What would it look like to come to this country with one suitcase in hand to achieve the American dream? It might include the opportunity to serve as a corporate leader at Dell, to be sworn in at the White House to serve on the United States Investment Advisory Council, and to receive numerous accolades, including “Twenty-Five Influential Women in Business” by MEA Magazine; “America’s Top Diversity Advocate” by DiversityBusiness.com; and “Best of the Decade” by Minority Business USA.
What if you realized your American dream and then realized millions of others had not? Would you be satisfied or get back to work?
In this episode of Logistics with Purpose, Enrique Alvarez and Maureen Woolshlager are joined by Ying McGuire, CEO & President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), to talk about how her achievement of the American dream is now driving her to help systematically excluded communities of color do the same.
Welcome to Logistics with Purpose presented by Vector Global Logistics in partnership with Supply chain. Now we spotlight and celebrate organizations who are dedicated to creating a positive impact. Join us for this behind the scenes glimpse of the origin stories change, making progress, and future plans of organizations who are actively making a difference. Our goal isn’t just to entertain you, but to inspire you to go out and change the world. And now here’s today’s episode of Logistics With Purpose.
Enrique Alvarez (00:34):
Hello, and welcome back to another very interesting episode of Logistics With Purpose. I’m Enrique Alvarez, and I have the pleasure to have, uh, Marina’s co-host today. How are you doing, Maureen?
Maureen Woolshlager (00:44):
Good, Enrique? Happy Friday.
Enrique Alvarez (00:46):
Happy Friday. Maybe it will be air on another day, but happy Friday. Regardless. Uh, no, we have a, this is very close to us near and dear. We have a very incredible subject that really good, uh, host here with us today. And I’m pretty sure that, uh, everyone that’s listening will be very, will be benefit by listening to what she has to say and her story, cuz it’s really, really amazing. Maureen, can you do us the honors?
Maureen Woolshlager (01:13):
Yes. We have Ying McGuire, c e o, and President of N M S T C. So welcome to the podcast Yang.
Ying McGuire (01:21):
Thank you, Maureen. It’s my pleasure.
Maureen Woolshlager (01:23):
Well, why don’t we get right into it here. We have so many questions for you. Hopefully we can cover some of them, uh, before we, we finish up today. But we always like to start to have you tell us a little bit about yourself and your childhood and where you grew up. It helps set the stage for us to talk about, you know, where you are now and how you got there.
Ying McGuire (01:44):
Of course, uh, uh, my honor, to be on your podcast. And, uh, so here’s my background. I was born and raised, uh, in China near Shanghai. And I, uh, had a different childhood from most folks. I witnessed the culture revolution in my early childhood. It was a, uh, very dark period in China when the government let by chairman Mao tried to root out educators and intellectuals, intellectual meaning you, you know, you went to college and et cetera. And so both of my parents were the intellectuals. And so I remember they were sent to this labor camp by day where they did hard labor Oh. In the rice patties. And so we had a very modest living. Uh, I remember like drawing, drinking water from wells and cooking out of coal heated stoves and three generations cramping a little two bedroom condos. And our mean of means of transportation were like a bicycles. And my parents watched every <inaudible> until our family became, uh, a, a textile, uh, entrepreneurial when, when China transitioned from moral era to a market economy in 1976 and after. But despite, you know, the, the sufferings they had as intellectuals during the culture evolution, my parents always kind of placed, uh, high value education. So I was able to get very good education, uh, in the post miles era and, and, uh, had opportunity to study at a naka university, which was like ranked the number four in China at the time.
Enrique Alvarez (03:31):
Wow, that’s, wow, that’s an incredible story and thank you so much for sharing it. Um, it must have been pr even harder just being a, a, a woman back then, right? And it was, there was so many different challenges that you had to face at the same time. Uh, but is there some particular story that you’d remember from those early years that kind of shape who you are now and kind of gave you the tools, uh, that you needed further, further down the road to succeed?
Ying McGuire (03:59):
Yes. You know, I learned a lot from the childhood. Uh, one is you just, you know, put a mind to it and just get work done right? You work hard. But the one thing I’m gonna share with you is was my earlier days in us. Um, so following the TM and square incident in China in 1989, I packed up my life into one suitcase and arrived in Los Angeles with very little English and a $1,000 to my name. Um, but I had a promise that I held in my heart, and that is the American dream. Um, then, and I arrived in Los Angeles. Uh, I what would later manifest as a reality high education. Um, I, I received M B A respecting corporate America, uh, opportunities, uh, to be a entrepreneur, the freedom to vote and express myself and a representation on government, nonprofit boards and a greater community.
Ying McGuire (04:59):
And I have two beautiful children who’s finally off my payroll <laugh>. Um, and you, you asked question like what, you know, kind of did to what shape, you know, who I am and and what you, what I do now. Um, so in 2020 after witnessing the outcry of racial injustice, my, my vantage point of America’s socioeconomic, uh, state drastically changed. Unfortunately, the opportunities that helped me get here today, uh, are not a reality for far too many people of color in this country. So I, I’m honored to really have the opportunity to lead N M S D C, cuz today my renewed American dream is to help systemically excluded communities of color to actualize their American dream and to close the racial wealth gap.
Enrique Alvarez (05:55):
Maureen Woolshlager (05:56):
Well, so, so you made it, you made it to the states and you got your M B A and then shortly after you finished your mba, a you started with Dell, right? And you seem to have a bunch of roles there, but you ended with the global supplier, diversity leader and worldwide procurement leader. Can you talk a little about your journey at Dell and how you got where you started there, and then how you ended up, um, with your final role there?
Ying McGuire (06:23):
Yeah, that’s a great question, Maureen. Um, professionally, I grew up at Dell Technologies, <laugh>, and, uh, that was my first corporate job, my first real job, uh, when I came to US and Dell was the best training grant. You know, I always tell people like, Hey, I’m really happy because they pay me to learn, right? <laugh>, because I knew nothing about Cop America. You know, when I joined Dell, and also, you know, I started as a MA marketing manager and a second year they gave me role as, as a brand manager of desktop. So I had to learn everything about the computer, knew nothing about the computer to be able to take the computer desktop a apart and put put back together. So it was like the best training around. And also Dell has like really great open door policies. You know, I was a new, but I was able to walk up to a chief procurement office, a senior vice president, say, Hey, you know, I know I was a marketing person, but I I, I know the essence of Dell at that time was supply chain.
Ying McGuire (07:28):
You know, Dell was known for the supply chain. And I said, I wanna come to procurement even though I knew nothing about a procurement, but I, but I know you are moving the, the, the supply chain management to China. I speak Chinese and let me help you. And so that led me to, uh, transition from marketing to, to procurement. And so I spent a few years in, in, we call it direct procurement. So direct procurement, procurement, you buy parts and going to our computer and sell to customer. And indirect procurement has morphed by things for internal consumption like marketing, like the travel, right, all that, and sell indirect procurement for few years. So I know procurement and supply diversity is all about integrate, uh, MBS in the supply chain, the value chain. And one of the greatest opportunities that was given to me, I was so blessed, was, uh, I was asked to work, uh, with the worldwide operations councils for Dell.
Ying McGuire (08:30):
And then what the, the, the council was made up. Everybody used to report a chief procurement officer, you know, so, right, uh, chief operating officer, actually. So you have the head of S V P of product group and manufacturing and procurement and services, you name it, you know, all the operational senior leaders at Dell, they formed a council when we didn’t have coo. So I was one of, I, I was a person, a program person, helped them get organized and, um, come up with like b we call it bha, big hairy, audacious goals. And, and really driving those big initiative across the, uh, the company. And one of the thing we achieved was like we drove out, like we, we drove about 7 billion cost save savings, uh, uh, across three year period. And some of the like, like life, uh, defining moment for me, uh, in that job was like, you know, I was sitting in the boardroom with Michael Dell and President Kevin Rowland then, and then all these EVPs.
Ying McGuire (09:41):
And they all have amazing experience in this industry. They shaped the industry. And I was a fly on the wall just learning from listening to them. I was like, this is American dream, right? And it’s like I was learning from these super experienced executive leaders who shaped industry. And so, uh, while I was doing that, having fun learning, um, one of the procurement leaders, his name was, uh, Dave Brown. I remember he sh uh, shot me email, said, Hey, I have offer you cannot refuse. I was like, what do you have? Like, I’m in the boardroom. And he said, Hey, um, you know, you have done direct procurement, you have not done indirect procurement. We have a role here for you, by the way. You know, we need to elevate supply diversity to the next level. And I said, what is supply diversity? Never heard about it <laugh>.
Enrique Alvarez (10:32):
Ying McGuire (10:33):
So, so he’s like, Hey, you know, there’s, uh, N M S DC National Conference happening. It was 2006, you should just go and and figure it out. Right? And so here, I knew nothing about supply diversity. Walked into the conference of 6,000 people Wow. In San Diego, 2006. And I met, uh, these passionate, very passionate, you know, president regional council presidents and, and then N M S D C president, then Harry Michelle and I met all these amazing entrepreneurs like you all, um, N M S D C certified mbs and these passionate corporate members. And I, I was hooked. And the interesting thing is, you know, fast forward 15 years later, I at, I’m at the helm of N M S D C, really leading the transformation to next 50 years. So it’s interesting highlight,
Enrique Alvarez (11:30):
It’s, it’s more than interesting. It’s incredibly successful and it’s such a, such a, an exciting journey, right? Because at the end of the day, you fully kind of validated your new renewed American dream, the way you call it, which was kind of helping others and, uh, breaching the income gap inequalities and all this other stuff. But because we, before we dive a little bit more into the N M M S D C, let me just ask you, after Dell, cuz you moved into the technology integration group as the VP of international operations. Uh, so you stayed in, uh, technology, right? That was your thing. And I think we all know that technology is incredibly fast changing and you have to adapt quickly. And what did you learn from kind of that time in your professional career about changing roles, being flexible, um, what has stick with you, uh, from that time as well?
Ying McGuire (12:23):
Yeah, good question. You know, I, I changed the roles a few times at Dell because, you know, I, when I get too comfortable at the role I want to move because when you comfortable, you’re not learning, right? And so let me, uh, share with you why, uh, I joined before I share with you, like, you know, what I learned from the role. So when I was at Dellwo Technologies, one of the things that I start to champion in the supply diversity industry beyond dellwo is, was to take M W B E, uh, golo go global to mirror their corporate customers global sourcing strategy. Cuz you know, as you know, large corporations, um, they have global operations that they wanna do business with, the suppliers who have multiple country, uh, presence. And so it’s very critical for MBS and m WBS go global. And so, so I was
Enrique Alvarez (13:19):
And you, sorry that I interrupt you abruptly, but, so for people that are listening us, and they might not understand the acronym that, uh, we’ve been using, what is the, uh, in
Ying McGuire (13:30):
MWBEs of minority? Yeah, so minority owned business enterprises, M B E and W B E is woman-owned businesses. Sorry for the acronym now everybody listening now learned a new acronym M wbe. Good, great question. And so, um, as I was hoping, uh, some of the scalable companies, uh, m bs to, uh, to go global, um, one of the companies, uh, actually a few of the companies including technology in integration group and came to me, said, Hey, you know, you uh, asked us to go global. We don’t know how to do this. Why don’t you come and help us to do this? Right? And so, so that was interesting moment when I thought, okay, so, um, I learned a lot from corporate America. Maybe it’s time to be entrepreneur again, right? And so, um, I joined t i g technology integration group based in San Diego.
Ying McGuire (14:29):
And, and t I G is N M S D C certified M Bs, and, and N M S D C has, uh, this program called a Corporate Plus that they’re the one, you know, demonstrate their capacity to do national global contract with the corporate America. And I ended up creating a lead, the international business of t I g, uh, the things I learned, you know? Yeah. One is you can do anything you want if you set your mind to it, and if you are willing to learn and put a hard work to it. Because when I took that role, I never managed p and l before. I did a, a piece of, you know, the p and o management, but never like in charge of the whole business. And I’ve never opened operation by myself in a foreign country before. So I had to really literally like learn while I’m doing it, you know, making mistakes and, and, and then, and fell, but, but got up and do something else or learn from it.
Ying McGuire (15:34):
So, um, the other thing is, you know, I learned, um, that only thing that is constant is changed. So, so that the world’s changing, the technology’s evolving, so our business model have to change. And so I remember, you know, we had to change from hardware sales driven company to service driven company. Cuz when, you know, Amazon launched a w s when Microsoft launched Azure, when Google launch Google Cloud, many customers no longer needed like their own data center, right? So we, we, if we, if we kept selling hardware, you know, we are not gonna grow our revenue. So we have to pivot to services. So that’s something that I, I learned many things, but those are the two kind of stood out.
Maureen Woolshlager (16:29):
You constantly impressed me with, you know, you went from Dell, which was a pretty structured organization it seemed, but it was growing. And then you went into this entrepreneurial role and you started and created something from scratch. I mean, you have a lot of really varied experience that you bring to the table. Uh, you were also have some experience in economics I read, where you were appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to the US Investment Advisory Council. Can you talk a little bit about what that was and what you did there and your role there?
Ying McGuire (17:02):
Of course. Um, one thing I always tell, tell my two children is, you know, whatever you do, make sure you make impact, you know, on the community, in the community that you live. And so I always like doing things to help people. And one, one of the things that I was passionate about, uh, working in Austin community is bringing foreign investors to invest in us so they can create a jobs and they can teach us things, you know, that we need to learn. And so, um, as I was volunteering for, for the community, I had, uh, amazing opportunity. Uh, I was nominated, uh, to the, the US actually appointed by secretary, uh, of commerce, uh, penny Pritzker to the us um, investment and advisory council, where our goal was to, uh, advise the secretary and her team on bring more businesses to us to create jobs.
Ying McGuire (18:04):
And, um, I can cannot forget the day, uh, when I was sworn in at the White House with Secretary Pritzker. And I thought, wow, like, you know, when I came to, to us, uh, uh, you know, dreamed about Amer my American dream, but did not inc include that I was so sworn in the White House to, to serve the administration, to be advisor to Secretary Thomas. So that was amazing. And so, um, so we provide advisory, uh, guidance to the secretary. But, you know, I’m very action oriented. And so I actually organized, uh, during that timeframe, uh, with my, uh, a friend and a local economist, Angela Angelou. We organized a Texas China investment summit, and we brought in, um, during that time, there are a lot of money co coming from China. So we brought, um, investors to Texas and, uh, look at the different project opportunities. And so we practiced what we advised basically. So it was kind of voluntary work, but it’s a very fulfilling work.
Enrique Alvarez (19:18):
Well, it sounds, it sounds like you don’t have like a, like a second free, uh, or at least, uh, with your impressive curriculum and the experience that you’ve had, uh, it seems that you don’t get bored too often, that’s for sure.
Ying McGuire (19:31):
<laugh> never dull moment.
Enrique Alvarez (19:33):
Perfect. No, and as you, as you said, right, uh, only change, a constant change is the only, uh, what was it? Change is the only constant. And uh, if you’re not changing, you’re not learning. So you’re now, and we’ll deep dive into the organization that you’re leading. You’re the c e o and president of the National Minority Supply Admin Development Council, which is the N M S D C, uh, somewhat large acronym, but an incredible organization, very impactful, very successful. I believe it’s one of the nation’s largest helping minority owned businesses. We are actually a vector, uh, a proud member of the N M S D C. But, uh, for anyone that’s not too familiar with the work that you do, the organization, what you stand for, what, what is the organization about? What do you do, how would you define it and, uh, kind of explain it to people that might not know it.
Ying McGuire (20:25):
Yes. Um, so I’m really passionate about this organization and it’s mission. So N M S D C, uh, was created in 1972 as a direct result of President Nixon’s executive order to address racial equity. And the interesting thing is, you know, 50 years later, we still have the same issues. So work’s still there. Um, our mission, which is the why, the purpose of our existence, uh, we are here to serve as a growth engine for N M S D C certified minority businesses like you. And, uh, the second element is make sure that we enable our members, these are the corporate members to advance economic equity by doing more business with our MBEs and, um, our preferr the future, our vision is we wanna be the leading organization to drive true social economic equity and generational wealth for communities of color. And really the ultimate goal is to really end the racial wealth gap in this country, right? So some of the work we do is like, you know, connecting convenings, very critical. You know, we create connections between, uh, minority business enterprises. Now you learned, uh, ECR dam, M B E and corporations and connect M B E with other MBEs connecting MBE with the public sector to really help them benefit from each other, you know, promoting entrepreneurship and a growing wealth, uh, for systemically excluded the communities of color.
Maureen Woolshlager (22:10):
So what other things is the N M S C C doing to try and correct the unequal wealth, access to wealth building in, in underrepresented communities?
Ying McGuire (22:21):
Yeah, so, um, few things we do. So we have like a four pillars of excellence. Um, one is advocate. So we are the voice for minority owned businesses with the policy makers at the federal level, and, um, and also state local government level. And then the second one’s certify. I’m gonna go into detail little bit, and the third one’s develop, and then we have the connect I’m talking about, right? So let’s talk about certification first, and thank you for being certified with us. Um, N M S D certification was created 50 years ago, and many other NGOs start to follow. You know, our, our process and certification has been the gold standard for 50 years. And, um, despite, so basically we authenticate that’s minority owned and controlled and LED managed. And, um, and so that corporate dollar spent with MBS truly flowing into the community of color.
Ying McGuire (23:26):
Um, despite the previous success being the gold standard, we’re not really resting our lo ro laurels. We recognize the world has changed that the need of MBEs and the corporation have changed. So we’re in the process actually working to simplify and streamline certifications and while protecting the integrity through the use of modern technologies and tools like Six Sigma. So that’s on certification and we wanna make it, you know, ease in a simple while, have the integrity. And then the other pillar is it’s on development. Really focus on accelerating MB growth. Uh, for the first time in the N M SD C’S history, we are actually putting together a M B E growth department. We, we are putting m b growth front and center, and, uh, we brought in the first entrepreneur in residence, uh, Kurt tra, uh, from the Native American community. And he is, uh, leading the whole m b growth initiative.
Ying McGuire (24:28):
It’s really focusing on increasing access to capital for M B E, uh, focusing on understand the corporate demand way ahead of time so we can build a pipeline for MB so they have the necessary know-how in the relationship and a capital, so when off p hit the street, they’re ready to go. Right? And so, um, on the development side, we have a lot practical steps we are doing besides the classroom, um, activities, um, some of the classroom activities, we also provide, like, you know, we launched N M S D C Learning Center really provide, uh, guidance and training for minority owned businesses and also, uh, corporate supply diversity professionals on how to, uh, gain traction on their business or on their supply diversity program. We have things like, uh, a advanced black entrepreneur program, which is a, a collection of a practical resources to help black business owner grow and scale their business.
Ying McGuire (25:31):
We have things like, uh, cyber ready, M B E, it’s a training program, you know, helping MBEs, uh, with cybersecurity infrastructure. As you know, it’s super critical these days to to be successful. Yeah, to work with a top corporations. We have Black Farm Equity Initiative. So those are like a developmental, as you can see, you know, we have a lots of things going on the national office, and we have 23 affiliate councils across United States, and then we have five international partners. We’re about to add more. So all of us have these developmental programs for MBEs that you can take advantage of it. The the third thing I wanna talk about, you know, how do we correct the lack of access is the connect. So we’re correcting the lack of access that so many M b have historically face. We do this by providing m b access to relationship opportunities with corporate members, with themselves, with the government.
Ying McGuire (26:32):
Uh, for example, we have a business connection matchmaking events. For example, you may have attended our annual conference, uh, 50 year anniversary conference in New Orleans. We had a, a mini, um, you know, curated, uh, connecting events for MB and corporations. And, um, and as you know, you know, the federal government recently made unprecedented investment into the US economy through laws like bipartisan infrastructure bill, chips act, the CARES act. There, there are trillions of dollars, um, being injected into the economy. So we are working with M B D A, another acronym, minority Business Development Agency, <laugh>, and, uh, which is inside the US department, commerce and a Department of Transportation to ensure the MBS can capitalize on these wealth building opportunities. So that’s another element of, of
Enrique Alvarez (27:29):
Ying McGuire (27:30):
Enrique Alvarez (27:30):
No, and there, there’s plenty, right? I mean, I was just going to talk a little bit about our experience and we would probably need a couple more episodes to go through all the different development programs that you have and the, uh, organization has. So it’s very important. That’s why we wanted to have a little time today with you so that people that are listening to us, uh, minority owned businesses out there that actually need all these different resources to continue growing successfully and changing the world for the better, just reach out to you, reach out to your organization and deep dive into all this development programs and participate, right? Most of these programs are, um, useful and practical and they’re year round, so it’s very easy to join them. I was in particular, uh, interested in one, one of them, uh, ying the, uh, the emerging young entrepreneurs for the e y e for another acronym. Uh, can you tell us a little bit more? Cuz I know that for you, changing the mindset from the beginning and just really changing the next generation must be critical part of your strategy, correct?
Ying McGuire (28:34):
Absolutely. So therefore, we have this emerging young entrepreneur and called I program, that’s another acronym the I program. It’s kind of nine month program. Um, it’s really designed to provide the, the next generation people, my children’s age, uh, of, of minority entrepreneur participants with support to enhance their growing business. And during the program, um, business owners receive like guidance from like a corporate sponsors their fellow M B E may, you know, have scaled to a different stage and additional stakeholders. And so, um, they, the, the participant utilize a, um, interactive pre and post conference, you know, courses along with five days of hands-on training and practical application applications. So they provide necessary skill and tools, connections, strategy, either to start or grow their businesses and start, but
Enrique Alvarez (29:35):
They don’t have to have a business up and running yet. It could be,
Ying McGuire (29:38):
Enrique Alvarez (29:39):
Can be a business idea, it could be a startup, it could be anything.
Ying McGuire (29:42):
Exactly. Wow. And it’s actually application are not open. And so if anybody’s listening to this podcast, um, and you are a young minority business owner, I really encourage you to apply. It’s a great timing right now.
Enrique Alvarez (29:56):
We will, uh, definitely include all the links to everything that you’ve been saying when we post this episode. And, um, so what’s qualified as young these days, I guess is there like a, is there like a limit in terms of the age or
Maureen Woolshlager (30:09):
Enrique wants to apply, he’s just not sure if he
Enrique Alvarez (30:11):
Ying McGuire (30:13):
<laugh>. Hey, I consider you as young compared to me, so you’re good <laugh>.
Enrique Alvarez (30:17):
I don’t think that’s the case, but, um,
Maureen Woolshlager (30:20):
That’s a, it’s a great segue into just talking about how minority owned businesses generate a lot of, you know, economic growth. We read a study where you had commissioned a group to look and it seemed as though they came up with 400 billion in annual income output annually, which is not an, an insignificant number, you know, so, you know, tell us, tell our audiences why should people invest in minority owned businesses or especially, you know, in their supply chain.
Ying McGuire (30:53):
Yeah. So, um, you’re definitely reading what we are doing. Uh, may of 2022, we re released our economic impact study and it showed, you know, aggregate certified MB revenues, uh, reached about 261 billion annual revenue that generated 400 billion, but precisely 396 billion economic output annually in the 1.75 million jobs. So if you look at the pure number, seems very impressive. But if you look at relative to A G D P, it’s kind of depressing, right? 261 billing annual revenue, that’s like 1% of our US G D P and, and a minority population’s already 40% and it’s gonna be a new majority for the country. So, so there’s no equity there, right? So, um, one of our regional counselors in Michigan and, and, uh, our partner supply io did a study and they said, Hey, if you don’t do anything different, corporate America, it’s gonna take us 333 years to close racial wealth gap.
Ying McGuire (32:02):
And obviously it’s not acceptable. And so, so that means like we need to do more and faster, like what we did last 50 years, 261 billion, and we need to accelerate that. So therefore you’ve heard me talking about 1 trillion goal. And so that’s kind of aspirational goal. Well like, hey, you know, we need to triple, we need to quad triple this in coming years and to really move the needle forward, right? And so, um, that’s why we need everyone, whether it’s m b doing business business with m b, whether it’s corporate corporation, be more intentional, create more opportunities. It’s not just check a box and whether it’s moving from supplier diversity to business diversity. And so here’s a difference here. Supply diversity is, okay, this is CPO’s job. It’s in the supply chain. You utilize MB in the supply chain, the business diversity, meaning it’s everyone’s job, C E O C M O C F O C I L.
Ying McGuire (33:08):
Anytime you spend anything at all, you should consider utilize mdes, you should consider, try to develop M b so they can’t, um, grow their capacity to be able to compete for your contract. So we’re talking about, you know, supply diversity to business diversity. And one of the earlier champions fourth, uh, transitioning from supply diversity to business diversity is the greatest. John Rogers, the, the founder and c e o of, uh, a investments. And so they’re doing a lot of work in Chicago in this area to make sure other C-suites leaders other than C P O are part of this movement.
Enrique Alvarez (33:50):
It’s, um, it’s, it is incredible. Not only the amount of support and impact that your organization has generated, but also kind of the attitude that you have kind of leading it. You’re like, no, that’s not enough. I mean, 400 billion, it’s a lot of money. But that’s clearly relatively speaking to the other things that you pointed out, not enough. And you also mentioned it’s everyone’s job, right? It’s not only the mbs, it’s also the corporate sponsors, and it’s everyone really listening whether you are a minority or not. Um, I’m sure you, throughout the 50 years of, uh, this organization, you’ve, you’ve experienced, uh, amazing success stories from maybe both sides of, uh, the equation, maybe the corporate, uh, members, and then also the mbs. Could you share a couple of those with our audience today?
Ying McGuire (34:41):
Sure. Um, I, you know, we all, I, when I came on, uh, to this role, I said, I said, we are the best untold story. We have the Bo best untold story stories like yours. And, um, yeah, a couple of story. One story you may have heard the story about, um, Rosa Santana and the form Automotive, automotive and Toyota partnership in the New York Times. That came out in August last year. And it’s really very inspiring story about how Toyota showed intentionality in diversifying their supply chain by creating, uh, new businesses, by building long-term relationship with this Hispanic owned woman, business owner who was in staffing business, but gave her opportunity to learn to make products in us and providing jobs in her muting the Hispanic community. And so she, she transitioned, she expanded her business from only doing the staffing to manufacturing because Toyota’s intentionality and they, they taught her how to do it. And so this relationship, um, to eventually lead to Toyota, you know, bring her on to lead a company that built truck beds, uh, for Toyotas, like, unbelievable. So check out the story on, uh, New York Times. We’ll,
Enrique Alvarez (36:15):
We’ll post it, we’ll post it on the episode as well. That’s definitely an inspiring story and something that not only validates, uh, your organization and what you’re doing, but it also recognizes those corporate members that realize the potential, uh, and power of having, uh, diverse, uh, supplier network and having diverse partners more than suppliers, business diversity in their companies.
Ying McGuire (36:41):
Exactly. Like, you know, I encourage corporations like, don’t do this. Just check a box. Right? But give and be extra little lift and they can rise to the, some of the best partners that corporation can ever ask for. So you wanna hear another story?
Enrique Alvarez (36:59):
Ying McGuire (36:59):
Of course. Are you waiting for ok, I
Enrique Alvarez (37:02):
I thought you had at least two or three more, so
Ying McGuire (37:05):
We don’t wanna
Maureen Woolshlager (37:05):
Oh, so we didn’t wanna interrupt you. Yeah, you have some great stories. Yeah.
Ying McGuire (37:08):
So, so I don’t know, did you attend, uh, the 50 anniversary annual conference in New Orleans? Did
Enrique Alvarez (37:14):
You have a chance? No, not this year. I couldn’t. No,
Maureen Woolshlager (37:16):
I wanted to, but it was over Halloween and so I couldn’t make it cuz it was, I think it’s the last Halloween my kids are gonna celebrate,
Ying McGuire (37:22):
So I Oh, I’m so, I’m so sorry. Yeah. You know, uh, so 2023 we moved for that concern we moved to before Halloween, so I’m gonna see you all there. We
Enrique Alvarez (37:33):
Will be there for sure. Yes.
Maureen Woolshlager (37:35):
Yeah, for sure. And I’m participating in the matchmaking event later this month as well.
Ying McGuire (37:40):
Oh, perfect. Perfect. But, um, the reason I mentioned that was, you know, the, the participants, we had a five, 6,000 people there and they, I received so many people’s feedback say, Hey, this is really the best conference we got. So many opportunity came out of it. And, um, interesting thing is this year, the last year we actually outsourced the production to a i program alum, uh, a certified M B E. Wow. And, and the company called A B C D N A company, and they’re based in Maryland, and they put together this amazing experience conference for N M S D C. And I think it’s a great example of what certified M B R capable of and the really importance of providing, you know, increased developmental opportunities and, um, uh, procurement opportunity for them. And they really shined. And so many corporate members said, oh my gosh, who, who did this job? I was like, Hey, it’s M B E, you know, see, M B E can be the, you know, the world class, uh, event production company. So that’s another example.
Enrique Alvarez (38:54):
And I think, uh, you’re right, it’s, it’s become evident to, to me, well it has for a while, but I think for other people out there and some other corporations out there that this is a, a competitive advantage, like hiring and working with MBAs is not, as you said, something that you just check the box. It’s something that if you don’t do it, you will probably be relegated down the road because the new generations and the future is definitely diverse and it’s definitely more equal and it’s definitely more sustainable. So if you don’t get onto this train early enough, then you’ll probably just be left out.
Ying McGuire (39:28):
Maureen Woolshlager (39:30):
So, ying, to close it up here a little. We have talked about supply chain and logistics and entrepreneurs and your experience at Dell and with the us uh, department of Commerce. Can you share with us your thoughts on what does logistics with purpose mean to you?
Ying McGuire (39:49):
Yeah, so before we started, you are talking about, you know, what you are doing, um, helping other underserved communities. Um, so you are kind of the role model for this, but, uh, from my perspective, it’s about logistics that are more sustainable. I think this industry have, as you know, have some of the, you know, negative impact on the climate. You’re moving things wrong. Um, as we participate in this industry, we just need to be mindful of protecting the earth and utilize underserved communities like MBEs, uh, uh, to do. So. Uh, we have a plenty of, you know, N M S D C certified three pls, you know, logistic company like you with great, you know, solutions, even security solutions. And then we need to connect, the companies are doing this work in a sustainable way with the corporations who have a very large logistical needs and, um, by extension impacts impacts on the environment. So I would love to create like long lasting partnership between RMB and the logistics side of the economy to help really expand, uh, environmental sustainability for the industry. So to me it’s sustainability.
Maureen Woolshlager (41:10):
It has been wonderful to talk with you today. In addition to, we need to post a bit of, uh, glossary of all of the acronyms we use in our podcast. So all of our listeners are aware of all the terms we’re using. We also want to let them know how can they connect with you, how can they connect and learn more about N M S T C. Please, please share with us, you know, so we wanna share that info with our listeners.
Ying McGuire (41:36):
Yes. Um, well you can visit mdc.org, uh, to learn about N M S D C and a sign up for email list so you can get regular updates about what we are working on. And you can also find us on LinkedIn. You know, search my name, you’ll get to N M S T C, ying McGuire. I don’t think there’s another Ying McGuire on this world, so it’s gonna be very easy to find, find me the Chinese Irish name. And we have Facebook, Twitter, and in, uh, Instagram. So I encourage also, you all follow my personal account on LinkedIn as I give updates every often. And, um, I want everyone listening to this podcast to really connect with me on LinkedIn. So I know that you are listening. And, um, I also wanna make sure that you all know we have 23 affiliate regional councilors and a five international partners who serve as our local boots on the ground and, uh, regional council have signature events and programming throughout the year besides our, uh, annual conference that I mentioned.
Ying McGuire (42:43):
And so you can go to our website to find your regional affiliate council and then learn how you can get involved at the local level. And I know you are in Atlanta, so we have one in Atlanta, uh, Georgia Minority Supply Development Council, and we talked about our conference gonna be in Baltimore in October. And, uh, we have a matchmaking events that you can take advantage of the virtual one throughout the year. And I just don’t wanna finish by emphasizing that our mission to close racial wealth gap is a bigger than any one of us. It’s a bigger than any individual that’s, it’s a bigger than any one organization. It’s a bigger than 23 regional council and N M S D C. So I encourage everyone listening to this podcast, take a larger role in this work. If you are a corporate member, um, be more intentional, like, you know, um, make sure we take a bold step to include MBEs in every purchasing decision you have.
Ying McGuire (43:49):
And if you, if you corporate leader, you’re not corporate member, become a corporate member by, by visiting our website. And if you are a policymaker, you know, uh, look at the policies like those listed on policy agenda on website that’s aimed at creating greater opportunities for minority owned businesses. And if you employees, uh, if you’re not certified, get certified like you know, you are said, let’s get involved and, and engage in these developmental programs and, and, and help support other mbs. Every one of us spend money. So every time you spend every dollar, think about who you’re spending money with, right? And so, um, if you are someone who’s just passionate about the cause and donate to N M S D C so we can expand our work so together, we can really create a future with a very strong and resilient US and a global economy, uh, economy where everyone, regardless your color and the background, has a fair shot of achieving the American dream. I really enjoyed this podcast. Thank you so much for the opportunity,
Enrique Alvarez (44:58):
Ying. The pleasure was all ours. And I’m sure our listeners as well, thank, thank you so much for spending some of your time with us today to talk about something that’s so important, so critical, and we’re very passionate about, which is just ending this racial wealth gap that you mentioned. I enjoy the conversation a lot. We’re a proud minority certified company and of course we look forward to continue working with you other MBS and maybe other corporate members, members as well. So thank you so much and for everyone else that’s listening to this episode, thank you so much for joining. If you enjoy conversations like the one we had with Jing McGuire today, well don’t forget to, uh, subscribe and we’ll see you on the next episode. Thank you so.
Ying McGuire is the CEO & President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), America’s most influential and successful minority business development organization. This year, NMSDC celebrates 50 years of supporting the economic development of more than 15,000 certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and over 1,500 Corporate Members. Prior to her appointment at NMSDC, Ms. McGuire served as the Global Vice President at Technology Integration Group (TIG), an NMSDC certified minority owned technology company with 25 offices in the US, China, Canada, and a global partner network covering 4 continents. As a corporate leader at Dell Technologies, a Fortune 500 company, she built and sustained high impact global initiatives across many functions and mentored numerous entrepreneurs and CEOs. Ms. McGuire holds a variety of leadership roles in the community. In 2016, she was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to the United States Investment Advisory Council. She served as the first woman chair of an advisory board of the International Trade Center (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and WTO based in Switzerland. Ms. McGuire is a founding board member of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) and a board of advisor of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations. In 2021, Ms. McGuire was appointed to the Council of Underserved Communities (CUC) which is tasked with providing advice, ideas and opinions on SBA programs and services and issues of interest to small businesses in underserved communities. During her career, Ms. McGuire has been acknowledged for her work as an advocate for supplier diversity: named “Twenty-Five Influential Women in Business” by MEA Magazine; “America’s Top Diversity Advocate” by DiversityBusiness.com; and “Best of the Decade” by Minority Business USA. Ms. McGuire was a featured speaker at many regional, national and international conferences including the World Export Forum. Born and raised in China, Ms. McGuire immigrated to the U.S. with one suitcase and $1,000 to pursue her American dream. She received a Masters’ degree in Business Administration of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Connect with Ying on LinkedIn.
Maureen Woolshlager started her career at McMaster-Carr’s Management Development Program working in sales, marketing, distribution operations, finance and accounting. After McMaster-Carr, she spent a year managing operations in one of Target Corporation’s warehouses before finding a role within a small management consulting company in Denver, Colorado. She worked on large projects for international food and restaurant companies and advised on account management, business development, operations management, warehouse operations, continuous improvement and distribution center operations, and procurement/supplier/inventory optimization. She has spent the last 9 years living in Belgium & Germany where her husband has been stationed as a US Army officer. Maureen has her B.A. from Emory University. She earned a certificate in Management & Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania & her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Learn more about Vector Global Logistics here: https://vectorgl.com/
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.
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.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, 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.
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.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
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!
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.
Principal & CMO, 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.
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.