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

For over 30 years of consultant experience, Jim has developed 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 Europe including Bruno’s, Ford Motor Company, Levi Straus, LL Bean, Nike, Noland Company, Tech Data, UPS, Walt Disney World, and Westinghouse. He’s published in numerous industry books and articles including the Warehouse Management Handbook, Profitable Logistics Management, and the Handbook of Industrial Robotics, and is currently a monthly columnist for Modern Materials Handling magazine.


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.


Judson Puterbaugh
Partner
jputerbaugh@theprogressgroup.com

Judson’s more than 18 years of experience with over 30 companies across 10 industries has sharpened an expertise in WMS implementation, project management, and systems design and integration by working with clients such as Alliance Beverage, Norm Thompson, GAP Inc. Direct, and Ozburn Hessey Logistics. Recent successes include a WMS and ERP integration project where he coordinated the efforts of more than 20 participants representing four different organizations as well as a WMS implementation project for a $250 million beverage distributor that included designing and constructing a new distribution facility and associated material handling systems.


Paul Huppertz
Partner
phuppertz@theprogressgroup.com

For 20 years, Paul has worked with a myriad of companies including Sara Lee Direct, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Thomson/Technicolor, Landstar Holdings, TJX Companies, The Home Depot, The Walt Disney Company, and Pacific Sunwear to develop an unparalleled expertise in supply chain strategy and design as well as logistics process improvement. He recently successfully analyzed distribution alternatives and developed a plan and business case for consolidation to a single DC for a specialty apparel retailer, leading to improved asset utilization and significant overall cost reduction. Paul also led two recent logistics surveys (with IBM) for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and coauthored white pagers based on the results.


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


Tom Gripman
tgripman@theprogressgroup.com

Tom’s more than twenty years of experience in supply chain consulting has refined an expertise in manufacturing and distribution facility planning and design, warehouse process improvements, material handling system design, warehouse slotting processes and software, WMS rationalization and project management, and lean warehousing by working with clients such Kellogg’s, W.W. Grainger, Bally Technologies, Epson, FedEx Office, Sheetz, Tyco, and Reed Hycalog. His recent successes include the development of a future distribution concept (including inventory rationalization and DC layouts) for a major office suppliers retailer. Tom has also authored articles for Automatic ID News, IIE Solutions, and Leading Edge and is a contributing author of Warehouse Management & Control Systems and the Warehouse Management Handbook.


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.


Anthony Boatwright
aboatwright@theprogressgroup.com

With 25 years of operations expertise, Anthony has worked with a wide variety of companies
including PetSmart, Belk, Anheuser Busch, Burlington Coat Factory, Petco, Next Day Gourmet,
SONY, OHL, Penske Logistics, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Americold Logistics and Brown Shoe/Famous
Footwear. In addition to his operational background Anthony has become a recognized
industry expert in labor management programs and labor management software. He has
implemented successful labor management programs for several high-profile clients resulting
in productivity improvements ranging from 20% to 50% with labor savings in the $10 to $50
million range. Anthony also has years of experience in supply chain consulting with expertise in
manufacturing and distribution facility planning and design, warehouse process improvements,
material handling system design, distributed order management, and project/program
management.


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.


Jim Kitts
jkitts@theprogressgroup.com

Jim supports clients with Operational Excellence and Change Management functions including talent development, process improvement initiatives, and managing growth. Jim has over 20 years’ experience leading Fortune 500 companies in metric attainment including direct P&L responsibilities, quality and customer service improvements, increased fill rates and service levels. He successfully managed several turn-around opportunities and start-up operations up to 1 million square feet. Jim has a passion for developing others and thrives on improving business culture through positive associate relations and leadership transparency. Jim also provides executive coaching, leadership development, and Lean implementation strategies and execution. Jim has an Industrial Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt.