Co-Founder & CEO, SimpliShip
Cory has over 14 years of experience in end to end Supply Chain Management with a focus in Logistics at global brands such as Adidas and Reebok. He has worked with companies of all different sizes designing SCM infrastructures and processes to ensure world class service and superior ROI. He holds a BSBA in Operations & Quality Management from Merrimack College, MS in Operations Design & Leadership from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is an active mentor in the startup community.
Cory is an end to end Supply Chain expert that is passionate about moving the industry forward with technology. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of SimpliShip, a published author, inventor, and mentor to both tech and young professionals.
My personal aspirations include: carving out time to enjoy by myself and being a great family member. I have two nephews who I hope will continue to always look up to me and I hope in turn I can make their life enjoyable.
My business aspirations are straightforward. I want to be the best leader and listener all while pushing the industry forward.
So far, it’s co-founding SimpliShip. It’s a constant grind and has allowed me to become an overall better person. I feel as though I’ve been fairly successful on the corporate side but I don’t even consider that an accomplishment when compared to starting your own company.
I was born with one hand. I was lucky enough to have a family that challenged me rather than tried to solve my challenges for me. It taught me a lot especially in terms of when someone says you can’t do something. It’s fun to prove them wrong.
I don’t really have one. I just try everyday to push the limits all while not compromising on who I am and what I stand for.
I grew up looking up to Jim Abbott who was a one-handed pitcher. He was an idol of mine. I also really looked up to Roberto Carlos who in my mind was the best defender of all time. I also have a few mentors in my life that have shaped me to be who I am today. Last but not least, my dad and grandfather who both grew up poor and made an amazing life for me.
Sounds a bit cliché but my daily goal is to learn something new.
I usually think a lot about tech in terms of Supply Chain and how we can fix some of the industry’s biggest challenges.
I try really hard to get a workout in before the day starts…it’s challenging to say the least.
Try to help someone out by making intros. It’s quick and networking is powerful.
Have some fun!
My Pic of the Day:
I spend a lot of time on Cape Cod. It’s an amazing place to just relax or go fishing which is what I do in my spare time. I also grew up playing soccer and although I don’t play anymore I love watching the Premier League.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Boston is an amazing city. It has everything I look for and love in a city. We have the best sports teams in the world, a perfect size in terms of not being too overwhelming like NYC, great food and lots of bars. The only drawback? Try dealing with winter in a city like Boston…that’s a challenge!
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I keep it pretty simple just eggs, fruit, and coffee/tea.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Hopefully working out
10:00 AM – Crushing emails.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Light lunch so I can continue on with my day
7:00 PM – Wrapping things up or taking calls with Asia.
11:00 PM – fast asleep…hopefully!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Water. And, tons of it!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
All sorts of communication apps like wechat. I don’t really use insta at all.
What should everyone try at least once?
Downtime. I think it’s really underrated especially for those that are starting or already started a company. Take a day off and enjoy things. Some of the most creative ideas and solutions to problems are solved this way. Then again is that really a day off?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
On the ocean. Although, not really lost but more exploring.
My Native AdVice:
How did you get into the industry?
I am probably in the minority here but since undergrad I fell in love with Supply Chain Management (SCM). I started off as an Industrial Engineer and SCM was a natural fit. It’s starting to become a sexier industry but when I started it wasn’t about that it was more of making an enormous impact on the customer and bottom line.
Career advice to those in your industry?
Build a network as soon as possible. In SCM specifically I’d highly recommend that you become a generalist and understand how all of the functions are dependent on one another. We have far too many experts in specific areas that do not fully understand how the entire Supply Chain works.
Any emerging industry trends?
Tech in general will have the largest impact on SCM. Try not to get caught up in all emerging tech but really focus on the challenges that you are trying to solve.
Ideal experience for a customer/client?
Tech can be really confusing to SCM operators. Make it easy and solve their challenges just like any other industry.
How do you motivate others?
Vision is something that needs to be shared openly with your team. Generally speaking, SCM can be a bit archaic. So, take your vision and how you are going to change the industry and keep talking about it with your team and customers. It’s energizing!