Indicative Sample of Basil Tsaras’ and his Companies’ Events
(Conferences and Summits)
Great Speakers Series 2006 Events
Event No 3
US General William Gus Pagonis
“Leadership in Action and Drastic Supply Chain Solutions”
Ledra Marriott Hotel, «Mediterranean Hall»
Athens, February 15, 2006
General Gus Pagonis, Chairman of the Board and Director at Railamerica, Inc., former Head of Supply Chain at Sears and Chief of Logistics in the Gulf War was invited to Athens by Basil Tsaras to bring to the Greek audience a wealth of logistics experience, not only from Sears, the 4th largest retail giant in the U.S., but also from the real world of the Gulf War. During his presentation, Gus Pagonis gave to the participants a detailed account of how he used his war logistics experiences in a retail environment at Sears Roebuck and Company, GENCO, as well as at Railamerica, Inc.
Pagonis analyzed the leadership needs to operate an efficient supply chain using both his military and civilian experience and provided real-world solutions that have been successful in the military as well as the corporate world. Gus shared with the participants solid, proven logistics concepts and down to earth leadership techniques that every single manager could select for his/her own particular leadership style.
Gus not only discussed the general aspects of Leadership of the Supply Chain but also shared with the Greek Audience two models that he had personally developed to promote corporate success by tapping the last business frontier – the Supply Chain. His Supply Chain Pentagon and Three Star Leadership Models provide real world solutions which have been successful in the military as well as the corporate world. He shared solid proven logistics concepts and down to earth leadership techniques that Greek managers could select from his Leadership Tool Kit to accommodate their own particular leadership style.
General Gus Pagonis is a highly decorated Officer for his achievements during the Gulf War, General Gus Pagonis, helps Organizations across the world to run their Supply Chain with Military Precision. He helps them understand how to apply Desert Storm Strategies to their Logistics Operations. Gus Pagonis, former Head of Supply Chain at Sears and Chief of Logistics in the Gulf War, was General Schwarzkopf’s logistics commander; he functioned as the single point of contact and was responsible for all logistics (food, shelter, fuel, ammunition, transportation, contracting) for the Gulf War I (Dessert Storm).
Pagonis has shown that when it comes to expertise in logistics and overall leadership in management of very complex projects and organizations, few people are better qualified than the retired three-star U.S. Army General. Lieutenant General Pagonis, as head of the Sears Logistics Group, functioned as the single point of contact for all Sears’ logistics and was responsible for Vendor Relations, Distribution, Transportation, Home Deliveries, Outlet Stores, International Logistics and the integration of Information Systems to cement it all together. With Pagonis incorporating the logistics he learned in the military into the corporate world he has turned Sears – dismissed as a dinosaur only years ago – into a star of the retailing universe. Pagonis has been one of the key players in the turnaround of Sears. Since then he has left Sears and now is Chairman of the Board/Director for Rail America, Inc. Mr. Pagonis is also Chairman of the Defense Business Board, having been appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He is also Vice-Chairman of GENCO ATC and previously served as an advisor to CombineNet, Inc. He retired as President of Sears Logistics Services during 2004, where he also served as Senior Vice-President for Supply Chain for Sears, Roebuck and Company. He has since retired from Sears; he is currently the chairmen of GENCO, a logistics firm based out of Pittsburgh.