Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters is led by partners Fran Chargar, Don Jacobson and Roger Zetter who, together, have over 75 years' experience in logistics recruiting.
Fran Chargar co-founded Logistics Horizons LLC with Roger Zetter. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in logistics recruiting at Hunt Ltd, a long-established personnel services firm. Before joining Hunt, she held numerous positions within The May Department Store organization. While at May, Fran developed the retailer's import program, and worked in the domestic logistics area as well.
Fran was part of a group that created the Mentoring Program for the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP). She was President of the New York City Roundtable of CSCMP.
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America.
Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm.
Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC.
Roger Zetter co-founded Logistics Horizons LLC after spending more than 16 years in logistics management recruiting at Hunt Ltd. Before entering the logistics recruiting profession, Roger held several positions as a supply chain practitioner, including Director of Transportation at Burlington Industries.
Roger is a seasoned presenter at industry conferences, having spoken before the National Industrial Transportation League, the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, various CSCMP roundtables, and industry-specific logistics conferences. He is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants and has served as an officer on the New Jersey CSCMP Roundtable. Roger is a contributor to the CSCMP Quartarly Magazine
Optimum's staff roster also includes the following experienced professionals:
Robert Dittemer - Robert has had an extensive career in logistics, transportation and supply chain management with both large and small companies. He comes to the supply chain staffing industry after serving as National Distribution Manager for Fuji Photo Film USA Inc.; National Distribution Manager for Del Laboratories Inc.; and Regional Distribution Manager for Thomas & Betts Corp.
Bob is a long time member of CSCMP, WERC and the International Customer Service Association (ICSA). He has served as President and Treasurer of the NY/CONN CSCMP Roundtable for more than 10 years.
A graduate of Seton Hall University with a B.A. in history, Bob also studied business administration at Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago.
Outside the office, Bob is a sailor and avid runner of all distances -- including marathons.
John Woodhatch – John has over 25 years of experience in distribution, logistics and industrial engineering working for large and small companies specializing in apparel, hard goods and food for a variety of different retailers. He has specialized in supply chain consulting and operations management creating a significant impact to companies bottom-line.
John has designed supply chain networks and distribution processes and understands current software, equipment and job functions required to accomplish the most efficient operations to compete in today’s market place.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Shelley Safian, MAOM/HSM -- Shelley comes to Optimum from LogiPros, and is responsible for Optimum's Longwood, FL office. Shelley received her M.A. degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 2002, and is an adjunct instructor at Central Florida College.
Shelley co-writes a regular column, entitled Labor Pool, for DC Velocity magazine, was a co-author of the Mentoring Workbook, produced for WERC. She also has had four books published by McGraw Hill.
Al Cheli is in charge of special projects and new business development. Al brings to the table over 30 years of Retail Distribution and Human Resource Management experience.
Cheryl Harrity, a results-driven, executive-level supply chain operations professional and consultant, has a proven track record in building and strengthening business platforms, supported by over twenty years in supply chain operations experience and over eight years in supply chain performance management and best-practice benchmarking. Cheryl has held management positions at MGP Ingredients, CS Integrated, AEP Industries, Ryder Systems, Knouse Foods, and ACME Markets, and she has served in consulting roles for NaviChain Consulting, Supply Chain Visions and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Cheryl has served as the project team member for the 2009 release of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP’s) Supply Chain Management Process Standards. She co-led the development of the SCORmark tool offered by the Supply Chain Council (SCC) and served on the SCC Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model versions 8.0 and 8.1 project teams. Cheryl is published as a supply chain subject matter expert and thought leader in industry periodicals, white papers and business books. She has taught supply chain management courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has spoken at numerous supply-chain industry conferences. She has chaired the Roundtable Advisory Committee for CSCMP and served as an officer of the Seattle Roundtable and the New Jersey Roundtable.