Key team members
PLG’s consultants represent a broad spectrum of real world expertise across various industries, markets, and transportation modes with an average of 20+ years industry experience and 8+ years of consulting experience. PLG’s team approach to projects combines the right mix of domain and functional knowledge applied to every engagement, working closely with our clients to rapidly deliver practical and actionable solutions and insights.
Graham is the CEO and founder of PLG Consulting, forming the business in 2001 following a career in the railroad and trucking industries. His various operations and business development roles helped to identify the market need for objective, expert consulting services for shippers, transportation companies, financial firms, government entities, and other stakeholders in the world of logistics.
Graham began his transportation career at Burlington Northern Railroad, performing operational and financial analysis in the areas of asset deployment and utilization, network optimization, and yield management. He later served as a Trainmaster at the Chicago, St. Louis, and Ft. Worth terminals, where he developed and implemented new management methods for railroad terminal operations.
Graham went on to serve as District General Manager for America’s largest bulk truck carrier, Quality Carriers, where he started and developed the multi-state Chicago District. In addition to full sales, marketing, operations, P&L, and safety responsibilities, he also started and managed new rail transfer and warehousing operations in Minneapolis and Chicago. Graham also opened and managed Canadian National Railway’s Chicago CargoFlo bulk transfer facility, and he helped CN implement new transload facilities in Detroit and Hamilton, Ontario.
Graham lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Matt is the Chief Operating Officer for PLG Consulting, bringing an impressive 18-year career with executive experience in global operations management, marketing strategy, market expansion, and performance management. His accomplishments span diverse sectors, including consulting, professional services, technology, and finance. Matt’s expertise encompasses Fortune 500 corporations and start-ups, showcasing his versatile skill set. Matt excels in managing programs and product lifecycles from inception to market launch. He possesses an innate ability to lead cross-functional teams and partner with senior leaders and stakeholders to achieve growth objectives.
As the EVP of Operations and Managing Director at consulting firm AIP Group, Matt spearheaded the development of comprehensive business operations strategies, identified growth opportunities, led M&A efforts, and implemented efficiency improvements, resulting in substantial revenue and EBITDA gains. HIs achievements include scaling company revenues, expanding global operations in EMEA and APAC regions, executing successful licensing strategies, launching innovative technology application products, and navigating the company through a global pandemic by redefining offerings for virtual delivery. Matt also led the company’s rebranding strategy to redefine the organization’s vision, mission, and values.
Matt’s dynamic career includes roles at QuarterSpot, Apple, Bank of America, Valley National Bank, and ARAMARK, where he consistently delivered exceptional results in leadership management roles of customer experience, operations, sales, and finance.
Matt lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
James is the Executive Vice President for PLG Consulting, bringing over 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial startups. His expertise is in developing and executing marketing and sales strategies, constructing new organizations and capabilities and redesigning processes while motivating teams to solve problems in innovative ways. James specializes in implementing core business processes that drive profitable and measurable results.
James led GE Transportation’s initiative to provide business solutions enabling clients to leverage data to achieve their strategic supply chain objectives through the use of analytics, optimization, and applications. Prior to GE Transportation James was the Vice President of Marketing for RailAmerica, managing all commercial functions to support RailAmerica’s forty-five short line and regional railroads operating in twenty-eight states and three Canadian provinces with over 7,500 miles of track.
As the Director of Sales and Marketing for CSX Transportation, James led their commercial organizations responsible for delivering profitable revenue growth and improving the customer experience. He led market share growth in non-traditional market segments by developing new transportation products, sales channels, and sales tools. James began his transportation career at Burlington Northern Santa Fe as a planning specialist, marketing manager and director of finance where he led capital investment strategies and optimization of network capabilities.
James lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Kelly. He is a graduate of Hamline University.
Chris is the Director of Client Services for PLG Consulting, bringing supply chain expertise with a broad perspective derived from working in and analyzing multiple transportation modes over the last 20 years. His areas of expertise include site selection and lease negotiation of logistics-related facilities; the acquisition of railroads, railroad property and assets; port and railroad strategy formulation; industrial real estate portfolio management, research, and entitlements; plastics packaging facilities; Foreign-Trade Zones; business continuity; grant writing; media relations and crisis communications. Chris has concluded nearly $200 million worth of purchase and lease transactions involving supply chain assets.
His long tenure at the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad led to major industrial development, focused nurturing investment opportunities on port property and along the rail network. Prior to his port and rail career, Chris was a business journalist covering transportation. Chris brings significant experience in business strategy, data analysis and assessment along with client project management and building team consensus.
Chris lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his wife and two children. He holds a Master of Business Administration, graduating from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 2009.
Patti is the Director of Finance and Administration for PLG Consulting whose main responsibilities include finance, accounting, and the organization’s smooth day-to-day operations. She brings a diverse skill set to the team, with experience at various accounting software companies, consulting firms, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Her roles and responsibilities in these organizations have spanned sales, consulting, and customer support.
At PLG, Patti oversees scheduling, contract administration, client billing and communication, internal systems maintenance, plus many other responsibilities that support the organization. Patti graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Amy is PLG Consulting’s Marketing Consultant, bringing over 20 years of strategic marketing and management experience to the organization. In 2012 Amy founded her independent consultancy focused on helping small to mid-size businesses improve their marketing effectiveness. Amy’s experience spans both B2B and B2C organizations in the consulting, supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, and print finishing industries.
Having directed global marketing teams, Amy brings a wide range of corporate marketing experience to PLG Consulting. Her responsibilities are brand strategy & management, web and social media, marketing communications, advertising, and product marketing. Amy graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
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