The Pro Action Group Team Bios

Jay Hirst jhirst@proactiongroup.com (708) 565-4922

Jay, a supply chain and logistics consultant for ProAction, leads clients through complex distribution network design, transportation and warehouse improvement projects. As part of this, Jay has also served as an expert witness in legal cases surrounding the transportation industry. Jay has been involved in the transportation and logistics industry continuously since 1974, having held positions in Operations, Marketing, Sales, Pricing, Regional, District, Division, National and International Executive levels as Trainee, Operations Officer, Sales Representative; Pricing General Manager, General Manager, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President for rail, third and fourth party logistics organizations (including the management of over 4M square feet of distribution facilities in 6 countries), and transcontinental motor carriers.


Since 1999, when he joined Ernst & Young LLP as a Director of their Global Supply Chain practice, Jay has been involved in research and analysis of the logistics industry. Over the past 15 years, he has performed assignments and engagements with nearly 50 clients in areas including distribution network and facility design, inventory and private fleet rationalization, transportation and warehouse negotiations and distribution planning for The ProAction Group.

Jay holds a Master Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University with an additional Transportation Post Graduate Certification from Northwestern University.