The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) names Lynn Fritz, Chairman and CEO of Fritz Companies as the 2023 Supply Chain Hall of Fame Inductee. The CSCMP Hall of Fame was first initiated in 2016 to recognize individuals for having made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline and served as role models to supply chain students, young professionals, budding entrepreneurs and career supply chain professionals.
Since its inception, each of the Distinguished Service Award past winners were inducted into the Hall of Fame and all future DSA recipients will automatically be inducted each year. As such, the 2023 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Ted Stank, joins Lynn in receiving the Hall of Fame honor.
A visionary in the global logistics industry, Lynn helped develop and operationalize the concepts of third-party logistics and supply chain services during his 30-year career as Chairman and CEO of Fritz Companies, Inc., which enabled this small San Francisco customs brokerage company to expand to 120 countries and 11,000 employees. The company went public in 1992 and achieved Fortune 1000 status in 1997. His enduring contribution redefined a fragmented and limited services industry through the use of technology.
Upon UPS’s acquisition of Fritz Companies in 2001, Inc., Lynn shifted professional gears, dedicating the Fritz Institute to the development and deployment of logistics expertise to the global Humanitarian Sector. Lynn partnered with his wife, Business Professor, Dr. Anisya Thomas, and resolved to be the advocate for humanitarian logisticians, bring academic expertise and private sector resources and best practices to their endeavors. He invested significant financial resources and devoted a majority of his time partnering with a broad array of institutions and individuals in the creation of a field now recognized as humanitarian logistics. The software developed by Fritz Institute, used to track the delivery of necessary relief items, is utilized by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Oxfam, Save the Children U.K. and World Vision. The Institute’s certified training programs and curriculum is the lynchpin of humanitarian logistics operational trading and benefits hundreds of relief logisticians and organizations, while Fritz Institute standards are being utilized in over 25 countries in Africa.
Once the Fritz Institute was successfully underway, Lynn founded LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, headquartered in Oklahoma, a compact technology driven new age domestic forwarding company. Simultaneously over the years, he had begun to appreciate the exceptional potential of a ranch he had purchased in 1980. Although originally intended as a family retreat, slowly over the ensuing 40 years it has become one of California’s leading ultra-premium wineries.
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