Linda Hothem new IWLA chair

by MM&D staff

ST PETERSBURG, FL: Linda Hothem is the new chair of the International Warehouse Logistics Association for 2011-2012.

She is CEO of Pacific American Group and senior advisor to Matson Global Distribution Services Inc of Oakland, California. She is the first woman in the organization’s 120-year history to hold the position of chairman.

Hothem succeeds Gary Mayfield, president and CEO of Kenco Logistic Services, Chattanooga, Tennessee, who was IWLA Chairman for 2010-2011 and now serves as immediate past chairman.

Hothem was formally elected March 7 but when Mayfield handed the chairman’s gavel to her at the Chairman’s Banquet held the next day, she noted that  March 8 also marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

During the year she had been vice chairman, Hothem also chaired the IWLA Convention Planning Committee that organized this year’s convention—the association’s most successful in terms of its strength in attendance and programming in many years—under the theme “Innovation and Sustainability: Driving Best Practices in 3PLs.”

She said that one of her top priorities as chairman over the coming year will be the promotion and practice of sustainability; helping third-party logistics providers who operate warehouses fulfill their environmental and social responsibilities while at the same time improving their profitability.

Hothem founded Pacific American Services (PACAM) in 1987 with her late partner and husband, Ronald Hothem. Following his death in 1996, she took over his industrial real estate portfolio. In 2008, after 21 years of operating PACAM, Linda negotiated the sale of the company to Matson Global Distribution Services, an Alexander Baldwin company.

She is the past chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, Distribution Management Association of California and Northern California Chapter of the Warehousing Education Research Council; and currently is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Other new IWLA officers for 2011-12 are: vice chairman, Arthur Barrett, president of Barrett Distribution Centers, Franklin, MA; treasurer, Paul Verst,  president and CEO of Verst Group Logistics, Walton, KY; and secretary, Tom Herche, president of United Warehouses, Seattle.

Elected to three-year terms on the IWLA board are: Frank Anderson, vice-president, RBW Logistics, Augusta, GA; Mark DeFabis, President and CEO of Integrated Distribution Services, Plainfield, IN; Thomas Jensen, vice-president, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Washington, DC; Gary Minardi, president, San Jose Distribution Services, San Jose, CA; and Peter Wilson, vice-president and principal, Sonwil Distribution Center Inc, Buffalo, NY.

Brett Mears, executive vice-president of Palmer Logistics, Houston, also was elected to fill the remaining two-years of Tom Herche’s term on the board member after Herche became a board officer.