Operations Executive, Logistics and Supply Chain
Chris Saylor - Warehousing & Transportation Leader
Chris Saylor's Bio:
Chris Saylor is a leader with a track record of enhancing individual and team effectiveness, leading change, and optimizing operations. He currently works as Head of Operations for a multi-billion dollar wholesaler servicing more than 2,300 customers. He has responsibility for multiple divisions and oversees all aspects of the company’s distribution operations. He is a graduate of Champlain College and the University of Cincinnati.
Outside of work, Chris Saylor enjoys supporting philanthropic initiatives. Saylor is active in the National Police Defense Foundation, and he contributes to the Children’s Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and United Way. His other interests include attending community events, visiting museums and historical sites, and boating. He and his family frequented Madeira Beach for vacation for many years, so going to the beach is one of his favorite pastimes. He is also committed to health and fitness and enjoys exercising. Saylor is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Chris Saylor's Experience:
Head of Operations at Associated Wholesalers, Inc. | White Rose, Inc.2013 - 2014
Key business partner to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Vice President of Logistics, and other peer members of the executive team. Responsible for setting strategic direction and driving execution across the company's entire warehousing and distribution network. Accountable for the overall financial and operations performance of all facilities, service to over 2,300 supermarket, neighborhood market, and convenience stores, and support of multi-billion dollar annual sales. Leader to more than 1,100 associates and their managers and supervisors.
Director of Distribution at Associated Wholesalers, Inc.April 2011 - June 2013
Director of Distribution with responsibility encompassing all of AWI's co-op division distribution operations, including overall operational and financial performance. Leader to more than 550 union and non-union team members, with accountability for the management and supervisory teams at multiple sites. Associated Wholesalers, Inc. is a multi-billion dollar wholesaler, and it's co-op division services more than 800 independent retailers across multiple states.
Manager, Distribution Operations at Meijer2005 - 2011
Responsible for management of all aspects of warehouse operations in a SQF Level 3 certified manufacturing and distribution facility. Directly responsible for attainment of KPIs and for ensuring efficient operations and productivity while simultaneously employing continuous process improvement and providing leadership, guidance, and support to distribution supervisors of all functional areas. Areas of responsibility included inbound receiving, put-away, inventory, replenishment, order-filling, shipping, transportation, safety, maintenance, human resources, labor relations, and office operations. Administered all warehouse functions, maximized workflow efficiencies, maintained operational integrity, and performed in accordance with corporate policies and procedures and P&L objectives.
Operations Manager at Wal-Mart Logistics2003 - 2005
Senior Staff position responsible for implementing, monitoring, auditing, and enforcing company procedures and guidelines in distribution centers of 800,000 to 1.2 million square feet and with inventory over $54 million. Conducted training for associates and supervisors, and provided resources, direction, and feedback to warehouse operations. Analyzed records, reports, and other documents to ensure compliance, establish trends, develop strategies, and apply resources to reduce risks and improve operations. Provided leadership to associates and supervisors, and ensured the welfare of more than eight-hundred warehouse associates and managers. Monitored, evaluated, and reported on the quality performance of multi-site regional 3PL providers.
Police Labor Representative at Fraternal Order of Police2000 - 2003
Performed various public sector labor relations functions for police officers and city leadership. Researched legal and employment matters, developed proposals pertaining to hours, wages, and other terms and conditions of employment, negotiated contracts, processed grievances, provided legal support, and worked closely with officers, managers, legal counsel, and other representatives. Provided labor relations support to union members and management.
Director, Warehouse Operations at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.2014 - Present
Regional, multi-site warehouse and transportation leader responsible for implementing transformational supply chain strategies. Instrumental in introducing processes, technology, and workforce solutions to optimize operations. Key driver of continuous improvement, financial performance, and operational excellence initiatives. Accountable for managing the business against KPIs, including revenue, margin, and productivity targets, along with cost, quality, volume and safety goals.
Chris Saylor's Education:
Cornell UniversityExecutive Leadership Certificate
Champlain CollegeMaster of Science in Law
NSF InternationalConcentration: Certified HACCP Manager
University of CincinnatiBachelor of ScienceConcentration: Criminal Justice/Psychology
University of CincinnatiAssociate of Applied ScienceConcentration: Criminal Justice Technology
Chris Saylor's Interests & Activities:
Distribution, Strategic Planning, Key Performance Indicators, Warehousing, Change Management, Benchmarking, Supply Chain, Process Improvement, Operational Scorecards, Best Practices, Productivity Improvement, Problem Resolution, Labor Deployment, Performance Standards, Warehouse Management Systems, Cost Reduction, Labor Relations, Layout, Design, Capacity Planning, Project Management, Material Handling Equipment, HACCP, SQF