Chris Saylor

Operations Executive, Logistics and Supply Chain

Chris Saylor - Warehousing & Transportation Leader

Chris Saylor's Bio:

Dr. Chris Saylor is a high-performance leader skilled at directing MULTIPLE SITES AND DIVISIONS, preparing and controlling MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BUDGETS, and executing WORLD-CLASS BEST PRACTICES to maximize business results. He is dedicated to invigorating PROFITABILITY and PRODUCTIVITY, boosting team MOTIVATION, improving CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, and enhancing SERVICE QUALITY. Chris is an avid problem-solver known for driving execution, resolving stagnant approaches, and uncovering hidden solutions to deliver initiatives that yield MEASURABLE OUTCOMES and exceed performance targets. An expert communicator, Dr. Saylor is adept at masterfully navigating the corporate landscape from the floor to the boardroom. Dr. Chris Saylor — Extensive scope of responsibility, proven success, and a track record of delivering EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS in increasingly responsible leadership roles at some of the nation’s most successful companies. Strategic Leadership | Continuous Improvement | P&L Cost Control | Process Efficiency | Best Practice Implementation | Change Management | Turnover Reduction | Employee & Customer Retention Supply Chain, Logistics, Warehousing, Transportation, Distribution, Fulfillment, Manufacturing, Production COO | SVP | VP | GM | Operations Target Specialty ✦ Pitney Bowes ✦ C&S ✦ Associated Wholesalers, Inc. (AWI) ✦ White Rose ✦ Meijer ✦ Walmart

Chris Saylor's Experience:

  • Director, Warehouse Operations at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

    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.

  • Head of Operations at Associated Wholesalers, Inc. | White Rose, Inc.

    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.

    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 Meijer

    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 Logistics

    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 Police

    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.

Chris Saylor's Education:

  • Cornell University

    Executive Leadership Certificate
  • Champlain College

    Master of Science in Law
    Concentration: Employment Law
    Activities: Champlain College logo Champlain CollegeChamplain College Master of Science in Law (MSL), Employment LawMaster of Science in Law (MSL), Employment Law Activities and societies: 4.0 Cumulative GPAActivities and societies: 4.0 Cumulative GPA Relevant Studies: legal language and analysis, employment law, contracts, information privacy, litigation, constitutional issues, regulatory law, liability, and alternative dispute resolution. Champlain College was ranked 12th in 2009 America's Best Colleges published by U.S. News & World Report.
  • NSF International

    Concentration: Certified HACCP Manager
  • University of Cincinnati

    Bachelor of Science
    Concentration: Criminal Justice/Psychology
    Activities: University of Cincinnati logo University of CincinnatiUniversity of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/PsychologyBachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/Psychology The University of Cincinnati is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; the Criminal Justice program is ranked 3rd in the United States.
  • University of Cincinnati

    Associate of Applied Science
    Concentration: Criminal Justice Technology
  • Indiana Wesleayn University

    Doctorate in Business Administration (Research Doctorate)
    Concentration: Management
    Activities: Relevant Studies: Advanced management and organizational theory; scientific inquiry and applied research; research methods; integrative business perspectives (systems-thinking); advanced problem-solving; change management; navigating global markets (strategic operations; economics; marketing); principled leadership; creating and disseminating business knowledge; innovation and entrepreneurship; leading in the new economy. Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana's largest private university, has been named one of the Top Ten Conservative Colleges in the U.S. by the Young America's Foundation; it was ranked 32nd in 2019’s America's Best Colleges Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and business and accounting degrees within the DeVoe School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Chris Saylor's Interests & Activities:

Dr. Chris Saylor, 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