Supply Chain Now
Episode 389

Episode Summary

The ‘This Week in Business History’ Series on Supply Chain Now shares some of the most relevant business and global supply chain events from years past. It will shine a light on some of the most significant leaders, companies, innovations, and even lessons learned from our collective business history.

In this episode of ‘This Week in Business History,’ Supply Chain Now Host Scott Luton relates true stories marking notable anniversary dates this week, including:

  • Featured Event: June 29, 1956: Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed by U.S. president Dwight D Eisenhower. The bill allocated $26 Billion in funding and succeeded where prior legislation had failed because it assigned a responsible party: the federal government covered 90% of the cost. Less than 2 months later, the work got underway, breaking ground in Missouri.
  • July 1, 1874: The first commercially successful typewriter was made available for sale. It introduced the ‘QWERTY’ keyboard.
  • June 30, 1953: The first Chevy Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. General Motors hand-made 300 Corvettes that year, a number that would increase to nearly 4,000 the next year.

Episode Transcript

Amanda Luton (00:07):

It’s time for supply chain. Now broadcasting live from the supply chain capital of the country. Atlanta, Georgia heard around the world supply chain. Now spotlights the best in all things, supply chain, the people, the technologies, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.

Scott Luton (00:33):

Hey, good morning, Scott Luton here with you on supply chain. Now, welcome to today’s show on today’s show. We’re continuing a new series this week in business history. So in this program, we’re taking a look back at the upcoming week and then sharing some of the most relevant events from years past, of course, mostly business focus with little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So invite you to join me on this. Look back in history to identify some of the most significant leaders, companies innovations, and perhaps lessons learned in our collective business journey. Now join me if you will, for this week in business history for the week of June 29th. So let’s start with our featured story on June 29th, 1956, the federal aid highway act of 1956 is signed by us president Dwight D Eisenhower, a move that would create of course the U S interstate highway system.

Scott Luton (01:41):

According to the American trucking association trucks move roughly 71.4% of us freight by weight. In 2019, the trucking industry in the U S was about $700 billion strong and almost employed 6% of all full time jobs in the country. But where would we would we all be including the trucking industry, especially without our interstate highway system. That’s a great question. Shipping stuff would be a lot more expensive for starters and it’d be much, uh, it’d be a much bigger hassle to get to about anywhere and come to think of it. Neil page and Del Griffith would have had a lot fewer options in their quest to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving via planes, trains, and automobiles, but rather than explore hypothetical scenarios. Hey, let’s look back at a few factors that gave rise to Ike’s big dream of an American Autobon at the end of the 19th century roads or a mess.

Scott Luton (02:49):

No nice smooth, concrete or asphalt that we all come to expect these days. Nope. A lot of dirt roads packed dirt roads, or when it rained muddy, sometimes impossible impassable, impossibly impassable roads, but keep in mind there weren’t many cars as we moved into the start of the 20th century. So the demand wasn’t checked right, as we all know, that was just about to change. Thanks to Henry Ford and a variety of other entrepreneurs. It’s been estimated that there are about 250 million cars and trucks in the U S these days with the U S population at about 328 million people. That is roughly one vehicle per 1.3 people. But back in the earliest years of the 20th century, there was one motorized vehicle per every 18,000 Americans. By 1910, though, hundreds of us manufacturers had entered the automotive industry by the 1920s Ford, general motors and Chrysler were deemed the big three manufacturing, a dizzying array of vehicles and Americans were buying them left and right, the great depression certainly slowed things down because most of the car manufacturers here in the States to shutter world war II would also massively intervene, but come the late 1940s.

Scott Luton (04:19):

And certainly the 1950s happy car buying dates would return. Interestingly enough, president Dwight, the Eisenhower would be sworn into office in January, 1953.

Scott Luton (04:35):

And as I set up shop in the white house, he brought with him a grand vision to transform American roads to key events that president Eisenhower would experience firsthand were critical to how he viewed this infrastructure need in the U S first up in 1919, then major Eisenhower, a U S army officer was part of a trans continental army convoy that traveled from Washington DC to San Francisco, mostly using the Lincoln highway. It’s been said that due to the road conditions, the large convoy averaged five miles per hour, which explains why they left DC in July 19, 19 and arrived in San Francisco. Two months later, two months later as was a major part of the plan, this illustrated to the American people, the need for better roads. Secondly, critical Ike’s determination to make a major investment in us highway infrastructure, his time in Germany during world war II, where he saw the autobody networks efficiency firsthand with those experiences in mind and determined to make an early impact president pushed for action.

Scott Luton (05:59):

Now keep in mind the president, wasn’t the first dream of a national highway system, and there had been past presidents set for NASA for a national system of highways. The federal aid highway act of 1944, for example, laid out a plan for a 40,000 mile national system of interstate highways, but the catch and the reason why nothing happened, it didn’t include any specific provisions as to who would pay for those miles and miles of nice roads with the federal aid highway act of 1956, which was passed by Congress and signed by the president. The bill allocated 26 billion in funding with the federal government covering 90% of that on a side note, the legislation passed was also referred to as the national interstate and defense highways act that’s right. President Eisenhower believed that the U S military would need a better way to move groups and equipment in the event, the country was invaded, thankfully that lead that need rather has never been tested.

Scott Luton (07:15):

Okay. So now that we had a highway bill and money in 1956, guess who was the first state to break ground? The show me state that’s right, Missouri would break ground on August 13th, 1956 on what would become our 70 it’s neighbor, Kansas would follow suit and begin it’s part of our 70, the following month. But as president Kennedy came into office in 1960, the burgeoning national system of interstate and defense highways was facing more and more opposition cost overruns were at the top of the list of complaints from across the nation and an urban American cities. The clamor was more about how the interstate construction was disrupting established communities.

Scott Luton (08:05):

In many cases, families and businesses were being relocated to make room for roads, the protests and Metro areas such as Memphis and Indianapolis and Washington, DC, San Francisco, all led to cancellations of certain components of the national project, or in some cases, the interstate was simply rerouted, a lot more rent. A lot more legislation will be signed in the oval office throughout the internet. Uh, the interstate systems, formative years in the sixties, the seventies and eighties, much of which would address many of these challenges in 1992, a milestone is reached as the interstate highway system is proclaimed to be complete. As a key stretch was completed at 70, that runs through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado, but work on a variety of fronts, wood, wood, and still do continue ever curious as to how specific interstates get their number identifications and the rules that make up the numbering system. For starters, large primary roads have a one or two digit number, the shorter routes, which can often circle major cities or service spurs have a three digit designation. A two 85 here in Atlanta is a great example of that. It circles the Metro Atlanta area, two 85 also connects with [inaudible] 75 and 85.

Scott Luton (09:39):

It can be pretty confusing for many drivers visiting Atlanta or anyone else for that matter. Back in 1982, Atlanta Braves pitcher, Pasch, Pascal Perez left his house in Metro Atlanta to drive to Atlanta Fulton County stadium home of the braids at the time, unfortunately being a new driver Perez, we get lost and circle the city on two 85, a few times run out of gas and miss starting the game that night for the Braves, of course, all in good fun. His teammates would make up a warmup jacket with two 85 on the back of it instead of his typical Jersey number. All right, so getting back to the interstate numbering system, major arteries that span long distances are assigned numbers, divisible buff up such as [inaudible], which essentially runs parallel to the U S West coast beginning at the Mexican border in San Ysidro, California. It runs all the way North through Blaine, Washington and into Canada.

Scott Luton (10:45):

East West hallways are often even numbers such as [inaudible] growing up in Aiken County. South Carolina [inaudible] was a very familiar interstate from my family. It made the drive from Aiken, which is just across the Savannah river from Augusta GA to Columbia. The state Capitol South Carolina made it very easy. A 20 runs from Florence, South Carolina, all the way West to Scroggins draw, Texas North South highways are odd numbers, such as [inaudible], which starts in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and runs North all the way to Buffalo Wyoming, right there at the foot of the big horn mountains in 2006, that was the Dwight D Eisenhower system of interstate and defense highways celebrated its official 50th anniversary make, make no mistake. The massive public works project has made a tremendous impact on our country and our continent. From a business standpoint, it’s been a huge resource. Consider this as stated by Justin Fox from fortune magazine, thanks to the new road network and containers that could easily be moved from ship to train to truck.

Scott Luton (12:01):

Overseas manufacturers and, and domestic upstarts were able to get their products to market in the U S more quickly than ever before. New distribution networks arose that were vastly more efficient and flexible than the old end quote. But as with any change, you win some and you lose some as interstate routed and rerouted American cities and towns. In many cases, they diverted traffic led to the demise of many communities, such as peach street, peach Springs, Arizona, before [inaudible] was completed just South of the town, peach Springs enjoy 32 active businesses. As of 2018, only two active businesses could be found in peach Springs while the iconic us route 66 does come through the town. Most traffic and consumers cleaned the [inaudible], which was built just about 20 miles South of the city. So what lies ahead for the interstate system? Who’s to note, I would say probably more construction, certainly more autonomous vehicles.

Scott Luton (13:13):

In fact, interstates will really be able to help us out there as we continue to develop to develop that technology. And once we get past this unique year, that is 2020, absolutely. Without a doubt, a lot more explorers driving across the beautiful stretches of this great country, looking for cities and experiences big and small. So let’s take a look in a more succinct way on some of the other notable historical items on this week in business history on July 1st, 1874, the first commercially successful typewriter would hit the market known as the Shoals and Glidden typewriter 4,000 units would sell by 1877, principally designed by Christopher Latham Sholes who appropriately would also invent what is known as a curity keyboard, Q Q w E R T Y. You’ve got one in front of you probably it’s used everywhere in the world. Now Shoals and his partners tried a few times and manufacture and market the product successfully, the one they had invented, but that wouldn’t happen for them.

Scott Luton (14:26):

Unfortunately, in the rights to the top, brighter would be sold in 1873 to a firearms manufacturer that was attempting to diversify E Remington and sons refund the device and had some luck with sales, but would sail the line of business to the standard typewriter manufacturing company incorporated in 1886, the typewriter would go on of course, to be found in businesses everywhere. The device would not only provide speed and productivity, but the information that it quickly produced was easily legible. Unlike in some cases, the furious shorthand that many a clerk and secretary would use prior to the typewriter, of course, by the 1970s. And certainly in 1980s, the typewriter was being phased out by word processors and personal computers. Interestingly enough, in certain parts of the world where electricity is not particularly reliable here, this in 2020 typewriters are still used quite a bit. And there seems to be a newfound interest amongst a variety of professionals, including writers who bemoan all of the distractions that a PC brings.

Scott Luton (15:40):

Hey, I can relate on June 30th, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette would roll off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan at the end of world war II, Harley Earl, who happened to be born in Hollywood, California had noticed that service members returning from the war in Europe were actually bringing vehicles home with them, mgs Alfa Romero, Romeos, and the like he would eventually kick off project Opal, which would deliver the automotive classic known and known worldwide. As a Corvette general motors would make 300 Corvette in 1953, they were largely hand-built and each of the vehicles had white exteriors, red interiors and a black canvas top in 1954, almost 4,000 Corvettes were built, but almost a third of the vehicles didn’t sale. But in the year initially built in Flint, Michigan and st. Louis, Missouri bowling green Kentucky has been the exclusive home of Corvette, many factoring for more than 30 years. And the Corvettes where they did catch up

Speaker 3 (16:58):

Sales caught up. They became Minsley

Scott Luton (17:00):

Popular amongst Americans and worldwide. And since the plants right there in bowling green Kentucky started up in 1981. It’s produced more than 1 million Corvettes on July 2nd, 1962. The first Walmart opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas 44 year old Sam Walton, a former JC JC penny employee had run a five and dime store for years, which was actually a smashing success. One wanting to do even more to serve as customers Walton would find success with the first Walmart and Rogers, a city in Benton County, Arkansas five years later, Walton would have 24 stores across the state. And of course the rest is history interesting to our team. As of late here at supply chain now is Walmart’s continued efforts at improving its customers e-commerce experience. There’ll be interesting to see how the Walmart plus program and the new Alliance between Walmart and Shopify stack up against Amazon in the months ahead and finally on June 29th, 2007, Apple incorporated releases its first mobile phone.

Scott Luton (18:26):

Of course the iPhone, as much as the telephone, the automotive, the PC and other legendary inventions have done the iPhone certainly changed the world when it was released in 2007, Apple is only other handheld device at the time in 2007 was the iPod. Hey, do you remember those? I barely do the dominant smartphone device manufacturers in 2006. The year before the iPhone release were Nokia research in motion, which is of course, accompany behind Blackberry and Motorola and Palm. Do you remember that? Do you remember the Palm pilot, all the major product, all of the major products look largely the same. You know, you’ve got your screen on top and physical buttons on the bottom, the iPhone moved it all to a touchscreen, setting the standard from the industry for years to come. And the iPhone had plenty of skeptics. Then Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer told USA today in April, 2007, quote, there’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share in quote, Jim bacilli, co CEO of research in motion.

Scott Luton (19:42):

Again, the folks behind Blackberry said at the time in 2007, he told the wall street journal quote it’s okay, we’ll be fine. In quote, of course the app phone, which would sell 6 million in its first year would turn the smartphone industry on its head. And it would change Apple forever as well becoming essentially its flagship product around the world. Hey, that wraps up our look at the week ahead from a business history standpoint, those were some of the stories that stood out to us, but Hey, what do you think? What stands out to you? Tell us, shoot us a note to Amanda at supply chain. Now or Hey, join our supply chain. Now inside of this group on LinkedIn, share your feedback and perspective there. Hey, we’re here to listen to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this third edition of this week in business history, focusing on the week of June 29th. Hey, on that note, be sure to check out a wide variety of industry thought leadership, live streams, webinars, podcasts, you name it. Supply chain. Now Find us and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts from. Hey, on behalf of the entire team here at supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time. Everybody on supply chain now.

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


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.

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Scott W. Luton

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.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

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.

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Tyler Ward

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!

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Kevin L. Jackson

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 CiscoMicrosoft, 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 UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

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.

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Kelly Barner

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’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

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.

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Amanda Luton

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.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

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.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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.

Donna Krache

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.

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