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Episode 1280

Generative AI can actually detect anomalies across the power grid and suggest optimal load distribution. This really leads to a much more efficient mix and more reliable supply.

-Kevin L. Jackson

Episode Summary

The energy industry is increasingly leveraging AI to analyze data from drones and sensors to predict future energy failures, reduce downtime and maintenance costs, and even optimize energy production by accurately predicting energy demand. A recent report by McKinsey estimated that AI could potentially enable the energy sector to realize up to $1.3 trillion annually by 2035.

In this episode of Supply Chain Now, sponsored by Microsoft, hosts Scott Luton and Kevin L. Jackson explore the transformative impact of AI on the energy sector. Discover how AI-driven innovations are enhancing operational efficiency, predicting failures, optimizing energy production, and driving sustainability goals. Learn from industry leaders like Georgia Power and Constellation Energy on their AI journey towards improved operations, safety, and achieving net zero commitments. Tune in for an insightful discussion on the future of energy.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro  (00:03):

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Scott Luton  (00:31):

Hey, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you may be, Scott Luton and the one and only Kevin L. Jackson with you here on Supply Chain. Now, welcome to today’s show, Kevin. How you doing today?

Kevin L. Jackson  (00:42):

Hey, man, it’s a great spring day, I think, although it’s getting in the nineties, so maybe it’s already summer.

Scott Luton  (00:49):

Oh man. Well, it’s gorgeous here in metro Atlanta today, and yes, summer weather is just around the corner. And you know what that means? That puts so much pressure on our energy infrastructure as we all crank up the ac.

Kevin L. Jackson  (01:03):

Yes, absolutely. Yeah. Talk about timing. You ready to crank up that ac? We’ve got to talk about energy. How do we protect that

Scott Luton  (01:11):

Critical part of our infrastructure? We’re going to be diving into the energy industry rather, and how it’s transforming thanks to technology such as artificial intelligence, and much, much more. So stay tuned for an informative, enlightening, and entertaining conversation. Kevin should be going, huh?

Kevin L. Jackson  (01:28):

Oh yeah. Artificial intelligence is all the rage. Everybody’s talking about it. It’s jumping into all aspects of our lives, but we don’t really think about it when it comes to energy and it’s important part energy, present and future.

Scott Luton  (01:45):

That’s right. It’s a readily part of our everyday life, as I heard you say the other day.

Kevin L. Jackson  (01:50):


Scott Luton  (01:51):

Sometimes we’re not aware of just how much it is powering our everyday life. So stay tuned for a great episode. Today’s episode, in fact, is presented in partnership with our friends at Microsoft who is doing some pretty cool things in industry, helping to move us all forward successfully. More on that a bit later. Okay, Kevin, before we get into our energy focused, our transformation focused episode here today, I got a little fun warmup question. So a handful of our viewers out there may not know that you spent some time at NASA on some really cool missions at an earlier point in your career. Now you know that I love to nerd out on all things space related whenever we get together. And I’ve got a question for you. So Amanda and I watched a brilliant documentary on HBO Max of the day focused on the space shuttle Columbia, the final flight, and we all knew what took place about 18 or so years ago with the space shuttle Columbia. But on a much lighter note, the space shuttle program was fascinating and captivated so many minds and imaginations really around the globe. So I want to use that and folks check out that documentary. Fascinating. I want to use that to ask you, Kevin, what’s one of favorite more recent space related movies or TV shows or what have you?

Kevin L. Jackson  (03:04):

Well, it’s recent for me. That’s not mean. They’ve been on off for a long time, but I just started looking at a show called Another Light, and it has sort of a different spin where the aliens are already on earth and no, they’re not invading. They’re came in peace as they always say. So the stupid earthlings sending a faster than light spacecraft to go to the Aliens Planet LA used to ask the Hitch a ride, but it’s been pretty interesting some of the ins and outs of this show. I’m just about halfway through the first season.

Scott Luton  (03:43):

Well, I’m so glad you mentioned it. I watched the first season a couple years ago. It’s really fascinating. It’ll make you really think about technology, next generation technology as it applies to all things space. And if I’m not mistaken, I think the second season has come out, but I think I watched that with very fractured attention span. I think I was working on some stuff as the episode, so I’m going to have to dive back into that. But folks, check out the Space shuttle Columbia, the final flight on HBO Max and check out afterlife, which I believe is on Netflix. Is that right, Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson  (04:11):

Yeah, another light on Netflix. Yes.

Scott Luton  (04:14):

Awesome. Okay, and great segue here, because the energy industry, including the next generation energy industry, is what’s going to power human exploits across space. We’re really in a fascinating time of our space program, so we’ll have to do some more shows on that. But today, energy industry, especially from digital transformation standpoint. So Kevin, I thought we do this. I want to share a few factoids related to the energy industry that folks may find interesting. It may in fact surprise. So let’s start there. So let’s see here.

Kevin L. Jackson  (04:44):

Yeah, you have all your numbers, don’t you? I

Scott Luton  (04:46):

Always have all the numbers. Kevin, I am data driven, right? As many supply chains out there are. Alright, so the first up, first here, according to the International Energy Agency, the IEA, we love our acronyms. Renewable energy will make up about 35% of global power generation by 2025. Now, when it comes to renewable energy categories, according to the Energy Institute hydropower, that’s right, hydropower provides about half of all renewable energy worldwide, at least as of 2022. That might surprise some folks. Now in the US, renewable sources produced about 22% of electrical power generation in 2023. In fact, renewables check this out, renewables surpassed nuclear sources in power generation for the first time in 2021. Now, there’s some really cool things going on to reinvigorate the nuclear power industry. So don’t sleep on nuclear power just yet. But also, renewables surpassed coal sources in power generation for the first time ever in 2022.


Now in particular, solar power that’s going to reach 7% of all electricity generated in the US in 2025, up from 4% in 2023. So big gains in solar. Now, one last note, Kevin, especially when it comes to solar, not only is China the biggest user and builder of solar energy infrastructure, but that country is also far and away the world’s largest supplier of solar power components supplying about 80% of the market well positioned. I would say, Kevin, respond to any of those fact toys. What might surprise you the most or doesn’t surprise you the most? Your thoughts before we move on? Well, the

Kevin L. Jackson  (06:22):

Thing that sort of jumps out at me, and I’m not doing any China basing today, but China actually is, along with India, are world’s leading consumers of coal, right? The economy is really building fast and cold, the dirty energy being consumed. But this is a great contrast to the fact that they are the world’s leader in providing these renewable technology. So it’s good. I mean, I guess they’re trying to work about that’s right, but they’re transitioning to renewables as well.

Scott Luton  (06:57):

Massive shifts, massive shifts, surely in China and elsewhere when it comes to the energy industry. So speaking of shifts, I want to shift gears over to how the energy industry is indeed transforming in real powerful ways. Kevin, I’m going to pose some questions to you. Yes, you, Mr. Digital Transformer, especially focused on AI and the energy sector, right? That intersection. So here’s for starters, Kevin, from your perspective and expertise, how will artificial intelligence help increase operational profitability and productivity by securely connecting and maximizing existing assets out there across the energy infrastructure to help those companies operate in the now and the future? Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson  (07:38):

No, I just want to check before I go. Is this a test?

Scott Luton  (07:42):

Yes, A quiz will come later,

Kevin L. Jackson  (07:46):

But you know, ai, artificial intelligence algorithms analyze data from the sensors and equipment to predict future failures before they occur. This really reduces downtime and maintenance costs, which extends the lifespan of these assets. They also enable processes known as continuous monitoring of asset health by using AI to ensure optimal performance and early detection of these issues to prevent costly repairs or unplanned outages of your air conditioning over the summer. So you want to make sure this actually optimizes energy production because the AI model can accurately predict energy demand, allowing companies to adjust production and distribution in real time, or this minimizes any waste of the energy and local to you. Georgia Power is really leading the industry in doing these. They use artificial intelligence to enhance many, many aspects of their operations and customer service. The company is focusing on integrating AI technologies to improve grid management, to optimize energy distribution, and to enhance their predictive maintenance. This allows Georgia power to anticipate and address issues before they impact customers leading to more reliable service and efficient operations. So your air conditioning is safe there.

Scott Luton  (09:29):

That’s good because the heat is no joke down here in Georgia. Kevin, I love those examples and I got a couple others I want to share as well. Along these lines, constellation Energy, big player out in the industry has implemented AI in a variety of ways across the organization, including at its energy generation facilities where kind of what you’re touching on, where it uses AI to be able to better predict failures as well as optimize its scheduled maintenance, right? And goodness knows, Godspeed, all those incredible maintenance pros out there across global supply chain, including energy, energy industry that keep us all moving forward. One of the quick example, Kevin, the Ontario Power Generation organization, they’re leveraging AI and machine learning to better understand the wealth of data it pulls in every single day from a wide variety of sources, all to better make sense of energy, demand patterns, be able to analyze it in ways that probably only technology can analyze in terms of the sheer wealth of data, and that enables them to plan and manage the grid more effectively and efficiently from ACS to all other uses of power out there. Alright, if y’all can’t tell, by the way, quick aside if y’all can’t tell, Kevin and I both were born in the American South where it gets really hot. So the AC is really important, as we all know, as part of life. So Kevin, great examples there. Great starting point. Got a few other questions for you here. I want to move along to gen ai, right? Generative ai. How is that helping to accelerate the energy transition and the transformation of the industry we’re talking about, Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson  (10:57):

Well, it does a lot more than just creating cool pictures. Generative AI can actually detect anomalies across the power grid and suggest optimal load distribution. This really leads to a much more efficient mix and more reliable supply. It facilitates the integration of renewable sources like wind and solar by forecasting production and balancing it with demand and reliant on fossil fuels. By preventing these unexpected breakdowns and optimizing maintenance, the companies can reduce, once again their operational costs. And you brought up Constellation Energy. They actually use AI to optimize the nuclear reactor operations. They have implemented machine learning tools to improve operational efficiency and prevent costly issue that the nuclear plants, that’s a good thing. That includes AI to predict sensor malfunctions, optimize fuel usage, and to enhance overall plant reliability. This saves millions, I mean millions in operational costs. It’s about that all of the above strategy when it comes to energy. We got to use all the tools we had

Scott Luton  (12:28):

So true. And in fact, speaking of the nuclear energy industry, not too long ago, I think you and I covered it on one of our live streams, Kevin, the US and a group of other countries have committed to investing tons of money and elbow grease into the next generation of energy that’s produced by the nuclear industry. So stay tuned on that. I think there’s big developments and innovative developments to safe, powerful nuclear energy that will help with the drive to greener and less reliance on fossil fuels. So stay tuned on that. Good stuff there, Kevin. Man, this is one of our favorite topics to talk about, right? Because universal, of course, it’s in an energy industry, but it’s everywhere else. It’s, we’ll talk about the human factor. So Kevin, how will artificial intelligence help to reinvent the energy industry by building an inclusive and collaborative culture that attracts, engages and retains employees? Your thoughts?

Kevin L. Jackson  (13:21):

You know me, when it comes to humans we can’t get rid of, we got to work with them. But all joking aside, artificial intelligence can work with humans to provide and enhance personalized energy saving recommendations. And this actually enhances communications between the users of the energy and the providers and managers of this energy. This promotes sustainable behavior by those humans and by analyzing consumption patterns, AI can suggest participation in those demand response programs where consumers can adjust their usage during peak hours in exchange for incentives like cold, hard cash, and all the humans like cash, including me and you mentioned Ontario Power Generation. They have an AI tool to enhance their employee productivity and safety. They’ve partnered with Microsoft to create what’s known as chat OPG. It’s an AI powered assistant that helps employees access information and perform their own tasks in a more efficient manner. The tool supports operational efficiency by improving and safety among the workers. So AI is on both sides of the coin.

Scott Luton  (14:59):

Yes, I love that, Kevin. I love how you touched not only helping the human factor be more productive and probably more easily be more productive, and that usually creates other time in the day for the human factor to focus on more creative and fulfilling aspects of the job. So I love that. And then of course, one of my favorite reinvigorated trends over the last couple of years, especially during the pandemic, is the safety of our workforce. And I love what you touched on there. In fact, I was reading about how Georgia Power also has been using AI and data analytics to drive proactive measures to enhance their team member safety. That’s so important. Okay, Kevin, quick follow

Kevin L. Jackson  (15:36):


Scott Luton  (15:36):

Yeah, related to the workforce and talent there, I was at an industry event recent weeks that featured tons of senior supply chain leaders include a couple of chief supply chain officers, especially out in the food industry. And a big theme in many of those conversations. One of the biggest themes I took away was focus squarely on digital talent and those digital skill sets because it’s critical. We’ve talked about for years on end, it feels like we’ve talked about the talent gap in many industries, especially global supply chain for a long time. However, to narrow that focus more on hiring and developing digital talent, not only bringing new digital talent into organizations, but investing in developing the digital skill sets of our current workforce and upskilling them with new digital knowhow. That’s absolutely critical moving forward, right Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson  (16:24):

The thing I always say is, change is constant, and if you’re not changing today, you’re going to be behind tomorrow. And that goes with every aspect of our lives. So personalized education and training program or critical to upskilling staff and keeping them relevant to these changes and requirements and technology and everything that goes on in our lives. The tech technology is also very useful when it comes to blending and enhancing the curricula of regional universities and colleges and even high schools, right? This improves local job opportunities and the economic resilience of your community. When you think about it, this technology is not only improving and making our power more efficient, more reliable, but it’s also enhancing our everyday lives. This is good. It’s that win-win win that we’re all looking for.

Scott Luton  (17:27):

I would add another element to your win-win win equation for folks that really volunteer and are willing to learn new things. All of this technology revolution we’re end is going to offer new jobs, new promotions, new advances, big new ideas and study after study will share. I know there’s a lot of concern out there, but study after study shares is going to create far jobs than it replaces out in the industry. So folks, there’s a lot of good news here. Okay, speaking of good news, Kevin, let’s touch on the sustainability imperative that has been taking shape for years, of course, and how AI is helping energy companies make bigger strides when it comes to achieving net zero commitments through things like emissions reductions, grid decarbonization, and renewable energy optimization. Kevin, your thoughts?

Kevin L. Jackson  (18:15):

Well, sustainability comes in many forms and Pacific Gas and Electric, for instance, is using generative AI to enhance many aspects of their wildfire detection and prevention. You got to protect the trees that provide the oxygen for us to live,

Scott Luton  (18:37):

Right? That’s

Kevin L. Jackson  (18:39):

Talk about being sustained. Okay. So p and g has installed high definition cameras equipped with AI technology in high fire threat regions and districts. These AI systems analyze video feeds to detect smoke and other signs of fire. This allows for much quicker response times. And this early detection capability has proven to be very, very effective with AI spotting smoke signals before the manual detection systems alert. In addition to that, PG and i leveraging AI to make the grid management and their predictive maintenance more effective, these sort of different sensors that they put out across the state of California and these applications of AI not only enhance safety and reliability, but it provides a real boost to sustainable operational efficiency, ultimately creating more resilient and responsive energy infrastructure. So sustainability, you have to come at it from many, many directions.

Scott Luton  (19:57):

Excellent point. And going back to those cameras that are out there actively monitoring forests and stuff on the heels of some devastating, a variety of really terrible forest fires in recent years. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can take that technology and that, I think what was the company mentioned,

Kevin L. Jackson  (20:16):

Pg e

Scott Luton  (20:17):

Pg e. I’m hoping we can apply their approach across many other geographic markets and regions, no matter what industry or who owns a property, how we can maybe better manage and minimize these devastating forest fires. I love that AI application there, Kevin. Okay, moving right along. I want to talk. Both you and I are entrepreneurs and I love entrepreneurial components of our conversations. We’re seeing organizations certainly leverage technology every day and the art of the possible to build new business models. So Kevin, how do you see business leaders leveraging AI to develop ESG first innovations, expanding market position and uncovering new growth opportunities? Your thoughts?

Kevin L. Jackson  (20:59):

Well, the power of artificial intelligence is creating new ways to do old things. So AI enabled business models can offer tailored renewable energy packages to customers by analyzing their consumption patterns and preferences. And it facilitates this subscription-based models where customers can pay for energy services rather than the energy itself. We’re going away for about the past 10 years, we’ve gone away from buying things to buying services, right? People don’t buy cars anymore, they just use a car service like Uber. And the same thing is happening with our electric grid. This enables and promotes the use of renewable sources and energy efficient technologies. AI can also help create and offer carbon off offset programs with tools to monitor and reduce your carbon footprint by suggesting personalized actions and offering options for you to offset the carbon that you’re putting in the air. I wonder why all of these things are coming out of California, but Southern California, Edison leverages generative AI and other advanced technologies to enable these options to be brought up to the consumers.


They’re also using drones for aerial inspections, and these drones are equipped with AI and machine learning capabilities to inspect the infrastructures. They conduct over 200,000 annual inspections of these electrical assets that are in high fire risk areas. And by quickly analyzing the high definition images, AI can identify issues like equipment degradation, which may not be visible. And these technologies are integrated into their smart grid system to detect and isolate faults very quickly. Overall, Southern California Edison is using generative AI and related technologies to position it themselves as a leader in integrating this innovative solutions to meet the challenges of the modern utility management. So they have that innovation, that entrepreneurial spirit from the inside to create these new sustainable offerings.

Scott Luton  (23:47):

Love it, as you said, new ways to do old things, but also I love how one of the common themes of our conversation here today has not been around addressing current problems and finding new band-aids, which is part of global supply chain, right? The reacting side of global supply chain. This goes with the territory, right? But more and more it’s about proactively preventing the problems from even coming up, which I love. And of course, AI and technology plays a massive role there. So good stuff there. Kevin. So you’ve already touched on this, but I’m going to ask you again. You mentioned how Microsoft’s involved in a couple of things that we’ve talked about, but what are some of the other neat things that Microsoft’s doing out there in this age of digital transformation, whether it’s in the energy sector or other industries?

Kevin L. Jackson  (24:34):

Well, the Microsoft Cloud is critical to providing data and crunching the numbers so that the operators can get real insight into what’s happening. Think about it. The drone is flying around getting data, and you have to put that data in the cloud so that the numbers can be crunched and the AI can be used to drive the predictive maintenance requirements. They’re also enable that connectivity to the customers so that these carbon offset opportunities are readily available at the push of a button. And the sustainable energy solutions that Microsoft provides includes the ability to empower the workforce to build an inclusive culture that attracts, retains and inspires employees. And this in turn increases operational profitability for the actual companies and creates new and improved and sustainable business models to expand your market position. So energy is really at the forefront of innovation and optimization by they’re there because they’re using data from the Microsoft cloud.

Scott Luton  (25:59):

Really cool, Kevin, really cool. And the first part of your response, I love how you touched on that critical connectivity with customers, as we all know, that’s important in a variety of ways, but one in particular, a past guess with us, Kevin Caroline Tix with the L’Oreal group talked about how they’re using that connectivity to become more customer-centric than ever, and gaining these critical insights to serve their customers in ways they value. They’re not doing things, they’re really making sure, coming up with innovative ways to listen to their customers and act on that critical feedback. And of course, none of that happens without really powerful and progressive way of being connected to your customers. So I love that, Kevin,

Kevin L. Jackson  (26:42):

Where else you connect the beauty parlor to nuclear power. That’s

Scott Luton  (26:48):


Kevin L. Jackson  (26:48):

But here, that’s right.

Scott Luton  (26:50):

These conversations, Caroline was great, by the way. What a great past guess. But folks, hope you enjoyed this conversation here today. I love these conversations we’re having. There’s so much to learn in the energy industry and not just how it’s always been, but much more exciting how again, it’s being transformed and being ready to take on the future that lies ahead. So Kevin, really have enjoyed your perspective here today. How can folks connect with the cool things you and the digital Transformers team are doing? Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson  (27:21):

Well, we just recently released a show on how digital assets can support decarbonization to protect Coral in the Pacific Ocean. This was on a digital Transformers recent episode, so it’s really important that you keep track and understand all these new changes by following us on supply chain, digital Transformers. And you can catch us on YouTube. We’re on Apple for podcasts and also Amazon and everywhere, anywhere that you get your podcasts.

Scott Luton  (28:03):

So true. And it’s easy and convenient wherever you get your podcasts. Look up digital Transformers with Kevin L. Jackson and where the innovation is a steady stream. Ain’t no sleeping in Kevin’s world, hey, but going back to the Coral, we’d have to have a future conversation around Jacque Cousteau. Imagine what he would do with modern technology when it comes to protecting coral and sea life and our oceans around the world. That’s always fascinating. So we’ll save that for the next conversation. But big thanks to of course, Kevin O. Jackson, be sure to find and subscribe to Digital Transformers wherever you get your podcasts. Hey, big thanks to our collaborative partners over at Microsoft as well, helping us bring interesting conversations, actionable conversations like the one we’re having right here to our global audience. And most importantly, speaking of our global audience, thank you for tuning in. Thank you for all of your feedback you send via social and email and texts. You name it, keep it coming. It’s helping us shape our programming, the more we’re connected with you and we’re listening to your suggestions and all. So thanks for tuning in. Alright folks, as Kevin knows the onus on you now though, because you’ve got to take something that we touched on here and put it into action to change not only the future, but the current status quo, right? Deeds, not words. So with all that said, on behalf of our entire team here at Digital Transformers and supply chain now, Scott Luden challenging you do good, give forward, be the change that’s needed, and we’ll see you next time right back here on Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.

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Kevin Brown

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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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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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Vicki White


Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.

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Allison Giddens


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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Billy Taylor


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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Tandreia Bellamy


Tandreia Bellamy retired as the Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Supply Chain Solutions which included the Global Logistics, Global Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight business units. She was responsible for operations strategy and planning, asset management, forecasting, and technology tool development to optimize sustainable efficiency while driving world class service.

Tandreia held similar positions at the business unit level for Global Logistics and Global Freight forwarding. As the leader of the Global Logistics engineering function, she directed all industrial engineering activies related to distribution, service parts logistics (post-sales support), and mail innovations (low cost, light weight shipping partnership with the USPS). Between these roles Tandreia helped to establish the Advanced Technology Group which was formed to research and develop cutting edge solutions focused on reducing reliance on manual labor.

Tandreia began her career in 1986 as a part-time hourly manual package handling employee. She spent the great majority of her career in the small package business unit which is responsible for the pick-up, sort, transport and delivery of packages domestically. She held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Inside and On-road operations in Central Florida before transferring to Atlanta for a position in Corporate Product Development and Corporate Industrial Engineering. Tandreia later held IE leadership roles in Nebraska, Minnesota and Chicago. In her final role in small package she was an IE VP responsible for all aspects of IE, technology support and quality for the 25 states on the western half of the country.
Tandreia is currently a Director for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation Board and also serves on their Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Previously Tandreia served on the Executive Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s IE Department and the Association for Supply Chain Management. She served on the Board of Trustees for ChildServ (a Chicago child and family services non-profit) and also served on the Texas A&M and Tuskegee Engineering Advisory Boards. In 2006 she was named Business Advisor of the Year by INROADS, in 2009 she was recognized as a Technology All-Star at the Women of Color in STEM conference and in 2019 she honored as a UCF Distinguished Aluma by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

Tandreia holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from UCF. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of two college students, Ruby (24) and Anthony (22).

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Marty Parker


Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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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 a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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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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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

Director, Customer Experience

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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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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