“In 1919, then Major Eisenhower, a US army officer, was part of a trans continental army convoy that traveled from Washington DC to San Francisco, mostly using the Lincoln Highway. It’s been said that due to the road conditions that the large convoy averaged five miles per hour, which explains why they left DC in July 1919 and arrived in San Francisco two months later.”
-Scott Luton, Host, This Week in Business History
In this episode of ‘This Week in Business History,’ host Scott W. Luton relates true stories marking notable anniversary dates this week, including:
Featured Event: June 29, 1956: Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed by U.S. president Dwight D Eisenhower. The bill allocated $26 Billion in funding and succeeded where prior legislation had failed because it assigned a responsible party: the federal government covered 90% of the cost. Less than 2 months later, the work got underway, breaking ground in Missouri.
July 1, 1874: The first commercially successful typewriter was made available for sale. It introduced the ‘QWERTY’ keyboard.
June 30, 1953: The first Chevy Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. General Motors hand-made 300 Corvettes that year, a number that would increase to nearly 4,000 the next year.
Scott Luton (00:04):
Hey, good morning, everybody. Scott Luton here with you today. I’m on the road with family at the beach in beautiful Ponte, Vedra, Florida. We’re enjoying a bit of a vacation, but we’ve got a special classic episode of this week in business history. As I recorded this episode about a year ago, where we dive into the history of the interstate system here in the United States, it’s really an interesting and timely look, especially with Washington DC grappling with the need to address our infrastructure across the country. So stay tuned and from my family to yours, have a wonderful week.
Scott Luton (00:52):
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’ll 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.
Scott Luton (01:52):
So let’s start with our featured story on June 29th, 1956, the federal aid highway act of 1956 is signed by us president Dwight D Eisenhower, a move that would create of course the U S interstate highway system. According to the American trucking association trucks move roughly 71.4% of us freight by weight. In 2019, the trucking industry in the U S was about $700 billion strong and almost employed 6% of all full-time jobs in the country. But where would we would we all be including the trucking industry, especially without our interstate highway system. That’s a great question. Shipping stuff would be a lot more expensive for starters, and it’d be much, it’d be a much bigger hassle to get to about anywhere and come to think of it. Neil page and Del Griffith would have had a lot fewer options in their quest to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving via planes, trains, and automobiles, but rather than explore hypothetical scenarios.
Scott Luton (03:04):
Hey, let’s look back at a few factors that gave rise to Ike’s big dream of an American Autobon at the end of the 19th century roads were a mess, no nice smooth, concrete, or asphalt that we all come to expect these days. Nope, a lot of dirt roads packed dirt roads, or when it rained muddy, sometimes impossible and passable impossibly impassable roads, but keep in mind there weren’t many cars as we moved into the start of the 20th century. So the demand wasn’t checked right, as we all know, that was just about to change. Thanks to Henry Ford and a variety of other entrepreneurs. It’s been estimated that there are about 250 million cars and trucks in the U S these days with the us population at about 328 million people that is roughly one vehicle per 1.3 people. But back in the earliest years of the 20th century, there was one motorized vehicle per every 18,000 Americans.
Scott Luton (04:09):
By 1910, though, hundreds of us manufacturers had entered the automotive industry by the 1920s Ford, general motors and Chrysler were deemed the big three manufacturing, a dizzying array of vehicles and Americans were buying them left and right, the great depression certainly slowed things down because most of the car manufacturers here in the states to shutter world war II would also massively intervene, but come the late 1940s. And certainly the 1950s happy car buying dates would return. Interestingly enough, president Dwight D Eisenhower would be sworn into office in January, 1953. And as I set up shop in the white house, he brought with him a grand vision to transform American roads. Two key events that president Eisenhower would experience firsthand were critical to how he viewed this infrastructure need in the U S first up in 1919, and then major Eisenhower. A us army officer was part of a trans continental army convoy that traveled from Washington DC to San Francisco, mostly using the Lincoln highway.
Scott Luton (05:25):
It’s been said that due to the road conditions that the large convoy averaged five miles per hour, which explains why they left DC in July 19, 19 and arrived in San Francisco two months later, two months later as was a major part of the plan, this illustrated to the American people, the need for better roads. Secondly, critical to Ike’s determination to make a major investment in us highway infrastructure, his time in Germany, during war II, where he saw the autobody networks efficiency firsthand with those experiences in mind and determined to make an early impact president Eisenhower pushed for action. I keep in mind the president, wasn’t the first dream of a national highway system. And there had been past presidents set for a national system of highways. The federal aid highway act of 1944, for example, laid out a plan for a 40,000 mile national system of interstate highways, but the catch and the reason why nothing happened, it didn’t include any specific provisions as to who would pay for those miles and miles.
Scott Luton (06:40):
A nice roads with the federal aid highway act of 1956, which was passed by Congress and signed by the president. The bill allocated 26 billion in funding with the federal government covering 90% of that. On a side note, the legislation pass was also referred to as the national interstate and defense highways act. That’s right. President Eisenhower believed that the us military would need a better way to move groups and equipment. In the event, the country was invaded, thankfully that need has never been tested. Okay, so now we had a highway bill and money in 1956, guess who’s the first state to break ground? The show me state that’s right. Missouri would break ground on August 13th, 1956 on what would become our 70 its neighbor, Kansas would follow suit and begin it’s part of our 70, the following month. But as president Kennedy came into office in 1960, the burgeoning national system of interstate and defense highways was facing more and more opposition cost overruns were at the top of the list of complaints from across the nation and in urban American cities, the clamor was more about how the interstate construction was disrupting established communities.
Scott Luton (08:02):
In many cases, families and businesses were being relocated to make room for roads protests and Metro areas such as Memphis and Indianapolis and Washington, DC, San Francisco, all led to cancellations of certain components of the national project, or in some cases, the interstate was simply rerouted. A lot more legislation will be signed in the oval office throughout the interstate systems, formative years in the sixties, seventies and eighties, much of which would address many of these challenges. In 1992, a milestone is reached as the interstate highway system is proclaimed to be complete. As a key stretch was completed 70 that runs through Glenwood canyon in Colorado, but work on a variety of fronts. Good and still do continue ever curious as to how specific interstates get their number identifications and the rules that make up the numbering system. For starters, large primary roads have a one or two digit number, the shorter routes, which can often circle major cities or service spurs have a three digit designation.
Scott Luton (09:11):
I 2 85 here in Atlanta is a great example of that. It circles the Metro Atlanta area, 2 85 also connects with [inaudible] 75 and 85. It can be pretty confusing for many drivers visiting Atlanta or anyone else for that matter. Back at 1982, Atlanta Braves pitcher, Pascal Perez left his house and Metro Atlanta to drive to Atlanta Fulton county stadium home of the braids at the time, unfortunately being a new driver Perez would get lost and circle the city on 2 85, a few times run out of gas and miss starting the game that night for the Braves, of course, all in good fun. His teammates would make up a warm-up jacket with 2 85 on the back of it instead of his typical Jersey number. All right, so getting back to the interstate numbering system, major arteries that span long distances are assigned numbers, divisible buff up such as [inaudible], which essentially runs parallel to the U S west coast beginning at the Mexican border and San Ysidro, California.
Scott Luton (10:20):
It runs all the way north through Blaine, Washington and into Canada. East west hallways are often even numbers such as [inaudible] growing up in Aiken county. South Carolina at 20 was a very familiar interstate for my family. It made the drive from Aiken, which is just across the Savannah river from Augusta GA to Columbia. The state Capitol South Carolina made it very easy. I 20 runs from Florence, South Carolina, all the way west to Scroggins draw, Texas north south highways are odd numbers, such as [inaudible], which starts in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and runs north all the way to Buffalo Wyoming, right there at the foot of the big horn mountains. In 2006, the Dwight D Eisenhower system of interstate and defense highways celebrated its official 50th anniversary. Make no mistake. The massive public works project has made a tremendous impact on our country and our continent. From a business standpoint, it’s been a huge resource.
Scott Luton (11:22):
Consider this as stated by Justin Fox from fortune magazine quote, thanks to the new road network and containers that could easily be moved from ship to train to truck. Overseas manufacturers and domestic upstarts were able to get their products to market in the U S more quickly than ever before. New distribution networks arose that were vastly more efficient and flexible than the old end quote, but as with any change, when some, and you lose some as interstate routed and rerouted American cities and towns, in many cases, the diverted traffic led to the demise of many communities, such as peach Springs, Arizona before [inaudible] was completed just south of the town peach Springs enjoy 32 active businesses. As of 2018, only two active businesses could be found in peach Springs while the iconic us route 66 does come through the town. Most traffic and consumers claimed the [inaudible], which was built just about 20 miles south of the city.
Scott Luton (12:29):
So what lies ahead for the interstate system? Who’s to note, I would say probably more construction, certainly more autonomous vehicles. In fact, interstates will really be able to help us out there as we continue to, to develop that technology. And once we get past this unique year, that is 2020, absolutely. Without a doubt, a lot more explorers driving across the beautiful stretches of this great country, looking for cities and experiences big and small. So let’s take a look in a more succinct way on some of the other notable historical items on this week in business history on July 1st, 1874, the first commercially successful typewriter would hit the market known as the Shoals and Glidden typewriter 4,000 units would sell by 1877, principally designed by Christopher Latham Sholes who appropriately would also invent what is known as a curity keyboard. Q w E R T Y. You’ve got one in front of you probably it’s used everywhere in the world.
Scott Luton (13:36):
Now Scholz and his partners tried a few times that manufacture and market the product successfully, the one they had invented, but that wouldn’t happen for them. Unfortunately, in the rights to the top, brighter would be sold in 1873 to a firearms manufacturer that was attempting to diversify. He Remington and sons refund the device and had some luck with sales, but would sale the line of business to the standard typewriter manufacturing company incorporated in 1886, the typewriter would go on of course, to be found in businesses everywhere. The device would not only provide speed and productivity, but the information that it quickly produced was easily legible. Unlike in some cases, the furious shorthand that many a clerk and secretary would use prior to the typewriter, of course, by the 1970s and certainly 1980s, the typewriter was being phased out by word processors and personal computers. Interestingly enough, in certain parts of the world where electricity is not particularly reliable here, this in 2020 typewriters are still used quite a bit.
Scott Luton (14:43):
And there seems to be a new found interest amongst a variety of professionals, including writers who bemoan all of the distractions that a PC brings. Hey, I can relate on June 30th, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette would roll off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan at the end of world war II, Harley Earl, who happened to be born in Hollywood, California had noticed that service members returning from the war in Europe were actually bringing vehicles home with them, mgs Alfa Romeos, and the like he would eventually kick off project Opal, which would deliver the automotive classic Nannette known worldwide. As a Corvette general motors would make 300 Corvettes in 1953. They were largely hand-built and each of the vehicles had white exteriors, red interiors and a black canvas top in 1954, almost 4,000 Corvettes were built, but almost a third of the vehicles didn’t sail by the end of the year, initially built in Flint, Michigan and St.
Scott Luton (15:50):
Louis, Missouri bowling green Kentucky has been the exclusive home of Corvette, many factoring for more than 30 years. And the Corvettes where they did catch up sales caught up. They became mentally popular amongst Americans and worldwide. And since the plants right there in bowling green Kentucky started up at 1981. It’s produced more than 1 million Corvettes on July 2nd, 1962. The first Walmart opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas 44 year old Sam Walton, a former JC penny employee had run a five and dime store for years, which was actually a smashing success wanting to do even more to serve as customers Walton would find success with the first Walmart and Rogers, a city in Benton county, Arkansas five years later, Walton would have 24 stores across the state. And of course the rest is history interesting to our team. As of late here at supply chain now is Walmart’s continued efforts at improving its customers e-commerce experience.
Scott Luton (17:02):
There’ll be interesting to see how the Walmart plus program and the new Alliance between Walmart and Shopify stack up against Amazon in the months ahead and finally on June 29th, 2007, apple incorporated releases its first mobile phone. Of course the iPhone, as much as the telephone, the automotive, the PC and other legendary inventions have done the iPhone certainly changed the world when it was released in 2007, apple is only other handheld device at the time in 2007 was the iPod. Hey, do you remember those barely do the dominant smartphone device manufacturers in 2006, the year before the iPhone release were Nokia research in motion, which is of course accompany company behind Blackberry and Motorola and Palm. Do you remember that? Do you remember the Palm pilot, all of the major products looked largely the same, you know, got your screen on top and physical buttons on the bottom, the iPhone moved it all to a touchscreen, setting the standard for the industry for years to come. And the iPhone had plenty of skeptics. Then Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer told USA today in April, 2007, quote, there’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share in quote, Jim bacilli, co CEO of research in motion. Again, the folks behind Blackberry said at the time in 2007, he told the wall street journal quote it’s okay, we’ll be fine. And of course the iPhone, which would sell 6 million in its first year would turn the smartphone industry on its head. And it would change apple forever as well becoming essentially its flagship product
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Scott Luton (18:54):
That just about wraps up this edition of this week in business history. Big thanks to you. Our listener for tuning into the show each week on behalf of our entire team here at this week in business history and at supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time right here on this week in business history. Thanks everybody.
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.
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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 transitioning from active duty in the US Army. 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.