“The culture of your company will make you or break you. It matters so much. It’s not just how much money am I making, it’s, am I in an environment that’s comfortable? Am I learning? Am I growing? Is this challenging for me? Are the people around me wanting me to succeed? Or can I not communicate with them? The culture that your company instills in its people, going back to “know your mission and your vision,” is huge for employees. And I think students who are about to enter the workforce are quite aware of that.”
Bulldog blood runs deep here at Supply Chain Now. Meanwhile, the Terry College of Business’s Supply Chain Advisory Board continues to grow and flourish at the University of Georgia and beyond. So it’s only natural that we’d join forces and hear from the next generation of supply chain leaders, starting with Elena Griggs and Jesse Bailey. We get their take on current trends and challenges, what they look for in an employer, and much more. Whether you’re a student looking to learn more about educational opportunities in supply chain or simply curious to meet tomorrow’s leaders and practitioners, this episode has something for you.
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Scott Luton (00:32):
Hey. Hey. Good afternoon, everybody. Scott Luton with you here on Supply Chain Now. Welcome to today’s livestream. Welcome to two special cohosts here today, Dr. Troy Montgomery and Mr. Marty Parker. Hey, how are we doing folks?
Troy Montgomery (00:47):
Doing great, Scott.
Scott Luton (00:48):
Marty, how are we doing?
Troy Montgomery (00:49):
Marty isn’t doing too well today, I guess, Scott.
Scott Luton (00:52):
Murphy’s Law is alive and well. This is how it goes sometimes. So, as I tee up the episode, we’ll see if we can get all the connections in. But great to have you all here today. In today’s show, we’re going to be talking about, of course, supply chain. We’re going to be talking with a couple of extremely bright supply chain students from the supply chain program at the University of Georgia. Troy, Marty, you all been on fire for a long time now. And the program has blown up. And we’ve been fortunate to interview a variety of students coming through the program. So, we look forward to doing that just today.
Scott Luton (01:26):
So, before we say hello to a few folks, and before we cover a couple of events, before we get the conversation going, I want to just formally introduce our special cohost here today. So, Dr. Troy Montgomery is part of the Management Faculty at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. And he’s joined by Marty Parker, an award-winning lecturer at UGA, but he also founded the school’s first Supply Chain Advisory Board. So, great to have y’all both with us here today. So, we know we’ve got Troy. Troy’s locked in. He’s locked and loaded and ready to go.
Troy Montgomery (01:59):
I’m ready to go.
Scott Luton (02:00):
We’ll see if we’ve got Marty.
Marty Parker (02:00):
I can hear you. Can you hear me?
Scott Luton (02:02):
We got you.
Marty Parker (02:03):
All right. My earphones just stopped working for some reason. Sorry about that.
Scott Luton (02:08):
That is okay. The Murphy’s Law is alive and is having the year of its life in 2021. So, it’s great to have you with us. So, Marty, we’ve known each other quite some time. And through you, we met Troy as well. We love what y’all are doing at UGA. And we’re going to talk about it at the end of conversation, some of the things that is working well for the program. But I’m pretty excited to talk with our two students. How about y’all?
Marty Parker (02:34):
Yeah. The students are just phenomenal, and these are two of the best of the best on our supply Chain Advisory Board. We’ve had them in our classes and they’re terrific.
Scott Luton (02:44):
I love that. Troy, you would agree?
Troy Montgomery (02:47):
Both Jesse and Elena are excellent. I had the privilege to have both of them in operations class and then supply chain management. And they’re not kind of at the ballpark in their internships, so they represent our students very well.
Scott Luton (02:59):
I love it. Well, we’re going to bring in Jesse and Elena momentarily. But really quick, we got to do some housekeeping. I’m going to share a couple of events and we’re going to say hello to a few folks. But before we do that, I want to surprise y’all with a little factoid here. So, today, Marty and Troy, is National Hammock Day. How about that? I never knew there was a national day for that. Now, the hammock, of course, the global symbol for relaxation, originally developed, – did you all know? – by the Mayans of Central and South America. Well, initially it was made from the hamack tree, H-A-M-A-C-K – I’m sure I’m mispronouncing that. But the hamack tree, which is, of course, one of the reasons it got its name. So, my simple question to both of y’all before we dive in here, Marty, if you could be anywhere right now, relaxing and chilling in a hammock, where would that be?
Marty Parker (03:50):
So, I would say I have two daughters in their 20s, so I know all about emos and they’re all over campus, you know, and they’re very relaxing. And I would be on Sanibel Island in South Florida watching the waves crash, seeing the beautiful seashells, and the sunset.
Scott Luton (04:08):
Oh. What a picture? It’s like an artist. Marty is painting that picture in our minds. Troy, he set a high bar. Where would you be?
Troy Montgomery (04:15):
That’s a good one. That’s actually where my wife and I got married, in Sanibel. I’d say over in Hilton Head. We’ve been spending a lot of time there throughout the pandemic. It’s a short drive from Athens. And when I’m there, it just means family time on the beach. So, we’d love to be sitting in a hammock there.
Scott Luton (04:33):
Okay. Well there’s still some summer left, so we’ll see if we can get there. But welcome to you both. I look forward to having this conversation with you. A couple of quick events. So, folks, there’s still time to join us for the July 27th free webinar on digital transformation. And we’re hearing plenty of that. And in particular, it’s not just accelerating, but strengthening your supply chain. So, join Kevin and I as we host Dr. Swink from TCU and our friend, Nick Carpenter, at Esker. I think the link to join is in the comments.
Scott Luton (05:04):
Mini-Master Class. I bet Marty and Troy get this question a lot. Hey, how can I not just get a job, but how can I advance and get promoted and become a better leader? We’ve got a great panel here between Maria, Crystal, Peter, Rodney, and Mark addressing those questions. They’ve given up their time on July 29th from 4:00 to, about, 7:00. So, join us if you’re looking to get some insights around, not just how to find a job and how to work with recruiters, but how to gain some skillsets that will help you develop your leadership skills. And the link to that is in the comments as well.
Scott Luton (05:38):
And then, finally, we are, at Supply Chain Now, very happy to be the exclusive virtual provider of Lora Cecere’s event that it has every year, the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, September 7th through the 9th. It’s a hybrid event. She’s going to be gathering a small group of folks in Franklin, Tennessee. And then, we’re going to be broadcasting the virtual version of that for folks who register. You can learn more at supplychaininsightsglobalsummit.com.
Scott Luton (06:05):
Okay. Marty and Troy, we have got two outstanding guests, the stars of the show, along with our folks in the sky boxes, as we call them. In fact, before I introduce our guests, let’s say hello to a few folks who have already joined us here. So, Srinivas is back with us via LinkedIn from India. Srinivas, great to see you. Let us know how you and your family are doing. John Martinez. Hey, John. Great to have you back. I really enjoyed your questions around agile, which I bet Troy, and Marty, and Jesse, and Elena know something or two about. I’m looking forward to hearing your comments today. Nurfad, which – Troy and Marty – always brings a nice sense of humor. It’s been important to maintain through these crazy times. Hey, Marie Hurst is back. Great to see you back. And it looks like she’s a big Marty Parker fan too.
Marty Parker (06:54):
Well, I had her daughter in class. Her daughter is a wonderful student.
Scott Luton (07:00):
Really? Well, now, Marie’s got some supply chain chops as well.
Marty Parker (07:04):
Absolutely. I know Marie too. She’s wonderful.
Scott Luton (07:07):
Yes. Absolutely. All right. So then, Christopher Keegan is with us, “Go, Dawgs.” – fellow UGA. You got to love there – via LinkedIn.
Marty Parker (07:14):
Troy Montgomery (07:16):
Chris presented our PMBA program most recently.
Scott Luton (07:18):
Oh, really? Well, Christopher, great to have you. We look forward to your POV as we progress through this conversation here today. Arivan is back with us. Great to have you again. We really enjoyed your contributions. Musawer is back with us from Pakistan via LinkedIn. Great to have you back. Ryver – I think I said that right. If I didn’t, let me know – “Go Dawgs and Jesse Bailey.” Hey. Hey. He’s a big Jesse Bailey fun. I wonder if he may be part of the baseball organization that we’re going to ask Jesse about. We’ll see. Great to see you, Ryver. Hey, Peter Bolle, all night and all day, great to see you here. Sergei is here from Southern California. Great to have you here and welcome. Welcome to everyone else. We’re going to try to get to everybody here momentarily. Hey, one more. Davin is back with us. Davin, I know you’ve been busy. I love that you’re tuned in via LinkedIn from beautiful Calgary, Alberta. Maybe you got some pictures of your Jeep navigating off-road. We’ll see.
Scott Luton (08:15):
Okay. So, folks, with no further ado, Marty and Troy, I want to introduce our two special guests here today. So, we are going to be having Elena Griggs, who is a rising senior at the University of Georgia, and President of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board. And Jesse Bailey, also a rising senior at UGA, and Treasurer of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board as well. So, let’s welcome in Jesse and Elena. Hey. Hey. Good afternoon. Elena, how are you doing?
Elena Griggs (08:45):
I’m good. It’s been a busy day at work so far. And I’m glad to be on here with everybody.
Scott Luton (08:49):
Wonderful. And, Jesse, good afternoon.
Jesse Bailey (08:52):
How are y’all doing? I’m doing good. I agree with what Elena said, been a little bit of a busy day. But glad to be here, taking a little bit of a respite.
Scott Luton (08:59):
Awesome. Awesome. Well, we’re really excited to have you both. And I want to make sure folks know, so Clay Phillips is a proud UGA alum, as is Allie, who’s also behind the scenes. So, there’s a lot of Bulldog blood that runs through the team here at Supply Chain Now. And it’s great to meet four others.
Scott Luton (09:17):
So, let’s start with just getting to know you all a little better. And, Elena, I want to start with you. So, as I was doing my homework and our team was doing our homework on your background, you’ve got to have some clones because all these activities you are involved in, I don’t know how you get any sleep at night. Let’s see, beyond what we already shared, President of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board. You’re also a global supply chain intern for Lockheed Martin. A little company folks may have heard of once in a million times. You’re Vice President for the Management Society. And you’re also involved with the Mentor Program and Rotaract. So, how do you get any sleep at night?
Elena Griggs (09:52):
Sleep is pretty overrated in my life, I’d have to say. I do get sleep. It’s just a lot of hard work, and a lot of hard hours, and just putting in that time. And I’m not going to get the opportunity to do this the rest of my life, so I got to make the most of it now while I’m here in college.
Scott Luton (10:08):
I love it. I love it. Okay. So, really quick, where did you grow up?
Elena Griggs (10:12):
So, I’m from a little town called Blairsville, Georgia up in the north Georgia mountains. A tiny little town. It’s beautiful. It’s great. I live about five minutes away from the North Carolina border. And coming down to UGA has been great. I’ve been here since I was a little kid, but my parents are alum, so Bulldog blood runs deep in our family.
Scott Luton (10:31):
Awesome. Now, Marty, one of the founders of the Supply Chain Advisory Board at UGA, your president here, Elena Griggs, give us an observation about her leadership style.
Marty Parker (10:41):
So, Elena, she’s already said, being so hard working. It’s all about the details. Like, it isn’t supply chain, right? The things we do as a board seem like they’re easy, but they’re not. And so, Elena’s up with me at 7:00 a.m. for our meetings and, you know, we do those live, so that means getting up even earlier and getting the Chick-fil-A biscuits. And it’s a student-run board and she involves the exec team and the students. Matter of fact, she has an idea moving forward about how to bring more of them actively in because our program is growing so much.
Scott Luton (11:21):
I love that. And we’re going to touch more on that. And, by the way, I also love what Arivan says, “Red to green, all supply chain blood.” It is a unifying industry, for sure. So, Elena, great to have you. We look forward to picking your brain here momentarily.
Scott Luton (11:36):
Your colleague there, Jesse Bailey, beyond what we shared with him as we introduced him, also part of the Supply Chain Advisory Board Leadership Team. But he is a supply chain intern at Central Garden & Pet. And you’re cofounder of the Georgia Liberty Baseball Organization. So, I’m going to talk baseball with you in just a second. But, first, where’d you grow up, Jesse?
Jesse Bailey (11:55):
So, I grew up in a little town called Hoschton, Georgia, kind of nobody’s heard of it. But it’s in Jackson County. It’s 45 minutes from campus in Athens. So, I knew I wanted to be a Bulldog since I was in elementary school and kind of living out my dream.
Scott Luton (12:09):
I love that. I love that. A little passion in these two here. So, you cofounded the Georgia Liberty Baseball Organization. What is that?
Jesse Bailey (12:18):
So, it is a travel baseball organization based out of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Last year, my partner and I knew a couple of kids that were 16 at the time. They needed a team because COVID had shut their travel team down. And to be honest with you, I never thought we would actually fuel the team and play. But since last summer, we’ve grown. We’ve now got three teams that will be playing this fall, 16U, 17U, and 18U. And so, I run the organization on that side and coach one of the teams. It’s a ton of fun.
Scott Luton (12:48):
I love that. Now, also here, the Braves have brought you in as a consultant to figure out how we can straighten out the season, right?
Jesse Bailey (12:53):
Yeah. That’s my toughest job that I’ve got on the table by far.
Scott Luton (12:57):
All right. I love that. Well, welcome to you both. Really quick, before I pass the baton over to Troy, I want to say hello to a few more folks. I love this what Nurfad says – so Peter Bolle, a wonderful contributor to all livestreams. He’s part of the event next week. I love his headshot there. And Nurfad says, “I’ve worked hard all my life. Now, I am the king pose.” I like that, Nurfad. Hey, Brijesh. Welcome via LinkedIn. Great to have you. I think you were part of our earlier livestreams. Let us know where you’re tuned in from via LinkedIn. Rogers, great to have you here a part of this discussion. I look forward to your POV. And, finally, Alaa from Sudan. Hey, great to have you back. I really have enjoyed your contributions. And buckle up for a great conversation once again here today.
Scott Luton (13:42):
Okay. So, Troy, where are we going next with Jesse and Elena?
Troy Montgomery (13:46):
Yeah. Well, we’ve got a question here related to interest in supply chain. So, I’ll direct it to Jesse first. And then, Elena, I’ll let you jump in. And, Jesse, you keep running that baseball team in about ten years. I got a good prospect, my son is about seven years old right now. So, you keep running that team and keep it warm for my son. So, let’s talk a little bit about your interest in supply chain. So, Jesse, tell us why did you choose supply chain as your management emphasis? And then, also give us a little insight in what’s your favorite class or favorite experience here at UGA?
Jesse Bailey (14:20):
For sure. So, like I mentioned earlier, I grew up 45 minutes from campus. I knew I wanted to go to Georgia since I was in elementary school. I knew I wanted to be a business major since, probably, middle school and really focused on management at that time too. And I don’t know if this is the best answer, but the simplest answer of why I wanted to do supply chain is, because I really didn’t want to do HR. And so, that was the two options at Georgia. But it matched up perfectly with what I love to do. I’ve been lucky. A lot of my friends have changed majors four or five times, I haven’t had to do it. I fell in love as soon as I got in the program. That’s been perfect.
Troy Montgomery (14:55):
Yeah. So, tell us about your favorite class. And I’ll caveat it with it, it doesn’t have to be one of mine. It could be Marty’s or one of Dr. Zantiga’s. And just to lay this out there, both Jesse and Elena had both my classes, so they can’t have me again to butter me up to give them an A in the future. They’ve already earned those days. So, what do you think, Jesse?
Jesse Bailey (15:15):
Yeah. I feel compelled to say one of the three classes I’ve taken with y’all. But to be honest with you, it’s the Project Management class that I took Dr. Zantiga. It was the most challenging class I’ve had at UGA. I had to put in the most time and really figure that out. And just the rewarding experience of getting the grade that I got in that class. And learning things that are going to be very useful to me no matter what kind of organization I’m in as I move forward.
Scott Luton (15:41):
What an answer.
Troy Montgomery (15:43):
So, let’s move over to Elena. And I will say, especially in the period that we just finished in the semester, we had the opportunity for students to come in-person or attend via Zoom, both Elena and Jesse were in my supply chain class. And they’d always sit over on the left. One of the few that actually attended in-person, which I think makes a pretty big difference. Elena, so tell us a little bit about how you ended up in supply chain management with an emphasis in supply chain management?
Elena Griggs (16:11):
So, I was placed on business by the time I’d gotten to my senior year in high school. It was between microbiology and business. So, not exactly close majors. But with the business route and looking at the emphasises that UGA had to offer, so HR or supply chain. And figured I might as well do one that doesn’t add on, you know, extra credit hours. And by then, I had never really heard of the term supply chain before. That’s not something that’s usually discussed, you know, when you’re a high school student. And it’s just now coming on the rise and in the news. And, especially since COVID, now it’s a big name. And so, I did a little bit of research into supply chain and figured, “Oh my goodness. This is exactly where I want to be.” It’s a puzzle trying to figure out how to be, you know, the most efficient and where can you shave pennies and, you know, really start saving money kind of from the bottom of the company up. And it’s a great opportunity, you know, [inaudible] investment into your employees, in your company. I mean, it impacts the company in a huge, huge way, which is why, to me, it’s so surprising that the name is just now becoming so well known, the term supply chain.
Troy Montgomery (17:19):
Yeah. And I think we’re seeing that more and more. It’s excellent students like the two of you come through our program, get the word out. We’re going to see more and more that truly target it. So, how about your favorite class or maybe your favorite experience that you’ve had so far?
Elena Griggs (17:35):
So, I’ve enjoyed both of your classes very much. I got good grades. That helps a lot. But I will say that one of the most interesting things that we did – Jesse can add into this as well – was the beer game that we played in Professor Montgomery’s class. And we were all in charge of being a distributor, a wholesaler, a retailer. We all had certain roles that we were assigned. Jesse and I were on the same team. And it really made us realize just how quickly things could go wrong within the supply chain. We did not do a great job, which is kind of unfortunate.
Scott Luton (18:09):
Well, hey, you can mess with our toilet paper supply chain. You can mess with our computer chip supply chain. You mess with our beer supply chain, things go crazy. All right. Well, I really appreciate that line of questioning, Troy. I love the answers. Before I flip it over to Marty and we talk more about kind of what’s going on today, I got to recognize Fred Tolbert. Now, Greg has coined Fred as – why do I always get this wrong? Who’s the guy from – thank you, Amanda, from around the corner – Doc Holliday of Supply Chain. I can never remember that name from tombstone. But if you’ve ever heard Fred, tell it like it is. The name really makes a lot of sense. But great to have you here. And as he points out, “Jesse: In the fall semester is going to be with the returning captain of Team Supply Chain.” So, love that. Okay.
Jesse Bailey (18:59):
Scott, if I could say one thing. Fred brought me in to be part of the mentorship group that he calls Team Supply Chain. And he found out about the baseball team that I was running and he made a very generous gift to the team. That made it a lot cheaper for the parents of those kids. And I hadn’t really got to thank him publicly yet, but this is a great time to do it. Fred is an amazing guy. He spent a lot of time with me. I mean, he really is. He’s the best one we’ve got.
Scott Luton (19:28):
Jesse, spoken well beyond your years. I love that. And you’re right. Absolutely. You know, I’ve known Fred a long time and he’s given a lot of his time to associations and folks working their way through their craft, the industry. And it doesn’t surprise me at all that he found out what you’re up to and got behind that too. So, Fred, we love you here. And, Jesse, thanks for pointing that out. I should also point out, as I was struggling with Doc Holliday, David says he totally heard that mom voice from Amanda shouting around the corridor. Some things just don’t stick. Okay. So, Marty, where are we going next?
Marty Parker (20:06):
So, we’re going to talk about what’s happening in the industry right now. And both of you know that I talk about how supply chain is in the most exciting time in its history. It’s like marketing went through when the internet came and disrupted – Don Draper, is the example I use, and how he would drink liquor and put an advertisement out and hope people saw it – and, now, marketing can target an individual. Well, we are in the midst of the biggest change, I think, we’ve ever seen for the good. So, we’d like your insight. And I’ll start with you this time, Jesse. Tell us a little bit about some of the challenges, or developments, or topics that you’re tracking right now more than others.
Jesse Bailey (20:59):
I think the biggest thing maybe across any industry right now is the labor shortage that’s going on. Working in Madison, I’m at a distribution center with Central Garden & Pet the majority of my time, and just all across our network, across all networks, finding people to work right now is very difficult with the environment that we’re in right now. So, that’s been quite the challenge. And then, secondly, probably the next biggest thing for us, is, the inflation that we’re encountering. The pricing that is going on throughout our network with our customers, with our suppliers, making things very challenging, straining some relationships sometimes. So, those are the things that we’ve got to deal with, and I’m hoping they get better.
Marty Parker (21:38):
That’s a great response in the inflationary piece, like of the freight costs and skyrocketing labor costs. It’s unprecedented in my career. I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never heard of, you know, $17,000, $18,000, $19,000 containers and wages jumping 20, 30 percent in less than a year. Those are great ones and difficult. And the brains of our supply chain teams will figure out ways to make things more efficient and make things better and address those. Fun fact, Jesse, Central was my first meeting for our Supply Chain Advisory Board before it was even an idea hardly. And they were a founding member. So, tell the team over there, thank you and it’s great that they have you there.
Scott Luton (22:32):
Marty, really quick, before you move forward, that’s critical, right? Having corporate support getting involved in these programs and being able to facilitate opportunities for others so they can learn and move into industry. You know, for some of that, Troy, he was setting up a plant tour at Caterpillar and giving the students the opportunity to kind of put their eyes and ears on what goes on in factories. Those are critical experiences. So, I appreciate you pointed it out.
Scott Luton (23:00):
Really quick, I want to recognize a few folks before we move over to Elena. Brandie, congratulations, starting a new role this month in consulting. Wonderful. Congrats. I hope you can lift an adult beverage later this evening and celebrate. And great to have you back here, Brandie. And then, John, I agree. I agree, “Supply chain is an ever changing organism. We, as supply chain practitioners, are like doctors who diagnose the symptoms of the illnesses in organizations.” And, Charles Heeter, great to have you back. You missed a lot. But I’m sure we get you caught up quick. You’re fast on your feet. So, great to have you here.
Scott Luton (23:34):
Okay. Marty, where are we going with Elena next?
Marty Parker (23:37):
Well, Elena, the same question. From your perspective, what are the challenges, developments, topics that you’re seeing? And tell us about your perspective on that.
Elena Griggs (23:50):
Sure. Well, everything that Jesse just touched on, getting to witness all that happening from my internship firsthand has been a really interesting thing to kind of watch go down. I worked in production shortages, and so we’re having to deal with these shortages every single day. And there’s a new person on the list every single day, because there’s labor shortages, because we can’t afford prices of certain things. We’re running into these problems all the time. And so, from a work perspective, you see it. It’s happening daily right in front of my eyes.
Elena Griggs (24:26):
So, from a personal perspective, what’s really been interesting to me is just the food shortage. If any of y’all are Chick-fil-A fans out there, you’ll know that there’s Chick-fil-A sauce shortage that occurred for weeks on end. And here in Athens, they were limiting one sauce per order, which is, like, crazy to an average Chick-fil-A fan. But we’ve been seeing that a lot. Starbucks can’t make a lot of their drink menu items. I drove to Sonic last week, and on the menu is just crossed out multiple items that you just can’t get. So, it’s fascinating to see how COVID-19 has highlighted all the issues that occur within the food supply chain, which is, obviously, so problematic because food is necessary in every single body’s lives. So, it’s a big problem now.
Scott Luton (25:19):
A huge problem. Hey, really quick, speaking of food challenge, I got this text from one of our regular listeners, Neil. In fact, I went to high school with Neil way back when. He shot me this note yesterday. He said, “I’ve just boarded a plane with my kids. Delta says that they’re in a national juice shortage and they’ve got nothing for kids. Put that in your supply chain pipe and smoke it,” he says.
Scott Luton (25:42):
So, Marty, you’re shaking your head there. I mean, you’ve heard of this juice shortage here recently, is that right?
Marty Parker (25:49):
You’re talking about me? I’m sorry. You get all like me it’s hard to hear. So, I wanted to say Chick-fil-A is on our board, Solandre Rypin, and she guests lectures. And when they opened their first store in New York City, they were at 10,000 lemons a day, a day. And, now, it’s probably like 30,000, I would guess. How in the world do you get 30,000 lemons into New York City every day? And, now, they’ve opened a second large store. So, a lot of folks don’t realize how important supply chain is in our food supply. And they just think, “Hey, it’s in the background. It happens every day.” But I’ve learned from Chick-fil-A that it is a major part of their business to deal with. Also, to ramp up, right? Because a whole lot more people are eating food at Chick-fil-A every year, especially during COVID.
Scott Luton (26:48):
Agreed. Look at what Clay says, “Local chicken wing joint is charging 20 bucks for 12 wings. It’s a crisis.” It’s a crisis. I got to share a couple of these other comments here before we move forward. Gaurav – I think that’s right. If I said it wrong, I apologize. Let me know – “I am in the supply chain by choice, not accident,” he says. “Worked for over nine years in supply chain management. I’m proud of my decision after engineering.” I love that. Let’s see here. Sarni says, “Marty, blockchain technology is an emerging concept that I’ve been working on for efficient transportation between two points. Effective especially in the e-commerce delivery services.” And then, finally, John says, “With topics such as inflation and prices and employee shortages, Jesse and Elena, how much of your programs focused on lean manufacturing, strategic sourcing, Six Sigma, restructuring,” you name it. Any comments there, Jesse or Elena? Would you like to address that?
Jesse Bailey (27:45):
I would say at Central right now, we are really challenged in our lean philosophy because there’s so many stockouts. The focus is on just getting items back on shelves. I was actually with the SNOP team in Atlanta yesterday, getting to ask the director there kind of what her thoughts on this was. She said, “Right now, we just got to get things back on shelves. We’ll try to get laid again later.” So, that’s one thing that’s going on right now. And definitely interesting decisions that have to be made.
Scott Luton (28:18):
Absolutely. Thanks for sharing that, Jesse. Elena, anything else to add?
Elena Griggs (28:22):
Yeah. I will say from a defense contracting perspective, it’s not exactly secret that it’s a little bit more behind the times in terms of lean, and just in time, and Six Sigma just because there’s so many government compliance or challenges that you run into. And so, without already having those things in place, it’s almost even more of a challenge for us because we already have those things that the whole industry struggles with, for one. And then, two, you have everything on top of it and it just adds additional problems on top.
Scott Luton (28:54):
Agreed. Agreed. You know, one of the silver linings though about this pandemic is, because we’re having to solve things through different means and unforeseen means, we are going to be stronger if we can apply what we’ve learned, the problems and then some, especially with root cause as we get through. So, that post-pandemic environment global supply chains are truly more resilient in a meaningful way, not in a cliche way. Which, I know we’ve heard that term [inaudible] a thousand times a day these days.
Scott Luton (29:21):
Before we move on, because we want to pick Jesse and Elena’s brain about what they’re looking for in an ideal organization, employer, you name it. But Marty and/or Troy, would, y’all like to add any other thoughts or observations around what we’re seeing across global supply chain right now?
Troy Montgomery (29:37):
Yeah. I’ll jump in with one, and kind of thank John for that Lean Six Sigma plug there. It’s something that, through the exec ed program at UGA, we’ve been building a yellow belt, a green belt, and then we’re working on having a black belt. And we offer that opportunity for our students to get that yellow belt certification. And just like you guys are saying, not just to follow that structured approach of Lean Six Sigma, which I think is great. It’s about solving problems and figuring out how to solve problems that we’ve never faced before, either as an industry, an organization, or as a team. So, having that kind of structured problem solving approach is extremely important. It’s something that we really stress to our students here. We’re in the business school and most of our students are not engineers, but we’re competing against engineers in the workplace. And so, as long as our students can prove they can solve problems and have those management communication skills, then they have the potential to have a leg up against some of their other peers who may have an engineering degree.
Scott Luton (30:41):
Well said. Well said. You know, aside from that – we all saw the news this morning, perhaps, that we had acquired [inaudible]. And just the latest reminder of just the hot deal-making market that we’re in and, especially, with a big emphasis on all things supply chain tech, freight tech, some call it logistics tech. So, it’s really an intriguing time to be in supply chain right now. Marty, anything else to add before we switch gears?
Marty Parker (31:05):
Yeah. I would add a couple of things. I’m going to talk about how Troy and I and Jan are all practitioners. I’m a C-suite executive in a manufacturing company, in a diverse hair care products company, in an IoT company, in a 3PL, in various roles, fractionally. We are living the beer game because we have such huge oscillations in demand. You know, this summer, I was at a client that had to order pool supplies almost a year in advance. And these students being with a business degree know, well, that means a ton of working capital because you’re not going to get paid for that until a year later. And then, you’re placing a massive bet. Well, are folks going to be hanging at the pool next summer, right? So, we’re living the beer game and the oscillations that you see in demand.
Marty Parker (32:03):
And a lot of the forecasting techniques of the past are worthless. And you’re having to use more qualitative methods. And then, the other thing we’re living is the bottleneck. If a single point in this entire chain is bottlenecked, that’s as fast as it goes. So, we are seeing that with ships. I saw an article where they are going to make ships go faster, which is hard to imagine trying to deal with the ship bottleneck. We’ve had bottlenecks in labor. And so, we’re seeing it in the news every day. And so, I think, those were great examples. And A-plus, by the way, to Jesse and Elena, since you learned about that in both of our classes. Great answers.
Scott Luton (32:45):
Well, you know, Marty, somewhere, Greg White is singing out one of the points you just made – well, all y’all make great points – about how the forecasting approaches of years gone past. You throw it out the window in many ways. And what has happened previously, there’s no guarantees that will continue happening moving forward, right? There’s a cliche there that I’m butchering. Everyone’s nodding their head, so everyone knows what I’m talking about.
Scott Luton (33:12):
So, I want to switch gears here for a second. I want to share a couple comments. And then, we’re going to be talking with Jesse and Elena of what they’re looking for in an organization. Let’s start, Nurfad says, “Jesse, I heard the Florida Gators have an opening to handle football supply chain. Interested and waiting for your reply.” So, we’ll see. You may be reached out to by the Gators down there. Which, I don’t think Jesse, you’re going to be taking any calls from this, right?
Jesse Bailey (33:39):
That’s going to have to be a hard pass. I’m sorry. That’s sacrilegious.
Scott Luton (33:45):
This goes back a little ways earlier, I think, Jesse made. Ziggy says, “That’s the issue I’m facing today. They don’t want me lean because their supply chain has been disrupted. Even if, as a consultant, I can get client to secure a manufacturing source. Just doesn’t understand it.”
Marty Parker (34:03):
Just a comment, Ziggy, that’s a great point. You know, lean is a lot of things. It isn’t just a constrained inventory. You know, there’s a hundred of improvements you can do using lean techniques that have nothing to do with reducing inventory. So, management, in the C-suite often doesn’t really understand the idea and we have to explain it.
Scott Luton (34:28):
I love that. Everybody has been beating up on lean this last couple of years. But you’re right, Marty, it’s been misapplied way too often. Lean is a very powerful methodology if you think about it in its truest sense. And, hopefully, organizations and their leadership are going to get reacquainted with the right way to apply it. So, appreciate that, Marty and Ziggy. Thanks for sharing there.
Scott Luton (34:54):
Alaa says, “We need to think big and we need to think cheap.” We’ll see if we can’t do both of those at the same time. And then, finally, Ryver says, “My company, and all sports equipment companies, biggest supply chain issues are aluminum, steel, and foam. Foam in particular has been very hard to get with prices seeing steep inflation.” You know, on that note, porch furniture of all things, the backlog there. Folks are ordering via catalog, you know, it’s 8 months, 10 months, 12 months. Intriguing times we’re living in.
Jesse Bailey (35:25):
Scott, Ryver is a dear friend of mine. We graduated high school together. He’s doing big things at Gill Athletics up in Illinois as a marketing major. And he’s doing all of their track and field marketing there for them. So, I wanted to give him a little bit of shoutout. I appreciate him listening and to hear me on this.
Scott Luton (35:43):
Thank you. And it’s Ryver, not Ryver.
Jesse Bailey (35:46):
It is Ryver. But he gets called Ryver so much, he’s used to it.
Scott Luton (35:51):
Okay. And Peter makes a good point too, “Nurfad, we can source. We simply can’t get it in a time cost effective manner.” That is one of the biggest problems right now. All right. So, for the sake of time, I know we could make this a four or five hour discussion talking shop, right? But one of the things that we want to really hear from Jesse and Elena on, you know, as everyone has pointed to, hiring great talent is a huge challenge. And as Troy have mentioned, supply chain is competing for top talent, perhaps, unlike ever before.
Scott Luton (36:22):
So, I want to start with Elena here. So, Elena, imagine you’re speaking or you’re giving a keynote – which is I’m sure in your future, if it’s not already here – and it’s thousands of hiring managers that really want to know what your generation is thinking in terms of where they want to work and what does the culture look like? Paint a picture there. What does that look like, Elena?
Elena Griggs (36:43):
I think it is a couple of things and you just hit on one of them. The culture of your company will make you or break you. It matters so much. It’s not just how much money am I making. It’s am I in an environment that’s comfortable? Am I learning? Am I growing? Is this challenging for me? Are the people around me wanting me to succeed? Or can I not communicate with them? The culture that your company instills in its people, going back to your mission and your vision, is huge for the employees. And I think students who are about to enter the workforce are quite aware of that. The second thing is, is the opportunity to apply your critical thinking skills. If you’re looking for the best talent, that best talent is going to want to be able to flex that ability. Supply chain is constantly evolving, it’s ever changing, and it needs adaptable, flexible minds to go with it.
Scott Luton (37:36):
I love that. And allowing those minds to make an impact, make decisions and have at least some of the destiny in their hands. Elena, I love that. And I couldn’t help, you know, Marty, as you are flexing pre-show, that’s exactly where my brain went when she said flex there. So, Jesse, same question to you. If you’re speaking to that auditorium full of hiring managers, what are you looking for in an organization?
Jesse Bailey (38:00):
Well, I’ve actually had plenty of practice answering this question recently, because my bosses at Central had put a big emphasis on that. And that’s really the first thing, I want to see a company that is willing to learn and listen on what we do want. So, that, first and foremost, is the baseline. But in terms of the actual things that we want, you know, I told them, all of us at UGA, we’re not stressed with money because everybody wants money. Everybody, that’s level. We want to see a culture that aligns with our values. Me, personally, I want to see ways that I can advance. I want that to be laid out where I can see, “Okay. I have all these different options and we’re going to invest in you,” that is another thing is the investment that they would be willing to make in us. But the most important thing, kind of like Elena touched on, it is culture. It’s going to a place where you feel comfortable and your values align with theirs.
Scott Luton (38:56):
I love that. Okay. I want to take a couple of quick comments here. So, we’ve deemed Gregory as the Shakespeare of supply chain. He’s oftentimes very well-spoken. He needs his own show. Gregory says, “Very crucial operational capabilities continue to be disrupted due to the lack of infrastructure, shortfalls in efficacies, and resilience in supply chains/value chains, they all existed pre-COVID. But the impact by COVID threw many off their feet and many are unable to get back up.” How true there. Ziggy, appreciate it. Your follow-up comments on his contribution. Carter says, “Shoutout to Jesse Bailey.” So, Jesse, what’s the story with Carter?
Jesse Bailey (39:37):
Carter is another good friend. He is at UGA as well. He just got accepted into the Terry College of Business. He’s going to be a management information systems major. So, big things are ahead for Carter. I appreciate him listening in as well.
Scott Luton (39:50):
Awesome. Jose absolutely agrees with y’all on culture. Lexie loves what you said there about culture, Elena. And then, John shares, “In my experience, to get the buy-in from senior leadership for lean practices/ Six Sigma. Illustrate the issues with Pareto charts and Multi-Vari charts -” multi-variant charts “- to show the trends, obstacles, and to speak dollars, speak money. I think this is where project management skills and education can help supply chain professionals.” Vilfredo Pareto. Vilfredo Pareto.
Marty Parker (40:22):
I was going to say, Scott, John, thank you for that. Because both students know I talk about Pareto. I teach Pareto. I use Pareto every day just to pick the 20 percent of the things in my life that have 80 percent of the outcomes. Like, Supply Chain Now Radio, right? So, you know, I pick and choose, and I teach my students that, and I use it every day in my consulting. You can get so much more done. So, thanks for pointing out that old, but very powerful tool.
Scott Luton (40:53):
Agreed. And, Troy, I bet you’re chomping at the bits to weigh in on that as well.
Troy Montgomery (40:58):
Yeah. And one other thing that was included there from John is what I deemed the language of finance. And if we can’t put dollars to a project to an initiative, then while it may be important, the C-suite is probably not going to hear it. So, I challenge people over and over again is, turn that lead time, that productivity, turn that into something that looks like dollars. And partner with somebody in finance to help you do that and build your business case.
Scott Luton (41:25):
I love that. Very powerful. So, folks, when you’re coming to Jesse and Elena in the CEO’s office, you better bring your business case. Is that right, Jesse and Elena?
Elena Griggs (41:34):
Absolutely. It is.
Jesse Bailey (41:37):
Scott Luton (41:38):
That might be the case right now at the Advisory Board. I love that. Okay. Before we’re going to talk about some of the elements behind UGA’s growth here as we start to kind of wind the conversation down. But, Jesse and Elena, I want to surprise one more question with y’all. So, fill in this blank, global supply chain would be better if – finish that sentence for me. Think about that for a sec and finish that sentence. And while you think about that, we’re going to move on and talk about UGA. And I’m going to circle back and that will be one of the last questions we pose to you. Okay.
Scott Luton (42:06):
So, Marty and Troy, we’ve been fortunate to rub elbows and kind of see the UGA [inaudible] when it comes to supply chain program and then blossom into just such a great story. So, Marty, starting with you, what has made UGA’s supply chain program to be on the move? What are some of the secrets sauce there?
Marty Parker (42:27):
Yeah. So, I call up pastors. I’m going to boil it down to three things. The students, the alumni that pour into our program, and the fact that Troy and Jan and I are practitioners of this on a daily basis. We’re not just teachers, but we’re also practitioners. So, the students segues perfectly. You’ve gotten to see extraordinary students in these two. And so, they run our board of directors and they are the product. All I have to do is place them at a company and more will be hired. So, five, six years ago, we had virtually no students from our program at the Home Depot,at Georgia Pacific, at WestRock, at all of these places. We have tons of students and it’s almost like a pay it forward because those students will help current students.
Marty Parker (43:22):
But I also designed internship programs for companies and I have these students working for me. They’re phenomenal. I’ve had a student design, and install, and set up an ERP system, [inaudible]. I have had a student do all the new products setups in an ERP system, including pricing and costing and doing all the labor cost analysis. I’ve built out three websites with these students in a distribution company and a hair products company. And I have them hire their replacements. And so, around that comment that they made about what they like, I push them to make their own decisions and have their own autonomy. And so, they’re phenomenal if you hire any of them, you will want more. And so, that puts a tremendous demand on our program.
Marty Parker (44:17):
The second one, you know, I’d like to join the Fred Tolbert Love Fest. Fred, hopefully you’re still on here. Our alum are amazing. Fred, Heather Tenney, and Erin Donnelly over at The Home Depot, Annant Patel and Chad McCrary over at Georgia Pacific, Johnny and Dean and others at Central, and Melissa Murphy at WestRock, I mean, I could go on and on and on. And I think Fred is sort of the embodiment of that. I met Fred for lunch and he said, “I’m in.” And, boy, did he mean it. He guest lectures in our classes. He mentors through teams supply chain. He’s going with us to take students to the ASCM Conference. And without that, without the alum advocating, I don’t think our students would have a chance. And so, that makes a big difference.
Marty Parker (45:11):
And then, lastly, on this issue of practitioners. You know, UGA is big into experiential learning. I take six to eight students each year to improve the supply chain at the masters golf tournament because some one has to do it. We took 40 supply chain students to the NRF Foundation, pre-COVID, up in New York City to see all the retailers that are hiring.
Scott Luton (45:34):
The big show. The big show.
Marty Parker (45:36):
Yes. Phenomenal show. We have seen New York. We got to do that. We’ve entered several case competitions. Georgia Pacific has provided a $5,000 case study in Troy’s class, I’ll let him talk about. We have two scholarships. The Trucker Profitability Strategies Conference has given us a foundation grant for $5,000 a year scholarship. We give two $2,000 year scholarships ourselves. We have started a student ASCM chapter. We’re going to take them to San Antonio. I mean, Scott, it goes on and on and on. And we couldn’t do it without the students because they organize it and they do the work.
Scott Luton (46:19):
GSD, Get Stuff Done.
Marty Parker (46:21):
Yeah. I go to the masters and, really, what I do is just kind of come alongside them, and behind them. And sort of watch golf, and hang out, and eat the food and drink beer. They do the hard work. And so, you know, I just want to say, it’s about them. And these two, Elena and Jesse, are two of the best.
Scott Luton (46:42):
I love that. What a great message. And Jesse and Elena aren’t outliers. I mean, we’ve been fortunate to interview a wide variety of students. Thanks to Fred’s help and thanks to Troy’s help. And it’s amazing the talent and the can do ability of students here. So, Troy, what else would you add to that? And then, we’re going to finish off our interview with Jesse and Elena.
Troy Montgomery (47:05):
Yeah. Well, I want to give a lot of credit to Marty who’s been with the program for a little bit over five years now and started the Supply Chain Advisory Board. And we’re up to about 30 or so corporate sponsors. And credit to Marty using his network and his experience previously as a COO in building that. And then, handing it over to students. So, it’s one thing to build it. And then, it’s another to build something that’s sustainable and that can be student run. So, a lot of kudos to Marty to getting that started.
Troy Montgomery (47:36):
The other thing I’ll add on – because I completely agree with Marty – the students and faculty that we have, the alums. But then, also, we’re sitting inside one of the best business programs for undergraduates in the nation. So, we’re ranked 14th among public institutions in the top 25 overall. So, right off the bat, we’ve got great students that are coming in through our program. The other thing that I’ll mention is, you know, we’re continuing to push kind of that real life experience that Marty mentioned. We’re also seeking to give our students additional credentials. So, I mentioned the yellow belt credential that the students have an opportunity to get. If they take the project management course, they can go through the cap then. And then, we’re also seeking to start to get some students through a pilot of some of the ASCM credentials, formerly known as APEX. So, we want our students to be at the top of the list when it comes to somebody reading through a resume, not just through our program, but also through the real life experience and potential to gain credentials.
Scott Luton (48:37):
I love that. Okay. Lots of reasons behind UGA’s growth when it comes to supply chain programming. And I love to see the product, as Marty put it. These incredible people sitting for us here today, Jesse and Elena. So, on that note, we had a fill in the blank question a moment ago, and I want to wrap it with that. And then, we’ll make sure everyone knows how to connect with each of y’all. But, Elena, we’ll start with you. So, global supply chain will be better off if what?
Elena Griggs (49:04):
I guess a couple answers. First one being, if everyone hired our students on our board, we have some really great students and also great talent. And then, the second answer is the answer that we just can’t have is, it would be better if it were simple. And it can’t be. If it were a much more streamlined process across everyone and everywhere, you know, it would probably come together a lot better. But because there’s so many different ways to go about supply chain and there’s so many moving parts, and it’s always changing, you just simply can’t have it. So, you do the best you can and you get the most efficient, effective ways out of it.
Scott Luton (49:43):
I love that. Okay. And, folks, if you want to connect with talent on the board, as Elena said, kidding aside, reach out to her. I’m sure that connecting folks is just one of our biggest responsibilities as leaders. So, Elena, I love that answer. All right. So, Jesse, same question, global supply chain will be better off if what?
Jesse Bailey (50:03):
Yeah. My first answer is going to be, if everybody would be taught by Troy and Marty.
Scott Luton (50:07):
Oh, wow, man. That’s great.
Jesse Bailey (50:09):
But the second answer is kind of like Elena’s, I think it’s investment for the future. I think the companies that are setting themselves apart in supply chain are the ones making large investments now, and not made them in the past. Obviously, I’m biased. I think all the budget should go towards supply chain investments. But that’s not feasible. But it does need to be a part of the capX expenditures. Because you see companies like Amazon, you see companies like Walmart that we’re able to study in our classes, those are the companies that are putting forth the budget now to make advancements in the future.
Scott Luton (50:45):
And they’re going to be positioned for return on that investment. So, I love that, Jesse.
Marty Parker (50:50):
By the way, for the kind comments, I’m going to Venmo, Troy, and Elena, and Jesse the 20 bucks I promised.
Scott Luton (51:01):
I love that. I love that. But, you know, it takes a village and it takes investment. And it’s a big organism – to steal whoever said that earlier, I think that might’ve been John and Jesse. I love that. That’s what I believe that the leading companies are doing. So, spending some of that profit on future return. So, very, very well-spoken, Elena and Jesse. One final question for each of y’all, how can folks connect with you? And, Elena, how can folks connect with you, whether they want to interview your buddies or if they want to get your thoughts on something else?
Elena Griggs (51:31):
Yeah. Please feel free to reach out on LinkedIn. And then, also, be sure to check out the Supply Chain Advisory Board website page. You’ll get to see our students. We need to be updated with our current students. But you can look into all of our corporate members that we have, and our student members, and learn a little bit more about the board as well.
Scott Luton (51:49):
Wonderful. Thank you so much, Elena Griggs, rising senior and President of that aforementioned UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board. Jesse, same question, how can folks connect with you?
Jesse Bailey (51:58):
The easiest way is by far LinkedIn. My URL is jessebaileyfive, all lowercase, no spaces or anything like that. Whether that be to connect with me or if you’re a company looking to join the board, it’s a great way to do that. Or if you’re trying to hire some of my friends, I’ll be sure to put you in contact.
Scott Luton (52:19):
Well, folks in the sky boxes have loved what both of y’all have shared today. On that last note, Charles says, “Boom. Invest in the future. Invest in supply chain students.” Man, well-said, Charles. And, of course, he was echoing what you were saying, Jesse. In fact, he said, “Jesse Bailey said it first.” I love that. Big thanks, Jesse Bailey, rising senior and Treasurer of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board. And I give a shout out to the Georgia Liberty Baseball Organization. I look forward to learning more about that.
Scott Luton (52:45):
Big thanks to you, both. Big old, bright future. I should have had my sunglasses as a prop here today. But I really appreciate what you shared and we’ll be tracking your future successes in the months to come. Thanks so much, Jesse Bailey and Elena Griggs.
Elena Griggs (53:00):
Thanks for having us. It’s been a pleasure.
Jesse Bailey (53:01):
Scott Luton (53:03):
Okay. Marty and Troy, that hour went fast. And Elena and Jesse, talk about cleanup hitters to continue the baseball analogy. So, for y’all – and I’ll start with Marty – there’s a lot shared and also the business maturity that they both exhibited right there. That’s been one of the common themes in my conversations with, certainly, UGA students. But, Marty, what was your singular favorite thing you heard there?
Marty Parker (53:30):
Yeah. So, I would say I’ve had the honor of going in to see, like, final presentations from these students at the end of their internships. And I wept at a couple of them. I tell you, Scott, that I’ve just been so amazed. And I feel like you described it best. They are ten years in advance of what you think. They start businesses. They run these boards. They start baseball teams. And they really are serious about this material and want to learn it and be practitioners of it. And I get these older people, that’ll say, you know, “What about this generation?” in a negative way. And I’m like, “They’re amazing.” So, that’s the one thing for me is just that poise you described.
Scott Luton (54:20):
I love that. And Troy, I’m going to come get your take in a second. But I want to point out. So, Larry is with us here today. Larry, you know, you’re talking about Pareto Principle, which is one of our favorites, especially to apply it. Larry has a slew of free resources that touch on things from Outlook to Excel, you name it. Larry, I would love for you to drop that link in the chat. Because he shares it to help people out. So, Larry, great to have you here today. Okay. So, Troy, what was your one big thing here?
Troy Montgomery (54:47):
Yeah. And, of course, I can’t just say one. So, I got to have two. So, the first one was something that Elena said right off the bat. She said, “I got to make the most of it now,” when you’re asking about how she get everything done. And I think if we could all just take that attitude towards life, no matter how old we are, no matter what stage of our career or education we’re in, that’s just such a great attitude that she exhibits all the time.
Troy Montgomery (55:10):
And then, the second one is what we were just hitting on there. And Jesse talking about investing in the future and he’s talking about companies, but I think we can also relate that to our students. And so, for your listeners, I love to have you invest in UGA time, money, whatever that may look like, or your alma mater. So, we’ve talked about Fred multiple times, who really exhibits that and really giving back to the future generation to make things better. So, just remember that. And take that call, take that mentorship, share some time with some folks that are undergraduate that are interested in supply chain.
Scott Luton (55:48):
Excellent challenge. And I appreciate what y’all both do and the way you go about it. It’s not business as usual at UGA, especially within the supply chain program. And if that isn’t directly relevant to everything else in the industry, and one of the big reasons why your programs are growing and you’ve got the following you do, I don’t know what is. So, really appreciate both you all sharing.
Scott Luton (56:06):
Peter, I agree with you. Peter Bolle, all night and all day, “The future is strong with all the youth taking an interest in supply chain and supply chain management.” I completely agree. And it’s good if you’re looking for it, for sure. And I think there are a lot of silver linings through these terrible and challenging times we live in. But one of them, for sure, is putting supply chain front and center, has had a seat at the table finally here in recent years. But as Greg likes to say, “We got to deliver. We’ve got our seat at the table. Now, we got to deliver.” But more importantly, folks are starting to connect what supply chain is. And there’s more interest, and appeal, and awareness of why we can have things in two hours, and then send things back, and have it instantly. It makes it easy and seamless, those wonderful and smart supply chain professionals that make that happen.
Scott Luton (56:59):
Okay. So, let’s make sure folks can connect with both of y’all. And, Larry, thank you very much. I think he dropped – yeah – I’ve seen a number of links that you put out there for the public good. But y’all check out that link. A lot of really neat things I never knew Excel could do. But I’m a slow learner, unlike Marty and Troy here. But thanks, Larry. So, let’s make sure folks can connect the dots and connect with y’all. So, Marty, what’s the easiest way for folks to connect with Marty Parker?
Marty Parker (57:26):
Actually, you just Google Marty Parker UGA or Marty Parker TechCXO. I’m a partner at TechCXO. Either of those, I’ll pop right up and you can click on it and connect with me on LinkedIn. And I connect with anyone and everyone in supply chain because I want to help my students.
Scott Luton (57:48):
Right. And he does, and he acts, and it’s deeds, not words. And I’ve observed that about you for a long time, Marty. So, I appreciate that. Okay. Troy, same question. How can folks connect with you?
Troy Montgomery (57:58):
Yeah. Similar answer, LinkedIn, go through UGA, you can find me there. Or I’ve got a small consulting firm, SC&E Partners. So, reach out in any of those avenues.
Scott Luton (58:10):
Wonderful. Okay. We’re going to wrap on this. So, we hope –
Marty Parker (58:13):
Scott wants to feature more of these students going forward in these interviews, I’m pretty sure is what he was getting ready to say. And Troy and I would love to be a part of that.
Troy Montgomery (58:23):
And we’re also going to challenge Scott to get back into the classroom here at UGA. I enjoyed having him a couple years in our classroom. He does such good in these podcasts with this audience, but does an excellent job with our students as well.
Marty Parker (58:36):
Yeah. He really does. He’s Mr. Supply Chain. And I’ve known him for a while and he’s got a heart of gold and he gives back to the industry. And we’re just honored to be a part of a Supply Chain Now Radio.
Scott Luton (58:50):
All right. Here we are. All right. I’m going to wrap then. Apologies for our technical difficulties here. Big thanks to Troy, and Marty, Jesse, and Elena. Hey, do good. Give forward. Be the change that’s needed. And we’ll see you next time right here at Supply Chain Now. Thanks everybody.
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Elena Griggs is a rising senior at the University of Georgia currently working as a Global Supply Chain Intern for Lockheed Martin. She is heavily involved in many on-campus extracurriculars including serving as the President of the UGA Supply Chain Advisory Board, Vice President for the Management Society, Director of Campus Partnerships & Community Engagement for the Mentor Program, and Project Head for Rotaract. Connect with Elena on LinkedIn.
Jesse Bailey is entering his senior year at the University of Georgia and will be graduating with a Management Degree with an emphasis in Supply Chains/Operations this December. He is currently a Supply Chain Intern at Central Garden & Pet working in Garden Distribution in Madison, GA. He is also the co-founder and Organizational Director of the Georgia Liberty Baseball Organization, a travel baseball organization based out of Gwinnett County, GA. Along with overseeing the business of the three teams (16U-18U), he is also the coach of the 17U team. Connect with Jesse on LinkedIn.
Dr. Troy A. Montgomery is a performance improvement professional focused on identifying business opportunities, solving problems, improving operations, and working with executive leaders to implement solutions for change. He is currently a full time faculty member in the Terry College of Business management department where he teaches undergrad and graduate operations management, supply chain management, and project management. Troy is also managing partner at SC&E Partners, an advisory firm focused on helping organizations succeed in strategic change and execution. He has more than 15 years of experience working with large organizations across multiple industries.
Prior to teaching, Troy started his career as an engineer at General Electric where he successfully led manufacturing projects and later large teams in the field of operations. He moved into a career in consulting where he helped solve complex business problems and advised executives in Fortune 500 companies that included Bank of America and Humana. Troy is also an experienced researcher, adjunct professor, and dissertation chair to doctoral candidates at the University of South Florida. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Notre Dame, graduated top of his MBA class at the University of Georgia, and earned his Doctorate degree in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of South Florida. Troy is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Outside of teaching and advising organizations, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter. Contact Troy via email at email@example.com and connect with him on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troymontgomery/
Marty Parker is a highly skilled UGA Lecturer and Executive, offering 25+ years of experience in all aspects of Supply Chain. Marty’s personal motto is that he “helps students and companies grow and succeed”. He has founded UGA’s first Supply Chain Advisory Board and was recently awarded the 2020 Seawell Faculty Recognition Award and a 2021 Terry College of Business Outstanding Teaching Award. As a Partner at TechCXO, Marty serves as a consultant and fractional COO, CMO or CSO (Chief Strategy Officer). Connect with Marty on LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Data Analytics and Metrics Intern
Patch is a fourth-year Management Information Systems and Marketing major at the University of Georgia. He is working with Supply Chain Now in data analysis, finding insights and best practices to increase company efficiency. Patch previously worked as an intern at AnswerRocket, a data analytics company where he gained invaluable knowledge about analytics, webpage SEO and B2B marketing best practices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts, and watching movies.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is transitioning from active duty in the US Army. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.