James R. Stock is a University of South Florida Distinguished University Professor and Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing. He has interviewed many of the greatest minds in transportation logistics, a practice area we call supply chain management today. He shared those interviewed with Chris Barnes to be republished as part of the Supply Chain is Boring program.
In this interview, Stock speaks with Don Bowersox, one of the most well-known and influential supply chain management academics in the world, about his early life and young adulthood.
Listen in to learn more about this important thought leader in supply chain management.
Chris Barnes (00:06):
Hey, it’s Chris. The supply chain doctor and host of supply chain is boring. Over the years. I’ve interviewed some of the brightest minds and successful leaders in the world of supply chain management. In May, 2020. I sat down with Ken Ackerman to learn more about him, collect a little supply chain management history. After our discussion. Ken told me about a similar interview he had with Dr. James stock many years prior, and the related work Dr. Stock was doing in November, 2020. I was able to catch up with Dr. James stock to learn about his work as an academic in the field of transportation logistics. And now what we call supply chain manage ment. Jim was well connected to many of the original academic thought leaders in the space. Jim did interviews with many of these original thought leaders and shared them with me. The list includes Ken Ackerman, Don Bauer, SOS James Hasket, bud littleand John Langley, Jr. Tom Menser, Tom SP and Daniel Ren To carry on the great work started by Dr. Jim stock. I’m dusting off these interviews and bringing them to you on supply chain is boring.
Dr. Jim Stock (01:14):
Good morning. My name is James stock, professor of marketing and logistics at the university of south Florida. We’re here today to conduct a new interview with one of the luminaries in the academic discipline of logistics and supply chain management. The purposes of this interview are several first and perhaps foremost is to get to know the personal side of one of the leading logistics and supply chain academics, a person who’s had significant influence on their profession. We often read the person’s book books and journal articles, listen to their presentations at academic or professional meetings, and sometimes even have individual discussions with them at various events and venues. However, we rarely get to know the person beyond their, the professional aspects of their careers in the field of literature and art. For example, researchers often consider the what I, how who, and when of a particular book or painting short story poem, and so on.
Dr. Jim Stock (02:09):
They speculate on what might have motivated the writer, the artist to write the book or paint the painting, to determine the message or the story of the text or art and the writers or artists’ perception of the contributions of their work in the same way through this and other interviews that will be conducted of leading business scholars as Paul Harvey so often is expressed, will attempt to get the rest of the story. These videotaped interviews will hopefully serve as supporting material for various university courses where the works of these academics may be discussed, be significant impact in courses where history and theory are being examined. Since these individuals contribute extensively to history and theory, each interview is based on a set of structured questions, uh, using an interview guide. Of course, the interview responses are spontaneous. They may lead to other questions related to those responses.
Dr. Jim Stock (03:05):
However, the general format for this and other interviews will be conducted that will be conducted in the future will be similar. I hope that audiences who view these interviews will get a broader and richer view of the people and event that have shaped their disciplines. We hope that you learn from what will be said and discussed during these interviews and be able to more fully appreciate and understand the significant contribution made by these luminaries in the field. So let’s begin by introducing our distinguished guest, Dr. John Donald J BAU. So is presently distinguished university professor in Dean emeritus, Michigan state university, east Lansing, Michigan. Although he now resides in retirement in lady lake Florida. He graduated from Michigan state university with a bachelor of arts in pre-law divisional, social science obtained a master’s degree in of arts in major master of arts business administration, also from Michigan state.
Dr. Jim Stock (04:02):
And he completed the trifecta, uh, when he obtained his PhD in 1960, also from Michigan state university, where he majored in marketing and minored in transportation, economics and management, his dissertation topic was titled evaluation of alternative solutions to the distribution center location problem. Prior to assuming his academic career, Don was a pilot holding the rank of captain in the United States air force. He was the director of new business development for the railway express agency and was a vice president and general manager for the F McDonald company prior to assuming his first a position as an associate professor at Michigan state university in 1967, he was promoted a professor during his tenure there and altogether Don served at Michigan state for 40 years. While at MSU Don held various positions academically and administratively. He held a position of professor of market in logistics from 1969 to 1989.
Dr. Jim Stock (05:05):
He became the first person to hold to John H. McConnell chair university, professor of business administration in 1989 and held that distinction until his retirement. He was assistant Dean of the MSU business school executive development program from 19 98, 19 99. You did assume the position of Dean of the Eli broad school, college of business and the Eli broad graduate school of management from 2000 to 2001 upon retirement. In 2006, Don was award the title distinguished university professor and Dean emeritus from MSU during his career. Don has received numerous awards for achievement, including the council supply chain management professionals, distinguished service award for outstanding achievement and logistics and supply chain management. He was one of the founding members of CS CMP called at that time, the national council of physical distribution in 1963 and was its second president. He’s received the Armitage medal from Seoul, the international society of logistics and numerous other awards and recognitions.
Dr. Jim Stock (06:14):
He served as a member of the editorial words of the journal of business logistics, journal, marketing theory, and practice the international journal of logistics management, supply chain management review, and several others. He’s published more than 250 articles and 17 books and book chapters that have appeared in almost every major marketing logistics and supply chain AC de in professional publication. He was co-author of the first college textbook on physical distribution, which has influenced literally thousands of logistics students in the United States and throughout the world. Don has made significant contributions to Michigan state and was the recipient of the broad school alumni lifetime achievement war. In 2002, he developed and directed since 1967, the MSU logistics management executive development seminar. That’s been recognized as one of the world’s premier executive education programs and logistics and supply chain management during his tenure ATSU, more than 60 programs were presented, impacting literally thousands of business executives in north America and around the globe also significant is that Don has served as dissertation chairperson for almost 30 doctoral students.
Dr. Jim Stock (07:31):
Many of whom have become leading educators and researchers in the disciplines of marketing and logistics. Examples include David close, Tom Meer, Tom SP, pat Doty, Peter Gilmore, and several others throughout his career. Don has been a giver to his university. His students, countless businesses have interfaced with Michigan state and the scholars throughout the globe. It’s our distinct pleasure to get to know the personal side of this man. So we can more fully appreciate his significant professional contributions and achievements. And Don interestingly as, uh, all of those we’ve interviewed, uh, they think back and say, wow, we’re able to do that much. And, uh, it’s amazing. The folks that we’ve talked to including yourself have been so productive for so long and, uh, as, uh, indicated in the introduction, we’re gonna try to get to know a little bit more about you beyond what we’ve seen in, in your professional writing. So let’s start with, uh, when you were a child at the typical question, when and where were you born?
Donald Bowersoz (08:37):
Wow, that’s a long time ago, Jim. I was born in 1932 on July 27th in Youngstown, Ohio, right in the, the trailing years of the great depression.
Dr. Jim Stock (08:50):
And was there anything in your childhood that, uh, you say was significant in shaping your present personality?
Donald Bowersoz (08:58):
Well, I certainly think there were many things, but I, as I think back on it, it was sort of a driving, uh, spirit of our household was that all the boys and girls were going to go to school because my parents didn’t have that opportunity and they’d been through a serious time in the depression. And so they were really focused on education. Mm-hmm <affirmative> so much, so they almost scared us all off.
Dr. Jim Stock (09:27):
Was there a personality trait that, uh, drove you to succeed or perhaps alternatively impeded your progress?
Donald Bowersoz (09:35):
Well, there were a lot of days. I thought I was impeding my process or progress. Uh, I was a stubborn little guy from what people tell me that, that I, uh, wasn’t the easiest to get along with all the time, but I remember myself always being in the great mode and being cheerful. So I don’t know if that’s stubbornness, uh, and the it up being focused on goals and hanging on to get things finished. But if there was a trade, I would say that probably was it.
Dr. Jim Stock (10:05):
And how would your parents, if we could talk to them now, describe you as a child and why would they describe you that way?
Donald Bowersoz (10:14):
Well, you know, that’s hard to remember. I guess my mom would say I was cute and my father would laugh. So, uh, I, I just feel I was a typical child, no particular, uh, traits that made me outstanding and, and, uh, I can’t remember anything that impeded my behavior in any way, so. Okay. I guess typical would be the, uh, the word I’d use.
Dr. Jim Stock (10:40):
Okay. And what did your parents do? What was your dad’s profession and what did your mom do?
Donald Bowersoz (10:45):
Well, my dad, uh, had been a, uh, typewriter repairment back in the days of, uh, the mechanical typewriter and, uh, the depression kind of changed his whole life. He, uh, uh, that’s how we ended up moving from Youngstown to Lansing, Michigan. And, uh, there was a little bit behind that story, which I’m sure we’ll get to later, but, uh, he never did get fully employed in a career again, after the depression, he did, uh, various things like repaired typewriters, but soon they became obsolete and, uh, he didn’t have the knowledge or training to do electrical machines. So he did other things, uh, until, uh, age forced him to retire. My mother, uh, did sales work and she was very active in the democratic political party and, uh, was a delegate to a couple national conventions and, and the whole family seemed to be dedicated to, uh, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s success. Mm-hmm, <affirmative>, uh, that’s the environment of the thirties.
Dr. Jim Stock (11:53):
Don, do you have any specific memories, uh, from your childhood that you’ve not forgotten?
Donald Bowersoz (11:59):
Uh, I thought about that quite a bit. And there, there are little memories of things which are not significant, but you remember ’em at time, I believe the move, the move from Youngstown, Ohio, where my family, I had always lived where my parents had met and where, uh, life had been good prior to the, uh, the great depression. The move was, uh, a migration of the family. And it was rather traumatic. I remember, uh, that I ended up going to kindergarten three times. Wow. And I feel that’s probably what gave me a real heads up on the academic world, because I really learned how to, to do, uh, the Billy goat play and everything really great. Uh, but what happened was one year I went because the kindergarten teacher babysat me and I was illegal. I, while my mother was working the next year, uh, I went because they started school a year earlier in Ohio. And the next year I went again because we were in Michigan where they started school a year later. So I remember clearly I was probably the best kindergarten student around. I, I had, I really had a mass,
Dr. Jim Stock (13:14):
Well, that probably fits into that one play about everything I learned. I learned in kindergarten. Well, I, you got it three times. Yeah,
Donald Bowersoz (13:20):
It probably does. And, uh, I think I’m still using some of that material. Good.
Dr. Jim Stock (13:26):
Um, now as after you moved to, uh, Lansing. Yeah. Um, tell us a little bit about, uh, your educational background in terms of secondary school education
Donald Bowersoz (13:36):
There. Um, the, the move to Lansing, I think is significant why Lansing, uh, my father did get a chance to go back with Remington, ran after work picked up again, and that was the typewriter that he was a repair person for and work for them for several years till the electrical typewriter more or less took over the landscape. Uh, he had a choice of three different locations to go to, and we definitely went to Lansing because there was a university there, and that’s all part of that drive for all of his sons to get, uh, education. And so the, the family made a move based on that they could have gone to other locations. And, um, so, so that, that kind of set the stage from day one, we were gonna go to college and we were gonna go to Michigan state and there was no other discussion. My family mm-hmm <affirmative>, uh, even to the point where, uh, later on, I had an opportunity for a scholarship to another school and, and my father insisted I’d not taken and go to Michigan state cuz that was his plan. And, uh, he wasn’t overly domineering in general, but on that point he was non compromising and I’m really proud of that. Cuz turned out to be a good decision.
Dr. Jim Stock (15:02):
Okay. So you went to junior high or middle school and high
Donald Bowersoz (15:04):
School. I went to grade school, junior high school and high school in, uh, Lansing.
Dr. Jim Stock (15:11):
Did you have a favorite subject that you studied while you were especially in high school? And why was that your favorite subject?
Donald Bowersoz (15:19):
I don’t, I’m not sure I had a totally favorite subject, but I did like history history seemed to intrigue me because, uh, um, I had a couple of teachers who could really bring the subject alive and is such, uh, I found it very interesting, but I did the standard college preparatory, which was four academics majors in our high school. So, um, uh, I was, did the route in the full route in, in all the subjects, but I think, think history was the one that I enjoyed the most.
Dr. Jim Stock (15:54):
Okay. Did you play on any sports teams while you were in
Donald Bowersoz (15:57):
School? Yep. I, I was, uh, typical going to be a star in all three sports. Uh, I ended up, uh, playing primarily baseball, but uh, uh, I did play football and some basketball ran cross country also after I stopped playing football.
Dr. Jim Stock (16:16):
Okay. And, uh, how about school clubs or other activities?
Donald Bowersoz (16:21):
Um, I was in a, a couple of different clubs. Uh, I remember in particular we had a club that was called the fur feather and fin, and it was a sports, uh, of outdoor sports club. And we did trips where we would go fishing trips and, and although I didn’t hunt, we had canoe trips and that was a, a club I greatly enjoyed. I was also in a, uh, history club, uh, and probably a few other ones for, at least of the time. I can’t remember. ’em all.
Dr. Jim Stock (16:55):
Okay. Did you participate in any kinds of student government activities while you
Donald Bowersoz (16:59):
Were in school? I ran for an office. I didn’t win. I was a campaign manager of, uh, a person who did win. So I was involved in a little bit of student council. Uh, I was what I would call marginally involved.
Dr. Jim Stock (17:13):
Was there a teacher or perhaps more than one that had a significant influence on you? Uh, particularly in those high school years. And if so, who was that and what kind of influence did they have?
Donald Bowersoz (17:25):
Yes, I had, uh, I think three teachers that in the history area that I mentioned earlier, a guy by the name of John Breslin who, uh, was really a fabulous teacher. Uh, another guy by the name of John Young, who, uh, was a very, uh, motivational person who really stimulated us to wanna go beyond. And then I had a, uh, teacher by the name of Millie too good who forced us in our senior year to, uh, to write the identical paper that we’d have to write in our freshman year of college footnotes and everything. I hated her then, but I loved her a year later to
Dr. Jim Stock (18:07):
All right. That’s interesting.
Donald Bowersoz (18:08):
Dr. Jim Stock (18:10):
How would you describe yourself both academically and socially, uh, as a high school student,
Donald Bowersoz (18:17):
Far more social than academic <laugh>? Uh, uh, I would say that I was, uh, Very active in high school socially mm-hmm <affirmative> um, and academically I was about average mm-hmm <affirmative>. Okay.
Dr. Jim Stock (18:34):
And, uh, outside of school, were there any other kinds of activities that you, uh, were involved in?
Donald Bowersoz (18:41):
I worked, um, I had a part-time job most of the time I was in school. I worked in drug store and actually that’s where the potential scholarship came from to go to FARs, to become a pharmacist. And I was pretty convinced that that was, uh, a good road to take. And my father, uh, felt it was absolutely the wrong road to take. And so we had, uh, a few great debates over it, uh, but he, he prevailed and boy, am I thankful for that?
Dr. Jim Stock (19:15):
Well, I’m sure you would’ve been as successful in pharmacy as you were in the academic business.
Donald Bowersoz (19:20):
I, I don’t know Jim, I have trouble counting, uh, pills, so I’m not sure I would’ve.
Dr. Jim Stock (19:25):
Did you, uh, receive any kinds of academic honors or sports honors while you were in?
Donald Bowersoz (19:31):
Uh, I won a letter, which team team, uh, all team members do that participate in sport. I had no other outstanding awards.
Dr. Jim Stock (19:45):
Now, an interesting question in the area you were growing up, did you have, uh, any person and that you idolized a teen idol, whether it was a movie star or a business person or politician and why?
Donald Bowersoz (19:59):
Yeah, well, a big part of our life of course, was to go to Saturday football at Michigan state. And during the years of my high school with were the same years that their football program emerged and their university began to grow. And so we had a few players on that team. Uh, I remember, uh, a good friend of mine now, but at that time, by the name of George Gary, who was, uh, a very small overachiever, that was extremely good football player. And I kind of, uh, thought he was pretty special. Um, I don’t remember any other sports or business, uh, idols at the time. Uh, Mars was the decade before the sport cards. We didn’t really have, uh, quite the same, uh, tension on national sports. I really don’t remember any other hero. I thought a lot about that question.
Dr. Jim Stock (20:58):
Is there anything that people would find surprising about you, uh, to find out now, uh, something about you when you were a teenage, something that they might not expect?
Donald Bowersoz (21:10):
Well, I, I guess, uh, uh, they would be surprised to know that I was very serious about becoming a pharmacist cause people who know me now would probably be the last profession they would cast me in. Um, I, I also think that probably most of the people I went to school with didn’t think that, uh, I would, uh, end up in as a professor they’d. Uh, so, uh, I guess from that viewpoint, uh, those people would be surprised mm-hmm <affirmative>, I, I look pretty much like a guy that was on his way to, uh, to O mobile where an awful lot of the people from my class went and were very successful. And, uh, I remember in my freshman year of college, the first semester we had to, uh, see an advisor from our high school to sort of tell him about our experience. And, uh, I’ll never forget meeting the assistant principal. And he looked at me and he said, what are you doing here? And, uh, I found that very, both, uh, humbling and inflating at the same time. So, uh, I don’t think people expected that I would go on to, to become, uh, a pH D I’m not sure they were surprised I went to college, but, uh, maybe graduating did surprise them.
Dr. Jim Stock (22:36):
Now you mentioned, um, interest in college from your parents and you, uh, ultimately attended, uh, Michigan state university. How were you able to attend college? Was it through scholarships working? Did your parents provide the funds or some combination of all of those?
Donald Bowersoz (22:52):
Well, it was, uh, it was a better time for our family than the earlier years, but there really wasn’t a lot of money to support people going to college. Um, my brother had, had gone my older brother first and, uh, he’d been in the military while he went, was to his school. Um, of course I had not gone to the military at first. I was right between world war II and the Korean war. So, uh, I started right outta high school into college. And, um, at that time I remember my parents, uh, of being very enthusiastic and, uh, uh, as I recall now, they did help me each year. For four years. They gave me tuition for winter term. We were on the 10 week terms, mm-hmm <affirmative> for Christmas. So for four years, they did pay for my winter term. And now the amazing thing that most people don’t understand is it cost, uh, $18 and 95 cents to take all the credits you wanted to at Michigan state <laugh> in the, uh, fall, winter and spring.
Donald Bowersoz (24:03):
You had to pay that three times. And, uh, I had worked during the summer, uh, after high school driving a truck, it was my introduction to logistics. And, uh, I, um, continued to work all the way through school. I had a job, uh, uh, from before I started school, right through the end, there were many different jobs. So I was able to meet those expenses. And I lived at home for two years and commuted to the campus. And then, uh, life took a little different turn and I was able to live on campus for one year. And then I got engaged and I back home for a year, so, okay. I only lived about five miles from the campus and you could hitchhike in the morning and I rode with the same people every morning. I didn’t even have to put my thumb up. I’d meet ’em at a certain time after cuz they were going to work and I’d ride to campus and then go over and meet them at their car and ride back home. And they dropped me off a block from my house. So it worked out pretty good. It was a simpler life in those days. Mm-hmm
Dr. Jim Stock (25:13):
<affirmative>. So the one year that you were, uh, on campus, was that in the dormitory?
Donald Bowersoz (25:17):
No, I joined Sigma Chi fraternity. Okay. And, uh, I lived actually not in the fraternity house. I lived in an apartment, uh, with a couple other students about a block from the fraternity house mm-hmm <affirmative> and uh, I enjoyed it. It was a good year on campus, but then my life took a slightly different turn.
Dr. Jim Stock (25:39):
Okay. Um, were you as excited about going to college as your parents were having you go?
Donald Bowersoz (25:48):
Um, I was afraid because I hadn’t taken my, uh, high school work academically as serious as I should have to me passing was good enough. And so, um, I had to take a battery of entrance examinations and fortunately I had had a good balanced high school education in the four primary academic disciplines. So I did quite well on the tests and, uh, and I was, uh, challenged. I worked hard mm-hmm <affirmative> and uh, I remember at the end of my first year of college, I had the only thing I didn’t have a C in was pH ed and RO OTC. Those two things I got A’s and fees in, but everything else was a C, but then by the time I graduated, I, I had been on the Dean’s list several times, so good.
Dr. Jim Stock (26:47):
And so, um, how do you think your college experience those four years of college prepared you to be an academic?
Donald Bowersoz (26:56):
Uh, until my senior year, not at all. I was in pre-law and was on my, a way to, uh, um, go to law school and was trying to be sure I had the grades for admission to law school that allowed me to get in some advanced political science classes. So I was in some seminars with four and five students of which two or three were graduate student. And we really had, uh, uh, an opportunity to share our experiences with each other. And, uh, of course the graduate students were not of course, but the two graduate students I remember in particular were on their way for PhDs. So that gave me the first feeling that there was a life that could relate to the campus mm-hmm <affirmative>. So it was about only at that time that I even thought about it, but then it was a passing thing because to me law school was in the future and, and I was fairly committed to that. That’s why I was in the political science divisional, social science major.
Dr. Jim Stock (28:05):
So how did you get to that point to decide to go for PhD as opposed to, uh, law school or pharmacy or anything else?
Donald Bowersoz (28:14):
Well, pharmacy was long gone by then. Uh, as a matter of fact, I hadn’t worked in the drug store for those four years. I worked other places, but, um, uh, that, that really occurs much later because it wasn’t until I was in the military that I had some experiences that, that drove me back to the campus. And then I had a couple of things happened on the campus that, that changed my orientation.
Dr. Jim Stock (28:42):
Okay. Um, That on, you mentioned the military as, uh, as a turning point or something that impacted you. How did it come about that you went into the military, uh, after your, uh, college experience?
Donald Bowersoz (28:57):
Well, Korean war was, uh, was going full while I was in school. All of us were on a military deferment. We were all and RO OTC. And if, uh, our grades actually drop below a two point for any one term, we were back in the military draft. So that kind of kept you focused. And the RO OTC led to a commission in the air force. And I was in the pilot preparatory program. I am, so it was automatic that I would go in. I had a five year military commitment after four years of college before I could do anything else turned out. I was only in about three and a half years, a little longer because the military was able to cut back after things settled down. So when I graduated, I went to pilot, uh, training. And while I was in the pilot training program, the Korean war, uh, finally fully settled down. And so, uh, I wasn’t, it wasn’t necessary for me to go to Korea at that point.
Dr. Jim Stock (30:07):
Okay. Yeah. Uh, can you tell us a little bit about, uh, that military experience, what you did, where you were stationed, other activities related to that military time that you had?
Donald Bowersoz (30:21):
Well, we, um, I started, uh, in San Antonio, Texas and, and was moved, uh, from there to Columbus, Mississippi, and, and then from there to, uh, mission field, Texas, and from there to San Angelo, Texas, and then to Panama city flow Florida. At that point, I was done with my, my, uh, all of my aviation training as a pilot, single to mal engine piston and jet. And at that point, uh, I went to a radar controller school because they did not have enough pilot slots. We had more pilot than we needed, cuz we had a beefed up training program for the war. I was assigned to Tacoma, Washington, uh, where I served my military time. Uh, I also got reassigned for a period of time for six months while I was at, uh, at McCord field in Tacoma, Washington to the ran corporation, Santa Monica, California. And that turned out to be just quite an eye opening experience for me. So, uh, I was in the, uh, 25th air division air tra air traffic controller and air defense command. And we were doing the a 24 hour a day, uh, radar surveillance of the Northwest and the due line up across Alaska during the height of the cold war.
Dr. Jim Stock (31:54):
Donald Bowersoz (31:54):
It wasn’t combat duty, but it was an unusual piece time. We were sort of sitting on the edge all the time.
Dr. Jim Stock (32:01):
Now was there, uh, what, what was the most difficult part of your military experience?
Donald Bowersoz (32:08):
Well, I, I think the, the most difficult part was also a maturing part. After you finished pilot training, uh, you were a pilot and they put the wings on and uh, and then they assigned you to go fly. So while you were training, like you, in most businesses, you slowly work into things. Well, there’s no slow and you’re the pilot command and you got an airplane full of people and you have to go somewhere. So it was that quick, uh, emergence into real responsibility after all those relatively easy years of college life and part-time work mm-hmm <affirmative> in the, uh, air radar command. We, uh, we had some, some fairly interesting moments when we had unidentified airplanes in our zones and some decisions had to be made that were pretty big decisions for 22 and three year old kids to be making. So you weren’t treated as kids.
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Donald Bowersox, one of the most well-known and influential supply chain management academics in the world. Bowersox was professor emeritus of marketing and supply chain management and served as dean of the Broad College of Business and the Broad Graduate School of Management from 2001-02 He dedicated more than 40 years to Michigan State University and is largely responsible for the stature that the Broad College has in the field of supply chain management. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks MSU’s supply chain management program No. 2 behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s program. Bowersox received three degrees from MSU – a bachelor’s in 1954, an M.B.A. in 1958 and a doctorate in 1960. Prior to his 1966 appointment on the faculty at MSU, Bowersox was an Air Force pilot and in executive management for the E.F. MacDonald (Plaid) Stamp Co. He was appointed as the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration in 1985 in recognition of his contributions to academia, industry, and the community. In 2002, he was honored with the Broad College’s first Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award. Throughout his career, Bowersox wrote 10 textbooks that have been translated into 15 languages. He co-authored such works as the fourth edition of the textbook “Supply Chain Logistics Management” and “Physical Distribution Management: Logistics Problems of the Firm,” which is said to be the industry’s first logistics textbook. He also authored more than 250 articles on marketing, transportation and logistics. He was a member of the editorial review board of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Quarterly, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Logistics Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Management Review.
Dr. James Stock has been honored internationally three separate times for his achievements in supply chain and logistics management by the industry’s leading professional organizations. This year, he will receive the Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor that an individual can receive for their achievements in supply chain and logistics management. In addition, he will also be honored with the Special Lifetime Logistics Service Award by Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey and the 9th International Logistics and Supply Chain Congress for his outstanding achievement and continuous contributions to the field.
During the course of his 35-year career, Stock has also been honored with, DC Velocity magazine’s “Rainmaker for 2006” and has been awarded the Eccles Medal and the Armitage Medal by SOLE – The International Society of Logistics.
Stock has more than 150 publications in the field. He has authored six books and his publications have been translated into five different languages – Chinese, Czech, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai. He has also traveled to 46 countries on six continents to conduct research, lecture, or do consulting work for various organizations and universities.
Before coming to USF in 1989, Stock, the Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing at the College of Business, taught at Michigan State University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Notre Dame. He holds a BS and MBA from the University of Miami (Florida) and a PhD from The Ohio State University. Stock is an active member of numerous professional organizations, former editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, serves on many international editorial review boards, and is on the USF Honors and Awards committee.
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.