“Learning effectively takes time. You might be smart, but other people have been smart longer. So you have to take that all into account and just be humble and get your head down and move forward.”
What do you do when a global pandemic gets in the way of your supply chain internship? Well, if you’re Andrew Chen, you start the National Supply Chain Foundation so students of the supply chain can connect from a social distance. We sat down to chat with Andrew to learn more about the foundation, his new rotational program at Nestle, top trends he’s tracking, and more. Hear from a bright young mind in supply chain with the wisdom and foresight of a seasoned veteran.
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Scott Luton (00:32):
Hey, good morning, everybody. Scott Luton with supply chain now welcome to today’s episode. So in this episode, we’re talking with a supply chain leader on the move. He’s going to inspire you. He’s got a bunch of new ideas for industry, a lot of new inventive and creative ideas for industries. So stay tuned for what promises to be an intriguing and informative conversation. Hey, quick programming note. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to venture over to supply chain. Now, wherever you get your podcasts from subscribes, you don’t miss conversations like this. And Hey, we’d love to earn your review to listen to how we’re doing, and you can do that of course, on apple, uh, apple podcasts, wherever you get your podcasts from that helps us get the word out and reach more folks. Okay. When we welcome in our guests here today, I’ve enjoyed some, uh, a couple of pre-show conversations with Andrew. He is a recent graduate from the prestigious supply chain management program at Michigan state university that the world is familiar with. He has joined the team over at Nestle as a supply chain development program associate and in a very exciting development and where we, how we kind of initially got connected. He founded the national supply chain foundation where he continues to serve as CEO. So with that said, let’s welcome in Andrew Chen, Andrew, how you doing?
Andrew Chen (01:47):
Good. Thank you for having me, Scott. How are you doing?
Scott Luton (01:50):
Doing fantastic. I see you got your Michigan state color zone. I love that go green always. Well, you know, beyond their supply chain prowess, you know, one of the top schools in the globe for supply chain management, they also always feature one heck of a basketball team amongst other things. So did you ever attend many of those basketball games?
Andrew Chen (02:12):
Yeah. You know, you know, running basketball were always in the big 10, big 10 big 10. Uh, the conference has been really tough recently, but you know, we’re always up back football. Hasn’t been doing too good, but we went back. I went to a couple of games, so it was fine. Outstanding.
Scott Luton (02:28):
And, and, you know, it’s neat where most, a lot of the world is kind of starting to get back and enjoying sports again and being able to do it. So in person, of course, we got to get the whole world there, but, um, but we will. Alright, so I wanna, I want to get to know you a little better before we start talking shop, so to speak. So tell us, where did you grow up and, and share a couple anecdotes about your upbringing?
Andrew Chen (02:49):
Yeah, of course. So born and raised Metro Detroit area lived in that city contracting the hell. It was very suburban. So I liked in a sense live in a bubble, but very, you know, grateful that didn’t have to kind of go through many hardships growing up, given that, you know, especially since first generation Asian-American. So that’s kinda where I grew up from always thought I was going to, you know, growing up. I always thought I was going to be in the field of science and in a role of science, but ended up being in business. So that’s where it tucked me think. Well, combination of both, you know, my parents instilling that stereotypical, you know, my saying to me and also Lily loved sharks, you know, when I was little. So, yeah.
Scott Luton (03:33):
So you’ve shared it a lot there. I got to go back a little bit and dive a little deeper. So first off you said you’re a first generation Asian-American, is that right? Yes. So where where’d your folks?
Andrew Chen (03:47):
Yeah, so my parents came migrated from China and my mom’s from Shanghai and my dad’s from SsangYong. So I don’t don’t know the exact dates when they came over, but they were born there and then they had me and my siblings here in America.
Scott Luton (04:03):
How many brothers, sisters do you have?
Andrew Chen (04:05):
I have one brother and one sister older than me and both went to Michigan state. So,
Scott Luton (04:11):
And then you also mentioned that you thought growing up that you’d be pursuing more of a science path, but of course you went business and supply chain management. What do you think?
Andrew Chen (04:21):
So I think like I was saying, the reason why I thought I was going to be in kind of the science fields was, you know, stereotypical Asian American or Asian parents really like, you know, their children to be in the stem field. Um, and I also, you know, growing up really like sharks, uh, some Marine biologists was a dream job of mine, you know, back in the day that was that. And kind of, I think what, what veered me off was, and still wasn’t good at it.
Scott Luton (04:48):
Yeah. I love that honesty. I’m with you, especially chemistry. I was terrible at chemistry. I got out of calculus as a senior in high school. I just, it was, and I started computer science when I, when I started school at university of South Carolina, Andrew. Oh, wow. I was horrible at it. Just, you know, the base, the building blocks, you’ve got to learn and build upon, so you can get into coding C plus plus at the time and others, it just, it was above my pay grade. So, so, but I love that. And of course the graduating from Michigan state, uh, with a supply chain management degree is, is very much so cache. So looking forward to kind of seeing how your career plays out across global supply chain, especially with Nestle, a leading organization. So let’s do this. We already talked about what you graduated and, and when you graduated, you just walked, did y’all have a in-person graduation ceremony.
Andrew Chen (05:41):
Yeah, we actually did. So really grateful that Michigan state was able to kind of come up with a plan to have, you know, in-person graduation. They split us up instead of having one big one for the business school it’s flooded into majors. Um, which honestly was better. Cause it was like an hour long or two hours long. So it really short, um, it was about yeah. Uh, two months ago.
Scott Luton (06:00):
Yeah. Okay. So man, you’re, you’re, you’re freshly graduated from Michigan state. What was your, so when you think through all the different classes you took and your teachers and different experiences that made up your collegiate experience, but what were a couple of your favorites?
Andrew Chen (06:17):
Yeah, so a couple of my favorites would have to be so procurement. I think procurement was, you know, one of, one of the big ones negotiation, um, was another big one. And then last but not least I’d say management strategy. So those three kind of makeup, you know, my one of, I guess the favorite courses, um, at school,
Scott Luton (06:38):
I got to make sure Kelly Barner with buyers meeting point here’s this. So procurement was one of the top three of your experiences and that’s, that’s gonna, that’s gonna make her day for sure. But you also mentioned management strategy. That’s a great one on a curious one as well. What, what aspect of management strategy really? Was it the curriculum? Was it the teacher? Was it, was it kind of how the class was conducted the topic itself? What was it?
Andrew Chen (07:01):
Yeah, I think, well with all three of them, I really think it was the teacher, the professor that made the course enjoyable. So, um, a lot of interactive things to do within the course while we were studying and everything. So that’s kind of what, what the re the, the full reason why those are top three and then within management strategy, I kind of really like how, at a high view, you have to look at things and kind of make sure, you know, things aligned within the business and how that, you know, how competitive we play in the field and like where you play and how to play. So, um, that’s kind of what interests me, um, with the strategy.
Scott Luton (07:36):
Did, y’all talk a change management much in that class,
Andrew Chen (07:39):
A little bit of change management and how to kind of go about that with a lot of communication. And a lot of people don’t like change though,
Scott Luton (07:48):
Right. It’s baked into us as humans. Right. And I love, I’m really looking forward to kind of seeing as, as you, uh, you know, I think you’re in your second week right now, as we record this with Nestle, I’m looking forward to seeing the change you drive in global supply chains. Part of that team, let’s talk about first though, this national supply chain foundation. So tell, give us a little bit of the story of, of what led you to create it and what it is, and, and maybe what
Andrew Chen (08:15):
Yeah, yeah, of course. So, um, the national spot Cain foundation, uh, emerged, you know, last summer when, when COVID was at an all time high. Um, and at that point I, I internship was rescinded. So, and the, the reason why I came up with the NASA splashing foundation was, you know, as a junior, at that time, it was, you know, studying this behemoth of a major with so many different career paths. Um, and, you know, supply chain is so broad that I was kind of, I didn’t, I was, I was in a loft space that I didn’t really know if I w where I wanted to pursue my career path. So that’s kind of where this, this community lies in the sense to help students, um, learn supply chain and network easily, you know, where we’re connecting students through, you know, college students with each other, bringing in professional speakers, or even just simplifying supply chain throughout newsletters. So
Scott Luton (09:07):
If I heard you correctly, so this was summer 2020, right? Yeah. And you were found, so just like you were trying to connect the dots across this massive industry that was in, it makes the make school of business happen. It sounds like there was a lot of other folks that were in school and your age that were also struggling to kind of connect the dots. Yeah,
Andrew Chen (09:26):
Yeah. That’s absolutely correct. It was trying to help other students in the summer poop positioned as me to kind of, um, know what supply chain is. Cause it seems like, you know, while, while I was thinking about this foundation, the three ways to kind of know, or learn supply chain is, you know, one you’re taking university courses, but you know, some universities don’t even have a supply chain program. Um, and you know, you can’t take every single university course out there in supply chain, right? So that was one, two, you do internships to kind of gain experience within a certain field. And that’s in a sense it’s difficult to get internships in general, you know, even without COVID, but then with Cobra, you know, all of them being rescinded, it was just in a tough, tough position to be in. So that was the second. And the third is networking, being in a community to learn about supply chain. So that’s where this kind of foundation lies of kind of your head networking, speaking with other individuals in those different roles and learning from their experiences to gain knowledge within the field. So
Scott Luton (10:21):
It’s wonderful. Let’s see here. So I bet it was a tough day when you learned that your internship had been rescinded, right? Because so many students, including myself, really use that internship to get that practical, rural experience. That’s important to helping you find a job. So I got to commend you, you know, you kind of took those lemons you got from that and kind of took it to make lemonade with, with creating an entity that didn’t just help you, but helped all the others that probably we’re dealing with, you know, there’s being rescinded and just the, the common challenge of kind of getting exposed to different aspects of this, of this massive industry.
Andrew Chen (11:01):
Definitely. And with right now, we’re sitting at around 200, you know, in this community thinking about, so right now it’s really, it’s kind of a, it’s a virtual community, of course. So we’re thinking about transitioning to a, say a group chat or some sort of physical community where we can kind of talk with one another more on a personal level, um, like, you know, supply chain child, and kind of learn about each other’s personalities and everything. But, um, with that value, bringing in, you know, professional speakers, um, to learn more about supply chain and kind of, um, telling them to take initiative, to connect with other costumes, to learn about their internship experiences and whatnot.
Scott Luton (11:36):
Wonderful. So kind of what I’m hearing there is what’s next for the national supply chain foundation, it, while it started at Michigan state university, this is organization that you’re leading and you’ll be leading into this next chapter as you find new ways of, of, of creating that valuable and that value part really that value prop for being a part of it. It sounds, sounds like you’ve got some big ideas to lay out there soon.
Andrew Chen (12:00):
Yeah. Really big ideas. And we’re really, you know, in a stage of kind of figuring out the structure, we’re trying new things. We like to, you know, we’re, we’re a small group of individuals on my team and, you know, we, we want to, we have innovative ideas. We pursue them. We learn if they fail, we learn fast and move forward. Right. So, um, that’s where we take it. And, um, although at this time Michigan state, you know, hopefully we can connect, even though it’s not affiliated with Michigan state and university, but hopefully in the near future, we’ll be able to have communities across different universities. Um, so we can connect ideas and kind of experiences with other college students from different universities and, and top, you know, supply chain school.
Scott Luton (12:41):
I love it. Let’s talk about what’s next for you. Aside from the foundation, is this a supply chain development program at Nestle? So tell us, what does this next chapter for you professionally look like?
Andrew Chen (12:54):
Yeah. So you got it right. I’m a STP for short supply chain development program on that Nestle. And it’s a three rotations, 12 to 18 months I’m within the end-to-end supply chain. So you kind of carved your own career path on, you know, what function you kind of want to be in. And for me, I’m in the technical procurement group, so doing procurement. So they’re really interested in that field and going to be working on kind of capital equipment. So yeah, that’s, that’s the beginning of my career path and it’s really about networking with them, the org to kind of see where you want to go next.
Scott Luton (13:30):
Love it. And so, so it sounds like, uh, it’s gonna be an opportunity for you to get a well rounded introduction to real-world global supply chain. So procurement, a procurement forward position will be at first, what do you think will come after that one?
Andrew Chen (13:46):
Oh, no, it’s up in the air, but I really liked the question excellence, you know, utilizing my IP minor on my information technology minor that I, uh, had at Michigan state university to kind of connect automation, you know, the, the innovative stuff with supply chain to enable it. Um, and also, you know, demand and supply planning is pretty interesting too, for me. So, I mean, there’s a lot that all supply chain, there’s, there’s so many different functions and, you know, you just can’t really pick one until it comes to you and you decide what you want to go away.
Scott Luton (14:14):
I love it. So speak generally with me for a second. Um, and so it sounds, I love this program. Nestle has gotten built, um, Cisco, C I S C O. I worked for the other Cisco, the Cisco food company, but Cisco, the technology company has got a very similar program that I’ve learned about. And it seems like it’s part of a trend, which I love because of the, the different experiences that offers does this type of program. Do you think really resonate with recent college graduates?
Andrew Chen (14:40):
Yeah, I think, well, I don’t know if it’s, it’s starting to become more relevant, you know, rotational program because it, well, the benefit of rotational program is that it, you learn the end end of supply chain and have you experienced different rotations to see what you like and also having more diverse portfolio, a massive supply chain professionals. So you kind of learned that or you gained multiple experience skills with them, you know, supply chain and it’s becoming more prevalent, you know, to university students as they kind of dive into the field. Because of course, like I mentioned before, and I, and as always, it’s, it’s a very, very complex role or field of study. And then within that, I think that the downside or what people kind of, kind of are iffy about joining is that sometimes it can be a long, you know, you’re committed to a long period of rotations or you’re in a location that you don’t prefer, but it’s really about, you know, personal balance of beautiful. Do you want to be in a specific role that you can see you can grow in or a specific location in? Um, I think you can find one that has the best of both worlds, whether that’s Nestle, Cisco, or other rotational programs out there. Love
Scott Luton (15:47):
That. Okay. So I want to, I want you to finish a sentence. So based on all of your experiences and education, now, you’re your early practitionership. Um, I want you to finish this sentence for me. So global supply chain would be better if,
Andrew Chen (16:03):
If it can adapt and be ready for anything
Scott Luton (16:08):
And including pandemics or whatever disruption is thrown away because, you know, Andrew, while we hope all hope and pray, knock on wood that, you know, the next pandemic will be a long time from now, but disruption is continuous. It’s just the kind of the, the type of disruption. And to the extent is that right?
Andrew Chen (16:28):
Yeah, I believe, yeah, that’s absolutely correct. And it’s not even, I mean, we do know pandemics can affect us like this now, but the things that we can’t see that we have to be more aware of and kind of resilient and, you know, a supply chain can adapt to anything, then I’d say we’re safe, but it’s, I think, yeah, it’s, it’s about finding issues that we can’t see.
Scott Luton (16:49):
Yeah. Nice, great point. And learning and, you know, one of the really important things I think we, we as business leaders, we’ve got to be sure not to miss out on and, uh, from this pandemic is, is, uh, uh, take these tough lessons, learned very difficult lessons learned, right. Learn from them and apply true fixes, right? Not band-aids, you know, hoping and praying that, you know, dependent is over when we get back to business as usual there’s, there’s, there’s, there’s no room for that type of thinking. We’ve got to really, to help be prepared for what, as you say is unseen. We’ve got to, we’ve got to really work on instilling and building true resilience. We’ve heard that word a thousand, a hundred thousand times into these global supply chains, right?
Andrew Chen (17:35):
Yeah. Correct. And I think with all that being said, it comes down to data. Um, data is king right now. And with being able to, you know, see that data and react Fastly, um, really quickly to, you know, the changes of, of that data and then, um, create a plan to move forward, um, to adapt to that, I think will, will be great for supply chain, but it’s, it’s difficult. It’s challenging. And I think there just needs a lot of teamwork, um, to be able to pursue
Scott Luton (18:07):
I’m with ya. I that’s one of my favorite aspects of global business, but certainly global supply chain is, is people still make it happen? All the technology in the world. It’s a really impressive, but there’s so much opportunity for people. You know, I was on the livestream earlier, earlier today, uh, and a technologist was sharing about how, you know, let’s leverage technology to take care of the blocking and tackling the mundane activities that no one wants to have these days. Right. And let’s use that to empower and, and free up your people that know the business and can come up with new ways of serving the customer new ways of doing things, you know, uh, and just frees them from the burden of the, you know, gotta make the donuts, gotta make the donuts. That’s really the, the, um, that augmentation aspect of technology is really what excites me a lot.
Andrew Chen (18:58):
Yeah. I agree. A hundred percent about that technology. And I know, you know, with change again, like some people, some supply chain professionals are, are scared of that, you know, automation and bringing that in because, you know, some say it might take away their, their roles or, or sort of say, but I think it’s not really taking away their roles because it’s doing all those mundane tasks that allows them to creatively think and have the more strategic output instead of, you know, waste or not wasting time. But, you know, doing those tactical on day to day duties, right.
Scott Luton (19:29):
Supercomputers or the quantum computers or whatever they are right now do their thing. Right. Yeah. I want to ask you, I’m sure you’re studying global industry now that you’re officially part of it. What’s a couple of business issues that might be on your radar more than others here.
Andrew Chen (19:44):
Maybe not. So to say business issues, but to that, you know, I’ve been tracking are, are on top of mine right now is one recently is actually a new variant of COVID called the Delta barrier. And I think I read it was 60% more infectious. So definitely, you know, curious or to see, you know, how that’s gonna affect, you know, coming into the fall, the more colder season and you know, what universities are gonna do, you know, especially if it becomes another outbreak, but I’m sure hopefully we’ll be able to contain that. And that’s just kind of, you know, where, how the, I guess, a virus can adapt and mutate to a new variant. And I think that kind of translates to the passion as well, where, you know, you have to adapt and be better than your competitors and so to speak. So making that connection there, um, as well. So, um, yeah,
Scott Luton (20:34):
I’m with ya. I’m hoping that, uh, these variants are scary things, you know, especially as you start to kind of catch your breath a bit, because we think we’re past the worst of it, but it’s Delta variant. It’s just been interesting to see. So before I taught Eureka moments, anything, any other business topic that you’re kind of tracking right now.
Andrew Chen (20:53):
And one more thing that I’m tracking that was, you know, all over the place a couple months ago, and a piece to non, non fungible tokens, not really a business issue, but something that’s been popping up in every, every news and blockchain and everything. And I don’t, you know, I’m not an expert in it, but it seems like it’s a, one of a virtual, one of a kind and it really shows, or to me, it really shows a glimpse of what the future can look like, where we’re innovation, innovation can take us and how we can connect that with, you know, business issues, business needs, or even, you know, personal choices.
Scott Luton (21:30):
Yeah. Well said, um, I’m like you, I’m not a cryptocurrency expert, but I’ve been kind of learning and do my own homework because like you said, I, I really think, and there’s many folks that are absolutely committed that that is a snapshot of the future, especially as blockchain continues. And it’s just one, you know, one of the things associated with it oftentimes continues to make new strides in its practicality and, and impact. But cryptocurrency is a fascinating thing. Fascinating thing to understand, just kind of how it’s, you know, how it’s mind and how it’s, how it’s exchanged and, and just how it’s changing commerce and transactions as we know it, you know?
Andrew Chen (22:08):
Yeah, yeah. Very complex in itself. And there’s a lot of, um, nuances within that space still, but being able to learn that and just diving deep and being curious in that field, I’m sure it has a lot of strides to take and take your place. Yes.
Scott Luton (22:23):
Big, I mean, Bitcoin Elon Musk, that’s where he’s missing. It must be the most powerful person in the world. He puts a tweet out there and market shift. It is fascinating.
Andrew Chen (22:33):
I was going to, and all the other different types of currencies out there.
Scott Luton (22:38):
It really is a, it’s a crazy, it is a crazy age we live in here. Okay. So you strike me as someone that can be deeply introspective and reflective is my hunch. We’ll see if I’m right. One of the things we love talking about here are your Rica moments, right? We have, you know, some, some days you have dozens of them, you know, especially here lately, but what’s been one Eureka moment as to that view, maybe one that especially tied to this pandemic age,
Andrew Chen (23:09):
I’d say one that tied maybe to this pandemic or one really recently. And it kind of relates to, you know, even without a pandemic, as a general human and kind of on, as a population in a business in a business field or business mindset is, um, learning effectively takes time. Um, I say, and I want to put that word effectively in there because you know, some people can learn fast and, and that’s great, but if you want really want to understand something, you know, it takes time. And what really showed me where I reflected on that, you know, since being so new to Nestle and put the two weeks of onboarding I’ve discovered so far, is that Nestle in the assault, there’s so many moving parts that I try to be familiar with. And on top of that guy, I learn my procurement role. Right.
Andrew Chen (23:50):
So, um, it’s just, it’s just going to take time and I have to really adapt or embrace this, you know, growth mindset, um, you know, learn, take risks, learn from my failures, learn fast, learn fast and fail forward. Um, but also be humble in a sense. And I think, um, there’s a saying that I really enjoyed that. You know, you may be smart, but other people have been smart longer. So you have to kind of take that all into account and just, um, be humble and kind of get your head down and move forward and kind of learn, um, the day to day activities and just learn about, you know, what’s going on around you, um, and understand, you know, being empathetic towards, you know, everything, especially during a pandemic too. Wow.
Scott Luton (24:34):
Oh man. You’re you are, Y you’ve got an old soul wise beyond your years. I love that other folks have been smarter longer. I’m gonna steal that from you, Andrew. All right. So I’m gonna, I wanna answer it one more question here. So, um, if you want to give a shout out and we don’t have to name last names, but any new colleagues you’ve met as you’ve, you’ve joined the Nestle team that you’ve really enjoyed, you know, rubbing elbows and exchanging perspective with already.
Andrew Chen (25:01):
Yeah. So, well, shout out to my program manager, Steve, you know, who’s been taking care of us SVP. So with my class with STPs, there’s like seven of us. And they’re all from, you know, different universities, a lot of names, but, you know, my whole class SVP is really, was able to kind of, um, pursued this orientation with them, you know, a lot of meetings back and back, back to back with, um, just hearing their insights and experiences about, you know, what they went through and also how they liked, you know, the organization as well. So that was that. And I, I did have a chance to, um, speak with the chief procurement officer at NSP as well, one. Yeah. And he had a lot of great insight, um, and I hope to, you know, make that connection with them moving forward too. Um, so that’s been great.
Scott Luton (25:48):
Awesome. I love that access to leadership and access to the newest team members that, that that’s a great two-way street. Anyone from Michigan. Oh, big blue. And, and would you, would you still work with them and give them a hug or is the rivalry too strong?
Andrew Chen (26:04):
I say, well, if we’re talking about sports, I might, I might not talk about, I might not even look at them, but they always like to say where the little, the little sister or little brother, um, but you know, in a, in a business setting, when you, when collaboration is key, you know, they have their, their insights, you know, diversity of thought, um, being in a, you know, from a different school, different, you know, background. And I think, you know, working with them and, you know, meeting hands together is always key. Um, but you know, sports wise, that’s a difference. That’s a different story where we’re taking them down hallways.
Scott Luton (26:41):
I love that. I love your perspective, you know, our differences do, you know, make us stronger, make us more innovative. And, and it’s also the spice of life and it’s still, it’s still fun to enjoy those on the, on the, on the, um, you know, football field and in the basketball court, fun to enjoy those art travels. Okay. You got a ton of stuff going on. I really, again, admire all that you’ve accomplished, especially during these crazy times, I’m really excited to kind of see what’s next for the national supply chain foundation. And as your, as your career and profession continues to unfold, we’ll have to have you back and get some of your early, early learnings, but how can folks connect with you if they, if they want to compare notes or they want to get involved in the foundation or what have you, how can folks?
Andrew Chen (27:29):
Yeah, definitely. Um, my LinkedIn is always open to, uh, messages. So feel free to message me there. You can find me at Andrew Chen MSU on probably what would pop up there. Or my, my actual abuse name is Andrew dash Lu, L U dash 10 P H E N. So can I proceed there? Feel free to message me just connect. We can have a one-on-one coffee chat, or if you’re interested in the national splashing foundation, so free to message me, and that can kind of direct you that way.
Scott Luton (27:58):
Wonderful. And of course, uh, listeners, we’re going to make it really easy. We’re going to feature those links on the episode page on the show notes so that you can connect with Andrew, Andrew chin. It is a pleasure. It’s great to connect with you prior to today, but I was really interested in kind of hearing your, your thoughts on some of these questions here today. And you’ve exceeded really enjoyed this, this powerful, albeit brief conversation. You got a ton of things going on. You find, are you finding the need to have some clones for tech and all that? Yeah.
Andrew Chen (28:30):
Um, I wish I did have some folks that would, you know, do some, some of the day-to-day stuff, but I think just keeping organized and, um, just doing stuff in a timely manner of being an effective and efficient as how things run. But, you know, there’s a lot of mistakes that are being made, you know, like moving forward, just, just learning. I think life’s just, how about learning, I guess, and with you
Scott Luton (28:52):
Smoking like an old soul, I love that, Andrew. I love that about you. Well, Hey man, we wish you all the best. We’re going to keep our finger on the pulse of the things you’re up to. We’ll have to have you back on, especially as things continue to evolve and unfold. I really appreciate you sharing your time here today on supply chain.
Andrew Chen (29:09):
Yeah. Thank you. And I appreciate you having me on here, Scott. It was great connecting with you again,
Scott Luton (29:14):
Folks, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this conversation as much as I have when you’ve got bright people like this coming into the global supply chain profession, things are going to be good. Uh, and it gives you, it gives all of us a lot more confidence, uh, and, and getting through these challenging times, those that we know, and of course those that we don’t know, um, you know, more disruption and change around the corner. Hey, if you enjoy this conversation, be sure to find spot you now, wherever you get your podcast from subscribe. So you don’t miss a single be sure to connect with Andrew gin and the national supply chain foundation. And if you do anything else very important on behalf of our entire team here at supply chain. Now this is Scott and signing off for now. He’d do good give forward and be the change that seemed to be just like Andrew. And we’ll see you next time right here at supply chain now. Thanks for bye.
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Andrew Chen is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management and a minor in Information Technology with a strong background in process improvement, problem-solving and communications. He has gained these skills through diverse work experiences from small business, corporate, to nonprofit startup and have a passion to engage in supply chain leadership as a future career path. At MSU, he was involved in many leadership positions on campus and one of them being most recent was joining the Executive Board for the Chinese American Student Coalition. Additionally, Andrew was the Director of Marketing for Students Consulting for Non-Profits, and Merchandising Chair for PGN – a co-ed business fraternity. He is now off to his journey as a Supply Chain Development Program Associate with Nestle! Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.