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Improving End-to-End Efficiency with Visibility While Goods are in Transit
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Improving End-to-End Efficiency with Visibility While Goods are in Transit

Savi Technology uses live streaming facts and analytics about the location, condition, and security of in-transit goods to equip shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and governments with actionable insights to optimize supply chains, reducing costs and inventory. Savi supports complex supply chain networks for large CPG, Pharma, the DoD and over a dozen government agencies around the globe.

Vicki Warker is the Chief Marketing Officer of Savi Technology where she designs and implements marketing strategies and programs that drive revenue growth for the company’s live streaming, in-transit visibility solutions while positioning the company for expansion into the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Vicki has more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience working with leading satellite and telecommunications companies. Prior to joining Savi she worked for O3b Networks where she was VP of Marketing and played a key role in helping the company become the fastest growing satellite operator in history prior to the company’s sale to SES. Warker also held senior executive positions overseeing product management and development, offer development, customer experience and marketing for both satellite operator Intelsat and Sprint.

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Supply Chain Planning Process Transformation – A BP Fuels North America Case Study

  • Successful planning process transformation using Integrated Business Planning (IBP)
  • Scaling regional IBP processes into one process serving all North America
  • Tangible and intangible benefits of a successful IBP process
  • Key success factors for sustaining the process through change management, process development and continuous improvement

Cheryl McKinney
VP Strategy and Portfolio at BP Fuels North America

As a member of the leadership team of one of BP’s largest refining and marketing businesses, Cheryl McKinney is accountable for strategy, investment, and business development across North America. Her remit includes the BP refineries in Toledo, Ohio, Whiting, Indiana, and Bellingham, Washington, as well as the BP U.S. Pipelines business, and the BP North American Sales and Marketing businesses, which carry both the BP and Arco/ampm brands. Cheryl serves as President of the holding company for the BP-Husky joint venture at the Toledo Refinery and an Executive Committee Member for the Advance Biofuels Association. She serves as executive sponsor for BP’s corporate relationship with the Society of Women Engineers, and the BP Chicago Women’s business resource group.

Robert Hirschey
Principal at Oliver Wight Americas Inc.

Robert Hirschey has nearly 25 years of experience in a diverse background including strategy development, execution, and measurement; business planning and analysis; capital investment analysis; mergers and acquisitions, and various corporate development activities. Bob’s experience extends to the private label consumer products industry, where he helped start up a new division for a company in the disposable personal care products business. Bob has held positions such as VP, Finance & Planning; VP, Finance and Administration; VP, Strategy; VP, Corporate Development; and CFO. Bob’s experience from executive suite to plant management makes him uniquely qualified to lead organizations through their business process transformation initiatives. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA in general management from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Streaming Data to Improve Visibility in Your Supply Chain
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Streaming Data to Improve Visibility in Your Supply Chain

By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things. A tidal wave of raw data is about to deliver as much information as anyone could ever want, provided it can be processed and understood in time to making informed decisions. In this short video, Jim Hayden, Savi Technology’s EVP of Products, will talk about how streaming data and machine learning can work together to equip supply chain executives with powerful new tools to leverage the enhanced visibility the Internet of Things can deliver.

Savi Technology uses live streaming facts and analytics about the location, condition, and security of in-transit goods to equip shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and governments with actionable insights to optimize supply chains, reducing costs and inventory. Savi supports complex supply chain networks for large CPG, Pharma, the DoD and over a dozen government agencies around the globe.

LIFE SCIENCES, MANUFACTURING, SUPPLY CHAIN

Interview – Frank McCrady, President/CEO of EMCID


With nearly 30 years of experience in economic development and banking, Frank McCrady has spent 14 of those years as EMCID’s President and CEO, elevating East Montgomery County through strategic planning to a community ready for growth. Under his leadership, development has soared and sales tax revenue for the 158-square mile improvement district has increased by more than 200 percent, from $2.5 million in 2002 to $7.7 million in 2015. Current retail and entertainment projects underway stand to further financial success for the District and the community in the form of job creation, additional business recruiting tools, expanded services, community grants and scholarships for local youth.

McCrady was elected in November 2015 to serve as the Western Region Director of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. The SEDC is comprised of 17 states in the southern United States and the District of Columbia. As Western Region Director, McCrady will lend a strong voice for economic leadership to Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. This is the second time McCrady has been elected to the position; he served a one-year term in 2008.

Prior to taking over the leadership position at EMCID, McCrady served as the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for Salt Lake City, the Executive Director of the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation and as Operations Manager of Riggs National Bank in Washington, D.C. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years.

McCrady graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Finance and Banking. He received his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. McCrady also attended the United States Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS and took the Advanced Operations and Warfighter course, completed studies at the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania, and he took on additional coursework at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

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Discover the ROI of Operational Excellence: An Executive Discussion

In this keynote presentation at NAMES17, Phil McIntyre, Managing Director of Client Development for Performance Solutions by Milliken, shares his experience with making the most out of a lean journey.

Phil McIntyre has been with Milliken over 29 years in leadership roles encompassing both the business and manufacturing arenas. He successfully led several business units within Milliken & Company to profitable growth and financial sustainability, as well as the Performance Products Division Milliken Performance System implementation. Phil was Director of Cost Improvement, and he also spent time as the Pursuit of Excellence Director responsible for integrating customer needs with manufacturing and business capability. Early in his career, Phil worked in several different manufacturing locations for Milliken & Company across the southeast. He credits this early diversity in job responsibility and scope as the beginning of his in-depth knowledge of continuous improvement, his appreciation for sustainable, empowered safety processes and systems, and the criticality of establishing the right financial metrics to drive the right behavior.

Working With Organized Labor to Build Better Businesses Together
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Working With Organized Labor to Build Better Businesses Together


In this interview Shawn Otto, Beam Suntory’s Regional Human Resources and Labor Relations Director, answers questions related to his recent presentation at the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit:

Working With Organized Labor to Build Better Businesses Together

  • Offering an overview of the realities of manufacturing with a unionized workforce
  • Understanding what corporate leadership, shopfloor management, union leadership, and the frontline workers all want and need from one another in a healthy working environment
  • Discussing common stumbling blocks and points of conflict between parties in search of common goals: How do you find win-win scenarios out of what at first seemed to be zero-sum games?
  • Demonstrating that coordination, communication, and cooperation can build competitive advantage through improved productivity and performance
  • What can we do today that we could not do yesterday, and what are we going to be able to do tomorrow that we cannot do today?

Shawn Otto is responsible for Labor Relations and Human Resources for all of Beam Suntory’s Kentucky manufacturing facilities including Clermont, Boston, Frankfort, and Loretto sites. Prior to joining Beam Suntory, Shawn worked for the Ford Motor Company for twenty years in roles of increasing responsibility in and out of the United States in both Labor Relations and Human Resources. Shawn completed a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Louisville, during which time he held a full-time position at General Electric for three years.

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Interview – Shane Yount on Leadership, Performance, and Developing Your Team

 

Shane Yount, Principal and Author with Competitive Solutions, sat down for a few minutes at the 2017 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit. Be sure to also watch Shane’s full workshop presentation, “Business Bootcamp – Driving Greater Execution, Engagement, and Ultimately Earnings!” for more insights.

Shane A. Yount is a nationally recognized author, consultant, and principal of Competitive Solutions, Inc., an international Business Transformation consulting and software firm. Shane’s team pioneered the acclaimed organizational governance system known as Process Based Leadership® (PBL) – A robust governance methodology designed to create a sustainable cadence of clarity, connectivity, and consistency. Shane’s ability to diagnose inefficient governance models and quickly design and deploy solutions that accelerate and amplify team performance has made him and his firm long-term partners with such organizations as Genentech, Pfizer, Alcon, Roche, GSK, Meridian Medical Technologies, and many others. Since 1991, Shane has led the offices of Competitive Solutions, Inc. while publishing three best-selling business novels. His latest novel, Leading Your Business Forward is required reading within many leadership development curriculums being taught within industry today.

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Interview: What Are Supply Chain Executives Talking About at NASCES16?

We interviewed Todd Fain, Transportation Impact’s VP of Freight Services, on some of the supply chain trends he discussed at the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit.

Transportation Impact, a 4-time Inc. 5000 company, comes from humble beginnings. In 2008, Keith Byrd and Travis Burt, both then senior-level managers at UPS, left the world’s largest shipping company after nearly two decades, respectively, to launch their own start-up with the mission of providing clients with the most competitive small package contracts in the country.

Then, the company’s original headquarters was nothing more than a table and chairs in the 10×20 storage closet of an Emerald Isle, N.C., surf shop Byrd co-owned. The founding partners leveraged their experience to grow the company door-to-door and, eventually, the word began to spread about the spend management firm based in a coastal vacation town along the southernmost part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

As the company grew, its team expanded to include other former senior managers from various carriers, all of whom brought their own experience from a variety of parcel, and later freight, shipping backgrounds. Through their extensive carrier experience and the development of an effective negotiation process, Transportation Impact has achieved sustained growth by driving measurable results to its clients’ bottom-lines. Today, the company employs a team of more than 50, with more than 200 years of combined carrier experience, leveraging its industry savvy to drive down clients’ net annual parcel, LTL and TL spends by an average of more than 20 percent.

By staying true to its core values of work ethic, professionalism, perfection, integrity and passion, Transportation Impact has developed a strong presence in its community and is among the fastest-growing businesses in the country.

Supply Chain Strategy: From Sell-In to Sell-Out
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Supply Chain Strategy: From Sell-In to Sell-Out

In today’s marketplace success is dependent upon embracing new technologies, data streams, and ways of interacting with consumers and trading partners. A true paradigm shift is underway, yet many companies, while embracing new technologies, fail to adjust their business rules and practices to fully leverage the benefits these new techniques offer. In this presentation Miguel Abuhab, Founder of NeoGrid, discusses:

  • Why paradigm shifts are a necessity in today’s business climate for overcoming contemporary technology constraints
  • How visibility into integrated metrics can help you drive profitability and move from a push-based to a pull-based model
  • How manufacturers can maximize cash flow, minimize lost sales, reduce overstocks and ensure product availability at the store shelves
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Video: Trends and Predictions from Supply Chain Executives

We asked a number of supply chain executives, “What do you talk about when you network at our event?” This short video is a compilation of some of the trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities the attendees of our most recent North American Supply Chain Executive Summit feel are relevant today and that will become even more important over the next five years.

Panel – Strategies to Identify, Develop, and Retain the Leaders Your Organization Needs for the Future
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Panel – Strategies to Identify, Develop, and Retain the Leaders Your Organization Needs for the Future

 

This was the final session of September 12th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. The discussion revolved around strategies to identify, develop, and retain future leaders. The panelists from left to right are:

Selina Kaing, Head of Global Transportation & Supply Chain Analytics, Google

Selina Kaing leads strategy for global transportation and supply chain analytics as part of Google’s retail operations. She joined Google in 2010 as part of the supplier sourcing team handling the company’s multi-billion dollar spend base and more recently led partner development for Google’s Motorola division (now part of Lenovo) focusing on new technologies and initiatives related to mobile. Prior to Google, she worked extensively in procurement and supply chain across a variety of major companies including Gillette (now part of P&G), The Walt Disney Company, Nestlé, and Express (formerly part of Limited Brands). Selina holds a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Todd Scott, Executive Director, Global Supply Chain, General Motors Company

Todd Scott was appointed GM Executive Director of Global Supply Chain in July 2015. He is responsible for all Supply Chain planning and execution of GM’s vast supply base, as well as Lean Material Strategies and Execution at all manufacturing facilities globally. Todd also represents GM’s Global Purchasing & Supply Chain on the company’s Global Manufacturing Staff. For the past 32 years, Todd has worked for GM in the US, Brazil and China. He has held numerous leadership roles in Manufacturing, Logistics, Sales and Marketing, and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Todd holds a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University and received his MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit.

James Spaulding, Director of Indirect Purchasing, Navistar

James is an accomplished procurement executive with 20 years of cross functional experience throughout procurement, finance, and internal consulting. James is currently Director of Indirect Procurement at Navistar, a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Mr. Spaulding has oversight on all facets of indirect procurement spend across Manufacturing, Corporate, Supply Chain and Distribution. James has been with Navistar for 8 years and previously held a number of diverse leadership assignments with Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Heath, and Emerson Electric focusing in Finance, Finance Transformation, and the Consulting space. Mr. Spaulding earned his BA in Finance from the University of Toledo, and his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth Door, Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing, North American Region, Whirlpool Corporation

Elizabeth Door joined Whirlpool Corporation in January 2011 as the Vice President of the North American Region – Global Strategic Sourcing. She has procurement responsibility for the Whirlpool North American Region. She manages approximately $7.7 billion in annual purchase value including Direct Materials, Indirect Materials and Finished Product Sourcing for North America. Elizabeth was previously with General Motors Corporation from 1995 to 2010. Elizabeth held various positions in the Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Function at General Motors Corporation. Her last role prior to joining Whirlpool; was the Global Purchasing & Supply Chain Director for Automotive Interiors & Safety overseeing a spend of $6 billion and leading a global team in Mexico, USA, Korea, China, Latin America and Europe.

Mark Trylinski, Vice President of Logistic Services, North American Region, Sony Electronics Inc.

Mark Trylinski has more than 30 years of supply chain management experience. He is a 27 year Sony veteran and is currently Vice President of Logistics Services for Canada and the United States. Mark has leadership experience in import/export, order management, logistics service, inventory planning, demand planning, distribution operations and retail planning. He has served as Chairman of the Canadian Retail Shippers Association (CRSA) (2008- 2015) and he was a member of the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) (2008-2015) where he advised on the development and implementation of government policies

Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age
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Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age

Reuben Slone delivered the opening keynote on September 13th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit entitled, Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age.

Reuben Slone is Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois. He serves on the Walgreens Executive Operating Committee with responsibility for Retail and Pharmacy Renewal, two initiatives that will replace the company’s store and pharmacy systems. As head of supply chain, Slone is responsible for inventory management and replenishment, imports, transportation, distribution center operations and logistics for the company.

Slone previously worked at OfficeMax, where he served as executive vice president of supply chain and general manager of services. In his eight years with OfficeMax, he was responsible for inventory management, transportation and warehousing, strategic sourcing, real estate, store development, facilities, print and copy, B2B technology, managed print services, and break room and facilities maintenance products businesses. In addition, Slone managed front-end inventory at OfficeMax and oversaw supplier development. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young.

Slone has authored two articles published by Harvard Business Review: “Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround” in October 2004 and “Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?” in September 2007. In May 2010, Harvard Business Press published Slone’s first book: “The New Supply Chain Agenda.”

Slone is also a member and past chairman of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984.

Lenovo’s Customer-Centricity Transformation
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Lenovo’s Customer-Centricity Transformation

Ben Massie shared Lenovo’s experience transitioning its supply chain into a customer-facing, customer-focused operation at the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. While there were no cameras rolling during his presentation, he offered this summary of his case study in an interview  in the Exhibition Hall on September 13th.

Ben Massie is the Executive Director of Global Customer Fulfillment for Lenovo’s Datacenter Group. In this role Ben is responsible for all e2e elements of Lenovo’s datacenter clients order to delivery experience across every region with employees in 12 different countries. Previous to this role Ben ran Lenovo’s North America Supply Chain responsible for fulfillment of laptops, desktops, tablets, and server products in the North America region.

Ben has 15 years of experience in the technology industry (Lenovo, IBM, Microsoft) working primarily across supply chain roles in critical client management, demand planning, manufacturing operations, inventory management, supply chain strategy, and materials management, in addition to roles in sales operations, new product development and finance.

Ben is a 2007 graduate of the Executive MBA program from the University of North Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics from Penn State.

Risk Management: What Should Supply Chain Executives Learn from the Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy?
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Risk Management: What Should Supply Chain Executives Learn from the Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy?

Philip Damas heads up Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics arm of the Drewry Group and has more than 30 years experience in the international ocean transport sector and maritime supply chain design and optimization. He gave this interview on risk management in the Exhibition Hall on September 13th at the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit.

Philip Damas is the founder and operational head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics arm of the Drewry Group and now the global leader in freight rate benchmarking. He is also a director of the Drewry group.

Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, he worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International.

In 1998, Philip became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData (now Blue Water Reporting). In 2007, he set up Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. In 2014 and 2016, respectively, he launched the BCO ocean contract “benchmarking club” of Drewry and the e-Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution outsourced tender execution service of Drewry.

Having spent a career in the international container shipping sector, he now advises retailers, manufacturers and investors on ocean freight strategy, freight rate benchmarking, network optimisation, logistics property investments/due diligence, carrier contracts and port competition.

Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.

Panel: Improving Communication and Collaboration Up and Down the Supply Chain
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Panel: Improving Communication and Collaboration Up and Down the Supply Chain

This was the final panel discussion on September 13th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. The discussion revolved around improving communication and collaboration up and down the supply chain. The panelists from left to right are:

Jeff Moorefield, SVP of Global Operations, Tennant Company
Jeff Moorefield is responsible for worldwide operations including supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and distribution. Since joining Tennant in 2015 Jeff is focused on eliminating waste in the process to driving speed and velocity into the overall supply chain, while understanding and improving the total customer experience. Before joining Tennant Company Mr. Moorefield spent 12 years in plant management and global operations leadership roles for several Pentair global business units including technical solutions, filtration and process, and water purification. In addition to these positions, Mr. Moorefield earned extensive experience in operational leadership roles with Emerson Electric Company from 1987 to 2001, after starting his career as a Design Engineer at Kentucky-based Smith & Proffit Machine & Engineering. He holds a degree in Industrial Technology from Western Kentucky University.

Alan Harrah, VP Global Supply Management, Pentair
Alan Harrah joined Pentair in 2008 to lead their global efforts in indirect sourcing and process excellence. Alan is now responsible for driving overall global sourcing performance and process excellence in Pentair’s 300 person supply management organization and developing and directing Direct Material and Indirect Procurement strategic sourcing initiatives for Pentair’s $2.0+ billion supply base. Alan joined Pentair from Whirlpool Corporation, where he served as the North American Sourcing Director for Indirect Procurement managing over $400M in spend across 100+ operations. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Direct and Indirect Strategic Sourcing for Fisher Scientific Product’s global operations managing $300M in spend across nearly 40 operations. Alan started his career at General Motors Corporation where he spent 16 years in various progressive roles in procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, engineering, and business development.

Alex Blanco, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Ecolab
Alex Blanco is Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ecolab Inc. In this position, Blanco oversees the company’s global supply chain operations, including Ecolab’s more than 300 manufacturing plants, distribution centers and other supply chain facilities around the world. Previously, Alex worked for Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) for 30 years. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Product Supply Global Beauty Sector, responsible for strategy, planning, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance and logistics. In previous roles, he led Supply Chain operations for other key P&G divisions and held several international assignments. Blanco has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA Twin Cities.