Mark Richards

Vice President
Associated Warehouse Inc


Mark received his BA in Business Administration from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA and his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

His six step process on selecting a third party provider and creating win/win relationships has been featured in Traffic Management, Warehousing Forum, and Outsourced Logistics and presented at numerous Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals meetings as well as annual conferences of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, National Industrial Transportation League, the International Logistics Congress in Toronto, Canada, China International Conference in Shenzhen, China and ELA Logistics Conference in Finland.

Mark began his career in logistics over 30 years ago with a multi city public warehouse company, Distribution Centers, Inc.  In addition to holding a variety of operations and administrative positions at two public warehouse companies, Mark has had extensive experience with two Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations, Nabisco and Gillette.

At Nabisco, Mark held the position of Regional Director, Distribution and Customer Service for the Food Service Division.  In this position, he was responsible for warehousing, transportation, inventory management, and customer service for the 15 state Midwest region.

Mark’s position at Gillette was National Distribution Manager for Gillette’s Oral-B division of oral health care products.  In this position, he had nationwide responsibility for warehousing, transportation, inventory allocation and control, and special packaging.

Throughout his career, Mark has been actively involved with WERC (Warehousing Education & Research Council), CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), and ILWA (International Warehouse Logistics Association) as a speaker as well as holding various leadership roles including serving as President of WERC and CSCMP in Southern California.  He was appointed to the CSCMP Executive Committee at the 1999 Annual Conference, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors during 2005-2006.

During his tenure as Chairman of CSCMP, Mark was one of the founders of the American Logistics Aid Network or (ALAN), an association of 24 supply chain related associations created to support relief agencies by connecting them with a network of over 60,000 supply chain professionals and resources to support humanitarian relief during times of tragedy or disaster.

Twenty-five years ago, Mark left Oral-B to become Vice President of Associated Warehouses, a consortium of over 50 third party logistics service providers operating over 110 million square feet of space throughout North America and Europe. 

He makes his home in Orange, CA with his wife of 39 years, Beth.