The Team

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William Stephan

President, Logisticus Risk Management

William Stephan is a 9-year veteran in the energy industry, specializing in the development and implementation of services and solutions designed to mitigate the risk associated with moving super load category freight.

William Stephan founded Logisticus Risk Management (LRM) in January 2012 with the intention of changing how the logistics heavy haul industry approaches movement of super load cargo. By driving quality, safety and use of available data through all aspects of planning and execution, LRM created a true risk-management approach to this very specialized segment of the industry.

Prior to launching LRM, William spent 9 years at General Electric, most recently as the Health and Safety Leader for the Energy Division’s global logistics operation. During that time he developed a series of programs designed to drive continuous improvement among logistics service providers moving super load cargo, including a rigorous screening and audit program, resulting in year-over-year reductions in defects and providing significant cost savings.

Over the past year, William has implemented a field-based program to serve as the eyes and ears for the customer; ensuring all facets of the customer’s requirements are being adhered to—from personal and equipment safety expectations to proper lifting and movement of over-dimensional cargo. To date, LRM has supervised the handling of over 6000 super loads, gathering and reporting real-time operational data that highlights efficiencies and opportunities for improvement in craning and trucking operations. At the same time, LRM provides an onsite resource that can quickly understand, resolve and report any issues that arise.

Vikash Patel

President, Logisticus Projects Group

Vikash Patel is a planning strategist and quality execution specialist. His deep knowledge in the logistics field and vast experience in the trucking and railroad transportation business make him a veteran with a resourceful skill set and ever-growing list of industry connections.

Until recently, when he decided to pursue the goal of entrepreneurship, Vikash was the Senior Global Logistics Leader in the Power and Water Division of General Electric. In that role he directly managed a half a billion dollar transportation spend and held direct commercial relationships with over 100 suppliers in the area of truck, rail, crane, barge and ports. His primary global focus was North and South America, where he built strong strategic relationships with key logistic and transportation suppliers.

During his tenure at GE Energy, Vikash created a mode diversification strategy that folded multiple modes such as rail and barge into GE’s portfolio of suppliers. In 2012 Vikash created the strategy on how to execute the largest transportation move in North American history, which included over 20,000 super-load category moves via road, rail and barge. It was by far the largest execution ever attempted and successfully executed in heavy haul history. He attributes this milestone to the numerous GE colleagues who supported this initiative and the dedicated group of GE suppliers that executed flawlessly.

Vikash began his logistics career working for Ryder Integrated Logistics after graduating from the University of Tennessee with majors in both economics and philosophy. He began with Ryder supporting the dispatching department. He later moved on to manage a fleet of over-the-road drivers transporting over-dimensional (OD) cargo. During his tenure there he was able to increase utilization on equipment by over 15 percent and kept driver retention at a shocking 90 percent. In that role he learned the value of relationship-building to drive actionable change.

In 2003 he left Ryder for an opportunity to attend the Norfolk Southern Operations Management Program. There he spent nearly 75 percent of his time in the field. That role taught him the inner workings of the railroad and gave him a respect for vast breadth of people that make transport execution possible.

In late 2012 Vikash began Logisticus Project Group. Along with him came two former General Electric employees who brought excellent logistics knowledge and a focus on quality execution. The mission of LPG is to provide the customer quality, service and value in all facets of logistics execution. In addition, the company is heavily invested in technological tools that provide consistent execution and real-time customer notification.

Mihir Patel

Director, Government Affairs & Planning

Mihir Patel provides customers with made-to-order plans on all aspects of risk and mitigation for successful delivery of components. His keen sense of detail, knowledge of transportation laws and contacts within government entities enables him to quickly and efficiently get super loads moving toward their final destination. He has 7+ years' experience with GE Energy and has successfully delivered over 6,500 turbines to project sites throughout North and South America. He has personally visited and presented to over 40 of the 48 mainland states on super load movements as the industry expert. He has a passion for working on creative solutions to solve problems. His ability to role up his sleeves and understand the challenge full-scope makes him extremely powerful in creating solutions.

Mihir Graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a dual degree in Supply Chain Information Systems and Economics.

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