Supply Chain is Boring
Episode 11

Episode Summary

“I started logistics and supply chain consulting as a consultant. I’m moved from consultant to senior consultant, the manager to senior manager to associate partner, to partner, to managing partner. So I did a little bit of everything along the way.  I always loved the supply chain. It was to me, supply chain was not boring. I love the challenges and the throughput and being able to use the supply chain as a competitive differentiator for companies. But I will say it was like a good book. I enjoyed each chapter as I moved along, certainly enjoyed in latter years of developing people and watching them grow.”

-Greg Owens, CEO & Founder of iGam


In this episode, we sat down with industry veteran Greg Owens to learn about his impressive career going from an entry -level consultant at Anderson Consulting to various CEO roles.  You can easily hear Greg’s internal drive for success and passion for supply chain management, but it all sounds pretty boring.  So let’s see if Greg can prove us wrong!

Episode Transcript

Chris Barnes (00:07):


Chris Barnes (00:07):

Chris, the supply chain doctor providing you insights and tools to better understand and apply the apex body of knowledge to everyday supply chains. We also strive to provide a history lesson into supply chain management and expose you to some of the industry’s thought leaders and driving forces. In this episode, we sat down with industry veteran, Greg Owens to learn about his impressive career. Going from an entry level consultant at Anderson consulting to various CEO roles. You can easily hear Greg’s internal drive for success and passion for supply chain management. It all sounds pretty boring. So let’s see if Greg can prove me wrong, Greg. Thanks again for investing time with me here to talk about your career and more importantly, learn about your perspective on supply chain management. I worked with you briefly at Anderson consulting, which, which later became Accenture. And at the time I think you were a partner and the primary reason the company had a supply chain practice. So I want to talk a little bit about that, but before we do that, let’s start at the college level. You attended Georgia tech, which is a great industrial engineering school. So can you tell me about that? Why you went there and what you learned?

Greg Owens (01:13):

Georgia tech was the best school in the state of Georgia. I was local resident and went to high school in Georgia and, uh, I really never considered another school. It was Georgia tech was where I was going to get the best education. And I was very interested in getting an education, getting them to the workforce quickly.

Chris Barnes (01:33):

And where you went to high school in Georgia, Atlanta specifically

Greg Owens (01:36):

Went down in Newnan, Georgia, just, yeah, back then. It was really a separate community in today’s world. More than 50% of the people around the Newnan area commute into Atlanta to go to.

Chris Barnes (01:49):

And Georgia tech is a great school and specifically in some areas. So I think industrial management is one of them. The best in the world.

Greg Owens (01:55):

Industrial engineering has been number one and industrial engineering of any school in the United States for something around 25 years. Now

Chris Barnes (02:06):

You did well, I assume we don’t have to talk about grades or anything, but I know it’s, some people say they survived.

Greg Owens (02:13):

I did, I did well enough that now I’m on the board of trustees. So, uh, I guess I did, I made just the passing Mark to, uh, to continue to be associated with, uh, with Georgia tech.

Chris Barnes (02:27):

Okay. The board of trustees. Yeah. And I’m a, just a little, little reference point. I teach at the supply chain logistics Institute with Tim Brown. I’m sure. You know, Tim Brown,

Greg Owens (02:36):

Tim, I hired Tim Anderson consulting as well. Tim was with sister con prior to Jimmy hiring.

Chris Barnes (02:43):

So let’s talk about the Accenture, the, the Anderson consulting role you were there. And as I said, they just don’t hire partners out of college. So, but you were a partner eventually. So tell me what you did there and how you progress. So quick

Greg Owens (02:56):

Anderson consulting had just split from Arthur Anderson in 1989 and 1990 had decided they had to get in other areas other than just it consulting. And one of the areas they wanted to get into was supply chain and back then people referred to it more as logistics. So initially we started what was called the logistics strategy, practice, the LSP, and we hired a number of people that you’ve worked with into initially the LSP, there were four regions in the LSP. There was the Northeast region, the central region, the Western region and the Southern region. And I was brought in to weed the Southern region. And we started growing our practice throughout the United States. And in 1993, soon after I became a partner, I was 33 years old. I got the opportunity to be the leader, to be the managing partner of the logistics strategy practice for North America. And, and soon after, uh, hire a few individuals and in Latin America. And, uh, we started the LSP then, uh, what was for the American.

Chris Barnes (04:13):

And did you work with, I’m just going to throw up some names there, bill co Pacino, was he part of that supply chain or

Greg Owens (04:20):

[inaudible] was initially part of the logistics strategy practice? He was the, uh, the leader in the day when I was first hired. And then he very shortly thereafter moved to, uh, the strategy part of, uh, the business, which is another area that this would compete with Bain and BCG and McKinsey. So bill moved over to that. Uh, I worked with, uh, the leader then became Joe, Martha. Uh, Joe’s now deceased as well as bill. And, um, I became, uh, the third person to lead that would just extract you practice. And, and the last, because it was then morphed in 1996, it was morphed into the supply chain line of business. And at that time I was tapped to be the global banjo partner of the supply chain line of business.

Chris Barnes (05:10):

Okay. Yeah. I recall the, what did we have downtown Greg, the, uh, supply chain ideas exchange? Did you know that? Yes,

Greg Owens (05:17):

But with just the logistics 2020 center. Yes. Yeah, yeah.

Chris Barnes (05:22):

That was powerful. We brought a lot of companies in and teams to talk about the future of supply chain.

Greg Owens (05:28):

That was very powerful. Um, I was glad the firm, uh, w was putting the resources behind that, no wild, uh, budget for us to really make that a powerful statement. And, and I think that’s part of the reason that interesting consulting and waiter Accenture then wed in the supply chain. Uh, we were able to bring our clients through there, show them everything all the way through the supply chain, from procurement manufacturing, into all the distribution inventory management. It was a, it was a very powerful selling tool for us.

Chris Barnes (06:03):

So what’d you enjoy? Did you enjoy the consulting side of it? You know, delivering projects or managing sounds like you did everything as a partner there, but you had to start somewhere.

Greg Owens (06:12):

Well, I, I I’ve started in, uh, logistics and supply chain consulting as a consultant. I’m moved from consultant to senior consultant, the manager to senior manager to associate partner, to partner, to managing partner. So I did a little bit of everything along the way, always loved the supply chain. It was to me, supply chain was not boring. I love the challenges and the throughput and being able to use the supply chain as a competitive differentiator for companies. But I will say it was like a good book. I enjoyed each chapter as I moved along, certainly enjoyed in latter years of developing people and watching them grow. And I made numerous partners within our group, you know, that people had come under that I had mentored and helped develop and they became parkers. And that was, that was very satisfying as well. And I’ll say I enjoyed the sales process. I liked going into companies and talking to them about the improvements that we could make, if they would follow our ideas and our concepts and procedures in, uh, and you know, many of our clients were extremely appreciative of making them better companies by, by what we did for them.

Chris Barnes (07:27):

Yeah. It’s about giving solutions, giving value. Good points. Right. So while you were there, were you, were you in the technology at all planning or because you eventually were going to get to Manugistics, but

Greg Owens (07:38):

So w clearly I was it, I had projects where the planning was an aspect of that, and, uh, you started to see the development of bigger companies and that the need for more complex software for them to be able to manage their businesses more effectively.

Chris Barnes (07:57):

And then it was the big players were Manugistics. And I too, I think was a big one as well.

Greg Owens (08:02):

That’s right. We were, we were the two, uh, actually I do is one of the reasons that that led me to Manugistics. So, uh, I’m, uh, I’m somewhat grateful that, that they were strong player in the market.

Chris Barnes (08:16):

So why did you make the move to Manugistics? How did that transpire

Greg Owens (08:20):

Joe? That was, um, I started getting recruited at the end of 1998 when I was the global managing Parker. They’re there interesting consulting and maybe just ex was looking for professional CEO to come in behind the founder. And I was getting recruited along with several others. I had put in place a partnership at Anderson consulting with ITU technology. So I knew those guys very well, also knew Manugistics reasonably well, but I would say there were two things that really led me there. One is I had the chance to become a public company CEO with a 39 years old. That was appealing. I had always wanted to, to run a company and the chance to, to move to Maryland and to become the CEO of Manugistics, which was very appealing to me, I would say the second thing. And it was second was that, but I too had a $2 billion market cap at the time. I felt that they were companies somewhat equal stature men. You just had a very dominant position in consumer products and retail. I too had much more of a dominant position in electronics and industrial applications. So I felt like if I too had a $2 billion market cap, then we can work at men just X and develop something similar. And that was a challenge I wanted to undertake

Chris Barnes (09:49):

Now for people that may not have the history, what, what were you, what was Manugistics night to all about supply chain planning? And

Greg Owens (09:55):

We, we ran the gamut of the supply chain. It was all about supply chain planning. So both Manugistics and I too were very heavily algorithm, intensive planning tools that allowed you to look at demand, demand planning was actually our largest product, but to look at demand and then to be able to forecast what was needed for just from a supply standpoint, to be able to fulfill the supply chain. So if you look at supply chain and you’re always looking at cost efficiency, but you’re also looking at fulfillment rates, and, you know, you don’t want to go into a store. Manufacturer, certainly wants to have a high fulfillment rate. Otherwise the, uh, the retailer is going to look at the manufacturer and say, look, you’re really not fulfilling my demand or my, my national demand or my global demand that I need. I’m going to have to look at other suppliers. So this planning software, that many just it’s made, enabled these companies to be able to plan and forecast more effectively than they had in the past.

Chris Barnes (10:57):

Where are you guys doing any transportation modeling as well at that time, or

Greg Owens (11:01):

Yes. Now, good question. We did transportation optimization was a huge product of ours as well. It made you just States and that application is still out in the market today. Every once in a while, I’ll hear about, somebody’s still using the transportation optimization package that we had, but you’re always trying to optimize, not only getting products out, whoever your supply chain was, but also being able to reduce whatever transportation costs that you could so that you were operating at an efficient level.

Chris Barnes (11:33):

Yeah. That was a big model, big for a while, understanding where your distribution centers should be located, who they’re servicing all those things. Now, there was some other companies that came out of Georgia tech around the operations management side, right? I mean, Don Ratliffe and those types of people were starting companies.

Greg Owens (11:49):

That’s, that’s exactly right. I mean, you, you go back to taps logistics. If you remember that name, Manhattan associates is out there today. Most all of them have a, uh, a very high concentration of, uh, Georgia tech people. And many of them, the, the founders were at Georgia tech

Chris Barnes (12:08):

On Manhattan associates while they’re a warehousing execution system. I recall Alan, DeBerry saying once I asked him why he started the company, he said it was either a supply chain planning company or a warehousing company. And they just, I guess I don’t want to say flipped a coin or whatever, but ended up being a, one of the best WMS as around. So,

Greg Owens (12:26):

Yep. And Allen started, uh, we had similar backgrounds, Alan started in, in, uh, consulting as well. He was with Kurt Saulman and associates, and he also saw, and I think that was one of the things that really led me to, uh, to me, just sticks. We started to see that package software was becoming a way of the future. So it interested in consulting, uh, or center. It was all about development. Uh, if you needed it solutions, it would, they were custom. And you were development pet when packaged software started coming around. Obviously it was implemented much faster than, uh, something that you would develop. So it was clear that this was going to be a, a way of the future and that, and that, that led me into the package software.

Chris Barnes (13:16):

Ironically, you know, a lot of the companies we’ve talked about are no longer around, but the, uh, Manhattan is still a, still a great Atlanta based company. So they’ve done something right.

Greg Owens (13:25):

They they’ve done very well.

Chris Barnes (13:27):

So Manugistics, what were you doing there? You were running the show, but what were some of the things you did to make it successful?

Greg Owens (13:34):

Well, one of the first things that I would say what Manugistics, uh, strength was at the time was their development organization and very strong software strongest in the industry. In my opinion, when I joined what they lacked was more the go to market structure. I developed a, a supply chain diagnostic tool, if you will. So we would go in and do any customer. And for very modest price would look over their operations and benchmark them against our other customers, and then show them which areas that they were operating very well in and which areas that they were deficient. And that was a big part of, of what we were doing and helping them get more efficient or more cost effective in, in certain areas. So that was, that was one area, either areas. We hadn’t developed our sales strategy, not by territory, but by expertise within the industry. So we needed more focus on retail, people on electronics and high tech people on oil and gas people in. And so when I got there, it was, uh, it was set up as a territory, like a geographical territory in bringing in expertise in certain industries where they could speak the language. And they knew the solution spatter that those, that industry needed to be more cost effective or, or more efficient was very important. And we were of the size where we really needed that industry expertise and not operate by geography.

Chris Barnes (15:16):

Makes sense. Yeah. People want to typically think that the salespeople understand their business. I think that’s what you were saying.

Greg Owens (15:22):

Exactly. And that, that was not the case when I first got there. And then we just had to market more effectively, it’s got to get the name out. And so that everybody knows who you are, and you’re going to have the greatest products. We’ve all heard this so many times, but you don’t have the greatest products in the world, but if you don’t have the name out there and people don’t recognize it, then, uh, it’s very difficult to,

Chris Barnes (15:47):

So you were successful in man. Manugistics I think I saw some numbers somewhere.

Greg Owens (15:51):

My five year period, we went from 150 million in revenue to 325 million in revenue. So more than doubled the company in that period of time.

Chris Barnes (16:00):

Yeah. That that’s a benchmark of success, I would say by most measures, I guess you enjoyed that. Obviously that’s a, that’s a key factor, but what was your reason for wanting to leave Manugistics?

Greg Owens (16:10):

That was where we were winning the battle, but we were going to lose the war. So I remember going to a consumer products company and I thought it’s just to close the deal. It was, it was kind of one of those epiphany moments that you have, but I’m meet with the, uh, CEO of the company and just he and I, and were discussing us, putting the software, mainly just putting the software in. And, and, uh, he, uh, he started questioning around all these, uh, consumer companies use SAP as their ERP system, their backbone. And, um, he said, how much money are you putting in product development? And that’s what we’re doing. 15% of revenue in product development. He said, that’s, uh, that’s impressive. So somewhere around $50 million. And I said, yes. And he said, SAP is doing a billion dollars worth of product development. And they have this product that they have coming out APS.

Greg Owens (17:04):

And I said, well, okay. I agree with you that they’re putting a lot of money in development, but they’re not putting that billion dollars in APS. He said, how long before they kept you three years, four years, five years. And I said, I said, that’s a fair question. I’m saying, let me ask you one before I answer that I’ve said, do you have a right now problem? Or do you have a problem three or four years from now in your spot yet? And he laughed and he said, Nope, I’ve got it right now, problem. And we’re going to be installing Manugistics software, but he really got me thinking we were, we were winning a lot of battles, but, you know, ultimately we were just not big enough as a software company, 325 million. I too was a similar size. Uh, and we, you know, we just, weren’t going to be that the dominant player in the future. And that, that led to the consolidation. Uh, Larry Ellison was already young, uh, a, a consolidation streak of acquiring any software company that he felt like fit into the Oracle mold. And, and, uh, I could really just see the handwriting on the wall.

Chris Barnes (18:15):

Now, what happened to Manugistics? They were acquired by Oracle.

Greg Owens (18:18):

No, I too. And JDA have all combined together and are owned by private equity firm. So you took three similarly sized companies and put them all together.

Chris Barnes (18:34):

Let me just go back a little bit. APO that’s advanced planning and optimization. Is that what that stood for? And that’s, and that was SAP his approach to, uh, adapting supply chain planning, really trying to get rid of the competition there. So, yeah, I remember that we used to talk about that a little bit. So man, you and I two they’re, they’re still around in some shape or form, but just as a different organization. So after Manugistics you retired became successful or what I mean after all that, what happened?

Greg Owens (19:02):

Yeah, they, uh, I took a lot of time off after Manugistics and, uh, that was good. Can recharge the batteries and wasn’t sure I wanted to go run something globally, given all the travel and all associated with that. But, uh, I did a, um, about a year and a half stint in Washington, DC rubbing a, uh, about a $400 million private equity firm called red zone capital. And that put me on the other side of the fence, we were, um, we were buying companies and, uh, negotiating, um, bank terms on terms of leverage. And, and I would say that that was the first time that I ever really looked at companies and, and really thought about the exit strategy as you were initially buying the company. So, uh, thinking, uh, you know, what do you do with this company? Is that a company that you will take public? Is it one that is going to be better off being sold to a strategic acquirer is one that private equity will end up picking up longer term and combining with another company. And it, it, uh, it really started got me thinking more about the financial aspects of the company, as opposed to everything else in my lifetime had just been going to something, grow it very big and operate it and enjoy what you’re doing.

Chris Barnes (20:22):

So a little bit in the PE world as an investor,

Greg Owens (20:25):

What I’ve found in the PE world is I’m an operator. My favorite days were board meetings, board meetings of our portfolio companies. I wanted to get back in the game and I was interviewing around and got a call one day from Kleiner Perkins, the venture capitalist. And they invited me to San Francisco to look at three companies. They had that they needed CEOs for. And one of them was a company called iron planet. And iron planet was an internet marketplace, very small at the time. This was 2007, but clearly the internet was becoming the way of the future. And, uh, in 2007, there weren’t that many internet marketplaces that were of the substantial size other than eBay. But this one happened to sell heavy construction equipment. And I had bought several cars off the internet site on scene, uh, just looking at pictures and inspection reports and, and, uh, really like this concept of the internet marketplace. So I agreed to, uh, to run IronPlanet and, um, it was in Pleasanton, California and went out nine years later. We grew it to, uh, just over a billion dollars in, uh, in gross sales. And we were within about two weeks of going public. We were acquired by a strategic company for a, for a nice acquisition price. And, uh, and so I, I turned iron planted over them and, and, um, transitioned into my life now.

Chris Barnes (22:04):

No, a part of that was something that maybe you only realize if you’re, if you’ve been in South Atlanta, Ritchie brothers, is that, was that part of iron planet or I did a little bit of research.

Greg Owens (22:13):

Yeah. Yeah. So Richard brothers was the acquirer, uh, IronPlanet is public, but, uh, Richie’s a public company and the acquisition we, uh, we sold IronPlanet for, uh, 700 $5,800.

Chris Barnes (22:29):

Okay. No, I didn’t realize that. I thought it was the other way around. I just, I know Ritchie brothers as a big lot that I drive past going down 85 when every once in a while they’ve got tractor, sometimes it’s empty. Sometimes they have tractors.

Greg Owens (22:42):

Well, they have, they have about 25 of those blocks scattered around the world. So that’s just part of them.

Chris Barnes (22:48):

I didn’t see the other 24. So that explains a lot there. Yeah. So you’ve retired again. So you went into your second retirement or? Yeah.

Greg Owens (22:56):

And so it took some time off I’m on a Mount, a number of boards putting some internet in B to C supply chain type companies, but most recently have started another company and it’s another internet marketplace in manufacturing and robotics equipment. And we’re doing that. We have both the marketplace and we’re engineering automation. So we’re making robotic cells that will do virtually any tasks that you needed, any kind of repetitive motion. That’s going very well. We started that company last year and I’m very pleased with the growth and the take up we’re getting in that company now.

Chris Barnes (23:35):

And that was again, back to my research is an IgM or high GAM.

Greg Owens (23:39):

Yes, I GAM I GAM is M stands for global asset. And then they’re the sister website with that is NRTC national robotics, a technology company. So we have two websites one’s on our automation division, the other one’s on our, our marketplace.

Chris Barnes (23:58):

Okay. And that looks to be a, I won’t say a South Atlanta based company, but close enough to Atlanta, I’ll say it’s an Atlanta based company. Is that correct?

Greg Owens (24:06):

Yeah. Well, I live South of Atlanta, so my offices tend to, to get located there,

Chris Barnes (24:12):

Close to where you are. So you have an enjoyable commute. Exactly. Well, that’s great. Well, anything else that you want to mention or talk about before I kind of ramp it down? Well, I know you’re on the, you had mentioned being on the board at Georgia tech, one of the great organizations, what do you do with them?

Greg Owens (24:27):

Yeah, so I’m, I’m on the board of trustees of the foundation, which, uh, we oversee the endowment of Georgia tech. I’ve been an officer on that for a number of years and very committed to education. I feel that education changes more people’s lives than, uh, than anything out there. And, uh, I just, I feel strongly that if kids can go get educated and get a good job and they’ll change their wives forever, you know, I think Georgia tech certainly did meet well. And, and so like anything I can do to promote education or give back to the community, um, uh, I enjoy being involved with that.

Chris Barnes (25:11):

So one thing I like to conclude on is getting guests perspective on the future of careers in supply chain management. And, you know, whether it’s, uh, somebody going to college trying to pick a career or going to be graduating from college, you know, what should they be looking for in terms of jobs or even there’s a third one, Greg experienced employees that want to make a transition into supply chain management. So either, either one of those perspectives, what advice would you have? I mean, I guess what would you do if you were, if you had it to do over again, would you get into supply chain management? What would you be doing today?

Greg Owens (25:42):

There’s no question I would get in the supply chain management. I’m going to give you a several reasons that I think that, uh, it is a great place to be from a career standpoint right now, first of all. And I think because of this global pandemic that we’re seeing with COVID-19, we’re going to see the repatriation of supply chains. So in, in my world, in my time, we were looking at more international supply chains. We went from companies that were more US-based, where they were developing international supply chains and everything associated with that. I think you’re going to see the opposite now where there’s more control over the supply chain. And I think you’re going to see a number of companies pull that back into the United States. So that would be my first breeds into that. This is going to be a great career path, the second way, the whole omni-channel, so that the whole B to C experience that you’re now where most, everybody in our day used to go to a store and they would, they would buy, you might, you might go to a catalog.

Greg Owens (26:52):

You might have a catalog come in the mail and you’d pick items out, usually Albert an 800 number back in the early days and you’d order a single item. But now clearly e-commerce, we are seeing a very heavy B to C component. And I think that’s here forever. People are using the internet. And the whole reason I went into internet marketplaces, uh, with IronPlanet now with, uh, with our GAM, that’s going to be another exciting area for, uh, people’s career. And then the third thing I would say is the, the same day delivery that you’re seeing in e-commerce. This is going to really change some of these supply chains. So, and, and, and change through automation in my opinion. So you’re no longer, you can’t have same day the web and do it the same old fashioned way that you were doing with somebody out there picking every individual piece and packing every pizza.

Greg Owens (27:49):

So you’re going to see more and more automation and robots and automated equipment that are pulling these orders and getting those out from transportation. Uh, however, the mode of transportation, whether it be drones in the future or semi-automated, uh, vehicles are, or what we’re going to see technology play award’s role in, in supply chain delivery, uh, in the future. So those three reasons repatriation supply chain and the omnichannel, and that the automation, I think, are great reasons for people to get into the supply chain and build their careers there. And we all know that the importance of the supply chain to companies and it is a competitive differentiator. So I think it’s a great place. It was a, it was a great career Mark for me when I was graduating from school or not. I still think it’s just as exciting now is that, uh, it was back then

Chris Barnes (28:47):

Some of the, the theory of my podcast, Greg, is a supply chain is boring. So I think, yeah,

Greg Owens (28:53):

Prove me wrong. I hope I did well.

Chris Barnes (28:57):

That’s great. Again, Greg, thanks again for investing time.

Greg Owens (29:00):

Alright, glad to participate, Chris,

Chris Barnes (29:02):

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Greg Owens (30:38):

[inaudible] right before the name change. So I went to Manugistics in 1999, so right before I always worked for Anderson consulting.

Chris Barnes (30:47):

Okay. That’s good. That’s what, so I use the names interchangeably, but that’s kind of what I want to do. The people that, so my, my theory is supply chain is boring. That’s the name of the podcast, but what I’m realizing is a lot of people just like to hear the history, you know, people that have gone on to be successful. Maybe I’ll inquire a little bit about your personnel, not personality, but how you were able to become a partner at such a young age. I think that’s pretty, pretty impressive. You know, those types of things. And if there’s anything that’s off, you know, you want to leave off, just tell me we don’t, we can edit it out, but really just like to learn. And then I’m realizing a lot of people listen to this, they’re young, maybe they’re getting into their careers and they want to understand how to move up or what they should be doing. So that’s kind of the, kind of the audience that we see you’re comfortable with starting at starting out at the Georgia tech level.

Greg Owens (31:33):

Oh yeah, absolutely. You know, I did my fair share of public speaking in the day, so I’m fine.

Chris Barnes (31:41):

And you live in Georgia now. I thought you were in D C for some reason,

Greg Owens (31:45):

I’ve been in DC before. So, uh, mainly just sticks with state saved. My weight is one iron point. It was in Pleasanton, California. So, uh, I’m kinda been around.

Chris Barnes (31:57):

I just talked to, I’ll give you an example. I talked to Greg Krohn and I don’t know if you know Greg Cronin. Yeah, I know Greg. Yeah. I chatted with him. So I’m just trying to get, those are the people that I know. So I’m just trying to capture all these ideas and these stories and experiences. So if anyone in your network comes to mind share

Greg Owens (32:15):

Chris, do you remember John White that worked with us at Anderson consulting?

Chris Barnes (32:19):

Yeah, the younger young John White

Greg Owens (32:21):

Young guns, white, so young gun went on to run Fortner and grew it to 300 million in revenue and then sold to a private equity firm. And I think, uh, you know, somebody like that, that grew fortnight to that business would be the great, the grandfather of supply chain was Dave Anderson. Dave worked with us at Anderson consulting as well. He’s up in Boston somewhere. Hit pick him up on LinkedIn.

Chris Barnes (32:51):

Okay. Do you know Jeff Miller?

Greg Owens (32:54):

Yeah. Yeah. I remember Jeff.

Chris Barnes (32:56):

Yeah. So, um, I network with him around Atlanta. So he’s, he mentioned Dave Anderson as well, so yeah, that’s neat. Yeah. I like to talk to people. One of the, one of the people I interviewed at lean, you know, the lean concepts, the lean manufacturing. And so that’s what I started out in my career early. I’m an industrial engineer as well. I started out doing lean manufacturing and I read all these books from these Japanese engineers. And I wanted to interview the Japanese engineers and I realized they were all deceased. So, but it is, I found one man from Oregon, he published all those books. He went to Japan, found these, these thought leaders and published their books in English and he brought them back. So I ended up interviewing him what was the three part series, but that’s, you know, that’s the kind of stuff that’s really, I think is interesting.

Greg Owens (33:43):

The older guys aren’t around so much anymore. You might, you might be able to get in touch with Alan DeBerry and talk about Manhattan stuff.

Chris Barnes (33:51):

He is, he is no offense to you, but he is number one on my list. Uh, well maybe it is now. I can say you are number one. He moved up. Uh, I’ve been trying to get him for a long time. He, we were actually neighbors. His house is near mine. There’s his original houses near mine, I should say. But he’s hard man. To track down.

Greg Owens (34:08):

Yeah. Yeah. He’s I think he’s spending his time in Washington. D C now, too.

Chris Barnes (34:13):

Oh yeah. I heard he was on it. I heard he was living on a boat.

Greg Owens (34:16):

He was he’s he’s back in DC.

Chris Barnes (34:19):

Okay. With his, with his new startups. Okay. I will persist until I succeed on that one. That would be a great one.

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Greg Owens is the CEO and a founder of iGAM. Greg also serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board at PRGX Global, Inc. In his most recent position, he served as the Group President of New Sectors & Ventures at Ritchie Bros. and as CEO of IronPlanet, Inc. since 2007. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director at Red Zone Capital, a Washington, D.C. private equity firm focused on strong revenue growth opportunities. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manugistics Group, Inc. where he doubled annual revenues to $300 million for the supply chain management software company. Greg also served as Global Managing Partner, Supply Chain Management at Accenture where he was a founding member of the company’s supply chain group. In addition, he serves on several outside boards including 3VR, Guardian Analytics, S1 Corporation, Secure Works, and Serena Software. Greg holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology where he currently serves on the President’s Advisory Board as well as the College of Management Board.

Chris Barnes is a supply chain guru, the APICS Coach, and the host of Supply Chain is Boring on Supply Chain Now.  He holds a B.S., Industrial Engineering and Economics Minor, from Bradley University, an MBA in Industrial Psychology with Honors from the University of West Florida.  He holds CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS, one of the few in the world. Barnes is a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education certificate courses. Barnes is a supply chain advocate, visionary, and frequent podcaster and blogger at Barnes has over 27 years of experience developing and managing multiple client, engineering consulting, strategic planning and operational improvement projects in supply chain management. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn and reach out to him via email at:

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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.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

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

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Vicki White


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

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

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

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

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Allison Giddens

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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

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Greg White

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

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

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

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

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

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

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Karin Bursa

Host of TEKTOK

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

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

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

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

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

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

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

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

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

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

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

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Jeff Miller


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

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Amanda Luton

Chief Marketing Officer

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

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

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

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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

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Billy Taylor

Host of Dial P for Procurement

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

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

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

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

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

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

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

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

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

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

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Ben Harris


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

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

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

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

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

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

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

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

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

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

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

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

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

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