Pollination is the movement of pollen from the male parts of the flower to the female parts of the flower. It facilitates seed formation and fruit formation. Pollination happens in different ways for different types of plants: wind, gravity, and even with the help of animals.
Dr. Lora Morandin is the Western Canada Program Manager at the Pollinator Partnership. She has been doing research on bees and pollination since 1997, based on interest in native pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture. She has consulted for government and industry on diverse ecological topics and is passionate about finding ways for production and conservation to co-exist in a healthy and sustainable environment.
In this interview with host Scott Luton, Dr. Lora Morandin talks about the threats facing some pollinators today and the steps that the Pollinator Partnership is taking to protect them and their habitats.
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Scott Luton (00:32):
Hey, good morning, everybody. Scott Luton here with you on supply chain now, welcome to today’s show. So did you know that June 20th through 26th is pollinator week here in 2022. And if you’re in food manufacturing, the floral industry or other related sectors across global spot chain, you must know the incredibly valuable role that our pollinators play. And if you don’t, while you’re in the right spot with us here today is today. We’re gonna be speaking with a leader from a nonprofit that’s only a mission to promote the health of pollinators everywhere. So with no further do wanna welcome in Dr. Laura Morandin, the research and conservation director with pollinator partnership and pollinator partnership, Canada, Laura, how we doing today?
Dr. Lora Morandin (01:13):
I’m doing great. Thanks, Scott.
Scott Luton (01:15):
It is so nice to have you, um, uh, I find your, your, uh, your work and your organization fascinating. And, uh, you know, we might have something a little bit in common, you know, supply chains. We were talking pre-show has been a bit underappreciated, maybe just like pollinators, which we’re gonna learn more about today. Huh?
Dr. Lora Morandin (01:32):
Well, I think, um, supply chains could use some more marketing for maybe the, the title of them to <laugh> make them a little more appealing to people, but yes, they’re very important and, uh, pollinators are definitely an integral part of supply chains.
Scott Luton (01:46):
Completely agree. Completely agree. So before we get into, uh, pollinator partnership and, and they even defining some of these terms, they’ll love us sit with our audience. Let’s get to know you a little bit better, Laura. So let’s start with one of my favorite questions. Hey, where did you grow up and, and give us some anecdotes about your upbringing.
Dr. Lora Morandin (02:03):
Okay. So I grew up in Southern Ontario about an hour outside of Toronto, Ontario that, um, most of your audience would probably know about. Um, but I was in the country. I was on 10 acres. Wow. And so the 10 acres wasn’t farmland so much, it was mostly forested. And my dad built the house on the land and I spent, you know, most of my time running around in the woods with my siblings and my dogs and really having a lot of unstructured time. And, you know, I think that was probably more the case back when I grew up. Right. Um, but I think that that really helped shape my love of nature, just that natural exploration of it and spending a lot of time in nature.
Scott Luton (02:53):
So that, that ability to kind of, um, the word that comes to mind for me is meander. You, you kind of it’s unstructured, uh, if it’s one day climbing trees or planting flowers or, or, um, you know, exploring different parts of the 10 acres you grew up on, you had lots and lots of free time to, to cultivate that passion for all things nature. Huh?
Dr. Lora Morandin (03:14):
Yeah. And it was just really an integral part of my life. So it wasn’t external to my life, which I think can be a problem for some people that don’t have that advantage of, of growing up, surrounded by nature. Mm-hmm <affirmative> which a lot of us don’t anymore.
Scott Luton (03:29):
Yeah. Uh, excellent point there. Well, Hey, let me ask you a fun question. We love talking food here at supply chain. Now, uh, we were just talking, uh, the other day with a supply chain officer from Memphis, Tennessee. And of course we talked about, uh, barbecue, but we also talked about strawberry rhubarb pie, which I’ve never had in my life. Evidently as big in Memphis for you, where you grew up, what was one food dish that might be inseparable from your, your childhood?
Dr. Lora Morandin (03:57):
Oh, I would have to say my grandmother’s lasagna. My I, my parents were born in Italy, their first, uh, generation Canadians. Uh, and my, my mom worked and my dad worked as well, but my grandmother’s lasagna from the old country, I would say it is something that is really ingrained in me and I try to duplicate, but it’s never quite the same.
Scott Luton (04:19):
Oh man, you’re making me hungry. I bet that is just delicious melts in your mouth. I’ll have to get the recipe from you. Uh, maybe after the show. Um, let’s, let’s shift gears a bit. Um, so I’ve gleaned from, uh, learning more batches. We, we’re doing our homework here, uh, for the episode and you have an urban farm where you spend some of your free time, at least Laura. So, you know, I wanna compare notes here cause we’ve been trying to farm, uh, last few years, at least what’s been your most successful crop, this farm.
Dr. Lora Morandin (04:49):
Well I’ve, I’ve had a lot of successful crops and I’m, I think it’s more luck than anything, but you know, as you probably know, urban farming has a lot of different definitions and there’s a lot of different things that could be called urban farming. I’m on an urban property, a typical size yard. And even though it’s a typical size yard in an urban area, just outside of downtown Victoria, we get an awful lot out of our backyard. So we have fruit trees, we’ve got a couple plum trees, we’ve got apples, we’ve got grapes, figs, hash caps, we’re starting to grow. So we have a lot of fruit. And as you might know, if you grow fruit trees, it kind of goes up and down. What you get right from fruit trees some years is just crazy and you gotta get out, uh, your canning supplies and do a lot of canning and share with neighbors.
Dr. Lora Morandin (05:44):
Uh, so that was last year for us. I’m not sure what this year is gonna look like, but we had an awful lot of fruit last year. Uh, we also have quite a large vegetable garden and instead of planting a couple things a lot, I like to have a lot of everything. So we could get most of our vegetables actually out of our backyard, all summer peas and beans like we were talking about. Yeah, just a little bit earlier, a lot of different types of beans. Um, squashes and tomatoes, tomatoes are a little difficult up here in Canada. We don’t always get the heat we need. Right. But we’ve got lots of green tomatoes anyways. In some years we get good red tomatoes. Um, but a lot of lettuces. And so my family kind of groans and moans because I’m like, Hey, it’s another lettuce dinner guys. <laugh> um, but yeah, lots of vegetables, lots of fruit. We also have chickens. Okay. So we can wait too many eggs over the summer. They still lay over the winter, but it’s a more reasonable amount. Um, so in the summertime we give away a lot of our eggs because we have so many,
Scott Luton (06:51):
Wow. You really have a urban, a full fledge, urban farm.
Dr. Lora Morandin (06:56):
You know, it’s a normal, it’s a normal size backyard. Everybody can do this. Um, well I will say though, we did have ducks. Don’t do ducks in urban areas. They are gross and messy and they’re so fun and interesting, but they are very messy and stinky. So we don’t have our ducks for eggs anymore, but we do have quail now as well. Okay. Man. And quail produce a lot of eggs. So one of my kinda most fun things to do is to do a backyard dinner. So let’s get all our dinner from the backyard and that’s a fun challenge.
Scott Luton (07:29):
I love that. Okay. So we’re gonna have to compare notes after the show and I’m gonna have to get some pictures as well of your gardens. Um, you know, um, I don’t know about you, uh, for, for me, I didn’t really pick up, uh, even the little bit of gardening we do. Um, you know, cause we’re, we’re, we’re rookies, we’re newbies. Um, but, but it was really the middle, the middle of the pandemic here, middle lockdown. And for me, it really gosh, getting in the backyard and getting our, our hands dirty and, and planting stuff and, and watering and, you know, stringing the green beans we were talking about. So therapeutic and you could just feel the stress just kind of, uh, dress, just kinda, uh, just melted away from you is that, is that, uh, do same experience when you’re in
Dr. Lora Morandin (08:14):
That is so much a part of it, Scott, definitely. And as we find ourselves more and more behind computers and not doing coffee meetings and getting out with friends as much, I think our gardens and our natural spaces have taken on a new importance.
Scott Luton (08:32):
Mm. Uh, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Uh, and I should say, Hey, the green beans has been our most successful crop here, and this year we’re trying a new, um, um, I was gonna say strain a varietal. I’m not sure different type of beans. It’s called the big Kahoona and early indications are, it is really producing. So, uh, we’re gonna have to really stay on it from a harvesting standpoint. Um, so we’ll compare garden notes more soon, but you know, what helps us get us there is, is the central part of your mission, that pollinator partnership. So, uh, Laura, where I wanna go next, um, let’s define when, when we use the word pollinator, uh, and of course, when we talk about the role that Pollin have in our, in all of our lives, um, define that a bit, if you would.
Dr. Lora Morandin (09:18):
Yeah, well actually I think it’s helpful to go back even a step from that and define what is pollination mm. To make sure everybody’s on the same page with that. And what that is is it’s the movement of pollen from the male parts of the flower, to the female parts of the flower. And what that does is allows seed formation and fruit formation. So the pollination part can happen in a few different ways for different types of plants. It can happen by wind for some plants. It can happen by gravity and it can, uh, even happen by water for, for some plants, but most plants, most of our flowering plants, the vast majority of them need animals to move that pollen from the male parts to the female parts, to fertilize the eggs. And when an animal moves pollen, that animal is called a pollinator. So it’s actually quite simple if you know what pollination is.
Scott Luton (10:18):
And so it’s really broad. There’s all, I would assume there’s all sorts of different animals that can serve as pollinators.
Dr. Lora Morandin (10:25):
There are tons of different animals that can, there’s lots of different birds, there’s bats, other mammals, uh, there’s lizards, even that can be pollinators. Lots of different types of insects can be pollinators as well. Of course, ants and flower flies and wasps and beetles, the most important pollinators in most of our natural ecosystems. And in most of our agriculture are the bees
Scott Luton (10:52):
Mm-hmm, <affirmative> so a about that. Um, um, you know, I’ve understood kind of from afar, um, is some of the troubles we’ve had with, with keeping the bee pop populations healthy. I’m not sure if that’s been some of the, some of the main thrust of some of your expertise and, and advocacy. Anything you can share, any light you can shed on that with us.
Dr. Lora Morandin (11:15):
Yeah. So there there’s two really, there’s a really important distinction here that we have honeybees that are not native to north America, and they were brought over in 1622 from Europe, mostly for honey production. Now they’re used quite a bit for crop pollination, our large acreages of crops that need to be pollinated in a pretty short amount of time. They’re flowering for a couple weeks often. So we bring honeybees in for that. So those are a managed agricultural organism, and it’s pretty much one species. In addition to that, what’s less known by the public is that we have about 4,000 species of native bees in north America. And they’re often not recognized by people even as be bees. So some of them look somewhat like honeybees, some of them look totally different than honeybees, and there really are two separate issues. We do have a health problem, quite a serious health problem with honey bees that agricultural organism, but we also have health problems and, uh, documented declines and suspected declines of our native pollinators, which are quite integral to our crop production, but also to our natural ecosystems. Of course.
Scott Luton (12:32):
So, um, and with your last statement, it kind of goes, um, far beyond the honey bee. What’s, what’s more commonly known. A lot of pollinators are at risk. Is that a fair statement?
Dr. Lora Morandin (12:44):
Yeah. A lot of pollinators are, are at risk and there’s some main factors that are impacting all pollinators. So it’s not just the honey bees. That’s the first thing that people usually know about. It’s not just the native bees, it’s also all those other pollinators that I mentioned earlier. They’re, they’re all facing these health challenges. Hmm.
Scott Luton (13:03):
Well, so, um, I don’t know if we wanna get into some of the programs that, uh, your organization, which is in nonprofit that’s addressing it, would, would, would you like anything you’d like to specify in terms of some of the, the health risks that are impacting, uh, pollinators before we go there?
Dr. Lora Morandin (13:21):
Yeah, sure. So one of the biggest ones is loss of habitat. Uh, they, anybody can see this when you fly over north America or you, you take a walk anywhere. We’re converting our, a lot of our land for different reasons into areas that are not really conducive to supporting pollinators and other wildlife. So we have really large acreage of crop land that doesn’t have a lot of wild land integrated within it. We have a lot of urban areas and we have a lot of industrial areas. Most of these areas are not great for pollinators in that they’re not providing the habitat they need in that habitat is things like the floral resources, the nectar and the pollen and the plants as well. Some of them eat plants in different stages of their life. So we’re really losing a lot of that. That’s really the biggest problem.
Dr. Lora Morandin (14:15):
Another problem is PS and diseases. We have increasing PS and diseases, especially in our managed pollinators, but also in our wild pollinators. The third reason, the third problem for pollinators is that they’re exposed to pesticides in a lot of environments. Some pesticides are not fought to impact them, but there are definitely pesticides that are known to impact pollinators, have negatively affect them. And then another issue that we have is invasive species. So things like invasive plants taking over areas with native wild flowers is a big problem and also invasive species that can be pests on these pollinators. Um, and then the final one that’s really causing an impact more recently, or we’re understanding it more recently is this change in climate and the changing climate’s also associated with extreme climate events and unpredictability. And that’s been hard on pollinators too. Mm
Scott Luton (15:19):
No shortage of challenges, uh, by any means. Well, let’s, let’s shift gears to the good news here and there. Some of the great work that your organization, your team that you’re doing. So tell us more about the pollinator partnership and some of the programs, uh, that you offer to help protect pollinators.
Dr. Lora Morandin (15:37):
Yeah. Yeah. That’s great. And I always like getting past that sort of negative part of it and getting into this more good news story, because pollinators really are a good news story in conservation. So with pollinator partnership, we are the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection of pollinators and their habitat. We’re actually celebrating 20, our 25th anniversary this year. And over the last 25 years, we’ve been protecting pollinators through research and outreach and education habitat creation, consulting with industry policy advising, and a big one is convening stakeholders for task force based action. And, uh, we have a number of programs related, uh, to this work that, that we do. I can go into those a little bit if you’d
Scott Luton (16:32):
Like, okay, please.
Dr. Lora Morandin (16:34):
Yeah. So, um, one of our, one of our original programs that the whole organization started with is our eco regional planting guides. And these guides are free for download on our website and they have a lot of great information about pollinators and how to support them. And one of the really great things in these guides is they have a list of plants, native plants that support pollinators for each eco region in the us and for many in Canada as well. Okay. So great resource for people if they wanna get started on creating habitat for pollinators. Um, another program that we have is the north American pollinator protection campaign or NAPE. And we meet every year in Washington, DC when we can have in-person meetings or virtually when we can’t. And what we do there is we bring together stakeholders and we bring together government and academia and other nonprofits, and we get together to discuss some of the biggest problems and what can we do this year to solve them? So we’re in tasks, task forces, and we work throughout the year on the tasks that we assign ourselves during the conference each year. And that’s been a really, really productive way to get things done for pollinators. Mm.
Scott Luton (17:57):
Um, sounds like you’re really focused on outcomes with a lot of the lot of the work that yeah, yeah,
Dr. Lora Morandin (18:02):
Yeah. It’s a, you know, it’s a really immediate problem, but it’s a, it’s a problem that has immediate solutions as well. So we’re really working, um, in that area. Uh, some of the other programs that we have are be friendly farming, which helps farmers create lands that will better support pollinators. And it also recognizes them for the work that they’re doing to support pollinators. Hmm. We run a group of programs under the banner of Monarch wings across north America. Okay.
Dr. Lora Morandin (18:35):
Which, yeah. And it’s helped enhance thousands of acres of land for monarchs and other pollinators. So we have volunteers going out and collecting seeds. We have a nursery that cleans those seeds and propagates some of them into little seedlings. And then we give those back out to sites and that has really, uh, made a big impact on the ground literally to create these thousands of acres that support monarchs mm-hmm <affirmative> because we focus on milk weed, which the Monarch needs for its larval stage, but also other pollinators as well, because we’re putting out all these nectar and, uh, pollen plants that really help, uh, great diversity of pollinators. Mm
Scott Luton (19:16):
We are, we are growing milkweed. It is in our small garden to hopefully attract some of the various butterflies. I’d love to see some monarchs. I’m not sure, I’m not sure about the, the migration patterns, but I heard milkweed was great for attracting butterflies and pollinators, right?
Dr. Lora Morandin (19:31):
Yeah. Yeah, exactly. And there’s so many, so monarchs, you know, they kind of take the spotlight a little bit and fair enough. They’re pretty charismatic and pretty awesome, but there’s a lot of other butterflies too, that rely on other native plants for their larval stage. And we have resources on our website about that. So looking into that a little bit is, um, pretty fun too, because then you can encourage other butterflies in your yard.
Scott Luton (19:57):
Love that, uh, on the front end, as you were talking about some of the programs you, you, you mentioned, um, you, you kind of advise industry, I think is a phrase you used, um, without naming names, you know, we’re, we’re big supply chain nerds here. And of course, uh, food manufacturing, the Florida industry, some of the other sectors we mentioned, um, is, is our big, big parts of our listing audience. Um, any, can you share any breakthrough moments or, or, or maybe some of the things they’ve been surprised at as you have, you know, helped make them more aware maybe of, of, of how to protect our polls?
Dr. Lora Morandin (20:33):
I think getting past that, we just want to support honey bees. Mm. And talking about all these other bees and other insects that used to be the ones that pollinated our crops before we brought in honey bees, I think that really surprises some people and really opens their eyes to this different world. And we don’t, we don’t necessarily need to be so reliant on honey bees, although they are quite important, but we have this ability to increase these other species that used to pollinate all our crops.
Scott Luton (21:07):
So we can lessen the load on the honey bee, maybe. Yeah.
Dr. Lora Morandin (21:10):
Scott Luton (21:11):
Um, alright. So moving from pollinator partnership and all the sounds like a wealth of programs, uh, I really appreciate y’all’s work. Let’s talk about your role at the organization. And, uh, you’ve had some, uh, a lot of, um, extraordinary recognition. I think you’ve published several books have been very well received. Tell us about what your role and, and what you enjoy about what you do, perhaps.
Dr. Lora Morandin (21:35):
Yeah. So, uh, as you, uh, introduce me, I am the research and conservation director for pollinator partnership in pollinator partnership Canada. So I work on both sides of the border and my job is extremely diverse. And I think that’s what I like. One of the reasons I, I like it so much. So I do a lot of different things in a day. Uh, I could be doing some research and outreach and education. I might get a call with industry that wants to put in some pollinator habitat, uh, working on some government contracts, supervising different people, getting out to the field to do collections. So I might be talking to a kindergarten class at, at some point during the day. So it’s, it’s quite varied and fun. And I really, um, am able to take my work in whichever directions seem to be the most productive at the time, which I really, I really value with my job.
Dr. Lora Morandin (22:33):
I, I do a lot of, uh, local work because I, I like doing work where I live and I like connecting with the different groups and the different, uh, people that live here in Victoria. So one thing that, um, I’m doing is working with a number of the airports here to put in pollinator habitat, um, working with some different businesses to put in pollinator habitat. And I’m also working with a nursery called a native plant nursery called satin flower nursery. And we’re running a seven month program right now to help people convert lawn to biodiverse wildlife Meadows. And so we’re fostering them through that process. And it’s just been, we’re about three months into that program right now. It’s called the Mead makers and it’s been a lot of fun.
Scott Luton (23:22):
Gosh, Laura, it sounds like a lot of fun, uh, and what you do no wonder. And the other thing that stuck out to me was, as you were kind of talking about how, you know, as part of your role there one day is doing this and other days doing this and, and it kind of reminded me of your upbringing, right. Mm-hmm <affirmative> where you kind of went with, with where your interest was happened to be, or, or where, uh, where you wanted to be maybe, uh, on any particular day. So lots of commonalities here, huh?
Dr. Lora Morandin (23:48):
Oh, that’s a good connection that I hadn’t made yet. Thank you.
Scott Luton (23:51):
<laugh> well, so, um, one other thing I wanna put out there and let’s talk about national pollinated week in just a second, but it sounds like to me, so if any of those, uh, are listeners, whether they’re supply chain professionals and food industry, or, or, or maybe their company’s looking to, um, add in like a Mead maker program as part of their overall, um, you know, uh, sustainability, uh, strategy sounds like you could be a great re you and pollinator, um, uh, organization could be a great resource for them, right?
Dr. Lora Morandin (24:23):
Yeah. We encourage, uh, people to reach out to us if they want to do any consulting with us. We have experience across north America doing different things, educating staff, putting in corporate gardens, putting in larger areas on solar fields for pollinators. So, you know, reach out to us. It’s, um, P two firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to talk to you about what you’d like.
Scott Luton (24:49):
Wonderful. I, I love it. It’s um, um, uh, for, in my words, it’s like landscaping with purpose, right? I mean, because you’re really, I mean, the impact you’re having on, on all these pollinators that we all rely on, uh, while you’re beautifying, uh, these areas. I mean, gosh, what rewarding work? Um, alright, so it’s national pollinator week, uh, today is, uh, June 21st. It’s the second day of the week that we celebrate here, I guess, in the states each week. Is it the same week in Canada?
Dr. Lora Morandin (25:22):
It is the same week in Canada. Okay. And in other areas of the world
Scott Luton (25:25):
Too. Okay. Yep. So what should our, what should our listeners, what should folks know about this week, each year and what would you suggest some of the actions that they should take?
Dr. Lora Morandin (25:37):
Yeah, so pollinator week is really about celebrating pollinators and also spreading the message about pollinators and how important they are to our lives and to the planet. And also about giving people hope about how we can make direct and, and really significant differences for them. So there’s a lot of great ways that people can help pollinators. I’ll first touch on that. And then maybe I’ll go a little bit more into, uh, pollinator week and some things you can do to celebrate if that’s okay.
Scott Luton (26:09):
That sounds wonderful.
Dr. Lora Morandin (26:10):
Okay. So, um, in terms of helping pollinators, like I talked about the best way, the best thing to do is create habitat for them. If you can, uh, find a native plant supplier, get our ecoregional guides, find the plants that are good in your region to support pollinators. Those native plants are really gonna support those pollinators that have evolved here, or have been here for hundreds and hundreds of thousands of years sometimes. So that native plant component is really important for your habitat creation. Um, but there’s a lot of other things that people can do too, to support pollinators. They could join a volunteer group. That’s removing invasive plants from local parks. They can learn more about native plants and pollinators, and they could go and talk about it at their garden center. If their garden, center’s not stalking native plants, you can, uh, put a little pressure on them by, by talking to them about that.
Dr. Lora Morandin (27:08):
Um, definitely supporting groups that are helping pollinators and are helping conserve habitat is an amazing thing that you can do. And you can talk to your local municipality, your local city, or your, your conservation district about using native plants in their landscaping because the government does do a lot of landscaping. And in the past it hasn’t really been the most bio diverse landscaping. So I think changing that a bit can be quite helpful if you’re part of a company that has corporate lands, you could talk to them about putting in a pollinator garden in the front, uh, about educating the staff and doing some pollinator steward certification work, which we do so lots of different ways to help pollinators, uh, in terms of pollinator week and how to celebrate. This is really the fun time. This is the fun time of the year for us.
Dr. Lora Morandin (28:02):
We wanna have pollinator dinners. We bring in every, you know, invite some friends over and really focus on incorporating foods that need pollinators. So going back to my grandmother’s lasagna, right? Those tomatoes need pollinators. The, um, the vegetables in there. Those need pollinators even the cheese, because our, uh, AFA that we provide for cattle, ah, that takes pollinators. So, so having a pollinator themed meal is a great way to celebrate looking into some of the online webinars and, uh, parties that we’re having. So in, um, cooperation with EPRI, we are doing a pollinator party. Okay. And that’s a lot of fun. So, so check, check that out. Um, creating gardens is a fun thing to do during pollinator week, get a community together, create a pollinator garden and, you know, cocktail parties too. There’s a lot of great cocktails.
Scott Luton (29:10):
<laugh> I love it
Dr. Lora Morandin (29:11):
Related to pollinators, so we can have a lot of fun during this week.
Scott Luton (29:15):
I love it. Uh, your passion for what you do, is it just, it just emanates from you. Um, Laura, so sounds like one of the great opportunities out there for our listeners, uh, and really industry and even society is just the awareness when it comes to pollinators and, and how that goes far beyond honeybees, how some of our daily actions, how we may be, we’re not helping you, we’re, we’re hurting. And, and maybe we gotta give more thought into, um, our plans. What’s some of the areas that, uh, surround our homes and our businesses and what like, right. Some, uh, uh, uh, connecting with resources like you, that can help us be more intentional and more effective with what we do there. Big opportunity, Anna,
Dr. Lora Morandin (30:01):
There is, there’s a lot of opportunity and that’s what I was, uh, sort of alluding to before with pollinators being a good news story. And conservation, is that from a pot on your balcony to your local community garden, your front yard, your Boulevard, or maybe you are a manager of a right of way. So any of those scales is helpful to pollinators.
Scott Luton (30:24):
Hmm. Um, okay. So, uh, we’re gonna make sure folks are how to connect with you and pollinator partnership in just a moment, uh, beyond the URL you shared, but let’s switch gears these last couple years. It goes about saying, uh, very unique times, uh, you know, Eureka moments. Some days we have ’em by the hour, it feels, um, whether it relates to, you know, the topic that, that that’s been, the center played item for us here today, or whether it relates to leadership or society in general, what’s been a, a key Eureka moment or for you, Laura,
Dr. Lora Morandin (30:56):
I don’t know if it’s a Eureka moment, but it’s been this, this last two years has been quite different for everybody. And I think a lot of people have really had that opening of their minds, that we are integral and intricate integrally connected to nature. Mm we’re. Not outside of it. And what we do to our land directly affects us. So is that related to climate change and some of the extreme things that have been happening, uh, in our, in our environments lately, or is it due to the, the pandemic, but we’ve all been impacted by what, where we are right now in the world. And I think that’s really opened people’s minds and maybe that’s sort of my, maybe not Eureka moment, but it’s a really good time to connect with people about this. And you don’t wanna take advantage of bad situations. That’s, that’s not what I’m trying to say. Right. But people are, people are ready for this. I think because it’s impacting them so directly right now, um, that people want to do something to help. And I think getting that little bit of knowledge about the best ways to help is really important. Mm. And in terms of pollinators and seeing this through the pollinator lens, we can help with that. Right. And it’s a really good way to look at it because to support pollinators, you’re creating habitat, which is really helping so many different things, so many different parts of our world.
Scott Luton (32:39):
Completely agree. And Laura, one of the things you kind of touched on there, um, and maybe one of the reasons why so many more folks are taking action and they’re open to it. They’re, they’re having their own Eureka moments is, you know, for, for those folks that like may, may maybe agreed like me, I’m a big problem solver, right? I’ve had people listen to me. I don’t need you to solve my problem. I need you to listen to me, but Hey, I’m hammer meets Nell, right? I wanna, I wanna hear a problem, fix it. And with these backyard gardens, with this landscaping, with the planning of flowers, and it is, um, actions that we can, we can take in a weekend, or maybe even in a day, depends on how effective you are. And for those of us that are big problem solvers, man, to take a, a backyard that has gone, you know, without maintenance and transform that, and also make it more livable, enjoyable, more supportive of wildlife and pollinators. I mean, again, for me, that goes back to that therapeutic aspect of it all, where we talked on the front end. So, uh, I love wonderful passionate resources like you and your team that helps us, uh, take advantage of the opportunities and in the right way. Right?
Dr. Lora Morandin (33:49):
Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Is that immediate action you can take. And what I have been blown away by is the immediate results that you’ll get too. So if you start looking at some of your garden plants, things like lavenders or mints, you’re gonna see a lot of bees on those, but once you start looking a little closer, you’re, you’re gonna see those are mostly honey bees and bumblebees, which are a native pollinator, but when you start planting native plants, you’ll go outside and buy that next year already. Or if you’re planting ’em in pots, maybe even by the first year that you plant them, you’re gonna see four or five, six different types of native bees on those plants right away. So it’s, it’s really fun and immediate results.
Scott Luton (34:34):
Love it. Okay. I’m gonna get some additional tips once we wrap up the interview, but again, really appreciate what you do, you and your colleagues at the, uh, pollinated partnership. Um, so I wanna make sure folks got the URL and how they can connect with you. What’s the easiest way to connect with you alar and your organization.
Dr. Lora Morandin (34:52):
Yeah. So, uh, please go to our websites. We have our us website, which is www.pollinator.pollinator.org and our Canadian website, www pollinator partnership.ca lots of free resources there, lots of information. There’s pollinator week kits. People can download to get more ideas for what they could do during pollinator week. And if you wanna contact us directly, you can get us at info, pollinator.org.
Scott Luton (35:23):
Oh, it’s just that easy. Great. And we’re, you know, we’re gonna make it even easier. We’re gonna put the links for each of those, uh, different aspects of the organization on the episode page. So you’re one click away from connecting with our new friends at poll native partnership, Hey, to our listeners, Hey, uh, out there, uh, fighting the fires, doing the good, um, you know, uh, doing the noble mission across global supply chain. Hey, you got some great opportunities here to help you de-stres while helping, uh, all of our, uh, dear, dear pollinators out there. Uh, Laura, thank you so much for your time and what you do. I feel like I have, uh, I, I thought I kind of knew something coming in this conversation, man, you have opened up my eyes to all, I didn’t know about our pollinators and beyond.
Dr. Lora Morandin (36:08):
Oh, well, thanks so much for having me on Scott.
Scott Luton (36:10):
You bet we’ll have to reconnect with you, uh, soon. Uh, big, thanks to Dr. Laura Miranda, again, research and conservation director with pollinator partnership and pollinator partnership, Canada, Laura, we look forward to reconnecting with you soon.
Dr. Lora Morandin (36:25):
Great. Thank you.
Scott Luton (36:27):
And to our listeners, hopefully you enjoyed this conversation as much as I have. Hopefully you’ve had a bit of a Eureka moment, maybe over the last hour, Hey, find a way to celebrate, uh, pollinator week, right? It runs June 20th through the 26th. Uh, it sounds like across north America and really the globe, uh, taking action. It’s all about taking action, right? Deed’s not words. Uh, Laura gave us plenty to act on here today. Uh, again, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this conversation. Scott Luton challenging you. Our, all of our listeners, all of us really do good. Give forward, be the change that’s needed. Take those simple steps, always something you can do keep moving forward. And we’ll see next time, right back here on supply chain now. Thanks everybody.
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Lora Morandin has been doing research on bees and pollination for 25 years. She started out working on bee pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University in Ontario and that grew into an interest in native pollinator conservation and sustainable agriculture. She then did a PhD at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying modern agriculture and pollinators, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley working on enhancement of native pollinators and natural enemy insects through small-scale farm restoration. Lora has co-authored books and book chapters, created outreach and technical guides, and has about 30 peer-reviewed publications on pollinators and sustainable agriculture, including innovative work on economic benefits of ecosystem services. One of her main interests is finding ways that human land-use, production, and conservation can co-exist for a healthy and sustainable environment. At Pollinator Partnership and Pollinator Partnership Canada, Lora does outreach and education, research, government and industry consultation, and habitat creation. Lora lives in Victoria, British Columbia and when she’s not working she spends time in her garden, with her family and pets, and enjoying BC’s beautiful natural areas.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Data Analytics and Metrics Intern
Patch is a fourth-year Management Information Systems and Marketing major at the University of Georgia. He is working with Supply Chain Now in data analysis, finding insights and best practices to increase company efficiency. Patch previously worked as an intern at AnswerRocket, a data analytics company where he gained invaluable knowledge about analytics, webpage SEO and B2B marketing best practices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts, and watching movies.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
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.