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 shares the story of the founding, growth, and recent challenges of Boeing.
In July 15, 1916, William Boeing and Conrad Westervelt founded Pacific Aero products just one month after they piloted the B&W ‘Bluebill’ into the air above Lake Union in Seattle. In 1917, the company was renamed the Boeing Airplane Company. Although the name is the same as what we know today, the company would go through additional changes before becoming the company we know as Boeing today.
Scott Luton (00:03):
Good morning, Scott Luton here with you on this edition of this week in business history. Welcome to today’s show on this program, which is part of the supply chain. Now family programming. We take a look back at the upcoming week, and then we share some of the most relevant events and milestones from years past, of course, mostly business focused with a little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So I 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 let’s dive in to this week in business history.
Scott Luton (01:01):
Hello, and thanks for joining us. My name is Scott Luton and today we’re focused on the week of July 13th. Several large corporations got their start this week in past years, but we’re going to dial in on one in particular, a Titan in the aviation industry on July 15th, 1916. We in Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt would incorporate Pacific Aero products in Seattle, Washington. Let’s learn a lot more about William Boeing, the namesake for what would be a pioneering behemoth in the aviation industry and beyond really William Edward Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan or not Tobar first 1881. His father Wilhelm left Germany when he was 20 years old to chase fame and fortune in the United States. Wilhelm Boeing did well, especially in the timber and mineral industry, but tragically. He died at the age of 42 due to influenza. The year was 1890. His son, William Edward Boeing was eight years old.
Scott Luton (02:15):
And the oldest of all the siblings as William got older, he was sent to school in Switzerland and then later at Yale, but he didn’t graduate and more formal education did not appeal to William Boeing much like his father Boeing was more interested in adventure, ambition and fortune. He’d leave Yale and new Haven Connecticut in 1903 without graduating and Boeing would cross the country and arrive at grays Harbor Washington about grays Harbor. So grays Harbor is roughly 80 miles West of Tacoma. And back at the beginning of the 20th, 20th century, it became one of the biggest lumber capitals of the world. And lumber is what would attract William Boeing to the area. He had inherited some valuable land near grays Harbor. So Boeing set out to learn the lumber industry founding the Greenwood timber company, w within months he caught on fast and was successful enough to purchase more Timberland in the area.
Scott Luton (03:28):
In fact, Boeing’s lumber enterprise would ship a lot of lumber back to the East coast via the newly completed Panama canal, which had opened for business in 1914, he would even finance expeditions across the region, including Alaska. You could say that the lumber industry was very kind and lucrative for Boeing, but it wouldn’t be where he’d make his Mark in history. Six years after Boeing had arrived on the West coast, a pivotal event in business history took place in 1909. William Boeing would visit the Alaska Yukon Pacific exposition. He wouldn’t be alone over 3.7 million people would attend the exposition by the time it was over. So why was Boeing’s visits so important? You ask it was at this world. We are that William Boeing would see his first manned flying machine and thus would be born Boeing’s fascination with aircraft, but he was not content.
Scott Luton (04:36):
Just seeing the aircraft. Boeing just had to get a ride and experience flight firsthand. This was one of the reasons he traveled South to attend the Los Angeles international air meet in 1910. This event was the first aviation meet in the U S on the second aviation meet. At that point in the world, Los Angeles national air meet withdraw an estimated two 26,000 people. Some have said that the event is what launched the Ava industry on the West coast of the country. The event featured several famous aviators of the time. Glenn Curtis, Charles Willard, and the star of the show was Louis Paul Hahn from France. In fact, Paul Hahn was the only aviator at the show that agreed to give Boeing a ride for three days. William Boeing waited for his turn to go up, but he’d be disappointed. Louis Paul Hahn would leave the show before giving Boeing his rod that same year in 1910, Boeing would purchase a wooden boat manufacturing plant on the Duwamish river. Seattle. This plant would eventually be transformed into an aircraft manufacturing plant.
Scott Luton (05:59):
A few years later, Boeing would be introduced to us Navy, Lieutenant Conrad Westervelt. They were both infatuated with flying and became close friends, not long into their friendship. Boeing and Western felt would finally get their shot to ride in an aircraft above Lake Washington. We and Boeing would end up taking, uh, taking flying lessons and would purchase his own plane. His first in 1915, Boeing purchased a model T a from the Glenn L. Martin company. The aircraft was somewhat affectionately nicknamed the flying bird cage. It was a sea plane that was seemingly held together by a bunch of war of wood and wires. Not only did Boeing and his team of employees find a variety of flaws in its construction upon delivery, but the flying bird cage would crash on a test flight with the heap of junk sitting at sitting in his plant and with his burning desire to do nothing but fly, fly, and fly.
Scott Luton (07:07):
We in Boeing had a choice to make, he could order all the replacement parts for his flying bird cage, and then sit on his hands for months. There was no Amazon prime at the time for aircraft replacement parts or Boeing, and his team could jump into the aircraft manufacturing business and do it themselves. Well, you can probably guess what they chose to do, right? They went to work and not only did they work on the flying bird cage, but they built new airplanes as well. On June 15th, 1916, we in Boeing, Conrad Westervelt and team made a test flight of what would become the first ever Boeing plane. It was a single engine biplane sea plane called the BMW model B N WB for Boeing and w for Westerville, but its nickname was blue bill. It had a maximum speed of 75 miles per hour, a range of 320 miles.
Scott Luton (08:06):
And it was built for a crew of two and they built a second one that was called Mallard. So you had blue bill and Mallard and on July 15th, 1916, we in Boeing and Conrad, Western felt founded Pacific Aero products. Blue bill and Mallard were eventually sold to the New Zealand flying school. After the U S Navy turned down an opportunity to purchase the aircraft. This would become Boeing’s first international sale. The first of many, many more to come in late 1916, the young Pacific Aero products company would encounter its first big challenge. Conrad Western felt was still serving in the us Navy and he was transferred to the East coast, which back in 1916, he might as well have been transferred to the moon. Thus Conrad Westerfield would resign from the company. Of course, Conrad still had his good friend, William Boeing’s best interest in mind. And he recommended that Boeing apply with the us Navy to become an aircraft supplier.
Scott Luton (09:13):
This was a shrewd move as the first major income that the company would make would come from these key contracts with the U S military Pacific Aero products, which we in Boeing would rename as Boeing airplane company in 1917, it would begin building a variety of military aircraft for the U S one of the first orders was from the us Navy for 50 sea planes. And as we moved into the 1920s and thirties, this led to a variety of other orders, such as patrol bombers, but beyond building planes, Boeing got into the business of providing airline flights in 1931. The company bundled several small airline companies into a larger single airline that became known as, as United airlines. Yes, the same United airlines that exist today with a fleet of over 800 planes over $43 billion in revenue in 2019 between air mail, passenger service and aircraft manufacturing, William Boeing had built a large enterprise based on all of these separate ventures.
Scott Luton (10:26):
Boeing airplane company went through a variety of name changes in 1934. The entire enterprise was called United aircraft and transport corporation. In that same year, the U S government passed the air mail act in June, which included provisions that call for companies to separate the operation of airlines from the manufacturing and production of aircraft right away Boeing’s United aircraft and transportation corporation was a target. And we in Boeing was forced to split the enterprise up into three distinct entities, United airlines, which naturally entailed the airline operations, Boeing airplane company, which took over all manufacturing operations in the Western United States. This is what becomes the Boeing company. And that brings us to the third entity United aircraft corporation, which took over all of the manufacturing operations in the Eastern United States.
Scott Luton (11:32):
United aircraft corporation would become the global behemoth United technologies corporation also referred to as UTC UTC would grow into a large public company with revenues of $66 billion in 2018 before merging with Raytheon in 2020, you gotta hand it to William Boeing who would be instrumental to not only building the Boeing company, but United airlines and United technologies corporation as well. But the forced separation of Boeing’s enterprise must have stung. We in building a good bit in the months that followed William Boeing would resign as company chairman and sell all of his stock in the company that bore his name. While we in Boeing would chase a number of other pursuits. He did keep a promise to stay available to the company and advise on occasion. This was critical in world war II where Boeing airplane company would be a major supplier of instrumental aircraft, like the beast 17 flying fortress and the [inaudible] super fortress over 12,000 of the iconic B seventeens would be built from 1936 to 1945 and almost 4,000 B 20 nines would be built from 1943 to 1946.
Scott Luton (12:58):
Boeing airplane company certainly helped the allies win world war II, but after the war, the company would turn its attention to changing air travel. As we know it, an overwhelming majority of aircraft, and then in the late 1940s were propeller driven, both military and private sector for that matter great Britain and the Soviet union were early pioneers when it came to using turbo jets for its civilian airliners British manufacturer, the Hamelin had an early hit with the comment. Joseph Stalin ordered the Soviet aircraft industry to dive head first into turbojet aircraft, which resulted in the two you one Oh four, which was in service for about 20 years across the communist bloc of countries. Boeing airplane company though, would light the industry on fire with its next big product. The dash 80 Boeing’s plan was pretty smart, given it strong relationships with the U S military company leadership wanted to develop an innovative aircraft that could fill two roles, one serve as a jet airliner of choice to the airline industry industry and to serve as the air refueler that the United States air force would need to replace its propeller driven air refuelers.
Scott Luton (14:24):
Then currently in service, the dash 80 prototype impress many and test flights in 1954. In fact, the United States air force wasted no time and place an order for 29 KC one 35 strata tankers, which is what the military variant of Boeing’s dash 80 would be called. Interestingly enough, when I served in the non air force back in the early two thousands, we had KC one 30 fives in service at McConnell air force base in Wichita, Kansas, and believe it or not, Boeing’s KC one 35 stridor tanker is still an active service in the air force is inventory here in 2020 remarkable really, but back to 1954. So with the dash 80 Boeing had its military order, but selling to the private sector, airlines was a different story. Airlines were heavily invested in profitable per propeller driven operations. Moving the turbo jets would require transformation, especially with infrastructure, but Boeing led by its then president, bill Allen would overcome the airliners objections as well as fierce domestic competition from rival Douglas aircraft company and the, and Boeing would sell the civilian version of the dash 82 pan American airlines.
Scott Luton (15:50):
The aircraft was called the seven Oh seven. It was a four engine jet with swept wing design. And Boeing had agreed to add four inches to the width of the fuselage, which allowed for six abreast economy seating. Very important to the airlines Pan-Am would become our would begin rather regular seven Oh seven service on October 26th, 1958. Over 1,700 sevens would be built until 1979, all for commercial airlines and another 800 or so 700 sevens would be built for military purposes, the seven Oh seven wasn’t the first commercial jetliner in service, but it really was the first to be widespread. Thus the seven Oh seven is regularly credited with the aircraft that ushered in the jet age. In fact, a saying was inspired by how a seven Oh seven dominated the skies back in the sixties and seventies quote, if it ain’t Boeing, I’m not going in the seven Oh seven.
Scott Luton (16:58):
Also help pave the way for what would become one of the world’s most iconic aircraft, the Boeing seven 47, which would become the highest selling commercial aircraft of all time. Truly the Boeing company would transform air travel with the adoption of the seven Oh seven in the late 1950s. But Boeing would go on to make a wide variety of innovative contributions to industry, including the ch 47 Chinook and the ch 46 senile helicopters, the lunar roving vehicle and the lunar orbiter for NASA, the early Saturn five rockets that were critical to the Apollo programs of the sixties and seventies. The silo launched Minuteman missile and the innovative seven seven Dreamliner is still very popular today in the airline industry, the Boeing company would officially move its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001. And recently the company has hit some tougher times. COVID-19 of course is wiped out much of the demand for both air travel and new aircraft, but perhaps more damaging to the Boeing brand has been the seven 37 max.
Scott Luton (18:19):
This was a narrow body aircraft that Boeing had rolled out in 2017, but tragedy hit lion air flight six, 10 crash on October 29th, 2017, killing all 189 passengers and crew Ethiopian airlines flight three Oh two crash on March 10th, 2019 killing all 157. People aboard both flights were on a seven 37 max following the second accident. The global fleet of seven 37 were grounded by authorities and production was halted by Boeing as of January, 2020, even worse on May 5th, 2019, the wall street journal had reported that Boeing leadership had known about certain system issues related to incidents the incidence. And they’d known about it a year before the first crash earlier in July, 2020 with the global fleet of seven 37, still grounded, Boeing conducted a few test flights with federal aviation administration members own board, which reportedly showed the platform fixes no word yet as to when the seven 37 max may be able to fly once again.
Scott Luton (19:40):
And the amount of damage to Boeing’s reputation is also still to be seen regardless of the current challenging environment, the Boeing company has changed the world William Boeing’s company that was launched back on July 15th, 1916 would go on to become one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Early on William Boeing understood his company’s role in business history decades ago. He stated quote, people want to ride on airplanes more and more. Each day we are trustees of a veritable revolution in quote, that revolution that was the jet age continues to fuel the current revolution in the digital age. And beyond that wraps up our look at the week ahead from a business history standpoint, the formation of the Boeing company certainly stood out to us. But what do you think there were no shortage of big stories during the week of July 13th in history?
Scott Luton (20:48):
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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.
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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.
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Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
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).
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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.
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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.
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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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The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
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Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
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Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
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Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
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My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Vice President, Production
Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.
Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research. Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Director of Sales
Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Principal & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.