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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.
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.
Manager of Strategic Accounts
Chris Schramm is the Manager of Strategic Accounts and oversees all account management staff and functions both internally and externally. Chris came to Nexterus with over 15 years of experience in sales, sales management, and account management over multiple disciplines. He has transitioned these skills to diagnose client expectations and deliver a world class experience for all Nexterus partnerships. Chris’s leadership continues to develop a growing team of customer centric account managers, with a continuous goal of exceeding expectations and client satisfaction.
Chris studied at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Management. Chris is happily married to his wife Stefanie and has 3 boys, CJ, Max, and Luke. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing sports, camping, fishing, shooting, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Domestic Operations
Lisa Flohr is the Director of Domestic Operations and oversees the domestic customer service department, which includes Less-Than-Truck Load (LTL), Truckload (TL) and any special service that Nexterus’ clients require. She also oversees the claims department. Lisa is incredibly proud of her teams and their continuous mission to provide an above & beyond customer service experience to all clients. She joined the company in 1999, and uses her experience to grow, teach and motivate other Nexterians.
Lisa is happily married to her husband, Steve. They’ve raised 4 sons together and now are grandparents to 11 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends in Delaware, boating and going to the beach.
Manager of Audit & Solutions Departments
Tina Grove is the Manager of Nexterus’ Audit & Solutions departments. Tina started with Nexterus in 2019, in the Solutions group as a Supply Chain Analyst, and brings 20+ years of supply chain experience to the company. Over her career, she has worked in different facets of manufacturing & logistics for other York County, PA companies. This experience and knowledge has created a solid foundation for leading her teams here at Nexterus which provide support in client solutions, carrier relations, freight audit & payment processing, among other critical operational functions.
Tina immensely enjoys the outdoors and in her free time, enjoys hiking, gardening and being active. Tina also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
National Sales Manager
Kevin Phelan is the National Sales Manager and oversees the National Sales Team. Kevin’s direct reports reside in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and the Greater Philadelphia areas. Kevin began his career at Nexterus in 2017, as an Account Executive, bringing over 14 years of sales experience from the home improvement/remodeling industry. Kevin enjoys training his team on the proper sales approach and how that is accomplished in the supply chain industry.
Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, Robin, and sons, Brady and Drew. He is an avid golfer and a true sports enthusiast. He also loves catching up with friends in his spare time.
International Operations Officer
Peggy Stewart is the International Operations Officer, managing the day-to-day operations of the International Department, including import, export & customs brokerage. Peggy has been in the international arena for 40+ years and obtained her Customs Broker’s License in 1987. She has worked for different forwarders over the years but feels that Nexterus is home & family to her. Peggy joined Nexterus in 2012.
Peggy spends her free-time re-training & showing her retired racehorse, Roan, as well as spending time with her 2 pups.