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Dan Gardner
Dan Gardner
VP of Supply Chain for Lakeshore Learning Materials

Dan Gardner is VP of Supply Chain for Lakeshore Learning Materials, an importer of educational products located in Carson, CA. Dan is also co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc., a Los Angeles based supply chain consulting firm. Prior to his current work, Mr. Gardner spent 23 years in the Third Party Logistics business where he held senior management positions that include President of Latin America for Exel Global Logistics and President of Ocean World Lines. During his 3PL days, Dan was directly involved in the completion of twelve acquisitions.

In addition to his professional experience, Dan has been an adjunct professor of supply chain management his entire career. In 2002, Mr. Gardner was selected as the Professor of the Year in the Masters of International Business Program at Florida International University and in 2014 he earned the “Top Instructor” distinction at the California State University Long Beach Center for International Trade & Transportation.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Mr. Gardner holds an MBA from the University of Miami and has been a licensed Customs Broker in the U.S. since 1989. Dan has also been certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) by The American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS), holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma and earned a certification by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) as a Physical Security Professional.

As an author and journalist, Dan’s work has appeared in The Journal of Commerce, APICS Magazine, CSCMP Global Perspectives and Inbound Logistics magazine. His first book, Supply Chain Vector: Methods for Linking the Execution of Global Business Models with Financial Performance was selected by Inbound Logistics Magazine in 2008 as part of its “Must Read List” for supply chain professionals.

During his career, Mr. Gardner has travelled to fifty countries, having lived in Colombia and Mexico for a total of five years.