In this episode, Scott Luton and Greg White welcome Alan Bolduc to Supply Chain Now Radio at the SC Logistics Tech Talk.
[00:00:05] 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 technology’s the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.
[00:00:29] Hey, good afternoon. Scott Luton here with you, Live on Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome back to the show. Of course, we’re not broadcasting live today from Atlanta, but rather from South Carolina. Follow Logistics tech talk in Charleston, South Carolina, at the Gilliard Center. We’re continuing our coverage in partnership with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. At this event was highlight some of the most innovative companies leaders are driving the Logistics industry forward in the booming state of South Carolina. To our listeners, like all of our series on Supply Chain Now Radio, you can find our replays on a wide variety channels Apple podcasts, SoundCloud, YouTube, wherever else get your podcast from. As always, we’d love to have you subscribe so you don’t miss anything. So I want to join in our welcome in my esteemed co-host joining me once again here today on this episode, Greg White Serial Supply chain, tech entrepreneur and trusted advisor and board member Greg. How are you?
[00:01:21] I am doing great. If I was any better, I would be Beau Groover.
[00:01:27] But as a great friend of the show, he leads our Leadership Matters series. And he is always doing well.
[00:01:33] Yeah, he’s always doing well. And if you’re doing any better, your beau, right?
[00:01:38] Well, we’ve got a great guest here today. You know, we’ve been on a string of diverse interviews. Yeah. Come from different aspects of the Indian Supply chain community. Great event going on. Kinds of backdrop here. But today, let’s welcome in Alan Bolek, senior vise president with Davisson Young. How you doing, Alan? Wonderful. Thank you. You bet. And we really enjoy there was a brief warm up conversation, but we enjoyed it. And as Greg mentioned, you do fit right in. So we want to give our listeners the same opportunity we enjoyed, which is kind of getting a sense of who you are and in your your journey that’s led you to doing what you do now. So let’s start there, Alan.
[00:02:16] Actually, before I start, I just want to give you another Greg White, an opportunity to respond differently to how you’re doing.
[00:02:24] And the reason why I want to do that.
[00:02:25] Because I have a very good friend. And when he’s asked that question, his responses, if I’m doing any better, I’d have to be twins.
[00:02:32] That’s that’s that’s where the Beau Gruver reference comes from.
[00:02:36] That’s what he says. And he’s doing any better idea? 21s. Yeah, right. Yeah. Kindred spirits with our friend. Yeah. Yeah. We need to have those two guys meet. He’s here in town. So anyway, so to get back to your question, so a little background.
[00:02:52] I grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, one of four kids in a fatherless home. A father passed away when I was young.
[00:02:59] And so inner city, if you can call that for a third tier city, small city, but still is still a city. Rough town. To some degree. Anyway, I grew up, had some challenges. You know, it was it was a it was always in trouble, you know, that kind of thing, and managed to get through high school. And it was two weeks after high school standing on a street corner. I’m 17 years old trying to figure out, you know, what am I going to do next? And, you know, a bus went by. And on the side, the bus was a big things, big signs that join the Navy, see the world. And I literally got on the bus and went downtown Hartford, got all my paperwork done and had to have parental signatures. So you were 17? I was 17. So I took it on my mother in the kitchen and I said, I need you to sign this. And she says to me, what? What’s that? And I said, well, that’s I’m joining the Navy. I need you, but I need you to sign this thing. And she looked at me and she says, I knew this day was coming. I didn’t think it’d be this soon and immediately grabbed the favor and signed it as fast as she could.
[00:04:10] And that’s all she wrote. And that’s all she wrote. Literally. Literally. Yeah.
[00:04:15] Gave me a big hug and sent me off my way. So where did the Navy take you? So obviously, bootcamp, you know, you start you start there. I went to Great Lakes in Chicago.
[00:04:25] And when I signed up at that particular time, so Vietnam was still going on and I signed up and they had a special opportunity that they offered three year term, a three year deal.
[00:04:40] And you could choose East Coast or West Coast duty. Wow. And I said, okay, well, I don’t really want to go to Vietnam, so I might take the East Coast duty. And they said, great, you’re in. So I go to go to boot camp. I come out boot camp. They send me orders to a destroyer out of Norfolk, Virginia. Wow. I said, okay, awesome. Great.
[00:04:59] So I do a little a couple of weeks leave, go down to Norfolk. First time ever been down down south. I’m walkin over the brow of the ship onto the deck and they take me on and the guy at the deck and the first thing he says to me, so you know where we’re going.
[00:05:18] Wah wah. We’re going to Vietnam, play him benefit. Strike two. How has that happened? Got his close. Do his. So we’re going through the Panama Canal. Turns out we dug this big. Yeah. Yeah. So 30 days later.
[00:05:32] Wow. We were on Route 2 to Vietnam and through the Panama Canal, which was my first pick. I mean, my first experience on a ship, my first experience was something like the canal on the ocean.
[00:05:45] And, you know, that’s kind of where the connection with me and maritime Elvis kind of came in. So, yeah, that’ll that’ll grow on you as we talk. Miura. Sherkin. And so I spent seven months on that cruise, three months on the gun line in Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin and and so on. And then the when we were done and the war was only and technically the war had the treaty been signed while I was there.
[00:06:13] So we hung around to do so what they call plane guarding of the carriers as they were trying to get p.o.w.’s out and other resources. It was finally time for us to leave.
[00:06:23] So we’re transitioning back to Norfolk and they said, well, this ship is an old World War 2 vintage ship. We’re decommissioning it. Upon arrival, you have an opportunity to to do whatever you want to do. And so I put in papers to become a signalman, which is what my father had done when he was in the service. So it was just something that struck me and. Wow. And so and that was I continued my career. So I spent seven years in the Navy on three different ships and a piece of shore duty and would’ve stayed. But circumstances gave me the chance to to to leave now.
[00:07:02] And I went on to my second career, which is what gach in industry. Right. So. No, no, no. And I’m reading the next chapter. Yes. So I had three careers. So so Navy was the first one.
[00:07:15] The second one. I ended up I won’t bore you all the details, but I ended up getting a job in in sales because it offered me flexibility.
[00:07:27] I became a single parent. So it offered me some flexibility and some unlimited opportunities at the same time. And the gentleman convinced me that that was the place to go. So I got into sales and then ended up into computer sales and computer time sharing sales. You see where we’re going here.
[00:07:45] Got into telecommunications sales and progressed for a number of years, selling services, IBM system services and then into telephone equipment and network and ended up at Sprint doing national accounts. So I did a lot of that. And then I got tapped into the dot com world and the DSL technology world back in the in the early 90s and was asked to be a part of a startup company in in the DSL world, an infrastructure of laying fiber in metropolitan areas. So I did that for a couple of years. That company was acquired the same day as MCI was acquired by a company called WorldCom. And so I got absorbed up into that.
[00:08:35] Didn’t really like the WorldCom philosophy. And I was more of an onslaught of people did.
[00:08:39] Yeah, that turns out you were pretty insightful.
[00:08:42] And I’m really an entrepreneurial spirit. I don’t particularly care for the big corporate stuff. So I’m a guy that I had recruited into the business, went out and started another one. So he came and got me and I went to work with him as employee number six. And in the next 18 months, we went from six employees to 600 nationwide service.
[00:09:04] I was an executive operations guy, went public and then and then the dot.com world imploded. Right. And so part of my responsibility at that point, along with everything else, was all the real estate holdings that the company had grown to have and manage. And so when I left there and got out of that business, I had to reinvent myself. And I said one day, you know, after a while, I said, you know, the thing I enjoyed the most was the real estate stuff. And that’s how I got into the real estate business.
[00:09:37] And that’s. And so you went from there to Avis and, you know, I went from there.
[00:09:42] I’m going to quit trying to guess at your history. But but I’m. But now I’m in real estate. Yeah. So that’s. Yes. That’s the career. Yeah. Right. That’s a nice career. But I started with a little with a company that didn’t really provide muni resources. An ex client of mine said, hey, who wasn’t a real estate business had come join me. I’ll make you a partner with my other partner. We’ll be a team of three. I’ll teach you the business and I’ll feed you. Teach in you. Right. Because that’s part of the problem with getting into this business. And I did that with them for five years. A little boutique firm in Hartford, Connecticut, called Cent.. Marshall Real Estate and I did that for five years and then the one of the partners was retiring, the other partner was really focusing on corporate. I really like to be entrepreneurial. So we decided to disband the team. And at that point, there was no not enough value for me to stay. So I create my own company as a one man show and went off on my own. I did that for about eight years, roughly two years, three years, three years, four, maybe five years in Connecticut before I transitioned here and and restarted here. Very cool now.
[00:10:57] So I came here to Charleston and had to reinvent myself, even though I was going to still do Industrial real estate because I didn’t know anything about a port or Logistics.
[00:11:09] I mean, because that’s not what we do in Connecticut. I just. There’s nothing there. So I went to the College of Charleston. They had an intermodal professional development course, which was 10 months long. I took that course.
[00:11:24] I did. So I accomplished two things in that course. One, as I learned all the acronyms and the insight into rail shipping, customs, maritime law. I mean, you name it. Yeah. Associated with the business warehousing. But more importantly is all of the people presenting all those segments where people from the current marketplace that were executives in their own fields and experts. And so I created those relationships from there. And then I did that for some time on my own still. But the market was growing, but getting bigger and becoming more and more demanding. And as a one person shop, it gets pretty hard to do all things. And so I had to make a decision either I’m going to grow my own company again and start from scratch and hire people willing to go find an organization and netty that’s existing, that needs what I’ve got to offer and and has the support that I’m looking for. And that’s when I joined Davisson Young.
[00:12:26] That’s scary. How long ago was that? Six years ago.
[00:12:32] And so now you’re deeply involved in real estate? From my Industrial side, from a maritime side, from a warehousing distribution side, is that correct?
[00:12:42] That’s correct. So at Avis and Young, I’ve done a couple of things. One is I focus on maritime and Logistics. I went to Jim Newsome, the CEO of the port.
[00:12:55] I was new here. He was new here. We hear that name a lot, I’m sure. And I said to him, I said, you know, you don’t have any cold storage here. It seems to me like a port would want to have cold storage.
[00:13:05] And he looked at me and he said, that’s where I put my money. That’s that’s what we need. And he said, go talk to Paul McLintock and and and see if there’s something you can do with him. So I went in, I saw Paul and I said, Paul, you know, Jim says, you know, you need cold storage. How can I help you? He says, here’s the deal. If you can find an operator will host him, you bring him, will host them. We’ve got that. We’ve got the product. We need the operator. We don’t know who they are. And so if you can if you can connect those dots for us, you’ll be part of the team and we’ll we’ll work through this. And so I went out and I pounded the pavement and I and I I won’t go through all the elaborate research, but ultimately I brought a number of of opportunities to the port. One stuck. And we built the building and another in expansion mode and understanding. So that was my beginning of working with the port and learning more about the intricacies of doing that. So since then with Avis Anyang, I have. Focused on doing Logistics and maritime and getting really involved. So I got involved with an organization called the Propeller Club, which is an international organization. It’s kind of like rotary for the maritime world for lack of a better Sherkin and worked my way up. And to be a board member of that organization gained some credibility with the marketplace and the maritime. Today, I sit on the board of the Maritime Association of South Carolina and the Board of the Chamber of Commerce here in Charleston. And so I’ve managed to raise my level of credentials and credibility within within the in the market. Davidson Young locally has a managing director who asked me to lead the Industrial practice for Avis and Young for the state of South Carolina.
[00:15:05] So we have an office in Greenville. We recently off opened an office in Savannah. And so I’m assisting three teams covering basically Industrial Warehouse Trucking ET.
[00:15:20] But I spend most of my day on committee work and supporting and supporting the market, which is why I’m here. Yeah, I actually spent several years on the board of the international freight conference and recently came off of of that outstanding.
[00:15:34] Yeah. So you need to sleep at night now I get a little I don’t know, I got other committees and stuff.
[00:15:38] Yeah. So yeah. We’re all busy. You, you but you immerse yourself. I think special people, special leaders like yourself immerse yourself in industry. So it’s not just about the transaction that drives revenue. It’s about relationships. Yeah. Relationship giving back. Yes. Yeah.
[00:15:53] Participation in the relationship with the whole power. Yes, absolutely. I mean, the people that I’ve met, you know, it’s one thing to drop yourself into a room and think you’re gonna get a deal done when you don’t know anybody. It’s another thing when you’re when you’re in the room every day, every day, every day. And you’re providing services, you’re working on committees, you’re involved, you’re communicating and you’re not asking them for anything, you’re just there to support. Yeah. And then all over. Over time, you build that level of relationship with people that you can call because they’re gonna answer the phone when you call. That’s a nice thing. And they they reach out to you. They look out for you. They look look. And they do look to you for your expertise. And we’ve done very, very well. And and since I’ve done all that, I’ve created a team. So just like I needed Avis Young as a group and support. I’ve now created my own Industrial team within Avis and Young in Charleston. Two young ladies that I’m mentoring that I’ve created as partners and I’m bringing them along. And they in Sulzer are immersed now in maritime and getting great recognition.
[00:16:57] And one of them is quite a photographer. Was one of them is by our Friday.
[00:17:00] Yes, yes, yes, yes. Yes.
[00:17:03] So so let’s go live at broader SOGA and we get you weigh in on the industry as a whole. In the end, supply chain and all the things that go into that. Yeah. Who would you think a trend or news or developments in that’s global space. What’s on your radar more than other things right now?
[00:17:22] So on a global perspective, the trade wars tarriffs is really top of mind. And and I’ll I’ll tell you why. Because one of the one of the things that I’m also involved with and our team is focused on is foreign direct investment and bringing new companies here. And for the last several years that we had been hosting and and recruiting industries from Europe and China and elsewhere to set up shop and work. So we’re not all things to all people, but we we want to be their eyes, ears and their feet on the ground here to explain to them what’s going on and why they should be here. And then we get compensated by finding the right site, the right building, whatever it is that they need to set up shop. But we work very, very closely with the local economic development people at the county level, at the alliance level in this particular case see RDA, which is here, and and commerce. So we’ve gotten very close with all those folks so that we are another resource for them. And sometimes they actually call us for, you know, for help to arrive. Can you. Can you handle this?
[00:18:31] So when you go back to December of 2018, when the tariff war is really kind of kicked off, it immediately stopped most of the foreign direct investment coming into the Charleston area and predominantly German.
[00:18:50] So the German faction is they don’t like uncertainty. They don’t care what it is, but they don’t like uncertainty. Right or wrong? Right or wrong? Certain. Yes. Yes.
[00:19:02] So we’ve had to go back to the pipeline and work on domestic projects. And we’ve also had to go out and recruit outside. That area. So we’re doing a little bit in the U.K., we just had one of my business associates was was in the U.K. and actually recruited a manufacturer. They came in, they visited. They’re coming back. Looks like we’ve got an opportunity to get them here. We’ve got one from Dublin. We’ve got one from India that are less impacted by the tariff issues. But our concerns are that there’s this huge pent up demand that’s growing and the sooner it’s released, the better for so many different reasons. But if it doesn’t get done sooner, it just leaves the door open for something else to impact it. That may never let it come. Right. Right. So timing is everything. So that’s the thing that keeps us awake at night is, is that that single piece? And then in it, in addition to that is what happens when the floodgate does open is like, OK, crap. Do we have everything we need? We have enough space. Do we have the right building? We didn’t have the capacity to process all of it. Exactly right. And so that’s the next piece that we’re trying to convince people. We need to develop more product. We need to develop the better product that especially the Germans are going to be interested in, because that’s predominantly whose common cause. They’re mostly the automotive and aerospace guys. They’re mostly 20000, 30000 square foot users. They want to put their foot in the door. You know, not not not they don’t want to be all in, but it’s a huge capital investment. So, you know, they’re not come to build, you know, 20 million dollar buildings. They want to come and get in here and get into business. And we don’t have a lot of product that supports that.
[00:20:54] So now you go first.
[00:20:56] Well, the guy’s a good guy.
[00:21:01] So clearly you can speak to from a number of different angles in this industry, right? Yes. And you can tell how involved the are across the the policymaking to the networking, to the resources, to the Sheer expertise of standing up these facilities also, but also making the business deals happen. Yes. Which is not easy. So how can our listeners, Ali, get in touch with you to tap into some of your expertise or just to follow up on some things you’re talking about? Sure.
[00:21:30] Well, I certainly have a LinkedIn account that’s pretty active and probably has a good sampling of my resumé on there. And so if you get the right spelling and Allenville. Well, do you see on LinkedIn? I’m on Twitter at Alan Bolduc. And that’s kind of the extent of my social media. Smart.
[00:21:54] My partners are much younger than I am, and they’ve got other other avenues. I stay out of that. Obviously, we have an Avis and Young Web site. So Avis and young dot com. And if you do backslash Charleston, you know, you can you can find us and our properties and whatever that we do. Sure. Right.
[00:22:10] Yeah. We’ll make sure we include your hyperlinks to the company’s site and your Linked-In site in there in the show notes. The episode also make it easy for folks to find you. Well, you know, we’re not doing it justice. But in this snippet of time we had I really appreciate your story and your background, but also that you got such a strong entrepreneurial common thread throughout your journey. And I think inspires other folks.
[00:22:35] Well, I think that one of the advantages I have with dealing with my clients is the fact that I know how business decisions are made and I know where there’s risk and where there’s not risk because I’ve been in those seats. I’ve run million to 100 million dollar companies. So I get it. And then I slide just bring that in their best interest. And so I provide them good guidance. It’s not about me. It’s all about them, not about the transaction. It’s about making sure that they’re getting comfortable with what their decision is. Yeah, that comes through loud and clear. Great. Thanks, guys.
[00:23:06] Really appreciate your time. Alan Bolduc Bolduc Senior Vise president with And Young. Thanks again for your time. Carven time out today. Greg, another great show. Yeah, couple more to go to our listeners. Stay tuned as we continue our coverage of the 2019 South Carolina Fall Agist Tech Talk event. Of course, be sure to check us out on all the different podcast channels from Apple podcast, our radio YouTube. Really? revolt’s. Get your podcast Froome. Of course, learn a lot more about past episodes, upcoming events, you name it at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Well of Greg White and Scott Luton. Have a wonderful afternoon and we will see you next. Tommo Supply Chain Now Radio. Thanks, everybody.
Alan Bolduc serves as Senior Vice President, Industrial Services with Avison Young. He is a US Navy Viet Nam Veteran with 25+ years in telecommunications industry in a variety of management and senior management positions. Alan also has over 14 years in industrial real estate, beginning in Connecticut and transitioning to South Carolina in 2010. He has served six years with Avison Young leading the industrial practice in South Carolina. Alan is also a Board Member with the Maritime Association of SC, Charleston Metro Chamber and other business-based organizations. Learn more about Avison Young here: https://www.avisonyoung.com/
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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.