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 author of the sci-fi thrillers, Hiatus and Shaman. Sam also wrote a children’s book entitled, “A Christmas Tale,” 100% of the proceeds of which support glaucoma research and education.
CFOScott Reifsnyder is a finance and accounting professional with over 12 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.
Vice President, Sales & MarketingRyan Polakoff is a supply chain professional with 15 years of experience in sales, supply chain optimization, logistics operations, marketing and project management. Ryan oversees the Corporate Sales, Marketing and Strategic Account Management teams and is the head of Franchise Development. As the fourth-generation of the Polakoff family, Ryan has worked in and around the family business his entire life. His greatest skills, however, lie in sales and marketing management, new business development, lead generation, new product/service development and strategic planning. 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.
Ryan enjoys public speaking, having guest lectured at several area colleges and is a recurring guest lecturer at Towson University and York College. He is an avid networker and regularly attends business seminars and related events. Ryan is also an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).