Synergy Logistics Promotes from Within as Business Ramps Up

Personnel updates sees new hires for FreshRealm, Motiv and more, with memoriam for the founder of BSY Associates.

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FreshRealm Names Stacey Wallace as Chief Supply Chain Officer

FreshRealm appoints Stacey Wallace as its Chief Supply Chain Officer. As part of the executive team, Wallace will oversee the company’s supply chain, planning and fulfillment functions, further optimizing FreshRealm’s best-in-class infrastructure built for short-shelf-life products and servicing all channels of distribution.

Stacey is an accomplished leader, having spent nearly 15 years at Amazon in senior positions within Amazon Fresh, Kindle, Amazon Books, Amazon Go, and Fulfillment By Amazon. There she owned pivotal initiatives to drive efficiencies, innovation, and significant cost savings for multi-billion-dollar business lines. Stacey joins FreshRealm from Redbubble Group, where she served as Chief Supply Chain Officer, driving the company to profitability by improving customer fulfillment time and product quality and reducing COGs.  

Synergy Logistics Promotes Brian Kirst to Chief Commercial Officer as Business Ramps Up

Brian previously looked after all customer facing elements of the business in North America, but now oversees all aspects of Sales, Marketing, Support and After Sales globally.

He brings 30 years of experience in supply chain, logistics and digital technology. Prior to joining Synergy in early 2022, Brian co-founded and launched two high growth 3PL order fulfillment companies –Total Reliance in 2014 and Resurge in 2019. Both scaled successfully with Synergy’s highly flexible SnapFulfil warehouse management system (WMS) as the differentiator. 

The restructure also sees chief product & delivery officer, Smitha Raphael, take on a more global role with the development services and implementation teams. Both report directly into Synergy Logistics chairman, Hugh Stevens. 

Motiv Names Scott Griffith as CEO and Board Member

Motiv announces the appointment of Scott Griffith as its new CEO and board member. Griffith has spent the past 30 years founding, leading, scaling and advising leading technology-based companies that have often been market disruptors operating at the intersection of technology and mobility. Immediately prior to joining Motiv, Griffith served as CEO of Ford Motor Company’s Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Businesses, where he oversaw the development of Level 4 autonomous vehicles as well as overseeing Ford’s portfolio of strategic investments in future mobility businesses.

Drivosity Appoints Scott Tanis as Chief Operating Officer 

Drivosity promotes Scott Tanis to COO. With nearly two decades of experience in the food industry and a robust track record in operational leadership, Tanis is expected to drive significant advancements in Drivosity’s operational strategies and customer service excellence.

Scott Tanis began his career as a training general manager at Papa John's Pizza and quickly ascended through various leadership roles, demonstrating a keen ability to enhance operational efficiencies and team productivity. Before his promotion, Tanis served as VP of operations at Drivosity, where he has been instrumental in integrating cutting-edge technology with day-to-day operational practices to optimize delivery performance and safety. In addition to his operational roles, Tanis has significantly contributed to enhancing customer satisfaction by leading all onboarding processes for Drivosity's clients and customers, ensuring they are well-supported from the start and have a reliable point of contact for any inquiries.

Florida Trucking Association Welcomes Elizabeth Emmanuel 

Florida Trucking Association (FTA) announces Elizabeth Emmanuel as vice president of public affairs. With a distinguished career spanning both the public and private sectors, Emmanuel brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership to her new role at FTA.

Prior to her role at FTA, Emmanuel served as the CEO of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, a special district responsible for economic development and advocacy in Florida’s Capital City. In that role, Emmanuel testified before numerous governmental bodies, built strong partnerships with the North Florida business community, and led hundreds of events.

Danfoss Names Jessica Zhang VP of Human Resources

Danfoss Power Solutions has appointed Jessica Zhang as vice president of Human Resources. Zhang will report directly to Eric Alström, president of Danfoss Power Solutions, and will join the Power Solutions Leadership Team. She will also represent Danfoss Power Solutions on the Danfoss Group HR Leadership Team. Zhang is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. 

Zhang brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources management to her new role, including expertise in HR strategy, organizational design and development, leadership development and diversity and inclusion. She has worked in and with employee groups around the world, including North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.      

In Memoriam: Barbara Spector Yeninas

Barbara Spector Yeninas, of Holmdel, NJ, died on May 31 at the age of 84. She was the founder of the premier marketing communications agency BSY Associates, which specialized in maritime, supply chain and logistics and this year celebrated 50 years of business. She will long be remembered as a trailblazer who paved the way for women in the male-dominated maritime industry.

Over the course of her lifetime, Barbara and her company won many creative advertising and marketing communications awards. In 2000, she was named New Jersey Businesswoman of the Year by the Girl Scouts of America, and in 2007, was given the honor of being one of the top 50 Businesswomen in New Jersey by NJ Biz Magazine. Then in December 2008, the Containerization & Intermodal Institute awarded her with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of work in the industry.

But what Barbara will be remembered for most of all was her deep commitment to helping, caring for, and lifting those around her. She was always thinking of others—and as good friend and colleague Joe Bonney said, “She just made everyone better.”