The Burris Logistics Legacy Rolls On
Burris has a story tracing back to 1925 when John W. Burris and his father, Edward, worked together shipping tomatoes from the Delmarva Peninsula into Philadelphia.
On the return trip, they carried Acme Markets’ bread to its Delmarva region stores. Throughout its 92-year history, Burris has branched into food-service redistribution, public refrigerated warehousing and custom and retail specialty work.
Donnan “Donnie” Burris, John M. Burris, Lillian B. Hoopman, and Howard W. Burris
Jeffrey M. Swain, James L. Murray, Glenn C. Kenton (retired), John M. Burris, Davis C. Emory (former board member) and Donnan “Donnie” R. Burris, Lillian B. Hoopman, Marvin “Skip” N. Schoenhals, and Howard W. Burris.
Board of Directors
Burris Logistics takes pride in being a family-owned, family-run business. To help us ensure the highest possible value to our clients, we have assembled a board of directors to provide balanced, objective, professional advice. These directors represent the highest level of achievement in their respective fields and are amply qualified to guide Burris in both strategic and day-to-day planning.
“Skip” Schoenhals has been chairman of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank in Wilmington, Delaware, since 1992. He was president and CEO of WSFS from 1990 through 2007. WSFS is one of the top-performing public banking organizations in the country. Skip is also a consultant and mentor serving businesses and individuals in the areas of strategic and personal development. He was a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, a $77 billion institution, from 1997 to 2007, and the chairman from 2005 to 2007. He was a member of the Brandywine Mutual Funds Board of Directors from 1995 to 2006.
Skip is a trustee (and former chairman) of the Delaware Public Policy Institute. He is chairman of the Sunday Breakfast Mission, a Christ-centered homeless shelter and a rehabilitation facility for men, women and children. He is a member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and former chairman of the board of directors from 2003 to 2004. He is a member of the Delaware Business Roundtable and chairs the Roundtable’s education committee. He is the chairman of Vision 2015, a Delaware coalition dedicated to making Delaware public education the best in the world by 2015. Skip serves on the board of directors of the Curry School of Education Foundation, University of Virginia.
Skip received the 2009 Josiah Marvel Cup Award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. It is presented annually to honor a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community and society. In 2004, Skip was inducted into the Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
A former mayor of Owosso, Michigan, Skip was born in Kalamazoo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
A DuPont director since 2006, Mr. du Pont is president, Longwood Foundation. He formerly served as senior vice president, operations and chief financial officer of drugstore.com, a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision and pharmacy products; and president and chief financial officer of Wawa, Inc., a chain of food markets in the mid-Atlantic region.
In April 2013, Mr. du Pont was elected to serve on the board of WSFS. Mr. du Pont serves on the Audit and Science & Technology committees for the Board.
Bob’s career in logistics began in the mid ’70s when, after college, and a successful service business, he bought an over-the-road tractor as an investment. Starting with one truck, he ended up buying a trucking company (Shives Trucking), and secured a contract with John Deere to deliver all their equipment throughout the state of Illinois. When deregulation came along in 1979, Bob sold this company and joined Power Packaging, where he started a trucking company (Power Transportation) and, later, a brokerage company (Power Brokerage). In 1984, the President of Rollins Truck Leasing asked Bob to start a brokerage company (Rollins Brokerage). He later headed up Rollins’ national truck rental operations. In 1988, the owners of Power Packaging bought a warehouse company (Freeze Point), and asked Bob to come back to Power and help build this company. Starting with just a few employees, they built Freeze Point (later changing to name to Power Logistics) to a nationwide logistics company. In 1995 Power’s board asked Bob to move to Europe to help do the same. His team successfully built one of the largest automated warehouses in Germany for Kraft, and later in England for Birds Eye Walls. (Both Power Logistics and Power Europe were purchased by Exel Logistics in 1999).
In 1996, Power’s board asked Bob to move back to the U.S. and run the parent company, Power Packaging. In 1998, he started his own logistics company (Pro Source Group) and was immediately successful, and in 2000 Total Logistic Control (TLC) bought Pro Source, and Bob became TLC’s president. TLC more than tripled in five years. In 2005 SUPERVALU bought TLC, and Bob became the CEO. In 2008, at the age of 58, Bob retired (a goal he set when he started Pro Source in 1998) and, with his wife Debbie, started cruising on their boat full-time on the waterways of the East Coast. After two years and more than 8,000 miles of cruising, they sold the boat, and Bob started BK Partners, Inc. His plan is to use his 35 years of business experience to help other companies enhance their enterprise value.
A graduate of United Electronics Institute, Bob attended the University of Louisville, where he majored in business. He has served two terms on the board of directors for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, and on the Government Affairs Committee for the International Warehouse and Logistics Association.
James is experienced in all strategic planning, financial and operational aspects of complex business organizations, and particularly skilled in crisis management and conflict resolution. Both as Managing Director of the Musser Group and as the sole proprietor of the Parallel Programs since 2007, he provides strategic consulting services to entrepreneurial individuals and businesses, advised companies seeking debt and equity growth capital, and evaluated and coordinated private equity investment opportunities. In addition, he currently serves as the Director of Strategic Services for the Philadelphia based national law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP. From 2006 to 2007, James was president of the O’Neill Companies in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, a holding company encompassing real estate development projects, venture capital funds and investment interests. Previously, he was CEO of Pepper Hamilton LLP, where he was responsible for firm-wide strategic planning and execution and received recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers.
James received a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Delaware, earned his juris doctor cum laude from Villanova University Law School in 1977, and also did master of business administration coursework at the University of Northern Colorado while on active duty. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1977 as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner. A Vietnam veteran, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
James sits on the Team Pennsylvania Foundation Board of Directors and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Executive Board, and is a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter Board of trustees. A former collegiate athlete, he still plays tennis and invests in minor league baseball teams. He enjoys traveling (particularly to Italy) and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. James is a resident of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; he and his wife Margot have three adult children.
Jeffrey, the CEO and Chairman of Natural Foods Holdings, was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Jeffrey graduated from Penn State in 1974 and received his MBA from California State University in 1977. He began his career in the finance area with Borg Warner Corporation. Jeffrey’s experience in meat protein began at Foster Farms, Inc., on the West Coast in 1980. He has held executive positions at Con Agra and Townsends Inc. From 2000 to 2006 Jeffrey served as CEO of BC Natural, a holding company that included Petaluma Poultry, Coleman Natural Meats, Han’s Sausage as well as five other companies in the natural products arena.
Since September 2006 Jeffrey has partnered with Hilco Private Equity to create Natural Foods Holdings with the goal of building a financially sustainable fresh meat and processed meat products business. This platform emphasizes and promotes five brand tenets: the traditional family farmer, sustainable farming techniques, unparalleled animal welfare, complete livestock traceability, and “never/ever” use of antibiotics, added hormones or animal byproducts. Natural Foods Holdings comprises three companies: Niman Ranch, Sioux Preme Packing, and Prairie Grove Farms.
Jeffrey also serves on the board of directors of Sioux Preme Packing LLC, Palisades Partners and Odessa Chicken (Ukraine), and has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding livestock agriculture. He and his wife Dianne and son MacKenzie live in London Grove Township, Pennsylvania.
Dave is an executive coach who works with individuals to identify and unleash their individual talents, strengthen their leadership skills, hone their problem-solving and decision-making competencies, and consistently achieve the highest levels of personal and professional performance. He also works with organizations to facilitate positive change and organizational transformation.
Dave has more than 20 years of experience in logistics and manufacturing operations having worked for Frito-Lay, Colgate Palmolive and Diageo. The challenges he met, opportunities he captured and results he delivered reflect his innate abilities to develop human potential and drive positive action to deliver double-digit gains in productivity. Through his corporate experiences, Dave has demonstrated his ability to redefine an organization’s culture to meet changing marketplace, customer and operating demands.
After receiving an executive coaching certification from Columbia University, he has coached top executives, business leaders, managers and professionals, helping them build their portfolio of qualifications, strengthen their performance and contributions, and capture new opportunities. Dave knows that an organization’s most valuable asset is its human capital and he is committed to building, strengthening and leveraging that asset to achieve unprecedented performance and results.
John graduated from Villanova University in 1963 and received his CPA certification in 1966. From 1963 to 1969 he was an auditor with Price Waterhouse Coopers, and from 1969 to 1991 he was the Vice President of Finance for several private and public companies. In 1991 John joined Burris Logistics as its Vice President of Finance. He retired in 2005 and continues to provide consulting services for the company. John and his wife Peg have five children and live in Lewes, Delaware.
Glenn has been a director (partner) of Delaware’s largest law firm, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., since 1985. He represents many major U.S. corporations, insurance and financial firms including General Motors, American International Group, Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, Nissan, Caterpillar, Christiana Care, Sallie Mae, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo Bank and M&T Bank (formerly Wilmington Trust Company).
From 1977 through 1985, Glenn was Secretary of State of Delaware, overseeing Delaware’s corporation division, the nation’s largest regulator of corporations. While Secretary of State, Mr. Kenton led Delaware’s effort to deregulate the nation’s banking industry, a step that led to the relocation to Delaware of many of the nation’s largest commercial banks. From 1985 to 1988, Glenn was Chairman of the Presidential campaign of former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont.
A graduate of Swarthmore College (1965) and Georgetown University Law Center (1968), Glenn is a member of the Delaware Bar. He is also a member of the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and the Wilmington Club. Glenn lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife Janet.