Supply Chain Now
Episode 1012

We're already seeing it, and I think we're going to be seeing more social media influencers developing podcasts. Ten years ago or so, people started a blog and then developed a social media following. Now, people are developing a social media following and then starting a podcast. It's all about developing new and easily consumable content, and podcasts aren't going anywhere.

-Amanda Luton

Episode Summary

There are over 2 million podcasts out there in the world, along with 66 million episodes to sort through. Luckily, our in-house content experts Amanda Luton and Katherine Hintz have done the legwork so you can get a head start on choosing the best of the best. In this episode, Amanda and Katherine join Scott to share their top picks for wild stories, historical insight, true crime labyrinths, self-improvement tips and more. As a bonus, find out their Supply Chain Now favorites and what’s on the horizon for podcasts moving forward.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

Welcome to Supply Chain. Now, the voice of global supply chain Supply chain now focuses on the best in the business for our worldwide audience, the people, the technologies, the best practices, and today’s critical issues, the challenges and opportunities. Stay tuned to hear from Those Making Global Business Happen right here on supply chain now.

Scott Luton (00:31):

Hey, good morning everybody. Scott Luton and friends here with you on Supply Chain. Now welcome to today’s show. Now we have got a very unique show today, as we have had a lot of fun. Uh, titling it. Uh, it’s a podcast about podcasts, right? That takes me back to the Seinfeld episode, Uh, a coffee table book about coffee tables, I think, as it were, Kramer’s ABD app. Anyway, so not only will our listeners be able to hear from supply chain now, team members and our family, uh, that are oftentimes behind the scenes, but our team here are big fans of the podcast Medium, and you’re gonna be leaving this fun conversation with lots of new podcast recommendations, vetted, approved seal approval recommendations. So, with all of that said, I wanna introduce our esteemed guest here today. We have Amanda Luton, and Katherine, hence Amanda, how you doing?

Amanda Luton (01:29):

Doing great. How are you, Scott?

Scott Luton (01:31):

I am doing wonderful. Why? What does, why do our, uh, the tone in our conversations change? Just because we got a microphone in front of us.

Amanda Luton (01:38):

I know. I don’t usually talk this high. <laugh>.

Scott Luton (01:42):

And then we also have, of course, Katherine, how you doing?

Katherine Hintz (01:46):

Good. How are you?

Scott Luton (01:47):

I’m doing wonderful. Wonderful. So, uh, for our listeners out there, um, as I mentioned, the man and Catherine oftentimes are behind the scenes. Um, and so I had to, uh, kind of twist their arms to get ’em out in front on this podcast here today, because as we’ve learned for months now, both Amanda and Catherine are some of the biggest podcast listeners that are out there. And, uh, as, as we compiled a list probably a month or so ago about some of their favorite podcasts, I’m like, Man, other folks should, should know this information. There are some insights here, some insider information that can help people find new good content. And we’re all on that search regularly, right? For content, this might be binge worthy, so long clunky introduction there. But, um, so let’s get to know everybody a little better, right? So, uh, Amanda, uh, in a nutshell, talk about what you do here, and then we’re gonna fi got some questions for you.

Amanda Luton (02:43):

Sure. Uh, yeah. So I’m the CMO for Supply Chain now. Um, I organize, manage all of the production and the promotion and the marketing for supply chain Now. Um, I also am really blessed to manage an awesome team of marketing and production professionals, um, which is really, it’s a, it’s a joy every day to, to be a part of the supply chain now team.

Scott Luton (03:07):

Okay. All right. You know what, I’m gonna save those questions. Uh, I’m gonna go to Katherine next and just, uh, kind of also, Katherine, what do you do here at Supply Chain now?

Katherine Hintz (03:16):

Yeah, so I am the sales and marketing coordinator for Supply Chain now, and basically I have my hand in marketing production and a little bit of sales. So if anybody has ever worked or thought about working with us, they have probably seen my name in their inbox. Um, I like to say that I become fast friends with anybody that we have a meeting with <laugh>,

Scott Luton (03:39):

And it’s true, uh, me and Amanda both agree with that, right? <laugh>, um, uh, lots of passion and always, um, I tell you, Katherine is developing a reputation for some one-liners in our team meetings, and our prep calls <laugh>, but that aside, um, Alright.

Amanda Luton (03:56):

Supply chain now. Stand up. That’ll be the next podcast episode, <laugh>,

Katherine HIntz (04:02):

That’s our next series, right?

Scott Luton (04:04):

Actually, now stand up. Maybe we’ll get Carrot top lead off. No, I guess that, I guess, I guess it’s been a little while, right? But anyway, so Amanda, I’ll circle back to you for a second. Um, before we get into some podcasts recommendations that both of y’all have, and, and I wish we, we could have whole series based on some of the content that, uh, Katherine and Amanda, um, dive into regularly and could offer up. But, um, where, where’d you grow up, Amanda?

Amanda Luton (04:31):

Yeah, so I grew up in Metro Atlanta. Um, my dad worked for John Deere for about 35 years, so we did move around quite a bit, but the majority of my childhood was in Snellville. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, went to

Scott Luton (04:44):

Where everybodys somebody school

Amanda Luton (04:45):

Where everybody’s

Scott Luton (04:46):

Er

Amanda Luton (04:46):

Town motto. I was a comment cheerleader. Um, but then we moved to Iowa. So I graduated high school in Iowa, actually. Uh, and then went to Nebraska for college, and then just as soon as I graduated, moved right back down here. <laugh>,

Scott Luton (05:02):

It’s a bit of a culture shock, or was it to go from,

Amanda Luton (05:05):

I mean, it was unbelievable. I’ve never thought I had much of an accent until I moved to Iowa. And all anybody wanted me to do was just talk, just say some things they loved me hearing me say, Y’all just thought it was, I was just such a novelty, but I don’t think I really have an accent at all. But total culture shock. Um, the Midwest is wonderful, but I really missed the south. Um, so two weeks after I graduated, I moved right back down <laugh>.

Scott Luton (05:34):

All right. So we’re gonna leave a lot of those stories, uh, you have to minutes later,

Amanda Luton (05:40):

Inf when I was in college, thank goodness.

Scott Luton (05:42):

All a’s, uh, Amanda, all a’s, and didn’t never miss a class. Okay. So Catherine, uh, Amanda grew up here in the metro Atlanta area, and she mentioned Snellville, where, uh, again, their town motto, which I’ve always had some fun with, is we’re everybody’s somebody in Snellville, Georgia. Katherine, where’d you grow up?

Katherine HIntz (06:01):

I grew up between Marietta and Kennesaw, so also metro Atlanta, but just kind of on the other side of the perimeter, um, which was really great. I loved where I grew up. Um, and then I was very lucky that I got to travel a lot right after college. So I also had a stint in the Midwest, and I lived in Chicago for a while, and then I lived in South Florida, and I’ve lived in Milwaukee and now I’ve nestled my way back to the North Georgia mountains,

Scott Luton (06:28):

Where, where I bet it’s gorgeous just about every morning. Yes. And maybe afternoon, I don’t know. Uh, the mornings don’t have the monopoly on, uh, on, on nice weather, uh, is probably nice. All all year round there in the Georgia Mountains, huh?

Katherine HIntz (06:42):

Yes. It’s beautiful.

Scott Luton (06:44):

Okay, so you mentioned a couple things since we’ve got, since both of our guests are, um, uh, my guess to some degree, native Atlantans, Right? Grew up in the, uh, metro Atlanta area. You mentioned the word perimeter, so I don’t know about y’all, uh, but our listeners may find it interesting. I’ve always thought that, that when you hear perimeter in the Atlanta context, it’s got two meanings. Uh, the, probably the meaning that most folks connect it with is 2 85 that goes around the city, right? Right.

Amanda Luton (07:13):

Mm-hmm.

Scott Luton (07:13):

<affirmative>. But is it just me or do y’all feel that some people, when they say perimeter, it means that, um, that kind of, that, uh, uh, Ashford Dunwoody exit, uh, perimeter mall, that area Yeah. Y’all agree

Katherine HIntz (07:27):

With that? Kinda created its own neighborhood in that area as well? Yeah.

Scott Luton (07:31):

Okay. Making sure. And Amanda, you agree with that

Amanda Luton (07:33):

Too? Well, and since we lived there, yes. <laugh> Okay.

Scott Luton (07:36):

I’m making sure.

Amanda Luton (07:37):

So we live right in that area about a lifetime ago,

Scott Luton (07:41):

<laugh>. And, you know, uh, I love the helm we have now, but I do miss living, uh, in that we had, we had a great reverse commute, Katherine and Beaufort Highway and all of it’s wonderful culinary adventures. Were just, you know, just a couple miles away. Uh, but, but hey, we’re still not that far. And, uh, we’re gonna have to, uh, have some of those culinary adventures with Katherine. Maybe bring her down. Um, one other thing about Atlanta, um, uh, Atlanta highways and byways is the connector, right? When people say the connector, some of our listeners may get a, may, uh, find this interesting. When you say a connector, uh, what, what, uh, Amanda, what do, what, what do you mean when you say a connector?

Amanda Luton (08:20):

I think 75, 85, where they kind of merged together right in the heart of the city. Worst traffic you’ll ever experience in your whole life, <laugh>,

Scott Luton (08:30):

You’re right now, people,

Amanda Luton (08:30):

It’s right in the heart. It’s right where kind of all of the interstates, uh, from the southeast kind of merged together.

Scott Luton (08:37):

So, and Katherine, you agree with that?

Katherine HIntz (08:39):

Absolutely. Yeah.

Scott Luton (08:40):

Okay. So now people in Houston and, um, Washington, DC and LA may be laughing when Amanda says the worst traffic ever, <laugh>. Uh, but I tell you, um, she ain’t lying <laugh>, at least it’s really bad traffic most of the day. And I always think of varsity, right? The varsity, yeah. Is right there beside the connector where 85 and 75 are, um, generally speaking, you know, north southbound, you know, heart of the city moving north and south. So, um, a lot of folks will pass through downtown Atlanta sometimes as you’re, if you don’t take 2 85 around, uh, some, some brave folks are willing to go right through the heart of the city. Um, okay, so enough Atlanta trivia. Let’s get to, let’s get to the reason we’re here today. And I really am glad that Amanda and Katherine were gay. You know, they’re very busy, got full plates, they’re usually behind the scenes, helping to make, you know, world class production happen here.

Scott Luton (09:38):

But they were gamed to kind of be on the other side today talking about one of their favorite things, a podcast about podcasts. So I wanna start with, uh, let’s start with you Katherine. So, again, the genesis for this was, uh, on our team call probably a month or so ago, uh, um, where we, you know, who all’s big into podcasts and everybody like raise their hand and then all of a sudden we had like 27,000 recommendations of really good podcasts out there. So, Katherine, narrowing that down, what’s two or three of your favorite podcasts and why?

Katherine HIntz (10:11):

Absolutely. I was so excited when you said we were doing a podcast about this, because I just spend all my time listening to podcasts or scheduling podcasts, so I was very excited. Um, so I have three that I wanna talk about today, and they’ll go from probably more educational to more, um, lighthearted and fun. Okay. But I am a big fan of the TED Radio Hour podcast. Um, if you ever feel like you want a quick mental enrichment or there’s a certain theme that you really want to dive into, but you don’t have maybe the time or you’re driving and you wanna just kind of check a couple boxes off at once, the radio hour shows, or one of my favorites, you can get so much information about whether it’s urban planning or something going on in the news or technology. Like I, I really enjoy that. Um, cuz they don’t always have time to sit and watch a whole TED talk. So the fact that they combine a bunch of little ones together is really digestible and I really enjoy that. Um,

Scott Luton (11:13):

Hey, really quick, Katherine. Yeah. So, um, that, uh, we’ve all heard of Ted Talks, most listeners probably familiar with that. I’m new to the TED Radio Hour. It looks like it’s part of the NPR family program. I’m a big NPR fan, All things considered. Um, Wait, wait, don’t tell me. I think it’s the name of that Saturday show. Yeah, but I’m on there Twitter now. Uh, Katherine and Amanda, you’ll get a kick outta this too. Uh, on the TED Radio hour, uh, tweet from just a couple days ago, they go quote, There are a few things most of us can agree on. One thing, Dolly Parton. <laugh>. So

Katherine HIntz (11:51):

See, they’re, they’ve got it going on. They know it’s right. If you are a fan of Dolly Parton, I’m a fan of you. So <laugh>, I agree 100%.

Scott Luton (12:01):

Okay. All right. So the TED Radio hour, check ’em out. Looks like they’ve got a great, uh, Twitter feed as well. And how often do they publish content? Uh, Katherine

Katherine HIntz (12:10):

Pretty frequently. It looks like once a week.

Scott Luton (12:13):

Okay. Once a week. Great. So y’all check that out where we beat your podcast. That’s the first official seal of approval. Uh, Katherine, uh, uh, uh, Hints podcast. What’s number two?

Katherine HIntz (12:25):

Number two is where should we begin with Esther Perl. She is kind of, uh, well known therapist and psychiatrist. And, um, now she’s kind of a mental health advocate, I guess you could say. And the whole concept of this podcast is it’s completely, um, anonymous, but you get to listen in on certain counseling sessions. And it’s a really a great takeaway if you’re interested in psychology. If you’re interested in improving your communication in relationships or in business, it’s a really great way to learn something that you wouldn’t necessarily know because it’s not your life, but it’s really, really humanizing and it kind of helps me broaden my perspective. So if I ever end up in a tough conversation with somebody, I think that I can reflect back on these podcasts that I’ve listened to with her and kind of think, Okay, how is a better way that I can conduct myself in challenging situations? How can I better communicate my needs, whether it is relationally, professionally, with my family? Um, and it’s, she has a really great way of being very kind and supportive, but she’s not afraid to pull a puncher to, you know, if you’re, if you’re acting out, she’s gonna let you know. So I think we all need people like that in our life, even if it’s just from a podcast host.

Scott Luton (13:51):

Now, Katherine, it sounds like to me, and I’m on their webpage now, Esther Perel, that’s, um, Esther, e s t h e r, and her last name is Perel, P E R E l, Perel. Is that right? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So it sounds like not only is it entertaining, but it sounds like it’s therapeutic and you’ve actually learned and applied some of what she’s taught in your life. Is that right?

Katherine HIntz (14:10):

Exactly. And a lot of it is, it can be a little heavy cuz you are listening to real people and their real problems. Um, but it’s always something that I find bits of inspiration from and bits of, um, tips on personal improvement and self development.

Scott Luton (14:27):

Okay. Uh, some of the, looks like some of her themes, she focuses on, um, Taboo C and crisis security versus freedom, communication and connection. A lot of good stuff there. It seems like the very practical, uh, practical podcast. Some of my favorites, Uh, Amanda, your thoughts on, um, let’s see the name of it. It’s, uh, where should we Begin? What’s the name of the podcast?

Katherine HIntz (14:50):

Yeah, where should we begin?

Scott Luton (14:52):

Okay, Amanda, your Thoughts?

Amanda Luton (14:53):

Yeah, I, I’ve not heard of that podcast before and I think it sounds so interesting. I’m gonna have to look it up. Um, because most of the time when I listen to podcasts, I mean, I can go into this in a minute, it’s strictly entertainment. You know, it’s not really to, to better myself or self-help or anything like that, but this sounds like it can kind of be almost a perfect mix of both. It can be entertaining, but also something that you can kind of take away.

Katherine HIntz (15:20):

So, and you haven’t heard my last pick yet. So this

Scott Luton (15:24):

One last thing about this, uh, sbr, her parents were survivors of Nazi concentration camps. Oh wow. Holy cow. Uh, his father had, her father had nine siblings, her mother had seven siblings. Um, man, I bet. What an incredible story. Okay, so Katherine, you’ve got, man, you’ve, you’ve, uh, come right outta right outta the Chevy Hitters, uh, gate punching, right? <laugh>. So what is your third approved

Katherine HIntz (15:51):

Podcast? So my third one, um, just as important and serious as the others, is called Normal Gossip and the host

Katherine HIntz (16:03):

This, um, and the host, her name is Kelsey McKinney. And the whole premise of this podcast is that you get to listen to the a story that is submitted by a friend of a friend. So it is a funny story, a crazy story. A it could be anything from that infamous Thanksgiving that happened in the nineties with your family and now they won’t stop telling the story about the time that the Turkey got up and ran away. Right. <laugh> so like, you know, a situation with a crazy neighbor that had a business running out of their apartment. Um, and everything is anonymous and details have been changed. So we don’t know exactly which parts are a hundred percent true and which ones are 95% true. But she invites a host on that has most of the time, um, is, has some sort of interest in the theme of the story. So you know that they’re gonna be really invested in what happens. And you get to spend an hour listening to a really funny and kind of wacky story. And if you’re like me and you kind of enjoy, um, trash TV or reality TV or whatever you wanna call it, this is a great way to get your fix while you’re like driving to run errands or something.

Scott Luton (17:22):

And let’s face it, we all need these departures from any critical thinking. I mean, yes. Right. <laugh>. Um, alright, Amanda, your comment on on that last one.

Amanda Luton (17:33):

Yeah, again, Sounds right up my alley. <laugh>, I love kinda quirky, unique stories. I love the anonymity kinda aspect of it too, cuz I feel like obviously people could share some crazy details about, you know, funny stories when nobody will be able to identify them later. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> <affirmative>. Um, so again, I’ve been writing down all of these, Katherine, so I’m gonna look them up later and subscribe for sure.

Scott Luton (17:56):

Okay, excellent. Uh, well, Katherine, I’m not sure if to to thank you for, cause Amanda’s already, you know, she’s read she’s read about a thousand books this year and Liz listening and following, you know, a thousand of the podcasts. So, uh, thank you Katherine for more quality content coming into Thein Home. You’re welcome, <laugh>, but don’t go anywhere cause we won’t get you to comment on Amanda’s. And then I’ve got a couple of questions for y’all after we, um, put together this, this top six approved podcast list. Um, alright, so Amanda, Latherine went first and shared her three. What’s your first one here today?

Amanda Luton (18:31):

Yeah, so, um, one of my biggest kind of interests as far as podcasts go, um, I love True Crime, obviously, like most people do. Um, I love history. History is a, is a really big one for me. Um, and I really love kind of, uh, the mixture of the, not mystical, but kind of unexplained and, and kind of where history cross paths. Okay. Um, but so one of my very favorite podcasts I’ve listened to for a really long time is called American History Tellers, um, on the Wonder Channel. And that’s kind of the way that I kind of picked these is I almost selected the podcast channels first and then selected my favorite, um, podcast from the channels. Ok. But Wondery, they have so many wonderful, really well written podcast, uh, podcast programs, but American History Tellers is really great because they’ll do one season based on any one major American historical event. And Lindsey Graham is the host, he’s really wonderful, but he,

Scott Luton (19:36):

He tells not Lindsey Graham, the politician of different

Amanda Luton (19:40):

Graham South Yeah. Senator. That’s right. Is he a senator or representative? Either. Not him. Totally different. Um, but Lindsey Graham is the host and he tells the story from the perspective of people that could have been involved in the historical event. So, and they’ll do, I don’t know, somewhere between five and eight episodes per season. And the whole season is about this one event and kind of going through the, the chronologically through the event. Um, but I’ve learned more in depth history about the, the Revolutionary War, about, um, the space race, about the Cuban Missile Crisis is the one I’m listening to now. Um, I listened to one about the Tulsa Race Massacre. I had never even heard about that in the past. Uh, we never learned about that in history class, but I learned about it on, uh, American History Tellers on this podcast.

Amanda Luton (20:33):

It’s just so fascinating. And they’re perfect for like a, a road trip or like a long drive somewhere, cuz you can just bust through three or four episodes. No problem. And I truly, you know, a lot of the events spoken about on American history tellers, I’ve learned about in in history class or, or throughout, you know, just my life or whatever. Um, the level of detail, the level of research and in depth information that they share is just, it is so fascinating and I’m, I’m totally a history nerd anyway. Yes. But think, think it would appeal to kind of any Americans that wanna dive bit deeper into the history of our country. It’s just really fascinating.

Scott Luton (21:12):

All right. So Katherine, I’m gonna get your take in just a second, but I’m, I’m on there. Um, one of their pages, they’ve had 35 seasons, so that’s quite an accomplishment for any podcast. You know, most, most of the 3 million podcasts out there don’t get beyond 12 episodes, as we all know. Um, Amanda dropped a couple of, uh, of, uh, subjects, but Prohibition, the Space Race, National Parks, Civil Rights, Dutch Manhattan, uh, Cole Works.

Amanda Luton (21:42):

That was a fascinating one, believe it or not, Dutch Manhattan. It tells all about the history of New York City and how it was, uh, how it was, uh, settled. Yep. I knew nothing. I, I knew truly nothing about New York City. I mean, it explains how Wall Street got its name. Yeah. It’s, it was just amazing.

Katherine HIntz (21:59):

That’s fascinating.

Scott Luton (22:00):

Lost Colony of Roanoke. Uh, and the plot is still, Lincoln’s body was the most recent one. We’ll save that. So no spoilers. Um, Katherine, your take on American History Tellers,

Katherine HIntz (22:12):

I love that. I had not heard of that podcast before, but it sounds super interesting. I think that sometimes when we learn about history growing up, maybe we are either too young to appreciate it or we don’t realize that these are real people that have real lives and stories. And so the way that they orchestrate or like, um, create that content makes it feel like you’re truly understanding the history of whatever they’re covering, but also the path that people took to get there. Right.

Scott Luton (22:45):

Yeah. Well said. Well said Katherine. Um, okay, so the first one for Amanda was American History Tellers. What’s number two, Amanda?

Amanda Luton (22:53):

Yeah. So the second one is from, um, the Grim and Mild channel. I think that, um, Aaron Mankey is the host of Lo, which is another super popular podcast, has been around for a really, really long time, Um, lore, I think they, they’re into, you know, they’re over two or 300 episodes now, but they published a book. They had a, you know, two series TV show on Amazon Prime. Um, but the, the Lore podcast is about an hour long, and it’s about, um, kind of like I was saying earlier, the cross between like the unexplained and history and how, um, you know, New Orleans is, is supposedly haunted and kind of all these ghost stories from the city. Um, the other day they were talking about charms and how charms throughout history have held, um, lots of symbolism for different cultures and things like that. Um, but Laura is not even the one that I was going to recommend. Ok. Even though Laura is fantastic and I love it so much, they have another podcast called Cabinet of Curiosities that’s very short. Okay. It’s about eight, eight or nine minutes long. But they tell two quick stories about, you know, things from history that are unexplained or again, stories or background that you may not have heard before. Um, but I love it because do y’all remember, um, Ripley’s, believe it or not, like they have museums and they also had the TV show.

Scott Luton (24:18):

Hang on a sec. Hang on a sec. Um, you can’t say Ripley’s, believe it or not, without mentioning, uh, it was hosted by, um, Kane. Who, B Kane? No, that was, I’m new one. I’m talking about the eighties version of Ripley’s that I don’t, or not, Hang on a sec. Let’s look this up really quick. Because the guy always reminded me of my granddad and he had a very unique, uh, manner of jackal Jack. Oh, yeah. Yeah. And if you remember at the end of each segment, back in the a the original show, at the end of each segment, he goes, You can believe it or not, just like that. Very dramatic. You know? And, and it was, was like a trademark. Yes. Um, I didn’t even realize, Jack, I mean, this is how, uh, ignorant I was as a kid. I didn’t realize Jack P had a Hollywood history, you know, pedigree that Ripley’s believe it or not, wasn’t his, you know, wasn’t his claim to fame. It was a great, great movie show. I only

Amanda Luton (25:14):

Knew him show from City Slicks <laugh>, that movie <laugh>.

Scott Luton (25:18):

Well, where, uh, Kinder Spirits here. Okay. So Cabinet of Curiosities, that’s the, that’s your number two, right?

Amanda Luton (25:24):

That’s the, Yeah. And it’s, it’s so great because it’s just these little snippets, these weird and wacky stories, um, like how John f Kennedy’s brain has been missing, you know, for years and years and like the, the evolution of that, that story and, um, how you get, uh, I can’t think of another quick example, but just how, how things have been named and like the origins of naming things or the origins of like, um, phrases that we use a lot, you know, in English, um, speaking or whatever. But it’s just, it’s a great program. It’s super short. It’s two stories you’re done in less than 10 minutes. And it’s like, from watching that or from listening to that podcast, I feel like I could be like trivia champion at any local bar. Um, just because my knowledge of kind of useless information has been improved from that podcast. I just love it so much. Cause it’s quick and easy.

Scott Luton (26:22):

Cabinet of curiosities. Yes. Cabinet of Curiosities. Uh, I wonder if <laugh> Oh, that’s stupid. Dad. Dad jokes. I was thinking about, uh, a sequel, um, instead of cabinet, maybe a treasure chest of trivia. Uh, gimme the Sequel or something like that. Yes. Perfect. But a quick question, uh, for you both, because as I’m on its site via iHeart is where I’m finding it mm-hmm. <affirmative>, uh, as Amanda as you mentioned, you know, most of these are less than, um, you know, 13 minutes or less. So it’s very short form. Um, in a, in a succinct answer, are y’all bigger fans of that shorter form, you know, 10 minute or less Quick Hitter podcast? Or do you like the longer form before you share number three? Katherine

Katherine HIntz (27:08):

Longer.

Scott Luton (27:09):

You light longer. Okay. Uh, Amanda,

Amanda Luton (27:12):

I like both in it. A lot of it depends on when and where I’m listening. If I’m in the car, I’ll love along podcast if I’m holding laundry short <laugh>. Okay.

Scott Luton (27:22):

All right.

Katherine HIntz (27:23):

Lucky you that your laundry doesn’t take that.

Amanda Luton (27:25):

Yeah, that’s not the case. I listened to tons of episodes in a row. Yeah, <laugh>.

Scott Luton (27:30):

All right. So speaking of cabinet, uh, of Curiosities, which is again, uh, Amanda mentioned Aaron Mankey, Uh, that’s the host and the creator. And that Mankey is spelled M a h n K E. Uh, Katherine, your take on Cabinet of Curiosities,

Katherine HIntz (27:46):

All I could think about when you were explaining it is that that sounds like the perfect podcast to listen to if you’re going into a dinner party where you don’t know a lot of people, because it’s gonna fill you with so much stuff that you can be like, Oh, I learned this interesting stuff today. You know, and you can just put on while you’re driving and feel like you’re gonna be prepared with good small talk that’s also, um, relevant or a fun, intelligent comment to make about something. I think it could be a good Back Pocket podcast when you need some conversational support.

Scott Luton (28:18):

That’s such absolutely, such a great idea. So, so basically, Kath, uh, Amanda Katherine’s saying, Hey, if you wanna be interesting, check out this podcast and you can go into any conversation ready to share something of interest to, uh, the attendees. Um, okay. So Amanda, we’ve knocked out two of yours. What is number three?

Amanda Luton (28:39):

Yeah, so I am a, an overachiever. I cannot narrow it down to th to, to a third and final podcast. But like I said earlier, true crime. I’m a huge, huge fan of true crime. Like most, I think women my age, I don’t know why that is, but, um, I’ve been a, a murder reno pretty much my whole life. I love my favorite murder. Um, it’s another kind of long time podcast that’s been around a long, a long time. What’s

Scott Luton (29:07):

It called? Um,

Amanda Luton (29:08):

It’s called My Favorite Murder.

Scott Luton (29:09):

Oh,

Amanda Luton (29:10):

Okay. That’s on the exactly right channel. Okay. So great. Um, I love Crime Junkie. Um, I love, let’s see, Crime Junkie is with, um, Ashley Flowers. She’s the hoster of that show. Um, Criminal is an excellent True crime podcast. Um, Anatomy of Murder that’s on Audio Chuck, which is the channel that, um, Crime Junkie is also on. Um, those are all just really what I, the thing I like about True Good True Crime podcasts are ones that are really researched well. They’re not just kind of, they’re not sharing a ton of strous information or opinions straight to the facts. It’s like forensic files on TV is, you know, it’s very straightforward. Um, but just sharing the details of these horrible, horrible crimes, which is, you know, the phenomenon of True Crime. You know, why everybody loves so much, I don’t know. But those shows, you know, Criminal Crime Junkie, um, Anatomy of Murder, My Favorite Murder, Murder to a certain extent, they’re just done really well and I really enjoy listening to them. Um, the hosts are very knowledgeable cuz they’ve kind of been doing this a long time and they can kind of draw, um, parallels to other stories. But, um, I don’t know why I like a spooky story time of the year, but I, I just, I think true Crime is very fascinating. And another lifetime, maybe I would’ve been a forensic scientist or something. Its very fascinating

Katherine HIntz (30:39):

From Supply Chain to

Scott Luton (30:41):

Yes. Beat Me to it. Katherine <laugh>. Uh, so Katherine, that, that was a litany of, um, I Fast and Furious finish your thoughts there, Katherine or any of those

Katherine HIntz (30:53):

<laugh>. I was into the True Crime podcast movement, if you will, probably like right out of college. And when Serial kind of was the for runner of that whole space. And then it kind of, my interest in it kind of dwindled every once in a while. If I’m on a really long road trip and I need something that’s gonna perk me back up, a spooky true crime story is gonna make me feel very alert if I’m like stopping to put gas in my car and I’m by myself or something. Yeah. Um, but I am not the biggest, uh, consumer of True Crime. But I do think that the ones that I listen to, I’ve listened to my favorite murder, I think it’s really good. I’ve listened to Crime Junkie and it’s really good. And I agree with Amanda that, um, it is, I think for my favorite murder at least, some of their earlier ones were very lighthearted. Like, they, they made these stories, um, you hate to say they’re enjoyable to listen to cuz they’re real life tragedies, but, you know, they, they did it in a very, um, consumable way. And then you have ones like Crime Junkies that have a very journalistic approach. Right? Yes, for sure. It’s interesting to be able to hear these stories in multiple told in multiple ways.

Scott Luton (32:11):

So, uh, it’s interesting, um, cause it is amazing just how big of a niche in a market that true crime has become. And, and almost regardless of medium, if you look at tv, you know, Dateline, 48 hours, um, not so much 60

Amanda Luton (32:27):

Days, Apple created an entire podcast category dedicated to True crime now. Right. You know, that was several years ago, but that’s how much it grew. That’s how quickly Yeah. How many podcasts were being created.

Scott Luton (32:38):

But if you think of OGs in this space, forensic Files, the original is still one of the best. And, and yeah, you know, that’s a podcast, but also it’s a 30 minute show that there’s, you know, a couple hundred episodes. Um, and they recently released forensic files too, which I have not found nearly as, uh, I’m not sure if it’s a story difference. I’m not sure if it’s, um, an interview difference, but I don’t find, or maybe, um, just how they produce it. I don’t think it’s as good as the original. Uh, yeah, no. Amanda, you’ve seen forensic files too. Would you agree or disagree with that?

Amanda Luton (33:15):

Yeah, I agree. And I think that is kind of one of the things about True Crime Podcasts now too, is once people kind of realized how popular they were and how, you know, this huge market for True crime, everybody jumps on the bandwagon and everybody creates, you know, everybody’s fascinated. Lots of people are fascinated with true crime. So, you know, they wanna jump on the bandwagon of true crime and of podcasts and start producing all of this, this true crime, um, content. And sometimes, and that’s why I like some of these old school, like Katherine said, the journalistic approach to to true crime is it’s an old school. It’s, you know, tried and true way of, of communicating this type of content and it’s really, really great. But when you try and repackage it and kind of repromote it later and kind of change up those, those tried and true, you know, ways of, of communicating. So it’s just not as good. I can’t necessarily put my finger on it either. Right. But, um, sometimes keeping it basic, straight to the point with a, with a really classic or traditional formula is just the way to go.

Scott Luton (34:28):

All right. Uh, your final, So forensic files, are you, are you a fan? Katherine? I have

Amanda Luton (34:33):

Never seen it.

Scott Luton (34:34):

Oh my gosh. <laugh>. Oh my gosh. All right. So we, we’ll have to fix that. Um, and you may not like it, uh, because I know you mentioned the kind of true crime is not your priority list. Um, but really it, it’s, it is a classic, uh, that continues. You know, uh, H H L N is a channel that runs it relentlessly today. It’s kinda like MTV runs, um, ridiculousness, um, constantly. And, you know, that’s an interesting story. We don’t have time for it today, but, um, folks, listeners, you should check out why that is. So this is, um, folks, when I say stuff like this, it reminds me how unique of a episode this is gonna be for supply chain. Now, <laugh>, it’s a podcast about podcasts and content, but hey, any, any opportunity we have to bring folks that are usually on the other side of the coin out and sharing, you know, what’s important to them, their likes and, and, uh, different aspects of this journey.

Scott Luton (35:29):

That’s a, that’s a good reason to do that. Okay. Moving right along, bringing it back to the supply chain now, Um, a thousand episodes in on a main ship, and that’s just a mother ship, right? That’s just supply chain. Now of course you got do pe you got digital Transformers, um, you’ve got, uh, Tech talk, uh, you have got Tequila Sunrise, I mean, just all this, you know, wealth of content out there. But what is, uh, Katherine, wanna start with you. What is your fa one of your favorite all time episodes on supply chain? Now

Katherine HIntz (36:03):

That is so hard. I think, um, this isn’t quite answering the question, but my favorite,

Scott Luton (36:10):

I’m used to that

Amanda Luton (36:12):

<laugh>.

Katherine HIntz (36:15):

I would say that my favorite would have to be the supply chain buzz. So every Monday we have a supply chain buzz, and I’m on the back end of it. So we get to start our week off together doing this episode. And I think that it is just always a good time, whether we have, you know, a guest on there or if it’s just kind of us. Um, it’s a great way to start your week off with Timely News, a good laugh or two, and an update on what’s going on with Supply Chain now and everybody else kind of in the space. I think it’s something that, um, I really enjoy, especially not being a supply chain expert, being more on the creative and marketing side, I think that I am constantly learning and laughing and growing from listening to the buzz episodes.

Scott Luton (37:07):

I agree. Um, you know, if y’all remember way back when, and, and before Katherine even joined us, the supply chain Buzz and its infancy was a short form news focus podcast that we dropped that was 15 minutes or less quick hitters, kinda like monologue, uh, that we’d drop, uh, once a week or so, once a month. I can’t remember exactly, but that has since morphed into, to Katherine’s point, one of our most popular programs, right? It’s a mixture of personalities, it’s a mixture of news, news. You could use some extra of movers and shakers out there doing innovative things. And it’s set every Monday at 12 noon, uh, like clockwork. So, um, but so Katherine, that’s a good one. Uh, Amanda, what about yours?

Amanda Luton (37:52):

Yeah, so I love the buzz too. Um, that’s one of, one of the things, one of the, the sessions that I look forward to producing every week. It’s always, always a lot of fun. Um, but some of my favorite episodes have been, um, some supply chain leaders, um, that come on and they don’t focus so much on supply chain, but focus more on leadership. Um, we had Crystal York on just recently, that was not this week, I don’t think, but last week she was on for new interview and she just, she challenged the audience, you know, she was, uh, she’s a great manufacturing leader and I thought it was just a, a, a really wonderful interview. I actually, we have copywriters on our team that kind of write landing page copy and some some social copy and things like that, and we weren’t, they weren’t able to do it this week. So I actually wrote the landing page copy for that episode and listening to the transcript and listening to the interview, I felt very inspired after listening to Crystal. So I thought that that was a great interview. Um, uh, one from way back, uh, Sandra McQuian was on with Scott and Greg, I think it was actually a live stream that she was on

Scott Luton (39:02):

A masterclass

Amanda Luton (39:04):

Yes. That we then we, we replayed or reproduced it into a podcast episode and she gave like 10, I can’t even remember the, the exact title, but it was maybe 10 things, A supply chain, uh, Chief Supply Chain Officer needs to Do or Needs to Know, or something like that. Just the level of knowledge that she had that she just busted out, like no problem. Um, you know, she obviously, I’m sure she prepared and she was, you know, she had done her research and studied and everything for the show, but just the amount of information and the, the leadership qualities that she communicated through that episode, I mean, talk about Katherine, like writing things down and, and making notes of, of, of things that’ll help you going forward. That was just such a great episode. And it was applicable to pretty much anybody in, in, in industry that’s interested in being a leader or wants to move forward in their organization. Not has nothing, I mean, supply chain. Yes, of course. And it was information for people in the supply chain industry, but it was applicable to pretty much anybody, anywhere that wants to, you know, have some forward progress in their career. So that was a really, really great episode. Those are probably two of my recent favorites. She c Sanders was also a great,

Scott Luton (40:18):

Oh, she’s

Amanda Luton (40:19):

Great interview not too long ago, actually. We’ve had her on a couple of times, but her most recent one was, was really wonderful. Um, but I just love those guests that yes, they can share their supply chain and their business and industry knowledge, but they can also show and share, um, you know, so many great tips or, or, or, or bits of information about leadership and how we can all be better leaders. That’s what I really I like about those particular episodes.

Scott Luton (40:47):

Agreed. Uh, alright. So Katherine, any comments on any of those? Let’s see, Crystal, Sandra, uh, Sheika, any, any comments, Sarah, on any of those? Katherine,

Katherine HIntz (40:57):

I think those are all really great episodes, and I totally agree with what Amanda said. Um, I think one of the great things about our podcast and our live streams are there’s so many things you can take away, whether you are actively in the industry or not. Um, there’s just a lot of life lessons and personal development that you can glean from these leaders. And I, I love a good story and I think that the people that come on, like Crystal and everyone else are coming on because they have an important story to tell and I always enjoy getting to listen, listen to it.

Scott Luton (41:34):

I agree. Uh, I love great storytellers and also, especially if they bring like a, uh, a t-shirt is mm-hmm. <affirmative>, you know, a short phrase. It really inspires, uh, our listeners inspires us as hosts. Uh, you know, we leave a lot of these shows ready to run through walls and certainly all three of those you mentioned, uh, and many others. So, um, alright. So one final question for our Esteem panel here today. And I was thinking about this earlier. Here’s almost 3 million podcasts depending on who you look at, right? Um, who’s doing the numbers? But it’s about 3 million podcasts now. I wonder who 20 years ago, we’ll call it, said, Hey, you know, I think this is where content’s going. I think folks are gonna have an Apple on their phone and they’re gonna be listening to all this audio content and it’s gonna take over the world in many ways. And, and companies are gonna push billions of dollars into the space to grow it. And I wonder how many folks knew that was coming. So since I’m with two experts here, deep content consumers, uh, and Kathryn I’ll start with you. What is one prediction that you have for where content may be headed next? What’s the next big thing?

Katherine HIntz (42:44):

I think that, I think that most trends are cyclical. So you can kind of see that what we’re going to do might be reminiscent of something that we’ve already done, but it’s an innovation of that. And I think the people are moving more towards story based audio content. So before the big surge of podcasting happened, my family would go on a lot of road trips and we always listened to radio classics on Sirius xm and it’s

Scott Luton (43:15):

That’s a channel?

Katherine HIntz (43:16):

Yeah, it’s a channel. Okay. They do, um, classic dramas and mysteries and comedies. So it’s like Jack Benny, and, um, these like western audio stories that you’re hearing that are really, really cool. Probably stuff that, you know, my grandparents would’ve watched or listened to, maybe

Scott Luton (43:34):

Jackal and some of those

Amanda Luton (43:36):

<laugh>, maybe he could be

Katherine HIntz (43:38):

<laugh>. Um, and I think that I’m seeing a lot of content, maybe not on the business side, but just on the entertainment side, go more towards these scripted audio shows or retelling of a story, like the normal gossip show that I mentioned at the top, that you’re getting to hear these narrative storylines over the course of an hour. And maybe it’s serial and maybe it’s not. Um, but I think that people are really striving for human connection. And so I think we’re gonna see a lot of those personal touches through audio content moving forward.

Scott Luton (44:13):

Yeah, I think that’s a great, uh, a great prediction, right, man. Asking me tough to top <laugh>. What’s one

Katherine HIntz (44:19):

Prediction? I’m not sure, Amanda. No

Amanda Luton (44:20):

Pressure. I know. Gosh. Well, no. So one of the things that I’m seeing a lot of, and so prior to podcast listening, I guess I was an avid consumer of blogs, loved reading blogs. I was on my computer at night constantly reading. I had a whole favorite list of all of my favorite blogs that I would go through. I had a blog, you know, everybody had blogs there for a while and now, you know, social media has changed that so much. Instagram accounts have changed so much. Social media influencers have changed that so much. And what I’m seeing a lot now is social media influencers, you know, they may start with, or they may start with Instagram and they create these huge followings. They don’t have blogs anymore, They’re starting podcasts. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So I’m thinking that we’re going to be seeing, you know, a lot of these people that are TikTok famous or YouTube famous or you know, Instagram famous, Um, we’re gonna be seeing more podcasts like that now, whether it’s them kind of creating the same type of content for their podcasts, or if they’re gonna be inviting guest song kind of for interviews.

Amanda Luton (45:28):

I’m not exactly sure how that’s gonna work, but every single day when I open, I listen to all my podcasts on Apple. Um, every day I see a new podcast from a new, uh, social media influencer that I’ve just, you know, just seen or just recognized, um, from TikTok or whatever. Um, but, so that’s what I’m thinking. Lots of influencer podcasts. I don’t think podcasts are going anywhere. Um, I think video, obviously, you know, all these social media platforms are switching over to a more dynamic short, you know, form video content like TikTok, like YouTube shorts. Um, it may be that we see slightly fewer audio only podcast, more video podcasts mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, to kind of play into the, the whole video, uh, trend. But, um, pod I don’t think podcasts are going anywhere at all. I think we’re gonna see more. I would love to see more, um, different genres, different types of content. Like, like Katherine mentioned, you know, true crime was so, so hot there for a while and you know, now I mentioned that, you know, so many people are creating it. Like, let’s see some more things in addition to true crime. Like, what else have you got? You know, what else can people come up with to, to share and to, to, um, educate and entertain people? But, uh, I don’t think they’re going anywhere, which is exciting for me because I I can’t get enough <laugh>

Scott Luton (46:48):

Clearly, man. Well, this has been fascinating. Um, I’m really glad, you know, this is kind of, um, um, it was always a concept, uh, for a show that, that, uh, we’ve had in mind for, as I mentioned on the front end for weeks. But we kind of, we had an opportunity, uh, from a production scheduling standpoint, and we had an opening this afternoon to knock out the recording. So I’m really glad that we all could get here and we could pick your brain, both of you on all things podcasts, the podcast about podcasts. So, who knows, we may, we may make this a, uh, regular feature like quarterly. Uh, I could, I could envision, um, whether it’s members of our team or other content creators as they jump on and share their favorite, um, you know, a lot of all the ones we, well, I guess not a lot of, we shared a mix of entertainment and learning or news oriented podcasts. Um, but, but you know, it’s wherever, uh, it’s wherever, whatever works to make that departure from all the rigors and stresses of this journey, whatever, whatever helps you, you know, find that balance and that moment of serenity. And I think we got a couple of nuggets from you both Amanda and Katherine on, um, on what works for y’all. And maybe some more listeners will pick up on some of those podcasts and let us know. You know, let us know what you think of the vetted list we got from Katherine and Amanda here today. Okay.

Amanda Luton (48:12):

And I think the, the podcast Buzz with Amanda and Katherine is coming up soon. <laugh>. Yeah.

Katherine HIntz (48:18):

That’s like a, I dunno, you might opened a door here.

Scott Luton (48:22):

Let’s do it. I’d love it. Uh, I think, I think there’s so much, you know, uh, there’s so much content out there and there needs to be some shepherds of folks that help navigate, uh, all the, the treacherous podcast landscape and find good stuff. Absolutely. So that might be something. So we’ll filter

Amanda Luton (48:41):

Through it. No

Scott Luton (48:42):

Problem. Buzz

Amanda Luton (48:43):

<laugh> podcast,

Scott Luton (48:44):

Bud. And while limited the podcast, we could have a, a whole, uh, content buzz, but, uh, stay tuned.

Katherine HIntz (48:50):

Our content corner,

Scott Luton (48:51):

Uh, content corner.

Katherine HIntz (48:52):

Perfect. There we go.

Scott Luton (48:54):

<laugh>. All right. Uh, well, listeners, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this episode, this very unique episode, big departure from what we typically do, but hey, that’s the joy of creating content, right? To be able to make these departures and these right turns and left turns. Because whether we like it or not, life isn’t all only about supply chain, even for us, big supply chain lovers and nerds like, like I am. Um, but nevertheless, Amanda Luton, thank you for your time. Appreciate what you do here.

Amanda Luton (49:20):

Yeah, this was a lot of fun.

Scott Luton (49:22):

It was a lot of fun. Um, and Katherine really appreciate Katherine, hence, really appreciate what you do here. Thanks for all of your, uh, suggestions as well.

Katherine HIntz (49:31):

Thanks for having me, Scott.

Scott Luton (49:33):

We’re gonna do it again, the content corner with Amanda Katherine <laugh> coming soon.

Katherine HIntz (49:38):

I

Scott Luton (49:38):

Love it. To, to a, uh, app near you. Okay. Listeners, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this. Hey, let us know, shoot us a note, uh, of what are some of your favorite podcasts. I really hope plot you now and some of our family programmings on that list, but hey, no worries if it’s not. Um, Amanda, what’s the best way? Should folks just pop over on our, maybe our supply chain now, Twitter or LinkedIn or one of our social channels to drop us there? Podcast recommendations?

Amanda Luton (50:05):

Oh, yeah, that’s a great idea. Um, probably LinkedIn and we’ll, we’ll be posting, um, probably some great content based off of this podcast. So you can comment, uh, send us a DM or, or, or tweet us. Yeah,

Katherine HIntz (50:19):

I’ll be so excited to see what everybody else’s favorites are.

Scott Luton (50:23):

<laugh>. Absolutely. That, that’d be intriguing. We, we, we’ll have to curate a whole list. Top 100. Absolutely.

Katherine HIntz (50:29):

We’ll see a book club for podcasts,

Katherine HIntz (50:31):

<laugh>, we can we figure that out and start

Scott Luton (50:33):

One Blue ribbons and stuff. All right. <laugh>, Icot awards or whatever. Um, okay. Well, uh, listeners, hopefully you’ve enjoyed this. Big thanks to Amanda and Katherine, join for joining me for this very unique episode, a podcast about podcasts. Uh, let us know your recommendations. Uh, but whatever you do, uh, hey, you gotta find that, that, um, departure from the stresses of life. Amanda and Katherine gave you some great ideas. So to take advantage of those, test ’em out and let us know what you think. But whatever you do, on behalf of our entire team here, Scott Lu and challenging to do good, to give forward and to be the change that’s needed. And we’ll see you next time, right back here at Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.

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Amanda Luton serves as the CMO of Supply Chain Now.  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, she 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 hers and her husband Scott’s three kids, reading, listening to podcasts, or in the kitchen cooking.  Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn. 

Katherine Hintz serves as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Supply Chain Now.  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. Connect with Katherine on LinkedIn. 

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Allison Giddens

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.

She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.

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Greg White

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

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

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

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Karin Bursa

Host of TEKTOK

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

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

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

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

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Jeff Miller

Host

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

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Amanda Luton

Chief Marketing Officer

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

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Billy Taylor

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.

An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.

A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.

A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning.  He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Ben Harris

Host

Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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