The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) recently named Tamara Palefsky of United States Cold Storage the winner of its 2021 Global NextGen Award, which recognizes outstanding young professionals in the world’s cold chain industry.
“I am impressed and inspired by the dedication of the emerging leaders within the cold chain,” said Matthew Ott, president and CEO of GCCA. “Congratulations to Tamara on this recognition in what was one of our strongest Global NextGen classes to date.”
Among other eligibility requirements for the award, finalists must demonstrate excellence in their work; the potential to excel further in many facets within the industry; and insight into their organizations’ strategic values, direction, policies, and ways of working, GCCA said.
Candidates for the NextGen award were nominated by national refrigerated warehousing organizations to compete virtually for the global award. In addition to Palefsky, finalists included:
Africa (South Africa) | 2021 GCCA Africa Future Leader Award recipient
Mandisa Pakamisa, CCS Logistics
Australia | 2021 RWTA Frank Vale Award recipient
Liam Neilly, Lineage Logistics
Brazil | 2021 GCCA Brazil Future Leader Award recipient
Murilo Migliorucci, SuperFrio Logistic Frigorigicada
Europe (Spain) | 2021 GCCA Europe Future Leader Award recipient
Alejandro Delgado, Americold Logistics
Latin America (Uruguay) 2021 GCCA Latin America Future Leader Award recipient
Mauricio Chiossoni, Polo Logistico de Frio Uruguay
North America (United States) | 2021 GCCA Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recipient
Tamara Palefsky, United States Cold Storage
As part of the selection process, each nominee was interviewed and judged by a panel of industry leaders from around the world. Candidates were evaluated on their knowledge level of the industry, track record of excellence, communication skills and leadership skills. In addition, each candidate delivered a 10-minute presentation to the panel of judges virtually.