In this 600th episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott Luton welcomes Supply Chain Now CMO Amanda Luton to the podcast, to reflect and share 10 Things they’ve learned and loved from the last 100 Supply Chain Now episodes. Learn which Supply Chain guests (and hosts!) inspire Amanda, who she has learned the most from, what feedback she’s received from Supply Chain Now listeners, and so much more.
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Scott Luton (00:31):
Good morning, Scott Luton and Amanda Luton with you here on supply chain. Now welcome to today’s show very special episode today because it’s episode number 600, Amanda, how are you doing?
Amanda Luton (00:44):
I’m doing great. How are you doing Scott? We
Scott Luton (00:46):
Are doing well looking forward to sharing some of our favorite moments from really the last a hundred or so episodes, right?
Amanda Luton (00:53):
Yeah, it would, it would take hours and hours and hours. If we went through all 600,
Scott Luton (00:58):
That is right. And, you know, we sat down out in know a couple months ago. It feels like and celebrated episode 500. So, uh, we didn’t want to go too far back. We really want to focus on the last a hundred episodes and it goes, it goes without saying, you know, this is, um, you know, 600 episodes is no finish line by any, any stretch of imagination. It’s, it’s, it’s, um, an opportunity for us to stop for a second smell the roses, enjoy the content and the guests and in our community members and, and really the, the global profession that we had been, uh, covering and, uh, and get ready for, for the next 600. Right.
Amanda Luton (01:33):
That’s right. I’m excited. We
Scott Luton (01:35):
Are too. So today’s episode four, number 600. We’re going to focus own Amanda. Amanda typically is behind the camera and behind the mic. And, uh, we thought today would be a neat, neat way to, uh, focus and, uh, on her perspective and, and, uh, I think eight, maybe 10 heck maybe 22 of her favorite moments from really the last a hundred episodes or so, is that right, Amanda?
Amanda Luton (02:00):
That’s right. And it’s, it’s not just, you know, from the episodes, but really from, from the experience of the last a hundred recordings. So, so, um, things that guests have weighed in on, um, relationships and experiences with the different hosts of supply chain now, and then also some different things that the community members have taught as well. So a little bit of everything.
Scott Luton (02:22):
Okay. So we should say before we dive any further and get your start, uh, start your list, your countdown, Casey Casen you had the distinct honor and rightfully so, uh, supply chain digital put together a list of the top 100 women in supply chain. And Amanda, you came in at number 56, which a who’s counting more importantly, they recognize all of your leadership and hard work and, and facilitation, uh, in advocacy for helping this engine spotlight all these voices across business. Right.
Amanda Luton (03:00):
That’s right. Um, I truly think I understand now when people say that it’s just an honor to be nominated, uh, it really is just an honor to be included, um, on that list of really incredible leaders and, and, and, uh, influencers and in practitioners and people in the supply chain. So it was just really unexpected. Very exciting. Yeah.
Scott Luton (03:22):
Outstanding. Well, congratulations and well-deserved well, thank you. Proud of what you’re doing, and I’m proud of what we, where you’ve been and where you are and where you’re headed. So we’re really excited about what’s coming up next. So with no further ado, let’s dive into one of your key takeaways, favorite moments slash slash slash what have you of the last hundred or so episodes.
Amanda Luton (03:46):
So, uh, we’re starting with, uh, with a really recent episode. Um, Laura Seseri, uh, one of the top supply chain leaders, influencers. She was a guest on the supply chain buzz just last week, but her appearance in some of the things that she shared about her experiences in college and just starting out in the supply chain industry were so powerful, just really impacted me as I was listening. And Scott, I can’t remember if it was you or Greg that that asked her about the discrimination that the genders, you know, sexism, the discrimination that she was facing and experiencing, if it made her fight harder and just want to bear down and, and really get back at the, you know, people that said that she couldn’t do things. And what she said was kind of surprising to me. She said, no, it actually made her want to quit.
Amanda Luton (04:35):
And I thought that that was such an honest reaction and a little bit unexpected because you think, you know, people will want to, yeah, it just made me want to fight harder. It made me want to prove people wrong, but she said, no, that it just made her want to quit and, you know, make it just made me think that, you know, sometimes obstacles don’t fuel our fire to succeed, to succeed. They just want to make, you want to give up. But what it comes down to is that, uh, Laura had allies. She had people that were willing to pick her up when she was feeling down, um, that inspired her and encouraged her. And she shared that those people were the reason that she didn’t quit. So, you know, whether you’re male or female, whatever your race is, you name it. What Laura inspired in me was to be an ally for the people that, you know, people that you love and the people that you work with and be the reason that they don’t quit. Um, you know, we’ve, we’ve talked about it a lot in the past week, but B the reason that people don’t quit be an ally stand up for people, encourage people when they’re down. But that was really powerful to me.
Scott Luton (05:40):
Outstanding. Well, you’re not wasting any time to get to some of the, your, your key highlights, huh?
Amanda Luton (05:46):
That’s right. We’re going, we’re diving in deep quickly.
Scott Luton (05:51):
All right. So now let’s move on to your second key takeaway, the last hundred episodes or so,
Amanda Luton (05:59):
Yeah, so this is not a specific episode, actually, it’s two episodes of a new program actually, uh, in the supply chain, what we call family of programming, but I’m very proud of the new supply chain. Now in espaniol program, it’s been a labor of love. It was something that has created some new internal processes for us as we needed to produce this program. But the end result has been really rewarding in Ricky Alvarez and his team have really grabbed the reins and, and, and led this new program all in Spanish, spotlighting the supply chain leaders in South America and Latin America, Spanish speaking, um, parts of the world. Uh, but in regain his team just featured, uh, the executive director of the MIT supply chain management program. Uh, the number one supply chain management program in the world in, uh, Dr. Jeff’s way, uh, Valasquez Martinez.
Amanda Luton (06:54):
And then, uh, Paolo Nunez was the last guest on the most recent episode, who was the winner of the national logistics award in Mexico. So I just think it’s a wonderful thing to be shining the light, you know, putting a spotlight on these supply chain leaders in the Spanish speaking world, but also introducing them to our global audience. It’s very exciting. It’s been a real challenge since, uh, the extent of my Spanish knowledge is, uh, about 11th grade high school Spanish. Um, so I’ve been relying a lot on Google translate and some of our new team members that are bilingual. So that’s been really great, but it’s been a challenge for our production team, but one that we’ve really embraced because we think it’s a, it’s a really powerful program and it’s going to reach a whole nother audience that believe needs to be represented, needs to be heard. So it’s been really exciting
Scott Luton (07:43):
Standing, big fans of that series, big fans of vector, global logistics and big fans, of course, of their fearless leader in Rica Alvarez, who really is on a mission to change the world. And, and between that series supply chain now in a spaniel of course, logistics with purpose, which was one of our, our oldest series, love the content and in the voices are featuring on that, those two series. So, okay. Well, if you’re set Navarro with these first couple of key takeaways, man, you got to keep get, keep some of your, your powder dry, right.
Amanda Luton (08:17):
That’s right. So what’s next. So what you just mentioned with Enrique and logistics with purpose program was a perfect segue into my third episode or moment or part of the supply chain. Uh, now a hundred episodes that we’ve just been through. Laura Cyrus was a guest on logistics with purpose, uh, episode and live stream, couple, couple episodes go, but she was, uh, introducing our audience to truckers against trafficking. And the live stream in particular were so impactful, I think to everybody watching to, to the guests, to the host, to all of the audience, but just seeing Laura and the, and the work that truckers against trafficking do. Um, if you’re not familiar, uh, Trevor truckers against trafficking, trains, um, truck drivers and logistics companies to look for signs of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and makes truckers aware of what to look for, or how to help or how to notify their organization, if they notice something unusual or something that looks like, um, a trafficking situation, but they’re, you know, partnering th the whole organization is amazing because they’re partnering with an industry and a community for the greater good and it’s infinitely inspiring.
Amanda Luton (09:31):
But I think the best part about what I experienced on the live stream was how our community, the supply chain now community in our audience, um, that was participating and engaging and listening to the live stream, went over and above and began donating to truckers against trafficking during the live stream. I don’t even think it was me that had posted the donation link into the live stream comments. I think it was one of our community members and they started challenging each other. Like, Hey, you know, I’m gonna, I’m gonna donate 10 bucks. How about you? You know, tagging people, Hey, how about you, you know, donate $10, you know, maybe just to drop in the bucket, but to see, to watch that impact being made in real time was really inspiring. Made me, I mean, our community is incredible anyway, but it just made me really proud and, and honored to be a part of what was actually happening
Scott Luton (10:25):
And, and, you know, truckers against trafficking. I don’t have those numbers in front of me, but I want to say they’ve trained about a million people of the signs look for, for folks, uh, uh, victims of human trafficking. And I believe they have saved several thousand victims, rescued them from human trafficking and that, you know, I can’t remember several thousand, maybe several tens of thousands, regardless of doing great bottom line, uh results-driven or move the needle and let’s face it, they’re saving lives and, and that’s right, and that’s not being dramatic. So love those action focused bottom line focused, uh, non-profits powerful nonprofits, light truckers against trafficking. Okay. What is next, Amanda?
Amanda Luton (11:11):
So, um, my number four and five, um, here are actually kind of ways that I’ve been inspired by our hosts. You know, we have incredible guests on supply chain now, obviously, but are our hosts. And our other team members are of the highest caliber when it comes to, um, skills and knowledge and expertise and real life experience. I consume any and everything that Kerryn, bursa and Kelly Barner put out there, anything they say, anything they’re doing. I’m like fan girling over everything that they do. Um, they are women at the top of their industries. I don’t know a soul that Kelly couldn’t go toe to toe with about procurement or that Kerryn couldn’t match point for point a in supply chain tech or marketing, but more than being experts, they are mentors, they’re mentors in more ways than one. Um, and what they are not is arrogant or egotistical.
Amanda Luton (12:05):
They are as down to earth as they come willing to collaborate, um, to recognize other people’s strengths, to give credit where credit is due to work for the greater good of the organization. And I’m so proud to work for an organization with people in the organization that recognized that diversity in all different ways, thought diversity, age, race, gender diversity, and experience is so valuable and so important. And the women from the top to the bottom of supply chain now are appreciated and are a vital part in all of the facets of supply chain now. But I actually, I came across a quote on social media the other day that Sandra McQuillan had had said, and she said to keep the door open and the ladder down. And it really, it made me think about what Kelly and Kerryn do every single day. They inspire me to be a mentor, to be an ally, uh, kind of along the same lines as, as Laura says, Siri, to help people along the way and the best way that I’m able, it’s our job to make it easier for everyone to make it easier for women in this industry, Kerryn and Kelly live it out every single day.
Amanda Luton (13:16):
And I’m, I’m so proud and honored to work with them, to collaborate with them, to learn from them. And they’re salt of the earth. I mean, they’re, they’re not only experts industry leaders, uh, but there’s some of just the best women that I’ve I’ve met.
Scott Luton (13:31):
Yeah. Well said, um, big fans here, what’d you say, a girl crushing fan girling clothes.
Scott Luton (13:42):
Well, uh, big fans of, uh, Kelly and Kerryn, of course, big fans of all of our hosts. Uh, you know, Chris Barnes, uh, Enrique of course, Craig white, who, um, is typically my partner in crime with live streams. And many of our podcasts, uh, page supply chain is launching a new freight focused, uh, series with us. Uh, we already mentioned Enrique, uh, Miller, Jeff Miller, Kevin L. Jackson, gosh, Kevin L. Jackson, what a brilliant individual that is and a beautiful person absolutely have enjoyed all of their contributions and, and folks, we got a lot more, we’ll be launching in the weeks and months ahead. So, all right. So Amanda, as we continue your countdown on some of your favorite takeaways from the last hundred or so episodes,
Amanda Luton (14:29):
What’s next. So the next couple are some things that I’ve learned from our community. I know I’m absolutely biased, but I believe that supply chain now, community, the supply chain, now audience, listeners, viewers, commenters, you name, it are some of the best people in the world and in the live streams in particular, you know, I’ve gotten to know people and, you know, kind of created these relationships with people, with people because you know, behind the scenes on those live streams, any of the supply chain now comments, um, that’s actually me, you know, I’m the, I’m the person behind the, behind the computer screen when it comes to the live streams, which is really fun. You know, it seems like it would be boring, just welcoming everybody in and saying, hello, but I’ve really taken it upon. I feel like I want to force these relationships really make people feel welcome, really make them know how, how excited and glad we are that they’re joining us because it really, we would be nothing without our audience and without our, our community.
Amanda Luton (15:27):
And we really are thrilled every time people join us on the live streams. But one of the things that I love to do in the live stream is, you know, randomly kind of give things away. We’ve got books, we’ve got, um, supply chain merge with hats and t-shirts and stuff, right. It’s going to get a little bit better in the next couple of weeks or months, but, you know, I’ll, if, if people comment with something clever or answer a trivia question that you or Greg have or ask for a t-shirt, you know, sometimes they’re like, well, I’d love to have a supply chain now t-shirt and I’ll say just, you know, email me your address. So every now and then people will send me their information and, you know, we’ll get back and forth with emails. And the other day, one person was responding to a book giveaway.
Amanda Luton (16:10):
We had almost already promised the book and I said, you know, I’ll send you a surprise anyway, but we went back, back and forth with a couple of emails and then unprompted, she just wrote the sweetest message that it’s very simple, but it just was really touching to me. And she said, I love being a part of the supply chain now, community, and look forward to all the episodes it makes working from home, not feel as lonely. And I feel my supply chain IQ increase after every episode. And, um, you know, sometimes it feels like you’re slaving away. You’re missing out a family time. You’re staying up late, you know, and kind of for what, you know, sometimes it feels like it really it’s going unnoticed. It’s not really mattering. It doesn’t make a difference, but so those notes are so much more valuable, you know, that I could ever, you know, explain to know that what we’re doing is improving their mood or, you know, making them feel less lonely during, um, you know, a time of, of, of being apart from your workplace, from your friends and family, or providing somebody with entertainment or helping they’re helping their career, you know, like that is real validation, which, you know, no matter how humble you are or how much you don’t need the credit, just that little bit of validation is really nice, you know, once in a while.
Amanda Luton (17:27):
And it really, you know, for her sharing that, that we made her day, you know, also made my day too. And then a couple of other comments, um, that we’ve received from, um, different community members. One person said that what he loves most about us is how authentic we are, you know? And I said, that’s, you know, what you see is what you get with us. And he commented back, you know, that’s what we love so much about you guys. Um, that made me feel so good because it’s not like we, we try to be genuine or we try to be, you know, our, our real selves or whatever. It’s just part of what we do. And, and there’s no on-air persona and a different personality in the background or behind the scenes Scott, you see on, on LinkedIn is the Scott. I see, you know, behind the camera every day, Greg is the same, you know, no matter where you get your dose of him, um, you know, everybody really is very genuine in his exactly as you see them. So to know that that’s communicated kind of effectively and accurately, and that’s what they love about us. You know, the fact that this is really who we are. It was just, that was a really great feeling.
Scott Luton (18:38):
Agreed. Uh, authenticity is so important. And in these times, and you know, you can’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk. How about that phrase, Amanda?
Amanda Luton (18:50):
Well, and, you know, to, you know, our community members, our audience members, there are no dummies. And I think they could smell, they could smell that funk a mile away, you know, they would be able to,
Scott Luton (19:03):
I’ll take things you didn’t expect to hear on a podcast for a thousand years,
Amanda Luton (19:08):
But they, they can identify, they can see right through you when you’re not being your real self, when you’re trying to put on, um, you know, a different mask or a different persona, they can, they can tell right away. And that’s when people tune out. I think so to know that they can, they can recognize that we’re being real. It’s really how we are. Um, it’s how we communicate, whether it’s, you know, on air in front of people or it’s behind the scenes in an email or in a, you know, social media, DM who we are, you know, what you see is what you get. And, and that’s really, it’s really how we are
Scott Luton (19:43):
Outstanding. Okay. Who, I’m almost scared to ask what is next, Amanda, we’re learning so much, uh, of what you’re observing throughout all of this content. So
Amanda Luton (19:54):
What’s next? Yeah. So the, so the last thing that, that I have learned, or I’ve observed, I guess really is just a little bit more about our audience, you know, from Peter bullae, uh, Gary Smith, God, if I kept going, I would certainly leave somebody out as Leah Davis. Um, you know, the people that we see over and over and camp Sophia, absolutely these people, they are, they are real successful supply chain practitioners with real successful supply chain careers. And they’re showing up every day in live streams or every day in our episode, post comments. And I love that they’re engaging in these comments and getting to know people and not just saying hello, but really participating and really getting involved. You know, we’ve had, we’ve had people show up in the comments, say that they’re looking for jobs and people in the, in the comments that are posting and reposting and sharing their networks and expanding their communities to really support these people.
Amanda Luton (21:02):
I mean, this is not just a normal, you know, live stream audience where people are not connected. This is a real network, a real community of people that care about each other. And they’re not, you know, these are not just, you know, random folks that just happen to pop in. I mean, we do have those too, and that’s great too, but it’s a lot of, of people that are there, you know, walking the walk and talking the talk and, and their, um, the part of the supply chain that we really want to spotlight that we really want to, um, give the opportunity to be heard or to share their knowledge or share their information. So we’ve learned things from, from our community every single day. And it just thrills me to see, you know, some of the same people over and over and every live stream, but, you know, just as much as I love, uh, fostering these relationships we’ve created, I love seeing the new people popping in and people from all over the world proves, you know, how much people are hungry for good content and really dedicated to tuning in and supporting each other.
Amanda Luton (22:01):
And it’s, it’s just amazing. It’s like a bunch of friends getting together. It really is. And it’s, it’s just awe inspiring.
Scott Luton (22:08):
Agreed. It was amazing. The relationship building via digital channels has been taken place, uh, during the pandemic. And that for one, um, I’m extremely grateful. So I echo your comments. Okay. So I think you have arrived at the end of your list.
Amanda Luton (22:28):
That’s right. I mean, I could, like we said, I could go on for hours and hours and still leave things off and still leave people out, but right. Yep. That’s what I got.
Scott Luton (22:36):
All right. A couple of quick hitters to round out this list. And again, there’s so much, uh, that we, that we couldn’t fit in, but as Leah Davis, her name has come up, brilliant young lady, a biomedical engineer, uh, by, by degree. Uh, gosh, incredibly, incredibly smart. I sat down with her for a very short 30 minutes of which had five hours with her, but one of the things she shared get this, Amanda quote, the pandemic has helped me challenge the fears and the doubts that I have because other people are depending on me to get the job done. And they have fears as well and quote, you know, th the presence of mind, uh, to, to be able to realize that, Hey, I’m not only one with fears and worries and concerns. And by the way, folks are depending on me. So to be able to pack all that up and, and carry out, you know, your role, your duty, your, or, or your job, or your responsibility, you name it. So not only to, to make that happen, but also to make other folks feel better and feel better about their concerns, just incredible levels of business maturity. So well, and that’s just one of the things she shared well, and that empathy and self-awareness that she has absolutely awesome. And that, by the way, absolutely. According to Chris Barnes is the number one most often uttered word on a podcast. How about that?
Scott Luton (24:01):
Absolutely not. I did not have no idea. Okay. So let’s talk about another quick hitter. IM Nadia, Vincent CEO, digital transformation leaders, Kevin L. Jackson brought her own our, uh, digital transformers, uh, series here at supply chain now, which by the way, sponsored by digital names from over at TNS, she said, fascinating interviews, all about digital transformation, which whether you’re in supply chain or financial services or guests, you’re dealing with digital transformation, digital transformation, uh, in Nadi, Vincent said, quote, often we think digital transformation is about technology changing everything. And that humans will be lost. That’s not true. Humans are making transformation happen. We own the technology. So there needs to be a better relationship between humans and the technology in quote, good stuff there from Nadia, Peter Bola. You mentioned Peter Boulay. I love this image we’ve got on his podcast with us. It’s very tough in your face.
Scott Luton (25:04):
Don’t mess with me. Uh, could be the nicest guy that was tough about a great interview, your ballet. He said one of, one of the great t-shirt isms, he shared quote, be true to yourself. Be true to your craft. Be true to your customer. What happens down the road is out of your control, focus on what’s within your control. The rest simply doesn’t matter in quote, love that. Finally, again, this could be a, uh, a list of five hours and 5,000 little comments here and there. Crystal Davis was a wonderful interview, crystal. Uh, I think about 17 years in automotive and, and probably, you know, 25 years or so, an industry been there, done that, uh, across many sectors. She’s a big, uh, uh, continuous improvement specialist, coach keynote, you name it. It’s got a great podcast. She came on and said, quote, you’re supposed to be this hot shot engineer right out of college.
Scott Luton (26:03):
And people are looking to you for answers. And what I learned was that before I went down to Mexico, I was working in factories where people had, and they were 45 years in and still working. And so I had to learn respect that the people who have worked there all this time are truly experts in quote, going to the gemba. That’s where the experts are. Folks that do it. They, they show up and they do it again. And do it again and do it again, day in, day out, the heroes of global supply chain and global business. And I love how crystal Davis shared that, that moment of learning for her and her journey. Okay. Well, Amanda, before we call this, uh, before we wrap up this podcast episode, and I appreciate you sharing appreciate all of your hard work, long days, low nights. Um, but we’ve got three clips here. We asked some of our hosts to submit some of their favorite moments. We’ve got Kelly Barner who leads down P for procurement. We’ve got Kerryn bursa next, who leads? Of course ticked, uh, tech talk, sorry, tech talk, digital supply chain podcast, and Chris Barnes, who of course leads supply chain is boring. So let’s hear what they have to say.
Speaker 4 (27:17):
This is Kelly Barner, I’m the owner and managing director of buyers meeting point. And I’m also the host to dial P for procurement on supply chain. Now,
Speaker 5 (27:26):
When I think back
Speaker 4 (27:27):
About the last hundred episodes, there’s actually one that very instantly jumps back out at me as being particularly memorable. And that was the logistics with purpose conversation that Scott Luton had with Steve Sterling. Who’s at math international. And I remember when it came out, you know, we’re all in the midst of trying to survive, working from home and balancing school and things are difficult. And I listened to this interview and I heard Steve talking about his book, the crutch of success from polio to purpose. And he tells this story in the interview, uh, where he was very young and he had polio and he was living in Korea at the time. And his father was unable to care for him, both because of lack of funds and also his health issues. And so he literally brought Steve at an early age and dropped him off at an orphanage.
Speaker 4 (28:25):
And that was just the, sort of the beginning of his story that stuck with me. But to listen to him, talk today, he is so positive and encouraging, and his organization is doing so much for others around the world. That was one of those moments where I actually paused and thought to myself, no matter of the troubles, I thought I had no matter how bad or difficult my day might seem, it was not. Uh, and each and every one of us has an obligation to rise above whatever trivial or serious challenges we have, right. To still make the most of, of the go that we have. Uh, so for me, looking back episode five Oh six, 100%, Steve Sterling, president, and CEO of map international.
Speaker 5 (29:14):
Well hello there. Supply chain movers and shakers, Corinne bursa here, your host for tech talk, the digital supply chain podcast. And I’m here today to congratulate the entire supply team. Now team on hitting an important milestone episode numbers 600. Wow. It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating the 500 Mark. And now here we are at 600. So Scott asked about one of my favorite episodes in the last hundred or so episodes. And certainly there have been so many highlights, but one that I’d say really sticks out in my mind is the opportunity to introduce the supply chain now, community to industry trailblazer, Laura Siri. And we did that in episode number five Oh seven. It was really special to me. I have known and admired Laura for more than 20 years. And still I learned so much about her in that tech talk podcast session.
Speaker 5 (30:22):
It was a really great way to see that real careers don’t always progress in a straight line, but they can still have a tremendous impact. And since episode five Oh seven, Marissa Siri has now been a recurring guest on supply chain now, and she always delivers new insights or an interesting point of view. Her personal perspective is always, always interesting to hear, you know, one of my other really fun memories is the very first tech talk live string. That was episode number five 79, where Scott Luton and I discussed the five leadership attributes to drive supply chain success with industry legend, Jacob bar, you know, the supply chain now community engagement on the topic of leadership was just fantastic. And Jake didn’t hold back anything. It was a great conversation. So again, congratulations to the entire supply chain. Now team, I can’t wait until we hit number 700. Hey, it’s Chris. The supply chain doctor and host of supply chain is boring. My favorite episode of supply chain now over the past 100 shows was number five 30 with Dale Wilkinson of good gigs. I enjoyed hearing how he was able to leverage his entrepreneurial spirit to match socially conscious people and consultants to socially impactful opportunities. All right. So Amanda, any last key thought before
Speaker 4 (32:10):
We wrap here today, you know, if you liked the first 600 supply chain now episodes just wait for the next 600, the next 700, like Scott said, 600 is, is, is great to be celebrated is really an exciting milestone. You know, every every hundred we hit now I think is definitely we’re celebration. So we’re going to throw a little party tomorrow and then we’re going to start working again. We’ve got lots of new programs on the horizon. We have new, um, and of course we have high caliber industry leaders as, as guests coming up on the next, the next supply chain now episodes, uh, more live streams, more webinars, more content, a brand new website, which I’m really excited.
Speaker 4 (33:00):
That has been my fourth child for the last several months here, but just lots of new things, uh, on the horizon for supply chain now, and we’re not losing sight of our mission to amplify the voice of global supply chain. We want to put a spotlight on the people that are making a difference, the organizations that are, you know, giving forward the best practices, the, the, the news and the information, um, that people need to know, want to know so bigger and brighter things ahead for supply chain now, and for the supply chain now, community onward and upward for supply chain now,
Scott Luton (33:37):
But, uh, completely agree excited about what lies ahead, but again, really want to, um, love on all of these episodes level and the team and the family that put it all together level and the guests and, uh, our campaign partners and sponsors. And of course our community or folks that, that show up for live streams and, and engage in social media and, and, and help help us all learn and navigate through, uh, these, uh, these trying times. So, uh, on behalf of our entire team, big, thanks of course, to a man dilute and that man, uh, great to hear your, your perspective here today. It’s your audience. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this as much as we have. Thank you so much for tuning in and, and being a part of our, our family here at supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton signing off for now. Most importantly, do good gift forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see next time here at supply chain. Now, thanks for buddy.
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Amanda Luton serves as the CMO of Supply Chain Now. 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, she 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 hers and her husband Scott’s three kids, reading, listening to podcasts, or in the kitchen cooking. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
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!
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.