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CEO PROFILE: Page Siplon is bringing attention to Georgia’s logistics industry

By Lou Phelps

November 25, 2013 - Page Siplon was recently recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation. As the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, an industry-focused division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, it’s publicity that’s good for the State, as well as for his career.

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics State’s is also the leading resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. The Center directly assists companies with overcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities related to the movement of freight by providing focused expertise, specific industry data, leveraging state resources, and connections to an extensive cross-sector industry network.

Under Siplon’s leadership, the Center created and hosts the Annual Georgia Logistics Summit which is the only industry driven, State-led event of its kind and size in the Nation and in its fifth year hosted 2,000 public and private industry attendees from 30 states and 9 nations. The Center also delivers multiple publications, including an annual industry report, and a widely respected and sought after “Logistics Market Snapshot” released every month and consumed by tens of thousands of Siplon is a frequently requested keynote speaker, called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of innovation, technology and logistics.

This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, security, collaboration, economic development, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as the Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Modern Material Handling, and is often referenced in State-wide newspapers. Siplon is an active industry participant, and was recently recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal recently nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was also selected to serve as vice-chairman. Siplon is the appointed fiduciary agent for all U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security port security grants awarded to Georgia, responsible for a total of over $16M in allocated funds. At the State level, he served as the lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force, and in March 2012 aided GDOT in the releasing the first comprehensive Statewide Freight and Logistics Action Plan. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited participants from a wide range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force.

During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployment cryptographic devices for secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple

Originally from New York, Siplon earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College, completed multiple military leadership academies, and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

As the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, Siplon heads the State’s leading resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. The Center directly assists companies with overcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities related to the movement of freight by providing focused expertise, specific industry data, leveraging state resources, and connections to an extensive cross-sector industry network

An active industry advocate, Siplon is a frequently requested keynote speaker, has been a quoted industry expert in a wide range of national trade publications, and serves various leadership and advisory roles at both the State and Federal level. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force, and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Page was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013.

 

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