E X E C U T I V E F O R U M
The SC Logistics Executive Forum is an eight-person committee comprised of private sector partners in the industry. The Forum includes five representatives from logistics providers in rail, air, trucking, maritime, and third-party logistics (3PL); three representatives from logistics users in distribution, manufacturing, and agribusiness; and there is one seat reserved for the past chair of the committee.
The Forum is advised by SC Logistics public sector partners, SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Transportation, and SC Ports Authority, as well as a Land Use Subcommittee comprised of engineering firms, real estate firms and developers. The Land Use Subcommittee provides expertise in availability of property for infrastructure development and advice on infrastructure opportunities.
EXECUTIVE FORUM MEMBERS
Deepal Eliatamby, Chair
President/CEO, Alliance Consulting
Deepal S. Eliatamby, P.E., SCCED, F.ASCE, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and President of Alliance Consulting Engineers in Columbia, South Carolina, was recently elevated to the membership level of “Fellow” within the Society. The Fellow designation is considered one of the most esteemed honors that Civil Engineers can receive from their peers. Fewer than 6% of ASCE members hold the title of Fellow.
Mr. Eliatamby is recognized for his genuine dedication to the profession, his community, and engineering students of the future. Mr. Eliatamby, who graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina (USC), has over 17 years of engineering practice and experience. His projects span a wide spectrum of expertise including land planning and site design; industrial park master planning and development; industrial and commercial site development; stormwater management; solid waste management; and municipal water and wastewater system improvements. Mr. Eliatamby is currently the President of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association in addition to serving on many local, state and national committees of ASCE and other professional organizations including NSPE, APWA and others. For his tireless dedication to his profession and to the community, Mr. Eliatamby has come to be regarded as “one of the hardest working professionals in the Midlands.”
Many awards have recognized Mr. Eliatamby’s contributions to the field, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders”, by the State newspaper; and being awarded the prestigious Edmund Friedman Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award from ASCE in 1999. Mr. Eliatamby remains a very active alumnus of USC through alumni committees, as well as directly mentoring engineering students, funding scholarships and serving on advisory boards.
David N. Edwards, Jr.
President/CEO, GSP International Airport
David N. Edwards, Jr., has over twenty-five years’ experience in airport management with strong credentials in the areas of business development, properties, governmental affairs, operations, and international marketing. Mr. Edwards has served as the President/CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District since July 2009. He is responsible for the overall administration and development of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). Under his leadership, the airport was successful in securing air service with Southwest Airlines. He has also been responsible for establishing and implementing a Terminal Renovation/Modernization Program for GSP which will result in the investment of $125 million in the terminal between 2012 and 2017.
Immediately prior to relocating to Greenville-Spartanburg, Mr. Edwards served as the Airport Director of the Asheville Regional Airport Authority for almost six years. Under his leadership, the Airport Authority successfully implemented and/or completed over $60 million in capital improvements and improved air service, including securing the airport’s first low fare carrier. Mr. Edwards also served as the Executive Director of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority. He spent twelve years with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and started his aviation career with the Dade County Aviation Department. Mr. Edwards is a Past Chairman of the Board for Airports Council InternationalNorth America (ACI-NA), is a past Board of Director for ACI World, and is past Chairman of the Small Airports Committee for ACI-NA. He has served as President of the North Carolina Airports Association and is a past President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. He also serves on Boards of the Greer Development Corporation, Gibbs Cancer Center, Upstate SC Alliance, Greenville Chamber, VisitGreenvilleSC, and Spartanburg CVB. He is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Industrial Development Manager, Norfolk Southern
Brian is currently responsible for managing all economic development efforts for Norfolk Southern in the state of South Carolina. He assists the state and many regional and county level economic development teams to assist in the location of rail served industries along Norfolk Southern’s lines. To this end, he is involved in developing greenfield locations for sites and industrial parks and in the active recruitment and management of projects from their inception through construction and activation.
He joined NS in 1998 after graduating from Clemson University. He has 19 years of experience at Norfolk Southern working in the automotive group managing inbound and outbound logistics projects with the large automotive manufacturers. He also spent time as a supply chain management consultant for Modalgistics, Norfolk Southern’s supply chain management and optimization consultancy. While working at NS Brian obtained an MBA in 2005 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Brian is a 2009 graduate of Leadership South Carolina, former board member of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association and current board member of Southeastern Devel. He currently resides in Columbia, SC
Manager Material Control & Supply Assurance, BMW Manufacturing
Born in Regensburg, Germany, Alfred Haas moved to South Carolina in 1994. Since 1999 Haas has been a permanent resident of South Carolina. He earned his BA in Business Studies at the VWA Academy of the University Regensburg, Germany. Haas joined BMW in 1986 at Plant Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany at their Logistic Department. He currently is the Manager Material Control in the Supply Assurance and Transportation Management Department of the BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
General Manager, C.H. Robinson
Lee Luxmore graduated from the College of Charleston in 1992 and started working for C.H. Robinson in 1994. He has held several different roles in several cities since starting with the company. Luxmore’s current position is General Manager of the Charleston NAST and Global Forwarding Offices since 2005. He is married with a large family of 6 kids and loves to golf and fish.
President, Maritime Association of South Carolina
Denver Merrill serves as President of The Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC), a trade association for the state’s commercial maritime sector and port-related businesses, organizations, and agencies. He has been with the Maritime Association for the past five years, serving as its Vice President before being named President in the summer of 2016. As President of MASC, Denver works with MASC members and other like-minded associations and groups from around the state to promote, protect and advance the interests of our port and the commercial maritime sector, while advocating for trade and transportation policies that will help grow our economy and attract more industry to our state.
Denver has worked in the public policy arena his entire career, most recently as the owner of Pluff Mud Public Affairs and as an Associate with Geechie Communications – two firms that specialize in policy related marketing, communication, and public relations. Clients include(d) the non-profit groups Citizens for Sound Conservation, South Carolinians for Responsible Government, SC Energy Forum and Made in SC, as well as numerous candidates for local, state and federal office.
Denver started his career with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce where he served as Public/Military Affairs Manager. Upon leaving the Chamber he worked as the Community Development Specialist for the SC Sea Grant Consortium. Denver left Sea Grant to help manage former Congressman Henry Brown’s campaign for the First Congressional District and ultimately joined Congressman Brown’s staff as his Project Manager and Communications Director.
Denver earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Wofford College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Charleston. His family hails from Charleston. He and his wife Paige live in the West Ashley region of Charleston and are the proud parents of three children – Wilson, Elizabeth, and Cooper.
Presdient, G&P Trucking
Clifton Parker is President and General Manager of G&P Trucking Company, Inc., a provider of International Transportation Services located in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been in this position since 1986. During his leadership, G&P had sales growth from a $5 million to sales of over $150 million in 2015.
Clifton was born into a trucking family in a trucking town. His father was a driver for the late Carolina Freight Carriers of Cherryville, North Carolina. After receiving his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in he went to work for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, where he managed several terminals and was promoted to Vice President.
During his tenure at G&P, he has been active in the South Carolina Trucking Associations where he served as Chairman for two years, and presently SCTA’s representative to the American Trucking Association. He served as National Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association for an unprecedented two terms. Presently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Hours of Safety Policy Committee for the American Trucking Association and a member of the environmental, technology and intermodal policy committees.
Clifton has been recognized by the South Carolina House for Outstanding Leadership in the field of transportation and was appointed recently to a Study Committee on Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation to make recommendations to the Governor for Highway funding. Governor Nikki Haley appointed him to represent the Governor’s office on the SCDOT Highway Commission in 2011 and is still presently serving in that capacity. Clifton lives in Lexington, S.C. and is married to the former Kim Hayes of Spartanburg.
Executive VP, Customer Solutions, Sunland Logistics
Elijah Ray has over 25 years dedicated to the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management with a focus on operations excellence, quality, and customer relationship development. Elijah served as CSCMP President from 2003-2004 and has worked with numerous companies such as Bausch & Lomb Distribution, Walmart, and Standard Corporation/ UTi. He deployed quality strategies and led the sales efforts that ultimately grew an organization from a fifty million dollar company to a three hundred million dollar company from 1992 to 2010.
He has achieved a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, completed ASQ Certified Quality Manager training, and earned a B.S. Degree in Political Science from Presbyterian College and a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. He has been recognized in the industry as a leader in quality and for his ability to develop a culture of continuous improvement within organizations. In 2013 Elijah joined Sunland Logistics Solutions, Inc. As Chief Customer Officer, he is focused on growing Sunland from a regional 3PL to a national provider.
In 2016 Elijah established, Innocreed, LLC – a certified Minority Business Enterprise, specializing in-plant logistics and value added services.