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Blake Clifford

Leadership, Operations, Management, Training & Education


Dedicated to the practice and study of leadership and creating new and innovative processes and programs to instigate transformative change in people, teams, and organizations.  Diversely experienced in leading start-up, turnaround, and rapid growth operations including multi-channel distribution operations with high volume activity – commercial, food, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. 

Work experience

Aug 2013 Present


Facilitate student success by delivering informative and engaging lessons, breaking down concepts to aid student learning and assist in achieving their academic goals.

Jan 2009  Present

Consultant / Educator


Educate, train and develop best practices to enhance customer satisfaction, productivity, efficiency and business growth.

Oct 2007  Dec 2008

Director of Operations

Southshore Companies

Led all 3PL operations consisting of more than one million square feet of multi-client distribution centers for customers including Nestle Water, Mann+Hummel, Robert Bosch Corporation, USDA, USPS, Motion Industries

Dec 2004  Oct 2007

Distribution Center Manager


Led two 3PL multi-client pharmaceutical and food-grade facilities in Chicago market including a 371,000 square foot DC and a 238,000 square foot DC for customers including Merisant Food Corp, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Omron Health Care, ManRoland, Rheem

Oct 2000   Aug 2004

General Manager

Exel, Inc. / Power Logistics

Led operations for Kraft Foods (560,000 sf DC), Hormel Foods (140,000 sf refrigerated DC) and Home Depot (230-door cross-dock facility).

May 1998  Oct 2000

Operations Manager

Kmart Corporation

Led 2nd Shift operations for a 1.2 million square foot state-of-the-art DC.