In this episode of Good News Now, your host Scott W. Luton covers a variety of items: business lessons we can learn from the game of baseball; to an uplifting message from a recent successful political campaign; and even to the power of music, and how it can teach us key leadership lessons. There’s always good news, if you’re willing to go looking for it.
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Scott Luton (00:35):
Hey, good morning everybody. Scott Luton here with you on Supply Chain. Now welcome to today’s show. Hey, today we’re sharing a few thoughts on one of my favorite topics, good news. Hey, some of our listeners may be familiar with my related weekly message on Friday mornings on LinkedIn. And if you’re not connect with or follow me on LinkedIn and hey, join in those weekly conversations, I’d love to hear your thoughts. But here today on our podcast, I’m gonna be touching on, on three recent good news topics that I’ve written about previously in recent weeks up. First, I’m gonna talk about my son Ben, and his baseball adventures and, and just how that might relate to supply chain. Secondly, I’m gonna touch on an anecdote from a political campaign. Yes, political politics. Bear with me. I’m sure we can all appreciate the story and what it might mean for the world of business.
Scott Luton (01:29):
And then finally, the power of music and how we might find some leadership tips in some of our favorite tunes. And if y’all have listened to any podcasts here at Supply Chain, now you know that we love food, we love sports, and we sure do love good music. Alright, so where I’m gonna start at today is with my son Ben. He’s gotten back in baseball. Uh, I’m the proud father of, of the kid out there on the baseball diamond, wearing number 44 as he grins and just loves to play the game of baseball. Now, I shared a couple weeks ago a really neat and accurate perspective from industry week on business lessons. We can learn from one of my favorite games and one of one of the world’s really favorite sports, but really it’s greater than that cuz I believe there are not just business lessons that we can learn from baseball, but life lessons and really universal truths that the game of baseball can teach us if we’re willing to listen and take it to heart.
Scott Luton (02:32):
Now, despite taking a few years off from baseball, my son Ben has really leaned into the game this year and everything he’s had to catch up on when you take a couple of years off from a game like baseball in his first kid pitch season. So yeah, there’s no more coach soft pitch at this level. My son has had to absorb a lot, but I tell ya, he’s been fearless and all boom boom, which is one of my nicknames for Ben. He’s got a lot more athletic jeans in him than his dad, thankfully. And hey, he learns a lot faster too. I’m grateful, really grateful to be able to spend time with Ben at practices and games, you know, playing catch and, and really coaching him up, right? We all need folks to help us get coached up right And above everything else. He and I have l talked a lot about playing a smart game, right?
Scott Luton (03:26):
Learning from every single at bat, learning from every play, from game to game. That’s how we make progress, right? And in my book, you don’t have to be the strongest or the fastest or the hardest thrower as long as you play a smart game hustling and constantly learning. So in one of the last games, o Ben got called out because he didn’t know to run the first base on a third strike that the catcher doesn’t cleanly catch. He was really upset, but we talked through it and he was bound and determined not to make the same mistake again, especially now that he understood it. So a week or so ago, I was absolutely beaming as Ben took off on a third strike that the catcher had missed. And let me tell you this, he was like greased lightning shot out of a cannon, hitting that first base safe by a mile.
Scott Luton (04:21):
Ben was not going to be denied the best catchers as I, as I’ve told his mom and my mom, the best catchers in all of major league baseball would’ve not have been able to throw Ben out in that play. And it takes my brain to this phrase, fail, learn, apply, overcome. That’s exactly what Ben did. Fail, learn, apply, and overcome. And even if it’s really small, like getting on first base, those are building blocks for how in the bigger picture, he becomes a better baseball player. And I believe there’s so much universal truth in this simple process that applies to life far beyond baseball. Yet, as you and I and all of us perhaps know, so many stop so many folks out there stop after that fail phase. Ariana Huffington has been quoted as saying something that I really wholeheartedly agree with. Quote, we need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions that will screw up royally.
Scott Luton (05:24):
Sometimes understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. Greg White has also challenged many leaders include myself with something that I also wholeheartedly agree with. He likes to say quote, be right a lot end quote. So true. So simple, but so true. Global supply chain leadership was tested greatly over the last few years, and many organizations failed that test. But the good news that should give us all calls for optimism, much like my son Ben, global supply chains and its leadership have learned tremendously from those failures. And many have applied those learnings in powerful ways to find success in ways old and new. And that my friends, is certainly part of the secret sauce where we take these failures and get them working for us, getting ’em to teach us lessons that can move our organizations, our teams, and the industry forward.
Scott Luton (06:31):
And that is good news, at least to me. All right, in our second story here today, we’re gonna move from baseball to politics. And stick with me here. About a month ago, former President Barack Obama celebrated the retirement of a special person that played a big role in his 2008 campaign. Now, as he tells a story, the Obama campaign made a stop in Greenwood, South Carolina back in his initial run for the White House. And as Mr. Obama tells it, as he arrived there in a little town of Greenwood, he was behind in the polls, he was worn out, he was weary, and as he says, he was worried. Enter one, Edith Childs now described as a passionate, colorful, fiery, and energetic public servant. Edith Childs greeted the future president by leading a room full of supporters in a now legendary chant, fired up, ready to go, fired up, ready to go, and the crowd and a candidate where they came alive with a spring.
Scott Luton (07:33):
In their step, in that moment now feeling like they had hurt a turning point, at least when it comes to maybe energy and morale and optimism, Barack Obama and his staff would go on to incorporate either the child’s and her message into various parts of their campaign. Now, about a month ago, Ms. Childs retired after serving 24 years on the Greenwood County Council. Years later, president Obama would say, Edith Childs just goes to show you how one voice can change a room in. So I would say this, to all those singular voices out there fighting in the good fight and trying to change a room and the status quo, hold the faith and keep going. As my friend Charles Walker, who is a great person to connect and follow on LinkedIn, as Charles Walker shared, uh, a few weeks back quote, never underestimate the power of persistence.
Scott Luton (08:39):
Hey, I love that. And I think we all could be more like e the Childs and, and maybe even Charles Walker in the world would be a better place. All right, we’re gonna wrap here today on music, as I mentioned on the front end. Hey, we love music here at Supply Chain. Now our global fam loves music and I’m gonna touch on ways that music, even our, some of our favorite tunes, Mike can teach us some, some business lessons learned. You never know where you’re gonna learn something, right? And I wanna start with this quote, which is not, no one knows who to attribute it to. It’s one of those unknown quotes. And it’s quote, those who wish to sing, always find a song end quote. I love that quote as it speaks to both a positive, optimistic mindset, but it also alludes to what I’m talking about, the power of music these days.
Scott Luton (09:31):
I probably listen to more music via YouTube than the radio you might be saying, yep, digital transformation. But did you know this? In 2022, just last year, vinyl albums outsold compact discs for the first time since 1987. What is old is new again, I guess. But of all the references that crop up on supply chain now, programming, you know, I’ve touched on sports and food and television, movies, books, whatever musical references probably appear the most in our podcast, our webinars, our live streams and the like. In fact, we conducted a great show a month or two ago where we chose musical themes with Mike Griswold from Gartner that we can tie back to issues and trends taking place in global supply chain. So along those lines, I wanna share, and in the spirit of good news, I wanna share a few tunes that are on my YouTube playlist that I believe speak to leadership themes.
Scott Luton (10:35):
Okay? And I’d love for you to share yours. So I’m gonna start with one of my favorites, bill Withers. Lean on me. You’ve heard it, I bet. Now, of course, this tune has a ton of universal application from most importantly, let’s take care of our team members, especially when the going gets tough to things like, hey, being a good supplier, a good customer, a good partner. Cause it’s easy to do right when things are good. But your real character comes out when things get tough on those toughest, toughest of days, right? From Motown to the eighties Journeys, don’t stop believing, man. I think it’s a regulatory thing that we have to include. Don’t stop believing in any favorite music list in conversation these days. It’s had a resurgence in the last decade or two. But the genesis of this song of Don’t Stop Believing by the Band Journey is where I think all of us can be inspired as the story goes.
Scott Luton (11:39):
Jonathan Cain Journey’s, eventual keyboardist was a struggling musician in Los Angeles in the 1970s as he had left his family back home in his hometown of Chicago to chase his dreams in la. Now, Kane would later say, quote, my dog got hit by a car and I was in Hollywood and I had to pay the Vet Bill. I called my dad for some money for yet another loan, and I hated calling my dad for a loan. I said, dad, should I just give up on this thing and come home? No, no, don’t come home. His dad would respond, stick to your guns, don’t stop believing. And Jonathan Kane would follow his dad’s advice. He’d stick it out, but he would write that message from his father in his little notebook, that phrase, don’t stop believing. And he would go back to that and be inspired and it’d pick him up on his worst of days.
Scott Luton (12:35):
And a couple of years later, journey’s lead singer Steve Perry was flipping through his keyboardist notebook of ideas, John Jonathan Kane’s notebook of ideas. And Steve Perry would see that phrase, don’t stop believing emblazoned on one of the pages. And that, of course, prompted Kane to tell the story about his father’s encouraging message. Well, the rest, as they say, is history. So if you’re hearing all of this and you’re struggling and fighting through your own set of, of challenging circumstances, trying to make your dreams happen, or make change happen, or trying to make ends meet, or whatever it is you’re striving for, hey, our team encourages you to keep to faith, hang in there, keep grinding, keep fighting in the trenches, and never, ever stop believing man again, the power of music. But hey, wait, there’s more, uh, the Greatest Showman. If you’ve had not seen The Greatest Showman, it’s a musical, uh, and also a movie, A Blockbuster.
Scott Luton (13:39):
What a great, mark it down. See it this weekend, Amanda and I love it, man. We love the so soundtrack, love the story. Well, one of the tunes is from now on. So this tune to me speaks to the powerful truth that it truly is never too late if you aren’t the leader or the person you want to be. Well, good news, you get to start today. You can start today. And if you aren’t happy with the performance of an aspect of your organization, guess what? You can do something about it today. How about the Gap Band? You dropped a bomb on me. This could be my kid’s most surprising, throwback, favorite tune. And hey, I’m not sure of another song that could speak to the surprises we all get as business leaders here in recent years. But hey, you gotta keep calm and carry on, right?
Scott Luton (14:32):
And then finally, queen and David Bowie sang this tune called Under Pressure. Folks, as we all know, burnout across global supply chain. Hey, it is real. One of the major themes that we’ve spoken with business leaders about time and time again on supply chain now programming is how imperative it is that organizations leverage technology to help their team members make their jobs easier, help their team members feel better about the job they do, help their team members become more successful. We gotta enable and empower and equip them with all they need to make better decisions, better decisions, but also faster decisions that are made with more confidence. So again, they can be more successful. This has further reaching consequences and implications than you might be thinking of, because if they’re more successful at work, right? The more successful, the healthier, the better they’ll be in general and the better they’ll feel when they aren’t at work.
Scott Luton (15:36):
And that is even much, much more important. Hey, let me know what, what tunes speak business, speak leadership, speak life to you. I, I’m really curious to know. All right folks, that’s where I’m gonna wrap our good news now episode today. Hey, thanks so much for joining me here today and for tuning in to our supply chain now programming, whether it’s our podcast, which we publish every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our live streams, you can check out the supply chain Buzz every Monday at 12 New Eastern Time, and of course, our webinar programming as well. On behalf of the entire team, hey, this is Scott Luton challenging you. Hey, do good, give forward and be the change that’s needed. And we’ll see you next time right back here at Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.
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Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Vice President, Production
Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.
Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research. Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Director of Sales
Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Principal & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.