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All Things Nexterus
President & CEO
Sam Polakoff is the President, CEO and third-generation owner of Nexterus Inc. Since his start in 1975, Sam has played an integral role in transforming Nexterus into a supply chain engineering and technology firm helping small and mid-sized companies to strategically position themselves for growth. During his tenure with Nexterus, Sam has expanded the company’s service portfolio by launching the following divisions: Information Technology, Sales & Marketing, International Transportation Management, Freight Payment and Supply Chain Services. Sam also conceived and launched Nexterus Franchising.
Sam has spoken and conducted workshops around the country. He has been a guest lecturer at many area colleges including York College, Salisbury University, Shippensburg University, The University of Baltimore and Towson University. Sam is a former adjunct faculty member at Penn State – York and his alma mater, Towson University. At Towson University, Sam served as chairman of the Advisory Board for the College of Business & Economics and taught “The CEO Simulation, a course he designed for advanced business students aspiring to run a company shortly after graduation. Sam graduated from Towson University in 1986 with a degree in Marketing.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys writing. He is the award-winning author of the sci-fi thrillers, Hiatus, Shaman, and Escaping Mercy. Sam also wrote a children’s book entitled, “A Christmas Tale,” 100% of the proceeds of which support glaucoma research and education.
Chief Operating Officer
Ryan Polakoff is the Chief Operating Officer for Nexterus Inc and oversees the day-to-day operations. Ryan’s direct areas of oversight include Domestic Operations, International Operations, Customer Service, Sourcing/Procurement, Sales, Account Management, Franchising and Marketing. As the fourth generation of the Polakoff family, Ryan has worked in and around the family business his entire life. Starting in 2003, Ryan has worked every desk at the company to truly learn the business from the ground up. As a “what is possible?” leader, Ryan thrives in difficult situations- He enjoys dissecting complex issues, designing solutions and implementing actionable results.
Ryan enjoys public speaking, having guest lectured at several area colleges and is a recurring guest lecturer at Towson University and York College. Ryan studied at Shippensburg University with a primary concentration in Supply Chain Management and a secondary concentration in Marketing. Ryan was also a board member for the University’s Logistics Club. In his free time, Ryan enjoys losing golf balls and spending time with family & friends.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Reifsnyder is a finance and accounting professional with over 15 years of experience as the Chief Financial Officer for various supply chain, logistics, and distribution companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.
As CFO, Scott is responsible for guiding all financial operations including financial reporting, budgeting and analysis, accounts receivable and payable, purchasing, payroll and human resources. Prior to working with Nexterus, Scott was the CFO of Cryo-Trans, a fast-growing supply chain logistics and transportation provider to many Fortune 500 food manufacturers. Earlier in his career, Scott was the CFO of B. Green & Co., a privately held distributor with six wholesale and retail locations. Throughout his employment history, Scott has managed various corporate departments including Accounting, Treasury, HR, IT and Property Management. His strongest skills lie in creating organization, establishing consistency across financial disciplines, controlling costs, designing and implementing accounting systems, solving problems and strategic planning. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University.
J. Todd Jennings
Chief Innovation Officer
J. Todd Jennings, the Chief Innovation Officer, brings 30 years of technology and business management leadership experience, specifically in Information Technology crossing over many industries to Nexterus.
Todd has provided high-level organizational and technology roadmaps, technical assessments, design, and consulting services to the organizational C-Suite.
Some of the projects Todd has worked on have included real-time integration of multiple applications, databases, manufacturing devices, healthcare devices, controls, and mobile applications, design and development of high-end financial/business applications, healthcare applications, e-commerce, network infrastructure and high-end compliance and security assessments/programs.
Todd’s leadership roles have involved project teams in the creation of IT management, staffing, budget and technology plans, organizational assessments, cybersecurity and compliance plans, workflow and process flow analysis, business analysis documents, disaster recovery plans, business plans, feasibility studies, ROI analysis, maintenance and operations support plans.
Todd is a U.S. Navy veteran and a competitive triathlete completing 26 Ironman triathlons and is an Ironman World Championship finisher.