A Busy Week for Columbian
As the busy week wraps up and the holiday weekend begins, two of our employees wrap up separate speaking engagements. Ryan Skruch, product integrity manager, participated in a breakout session at the Food Defense Conference. Blair Thomas, director of customer care, was selected for a public-private partnership to deliver warehouse training to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a support agency within the US Department of Defense.
Food Defense Conference
Ryan filled in for Jim Gadziemski, Vice President of Warehouse Operations, and quickly picked up the pieces with agility and confidence. The Food Defense Conference is put on by the
Ryan’s presentation explained 5 key points to successfully building a food defense program at a third party logistics provider.
Ryan spoke about his experience at the event, “Attending the event has provided a great opportunity to hear professionals from all industries speak on the very real threat of intentional tampering in the food industry.”
Defense Logistics Agency Training
Blair Thomas was selected for a public-private partnership to deliver warehouse training to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a support agency within the US Department of Defense. This week-long event had classes every day, and Blair even led some discussions.
“It was an honor to be a part of this project. There are lots of smart, hard workers in the DLA, but they deal with several complexities and constraints that we just don’t see on the mainland and in the private sector,” says Thomas. “Serving a global customer base in a situation where service failure could be a matter of not only life and death, but also national security, is very difficult, especially when you consider environmental, historical, and other logistical limitations. According to the feedback we received, our week together opened their eyes to industry best practices as much as it opened our eyes to the complexities of serving a military customer.”
After a busy week here at Columbian, we’re ready to celebrate our independence and spend time with our families. Happy Fourth of July!