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Blake Clifford

Leadership, Management, Operations & Training


Diversely experienced in leading, managing, business development for start-up, turnaround, and rapid growth operations including multi-channel distribution operations with high volume activity—commercial, food, pharmaceutical, and retail industries.

  • Multimillion Dollar P&L /Budget Oversight
  • Multi-Site Operational Leadership
  • Business Development / Sales
  • Distribution Center, Transportation, and Warehouse
  • Training, Development, Motivation, and Team Building
  • Online Education, Instruction, and Course Improvement 
  • Safety, Health, and Environmental
  • Performance Evaluation, KPI/Operational Metrics Development
  • Computer Systems/Software (WMS, QMS, TMS, Microsoft Office)
  • Best Practices, Continuous Improvement, and Process Engineering

Work experience

Jan 2009Present

Strategy Consultant

  • Evaluate and assess processes and employee performance, identifying areas for improvement and advising on and implementing creative solutions.
  • Enhance productivity, efficiency and business growth through education, training and development and implementation of quality programs.

Customers: ECO Energy, Stonebridge Construction, Choice Auctions, Clear Choice Real Estate

Primary focus: start-ups, business development, process management, operational improvement, strategy development, technology implementation, training and development.

Oct 2007 Dec 2008

Director of Operations

Southshore Companies
  • Developed and implemented a company-wide quality program and attained ISO registration. 
  • Successfully led all 3PL operations consisting of more than one million square feet of multi-client distribution centers specializing in automotive and food products.

Customers: Nestle Water, Mann+Hummel, Robert Bosch Corporation, USDA, USPS, Motion Industries

Dec 2004 Oct 2007

Distribution Center Manager

  • Drove an operational and financial turn-around of Chicago multi-client warehousing and distribution center operations.
  • Led two 3PL multi-client pharmaceutical and food grade facilities in Chicago market including a 371,000 square foot Midwest regional DC and a 238,000 square foot Midwest regional DC.

Customers: Merisant Food Corp, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Omron Health Care, ManRoland, Rheem

Oct 2000 Aug 2004

General Manager

Exel, Inc. / Power Logistics
  • Successfully led and managed operations for three 3PL facilities including a KRAFT FOODS 560,000 square foot distribution facility, a HORMEL FOODS 140,000 square foot refrigerated distribution facility and a HOME DEPOT 90,000 square foot cross-dock facility.
  • Led teams of managers and associates through several operational improvements, enhancing productivity and quality standards to achieve customer and budgetary expectations in compliance with all regulations.

Customers: Kraft Foods North America, Hormel Foods, and The Home Depot



Doctor of Education, Ed.D.

University of New England

Transformative Leadership
(in final phase of dissertation)

Master of Science, M.S.

University of Mary, Gary Tharaldson School of Business

Strategic Leadership

Bachelor of Science, B.S.

WGU Indiana

Business Management


Catholic Faith Formation Instructor (CFF) - 4th Grade
St. Edward Catholic Parish - Lowell, Indiana
Aug 2017 – Present

Catholic Faith Formation Instructor (CFF) -1st  Grade
St. Edward Catholic Parish - Lowell, Indiana
Aug 2014 –Jan 2017 

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Instructor - 3rd Grade
St. Augusta Catholic Parish - Lake Village, Indiana
Sep 2013 – Feb 2014