President’s Profile
28 June 2015 BestDriverJOBS www.bestdriverjobs.com
By Elisa Reed
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President’s Profile
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  • 1. President’s Profile 28 June 2015 BestDriverJOBS www.bestdriverjobs.com By Elisa Reed D anielle Roszko has a com- petitive drive and perse- vering spirit that sets her apart from most people. She is the President of Supply Chain and Pratt Logistics, LLC., a wholly owned sub- sidiary of Pratt Industries, headquar- tered in Conyers, Georgia. Roszko, passionate about all things supply chain, heads the purchasing and transportation teams of the leading recycle paper and packaging com- pany. Roszko entered the trucking industry while still a student at Michigan State University, where she earned a degree in Logistics. For someone living in Michi- gan, working for Ford after graduation was a natural next step. She spent ten years with the automobile manufacturer, mostly in operations and purchasing with Danielle Roszko – Pratt Logistics’ Team Captain
  • 2. President’s Profile 30 June 2015 BestDriverJOBS www.bestdriverjobs.com intermittent periods in transportation, before joining the team at Pratt Industries as the vice president of purchasing and logistics. Within 5 years, she was also running the company’s transportation division as its president. When asked what her favorite part of being in the supply chain industry is, Roszko says she relishes the day to day challenges of overseeing a vast nation- wide network of people and equipment. “We have the opportunity to be involved in and impact so many different disci- plines and industries,” she said. “Supply chain management touches everything that happens in life.” Roszko also believes in building relationship with her far-flung team, and while her primary contact is with com- pany leadership, her values and approach to life touch each of her drivers. “We are able to maintain the team feeling and morale by interacting with the drivers where they are based. There is always someone onsite at every facility they can turn to, and we have an incred- ible operations, safety, and human re- source leadership team that is constantly visiting the sites and is always within reach.” Under Roszko’s leadership, Pratt can boast a driver turnover rate of less than 10%, and the relationships she and her senior management have forged with the drivers play a critical role in this suc- cess. Additionally, the company offers many incentives that make, in Roszko’s opinion, “a great quality of life.” Eighty percent of the company drivers are home daily; the other 20% are home weekly. Pratt’s steady flow of business provid- ing 100% recycled corrugated packaging keeps work hours consistent and affords the competitive pay and benefits. Roszko laughs at the idea that she’s able to keep it all together, instead giving credit to the folks she surrounds herself with, including her mentors and coaches. She likes to bounce ideas off other people in her high-energy way, which helps her devise and execute a plan with the other incredibly talented people at Pratt. Part of leadership is allowing those folks to occasionally bounce a few ideas back…sometimes literally. One of Ro- szko’s favorite times at work involved a local charity, some drivers, herself, and a dunk tank. During a driver appreciation family picnic, Roszko led by example by taking the hot seat first. “I couldn’t believe how many of our team and their family members were willing to stand “...no matter how well trained and thought out your plan of execution is, there will be unforeseen hurdles along the way that you need to adjust quickly to in pursuit of the goal.”
  • 3. President’s Profile 32 June 2015 BestDriverJOBS www.bestdriverjobs.com in a long line and actually pay money to dunk me! It was great fun with a lot of smack talking, so I probably deserved it.” While this is one of the memories that stands out for her, Roszko relishes the many memorable moments that happen in the every day of life – the celebrations of births and graduations and the shared grief of losses. It is a credit to Roszko’s leadership abilities that she is able to draw these connections with her em- ployees, especially in the hectic non-stop world of logistics. Roszko doesn’t feel she leads any dif- ferently because of her gender but agrees that she shares certain attributes with other successful women. She is not afraid to fight for what she believes is right, and she tackles risks head on. When asked about her leadership style, she shared a quote from Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer: “Leadership is not bullying and leader- ship is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.” It’s this expectation of herself, that she is going to make this world a better place, that is Roszko’s strength in the trucking industry. Speaking about her passion for the supply chain again, she thinks the industry’s importance is overlooked con- sidering how it touches everyone “from delivering food from our farmers to our local markets to delivering the gas for our cars (or if you prefer a bike, they deliver those, too).” Roszko is a resilient person; tenacity, perseverance, and strength are traits that she takes from the boardroom to after- hours play. “Playing sports keeps me sane, and spending time with my family and friends keeps me grounded.” Her idea of playing sports isn’t the normal pick-up game of basketball in the driveway or an easy-going company softball game. Roszko is a successful triathlete, having competed in three Iron- man races. Those consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run – all in a matter of hours. While most people might consider a triathlon the least likely thing to help keep them sane, Roszko fully embraces the competitive- ness of the event. “I like to seek out challenges that keep me pushing myself to reach new levels, and it inspires me to find ways to get better and continue to push what others perceive as limits.” She could easily be talking about her time at work as well. The strengths of one feed and support the other. “Ironman races have also taught me that no matter how well trained and thought out your plan of execution is, there will be unforeseen hurdles along the way that you need to adjust quickly to in pursuit of the goal.” Additionally, while triathlons may be the ultimate solo endeavor, the team sports Roszko enjoys have helped her in the workplace - lever- aging each player’s unique strengths for the good of the whole team. It’s that team mindset that makes Ro- szko so good at what she does - leading a very successful team in a highly competi- tive industry. “We are part of an amazing company that is growing at a very fast pace. But no matter how quickly we expand, I will continue to focus on the fundamentals and surround myself with talented people.” bdj

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