By Johnny Jackson
McDonough resident John Mascaritolo marked a career milestone earlier this week, when he was named to the board of directors of the Warehousing Education and Research Council.
The announcement came during WERC's 32nd annual conference in Atlanta.
WERC is a professional organization focused exclusively on warehouse and distribution management, and its role in the supply chain.
Mascaritolo, a member of the group for nearly a decade, will serve a two-year term as the national director of education for WERC.
"I look at it as a great opportunity to help the council strengthen its education program, as well as build its student participation," Mascaritolo said.
He added that he, too, will learn from his experience with WERC's executive council.
Mascaritolo is currently an assistant professor of supply chain management at Clayton State University's School of Business.
"It's supply and demand in practice," he said. "Anything that is consumed or purchased, relies on the supply chain management. There is not one discipline, in any corporation, that does not utilize supply chain management."
With 35 years of experience in supply chain management within the global supply chain industry, Mascaritolo has done work for different corporations, including logistics planning for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he said.
"When I started my career, everything was segmented," he said. "It was physical distribution. In the 1990s, we were into forecasting, procurement, and management."
Mascaritolo said he is excited to begin working with WERC and other professionals within the organization.
"My responsibility will be to provide strategic direction and leadership to the education committee in planning and managing educational events, services and products that will meet the objectives of WERC's long-range strategic plan, and member needs," he said.