Samuel K. Skinner

Samuel K. Skinner has had a distinguished career in both the governmental and private sectors.  As Of Counsel to the firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, he consults with clients in a variety of areas including strategizing on complex litigation matters, state and federal regulatory matters, governmental matters, transportation issues and corporate governance. 

Mr. Skinner is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Corporation, one of the nation's leading transportation and logistics companies.  During each year that he served as CEO, the company was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of America's most admired companies.  He also served from 1993-1998 as President of Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company Unicom Corporation, one of the country's largest utilities.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Edison, Mr. Skinner served as Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush.  As Chief of Staff, he coordinated the activities of numerous cabinet departments and administrative agencies reporting to the President.  Prior to his White House Service, he served in the President's Cabinet for nearly three years as Secretary of Transportation. In that capacity, he served as Chief Executive Officer of a Department with a budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of 105,000 people.  As Secretary, Mr. Skinner was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the development and passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation.  He also developed our country's "Open Skies" policy which liberalized U.S. international aviation policy and significantly increased the number of international flights to and from the U.S.  In addition, Mr. Skinner acted as the President's point person in numerous crisis situations, including the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Eastern Airlines strike, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the northern California earthquake, Hurricane Hugo, and the 1991 national rail strike.  Washingtonian magazine twice gave Mr. Skinner its highest ranking for his performance as Secretary of Transportation and he has also received numerous awards from the transportation industry.

Mr. Skinner has spent more than 20 years in the legal profession.  In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford appointed him the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, one of the few career prosecutors ever to hold that position.  In this position, he managed one of the Department of Justice's largest and most respected field offices.  While in the U.S. Attorney's office, Mr. Skinner investigated and successfully litigated various complex financial fraud, official corruption, and civil rights cases, including the trial of United States Circuit Judge Otto Kerner.  He also was in private practice at two large Chicago law firms where he held positions of leadership.

While practicing law, Mr. Skinner also served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois, the nation's second largest mass transportation district.  In this capacity, he developed the RTA's first strategic plan that was used as a blueprint for a multi-billion dollar service expansion and capital development program.

Upon graduation from college, Mr. Skinner held various sales and management positions with the IBM Corporation where he was selected as one of their three Outstanding Salesmen of the Year Nationwide in 1967.

Mr. Skinner served as an adjunct Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he taught a course on leadership.

On April 1, 2005, Mr. Skinner was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.  The Commission is charged with making determinations regarding which of the nation's more than 400 military facilities will remain active and which will be closed.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, 2005
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Virgin America
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Member, Board of Directors, Darley Corporation
  • Member, Board of Directors, APAC Customer Services, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Compliance Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Compensation and Nominating Committees
  • Member, numerous charitable/not-for-profit organizations
  • Former Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Former Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • Past Distinguished Lecturer and Holder of the Poling Chair, Government and Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient, numerous honorary degrees
  • Member, Leading Lawyers Network
  • Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2008
  • Recipient, Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
  • Recipient, Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo Award (Scouting's highest award)
  • Received student pilot's license in 1957 and today is a jet-certified pilot

Military Background

  • Lieutenant and tank platoon leader, United States Army, 1960-1961
  • Honors graduate, Armor Officers Basic Course, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1960


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1966
    • DePaul Law Review
    • Named Outstanding Alumnus
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1960
    • Named Outstanding Alumnus

Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois

Join us for the Great Lakes Chapter’s First Anniversary Celebration! 

A Golf Outing (our first) will be held at the Geneva National Golf Club on the Palmer Course in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 
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Networking and Dinner will be held at the historic Abbey Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Negotiated room rate: $189 per night. Rate code: NDIA Great Lakes Chapter. In addition, the Abbey Resort is offering a 20% discount at their Spa exclusively for the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Guests. Please ask for details when you make your reservation.  Call 1-800-709-1323 then press #2. (Rates and rooms post July 13 will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Guest room rate does not include taxes.)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
9:00 am - Golf
5:00 pm - Networking Reception (Cash bar)
6:30 pm - Dinner and Program

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