March 26, 2015

noel-massie-awardThe Drucker School’s new Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University will honor Noel Massie, President of UPS’ Southern California District, as the inaugural recipient of the Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management.

The honor will be presented at the 2015 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on April 23 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. The event will bring together experts and professionals in the field from six Southern California counties to discuss the issues that face one of the region’s signature industries. The event is co-hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University.

Massie, who has worked at UPS for 38 years, manages a $3.7 billion business unit employing over 20,000 people and serving over 150,000 customers daily. He oversees all operations, customer relations, and revenue management in Hawaii, Southern California and southern Nevada.

The inaugural Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management honors Drucker’s “Spirit of Performance” in management to a business leader who:

  1. Exhibits high levels of integrity in moral and ethical conduct;
  2. Focuses on results;
  3. Builds on strengths;
  4. Leads beyond borders to meet the requirements of stakeholders;
  5. Ultimately, serves the common good.

“This year’s honoree embodies all of these principles and is a shining example of excellence in management within the logistics and supply chain industry,” says Drucker School Dean Larry Crosby. “As a key leader within this industry, Noel’s influence stretches across Southern California and beyond.”

Massie began his UPS career in 1977 as a part-time package handler while attending college. In 1980, he was promoted into management where he held a variety of positions across the country, including delivery operations, engineering, learning and development, and in UPS’ corporate office in Atlanta. He has served as a president for various business units since 1997.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Massie serves as Board Chair to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Urban League and the World Trade Week Committee in Los Angeles. He also sits on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and he serves on the Audit Committee of the Annenberg Foundation.

In 2014 Massie was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Southern California by the Orange County Register. He also received the 2013 Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award from the March of Dimes; the 2012 Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Community Leadership Award by Florida A&M University and the 2010 Arrowhead Distinguished Officer Award by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

Organizations supporting the Supply Chain Summit include the Distribution Management Association of Southern California, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – Southern California Roundtable, Inland Empire Logistics Council, FuturePorts, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, LAEDC, Mobility 21, Orange County Business Council, San Diego Regional EDC and San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.


Peter Drucker was an American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education, and invented the concept known as management by objectives. He has been described as “the founder of modern management.”

Drucker developed one of the country’s first executive MBA programs for working professionals in the 1970s at Claremont Graduate University. From 1971 until his death, he taught at the school and it was named the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management in his honor in 1987. Drucker taught his last class in 2002 at age 92 and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush that year. He continued to act as a consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations well into his nineties. Drucker died of natural causes at age 95. But his philosophies on excellence in management live on.


The Drucker School of Management’s new Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University aims to develop and enhance effective leadership in the supply chain sector. The Center will offer a rich mix of programs, forums and courses that focus on the top issues facing supply chains and their constituent entities. The Center’s Responsible Management approach draws heavily on the principles and values of Peter Drucker, which stress customer and employee focus, social responsibility, fostering innovation, and achieving financial results.


The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is the largest economic development organization in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, representing more than 50 major employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Through the organization’s Business, Logistics, Education and Health Care councils, the IEEP works to make the Inland Empire a more attractive place for businesses by enhancing the overall quality of life for its 4.3 million residents.

More information, including RSVP registration and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website,