Our Team

EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE. A NEW PERSPECTIVE

Our core group of senior logistics professionals possess close to three centuries of collective experience in supply chain and operations improvement and design in manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors. Yeah, we’re seasoned. Yeah, we sport a few gray hairs. But the camaraderie is incredible. No egos. No prima donnas.

We’ve been doing this for a while. You’d be hard pressed to find a group that’s worked together this long and this well. We’re cool under pressure and thrive on making what seems impossible… possible.

Want a little more background on each team member? Help yourself.

Jim Apple, Jr.
Partner and Co-Founder
japple@theprogressgroup.com

During his 35+ years in industry and consulting, Jim has developed and honed a specialty in developing integrated manufacturing and distribution systems that support long-range strategic business plans and processes for clients in the United States, Canada, and. Prior to The Progress Group, Jim served as a Senior Systems Advisor with Vanderlande Industries, a major conveyor and systems provider in Europe and was a Partner with Coopers & Lybrand’s SysteCon division. His contributions to the improvement of distribution practices have been recognized in his receipt of the prestigious Reed-Apple Award, for lifetime contributions to the advancement of the material handling profession, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ Facilities Planning and Design Award. He is published in numerous industry books and articles including the Warehouse Management Handbook, Profitable Logistics Management, and the Handbook of Industrial Robotics, and for several years served as a monthly columnist for Modern Materials Handling magazine. Jim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.


Dave Stallard
Partner and Co-Founder
dstallard@theprogressgroup.com

Dave is an automated warehousing implementation and logistics and distribution specialist, honing his 18+ years of DC design, warehouse mechanization/automation concept, and development and contracting expertise with such major companies including Westinghouse, Unarco Industries, Otis Elevator, Rapistan, CSX Logistics Systems, Spartan Stores, Bruno’s, Tech Data, Sweetheart Cup, and Boise Cascade. He recently reengineered a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center to lift productivity 18% and increase effective capacity by 30% without adding any new brick and mortar as well as headed up the design of Super Combo”s store replenishment service to reduce delivery transportation expense 14% and lift store sales 10-20% due to improved freshness and shelf fill.


Bruce A. Strahan
President and CEO
bstrahan@theprogressgroup.com

Bruce has more than thirty years in logistics and supply chain strategy, operations improvement and facilities planning. He has led major strategy, operations design, performance management and cost/service improvement efforts with a diverse set of manufacturing and distribution clients including Victoria’s Secret Direct, Avon, Ford, Sports Endeavors, Reliance Industries, and Ingram Micro. He is published in numerous industry publications such as Modern Material Handling, Transportation and Distribution, and Material Handling Engineering and is a frequent speaker at CSCMP and other industry programs. For 10 years Bruce co-directed the annual Global Supply Chain Management Course at the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech. Bruce holds a BSIE from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MSIE from Georgia Tech.

Bruce’s LinkedIn page


Drew Hale
Partner
dhale@theprogressgroup.com

Drew’s 18 years of facilities planning, process engineering, material handling system design, productivity and operations improvement, and project management expertise has been honed working closely with clients such as Gap Inc., Walt Disney World, Sara Lee Corporation, Noland Company, UPS Worldwide Logistics, Hewlett Packard, the Smithsonian Institution’s mail order division, and BellSouth. As project manager for a fast-track start-up of a new 425,000-square-foot distribution facility for a Top 100 catalog/direct client, Drew met an aggressive timeline on budget that included concept design, layout and implementation management of processing equipment, contracting, installation, and testing.


Steve Mulaik
Partner
smulaik@theprogressgroup.com

Steve specializes in ecommerce/retail warehouse design and optimization, WMS implementation, and labor standards. He has lent his more than 25 years of experience to both large and small companies including RaceTrac Petroleum, Victoria’s Secret, Reliance, Ozburn Hessey Logistics, Gap Inc., and Bare Necessities. Steve pioneered The Progress Group’s innovative process improvement methodology called Crowd Engineering that consistently finds 15% to 30% labor performance improvement where it is deployed. An author of many warehouse articles in leading industry journals, he’s also working on a book entitled Understanding Modern Warehouse Management Systems.


Robert Ouellette
Partner
rmo@theprogressgroup.com

With 27+ years of logistics and systems experience across many industries, Bob has shared his logistics operations and supporting technology expertise with clients such as Nike, GAP, GSI, Avon Products, OfficeMax, BellSouth, IBM, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Ingram Micro, LIMITED Brands, Boise Cascade, STX Lacrosse, Old Navy, Tech Data, Coach, Sony, Land’s End, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Toys-R-Us.com, and Reebok. He recently helped a $1 billion wholesale grocery distributor achieve world-class supply chain integration including OE/OM, IM, and WMS implementation and assisted a $1.2 billion mail order and consumer direct organization implement a major technology upgrade including inventory management, WMS, and MHE/controls retrofits.


Paul Huppertz
Partner
phuppertz@theprogressgroup.com

Paul leads the Supply Chain Strategy and Facilities & Operations Design practice areas for TPG applying 30 years of experience in supply chain operations and consulting roles.  His experience includes strategy development, logistics network design, inventory optimization, supply chain process improvement, WMS/TMS implementation, distribution center design and project management.  Paul has worked with a wide range of large and small companies including Coca-Cola, Technicolor, TJX Companies, The Home Depot, The Walt Disney Company, Peapod and Maui Jim Sunglasses.  Industry experience includes retail, e-commerce, wholesale/distribution, consumer products and logistics.  Prior to joining The Progress Group, Paul was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM Global Business Services.   Paul holds a B.S. in Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Yoel Yohan
Associate Partner
yyohan@theprogressgroup.com

Yoel is a process improvement/reengineering specialist with over 40 years of experience working with such major companies as UPS, SunTrust Bank Financial, Compaq/HP, Allied Signal, Adidas, and JC Penney. For UPS, he led a $200 million construction project to open a new facility in central Chicago that improved operational efficiency, reduced sorting effort by 50%, and generated savings of $300 million per year. For SunTrust Bank, Yoel identified high-skill versus manual and procedural activities among white-collar jobs and implement timekeeping metrics for a savings of $10 million per year. His book, The Corporate Drain—Solutions for the Inefficient American Workplace, discusses the pathological process inefficiencies prevalent within business today.


J. Scott Mullennix
smullennix@theprogressgroup.com

Scott is a seasoned Project Manager with 30 years of experience in the automotive industry before joining The Progress Group. As the Manufacturing Engineering Director he reduced safety incidents by 58%, reduced operating costs in excess of 4% annually, led throughput improvement initiatives and championed preventative maintenance techniques by using lean manufacturing principals. Recent projects include doubling the storage capacity and reducing the operating costs for a pharm manufacturer without increasing the building footprint. With customer demand increasing quickly he designed and implemented a flexible and low cost pick pack operation at multiple sites for a major international beverage company.

Scott’s LinkedIn page


Hugh Kinney, Jr.
hkinney@theprogressgroup.com

Hugh specializes in supply chain assessment and strategy development, performance management, operations outsourcing, and warehousing, transportation, inventory, and customer service management and lends his 16 years of experience to clients including Honda, Phlips, Georgia Pacific, Us Electronics, Frito Lay, and Green Dot. For Fortune 500 consumer goods companies, he has developed and managed mutually beneficial outsource partner relationships with overall responsibility for approximately 75 accounts, 2 million square feet of DC space, and 400 people providing distribution center management, transportation and packaging services and managed relocation and startup of multiple distribution centers of over 200,000 square feet.


Michael Warren
mwarren@theprogressgroup.com

Michael brings to The Progress Group more than 20 years of industry experience, starting in manufacturing before migrating into direct-to-consumer and retail store distribution and fulfillment. He has 18 years of hands-on DC experience, culminating with 7 years in a Director-level Engineering capacity for a well-known multi-channel retailer. DC responsibilities included Industrial Engineering, Capital Projects, Purchasing, Capital and Operations Budgeting, and Facilities Maintenance. His forte’ is in understanding and mapping operational labor and equipment capacities and constraints compared to long term growth objectives; identifying opportunities for improvement; conceptual design and recommendation of alternatives; bid solicitation and vendor selection; and implementation of the improvements. Notable projects span an array of automated MHE designs and implementations (such as tilt tray and bomb bay sortation, pick- and put-to-light systems, bulk and case conveyance and sorting, GOH rail systems, inventory racking and picking structures), as well as facility expansion design and construction. Michael has opened, consolidated and closed facilities; significantly improved output capacities and efficiencies within four-wall limitations; and expanded and equipped new space to meet demanding long-term growth objectives.


Monty Tanner
mtanner@theprogressgroup.com

Monty Tanner has over 25 years of business management and advisory services experience in supply chain and distribution helping companies and clients achieve significant savings in materials, services, and process improvement. His broad industry experience includes manufacturing (automotive, oil & gas services, steel), 3PL (warehousing, delivery), retail, and wholesale distribution (MRO, electrical, safety). Monty has had direct P&L responsibility, corporate leadership roles in operations and logistics, and has had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies across a wide-ranging scope of projects. His leadership, project management, and business analyst skills have served him well in delivering lasting solutions to complex challenges such as, network strategy / reorganization, 3PL qualification and selection, WMS/TMS qualification and selection, process improvement, enterprise software integration, and acquisitions. Monty holds a BBA degree in Management and is a certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt, ISO9001 Trainer / Auditor, Business Trainer, and has won multiple awards for Service / Operations Excellence and President’s Club for growth and profitability.


Frank Ingram
fingram@theprogressgroup.com

Frank has consulted successfully for 20 years in logistics and supply chain management by effectively working with cross-functional teams to improve productivity, support sales growth and advance business objectives. Functional expertise includes supply chain strategy, forward & reverse logistics, process improvement, technology implementation and program management.  He has worked in the telecom, beverage, retail, and consumer and industrial products industries with companies such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, BIC, The Walt Disney Company, EDS, Mueller Industries, VF, Rock Tenn, and Sterling Jewelers.  Former employers include Goodyear and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Frank has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from GA Tech and an MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Marc Backer
mbacker@theprogressgroup.com

Marc has over 20 years’ experience managing large scale implementation projects; both custom-developed and third-party software.  As part of the implementation process, he focuses on business requirements and process improvement to maximize software purchases’ ROI.  Project management and methodologies are areas of expertise that enable Marc to manage projects to meet critical dates, budgets, KPIs and CSFs while effectively communicating organizational weaknesses to management for future projects.  Marc has been asked to manage mission critical projects and to turn around “troubled” projects in the following industries: inventory/distribution, financial services (banking and insurance), and technology/data services.  Earlier in his career, he held consulting positions at Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand where he was accountable for delivering project solutions to world-wide companies. Recently Marc consulted for: ADP, Cox Communications (Manheim), LexisNexis, Rollins and VSP (Vision Service Plan) and a leading 3PL company.


Jeff Calvert
jcalvert@theprogressgroup.com

Jeff brings over thirty years of experience in the transportation and logistics industries working for innovative and industry leading providers.  As a key member of the start-up team for RPS (now Fedex Ground) Jeff delivered many of their industry changing solutions.  While working for leading logistics providers (Exel, New Breed, and OHL), Jeff led projects that delivered over 300 WMS, TMS, OMS and LMS implementations and system upgrades across multiple industry verticals spanning CPG, Healthcare, Retail, eCommerce, Automotive, Electronic and Industrial, supporting leading customers such as J&J, P&G, Unilever, Bayer, Novartis, DSW, H&M, Nike, ToysRUs, Walmart, Target, Chrysler, and HP/Compaq.  Jeff’s financial and commercial background has enabled him to negotiate unique commercial terms with IT vendors to achieve significant cost savings, as well as managing on-going vendor performance.  Jeff was essential in developing, justifying, and delivering world-class supply chain solutions in low-cost economies in Latin America and Asia.  Jeff holds a BS in mathematics from Wake Forest University and MBA from Texas Christian University.  Jeff is a CPA and has his PMP certification.


Perry Galanopoulos
pgalan@theprogressgroup.com

Perry has twenty years’ experience and offers a broad and deep background that spans the functional areas of today’s supply chain environment. Business analysis, cross functional distribution design, process improvement and project management are at the core of his expertise. Prior to joining TGP, he managed a fulfillment operation which included pallet, case and each picking; coded, configured and integrated warehouse management systems / enterprise resource planning software; and participated in the sales and development process in a myriad of automated solutions for one of the largest worldwide material handling equipment integrators. Earlier in his career he held a number of roles within the software development lifecycle, delivering solutions for Accenture and its predecessor Andersen Consulting. His industry experience includes telecom/mobile phone, paper, 3PL, construction and mining equipment, and extensive work in food and beverage.  He has worked with companies such as Keebler, Caterpillar, Kraft, Hershey’s, Pepsi, Georgia Pacific and Brightstar (Sprint).  Perry holds a B.A from Western Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.