“Every conversation I've had for the last three years has been about sustainability. Everybody is trying to figure out how to make things smarter and more efficiently to create less waste.” - William Sandman, Market Development Manager - Channel Strategy for Avery Dennison
Some people start out as entrepreneurs and stay there, preferring to follow a less traditional path that allows them more flexibility and autonomy. Others have entrepreneurial experiences and then find ways to apply their creativity and love of learning in a corporate setting.
In this episode of Logistics with Purpose, Enrique Alvarez and Wesley McArthur are joined by William Sandman, Market Development Manager – Channel Strategy for Avery Dennison. William’s career has taken him from Louisville, KY to Vietnam in roles that leveraged his entrepreneurial upbringing and allowed him to experience successes, challenges, and work with a number of amazing mentors along the way. Today he is now helping to create Avery Dennison’s strategy for several different target markets so they can see the optimal route for investment and direction over the next 3-5 years.
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Enrique Alvarez (00:35):
Good Day and welcome to another great episode of Logistics with Purpose. I’m Enrique Alvarez and I’m very excited, uh, for this episode for many, many reasons. The first one is that, uh, it’s the first one that I’ve ever made in person. So face-to-face, looking at each other’s eyes. I think that’s going to be fun and interesting. I, of course, have an amazing co-host today with me. Wesley, how are you doing? Yeah,
Wesley McArthur (00:56):
Good. I hope everybody else is doing Will. Uh, well, and I’m also excited to have Will. He is one of my close friends here in Vietnam. We’ve known each other for two years playing soccer. Uh, my wedding was last week, so he came. And that yeah, means a lot to me as well. I
Will Sandman (01:08):
Have a beautiful wedding.
Enrique Alvarez (01:09):
Yeah. <laugh>. Amazing story. And yeah, an amazing guest. Right. We have Will Sandman with us sales manager, Avery Dennison. And Will, thank you so much for taking the time.
Will Sandman (01:17):
Of course. Yes. It’s great to be here. Um, happy to, happy to be in person with you guys and happy to share, uh, share my story.
Enrique Alvarez (01:24):
And, uh, people don’t know this, but we actually are gonna do this interview for the second time, <laugh>. Cause we had a, an amazing one hour conversation before, and for whatever reason, technology didn’t help us much there, so, uh, well,
Will Sandman (01:35):
That’s all good. Yeah.
Enrique Alvarez (01:36):
Yeah. We’re looking forward to hearing the, uh, the next version. So thank you again for taking the time. Sure. Thank you also for being such a good sport. And let’s start us off Will.
Wesley McArthur (01:45):
Yeah. So we’ve had some good practice, uh, from the last one. So Will, just to start off, tell us about where you grew up in Kentucky and, and, uh, everything about, uh, your childhood.
Will Sandman (01:53):
Yeah, yeah. Grew up in Kentucky. Um, it was, uh, I was adopted at four days old. Um, hit the jackpot. Absolutely. My parents are amazing people. And, uh, and then, you know, went to college in, in, in Wisconsin and then kind of, you know, had a great childhood growing up and, and was very, very fortunate.
Wesley McArthur (02:11):
Yeah. So, I mean, you mentioned before that, uh, it’s quite amazing that you’re, uh, you, uh, how you got adopted, that you had a long list of, uh, people ahead of you. Yeah. And then, uh, you got, uh, you got selected
Will Sandman (02:23):
First. Yeah, absolutely. Yep. So March 28th, uh, 1980, uh, was the day I was adopted, uh, four days after I was born. And, uh, my parents, who are, are wonderful and amazing people, uh, went to the adoption lawyer and there was a long line in front of ’em. And actually, my mom just sent me a note and told, you know, explained the story to me on the phone, left me a recording. I’ve now saved it in, in my archives. So she said that they, they waited and waited. The, the lawyer said, listen, it’s gonna be like nine months, or it’s gonna be a long time, uh, before you actually receive a, a child, because there’s a lot of people in front of you. And lo and behold, about a month later, they got a call and, and the, the adoption lawyer said, all the other couples have declined, uh, and we have a baby ready for you.
Will Sandman (03:07):
So go to the store and buy the crib and buy the diapers and buy, buy all the stuff. Wow. And then, you know, there’s pictures of the adoption lawyer actually carrying me up the driveway, uh, to be, uh, to be put in my, my house on, uh, on Travo Lane in, in Louisville, Kentucky. And that’s kind of where, where it all started. And, and it’s be, it’s, it’s a, you know, probably a very similar story to what a lot of people have. But for me, it’s shaped a lot of who I am, uh, in a lot of different ways. And then having parents that were willing to do that, it, it shows their character. And, and that’s, uh, probably, you know, meant quite a bit to me, um, in my life and the, the different decisions that I made.
Enrique Alvarez (03:50):
Well, incredibly emotional and powerful story for sure. But then you actually landed in an amazing household with two incredible parents, uh, serial entrepreneurs, I guess. Yes. Could you tell us a little bit more about them? And
Will Sandman (04:01):
Totally serial entrepreneurs. They, um, they’ve started things from worm farms to dating services to, uh, my dad was a painter for a while. Um, uh, he renovated homes. Uh, my mom had an antique and consignment furniture store where she would go to auctions and buy things in auctions and then resell them. Um, and then there’s also a furniture business that my dad had importing from Vietnam. There’s, there’s a myriad of different things. We, we, I think at one point we had a firework stand. Oh, wow. Uh, yeah. I, that’s, that’s one of the stories. That’s probably the, not most, not the most successful one, but it’s a great story. Uh, so there’s, there’s, there’s that household bred, kind of an entrepreneurship, and it’s translated into what some people call entrepreneurship, which is, you know, entrepreneurship in a big company. So we’ll talk about that later. But it’s, it’s part of who I am in my d n a is, uh, in my business life. It, it always, it always kind of has been because of my childhood.
Enrique Alvarez (05:02):
We have a, we have a lot of, uh, entrepreneurs that listen to our shows. So this is a very interesting subject, not only for me personally, but for everyone out here and having you here. It’s, it’s amazing for that reason. So, could you tell us a couple examples of, uh, things that you remember when you were maybe younger? 15, 18? You started since you were five six, right? Yes.
Will Sandman (05:21):
You were telling us. Yeah. The, um, the, the fish restaurant called the Fishery, uh, in St. Matthews, uh, Kentucky was kind of one of the first ones I remember because, you know, my aunt was working on the fryer, and my dad is cutting fish. He’s, he’s picking up from the airport from, from flowing in, from Boston at 7:00 AM uh, cutting it by. Wow. 10 11, breading it and serving, you know, frying it and serving it for lunch to have fish and chips. Now fish and chips in Kentucky. You think, oh God, this is gonna be <laugh> not great. But because he was getting it in from Boston every day, they were catching it at three in the morning. He was getting it to, at the airport at 7:00 AM and then serving it fresh for lunch every day. And that was one of his mantras. Like, we have to have quality, we have to have the best product.
Will Sandman (06:05):
And it, and it worked. We were in a very Catholic community, so that helped with some of the sales. But, um, yeah, I remember running around the kitchen, you know, in my, you know, 5, 6, 7 years old, clean, you know, having to clean the grease trap or something like that. Like, oh, that’s not what you want to do at a fish restaurant is clean a grease trap. So <laugh>, so there were in the, in, you know, I was always kind of doing something to help out. Um, your hands get a little cold when you’re, you’re peeling shrimp back in the back in the sink. And yeah, it’s, it’s always been kind of a family, a family business.
Wesley McArthur (06:38):
I definitely know how that feels. I worked at a, uh, fried chicken restaurant and they used to make me go in between the, the grease with the, with the scraper and scrape all the oil off. It was disgusting. Yeah.
Enrique Alvarez (06:47):
Wesley McArthur (06:48):
Atlanta, in, uh, in Douglasville and yeah, in Atlanta. Pretty, yeah.
Will Sandman (06:50):
Yeah. There was some, there were some great relationships built there too. You know, like, I’m just thinking about it now, just remembering the guys that were working there as I was growing up, you know, in my, you know, 10 years old, these guys are all 17, 18 high schoolers. And so, like some of my music, you know, interests came from these guys. Um, I think one of the guys gave me the first, uh, run D m c King of Rock, oh, <laugh> cassettes. You know, I’m dating myself, but like, this is, you know, there were some formidable years growing up there. So it’s
Wesley McArthur (07:22):
Great. So yeah, you had a pretty entrepreneurial childhood and then that led you to go study your, uh, ba in, um, evolution in, in, what was
Will Sandman (07:31):
The evolution? Ecology and behavioral biology, Uhhuh, <affirmative>. And the, so the, I I talk about this all the time, cuz it, it really relates to business right? In, in ecology. When one thing changes in the environment, everything else changes. So I, if you look at like, ecology, similar to like a Porter’s five forces is something changes over here from, from, you know, threats of competitors or threats of new entrants. That’s the same thing that happens in an in, in environmental, uh, ecology. So, um, I got the degree in, in biology because I was pretty much done with it, but decided really that I wanted to do business probably my junior, senior year of college. Now I told my dad, I was like, why don’t I just, why don’t I just go into business now? And he was like, you’re getting your degree. We paid, we paid for this. So like,
Wesley McArthur (08:17):
I might as well finish.
Will Sandman (08:18):
You’re gonna finish <laugh>. I was like, okay, okay, I’ll finish. But no, it’s the, the, I, the, the degree came from a love of being outdoors and, and that leads to some of the sustainability conversations that we have and passion that I have from that part of my, my business career as well. But, uh, I love being outdoors growing up. And so ecology seemed like an, uh, a logical, uh, degree to get at the time.
Enrique Alvarez (08:41):
No, makes the connection to your entrepreneurial kind of upbringing as well, right? I mean, it’s everything people, it’s everything. Very behavioral, if you will. Uh, a lot of, I guess, psychology too. Could you, uh, you share a little bit of the story when you were working at the restaurant when you were very little. Do you remember any other good stories, kind of like maybe later, uh, in your lifetime kind of, uh, with your parents and multiple businesses?
Will Sandman (09:05):
Yeah. There, you know, the, well dad, dad always had the, he, we were paint houses or renovate houses. He’d buy houses and renovate ’em. And there was a lot of like summers of pulling nails out and stepping on a nail or yard work or scraping paint or, you know, just doing any sort of business that we could do and kind of to, to figure out how to make an income for the family. We were very fortunate, don’t get me wrong, like my parents were successful in, in several of the businesses they did. Um, you know, mom having the antique, you know, consignment furniture store and learning kind of that business was, uh, you know, great to, to learn how to deal with customer service. Um, so yeah, it was very fortunate and, and there was several different ways in in which we, we tried to, to figure out how to hustle. I guess.
Enrique Alvarez (09:59):
You said something that kind of brought you to logistics very closely, very quickly about unloading containers or what was
Will Sandman (10:05):
That about? Yeah, that, so when I was importing pottery, so, so we were importing pottery from Vietnam in between 2003 and 2009, I would say around there. Uh, and when we get the containers in, I would have to get buddies at the time to help me unload the container. So we’re 23, 24, you get a container, a 40 footer in, it’s full of pottery. You literally have to dolly it out and there’s a, you have to rent a rider truck, dolly it onto the bed of the rider truck, and then lower it down to get it out into the yard or the warehouse depending on where we were. So yeah, from a, from an early start, from my first, one of my first businesses, uh, you kind of figure out how to deal with logistics. Now, pottery at the same time is super delicate to transport.
Will Sandman (10:52):
So you kind of had to expect, you know, three to 10% breakage for every container you’re gonna get. And that’s part of the cost you factored in. Uh, it’s not like you could go back to the person you bought it from on the side of the street in Vietnam and be like, gimme my 10% back. Right? They’re, they’re just not going to, not gonna do it. And the logistics company was like, we can’t help the flex at the ends of the containers that where your pottery might bounce and break. So that also led to shipping throughout the US If I wanted to sell to a garden center and I had to put it on a pallet and wrap it up and ship it out, I usually got some breakage there. Now how do I go get that and, and how did I account for that stuff? So, so all of those kind of logistics things were important to trying to figure out, um, how to move product. Cause it’s obviously, as you guys know, um, it’s very important to have things moved safely and, uh, of course. Yeah. And on time. And,
Wesley McArthur (11:46):
And so when you came to Vietnam, that, that was in the early two thousands, and how was that trying to find suppliers with pottery and anything else that you were sourcing at that time? Yeah,
Will Sandman (11:55):
Luckily, um, from my dad’s previous business, he had an agent that helped us, um, still really close family friends with, with her and her family. Uh, but they, she kind of helped us in, in the b dune area. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, there’s a lot of pottery companies that are there. And so we would go out there and I would select which ones I want. I’d take a sticker and I’d put it on and, um, it was a lot of trial by fire. Yeah. You know, you’d, for instance, you’d go to a, a pottery company on the side of the road, you’d say, I want this yellow one and I want this red one. And then you’d get a blue one and a turquoise one. And they were like, that’s not what I picked out. I promise that’s not what it picked out. But that’s, you know, things you learn so that supplier maybe you couldn’t trust anymore. Um, and so you’d have to find another one.
Wesley McArthur (12:40):
Yeah. It’s a learning process and I to Totally, yeah. And I guess like now it’s probably a lot better in Vietnam. I mean, you’re not in pottery anymore, but I think the service has probably gotten better as well.
Will Sandman (12:48):
Yeah, totally. I, there’s, there’s two types of pottery manufactured here. There’s, uh, wood-fired kilns, which are like a dragon kiln that goes down the hill. And there’s also temperature controlled kilns and the temperature controlled ones, you’re gonna get the same color on the glaze every time. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> for the dragon kiln, they’re literally shoving them in a tunnel and heating the bottom of the hill with fire and it’s heating the subsequent chambers up the hill. It’s really interesting to watch. But what happens every now and then is a little glaze that’s on the top shelf drops down onto the, the, like a turquoise will drop down into a blue and create a beautiful streak. Uhhuh <affirmative>, those are the ones I wanted cuz they were little imperfections that were beautiful. But explaining that in to a, to someone who’s like, oh no, no, you want only the blue ones? I’m like, no, no, I want the ones that are like, have a defect cuz they’re special.
Wesley McArthur (13:39):
Right. I remember you when we went to that, uh, trade show in, uh, district seven. I remember you telling me about that. It’s quite
Will Sandman (13:45):
Interesting. Yeah. It’s, it’s to, you know, the, the manufacturing process when it has some, some unique characteristics that are art, art related, things like that can happen. They, they can be really beautiful accidents.
Wesley McArthur (13:59):
And I guess it also helped you when you finally, uh, you did that job? Or was it after? Or was it before when you found the old wood, uh, through one of your family friends and then you had to create, uh, art and then sell it? Yeah,
Will Sandman (14:11):
So this, this guy Ken Hendrix was a guy I met just outta college. He was, he liked me because I tried to start a fraternity while I was in college. It didn’t work out <laugh>, but he’d heard from a guy that was on our board that I was an entrepreneur and we had lunch on Friday before my graduation mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And he said, I’ve got this warehouse full of old wood now. This old wood was molds that used to make machine parts for the Beloit Corporation for Beloit ironworks. And that was a foundry that back in the fifties and sixties made parts for the paper making, uh, industry, which is crazy cuz full circle, I’m kind of working with paper now. But, um, but we had to take these molds and figure out how to make pieces of furniture and art out of them. Now these are massive pieces of wood that look like machine parts.
Will Sandman (15:01):
So you can imagine a 10 foot tall wood, uh, tower essentially, but made of mahogany or willow or whatever was appropriate for the type of heat that was gonna be put against it, or pressure that was gonna be put against it. So it was a great introduction, introduction to some entrepreneurship early in my career because I had to hire artists from Portland and Louisville guys that I had gone to college with and and known for my childhood. Um, and we had to buy machines and like big lathes and bandsaws and table saws and figure out how to, you know, disassemble some of this, these, this wood because it’d have nails in them. Uh, but we made some on, they made don’t, I won’t say weed because I didn’t ma I’m not the artist <laugh>, but they made some unbelievable stuff. And
Wesley McArthur (15:49):
I guess it also, it was a unique way to sell it too. You had to find the places to sell it and, and find the right people and probably unique
Will Sandman (15:55):
People as well. Yeah. Hundred percent. Man. We, um, we uh, we did an installation in a hair salon in Chicago and we thought we had hit the jackpot. It was like a, it, you know, we did this in beautiful installation, it was amazing. We had a party, we thought, oh, this will turn, this’ll be able to allow us to sell more. And, and it was a great experience cause we were just trying to figure it out. Like, we were just trying to, like, how are we gonna show people about how beautiful this stuff is? And we, we did that for about a year and a half, two years. And it, it was, we made some money. Ken Hendrix, the guy that funded the, the operation and, uh, some of the guys at C C Act, uh, were instrumental in just supporting us and helping us.
Will Sandman (16:38):
They, they basically were like, this stuff is all, you know, gonna be waste if you guys figure out how to do something with it. Amazing. Because they couldn’t use it to make more machine parts. The competitor had bought it and said, here’s the deal. You can’t use this to make machine parts. You can only use this in a way that either you dispose of it or you found a creative solution that’s not related to the industry. Wow. And so our idea was tables and wall hangings and, um, kind of telling the story a little bit about the, the town of Beloit, Wisconsin. So, and
Enrique Alvarez (17:11):
I think that can Go ahead. No, I just, Ken, uh, amazing entrepreneur himself. Right. I
Will Sandman (17:16):
Mean, you were Oh, unreal.
Enrique Alvarez (17:17):
Can you tell us a little bit more about, about him and his, uh,
Will Sandman (17:20):
Yeah. So Ken, um, at 21 years old, uh, decided he wanted to roof an air force base. So he put a bid in and he put a bid in, uh, not like rounding up to the nearest 10,000. He did it to the penny. And he said, I’m gonna roof this, uh, against what the unions want to do, and I’m gonna do it by square foot, so I’ll pay you per square foot you work and or per square foot you roof. And so what happened was these guys came outta the woodwork, he got it done under budget and ahead of time. Wow. So then the US government was like, okay, roof all the rest of the Air Force bases. And he did
Enrique Alvarez (17:56):
In the country.
Will Sandman (17:56):
Yes. And he and he, from what I’ve been told, uh
Enrique Alvarez (17:59):
Right. Most of them at least. Yes.
Will Sandman (18:01):
Right. And he, and it, it got him kind of on the map where he had had made some money and I took that and figured out how to, how to do vertical and horizontal integration. So he was, he would start a bank and then get other people to put their money into the bank. And he was, had rental properties. He started, um, getting roofing supplies into the country and made a catalog and would sell roofing supplies to other people. He also went around to a lot of family owned roofing supplies companies. And would he told, this is what he told me, he said, I will go around to the back door 30 minutes before the meeting and I’ll talk to the warehouse guy and whatever the warehouse guy tells me, I’m gonna walk right into the front of the building and I’m gonna use in my conversation with the owner.
Will Sandman (18:42):
So he would walk in the front door and say to the owner, like, listen, I understand what’s going on with the business. You want to retire, you want your son to take over, but this is what’s going on. You got too much inventory or whatever it was. Right, right. And, and the owner would be like, exactly, it’s exactly what I wanna do. And so then he would be able to acquire that business and fold it underneath his umbrella. And, and he was very, he’s a very successful guy in the, the manner that he was always asking questions and trying to figure out what was really going on. I
Wesley McArthur (19:12):
Think that really helped you shape you into, you know, good, uh, the salesperson you
Will Sandman (19:16):
Are right now. Yeah, a hundred percent. You know, that, that his spirit of, of trying to figure things out was, was very influential. I’ve, I’ve had a, a lot of really great mentors. Ken, Ken was one, unfortunately he’s passed away, but he’s a, uh, he was, you know, he’s worth 4 billion at the, the, the, at the end there. And, um,
Enrique Alvarez (19:36):
He was, what was the name of his company again?
Will Sandman (19:38):
ABC Supply. ABC Supply. Yeah. They’re, they’re, uh, roofing supplies company. Wow. He, he’s got several different offshoots, uh, corporate contractors incorporated. Um, and yeah, other real estate, no
Enrique Alvarez (19:48):
Amazing stories. Right. Yeah. It’s,
Will Sandman (19:49):
It’s, he was a, a great first person. Well, probably second or third person to learn from. I, I would say my parents, I learned from first, but, but he was, he was a, a really good entrepreneur.
Enrique Alvarez (20:00):
Before we kind of deep dive into your career, will, and thank you very much for sharing all this stories with us. I’m sure that people that are listening are incredibly interested as well. Um, could you tell us a bit more about your parents? Any other cool, interesting story about your relationship with them and their multiple businesses that kind of, uh, stick in your mind?
Will Sandman (20:19):
Yeah, I think, you know, one that I haven’t told you yet that is actually quite interesting, and it wa it’s not one of our most successful stories, but we, uh, my cousin Abel and my mom and my dad, right when I first came back to Kentucky, uh, this is previous to the, the pottery started a company called Tofu. And it was a, it was a women’s sandal that we got, um, imported from Vietnam. Um, and, uh, we spent about a year going around to all the trade shows, my cousin and I on the road, uh, Abel, uh, is his name. And we went to Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas and LA and New York. And we tried to sell these shoes. And what we, a lot, we didn’t realize a lot of things, but one of the things we didn’t realize was everybody had the same idea kind of at the same time.
Will Sandman (21:06):
So we were going to these trade shows and there’d be 310 by 10 booths of people trying to sell women’s sandals. And like, so we were just, we were out of our league in a lot of different ways, but, but it was, I could see, you know, the four of us sit around the table in my mom’s office and, uh, in her store and we’d try to say, okay, how do we come up with a name? How do we go to the US P T O and make sure it’s not already trademarked? How do we, how do we go to the trade shows? Who are we gonna, which stores are gonna buy from us? And, and what, what’s our main store that’s gonna be our, our target market? So from an early, from an early stage, they were people that were also trying to figure out the angles and ask questions and, and learn, um, about how things could work
Enrique Alvarez (21:51):
Well, which I’m guessing and connecting the dots with the stories you’ve told us before. Maybe that’s the connection and you have with the shoe industry. Yeah. Maybe that was your kind of introduction and why you kind of full circle and ended, uh, working on that as well. Yeah,
Will Sandman (22:04):
There’s been some, it’s weird, Greg,
Enrique Alvarez (22:06):
The paper and connected and then this tofu and now their shoe,
Will Sandman (22:11):
Now that you mentioned it, there are some connections that are, that are going from my previous, so yeah, that’s it, it is full circle. The, the shoe industry came about just after grad school, and I was working as a, in a company that was called PAXs, and they are now part of o I, but they were a supplier that helped with packaging and with, uh, materials consolidation, uh, for some bigger brands. Um, it, uh, we were supporting, uh, kind of a Nike initiative at the time. I had a desk there, I was not a Nike employee, uh, but had a desk in their materials library for a little bit and was able to kind of try to help, uh, some of their efficiencies and what, what they wanted to do with their material strategy.
Wesley McArthur (22:52):
Yeah. And I think just going back quickly to your, uh, shoe story. I mean, failing also probably helped you a lot learn how to Yes. As you mentioned before, taking no, and finding a way a around it to find, you know, the right way to
Will Sandman (23:03):
Win. Yeah, totally. Like there’s, that, that was one experience of, of, of you have to try things, right? You have to try things and, and some things are gonna be successful and some things are not. If you’re, if you’re, you probably learn more from the things that don’t work. Um, similar to kind of, I I worked for a company called Essential Edge Staffing and Recruiting, and the guys that own Louisville Geek and a few other guys, Louisville Geek’s account of a Geek Squad company in Louisville. Um, and I say Louisville, like Louisville, but most people say Louisville, but I’m <laugh>, but I’m from there, so I say Louisville. So anyway, the, um, but the, these guys kind of threw in some money together during a very profitable time in our, in our economy. And we were trying to help staff jobs at like Toyota suppliers.
Will Sandman (23:49):
So Kentucky Association of Man, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers was our partner. We tried to go to their company list and say, how can we provide, how can we get you to the guys you need for your business? And I was calling on HR departments, essentially, and I would call 60 people usually before noon, and then use my afternoons to email and follow up with people that I had actually connected with. But that learned, that taught me a lot about hearing no and hearing no, and being confident and okay enough to, to hear that somebody doesn’t need our services at this point. Um, I also taught me a lot about planting seeds and about things that are kind of come to fruition later on, uh, if you have make genuine connections with people. So, so yeah, it was, that was one i one story about how, you know, you can get on the phone, but, and you’re gonna hear no sometimes and it’s okay. It’s not, it’s not the end of the world if something doesn’t work. It’s not the end of the world if, if somebody says they don’t need you right now.
Wesley McArthur (24:45):
Yeah. You just gotta keep on trying. Yeah. So, yeah, it’s great to hear that. And, and then when did you start with Avery Denson? About eight years ago,
Will Sandman (24:52):
Right? Yep. About eight years ago. Started with Avery. I had come from working at that company, PAXs, and then I worked for, uh, Chinook Trading and a company called Huong. Huong did synthetic leather based outta Jinjiang China. And then Chinook Trading was based out of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Uh, Huong was just a synthetic leather supplier for the footwear, uh, brands. Uh, and they would sell to the factories, and the factories would then make the product for the brands and ship to them. Chinook Trading was a little different. They were an agent, so they would help the design and development process for a smaller companies, because it’s expensive to build an lo in another country, a liaison office in another country. So I would, we would help them kind of guide them along for their footwear production. And that led me to, to, to Avery, which has been, uh, an unbelievable ride of, of eight years that I, I love.
Enrique Alvarez (25:45):
And Will, before we kind of deep dive into, Avery, could you tell us, uh, for the people that are listening to us that might not know who they are or what they do, could you tell us a little bit more about their history and, and what they, why are they so relevant in, in logistics in general?
Will Sandman (25:57):
The, the simple answer to that is a guy named Avery met a guy named Dennison, and they made some labels.
Wesley McArthur (26:03):
<laugh>, it’s a great combination. It sounds like a name, right? Yeah. The, um,
Enrique Alvarez (26:06):
It sounds like a great story too, at some point. Wish you have interviewed them as
Will Sandman (26:09):
Well. It’s, well, I wish you could. It’s about a hundred year old story <laugh>. So those guys were in Southern California, and they were trying to figure out how to make, like, legitimately figure out how to make us label sticker for prices onto products. So these guys back in the day were like, all right, we know we need to put a price on this. How do we make the label? And so they figured out like, other people want these too. And the company kind of was created from that. Now obviously a hundred year old, a hundred plus year old companies evolved massively since then, as you can imagine.
Enrique Alvarez (26:40):
Yeah. You said 30,000 employees around Yeah, around the
Will Sandman (26:43):
World. 30,000 employees were probably in about or 50 plus manufacturing locations, um, all different types of businesses. Um, and, and today you can imagine how those solutions have evolved. Um, at the core, you know, we’ve got integrity and sustainability as, as kind of our, our attributes that we follow every day. I’ve been lucky enough to work in several different parts of the business. Um, do you want me to describe a little bit?
Enrique Alvarez (27:10):
Yeah, that would be great. Tell us a little bit more about your career with
Will Sandman (27:13):
Yeah, and so the, so the area that I’m in is called Retail Branded Information Solutions. Now, the reason it’s called that is because we have to manage the data, this associated with price tickets and care and content labels and all the things that a consumer needs to see. Now, the reason it’s hard to manage is because it’s just so much information. You can imagine how many different styles, how many different languages, um, and, and we become kind of the go-to company for managing all of that, that data. Um, and I, I started out in Portland, Oregon, a after, uh, my boss, uh, Matt Loeffler hired me to manage kind of a few of the brands in the area. Um, and it was a gr great learning experience. Luckily, that Office has some brilliant people, and they were, they allowed me to ask a lot of questions, <laugh> all. And because it takes a long time at Avery Dennison to learn all the ins and outs, you imagine a company of 30,000 people is not, uh, it’s, it’s got its ins and outs. So, um, that it all started there. And then it led me to Hong Kong doing business development. And then it led me to Vietnam to manage a team here. And luckily, um, I’m able to s stay in Vietnam hopefully for a little bit and, and continue to do some of the strategies. How,
Enrique Alvarez (28:29):
How long have you been here
Will Sandman (28:30):
In Vietnam? I, I’ve been three years in Vietnam. Um, previously, I was two years in Hong Kong. Um, Vietnam’s an amazing place. Uh, love it here, uh, really nice people. And, uh, yeah.
Enrique Alvarez (28:41):
Well, you were before, right? With your fa with your dad, and your dad came here as well from
Will Sandman (28:45):
Time to time. Yes. So it’s nice. I’ve, I’ve, I, I knew some people when I came here. Yes. In Hong Kong. I didn’t, I didn’t really know too many people when I arrived. Luckily I had some, some football, uh, friends, b but the, um, the, the time in Vietnam has been, has been a blast. And it, it has been much easier because there’s some people locally that, that we are friends with, family, friends with.
Wesley McArthur (29:05):
And you mentioned some of your passions, Ozzie rules has also helped you find friends everywhere. And you’ve mentioned last week you had, uh, uh, your Hong Kong friends come over for a tournament, which is pretty
Will Sandman (29:14):
Cool. Yeah, that was, that was really special. The, um, I played for two years for the Hong Kong Dragons. Um, so Ozzie rules football is a long journey, uh, for me. It’s been over 20 years now. And I started when I was about 22. So I played for Milwaukee, and then I played for Louisville, Kentucky, and then, um, Portland, Oregon, and then Hong Kong, and then now, now Vietnam. But it’s a great, it’s a small, tight-knit community. Uh, Ossie Rules has only played basically in about five cities in Australia professionally. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, uh, there’s 18 teams. Nine of them are in Melbourne. Um, I think nine are in Melbourne. And, uh, so when you play it internationally, everybody knows everybody. So when I was moving to Vietnam, the Hong Kong guys were like, well, you need to meet this guy, and you need to meet this guy. So when they came over to play, I played the first half with Hong Kong. I played the second half with Vietnam. Um, Vietnam’s definitely my team now. Uh, so I just so that everybody knows that’s
Enrique Alvarez (30:08):
<laugh>. Yeah. Make sure that be yellow. It’s clear who you’re supporting. Yeah. So what was the score?
Will Sandman (30:13):
Oh, it was,
Enrique Alvarez (30:14):
I mean, you won. Yeah.
Will Sandman (30:15):
Regardless, we didn’t, we didn’t, yeah. Right. Yeah. Flavor, both teams makes it a little easier. But, um, it, I think it was pretty lopsided Okay. At the end, um, one 50 to 50 or something. But I, you have to give the Hong Kong guys a little bit of benefit of the doubt. They didn’t have some of their, their normal players over. And so, uh, we
Enrique Alvarez (30:36):
Yeah. And they had you cheering for the other team right, right. Going for them. So
Will Sandman (30:40):
<laugh>. Yeah. So it was, it was a great game though. We, we had a lot of fun. Nobody was injured. That’s key. That’s the, that’s the main thing on the day. Um, and it was at R M I T, which is really cool. Um, I know that’s Wesley’s alma mater. So yeah, that field is beautiful. And we got, uh, we got to play a really great game.
Enrique Alvarez (30:57):
And Vietnam, what an amazing country. What a great city. I’ve been in Saigon. This is my second time. Uh, so I haven’t, I don’t have a lot of experience for what I can tell. Just it’s, it’s growing fast. Uh, the people are amazing, caring, hardworking, very, uh, compassionate people, humble. It’s just, I don’t know. It’s been a, an incredible experience so far.
Will Sandman (31:19):
Yeah. Vie Vietnam is, Vietnam is, is a great, great place. I attributed a lot to the people in, in, in every, you know, culture, nobody’s perfect. Right. But in Vietnam, you know, I, I’ve started doing a lot of cycling lately, and you’ll be with a group of, of, you know, five, you know, westerners in the middle of nowhere in Vietnam. And you’ll get the, every, every now and then, you’ll get the wave of, you know, from somebody, Hey, how are you guys doing? This is, you know, you know, Hey, and they just waved to you, you know. And I, I, I don’t think a lot of times that would happen in other countries. You know, I, my friend Tim and I were doing, we just, after Covid we’re going, trying to find somewhere to have a beer, we went to a restaurant, it was closed.
Will Sandman (32:01):
We, we happened upon this little food card that had, had a beer, had beers in it. So we grabbed a couple and kind of started to drizzle. So she took the couple chairs and a table and sat it under this awning for us. It was so nice. And we thought, oh, you know, I hope maybe she’ll let us play some music. So we had a little, a little stiff speaker, and we played some music, and, and she was okay with that. And then, you know, we had to use the restroom. So she, she invited us into her house, you know, grandma’s laying on the couch, grandpa’s on the computer. There’s kids running around. We’re walking through these people’s house.
Enrique Alvarez (32:35):
Two complete strangers. Two
Will Sandman (32:36):
Complete strangers. Right. And, and we sat, sat there for three hours listening to music, drinking beer. Wow. And became friends with his family. Now I’ll go back there every time and buy beer from them, because they were so sweet to us. But that’s the kind of compassion and kind of humanity that you get in Vietnam when you, when you, and we didn’t speak the same language. There’s no, you know, English communication here, it’s all pointing and suggesting and, and you know, Google translate on your phone. And these people are just so, so nice. And, and yeah.
Wesley McArthur (33:05):
Yeah. In Vietnam, they’re always so welcoming. Especially go to their house with food, with drinks, you know, it’s never, you never feel uncomfortable wherever you’re going in Vietnam. Especially, you know, when we did that bike ride, like you mentioned, waving, hello, some people, what are you doing? You know, they’re probably wondering why all of us on our bikes in the middle of nowhere. But
Enrique Alvarez (33:21):
Yeah. And you’ve been here for a while
Wesley McArthur (33:22):
Too, right? Yeah, I’ve been here five years now. Um, you know, and same thing, like, uh, will, experiencing the same things. Uh, I, one of the main reasons I stayed here is because of the people. I mean, I stayed in Hanoi at first, and I taught English with, uh, Vietnamese students. And, uh, yeah, they, they welcomed me to their hometowns. They try introduced me to all the food. They taught me some Vietnamese as well. We drank beer. We had a really good time. And I think that’s one of the main reasons why I stayed here. And then also some funny stories is, uh, people helping us out is me and my friend did a motorbike ride through Southern Vietnam, and his bike broke. And I kept driving cuz I was just looking at the scenery, didn’t even notice. And then, uh, I realized he wasn’t there.
Wesley McArthur (34:02):
So I, I turned around in like five kilometers back five miles or whatever it was, came back and he’s sitting there, there’s some Vietnamese guy there helping him trying to fix his bike. And, uh, you know, it’s getting dark now. And we’re wondering like, uh, what are we gonna do? We’re in the middle of the mountains, you know, there’s nothing around. And he’s, he, Google translated us that he’s gonna go get a mechanic. And I was like, oh, I don’t think this guy’s gonna come back. He’s just saying that <laugh>. Right? And so we, we just kept pushing our bikes up the hill, um, trying to, you know, hopefully run into a mechanic, go to a town, something like that. And about the sun went down, it was dark. And like an hour and a half later, this guy comes with two mechanics. Um, and they tie my friend Z’s bike up, and then they, they drive his bike through the mountains.
Wesley McArthur (34:44):
Z jumps on the guy that came back on his bike, I rode my bike, followed him. We found this like little, uh, wooden house in the, on the top of the hill, the mechanic. He helped us out. He fixed his bike. He took it apart. Uh, you know, and, uh, I mean, they charged us, obviously they did a service for us, but the guy that helped us, he didn’t want anything from us. And he still had to drive 200 kilometers. Oh, yeah. Wow. To his, to his work the next day. And he still helped us out like that. So you hear amazing stories like that all the time.
Will Sandman (35:11):
Yeah. We tried to, we tried to tip that lady and she was like, no way. We were like, you three hours we’re sitting here drinking beer. She’s like, Nope, I don’t want anything. Yeah,
Wesley McArthur (35:18):
Exactly. Yeah. You
Enrique Alvarez (35:19):
Don’t hear, you don’t hear stories, uh, like that enough. Right. And, and the world desperately needs them. Right. So I totally Thanks, thanks both for sharing them. Jumping a little bit more now into the logistics side of things. Uh, what trends are you seeing? What can you tell us? What’s the connection to, because maybe making it a, a, a mental picture of what, uh, the labeling company does. I mean, is it, who manufacturers, at what point do they stitch the label? I mean, what’s, yeah, what’s the process and where do you see this industry heading?
Will Sandman (35:45):
Yeah, so there’s, so let me just start up first with kind of what the process is. So a a tier two supplier like us would provide the materials to the factory, uh, like a garment factory who’s making a jersey. They would get the, you know, the name and number from us. They would get the patch that goes on the left crest. They would get the sponsor logo on the front, and then they would also order the fabrics from a fabric mill, uh, and the, and the thread from a, a thread company. Um, and so they would gather all these, uh, materials and then essentially they would stitch ’em all together and heat press what they need to heat press. And then that would be ready to send and they would package it, and that would be ready to send to the, the brand that purchased, purchased it from them for the industry.
Will Sandman (36:34):
Um, a lot of things are going towards, like, every conversation I’ve had for the last three years has been about sustainability, probably longer than that, really. But there’s, everybody’s trying to figure out how to make things smarter, uh, more efficiently to use less waste. And sometimes that means less materials. So we’ve gotta figure out kind of how do we still manage that data that’s in the products. So the hang tag or the, or the, um, care and content label. Um, how do we continue to, to manage that data and make it accessible to everyone, uh, without actually physically making that product? Potentially. Uh, I don’t think it’s gonna happen overnight, but there is a, uh, a thinking that that will, those will go away maybe. And
Wesley McArthur (37:17):
What are some sustainability things that you see happening in your industry in the next four or five years?
Will Sandman (37:21):
Definitely obviously less materials. Uhhuh <affirmative>, um, but also just more efficiencies in the manufacturing. Uh, there’s, I think I read that there’s 3.3% of waste in supply chain is from overproduction. And in the food industry, that equates to like 1.1 trillion. Wow. Wow. Which is like, which is wild, right? Wow. That means we’re over making somewhere a ton of food. And then obviously people aren’t getting it in other places. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So that’s a huge gap to try to figure out. And, and so that’s some of the stuff that we’re seeing is these,
Enrique Alvarez (37:58):
And it’s, uh, very quickly, there’s like a company organization in Atlanta called Guar. And uh, the lady that started basically said that, uh, hunger is not a, uh, source, it’s not a lack of sourcing problem. It’s like a logistics problem. Yeah. And speaks to your point, right? Yeah. It’s just food is not at the right time where it needs to be, but we have enough. Right?
Will Sandman (38:18):
Right. It’s there. We just gotta get it around everybody in the right way.
Wesley McArthur (38:22):
And one thing I wanna say, though, I went to your factory two years ago, and, uh, I’ll say that’s super efficient from what I’ve seen, and there’s not much wastage and it’s, yeah. It was pretty amazing to see.
Will Sandman (38:31):
Yeah. There’s a couple things that Avery Dennison does really well. I, I would say, and I, I mentioned this to our customers quite a bit, is like, we, we manage our, our, our money really well, and we’re super efficient in our manufacturing. So, and those are two of our mantras. You can read them on our, on our, uh, annual report, but they are two like kind of pillars for us that we, we focus on as being really, you know, wealth management or financial management efficient and, uh, manufacturing efficiency. Yeah. You gotta keep, because we do things the right way at Avery. Like we have to do things in a sustainable way. We have all our certifications that we need to have. We do all the audits that we need to do, and those things cost money, and that can sometimes raise the price. But when you’re doing things efficiently in the manufacturing and you’re doing things with your working capital in a responsible way that can bring the, the, the price down. So we, we, we work in a very, obviously, price driven industry, and we have to be very cognizant of where we can do things the right way, but then be more efficient on kind of how we produce.
Enrique Alvarez (39:30):
Right. And you were telling us before that there’s of course a lot of brands and a lot of companies out there that are currently working with you guys and maybe others that are doing a really good job. Um, I think you mentioned Adidas as being a, a good example. Could you
Will Sandman (39:42):
Yeah. Primary, you know, they’re, they’re doing a great job and they’ve recently come out with some information from their footwear, uh, report. And the, the report is basically saying that a certain percentage of the products are gonna be considered sustainable. Now they have to prove that which is, uh, there, uh, that has to do with their traceability and the transparency to that data. Uh, they have to, first they have to trace it, and then they have to be, uh, they have to have the ability to make sure that people can understand why they can make that claim. And so they’ve done a really good job and, and we’ve, we’ve worked closely with them to try to help them in any way that we can with that kind of responsible behavior, uh, associated with the product.
Wesley McArthur (40:23):
And you mentioned before Avery Denson is, uh, you know, a driver in sustainability, but why is that? Is that because you guys are part of an organization that it, uh, helps you guys do that or just it’s just within the, the company that helps you? Well,
Will Sandman (40:37):
It’s, it’s within, it’s within the company for sure. Um, sustainability is a pillar for us. Um, and we, we do things the right way, but we’re also part of organizations like the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which groups together brands, factory suppliers, and says we all believe it being a, a better steward of the planet is the, is the right thing to do. So we’re definitely part of all of those types of organizations.
Wesley McArthur (41:00):
Enrique Alvarez (41:00):
That’s amazing. Well, and, uh, yeah, Avery Dennison’s also very, not only sustainability, but it sounds like it’s not a very purpose-driven organization, I think, and I read that you also do a women’s empowerments important disaster relief, uh, education, equity, um, all those things that kind of shape and make the company and your values and culture, uh, and your team as well, right?
Will Sandman (41:22):
Yeah, definitely. Um, our, our wo our Women’s Empowerment Initiative is very important. We’re trying to get more managers, uh, in, in that, in that respect. Um, and, and yeah, as far as materials go, anything that we can do that’s non Virgin Materials FSC certified, uh, both for plastic and for paper or, or, or plant-based, uh, products, uh, anything that’s recycled is definitely on our radar. We’ve got some, and we’ve got some stuff we’ve reported that’s like, you know, we’ve started at this baseline, and this is where we are today, uh, which is all part of our, uh, annual report. We do an annual, a combined annual report now. So part annual report, part sustainability report,
Wesley McArthur (42:02):
Will Sandman (42:03):
Dogs, I think is the name. Well, that, that’s part of, tell us a little bit about that. Yeah, I’ll tell you about the shoe dogs. So I’ll preface this with saying I’m not a shoe dog. There are guys that have been in the industry for decades. I’ve been in somewhat of a footwear industry for about 12 years, but some of these guys that were, you know, in Korea in the eighties and, and go, you know, in Taiwan early days and go way back to the origins of footwear, you know, stuff with like Nike expanding finally into manufacturing in China in the, in the early eighties, like, I think that was 84. Um, so I’m, I’m not a shoe dog by the definition of Shoe Dog, but I am part of a group and I’m, I’m on the board. Um, and we do basically, it’s fun in philanthropy. So we’re trying to figure out how to raise money for organizations locally at the same time as, as having some social networking events to kind of keep the people in the fuller industry connected.
Wesley McArthur (42:56):
And can you share more about the, the one in Donna, the Hope organization? That’s, uh, yeah. The, the, that’s the, that’s a bike ride,
Will Sandman (43:02):
Right? Yeah. Bike, yeah, that’s a bike ride. The, the Hope Center is of 145 kids, uh, mostly of Hammon, uh, descent with the, uh, which is an ethnic group in, uh, Vietnam, uh, primarily in the north. Uh, but these kids come to the Hope Center, which is about 107 kilometers away from, uh, Saigon. And, uh, we’ve done things like, you know, add solar panels and gotten other organizations in to collaborate. And, um, yeah, it’s kind of through the shoe dogs that we’ve kind of tried to help raise money. The Avery Foundation put in money two years in a row now to them, so that’s been really good. Um, yeah, it’s been a gr it’s been a great experience
Wesley McArthur (43:39):
And something they want to do as well. They’re also being self-sustainable, trying to set up a farm in the back. It was quite amazing to see
Will Sandman (43:45):
That. Yeah, that’s right. They, um, they’ve kind of got the, they, they, we help them dig a well. Um, and so they’ve got some water that can kind of irrigate this kind of back farm they have, and they’re growing mangoes and things like that out there. It allowed them to have a, a bigger area for the chickens, which is, uh, doesn’t sound like a, a, a huge deal, but it’s, it is when you got 145 kids. Definitely. Yeah. Um, and it’s, it’s this, uh, pastor Na and his, and his wife and, and it’s, uh, their family kind of taking care of all these kids. It’s, it’s, it’s pretty amazing. It’s pretty awesome. It’s, it’s, like I said, I was adopted when I was younger, so to be able to give back to kids that, you know, potentially could be adopted, might not be adopted, but just also give
Wesley McArthur (44:28):
Back and have a good life, you know?
Will Sandman (44:30):
Yeah, totally. Um, it’s, yeah, it’s been wonderful. The Hope Center was, is a great project.
Wesley McArthur (44:35):
And are there some things that need to be done for the Hope organization over the next few years? Mines, uh, that are quite important.
Will Sandman (44:41):
Yeah. I think there’s things, so in my mind, in a perfect world, I’d love to get some computers out there for ’em. Okay. Uh, that’s been, that’s been kind of one of the big gaps, uh, is that they’ve, they’ve got wifi but there’s not, there’s not a way for the kids to connect with it much. And I think in this day and age, you probably want to have some kids that are gonna go out into the world and be members of productive members of society. You want to have them to have some of the skills to make them not feel so, uh, outta bounds. Right. You know, if someone says something on their phone or does something on their phone, you know, how do they, how do they know how to use that as well?
Wesley McArthur (45:16):
And it’ll help ’em so much learning, you know, from school and learning about the world, and help them become more knowledgeable. I definitely think that’s, yeah, that’s something they need.
Will Sandman (45:23):
Enrique Alvarez (45:23):
We’ll, uh, we’ll add to our, uh, to our interview notes. We’ll add the link so that people can learn a little bit more about, uh, the Hope organization and, and maybe through our network and maybe just working together, we could make that kind of goal of yours happen now. Sure. That’d be cool. Thank you. Thank you again for, for sharing. Yeah. Shifting gears. Oh,
Wesley McArthur (45:40):
Sorry. Last thing is, is the bike ride? We, uh, we’re gonna do that annually. Oh, it’s November thing. Absolutely. Uh, yeah, I think we definitely need to note that down too. Yeah,
Will Sandman (45:48):
That’d be great. I, we, we, we did the bike ride. It was, so I’ve gotten really into biking, but it was kind of my, one of my first big long bike rides, and it was amazing. And the kids loved it when we drove through, they were throwing confetti and, and it was a, a wonderful experience. And we’re trying to do satellite locations. So my friend John, who’s our sustainability guy at Avery Dennison, he said he wants to do one in Southern California. Uh,
Enrique Alvarez (46:13):
We’ll do one
Will Sandman (46:14):
In Atlanta. Yeah, that’d be great if you guys do one
Enrique Alvarez (46:16):
In Atlanta. We would love that. Yeah. We
Will Sandman (46:17):
To do that. It’s just, the more people we can get involved, you know, the, the more fun it is, first of all. And then also it’s a great, it’s a great cause. So,
Enrique Alvarez (46:25):
Well, you’ve mentioned a lot about your team and your team. Uh, it sounds like, uh, you not only work with amazing people, uh, you’re part of an amazing organization, but what, what have you, what have you learned from your team? I mean, working with them, what’s one of the two or three things that they have, uh, taught you and, and, and what have you learned about yourself, uh, working with them?
Will Sandman (46:45):
<laugh>? There’s, I’ve learned a lot at a, at Avery Dennison, you’re learning something new all the time, which is, if any, if any entrepreneur out there doesn’t love learning new stuff all the time. Like, I, I, I don’t know kind of what to, what to tell you because you, you have to, right. Even entrepreneurship in a big company like Avery, you gotta be, there’s stuff that comes up all the time. Um, my team has, the team here in Vietnam has taught me a lot about, um, about how much, uh, what it really means when the chips are down to care about each other. Uh, during covid things were obviously very tough and we had to make some really tough decisions. Um, and in some of those decisions, we had to let some people go or they decided that they didn’t want to do the amount of hours that we were asking them to do, which may have been not enough for them to provide for their family.
Will Sandman (47:39):
So we did other things and we figured out other ways to get food or to get minimum wage or to get something to people. And you know, our leader here, her name’s Chow and she’s gotta manage 3000 people. Wow. But, you know, being in Portland, Oregon, you don’t see that. I mean, you can come visit Vietnam and see the factory and it’s great, and you get your tour around. But then when you’re here and you see that Chow’s gotta manage 3000 people and she cares about each one of those people and their families, it gives you a totally different perspective on on, on what it means, um, to be a, a, a team player and to have teamwork as part of your, your core. So, um, they’ve taught me a lot about, about how to work together and to care about people and integrity, doing the right thing and
Wesley McArthur (48:27):
Talking about learning. What is some stuff that you can tell other salespeople, young salespeople, that are up and coming learning, and what can they learn from you and what, what would you say to them?
Will Sandman (48:36):
Yeah, so I think there’s a couple things. The, the, the thing that I would say is the most important is to listen. You know, I’ve done a lot, I’ve done a lot of talking on this podcast. But, um, what I try to do is I, I, I try to listen to what people want and what people are having problems with so that I can then provide solutions. The the second thing I would say is having genuine connections with people is really important because you, you want to come out of a meeting and have a friend, not just someone that you’re gonna work with. And so what I try to do is I try to make sure that when I come out of a meeting, someone knows that it, it’s not just about, you know, what we’re gonna try to solve for them, what we’re gonna, we’re gonna try to do for them, but it’s also about how’s your kid, how’s your family? Are you okay in life? Are you gonna, you know, do you need anything? You know, as a, as a buddy, uh, as a friend. And so I would say making genuine connections and listening are, are my two big pieces of advice for anybody doing sales. Um, it’s, yeah, I think I’m just, maybe I’m just wired that way, but I, I just, I like, um, connecting.
Wesley McArthur (49:44):
No, I definitely agree. I think those are some great tips to give, uh, salespeople and up and coming salespeople.
Enrique Alvarez (49:49):
So, uh, will, thank you so much once again for being here with us. Uh, how can our listeners connect with you and with, uh, your
Will Sandman (49:56):
Company? Um, probably the best way is, uh, email or LinkedIn. Um, I will probably accept anybody on LinkedIn, just cuz I think it’s great to have a, a big network to connect with. Uh, and then anybody that has questions can definitely email me. Um, I’m pretty open book. Um, and then Avery Dennison, there’s tons of information on our website. Uh, we’ve got reports that we put out. We’ve got tons of content that our, our wonderful marketing team puts together that, um, I can share with people. So, uh, and, and we do a lot of, we do a lot of trend analysis and, and things like that. So that, that information we can definitely share with, with people.
Enrique Alvarez (50:30):
We’ll definitely ask you for some of those links, if you don’t mind. We’ll put ’em on the, uh, interview notes. Uh, and you also mentioned on the first one we had, uh, about a video, a very, is that a public video? Or that’s just internal?
Will Sandman (50:42):
No, no, it’s a, it’s a, I’ve sent it out to a lot of people recently. Uh, so
Enrique Alvarez (50:45):
Could you share it with us? Yeah, totally. Totally. Cause you spoke so kind of passionately Yeah. About it.
Will Sandman (50:50):
Oh, so we’re doing, we do a lot of work with the, the Premier League and we’ve now redesigned the names and numbers for like the third or fourth time. Wow. Only in the history of the Premier League. So it’s a very big deal to, to do the design. But for the Premier League to allow us to do the design was amazing. So I, I’m luckily, luckily enough, I know the guys that are on the design team and they’re friends of mine and I’m really proud of them. Um, because it’s, it’s a, it’s a very cool thing. It’s a very inspiring video and it, it shows kind of the care that we put towards these partnerships. And, um, yeah, being a soccer fan and a, a soccer player for most of my life, uh, although much slower these days, <laugh>, uh, I still am really passionate about, you know, our connection with the, the athletic world.
Enrique Alvarez (51:34):
I keep telling everyone that’s not about running. Right. Yes. <laugh>. Uh, but it’s about distribution. Maybe it’s just my, it’s about
Will Sandman (51:39):
Enrique Alvarez (51:40):
Gonna be smart player. And, uh, what’s your team again, in the epl?
Will Sandman (51:43):
Enrique Alvarez (51:43):
Will Sandman (51:44):
I was in, I was in Melbourne, so they had, at the time it was 2000. They had Bosnich and Viduka and Keel. So I became a leads fan. Um, and I hope that they can stay up this year. We’ll see <laugh>. I hope so
Enrique Alvarez (51:57):
Too. Yeah. <laugh>. Well, thank you. Thank you Once again, we’ll definitely share the, uh, video if you don’t mind. And, um, I guess before we leave, last question, uh, what would you challenge our audience with? Like the parting thoughts? I mean, you had to challenge our audience to do something. What do you think that should be? What, what would you like them to, to
Will Sandman (52:15):
Do? Um, if, if, if I could challenge, uh, your audience, I would say, um, I would challenge you with just maybe, uh, asking questions. I mean, that’s, that’s the key. That’s how we’re gonna figure stuff out, is it, is, is asking questions and not being afraid to ask questions. The, a lot of times we get in these, these corporate situations where you’re afraid to raise your hand or you’re worried. Um, but I think, you know, our company and, and I think I’m lucky, is very encouraging about asking questions and trying to find out more. So, um, and I would, I guess I would, the other thing I would challenge them with is, is find someone you feel comfortable with asking questions to as well. Mentors are great people to have as part of your life. I, like I mentioned earlier, my parents Ken Hendrix, but there’s a myriad of different people that I’ve been lucky enough to, to meet. And when I’ve got a question in my life, whether it’s personal or or professional, I can go to them and say, you know, what should I do here? Or what does this mean? Or am I looking at this the right way? Um, and, and they can gimme some perspective that, that I probably am biased to because of, of my feelings about the situation or my past experience. So, absolutely. So I would challenge them with finding somebody and then asking questions.
Enrique Alvarez (53:31):
Absolutely. So there you, there you have it, right? It’s, uh, asking a lot of questions, listening mm-hmm. <affirmative>, building good friendships and, um, not minding, getting No, all the time. Yeah. You nailed it sounds like that’s kind of the summary of the interview. And uh, again, this has been more than an interview. It’s been an amazing, uh, conversation with you. There’s tons of things that people can learn from your experience and we’re both very thankful that you gave, you’ve given us double the amount of time. Yeah, no,
Will Sandman (53:57):
Enrique Alvarez (53:58):
I appreciate it. And, uh, and sharing some of your personal stories as well. Wes, any pardon? Thoughts? Uh, your favorite parts, anything that you’ve learned?
Wesley McArthur (54:05):
Uh, yeah, learning the end there. Just asking questions, never being afraid of. No, I think those are great. As a salesperson, myself, reinforcing that idea cuz you know, you do get no a lot. Uh, yeah. So overall I really enjoyed it. And thank you for joining. I mean, been planning this for a while, so I’m glad it finally happened and glad it’s in Vietnam.
Will Sandman (54:23):
No, anytime. And if you guys wanna do follow up, I’m totally okay with that too. This has been an absolute pleasure, so I appreciate it
Enrique Alvarez (54:28):
A lot. Thank you very much. And everyone else listening to this, uh, interview and th this podcast, if you enjoyed it as much as Wes and I did, don’t forget to subscribe once again, logistics with purpose. This is Alvarez and have a good day.
William Sandman started his career about 2003 in Louisville, KY, importing pottery from Vietnam. It was his own company called Sandman Pottery and we would ship in about 8 containers a year. In 2009/10, he then went to grad school at Portland State University to get his Master’s in International Management. This program focused on Asia/Pacific Rim and in the program you either studied Japanese or Chinese. He studied Chinese. He was then hired by a company named Paccess. Paccess did leather sourcing, packaging, and paper commodity trading. He was there for 3 years and then went to Huachang Synthetic Leather where he learned to produce marketing materials for suppliers. From there he worked in China for Chinook Trading and was essentially a footwear agent, helping smaller brands to get products produced in Asia. He then landed at Avery Dennison in the Portland office and was managing several Performance brands. At Avery, he was able to do business development in Hong Kong and then manage a sales team in Vietnam. He is now helping to create our strategy for several different target markets so they can see the optimal route for investment and direction over the next 3-5 years. Connect with Will on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
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.