.
Beach graduated from the University of Iowa in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business (BBA) and in 1973, with graduate degrees in business (MBA) and law (JD with distinction).
Charles L. Brazik
Charles Brazik is the principal of The Brazik Group, LLC, a retained executive search, human capital management consulting practice.
Brazik began his career in education, as a high school Marketing Education teacher and then as an Associate Professor, Business Education, at Bowling Green State University. He has extensive experience in human resources, leading the training efforts for Allied Supermarkets, Inc.; May Department Stores; and Goldblatt’s Department Stores. Brazik was Vice President of Human Resources for Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothing Division and then Time Warner Cable Communications. He was Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Risk Management for Dominick’s Finer Foods, Inc.
Brazik has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master of Science degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. He was a participant in the Doctoral Program at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.
He joined the DSC Advisory Board of Directors in 1999.
Ann Drake is Chief Executive Officer of DSC Logistics.
Since becoming CEO in 1995, Drake has guided DSC through a transformation from an extended family of 22 separate companies to a nationwide network of integrated logistics and supply chain management operations. She restructured DSC around an information-age strategy known as sense-and-respond which enables DSC to help customers make the most of rapid and dramatic change in the marketplace.
Prior to being named CEO, Drake served as Executive Vice President from 1990 and as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors from 1985.
Drake is Vice Chairman of the Business Advisory Council (BAC) for the Northwestern University Transportation Center. She also serves on the Board of Governors and formerly served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee for the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is on the Board of Governors for The Committee of 200, and a member of The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago, International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors, the Council for Supply Chain Management (CSCMP) and the Warehouse Education Research Council. She has been a member of the Boards of North American Logistics Association, Plymouth Tube Company, Gray, Inc. and is currently on the Board of Directors of A.M. Castle & Co., a global distributor of specialty metal and plastic products, value-added services and supply chain solutions.
Drake received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Ralph Drayer is Founder and Chairman of Supply Chain Insights, a supply chain strategy consultancy.
Drayer is the former Chief Logistics Officer of Procter & Gamble. During his 32 years with Procter & Gamble, Drayer held responsibilities in distribution, logistics, customer service and Customer Business Development, both domestically and internationally. As P&G’s first Vice President of Customer Service/Logistics, he was instrumental in the development of P&G’s industry leading supply chain capabilities. Through his leadership of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), he helped transform an entire industry.
Drayer has served as Co-Chair of the Grocery Industry’s ECR Best Practices Committee and Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers of America Distribution and Logistics Committee. He has served on the Boards of The Uniform Code Council, VICS (The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association) and The Council of Logistics Management’s Executive Committee. He was a founding member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI). He currently serves as a Director of Roundy’s Supermarkets Incorporated and on the Advisory Boards of DemandTec, and Savi Technology. .
Joanna Drake Earl
Joanna Drake Earl is Chief Operating Officer for ngmoco (short for “Next Generation Mobile Company”), a SF-based publisher of mobile entertainment applications. She is responsible for building out the operations for this rapidly scaling company, and manages international territories, finance, culture, and technology and infrastructure. Earl also works closely with the parent public company - DeNA, the leading social mobile network in Japan, on international expansion and global operations.
Previously, Earl served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Current TV, the fastest growing cable and satellite network in the history of the industry, where she was the first executive to join co-Founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. In her first post as President of New Media, Earl oversaw the architecture, creation and management of Current’s pioneering web-based participation platform.
Earl has held executive positions at several leading start-ups at the intersection of technology and media, including MOXI (now Digeo) and ReacTV. Prior to that she was a senior management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, developing strategic planning functions and market strategies for leading entertainment conglomerates.
Earl was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2011 by the San Francisco Times. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. from Stanford University.
Dr. Nancy W. Nix is Executive Director of the EMBA program and Professor, Supply Chain Practice in the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. From 2001 ñ 2009, she served as Director of TCUís Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC). In this role, Dr. Nix established close working relationships with the business community, generated funding for the development of TCUís supply chain programs, led the development of MBA and undergraduate curriculum in supply chain management, and hosted multiple Executive Forums and conferences featuring supply chain experts discussing leading-edge practices. Today, TCUís Supply and Value Chain programs are recognized among the leading programs in the U.S.
Dr. Nix teaches Global Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Information Technology, and Supply Chain Strategy courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also leads graduate study abroad programs, which include visits with companies and economic development organizations in countries such as China, India, and Argentina. She has received awards for teaching and innovation in curriculum development at TCU, and was recognized as the Logistics Educator of the Year by CSCMPís Dallas Fort Worth Roundtable in 2009.
Her previous, experience includes leadership roles in manufacturing, logistics, procurement and customer service with the DuPont Company. She also spent one and a half years as VP of Logistics for Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Nix is chair of the board of directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and an active member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Dr. Nix completed her doctorate in Logistics and Marketing at the University of Tennessee, her MBA at the Fox School at Temple University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Salisbury State University.
Bob Rich has over 25 years of financial and operations experience. Most recently, Rich was Executive Vice President Operations and Finance for Master Lock Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He restructured and revitalized core businesses to better align customer requirements to their supply chain needs.
Rich began his career as a Financial Analyst at the Ford Motor Company and was Division Controller at Pullman Incorporated. He served as CEO of Hartmarx Special Markets Group, initially starting with them as Vice President, Administration. He was Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tonka Corp., responsible for financial planning and analysis, treasury, audit and management information systems.
Rich received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
He has been a member of the DSC Advisory Board of Directors since 2002.
Antonia Shusta has extensive experience in both the domestic and international financial services industry. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific Financial Group, a privately-held group with financial services companies in the United States, Central America and Peru.
Shusta was with Citibank for 16 years in international and domestic corporate and consumer banking positions. Then, at Household International for eight years, she was a Group Executive with responsibilities for Consumer Banking, Mortgage Banking, the Household Bank UK and other corporate units.
Shusta is a member of The Committee of 200. She is Marketing and Membership Coordinator of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to help women entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior corporate executives build successful businesses.
Shusta received her Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative government from Harvard/Radcliffe.
She has been a member of the DSC Advisory Board of Directors since 1998.
Justin Zubrod is Managing Partner of his own transportation advisory firm — Justin Zubrod & Company, LLC. The firm is a federation of professionals with decades of experience in management consulting, expert witness, and financial advisory services in both logistics and transportation worldwide.
Zubrod has more than 30 years experience with clients in the transportation arena (including rail, motor carrier, air forwarding, 3 pl /4 pl, package, express, postal services, marine, and related service sectors), which enables him to view critical issues in transportation from the carrier, shipper, and regulatory points of view. He has consulted with companies, investors, regulators, and policy makers in North and South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Prior to establishing his own firm, Zubrod held a number of leadership positions in transportation consulting at the leading firms, including Booz & Company and A.T. Kearney, Inc.
He is currently Chairman of the Business Advisory Council at the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and teaches a freight transportation course. Zubrod has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.