On this special episode of Veteran Voices, brought to you in proud partnership with Vets2Industry, Scott and Kelly reflect on the powerful history of Memorial Day and the many heroes we honor on this special day. Tune in to learn more about the history of the holiday and hear the remarkable stories of some of the extraordinary countrymen and women that we’ve lost.
Scott Luton (00:08):
Good morning, Scott Luton with you here on a special episode of veteran voices, which is being published on the supply chain. Now main channel, thanks for joining us today is Memorial day here in the United States, a somber holiday, where we honor all of those individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in service to our country. As the biblical proverb goes, there’s no greater love than one who lays down his life for his friends. On today’s episode, we’re going to be sharing a bit of history related to Memorial day and share a few stories that just might inspire you as we honor, those that have truly shown the greatest love of all two quick programming notes for you get started here. First, you can find veteran voices anywhere you get your podcast from. And second, our show is conducted in a partnership with our friends at vets to industry. You can learn a lot more about this powerful nonprofit that is serving so many folks and so many firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Luton (01:16):
No offense to our friends in the gift card industry, but no holidays can really lose their luster and meaning these days as we go from sale to sale commercial to commercial mean to mean all to participate in this holiday or that holiday. And, you know, don’t get me wrong. That’s all a wonderful part of this collective journey that we’re all on. And my dear wife, Amanda has truly taught me to stop and smell the roses, so to speak and be intentional and deliberate as we celebrate all the holidays in our life and in our children’s lives. But Memorial day here in the United States truly stands out and is so indelibly unique. It’s not veterans day, which focuses on thanking our veterans that have served in the military and celebrating that service. And it’s not a jut holiday as I don’t find myself wishing others to have a happy Memorial day to me.
Scott Luton (02:15):
And it’s just one person’s opinion that doesn’t strike the right tone. But to begin to understand this annual holiday, one must really go back and trace its roots a bit. The us civil war, which ended in 1865, claimed so many lives. That for the first time in this young country’s history, national cemeteries had to be created a few years after this dreadful chapter in our nation’s history Americans throughout the country began to hold tributes in the spring each year, primarily to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of individuals that lost it all in service to the country. There are various claims as to specifically where moral day began or as it was initially called decoration day on May 30th, 1868, the first wildly observed decoration day. Then Ohio Congressman James, a Garfield would travel to Arlington national cemetery in Washington, DC already the site of some 20,000 graves in 1868, about 5,000 attendees came out to decorate the burial grounds and they would hear the future.
Scott Luton (03:30):
Us president say, quote, we do not know one promise. These men made one pledge. They gave one word they spoke, but we do know they summed up and perfected by one Supreme act, the highest virtues of men in citizens for love of country. They accepted death and thus resolved all doubts and made IOR their patriotism and their virtue. New York was the first state in 1873 to designate Memorial day as a legal holiday. And in 1966, the us federal government officially declared that Waterloo New York be deemed the birthplace of Memorial day for decades from the start Memorial day was observed on May 30th. However, in 1968, the us Congress passed a law which would make Memorial day to be the last Monday in may to ensure federal employees received a three day weekend. That law went into effect in 1971, and it also made the day a federal holiday.
Scott Luton (04:41):
There are tons of traditions, some very common and some very unique across the country that take place on Memorial day weekend. Two of our families, favorite traditions I’ll share with you. One is taking in a parade in a small town of tequila, Georgia, which has become known across the Southeast for its parade. Now in its 27th year, each year. One of the most compelling aspects of the parade in tequi is where they have scores of volunteers March with a picture of a loved one that has been lost in service to our country. And the second tradition that is a favorite of ours is the national Memorial day concert, which has been conducted for about three decades. And it aired on PBS last night. It’s a perfect blend of appropriate music and stories, including families of those brave souls that we’ve lost through countless battles, wars, campaigns, and conflicts, the replay will be available and I’ll include more info on the show notes for this episode.
Scott Luton (05:48):
It is to that end, that I’d like to share a few stories that I’ve gathered stories that share just a bit of insight into a few of the extraordinary countrymen and women that we’ve lost. First, I’ll start with Sergeant first class IWE cash who had deployed to Iraq about 16 years ago, a roadside bomb struck his Bradley fighting vehicle just after midnight. In particular, it penetrated the fuel cell of the vehicle spraying burning fuel across occupants. But despite the fact that flames had burned nearly three quarters of his own body, Sergeant cash worked tirelessly to free his trapped soldiers and in Iraqi interpreter from the vehicle. And he did so while under a barrage of gunfire from the enemy, Sergeant cash would eventually be evacuated to a hospital in Texas to treat his extensive wounds. When his sister Castel cash white visited him, the first thing he said was how are my boys tell them to fight?
Scott Luton (06:52):
They can get through this despite a strong fight and indomitable spirit Sergeant first class I one cash would pass away on November 8th, 2005, as a result of his injuries amongst those, he left behind were three grown children, including one that is following in his father’s footsteps. Private first class, Andrew Cash graduated from infantry training. Last summer. Sergeant first class Awan cash is expected to receive the nation’s highest honor. Soon as he is expected to receive the congressional medal of honor, due to his heroic selfless actions. If that does indeed happen, he’ll become the first African American recipient of the medal of honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan on February 3rd, 1943, the USS Dorchester was transporting hundreds of American soldiers across the north Atlantic. Most of the men were young and on their first mission, not far removed from basic training, a German submarine hit the Dorchester with torpedoes and the transport ship began to sink.
Scott Luton (08:03):
This took place in the middle of the night and amid all the dark chaos. All the passengers were frantically searching for life jackets in a way out of the sinking ship on board. The USS Doorchester were four chaplains all from different walks of life, but all very clear on what their mission would be. That frightful evening, the four chaplains calmed the troops and led them to evacuation points. And according to witness accounts published later, they steadfastly preached courage throughout their efforts, doing their best to provide aid and comfort. Sadly, the sinking ship did not have enough life jackets for all souls aboard. So in one final ultimate act of remarkable service and sacrifice, each of the four chaplains removed the life jacket they each were wearing and gave them to soldiers in need more than 600 men died that cold evening, including all four chaplains that laid down their lives so that others could live.
Scott Luton (09:08):
They were father John Washington from Newark, New Jersey, Reverend Clark polling from Columbus, Ohio, rabbi Alexander, good from Brooklyn, New York and Reverend George Fox from Lewistown Pennsylvania, a survivor who had witnessed the chaplains inaction later said, quote, it was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven. Army specialist, Nicole Fry was from the small town of Lena, Wisconsin. She loved to cook and she named her cat Angelica because Nicole just adored angels specialist fry was also engaged to be married. She had been deployed to Iraq for only two weeks. Went on February 16th, 2004. Her convoy was hit by roadside bomb, army specialist. Nicole Fry would sadly pass away at the young age of 19 years old. Wow. 19 years old, her favorite hymn, amazing grace will be played by her high school band at her funeral. And as the third stands of that beloved old song goes, my chains are gone.
Scott Luton (10:22):
I’ve been set free. My God, my savior has ransom to me. All of our losses don’t come in combat. Sometimes the struggles follow our military men and women home. When I reentered the United States air force in September, 2001 individual took tons of time out of his schedule to show me around and make sure I had what I needed. Jeremy Cross was quite the unique individual. He had a passion and enthusiasm for life and for serving in the air force. And goodness, did he have some stories to tell legendary stories? In fact, a lot of us, including myself, well, we we’d pick on Jeremy for his hard to believe stories. He could have written a best selling book of tall tales. For sure. It was one of the best aspects of his sense of humor, whether he knew that or not, but above it all Jeremy Cross would give you the shirt off his back to help you, even if he didn’t exactly know how I came across a story recently where a fellow airman that worked with Jeremy was struggling to pass the physical fitness test and that could get you kicked outta the service.
Scott Luton (11:33):
For sure. He says that Jeremy mentored and coached him and even worked out with him for two months, five days a week, every single afternoon, I can recall Jeremy volunteering with airmen against drunk driving to pick up our fellow airmen on weekend nights after they had had a few too many adult beverages, he was always, I mean, just always gain for volunteering his time and energy and knowhow after serving in Iraq. And we’re turning to his home station in Texas tech Sergeant Jeremy Cross would depart this life on January 28th, 2016, 36 years, young living behind a young son that I hope surely knows how kind and considerate of a man his father was. As I share some of these personal anecdotes here, I instantly think of the rose and rows of grave markers at Arlington national cemetery, which I visited for the first time, a few years back, each one of those thousands and thousands of markers has a story to tell each one represents a family grieving.
Scott Luton (12:45):
Each one represents coworkers, friends, sons, daughters, neighbors, all that have dealt or continued to deal with this enormous sense of loss and grief, permanent loss. And for what well, I would say for us, regardless of the war, the campaign, the conflict, the battle, the mission, you name it, they answered the call and fulfilled their duty so that we, that remain on the good Lord’s earth can enjoy and savor and delight in the freedoms, the liberties and all the life that is worth living, that goes right along with it. But that comes with a colossal endless and timeless debt and obligation for, we must honor their sacrifice and do right by others. We must strive to ensure that all people, all people are free and are provided opportunity as Martin Luther king Jr stated in his iconic letter from the Birmingham jail, he said, quote, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice.
Scott Luton (13:55):
Everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly in our mutual obligation is to help serve, give lead change and do deeds, not words, it’s a tremendous burden, but just one. And it’s the very least that we all can do. It’s our ultimate charge in our calling. And I hope that you’ll join me in answering that call in a meaningful action based way in Sofar, as you define it, the only way that these lives are lost in vain is if we elect not to act, protect and improve the country that they served and died for on that note, I wanna invite you to take a listen to my dear friend, Kelly Barner and her message on this Memorial day 2021.
Kelly Barner (15:03):
My name is Kelly Barner. I’m the owner and managing director of buyers meeting point and the co-host of dial P for procurement here on supply chain. Now Memorial day holds a very special place in my heart and it always has. My grandfather was a salvage diver during world war II stationed in France. He would go down into ships after they sank to recover what they could and I’ll leave the detail at that. His grave in Braintree, Massachusetts is marked with an American flag this weekend and every Memorial day and the flowers we place on his and my grandmother’s grave become so sacred just by occupying that place that we drive an hour back and an hour home to retrieve them. After Memorial day, every year, I also had a very profound experience when I was growing up on a sixth grade class field trip to Washington DC.
Kelly Barner (16:02):
I was one of four kids from my school selected to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I knew I was lucky even then, but when I think back, I can hardly believe I had that opportunity while the rest of my classmates toward Arlington national cemetery. I drilled with sentinels from the third us infantry regimen known as the old guard, under gray skies and in a light rain, which felt so right, given the circumstances we participated in the formal wreath, laying ceremony with hundreds of our classmates, looking on the honor and emotion of that experience have never left me. All I can say is God love every family that sent someone off to war or into active service. I would go on to be a member of my high school band marching in the annual Memorial day parade in town. And to this day, I can’t hear taps played without getting chills today.
Kelly Barner (17:07):
However, my Memorial day task is different. I’m raising my three children to respect and honor the military service of those we know, and those we will never meet the job of keeping the memories of the fallen alive will never be done. Memorial day may be the unofficial start to summer, but there has to be a place in it set aside for reverence and respect. I’ll certainly be enjoying the smell of the smoker in the backyard, hopefully with a cold sangria. In my hand, listening to Lee Greenwood and the Zack brown band celebrate America. It sounds trite, but the freedoms we enjoy are definitely not free. As a procurement professional. I can tell you they were extremely expensive and they were paid for dearly by those who were lost and the loved ones that they left behind. We typically wish each other a happy Memorial day. But this year I would like to wish you a Memorial day, take time to remember hold their memories in your heart, teach your kids how much they owe to countless people. They will never meet and live a life worthy of the sacrifice they made for all of us
Scott Luton (18:32):
On behalf of our entire team here at veteran voices and supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see, next time. Thanks everybody.
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.
Data Analytics and Metrics Intern
Patch is a fourth-year Management Information Systems and Marketing major at the University of Georgia. He is working with Supply Chain Now in data analysis, finding insights and best practices to increase company efficiency. Patch previously worked as an intern at AnswerRocket, a data analytics company where he gained invaluable knowledge about analytics, webpage SEO and B2B marketing best practices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts, and watching movies.
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.
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Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
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Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
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Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
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Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
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The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
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Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
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Alex 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.