Supply Chain Now
Episode 989

There is a little bit of fatigue with, I think, the focus on Ukraine as other things have started to happen elsewhere in the world and the news cycle shifted and seasons change, and, you know, time progresses. We're still trying to keep a focus on Ukraine and keep it in people's hearts and minds.

-Maureen Woolshlager

Episode Summary

As we face the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with over 13 million people forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, natural born leaders like Maureen Woolshlager are stepping up to the plate and positioning the supply chain to deliver much-needed humanitarian relief. In this episode, Maureen joins Scott to discuss how Vector Global Logistics’ “Leveraging Logistics for Ukraine” initiative has grown, the challenges involved in sourcing and delivering goods, and how you can get involved through their new letter writing campaign.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

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Scott Luton (00:29):

Hey, good morning, everybody. Scott Luton with you here on supply chain. Now, welcome to today’s show. Hey, today we’re talking with a supply chain leader that is leading an initiative to help those in need in Ukraine, in the greater region leadership and logistics with purpose and a noble mission. Indeed. So with no further ado, wanna welcome in our guest today. Maureen Woolshlager director of strategic projects with our friends at vector global logistics Maureen. How you doing?

Maureen Woolshlager (00:56):

Good, Scott? How are you done? Great

Scott Luton (00:58):

To have you back. Um, we were just talking kind of pre-show about those early days. You’re one of, you know, I can’t remember your first appearance, but I think is when we were in either Charleston or Myrtle beach and we were at an automotive trade show. Mm-hmm <affirmative>

Maureen Woolshlager (01:14):

Mm-hmm <affirmative>

Scott Luton (01:14):

Yep. And that feels like 27 years ago. Right? Cause so much has changed since then.

Maureen Woolshlager (01:19):

Well, COVID made every year feel like seven, I think. So it was it’s probably like 16 years ago. Yeah.

Scott Luton (01:25):

<laugh> oh gosh. It feels like it, that, that probably though kidding aside. That was probably what 2019 or so.

Maureen Woolshlager (01:32):

Yeah, I think it was in November 19th, 2019. Okay.

Scott Luton (01:35):

All right. Well, and since then you made a variety of appearances. We appreciate what you do. You’re always a great guest informative guest and in particular we’re big fans, as you know of what we’re gonna be talking about here today, the initiative that’s helping so many people, but before we get there, I wanna, I wanna ask you a fun question. You know, this is we’re moving into this time of year. It’s certainly one of me and my favorite, me and my family’s favorite times, right? It’s cooler weather. It’s just gorgeous here in the Southeast, especially when we get into like October and early November. So the weather is starting to turn slowly but surely. So for the woosh lagger, household and family, what’s the tradition you’re looking forward to this fall.

Maureen Woolshlager (02:18):

Oh, we really like to make homemade apple pie in our house. And I will admit that I did just return from Costco with about 20 apples. Um, <laugh> however we normally like to go and pick them at a local farm. Um, and now that my oldest is getting a bit more independent and proficient in the kitchen, he likes to help, but my husband has practiced this one pie crust recipe many times. Okay. And yes, my husband is phenomenal in the kitchen and makes bread and pizza dough and things like that, but has perfected this pie crust. So I’ll send you a picture when you make it it, but the, the pie looks, you don’t wanna touch it. It looks so good, but it needs even better,

Scott Luton (03:04):

Man. But

Maureen Woolshlager (03:05):

We, you make apple a pie. I know know.

Scott Luton (03:09):

All right, so, so pictures or it didn’t happen. I love that tradition, especially what you shared a moment ago. You know, there’s, it may sound simple, but man, take it. The family out to an apple orchard, especially one that’s owned by, you know, a family and picking the apples. And a lot of times you’ll have like fresh apple turnovers there on site apple cider. It’s really a cool, cool thing to do in it.

Maureen Woolshlager (03:30):

Mm-hmm <affirmative> yeah. We, in the spring, we also, we go up pick strawberries because I make jelly. So okay. The kids pick the strawberries and then they help wash ’em and two of them are patient enough to help cut. I can leave them with sharp knives to, to cut them so we can period them and leave them. But yeah, so the apples are different in animal with the peeling and the cutting, but it definitely becomes a fit. The eating part, everybody participates in

Scott Luton (03:59):

<laugh> as they should. Yeah.

Maureen Woolshlager (04:02):

Right. Little less of the family participates in the cooking and the least amount of people participate in the cleaning as I’m sure it is in every household. <laugh>

Scott Luton (04:09):

I love it. A little food network here on supply chain now. Yeah. But Hey, you know, we love talking about our food cause it’s a nice departure from all the stresses of global supply chain, all the stresses, some of the tragic situations that are taking place around the world and that’s what we’re moving into now. So I wanna start before we get into leveraging logistics for Ukraine, which is this initiative, we’re gonna be really sharing with all of our listeners here. I wanna share a few facts first. Right? So first up in the largest refugee crisis, since world war II, over 13 million people have been forced to flee their homes according to the United nations. Now that includes 6.7 refugees, I’m sorry, 6.7 million refugees that have left Ukraine all together. Wow. The majority of those settling, of course we know in Poland, Tay Poland, what a generous country they’ve really stepped up, love our friends in Poland.

Maureen Woolshlager (05:04):

They really have, I’m telling you it’s been a pleasure to work with so many people in the country who opened their houses. And you know, the, the partners that we’ve made on the supply chain side have done above and beyond when it comes to working harder,

Scott Luton (05:20):

Agreed

Maureen Woolshlager (05:22):

To, to help out

Scott Luton (05:22):

Agreed. So if you’re listening to this podcast in Poland, we appreciate all of your citizens and, and that generosity that Maureen just shared there. Now, unfortunately as of September 11th, 2022, over 6,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, including almost 400 children. And from an economic perspective, the world bank has estimated last spring to this past April that you, the Ukrainian economy could shrink by as much as 45% in 2022. So, you know, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the situation and, and how dire. And, and unfortunately, despite some, some winds militarily, you know, the aggressive Russian invasion is set to continue. And it’s just, uh, it’s really sad state of affairs, but on a later on a more positive note, right? What are we doing about it? What can we do about it? Well, that’s where I wanna start with you, Maureen. So our supply chain now team really proud to continue our partnership with vector and many others on this leveraging logistics for Ukraine initiative. So just a level set with all of our listeners. Hopefully they’ve heard us talk about this before. What is this project all about?

Maureen Woolshlager (06:41):

Well, so in, I wanna say we started collecting or we started realizing, and I wanna say end of March. And then the conflict started in end of February. We were getting so many requests for information from some of our customers, some of our partners, some of our, you know, shippers outside the country. Cause they know that vector really stands for trying to give back and help communities in need regardless of where they are in the world that need it. And they’re saying, what can we do to help, you know, get aid there? What can we do to help the people there? I mean, as you, as you know, things were changing so quickly at the beginning that it was tough to keep up with what was possible. So we started to do at the time it was a weekly call and we were really just getting steamship lines, agents, customers. I mean, I, we had people who went to church with somebody that they met at target in the checkout line. And we were talk, they were buying aid like soup and there was just so much, we were getting people together to connect them and provide a platform to share information about what was going on Ukraine and ways to, to help given that we are in a position to physically help transport goods. And so that’s kind of how it started. We were in like a matchmaking sort of weekly call

Scott Luton (08:11):

Start somewhere. Right?

Maureen Woolshlager (08:13):

Cause yeah, we had to start somewhere. We’re. I mean, if you think about, you know, us well enough, you know what we stand for? It’s like, this is an opportunity where we could really put our money where our mouth is and all of our resources. I mean, right about all the people. If you take everybody a vector in a 24 hour period, how many people in different areas of the world do we talked to, we can get people on one call who have interest and then share it with one or two other people. That’s how there were one or two calls where I think there were a hundred people on from all over the world. And the intent was to bring people together and share ideas and information and, and ultimately help get aid over into the region, whether it be thera, PO hungry, et cetera.

Maureen Woolshlager (08:58):

And what it evolved into was, Hey, we said, you know what, vector’s gonna sponsor two containers minimum per month for the next couple months to get aid over there. So we wanted to relieve some of the financial burden of this church is organizing the drives to collect blankets and pan goods or, or these, this companies generate donating medical supplies, but then you you’re in the middle like, well, how is this getting there? And who’s doing that, there’s this logistical gap, right. That we stepped in and helped with. But then having done that, we engaged trucking companies, we engaged our partner, Hapag Lloyd, and they were offering these, their services at cost. Right. Which we could then just pass on

Scott Luton (09:43):

Is a, is a big donation. So really big, thanks to our friends at pop Lloyd for, for getting behind this, this initiative, right?

Maureen Woolshlager (09:52):

Yes. I mean, they, there was one conversation that was it that we had to have with them and they were on board with us. It was not a negotiation. We had to go back and forth. They said absolutely. And so word spread, which was good. And we were able to move a hand, a bunch of containers of goods. And, you know, there was first aid supplies and blankets and medical supplies and a whole plethora of different donated items. And

Scott Luton (10:23):

So Maureen, in fact, I can interrupt just for a second because I think also one of the things that has been valuable as part of this initiative from the earliest days is you and the team really ensuring that you’re putting a finger on the pulse of what is needed, right? Yeah. Yeah. I mean, they’re, you’re taking supplies in general, but really using your market presence and, and all the allies in this initiative to really get feedback from folks in need of, of what they need. Right.

Maureen Woolshlager (10:50):

Right. And so we, in some ways we were trying to source some of this, these products, but we didn’t, we weren’t always successful, but we were like, okay, you need this. And we’re gonna try and call the people that we know to see if they have it, or we can get some over there. But we were also able to connect some organizations and pond and Ukraine with the shippers in the us and make, make some connections that way so they could communicate. And then we helped with the actual transportation of it. Some of it venture donated. Some of it, we just, you know, passed on a cost, but the point was we were actually helping physically move things and get it there. And in the, in the process, like I think we had talked about earlier, you know, we, we developed some relationships in regions of the world that we don’t have a strong presence in.

Maureen Woolshlager (11:39):

So right. I wasn’t shipping a lot or working with customers, shipping a lot to Poland, our Ukraine or VRE before the Ukraine situation. And now we have some really wonderful partners there that have worked with us and they’re working long hours. And we talked a little bit about on our call, our leveraging logistics call earlier this week, but that, you know, the, the rules, the regulations, the customs, the paperwork, all of these things are changing so quickly. And our partners on the ground there, I’ve been really patient and working with us and our shippers here in the us to make sure that there’s no delays, that the product is getting to where it gets to. And, you know, getting to Poland is one thing, right. But finding drivers and warehouses to cross the border into Ukraine is, is

Scott Luton (12:28):

Final miles. Right? Final miles of plural,

Maureen Woolshlager (12:31):

The final asked in it’s also war zone. So a lot of the EU truckers were not allowed to go over there because of the conflict. And so there was a lot of extra effort that would involved in it wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have partnerships across the

Scott Luton (12:48):

Lines. Right. So, um, a, a couple quick thoughts. So to our listeners, what Marines describing there is almost like an informal marketplace, right? Yeah. Identifying the need on one side and then building a global, a global Alliance global alliances with really a, a community of, of kindred spirits that all want to do something. So I love that. So, and, and we’re gonna get to in a second, how folks can jump in and get involved. Secondly, you’re talking about, you know, just all the disruption, you know, folks, we had Dominic love here in the states on a live stream with Enrique Avarez of course, with vector. And we also had I’m pardon? Get his last name wrong. And I apology, uh, my apologies, but David attic, I believe is his last name. So David, if you recall, Maureen was a entrepreneur in the, I believe in the technology space, maybe in the supply chain technology space, he put all that on hold to help, to, to, to lead many efforts because of the, just the immense need mm-hmm <affirmative>. And of course, how Poland was open up their doors, but get this from that episode, Enrique has, has a pretty neat quote here. And I think so Enrique says we always talk, and this is quote, we always talk a big game in supply chain. We always kind of brag about how the world revolves around what we do and how we move things. So this is a time to prove it. Let’s do it in quote, how about that, Maureen?

Maureen Woolshlager (14:19):

Yep. This definitely what we did. I mean, really put our money where our mouth is. We said, let’s do this. Let’s let’s really give back let’s we, we had an active role in making this happen. We had, there’s no financial benefit from it. We didn’t, we weren’t doing it for anything like that. But then we were able to bring other people under the fold who were also willing to donate their time and right. And effort. And, and so I think that there’s really no way to quantify the positive contribution that we had, nor do we do. We need to that, that, wasn’t why we did it, or while continuing to do it,

Scott Luton (14:56):

You know? Right. But at the same time, we’re, we are gonna share some numbers because it is about, Indeed’s not words and we’re gonna share a few, some of those outcomes thus far. And to, to, to put what Marine said there in, I was not a great English student, but I’m gonna say present tense because we’re continuing these efforts, right? Yes. So just to connect the dots, you know, Marine, I think a really important thing that our listeners around the globe should take away from this conversation is this global community of folks wherever they are and whatever they can do, even if they’re not in position to Don, anything, they jumped in, became part of the market, Intel gathering, or you name it. And, and I mentioned earlier, Dominic love and David O there in Poland, they’re part of this, this global community of folks that want to do something. So let’s move into if we could, the outcomes, you know, a couple of months ago or maybe 45 days or so ago, some of the outcomes and the factoids hit my desk. And it is just, it is just rewarding and mind boggling about how, you know, what this group has done and, and really such a short amount of time. So Maureen, when it comes to outcomes, you know what we’re all focused on. As I mentioned, deed’s not words, Hey, share some of the results thus far here in mid-September.

Maureen Woolshlager (16:15):

All right. Well, we did quantify this, I think last month. So I’ll go through some of that. At the time in mid August, we had shipped more than 325,000 pounds of supplies. And that included things like medical supplies, first E kids, hygiene items, disaster blankets, clothing children’s book, and a lot of other miscellaneous items that have been donated and collected from various communities to add in, since then we have shipped about five more containers and some of them are getting picked up. Now we’ve had, as most of you that are listening, know that there’s been some challenges with the rail and container availability in the, in the middle of the country. So some of these, this product has been poised for shipping for a while, has just been difficult to actually get it on a container and on the ocean. But since, since those that that number are 325,000, we’ve shipped about five more containers of product, all going to Ukraine.

Maureen Woolshlager (17:21):

And then after our call, the other day, a frequent friend of ours, Vladimir from de trans in Florida, has called and asked to ship another container of product over to Ukraine that he and his community have collected items for their partner church that they have in the region. And so every month, you know, we continue to get requests for where can we send donations to what are the needs, what else can we do do to, to help here? And so while there is a little bit of fatigue with, I think the focus on Ukraine as other things have started to happen elsewhere in the world and the news cycle shifted and seasons change, and, you know, time progresses, we’re still trying to keep a focus on Ukraine and keep it in, in people’s arts and minds. And so we’re gonna continue with our calls and continue with our initiative and in terms of continuing to, to help get product over there and, and help those.

Scott Luton (18:22):

So we gotta, you know, that’s a, so to our listeners, that is a real threat to what we’re trying to do here. It’s a headwind, right? It’s a big obstacle, you know, not only when the Ukraine story or any story leaves the headlines and leaves the top of each news broadcast, that’s just part of it. But, you know, we’re also all challenged with some of the economic times of the day. We all have our own stresses and disruptions, you name it, but the need persists and whatever you can do to be part of our efforts to help these folks that have all of that, but they’re enduring an awful war, right? We we’ve gotta, we’ve gotta break through that obstacle. So Marine, I, I love, appreciate the outcomes and the updates spend five more containers. That’s that’s awesome. I appreciate, I didn’t mention earlier, but, you know, from the GetGo vector had made a financial commitment, you know, what two containers a month is that right? Mm-hmm <affirmative> yeah, man, that is that’s these not words. And that’s exactly, you know, not don’t wanna make this a vector commercial, but that’s who y’all are. And I that’s what, from the first time I met the team, that’s what it’s been all about. So let’s, let’s have you, and you may not have heard any, you know, gotten any direct feedback from the market, but have you heard any anecdotal feedback from some of the folks that may have received, you know, some of what was sent over?

Maureen Woolshlager (19:46):

So not directly from the, because a lot of them, we aren’t in direct contact with there’s, you know, a little bit of a language barrier in some cases, and our agents down range are the ones that are communicating directly with them. However, the shippers here in the states have a connection to the conse, right? And so one organization called course of action that we did ship a container to Columbia for a couple years ago. And we’ve shipped one in August. They’re located in Florida, they filmed, they took pictures of the product being loaded and put in, and then it recently was received in Ukraine and they sent us, they put this whole Facebook post up there. And I don’t think that they tagged us, which is fine, but I’m friends with someone who is part of the organization and it’s gonna be a WhatsApp link to Facebook.

Maureen Woolshlager (20:40):

And then I could see all the pictures and everything being unloaded directly to the people that were receiving the goods and that there is an important piece to that we don’t need to dwell on, but it’s worth mentioning that, you know, sending things like this relief items, necessary items for living to an area of conflict, you wanna have chain of custody the whole time, because you wanna make sure that product is actually getting to its intended recipient. Right. And seeing these pictures of the, the product being unloaded from the containers or the truck in case it was transla loaded, you know, to the people that are going to actually, who it was intended for, for us closes the circle. You know, because for most shipments anywhere, if it leaves the country or it goes somewhere else, yes, we wanna know that it gets there and we want the container returned.

Maureen Woolshlager (21:33):

And we want that whole process to come full circle, but there’s not always picture sharing when we’re moving goods around. Right. In this case, it’s very, it was important and meaningful for us that we distributed it internally because we wanted to show everybody, look, what’s what’s happening. And same with some of Vladimir shipments. We’ve already shipped a couple containers with him. And we were able to get some product on an airplane as well, medical supplies that we were able to see a lot of these pictures of the receivers actually getting the goods in hand. And so it’s, it’s a nice feeling to be able to show kind of to our team. Like here’s the proof, this is what happens at, at the end of the process. Not, not normally when we’re, we’re done with it. The, we don’t pay attention normally for other shipments. This

Scott Luton (22:23):

Is what we’re working for. This is what we’re working for.

Scott Luton (22:27):

And a big shoutout to Vladimir and the DM trans organization. I love the video they had recorded and shared on social, a video of their team think packing some of the container. Yes, you did cliffs. You name it and, and you could just tell it, it it’s, you know, when you can’t do things direct, you know, I wish we had a supply chain army that could go in and, and, and make the wrongs. Right. You know what I mean? All that good stuff, but Hey, if we can’t do that, we can at least, you know, work to getting supplies there, humanitarian aid and relief there in the front lines. So really big, thanks to folks like Vladimir that have jumped in this effort with their teams and, and help make it happen. Okay. Let’s talk with you. Let’s talk Marine Wolfer cause you were just kind of talking and we were all just kind of talking about how fulfilling it is, you know, when, when you work hard. Yeah. Blood Sweatt and tears go in things and, and you know, and it gets to folks that you wanna, you know, you all along have wanted to help. How fulfilling rewarding is it for you personally to be, be to lead and be a part of, of projects like this?

Maureen Woolshlager (23:28):

I love it. I mean, I, I really like to be able to put, you know, my professional expertise or knowledge into something where I can see a tangible piece of good happen. And you know, I think also you have kids. I have kids when I talk to the kids and I’m like, oh, look, we’re, I have to go work on, go do this call or go work on this thing late at night. Cause I have to talk to someone in Ukraine. They they’re trying to connect the dots in their mind as well and say, cuz my kids really don’t understand what I do cuz they don’t see containers or, you know, that’s, can’t

Scott Luton (24:01):

Really on a site aand.

Maureen Woolshlager (24:02):

Like they don’t really understand. Right. They see Amazon drive up, but they don’t really understand on supply chain. Right. And so this is for me, gives me an opportunity to connect those dots for them in a small way, but also kind of show them that, yes, I am doing something that in, in the way that I can contribute in health, I know I can’t solve it or make it go away. But this is where, when I’m doing, when you’re at school or you’re a soccer practice, this is a tangible thing that is helping others. And I do think that’s important because you, I, I could try to like lead by example. And if my kids see me doing that and hopefully they will pick up some of those habits as well. And then, you know, I think that it spreads that way. Just like ed vector, this is a leadership aspect. This is how we operate internally. Yes. We, we do things as part of running our business, but we also make giving a, a core principle within the organization and giving back whether it be volunteering or, you know, we, we do events monthly or quarterly with all of our offices. And so that wouldn’t happen without the leadership being part of the solution, which is like you said, D’s not words, which is how we, we, we live

Scott Luton (25:22):

Agreed. I’ve seen it in action, Tom and Tom and Tom again. Okay. So now we get into the part where we wanna challenge our global audience to get involved, you know, and, and folks Maureen’s gonna share some different ways, but going back to what she shared a second ago, you know, Maureen is donating her expertise, right? If that’s all, if that, and that’s, that’s a big donation, if that is what you’re able to contribute right now, even just a little bit of it, we’ll take it. If you’re in position to make a donation of services or conveyances or transportation, logistics, something like that. Great. If you’re in position to do product wonderful or Marine, if folks want to just join the, the monthly planning call and kind of piece, you know, inform themselves of what’s going on, you know, gather information market Intel from folks that know that’s fine too. But Maureen, those are some of the things that come to my mind. How else can folks jump in and get involved?

Maureen Woolshlager (26:20):

Well, you hit most of them there. One of the things is if you had to our website, UWW vector, gl.com, there is an area where you can click on support Ukraine and there, you can see a lot of what we’ve done, but you can also see there’s an email that we set up Ukraine, vector, gl.com. And if you can email us and say, I’m interested in this, or do you need this? Or what can I do? And it goes directly to myself and to other people and we will, we’ll respond to those calls and, and emails. The other thing that we are starting as a letter writing campaign to children and families in Ukraine, that we are, we have a huge box that’s on its way. Now of letters collected from an organization in Atlanta that were written to families and soldiers and children in Ukraine.

Maureen Woolshlager (27:10):

And we are shipping it to an organization over there that one of, one of the people that joined our calls was from Ukraine, fled to Poland, had a baby, you know, this summer. So she’s, and this she’s Oxana, she’s on our call every month. And she’s connecting us with organizations where we can chip these letters, you know, and then children can read them and they know that people aren’t forgetting about them and that we’re thinking about them. And it’s, um, it’s, you know, we don’t want you to send in money or anything in the letters, just the letters. And so, you know, I’m engaging my kids’ school within and other people on our team are engaging their communities. And it’s just, you know, to have paper letter, children are writing and we’ll, it’ll be passed out to children or soldiers and families, just one way of connecting that doesn’t cost anything. So we’re not doing enough, you know, fundraise or anything like that is just another way to contribute to the collective attention and effort to, you know, remind the people there that we’re, we’re doing, what we can do. And, and that, that sort of contribution takes all different forms.

Scott Luton (28:19):

Agreed, agreed, love that. And there’s so, so folks listen to this, there’s so many different ways you can get involved and you know, it doesn’t have to dominate your time, you know, 10 hours, 20, it’s nothing like that. 10 or 20 hours a week. It’s, you know, there’s a monthly planning session and Maureen, the next month, we’ll tell folks how to get there in the incident. Second you’ve already dropped the URL. The next monthly planning session is what, Tuesday,

Maureen Woolshlager (28:40):

October 18th at 11 o’clock.

Scott Luton (28:42):

Okay. And you can go to vector gl.com and there there’ll be a banner that says standard with Ukraine. And then that’s an easy way to get to sign up for that planning call. Is that right?

Maureen Woolshlager (28:54):

Exactly.

Scott Luton (28:56):

Okay. Yep. And we’ll make sure that’s Hey, we want, we won’t wanna make it as easy as possible. We’ll make sure that link is on the show note to this episode. And you know, you also see supply chain now promoting these working sessions to try to reach as many folks as we can, that can help, uh, whether that’s jump in and be kindred spirits and, and help plan and, and gate this, the mission, right. And the journey and, and the, the logistics, or, you know, position of doing the other things. Maureen, I tell you what it is, this is what we’re here to do, right? This is, this is what we should be doing, you know, global supply chain and all the folks that make up this global industry are in a unique position to address things like this. Right? Yes. And it, it, the onus is on us. That sounds weird. The onus is on our shoulders, the burdens on our shoulders to act, right. So I love what y’all doing. I really just, I believe you and the vector team inspire many others to do their part. And, uh, we just, we plea for folks to join our efforts and get behind it and, and try to help from, from where they are. Right.

Maureen Woolshlager (30:03):

Yes. Yeah.

Scott Luton (30:05):

Okay. Thank you. So how can folks, so we we’ve got vector g.com. We’ve got link in the show notes to join the planning session. How can folks connect with you, Marie?

Maureen Woolshlager (30:14):

Well, you can find me on LinkedIn. I don’t, I know it’s harder since we’re on audio and I have a really long last name. So if

Scott Luton (30:20):

You want, well, include it in the show notes.

Maureen Woolshlager (30:22):

How about that? Yeah, that’d be great. Yeah. It’s pro it’s easy. That’s why I gave you the, all the vector stuff first, because it’s easier. People can sound it out phonetically and probably get to the right email address. Whereas if you try and type in Lori Slager, I’m not sure what you’re gonna get depending on your, how good your spelling is. But yeah. So feel free to connect and reach out to me on LinkedIn. I don’t think I have any secret profile saying up where you can just message me directly or connect with me. And I’d love to talk with me more. Give you more information about supply chain, logistics, Ukraine, you name it, how to make, I can share with you our apple pie, respite, all the things.

Scott Luton (30:59):

Awesome. Well, Hey, I’ve been chatting with Maureen woosh, lagger director of strategic projects with vector global logistics, Maureen. Hey, thank you so much. Really admire what y’all do. And we look forward to reconnecting very soon.

Maureen Woolshlager (31:13):

Thank you, Scott. And I hope you have a great weekend. You

Scott Luton (31:16):

Bet, and to our listeners, Hey, do what you can, you know, give from what you have. That’s time, that’s energy, if that’s resources great, but just join us for one of these planning sessions. So you can kind of piece things together and figure out what makes sense for you, your team, your organization, you name it, but whatever you do on behalf of our entire supply chain now team, this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, Hey, nothing but the best, but it is about deed. Not words gotta challenge you to do good, to give forward, to be the change. Hey, be like Maureen Enrique and the team that’s what’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see next time, right back here at supply chain now. Thanks everybody.

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Maureen Woolshlager started her career at McMaster-Carr’s Management Development Program working in sales, marketing, distribution operations, finance and accounting. After McMaster-Carr, she spent a year managing operations in one of Target Corporation’s warehouses before finding a role within a small management consulting company in Denver, Colorado. She worked on large projects for international food and restaurant companies and advised on account management, business development, operations management, warehouse operations, continuous improvement and distribution center operations, and procurement/supplier/inventory optimization. She has spent the last 9 years living in Belgium & Germany where her husband has been stationed as a US Army officer. Maureen has her B.A. from Emory University. She earned a certificate in Management & Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania & her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Learn more about Vector Global Logistics here: https://vectorgl.com/

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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.

Patch Reilly

Data Analytics and Metrics Intern

Patch is a fourth-year Management Information Systems and Marketing major at the University of Georgia. He is working with Supply Chain Now in data analysis, finding insights and best practices to increase company efficiency. Patch previously worked as an intern at AnswerRocket, a data analytics company where he gained invaluable knowledge about analytics, webpage SEO and B2B marketing best practices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts, and watching movies.

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Vicki White

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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.

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Scott W. Luton

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.

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Allison Giddens

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.

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Greg White

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

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.

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Karin Bursa

Host of TEKTOK

If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.

With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.

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Kevin L. Jackson

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 CiscoMicrosoft, 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 UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier 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.

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Enrique Alvarez

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.

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Kelly Barner

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’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Jeff Miller

Host

Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business.  Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.

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Amanda Luton

Chief Marketing Officer

Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM.  When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.

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Clay Phillips

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.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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.

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Billy Taylor

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.

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Chantel King

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.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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.

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Katherine Hintz

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.

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Ben Harris

Host

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.

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Page Siplon

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).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

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.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

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.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

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.

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Demo Perez

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.

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Kim Winter

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).

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Nick Roemer

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.

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Alex Bramley

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.

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