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Karen Mickler, CTLLogistics Coordinator, Solar Stik, Inc
My career has been primarily in recruiting and staffing until four years ago. I begin working with a small manufacturing company, Solar Stik Inc., who specializes in portable power. We offer custom power solutions for anyone that needs independent power. Our primary customers currently are military, emergency management and marine. I began by training under the owner listening to him educate the consumers and as we grew, I went from the sales department to human resources, production assistant and finally landing in logistics.
The owners of the company have the right attitude and are putting a great deal of effort into educating their team. They sent me to the Certificate in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) cohort class at the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education to give me the right tools for this company to grow strategically. The things I've learned are key to my department of course but what I learned was much more than that. The CTLs allow me, as the very popular bumper sticker says, to "think globally, act locally". I’m now able to help this company find its place and grow strategically and wisely using what I've learned. The biggest take-away from this class, and there are more than a few, is that building relationships with industry partners is going to be key. Since we don't know sometimes what we don't know, it is wise to connect with those, such as transportation companies, freight forwarders and even customs brokerage houses. These partners are going to help us navigate the waters and sail towards continued growth and success!
David Gilmore, CTL
Today I am extremely privileged to have landed a wonderful position within CEVA Logistics, a premier global 3PL company providing supply chain solutions to large commercial customers around the world. The job offer was directly attributable to my new professional certification as a CTL and a very solid referral from my former instructor at the University of North Florida CTL Cohort Program. My title is Manager, Commercial Finance – Americas Region, where I apply the knowledge attained as a CTL in analyzing the financial viability and contractual terms of major commercial logistics investments.
It is comforting to have a complete and solid grasp of the supply chain solutions being presented to our customers. As I enter this new phase of my career, I am confident that the knowledge that I have attained in UNF’s program and my Certification in Transportation and Logistics will pay dividends in my professional logistics career, and will most certainly benefit my new organization.
My road to gaining a professional certification as a CTL began in late 2012 as I was preparing to transition out of the Navy. My final eight years of military service had been spent as a Supply Officer, heavily involved with leading various facets of an operational military supply chain, operating from ships and naval bases around the world. I had gained direct experience in logistics from a military viewpoint. But I suspected that as I would make the transition from the Navy, that the private sector would open up my eyes to a whole new perspective on logistics. It was through sheer coincidence one day that I heard a radio interview touting the CTL Program at the University of North Florida. I attended an information session and ultimately enrolled in UNF’s program, where I would learn the ins and outs of contemporary logistics from a commercial viewpoint. I believed that this program and certification would help bridge the gap and smooth my transition to the private sector.
I spent five months with my tremendously knowledgeable instructors, Ron Shamlaty and Brett Harper learning the intricacies of the commercial side of logistics. Beginning with a general review of business management practices, progressing through transportation and supply chain management, and on to a comprehensive study of international logistics, I learned what I needed to know. For me, it was a matter of translating an existing skill set and expanding my understanding into a viable credential that could be used to prove my knowledge. The gamble paid off and I now realize how fortunate I was to have heard that radio interview.
Jeffrey Wendt, CTL
Program Coordinator, Logistics Technology Program
I have been a member of AST&L for 25 years and although I have been affiliated with different associations in this time frame I have always regarded AST&L's commitment to continual education critical to my career growth. Although I am in the academic world now, I was in the corporate world for 30 years and I would always give preference to AST&L members when hiring within my operations. The commitment these candidates made to gaining certification gave me a confidence in their ability to succeed.
Tanya Guydos, PLS
LTL, ODP, RFD, MPS, EDI, KPI, TQM...All these factors leading to gaining this wonderful PLS certification through ASTL from FSCJ! Whew!! Remembering these terms was a logistical feat in itself.
I have been in the financial industry for almost 20 years, currently managing two branch offices responsible for deposits, lending, customer service, compliance and human resources management. Many of my wonderful clients are in the transportation, manufacturing, and maritime business. A primary factor was to utilize this as a tool for learning more about a business that I found fascinating, but also to gain industry insight into what my clients and future prospects required to be successful in their business.
What I didn't know was astounding - how long a container is, what products can or cannot be shipped together; challenges that occur in scheduling production runs, how rail and sea transportation work together; the size of a cargo; how big the Panama Canal was...all the way down to how an order is picked up in a distribution center - piece by piece.
I was so pleased with the program. I have and will continue to support and be an advocate for the certificate and associate degree program. As I shared my lessons and coursework with my friends, co-workers, and associates, they commented on the passion that I spoke with and exhibited during our conversations. This being said, I knew that I was focusing on the right field, gaining knowledge in a growing industry and utilizing the information from the courses to exceed expectations for my future success.
John Rautio, CTL
I obtained my Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) from the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Center for Continuing Education online program. I have been working in the transportation industry for almost four years and wanted to gain a more in-depth knowledge base of the industry. My educational background was not in transportation or logistics - much of my experience has come from the trenches. Thus UW-Superior's CTL online program enabled me to progress in my career in attaining the CTL professional credential.
Modules such as logistics management and transportation management helped me better understand the "behind the scenes" work that goes on in moving products and providing services. Such training through modules required by ASTL forms the basis for an excellent industry certification. I highly recommend to anyone thinking about going into the transportation industry to obtain this very valuable certification.
David McClain, GLA
Obtaining my Global Logistics Associate certification has opened up new areas within my career and expertise. The GLA certification program provides the foundation necessary to begin a career or opportunity for advancement, and in my case, I advanced as a trainer/instructor for Polk State College's Supply Chain Management program. The ASTL training program provided me with a well-rounded background in the supply chain environment, and with my expertise, I can offer students real-world knowledge and skills.
The GLA program I teach has students from various backgrounds. There have been students who were road drivers, warehouse managers, procurement specialists, and HR specialists. The Global Logistics Associate training program has helped these students learn skills, not just in their specific area of expertise, but in all the many facets within the supply chain industry, many of which they had never been involved in.
Upon completion the students are very well-rounded and understand the many facets of the supply chain - not just their respective skill(s). I refer to the Global Logistics Associate training as a first level supervisor school. The certification produces graduates with a comprehensive skill set who are able to understand and communicate with all aspects of the global supply chain network. ASTL provides the students with not only great curriculum but networking and a career pathway. Thanks to the program, I have a new career in logistics and transportation as an instructor and enjoy helping others reach their potential.
Chris Sower, CTL
Lifelong learning and obtaining credentials in the logistics and transportation industry is essential to being successful in today's global marketplace. The Transportation and Logistics program taught at the University of Houston provided me with an excellent opportunity by obtaining my Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) from ASTL.
The instructors brought a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom and valuable insights into the industry. The knowledge I have gained has opened up new career and networking opportunities. The knowledge I have gained has opened up new career and networking opportunities. Networking with others in the industry is important to career advancement and this certification ensures employers that my knowledge and skills are recognized by a longstanding industry organization. I would recommend this program to anyone seeking to gain knowledge and career advancement.
Hari Doraisamy, PLS
I obtained my PLS from the Graduate Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management from Penn State. This was an amazing program and I learnt a lot, not only from the instructors, but also from my fellow students who were professionals across various industries.
I was able to apply my knowledge gained from the certification in supporting my customers with their supply chain management problems and also apply the concepts learned towards my job. I am now able to apply the concepts gained from the program/certification to better understand my customers' problems/challenges and provide better support for their challenges.
I recommend everyone getting your PLS certification from ASTL. ASTL is a very prestigious organization and the PLS is a very valuable credential to have in the industry.
Cesar Burgos, CTL
I obtained my Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) from the University of North Florida Continuing Education cohort program. This has been one of the most thorough and professional classes I have attended in years. The instructors make the course very dynamic, easy to understand, challenging and engaging. Real-case situations were incorporated with our classmates' experiences as well. The program encourages participation throughout and students keep an open mind, allowing creative thinking and deep understanding of the logistics and transportation industry.
I was able to immediately apply my knowledge at work and directly support the transportation and logistics group analyzing freight lanes by assisting in the bidding process. Achieving the CTL has provided recognition among my peers and has let me expand my experience in a constantly evolving industry.
I strongly recommend getting your ASTL CTL Certification, whether you are currently in the industry or interested in venturing into the transportation and logistics world, the curriculum in this program helps "you to think different" and will open many current and future opportunities and developments within this industry.
Arauna Palm, CTL
I wholeheartedly recommend this program. CTL certification prepares managers for the new era of globalization which has suddenly enveloped us. Most college courses do not include Supply Chain Management in their financial, engineering, or MBA curricula. In my veiw, supply chain strategy will be the distinguishing factor of the successful future manager.
I further recommend the American Society of Transportation's CTL certification to people working in the logistics industry, because most logisitics managers specialize in only one component of the supply chain, such as transportation or warehousing. The well-rounded modern manager needs to understand and possess compentencies related to the entire supply chain. I thoroughly enjoyed the University of North Florida's Division of Continuing Education CTL Cohort program with its animated class discussions and steep learning curve.
David Van Wieren, GLA
I heard about ASTL's Global Logistics Associate Certification (GLA)at Polk State College from a friend. I thought that it would be a great way for me to enhance my training through obtaining a professional credential.
Krystal Palmer, CTL
The pursuit of my graduate degree in conjunction with ASTL certifications, has provided me with the opportunity to advance my career. I am a Business Analyst in the IT-Logistics Department at Wakefern Food Corporation. The skills that I learned through my education gave me an in-depth understanding of supply chain core competencies that I am able to apply within the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges that I encounter.
Joe Larsen, CTL
I learned about the ASTL certification programs through the University of North Florida and became a member of the association. In obtaining my CTL certification, I benefit from being recognized as a fellow professional who has a vested interest in working to improve the value and vision of logistics. I truly believe that life is about continual learning and improving. The people I’ve met around the world in the field of logistics consistently feel the same way and I’ve been fortunate to be led and mentored by them. Membership in ASTL and becoming involved in as many programs as you can is a terrific way to increase your knowledge, build your toolkit, and professional network.
Debbie McDowell, CTL
As a senior manager with over 25 years of experience for a Port-driven Supply Chain Management company, I am frequently asked to speak to students in colleges and universities about the field of transportation and logistics. Last year the University of North Florida (UNF) asked me to speak about the value of certification from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) CTL program and networking through an industry association. At a reception that followed afterwards, I found myself truly inspired by the students and their excitement in gaining career prospects in Supply Chain Management and Logistics careers. This sparked an interest to investigate the ASTL CTL UNF Cohort program.
In my own career I have continued education and gained tremendous knowledge with hands-on experience. Talking with the students in the ASTL's CTL programs, I realized that the topics of their discussions were different from my past education in transportation and logistics. I decided to put into practice my speech to the students about the value of life-long learning and enrolled in ASTL's CTL UNF Cohort program.
I am proud to say that I graduated from the CTL program last year and can truly say it was a fantastic experience. I learned a tremendous amount of valuable information from the instructors and other participants in the program. Their perspectives on the relevant issues in today's market challenged my own, and being able to discuss these issues in class was a great educational experience for me. As Director of Business Development and Customer Service for my company, a reminder of how the industry is viewed today and what motivates and drives industry professionals in the current economic market was worth every minute spent in the program. The information taught within the CTL program is invaluable and I highly recommend the program to anyone who desires to be successful within the transportation and logistics field within our ever-changing global economy.
Kathryn Peebles, CTL
Going through the process of earning and gaining my certification through ASTL has proven itself to be a great benefit to my career. We all say that we love the field, we are great learners, and we are committed to expanding our education, but can we prove it? Employers find my certification irresistible because it shows my enthusiasm and participation in the industry.
Stefano Rieppi, MS, CTL
Rail freight is an increasingly important component of supply chains across virtually all industrial sectors. As the importance of rail as a sustainable and efficient mode of transportation grows nationally and globally, rail freight managers are thereby tasked with the challenge of delivering truly superior customer service levels. To achieve such service levels, it is essential that all relevant managers fully understand each customer's supply chain structure and requirements. Based on my direct experience, obtaining a CTL can enable rail freight managers at all levels to understand supply chain structures and priorities across all industrial sectors. The knowledge obtained from the CTL program helps develop logistical solutions that reflect customer requirements, not only from the standpoint of rail operations, but also the overall value chain. Stop here
Todd Simpson, CTL
As a former auditor with Ernst and Young, I entered into the logistics industry with minimal knowledge of how a logistic business operates. In my new position with Spectrum Logistics, Divisional Controller, I remember going to my first meeting and hearing terms like RORO, NVOCC, Custom House Brokerage, and backhauls... not grasping the understanding of what was being discussed.
I was given the opportunity to take the ASTL CTL logistics training course at the University of North Florida and quickly signed up! By taking this program I was quickly able to learn the logistics lingo and didn't have to ask "what does NVOCC" stand for - now I recognized that it referred to non vessel operating common carrier. The course also made me more aware of the how logistics and the overall supply chain plays an important role in the future of both domestic and international business. As a result of taking the course, I have become a more valuable resource to Spectrum Logistics and its senior leadership team. I am viewed as part of the operational team, not just the finance guy. This course allowed me to integrate into the logistics field with a viable and useful knowledge of the industry.
Renee Lambing, CTL
I have broad experience in Supply Chain Management and Transportation and Logistics, but I learned more and refocused my thinking by taking the Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) at the University of North Florida. My intention was to learn more about Global Logistics and the complexities involved in cross-bounder trade and logistics. I gained, not only valuable knowledge in this area, but a more comprehensive understanding of global supply chain models.
In today’s global economy one single company no longer manages its product from manufacturing to market. They now only control segments of their supply chain. Companies and divisions controlling various other components of their supply chain may be located anywhere around the world. This has prompted manufacturing organizations to take on more vertical structures in contrast to traditional horizontal structures of the past. Companies have begun focusing on their “core competencies” rather than trying to manage the entire process or network. Outsourcing of individual parts or pieces of their network is common practice. Management of the supply chain has become the differentiator between those that succeed and excel in business and those that lose their ability to compete and quickly become obsolete. This is only magnified in a global supply chain management arena.
The global supply chain has become longer and exponentially more complex. It includes the flow of product starting with raw materials and ending at the point of final consumption, with beginning and end often being continents apart. The supply chain has become the largest business process within global companies. Global procurement and supply chain functions serve as key factors to improved cost performance and service metrics. In response to increasing levels of globalization and low efficiency within the global supply chains, organizations must seek to systematically develop ways to improve their global trade operations.
My knowledge base, skill sets, and career paths have been enhanced through time and effort spent taking the CTL. I look forward to putting my new knowledge to use and to sharing it with those I mentor.
Mike Sumnick, CTL
Nine months ago, the President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, Bobby Harris, encouraged me and others on the leadership team to continue our education in the industry. Considering that I work 50 plus hours a week and raise four children at home, I was convinced that there was no possible way to make this happen. As I began searching online for education courses in logistics, I came across the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. I conducted extensive research to verify the certification credentials were established and highly recognized in the transportation and logistics industry.
Throughout 19 years of my career in the transportation industry, I have experienced a range of responsibilities and areas including loading trucks, dock supervisor inbound and outbound, dispatcher and operations manager. This course has challenged my knowledge and skills, further enhancing my confidence in the transportation and logistics industry. The CTL program introduced me to new levels of possibilities and opened my eyes to a whole new world. I am sincerely thankful that I was given this opportunity to continue my education and would recommend the CTL program to anyone looking to advance in the industry.
Michael Sumnick, CTL
Director of Operations
Blue Grace Logistics
Arthur Kruger, CTL
I have recently completed the Logistics Course offered at Burlington Community College for the International Transportation and Logistics module, in ASTL’s Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) professional certification program. First I would like to say that Dan McAuliffe, CTL, DLP did an excellent job explaining the subject and had really informative presentations. My time in each of his classes was very worthwhile and the speakers that Dan brought in were very informative and of great value to the course content.
As the Operations Manager at Pioneer Research, I am responsible for managing our warehouse, shipping and receiving departments, two separate service repair centers, building maintenance and any safety or security issues along with negotiating with our domestic and export carriers. Within the first month of completing the International Logistics course, I have shown my shipping department how to reduce export freight charges by the way we prepare our export shipments. I continue to apply the information I learned and hope to add several thousand more dollars in saving before the year’s end.
I have developed contacts with companies that we may do business with in the future thanks to the networking with classmates and speakers. In addition, because of the industry publications Dan referenced in during the course, a day does not go by that I am not forwarding an article to someone in Accounting, Purchasing or Sales departments.
My course was paid for by my company and thanks to this course they had a 333% return on their investment within a month of my completion, I have already been given permission to pursue my CTL certification and my company will pay for my CTL exams as long as I continue to show a return from the training that I receive.
Operations and Service Manager
Jay McCleary, CTL
The CTL Transportation and Logistics course at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida is an outstanding program. The instructors are experienced professionals that bring a great deal of real world experience to the educational experience. The class is very interactive and the students participate in discussions of the subject matter. The projects are assigned in groups and the students work together on class presentations on the relevant material being covered. It is a healthy educational and business experience in team work and presentation skills as the students learn from one another and receive questions and feedback from the class as a whole. The CTL Class at UNF not only serves as an educational class but also serves well in improving business skills as a whole. I would recommend this class to all business students and professionals as a great experience and useful knowledge of the current changing global business world.
Jay McCleary, CTL
Michael Bivins Jr., CTL
In the past couple of months, since I have received my certification in Transportation and Logistics I have benefited in a variety of ways. One of those being my present job as a driver job manager at Exxact Express in Lakeland, FL. Next, I have been able to extend my network base with others in AST&L and the industry. Lastly, with the CTL designation I have increased the stability of my present and future career.
Rebecca Bratcher, CTL
Upon becoming Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) through the ASTL, I received the option to notify my employers of my achievement. I took advantage of this opportunity and had e-mails sent to my two immediate supervisors. Through a series of more e-mails and communications, this traveled up to our Senior Vice President & General Manager of our Logistics Divsion, Steve Collar, who suggested we include my achievement in a company-wide e-mail that is distributed to everyone on current happenings throughout the company. Before I knew it, I was receiving congratulations from many people, and our President and CEO, Tom Crowley, came up to me personally to congratulate me on my achievement at an Employee Appreciation Luncheon. I was so humbled to receive the recognition that came from a lot of hard work that enabled me to become more visible to the senior management and president of our company.
Sid Sutphin, CTL
Upon earning my CTL credential, I informed my direct supervisor and the following day, the CEO of our company congratulated me on my accomplishment. The following week a vice president from another department offered his congratulations and asked for further details because he is interested in sending some of his staff through the CTL program. Even though logistics software has been my focus for almost 16 years, I felt my business knowledge lacked, especially about International supply chain. The CTL helped me solidify my current understanding, and fill in many gaps.
Sid Sutphin, CTL
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