The Center’s professional staff has a combined 55+ years of experience in business and government, bringing decades of experience in solving real-world logistics challenges and understanding trends to capture opportunities.
Matt Markham is the Director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, which helps companies take advantage of the state’s world-class logistics industry, so that they can improve supply chain efficiencies, support growth, and increase global competitiveness. Matt brings to the position more than a decade of experience in transportation policy at the state of Georgia, having served in leadership roles at the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the State Road and Tollway Authority, and as a policy advisor to Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University.
Sandy Lake is the Associate Director for the Center of Innovation for Logistics. Sandy leads the Center’s effort to connect the industry with Georgia’s logistics technology experts who can assist companies with determining where to invest in and deploy technology to strategically enhance their competitiveness. She also focuses on developing key relationships with logistics education and research partners to advance workforce competitiveness and innovation and leads the Georgia Logistics Workforce Alliance that enables companies to easily connect with the right resources for attracting and retaining the talent they need for advancing the industry.
Sandy is a Certified Supply Chain Professional and currently serves on advisory boards for the Technology Association of Georgia’s Supply Chain and Logistics Society and Clayton State’s Supply Chain Council.
Emily Butler is the Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics and is based in the Center’s Savannah office. As Industry Coordinator, Emily manages industry connections and serves as the interface for a wide range of projects, including several with the Georgia Ports Authority. She also manages the Center’s research tools and is responsible for compiling data for the monthly Logistics Market Snapshot and Regional Facts Sheets, as well as providing freight rate analysis.
Prior to joining the Center, Emily worked with Total Quality Logistics for five years where she managed a wide book of business and worked with customers and carriers on a daily basis, negotiating services, needs, and costs. Emily graduated from Miami University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Jane Jordan is the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator for the Center of Innovation for Logistics. Mrs. Jordan has a well-rounded 30+ year career having previously worked at the Georgia Ports Authority, in banking management, and in a law and property management firm. Jane manages the administrative activities of the Center, including customer service, scheduling, and procurement.