In this special episode of Digital Transformers, produced in partnership with TNS, host Kevin L. Jackson interviews Mark Judson, CEO of EIM Sensor, on location in Galveston, Texas, to learn more about information management, and also to discuss a joint project in honor of Juneteenth.
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Kevin L. Jackson (00:32):
Hello, everyone. This is Kevin L. Jackson presenting Digital Transformers. And I’m serving as your host today, but I’m coming to you from Galveston, Texas. Did you know that the port of Galveston is Texas’s number one cruise port? And it ranks as the fourth most busiest port in north America. And it’s one of the top 20 destinations in the world. The port emphasizes vehicle and other roll-on roll-off cargo ships, refrigerated shipments with energy and project cargo and cruise ships.
Kevin L. Jackson (01:11):
But, today, we are spending time with Mark Judson, the CEO of EIM Sensors. An award winning small business that specializes in enterprise information management. The company operates across the public sector, and customers include the United States Department of Homeland Security. One of the things we’re going to talk about is how their asset management solutions have evolved over the last decade into the Internet of Things and management, where their technology is being used to monitor and control items of every shape and size.
Kevin L. Jackson (01:52):
But, first ,I’d like to thank our sponsor, Digital Names by Total Network Services. A quick programming note, if you enjoy today’s conversation, be sure to find us when you get your podcast, subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.
Kevin L. Jackson (02:11):
So, without any ado, let’s welcome Mark. How are you doing, Mark?
Mark Judson (02:16):
Pretty well. Thanks for having me.
Kevin L. Jackson (02:18):
Well, please introduce yourself and EIM Sensor. What do you do?
Mark Judson (02:25):
Sure. I’m Mark Judson, I’m CEO of EIM Sensor. And, you know, we’re a small boutique company. We specialize in information management. This is one of those things where, you know, we [inaudible] from records management, documents, collection management, supply chain management. And, you know, it’s really important to be able to have an awareness of where any organization’s strategic assets are and IT governance and information management are. It’s a huge part of that. That’s where we help large businesses to be able to do.
Kevin L. Jackson (03:01):
I tell you one of the things that organizations are finding more and more is that, data is really a strategic asset, you have to manage it as such. How are your customers doing that with your solutions?
Mark Judson (03:16):
I think that we’re part of a big problem that’s faced. Over the past ten years, there’s been a huge transformation of going from physical assets, files within file cabinets, to the cloud and being able to digitize records that need to be preserved. And every organization has their own retention strategies, you know, often within government agencies, whether it’s an email, a document, if it contains any kind of personal or private identifiable information, they’d like to be able to preserve it three years, seven years, ten years, sometimes even beyond that. And what we actually do is come up with a strategy where you could either digitally [inaudible] an asset or to scan it, digitalize it, and have a way to retrieve the asset from wherever it’s being archived.
Kevin L. Jackson (04:20):
Well, I know you didn’t become the CEO of EIM Sensor over night. Your career sort of took some turns on it two way. I understand you even worked with some satellites.
Mark Judson (04:36):
Yeah. You know, it’s really interesting that my role with satellites really isn’t that far of a departure from information management. I was initially involved with satellite imagery where we could actually task a satellite to image the globe and, in fact, orbit the earth every 90 minutes, very large SWAT coverage areas. Imagery could actually help to characterize crops within a specific region, really understand the city growth population density, measure the impact of storms that have actually come into a community for insurance purposes. But one of the really important things about, you know, imagery that comes off of the satellite is being able to have appropriate metadata that would actually show when the image was actually collected, what the area of interest was, what was the time of day. Other meaningful elements that could be used for comparative analysis, where you try to understand the changes that have occurred within an area of interest or the impact that, perhaps, a storm or something like that may have triggered to a local community.
Kevin L. Jackson (06:00):
Yeah. Earlier, we talked about the fact that you actually did a project with NASA that involved buoys off the coast. And so, you have actually worked in this area for quite a long. And some people say that, you know, why do we waste money doing things in space when we have more important things here on earth. But over the past couple of years, one of those really important things here on earth has been COVID and the global battle against that. And I understand you have actually worked with the DHS in tracking COVID vaccines.
Mark Judson (06:37):
Yeah. We’ve actually worked with a number of different agencies with pandemic efforts. And, of course, this did kind of stem from work that we did with NASA. You know, a lot of NASA research is earth science focused. And, you know, being able to combine [inaudible] sensors with NASA imagery and different regression analysis models can all be combined to really provide predictive models of impacts of something like COVID to a community and to come up with strategic mitigation approaches that would be effective and then measure, you know, those activities over time.
Kevin L. Jackson (07:22):
Wow. It’s such a broad area. People just think about enterprise information management, all of these other things really seem outside of the scope, but it’s a very broad scope of what you do. Now, also, one of your major partners is Iron Mountain. So, that sounds ominous. What is Iron Mountain?
Mark Judson (07:47):
Well, you know, Iron Mountain is an amazing company. They’ve got mines -I believe they were granite mines out in Pennsylvania – that they’ve developed rooms the size of football fields. And inside of those, they have collections of all types. They’ve got initial Hollywood movie productions dating back from when movies really got started, they’ve got legacy collection information from jewelry, you know, just about anything that you could imagine that you’d want to preserve over time is safely safeguarded in there. And this is something that’s used, not just by government agencies that we’ve worked with, but also with commercial companies that are maintaining land records, insurance policies. And then, all kinds of artifacts, collections that may be in museums, for instance, that actually needs to be maintained at a unique environmental condition. And, you know, this is something that can be continuously tracked and monitored, you know, within a secure facility.
Kevin L. Jackson (09:06):
So, I guess when you talked about tracking items, it’s more than where they are. You’re really looking at the environment around those items. And earlier you mentioned metadata, so I guess that’s part of the metadata associated with the actual data. You know, our audience, just being Supply Chain Now, of course, they’re very interested in supply chain. So, this is really the heart of your business in that way.
Mark Judson (09:41):
Yeah. Absolutely. And when people think about supply chain management, track and trace, I think that it’s really easy to think about how FedEx or UPS delivers packages with barcode scans at each point along the way from the time you ship a package to the time that arrives at your home. And when you are shipping products, goods, and services, this is really where it all begins. When you go beyond just the regular package, you could look at things like pharmaceutical shipments where you have to maintain a certain temperature. You need a little bit more than just a barcode. You need to be able to understand certain thresholds or tolerances of different changes in temperature, for instance, and be able to capture excursion events where there isn’t deviation from the planned supply route.
Mark Judson (10:45):
And, you know, this is important not just for protecting the product and the environmental monitoring. It also helps to prevent counterfeiting and to facilitate any type of returns that actually come out of it. But one thing where we’re looking to really go beyond where the traditional supply chain is, typically, you’re tracking ends at the point of delivery. So, once a product gets dropped off at your house or a pharmaceutical product arrives at your local pharmacy, the data that actually comes back to the manufacturer is pretty much limited beyond that. So, we’ve actually been working on developing mobile applications that would allow end users to really report back as far as their satisfaction using a product and be able to track the effectiveness of what they’ve actually been doing, whether you’re talking about a COVID vaccination, another pharmaceutical product, or even some kind of a digital media experience.
Kevin L. Jackson (11:54):
So, now, you’re talking about, like, the digital supply chain. So, you’re extending that physical supply chain with information and additional data.
Mark Judson (12:06):
Yeah. I think that’s really what’s next for the supply chain management as we’ve always thought about tracking physical products. But, now, being able to track the pedigree of electronic files and to be able to report back on that. A simple example might be if somebody sends an email and there’s a way to track each person that the information has been forwarded out to so that you can have an idea. So, a lot of grassroots campaigns start with an email out to ten people and [inaudible] that way you’ve got a whole community that’s actively engaged in a campaign. And having digital tokens that actually can track, you know, the way that electronic information is being shared is extremely important in capturing sentiment analysis and really understanding the value of information that’s being distributed.
Kevin L. Jackson (13:09):
Wow. People keep saying that data is the new Oracle, and I guess you’re mining that all through EIM. So, you’re talking about stuff you’re doing now, I’m almost afraid to ask, what’s the future of track and trace?
Mark Judson (13:25):
Well, I hope that, you know, it’s going to really change the way that people work and do things. When you start to look at factory automation within the pharmaceutical space, especially, there’s a lot of quality control measures, a lot of standard operating procedures. And, oftentimes, there’s a dependency on having certain control points within factory operations where there’s human inspection, validation, quality testing. But, now, with the Internet of Things, we’re going to be able to combine that with AI to be able to continuously monitor the quality of the products and the distribution. And to automatically raise a flag, you know, if there are any deviations to what was actually planned for. It’s extremely incredible to think about.
Kevin L. Jackson (14:28):
So, are you an Internet of Things company?
Mark Judson (14:32):
Well, I think that we describe ourselves as an information management organization, and the Internet of Things is definitely a part of that. I think that as we kind of look into the future, you know, Internet of Things could be a toaster, a light bulb, and appliance, but it could also be a digital file. And, you know, we’re starting to look at things like artwork that we can actually use digital tokens to actually track and certify authenticity and to help to really change the way that art work is actually managed. You know, if you look at a lot of online sites and programs that work with digital media, like Netflix, just as an example, there are a lot of shared accounts. And one of the areas where companies that work with streaming media are really struggling is with licensing and shared [inaudible]. And, you know, I think that what’s really next is really being able to ensure that people that are accessing digital content actually have license to use the information that they’re looking at.
Kevin L. Jackson (15:53):
Wow. I mean, I’m going to have to take that bait because I know you are going to be working with TNS in a pilot with the Telecommunications Industry Association on just that, trying to prevent counterfeit devices and illegal use of information, data, and entertainment across the internet. And you also mentioned artwork, and I guess we should talk about why are we here in Galveston, in the 1861 Custom House. We talked about it earlier, I’m not sure that’s the right year. So, why are you here? What does a museum have to do with track and trace?
Mark Judson (16:42):
I think that one of the important things is Galveston is a town of a huge historic significance. And, you know, they’ve just had a huge venue celebrating June 19th, there’s a lot of history, a lot of preservation. And we’re actually working with the community to bring in a digital gallery for display at next year’s festival. And, you know, we’re looking for a way to be able to share those art pieces and to really give credit to the artist and other people that are actually involved in making the collection possible.
Kevin L. Jackson (17:25):
Wow. I mean, I’m really looking forward to working with you and your team at EIM Sensor and being able to leverage your advanced technology to track this digital art. So, before we go, though, how could my audience reach out and learn more about you or contact you directly?
Mark Judson (17:48):
Yeah. Thanks for asking. We’re actually putting up a new website that will be used to promote the June 19th gallery, it’s june19store.com. And you can go there and learn more about our digital collection. And, you know, as we start to plan out events for next Juneteenth, I hope to see everybody there.
Kevin L. Jackson (18:10):
Wow. Yeah. Absolutely. Now, on June 19th – man, a national holiday – you guys are going to be in the spotlight so to speak.
Mark Judson (18:17):
Well, you know, I really look forward to bringing awareness to the holiday and really making the day a great event.
Kevin L. Jackson (18:26):
Great. Well, thank you very much for joining us. And on that note, I’d like to ask the audience to check out the wide variety of industry thought leadership at supplychainnow.com. And you can find us wherever you subscribe to your podcast. So, on behalf of the entire team here at Supply Chain Now, this is Kevin Jackson, wishing all of you listeners a bright and transformational future. We’ll see you next time on digital transformers. Thanks.
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Mark Judson is CEO at Environmental Monitoring Sensor Intelligence Corp. Mark brings extensive experience and expertise with Business Strategy, Marketing, and Operations. He has played a critical role supporting federal, state, and local initiatives focused on Environmental Monitoring, Internet of Things, and Supply Chain Management. Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.