2009 Conference Presenters

William Blackburn


William Blackburn Consulting, Ltd.


Lean and Green: Building the Lean Sustainable Company for Competitive Advantage

Companies are realizing value from the Lean Manufacturing process; others are finding strategic benefit in pursuing sustainability. This presentation will explain the concept of sustainability, how it relates to Lean, and how business can use an integrated “Lean and Green” approach within their operations and supply chains for long-term business advantage.



William Blackburn Consulting, Ltd. focuses on sustainability, environment, health and safety management, and emergency and crisis response. Until 2003, he was vice president and chief counsel, Corporate Environment, Health and Safety at Baxter International Inc., a global manufacturer of health-care products based in Deerfield, Illinois. Blackburn has over 30 years’ experience in environmental law and management. At Baxter, he led efforts in pioneering innovative environmental management standards; EHS performance measures; public reporting on corporate EHS and sustainability; environmental cost and income statements; and emergency response programs. He is a frequent lecturer on these subjects. His book, The Sustainability Handbook—The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic, and Environmental Responsibility, was published by the Environmental Law Institute and Earthscan in 2007.


Before joining Baxter in 1978, Blackburn served five years as general counsel for Clinton Bogert Associates, an environmental engineering firm in New Jersey. Blackburn holds a JD in law from the University of Iowa and BS in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University. He is former chair of Chief EHS Officers Council I of The Conference Board, a business association, and is currently a senior research fellow at the organization’s Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability. He is co-chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee for the American Bar Association’s section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He is also on the board of advisors of the Environmental Management Program and Center for Sustainable Enterprise of the Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, Blackburn is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a coalition of non-profits, investors, academics, companies, and others promoting public reporting by organizations on sustainability performance. He serves as a GRI delegate to the working group on the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility standard.

David Reiff and Candace Taylor

Senior Vice President of Logistics and Director, Corporate Strategy and Sustainability

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Wal-Mart Business Sustainability

Wal-Mart believes that being an efficient and profitable business can go hand-in-hand with being a good steward of the environment. Its mission hasn’t changed: helping more than 176 million shoppers every week save money and live better. It does so by offering products that are high quality, affordable, ethically sourced, and environmentally friendly.


In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart executives realized the company could do more for the environment and the communities it serves. President and CEO Lee Scott announced three sustainability goals for the company: to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, to create zero waste, and to sell products that sustain the earth’s resources and the environment. Sustainability 360 was created to help meet those goals. The new approach focuses a sustainable lens at the entire company: its customer base, supply chain, associates, and products. This presentation will discuss the Sustainability 360 approach with a focus on the benefits of supply chain management.



Reiff is a 24-year veteran in the logistics industry, with extensive experience and expertise in both distribution and transportation. He joined Wal-Mart in 1985 as a management trainee in the Logistics Division. Since that time, he has served in multiple capacities to include distribution center general manager, distribution center regional manager, vice president private fleet, and senior vice president, transportation. Reiff currently has responsibility for all General Merchandise and Food Distribution Centers (49 locations) in the western half of the United States. He also has responsibility for total United States for the logistics networks in the following businesses: Fashion Distribution Centers (6 locations), Pharmacy Distribution Centers (6), Walmart.com Distribution Centers (10), and Jewelry/Specialty Distribution Centers (3).


Reiff is a member of the National Freight and Transportation Association, a steering committee member of the Retail Industry Leadership Association, and a board member with the National Association of Parents with Visually Impaired Children. He earned his BBA in transportation and logistics from Iowa State University.


Taylor currently works on Wal-Mart’s commitment to integrate social and environmental sustainability into its business practices. Additionally, she serves as a resource for almost 2 million associates around the globe as they learn to lead more sustainable lives. Before joining the Sustainability team, Taylor was responsible for real estate development of Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs in New England.


Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Taylor was co-founder of Urban Oasis Development, LLC. Urban Oasis is a real estate consulting firm focused on developing urban brownfields using environmentally friendly building practices. Taylor and her partners founded Urban Oasis after winning the Best Blended Value prize at the Global Social Venture Competition.


Taylor completed her formal education at Howard University and graduate studies at The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Marty Tendler

Vice President and Director of Procurement and Logistics

Nestle Purina PetCare


A Corporate Perspective on Environmental Sustainability

News media and academics have firmly established the business case for sustainability. Discussions abound about what it will take to drive the radical change necessary to save our planet, and leading organizations like Nestlé, Wal-Mart, and Coke are taking action.


This session will provide insight into the sustainability strategies of Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company and one of the recognized leaders in the area of environmental sustainability. It will also look closely at Nestlé’s pet food company, Nestlé Purina, and detail many of the actions being taken to reduce its environmental footprint.



Tendler has been with Nestle Purina PetCare for 33 years. He started his career with Ralston Purina in Davenport, Iowa. Through his career, he has worked in the Petfood, Protein, Soybean and the Domestic and International Agricultural Feed operations. Tendler has spent his entire career on the Supply Chain side of the business.


Tendler is a member of the National Industrial Transportation League where he was a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Highway Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for Consortium of Supply Chain Management Studies at St. Louis University.


A native of West Haven, Connecticut, Tendler graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with a degree in business and history.

Steve Matheys

Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Services

Schneider National Inc.


Sustainability is About Going for the Green

When it comes to sustainability, the word “green” is often overused and under defined. For transportation and logistics professionals, going green not only mitigates negative impacts on our environment, but also drives cost out of supply chains. Saving fuel, operating more efficient equipment and incorporating innovative business practices has a dramatic effect on improving our environment while creating cost savings opportunities for shippers. Going green just makes good business sense. Schneider National began its green movement more than 30 years ago. Gain insight from the most energy-efficient transportation and logistics provider on how going green saves your bottom line.



Schneider National Inc. is a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. Matheys is responsible for unifying and strengthening the Schneider brand by leading sales, marketing, pricing and customer service to ensure that Schneider’s global customers receive the full benefit of its industry-leading experience, talent and broad portfolio of value-added solutions.


Matheys joined Schneider National in 1994 and held progressive leadership roles in the information technology department. He became executive vice president and chief information officer, and was eventually promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing in 2004, adding responsibility for customer service in 2006. In 2007, Matheys assumed accountability for the performance and experience of Schneider National’s largest global customers. Additionally, he leads Schneider National’s sustainability efforts and strategy.


Matheys has also served as director of operations and technical services at Nielson Marketing Research and also worked for The Trane Company and General Motors in a variety of IT capacities.


Matheys is a sought-after speaker and has participated in academic and industry-related forums and conferences, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves on the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) board of directors and was an active member of the Research Board from 2001-2004.


Matheys holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.