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Tamara Palefsky Receives Don Schlimme Future Leader Award

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Tamara Palefsky, continuous improvement manager at United States Cold Storage (USCS), is the winner of the World Food Logistics Organization’s (WFLO) 2021 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award. The prize was presented by WFLO Chairman Daniel Kaplan and IARW Chairman Ron Buford during the 130th Annual IARW-WFLO Convention in Austin, Texas, where over 400 temperature-controlled logistics executive leaders gathered to talk shop about temperature-controlled warehousing, logistics, transportation and the design-build/construction industry.

“It’s an honor to win this prestigious award and to have competed with such an impressive group of my peers,” said Palefsky. “I’m excited to participate in the Next Gen Future Leader Award Competition and continue my career in the cold chain industry.”

“The talent, dedication, and quality of the emerging leaders within the cold chain continues to be so impressive and this award highlights some of the best in our industry,” said GCCA President and CEO Matthew Ott said. “Tamara and her fellow competitors are excellent examples of the bright future of the cold chain industry has to continue to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of a growing global population. Congratulations to Tamara and to all the finalists for this well-deserved achievement.”

Palefsky competed among other finalists: Eric Geiger, warehouse manager at Americold Logistics; Emily Goracke, customer accounts manager at SnoTemp Cold Storage; Colt Miller, warehouse supervisor at Mattingly Cold Storage; and Troy Stokes, senior project manager at Lineage Logistics.

The victorious USCS continuous improvement manager will virtually compete with other young leaders from around the world for the global GCCA NextGen Award later this year.