President and CEO
Howard Kamerer leads WOW Logistics’ overall strategy and direction in each of its core business units: WOW Commodity Purchase Program®, Third-Party Logistics, Real Estate Development, Transportation, Contract Operations, Managed Warehouse Services, and Corporate Consulting.
Since joining WOW Logistics® in 2011, Kamerer has guided the company to a 142 percent growth rate in the last seven years. He has reorganized the company’s overall structure, basing the main business units around the company’s core competencies and focusing on the value that they deliver. Under Kamerer’s direction, the company has nearly doubled its headcount in the past seven years to support strategic initiatives.
Kamerer is an effective leader who sets strategy through the establishment of initiatives grounded in company goals. He has repeatedly started, grown, and developed a variety of companies in different markets with the same results – consistent exponential growth. Prior to joining WOW Logistics, Kamerer served the following companies: Startec Global Communications (President and CEO), Allied Telesyn (President and COO), RedEye Network Group (President and CEO), and Cisco Systems (Sales Mgt.)
Lynda Farrell is WOW Logistics’ Chief Financial Officer. Farrell oversees the Accounting and Finance Departments, as well as business and process strategy initiatives.
The Accounting Department is responsible for financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, lease invoicing, month-end close, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliance. WOW Logistics’ Finance Team encompasses the WOW Commodity Purchase Program, customer credit, and loans and leases. Finally, business and process strategy initiatives help to provide visibility and standardized processes that proactively drive the business.
Aside from providing strategic direction to the three departments, Farrell also manages the incentive loan program, profit sharing, distributions, and taxes.
Prior to joining WOW Logistics, Farrell was the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Concentric, Inc. Farrell has significant experience with financial systems and models, budgeting, continuous improvement initiatives, Lean Six Sigma, due diligence, and merger and acquisition analysis.
VP of Finance
Tyler Lenz is the VP of Finance for WOW Logistics and oversees the Inventory Solutions and Credit Relations Teams.
The Inventory Solutions Team manages the transactions that flow through the WOW Commodity Purchase Program and the Managed Warehouse Services strategic business units. This group is engaged with WOW Logistics’ customer base, warehouse partners, and commodity vendors to ensure the smooth operations of both services. The group’s key functions include account setup, processing of vendor invoices, customer billing, and inventory management. The Credit Relations Team assesses and manages the risk related to WOW Commodity Purchase Program customers by analyzing their financial performance and strategic direction.
Lenz is also responsible for WOW Logistics’ financing including the asset-based line of credit and commercial mortgages. This involves executing the company’s financing strategy, maintaining lender relationships, and ensuring compliance with all loan reporting and covenant requirements. Additionally, Lenz interfaces with the Real Estate Department to analyze the feasibility of build-to-lease projects and the corresponding lease pricing.
Prior to his role as VP of Finance, Lenz was an Institutional Investment Consultant for Morgan Stanley where he provided investment and asset allocation strategies to pension funds, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals. Lenz also worked as a Cash Manager for WEC Energy Group where he managed the daily cash operations of the company.
Robert Milz is the Controller at WOW Logistics and oversees the accounting department, including financial reporting, contract operations accounting, and transactional accounting.
Milz directs an accounting department that is responsible for the financial reporting process, including financial statement preparation, business activity reports, variance analysis, and regulatory reporting. As Controller, Milz manages the accounting policy and procedures and external audits, ensuring Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliance and accurate financial reporting. Additionally, Milz is also responsible for the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions at WOW Logistics and provides direction and assistance to other organizational units regarding accounting policies and procedures.
Prior to joining WOW Logistics, Milz served consecutive roles as Controller for Arrowhead Conveyor Corp and Memorylink Corp. There he managed the accounting departments and gained valuable experience in manufacturing, industrial automation, product development, and logistics. Milz has also worked in insurance operations, banking, and government regulation. Milz has also served as president and owner of Verlo Mattress Factory Stores in Appleton and Oshkosh.
Milz received his Bachelor in Business and Administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
VP of Legal Affairs
Stacey Warning oversees the Legal Department at WOW Logistics Company.
Warning is responsible for drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts with customers in various strategic business units including Third-Party Logistics Operations, the WOW Commodity Purchase Program, Real Estate, and Transportation. In addition, Warning manages the corporate governance of WOW Logistics Company and oversees various aspects of risk management such as insurance and licensing.
Before joining WOW Logistics, Warning was a Contract Attorney at LaForce, Inc. She came to WOW with extensive experience in contract management, negotiation, and process documentation.
VP of Sales
Jamie Wally oversees WOW Logistics’ sales initiatives. As the VP of Sales, Wally oversees two Inside Sales Coordinators and three Account Managers. The team manages all of the sales activities related to WOW Logistics strategic business units.
Wally’s primary responsibility is driving sales growth by managing the sales process and assessing each customer’s needs to recommend strategic solutions. He is also responsible for training and developing members of his sales team to drive sales based on the customers’ business challenges.
Wally has been with WOW Logistics since 1999. He started as an Account Manager and has since held multiple positions before taking on his current role of VP of Sales. Wally has extensive knowledge and experience in the industries with which WOW Logistics does business. His experience has enabled him to increase sales and position the company as a leader in food-grade third-party logistics operations.
VP of Operations
George Bene heads up WOW Logistics’ Operations Department. This team is responsible for the day-to-day management of the warehouses including correctly processing shipments and receipts and meeting the overall needs of each customer.
Bene is responsible for the management, guidance, strategic direction, and financial profitability of the Operations Department. He directs the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the warehouse operations and oversees the management of building maintenance and material handling equipment (MHE).
Bene has an extensive background in operations leadership with expertise in food safety. Before coming to WOW Logistics, Bene served as President of Solutions for Excellence, LLC developing process solutions for operations, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, logistics, and labor and project management. Prior to that, Bene was the Senior VP of Operations at Agro Merchants Group, Corporate Director of Operations at Pate Dawson Company, Inc, Distribution Center Manager at Schreiber Foods, and the Director of Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics at Virbac.
VP of Supply Chain Solutions
As the VP of Supply Chain Solutions, Jamie Hess manages three departments within WOW Logistics including Engineering, Information Technology (IT), and Transportation.
The Engineering Department is the analytical team that supports WOW Logistics’ strategic business units and external customers, focusing on operational efficiency, pricing models for new business, and process analysis. The IT Department is comprised of Software Development and Infrastructure Teams. Our Transportation Team is a non-asset based brokerage department, managing about $10M of freight per year. The team focuses on developing carrier and customer relationships, pricing new business, and arranging the details for freight movements within WOW Logistics’ network.
Hess oversees each of her departments by providing guidance and direction on company goals, department strategy, and customer project plans. She also explores new customer opportunities to determine their value to the company and the action plan needed to achieve the value.
Before her role as VP of Supply Chain Solutions, Hess served as the Director of Engineering and an Operations Engineer for WOW Logistics. Prior to joining the company, Hess was the Director of Engineering for LeSaint Logistics and the Manager of Supply Chain Engineering at FedEx Supply Chain.
VP of Real Estate Development
John Elrick leads WOW Logistics’ Real Estate Development Department, which manages the company’s and Build-to-Lease projects.
With each project, Elrick determines the scope of work, estimates pricing, coordinates outside general contractors, designs internal and external drawings and building specifications, and establishes lease requirements. From there, he manages the construction project all the way through final delivery. Additionally, Elrick serves as the Vice President of WOW-WE CARE CHARITY, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to benefit the communities where WOW Logistics Company does business.
Elrick joined the WOW Logistics team in 2018. Prior to his position, he held two previous Design and Project Manager roles – first with Utschig Inc. and then with Keller, Inc. In these roles, he developed sales leads and managed their commercial construction projects including designing CAD drawings and construction site supervision.
VP of Software Development
Scott VandenElzen is WOW Logistics’ VP of Software Development and oversees the company’s Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure, Support, Business Analysis, and Software Development Teams.
The Software Development Team provides custom code and support for the company’s business applications. The Infrastructure Team manages the physical and virtual network that supports WOW Logistics Company.
VandenElzen is responsible for the strategic direction of the IT Department and ensures the team is focused on projects that support pertinent business needs. He also validates the processes for each of his four teams to make sure they are documented, repeatable, and sustainable.
Before joining WOW Logistics, VandenElzen served as the VP of Process Improvement for Optimal Blue where he formalized business analysis processes to support the Operations and Sales Teams. VandenElzen also served as the VP of Application Development for Visonex. He managed all aspects of the software development life-cycle for an electronic medical record system for over 200 dialysis clinics.
VP of Human Resources
Tim Lisowe is the VP of Human Resources and oversees all human resource functions within the company.
Lisowe directs a department of four who manage recruitment and staffing, benefits, compensation, classification, labor relations, legal compliance, training, and payroll. He also oversees strategic employee development and guides the WOW Logistics’ company culture. Additionally, Lisowe is the Chairman of WOW-WE CARE CHARITY, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to benefit the communities where WOW Logistics Company does business.
In 2011, Lisowe was certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by HRCI, and in 2015 he was certified as a Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).
Prior to his current role, Lisowe served as a Human Resources Supervisor at Bemis Company Inc. and was the Branch Team Leader at SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc.. He came to WOW with more than a decade of human resource management experience.
VP of Marketing Communications
WOW Logistics’ marketing initiatives are led by Amanda Lindberg. The Marketing Department at WOW Logistics is responsible for brand management, strategic customer-facing communications and materials, event management, and collaboration with the Sales Team in lead-generation initiatives.
Lindberg is responsible for developing value propositions for WOW Logistics’ strategic business units and leveraging the propositions to effectively communicate the value of the company’s services. She oversees strategic campaign development, departmental processes, and interfaces with other departments to drive their marketing initiatives. Additionally, Lindberg serves as the President of WOW-WE CARE CHARITY, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to benefit the communities where WOW Logistics Company does business.
Prior to her role as Director of Marketing Communications, Lindberg held various titles at WOW Logistics Company, including Marketing Events Coordinator, Marketing Specialist, and Manager of Marketing Communications. In these roles, her primary responsibilities were special event management and communication, creative campaign development, and assisting with strategic communication activities.
Director of Engineering
Tony Hietpas oversees WOW Logistics’ Engineering Department, which serves three major areas: sales, operations, and warehouse process and design.
Sales engineering involves analyzing customer needs and developing efficient supply chain solutions and pricing models. Operations engineering entails executing the recommended solutions for the customer. Warehouse process and design engineering looks at product flow, racking, material handling equipment requirements, and other warehouse metrics to design an efficient operation based on the customers’ needs.
As the head of WOW Logistics’ Engineering Team, Hietpas is responsible for the management, guidance, and strategic direction of the department. This includes developing and executing company and departmental goals, as well as managing projects and providing strategic sales and operations support.
Prior to his role as Director of Engineering, Hietpas worked as the Solutions Engineering Manager for WOW Logistics. In this role, he provided industrial engineering, project management, and implementation leadership. Before joining WOW Logistics, Hietpas also served as a Solutions Material Specialist for Oshkosh Corporation.
Director of Software Development