Don Schlimme Award winner is announced

Don Schlimme Award winner is announced

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), develops talent for the cold chain industry through the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award program, which is held during the WFLO Institute East.

Through the award program, a young leader is recognized for contributions to his company, knowledge of the cold chain industry and leadership potential.

Matt Toogood, operations manager for United States Cold Storage (USCS), received the 2017 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award during the 53rd WFLO Institute East, which took place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta recently.

“The dedication and quality of the emerging leaders within the cold chain never ceases to impress me,” said Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and CEO. “Matt is respected as a leader among his peers and is an example of the bright future our industry holds.”

Organized by WFLO, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry. The award is named in honor of Donald V Schlimme, PhD, who died in 2012 and was a longtime member of the WFLO Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO Staff Advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his knowledge.

Toogood competed with three of his fellow Don Schlimme Future Leader Award nominees: Shawn Thomas, Snotemp Cold Storage; Andrew Pavlicin, USCS; and Devany Cocco, USCS.

Working in the industry since 2010, Toogood joined USCS in June 2016, where he oversees operations at the Fort Worth TX facility.

He will compete alongside the Frank Vale Award (Australia) and Peter Worthington-Smith Award (South Africa) recipients for the GCCA Global NextGen Award. This will be presented at the 126th IARW-WFLO Convention, set for April 22-25, 2017 in Dana Point CA.

More information on the WFLO Institute can be found at

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