In the first interview from the SCAC AIAG Supply Chain & Quality Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, Scott, Greg, and Beau Groover of The Effective Syndicate welcomed Jim Liegghio, Program Manager-Supply for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to Supply Chain Now Radio.
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[00:00:29] Hey, good morning. Scott Luton here with you live on Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome to the show. We are coming to you today from the A.G. S.C. AC Supply chain and Quality Conference in TAL in North Charleston, South Carolina. AIG, the Automotive Industry Action Group C, the South Carolina Automotive Council. This conference is dedicated to the world of automotive and we’re gonna be meeting with many of the leading industry thought leaders that are participating here. A big thanks to our conference broadcast sponsor the Effective syndicate for making our coverage possible. The EFFECTIVE SYNDICATE helps companies win by optimizing process and developing winning cultures. You can learn more at the effective syndicate dot com. Quick programming note. Like all of our series on Supply Chain Now Radio, you can find our replays on a wide variety of channels Apple podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, wherever else you find your podcast. As always, we’d love to have you subscribe to almost anything. So let’s welcome in my co-host here today, Mr. Greg White serial co-host Supply Chain Now Radio Serial Supply chain, tech entrepreneur and trusted advisor Greg. How you doing? Hey, I’m doing great. It’s great to be here. It is great to be here. A beautiful morning. And it really wasn’t. It was the easy drive down here as well, no doubt. And Bo Gruber, founder and president of the Effective syndicate and co-host of our Leadership Matters series here on Supply Chain Now Radio. Hey, Dumbo, I’m June, just right. Good morning. Good to see you as well. I know you’ve been traveling quite a bit lately as well, and it’s been a little bit of a whirlwind, but I’m having fun. Absolutely. And so we’ve got a great guest. This is our our kickoff podcast for our coverage down here. And we’re gonna we’re gonna kick off with the rock and roll star. Jim Liegghio, program manager, SUPPLY CHAIN with the Automotive Industry Action Group. Jim. How you doing? Good morning, gentlemen. Doing very well, thanks. Great to have you here and appreciate what you and your organization do to make these events happen.
[00:02:16] Yeah. Thanks very much. We’re. We’re excited to be here. Third year in a row in Charleston putting on this joint event with South Carolina Automotive Council. We’ve had two successful years and we know that today and tomorrow will be a third good run. So thanks for for having us. We’re excited to have you guys here as well. Thanks.
[00:02:30] I was excited to see two beautiful cars parked out front. I was so looking forward to this because I love cars. And I think you guys are off to a great start. All right.
[00:02:41] Well, you know, as we talked about in the warm up, Jim is partnering side by side with Amy Tinsley, which we’re a fan of, future governor of South Carolina. So we’re big. But but this is our first event like this Daryl or first AIG FCIC event. But we have really enjoyed the run up conversations to the run up that we’ve got a great slew of interviews set up over the next two days. So thanks for everything you and your team done. Make this happen. Yeah. So but before we’d learn more about AIG, Jim, tell us more about yourself and your journey to where you sit here today.
[00:03:13] Sure. Yeah. It’s been kind of a wild ride. No regrets the whole time. It’s been very exciting. And Supply chain 20 year career so far from OEM manufacturing to mid-level manufacturing export import compliance. Couple rolls there ended up at AIG about two and a half years ago. So one minute you’re chasing parts on third shift for minivans and the next minute you’re on Supply Chain Now Radio. So very, very exciting journey and lecturing for a business supply chain program at a community college as well. So being an automotive or back to automotive, I should say, has afforded me some pretty interesting opportunities and working with folks like Amy Hensley. She’s fantastic. And the whole South Carolina Automotive Council team. So agreed. That’s me in a nutshell.
[00:03:52] You know, automotive is one of those unique industries. When you’ve worked in it or you’ve supplied the industry, it’s just such a whole different sense of urgency. Right. And for that matter, exactness. Yes.
[00:04:04] You know that precision matters for sure. Absolutely. And you never lose that sense of urgency, especially if it’s instilled in you early on in your career. I can tell you now that, you know, I work on programs and content. You still possess that kind of assembly line mentality. So I didn’t always keep things exciting and interesting. And it’s been a great career. Automotive is fantastic. Well, so on that note, let’s talk more about the AIG Automotive Industry Action Group. So what what does the organization do? So we’re a not for profit automotive association founded in the early 80s by GM, Ford and Chrysler, really kind of founded to solve industry common problems, form standards around disparities in the way business was done among the big three back then. We now have 36 hundred member companies, many, many smaller and mid-level manufacturing companies that just don’t know what they don’t know about supply chain, about quality, about corporate responsibility. So we still have the standard setting mindset and that that part of the business. But we also produce world class events. We do training onsite. We just moved to a new facility in South. Field Michigan about a year ago. So kind of state of the art training class is going on all the time. So 47 employees and at any given moment, about 700 volunteers from the industry that work. They worked their day jobs in the industry and they volunteer on projects at AIG and they’re quote unquote, free time.
[00:05:15] Wow. Thirty six hundred member companies. Yes. It’s growing quite a bit the last few years. Man in the southeast here with the the influx of more and more automotive in the last 20, 25 years, you’ve seen a lot of growth here as well.
[00:05:27] Yeah, that’s the reason we’re here. We’re really trying to bridge the gap between Detroit and the southeast manufacturing region. So all of the southern states have been great partners and trying to kind of bring some of our programming to the southeast where obviously manufacturing is migrating. So yeah, a lot of vehicles are obviously produced here and suppliers follow suit and come down and service providers as well. So these joint events are a great avenue to really gain some traction with potential members. Welcome in the new members pitch our sponsored membership programs, that type of thing. So we’re bringing our message, you know, out of Detroit because if they won’t come to us, we’ll come to them. Sure. And bring it down here to the southeast. So it’s it’s been kind of a home away from home here in Charleston. And like I said, Amy and her team at ACMA have been have been stellar to work with.
[00:06:08] That’s great. That’s great to have. If you have to have a home away from home, Charleston’s a great place.
[00:06:13] I played tour guide last night, have been here quite a few times myself. Froome for personal and business, not standard city is a great city. So in your current role, Jim, with AIG, what do you do?
[00:06:24] So I’m responsible for programming and content in the supply chain space. Anything from, you know, producing these events and kind of lining up the content and agendas, recruiting speakers, world class speakers, you know, trading customers is actually going to be here this time. From that to kind of coordinating our training programs, vetting our publications that have been around for a while. So revamping some of those industry outreach, membership outreach. Personally, I find rewarding opportunities and academic outreach students trying to fill that supply chain talent pipeline and mentor to students locally in Detroit that are supply chain undergrads. And I mentioned now I’m lecturing for a community college as well. So trying to kind of pepper in some of my industry experience there and to encourage young, young minds to get into supply chain, which I think one of the principal issues we have now is that talent pipeline is that interest level in manufacturing and in supply chain. So that’s really I have a kind of a wide purview of what I do at AIG, but all things content and programming and supply chain kind of I work with those men.
[00:07:20] Nurturing and mentoring is so important. I mean, we were talking about it on the way here when I started and what now is called Supply chain. It wasn’t even called Supply chain saying I didn’t start it up. Yeah. I don’t think any of us grew up saying, golly, I’d much rather be in Supply chain than be a racecar driver. All right. But but it’s it’s now it’s a strategic imperative. Right. It’s not a necessary evil as it had been. And kind of a back office function, right? Yeah. It’s not like separating your company. It’s a core competency versus a cost center. Yeah.
[00:07:55] Versus the tail on the dogs. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. Same thing for me. When I started in university under what wasn’t called Supply chain, it was Logistics management and it was under marketing believe it or not. So what was a sub major. If you believe that. Wow.
[00:08:06] Yeah. Well I for one really enjoy and can appreciate the bridge builder. That aspect of your role and really the aspect of the AIG organization. We need more bridge builders in an industry society right now. So I love that component of what you do. All right. So let’s talk about. All right. Obviously, we know why you’re here, but what do you look at? I mean, this is the third year of having a successful event like this. What is your favorite component of these events?
[00:08:35] I actually appreciate the diversity of the speakers that we have. So this started as a hybrid quality and supply chain event, basically 50/50. The IETF standard was brand new a couple of years ago, so quality had a big, big stretch in what we were doing. At this point it’s probably 80 85 percent supply chain, but within that 80 85 percent we have a wide diversity of speakers and messaging that’s coming through. And one of the things I appreciate most or get most excited about is kind of cherry picking some of those topics and bringing that to the audience to where they’re going to get the most value out of it. So three months ago in Detroit, we had our Supply chain summit, which was a homerun by all. By all counts, we and we did just that. We had the challenge supply chain is the variety of topics or the breadth of it all. So bringing the right relevant events and topics to the audience is one of the things I find most rewarding, and I hope that happens here. I believe it will obviously international trade tariffs, that type of thing is is top of mind in manufacturing companies. There’s a lack of expertise around it. So that’s why we have actually two sessions on trade and customs, one one right from CBP themselves and one from Aaron Fox, Bridget Matheson Woods. You guys, we’ll talk to you later on time tomorrow, right? Outstanding. Yeah.
[00:09:39] So, Jim, what are one or two of the industry trends that you’re watching or maybe tracking or worried about?
[00:09:47] Personally, I see that kind of talent pipeline or I should say aptitude pipeline drying up a little bit in manufacturing and it’s pocketed around the country. Right? We feel it in Detroit. Other industries feel it as well. But I think just.
[00:09:59] A need for more folks to get into automotive and specialize in supply chain. That’s one of the top of my concerns and that’s personally why I do a lot more outreach than I than I probably should. I’m encouraging students. Number one, I’m passionate about it. Number two, I sense the talent pipeline is potentially could dry up. And if people are looking away from manufacturing as kind of a volatile area into other careers, I want to bring them back into the fold and keep keep America’s no manufacturing industry healthy. That’s one thing. Yeah.
[00:10:27] Yeah. With a lot of what you’re doing, especially from an enrichment and awareness standpoint, are you all going. Getting into elementary schools yet? Not quite elementary schools where we’re working our way down to the community college, junior college level.
[00:10:40] Yeah, ideally maybe even earlier than that at some point. But yeah, we’re trying to pitch careers even as far as called junior college or community college level so people don’t. For example, I have 35 students on my course and only one of them is targeting a supply chain major. And I’m I’m questioning why. Wow, that’s quite typical. But I think a lot of we’re don’t know about the career and the opportunities and within. I certainly didn’t at that age. So just creating awareness, that’s one issue. The other issue I think is top of mind is really what to do with all of the data that we’re now being presented with information and data. There’s a lot of talk around big data and artificial intelligence and trends therein. But who’s going to specialize in analyzing all this information and doing what with it? You have to you have to take that and turn it into a skill set or to come our comparative advantage. So just kind of getting people’s arms around what’s out there, what’s possible. As we develop into this technical digital age, you know, you even realize the power of what what information is out there that put things so well put.
[00:11:36] I know Greg wants to ask you Greg wants you to get your crystal ball out. But right before we do that little sidebar, we want to talk with you about Supply chain went to one since we’ve been doing in Georgia and now spilled over into South Carolina, where we’re taking teams of Supply chain practitioners in element in the third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms and defining in Supply chain. It has been a fascinating, you know, through through several years, over 40 sessions. Fourteen hundred students that we have presented to and engaged with. And I think we’ve learned more than students. But so we could talk about that for hours, but we’ll maybe compare notes afterwards. All right.
[00:12:11] Yeah. Yeah. That’s a really great program. Yeah. So. Yeah. So I’d love to considering what you’re seeing. Right. I mean, with what you’re seeing with the talent pool and and the proliferation of data. Right. And obviously we need to up skill in that area as well.
[00:12:31] What do you see? Any bold predictions for the future for automotive? I’m going to be really boring here and save for bold predictions. I actually I sense people are going to kind of get back to basics and analyzing some of their networks. What I sense is a bit of a cost crunch coming up that the economy’s showing indications of slow belt tightening. So I think people would be behoove to really study their networks and their opportunities. You know, the cost of fuels fluctuated some of the infrastructure changes that the import export footprint has really changed the international trade footprint. So I have a feeling people may try to get back to that kind of basic Logistics management stuff next year and really understanding optimizing their networks. I’m kind of a big believer in and understanding your cost structure is right. So there’ll be some of that. But but again, I think the bold prediction would be, you know, whereas electrification going to go, whereas autonomous vehicles are going to go, what are the investments going to look like in these solutions? You know, generally mobility, I think is people are changing their minds.
[00:13:26] That’s about ownership of vehicles, right. Younger generations aren’t quite sure they want to buy a car. So how do the automakers react to that volume fluctuation? So I think I think that still building, maybe not for next year, but, you know, a couple of years and beyond. So one project we just put together was a Supply chain thought leadership program with Thomson Reuters, which is the Supply chain 2025. Can a future of automotive cool look. So we’re we’re actually in an analysis phase of the European America’s version of that right now. First draft will be due out probably mid to late October. So looking forward to look there. We can see what you’re really thinking about for the future. Yeah, absolutely. And this was done. This was a project done in conjunction with, you know, multiple executive and interviewing them and studying understanding where were their top of mind concerns are what’s keeping them up at night, turning that into a survey project and mass out to the industry. And then we’re going to turn around and analyze the results. So it’ll be a very good indicator on a wide scale.
[00:14:17] Very cool. And just once again, for our listeners, that’ll be out that the final report will be out by the end of the year.
[00:14:22] Okay. Asia Pacific regional report is actually out since May, but the Europe in the Americas version will probably be out, let’s call it late, late October, early November and then a global comparison by the end of the year. So that’s what we call a thought leadership project that we’ve been working on. All of our KPI is is thought leadership at A.G. So we worked with Thomson Reuters, which is a leading research company, right? Sure. Yeah. Automotive being one of the things they specialize in. So yeah, I look forward to that. And that’ll be out on our on our blogs and web pages by the end of the year. Well let us know when you get that. Absolutely. Well, yeah, yeah.
[00:14:52] One of things Lufthansa will do is we will meet with some these thought leadership groups and they’ll share some of the key takeaways. From these huge studies, we were just on a remote podcast with the great folks over 50, which were based in London, had put out a great Logistics technology, a state of the Logistics technology. But your study. Yes. Yes. Yeah, but they were able to shoot, you know, so much information that digest and they get, you know, to get on these folks and share our top three or four or five take key takeaways. Our audience usually appreciates that. So let’s chat more about that. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. All right. Those kind of things. But all this stuff. Jim, how can how can our listeners get in touch with you and the AIG team, AIG team?
[00:15:33] So we’re on all the social media. Obviously, LinkedIn is a big one for us for our blog posts. But AIG dot org is our Web site. My email address is J. Liegghio l. i.e. g g h i o at AIG dot org. I know that’s a lot of vowels. Apologize for that. But I missed one early. Hopefully you guys are providing a. But yeah. AIG dot org is our web site. We welcome all comers and inquiries. So we have a fantastic marketing department that really tries to put the right messaging out. We have electronic newsletters for our supply chain C.R. and quality every month that go out. And then we have an AIG news brief which covers all areas every month so users can download the Asia-Pacific report now and then we’ll be able to catch that information and agita our mailing list. So electronic by all means is the way to go. I’m on LinkedIn as well, more than I care to admit.
[00:16:20] But yeah, I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with industry professionals and students and everything else. So Seattle at LinkedIn, James Liegghio is my name there.
[00:16:28] So great guy. Yeah. Cool. Thank you so much. Jerai. Appreciate what you’re doing in industry. Appreciate what you’re doing here in Charleston, South Carolina the next couple days. Appreciate carving out some time with us here on Supply Chain Now Radio. I appreciate you guys being here and enjoy the show. Thanks. All right. Yeah. Thank you. Don’t take off just yet. We’ll wrap up here with a couple of upcoming events. But Jim Lu years, we’ve been talking to program manager Supply chain with the Automotive Industry Action Group. So, as always, want to wrap up this session. First off, we got thank our sponsor, Bo Gruber and the Effective syndicate. They’re doing some really neat things. Stay tuned. We’ve got a big event coming up September 20th, right? That’s right. We do. Uh, we’re gonna be hosted a heck of a view, too. Oh, yeah. From that business, we aren’t all golden, Gregory. Right. Which is a leading law firm in Atlanta. There’s a lot of industry work and across Supply chain and Bo and a colleague and be keynoting an event kind of focused on how companies are are figuring out how to grow successfully in the Amazon.
[00:17:23] Right. Right. So we’re going to have a balanced approach. So the other person is a Emory professor and we’re going to talk about strategy and execution. So both pieces, if you’ve got them both. You’re probably going to be successful. And if you only get one of them, you’re probably going to be less so.
[00:17:40] Wow. That’s very diplomatic. Gentle. Gentle. Yes.
[00:17:44] Well, it is a executive invitation only event, but if you’re interested, you want to shoot bow, an email bow. B.A., you at the effective syndicate dot com and we can follow it that way. Or if you heard something else today. Greg, we’re going be in a lot of a lot of different bits like this in the next few months. Look, my running shoes on. Did you get your running shoes on? So any of the events that we’d talk about would touch on here briefly. You can find on our events tab at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. But let’s zero in on two real quick.
[00:18:13] October 9th, October 9th is a sound. So sorry. The Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Yeah, the Georgia manufacturing alliance. That’s right. So that’s we’re going to have you’re going to actually be hosting a panel session there and we’re gonna be broadcasting live from there as well.
[00:18:29] You’re right. So this is it. I didn’t think about this. So Greg’s and me leading some interviews, including with some foreign trade ministers, which we’re going to let out of the bag later on. Secret stuff. Bo is leading a panel session dedicated to OP ex. Right. Continues to prove or disprove it. Nice. And then we’ll be leading a panel. They’re dedicated to trans track across Supply chain. About a thousand people at this at the manufacturing event in Georgia to be at. October 9th. And keynotes from Keith, which cannot that tell you what is selling? Well. Gentlemen, if your fingers on the pulse there. But we’ve heard every tell you about coming off the line here for last several months has already been. Sorry, I’ve got a customer spoken for. That is you guys are hot right now, man. So. Keynote from Keith. Keynote from PMG October 9th. You can learn more at Georgia manufacturing alliance dot com. One other note about this event is Jason Moss. The CEO of the GSA has freed up 50 seats free for our veterans and that is a huge move. Yeah, if any of our veterans are listening, you can register at Georgia manufacturing alliance dot com and use the Code USA a vet and hopefully you’re one of the lucky winners of the 50 seats he’s freed up, which is a tremendous gesture. Yeah. So, Richard. That’s right. And then lastly in Austin. November 7th and 8th. What’s going on there? Yeah. Right.
[00:19:50] So that’s the EMT Global Logistics C Lu Summit, November 7th and 8th. Yeah.
[00:19:59] It’s, uh, we’re gonna keep it weird in Austin. That’s right. About 300 exhibits in Logistics CEOs mostly, but other insects and Logistics rubbing elbows with solution providers and and each other to jump up early ideas. You it? Yeah. And we all agree great sharing of information.
[00:20:19] And we all know how hot Logistics tech freight tech supply chain tech is right now. A lot of money coming in that space because a lot of companies trying to figure things out. Yeah, you can learn more EFC dot com or you can go to our events tab and find out more there. In 2020, you’re gonna be the reverse Logistics Association conference. Next blow out in Vegas in February 2020 and then Moto X 2020. Gemma, I’m not sure if AIG is going to be there. If not, we want to make sure you are there at Mode X 2020. Vetlanta, which is one of the largest supply chain trade shows in North America. Thirty five thousand people. Wow. Okay. What mode X in Atlanta? We build factories in there. Yes. So it was a trade show. Yeah. They’ll fill up the Georgia World Congress Center. And you know what? The cool thing is it’s free to attend. So Modoc show dot.com. We’re broadcasting throughout the four days and you’re holding our 2020 Linda Supply chain awards there as well. OK. Big thanks to Jim and AIG for everything they’re doing here in the next couple of days. We’re excited about the information exchange and networking. And to your point, Jim, the diversity of thought leadership that will be here. Yeah, thanks. A bow group from the effective syndicate to our listeners. Be sure to check out other upcoming events, replays of our interviews, other resources that supply chain now radio dot com. Again, you can find us on Apple podcast, SoundCloud, SoundCloud, all of leading sites where podcasts can be found. Be sure to subscribe to YouTube. That’s right. So don’t miss a thing. That’s right. Fans everywhere. That’s right. On behalf of Greg White, the entire Supply Chain Now Radio team. This is Scott Luton wishing you a wonderful week ahead. And we will see you next time on Supply Chain Now Radio thinks about it.
Jim Liegghio is responsible for leading and supporting a wide array of AIAG Supply Chain initiatives, including industry-wide work groups involved with inbound materials transportation, packaging, supply chain information security, and international trade compliance. His work also includes the subject matter coordination and production of AIAG’s Supply Chain related industry events. His current responsibilities include the management and development of world-class programs and training courses in relevant supply chain topics, identifying emerging automotive supply chain issues, and representing the AIAG Supply Chain group’s interests within various industry forums. Jim has over 20 years of automotive and manufacturing industry experience in a wide variety of supply chain disciplines. He has significant hands-on, plant-level material and production control experience in addition to having held several corporate logistics roles at what is now FCA. His prior corporate logistics experience has spanned both inbound logistics as well as finished vehicle logistics – both in a domestic and an international capacity. Following his OEM experience, Jim has held various roles within international logistics operations, purchasing, and international trade compliance with global, tier-level manufacturing companies. These positions allowed him to gain diverse global experience, develop more well-rounded supply chain and compliance perspectives, and acquire valuable exposure to broader oversight functions – all within a highly entrepreneurial setting.
Beau Groover is Founder and President of The Effective Syndicate. He has been working with manufacturing and operations-focused organizations for over 20 years, primarily focused on developing bullet-proof processes and teams that are built to win. Beau has helped organizations save millions of dollars while also improving those companies’ customer experiences and building high-performing teams that continue to drive the business forward. He has developed his approach and strategy over years of working with some of the biggest companies in multiple levels within the organizations, including The Coca-Cola Company, Nordson Corporation, and Westrock (formerly RockTenn). Just prior to launching The Effective Syndicate in 2015, Beau served as the Director of Lean Supply Chain at Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC. Connect with Beau Groover on LinkedIn and learn more about The Effective Syndicate here: https://www.theeffectivesyndicate.com/
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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, 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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President, Production
Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.
Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research. Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
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 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 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.
Director of Sales
Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!
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.
Principal & CMO, 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.
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.