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 Chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics, one of the nation’s leading supply chain management companies.
As CEO, Ann has guided DSC through continual transformation aimed at providing supply chain leadership to customers with changing needs. She and her team have implemented a series of structural and strategic initiatives resulting in a focus on integrated supply chain solutions and a business model based on collaborative partnerships. Today, DSC’s customers and partners include leading companies in industries such as food and consumer goods, health care and medical devices, electronics, and paper products.
In 2012, Ann received the highest honor presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – the Distinguished Service Award. She is the first woman to be selected for the award in its 47-year history. Also in 2012, she received the Alumni Merit Award from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, and, in 2009, was named “Industry Leader of the Year” by the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ann serves on the Boards of A.M. Castle Company (NYSE: CAS), a global distributor of specialty metals and on the Committee of 200 (C200). She also serves as Vice Chair, Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and as Vice Chair, Business Advisory Council, Transportation Center, Northwestern University. Active in the community, Ann serves as strategy leader in transportation and infrastructure for Mayor Emanuel’s World Business Chicago Economic Growth Plan.
Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa and her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
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 has been creating next-generation digital experiences at the intersection of media and technology for over 20 years.
Currently, Joanna is a General Partner at Core Ventures Group, a seed stage technology start-up fund, investing in serial entrepreneurs who are solving big problems with advanced technologies.
Until December 2012, Joanna served as Chief Operating Officer for DeNA West. She oversaw operations outside of Asia for this $5B Japanese public mobile content company, working closely with the Founder and Board of Directors on international expansion and global operations.
After joining Vice President Gore and Joel Hyatt to co-found Current TV in 2001, Joanna spent 11 years with the company including stints as President of New Media, pioneering the world’s first social media platform, as well as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Technology, and International Operations.
Earlier Joanna held executive positions at several leading technology and media start-ups, including MOXI and ReacTV. She started her career at Booz Allen & Hamilton in the Media, Entertainment and Technology consulting practice, working closely with the world’s leading entertainment conglomerates and the largest Silicon Valley technology companies.
Joanna is actively involved in senior female leadership groups and female executive mentoring. She is a member of the leading Silicon Valley female angel investment group, Broadway Angels. Joanna and Ann Drake are one of the few “mother-daughter” members of the C200 and Joanna has served on the Board of DSC Logistics since 2011.
Joanna holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University, and a BA in Political Economy from University of California at Berkeley.
Nancy Nix is the Executive Director of AWESOME and former Executive Director of the EMBA Program and Professor of Supply Chain Practice at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to that, Nancy was Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center, where she led the development of TCU’s supply chain programs.
Nancy received her doctorate in Logistics from the University of Tennessee and her MBA from Temple University. She has extensive management experience with the DuPont Company and Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India. Nancy has taught executive and graduate-level courses in Supply Chain Management and led study abroad programs in China, India, and South America.
Nancy is a member of the DSC Logistics Advisory Board of Directors and served as an Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
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.