Washington, DC February 14, 2008 The Board of Directors of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics® has approved the following nominees for the prestigious DLP (Distinguished Logistics Professional). This designation recognizes the unique, upper echelon of logistics professionals who have shown their mastery through significant and career-long contributions in the industry.

Jim Cochrane was named Manager of Package Services for the U.S. Postal Service in 2002 directing the product development and strategy for the USPS' $11 billion portfolio of domestic and international package products. Under Jim's direction, the USPS is developing new product initiatives, as well as enhancing and repositioning existing products to improve customer value. Beginning in 1974, his broad knowledge of Postal Operations derives from having served in positions of increasing responsibility in Operations, Sales and Marketing. His operational background includes time as the District Manager, Customer Service and Sales of the Washington DC metropolitan area, where he led the efforts of 14,000 employees in over 200 facilities. Jim is a graduate of American University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs, Key Executive Program.

Harold Friedman has been helping companies reduce their transportation costs and the costs associated with the processing of transportation invoices for over 38 years. He is Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Development at Data2Logistics, LLC. He was the driving force to establish freight bill processing on a global basis. He had been with Data2Logistics' since they acquired his company, CTI Logistics. Mr. Friedman had previously been President of Chase Trans Info, the freight bill processing subsidiary of The Chase Manhattan Bank. He holds a BA degree in Accounting from Pace University and attended Wharton School of Continuing Studies. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Transportation School and is a member of numerous transportation organizations.

Joe Hete joined ABX as Accounting Manager in September of 1980 and held positions as Treasurer, Director of Strategic Planning, and Director of Administration from 1981 to 1985. He was promoted to Senior Director of Administration in 1985, to Vice President of Administration in 1986 and to Senior Vice President of Administration in 1991. In early 1997 he was named Chief Operating Officer, and he was named President and COO in December of 1999. He became President and CEO in August of 2003. Joe is active in his community serving as Honorary Chairman, Clinton County United Way Drive and director on several boards. He graduated from University of Akron, BS in Accounting and took graduate coursework at Cleveland State University.


Eric Joiner is the Regional Customer Manager - Americas for DHL Global Customer Solutions managing multi-national customers in the Americas for DHL's Global Sales team known as GCS. GCS handles DHL's top 100 strategic accounts, with most customers having available logistics and transportation spends north of 1 billion Euros. Eric has 25 years experience in domestic and international supply chain, logistics and logistics software fields, and his record includes successful executive level management of customer relationships in Europe, Asia, and US markets.  He has worked with Fortune 500 customers in the CPG, Electronic retail engineering and manufacturing verticals. Eric graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Marketing and Transportation. In addition to the DDLP, Eric was elected to the Board of Directors of AST&L.


Douglas Kahl is currently the Transportation Products Director for Unishippers. Doug's logistics career began in 1987 with Airborne Express in sales, sales management and training throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He played a role in launching ComAlliance, a third-party fulfillment company; as the Director of Sales & Business Development Doug played a role in AFMS' growth and recognition as a two-time recipient of the Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing private companies in America; and now at Unishippers Global Logistics, a 3PL focused on helping the SMB sector in managing their transportation programs Doug is the Transportation Products Director responsible for managing the strategic sourcing of over $200m in transportation. He attended Arizona State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance in 1984.


Tom Underkoffler is currently the Director of Logistics of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. based in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Medco is a leader in managing prescription drug benefit programs that are designed to moderate the cost and enhance the quality of pharmacy healthcare for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agencies of all sizes, and for those individuals served by the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. At Medco, Tom is currently responsible for all cost and service components of distributing mail order medication to more than 1.2M members per week. Tom and his team manage the most advanced physical and electronic distribution network in the PBM industry. Tom is on the Board of Directors for both the Association of Postal Commerce (PostCom) and for the Parcel Shippers Association (PSA) in Washington, DC.

About AST&L

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics® is a professional society founded in 1946 by industry leaders to insure a high level of professionalism and promote continuing education in the field of transportation and logistics. AST&L's mission is to facilitate education and certification in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. The membership of shippers, carriers, educators, consultants and third-party logistics individuals are dedicated to continuing education and are committed to raising the professional standards in the industry.  For additional information visit www.astl.org.