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 Micah Mallace from the South Carolina Ports Authority to Supply Chain Now Radio.
[00:00:00] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio Broadcasting live from the Supply chain capital of the country. Atlanta, Georgia Supply chain. Now radio spotlights the best in all things supply chain the people, the technologies, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.
[00:00:29] All right. Good morning. Scott Luton here with you live on Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome back to the show. We’re coming to you today from the AIAG SCAC Supply chain Quality Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. AIG is the Automotive Industry Action Group. SCA is a South Carolina Automotive Council. This conference is dedicated to the world of automotive, as you might imagine. We’ll be meeting with many of the leading industry thought leaders that are participating. 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 variety of channels Apple podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify and wherever or wherever else you find your podcast. As always, we’d like to have you subscribe so you don’t miss anything. Let’s welcome me and my co-host here today. Greg White. Serial Co-hosts Supply Chain Now Radio. Serial Supply chain. Tech entrepreneur and trusted advisor Greg. How you doing?
[00:01:37] I’m doing great. And by the way, I just love cereal.
[00:01:41] Good to know because in a lot of the governor. A lot of cereal, apparently. Yes.
[00:01:45] And you also heard their beau groover are there co-host today. Founder and president of the Effective syndicate and co-host of our well-received Leadership Matters podcast series here on Supply Chain Now Radio. Done just right. Good morning. You love cereal, too? I do love cereal, which I’ll stay with zero real quick. Frosted Flakes. Boring. What? No Fruit Loops? No. Okay. No way. Really? Pebbles here. All right. We’re covering a hard hitting, hard hitting topic. We got to introduce our guests really quick, because I want now I want to know what cereal. Well, what do you like? So let’s well, look, we’ll ask him that. So first off, let’s welcome into the show Mike Malice, director of regional sales with the South Carolina Ports Authority. Mike. How you doing? I’m doing great. All right. You got to answer the question.
[00:02:29] I guess my answer to the question. Oh, there’s so many to choose from. I’ll go with the grape nuts because you’re not expecting it. Wow. I was called those grape rocks. I did not know you were my great grandfather. That’s great. I was very blessed. Let’s be the times.
[00:02:46] Ok. So, Mike, we love our ports here. You know, we’ve been podcasting for a long time. And one of the common themes is, is what goes on the ports. They are such a huge economic driver, both locally in the state, regionally, even nationally. So looking forward to our time with you here today, because that the Charleston ports and several airports have been growing much like the Georgia ports and down in Savannah, right? Yes, sir. Absolutely. So that’s good to see. Good. So it’s certainly good to see for the regional economy as well. All right. So for starters, though, before we talk about the port, tell us about yourself and what’s what brought you to your your position now.
[00:03:27] So I’m a bit of an anomaly in the U.S. Supply chain I’m sorry, in the U.S. port industry in that I’m not gray haired. And and towards the end of my career, the standard, I guess, way to get into the port industry is to work for a shipping line for 30 years and then kind of get your retirement gig at a port. And I think that under our leadership on our CEO’s leadership, Jim Newsome, we’ve been much more focused on growth. As you’ve seen in some of some of our recent numbers, as you mentioned, Savannah the same. But effectively, I got in towards the beginning of my career. And so my career was in residential supply, residential property management, which was a wonderful recession era job.
[00:04:13] That was maybe something I hope to never do again. And when I meet again, a reception area. Absolutely. Absolutely. A good point. I hope to never need that one again. Good to needed on the front end. When I when the beast hasn’t grown and you don’t have a big house and all the rest pay for. But nonetheless, and I actually went back up. I got my MBA and met Jim, our CEO at a at a function I knew he was going to be at. And I asked him to be my mentor over the next couple months while I was finishing out my MBA. And I was shocked when he said yes. I didn’t know how to respond because I was planning you all thinking. I know exactly right. Here’s why you should be. I had a lot of I had a lot of reasons why I should consider it, but not a lot of answers. So when he said yes and I. But.
[00:04:59] Him and the top folks of the port for the next few months for a job and they gave me one and I got my MBA in finance, and Jim effectively said, you know, you’re not scared ass, so we’re gonna put you into sales. And so there I’ve kind of been for the last seven years. That’s outstanding.
[00:05:17] Really is interesting story there. So tell us more about it. A lot of folks will make assumptions about what goes on in ports, but tell us about what the Southland Ports Authority does.
[00:05:29] So some would say ours is a very simple job in the Supply chain. We effectively pick up and put things down. We pick containers up off of vessels, put them down on trucks and vice versa.
[00:05:40] You would hear some of our leadership say that, and that’s true.
[00:05:45] I think if you get down to the nitty gritty, the end of the day, we play an outsized, visible role in an unfettered access from global markets or to global markets for domestic companies. So whether that’s Wal-Mart’s sourcing their dot.com business and wanting to get it to our doorsteps before Christmas or whether that’s BMW trying to get their finished vehicles out to the Chinese market, for example, I think ports in general are a small player, but a very visible player in that chain and in your role.
[00:06:20] What are you doing to help make all that happen?
[00:06:22] Yes. So my role, I look after our set half of our sales group, specifically geographically placed in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast. And I’m kind of primarily responsible with the long term double market growth that we’re expected to deliver a lot. That’s a big plate, big full plate and double market stuff. So can you tell me what you mean by double market? Absolutely. So the U.S. port industry tends to grow almost perfectly in line with GDP. Okay. It has done about 3 to 4 percent over the last several years. We have doubled and in some years tripled that.
[00:07:03] And the expectation is that we continue to. So if the port industry does 4 percent growth, our very simple metric for success is that we did 8 do we do 8 percent growth? The only caveat to that is if we go into a recession and the U.S. port industry does negative 2 percent growth, you still have to go. We still have to go out. So it’s an interesting but very tangible and very easy metric to to to kind of measure ourselves against now. Mm hmm.
[00:07:29] So small tasks. No small task at all. So let’s switch gears a little bit here and talk about the. The event we’re all here for the AIAG SCAC had to get those acronyms. And one more time for Beau Supply chain Inequality Conference. So what brings you to this event?
[00:07:47] So I would say I’m a bit of maybe an admitted geek, supply chain geek, if you will, which is why I love podcasts like this.
[00:07:55] I enjoy the educational aspect of conferences. Of course, I’m a salesperson. I’m supposed to be meeting and greeting. But what is interesting to me and Supply chain is that every day it changes and every day you are solving for a different riddle.
[00:08:10] And these conferences you hear about or at least I learn about things that I had not considered before, and that hopefully allows us to more effectively market our our wares.
[00:08:20] Love that. And, you know, even in this, what we have found are we do a lot of entry events and treasure events and and try to take a lot of what’s going on there and then broadcast it out. The folks might not be there around the world, even in this digital age. I think these in-person events are still so important because you’re able sit down, look, and people, you know, mano a mano look in their eyes, exchanges stories, compare notes, and that’s still there. There’s so much you still can do, obviously, in the digital age. But that interpersonal quality of really engaging, connecting and taking ideas back is still so important that events like this.
[00:08:56] So we see that have absolutely a hundred percent believe that I’m a millennial, but I’m not, you know, so, so advanced on social media. I guess I was a lot of ways that could go wrong. Yes, you were. You were go in there.
[00:09:08] But what we at least in our business, what we see and maybe to make it tangible as an example, I was on the phone with a company on the way here. They’re looking at making a in the in the range of one hundred million dollar investments, hopefully in South Carolina, hopefully that our that our port will will benefit from do business with. And at the end of the conversation, the guy who I’ve now known for a couple of years and had been working with on this particular deal for now some time, he said, I think we’re probably going to put it in South Carolina because I really trust you. And, you know, there’s a lot of financing.
[00:09:46] You should be governor. And the politics may not be my thing. I trust act.
[00:09:52] Let’s talk about Supply Chain Now Radio. I mean, that kind of ego. Get it? I love that, but I’m sorry. Go ahead.
[00:09:59] No. So you just you just can’t do it over Twitter, you can’t do it. Yeah. Over Facebook. I mean it. It really does still matter that you can sit down across from someone and they can trust that what you are telling them is gonna happen is gonna happen anyway. And if and when, I should say it doesn’t. That you’re still gonna be sitting across from them, helping them make sure that it gets back to where it should be.
[00:10:18] Well put. Wow. Well, that’s a really mature perspective. I mean, I mean, I don’t mean I’m not qualifying that in any way. It’s just it’s interesting to hear people talk like that. So, yeah, I don’t I don’t get them all mature very often.
[00:10:33] So, I mean, I’m going to make sure that my wife listens this now. Yeah. So I’m your boss and your boss because you were doing a 100 million dollar deal on the phone on the way your way here.
[00:10:41] Well, I’ve heard mature and millennial now. So you are a rare bird. I. So. So from your position and your experience, what are one or two of the industry trends that you’re watching or aware of or worried about what’s on your radar that you’re kind of looking at?
[00:10:58] So I think that you would expect that I would say tariffs. And that’s absolutely that’s absolutely the case. It’s something that is impacting. Well, I’m sorry. It’s something that we thought was going to have a bigger impact on our business this year and has not had the impact that we anticipated. But we certainly think that an impact is in the offing.
[00:11:16] But what what is interesting to me is I wonder if we are at an inflection point in global sourcing and actually where we’re putting out a paper.
[00:11:26] I just sent the rough draft off last night about this, but everyone is talking about tariffs and the impacts that they’re having on sourcing today.
[00:11:36] And yet what we have seen is for the last five to 10 years, we have seen companies moving their sourcing to Southeast Asia and Vietnam, to southeast to South Asia, India and Bangladesh, and now even to to eastern Africa, primarily Ethiopia. We have seen this trend ongoing now for several years. And what’s what’s interesting is the companies that were considering it or had not yet looked into it, but it was on their to do list. They are now kind of getting a kick in the butt because of tariffs to look at. And so the tariffs are kind of the big you know, the big thing, the big tweet hanging out there, if you will. What we see is we think this may be an inflection point where it kicks companies to say, I’ve been I’ve been analyzing this and now I’m really going to do something about it. And that’s and that’s predicated on on labor rates in China. That’s that has nothing to do with tariffs now. It’s tariffs or maybe accelerating the trend, I’d say. So it’s something that we’re really watching.
[00:12:33] So we’re we’re talking here with Mike Malice, director, original cells with the South Carolina Ports Authority. And I know Greg Greg likes breaking out certain tools here on the podcast. Greg, let me say it aren’t so.
[00:12:46] Yeah. So I would love and it sounds like you could have some really great insights, but I would love to see what you are looking into your crystal ball. Any bold predictions?
[00:12:59] Interesting. Even so, I just read a paper that said people that make effectively economists and talking heads make bold predictions are always wrong. So I’ll just caveat it by saying I’m probably going to be wrong. Yeah, that will make you a sportscaster. There you go. And then I can make a lot more money than yesterday. And the big face and whatnot. No. So I think that maybe this is not such a bold prediction. But in times of uncertainty like we are in today.
[00:13:27] And that’s that’s predicated on e-commerce and the then the complexity of delivering to doorsteps which companies are still trying to figure out. And then now adding changing sourcing models, tariffs and all the rest. It’s just a time of tremendous complexity and supply chain. And in those times, I think that I guess my prediction would be you will see the share of of warehousing, of controlled distribution moved to three peoples and away from company owned or company controlled distribution. So as opposed to having a million square foot just, you know, pick it, pick a company target. DC I wonder if maybe we’re going to see instead a mask warehouse and distribution or or use in or something like that when that deal instead. Yeah.
[00:14:18] So you self identified earlier as a millennial. And what also what I found really interesting as you describe what you do and what goes on supply chain is just how exciting is to be in the industry. And I don’t think we can tout that enough. I really don’t. Then we were talking with Jim with AIG in the last show about some of his awareness and enrichment efforts about educating the masses so we can build the pipeline. Going back to what you said earlier, that every different hour, every different day, you’re solving different challenges. That seems to be one thing that really has pulled you to the industry. What else would you feel if you had to round out a top three list or top five list? What else? That working in Supply chain. Do you think that folks don’t appreciate or what are the things that in Supply chain you’re doing you really love about your role?
[00:15:08] Absolutely. I absolutely love what I do. I love the international aspect of Supply chain. To me, what I find most interesting is if you pick up The Wall Street Journal or The Economist or whatever, and you and you read what is being you know, you read very intellectual people saying what is going to happen or what is now happening. If you work in Supply chain, you may have already been seeing that trend or you may be responding to it that day. And I find that fascinating. I mean, I think the challenge with the Supply chain industry is a lot of times the entry level position. You may be booking trucks all day long and dealing with truck drivers and dealing with the challenges of a warehouse, not having freight when they’re supposed to and just just a lot of headaches. Right. And I think if you if you get just beyond that first entry level job, which you very quickly fall into, is it is more of a macro global impact on what you do day to day. And I find that fascinating.
[00:16:09] I agree. I think all careers follow that path. Right. I mean, I remember my first job was in a pizza place and the stress was going to get the pizzas into and out of the oven fast enough. And then as your career progresses, it’s all right. Now, how do I get the dough into the freezer and how do I get enough tomato sauce to make the right? So how do I get enough to go to pay for that? I think I stay open. Right. Yeah. But I think you’ve got to be wired for that high energy, fast changing, fast paced thing. And if you’re if you like that, which I don’t think a lot of enough young people realize it’s an awesome career because I didn’t I don’t care what A.I. does. I don’t care what autonomous vehicles they’re still gonna be. Stuff
[00:16:47] Getting from point A to point B for the rest of our lives. It’s just going to happen that constant changes energizing to an eye for some of us. I think particularly your generation has that need for constant, you know, constant interaction. And I think I think that that’s you know, if there was anything I would add to kind of this statement or your question, it’s what is it people don’t understand about Supply chain that should interest them about it. And I think it is the international aspect of it, the importance of it. Right. The impact of it and and the constant activity of it. I think people have thought of it as trucks driving across the country and putting boxes in warehouses. But it’s it’s much, much more than that.
[00:17:32] Yeah. And there’s nothing we need folks to do a lot of those things. Right. We still need as much automation is taking place, is still such a people important industry world, really. And, you know, as we’ve as we’ve talked about a thousand times on previous episodes, even with all the automation for folks are willing to learn and really lean into their roles and raise your hand and volunteer and take all new bold initiatives, it can create so much more opportunity. All right. So on that note, I want to make sure, Micah, if folks heard anything, they want to fall out with you and miss out on a porch story about how can folks connect with you so you can check our Web site, which is w w w dot s CSP, a dot com or feel free to look me up on LinkedIn.
[00:18:20] Micah Malice, right, spelling my C H. You got it. M.A. L L A C.
[00:18:28] Fantastic. Really enjoyed your perspective. You know, when we sit down with folks, it’s there when you sit down with folks that love what they do. It is so evident and you bring a lot of passion to the table. I wish we had. We need to bring you back for a part to maybe a fuller episode. But thanks for taking time out of your busy day to join us here today. Mike Dallas, director, original selves with the South Carolina Ports Authority. Thanks again. Thank you so much. You bet. All right. So we’re in a wrap up on a couple upcoming events. We always invite our listeners to come out and check us in person. We love being at events like this and really capturing perspective like Mike, just share, especially now that it’s too hot to really good 2.0 to do a show. And thank you for locking us into how we produce these episodes. Oh, good. All right. So come check us out in person. If you the next the next of it, we’re going to be out after we spend a couple days. Here is the Georgia Manufacturing Summit, October 9th, right, in Atlanta.
[00:19:22] Yes. 1000 attendees. Right. Of the 10000 manufacturers that are in Georgia. Yeah, a great show.
[00:19:30] Full day, October night. He’s got Keith Jay Small, CEO, GM has got keynotes from Keith and from PMG. And interestingly enough, Greg’s going to be broadcasting live of some foreign trade ministers. Bo is leading a panel session on continuous improvement. I’ll be leading a panel session on trends of track and supply chain big day makes us all sound really important. Doesn’t well that. But we also really enjoy I mean, I think we’ve embraced this aspect of helping to. Facilitate information sharing and and best practice sharing and thought leadership. It’s a role that that we take seriously. Yeah. So October 9th, you can learn more at Georgia manufacturing alliance dot com. And as we as we’ve we’ve had a couple times here, we can’t tell him enough. Jason DMA is freed up 50 seats for our veterans. This is an outstanding opportunity for our veterans to get out, make connections, gather market intelligence. Yeah, there’ll be folks that are hiring there. Regardless, you’ll leave. There were a lot more information than when you were robbed. For any veteran listening, you can go to Georgia manufacturing alliance dot com register and use a Code USA vet to get a free seat as long as they last. So great. Good to Jason for a fellow veteran for four. Continue to take care of the veteran community. Okay. And then on September 20th, we should tackle this. And first. I’m operating in an bizarro world. Maybe, but September 20th. But you’ve got a bit coming up. Effective syndicate in Atlanta. Tell us about what’s going on there.
[00:20:59] I do. We’re excited about it. We’re doing a CEO roundtable. It’s by primarily invitation only. But if you’re interested, please reach out. But I’ve got an Emory professor with me. Name Robert Keith engine. And together, he’s been teaching and professing around strategic planning and strategic implementation for years. And so we’re gonna tag team it. He’s gonna be talking about the elements of a good strategy and I’ll be talking about the elements of good execution. So we believe if you get those two things working in tandem, good things will happen, no doubt.
[00:21:30] Good things definitely will happen. And if you’re interested in that session, if you’re a senior leader of an organization that is a pretty small, intimate roundtable type event, but you can shoot us and connect at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and we’ll get you more information there. In fact, that holds true with anything you heard. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, she just know we’ll try to serve as a resource for you. And then one final event to touch on. Greg, list in detail is what’s going on in Austin, Texas in November.
[00:21:59] Yes, on November 7th and 8th, where at the E F T global Logistics C I O summit. So we’re going to keep it weird, Austin and keep Austin weird. Sorry. I always get that in the Portland one confused kind to the same thing. Three hundred executives and service providers and and technologists all converging in Austin for great food. Music. And information sharing on supply chain. So it’s it’s gonna be a really interesting show. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve met with Nick is still young and and ICF knock me down from EMT. Had a great conversation with them the other day. We’re gonna have another one with them here pretty shortly. And their view and analysis on the marketplace is very impressive. What they know is impressive and what they get people to share at this shows is very much worthwhile.
[00:22:58] They’ve got their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the global supply chain. Did they do events globally? Yeah. And this is our second partner event with them. And we’ve we’ve enjoyed as much as they have, I believe, because it gets back to you. We’re helping disseminate that thought leadership and market intel. OK. That’s November 7th tonight. You can learn more about those events on the events tab at Supply Chain Now Radio know in 2020, we’re going to at the Reverse Logistics Association conference next. Beau in Vegas and of course, Moto X 2020 is me back in Atlanta. We’re broadcasting live all four days as well as Mode X is hosting our 2020 Lena Supply chain Awards, which we’re excited about. Mike, you’ll be at Mode X, all right. If not yet, we’re gonna get you. We’re gonna get to recruit. Yes. I guess I need to sign up. Well, you know what? On that note, it’s free. Thirty five thousand. This one, the largest supply chain trade shows North America. Thirty five thousand people. Moto X show dot com is where you can go. And we’re excited about our partnership we have there. Yeah. Okay. Great conversation. I appreciate Mike Malice. Bo Gruber. The Effective syndicate Greg White. Supply Chain Now Radio to our listeners to be sure to check out other upcoming events, replays of our interviews, other resources at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. You can find us an Apple podcast, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube release, whatever else you find your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything on behalf of the entire Supply Chain Now Radio team. Scott Luton wishing you a wonderful week ahead and we will see you next time on Supply Chain Now Radio thinks about.
Micah Mallace is the Director of Regional Sales at the South Carolina Ports Authority. He is responsible for long term growth strategy and sustaining double market growth at the Port. This involves development of the marketing approach and guiding companies through supply chain optimization studies, site location processes, transportation vendor selection, and incentive negotiations. The Port of Charleston has been the fastest growing port in the US since 2009 and Micah has been fortunate to be involved. Micah graduated from the College of Charleston with a Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree and MBA in Finance. Learn more about the South Carolina Ports Authority here: https://scspa.com/
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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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.
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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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Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.