GCCA NextGen Award

“Recognising aspiring leaders under 35"

The GCCA Next Generation Award (NextGen), was founded in 2015 to annually acknowledge talented young people within the industry, who have demonstrated to their employers that they have the potential to make a positive contribution to the development of the industry and become future leaders in the industry.

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 ABOUT THE GOLBAL COLD CHAIN ALLIANCE

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) serves as the focused voice of the international cold chain industry, representing some 1,300 member companies in over 65 countries. Launched in 2007, GCCA unites partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry. The four core partners are: the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, the World Food Logistics Organization, the International Refrigerated Transportation Association, and the International Association for Cold Storage Construction.

 

ABOUT THE AWARD

The GCCA Next Generation Award (NextGen), was founded in 2015 to annually acknowledge talented young people within the industry, who have demonstrated to their employers that they have the potential to make a positive contribution to the development of the industry and become future leaders in the industry.

Nominees for the GCCA NextGen Award will be put forward by each national and international organisation at the Annual IARW-WFLO Convention to compete for the global award.

The winner of the GCCA NextGen Award will receive a plaque with their name inscribed on it, and a travel stipend to attend a GCCA global event of their choosing in the year it is awarded.

 

AWARD ELIGIBILITY

This award is open to employees of all GCCA member companies who have:

  • Met the age requirement; 35 years of age, or younger as of 1 April each year
  • Demonstrated excellence in their work
  • Demonstrated potential to excel further in any of the many facets within the industry
  • Worked within the industry for a minimum of three years and have a broad knowledge of the cold chain industry
  • May come from any section of the industry including commercial, administrative, technical, engineering, accounting, sales, handling, service, or management
  • Possess insight into their organisations strategic values and direction, policies and ways of working.
  • Available to attend the IARW-WFLO Convention and a GCCA Global Event

2016 NextGen Award Winner

Melissa Hunt (S&D Logistics Pty Ltd) Sydney, Australia – 2015 Frank Vale Award Winner

 

2015-2016 IARW Chairman - Angelo Antoci (left) and 2015-2016 WFLO Chairman Greg Brandt (right) pictured with the 2016 GCCA Global NextGen Award Winner - Melissa Hunt - S&D Logistics

2015-2016 IARW Chairman - Angelo Antoci (left) and 2015-2016 WFLO Chairman Greg Brandt (right) pictured with the 2016 GCCA Global NextGen Award Winner - Melissa Hunt - S&D Logistics

On Tuesday 19th April 2016, Melissa Hunt - Director of S&D Logistics in Australia, was named the winner of the second annual award during a general session of the 125th International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Convention, held in Las Vegas from 16-19 April 2016. 

The Global NextGen Award, developed by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), recognizes outstanding young professionals in the world's cold chain industry, and Hunt represented Australia as the recipient of the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transportation Association of Australia's (RWTA) 2015 Frank Vale Award.

Now in its second year, the Global NextGen Award recognizes talented young professionals who have the potential to become future leaders and who are making a positive contribution to the development of the cold chain industry around the world. Finalists for the NextGen Award are recipients of international industry awards that recognize exceptional achievement by young professionals in the cold chain in a specific region or country. Among other eligibility requirements for the award, nominees 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.

Candidates for the 2016 NextGen Award were nominated by international refrigerated warehousing organisations to compete for the global award at the IARW-WFLO Convention & Expo.

The other nominees in addition to Hunt included, Colin Longmuir, Warehouse Manager, Henningsen Cold Storage Co., representing North America as the recipient of the 2016 World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Don Schlimme Future Leader Award, and Kane Thomason, Logistics Solutions – Operations Manager, UK and Ireland for XPO Logistics represented the United Kingdom as the 2016 recipient of the UK Young Manager of the Year Award.

"It is so important to call attention to the talented young professionals that are coming up in the cold storage industry," said Greg Brandt, Immediate Past Chairman of WFLO and CEO of Nor-Am Cold Storage USA. "These nominees represent the future of our industry, and their ideas will usher in the next wave of innovations that enhance the movement of perishable products to consumers around the world."

As part of the selection process, each nominee was interviewed and judged by a panel of industry leaders from around the world. Candidates were evaluated on their knowledge level of the industry, track record of excellence, communication skills, and leadership skills. In addition, each candidate delivered a five-minute presentation to the panel of judges and the IARW-WFLO Convention attendees.

"It is a great honour to have been nominated for the GCCA’s Global NextGen Award," said Hunt. "To win the award after being up against two extremely talented individuals and become the first female recipient is very rewarding."

As the winner of the GCCA Global NextGen Award, Hunt will receive a travel stipend to attend a GCCA or GCCA partner event anywhere in the world during 2016, and she was presented with an engraved 2016 GCCA Global NextGen Award.


2015 “Inaugural” NextGen Award Winner

Joey Williams (Nordic Logistics & Warehousing, LLC) North America – 2015 IARW-WFLO Don Schlimme Future Leader Award

 2014-2015 WFLO Chairman Frank Plant (left) and 2014-2015 IARW Chairman Tom Poe (right) pictured with the 2015 GCCA Global NextGen Award winner Joey Williams.

 2014-2015 WFLO Chairman Frank Plant (left) and 2014-2015 IARW Chairman Tom Poe (right) pictured with the 2015 GCCA Global NextGen Award winner Joey Williams.

The presentation of the 2015 NextGen Award took place at the closing general session of the 124th International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Convention & Expo held in Orlando, Florida USA from 26-30 April 2015. 

The finalists for this the Inaugural NextGen Award were Ivan Sutic, Financial Director at Chilleweni Cold Storage, (represented South Africa as the first ever recipient of the South African Refrigerated Distribution Association’s (SARDA) Peter Worthington-Smith Award). Jeffrey Tusa, Project Manager, Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services   as the 2014 Frank Vale Award recipient from the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transportation Association of Australia’s (RWTA), and representing North America was Joey Williams, recipient of the 2015 IARW-WFLO Don Schlimme Future Leader Award.

“I am continuously impressed by the quality and dedication that our young professionals exhibit in this industry,” said Frank Plant, Immediate Past Chairman of WFLO and President of San Diego Cold Storage. “This GCCA Global NextGen Award celebrates young professionals from around the world and the important role they and the entire cold storage industry play in providing safe and quality food to a growing global population.”

The NextGen Award was established in 2015 to annually acknowledge talented young professionals who have demonstrated to their employers their potential to become future leaders and make positive contributions to the development of the industry. Among other eligibility requirements for the award, nominees 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.

As part of the selection process, each nominee was interviewed and judged by a panel of industry leaders from around the world. Candidates were judged on their knowledge level of the industry, track record of excellence, communication skills, and leadership skills. In addition, each candidate delivered a five-minute presentation to the panel of judges and the IARW-WFLO Convention attendees.

“This whole process has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me”, Williams commented. “To have the opportunity to compete for the NextGen Award with other young leaders from around the world like Ivan and Jeff is amazing and I look forward to see who follows in our footsteps”.

As the winner of the GCCA Global NextGen award, Williams received a travel stipend of up to $2,500 to attend a GCCA or GCCA partner event anywhere in the world in 2015- 2016 and was presented with an engraved 2015 GCCA Global NextGen Award Trophy.