Founder and president at Trade Facilitators, Inc.
Daniel L. Gardner is founder and president of Trade Facilitators, Inc., a Los Angeles based supply chain consulting and training firm. Prior to founding TFI in 2007, Mr. Gardner spent 23 years in the Third Party Logistics business where he held senior management positions with entities that include Exel Global Logistics, DHL Global Forwarding and Ocean World Lines. Highlights of Dan’s career include CEO of Ocean World Lines, President of Latin America with Exel and SVP USA for DHL Global Forwarding.
In addition to his professional experience, Dan spent six years as an adjunct faculty member of both The University of Miami and Florida International University Graduate Business Schools where he taught Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management. In 2002, Mr. Gardner was selected as the Professor of the Year in the Masters of International Business Program at Florida International University. An active instructor at institutions that include Georgia Tech and California State University Long Beach, Dan was also voted the Top Instructor in 2014 at CSULB’s Center for International Trade & Transportation.
A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Mr. Gardner holds an MBA from the University of Miami and has been a licensed Customs Broker in the U.S. since 1989. Dan has also been certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) by The American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS), holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma and earned a certification by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) as a Physical Security Professional.
As an author and journalist, Dan’s work has appeared in The Journal of Commerce, APICS Magazine, CSCMP Global Perspectives and Inbound Logistics magazine. His first book, Supply Chain Vector: Methods for Linking the Execution of Global Business Models with Financial Performance was selected by Inbound Logistics Magazine in 2008 as part of its “Must Read List” for supply chain professionals.
During his career, Mr. Gardner has travelled to over forty countries, having lived in Colombia and Mexico for a total of five years.
Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness (2014-2017); Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (2010-2014).
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