Blockchain is one of the most exciting technologies to hit the business scene over the last few years, and yet, very few companies truly understand how it works or what value it offers them. Enter DLT Labs, with “blockchain for the people.”
As Sergei Beliaev, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer with DLT Labs, explained to Scott Luton, “A person with a single watch is always on time, while a person with multiple watches is always late. Companies are created to work together, but their systems are not. Blockchain is a single shared version of truth, and the fact that it’s immutable means that everyone is always looking at the same watch. We also know that the clock is right, and nobody actually moved one of the hands up or down.”
Drawing on his experience as a competitive cross-country skier and his career in technology and leadership, Sergei shares his experiences from Moscow to North America solving problems and delivering results by “growing your own (technology) children”. He talks about transparency, trust and agility as he covers topics in supply chain and blockchain. He also shares lessons learned from an embarrassing story about how you can save time (and avoid embarrassment) by performing an equipment check prior to real-life deployment.
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. Hey, good morning, Scott Luton, the supply chain now welcome to today’s show on today’s show.
Scott Luton (00:33):
So we’re going to be continuing our collaboration with the wonderful folks over at AIAG the automotive industry action group and especially their 2020 supply chain summit. So stay tuned as we’re going to be working hard to increase your supply chain acute. Uh, more to come on that and just a moment. Hey, quick programming. Before we get started. If you enjoy today’s conversation, fondness and subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts from, you can look up supply chain now and make sure you subscribe. So you don’t miss conversations. Just like this one on that note with no further ado. Let’s welcome in our guests here today. Sergei Belisle EVP and chief strategy officer with a firm on the move. D L T labs Sergei. Good morning. How are you doing good morning, Scott. Very good. Great to have you, as we were chatting a little bit pre-show we’ve been tracking you and your organization a bit doing some really big things.
Scott Luton (01:26):
Uh, I’m sure. In a w in a variety of other ways, but in particular in retail, in particular with blockchain, which is really neat, but, um, but today we’re going to, this is going to be a, um, a fast moving interview, uh, but, uh, great to finally Rican, uh, connect with a leader over at DLT labs and learn more about you and your organization. Yeah. Happy to be here, Scott. All right. So Sergei, before we get into the hard stuff, let’s get to know you a little bit better. So tell us, w where are you from? Where’d you grow up and give us a Eureka moment from those formative years, I grew up in Russia in a small town between Moscow and st. Petersburg, loving family. My father was a doctor. My mom was a math teacher with everything that comes with this. So moved to Moscow in my late teens, went to university there.
Scott Luton (02:13):
Then my wife and myself, we kind of, we moved to New York in our early twenties to pursue pursue career in management consulting. And while in New York, we actually had an opportunity to travel to Toronto, Canada, and we just fell in love with the city. As they’d gone to this magazine, put it back in the day. Toronto is like New York run by the Swiss. So I guess what, in 1997, we moved there and have been there ever since. So I’m going to steal that from yet New York. That’s what sold me on the city and then turned out to doing really well and really good. So we had a 19 year old son. He is pursuing a math and computer science degree at the university of Waterloo here in Ontario. Right? So very excited about him. Good place to be
Sergei Beliaev (03:00):
Career wise. I spent about the JK and management consulting globally. And then I held a number of senior leadership roles in technology, mostly in financial services and consumer retail. And most recently, before joining DLOT labs, I served as the CIO for the Walmart Canada.
Scott Luton (03:18):
Let me go back for a second. Before we talk more about what DLT labs is up to. So growing up in Russia and especially living in Moscow, what do you have a bunch of families still there?
Sergei Beliaev (03:31):
Yeah. And so my parents are still there and my sister
Scott Luton (03:34):
Outstanding. What’s one thing, whether it is a food dish or whether it is just an aspect of the Russian culture, what’s one thing that you really look forward to when you go back and visit.
Sergei Beliaev (03:44):
Yeah. It’s probably the culture, right? Just going, watching the movies that you like, chatting with the friends that share the same kind of memories, always. That’s the main part, right? It’s the human interaction. And you also asked me about Eureka moment. I already want to tell his story about the Eureka moment.
Scott Luton (04:01):
These are my favorites. So please, by all means.
Sergei Beliaev (04:04):
So when I was at school, I did competitive cross country skiing. So imagine when I was just starting up, I was on my kind of not too expensive wooden skis, everything else, oftentimes after some time I started doing okay, and then a magic moment of big upgrade came. Imagine I’m sitting there in my hands with a pair of talk, nudge plastic skis that were just eating the market back in the day, and like having all those pictures of myself, getting first prizes, other things. So the next morning I take those new plastic skis right onto the ski trail, put them up, feeling proud, try to push off. And they just don’t move. Right? Because basically they kickback back into my feet is amazing. And I can’t make a single step. My friends around me are laughing their heads off and eventually after they laughed and laughed, and now they basically explained to me that I’m like the wooden skis last excuse required the kind of the grip wax to be applied for the problem before. So for me, for my luxury and technology, after that, that has been a huge lesson that I remember all the time, because the kind of the gist of it was she took you a year before you track it, take it on a trail and it’ll save you some time and potentially quite a bit of embarrassment.
Scott Luton (05:21):
I love that. And, and you know, what I draw from that, um, is you can have the latest and greatest technology, but if you don’t know exactly how to use it out of the gate, be prepared for some headaches, maybe right.
Sergei Beliaev (05:34):
Or embarrassment or
Scott Luton (05:36):
Embarrassment, even worse. Uh, what a great story. I appreciate you sharing that. So do you still ski a good bit in your whatever free time?
Sergei Beliaev (05:44):
Yeah. Trying to, but I switched to Downsville skiing. It’s a bit more fun.
Scott Luton (05:48):
I bet. And fast. I bet. Yeah. Okay. So now that we’ve, we’ve kind of learned more about Sergei the individual, let’s learn more about some of the really neat things you are doing at DLT labs. Um, so first off let’s set the table a bit. So what does the company do? And then let’s find out where you spend your time as EVP and chief strategy.
Sergei Beliaev (06:10):
We are, we deal with your labs are a software development company with deep expertise in blockchain. And the unique thing about us that instead of just focusing on the blockchain itself, we have repackaged it into a configurable application platform. So this allowed us to make it much, much easier for enterprises to size from small companies to large enterprises, like Walmart, to benefit from the value the blockchain brings to the table, which has single shared version of truth, kind of tamper-proof history and tamper-proof execution. And I can say that as a company, which democratized and uncomplicated blockchain for the use in real life,
Scott Luton (06:48):
I love that it’s like blockchain for the people Sergei
Sergei Beliaev (06:53):
Let’s steal that one from you. And I’ll use blockchain for the people as the tagline. Yeah. And now both me. So my role is chief strategy officer. So I work as a key member of the executive team in defining and executing on our strategy for the products that we offer our global market positioning and the internal structure,
Scott Luton (07:13):
A couple of followup questions here. So first off, what is know in your role and in, in those, um, those activities that you have, where you spend your time, what is your absolute favorite part about what you do in your role at DLT labs?
Sergei Beliaev (07:26):
Honestly, the most favorite part it’s meeting with customers or partners and looking into the problems that they have and seeing how can we apply thanks to make it better. And it’s like, I don’t like growing your own children. You see something that was almost nothing in the beginning. And then eventually it becomes beautiful. It delivers right. That has a life of its own. That gives me the biggest pleasure.
Scott Luton (07:48):
Wow. Well, I can see that you’d be painting centralized picture with that. Um, a lot of folks really do enjoy the problem solving component. I know when I, in my time in manufacturing, that was one of my favorite, sometimes most painful days and hours, but certainly most rewarding. And especially when you’re working with people with, with different, in, from different walks of life, different points of view, and you’re learning as you solve what can be really challenging problems. Um, before we go broader with this next question, I want to ask you a quick follow up question with blockchain. You know, we were kidding around before we kicked off the interview that, you know, when some folks still, when they hear blockchain, because I think it is required to be a part of every supply chain conversation by federal law still, um, you know, some folks kind of roll their eyes because maybe they haven’t yet uncovered the big improvement and innovation and, and the big transformation that blockchain is driving and, and, and different parts of industry in the world. So whenever you maybe sit in a subway by someone that might, you know, roll, have that blockchain, roll the eyes, or share an Uber, or what have you, what w what did, what is the response that you offer to folks that may not be aware of the, of the, of the real bottom line innovation that blockchain is driving?
Sergei Beliaev (09:05):
So we had an interview and one of our great partners actually used a good, good example on explaining that what he said is that a person with a single wash is always on time. A person with multiple watches is always late, right? And to me really, that was like, wow, that, that is definitely the summary of blockchain, because what blockchain is, is a single shared version of truth, because companies are created to work together, systems are not. And what happens is that each company updates their own system, their own application, their own database, blockchain now gives you this out of the box capability of using something shared so that you and me would be looking at exact same watch to tell the time, right? Plus on top of this kind of sharing component sharing aspect of it, there’s also the fact that it’s immutable so that we look at the same clock. And we also know that the clock is right, and nobody actually moved one of the handles up or down
Scott Luton (10:01):
Love that. And if I can, if I can share a quick experience that, uh, because in this day and age of 2020, you know, consumers expect transparency, supply chain partners, upstream and downstream really are coming to expect transparency. And I had a, um, an insurance claim not too long ago. And the insurance company sent out in a very competent third party expert to my home and did some inspection. And he spent two or three hours here and gathered a bunch of observations and photos and data and measurements, you name it. And I assumed incorrectly that I was gonna get a copy of, of all of that information so that we could understand exactly what we were facing well, much to my chagrin as he departed. And as I learned in the, in the weeks that followed, I had no access to that information. So I had no basis. The biggest lesson learned is just how that even if that adjuster and that insurance company made every single decision by the book up in my favor, still the lack of data and transparency immediately caused distrust. Right? And that’s where of all the different advantages that organizations and enterprises are gaining by implementing blockchain, meaningful blockchain solutions, how that enhances trust amongst all parties upstream and downstream is a, is a really beautiful byproduct of blockchain. Would you agree? Absolutely. Because with trust you can move mountains, right? Yep.
Sergei Beliaev (11:31):
And I liked the fact, the fact that you’re using the word trust, because sometimes it becomes kind of a blessing in disguise because try first by itself is quite ambiguous. Right. And sometimes people add some additional meaning to it. Sometimes it’s not. And I found myself initially, when I got excited about blockchain, how it gets applied, everything else, using the word trust all the time. And eventually I dropped it and started providing something a bit more specific so that people really get it and don’t get kind of confused by the way, the ambiguity of it.
Scott Luton (12:02):
Right. Yeah. And I love the watch example, by the way. Um, all right, so let’s go broader, right? I appreciate you sharing some of, some of the expertise that DLT labs is providing and, and some of your thoughts around blockchain, but when you really look at the global world of end to end supply chain and business in this historically challenging year, that 2020 is, as we all know, what’s, what’s one thing that you may be tracking a lot more than others right now. It’s got your attention.
Sergei Beliaev (12:31):
Yeah. Where do I start? As the look at the world today, it has been a perfect storm for the supply chains globally, right? So between the COVID and the social distancing, coupled with kind of trade sanctions, trade Wars, global politics, and everything else, trends participants at all stages, basically they have been challenged in their confidence and trust using this word again, of the things that they did, particularly for granted up until this moment, right? Things like delivery, delays on my parts here at my shop floor on time, things like that, financial viability of suppliers, especially as we move down the tiers in our multi tier supply chains, and also things like quality and compliance, viability of products and services that we are acquiring once we had to really do it rapid shift from one supplier base to a different supplier base. So although all these have always been kind of a critical importance, the current situation, but significant additional stress on it, which pushed those issues right into the spot Mainstage spotlight. So interestingly blockchain addressing these concerns is really like the best way to address those concerns is through better transparency and the geology of the end to end supply chain. And what is the best. And coincidentally was the best technology to work on transparency and agility is the blockchain technology. Like the one that DOD labs offers, right. And using this technology out of the box allows us to address those issues faster, cheaper, and better. That
Scott Luton (14:08):
Those are beautiful words to any business leader in this environment right now, uh, faster, cheaper, and better. I love that. Um, and more visible and with more trust. Uh, and, and yes, and that trend, you know, w we’ve talked a lot here, as you might imagine in recent months about these blind spots. And it’s interesting how many blind spots really weren’t blind spots. It was just organizations that despite all the, some of the previous non pandemics, but sicknesses, they just refuse to put a plan together. And then of course, you’ve got all the real blind spots that have become visible all of a sudden in a painful way here in 2020, but it seems what you and your team are doing. And the technology is really helping organizations prevent themselves to some degree of being in that situation where they’re not only is his lack of visibility, lack of transparency, lack of information. And of course, these in 2020 in the information age, you got to move faster because the rate of change has just, has just increased so rapidly. So to move faster, you got to have better information at your fingertips, right?
Sergei Beliaev (15:21):
Yeah. And you have to have better technology to deliver upon those promises and objects.
Scott Luton (15:26):
That’s right. And the shiny is technology. You got to make sure you’ve got the wax ready to go to get you out out of the blocks. Right.
Sergei Beliaev (15:32):
Hey, and by the way, technology is out there. And that’s a good one. Good connection back to my story, right? What we provide as DLT labs is the wax and the know how that gets what it needs to be applied. And we take care of you so that when you take your shiny new top-notch blockchain technology based solution out there on the ski trail, you will not be embarrassed.
Scott Luton (15:53):
That’s a great way to put it. And I would encourage folks to do a little homework. If, if, if you’re one of three people that haven’t been tracking, DLT labs, they’ve done some really neat things, uh, up in the retail space here in North America. And it’s really neat to finally make the connection, uh, with you Sergei and your team, uh, big fans of what you’re all doing. Let’s make sure folks can connect with you and, and DLT labs zone. How can they do that?
Sergei Beliaev (16:15):
Yeah, so basically there is many ways of connecting with us. We have quite a significant following on LinkedIn. So please join, join the group, join the crowd. Second one, we’re active on Twitter. And also you can go on our website. So DLT labs.com to see the most up-to-date news and what’s happening in, in, in our projects, in our thinking, the interviews, we’re giving all those kinds of things. And finally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our fearless commercial team will direct it to the appropriate associate to address your questions.
Scott Luton (16:50):
Love it. Uh, Sergei, a pleasure to connect with you today. What the reconnect down the road a little bit Sergei, BLI of EVP and chief strategy officer at DLT labs. Thanks so much Sergei.
Sergei Beliaev (17:03):
Thank you, Scott enjoyed being here.
Scott Luton (17:04):
Definitely. And enjoy the supply chain summit. So to our listeners, hopefully you enjoy this conversation as much as I have. Um, if you enjoy conversations like this, be sure to find us and subscribe at a supply chain. Now, wherever you get your podcasts from, you can also find email@example.com. We’ll wrap this up with the same challenge week that we challenge our team with every single day. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time.
Sergei Beliaev is EVP and Chief Strategy Officer with DLT Labs (www.dltlabs.com). Sergei is a seasoned C-level executive with deep experience leading enterprise technology and innovation. In his current role as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer for DLT Labs, he guides the global growth of an emerging leader in applying blockchain to enterprise data management. Prior to joining DLT Labs, he served as CIO at Walmart Canada, led IT Strategy at the LCBO, and held technology leadership roles at Easyhome, Canadian Tire, and RBC. Over the course of more than 25 years leading change across multiple industries, Sergei has cultivated a nuanced understanding of the ways in which technology innovation impacts our teams, cultures, and society. Sergei has a Master of Science Degree in International Economics and Finance from Russian University of Cooperation (formerly Moscow University of Consumer Cooperation). He is a competitive cross-country skier and earned a black belt in taekwondo.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
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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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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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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 earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
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With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
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Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.