Supply Chain Now Radio
Episode 167

Episode Summary

In this interview from the SCAC AIAG Supply Chain & Quality Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, Scott, Greg, and Beau Groover of The Effective Syndicate welcomed Kyle Hooper of Volvo Cars, to Supply Chain Now Radio.

Episode Transcript

[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 afternoon. Scott Luton here with you live on Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome back to the show. So once again, we’re coming to you today from the AIAG SCAC Supply chain and Quality Conference in beautiful North Charleston, South Carolina. This conference is dedicated to the world of automotive and we have been meeting with a wide variety of the leading industry thought leaders that are here participating. Big thanks to our conference broadcast sponsor the Effective syndicate for making our coverage possible. Effective syndicate helps companies win by optimizing process and developing winning culture. 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 of radio channels Apple podcast, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, wherever else you find your podcasts. As always, we’d love to have you subscribe, so don’t miss anything. But you thought I was going to leave that one out for for Greene just for a minute. I was what I was watching out for Greg, though. So that’s Bo Gruber, my co-host for this session, founder and president of the Effective syndicate and co-host of our Leadership Matters series here in Supply Chain Now Radio. Beau, how are you doing? I’m doing just right.

[00:01:41] So we’ve got a really interesting story. I think we’ve been on quite a tear with the interviews we’ve had here at the event. And we’ve got a really interesting story to feature on this episode, the story of Volvo Car USA, which has made a huge splash into the U.S. market right here locally. Their first plant here in the states. And we’re now let’s introduce our featured guest for the segment, Kyle Hooper, manager of procurement and rescue him, excellence at Volvo Cars USA. Kyle, how are you doing? Well, how are you? We are doing fantastic in it for us. It’s energizing to sit here and here. You know, last session was on own trade with someone. I was very passionate about trade policy that the previous one was on talent. We’ve met with folks with AIG, which are great ambassadors for the automotive industry globally. So, hey, this is what we’d love to do and we’re looking forward to kind of dive more into your story here momentarily. All right. On that note, com before we talk about Volvo and the neat story I’ve been building there. Let’s get no the. So tell us more about yourself.

[00:02:44] Originally from Oklahoma, I went to the Oklahoma State University. Go Cowboys. That’s right. Yeah. After Oklahoma State, I went to work for a aerospace company dealing with high reliability, electronics and space applications, defense applications. I worked in the Spar quality area there. After that, I moved on to a Tier 1 automotive supplier in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in natural gas fuel systems and also on an off road instrumentation to space in and automotive.

[00:03:17] I mean, you’ve got considerable experience. And two of the the mainline manufacturing industries driving the economy here at home.

[00:03:24] Lots. Yeah, lots of experience in that. Lots of testing experience. Looking at space applications. There’s really no room for error and really trying to focus in on who the right suppliers are, the right level of quality, and how we can deliver to our customers in a good way.

[00:03:39] Love that. And so and it probably just touched on a little bit there. But tell us about your role, specifically Volvo.

[00:03:45] So my role of Volvo is predominantly process management, looking at how we utilize and focused our people in the right areas. Sustainability is also another area of my responsibility. Looking at, you know, how we utilize our natural resources, carbon footprint with our supply base and also looking at digitalization, how do we how we use our systems in a right way to communicate and collaborate with our suppliers.

[00:04:14] And so heard three big huge buckets have three big plates. I mean, just the sustainability piece alone, especially out of an automotive organization, that’s a that’s a full time job. And then some, right?

[00:04:26] Yes, it is. We have lots of initiatives going on currently with sustainability, looking at our carbon footprint from our suppliers. How do we go about reducing that, introducing 25 percent of our plastics made from recycled material, about 20, 25. And I’m also looking at it from a from a material standpoint for cobalt sourcing and having full traceability of that by the end of this year.

[00:04:51] Outstanding. Of 25 percent of all the plastics going into vehicles to be reduced by 2025. I hear that right. 25 percent of. Recycle plastic. Gotcha, gotcha. Sorry. Those are big, lofty goals. Be hags, love that. Yeah. All right. Big, hairy all day shit. All right. So continuing with the Volvo Cars USA story here, so you’re part of the first U.S. plant that Volvo has ever had. So tell us more about what brought that decision for the company.

[00:05:23] Well, I think I think if you look at our our product strategy, since we were acquired by Geely in 2012 I’m sorry, 2010, that we really wanted a presence here in the U.S. and around 2015, we really saw a big turnaround in the U.S. market. And we we came to the realization that we need to have a presence in North America. And Charleston was the area for that. That really kicked off the project in 2015. And here we are four years later with full scale production going for one year now and already looking at sourcing for our second car.

[00:05:56] Fantastic. How many cars per day roll off the line? Around one hundred eighty two every day at the mall. And I wonder what we were talking before we went live. The styling of Volvo is just off the charts right now. That to me, is one of the best looking styling language. Design language, I think, is what they call it across all of the the areas. Did that change as far as, you know, into in 2015 when they came here?

[00:06:22] Was that part of the same like transformation, part of that part of the same transformation and really looking to how we can create a more stylish car that built to our customers in a better way? I think we really see that now with our cars that we have on the road with with the latest with a 60 sedan that we make here in Charleston. And it even go back to the the first vehicle in our SBA product line, that XY 90 right now, which is the second vehicle which we will be producing here in Charleston. It’s two thousand twenty two and twenty three. Awesome. And that’s just fantastic. What?

[00:06:54] The growth expansion.

[00:06:56] Good to hear.

[00:06:57] All right.

[00:06:58] So you are you’ve kind of just touched on what, Volvo mix here in South Carolina, but where they get their shit all over the globe, they roll out to the port here in Charleston and they’re shipped to China, to Europe all over the world.

[00:07:11] So we had someone on with a line port started this morning. Mike said Senate, I bet you’ll have a pretty tight working relationship with the ports.

[00:07:21] We have a good relationship with the port. We depend on them a lot as we have material coming in from our suppliers and also to are completed cars going out.

[00:07:30] So when we think about all the growth that you’ve been describing, what are and maybe, maybe, Bill, you’ve already nailed it. The exceptional styling, you know, maybe the design is ahead of its time. But what else is driving the growth? What’s this? This this this incredible levels of interest in the Volvo products.

[00:07:49] I think one thing, it goes back to safety. Volvo is known for their safe vehicles developing the seatbelt and allowing other automakers to utilize that technology without any royalties dating back to the 40s and 50s when they did that. I think also the stylish designs, they’re really good looking cars. Incredible. 60 that I have is awesome. I love to drive it. So, yeah, I think I think it’s the design and just the the practicality.

[00:08:18] Maybe. All right.

[00:08:19] The simplicity. I think no matter how complex cars get, at some point people buy them because the way they look. Right. I mean, not saying is the main reason, but when you take everything else away, somewhere in there, people think, man, that’s a good looking car. And again, I think it’s the styling, certainly the safety reputation that model has. And I think you guys have a really good quality, reliability, reputation as well. We do. So that’s a winning combo. So you’re saying there’s still an emotional attachment to humans and automobiles? I’m worried about the upcoming generation because it just didn’t seem to be there. But for I think those of us over 30, yes, we still love our cars and we love the way they look.

[00:08:59] All right. So let’s switch gears for a second. No pun intended about that. The Volvo Cars USA story. And let’s go a little bit more agnostic. I know Bo has been one of his interests, have been kind of seeing what industry trends have been on on our interviewees radar.

[00:09:17] Yeah. So, I mean, as you’re thinking about things, Kyle, what are one or two trends that you’re aware of? You’re watching maybe you’re worried about when you look at it, your horizon, you’ve got multiple hats that you’re wearing. What are the things that you kind of keep an eye on or you’re aware of?

[00:09:34] I would say probably one of the biggest ones right now is electric electrification moving in towards a maybe a fully electric vehicle and even hybrids here in the U.S. with all of our cars having an electric option in the future. Big focus on that right now within Volvo. Also, sustainability, how we take care of our natural resources. I mentioned CO2 footprint, recycle plastics. Really a. Some of the to do big initiatives that we have ongoing with Volvo cars and additionally with autonomous drive as well. Mm hmm.

[00:10:06] And I like again, going back to the plastic side to have 25 percent of all the plastic gel used to be recycled by 2025. Yes. That, you know, I think those types of big visionary goals is what it’s going to take to really change some of the things that we’ve seen from a sustainability standpoint. So all of these the story that you described, that Volvo is really building here is having a big impact on the local economy.

[00:10:40] So speak to that. The more so the plant in itself was a one point one billion dollar economic input or impact to this to the area of Charleston, South Carolina. Point one billion of the B is B and the impact from around for, you know, our suppliers and other people. Is it over four billion dollars? Mm hmm.

[00:11:03] That goes a long way.

[00:11:05] And how many people currently we’re approximately fifteen hundred people. And with the launch of our second car, we aim to be around 4000. Fantastic. Yeah.

[00:11:16] And that’s just is all of that direct for with Volvo and it doesn’t include the regional jobs that may be created as well. That’s purely Volvo. Yeah, man. OK. All right. So what? So we’re here again at the AIG, the Automotive Industry Action Group and the S.E.C. South Carolina Automotive Council. They team up. This is the third year I think they’ve posted this event on supply chain in quality. So what does what value do you see in Volvo seeing getting involved with this event and in particular, particularly SAIC?

[00:11:54] I think it’s a good, good opportunity for us to identify new potential vendors for being one thing. But it’s also a good partnership with the state of South Carolina. When we look at developing workforce, moving more into the future with a competitive marketplace out there right now, how can we have we can how can we get people in this community with relevant manufacturing experience where we think they can come in directly and work for us and plant?

[00:12:18] Fantastic. And we’ve seen a lot of that. I think deals have been made since we’ve been here that I have a collect. There’s been some deals made. So you y’all had a earlier keynote, right? Yes, I did. And what would you like to speak to?

[00:12:37] We spoke about the the growth of Volvo, kind of the ambitions that we have with sustainability, with autonomous drive, electrification. Also talked a little bit about the status of the plant at the moment. And I wonder what our future ambitions are with that, with launching the second vehicle. And I’ll also gave some information with for how how to become a sofar what that process looks or looks like around that.

[00:13:01] I’m surprised we got time. I bet folks for work were cornering you after you also got the breakout. You’re kidding out there. You and your colleague Kevin. Right.

[00:13:11] Kevin was actually unable to join us today, but we have several other people from Volvo here from our purchasing department. Logistics speaking with all the folks here and really trying to form some partnerships.

[00:13:22] I bet. And I fuck I bet plenty of folks are trying to form partnerships, which our building. Okay. So final question for you is how can. I mean, it’s really neat to hear. And we’re all looking we’ve touched on the need for good news. Right. And more good news. This is a good news story. So how can folks hurt something that they can resonate with? Maybe they are looking to do business with Volvo or whatever something you’ve said. How can folks learn more?

[00:13:49] They can go to our website, Volvo cars dot com and there’s instructions on how to register to become a supplier. You’re also welcome to reach out to me directly on LinkedIn. Kyle Hooper, HBO PR and I’ll be happy to try to punch you in the right direction.

[00:14:04] Fantastic. Kyle, it’s a pleasure. Appreciate it. Again, as busy as it sounds like you all clearly are the car some time out with us here today. We really appreciated your perspective and congrats or our best of luck on continued success as you’ll continue to rapidly grow left and right. All right. Appreciate it. Thank you. You bet. All right. We’ve been speaking with Kyle Hooper, manager, procurement and Execute Excellence with Volvo Cars USA. So, Kyle, hang on one second here. We’re going to wrap up on a couple of upcoming events and maybe some that you have an interest in. I don’t know. So that one of the next events that we’re going to be at is the September 20th event in Atlanta. Both were an executive roundtable where you’re going to be tackling some some growth strategies, right?

[00:14:47] Absolutely. So we’ve partnered up with Emory professor named Robert Keith engine. And we’re going to be talking about the elements of a good strategy as well as the elements of good execution. So we. We believe and we teach that companies that get both of those pieces working well together. Good things are gonna happen.

[00:15:05] Good things are gonna happen, indeed. And then moving past that feet, a few weeks later, we’re gonna be at the Georgia manufacturing alliance is Georgia Manufacturing Summit, right? October 9.

[00:15:17] We’re gonna be all over that. Your colleague Greg is gonna be broadcasting from there with a couple love foreign trade ministers, trade ministers. We’re excited to learn about that car. We haven’t been able to let those names out of the bag just yet. Bo is testing me to see if he’s gonna let our secrets out, but we’re looking forward. Your Bo’s leading a pack. This is it.

[00:15:38] This is about a thousand folks are in. Come out to celebrate Georgia manufacturing alliance October 9th. We’ve got a variety keynotes, including from PSG, some great panelists. And it is gonna be the cop gallery in Atlanta. And the coolest thing. Well, that’s great. But but one of the things I really admire the most is the GMAT. It’s freed up 50 seats for free for our veterans. And, you know, we talk about some of the challenges veterans have when they transition or just in general. You know, networking and having that private sector network and being in places where they can gather market intelligence, whether they’re looking for their next job or their next contract or what. What have you. This event is featured a lot of that throughout the day. So if you’re a veteran listening to this podcast, you can go to Georgia manufacturing alliance dot com and use the promo code USA VIT to sign up for your free seat as long as they last. A big thanks to Jason Moss, the CEO of the GSA, for making that happen. We’ve got a variety of other upcoming events from Austin to Vegas to back to Atlanta with Moto X 2020 ever, ever been out to Moto X, never been there. So Moto X is one of the largest supply chain trade shows North America. Thirty five thousand people to there is how many folks are expecting in Atlanta in March 2020, where they are hosting our 2020 Atlanta Supply chain awards and we’re broadcasting throughout the four days to our listeners. Check out that conference at Moto X show free to register. Can’t beat it. And we hope to see there.

[00:17:14] But what would we miss? I think you’ve covered it all. Yeah, we’ve tried to. If you want or more information or any of these events we could be at. You can go to our events tab at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and learn more. Or if you’re interested, whether it is HBO’s event he described or in any of his other ideas that we’ve mentioned or events or resources, you can shoot us a note to connect at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and we will try to track information down for you. So big thanks once again to our guests today, Carl Hooper, manager, procurement and Eskew, an excellent Volvo Cars USA. We look forward to checking back in. As you all move from from how many employees to 4000 right around the corner, 4000, man. Fifteen hundred today, 4000 around the corner. Those are great, great stories to hear about. Great, great growth stories you hear about. Thanks for joining us. You bet. Gruber. Always a pleasure. Don’t go too far. We’ve kind of couple more sessions throughout the day. Appreciate the Effective syndicate support as we cover this conference. To our listeners. Be sure to check out other upcoming events, replays of our interviews, other resources at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Again, you can find us an Apple podcast, soundcloud. All the leading sites were podcasts can be found. Be sure to subscribe to almost anything on behalf of 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.

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W. Kyle Hooper, MBA, CQE, CQA, LSSGB is the Manager of Procurement and SQM Excellence for Volvo Cars in North and South America. His responsibilities include: Procurement Sustainability, Digitalization, Process Management, and Training. Kyle brings over 15 years of experience working with complex supply chains and supplier development in the automotive and aerospace industries. Prior to joining Volvo, Kyle was the Manager of Supplier Development and Quality Systems at Enovation Controls who is a tier one automotive supplier producing on and off road electronic instrumentation in Tulsa, OK. In this role he was responsible for supplier development in North America, TS 16949 certification, and the deployment of a product lifecycle management system at five global locations. Additionally, Kyle has worked as a Supplier Quality Manager at Frontier Electronic Systems in the aerospace sector that provided high reliability electronic assemblies to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and NASA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University. He also received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma Christian University. Kyle holds several quality certifications from the American Society of Quality (ASQ) which includes: Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Learn more about Volvo Cars here:

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:


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Tandreia Bellamy


Tandreia Bellamy retired as the Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Supply Chain Solutions which included the Global Logistics, Global Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight business units. She was responsible for operations strategy and planning, asset management, forecasting, and technology tool development to optimize sustainable efficiency while driving world class service.

Tandreia held similar positions at the business unit level for Global Logistics and Global Freight forwarding. As the leader of the Global Logistics engineering function, she directed all industrial engineering activies related to distribution, service parts logistics (post-sales support), and mail innovations (low cost, light weight shipping partnership with the USPS). Between these roles Tandreia helped to establish the Advanced Technology Group which was formed to research and develop cutting edge solutions focused on reducing reliance on manual labor.

Tandreia began her career in 1986 as a part-time hourly manual package handling employee. She spent the great majority of her career in the small package business unit which is responsible for the pick-up, sort, transport and delivery of packages domestically. She held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Inside and On-road operations in Central Florida before transferring to Atlanta for a position in Corporate Product Development and Corporate Industrial Engineering. Tandreia later held IE leadership roles in Nebraska, Minnesota and Chicago. In her final role in small package she was an IE VP responsible for all aspects of IE, technology support and quality for the 25 states on the western half of the country.
Tandreia is currently a Director for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation Board and also serves on their Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Previously Tandreia served on the Executive Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s IE Department and the Association for Supply Chain Management. She served on the Board of Trustees for ChildServ (a Chicago child and family services non-profit) and also served on the Texas A&M and Tuskegee Engineering Advisory Boards. In 2006 she was named Business Advisor of the Year by INROADS, in 2009 she was recognized as a Technology All-Star at the Women of Color in STEM conference and in 2019 she honored as a UCF Distinguished Aluma by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

Tandreia holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from UCF. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of two college students, Ruby (24) and Anthony (22).

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Marty Parker


Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


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.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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 Barnes

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.

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Tyler Ward

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!

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Kevin L. Jackson

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 CiscoMicrosoft, 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 UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier 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.

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Enrique Alvarez

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.

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Kelly Barner

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’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

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.

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Amanda Luton

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.

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Clay Phillips

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.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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.

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Chantel King

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.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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