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Logistics entrepreneur helps UNT meet $100,000 fundraising goal for event

UNT's logistics program recently wrapped up a fundraising challenge, thanks to help from entrepreneur William “Bill” LaMothe, PGL chairman of the board. LaMothe, a founding board member of the UNT program and longtime university supporter, agreed to match all donations to the logistics program, up to $50,000, as part of UNT’s fifth Annual Transportation Breakfast and Byron Nelson Open House this May.

“This event was among our most successful, and a major part of that was Bill LaMothe’s generous effort to spur the DFW logistics community toward supporting the future of logistics education,” says David Nowicki, the new director of UNT’s Center for Logistics Education and Research, which hosts the event.

LaMothe’s son Beau LaMothe, chief sales and marketing officer for PGL, also is an avid UNT supporter and currently sits on the College of Business advisory board and is a recipient of UNT’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The event attracted more than 200 guests, who tuned in for an expert lecture from John Sharp, group president for TFD Group Companies, on the future of logistics technology. A key message in Sharp’s talk was the integration of new software that can interpret data and report on product integrity for goods like vaccines, electronics and food.

It’s a change, Sharp says, that will “give freight a voice” and allow companies to know, in real time, exactly what’s happening to goods -- enabling immediate updates on whether its products are meeting temperature, package handling and other standards.

Following the program at the Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters in Irving, attendees joined the LaMothe family at their home for an afternoon of networking and access to the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. The golf tournament will move in 2018 from the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving to Trinity Forest Golf Club, located five miles from downtown Dallas. The Center for Logistics Education and Research is working with the LaMothe family and PGL to create a new event for subsequent years.