Monday, March 16, 2009

Mark Holmes, VP Global Integrated Solutions for OHL, Appointed Chairman of The American Society of Transportation and Logistics® (AST&L)

Brentwood, Tenn. (March 16, 2009) – OHL, a global leader in third-party logistics solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Holmes, VP Global Integrated Solutions for OHL, as chairman of The American Society of Transportation and Logistics® (AST&L).

Holmes has been involved with the society for seven years, most recently serving two terms as vice chairman. During 2008, AST&L held the second annual China World Logistics Conference in Nanjing PRC, partnered with APICS offering joint student memberships, produced the top-ranked education track (“Career Insurance”) at the CSCMP Annual Conference, received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration for their partnership with Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium in building a regionally focused workforce strategy, and was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration to develop a certification in China. Under Holmes’ leadership, the 2009 plans include focusing on membership satisfaction, implementing the new global logistics management certification program with the AST&L-China office, and continuing to develop relationships with other leading industry organizations.

AST&L offers a Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), which was started in 1948, and a Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS). Hundreds of supply chain professionals enter the programs each year. Holmes holds a current CTL.

“I am delighted to serve in this role,” commented Holmes. “Having proper credentials is always important, and the current economic condition makes them even more valuable. AST&L’s organizational mission is to facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. We support this mission through the continuing expansion of our certification programs amongst logistics and supply chain professionals in the U.S. and around the world. We will also continue to partner with organizations and colleges that offer our programs to their members and students.”

“Mark’s dedication and enthusiasm about the society in addition to his extensive knowledge and experience in logistics are impressive,” stated Laurie Hein Denham, executive director of AST&L. “He will help us ensure that our training continues to be relevant and offers value to the global supply chain industry. AST&L and OHL have both been in the logistics business for over 50 years, and we look forward to advancing the education of today’s leaders as well as the industry’s future leaders.”

“Having our people in leadership roles within organizations like AST&L allows us to be directly involved in developing training curriculum for professionals in the supply chain industry,” stated Fred Loeffel, OHL’s Executive Vice President, Global Account Management. “Mark is a great resource of industry information, which is an asset to OHL, our customers and to the members of AST&L.”

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About OHL
Based in Tennessee, OHL is one of the largest 3PLs in the world, providing integrated global supply chain management solutions including transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, freight management, and import and export consulting services. With three divisions—Global Freight Management and Logistics, Contract Logistics and North America Transportation—OHL operates more than 120 value-added distribution centers, offers comprehensive transportation management services, employs over 6,000, and has offices worldwide. OHL has expertise in direct to consumer fulfillment, serves a wide range of business sectors from specialty retail to manufacturing, and specializes in the apparel, electronics, printing, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries.

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About AST&L

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics® is a professional society founded in 1946 by industry leaders to ensure a high level of professionalism and promote continuing education in the field of transportation and logistics. AST&L’s mission is to facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. The membership of shippers, carriers, educators, consultants and third-party logistics individuals are dedicated to continuing education and are committed to raising the professional standards in the industry. For additional information, visit or send a message to