Proven Logistics Solutions

About Us

Mission Statement:

“Our goal is to deliver essential educational courses and consulting services that can be practically applied in the work place to equip our clients to address the ever changing logistics and regulatory environment through growth of knowledge, mitigation of risk and reduction of unnecessary costs.” 

Proven Logistics Solutions LLC (PLS) was established to provide quality educational programs and consulting that delivers practical applications to the workplace. We are dedicated to the professional development of global logistics, supply chain and transportation personnel through the use of proven techniques. Working with our clients, we strive to bridge knowledge gaps and bring consistency to processes with a focus toward total quality control and cost effectiveness. Using real-life scenarios, we create a learning environment that promotes the development of pro-active reasoning and practical application. PLS believes that building on basic transportation management fundamentals creates a strong foundation that aids in the development of an exceptional team of global logistics professionals.

In the fast paced world in which we work, with its many pressures and deadlines, PLS understands that it can be difficult for management to allocate time to conduct training in-house to keep their staff abreast of the changes in our industry. We closely monitor the rules and regulations to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the changes that will affect the way you export and import your goods. Our courses are geared toward equipping your team with necessary information, in a concise format, that allows you to quickly integrate it into your processes.

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Who We Are:

The team of instructors and consultants at PLS comprises experienced professionals whose complementary and varied skills span the entire international logistics arena. Each has operational roots, with years of increasing responsibility resulting in regional and global roles with management and financial responsibility. Their experience provides a unique and extremely practical perspective on the actual application and execution of successful international transportation programs. Throughout their careers, our instructors have led training sessions with internal and client staff and have served as guest speakers and subject matter experts in many different forums.

Our team is extremely proud of their proven reputation for setting high standards with regard to industry knowledge, trained staff, compliance and customer satisfaction, while increasing profitability and building strong client partnering relationships. The PLS management team and teaching staff include:

Pam Holdrup is a founder and Principal of Proven Logistics Solutions (PLS). Pam’s career spans over 37 years in freight forwarding and logistics management.  As a founding member and owner of WTS, A Global Logistics Company, Pam has worked with most all major oil and gas, energy and engineering companies to assist in designing processes to effectively manage the global door-to-door logistics programs for their diverse and increasingly challenging multibillion dollar projects. Pam’s expertise includes all areas of logistics operations as well as pre-project planning through implementation and ongoing management of KPIs. Her skill set is also comprised of vessel chartering, managing bids and proposals, contract negotiations and the identification of best practices in global logistics processes and management, including the establishment and oversight of total compliance programs. Before becoming one of the founders of PLS, Pam served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for Agility Project Logistics, Inc., where her responsibilities included the development and implementation of practical, customized global logistics programs and project plans for clients.
Pam was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Houston District Export Council where she serves as Vice Chair and is responsible for the Houston Export University Program. Pam contributes as speaker for the U.S. Commercial Service, International Transportation Management Association, University of Houston, the Breakbulk Conferences and other industry organizations. Pam studied at the University of Houston and has attended project and logistics management courses throughout her career.  She is a member of the Project Management Institute, Houston Chapter, and is currently in the process of obtaining her PMP Certification.  She was one of only a handful of attendees from the U.S. in Paris at the International Chamber of Commerce launch conference of Incoterms® 2010 and is certified as an “Incoterms® 2010 Master Trainer” by ICC Paris.


Cheryl Fee is a founder and Principal of Proven Logistics Solutions (PLS).  She was also a founding member of WTS, A Global Logistics Company, a full-service freight forwarding, customs brokerage and export packing company, with a focus on major capital projects. Cheryl has an extensive background in all aspects of logistics and freight forwarding management in her role as Ocean Export Manager, Fritz Companies, as well as operations roles at WTS. Serving as the Executive Vice President of WTS, Cheryl was responsible for Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and Administrative functions; she was also responsible for overall operations, Quality, HSE, C-TPAT and major client oversight. As a member of the WTS Board of Directors as well as the Management Committee, she was instrumental in directing the company both tactically and strategically. After WTS’ acquisition by Agility, Cheryl served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administrative Services for Agility Project Logistics. In this capacity Cheryl played a key role in working with the management planning committee on the re-organization and integration of three separate organizations into a single entity in Houston.  
Cheryl’s hands on experience, combined with her skills in employee management, as well as the organization of cash flow and cost controls, are superb. These techniques bring the balance required for the effective planning and execution of supply chain and logistics projects.Cheryl holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston and a UCLA Anderson School of Management Certificate in Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program. Cheryl serves on the Board of Directors of the International Transportation Management Association and contributes as a speaker for Houston Community College, the Breakbulk Conferences and international transportation related organizations.


Paul Wilson, PLS Associate, Subject Matter Expert/Presenter, began his 40+ year career in the maritime transport arena as a U.S. Merchant Marine officer who served on breakbulk vessels. Paul's shore side experience began with Norton, Lilly as Line Manager and included opening their Savannah office.  He spent 10 years as Vice President of Jumbo Shipping, a heavy lift carrier, in New Jersey and Texas.  Paul then became Vice President, Chartering at Transoceanic Shipping where his freight forwarding experience was gained.  He has spent the last 13 years as Vice President at Intermarine, a major heavy lift project carrier, where he headed up Sales for their U.S Flag division. Paul has been involved with many challenging projects around the world, participating in the planning and execution phases and having direct operational control of heavy lifts in excess of 1000 metric tons.  He has an in depth knowledge of heavy lift carriers, terminal and stevedore operations, lift, stowage and securing planning and carrier contracts.  In addition to his project marine shipping knowledge specialty, Paul’s wide-ranging experience spans all transport modes,  and was gained through handling challenging project moves for upstream/downstream oil and gas, wind and electric power, as well as various infrastructure projects.  He has worked with most major EPC's, MPV and Heavy Lift carriers, and project freight forwarders.    Paul received training at Seaman’s Church Institute and obtained his Master’s Degree in Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College. He brings a well-rounded carrier and project transport perspective to PLS. 


Tom Cullins, PLS Associate, Subject Matter Expert/Presenter, is a global logistics professional with over 28 years of hands on, project logisticsmanagement experience in the EPC industry with industry leaders Fluor, Bechtel and Kellogg, coupled with over 12 years in heavy equipment manufacturing.  Tom has specialized in all phases of the planning, design and implementation of very complex global distribution and logistics strategies, including overseeing the execution phase of many very challenging projects spread across the fifty U.S. states, Canada and Mexico as well as five continents. These projects have included nuclear, gas and coal fired power plants, a variety of different types of petrochemical plants, refineries, manufacturing complexes, liquid, gas and slurry pipelines and other capital projects around the world, from coastal settings to mountain tops to remote jungle locations to deep within deserts and everything in between. 
In his role as Project Manager for global projects of all sizes, Tom developed many innovative solutions for a variety of difficult challenges such as having limited heavy lift transport options, the need to move larger and larger items into remote locations, and requirements to meet stringent cost savings goals.  
Through Tom’s efforts to continuously “push the envelope” and effect transport of ever larger and heavier equipment, continual cost savings accrued to many of the projects Tom worked on, often in excess of $1MM in freight savings alone, multiplied several times over in the cost reductions accrued through lower construction costs.Tom majored in Production and Logistics Management at the University of Houston and has participated in a series of Project Management courses at Houston Baptist University. Tom brings the EPC and Project Owner perspective to the PLS Team.

 

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