“In 1944, on what would be his last airplane ride in a Lockheed Constellation piloted by Howard Hughes and TWA president Jack Frye, Orville quipped that the Constellation’s wingspan was longer than his entire first flight.”
Gary Smith, Guest Host, This Week in Business History
This episode of “This Week in Business History” discusses one of the really seminal moments from the last century – The Wright Brothers and the Dawn of Modern Aviation. Filling in for Scott W. Luton, special guest host Gary Smith will describe how the brothers first became interested in flight, studied and developed their theories of flight, and turned those theories into the first practical powered aircraft. This invention was a game-changer that ranks in importance with the invention of the printing press, the steam engine and the automobile. It changed the world as we know it, creating three industries – the aircraft manufacturing industry, the air cargo industry, and the passenger airline industry, as well as the study of aeronautical and aerospace engineering.
Scott Luton (00:12):
Good morning, Scott Luton here with you on this edition of this week in business history. Welcome to today’s show on this program, which is part of the supply chain. Now family of programming. We take a look back at the upcoming week, and then we share some of the most relevant events and milestones from years past, of course, mostly business focused with a little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So I invite you to join me on this. Look back in history to identify some of the most significant leaders, companies, innovations, and perhaps lessons learned in our collective business journey. Now let’s dive in to this week in business history.
Gary Smith (01:10):
Hello, and thanks for joining us. My name is Gary Smith and I’ll be sitting in for Scott Luton is your guest host on this edition of this week in business history. This episode, we are focused on the events that occurred during the week of December 13th through the 19th. Thanks so much for listening to the show. We’re going to discuss one of those truly seminal moments in history. It’s one of those moments that if you were alive to witness it, you would always remember where you were and what you were doing when it happened. However, people today only know this particular similar moment from history books yet it was a day that truly changed the course of history. It spawned at least three industries, countless companies, and a whole new engineering field of study. You’ve heard the basic story, but I’m sure that you’ll be surprised by some of these details.
Gary Smith (02:03):
Stay tuned. And thanks for joining us here on this week in business history, powered by the team at the supply chain. Now this is the story of the Wright brothers and the Dawn of modern aviation Wilbur Wright was born in Minville Indiana on April 16th, 1867 to Milton and Susan, right? A little known fact. Milton writes mother Catherine reader was of Dutch descent and was a distant relative of new York’s famous Vanderbilt family. Wilbur’s brother Orville was born at Dayton, Ohio on August 19th, 1871. Their father was a Bishop in the church of the United brethren of Christ and traveled frequently. The family moved numerous times, but permanently settled in Dayton in 1884 on one of his business trips, their father, who was a big believer in the educational value of toys, brought them a toy that flew this toy was basically an invention by the French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse porno.
Gary Smith (03:08):
The boys played with it enthusiastically, but eventually it broke as most toys do. However, unlike other children who would simply have thrown it away, Wilburn Orville studied the construction and built their own exact replica to play with the boys would later say that this experience sparked their initial interest in flying. Although the brothers were separated in age, by over four years, there were as inseparable as twins. They ate together, played together, work together, and yes even argued together, although both attended high school and were good students, neither graduated Wilbur once said that they even quote thought together. Also, it was said that their voices were so much alike, that if you heard one of them talking, you could not tell which one it was without actually seeing them. In 1889, Orville dropped out of high school and built his own printing press together with Wilbert.
Gary Smith (04:03):
They started a weekly newspaper. The West side news Wilbur was its editor. It became a daily in 1890 and it was called the evening item. However, it lasted only four months after that. They focused on commercial printing. Another interesting fact is that one of their printing clients was a high school friend of Orville’s named Lawrence Dunbar. Dunbar would go on to become a prominent African American poet and writer in the late 1890s. The Wright brothers opened a bicycle and repair shop in 1892 called the right cycle exchange it capitalized on the bicycle craze that occurred after the invention of what was then called the quote safety bicycle. This bicycle was not dissimilar in design to the two wheelers of today, but we’ll leave that story for another time. The brothers began manufacturing their own bicycles in 1896 as the right cycle company. They used the profits from this company to fund their growing interest in flight here.
Gary Smith (05:06):
They were primarily influenced by the works of sir George Kaley, Leonardo da Vinci, Octavia Chenault, and Otto Lillian Thall through their research. The brothers became convinced that the secret to flight was in the control of the glide as opposed to using sheer power of an engine for control, thus workable and Wilbur focused on pilot control. This led to the concept of wing warping, which consisted of a system of pulleys to twist the edges of the wings in opposite directions, allowing the aircraft to bank or lean as it turned to change direction later, airplane designs would use ailerons to bank the airplane because this design proved to be much more stable. The brothers spent much of their time between 1900 and 1902 designing and testing gliders and working towards perfecting their pilot control theory of flight by 1903, they added power to their machine. The original Wright flyer was constructed of spruce with a skin of Muslim.
Gary Smith (06:14):
The propellers were also made of wood and the brothers used wind tunnel tests to determine their length and construction. They decided on using twin pusher, propellers both about eight feet long and made of laminated screws working with their in-house mechanic, Charlie Taylor, they constructed an engine in just six weeks. The engine featured a block cast of aluminum, which was rare in those days, a primitive carburetor and no fuel pump fuel was gravity fit. The original right flier had a wingspan of 40.3 feet and weighed 605 pounds. It had a 12 horsepower engine and weighed 180 pounds. The total investment in the aircraft was less than a thousand dollars. The equivalent of $28,000 today that was still quite a bargain. The brothers chose the dunes of near kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to initially test their gliders. And ultimately the Wright flyer because the dunes at kill devil Hills were large and the constant wind provided lift for their aircraft.
Gary Smith (07:19):
The original flight was scheduled for December 14th, 1903. This was to commemorate the 120 first anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight by the [inaudible] brothers in 1782, a coin toss one by Wilbert determined who would pilot the aircraft. First, the maiden flight was a failure after three seconds in the air, Wilbur stall, the aircraft and a crash causing minor damage. The second attempt occurred on December 17th. It was a chilly dry day with temperatures in the low forties and about a 20 mile an hour wind Orville took his term. This time it was successful. The first flight occurred at 10:35 AM and lasted a total of 12 seconds covering 120 feet at a blistering speed of 6.8 miles per hour. The next two flights by Wilburn Orville respectively covered 175 and 200 feet and reached an altitude of 10 feet on the fourth and final flight of the day.
Gary Smith (08:22):
Wilbur again, took the controls. Orville wrote of the final flight of that day. Quote Wilbur had started the fourth and last flight at just about 12 o’clock. The first few hundred feet were up and down as before, but by the time 300 feet had been covered. The machine was under much better control. The course of the next four or 500 feet had, but little undulations. However, when at about 800 feet, the machine began pitching again. And in one of its darts downward struck the ground. The distance over the ground was measured at 852 feet. The time of the flight was 59 seconds. The frame supporting the front rudder was badly broken, but the main part of the machine was not injured at all. We estimated that the machine could be put into condition for flight again in about a day or two after the flight, the brother sent a telegram to their father, informing them of their success and asking that he quote informed press at quote, interestingly enough, the date and journal refuse to print the story saying that the news of such a short flight was unimportant.
Gary Smith (09:31):
However, a Telegraph operator leaked the story to a paper in Virginia who ran a highly inaccurate version. The next day, this story was picked up by a number of newspapers, including the previously mentioned Dayton journal incredibly though the news of the first powered flight did not really create a lot of excitement with the general public. The Wright brothers published their story in January of 1904, but interest soon faded years later, the date newspapers actually celebrated the Wright brothers as hometown and national heroes. However, when asked why the local press first ignored the seminal moment in history, newspaper publisher in 1920 democratic presidential candidate, James B. Cox, the founder of Cox broadcasting was quoted to say, quote, frankly, none of us believed it in 1904. The Wright brothers built the right flyer to, they decided to forego the relocation to kitty Hawk and set up an airfield it account pasture in Huffman Prairie, about 13 miles from Dayton after several less than spectacular flights, press attention died down yet.
Gary Smith (10:40):
Again, this allowed the brothers to continue their experimentation and research in relative anonymity, which they preferred by 1909. The Wright brothers formed the right company to manufacture their aircraft designs with each design and each flight. They learned more and more about powered flight. They flew together once in 1910, but then promised their family that they were never fly together again in order to avoid an accident that may kill them both on another occasion, Orville took his 82 year old father of a seven minute flight. They reached an altitude of 350 feet with their father. Milton shouting higher oral higher competition finally came to airplane manufacturing. And unfortunately from 1910 to 1914, the Wright brothers were in meshed in patent lawsuits for their plane design with the Curtis company. Then in 1912 tragedy struck Wilbur Wright died suddenly of typhoid fever at the age of 45, two years later in January of 1914, the U S circuit court of appeals ruled that the Curtis company did indeed frickin infringe on the original Wright brothers patent Orville felt vindicated, but since Wilbur’s untimely death, he no longer was interested in running the company.
Gary Smith (11:58):
He sold the right company in 1915. You see, while the brothers had always taken credit for their work as a team, Wilbur was the actual driving force and form the public face of the corporation. Soon after selling his company, Orville retired from business and then served on various boards and committees in an ironic twist, the right company merged with the Curtis company in 1929 to form the Curtis Wright company, which to this day is a manufacturer of high-tech components for the aerospace industry in 1944, 40 years after the brothers first flight, a Lockheed constellation piloted by Howard Hughes and T w a president Jack Fry flew from Burbank, California to Washington DC in six hours and 57 minutes averaging 330.9 miles an hour on its return. Slight, the pair stopped in Dayton, Ohio here. They gave 73 year old Orville Wright. His last airplane ride Orville is said to a briefly taken the controls.
Gary Smith (13:03):
He later quipped that the constellations wingspan was longer than his original life Orville’s. Last major project was restoring a right flyer three, which is considered by historians to be the first practical aircraft Orville Wright died in January of 1948 of a heart attack. Like his brother. He never married, Orville, however, live to see the invention that he and his brother built transformed the world, his lifespan from the horse and buggy days to the Dawn of supersonic flight. Ironically, John T. Daniels, the photographer who took the iconic photographs of the first flight in 1903 died just one day after Oroville at the end of world war two, Orville Wright express some sadness about the death and destruction caused by the machine that he and his brother built. He’s quoted as saying, we dared to hope we had invented something that would bring lasting peace to the earth, but we were wrong.
Gary Smith (14:01):
No, I don’t have any regrets about my part in the event, in the invention of the airplane, although no one could deplore more than I do the destruction that it caused. I feel about the airplane much. The same as I do in regard to fire that is I regret all the terrible damage caused by fire. But I think that it is good that for the human race, that someone discovered how to start fires and that we have learned to put fire to thousands of important uses. So that is the story of the Wright brothers and the Dawn of modern aviation to Benny the invention of the airplane ranks in importance with the invention of the printing press, the steam engine and the automobile. It changed history and it spawned at least three major industries. The manufacturing industry, the air cargo industry and the passenger airline industry.
Gary Smith (14:57):
The first air cargo flight took place on November 7th, 1910, when a package carrying 200 pounds of silk was floated from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio for a store opening. The aircraft was a right model B on January 1st, 1914, the first regularly scheduled scheduled aircraft. Our airline passenger service began between St. Petersburg, Florida in Tampa, Florida, while the endeavor lasted only four months, it paved the way for the beginning of the passenger airline industry. What we have learned from the study of aeronautics has set the stage for the jet age supersonic flight and what would be mankind’s next great adventure going to the moon and safely returning just a scant 66 years after that first flight, a few other items of note on this week in business history for the week of December 13th, through the 19th on December 14th, 1799, George Washington, the first president of the United States died at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia on December 16th, 1863 philosopher, George Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain as a child.
Gary Smith (16:15):
He immigrated to the United States and eventually taught at Harvard university. Santi Anna’s best known quote was quote, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This quote is one of my personal favorites, December 18th, 1916, during the world war one. The battle of ridden concluded after 10 months of fighting in which 543,000 French and 434,000 German soldiers were killed on December 19th, 1732, Benjamin Flint Franklin first published poor Richard’s Almanac containing weather predictions, humor, Proverbs epigrams, and eventually selling nearly 10,000 copies per year, also on December 19th. But in 1997, the movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet open, it had a budget of 200 million and grossed 28.6 million in its first weekend. It would go on to gross $2.1 billion worldwide. Well, that wraps up this edition of this week in business history. My thanks to Scott Luton for allowing me to guest host this week. I’ve considered it an honor. Thank you, Scott. Those are the stories that stood out for us, but what do you think find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and share your comments there. We’re here to listen. Thank you. And goodbye.
Gary Smith is a “second generation” supply chain professional with over 40 years’ experience and has worked as both a practitioner and a consultant. He has also worked in both private and public sectors. Gary is currently Chief, Enterprise Asset Management / Supply Chain Management for New York City Transit, part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In this capacity he is responsible for identifying and implementing the most appropriate supply chain concepts, tools, equipment, systems, and best practices, implementing them to reduce cost, reduce cycle time, and improve system accuracy to narrow the gap between effort and accomplishment.
Gary has Fellow level APICS certifications in CPIM, CSCP and CLTD. He is a frequent presenter at ASCM Conferences and has authored numerous supply chain articles. His most recent article, “After the Dust Settles – Fundamental changes for the supply chain in a post-Covid World” was just published in the November 2020 issue of Supply Chain Management Review.
Gary has a BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.