David welcomes Peter Bayer Jr. to the podcast. Pete is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Penske Logistics. He is also the recipient of the Silver Star while serving in the United States Army during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he helped develop the strategy that brought down the regime in Baghdad. Pete joined Penske Logistics in 2014 where he leads numerous warehousing and transportation operations across the U.S. In part one, Pete shares how he ‘stumbled’ upon a 30+ year career in the Army, the importance of culture in the military, and how the Army’s 7 values guide soldiers and leaders to do what is right on a day to day basis within their career.
About Peter Bayer: Pete joined Penske Logistics in February of 2014 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations leading the company Distribution Center Management team. Based in Reading Pennsylvania, he leads a team of over 5,500 associates providing world-class warehouse and transportation services to over 60 customers operating 64 warehouses with over 22 million square feet of capacity across the U.S. while also leading warehouse new business development. He has previously served as Director of Customer Operations for Cardinal Health and Vice President Operations for the Northeast and Midwest South areas.
Prior to joining Penske, Pete proudly served over 29 years as a Soldier in the United States Army in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and the Middle East. He has extensive leadership experience at the tactical, operational and strategic levels and spent the majority of his career in operations and training with duty in multiple Armor and Cavalry units in Germany and the United States including four post 9/11 operational and combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq. Pete was the 61st Colonel of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment commanding the Blackhorse during combat operations in Mosul Iraq in 2005. Other career highlights include service as the commander of the 2nd Battalion 69th Armor at Fort Benning Georgia and during Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait and G3 Operations Officer of the 3rd Infantry Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As a General Officer he served as the Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox Kentucky, Chief of Staff of I Corps and Fort Lewis Washington and Chief of Staff of Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad in 2009-10. His final assignments as a Major General were as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for the U.S. Army on the Army Staff in the Pentagon and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, NATO.
Pete earned an M.S. in Marketing from Lehigh University in 1984 as well as a Masters in Security Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2004.