On this episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott broadcasts live from DMSCA, and welcomes Janoah Smith and Deirdre Doughlin to the Supply Chain Now booth.
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[00:00:29] Hey, good afternoon. Scott Luton here with you live on Supply chain. Now, welcome back to the show. We are not broadcasting from Atlanta G-A today. We’re here in Scottsdale, Arizona. Beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona at the Dimka annual conference. If that acronym is new to you, diverse manufacturing SUPPLY CHAIN alliance, that should be on your radar. D.M. SICAD Dot U.S. I had a great time covered in covering the event. Speaking to the thought leaders here, the keynote presenters, their participants. And this is gonna be a special episode as well. Stay tuned for that before we get started. Let’s a couple quick programing note. First off, you can find us wherever you podcast from. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. And then secondly, we’ve got to give thanks to our sponsor, Brian, that allows us to be out here covering the event Verusen VR USC in various inc.com. They are using the power of A.R. Asia to drive data harmonisation around the world with a big focus on materials. So check them out at verusen dot com. OK, here with me today again in Scottsdale, Arizona, we’ve got two students from Morgan State University, Geno Smith, a senior Jinno. How you doing? I’m great. How are you doing? Fantastic. And with her, we have Deirdre, Doug Lynn, also a senior at Morgan State. So this is our second episode featuring students from Morgan State University here at Dembski Dan Solla conference. And I’ll tell ya, you’ll have garnered a lot of attention. Yes, I know. I think that we were in one session together earlier. And the feedback we’ve gotten from a variety of folks we’ve interviewed and folks we’ve we’ve had lunch with and had sidebar conversations with your turn some heads the way how engaged you are, the perspective you Sheer the questions of asked. And it’s really neat to have. Pick your brain right here and supply chain now. So, Genoa, let’s start with you. OK. Tell us about yourself and give us you know, tell us about where you’re from and give us some, you know, something that some folks might not know about you.
[00:02:35] Okay. I am from Baltimore, Maryland. OK. I am from the Pikesville mailing area like Connie Pikesville.
[00:02:44] Is that a tournament? Roughly tournament sites 20 minutes outside of the city. Okay. What direction? Roughly. Okay.
[00:02:54] So tournament minutes outside of Baltimore. And tell us about, you know, what’s something about you that some folks might on that?
[00:03:01] I studied engineering for?
[00:03:04] Six years? Six years? Yes.
[00:03:07] What? A certain degree or.
[00:03:11] Well, I went to a high school that had a program for it. And that’s actually how I chose my high school. And I studied everything from principals, engine eight engineer design to a aerospace engineer. OK. Just engineering capstone. And then I went to college for engineering. And I was a civil engineer. Very soon then I changed to Industrial and now Supply chain major.
[00:03:36] So. OK. So with a strong engineering background, which is going to be quite an asset as you get out industry. So really neat. All right. Let’s switch gears, Deirdre. Where are you from and give us something maybe some folks don’t know about you.
[00:03:51] So I think that both those questions can be tied into one. OK. I actually moved a lot. So I think it’s kind of hard to say where I’m from, but between Arizona, between Maryland and between Chicago, so.
[00:04:04] Ok. That was all around me.
[00:04:07] And to get East Coast, there you get Midwest and then you’ve got Arizona out here, which is just incredible. And you are a real Cubs fan.
[00:04:16] Yes. Yes. Was it before the World Series back then? It was like a hundred years, right? Yes. OK.
[00:04:23] All right. Very cool. All right. So what I want to find out from both of y’all is why Morgan State University? Why why did you choose a joke? General, let’s start with you.
[00:04:32] So actually, when I was looking at colleges, I didn’t want to go to Morgan. I didn’t want to be in Baltimore. I wanted to branch out and go to a school that was far away. But that is it and work out. I mean, I was really interested in engineering. I, too, chose all my schools off of engineering. And so me and my mom visited Moorgate, actually, when he came back in the auditorium. She was like, so you’re going to war? I was like, okay, OK. Because before that, she was like, we’re gonna go to the conference, mom, but we’re gonna go to the open house.
[00:05:06] But, you know, it’s just a backup plan. But they said something to her that she was like.
[00:05:12] So. Yeah. And was like, OK. She was convinced she was sold. She’s paying for it.
[00:05:18] That’s important. Yeah, it’s really important. Deirdre, how about you?
[00:05:23] Someone on the opposite end of that spectrum. More so. They just gave me a lot of opportunity. I pay for it myself. So they were willing to work with me? They’re willing. Because being part of moving around. Sure. But I just I got a lot of scholarships, a lot of grants. So I felt there in investing in me. I should definitely take advantage of it.
[00:05:42] So outstanding. Yes. OK. So let’s talk about the field of Supply chain. So clearly that’s that’s a topic front center here at Dimka. And all for students that are part of that Morgan State University delegation, all are majoring in Supply chain, some with double majors, which has been pretty impressive. Geno, what about the world’s supply chain really appeals to you.
[00:06:07] So with engineering, it was kind of, you know, you build the process and then what happens after that is, you know, none of accusation because I saw Supply chain, but I was interested in what happens after that. Like, what if it doesn’t work or what if the customer doesn’t like it or what if it doesn’t get there on time? I just don’t like that. But I never knew. I don’t know what Supply chain Weiss and people from Apex actually came to talk to my engineering class and we’re like, whoa, is there anyone in here that doesn’t really know what they want to do? And I didn’t know what I wanted to do. And I was still trying. I was an engineer, but I was noticing that that wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore. And I was like, I I mean, I found that out when I was a junior. So I was like, I have to I’m running out of time. I have to find out what I want to do. So I just tried to buy chain and I love it. So I never went back.
[00:06:54] So so Apex came out on top.
[00:06:57] Yes. They came and talked to my engineering class, which is kind of a neat experience.
[00:07:02] And clearly, it had a bigger impact. I did, because that’s what is that what led you? Is that what started your kind of diligence on Supply chain?
[00:07:09] Because I was I was just not happy anymore. And I was like, well, I don’t know what to do. I don’t because I owe you a thing I was interested in. Aim was medicine. And I don’t wanna start completely over and just want something that I had taken any classes toward. So I was just anyway thinking and I was like, well, I heard something about Supply chain, let me talk to them. And they are really welcoming and just very supportive, which helped a lot, especially in a situation. I was in school four years later.
[00:07:35] You’re about to graduate and supply chain management degree. Yes. Incredible. All right. So, Deirdre, let’s talk about what was supply chain for you.
[00:07:44] So given just my work experience, I’ve worked in about five different industries and what I’ve done already. I took time off for school. Okay, or from school. But I’ve used it to my advantage kind of having that experience before you graduate. But at 22, so I’m more interested in me. And Supply chain was. What I’ve noticed with each industry I worked in its catering to what people want and what’s supply chain. Everybody needs something, whether it’s purchasing anything, you’re buying, investing. But at the end of the day, there’s always a supply chain involved. So I just wanted to reach a lot of people but still have something new and exciting going on with my career.
[00:08:22] Outstanding. And you’re also a senior. Right now you’re graduating in May 21. Yes, it’s noa’s, graduating in May 21.
[00:08:32] And Deirdre, December 18, 2012.
[00:08:37] And so Deirdre’s saying that on the last episode, Latoyia, right. Is also graduate in December and knew that and had it sworn in memory. Okay. So now are both you all members of the apic Student chapter?
[00:08:52] Yes, I’m actually the marketing specialist. I’m on the executive board. Okay.
[00:08:55] Very nice.
[00:08:57] And so while marketing, let’s talk about this. Is that just where you wanted Daryl?
[00:09:03] I had just gotten to the major and with you actually came to me. He was like she was just really supportive in my chain. Matthiesen president, I didn’t really know anyone. So that you it was like, yeah, I’m gonna help you, like in everything. She’s been very supportive through all of my like, processes that I’ve done. And so she was like, it would look great on your resumé and maybe really show leadership now. Okay, well, what are the positions? Then I saw a marketing specialist and I’m really good at making fires and just getting the right out there. And I noticed that a lot of students don’t know about Supply chain at our school. It’s very it’s very small, major. So I was like, I didn’t know about it. And if there’s someone else out there that can benefit from the major, then they should know about it. Suzanne the bag. That was the best position for me.
[00:09:49] So let’s come back to that. They touched on something I think is really important. So let’s come back to that just a second on the awareness side. So, Deirdre, are you also involved in the chapter?
[00:09:58] Not this year for next of next semester. But I just which the supply chain last year. So I’m really the rookie in this group. Okay.
[00:10:06] And what was your major prior spotting?
[00:10:09] I was in business administration there. So it’s like Supply chain is the baby of it in a way. But I like this a lot more.
[00:10:15] Yes. Go in, child. Yeah.
[00:10:19] Rs I want to get Charles take on something. Jinno you were talking about kind of awareness, but you were kind of alluding to just the Morgan State University student body thinking more broadly and thinking about, you know, folks in your own generation and and folks behind your right generation behind you. Is Supply chain do you think there’s a general lack of awareness for Supply chain careers?
[00:10:46] I do. I definitely do, simply because I didn’t know anything about it. And I mean, work kind of hand-in-hand with Supply chain managers. And I had never even heard about the major, let alone the job. And my mom even like doesn’t like know that much about it. And like, she’ll talk to her coworkers like she will be like, oh, what’s your major like a supply chain? I get asked all the time, what is that? And it’s like you use it every day. Literally anything that’s in your hand right now came from Supply chain manage me. It’s real. I feel like it definitely needs more wryness and the gate is gonna open up a lot of jobs. And honestly, I don’t think we’re gonna have enough people. I think a lot of people need to know they’re not going to switch MHRA. Least look into it.
[00:11:25] Yeah. Be aware. Right. Yes. Deirdre, what about you? Awareness. From what I’ve noticed, just talking with people. I feel like it’s a certain age group that’s not as aware.
[00:11:37] I know it kind of blew up more in the early 90s. So I noticed a lot of younger people know what it is. A lot of people in engineering know what it is. But anyone that hasn’t touched in those areas kind of have to give a little backstory there behind little.
[00:11:53] We’re getting the SB.
[00:11:56] All right. So, you know, one question that we didn’t talk about kind of in the pre-show, warm up that one chance to weigh in on that, that Latvia and your colleagues, Latvia, Latvia and Aaron, had a lot of good things to say. So clearly are probably already interviewing. You’re kind of already surveying the market where you want to be in the jobs and companies and stuff. What are one or two things that you’re looking for in in your first job out of college to generally start with you?
[00:12:24] I think I’m looking to learn as much as I possibly can, and I’m also looking to be welcome. I’m looking for people to welcome not only me but my ideas and just to be able to hear me and my generation out, because we have a lot of innovation ideas and we can really help.
[00:12:45] So to our two big things there. No one is professional development yet, right? You want. You don’t want to whatever you whatever role and whatever skill sets you have from day one, you want that look a lot different in day three hundred years. And then maybe what you’re more passionate about is the ability to be what? But including your ideas and and be able to make an impact. Ultimately, is it?
[00:13:09] Yes, definitely. I feel like we have a lot to offer and feel like my generation definitely are go getters and we are determined to help and make changes that we see fit. And some while some of our changes seem far fetched, some of them are actually needed like a grab chain breaks.
[00:13:29] We have the work that word in eyes is required and a supply chain conversation that’s gonna happen. So. That’s right. Yes. Director, same question. What do you know? So as you’re evaluating job market and talking with hiring managers and what not, what are what’s a couple of things you’re really looking for?
[00:13:45] So I definitely look for something that has opportunities for growth or to kind of just have like some sort of rotational period being that Supply chain has so many different branches. It would be nice just to kind of get a feel for each one before I really lock in and try to progress through that. I’m so definitely something I would like a good rotational program, a little flexibility. Definitely opportunities to advance.
[00:14:09] So being able to be well-rounded in the organization is a lot to you and flexibility. Fisher Really important. Okay, so let’s talk about I’m going to flip here. We’re going we’re we’re gonna go in the Dembski first, but I want to kind of flip it in and we have you weigh in on the global end to end supply chain industry. Right? So what is one topic? And Journolist, let’s start with you. Was one topic or development or innovation that you are tracking more than others right now?
[00:14:43] Mm hmm.
[00:14:44] And it can be it can be innovation. It can be a leadership observation that can be workforce related technology.
[00:14:52] I think I’m really interested in what’s going to happen if the coronavirus doesn’t do exactly what people think. Well, people are scared of doing. I guess I’m hearing people like saying how we’re gonna prevent it from happening. But I haven’t heard many people say what’s going to actually happen to their supply chain if goods can’t come from certain parts of countries. And it’s like, well, everybody’s scared of that happening. So what’s the plan if it does happen? And cause, you know, we’re entering in the job world and basically we’ll meet a year and a half. Right. Dedra, next week.
[00:15:29] So it’s Michael Rentz and December 18th. Yeah.
[00:15:32] What’s going to what’s going to take place that’s going to happen? What would we need to expect right now? Definitely flexibility. And how are we going to adapt to it?
[00:15:41] Because you want a plan? Yes. We’re supply chain. Yes, we want to plan. It’s inherent in our DNA going so blindly. That’s right.
[00:15:48] Just know that there is a plan. And how can we fit into that plan?
[00:15:52] We’ll put Deirdre. What are you what’s on your radar?
[00:15:56] I’ve honestly been closely following Amazon just because of the giant they are. Right. But the most interesting thing to me is they are these FedEx and U.P.S. a lot. And they’re now looking in to have their own like freight or plane service to deliver. So I just think that’s really awesome. They’ve progressed so quickly in a lot of companies or try to play catch up. So I know that’s on their supply chain their right moves, though.
[00:16:23] So are you all curious about so clearly Amazon is the dominant player, right? And however, mainly in the states because you got Alibaba and some others that have more of a global share. Right. But are you curious? Well, I find myself thinking a lot about and and kind of tracking. Is is the ABC anyone but Amazon? Right. Because it despite all the cool things and and the business dominance and the innovation and all the good things right beneath and inspiring to watch, like you’re alluding to, it’s creating pockets of opportunity. And it seems like more and more companies are trying to figure out how to do things. Do business, make business happen without Amazon. Right. Things kind of fascinating because if you do business with Amazon, they’ve got all leverage, right? They’ve got the marketplace. They’ve got the channels. They’ve got you name it. So we’ll see. You know, they have been dominant here in the states for so long. I’d be curious to see what what that gives rise to the next few years. So this stuff that you got to I mean, they are the that the dominant business case study, right?
[00:17:39] That’s right. But then it comes that point. It’s like, well, I really need that by tomorrow evening. That’s right.
[00:17:47] It’s like I think other companies are trying to become key players as well because they are definitely Beaky playing. Right. Like, how can we incorporate some of the things that they do and, you know, try to make growth that from there ourselves.
[00:18:01] Yeah. The other thing I’m contractually. It is the brick and mortar, you know, because we’ve all heard that phrase retail apocalypse for months and months and months. However, a lot of folks, whether it’s on our show or their sidebar conversations we’re having. They still love the in-person shopping experience. Sometimes we need, well, more, more. We need that product, a sap to ours next day, what have you. But, you know, there’s still a large contingent of consumers like especially collect clothes buying or other things you want to kind of touch and feel and and kind of had that traditional buying experience. And it’s interesting to see how these e-commerce players are giving their cake and eat it, too, too, by taking advantage of both sides or some unique partnerships we’ve seen. You know, I think Toys R US partnered, which is is almost a you know, they don’t have any brick and mortar. Okay. But they stood up a Web site last holiday season and folks could order on Toys R US or peruse toys, but they had a partnership with Target and so Targo to same transaction and it could pick up the toys at the Target store. And so a lot of creative applications here.
[00:19:15] Yes. I feel like there’s definitely things in my closet that I wouldn’t have bought if I could have touched it and actually tried it on. I feel like I would’ve went with a different option as a great. Also, I don’t want to go through the hassle of having to ship it back to the Internet. So there are definitely downsides to it.
[00:19:31] Agreed. Yes. And we’re speaking returns. Have your in reverse Logistics. Not sure how much you colleges really spend on that here, but your buys were turnings to unlike you. You know, you’re you’re a sustainable Khosro.
[00:19:47] We save a lot more money.
[00:19:51] Well, but returns is becoming a bigger and bigger challenge. Right? There’s so many Birgit, especially when you think of brands that they’re real careful about what returns go back on the shelf because they don’t want brands to be compromised. So y’all, as you get out and are leading supply chains. Yeah, we’ll be dealing more and more with with returns were based Logistics right.
[00:20:11] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:20:12] Devel did a little fantastic with a yo yo yo yo so far ahead of where folks. Homogenisation. Yeah. Janet Proud Gen Xers you know returns e-commerce and reverse Logistics those bought parts of those curriculums. So Daro imagine that we’re learning from the best that we need those to learn.
[00:20:36] I think we take our school experience, but in like they just like basic retail jobs we have we find ways to incorporate supply chain into that and just find ways to put. We’re learning a school into our everyday lives and finding that everything is supply chain love it. Like from a design standpoint, it is proactive about it. And I am sure you could design a shoe warehouse. And not only am I a cashier, but we work with shipment’s and happen to actually ship like gaṇa. I pick the shoes and ship them to the customer and ask to get to that customer on time. If it’s not there at the price that they paid for, it’s a problem and a big problem.
[00:21:14] Yes. They want to talk to you about. That’s right.
[00:21:18] And so you also have some some practical experience already. Some real world experience. And same thing for you, Deirdre. What what sector? Any any of that.
[00:21:28] So I’ve, uh, I’ve done retail, health insurance, banking, hospitality and food and.
[00:21:34] Wow. Well-rounded. Yeah. Okay. Ready to go? Yeah.
[00:21:38] Okay. So let’s shift gears as we start to wrap up this interview. Let’s talk about Dembski and the diverse manufacturing supply chain alliance. This is the as we Sheer as we were coming out of here, supplier development conference, annual conference.
[00:21:54] Why are you all here? What brings you here? Same question I asked Latoyia and Aaron. And we’ll start with you, Deirdre.
[00:21:59] Okay. So we were fortunate enough to be selected from our school. Um, our chairman for Information Systems and Services Department selected as he is affiliated with David Thurston’s.
[00:22:14] But we were just given that opportunity just to kind of get that real world to hear from professionals that we can read a textbook, we can look at PowerPoints, but we’re not going to hear actual experiences or solutions they’ve had. So it’s been really great for us. Yeah.
[00:22:29] Really? See? And I’m sure they they touch on on pulling the will real world case study and incorporate that. In fact, I found educational institutions are doing that more more really effectively, but getting out and talking practitioners and leaders. It’s been a made a big impact. Definitely, definitely. Definitely. Anything that add a.
[00:22:51] Genoa sorry if I have a villa, had 16 cups of coffee. Clearly, I need one more.
[00:22:57] You’re fine. I.
[00:23:02] I’m just really happy to be here. We spoke with David Veridian in our class and he actually came to talk to us and he was he just like slightly touched on Dan Solla at the conference and we were like, oh, wait, I want to go.
[00:23:15] And he was like, OK, yeah, great. Yeah, you’re coming. We were like, yeah, right. And then we got email from our chairman, you know, it’s like, yeah. So you’ve been selected responder’s e-mail. He said, I taxability. I was like this for you. Like you get the email. She was like Gaffer’s Barina. And I was like, OK. I mean, yeah, great. And like, eat it up.
[00:23:38] It’s like a week ago it didn’t seem real. But we’re here and here you are. Yes. And it’s it’s honestly it’s very rewarding to just see that my parents are not wasting money by not only am I gonna be successful, but the things that I’m learning right now, they’re being applied and just being able to sit next to people that are having important conversations. It’s very rewarding.
[00:23:59] And your and your participating. Yes.
[00:24:01] And offering your your own input is more deafening and knotting. Powerful. Yeah.
[00:24:07] Awesome. All right. Well, it’s been very rewarding to have both of these last couple episodes. Appreciate what you are doing again. Most students don’t take advantage of these opportunities. You know, when you are out here and also you’re not being wallflowers, you know, you’re just like you’re saying you’re engaging in questions.
[00:24:25] Yeah, just really nerve wracking. But they really like my question. That’s good.
[00:24:32] Good enough. Well, all right. So any anything as you’re flying back. But you all fly out. Not flying back out to the Baltimore area. Well, you’re you’re live in the Baltimore area, right?
[00:24:46] Yes, I live near Morgan. OK. Off campus housing and.
[00:24:51] Okay. And Deirdre.
[00:24:52] I live outside of D.C.. OK. And the unfavored DMV.
[00:24:58] So well as our flashback. One last question. What’s one key take away that that stands out from from, you know, the other experiences and other, you know, different different experience you had here? Was that one key takeaway?
[00:25:14] I think everything that we have learned has been very informative. Like just to even see like charts that we have in class. Things I explained to us in class on professionals PowerPoints, like it just means that what we are learning class is actually going to help us and we’re actually being paired. It’s like very rewarding and informative just to know that our time is not being wasted because a lot of people well, not a lot people, but some people don’t even feel that they need college. And just to know that we are going to college and going to come out with knowledge that we’re actually going to be able to use is.
[00:25:48] It’s great.
[00:25:48] Leslie, I bet Deirdre, my biggest takeaway will takeaways were risks and resilience. And I think that applies to everything. What I’ve noticed with Supply chain, it’s more of just a plan. If things go accordingly. But, you know, in a perfect world that sounds nice. But realistically, there’s going to be things that come up, things that are really prepared for us. So just preparing for as much as possible, trying to calculate it with the risk, having resilience to be able to bounce back. I think that’s applicable to anything.
[00:26:19] So I agree that that’s a great comment to kind of wrap things up on a great point. Well, I hate in the conversation, but I know everybody’s a getaway day and we get flights and and other things going on. So big things. János Smith, senior and Deirdre. Doug Flynn, senior, both at Morgan State University, both future supply chain practitioners right around the corner. Thanks for your time. Thanks for having us. All right. OK, so that wraps up this episode. Two quick comments to our audience. First off, stay tuned for more programing and coverage here in Scottsdale with temps because conference. And also, you can learn more about Dembski at DMM, SCA, DOT U.S.. And also, we’ve got in-person and virtual events with partners around the world coming up at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Check out the events and the webinars tab in particular if t Reuters events. The Automotive Industry Action Group Resilience 360. Hey, you see we did there and many more include mutex. And if you can’t find something, you can add a our CMO at Amanda at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and we’ll serve as a resource for you. Big thanks to our guests. Big thanks to our hosts, of course. Big thanks to our sponsor. And thanks to you, our audience for tuning in. Be sure to check out our sponsor Verusen dot com V.R. USC in WSJ.com, where they’re leading the global fight for data harmonization on behalf of the entire team here. Scott Luton. Wish you a wonderful week ahead and we’ll see you next time on Supply chain now. Thanks everybody.
Janoah Smith is a Supply Chain Now intern and senior Services and Supply Chain Management Major graduating in May 2021. During her studies, she has learned about problem-solving, logistics, sales, procurement, and communications. She desires to receive critical business skills and career and personal development training to prepare to enter the workforce upon graduation. In addition to her education, she is currently maintaining a sales associate position at Designer Shoe Warehouse where she provides outstanding customer service, process customer orders, and ensure quality standards for services are met. She was also elected Marketing Specialist of the American Production and Inventory Control Society for the 2019-2020 academic school year.
Deirdre Doughlin is a Senior Services and Supply Chain Management Major. She has worked in Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Banking, Health Insurance, and Retail. She is completing an internship with Morgan Stanley in their Compliance department and plan to start her career in Management for Supply Chain Or Logistics.
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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.
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.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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, 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.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President, Production
Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.
Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research. Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
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 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 Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Director of Sales
Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Principal & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
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.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.