Marquel Broussard of New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) was named the recipient of the fourth annual Global NextGen Award during a general session at the Global Cold Chain Expo held recently in Chicago, Illinois. He represented North America as the recipient of the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award during the 2018 IARW-WFLO Convention.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) prize goes to talented young professionals who have the potential to become future leaders and make positive contributions to the development of the global temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry. Finalists in the competition are recipients of awards that recognize exceptional achievement in the cold chain in a specific region or country. Among other eligibility requirements, nominees had to demonstrate excellence in their work, the potential to excel further in the many facets within the industry, and possess insight into their organization’s strategic values and direction, policies and ways of working.
Candidates for the 2018 GCCA Global NextGen Award were selected by national refrigerated warehousing organizations to compete for the global award at the Global Cold Chain Expo. Other nominees in addition to Broussard were: Mauricio Carlos Esquer of Basal Almacenamiento y Logistica, who represented Latin America as the recipient of the 2017 Latin America Future Leader Award; and Mathew Reiffel of Americold Logistics, who was the standard bearer for Australia as the recipient of the 2017 Frank Vale Award
As part of the selection process, each contestant was interviewed and judged by a panel of industry leaders from around the world. They were evaluated on their knowledge level of the industry, track record of excellence, communication expertise and leadership skills. In addition, each candidate delivered a five-minute presentation to the panel of judges and the Global Cold Chain Expo attendees.
As the recipient of the GCCA Global NextGen award, Broussard will receive a travel stipend to attend a GCCA or GCCA partner event anywhere in the world during 2018.