Jacksonville, Fla. (March 26, 2015) – Four local business and logistics leaders have come together on the 2015 Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) Advisory Council to provide assistance and advise the nonprofit agency’s staff and board as it implements a new food distribution model in 17 Northeast Florida Counties.
Members of the newly-formed advisory council include:
Ronald Calloway, president of Seaonus, a port, terminal, and warehousing company headquartered in Jacksonville. Calloway previously served as senior vice president for Flagler Global Logistics, senior director of supply chain for C&S Wholesale Grocers, and senior director of supply chain for Winn-Dixie Stores. He has more than 35 years of experience working in the warehouse, transportation, manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industry.
J.J. Schickel, Jr., managing director of EVE Partners, a financial advisory firm focused exclusively on the transportation and logistics industry. Schickel has held and currently holds leadership positions in many of the 90+ companies in which EVE has or has had an investment. He is actively involved with the Red Circle Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing quick reaction gap funding for military special operations families in need.
Darnell Smith, market president of the North Florida Region for Florida Blue. Smith’s responsible for Florida Blue’s business market growth, as well as customer and community engagement across 36 North Florida counties. Prior to his current role, Smith was group vice president with the Service Organization and Business Process Management Organization (BPMO), where he oversaw the company’s business process management strategy and execution through the deployment of continuous improvement and Six Sigma methodologies. Throughout his career, Smith has been very active in the community serving on advisory and governing boards of local and state nonprofit organizations.
Brian Taylor, CEO of JaxPort, is a senior transportation leader with a track record of building high-performance teams and leading complex organizations around the globe. Taylor began his 30-year maritime career with Sea-Land Service and moved on to assume many high-level positions within the Horizon Lines network. Taylor was the senior vice president of sales and operations for New Breed Logistics in High Point, North Carolina before joining JaxPort in 2013.
“We’re fortunate to have some of the best operations and logistics people in the business on our advisory council,” said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “With their insight and advice, they’re already having a positive impact on improving the food distribution model in our region.”
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) distributes food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families across 17 Northeast Florida counties through a network of more than 150 nonprofit, faith-based and charitable organizations. FNEFL is an affiliate of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. The most recent localized survey from the 2014 Hunger in America report shows that 38,000 people are served each week by programs supported by FNEFL. To donate, volunteer or find out more about eliminating hunger in Northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org or contact 904-513-1333.
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