Supply Chain Now Radio
Episode 200

Episode Summary

In this episode, Scott Luton and Greg White welcome Jamie Taylor to Supply Chain Now Radio at the SC Logistics Tech Talk.

Episode Transcript

[00:00:05] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio Broadcasting live Supply chain capital of the country, Atlanta, Georgia. Supply Chain Now Radio spotlights the best in all things supply chain the people, the technology, 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, Liveline Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome back to the show. We’re broadcasting Lambe Day, not from Atlanta, but from the South Carolina fall Logistics tech talk in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina at the school yard center, which is a new one for me. Yeah, but what a gorgeous facility here. We are doing this in partnership with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, which hosts the tech talk. And Greg, this event highlights some of the most innovative companies and leaders are driving the Logistics industry in the booming state of South Carolina. To our listeners, all like all of our series and splotch in our Ryder, you can find our replays on a wide variety of channels Apple podcast, SoundCloud, YouTube, wherever you get your podcast from. As always, we’d love to have you subscribe to your MAZI thing. So let’s welcome in. My esteemed co-host made the drive down to this gorgeous city here yesterday. Greg White serial supply chain tech entrepreneur and trusted advisor and board member Greg. How you doing?


[00:01:27] I’m doing great, thank you. It’s it is great, but great to be back here.


[00:01:30] It is great to be back here. The weather cooperated. It was too human yesterday.


[00:01:35] It was a crisp fall morning this morning. A lot of comments from Charlestonians about the weather. This. Yes. And I used to. Well.


[00:01:44] So and we’ve got a great interview. We’re gonna kick off the series here today with Jamie Taylor. Yeah. Coordinator Inside Cells with the South Carolina Ports Authority. Jamie, how you doing? I’m doing well. Thank you guys for having me. You know, if you’re gonna be down in Charleston, then you’d be talking supply chain or really business in general. Yeah. It’s natural to kick off for the ports. Fifty three billion dollar economic juggernaut. Yeah, that drives not just the state economy, which those numbers do it or the impact on South Carolina, its economy, but it drives a regional economy. And you could part make an argument that it helps the continent move a Sheer. Right. Absolutely. All right. So so, Jamie, thanks for joining us here and there. This is been a busy week for you and your team. We’ll talk more about some of things you’ve been up to this week. But for starters, and Greg, just like we want to provide some color commentary for our listeners right now. Jamie, tell us a little more about yourself, who you are, where you’re from, the kind of professional journey.


[00:02:41] Sure. Absolutely. My name is Jamie Taylor. I went to College University, South Carolina, graduated marketing management major in 2006. After college, I spent some time at Cummins Engine Corporation here in Charleston. So I handled the international Logistics for the Maureen division here in Charleston. After leaving there in 2012, I went to OSL. I handled sales there for them for about five years. And then I came over to the port here in Charleston almost three years ago.


[00:03:16] Okay, cool.


[00:03:17] So I bet that Cummins and ocn experience really special. Your international experience. Shabbas organizations really prepared you well for for Delta Force.


[00:03:27] Absolutely side. I think I bring a, you know, a BCO perspective. Being at Cummins and then the ocean carrier perspective and bringing it, you know, tied it all together here at the port level.


[00:03:37] That’s great with what you guys are trying to do to expand the influence of the ports. I absolutely respect. Yeah, for sure.


[00:03:43] Yeah. So let’s say the ports now. For how many years? Almost three years. Three years.


[00:03:52] And as the speed and the rate of change and growth, have you seen the pulse pick up month in a month out?


[00:04:00] Absolutely. So we just complete our fiscal year in July of this past year. We had a record fiscal year. We were roughly around 10 percent above our plan. We are on track to have another record year. So we’ve had record months consecutively since our end of our fiscal year. And August, September, October looks to be another strong month as well as far as volume. So we we have a lot of things going on here. We were very integral in working with South Carolina Commerce Department as well on, you know, contracting companies to locate here in South Carolina. You know, either that or to try to, you know, expand if they’re currently in south to.


[00:04:43] So at its highest level y’alls mission to fold your support and the businesses that are here. Right. Helping them grow, providing access, solving, I’m sure, Logistics and supply chain problem. Right. Removing those obstacles. But then also you’re you’re helping. Kate. And really, the region land new business, right?


[00:05:02] Absolutely. So we’re we’re probably the largest economic driver for the state of South Carolina. And so we we are very integral in how we attract companies to locate here and how we help them improve and expand their business in the state.


[00:05:18] And, you know, the inland port system seems that from all accounts, I haven’t toured yet. We’ve had an invite to it. We’re going to we’re going to take take out the team next time we’re here or upstate. It seems like Spanish met a smashing success for the ports.


[00:05:34] Absolutely. So we open inland Port Greer about six years ago. The major driver for that particular facility was BMW. They were the anchor account. And so initially, most of the volume in an outbound of that facility was with BMW. Now we’re seeing a very diverse set of companies using that facility. We’ve dramatically grown it. I mean, I think we did over 150000 rail lifts last year. In year five, we. We didn’t even anticipate doing 100000 container moves there. We did 150000 last year. So, you know, and Greer has been such a big success story that we opened our second inland port in Dillon, South Carolina, in April of 2018. And the anchor account there is harbor freight tools. So we’re we’re excited about the growth of Greer. And now with Dillon coming online and the inland port platform, I think is really transformed how ports do business around the country.


[00:06:37] So can you share a little bit about what? Why? Sure. Inland ports are just some of our listeners. They’re not as familiar.


[00:06:44] Yeah, sure. Absolutely. So we have a inbound outbound train for more inland ports to Charleston. And that’s a six day a week train service for Greer, five day a week train service for Dylan. And so basically what we’re able to do is, is take trucks off the road way with to have a more efficient supply chain for importers, exporters. Also, with the trucking shortage that we’ve seen here in the in the country, in particular, southeast shippers able to hedge their risk against a truck using the inland port model via rail.


[00:07:21] Right. And and they can also can they also clear Customs Inland yet rather than at the seaport? Yes. Yes, correct.


[00:07:28] So on the import side, for Greer, a shipper would get a rate from their ocean carrier to Greer, South Carolina. Okay. That rate would include the ocean to Charleston. And then the rail to Greer. So the only thing that would have to manage would be the trucking piece from Maureen Lu to court to to the final destination.


[00:07:48] Okay, great. And then one of the things I understand about inland ports and I’ll defer to the expert is beyond the benefit, beyond the benefits that you’ve already laid out. It also in the car spoke to Supply chain efficiency.


[00:08:01] But, you know, with e-commerce and there’s expectations and service levels continue and get smaller and smaller in Amazon’s about the mayka, the one day standard for its prime customers is Alen Portes. Help things move quicker, you know, from from where it comes in the port into the business markets, right?


[00:08:18] Absolutely. I think the major advantage to a shipper perspective is, you know, you’re going to have more truck capacity in an inland port market versus a port market like Charleston or Savannah or any other port, for that matter. And so is a shipper. You are able to have a lot more power, you know, in particular, if you’re doing a lot of freight, even if you’re doing a little bit of freight, you’re able to to capitalize on a broader truck market. Greer, Dillon versus Charleston.


[00:08:47] Well, clearly, what you are doing is being benchmarked by other states. If you look at the growth of inland ports usage and their success nationally and in a lot of markets are moving to using your kind of pull levers in this thing. So we look forward to kind of seeing what’s next, not just for the ports, but also from an inland port utility utilization standpoint.


[00:09:09] Okay. Let’s talk about the big event that kind of is our backdrop, or at least it was last night as we were setting up in early this morning. I think you all wrapped up the event. Tell us more about what that have been. Is. Is it something I’ll do every year and who is here?


[00:09:21] Sure. So we’re at the satellite international trade conference. I believe it’s a forty six year consecutively. We have had this event. It is kind of the Super Bowl, if you will, for us at the Ports Authority. Kind of our our key initiative for this week is to have as many as our clients in as possible. You know, in entertaining meetings and in sidebar discussions. And, you know, there’s been to give you kind of who’s here, the ocean carriers, all the major ocean carriers are here. President, this event, a lot of the major shippers. borders’ exporter’s Drage Providers freight forwarder, so it’s really a who’s who in the international Logistics community is at this event.


[00:10:09] So we heard. So I dig Patel spoke yesterday. Yes. Wow. How is that?


[00:10:17] That was fantastic. You know, growing up, I’m a huge sports fan. And in particular, college basketball and what he’s done for the sport. And it was really great to see him and hear him. And I think everyone really enjoyed it. And so what were his thoughts on inland ports?


[00:10:35] I don’t think we were asking about it as an as yet. Press, press. Get a to baby. Let’s take it then.


[00:10:43] You’re on a modern game, guys. Have a great basketball coach. Frank Morris has done some great things driving the basketball program forward. Yes. All right. So, so big event, the South Carolina International Trade Conference. And the neat thing that I’ve seen and this is our first time here, the fall Logistics tech talk. I love how they kind of combine a kind of book into tech talk with what what sounds like a great event that deports Drogheda earlier in the week.


[00:11:08] Sure. Yeah, absolutely. So, you know, some of the Keith sessions here, I think I think we do a good job or at least the conference does of aligning all the perspectives of supply chain and having very sessions on that and trying to intermingle that and try to understand. You know, in this community that we’re in of Logistics, how can we improve? How can we improve ourselves? How can we improve for our clients and other shippers? Yep.


[00:11:37] So the intermingling that you mentioned that I think that there’s so much value in cross-pollination in the global inin Supply chain community, I think I think there’s so many neat resources and the innovative companies and solutions and but even in the digital age we live in, the Google age we live in. It’s tough for folks to find and and make these connections that that lead to all types of collaboration. So I love the intermingling approach I’ve taken here with these these two events. Absolutely. All right. So growth certainly has been one of the common threads in this conversation already. But let’s let’s dove in a little bit more to the growth story, because South Carolina keeps stacking up wins when you look at not just Logistics growth, but kind of in the end, supply chain growth.


[00:12:23] What are some of your thoughts on that? Absolutely. So, you know, we’re we’re we’re seeing a lot of shippers move into South Carolina. We’re we’re a very business friendly state. I think we do a really good job of of marketing and targeting companies that we see rapid growth in. So in particular here, Southwire Ports Authority, our focused regional recently has been on retail distribution. We’ve always been known as more of a manufacturing point because we have so many manufacturers that we support, not only in South Carolina, but our region as a whole. I think we’ve kind of pivoted some not two to 10 to neglect that focus of business. But retail distribution is a major focus for us, at least on the on the commercial team at the port. We’re trying to understand, you know, what are the rapidly growing segments of the market? E-commerce is such a growing segment and we want to make sure that we’re out in front of these these customers that are rapidly growing in order to to talk about South Carolina and how we can become involved.


[00:13:27] Is that what you think is driving so much of the growth? I mean, you’ve also recently deepened and continue to the port as well. Yes. Get bigger and bigger ships in there.


[00:13:36] But absolutely. So we have a couple pilot projects. We’re focusing on the harbor deepening. We are currently 45 feet at high tide. We’re going to 52 feet. That project will be done in two years. That allows us to bring 14000 Teemu vessels and a larger into our docks at any tide. So currently we are tightly restricted in regards to those large ships. So, you know, if it’s low tide and we have a mega ship coming in, that’s a weight off shore. So that that’s a key initiative forces a harbor deepening. We’re the only port under construction of a new terminal in the country that will be complete in 2021, Phase 1. So that’s going to give us about 700000, Teemu, of more capacity. So we you know, those are our two major projects focusing on growing inland port business as well. That’s another key initiative. And then, you know, trying to get ahead of these these e-commerce retail customers and let them know what Southcorp’s about.


[00:14:38] Sounds like you’re being really proactive in trying to anticipate where the economy is going and support that change in the economy. That’s a somewhat unique approach. Sheriff reports. But I think it’s actually it’s in line with what we saw when we were here about a month ago. Yes. In that you all have a very forward thinking methodology. Practical.


[00:14:58] Absolutely. It is a. Look at the overall GDP, 70 percent of the GDP is is consumers. This is consumption based.


[00:15:06] And so you have to understand that that, you know, we’re always going to be an import dominant country. And so with that, you have to look at where those imports are coming from.


[00:15:16] Yeah. Yeah. So two thoughts when you said, come in. You can take ships. Come in our lives on at any tide. I was like, man, that’s a whole different mindset. I thought when I first heard of my Shirley Hedeman, any time now, any time that speaks, I’m set. You’ll have to have right at the port. Right. All right.


[00:15:37] And then secondly, to your point, Greg, and how you were saying earlier about our previous conversations down here and Jamie, how you were talking about how the state makes it a business friendly environment.


[00:15:48] Ashely Teasdel was director business services with this South Carolina Department of Commerce.


[00:15:53] Yeah. And what a fireball.


[00:15:55] That one home, one interview. Yeah, but you could eat anyone. Listen, that interview walked away with a breath of fresh air.


[00:16:04] You know, you don’t think you didn’t think regulatory. You think you know, obstacles. Is that what we heard is a state official that wants to make it as easy as possible to make business, establish here and grow here?


[00:16:18] She not consciously changed her career choice from banking, where she was helping small businesses to the state, where she could help even more small businesses into even more situations. And to see that kind of spirit in a government entity is exceedingly rare. Sheer, but certainly refreshing and it seems consistent with what we’ve seen in talking to some of your call. Absolutely.


[00:16:38] And long as lines, we would do that. How do you do when you think of the culture on the ports team? Seems like some of those elements would apply as well.


[00:16:46] Yeah, I think we’ve got a business perspective. I think we’re very different than other state supported entities. We we operate more like a private company. We have our own budget, but we do get, you know, funds from federal and state levels as well for various projects. But, you know, on the commercial team where we’re very aggressive in our approach and think we’ve got a great product to sell and we’ve got a lot of projects. And so we’re you know, we’re just trying to continue to gain market share in the port market.


[00:17:14] Well, looks like you’re doing well in that regard. All right. So how can our listeners, if they heard something like the one compare notes or they might want to explore different ways they can move?


[00:17:26] Maybe they want to know what Dick Fontanel say.


[00:17:30] Lucky folks get in touch with Sherkin. So, again, my name’s Shamie Taylor. Inside sales coordinates Satellite Ports Authority. You can e-mail me at J. Taylor T-A Y. ELA war at SC s._p._c._a dot com.


[00:17:44] Great. And the ports web site. That would be SC s p-a Yes, sir. Right. For South Carolina state ports that are already EFT. Sherkin. Gotcha. What a great leadoff interview. Amy, really appreciate your time here. Did you guys for having me? You bet. Well, thanks for what you are doing to drive business. I meant that. That helps everybody.


[00:18:06] I want to. I also want to encourage just one thing to fashion note here. Everyone should check this out on YouTube because that is a stylin glaze.


[00:18:14] Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate that. I appreciate that reference. Well, that is a Charleston blazer, right?


[00:18:21] A big thing is Jamie Taylor with the South Carolina Port Authority for joining us here as we continue our coverage of the South Carolina fall Logistics tech. Talk to our audience. Be sure to check us out. Apple podcast, SoundCloud, YouTube, really wherever you find your podcasts. And of course, you can check out all of our content at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com for Greg White and the entire Supply Chain Now Radio gang. We’re on the move. I hope you have a great day and we’ll see you next time on Supply Chain Now Radio. Thanks, everybody.

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Amanda Luton

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 singing second soprano in the Grayson United Methodist Church choir.

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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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Billy Taylor

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.

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Allie Krasinski

Marketing Coordinator

Allie is currently completing a degree in marketing with a certificate in entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia. She got her social media start through an internship with Shred, a personal training app, and she’s been hooked ever since. She works to optimize our following base while assisting the team with content creation, influencer outreach and other marketing endeavors. Allie can’t wait to keep growing alongside Supply Chain Now.

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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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Jada Carson

Marketing Coordinator

Jada is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University, having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a media studies concentration and marketing minor. Jada got her start producing content at 16 years old, while attending a radio and broadcasting journalism program in high school, and hasn't looked back!  She is an asset to the Supply Chain Now team as a media specialist, podcast and media producer, and production coordinator.  Outside of Supply Chain Now, Jada is a big Lakers fan, and also a music journalist and enthusiast.

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Ben Harris


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.

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Page Siplon

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).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

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.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

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.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

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.

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Demo Perez

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.

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Kim Winter

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., which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

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.

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Alex Bramley

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.

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