“Companies will look at their supply chain, and in addition to looking at cost they’ll also be looking at the risk and the diversification and the resiliency and the ability to pivot in particular situations.”
– John Paxton COO and CEO Designate of MHI
John Paxton is the Chief Operations Officer and CEO Designate of the Material Handling Industry Association (MHI). MHI is a trade association made up of member companies that focus on products and services in the material handling, warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing spaces.
Professional associations have always been one of the most important ways for people to continue learning and growing from their peers, but as John points out, that is only the beginning. Associations such as MHI provide professionals with an opportunity to volunteer, showcasing their leadership abilities, and setting themselves apart.
In this interview, recorded live at MODEX 2020, John Paxton shares his perspective with Supply Chain Now Co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton:
[00:00:05] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio. Broadcasting live from the Supply chain capital of the country, Atlanta, Georgia. Supply Chain Now Radio spotlights the best in all things supply chain the people, the technology, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.
[00:00:29] Hey, good morning. Scott Luton here with you, Liveline Supply chain.
[00:00:32] Now welcome back to the show. We’re broadcasting live once again from Moad X, the largest supply chain trade show in the Western Hemisphere. It’s being held right here in Supply chain City, Atlanta G-A. Now on today’s show, we’re speaking with one of the senior leaders from an incredible professional organ’s association that has been making a global impact for years. Stay tuned as we look to increase your Supply chain IQ. Quick programing note, like all of our podcasts here at Supply chain. Now you can find our replays and subscribe wherever you podcast from. And we encourage you to subscribe so you don’t miss a single thing. All right. Let’s welcome in my fearless co-host here today. Greg White serial supply chain, tech entrepreneur, trusted advisor, and evidently the world’s biggest fan of Gandy dancer.
[00:01:18] Greg, how you doing? I’m doing well. Yes. Great. Great. See, it’s Zvornik. As soon as we found out John was from Pittsburgh, that’s the first place I mentioned, of course, a bar that makes you the biggest fan in the world of Verusen in the Pittsburgh area, right?
[00:01:33] Yeah. And you mentioned you kind of let the cat out the bag. So our featured guest who they were really delighted to have John Paxton back with us. John serves as CEO and CEO, designate for MHR material handling industry. That’s me, of course, the powerful team behind Moto X and Pro Matt. John, good morning. Good morning. It’s great to be here. It’s great to have you back. Really enjoyed our conversation a few months back up in Charlotte, where it May Chai’s headquartered. And we had a chance to sit down with both you and a couple others and really enjoyed you getting to know more about you and what MHR does. And and now we get to refresh your memory there, but also pick your brain on some of the key takeaways from low-tax 2020 this week. Great. So we are going to dove right in. So you know what? I can what can I want to start with you. Tell us about, you know, where you’re from and give us a you know, a story or two from your upbringing.
[00:02:29] Yeah, you’re about to be right. I mean, you’re already right there at the top. But I mean, you’re about to be as if you don’t already need a vacation from this show. Right. You’re about to be the person in charge of this thing.
[00:02:42] Yeah. That’s correct. Well, I actually grew up in Pittsburgh. And and through that, it was hockey player. And I was going off to say, where am I going to take my hockey skills? And took us to Ohio State and played club hockey there for several years. And very kind through that, I realized that perhaps hockey wasn’t going to be the future, but. But it was I went there and studied engineering and went off and started my first job at Dematic Cranes.
[00:03:13] So before we leave hockey, what position on the hockey team do you play? I was right wing. Right wing? Yeah. And and I am going to show you my complete ignorance when it comes to hockey. But that’s a that’s an offensive scoring position, right? That is correct. OK. So what was your best scoring season? I don’t love you because of the track points, goals and assists or points, right?
[00:03:34] Yeah, that’s correct. OK. Yeah. So I think in my junior year in high school, I think I had about twenty five goals. Wow. Yeah.
[00:03:42] Nice. And that goes way of serious business in Pittsburgh. Yeah.
[00:03:48] It’s come a long way. And when the Penguins started winning Stanley Cups then it really built the youth hockey program. Yeah. And it’s developed great since then.
[00:03:57] Mm hmm. Yeah. All right. So you’ve mentioned can get past hockey once you graduated. What organization did you join?
[00:04:05] Yeah. So I went to Dematic overhead cranes and that was actually up in Cleveland. And the first role was to write software to automatically design cranes. Mm hmm. And back then, that was kind of high tech, but nothing near what you see today.
[00:04:22] That’s similar to a cat type Technical. Yeah. Well you call a cat today.
[00:04:26] Yeah. Well cat but programing cat automatically. So you didn’t have to draw it. It actually automatically drew drawings and set it up depending on what your inputs were.
[00:04:34] Wow. So not to get too basic but there might we might have some listeners that haven’t been through a facility in manufacturing plan or otherwise that uses overhead cranes to describe some of the applications back then for their work. Crane Yeah.
[00:04:49] So overhead cranes, basically anything in a manufacturing plant and sometimes and warehousing or particularly at the shipping points, right? If you’re lifting and moving product. Overhead cranes come and play along with voice, and what you’ll find is it starts at a capacity of anything someone can’t lift. So that could be fifty pounds, one hundred pounds. But then where the overhead cranes really come in are some of the very heavy capacities. So I tell the story off. And when people ask, what do you lift? I say, do you ever drive down the road and see one of those coils of steel on the back of a truck? And usually you don’t drive behind that because you’re not sure if those chains are gonna hold. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Those weigh about 30 tons. And that would be kind of a key area for overhead cranes. Okay. Supplying manufacturing operations.
[00:05:38] All right. So anywhere from 50 pounds to 60 thousand pounds or more or more.
[00:05:43] Yeah. What leg? They go even heavier.
[00:05:46] So from the overhead crane you sort of dematic. Yeah. That right. So kind of forward from there. Kind of fill in any of the key roles before you joined MHR. What were some of those key roles that kind of helped shape your your world view?
[00:06:00] Yeah. So at Dematic Cranes, I had a lot of opportunity to get involved in outside sales operations and also product management and ultimately ended up being the president of Dematic Cranes for North America. And so we had a large we had several manufacturing facilities and also a large service contingency going out and servicing overhead cranes in the field.
[00:06:24] But it’s really important that when I think of overhead cranes and other heavy equipment like that, I think of big generators, I think of big dunk or main. Yeah, big things that if they go down, it stops the operation. So I’m assuming from a service standpoint, you knew exactly where all of your products were and could get a team on the ground pretty quickly if the overhead crane went down.
[00:06:48] Yeah, that’s correct. And from a service to be effective in service, you need to be within two hours of all of your customers. So we had forty five locations around the U.S. and Canada.
[00:07:00] And so we were there and someone would call and immediately dispatch a technician. Mm hmm.
[00:07:05] So you went from engineer to president. What’s the time span there? That’s a pretty impressive leap by any measure.
[00:07:13] Yeah. So the first 15 years I had many different roles in the organization.
[00:07:19] And then for the the last 15 years, I had the president’s raw. Wow, man.
[00:07:25] And then from there is that when you joined the michon.
[00:07:28] So we were a member company of MH II and and MHR is made up of about 800 member companies. And and it really the it’s the volunteers of the member companies that really provide the power for the association. So I was a volunteer for the organization and I always describe it as the more you volunteer, the better, the more things you’re asked to volunteer. Yeah. But in any case, I through the course of getting involved in the association and seeing the value of it, I was the president of the Crane Manufacturers Association, the Monorail Manufacture Association and the Hoist Manufacturers Association, and then went through the chairs of the MHR board and finished as the CEO of MHR as Eyes Board.
[00:08:14] So do you have twins that helped you carry out these duties?
[00:08:17] There’s other there’s 24 hours in a day. I use them all.
[00:08:22] But but seriously, I found that with the volunteer work, though, you put in extra time volunteering, you found you got so much more back with the connections, the contacts, the things you learned about the industry. It was amazing what you learned by the volunteer work that you did.
[00:08:38] Excellent point. And you know, as as a member of a variety of associations, professional associations, going back almost 20 years to any of our listeners, you know, there’s such a great wealth of of resources and connections. You can make business deals, you can close. And it’s all directly proportional, regardless if it’s MHR or any others is directly proportional. What I found to what you put into it. Right. So many folks and some of the associations I’m a part of, they join in. It’s like, okay, come to me. And it doesn’t work like that. You’ve got to like you mentioned, get get involved. You got to showcase your leadership bandwidth capabilities and and make things happen. And that’s really where you begin to benefit.
[00:09:19] I think what’s interesting about what you said, too, is that, you know, I learned this in college.
[00:09:25] You know, if you’re in an organization, you give work to the people who are already busy because the inertia of that person already being an action and being someone who takes action already exists. And it is amazing how the work gets piled on, somebody who’s already busy. But somehow that person is able to can to do it. Yeah, right. And look, I think that’s a great life lesson for people, whether you are a leader or a member as you’re talking about these kind of groups. Let’s get busy, get more opportunity, display your leadership capabilities more. And it’s a great you know it. It’s a teachable moment for you. It helps you learn to be a leader. And it starts to display that leadership.
[00:10:05] Deeds, not words. There you go. And that’s what we meant to finish up the other day at our Atlanta Supply chain Award. That was a phrase that eluded me. Oh, well, it’s such an important. It was still the way you said. It was still eloquent. OK. So, you know. Thank you. All right. So we back to you, John. So, John, we’ve talked a lot about MHR. Let’s for the for three people out there in our audience that may be unfamiliar with what MHR does in a nutshell, what is the MHR organization?
[00:10:33] So MHR is it’s a trade association made up of member companies that really focus their their production of their products and services in the in the material handling, warehousing, distribution and manufacturing space. So when to make it real simple, I I describe it as if you ordered something online and it came to your door. There’s 100 percent chance that one of our members or many of our members had something to do with getting that product to you. Yeah. So. So with the member companies, what the association does or we call it the why of the association is we provide a unique platform or that a unique community that the members and users can engage with and ultimately their engagement leads to prosperity.
[00:11:25] So. It’s a unique community where members and users can engage so that they prosper. That’s kind of what we’re all about.
[00:11:32] And you mentioned 800 companies are members globally. Yeah. Wow. OK. And clearly here with mutex as the backdrop, of course, pro Matt, most percent of folks have heard about those shows. A huge gathering. It’s usually on air by his radar because it alternates. Right. Madox is one year here, typically in Atlanta and pro-Mitt in Chicago. Next year back and forth. And as we’ve experience this week is the place to be in Supply chain. Right? Deals happen. You make connections. You exchange best practices.
[00:12:05] Yeah, I think that’s that’s an important part of what we’re seeing at motets X this year is even the exhibitors are starting to get together. And I know this happens. It’s just that because we’re sitting where we are, we’re actually watching it happen, watching exhibitors interact with one another. And formulate partnerships.
[00:12:23] Yeah, absolutely. All right. So and so pro Matt. So that today this is day four of Moto X is the first of our interviews from day four. I had a wrap up today, a good show. And then I’m sure the teams probably already planning proactively. You got dates. I imagine in short order you move right on to the next year’s planning. But that will be in April in Chicago. Correct? That’s correct. Twenty. Twenty one. OK. All right. Before we leave MHR, anything else you know, as folks or you considering what organization to get involved in or the whys of getting what? Want to get involved in anything else you would like to Sheer about MHR before we can move into the key takeaways. But mutex.
[00:13:09] Yeah. So M.H., I when I talked about the unique community in underneath that, there’s really four core pillars that we call our pillars of value. And then the first one is knowledge. So MHR looks at the time and to be the knowledge leader, the authoritative resource, and to bring that knowledge from our members out where people can access it ways we do that and we have an annual industry report, which is a survey of over a thousand users and about the latest trends this.
[00:13:38] And this year we published the next in a Roadmap series is what will this supply chain look like in the next 10 years and beyond. So that is just rolled out. So we provide the knowledge component and then within with that are our members also provide the knowledge component so that people can make better business decisions. So that’s one key pillar. The next one, what you spoke about earlier was, is the connections. Is there a platform that even competitors can get together, users can get together, and we make those connections in the industry and the networking that these are things that you can’t do on your own and not necessarily at this scale. And then a big part, what you’re here today at Moto X, a big part of what we do is, is we provide market access. So market access is bringing the users together. And in this case, in motets, we had thirty thousand people registered to come to this show and bringing them together with the manufacturers and providing the access to the Supply chain market.
[00:14:41] That’s a big role that we play not only here in person, but also at a digital level. And then the final piece of the four pillars is what we describe as industry leadership, and that is where groups get together. We have 16 industry groups and they develop standards for the industry. Develop safety and safety information. They provide operator manuals, they provide best practices, and these type of things are are set to make the industry a better place to do business. So those are the four pillars that we provide value under this community.
[00:15:16] It’s a big responsibility. That’s it. It’s good to pull it together like that. So this organization was created by the members, created for the members. As you said earlier, largely guided by the members. Right.
[00:15:32] That is correct. So actually this year we’re celebrating our seventy fifth anniversary. Wow. And and it started really way back seventy five years ago as Logistics and supply chain as it related to the war effort. So so it was it was brought together so that they could help facilitate companies working in those areas. And there was a trade show of the very small trade show, but people could come and see the latest technologies. Fast forward seventy five years. What you see now on on display at Moto X is is the complete supply chain.
[00:16:08] Yeah. So, you know, one of the things you touched on as you walk into those pillars is, you know, Bill, to make connections and Bill to find resources for your global supply chain. You know, as crazy as it sounds, this is my experience and certainly it’s something we’ve seen in the 300 plus episodes we’ve had here at Supply chain. Now, even in this highly digital Google era where everything is, you know, a Google search away, folks still struggle to find certain resources for certain problems and challenges related to growth or other challenges in Supply chain, in global in Supply chain. And so being you have a body like it made John a global body like MHR to help you find these connections to help grow bit. It’s critical. It’s absolutely critical. You know, Google solves love challenges, but you still gotta to find the right people. Yeah, right. Yeah, that’s right. All right. So I want to move along to mutex 2020 as Greg and our Sheer. And before we went live on today’s show, we’ve had a great week. You know, this Buth 40 970 has not been busier. I don’t think you’re right. This has been a great place. Learn a ton of things from a variety of whether they’re entreprenuers or already tenant technology leaders or part of big Fortune 50 companies or, you know, all points in between. What, John, from your point of view, what’s been some of your key takeaways from this mutex 2020?
[00:17:33] Yeah. So the first the first thing that if people attended the show, they would see the technology. So you see robotics and automation and really it’s the cutting edge of what’s going on in Supply chain. So so if you see the technology and some really interesting products, I’m always amazed every time I come to one of our shows, the new things that are developed and how far they’ve come in just a year’s time. So so examples, you know, several shows back, you just started to see robotics and in the supply chain robotic picking. And then the last last show you start to see, hey, they’re figuring out the figuring out with how to grab items and then they’re putting vision systems on the robots. Right. And then they’re putting machine learning on the robots. And before you know it, you have a complete automated picking system that can pick multiple sizes, multiple shapes. It knows when something’s not in the right place. And it it has evolved and developed. So that’s one area from the technology point of view. And then the other area that you’ll see is all the different products we talk and manufacturing and supply chain about workforce and workforce shortage.
[00:18:46] And how do you get people to do the work and the products that you’ll see out here are really designed at making people’s lives easier as far as cutting down on on the distance, people have to move, bringing product to people, helping them with COBOL X, for example, working side by side. And it’s working on that’s on that workforce part of it. And it’s not only the technology of moving it. It’s it’s you’ll see things on the floor about how to train your employees, how to get them up to speed quicker. You’ll see things about gamification to make their jobs more interesting. And so. So it’s all about the workforce. How do you how do you enhance and enable and simplify the things that the workforce is doing? So that’s the second piece. And then Moto X, when we originally said set out and said what type of a show are we going to develop? Moto X was was launched in 2012. And the idea with Moto X was, we want to go outside the four walls and really look at the the broader supply chain. So that brings in transportation. So you’ll see transportation companies here. You’ll see the connectivity and the visibility so that the software providers that provide access to where where are my parts, where my items, how is my supply chain working along with all the technology and the products side and the traditional technologies, traditional technologies, wracking storage systems. That means you need those. Yep. But what you’ll see and what most ex put on display this week was the entire supply chain. And that is something that we’ve been continuing develop. Modoc started with 500 exhibitors. Basically five shows ago and now we’re up over 900. And it just continues to expand.
[00:20:40] Well, I mean, it’s it’s an important thing to see all this brought together because we can’t afford in the supply chain to have silos anymore. Everything is so interactive. And finally, there is the data available to enable that that integration between various levels and types of of supply chain solutions and technologies.
[00:21:00] That’s correct. And now the one interesting thing that was not what was going on at this time is the Corona virus. So so that was a big topic of what’s happening every day. Now it’s evolving. Every day there’s new information coming out, you know, and and and what the discussion centered around. Is this the impact on the supply chain? What should companies be doing? How should they be reacting to this? And so we’ve had also educational topics along along those lines. But, you know, putting all your eggs in one basket, putting your supply chain all with one supplier or with one region is now showing that may it may be the most cost effective way, but it is not. The risk is still in play. And and we’re starting to see that play out. So so this week was a dynamic week with with that topic.
[00:21:57] And but I do see there’ll be learnings coming out of it and there’ll be understandings and people will and companies will look at their supply chain. And in addition to looking at the cost of supply chain, they’ll also be looking at the risk and the diversification and the resiliency and the ability to pivot in particular situations. Right. That was a key topic on the floor this week.
[00:22:20] Speaking of resiliency, one of the so dementor experts that you are brought in to discuss coronavirus and other risks associated with global supply chain was David Shillingford, chairman of Resilience 360. We had a chance. Sit down with David earlier this week. All right. Fascinating. Not only is their platform, but just his his depth of knowledge. And it reminded once again reasons that come out to a in person trade show. You have access to that bill to pose questions and have sidebar conversations with folks that know this stuff. No more stuff that they forget, more stuff in their sleep than than I certainly will ever know in my lifetime.
[00:22:57] David lives that risk every day. I mean, he he, he, he and his company live to solve that. So they’re looking at it in a way, even if you are the most prepared of companies, you can’t be as prepared as a company who does that for a living. That’s right. Right.
[00:23:12] Okay. And then we hear a lot of great feedback about not only a variety of sessions, but that session.
[00:23:18] I think that was Tuesday morning that you had that panel. We had a little Supply chain women and Supply chain heard a ton about that. We heard a lot about the Archie Manning and Peyton Manning. And the socialite, I think was last night one of the comedians, Colin Powell Ineos Joe.
[00:23:36] Yeah. So it’s been it was really funny. It was very good. Was he was about to make jokes about Supply chain?
[00:23:43] Yes, he did, actually.
[00:23:48] He’s the one joke that I thought was the was rather clever was he thought when he came here that Moto X was was the pill to cure coronavirus.
[00:24:00] But but the supply chain might just be the thing that gets us through that. Yeah. You know what? So kidding aside because we’ve touched on this probably through three or four shows this week.
[00:24:10] I believe we believe that Supply chain, who has a seat at the table, unlike ever before, was almost born to address issues like we’re seeing. I mean, the know how the problem solving the technology, especially these days calls supply chain is technology, the practical application that how we take action in the leadership. I mean, we are going to solve this problem. You know, there’s no doubt in my mind. And but anyway.
[00:24:36] Well, John, you said it. You just said it. Yeah, right. All other things being equal. The you know, the strategy to go for low cost providers in a particular region of the world where this may have begun on paper looks good. But the truth is, I think we will in I we will in the future save very infrequently. All other things being equal because I don’t think all other things will be equal. Right. Good time to come. Mm hmm. You know, it’s not a matter of whether there will be disruptions. It is. The Supply chain is so intertwined and it is so international that there will inevitably be disruptions and you have to provision for a disruption. And then respond based on what that disruption is. I mean, we’re coming towards hurricane season this fall. Right. So, you know, about the time this virus hopefully is if it’s flu like starts to diminish. Jerai as we get out of Season 4, that it’ll be hurricane season and that’s just what’s next in winter. You know, there will always be those things. And because we are so, you know, it’s a double edged sword because we are so dependent on one another because there are no solid silos and then we have to provision for those kind of disruption.
[00:25:52] And then in the panel discussion with David, you know, the topic was, you know, you need to look at it and say, what if?
[00:25:59] Yeah, you know, what if. And we talked about that. And some of it would seem far fetched when you start asking that question. But I can tell you what we’re seeing today. You know, it’s not far fetched, right? What if, you know, China can’t ship products? Right. Well, what if the ports on the West Coast can’t receive strikes?
[00:26:19] So it’s don’t you think there are a bunch of Industrial engineers and in supply chain analysts sitting around going, I told you, you know, it’s easy.
[00:26:29] It’s easy to say it in hindsight. Yeah. Yeah. Not many people would be predicting it. Yeah. Well, and even though David and some of the guys on the panel said this shouldn’t have been a surprise. Right.
[00:26:39] That’s right. And you know, just in the last 24 hours, of course, there’ll be a few weeks old before we publish this episode. We’ve seen some things that have taken place for the first time ever. You know, the NBA is has either suspended at least suspended their season because of a of a, uh, an illness, a virus, a spring football games or have been canceled for the first time for these reasons. And then probably ends at the NCW, a dead, no fans first time ever. And you know, this is all things will pass. Right. So we’ll just know. That’s right. So we’ll keep driving here, though.
[00:27:15] Karan Agrawal, you know, it’s been a backdrop, has been as played a role in all the conversations we’ve had and we will manage and move forward. Speaking of moving forward, John. So my understanding from a timeframe standpoint is you step into the CEO’s office succeeding George Prest at in the year. That right? That’s correct. So, you know, I really enjoy sitting now. When we met first time in Charlotte a few months back, I had the same opportunity with George, really appreciated, especially his entrepreneurial background. You know, that speaks volumes to me. We’re able to kind of bond a bit on that. Really enjoyed our time, kind of getting a sense of of his tenure as CEO and kind of his outlook on the world and some things he wanted to do. You know, I’d love to, you know, get a sense of what your vision is moving forward in twenty twenty one and in and the years ahead. What what are some of the things you’d like to get done?
[00:28:08] Yeah. So as I talked earlier, I spoke earlier with the the four key key pillars of value. What we’re looking and what I’m looking to do is is bring the digital component on top of those four pillars. So so if you think about what’s going on in our industry with with automation, with A.I. and analytics and all these type of things, for MHR to continue to play a role as a thought leader in that area, we need to be at the top of our game in the digital world. So. So we we’re doing a heavy investment in that area, in personnel. We’re building out a team to really take our association to the next level from a digital point of view and a digital connection point of view. So that layers on top of the four pillars that I spoke about. But and then in addition, as the pillars, the example of the industry leadership is to continue to add additional pieces to that. Right now, we have 16 industry groups and we’re starting we’re in discussions of the next industry group will be automatic identification and scaling and dimension thing. And that’s a key part that is is developing very rapidly.
[00:29:26] And and we’ll form a group around that to communicate the latest technologies and what’s going on in the industry to help that advance. And then there are other products, some we don’t even know about, but we have a platform that as they come available, we can continue to build out the umbrella. And then from the connections side of we’re looking to really provide deeper connections into the companies. So not only not only the engineers, not only the business leaders, but we have a community now with marketing professionals. We’re putting a committee in place for H.R. professionals and and also students. So so we’re really looking to deepen our our value that we can provide to our member companies. And I mentioned the students one thing at Moto X that we kind of skipped over, which was student day. Right. And that is where we and we have this year we had 200 students come in either city students and or students from from universities, and we introduced them to the Supply chain and we do development for them and we also make the connection of them to our member companies. So that was something from a connection point of view.
[00:30:42] Well, that makes me think about one other thing you did as a leadership organization. You hosted our Atlanta Supply chain Awards, which we thank you for. And we identified and and gave awards for what we call bright future awards to students who are studying or young professionals who are early in their in their professional journey and supply chain.
[00:31:04] So anyway, folks like John Pennington, that that will go from engineer to CEO press. Yeah. Right.
[00:31:09] Yeah. That’s really. Oh yeah. That’s that’s what it’s all about. They’re coming for your job. That’s right. There are a lot smarter than I could tell you that as well.
[00:31:19] So one of the things I love seeing this year, I didn’t get a chance to sit in on it personally because we’ve been here is the woman in Supply chain panel sessional had. And I’d love to get your take it. Is that’s something you’d like to double down on as leader and continue to provide a platform and then get the word out? One of things we heard from a variety of of leaders, female leaders, you name it. Even college, you know, college students. One reasons why we have our full access series that spotlights exceptional female leaders is students or early professionals need to be able to see sea level female leaders. And it helps encourage and inspire and know that there’s a path for them. And so you can be it. Yes. That’s what we’ve heard that verbatim from a variety of folks. And to see what you all did here was a great example and testament to that. Is that something you all want to do a lot more of in the years ahead?
[00:32:20] Yes. Yeah. We continue to work on on the women and in supply chain and also diversity in the supply. So those those two areas, we we recently published a U.S. impact study that was provided by Oxford Economics. And the data that they showed us still shows that we have a way, just ways to go. That’s right. And those two areas. So as more women come into into engineering. But it’s not only engineering positions, it’s it’s all supply chain marketing. And we want to have a platform that they can get together. They can make connections and and really develop and train. And we provide information to them so that they can advance their careers and gain the visibility within the supply chain.
[00:33:09] And that’s that’s the critical piece, because that’s where the numbers and the data, at least the data we’ve seen is really where you see the disparity. You know, if you look at the at least in Supply chain is now more than 500 supply chain for your degrees, two degrees, Technical degrees, you name it, the graduates coming out those programs is really close to 50 50 in terms of the male-female breakdown. But then as you as you see, the numbers start to progress through. And then, of course, up into the C-suite, that’s when the disparity really shows itself, right? Yeah. So I hear what you just shared there where you’re providing these opportunities for all folks to advance their career. If I’m making the connections, gathering the market intel, the industry intel. I mean, that’s that’s some of the secret sauce.
[00:33:53] Yeah. And one of the one of the things that recently we we have a nominating committee that nominates people for a roundtable of industry leaders. And those are the people that provide the vision for the association. And and we this I’m very happy that we now have two female CEOs on our roundtable of industry leaders. And some people might look at that and say, why only two other people might look and say, why? What took you so long? But I could tell you, if you look at from a positive point of view, the idea is getting more diversity.
[00:34:27] And I continue to build that out. It’s a journey. It’s a journey. And I need only you only start when you start and end in the end. But we’re very happy that. And they are at sea level and sea level women in our supply chain industry. And they’re part of our roundtable, which will continue to drive our activities.
[00:34:47] Love that. Love that. That’s that’s great news that, you know, a journey. What’s the Confucious saying? A journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step or something like that. Thousand miles and every guy has. Yeah. All right. But I admire that. I love what you are doing.
[00:35:03] It’s actions about action and love how your your showing how it’s done and and really setting the bar for many other situations out there that have very similar challenges, much like industry does. So appreciate what you’re doing there. John, from a leadership standpoint, OK. We want to make sure as we wrap up this interview, sitting here with John Paxton, CEO and CEO, designate of MHR, how can folks not only connect with you, but how can they learn more about MHR? Yeah, yeah.
[00:35:33] So there’s several ways. The first thing is MHR. Dot org is where you’ll find that’s our Web site and you’ll find all the information of our industry groups there. You’ll find connection, all our thought leadership information that we have just launched five new blogs on the topics of R-AK, overhead, safety, overhead, lifting us safe handling. And so those are actually up and running and we continue to feed those. We just launched also a podcast series seem to be kind of kind of clean these days.
[00:36:07] Everybody’s got that.
[00:36:10] And then and then feel find their two hour video platform. So when I talk about the digital component is serving up, you know, micro micro learning pieces, three minute videos where you watch it and you can learn the latest about the technology. So we continue to build that out. We have over 400 technology videos there. So that’s on MHR dot org. And then for people who are looking or if they could not make it to Mode X or they didn’t get because the show’s so big, they couldn’t get to all the different boosts. Right. This year we took the entire Moto X show to a digital platform and we taped every single booth here at the show. And then we will launch it’s called Moto X show dot com and there’ll be a digital presence for the entire show. So this is specifically targeted on people who had travel restrictions, couldn’t make it to the show or people who have needs that come up later. They can access that. They can see the exhibitors. They can click down and see what happened. That’s your show on all the boose. So those are those are two key areas of where you’ll find our information going forward. And I encourage you to work with that and look through it. There’s some really good stuff there.
[00:37:22] I think they popped in an interview you for a second. Greg White did. Yeah.
[00:37:26] And hopefully I did us proud. They wouldn’t let me see the video. John, who is hosting your podcast? Is it Daniel McKinnon a dent? And Daniel is Carol Miller. OK, ok. OK. I’ll say I think I may have seen one that Daniel was on. That’s probably what it is. Yeah.
[00:37:46] Yeah. OK, so, so much stuff going on. So many resources here. MHR provides MHR dot org. You can check out the blogs, the podcast, the video series, the modish show outtakes show dot com, Murdoc show dot com, the connecting and get it if you couldn’t make it to Atlanta. You can check out a lot of folks that are here because it is even if you’re in Atlanta. To your point, it’s such a big show filling up the entire Georgia World Congress Center, which is a massive facility. That gives you an idea just how big is it over?
[00:38:17] I know that the World Congress Center is like 2.4 million square feet. Is it how much of that are we using here?
[00:38:23] Yeah. So. So we’re using we’re using about 400000. OK. So I still got a ways to go. But we’re. But there’s center. There’s room to grow. John. Yeah. And this year this year show growth 30 percent over last year’s show. So 30 percent growth per year.
[00:38:38] I’ll take I’ll take you there. Yeah. All right. Good.
[00:38:42] Knock out some more walls. That’s right. Big thanks to our guests here today on Supply chain. Now, I really enjoyed reconnecting with John Paxton, C.O.O. and CEO, designate for MHR UCO and more MHR dot org. John, thanks for your time. Really appreciate it. We’re going to wrap up here momentarily. You bet.
[00:38:59] Greg, great interview. Yeah. What’s the first time I’ve gotten to meet John? So I appreciate your time. I really appreciate, you know, the sport for the Atlanta Supply chain Awards. And and you’re we’re happy to provide this access and and exposure for the attendees here at the show.
[00:39:18] That’s right. And we’ll have you we’ll part we published in about twelve or fourteen interviews.
[00:39:23] Yeah, I can’t count. Froome. And I’m going to need a day.
[00:39:28] But a lot of technology geek plus pro glove action speech, mobile call pass you name to me your name. Yeah. Really. Will be naming him over the next few days. That’s right. So again, big thanks to John Paxson and the MHR team to our listeners. Be sure to check out of coming events. Replays were interviews, you name it, at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com fondness and subscribe review your your podcast from Onbehalf. The entire team. Greg Clay, Amanda, you name is Scott Luton. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. And we will see you next time on Supply Chain Now.
John Paxton is the Chief Operations Officer and CEO Designate of Material Handling Industry Association (MHI). Mr. Paxton has over 30 years of leadership experience in the material handling industry and was President of Demag Cranes and Components, North American crane manufacturing and service operations.
Mr. Paxton has been recognized for his volunteer leadership in the material handling industry. This leadership includes serving as Chairman of the Board of MHI, as well as the president of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and the Monorail Manufacturers association (MMA).
Mr. Paxton is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and of Kent State University with an MBA focused on international business. In addition, he completed the University of Michigan executive leadership program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principal, 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.
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.
Host of TEKTOK
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.
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.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is 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.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.