Supply Chain Now
Episode 499

Episode Summary

“I think we can really play a leading role in the evolution of, of not only the auto industry, but society in general, you think about some of the next gen technologies around autonomous and connected vehicles that are at play.”

– Brandon Mason, lead analyst for Eaton’s Global Market Intelligence group

 

Brandon Mason, the lead analyst for Eaton’s Global Market Intelligence group, is one of the speakers scheduled for the upcoming 2020 AIAG Supply Chain Summit, taking place virtually this November. Born and raised in Michigan, Brandon has a lifelong passion for the automotive industry and is excited to be part of the transformation currently underway that promises to offer smarter, cleaner, safer and more affordable transportation to the world.

In this episode, Brandon shares his insights into automotive industry trends with Supply Chain Now Host Scott Luton:

· The changes in trends he has seen in 2020, including a move away from emerging technologies and towards new consumer preferences

· The economic conditions he expects to see in the coming months

· How we can learn to embrace complexity – even to the point of boosting confidence

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:05):

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.

Brandon Mason (00:28):

Hey, good morning, Scott Lou, uh, with you here on supply chain now, welcome to today’s show. So on this episode, we’re continuing our programming in partnership with the AIAG organization, the automotive industry action group, uh, and in particular with AIG’s 2020 supply chain summit. So, uh, stay tuned as we’re going to be working really hard to raise and increase your supply chain leadership, uh, acute, uh, more to come on that in just a moment, but quick programming before we get started. If you enjoyed today’s episode, be sure to check us out and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts from search for supply chain now, and make sure you subscribe still miss conversations, just like this one here. All right. So further ado let’s bring in our featured guests here. Uh, we’re going to be talking with Brandon Mason lead analyst, global market intelligence with Eaton Brandon.

Brandon Mason (01:22):

Good morning. Hey, good morning to you, Scott. Thanks for having me. You bet. Uh, enjoyed our little, uh, pre-show conversation, a little bit of baseball sprinkled in. I know you’re a big, uh, Detroit tigers fan, but tell us where are you from? And, and, and, you know, give us, um, give us a Eureka moment that you may have experienced as you were working up through your formative years. Sure, well, uh, born and raised in Michigan, um, I was actually born in Flint and grew up around the, the Flint area, uh, during my adolescent years. And, uh, you know, I’ve been around the auto industry, my whole life, obviously, you know, Flint, the birthplace of, of general motors. Uh, my dad worked at GM for 40 years. His dad worked at GM. So, you know, the industry was sort of all around me growing up. So there was really, no, I won’t say it as much discussion, you know, I haven’t struggled too much with trying to figure out what I wanted to do, uh, in my professional career.

Brandon Mason (02:17):

Um, it just, it just felt right. So, you know, very passionate about the, about the auto industry. And so, you know, you know, growing up around the Flint area, um, you know, there were a lot of pros and cons, right? You got to see the most of the auto industry. You got to see the impact that it had on the communities, in which it’s, uh, it’s involved. But honestly there were some dark times too. I mean, I remember, you know, my dad was laid off several times for, for long periods of time and, you know, the city really struggled and continues to struggle, um, when they’re over reliant on one industry. And so I wouldn’t say that was necessarily a Eureka moment, but just kind of solidified that, uh, I’m passionate about it. I want to be part of the solution in the industry. And, uh, and as we move forward, sort of start to transform around who we are.

Brandon Mason (03:01):

I think we can really play a leading role in the evolution of, of not only the auto industry, but society in general, you think about some of the next gen technologies around autonomous and connected vehicles that are at play. Um, you know, in terms of a Eureka moment, I guess maybe in my professional career for those that have been in the industry more than 10 years, you know, the dark days of the last global recession, the great recession of 2009. And, uh, I remember sitting, you know, a few nights on my couch, just wondering, you know, is there going to be in auto industry? And, uh, and, uh, the industry has come a long way since then obviously, uh, the innovation aspect has, has grown in multiples. And so, uh, to me, the Eureka moment is, you know, if, if we’re gonna survive, we need to continue to adapt and change and lead the way. Uh, so, so to me, that’s kind of, what’s driving me for, as we think about the trends that are going to shape our industry for the years and decades to come.

Scott Luton (03:57):

We’ll put a, in two things stick out, kind of, as you were sharing that first off, when your last point, there is a ton of reinvention going on in the automotive industry and a ton of innovation. You know, I think one of the, one of the many good news stories in this challenging year 2020 is how you’re seeing automotive manufacturers make huge shifts to be able to produce ventilators, right, and, and, and fight, uh, you know, serve the mission. Those are great stories. Um, and secondly, going back to your, your, your father, your experience, your father’s experience, his father’s experience, just Salta there, their people in that, our own, these plant floors that have some of the toughest jobs, toughest problems to solve, uh, in a production framework, I mean, salt of there, of people that make up the automotive industry.

Brandon Mason (04:43):

Yeah, absolutely. And I spent a few summers in college work on the assembly lines as well. So I’ve got a really good appreciation of what those jobs entail and work ethic that has to go into it. And you’re right. There’s a lot of prideful people in this industry that, uh, you know, want to make good, good quality products. And, uh, you know, w we need to make sure that we, uh, we focus on that and continue to take care of those folks as well. Cause they’re the backbone of this industry.

Scott Luton (05:06):

I’m with you. All right. Well said, let’s move right along. Let’s talk. I know Eaton’s a very large organization. We’ve got some, some sites down here we’re in our neck of the woods in Georgia, but if you could tell us what the company does at a high level, and let’s talk about where you spend your time.

Brandon Mason (05:23):

Sure. And, you know, I think it’s, it’s sort of, uh, interesting my, my career, you know, I’ve been in the industry again my whole life. Um, I’ve only been at Eaton for about seven months. And so if you do the math there, I started, uh, early March, right. When all of the pandemic stuff was really starting to hit. So certainly, um, interesting time to start a new, a new position. Um, and in my role as our market intelligence leader, um, you know, trying to figure out what’s going on in the industry, what are the main drivers, what’s our path recovery look like? Um, certainly an interesting, uh, time in one’s career, but, um, I’ll get to that in minute, uh, to start off. So Eaton, as you said, yes, that big company I’ve been around for a very long time, you know, in essence, Eaton is a power management company.

Brandon Mason (06:07):

So we’re an aerospace, we’re an electrical, we’re an industrial. And then obviously within the vehicle group, we manufacturer a number of different components and systems. Uh, we produce, uh, vehicle clutches, transmissions about spelled actuators, torque control products, boosting products, um, and whole host of other things. And then I would say, you know, the last few years we’ve really started to build up our mobility practice. So power management, power, conversion, um, electronics tools to, to really fit that growing industry. Again, we talked a little bit earlier about how our industry is changing. Uh, we’re trying to adapt, uh, and help lead the way in that change as well, because, you know, electric vehicles and, and that type of thing, both in the light vehicle and commercial space, they’re going to continue to grow. And so we want to make sure that we’re adjusting our portfolio accordingly.

Brandon Mason (06:55):

Um, in terms of my role, as I said, I lead our market intelligence team. So it’s a, my job is to, and, and, and the job of my team is to monitor the industry, understand what are the big trends that are shaping our industry and our specific businesses, um, and try and advise leadership, you know, and, and that’ll help, uh, drive our strategy in terms of what we want to do in terms of the products that we offer, the companies that we want to partner with, um, potential acquisitions, uh, it all plays into that. And so, uh, as you can imagine, uh, my team and I have been quite busy over the last several months as we’ve worked our way through this, uh, this global pandemic and, and downturn,

Scott Luton (07:33):

You know, I, I love as you describe your role, uh, and, and the role you play within an organization gathering the critical signals, not all the noise, but the critical signals that provides your leadership, the ability to, to take advantage of opportunities, to move faster and make better decisions, which is, is really become table stakes here in the information age. So really neat. There we’ll have to have you back because I’m sure that we could talk for hours about some of the fascinating aspects of, of what your team seeing, but for the sake of this interview here, let’s pick one thing, you know, when you look at global supply chain global business in a historically challenging year, like 2020 is, and we’re all fighting through it, what’s one thing that really sticks out. You’ve been tracking more than others.

Brandon Mason (08:16):

Yeah. And, and to be fair you’re right. I mean, we could talk for plenty of time about all of those things. So maybe I’ll just list a couple of quick nominations or, you know, uh, honorable mentions. And then we can kind of get to one of the, one of the things that, uh, we’re focused on most. So I like Brandon, I like your style. Thanks, Scott. Um, you know, the things that we’re kind of broadly tracking, you know, it’s funny before the pandemic hit, you know, we were talking a lot about, um, emerging technologies and we often use the case acronym, right. Connected, autonomous shared, and electric vehicles. Um, those have kind of taken a back seat to some degree. And so, um, I think that the question going will be, what is the focus on those now? I think some will accelerate some, I think we’ll have pause, um, just because of some of the investment requirements and then, um, you know, customer preferences to share vehicles and things like that have changed now.

Brandon Mason (09:09):

Um, all right. So I’m not going to talk too much about that. Um, other things that, uh, that we’ve talked about, you know, fourth industrial revolution, I think that’s something that will be accelerated, uh, as we go forward, we’ve often talked about it, but I think things about like augmented reality, free ranging robots. And again, some of the things that the pandemic has brought up in terms of safety concerns and remote working and things like that, uh, those types of things I think will certainly be accelerated, but if I had to focus on, um, one thing, um, you know, I think it’s just around the uncertainty and how we plan for uncertainty. And we’ve always had uncertainty in an industry. That’s, that’s not the question, but just, if you layer on top of the, the monumental change that our industry is going through right now, um, you know, we were ready to just make this fundamental shift towards new technology, new business models, et cetera.

Brandon Mason (09:59):

We have a once in a hundred year pandemic and then a pretty significant recession on top of it. And so, you know, the uncertainty, I think is what’s grasping folks, uh, most notable. And I think a lot of us want to be cautiously optimistic about some of the news that we’ve, we’ve seen, um, certainly here in the U S you know, sales and in production continue to trend upwards. So I think to a lot of people’s pleasant surprise, but we still have a long way to go. And so trying to understand the different models that are gonna play out over the next three, six, nine months, whatever it might be is really difficult. And so that creates a lot of uncertainty in the supply chain and the industry as a whole around, you know, what’s that gonna look like? It’s hard to plan for something that’s never happened before, let alone layering on all sorts of other things. Right. Um, we were talking this morning with our European team around the impacts of Brexit, for example, right? Number Brexit, like, you know, maybe six, seven months ago, that was a huge deal. That’s all, everybody was, anybody was talking about it, right.

Scott Luton (10:57):

It feels like six or seven years ago at this point. Exactly.

Brandon Mason (11:00):

And, and now, you know, it took a back seat, I think for most folks. And now it’s kind of come up again about, wow, like, what’s the impact of that. Wouldn’t be on top of everything else that’s going on. So I think embracing the uncertainty to some extent is, is probably the best advice, understanding that nobody’s got a high level of confidence right now about, you know, what the next six to 12 months are going to look at, look like w we hopefully have a good, a better idea on the, let’s got the medium term, uh, picture. But, uh, I think the advice there is that folks have to build out scenarios and just have a hyper focus on those different indicators and then make your plans. According to that, it’s hard to kind of put anything in an ink right now, unlike before, because before it dries, you know, something has changed. So to me, the uncertainty, I think, is the biggest thing that, uh, we’ve been focusing on

Scott Luton (11:50):

The good news there. It seems like there’s been, there’s never been a greater thrust to identify these, these leadership blind spots and get them out, get them above surface level so that we can, you know, um, put contingency plans just in scenario planning and, you know, mitigate the risk that is, is alive and well, unfortunately in so many different forms. So appreciate what the good work you and your team do there at Eaton. Um, let’s talk, let’s shift gears. As we starting to wind this, this brief video podcast down, let’s talk about AIG. We’re, you know, look, we’re pretty blatant about it. We’re big fans here at supply chain now of the great work that AIG does. And we talked about your role, Brandon, and what you and your team do, you know, tracking down information and best practices and those critical signals. And you’ve got great associations and groups like AIG that helped make that easier for everybody that may not have internal expert analyst team. So speak a little bit to your involvement with AIAG and where you see value.

Brandon Mason (12:51):

You know, we were talking before we started the show here that, uh, you know, I’ve been working with AIG and I lost track. I guess when you, when you get to a certain age, you start to lose track. Number started to get a little fuzzy about how long you’ve been involved in something. But I would say close to 10 years, um, have been working with the AIG team and, uh, presented at a number of their, their conferences. And, and, you know, we’ll be speaking at the, uh, event virtually next month. And, uh, my hope is that, uh, sooner, rather than later, we can get back to some, some in-person, uh, communication. Uh, but I will tell you, you know, as I said, I’m, I’m very passionate about where I’m from. I’m very passionate about the industry. And so with the sort of the, this is the team at AIG, and, uh, every time I go to an event, you know, I’ll sit around and I’ll, I’ll listen to the speakers before me and after me.

Brandon Mason (13:37):

And, uh, it’s, it’s really impressive to see the passion that that team has and the advocacy and the education to try and show folks. I think those of us in the industry, we understand right, the unique challenges of our industry, but we also appreciate, um, the contributions that our industry makes, uh, across the spectrum. And I think, uh, a lot of folks don’t realize that, and AIG has done a good job along with other advocacy groups of, of showcasing the value and the expertise and the technology, uh, that the auto industry brings to, to the world. And so to me, I always find it very insightful to listen to folks from a broad spectrum of, of, uh, backgrounds and expertise at these events. And then of course, you know, the networking, always a good turnout at the events that I’ve attended. So it was good to kind of talk shop with, with some folks. So to me, those are the big value adds to it. And of course they let me get up and talk about whatever I want for, you know, um, I don’t, I don’t always have a time limit, which is nice. So, uh, they let me get up and passionately speak about a lot of different topics related to auto. So I’m certainly grateful for that.

Scott Luton (14:40):

Wow, love it. Love the community that AIG has been building for years service, you know, serving a critical industry, uh, for not just the American economy, but global economy. So, so much great thought leadership right here and great relationships. It’s part of the AIG community. So, all right. So Brandon, uh, we’ll make sure our listeners know how to connect with you, uh, and your organization after this interview. So what, what, what’s the best way to do that?

Brandon Mason (15:07):

Sure. So, I mean, if you want to know more about Eaton, it’s easy, you can just go to our website, it’s eaton.com. Um, for specific topics. If you’ve got a, you know, a question I want to discuss something, I’m again, always happy to have that conversation with folks. So feel free to connect with me directly on LinkedIn,

Scott Luton (15:24):

Enjoyed our, our brief time here with you here on supply chain. Now, Brandon, uh, best of luck as the Detroit tigers gets new leadership and get things turned around. I’m sure their next world series appearance is just around the corner, but we need to really appreciate what you do. Thanks for joining us. And thanks for being part of the AIG community and to our listeners. We’ve been chatting with Brandon Mason, lead analyst, global market intelligence with Eaton. Hopefully you enjoyed this conversation as much as we have. Hey, if you enjoy it, check out a splotch net, wherever you podcast from subscribe. So you don’t miss rate conversations like this here today. Hey, one challenge. You’d like to challenge our team each and every day. Do good. Give forward, be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time.

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Brandon Mason serves as the lead analyst for Eaton’s Global Market Intelligence group, where he oversees a team of industry experts that closely monitor automotive developments and technology-driven trends. Brandon is also responsible for helping to develop and implement Eaton’s market outlook and business strategy. As an active industry analyst and spokesperson, Brandon has spoken at numerous high-profile events and has been interviewed by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Automotive News, Automotive Logistics, Car and Driver, ABC News and The Los Angeles Times. He has also authored several thought leadership pieces focused on smart cities, congestion and the changing automotive value chain. Prior to joining Eaton, Brandon spent nearly 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he held a variety of roles and most recently served as the firm’s US Mobility leader. He was Chief of staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also previously led PwC’s Autofacts industry analyst team. Born and raised in Michigan, Brandon has a lifelong passion for the automotive industry and is excited to be part of the transformation currently underway that promises to offer smarter, cleaner, safer and more affordable transportation to the world.

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Amanda Luton

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 singing second soprano in the Grayson United Methodist Church choir.

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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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Allie Krasinski

Marketing Coordinator

Allie is currently completing a degree in marketing with a certificate in entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia. She got her social media start through an internship with Shred, a personal training app, and she’s been hooked ever since. She works to optimize our following base while assisting the team with content creation, influencer outreach and other marketing endeavors. Allie can’t wait to keep growing alongside Supply Chain Now.

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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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Natalie Dutton

Marketing Coordinator

Natalie is currently pursuing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing and a certificate in new media at the University of Georgia. If there’s one thing she’s learned at the Terry College of Business, it’s that the supply chain is a dynamic, unifying force that’s essential to any business. Natalie helps to amplify the voices of the supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting with media management, content creation and communications.

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Ben Harris

Host

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.

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Page Siplon

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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Page Siplon

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porteris 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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Kevin Brown

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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Sofia Rivas Herrera

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.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder & CEO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now, Veteran Voices, This Week in Business History

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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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

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.

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Demo Perez

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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Kim Winter

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).

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Nick Roemer

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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Alex Bramley

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.

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