On this episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott broadcasts live from DMSCA and welcomes Farida Ali of Dynamic Computer Corporation to Supply Chain Now.
[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 technologies, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.
[00:00:28] A good EFT new Scott Luton. Back with you here on Supply chain. Now welcome back to the show. Broadcasting loud today, not from Atlanta, Georgia, where we typically are. We’re in beautiful, gorgeous Scottsdale, Arizona. I wish I could see this image of fun and sun we’ve got out to my left. We’re continuing our coverage of the Manufacturing Supplier Diversity Conference hosted by Dembski and Dembski. Maybe a new acronym for U.S. stands for the Diverse Manufacturing Supply chain Alliance. If you have it, if this isn’t on your radar, check out DMB, SCA, DOT, U.S. great group. Before we get started, we weren’t too quick programing. Like all of our podcasts at Supply chain. Now you can find our podcasts wherever you get yours from. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a single thing. All right. One other top story. We’ll have two quick programing note. Big thanks to our sponsor, Barazan, who is leading a charge for a successful data harmonization globally. One company at a time. You can learn more at VeriSign dot com. All right. So I’m really pleased to have feared Ali, president CEO at the Dynamic Computer Corporation. That’s one of our early interviews here at the conference of Frida Hatoon. I’m doing good. How are you? Fantastic. We were just talking desserts that we had at lunch. I tried all of them. I think they are hard not to. Yeah. They were good. But we’ve. If you’ve been not sure of your experience thus far, the conference. But the conversations were having the thought leadership we’ve seen the presentations and panels and whatnot really, really have enjoyed it.
[00:02:09] Yeah. And it’s been very cutting edge. And what’s what’s needed now? So it’s been great.
[00:02:15] What is needed now is as a great way to put it. So, Frida, I want to start with giving our audience an opportunity. cholent. Well, what Paul and I had the option to kind of get know you a little bit better. OK. So tell us more about who you are, where you were born. And if you you’ve got time for anecdote or two from your upbringing, please do.
[00:02:34] Sheer Kisha. So I was born in in India, actually. And my father came over in 1967 when my mom was expecting. So one interesting thing is I didn’t meet my father until I was a year and a half old. OK. And we were out in California. And my father was a financial analyst with Boros. He knew Fortran and COBOL languages. And he got transferred to the headquarters up in Detroit. OK. And what he did in 1979 was sell our house and buy a little electronics store. That age old bed. Yes. That had just gotten its Apple dealership. And he said at that time, everyone’s going to have a computer on their desk.
[00:03:24] Well. So from Califf, from the West Coast to Detroit. Yes. What was that? So you had there was some cold weather for the first time and much everything.
[00:03:34] I was only three. So I’m kind of a Midwesterner. I don’t really think of myself as anything, but. But. Yeah. All right.
[00:03:42] So and what I understand, we’re gonna be in media. I think as I share with you earlier, we’re gonna be in in Michigan a couple of times later this year. I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard so much about a lot of the Rennaisance taking place in the greater Detroit area, which is outstanding here. Yeah. And I can’t wait to learn more about your business. But before we talk about your company, tell us about, you know, what you did prior to your current role as presense CEO. Give us a little bit a little background there.
[00:04:12] Sure. So, you know, it was never really my intention to be running a company. I call myself an accidental CEO. And I went to law school.
[00:04:23] I was never interested in the family business, but my personal circumstances changed. I became a mom. And I know that the business of sensing very attractive to me and my dad said sure gave me an 80 percent pay cut.
[00:04:39] And we were off often Rod, etc.. Yes.
[00:04:44] And so that’s kind of how I got into it. I don’t have an MBA. I don’t have a computer science degree, but I’m not running an I.T. company.
[00:04:51] And, you know, some of companies, most successful leaders come because they bring that that out of the box perspective. You’re from different journeys, walks of life. So I’m curious to see how. Before we talk about the company, what it does. How do you view that? You know, coming from outside of manufacturing, I can be a leg up in many ways.
[00:05:14] Well, it can, because I think you approach it more as problem solving than kind of talking about, you know, the the speeds and feeds and particulars of that expertise. You’re more like, well, how can we apply this more than trying to get into the weeds?
[00:05:30] I love that. OK. So let’s talk more about what tell us about what the Dynamic Computer Corporation does.
[00:05:38] So we deliver IO T solutions for Lifesciences organizations and for Smart Factory. We’ve been doing IAPT since the late 90s. We just didn’t know it was I.T. at the time, right? So building connected devices that eventually go to a network that is based on traditional kind of I.T. system. So you think of a server, a workstation, a laptop, a tablet, a phone, but it’s adapted to a different purpose. So it’s not the one that you use on your desk to do your work. Maybe it’s one that somebody uses to check out a tissue sample in a cancer biopsy.
[00:06:21] So those are the kinds of things that we work on.
[00:06:23] That is some very advanced technology from when your dad founded the company. Tell us talk talk to us about how it’s evolved a good bit.
[00:06:33] Sure. So, you know, in the beginning, I.T. was very or the P.C., I.T. the the home computer was very retail based. And we had retail shops around Detroit and the Detroit metro area. And then in the late 80s, early 90s, all those big box retailers came in. My dad realized he really couldn’t keep the business going that way. So we switched to B2B and we found great opportunity there and in our local southeast Michigan area. But in the late 90s, none of the big shift was the Internet. We had Dell direct selling things direct to the consumer and to the business and we had to adapt again. So we started working on our value proposition. We branched out nationally and we service very large organizations that we’re looking for a niche supplier that would take their I.T. needs very seriously and be able to adapt to their specific, specific requirements.
[00:07:32] Very interesting. Okay. So shifting gears a bit as present CEO, what are my favorite questions to ask these leaders? Because everyone makes assumptions. Where do you spend your time, number one and one, B, where is your fit? What’s your favorite activity to spend your time? What would you love to spend your time?
[00:07:49] Well, I spend a lot of time kind of thinking about the future of technology and where do we need to be positioned so that we’re in business for another 40 years. And I’ll spend a lot of time talking to customers and potential customers. And I think that’s what I love the most, because it’s it’s just really interesting and great to hear what they’re doing and to be a part of their journey and get an opportunity to work with some of these great businesses.
[00:08:13] It is invigorating. Yes. Yeah. OK. So if we were to broaden back out. Right. And kind can’t think of the global end in Supply chain community. Right. What’s what’s one or two trends or developments or innovations that you may have been tracking here lately more than others?
[00:08:33] Sure. So I think, you know, one of the things that we’re even talking a lot about here today at DMCA is this issue of Supply chain vulnerability and the technology supply chain has more of that. I think the people understand. One is you have you have things being Mount manufactured in all different geographic locations. But we’ve also got this problem of counterfeit technology or embedded spyware and technology. So being able to to authenticate, to control, to manage your supply chain, not only from our customers perspective, but from our perspective is really important. And I think finding those control mechanisms is where a lot of innovation can happen.
[00:09:19] Yeah, I think it strikes me that as fast as innovation is taking place and it has as much time and labor and in blood, sweat and tears, all of that saving our efforts at protecting our technology have to almost evolve faster. And it can be such as you speaking of cybersecurity, it can be such a in the blind spots and people’s there was a great commercial that I believe Cisco put out. And basically what this this case study that actually is based on true story is boiled down to like a one minute. A video, a manufacturing organization was targeted by hackers and they were tracking their employees more than they spent their time. They happened to stumble across a bowling league not too far from the factory where a lot of employees were were in it bowling the league regularly. You know, and of course, at Bowling League’s computer system wasn’t very secure. So they were able to hack that with relative ease and then penetrated their e-mail accounts at the manufacturing plant, shut it down.
[00:10:33] The plant lost lots and lots of time jobs or it went to brush land stops, shut down jobs and contracts while things are at risk in all stemming from a Wednesday night bowling.
[00:10:46] You know, it is it is fascinating.
[00:10:49] And I think the thing that we should all kind of just accept now is that we are going to have cyber security risk. You are going to be hacked. And it’s important to put as much security around it as you can, but threats evolve continuously. So then you need to think about cyber resiliency. How quickly can you recover? How quickly can you isolate the breach and control it and minimize the impact? And so we’re really working with our customers to think about resiliency after after a hack happens.
[00:11:23] So I want to ask you a question around leadership and some other things. But before I do it, when you look at the trends out there in the developing landscape in the UPS took out before you.
[00:11:35] Well, I’m really excited about the different and points that are yet to come out. So you hear things like electronic paper where you just roll up something and create a sign. And it’s it’s you’re gonna have digital paper basically or dust electronic dots for you. Well, a throw some dust on a table and be able to sense the surroundings and all the different sensor technology. So I think that the data that we’re gonna be able to capture through digital systems is it’s kind of an exciting time.
[00:12:03] Very exciting. All right. So shifting gears a bit. One of the regular pieces of feedback that we’ve heard and we’re approaching. Well, by the time this podcast released, we probably probably have already released our three hundred podcast. And it’s been very fascinating. It’s been a such a rewarding journey to hear different stories, different perspectives. And one of the common threads, especially one of our series is dedicated called Fluxus, dedicated to exceptional women in leadership roles. Right. Regardless of kind of across industry. And regularly we’ve heard that one of the most important things we can do as business leaders is to spotlight women in leadership roles so that our young ladies coming up through kind of kids can see and aspire to be the top level, the CEO’s office.
[00:12:56] Could you speak to them? How does that resonate with you? Do you see that same need? And how how how do you act on that to help others? See, hey, just like me, you can be president CEO of a manufacturing corp company, Sheer.
[00:13:12] Well, first of all, congratulations on almost having 300 percent.
[00:13:15] That’s a big to have a mop in it as you go.
[00:13:20] So, yeah, I mean many times as a woman CEO and a CEO and Tak, you’re the only person in the room, you’re the only woman at the table in certain surroundings. And that can be hard. Right. But I think what I’m really appreciating is that there is a change of perspective. I’m also really heartened by what I see in young women and their their continuous push to kind of even ignore the fact that there’s a gender issue and let’s just keep being the best that we can be. So.
[00:13:51] Absolutely. All right. So let’s shift gears to Dembski. I’ve been alert. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around new acronym. And it’s finally, I think, starting to stick so diverse. Manufacturing Supply chain Alliance. Dembski. What what brings you here? I think you’ve been you’ve been coming to these conferences for a while.
[00:14:14] Actually, this is my first one.
[00:14:15] Really? Yeah. Yeah. My my homework’s for humbugs. Sorry about that. So what? So how did the Sicher radar then and why are you here?
[00:14:23] So, you know, we were fortunate enough to meet with a representative of Abbott and we had a great conversation and they mentioned the Dembski.
[00:14:36] That to S.A. Agreed to kind of sponsor us as a as a invitee. And we were able to come. And I didn’t know like something like this existed. We’ve been part of other diverse advocacy organizations. But what they do here in terms of bringing a small group of I would call them second stage organizations together to meet with large corporations is it’s just a very unique and via. Mm hmm.
[00:15:01] Outstanding. So let’s make sure that our listeners can can connect with your organization to learn more. Or with you. How can focus on more about your company?
[00:15:13] Sure. So our website is w w w dot d-s.c I-T dot com and we have a blog. We also have a LinkedIn page. OK. Find a sign and we’re on Twitter as well.
[00:15:27] Outstanding. Yeah. All the bases covered.
[00:15:28] Yeah. We are a technology company. We should feel up today.
[00:15:35] So we’ve been chatting with Fariba Ali, president and CEO, Dynamic Computer Corporation. Really appreciate your time today and admire what you do.
[00:15:44] And hopefully we can we can you know, a year from now we’ll sit back down and see what’s changed as y’all continue to grow and evolve and and serve a pretty high tech sector. Oh, yeah, sure. Yeah. Great. Thank you very much, Scott. Appreciate it. Appreciate it.
[00:15:59] All right. So appreciate Frida’s time. Thanks our audience, for tuning in. Couple of quick notes here on Back In. First off, stay tuned for more programing and coverage here in Scottsdale with Demps because conference. And again, you can learn more about the organization at DMM SICAD that U.S.. And then secondly, be sure to check out other of our program. We’ve got a bunch of in-person and virtual events with partners around the world, from EAFE Waters events to the Automotive Industry Action Group Rasyid’s 360 and much more. You can find all that Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. And if you can’t find it, shoot our CMO. A note. Amanda at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Thanks again to our guests, our sponsor Verusen dot com. Stay tuned as we continue our coverage and on behalf of the entire team here. Scott Luton, wish you a wonderful week ahead. We’ll see you next time on Supply Chain Now Radio Gates reporting.
For over 20 years now, Farida Ali has been working in her family’s business. It wasn’t the plan, she practiced law for a year before joining her father’s company, Dynamic Computer Corporation, in 1994. Under her leadership, Dynamic Computer Corporation is an innovative technology partner helping their customers deploy technology that is compliant, consistent and controlled. Learn more at www.dccit.com.
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Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
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.
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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.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
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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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Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
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When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
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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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If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
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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.
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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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.