The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has announced that the recipient of the 2020 Don Schlimme Future Leader Award is Zeshan Hassan, Continuous Improvement manager with Congebec, Inc. The award was presented by Brian Beazer, WFLO chairman and general manager & CEO, WCS Logistics during the GCCA Virtual Innovation program where over 650 temperature-controlled logistics professionals from more than 20 countries gathered to participate virtually in over 40 education sessions and share groups, as well as build relationships and conduct meetings with industry suppliers on the virtual platform, a statement reads.
“I was born in a very small town in Pakistan and moved to different cities to pursue my education,” stated Hassan. “Receiving this award is the result of hard work that I hope inspires others to find ways to find success,” Zeshan Hassan said.
Established in 2015 by WFLO, the Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes talented young professionals in North America, who have the potential to become future leaders and make a positive contribution to the development of the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry. Nominees must have had to demonstrate excellence in their work, the potential to excel further in the many facets within the industry and possess insight into their organization’s strategic values and direction, policies and ways of working. The award is named in honor of Donald V. Schlimme, Ph.D, who passed away in 2012 and was a longtime member of 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.
“The dedication and quality of the emerging leaders within the cold chain continues to be so impressive,” GCCA President & CEO Matt Ott said. “Hassan and his fellow competitors are excellent examples of how the cold chain will continue to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of a growing global population.”
Hassan will virtually compete with other young leaders from around the world for the global GCCA NextGen Award in early 2021.