Our leadership in the transportation division has lead our company to be more effective and efficent in moving goods from point to point. A few of the outstanding leaders are shown below.
Senior Vice President
Chris Sultemeier has a strong background in retail supply chain management. He joined Wal-Mart in 1989. During his career he has served as a project manager for new distribution center design and construction, led the SAM's Club Logistics organization, Replenishment Department, Club Internet site, Private label, Import/Export department, regional buying team and the club gas stations. He served as Vice President of the Corporate Traffic Department, where he was responsible for the inbound transportation to Wal-Mart's distribution centers and stores. Currently, Chris serves as the Senior Vice President of Transportation Services where he is responsible for all Wal-Mart domestic transportation as well as the Private Fleet.
Inbound Transportation / Global Logistics
Rob joined Wal-Mart in 2001 as Director of Global Transportation. He has also served as Director of Global Services within the Global Supply Chain and Global Procurement divisions. He was promoted in 2004 to Vice President, Global Logistics, and Global Sourcing. In 2011 Rob was promoted to Vice President, Inbound Transportation and Head over Global Logistics, integrating the two areas. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Rob was Vice President, Product Development for an Internet based service provider delivering Global Order Fulfillment Systems. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with industry leaders in the Global Transportation arena holding positions as Sales Representative, Rate Group Specialist, Manager Pricing and Marketing Director.
Inbound Fleet Logistics
David Ratliff joined the Walmart team in 2009 as Senior Director of Inbound Fleet Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc. He has worked with Walmart for over 11 years as Dedicated Account Executive. David is responsible for the company’s backhaul program. He works with the 6,600 Walmart Fleet trucks and over 4,400 third party carrier’s trucks in securing profitable backhaul revenue.
David has nearly 30 years of transportation experience. His most recent position, prior to Walmart, was at Werner Enterprises in Omaha Nebraska. There he was Director of Business Development for Dedicated Fleet Services. David also served as Director of Transportation with Pamida, Inc., a general merchandise retailer in Omaha, Nebraska and terminal manager for Yellow Freight Systems for 10 years.
David attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and had been a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) for over 15 years.
New Business Development
Gary Brida is the Director of New Business Development with the Walmart Private Fleet. Following a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, Gary joined the Walmart Team in 1997. He served as General Transportation Manager in Searcy, AR for 9 years leading one of Walmart’s largest and most active terminals. Gary was responsible for a Regional DC, Disaster Support DC, Sam’s Club DC, and a cross-dock facility, two truck maintenance facilities and dispatch operations. He also had oversight for two “sister” Grocery DC’s in Clarksville, AR and New Albany, MS. Utilizing his strong background in emergency operations from Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Gary’s Team in Searcy made significant contributions in response to and in preparation for numerous disasters to include Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005, flawlessly delivering thousands of disaster relief loads. Gary graduated with Military Honors from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
New Business Development
Brian Wortman began his career with Wal-mart in 1995 as a Distribution Receiving associate at Warehouse #6004. Throughout the past 15 years Brian has supported several postions wihtin Logistics to include LTL, Private Fleet Opeations, Backhaul Administration. Most recently Brian has supported Inbound Backhaul development and strategy as the Senior Marketing Manager for new business development.
Brian is a memeber of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals