“Humanity is beautiful, even in a pandemic.”
-Nadia Delanoy, PhD
In this kickoff episode of Veteran Voices, Season 3, powered by Supply Chain Now, co-hosts Scott W. Luton and Kevin L. Jackson interview veterans advocate, higher education leader & consultant: Nadia Delanoy, PhD. Nadia shares about what it means to grow up in a “stretch” family & some of the reasons for her passion for not just helping the veteran community, but for serving her community in a variety of ways. Scott, Kevin and Nadia also discuss the Walden Virtual Fulbright Board and its mission & programming, as well as some key lessons learned from the pandemic environment.
Scott Luton (00:00):
Good morning, everybody. Scott Luton was supply chain. Now here, you know, our work to support and invest in our veteran community is very important to our team. And to me personally, I’m honored to continue our give forward work on this veteran voices series, which is a very unique component to our supply chain now programming. And it’s got a very simple mission to amplify the voice of our veterans, their spouses and veteran advocates. So typically our veteran voices programming is published to its own podcast channel, which you can find wherever you get your podcasts from, but to kick off season three and in partnership with our dear friends at vets to industry, our team is proud to present the special episode here today on supply chain now, thanks for doing
Scott Luton (00:48):
Welcome to veteran voices, a podcast dedicated to giving a voice to those that have served in the United States, armed forces on this series jointly presented by supply chain now, and vets to industry. We sit down with a wide variety of veterans and veteran advocates to gain their insights, perspective and stories from serving. We talked with many individuals about their challenging transition from active duty to the private sector, and we discussed some of the most vital issues facing veterans today. Join us for this episode of veteran voices.
Kevin L. Jackson (01:30):
Scott Luton (01:31):
And everybody’s Scott Luton and Kevin L. Jackson with you here on veteran voices. Welcome to today’s show Kevin Hayden.
Kevin L. Jackson (01:38):
Hey, I’m doing great. I’m really excited about today’s show.
Scott Luton (01:43):
I am too. We have an outstanding episode. One more teed up with really a passionate veterans advocate, and we’re gonna learn a lot more about what she’s doing, what she’s leading some of her, uh, key insights and takeaways and, uh, have a great conversation. A lot of fun while we do it. Kevin, you bulk it up. Ready to go.
Kevin L. Jackson (02:00):
Oh yeah, absolutely. Awesome. Jeez.
Scott Luton (02:05):
So stay tuned spoken like the former Naval aviator right on Tom Kevin. So stay tuned for an intriguing conversation. A couple of programming it’s before you get started. So this program of course, is part of our supply chain. Now family programming. It’s part of our gift forward programming. We’re very passionate about supporting our fellow veterans and that, that community. We also partner with a great nonprofit called vets to industry, which is all about a clearing house of helping veterans find resources, oftentimes at no cost to help them get through their transition or get through, get through life. So be sure to check out vets to industry.com, powerful nonprofit, helping veterans everywhere. Okay. So Kevin, we ready to introduce the guests?
Kevin L. Jackson (02:48):
Yeah. I’m I’m been waiting here. Come on. Right. That’s taking so long. You never want to disappoint Kevin L. Jackson,
Scott Luton (02:55):
No further do you want to bring in our featured guests here? We, uh, our guest serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the university of Calgary. She’s also president and an executive officer with the Walden virtual Fulbright board. Don’t try to sit up too fast. Our guest is actively involved, also consulting with companies on strategy, change management and technology. And as I mentioned, she’s a tireless advocate for the veteran community and for changing in general, being that change. So join me in welcoming Nadia Delanoy P H D Nadia, how are you?
Nadia Delanoy (03:28):
I’m doing well. Thank you for having me Scott and Kevin.
Scott Luton (03:32):
You bet. Well, you know, we enjoyed our pre-show conversation. I’ve also enjoyed seeing you in action, uh, facilitate events and conversations and dialogue, which helps awareness, which also helps drive and change. Right. You gotta be aware of some of the change that needs to take place and I really, yeah.
Nadia Delanoy (03:51):
Scott Luton (03:53):
Mm excellent point, excellent point. And, and, and the change isn’t constant, it’s a change we’re trying to make constant, right? Yeah. And you know, so Kevin, Nadia has been a big part of that, you know, assembling, shepherding, you know, we all know this plethora of, uh, virtual events, you know, finding veterans to share their experiences and, and from all walks of life and not ever really appreciated that. You’re your emo, quite frankly. So today we’re going to flip the script. We’re going to learn a lot more about you and share you with our veteran voices community. So let’s start with the easy question, you know, where are you from and give us a few anecdotes about your upbringing.
Nadia Delanoy (04:29):
Thanks, Scott. So I’m from Calgary, uh, in Alberta, Canada, and I grew up two and a half hours from the big city I’m in, in a small ranching community, actually one of the second Brown families in the community. And, uh, I grew up in a stretch family. So that means that my parents taught me to be an athlete as much as an academic, as much as a musician and singer. So I was very lucky and I grew up in a family where my brother had cerebral palsy. And so we learned to be very accommodating and understanding and empathetic all the way through. And I think that truly is what led me to become part of the change at a young age and be an advocate in education as much as veterans, uh, development, as much as for healthcare and, uh, programming.
Scott Luton (05:15):
Wow. Okay. So you’ve shared a lot there and I want to dive into, uh, and we will throughout the course of this, this hour or so, but on a lighter note, you mentioned sports singing, of course, students, um, uh, studying stuff out of all of those, what was your favorite? And then why?
Nadia Delanoy (05:33):
So I’ve coached varsity volleyball and been a trainer for varsity basketball. So those were my favorite in truth, and I still play regular volleyball and beach volleyballs. So I would say that has kept me just throughout my life being well. And, uh, yeah, just lucky to be able to have those opportunities,
Scott Luton (05:53):
That grit, great stress relievers to unplug it outside
Kevin L. Jackson (05:58):
Nadia Delanoy (05:58):
And, uh, spike the volleyball. Yeah.
Kevin L. Jackson (06:01):
I’ll tell you after the show, I’m going to have to get with you because my granddaughter, she lives just South of Washington, uh, South to Seattle in Washington state. So she plays volleyball actually. Uh, she graduated from hospital last year. She’s in college right now, but, um, the thing I was really impressed already by you is that term I’ve never heard before. She said I grew up in a stretch family. I love that term. So you are produced by a family that made you really extend your worldview. Absolutely. Is probably has a lot to do with why you are working with the Walden virtual Fulbright board. Is that, that seems to be something that people should really stretch towards. Is, is that right? What, what is it?
Nadia Delanoy (06:59):
Yeah, so the Walden Fulbright board is a derivative of the Fulbright association. So there’s only 50 chapters across the United States and they’re dedicated to cultural exchange and understanding diplomacy and advocacy and various other international, uh, approaches. And so we host, or we can develop programming that supports a variety of aspects. Uh, there’s one university, that’s doing a work in poetry and others that are doing a huge change projects in Haiti and across the United States and others that are committed to developing their own voice. So understanding international exchange.
Kevin L. Jackson (07:43):
Wow. That’s, that’s really exciting when I was in the military. Uh, one of the things that sort of looked at becoming was a, um, embassy outta shape, right. And, uh, you know, but I’m horrible at languages. I couldn’t, I couldn’t really, really good, be good at language. I used to live in Monterey where they had the, um, offense, uh, Institute out there, university out there. And I went to the Naval war college and I learned a lot about how the community of nations need to interact and work, work with each other. So Walden, this Fulbright board seems to be very much in place. How does it really support the veteran community? I could, I could see a lot of work.
Nadia Delanoy (08:30):
Yeah. So Walden itself has a robust veteran community, but within our boards this year and following it’s been our initiative to support really just the transition of veterans into civilian life. And I like to call it clearing the path. There’s lots of paths you can take to wellness and the ability to transition, and maybe those paths are overwhelming for most. And so our role is to streamline it and give a voice really for what’s going on in the veteran space.
Scott Luton (09:01):
I love that for a variety of different reasons. So let’s talk about these veterans focused events that, where we met and really admired your approach. I was speaking of earlier, it really enjoyed the folks. We met the other veterans and veteran advocates that shared their point of view and their experiences, um, through all those conversations. And it seems like as I, as we’re connected on social, you’re constantly going, facilitating some discussion, which is wonderful. What have been some of your key takeaways, especially as it relates to veteran issues, the veteran, the veteran experience VX, we should coin that Kevin. Yeah. What, what are some of the things that you’ve really made a note, maybe common themes that come up all the time? What are some of those key takeaways?
Nadia Delanoy (09:42):
I think a one that underpins everything is just the importance of giving purpose or helping them find a purpose. Again, as we’ve talked about it in the sessions we did with you, Scott, many of the veterans and researchers, um, and, uh, psychologist discussed the impact of transitioning to civilian life and then how you have to revision yourself. And, uh, so that to me was definitely a key takeaway in the work that we’re doing to help people re image. And, uh, certainly as we all know, just some of those systemic barriers to supporting, uh, the transition to civilian life, those being access to services, homelessness, mental health, the need of support, and even just at the like tier one level that being for those that are high functioning, but just needs that little bit of support to keep their day to day going. I think we often plunge into the imminent or dire aspects and forget about the larger population that’s actually managing. And, um, that’s what our work centers around
Scott Luton (10:50):
Love that, uh, two quick followup points there, first one where you started, you know, the importance of finding your purpose and, uh, you know, Kevin, we’ve talked about that on a variety of shows. You had a great quotable quote. Last time Kevin was, we were talking with the folks, the great leaders from project vet. And I can’t, I’m not gonna get it word for word, but basically you said, if you don’t find your purpose in life, you’re just wasting away. Yeah. It wasn’t quite like that, but it was something similar.
Kevin L. Jackson (11:17):
No, no, you have to have your passion. Yeah. You have to have a passion for whatever you’re doing or you’re bound to fail, fail. Right. You have to want it, you have to need it. And I can, I can see a lot of passion from Nadia.
Scott Luton (11:33):
Yes. And spades. Huh. And then the second thing you listed a variety of, uh, issues that we all hear about, especially if you, you know, you you’re a veteran or if you’re plugged into that community, uh, you listed a lot of different things. I would just add one more to that list. And that is the veteran entrepreneur, you know, think there’s so much potential, um, in our, our veterans that, that make them can, it can oftentimes make them perfect entrepreneurs. However, like, like I was, when I, uh, launched my business, I didn’t know. Well, Amanda, my wife would still tell you that I don’t know anything. I really didn’t know anything a few years ago when we launched our first business in 2013. And I, and I think helping veterans find those, whether they’re mentors that can help them, you know, see their path or just the resources, the funding, you name it and that space and Kevin under this one thing you’re passionate about too, right?
Kevin L. Jackson (12:25):
Yeah. One of the things we had another veteran’s board show and we were, it wasn’t a show actually it was one of the side meetings every once in a while, Scott and I get on calls, we’re transitioning veterans. And there were two that wonder transition into the supply chain industry. And surprisingly, you know, the civilians were reading their resumes and although these were military offices, couldn’t relate to the supply chain and logistics work that they were doing in the military. Um, so they really couldn’t get the interviews or the, they couldn’t get notice in, in the process. And I’m sure that’s a challenge. When you were talking about Nadia, you were talking about the high functioning people. I mean, they were, there was nothing wrong with them, but it was a language barrier more than anything else.
Nadia Delanoy (13:23):
Yeah. And it, it’s interesting, you know, in our day and age, we talk about people that need to be cognitive cognitively flexible or creative in their thinking and people who run logistics, they’re so agile, they’re able to hop from one thing to another and really develop a plan in the midst of what could be chaos. And people don’t necessarily understand those competencies are so immense. You can’t build them. And most of the population don’t have them because they’re a product of the traditional learning system. So I get it for sure.
Kevin L. Jackson (13:56):
Yeah. I see that you, uh, you really have this passion that comes out and, uh, no, the audience loves it, but God’s going to get mad at me right here. But because I really want to understand how you stretch. You can’t call it a stretch family. I haven’t say so. So what do you, let’s shift gears a little bit here. What do you do beyond the WVF B you know, what do you do professionally? I mean, you’re, you’re, you are clearly learn it. You are a professor at a university, you run your business, you’re a consultant. Wow. You play volleyball. Come on, tell us more.
Nadia Delanoy (14:39):
I think I’m really blessed. And, and, um, more so because you would call me an interdisciplinary, like someone who lives in multiple disciplines and I really do. And I think, you know, we’re born into world seeing the sky and trees and everything in its beauty. And then all of a sudden we’re pegged down to know that a tree is green with Brown, you know, um, soil around it and a, and a trunk. And, and I think I’ve been able to, through my family push beyond that. And so like you, Kevin and Scott, who are entrepreneurs in your own, right. And in cutting edge industry, um, I’m able to help and see the problem space and multiple vantage points. So the projects I do have been international in nature, mostly in educational development and technology integration. And you would think that education and tech are, you know, sort of at two ends of the spectrum, but in truth, as you know, Kevin, I’m sure more than any of us on this panel that truly that infrastructure, which is typically learning or education comes before any sort of technological medium. And that’s what helps organizations, projects, everything be successful. And so that’s that space that I think I occupy that many don’t see because in our world we’re taught to, um, be maybe deep in our understanding, but lack the breadth. And I think I luckily have been blessed to have both.
Kevin L. Jackson (16:06):
Yeah, that’s something, uh, I see a lot of in business, everyone who wants to put you in your own pigeonhole, you do this, you don’t do that, just focus on this and what you do. And if you’re not interdisciplinary, like you are, you can’t see the connections between everything. So I’m sure you learned a lot of, we’ve all learned a lot during the past year and up [inaudible], I’ve always said. that it’s the first time the entire human population went through a significant event that really affected everyone in sort of the same way. But not only that, we were able to communicate in real time constantly about what was happening. And that was a lesson to me in and of itself. What were, you know, as a fellow interdisciplinarian, what were the lessons you learned, uh, from that pandemic on how the, the world has sort of responded to it? Any, any key aha moment for you?
Nadia Delanoy (17:19):
I think, um, a couple are that humanity is beautiful, even in a pandemic,
Kevin L. Jackson (17:26):
You know, people,
Nadia Delanoy (17:28):
You know, band together or you’ve seen so much change, even in terms of the digital space and people leveraging it to move their companies or their passion space, whatever it would be. And I think that tells us that there is hope, and maybe this was a check on our society and humanity to make sure we were moving in the right direction. I have no idea, but the other key takeaway is, and I think this is just a natural state for everyone, including, probably in your book. It would be curious to read that, that you just keep ticking. You just keep moving, don’t stop, don’t stop. And, you know, yes, the pandemic for many, it’s a challenging place to be, but honestly, um, it helped all, a lot of us just regroup and center ourselves and, and stop the noise that was around us. And it forced us to sort of be. And I think that was, um, something, especially for someone like me that runs a mile a minute, as you both do. Um, that was a blessing truthfully.
Kevin L. Jackson (18:31):
Yeah. I’ll tell you one of the things that, you know, some people see last year, it’s a pause that everything stopped, but in reality, it accelerated so many things. You mentioned about the adoption of technology and actually the way we leverage technology now more than ever to communicate. Um, so I think that’s really good.
Nadia Delanoy (18:52):
Oh, absolutely. I think being that innovative mindset and understanding that technology is not a limitation and, you know, for those naysayers out there who may be by virtue of their age or integration points, they just feared. And really the root of everything of non change is fear. They fear the tech and now they’re embracing it because they just needed the moment to see it. And that again was part of the pandemic bonus
Scott Luton (19:21):
So much there that I’d love to unpack and dissect over the next three hours, starting with humanity is beautiful folks. We’ve got our podcast episode title, uh, that that’s always as simple as it sounds. That’s always tricky, but that’s such a powerful, simple but important view. And, and certainly lesson learned from, by so many, uh, during this, this incredibly challenging time, uh, it makes me think of a couple of follow-up questions for you, Nadia. Um, the first one is we were talking well for that matter, if folks can’t tell already, and just in the last 30 minutes or so, Natalie is very deliberate, intentional, purposeful, and action driven. And, and we were talking about being the change, right? That’s really important to you. And clearly it’s evident in how in your approach. It’s not lip service it’s doing, doing, doing, uh, as a wonderful guest earlier today, shared on our livestream, uh, share Cassandra also PhD said, do the work you want advance. You want to drive change, do the work you’re going to be respected. You want to, um, uh, earn credentials and, and get promoted. Do the work was like a mantra. I love that, but not why is doing, being taken action. Why is that so important to you?
Nadia Delanoy (20:37):
I think because I grew up, I think in a family where you did have to advocate to move the needle, um, just the dip into personal, then go back to professional. Um, my brother grew up in a period where cerebral palsy was seen as a musculature disorder and really it’s a nervous system disorder. And so my mom was a tremendous advocate in that arena to move change. And, and I think I learned from a very young age, how to voice the need and to be part of the change. And so jumping into the professional world of today, your live speaker is absolutely right. I think if we don’t act and harness our strengths and move our networks and develop partnerships, we’ll just stay isolated and stair Island. And I think part of that in the Walden Fulbright board is that we have a significant network of people, as you can imagine in that echelon that can dedicate time and, and promote what’s happening in the veterans world as they transition and help, uh, be part of the pipeline to access resources and to, uh, find supports in terms of wellness so that they can do the day to day.
Nadia Delanoy (21:55):
And so I think the rewards in the change process is, is not necessarily who we are per se, but just seeing that in a world that can oftentimes feel overwhelming for many. There are those of us that are, are, are moving the needle for change.
Scott Luton (22:15):
Yeah. Agreed, love that. And it is, it is so important because so many, so many folks and I’m guilty as charged at times my journey, we wait for others to do it right. And it’s, it’s so important to me to be a doer. So I love that sentiment. Nadia, follow up question. So kind of, you know, obviously here at veteran voices are our emphasis and main customer voice is about those that have served and clearly you’re, you’re passionate, uh, for serving the veteran community. We didn’t ask you. I don’t, I don’t think why is that? What is your, why when it comes to veterans?
Nadia Delanoy (22:49):
So I just think it makes me laugh when I tell this story. So I was an air cadets, iron’s Mike ladders license, and everyone makes fun of me. I don’t know why, but they just can’t put it together. Yeah, absolutely. And my father worked for the British side as a heavy duty mechanic. And so he’d come home with stories and talk about the challenges. Although Britain has a tremendous support system for their veterans. Um, but I think as soon as this came around as an opportunity, it was really easy to know that I had the ability and our team is tremendous and we could make some change in this area.
Scott Luton (23:29):
I love that, you know, as we all know, sitting here, the maintainers are so incredible are, and so in critical whether it’s supply chain or the military, they, they keep things moving and they never get any, never get any recognition of the pilots, get all that, get all the love, Kevin as well. You know, we deserve it. No,
Kevin L. Jackson (23:49):
I tell you I was on a first name basis with, uh, uh, uh, tire, uh, crew. In fact, while I was in the military, I’ve ran the, uh, avionics maintenance, uh, group for awhile and, um, and, and the whole maintenance, um, organization, uh, and, uh, launch quadrant. So I I’ve really learned a lot just being, you depend upon the people who maintain your, your aircraft. You know, you, you, you know, really when you get shot off the pointy end of that, that boat, you know, you just prayed that your engines are going to run. And the last person that was in that, uh, Nussle is a maintenance person, you know, making sure that your, your plane is good. It’s ready to go. So, no, no. I have all kinds of respect and loyalty to the maintainers. That’s for sure.
Scott Luton (24:42):
Amen. So big, thanks to your father, uh, Nadia, what’s your father’s name?
Nadia Delanoy (24:47):
His name was Mac. That was his nickname.
Scott Luton (24:50):
Okay. Well, big thanks. And certainly I appreciate all of his work, uh, keeping those aircraft moving, so let’s make sure folks know. Well, Kevin, I’ll ask you one question, cause we were talking earlier, uh, clearly the Fulbright, uh, organization, the Walden, uh, let me get this right. Walden virtual Fulbright board. Part of the Fulbright organization is, uh, leading that community of nations work that you, you kind of the phrase you used, Kevin Wright and Nadia, I’m a board member of the Kevin L. Jackson fan club. If you haven’t, if you haven’t seen already, but someone shared an image, Kevin, just right here, recently of you meeting someone, a leader in the middle East. I can’t remember who it is, right this second,
Kevin L. Jackson (25:37):
Right. It was the, um, uh, pro uh, crown Prince of buttering. Oh, wow. Yeah, I was, uh, over there, um, doing, doing some work and, uh, I got, uh, audience with the crown Prince and, uh, yeah, that was, that was really beautiful. Actually. I’ve done some work. Uh we’re in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, well, around the world in a lot of different places, but it was, uh, a year ago on April 13th that, uh, got an audience with the crown Prince, you know, things like that or, or, uh, kind of, uh, uh, memories of a lifetime.
Nadia Delanoy (26:13):
Absolutely. And even just their perspective, geopolitically, it would be amazing to see and hear where they’re at, what they’re thinking economically and, you know, is it aligned or how does it look in the bigger space?
Scott Luton (26:28):
Excellent point. So on that note, one final question I want to pose to you, and then we’ll make sure folks know how to connect with, uh, Nadia. So, you know, global dialogue, right? Clearly the pandemic, as we, unfortunately, all found out was not a localized issue. It was a global issue, right? There’s plenty of other global issues facing us, you know, from human trafficking to, I mean, really you name it, climate change, no shortage. Right? Talk to us about just how important it is to be that facilitator, helping broker, that dialogue and conversations amongst, you know, folks globally that come from different walks of life, have different customs, have different worldviews. How important of a role is that? Not just for you, but plenty of others that may be aspiring to be and do what you do.
Nadia Delanoy (27:14):
Great question. I think it’s immensely important to find the common ground and that common ground, as you actually said, Scott earlier is about our stories and part of what Kevin’s doing in his book and our stories really can, um, bring us together, whether it’s family stories or growing up or whatever it would be. And, uh, just an example, we did some work with Haiti a year ago, and Haiti’s a nation, as you know, that has had historical strife period. And we worked with high school students and early adults who were trying to transition, uh, into job space and workplace readiness and their first area that we needed to talk about. I think just to help us be on a common playing field with their history and their two languages and that they really speak in a dialect that they that’s homegrown, but isn’t connected in terms of the understanding and the global community.
Nadia Delanoy (28:16):
And so we did shift a lot of our languaging to respect that part of their history. And I think sometimes, and it’s maybe a Western liberal thing and maybe this isn’t a political platform at all, but maybe for us in developing worlds, it’s easy to make an assumption that we are already speaking the same language, air quote. And, uh, I think sometimes understanding the basis of where people come from and why they’re in the positions. They are can move, you know, threefold more than, than us super imposing our values or our will, or understanding on them. And, and that goes for large change processes too, which I think both of you can speak to.
Kevin L. Jackson (29:02):
No, I think that’s, that’s one of the things that most people really under-appreciate is history, right. Or I say what had happened so long ago and it wasn’t in my country on my neighborhood, but what’s really important to know is that although history does not repeat people always say it does rhyme an awful lot. Right. And it ROMs across national boundaries. It rounds across local groups, dialect across languages. And when you learn the history of other people’s, you learn more about your own history. So, um, I’m a technologist, but I love history. And I would, you know, I’ll tell anybody, whatever you do for a living learn, understand and appreciate history.
Nadia Delanoy (30:00):
Scott Luton (30:02):
Politically still that history may not repeat, but it rhymes steal that from you. Um, that’s such a great line. Um, going back to what you shared, Nadia, I really appreciate that. Yup. One of the things I kind of heard you speak to, or maybe imply was you got to go meet and serve people where they are. Right. We all make assumptions as part of being human and they’re, you know, some are much more harmless than others, but really seek first understanding and go and meet and serve the folks where they are. I love that, that story you shared about Haiti. Um, okay. So Nadia, I want to make sure folks know how to connect with you and admire the work you do, uh, really admire, especially now that I’ve got a fuller sense of your point of view. I really, really have enjoyed it and hopefully folks will enjoy as much as Kevin and I have. How can folks connect with you, Nadia?
Nadia Delanoy (30:55):
I think the easiest, honestly, Kevin or sorry, Scott is LinkedIn. And um, and then just by email, which is my first name, Madea dot email@example.com
Scott Luton (31:09):
Wonderful. Now, when does your book come out? Because I know you gotta be writing one naughty
Kevin L. Jackson (31:14):
And if you’re not, you better be,
Nadia Delanoy (31:16):
We have a list of possible bucks for sure. But I just haven’t had the time that could be a half retirement plan, perhaps. Yeah.
Kevin L. Jackson (31:26):
Uh, you got to say, you need to put it in the book for posterity. People can learn from you not only today, but in the future X
Scott Luton (31:35):
And Kevin, I couldn’t have said it better than what you shared there. Speaking of books, I gotta, I gotta ask Kevin Kevin’s, Kevin’s a humble guy, but he’s got so many projects going on and had to go, go through his army of agents just to get him booked with me here with you today. So quit lists, quit lists is your latest book. And you shared that it has hit the USA today, top 100 best sellers. So tell us what, what is the book, Kevin? And, uh, before we sign off here,
Kevin L. Jackson (32:01):
So quick list, the power of persistence in business and life as a lot of what Nadia said, right? You have to be passionate in what you do and, and quit list is an anthology of some of the world’s leading business leaders and executives talking about their life, how they got to, where they are, uh, what barriers they had to under, uh, overcome and why they didn’t quit and, and why they are quit list. And it’s, uh, it’s a lesson to us all about having passion and having purpose and pursuing that passion and purpose, regardless of what others say, regardless of the barriers that get in front of you. So please we’re, uh, we’re number one on, on AMA multiple Amazon list. We’re on USA today. List moving up and, um, please get yourself a copy of a sale.
Scott Luton (33:08):
Well, so in addition to Nazis information, cause we want to make it really easy for folks to connect with the voices you’ve heard throughout HDS conversations. So you’ll the links to connect with Nadia will be there, the links to Kevin, and of course quitlines will be there. And Kevin final question for you is, was there a picture of Nadia Delanoy PhD on the front of that quickly?
Kevin L. Jackson (33:28):
You know, we’re going to have to do a reprint
Scott Luton (33:32):
Well seriously though, you know, kidding there, but not at you. I mean the purse of the perseverance and the purpose and the, and the reasoning, the logic behind the reason behind it, why the, why you do it. It really is impressive. I appreciate you sharing that the last hour or so with us. And we’ll have to have you back on and reconnect, keep doing you’re doing wonderful work for so many people, especially for the folks that we care a lot about, which is our fellow veterans. And, um, we look forward to reconnecting with you again really soon.
Kevin L. Jackson (34:02):
Thank you for coming on board. No worries. Thanks.
Scott Luton (34:05):
You bet. All right. We’ve been talking with Nadia Delanoy P H D, and encourage you to connect with her on LinkedIn and learn a lot more about what she is doing. So Kevin man, we should have booked a couple hours here today with Nadia. There’s lots of things that she shared that I would love to dive deeper in, but we’ll have we’ll have her back.
Kevin L. Jackson (34:21):
What was one of your favorite notes? I got notes.
Scott Luton (34:28):
Well, what, so what was one of your favorite, uh, things that she shared here today?
Kevin L. Jackson (34:32):
Number one, I stretch family. I tell you, we all need to have a stretch family around us, and that’s not only when you’re young, as you grow and age, you go through the challenges in your life and how everyone stretch is not only something you accept, but it’s something that you do, you have to stretch to help others. And I really, you know, that’s going down as a, an important note in, in, in my life.
Scott Luton (35:03):
I’m with ya. I’m with Ann, got about my, my proverbial 17 pages of notes, but humanity is beautiful and it is a silver lining and empathy that’s come with it is I hope it’s here to stay. We’re going to need it to tackle a lot more than the current pandemic and, and, you know, driving that change is certainly been the theme of this conversation with two folks that are doing it here in Nadia and Kevin. So big, thanks again to our guests, Nadia Delanoy PhD. And of course my cohost Kevin L. Jackson, be sure to check out, thank you. Yes, you bet. I had a blast as usual Witless the, of persistence and business and laugh. Check that out wherever you get your books from. And Hey, if you’re veterans so much great advice here between what Nadia has shared and really her journey, and of course what Kevin has added, but like you’ve heard do the work believe in yourself, find really good resources, right?
Scott Luton (35:54):
And you can also check out our firstname.lastname@example.org, which is a nonprofit that’s built to serve you. So be sure that you can check a wide range of resources there. If you’re a veteran and you’ve listened this and you’ve got a voice, a story to tell, reach out, you can find on some social media, you can of course shoot Amanda a email@example.com. We’d love to chat with you and feature you on a future episode. So on behalf of our entire team here on behalf of Kevin L. Jackson, of course, our guests are our whole program team, Scott Louvin signing off for now. Hope you have a wonderful week wherever you are. Most importantly, do good gift forward. Be the change is needed to be just like Nadia Delanoy PhD. And on that note, we’ll see you next time here.
Nadia Delanoy is a scholar-practitioner in that she has garnered her degrees while working in the field. Nadia has earned a BA., B.Ed., M.Ed., MBA, PhD, and CAIS Leadership Diploma. Ms. Delanoy is a graduate and bachelor level Assistant Professor (Adj.) at the University of Calgary. She has worked in the K-12 sphere for 19 years as an educator, as a leader in professional learning and program design. Ms. Delanoy has also held the positions of Director of Curriculum and Programming as well as a Director of IT with an extension into educational technology. She has also been a consultant for over 14 years within the private sector, for private and public schools, the Cooperators, the Siksika Nation, the Alberta Council for Climate in Education, the Calgary Stampede and the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). With a business background, Ministerial experience and a role on the Alberta Partners for Youth Career Development Board, Nadia brings to her role on the Fulbright Board a diverse perspective and well-rounded experiences from within the fields of business and education. From a complementary capacity, her research spans leadership development, educational leadership, the meaningful integration of technology, data analytics and organizational change, literacy programming, assessment frameworks, and instructional design. She has had many speaking engagements nationally and internationally to help mobilize knowledge/research which have included the American Education Research Conference, the UK Literacy Association Conference at Sheffield University, A Child’s World Conference in Wales as well as the University of Calgary Post-Secondary Learning Conference. She is committed to social change and advocacy through her role as President on the Walden Virtual Fulbright Board, her research, work with corporations such as the Calgary Stampede (Nutrien) in their sustainable development pilot which focuses on metrics such as social change, sustainable agricultural practices, and global citizenship advancement. This years bilateral Fulbright initiative is a bilateral U.S. and Canadian wellness program for veterans and their families that are transitioning into civilian life. Additionally, she supports her community through philanthropy and volunteerism mostly pertaining to children with disabilities (i.e. assistive technology access and support) and neonatal programs in Central and South America. Connect with Nadia 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.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
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.
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 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.