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The born logistician

Brian Gottlieb, BComm 08
By Damon van der Linde

50 under 50: Corporate leadership

Brian Gottlieb, BComm 08 “The different business classes I took at the John Molson School of Business allowed me to confront the challenges of this international business.”

No workday is the same for Brian Gottlieb at ITN Logistics, where he runs a team that works on every detail of shipments travelling by land, sea and air, being delivered around the corner or around the world.

“It’s fast-paced and always keeps you on your toes,” says Gottlieb a company partner based in Montreal.

“I could be dealing with a problem related to a shipment, going through business opportunities with our sales team, or having operations meetings with our export team to ensure we are up to date on all of our customers.”

Though some might find this stressful, Gottlieb says he feels comfortable with the work, in part because he is the fourth generation in his family to work in the shipping business.

“The logistics industry is in my DNA. My family had a business in the forwarding industry, but an opportunity came along to be a part of a restructuring plan at ITN and that's why I’m here,” says Gottlieb.

Concordia’s career influence

“The different business classes I took allowed me to confront the challenges of this international business.”

Proudest career moment

“Being given the opportunity to be part of this growing company. I've already grown the branch from a dozen people to almost 26 at this point.

“Logistics is one of the most important aspects of the economy. It’s constantly evolving and interacting with customers, agents and partners from around the world is really fascinating.”

Biggest career challenge

“I think the biggest challenge is ensuring your employees are engaged, that they continue to be motivated and eager to excel within their jobs. You need to provide opportunities at your company. Retaining employees is a challenge in a very competitive marketplace.”

Best career advice

“You have to love what you do. If you love the field of business you’re in, or the job that you’re doing, then there’s no longer a job. It’s second nature.”

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