Member and Endorsed Supplier Joint Session
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Colonel Joe Ricciardi, PhD
Vice President of Operations
Supply and Equipment Foodservice Alliance (SEFA)
Army Colonel Joe Ricciardi’s experiences over three combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq led him to ask, “Does love play a role in leadership?” His follow-up research has shown that the three factors of love – intimacy, passion and commitment – display a strong positive correlation to leadership. In his emotional and dynamic presentation, you will hear about the way you can use love to become a better leader. He will share his personal story that led to seminal research on love and leadership. He will show how intimacy, passion and commitment can have a long-lasting impact on the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of an organization.
Joe has a Bachelors of Science degree in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.B.A. from Purdue University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from The United States Army War College and a PhD from Benedictine University in Values Driven Leadership.
Joe is a decorated Army Veteran who has served more than 26 years both in the reserves and on active duty. He deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq, most recently leading an 1,100-soldier task force responsible for finding and neutralizing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in southern Afghanistan. Joe’s military awards include three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, The Army and Navy Commendation Medals and the Combat Action Badge. He is a graduate of both the Airborne and Air Assault schools. His current Army Reserve assignment is Commander, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Ft Shafter Flats, Hawaii.
Joe resides in Valparaiso, IN, with his wife and best friend Kelly and children Giuseppe (16) and Giavanna (13). Joe has extensive experience in supply chain management, marketing analytics and sales management.