Organized by the Global Cold Chain Alliance and its Core Partner the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding young professionals in the North American cold storage industry.
The award is named in honor of Donald V. Schlimme, Ph.D, who passed away in 2012 and was a longtime member of the the WFLO Scientific Advisory Committee (1983-2012) and a WFLO Staff Advisor for many of those years. He was an expert in food science and cold storage and was committed to sharing his extensive knowledge.
Involved in the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry since 2004, Joey Williams worked his way up from an ice cream picker on third shift to a full-time Warehouse Manager at Nordic Logistics & Warehousing, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Williams enjoyed working in the industry for three reasons: taking part in a wealth of learning and teaching opportunities, navigating new and exciting challenges everyday, and investing in something that the world would always need – food storage and distribution. Williams’ vision for the future of the industry includes helping to deliver safe, quality food to the most remote corners of the world. According to Williams, there is room for the industry to grow to reach the ultimate goal of ending world hunger.
Williams was nominated for the award by leaders at Nordic Logistics & Warehousing, LLC., – Don Schoenl, President & CEO; Gary Holt, Senior Vice President of Distribution; and Chris Austin, Senior Vice President of SE Production. He followed a rigorous nomination process that included writing an essay, submitting a resume, and collecting letters of recommendation. As a nominee, Williams was invited to attend the 51st WFLO Institute and deliver a presentation, alongside three additional nominees for the Don Schlimme Award. Williams was named the winner shortly after the presentations.
As part of the award, Williams received a stipend to attend the 124th IARW-WFLO Convention & Expo, which took place April 25-29 in Orlando, Florida. He participated in the WFLO Learning Lounge: Focus on Young Professionals, as a presenter and compete alongside the young leader winners of the Frank Vale Award, Australia, and the Peter Worthington Award, South Africa for the GCCA NextGen Award in which Joey Williams was named the winner.