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Recognizing WERC Members

WERC would like to recognize the following members...


Newer WERC member accepts Chicagoland WERCouncil leadership role

Dan Beard, Director of Distribution for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, joined WERC in 2015 as a way to make more connections within the industry. His desire for expanded connections and more industry-specific knowledge led Beard to his first WERC Conference in 2016. He was so impressed by the experience he joined the Chicagoland WERCouncil board as a Director at Large upon his return, and has recently been appointed President of the group. 

"The great thing about WERC is that it allows me to connect with professionals throughout our industry and learn from them, while at the same time lending my voice to help shape the future of distribution and logistics," Beard continues. "I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future of our organization and our industry!"

Read more about Dan Beard here


Ken Ackerman: WERC founder continues to serve 

Back in the mid-1970s, Ken Ackerman, president of consulting firm The Ackerman Company in Columbus, Ohio, was a man on a mission. Unable to find a professional organization focused exclusively on warehousing, he and a few other colleagues formed WERC. 

During his long tenure with the organization, Ackerman—who has devoted his entire career to warehousing—has served as a WERC volunteer, organizing, educating and speaking at multiple Annual Conferences. When asked what has been the biggest value and legacy of WERC, Ackerman doesn’t hesitate: "The prosperity of WERC goes back to the value it provides its members," he says. "We have always wanted to give members a chance to share information and the opportunity to learn from one another. That’s something that continues to this day." 

Read more about Ken Ackerman here

Paul Delp: Lifetime of professional development 

Warehousing runs in Paul Delp’s blood. The president of Lansdale Warehousing Company, Delp worked on the docks of his father’s trucking company by age 16; after a stint in the military, he returned to help his father launch Lansdale. He also majored in supply chain management at Penn State University, where he later met Burr Hupp and learned about WERC during an executive course in 1980. 

Delp’s first WERC Conference, in Philadelphia, left its mark on him—and he’s rarely missed an Annual Conference since. Likewise, he’s been very involved in the Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware WERCouncil, for which he serves as treasurer today. "The association offers such great courses for continuing education," he says. "Even if you didn’t start out in the industry, there are fantastic resources available to you." 

Read more about Paul Delp here

Brandon Jeffries: One of WERC’s youngest members 

At just 22, two-year WERC member Brandon Jeffries is actively preparing himself for a supply chain career. Currently employed by a major international parcel carrier, Jeffries joined WERC because of its educational resources. "I found WERC on the Internet when researching the logistics and supply chain management field," he recalls. "Since joining, I’ve taken WERC courses online and attended Atlanta WERCouncil’s facility tour events." 

Certified as a National Rifle Association (NRA) pistol safety instructor at 16, and recently certified for forklift operation, Jeffries is particularly interested in workplace safety. His WERC membership goals include further leveraging its educational materials, connecting with a mentor or two, and finding a position with more responsibilities and growth opportunities.  

Read more about Brandon Jeffries here

Bruce Abels: A WERC founder and 40-year member

Bruce Abels, WERC’s first president, is the only person to serve in that role for three consecutive terms—from 1977 to 1980. Today, as the President of Fairfield Logistics Advisors, he’s still an active lifetime member. He cites WERC’s networking opportunities and educational offerings as being the most valuable while navigating his supply chain career. 

"I have always been very grateful to those professionals who were wiser and more experienced than I, who were willing to share all they had to offer to me as a friend and colleague," he notes. "And, I have always loved WERC’s ‘hands on’ focus, delivering usable information and skills to everyday practitioners, like me."  

Read more about Bruce Abels here.

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